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Monday, March 11, 2013

TLC Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway

Tired of the cold, cold, cold of Winter?  Author Christie Ridgway's new series, set on the sunny shores of Crescent Cove, California, is guaranteed to make you look forward to the warm days of Summer!

The first book in this new trilogy series, "Beach House No. 9," introduces readers to the charming beach community of Crescent Cove.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (January 29, 2013)
When book doctor Jane Pearson arrives at Griffin Lowell’s beach house, she expects a brooding loner. After all, his agent hired her to help the reclusive war journalist write his stalled memoir. Instead, Jane finds a tanned, ocean-blue-eyed man in a Hawaiian shirt, hosting a beach party and surrounded by beauties. Faster than he can untie a bikini top, Griffin lets Jane know he doesn’t want her. But she desperately needs this job and digs her toes in the sand.

Griffin intends to spend the coming weeks at Beach House No. 9 taking refuge from his painful memories-and from the primly sexy book doctor who wants to bare his soul. But warm nights, moonlit walks and sultry kisses just may unlock both their guarded hearts.

It's been a long, cold winter, but I got just the pick-me-up I needed after reading Christie Ridgway's "Beach House No. 9."

With the beach setting in a quaint little community of Crescent Cove, Ridgway introduces readers to a cast of fascinating characters with fascinating stories to tell.  

I enjoyed the characters in this first story. With Jane, the book doctor, and Griffin, the grumpy war journalist/author, there is plenty of romantic tension and sizzling opportunities for love in this tale. Ridgway also sprinkles plenty of humor throughout the story as well, making this novel the perfect cure for the winter blues!

Fans of contemporary romance will love this new series!

Look for the second book, "Bungalow Nights" (in stores now) and the third, "Love Shack" (release date March 26).  You'll be glad you did!

An avid reader, Christie began writing romances in the fifth grade when she wrote stories starring her teen idol (and herself as the heroine, of course!). These stories remain intact, in a locked box with a mercifully missing key.

After college as an English major, she became a technical writer in the computer field for a number of years. That led her into computer programming, a geeky profession that was not-so-surprisingly satisfying for the daughter and sister of accountants.

Christie married her college sweetheart and gave up     full-time programming when her first son was born. A visit from an old friend prompted her to take up writing again, and she joined her local chapter of Romance Writers of America two weeks later.

Thanks to the camaraderie and support she found there, Christie persevered, making her first sale to Harlequin. When another son joined her family, she continued to write, juggling motherhood, wifehood and the writing life. She makes her home in Southern California, doing work that she loves thanks to the support of her math-teacher husband and their two sons.

If Christie is not at her computer writing contemporary romances, she is washing clothes or folding clothes or washing some more clothes or folding yet another load of clothes. She does a lot of laundry due to active sons, as well as a husband who likes to surf, bike and fix things!

While the yellow Labrador retriever, the cat, the fish and the tortoise do not add to the laundry piles, they do add to the excitement. As often as possible, though, Christie escapes it all with — what else? — a romance.

You can keep in touch with Christie’s laundry-filled life at christieridgway.com.


Monday, March 11th:  Sharon’s Garden of Book ReviewsBeach House No. 9
Wednesday, March 13th:  Romancing the Book - Beach House No. 9
Thursday, March 14th:  A Chick Who ReadsBungalow Nights
Monday, March 18th:  Babbling About Books, and More!Beach House No. 9
Wednesday, March 20th:  Simply Stacie - Bungalow Nights
Thursday, March 21st: Adventures of an Intrepid ReaderBeach House No. 9
Friday, March 22nd:  Peeking Between the PagesThe Love Shack
Monday, March 25th:  Chaos is a Friend of Mine - The Love Shack
Wednesday, March 27th:  Book JunkieBungalow Nights
Monday, April 1st:  Passionate EncountersBeach House No. 9
Tuesday, April 2nd:  Urban Girl ReaderThe Love Shack
Thursday, April 4th:  Ticket to AnywhereBungalow Nights
Monday, April 8th:  Col ReadsThe Love Shack
Wednesday, April 10th:  Urban Girl ReaderBeach House No. 9
Thursday, April 11th:  Good Girl Gone Redneck  Beach House No. 9
Friday, April 12th: From the TBR Pile - Bungalow Nights
Monday, April 15th:  Seaside Book Nook - The Love Shack
Wednesday, April 17th:  Urban Girl ReaderBungalow Nights

My thanks to Harlequin Books for the review copies of these books, and to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I could do with a romantic beach getaway right about now. :)

Thanks for being a part of the tour!