Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SWEETEST LITTLE SIN RELEASE PARTY -- SPY VS BANDITA?

Scene: The deepest depths of the Romance Bandits' lair--a place unlovingly referred to by its inhabitants as the deadline cave.

Two furtive figures appear from nowhere. One distracts the two cabana boys guarding the cave entrance, allowing the other to steal up behind and knock the CBs' pretty heads together. Stunned, the cabana boys crumple to the floor. Clearly, the Bad Banditas were not in charge of security in the deadline cave tonight.

The two intruders separate and move in different directions through the dark corridors, systematically riffling through desks and filing cabinets in each room.


Most of the cells are unoccupied--there seems to be some sort of party going on above--but in one room sits a little dark haired Bandita tapping away at her laptop, chugging instant coffee and muttering to herself.

In one swift motion, a tall, dark (and handsome!) figure steps up behind and puts a blade to the Bandita's throat. The muttering becomes a strangled shriek, but the intruder clamps his hand over the Bandita's mouth to smother the sound.

A voice, which the Bandita knows only too well, murmurs in her ear...


The Marquis of Jardine: Mrs. Wells, I presume? Stand up, now, slowly. In a moment, I'm going to take my hand away from your mouth. You know me well enough to guess what I'll do if you make the slightest sound. Do you understand?

Obediently, the hapless author rises and turns around

Christine Wells: [Thinks] Wow. He really is as devastatingly gorgeous as I imagined when I wrote him. And scary. Mustn't forget the scary part. Careful of the knife blade, she nods.

Jardine slowly removes hand from her mouth but keeps the knife too close for comfort.

Jardine: It has come to my attention that you mean to publish a book. One that contains top secret information about a recent mission of mine.

Christine: [Thinks] I didn't write this part, but I'm willing to go with it. Forget Lady Louisa! Take ME as your prisoner, Jardine!

[Says] Well... it's mainly a romance, really. I mean there are some suspense elements but they're, um, you know... larger than life. Highly improbable. She shrugs and looks apologetic. I made it all up.

Jardine: Romance?Jardine's eyes narrow dangerously. Mrs. Wells, are you mocking me?

Christine: Me? Mock? You? No! Mocking is not at all what I had in mind, actually...

A tall, slim blonde woman enters the room, reading a blue covered book.

Christine: [Mutters] Oh, nuts.

Lady Louisa Brooke: Jardine, do stop terrorizing the poor woman. It is a romance, after all. See? [Reads aloud] "Damn you, Louisa.” The soft growl was all she heard before a savage, beautiful mouth found hers." Louisa tilts her head and stares at Jardine's savage, beautiful mouth. I think that's rather good.

Jardine: Good? Have you taken leave of your senses, my lady?

Louisa flips the page

Louisa: [laughs] Oh! Were we really that naughty?

Christine: Most of it was unprintable.

Jardine: Hand it over, Louisa! I'll be the judge of... Good God!

Christine: [whispers to Louisa] Don't worry, everyone knows that's just a body double on the cover.

Ahem! Anyway, it's too late to stop publication, I'm afraid. In fact, SWEETEST LITTLE SIN will hit bookstores this very day. Christine looks at watch Oh, no, is that the time? I'm supposed to be at the release party by now! Sven! WHERE'S MY COCKTAIL? Demetrius, where's your shield? For that matter, where's your tunic, you naughty Roman!

Christine hurries away, leaving Jardine and Louisa engrossed in the story of how they lied, spied, schemed and fought their way to their happily ever after.

Louisa: Looks around. It appears we're alone, darling. Shall we join the party upstairs?

Jardine: I've never been one for parties. But, having read this book, something rather more interesting does rather leap to mind. Grins evilly. Come here, my love...

At this point, the CCTV footage goes blank. Even in the 21st century, the Marquis of Jardine knows a thing or two about maintaining the utmost secrecy regarding his affairs.

Much later...

Upstairs, the party is in full swing. Sven the Swedish masseur has the baby oil in one hand and a cocktail shaker in the other. The Romans are organizing shield sledding teams and the hockey hunks are relaxing with some of the Bandita Buddies by the pool. Sundry Banditas are giving fencing, shooting and chandelier-swinging lessons and drinking raspberry mojitos out of bucket boots.

