Christine Warner is Two Timing the Boss


I am over the moon excited to have fellow Rose and my critique partner, Christine Warner on the Ranch and in the Round Pen today with her second book, Two Timing The Boss! I’ve dished up some tough questions for her and she took them on like the champ she is so let’s see what she came up with. 🙂

1. I don’t do lists well, but… list of your absolute necessities in order to write at your best.

I love lists, so here we go 🙂

1. The house must be quiet…no tv, no radio, no people talking…I can usually work with the hum of the refrigerator or birds chirping, but that’s about it. Lol

2. I need to have the phone turned off. Basically because it won’t ring for days until I start to write, then everyone seems to call 🙂

3. Either a cup of coffee, tea or water must be within reach 🙂

4. I like to write in my scrubs, sitting in my big chair in the living room because it’s surrounded by windows and it’s inspiring and comfortable.

5. Barefoot. I don’t like anything on my feet. I think it’s a throwback to my childhood when we ran around barefoot 90% of the time.  I’m a total comfort girl 🙂

If I have all of these five things, I can write without distraction and all is well in my little world.

2. What aspect of writing comes easy to you?  What is difficult?

I can come up with endless story ideas and I have a folder devoted to them all. I seriously doubt I would be able to write all of them in this lifetime, I have that many. But it’s fun to have choices when I’m starting something new.

As for what is the most difficult, I would have to say writing fight scenes. And I don’t necessarily mean hands on fighting because so far none of my stories have had that, but scenes where there is a tense verbal exchange. I’ve never liked raised voices or confrontation, so it’s hard for me to get through.

I get that. I clam up in verbal confrontations because I can’t think or make sense. My characters tend to suffer the same limitations. Lol

 3. Where in the world would you want to visit (all in the name of research, of course) and why?

Anywhere. I have story ideas that have my heroes and heroines all over the world. My husband and I recently just got back from a road trip where we visited NYC, Boston, SalemMA and a small section of Maine. I have stories already planned that will have my characters living in Maine and Boston.  I’d love to visit Scotland, Ireland, Spain…to just name a few… because I’d love to have first hand experiences there to draw off of when I write a story from one of those locales.

I guess I would be happy to travel just about anywhere. I could fit my characters in stories in any locale.

How fun would it be to actually go for research…ahhhh…maybe someday, right?

So right! That’s the fun of internet research. You can visit all your dream places! 😉

 4. What did you enjoy most about writing your latest work?

I loved writing my characters. I had the best time getting to know Farah and Keller as their story evolved. The best part was that they were each people who I would enjoy knowing in real life and being friends with.

5. What emotional reaction are you going for when your readers read your work?

I hope that after a reader finishes one of my stories that they walk away with a huge smile on their face. I want them to have laughed a little, teared up a little, rooted for the hero and heroine, wanted revenge if there was a villain, frustrated when things didn’t go quite right. Basically I want them to experience the entire range of emotions, but most importantly I want them to have that big sigh-worthy feel good moment that will stick with them long after the book has been read.

Some optional fun questions:

6. Dog, cat, or neither?

I’m going to cheat here…lol…since I’m a guest I get to do that J I have 2 dogs and 2 cats and there is no way I could choose which one I liked more. Since they all have their own distinct personality and bring something special to the family, I am glad to have dogs and cats in my life.

I’ll accept that. I have several dogs and one old cat. She lives at my sister’s ranch because she’s happier there, but she loves on me when I go see her. Lol

 7. Who or what would you walk over hot coals, climb a mountain, or swim an ocean to get to and why?

I would do anything for my kids because I love them more than I could put into words…and if they were standing on the other side of those hot coals, or the other side of the mountain or ocean and holding a chocolate bar, I’d move a little faster. lol

8. Salty, sweet, or both?

It’s all a mood thing for me. Some days I want salty, some days I want sweet and some days I want it all!  lol

I could go for a Payday bar right now! lol

Author Bio:

Christine Warner is living her dream in rural Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. 

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at


Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.



These damn shoes would be the death of her.  She could read the headlines now:  Penniless P.A. Falls to her Death while on Job Interview.

Almost to her destination, with no more mishaps, her confidence surfaced.  Okay, maybe mastering this heel thing wouldn’t be such a big deal.  Her steps became light, almost bouncy.  Although she sensed Keller Donovan behind her, she didn’t let it deter her feeling of success.  She stepped onto the large black and red area rug, less than ten feet from her target.  The leather chairs.

