Please help me welcome author Christie Ridgway to As the Pages turn today. Christie is a USA Today bestselling author of over 35 contemporary romances for Berkley, Avon, Harlequin, and Silhouette Books. A five-time RITA finalist, she tells heartwarming and sexy stories that readers say make them laugh and cry. New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr says she “captures the true magic of falling in love.” Her latest books are set in the Napa Valley of California and she describes the series as about “One failing winery, two feuding families, and three unforgettable pairings.” The first in the trilogy is CRUSH ON YOU and the second, THEN HE KISSED ME, is now available.
Hi Christie! Welcome to As the
Pages Turn. Then He Kissed Me is your 2nd book in the Three Kisses
Trilogy just released Jan. 4th.
Can you tell us a bit about the premise of this series?
The three Baci sisters inherited their family’s one-hundred-year-old failing
winery. They made a deathbed promise to their father to save it…and they’ve
given themselves a year to turn it around.
What about Stephania Baci aka Stevie the heroine of Then He Kissed Me,
makes her special and perfect for the hero?
romantic streak. Jack is not the guy for her—or so she thinks…“if she could
have constructed the complete wrong man for herself, it would be him: a
gorgeous prince with a wealthy family and a dark past.” But they have something wonderful to offer
each other—she rekindles in him a need for family and a belief in love.
What about Jacques Parini aka Jack the hero in Then He Kissed Me, makes
him special and perfect for the heroine?
Southern accent at the drop of a hat (he’s half-American). However, he has a
dark incident in his past that has caused him to distance himself from his
family. Stevie helps him connect with
them again, and in return, Jack is the man who restores her confidence and her
belief that she can be loved.
Did you have any special famous person in mind when you came up with
these two characters?
didn’t think of anyone famous, but I did remember a college friend of mine who
was related to the royal family in Luxembourg and who went into the wine
business after college. So I created my own small monarchy in Europe and made
my hero a prince!
I’ve never been to the Napa Valley but that is one of places on my list
to be visited one day. What made you
decide to set a series in this area and how did you come up with the premise
for the family run a wine business?
state. The wine country of the Napa
Valley seemed a perfect setting for romance…and the wine business a natural for
a story set in that region.
What can we look forward in the final book in this series? Any sneak peek you want to share?
won’t be any surprise to those who’ve read the previous books that the third
(title has been changed to Can’t Hurry Love) in the trilogy is Giuliana and
Liam’s story. Readers have been wondering what’s the cause of their sniping and
snarling at each other and the truth comes out. It’s a sexy and very emotional
So now let’s get to know you more you.
I have some questions to ask you.
Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
What was your favorite book or genre you read as a teen?
and led me in that direction, but I also read stacks and stacks of Harlequin romances.
If you could be one of your heroines for a day which one would you
love the determination of Alessandra from Crush on You, but Stevie in Then He
Kissed Me can do all the things I can’t: fix cars, play sports well, and she
knows what beats what in poker!
What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the book on your shelf?
section at the library are Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (that I think my mom had read as a kid). They’re
on the shelf at my childhood home.
my life changed when I read These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. I swooned over
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye and both of those books are on the keeper
shelves in my office.
I want to know what swear word do
you say a lot?
bit—when my children aren’t around.
What current popular or famous
book do you wish you had written?
don’t want to take over the task of writing one of my favorites.
Are the sex scenes harder or
easier to write then the rest of the book?
don’t think they’re any harder or easier. I think it’s important to make them
vital to the story. When readers talk about skipping the love scenes, I shake
my head. Like every other scene, a love
scene should change something in the characters and or the relationship so that
if you skipped them you’d miss an important element to the story!
Do you do any special
preparations mentally for the love scenes in your book? Do you tend to write them as the story goes
or do you write the book completely than go back and put the scenes in later?
write them as the story goes because I need to see how the experience changes
the characters and/or their situation so the following scenes reflect that.
(I’m a very linear thinker!) I don’t do any special preparation before writing
them other than what I always do, and that is, get inside the character’s heads
so I can tell the story from their emotional place.
Also since this series is set in wine country, what’s your favorite
chardonnay because it’s lighter and crisper to me. However, when we were on a
research trip in the wine country, I really enjoyed some pinot noirs and
brought home a bottle of a lovely rosé that is crisp and dry—not sweet as I had
If you weren’t writing what else would you have been doing?
into computer programming. I’d probably still be working in that industry—and
wishing I was writing my own stories!
Thanks for stopping by Christie.
Hope you’ve enjoyed your time here.
Any last comments or words you want to say?
Long live romance!
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The contest is open until Jan. 17th.
- Her website http://www.christieridgway.com/
- You can also find her at Riding with the Top Down blog and Bookpage Reviewing site
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If you missed my review of her first book in this series be sure to check it out here.