Two figures emerge, a little dishevelled, from the deadline cave.

Louisa: Gracious! What a party!

Jardine: That's not a party, that's a ...................!!!

For the chance to win one of three signed copies of SWEETEST LITTLE SIN, fill in the blank at the end of Jardine's sentence!


176 comments:

Virginia said...

Mine!

Christine Wells said...

Yay, Virginia! Congrats on getting the rooster!

Oops, he's in a bit of a miff, poor bird. I didn't mention him in my post. Ack!

Virginia said...

Great post! This is one heck of a party!

To finish the sentence

That's not a party it's an orgy!
(sorry dirty mind!) I will be back later hubby just got home!

limecello said...

that's a child day care! They switched the location on us! O_o

Haha - ok I'll think of something better later on after I've had sleep.
But... YAY! Congratulations on the new release, Christine! The story sounds great, this post was so much fun, and I love the cover!

Congrats on the GR Virginia :)

Christine Wells said...

LOL Virginia, I was expecting something like that!

Christine Wells said...

Thanks so much, Lime! Lovely to have a new book out.

Boy, the daycare over there must really rock:)

jo robertson said...

Delightful post, Christine! Congratulations on the release of this much-awaited book. I can't wait to read Jardine's story. He's so yummy.

Hmm, I'd say, "That's not a party. It's a riot!"

Not as naughty as Virginia's answer (VBG).

Nancy said...

LOL! Love it, Christine. How clever--I was already looking forward to reading the book. Now I'm even more eager for it.

That's a melee

. . . riot

. . . visit to Bedlam.

Virginia, congrats on the rooster! I hope you'll work him very hard.

Nancy said...

Jo, great (riotous) minds . . . *g*

Nancy said...

Limecello, I've walked into day care centers that looked like that. I like your word choice!

Laurie said...

LOL. Loved the post, Christine, really fun! Congratulations on your release. I am looking forward to reading more about the dangerously sexy Jardine with his savage, beautiful mouth! Yum!

Wonderful party as always here in the Lair. Enjoy your day!

Jardine *shaking in his boots*: That's not a party, that's female domination!!! I'll be damned if I'm going in there!

PinkPeony said...

Congratulations on the release, Christine!

Jardine: ....that looks like a swingers party, and I don't mean from a tree!

Thanks for sharing Jardine with us...finally! Forget about my blasted synopsis! I'm on page four right now!
p.s. gorgeous cover..now I know why my mom always insisted I wear a slip. Congrats on the GR, Virginia!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Virginia, have a cocktail! You know how we love to party with the rooster for a launch!

Christine, that post was confounded hilarious as Jardine would say. What's that Jardine? You wouldn't be caught dead saying that? Eeek, please put away your knife. I know it's a very BIG....knife, but...

Louisa has her hands full. And now I'm back thinking of BIG KNIVES!

Yeah, Sven, the sort you should be cutting up my hors d'oeuvres with! Snicker.

Christine, huge congratulations on the release of this book. It's brilliant! Seriously, everybody, BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be sorry. You'll get to see more of Jardine's savage, beautiful mouth! A mouth he's currently putting around...

..a cracker.

Yeah, you know I was going to say that!

By the way, the last word has to be ORGY, surely!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Virginia, looks like we have similarly dirty...uh, creative minds!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Christine, very clever and entertaining. Do any of the crumpled Cabana Boys need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

flchen1 said...

...that's the rescue squad!

...that's the Princess Anastasia!

Congrats, Christine!

And have fun with the GR, Virginia!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Jo! Thanks for dropping in. Ha, Jardine...I nearly had him! Terrible when you want to compete with your own heroine, isn't it?

Riot! Well said!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Nancy! Thank you! I wanted to bring all the banditas in like I did last time but it just became too much of a tome!

Love the Bedlam one! Very apt.

Christine Wells said...

Hahaha! Laurie I love the idea my fearless Jardine would be terrified of a female-centric world like the lair. I think you might be right!

Christine Wells said...

LOL, Jen. Great answer! Love the fact that Jardine is keeping you from the dreaded synopsis.

I was going to say Louisa must dampen her petticoats, but obviously, she isn't wearing one!

Christine Wells said...

Anna!! Thank you so much for the lovely words about SLS. And it must be a true mistress of historicals that can make a hero eating a cracker sound so...delicious! You really heightened the suspense there.

