Wife for Hire – Interview and Giveaway with Christine Bell!

August 22nd, 2012

Fabulous guest on the Sisters today – the beauteous Christine Bell and her wonderful debut release for Entangled Indulgence. She has the BEST giveaway so make sure to comment!

Hello Sassy Sisters, and thanks for having me today! In hopes of us having some fun, I asked my friend Jen to interview me so that she could ask some questions that would be a little nosier and less PC than a more standard interview. Here’s the results! And stick around for a super cool contest to celebrate the release of my Entangled Indulgence romance, Wife for Hire!

What’s the worst thing you ever had to do for money?

Blerg. I have no idea. I’ve waitressed and bartended at some not so great restaurants, but I never minded it so much. Oh! I got one! When I was 21 I up and drove cross country to San Diego with my two male friends and $400 in my pocket. We got a one-room apartment in Ocean Beach and would take turns sleeping on the floor (because two of us could fit on the bed at any one time). Anyhoo, when finances got short (and by short, I mean ramen noodles were too rich for our blood), we started selling stuff at the pawn shop. I sold the ring my mother had gotten me for my sixteenth birthday for like forty bucks. I ended up going back home a month later. I really wish I had it back now.

If you could sleep with any historical figure, who would you choose?

Oooooh, I LOVE this questions. *rubs hands together* Wowww, wait, is Liam Neeson a historical figure? No? He’s pretty old. Still no? Fine. Then I’ll say Doc Holliday (pre-consumption, obviously). The Val Kilmer version. Cuz he’s my huckleberry.

Favorite superhero?

Spiderman. I used to pretend to be him when I was a kid, shooting off webs from my wrists, all *peow peow*. Excellent times.

Favorite villain in a book or movie?

OMG, this is my favorite subject EVER. I shouldn’t even start. *turns away, but turns back, drawn like a moth to…another (really sexy) moth* SEVERUS SNAPE. Although, I do love me some Doctor Horrible (Joss Whedon directs Neil Patrick Harris FTW) But Severus Snape for sure. I’d like to go on record as saying I knew Snape was good the WHOLE time. I take unimaginable pleasure in rubbing it in my husbands’ and four sons’ faces on a regular basis. I called it from BOOK ONE and never stopped calling it, despite them pooh-poohing my theory. *leaps onto soapbox* I would further assert that Snape is not only better than Dumbledork, he is the BEST character in that series, bar none, and a hero who gave his life for the woman he loved. I went to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando with the family last year on vacation and am the proud owner of a Severus Snape wand, as well as a Slytherin House green and white scarf, which I wear every day, weather permitting. *steps gingerly off soapbox*

Wait, so you’d like him as both as a Professor and as a lover?

Without question. In fact, Alan Rickman is number two on my free-pass list (between lyrical genius and rapper, Common, and Ellen Degeneres). Don’t make me google images to prove just how sexy he can be in a waistcoat.

If you could choose an actress to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Okay, so let’s see. I LOVE me some Sandra Bullock, and she’s so funny, I feel like that’s the way to go. But I *sort* of resemble a Ashley Judd(‘s chubby, less attractive sister). Meh, if I get to pick, I’m going Sandy all day. It’s my fantasy, right?

Tell us about your new release for Entangled Publishing, Wife for Hire, and what you love most about your hero and heroine?

Well, I probably shouldn’t say this, but *looks around furtively*, the heroine of this book, Lindy Knight, is my favorite heroine of all time. Don’t tell my other heroines that, though. They’re a prickly bunch and just in case the characters in my books go full-out Toy Story on me one day, I don’t want to end up trussed up like a pig while they poke me with sticks or something.

The thing about Lindy is that she is probably the nicest heroine I’ve ever written but under the fluffy exterior, she actually the toughest. Her parents died when she was young and she is sort of the family caretaker now. She’s funny and flawed and neurotic, but also very brave and has such a great outlook on life. I feel like I could hang out with her and have a beer.

As for Owen (let’s pronounce it the way he does, ladies: Ooh-un *dreamy sigh*), he’s a hunk. Irish billionaire, determined to stay single because true love that lasts is a fairy tale. And then he meets Lindy. I love this story, I swear.

Here’s the blurb from Wife for Hire. To celebrate the release of my new Entangled Indulgence, I’m offering to indulge YOU guys so stick around to comment!

