Monday, February 15, 2016

A visit with Christine Warner, author of A Friendly Flirtation

Please join me in welcoming author Christine Warner! Christine is here to celebrate the release of her new book A Friendly Flirtation, which comes out today!

Take it away, Christine!

First Kisses...

One of the things I look forward to when reading or writing a romance is the first kiss between the main characters.

From the first word in the story, it seems like every word afterward is making me hold my breath until that moment in time when you know they are going to kiss, they want to kiss, and then they actually kiss. I swear each time it happens I sigh a happy sigh and the tension leaves my shoulders a little bit. I admit it, sometimes I even close my eyes a minute and savor their reactions to each other. I’m a hopeless romantic.

But I do love every bit of tension that is built into the story before that first kiss. The times when they are about to kiss and don’t for some reason—second thoughts, interruption—and then tension starts to build all over again.

Sometimes it can get frustrating because you’ve been waiting for it, expecting it, the characters are practically demanding it, but it just doesn’t seem to work out for them.


But the moment that they finally touch—and he draws her into his arms, or she yanks him into hers—and their lips meet and fire races over their flesh, ignites the blood in their veins, and makes them forget where and who they are. It’s the best moment ever. No other kiss compares to that first one.

Why, you might ask? I believe because it’s that first test for the couple. Will they be compatible? Or are they awkward at first like my characters in A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION? Will they like the feel of the other? Will they like how the other person’s lips make them feel? Will they want seconds, thirds, fourths, and more?
The life of their romance depends on that first kiss—in so many ways. It’s the true starting point for the rest of the romance.

At least that’s my opinion.

How about you, do you anticipate the first kiss as much as I do?

A Friendly Flirtation
Friends First #3
Christine Warner
February 15, 2016

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One kiss can change your life...

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.

When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) 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 arithmetic.  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, Instagram, Goodreads, and her website at


  1. Great post! Thank you for hosting A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Love your blog! Thank you for letting me share A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION with your readers :)