Orgy? But that's so last season, darling!

Sven: That's not a knife... THIS is a knife!

Christine Wells said...

Do any of the crumpled Cabana Boys need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

Kim, be our guest! Jardine is also busy strangling a couple of hockey hunks for trying to chat up Louisa so you can take your pick.

Christine Wells said...

Snork, Fedora! Thanks for commenting. I'm loving these answers.

Sharon Archer said...

Wicked blog post, Christina! I already knew I wanted a copy of Jardine and Louisa's story - now with that little taste, I can't wait!

Okay, so my stab at the unfinished sentence...

"... a disgrace! Shield your eyes, Louisa!" He tucks her to his side protectively. "Come back down stairs, ma cherie, we can have our own private party."

;)
Sharon

Christine Wells said...

Hi Sharon! Lovely to see you back in the lair. Giggled at your answer--I think you should write historicals! Historical medicals???

Sharon Archer said...

ack! (smacks forehead) sorry, Christine - I stuck an "a" on the end of your name! Must have got all overheated thinking about Jardine protecting Louisa from the Cabana Boys!

Plus I have a norrible cold! Forgive my faux pas!

:)
Sharon

Blodeuedd said...

Congrats!! :D

As for that sentence, orgy would be awesome but hm something new...

That's not a party, that's a brothel!!!

Now see what I did, didn't think of anything completely new ;)

Christine Wells said...

Thanks for the congrats, Blodeuedd!

Brothel?? I might have to challenge Jardine to a duel.

Then again, that is a VERY big knife.

Christine Wells said...

Sharon, sorry I didn't see your second message. No worries! I like the name Christina. It's certainly better than some of the things I've been called:P

Sorry to hear about your cold. Hope you get better soon!

Vanessa Barneveld said...

LOL! This has to be one of my favourite blog posts ever! Happy release day, Christine!

Gosh, my first thought was 'orgy' too. Is that wrong?

Congratulations!!!!! Can't wait till my copy arrives.

Janet said...

Hi Christine...loved the titillating scenario!!
I think the last line has to be... 'that's not a party, it's the Orgy Olympics!! ;-))

Blaze said...

"That's not a party, it's an orgy!"

*g* it fits so well, I couldn't help but use it even though greater minds than I already have :-D

and YAYYYYYAYAYAYAYAYAY Baby!! It's Par-Tay time! Whohoooo Christine and congratulations on your release -I'm so so excited!! I adore your cover and the peeks I've had at your characters assure me I'll adore your story just as much. I'm hitting Barnes & Noble tomorrow to pick it up :-D

Now... since it's a party, I'll take another margarita and a plate of those chocolate covered... strawberries.

Christine Wells said...

Hiya, Vanessa! Thrilled to see you in the lair. Thanks so much for swinging by.

Another vote for orgy? Minds in the gutter, the lot of you!

Christine Wells said...

OMG, Orgy Olympics?? Janet, I'm shocked!

Is there a cleaner word than orgy we could use? I'm a married woman, you know!

Christine Wells said...

Hey, Blaze! Thanks so much for joining the party. I hope you enjoy the chocolate covered...strawberries. And the book, of course!

Carol said...

Haha...
Well to meet
THE Jardine...and the wonderful Louisa...in person at the party.
( I adored her in the prev. book)

It's enough to draw me away for Safari Scraps!!!(FB)

Thanks for the glass of champers! Wow Moet no less!! Was this case of the stuff stashed in this fab cellar? mmmmm....

Congrats Christine ...I am so looking forward to reading this book!
My! your right... Jardine really is a toe curler!!

Cheers Carol

Carol said...

Oops forgot this bit...

Jardine: That's not a party, that's a gathering of Almacks!!!

Janet said...

Sorry Christine!! Hehe!!...it was the baby oil that distracted me!! I see now it was purely for all those chapped lips!! ;-))

Christine Wells said...

Jardine: That's not a party, that's a gathering of Almacks!!!

Oh, Carol, I love it! So great to see you back in the lair. I'm very honoured that you left FB to come here. I know what an addict you are.

Glad you're looking forward to L&J--I hope you enjoy them! In the meantime, drink up! The pink Veuve fountain is right over there.

Christine Wells said...

