Saturday, September 03, 2011

Awe-Struck/Mundania Published Authors Blog-Tour - Christine London

It's 4th September and we're kicking off the blog tour with Christine London .

The victims - sorry! - fellow authors have been asked two extremely simple (ahem) questions to answer on Lauracea.

Christine has something interesting in her living room. And you can always feel safe around her. Find out what and why. Without further ado, here's Christine's fabulous post: 

Thanks for hosting me today, Sue.

My name is Christine London and I live my life steeped in my senses. Why? Because I love to read and write a book that puts me into a scene as though I were really there. Sounds, smells, feel and even taste count as much as sight, so I write with a visceral sensibility.

Sue: Tell us five things most people wouldn't be able to find out about you just by reading your blogs/social media presence?

1- I don't watch TV. Well, hardly ever. Most of it is just not alluring. I'd rather be in the world of my next book or reading other's work.

2- I like to garden. Yeah--Christine London of the travel and Hollywood events blog, London Blog, enjoys getting her hands dirty and nurturing results.

3- I never read a romance before writing one. Yikes...that's a scary thing to admit, but I was a non-fiction self-help kinda book gal. I think it has made my writing fresh, with no preconceptions attached as to how a romance ought to be constructed. Others tell me my work is refreshing, so guess it's been a real plus. :)

4- I am a Certified Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) member. Yup--took the training when I lived in Northern California after Loma Prieta Earthquake to be sure I knew what to do and how to help in the event of a catastrophic event. I crawled through dark houses, put out fires, carried victims fireman-style, constructed wood cribbing under heavy objects, learned triage and central command cotrol, to name a few skills. Small wonder that you will find tent, food, water, and emergency supplies in the outermost corner of my garage.

5-There's a snake in my living room. His name is Henry and I saved him from being tread upon in Feb of 1994 while on a walk. At that time he was a baby sunning on the sidewalk. He's a gopher snake and local to California. He has met many a kindergartner (kids in my class- I taught kindergarten in public school for seven years.) to give them hands on experience with this much misunderstood and maligned animal. No, they are not slimy, they are not all poisonous (though you should treat them all as if they are until someone who knows how to identify them can do so.) and they are a very necessary part of the food chain.

Sue: Choose two characters from any of your books and tell us five things about them. 

Well, my Awe Struck book, Leap Of Faith, is patterned after some very special people in my life.

Faith, the heroine-

1- is a compilation of my feisty daughter and reserved son.

2- is revealed to have a neurological condition in the course of the novel--the same from which my son suffers. As mom I have lived and breathed accommodating and supporting a loved one with this challenge and thus felt strongly that is should be addressed through the context of a very lovable, vibrant young person as a means of uplifting those who are so challenged and educating those of us who may well have misconceptions about people with it. This story is highly entertaining, but also important. We all have challenges in our lives. We can all live richly and well with them.

3- The model ("Faith") on the cover IS my daughter. She is now a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corp stationed in Quantico, Virginia.

4-The setting where Faith meets Hunter (and Alex) is an actual island off the coast of Naples. I have vacationed there and in fact did some of the same (somewhat hair brained) things Faith has the gumption to do in Leap Of Faith. (Hint- Faith crashes an international film festival. The real festival is the Ischia Film Festival held every July.)

5- Faith reconnects with Alex in a real locale in Los Angeles across the street from the Arc Light Cinema on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood--researched by me while attending a red carpet film opening for a film starring a man upon which Alex is based.

Whew--another character?

Erik Bartholomew of Soul In His Eyes

1- Inspired by a real Scot actor living and working today. As such--

2- The plot is partially biographical.

3- Erik, as with his Christine, gained (me) instant entrance into one of the swankiest restaurants in London-- The Ivy--with a lengthy wait list for reservations. While researching locales, I offered my author-ly credentials to the host and he allowed me entrance.

4- Erik is the given name of the beloved, if tortured character, the Phantom, in the long running musical. Erik Bartholmew is in the midst of filming a scene in the film Phantom in the opening of Soul In His Eyes. Christine is the heroine in both works.

5- Erik Bartholomew is isolated physically by an Icelandic filming location, metaphorically by his fame. The fictional set in the novel mirrors the rugged, isolated filming of Sturla Gunnarsson's Beowulf.

Hope this has been as fun and amusing for you as it has been for me. Thanks for the opportunity, Sue!

It has indeed, Christine, you're one fascinating author and your characters are awesome.

Christine's books:
e-ISBN: 978-1-58749-735-3
Awe Struck Publishing
Film student Faith Holmes is on an Italian holiday bought and paid for -- a familial inducement to finding an Italian husband. She wants none of it. Boredom and curiosity make for a volatile mix and Faith is lured into the heart of the island of Forio's exclusive international film festival not as guest, but crasher. Hollywood's premiere publicist Hunter Jameson has more than enough on his plate when his client, English film sensation Alex Winslow decides he's departing from the straight and narrow. One American party crasher should be the least of his worries. He has no idea that Alex's growing feelings for Faith rival his own. The only thing for certain is his life will never be the same.
e-ISBN: 978-1-59426-865-6

ISBN: 978-1-60659-949-5 (print)
Phaze Books
Christine Rose lives an ideal life in a beach suburb of Los Angeles with her husband, Leo. Whilst on summer break from her teaching responsibilities, Christine sees Hollywood's rendition of her favorite gothic romantic musical, featuring a mysteriously magnetic actor with haunting, haunted eyes. Will his response to her letter help her cope with the tragedy that rips her world apart? Fascinated by her acuity and racked with the lonely isolation of fame, Erik pursues the Californian woman through an affair of words. He is as determined to open Christine's heart as she is to save him from his self-imposed solitude. But before they can dream of what lies in the future, they must come to grips with their pasts, as well as the myriad of obstacles fate and fame place in their way. Set in Los Angeles, Iceland, London, and Scotland this globetrotting novel visits the disparate worlds of quiet family life and the lightening paced celebrity of moviemaking. It interweaves two life stories, unfolding half a world apart, in a novel of courage, strength and love. The author's extensive travel and residence in England and Scotland make this read fun and scintillatingly "Brit".

Christine London was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the long winters of the Midwest as a child to find her roots in the sun and charm of California, both North and South. Her adopted home became Great Britain when she spent a year of college in the east end of London with three male flat mates; one from each country on the main island. Her fascination and love affair with all things British has grown over the years, facilitated by summers spent trading houses.
Graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Chris continued with family, teaching, singing in a jazz sextet and running foot races (and winning) before discovering her true passion….the romance and adventure of writing.
It took one Scot to awaken her poetic appreciation of Scotland's natural beauty, and another Scot to ignite her passion for writing. Thank you, gentlemen.


If you'd like to read more about Christine and her books - as well as read some excerpts - take a look at her website:


  1. Safe to assume that snake is in a cage or tank in your living room?

  2. Snakes aren't so bad--they're quiet.

    I can relate to #3 because I think I read maybe 3 romances in my life and then ended up writing romance.

    Good luck with your latest release!

  3. International film festivals and London restaurants -- it sounds like Christine's life is as exciting as those of her characters. No wonder they come to life when I read her books.

  4. Christine, your life is way too cool! As if crashing international film festivals isn't enough, you've got a snake in your living room? I had no idea snakes lived so long!

    Great interview

  5. I find it awesome that Christine never read romance before writing it. And how cool is it that her daughter's on the cover of her book. :)

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