He needs a wife for three weeks…
Owen Phipps is out for revenge. His mission? To expose the man who stole his sister’s money and dignity. All he needs is a “wife” who can play along. Too bad his last best hope is an actress who tries to mace him with perfume when he offers her the role of a lifetime.
Lindy Knight is a real sap. She loves too hard, feels too deep, and often finds herself saying yes when she should be saying “Let me think about it.” She can’t believe her good fortune when Owen offers her more than enough money to hold off foreclosure until she can find a job. Three weeks at a resort, money she desperately needs, and she gets to help bring a criminal to justice? Score.
It seems easy enough until the first time a couples bonding game turns intimate, and they realize how dangerous their mutual attraction could be. Can they keep their hands to themselves long enough to find the evidence Owen needs? Or are the close quarters more temptation than they can handle?

Thanks for having me, Sassy’s! And readers, stick around to comment, because, to celebrate the release of my new Entangled Indulgence, I’m offering to indulge YOU! One commenter on this post will win a $10 Barnes & Noble or Amazon gift card, so she (or he!) can buy a couple (or, if you buy from the Entangled Indulgence line, a few because they’re only $2.99!) new books.

AND I’m also running a Let Me Indulge You contest. If Wife for Hire gets onto the Amazon OR Barnes & Noble top 500 list by September 18th, I will be giving away a $250 gift card to the salon or spa of one lucky winner’s choice. Sign into Rafflecopter below and every comment from my blog tour will be counted as an entry. Follow my whole blog tour? EACH comment = another entry! Extra entries will also be given for tweeting or posting the link to the book on your Facebook page:

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So now to you, blog readers! Do tell. What’s your favorite indulgence?

29 Responses to “Wife for Hire – Interview and Giveaway with Christine Bell!”

  1. Maria D. says:

    Fun interview! I totally agree that Severus Snape was a misunderstood hero!
    I too would love to meet Doc Holiday (pre-consumption) – “I’m Your Huckleberry” has to be one of my favorite lines from a movie…lol….Wife for Hire sounds like a fun book that I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  2. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the insight on the author. I can’t believe she’s never had a job she hated but having to sell that ring would be really terrible.

  3. Caroline Storer says:

    Great blog! Congratulations on your Indulgence release as well. My favourite indulgence is a cup of tea and bicci’ in bed with a book to read! Caroline x

  4. Cari Quinn says:

    LOL, awesome interview! I loved WIFE FOR HIRE! Such a great book. Lindy and Owen are YUM squared together!

  5. Melinda Pierce says:

    I feel like I know so much about Christine that nothing should surprise me – then she busts out with Ellen D. on her top 10!

    Fun interview and congrats to Christine on her release!

  6. Hi Maria, You know what they say about gret minds :o D

    Hey Shannon! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t LOVE waitressing, lol, it just wasn’t TERRIBLE. Except when a customer yells at you. THAT’S terrible.

    Thanks for the congrats, Caroline! Very excited about it.

    Smooches to you, Cari! I love everything you write and can’t WAIT for your Brazen to come out.

    MELLY MELZ! I MISS YOU! How’s dat bebe??? And as for Ellen, I’m a sucker for funny, what can I say?

  7. Robyn Thomas says:

    Hey Christine, I have Wife For Hire on my TBR pile which is kind of out of control at the moment (so many great Entangled titles!) Can’t wait to get to yours! Thanks for guesting on the Sassies site :-)

  8. Cathy M says:

    Very fun interview. I love your favorite villian answer.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    Funtastic interview!! :-)
    Favorite indulgence? Aside from Chocolate? ;-) Historical Romance movies that end in an HEA. SO many lovely historical movies are ruined (in my opinion. Ahem.) because the main lead doesn’t get together or one of them dies (I’m looking at you, Titanic.) Alas! We still have the many versions of Pride and Prejudicem and one of my all-time favorites, Lost in Austen :-)

  10. bn100 says:

    Fun interview. Nice choice of villain.

  11. Thanks for being here, Christine! I’ve got this sitting on Brad the iPad. Can’t wait to read… Oh and can I just say? Dr Horrible rocks. :-)

  12. Thanks so much everyone for commenting! The winner of the $10.00 gift card is…Shannon! shannon, please contact me at rcbell64@yahoo.com and just let me know if you prefer Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

  13. Trix says:

    I love something chocolaty with a nice mocha or latte on the side. I can’t pass up a bookstore or record store, either!

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