Janet!!! I'm doubly shocked.

I'll have you know Sven is a professional masseur!

Mind in the gutter, sheesh! You're in excellent company, though:) The gutters in the lair seem to run with Margarita anyway, so it's a good place to be.

Annie West said...

Christine! It's here, your fabulous book!!! Well, sadly, not here, at my house, but soon... Here on sale. What an occasion. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortuately after a day wrestling with a recalcitrant opening 3 chapters I'm not in a fit state to offer any suggestion in answer to your question, other than 'orgy' which I see has already been used. So let me just congratulate you heartily on your latest book (which I can't wait to read) and on the most delightful, intriguing, amusing blog I've read in ages.

May there be many more - books and blogs!

Christine Wells said...

Annie, is it any wonder I adore you so much? Thank you for that praise. You are a darling!

Commiserations on those opening 3 chapters--the most important of the book, aren't they? I can't go further until I get them right. Best of luck and I'm sure they'll be brilliant, once you've pinned them down!

Tawny said...

Hahahahaa, I was so distracted by the wonderful party (and the everflowing tequila) that I logged in under the wrong name. Blaze is me. Me me me *g*

I'm still excited about your release, Christine, and can't wait to read the story.

And to see how this orgy plays out, of course ;-)

Christine Wells said...

Tawny! I suspected Blaze was you, especially when I saw the YAYAYAYAY but didn't want to put my foot in my big mouth!

Thanks so much for the shout out.

Why does everyone have orgies on the brain today??

Anna Sugden said...

*happy sigh* - the long wait is over (well, nearly over - it will be when that bloody Amazon pigeon eventually gets here!) Jardine has arrived. You know how long I've been waiting for him ... this book!

Great post, Christine. I had the same dirty mind as everyone else, with orgy, but then that's why we're all friends together *g*.

But, for something a little different ... That's not a party, it's Vrai Anna and her hockey hunks. *frowns*. I'd better go and see if she's all right. She may need my attention.

*wicked grin from Anna*

Unfortunately, as ever Louisa sorts him out with ...

Louisa: Now why would she need your attention when she has all those delicious hockey hunks to play with?

Christina Phillips said...

Congratulations, Christine, on the release of Sweetest Little Sin! Am so looking forward to reading about Jardine's savage, beautiful mouth!

Well, since Jardine is brandishing a blade, and in honor of the Roman guests... I think he'd say,

"That's not a party, that's a very large gladius!"

Amy Andrews said...

Amy slinks into lair where she has been absent for too long...

"that's not a party that's a ...good God! (Jardine twists his head to one side and then the other) that's a physical impossibility. Come Louisa! We must try it immediately!

Amy slinks out again whispering - yay Christine!!!

Christine Wells said...

LOL, VA! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support:)

But let me just say that I saw Jardine first! Unfortunately, Louisa would have no compunction in shooting us both, so I'll content myself with Sven of the magical hands and you'll just have to make do with the hockey hunks!

It's a tough job...

Cassandra Samuels said...

That's not a party it's a...prerequisite to the pleasures ahead my dear.

Happy release day Christine!

Cassie P

Christine Wells said...

Hi Christina! Lovely to see you in the lair. You and our Joanie need to swap Roman stories. Bandita Joan Kayse has a wonderful Roman series she's trying to sell.

Haha! Love the gladius comment. Thanks for the congrats and for coming to the party!

Christine Wells said...

Woohoo, Amy!! Fantastic you had time to drop in. I don't know how you could fit one more thing into your schedule, so I'm very grateful!

Snork! LOVED the finishing sentence. Jardine is quite adventurous...

Christine Wells said...

Hey, Cassie P! Thanks so much for dropping in. Hmm, are you a historical writer, by any chance? You have a nice turn of phrase there!

Barbara Vey said...

Congrats Christine! I just finished the book at RT and will write about it in my Friday Publishers Weekly blog, Beyond Her Book.

Helen said...

Virginia what do you have planned for him today ?

WHOO HOO Christine what a party what a post I love it I am still laughing and yes the first thought that came to my mind was Orgy as well and after reading the comments it seems to be very popular LOL. Who would ever think that ther would be an orgy in the lair and with Louisa and Jardine as special guests maybe they are here to supervise with Sven and the Romans and the Cabana boys.

