Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Tour for Safari Moon by Ann Christine (Guest Blog & GIVEAWAY)

Friends to lovers stories always make for a heartwarming read and when family becomes involved the situation becomes even more entertaining.  Safari Moon by Ann Christine is just such a read and courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions she's here today talking about glamorous careers and how they affect the storyline, as well as giving us a glimpse into her new book.  There's also an awesome giveaway so make sure to follow the instructions to get yourself entered.  And now, I present to you Ann Christine.....

How does the exciting occupation of a main character influence the story line?

Oh my, I'm not so sure about the story line, but about the romance…ah…well the excitement is what turns our heroine on. She doesn't want to admit this because she has spent the entire life walking the straight and narrow--so to speak--and the hero takes this type of life for granted, but in the Alaskan wilderness life might just take a turn about for these star-crossed lovers.

The Wilderness of Alaska—watching and shooting pictures of wolves creates tension and excitement of all kinds. The thrill of the first shot and that perfect picture that will grace front covers of magazines everywhere is every photographer's dream. Solo is looking for the one photograph that will be remembered forever.

In Safari Moon there is a scene where Solo and Nyssa stay up all night watching a pack of wolves play and interact with their cubs. One of the cubs wanders close to their tent—too close. Yes, there is some anticipation and fear as well while Nyssa and Solo try to shoo the cub back to the pack without being noticed.

Another scene in Safari Moon has a storm blowing thought the territory and ripping their tiny makeshift camp apart. They are soaked through to the bone. Their tent is uprooted and they are forced to race back to camp before hypothermia sets in.

Of course this creates a shower scene, hot steamy water, naked bodies, the air ripe with sexual tension. Hmm… should we let our imagination run wild? No, we should read that scene. The question is will Solo and Nyssa succumb to the passion and love they feel for each other or will insecurities override their feeling for each other.

Back to the question, I do get side tracked so very easily.

Personally,. I don't see a more fulfilling and exciting occupation than that of a wildlife photographer.  Solo and Nyssa have played with the turtles in Tortuga and been nose to nose with whales while photographing them. Nyssa did, once, draw the line to go with Solo to Australia to photograph sharks. Solo had told her "he wasn't going to hide inside a cage." But Nyssa went to Africa with him and shot elephants and gorillas.  All of these cases were huge adrenalin rushes. Solo thrives on that feeling, but he never knew Nyssa did too. Does all this translate into an exciting storyline and passionate, sexual desire, love scenes that leave you breathless? Of course.

But another question is still up in the air. Can both solo and Nyssa overcome their insecurities and find happiness in each other's arms? Well, I guess you will have to read the book to discover the truth.

I would like to thank Words of Wisdom blog for hosting me today.

Safari Moon by Ann Christine

Solo St. John, a wildlife photographer, is preparing for a trip to Alaska.  Suddenly, Solo finds women of all sorts invading his privacy, his home and his office, all cooing nonsense words and blatantly throwing themselves at him.  Solo doesn't know why, and he has no idea how to rid himself of the persistent women.  He finally decides to beg a favor of his best buddy Nyssa Harrington. 

In love with Solo for the past ten years and knowing he doesn't return her feelings Nyssa doesn't want to talk to Solo.  She knows if she accepts his phone call, she will not be able to resist the temptation to hope again.


It didn’t take much to envision him, half-naked, sleepy, in bed, and wrapped in the redhead’s arms.

“Nyssa?” His sexy voice brought her out of the spell she’d almost smothered herself in.

“Get your hands off my husband!” Nyssa’s voice blurted out but her few crisp words had the desired effect. The lady’s hands dropped to her sides and her lips moved in a pert little moue.

At least Solo had the presence of mind to take advantage of her verbal warning. Standing, he neatly dumped the woman on her rounded derriere onto the couch.

If Nyssa hadn’t felt such outrage, the scene could have been construed as comical. But she did feel intense indignation and a possessiveness she wouldn’t analyze at the moment.

“Your husband?” The female cooed unbelievingly. “Now why do I find that hard to believe?”

“What a surprise darling.” She turned to Solo. “Is this one willing, eager, or able? Or perhaps a combination of all three?” She did try to push the anger from her voice. But then she thought it was a nice touch and if anger got rid of the female it was worth the embarrassment.

“Of all the nerve!”

“Yes, my wife does have--nerve. Among other things.” Solo still stood, open-mouthed, as Nyssa made her way across the room.

Nyssa ran her hand up Solo’s arm and endeavored for sultry instead of anger in her tone. “Sorry the plane took so long. Just like you asked, I bought a silky little black thing for bed.”

There were a number of things that could go wrong. For starters, Solo could deny the relationship, and then of course the redhead could figure out she lied. Somehow she didn’t expect either scenario.

“Pumpkin,” Solo said with a husky little growl in the timbre of his voice.


“Would you like a glass of wine?”

Before she had a chance to answer, he had maneuvered around discarded clothes and tumbled furniture to make his way to the kitchen and back with a glass, and was now pouring. He grinned from ear-to-ear and she felt a real sense of accomplishment.

“I tried to tell her I was spoken for, but until you showed up she didn’t believe me.”


Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children.  Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

Website:  http://christineyoung-romancewriter.blogspot.com/
Rogues Angels blog:    http://www.roguesangels.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Young/350132315013316
Twitter   http://twitter.com/#!/achristay
Publisher:  http://shop.roguephoenixpress.ieasysite.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=SAFARIMOON


* A Safari Moon bookmark to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop.
* ebook copy of The Gift (part of A Valentine Anthology) and Star Crossed (part of St. Patricks Day anthology) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
* One commenter during the tour will win the right to have a character named for them in her next release--either Ghost Dance (a western historical romance) or Rebel Heart (science-fiction romance)
* Two randomly drawn commenters during the tour will each win a $25.00 GC to Starbucks

-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!
-To be entered, MUST leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-One commenter will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more tour stops you make a comment on the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 4/6.


  1. A big thanks to the scarf princess for hosting Safari Moon.

  2. I am not a fan of romance novels, but this one looks really good. Great excerpt! Another book added to my to-read list.

    Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

  3. Christine...I've been following along on the tour and haven't gotten around to asking you about Oregon. I have never been there but I would love to go. I've read that it's quite beautiful and very outdoor-oriented. I live on the NC coast, but sometimes I wonder how it might be to live on the Oregon coast.

  4. Very nice excerpt. The book sounds very good.