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Friday, December 20, 2013

A Kiss Between Friends...with Christina Brooke and Giveaway

A Kiss Between Friends on Christmas Eve - Christina Brooke

When Christina Brooke is not dancing with dukes, testing her marksmanship at Manton’s or driving her high-perch phaeton in the Hyde Park, she is writing the next book in her Ministry of Marriage/Westruthers series. Christina lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two sons and a Great Dane cross called Monty.

Her next book, THE GREATEST LOVER EVER, is released on December 31.

Places to find Christina:
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How lovely of Danielle to invite me to this wonderful party! Thank you for having me with you today.

My theme is “A Kiss Between Friends on Christmas Eve”. My hero decided to write a poem on the subject. I always say there’s nothing like bad poetry to tell a lady a gentleman loves her!

Happy holidays to you all and I hope you enjoy this little Christmas offering!


To Amelia, on Christmas Eve
by An Indifferent Poet

With good cheer of the season
We dance and make merry
The house all decked out
Ivy twines with red berry

The soiree is ending
Guests drift away now
You pause looking wistful
’Neath the kissing bough

And it comes to me
That a maid who is standing
In that tempting spot
A kiss is demanding

Not from me, oh, no!
For we are but friends
If I take that kiss
All bonhomie ends

But I watch you and wonder
How that mouth, so merry
Would taste beneath mine
Be it honey or cherry?

Alone now, eyes meet
My pulse starts to race
My heart starts to hammer
At double the pace

Who is this girl
I’ve known all my life?
A friend, not a lover
A friend, not a wife

But your smile, your eyes
Your laughter, so dear
The way I can’t think straight
Now you are near…

And even as honor
Demands I desist
I draw you closer
And you don’t resist

For you’ve known all along
What I’ve surely missed
It’s by far and away
High time that we kissed.


Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancĂ©. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable—and as iron-willed as ever…


Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing—when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

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 Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of London's Last True Scoundrel

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  • Please leave a comment or question for Christina.
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  1. I enjoyed the poem; it does a really good job of capturing the situation.

  2. Oh wow Christina! You're also a poet??!!!! Okay it was your hero's poem but still!! That was just amazing~
    I love the details and how well it went into depth of finding his feelings for his dearest friend, now lover. :)

    1. Thanks KiPha, no I'm definitely NOT a poet! LOL I am good at bad poetry, though! Glad you liked :)

  3. Thanks for sharing the poem, Christina! I want to know, do you help choose the covers of your books?

    1. Hi Anita, no I don't get to choose the covers, but I can ask for them to be tweaked a little if necessary. Luckily TGLE required no adjustment!

  4. What a great poem. :)

    Love your books!

  5. Love the poem & your book sounds great! Merry Christmas!

  6. The poem was better than what I could have done. I cannot write a poem for anyone. Love the poem a lot because it descriptive and I could almost imagine it

    1. Thank you, Sandy! I don't think it will win awards but it was from the heart :)

  7. I loved the poem....and those Front Covers!!!

    1. Betty, they've done a great job with the covers, haven't they? Thank you!

  8. Wow. Those covers are mighty fine. ;-)

    1. Yes, yes they are! I can say that because I didn't make them :)

  9. AH. So sweet. Love it.
    Happy Weekend :)

  10. Sweet poem! Like everyone else, I do love the covers of your books.

    Merry Christmas!!

  11. Nice poem and nice cover ;) Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Love the covers. You're a new Author for me Christina but I'm definitely going to check out the Westruthers series. Thanks.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. I enjoyed the poem, and this series sounds fab! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. I love the poem! It's unique and conveys so much in not many words. I would love to read more about that kiss!

    1. Ah, well that would be another poem, Chanpreet! Thank you!

  15. Love your poem, Christina! And I'm truly sorry I haven't read anything by you you are a new-to-me author of historical romance. BTW, that is my fave genre for reading, so it's about high time I DID read something of yours, isn't it? I'm so glad I got introduced to you on this post.

    1. Hi Janice, so glad you love historicals. Hope you enjoy my books if you pick them up!

  16. I liked the poem and thanks for sharing :) I can't wait to read this book.
    Happy Holidays,

  17. I loved that poem. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Christmas.

  18. I really enjoyed the poem, it was different than what everyone else did. You are a new author for me and I can't wait to start reading. Thanks

  19. thanks for the fun post! Congrats to Christina on the new release :)

  20. That was one awesome poem! Congrats on the new release, Christina--and those covers are absolutely hot! Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  21. I loved the poem thank you. lisagk(at)yahoo

  22. How is Amelia to resist such a poem? But now I'm curious about the name of the lovelorn hero who writes such wonderful poetry to his beloved.

    The Greatest Love Ever sounds like a wonderful book. Bet Georgie leads Beckenham a merry chase!

  23. Enjoyed the poem and enjoy your books too. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  24. Wonderful thank you.

    This book looks so YUMMY!!

  25. can"t wait to read ur books christina..
    thx u for hosting :)

  26. A lovely poem! Thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Very interesting description of the story.

  28. Liked the poem! The book sounds really great, thanks for the chance.

  29. thanks for the giveaway chance!

  30. Hi, Christina! I loved your poem! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  31. that poem was fun! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  32. Awww.... a poem straight from the heart. How can any girl resist a guy who writes poetry?

  33. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  34. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Love the poem!

  35. I'd love to read this book.