“Oh!”  Farah’s spiky heel caught on the edge of the expensive rug.  Her legs shook and she shot her arms out from her sides, circling them like a bird about to take flight.  She fought to regain balance inside the ridiculous stilts strapped to her feet.  A brawl to the death.  Over when she looked down to see the rug coming up to kiss her face.  She threw out her hands, sucked in a breath and closed her eyes, scrunching her face as she prepared for impact.

But nothing happened.  There were stars all right, and a blazing jolt of electricity shot from her toes, up her legs, through her body and exited with the small gasp which escaped her lips.  Somehow Keller Donovan had grabbed her around the waist before she met the floor. 

Heat burned her cheeks.  He may have saved her body from bruises, but her ego, and whatever confidence she’d walked in with had shattered.

“Let’s not have an accident before your health benefits kick in.”  His breath tickled her ear from behind.  Chills hugged her backbone.

His touch released an unsettling flutter in her abdomen.  She sucked in her stomach from the pressure of his strong arms wrapped around her middle, afraid to breathe. 


Two-Timing the Boss and my other book Some Like it in Handcuffs are both available in print and digital format at:

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I love to hear from readers and other authors 🙂  

Wow Sounds like a great story Christine! I can’t wait to read this one too. That’s an awesome cover.


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 08/28/2012, in Blog Tour, guest blogging, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Publishers, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Great interview, ladies! I grew up not wearing shoes too. Now though, I like a good comfy pair of flip flops.

    Good luck with your book! I know I can’t wait to read it.


  2. What a fun post with two of my favorite author friends! Great Q&A. Congrats on your newest release, Christine and I try to stay barefoot as much as possible, too! 🙂


  3. Great interview. I’ve been dreaming of a quiet house lately… It hasn’t happened in awhile.


  4. Fun interview ladies. I’m definitely hoping to travel for research someday.


  5. Sheri Fredricks

    Christine – while you’re traveling in the name of research…you’ll need an assistant. I’m your girl. LOL Congratulations on your release and many happy days ahead to you.


  6. Hi Christine! I totally agree with your list, except I like to wear slip on slippers. I’m all about comfort and quiet when I write. I’m amazed by authors who have a soundtrack playing. I believe I have a touch of ADD because when music plays, especially if it is something I like – my mind goes there and stays. Forget the writing. LOL. So quiet is the rule of the day, and looking out the window is always great for those stuck moments.

    Sounds like you have another hit on your hands, Christine! And Calisa – I didn’t know you two were crit partners. Cool.


    • I agree with everything you said, Lynne…except about silence. I can’t write in silence so country music is usually playing. We’ve been crit partners for about a year now, along with Ceri Hebert and Callie Hutton, two more WRP authors. 🙂


    • Glad you dropped in Lynne! I’m always amazed too when other writers can have music or the tv on. I must have a touch of ADD too….I can get pulled out of my focus way to easily!


  7. Great interview. The Pen’s such a fun place to visit. I kind of like writing the “fight scenes,” mostly because I’ll walk through those coals you mentioned to avoid conflict in real life!


  8. Mirriam Smyth

    Great interview, Christine! I love being barefoot too, a habit I’ve passed onto my 4 year old daughter. Nothing like the feel of a cold floor or grass under my feet that throws me back in time! Congrats on the new release and awesome excerpt 🙂


    • That’s it exactly….that feeling of bare feet in the grass or the floor or the wooden floor of the porch…does throw you back in time!

      Thanks for coming by Mirriam 🙂


  9. I too would love to travel to all those places. Think of the inspiration!


  10. I love to travel, but deep down I’m a home body and always look forward to coming home to my own place….total comfort 🙂 Maybe it’s because my hubs keeps us on such a strict schedule…every minute of every day is planned…lol…when I get home I can relax:)

    Thanks for coming by Jenna 🙂


  11. Fun interview, Christine. If you’re like me, once you start traveling, you don’t want to come home! I’m just waiting to be able to go back to England–to do research this time. Much good luck with your new release!


  12. Great interview! Christine, I’m with you – I’d travel anywhere in the name of research… good luck with your book!


  13. Thanks so much for having me Calisa…I loved having you interview me 🙂


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