Or maybe it could be
Thats not a party its an off the planet pleasure ball Louisa are we going to join in or are we going to create our own in the cave.

Huge congrats Christine on the release I can't wait to read this one.

Have Fun
Helen

Christine Wells said...

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for dropping in. I'm thrilled you're writing about SLS--looking forward to reading it on Friday!

Christine Wells said...

Haha, Helen, I think you're right--Jardine would be making himself at home down in the cave. He doesn't strike me as the party type.

Glad the post gave you a giggle. Just wonder at you all and your orgies, though! Honestly, this blog is supposed to be rated PG!

Helen said...

Christine

PG rated where would all the fun be there would be no swinging off the chandilers and what about all the cocktails that the Cabana Boys mix and The Romans in their tunics (or not LOL) LOL this is the place to let loose especially when we have a release party.

Way to go

Have Fun
Helen

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Congrats Christine, I am going to miss the party since I am on my way to work, I will check this evening for survivors. Have a great day Banditas and BB's

Marisa O'Neill said...

'That's not a party, that's an accident waiting to happen and I'll be happy to do the triage later."

Christine - congrats on the new release can't wait to read the book!

Christine Wells said...

Hello, lovely Dianna! Thanks so much for popping in before work. We'll save a margarita and a cabana boy or two for you!

Survivors. Very apt;) It's going to be a biiig day!

Christine Wells said...

Oops, Helen, I missed you!

Yes, I realize I'm swimming against the tide, expecting one of our parties to be PG! They're far too much fun.

Although I have to say, being a parent, that it's amazing what passes for PG these days!

Christine Wells said...

Marisa, how utterly wonderful to see you! Thank you for dropping in. And what a fantastic line, I love it! Those cabana boys certainly need first aid, but luckily, Kim's got them covered:) No doubt there'll be a body count at the end of the day, though. Especially if Demetrius insists on shield sledding without his tunic!

Laurie said...

That's not a party, that's a ...................!!!

Celebration for your release! SURPRISE!!

spectacle!

miracle!

AN EXPERIENCE!!

Beverley Eikli said...

Loved the blog, Christine, but way too many clever comments for me to compete. I liked Amy's 'physical impossibility' and Cassandra's 'prerequisite to the pleasures ahead, my dear'.

Sounds like a party I'd enjoy...though parties are enjoyed vicariously these days. (Kids!)

Mind you, who needs a social life with Jardine around?

Congratulations on the beautiful cover and a hero to die for.

Christine Wells said...

Hi Laurie, thanks for commenting!

I must say, it does feel like a miracle this book is on the shelves at last!

Deb Marlowe said...

Whoo hoo! Jardine is here! At last! Congrats Christine! I can't wait to read it.

That's not a party, that's a crush--what every Regency hostess wishes for!

Where's Sven? My shoulders are crying for him. And Joanie--can you have your Roman boys mix me a gigantic girly drink? I think it would help with this danged synopsis!

Christine Wells said...

Hiya, Beverley, great to see you back in the lair. Thanks for stopping by and for the congrats!

Mind you, who needs a social life with Jardine around?

My point exactly. That is what I tell my husband when he calls me 'insular and strange'. Hee.

Christine Wells said...

Ack, Deb, sister mine! Poor you, wrestling with a synopsis. Make it a triple shot, Demetrius! This lady needs help! Never fear, Sven is on his way.

Haha, I love the idea of Jardine calling this wild debauchery a crush! You can tell the historical writers among us, can't you?

Thanks so much for coming along!

PJ said...

Jardine said; "That's not a party. That's an education! Come my dear. It's time to practice our lessons...repeatedly." *g*

Congratulations, Christine! I'm thrilled that Jardine and Louisa's story is finally here. I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy and it's magnificent - everything I could have hoped for...and more.

Christine Wells said...

PJ, you always bear off the palm in these contests! Too funny! What a great line!

Thank you for your praise of SLS. I can't tell you how much that means to me. Looking forward to being with you all tomorrow!

Joanne Lockyer said...

"That's not a party, that's an invitation to sin. Let me see... where's that Ms Wells gone?"

Congrats Christine! Ah! Another trip to Rosemary's.... bliss.
(I survived the weekend, I'll write you with the news x)

Joanne Lockyer said...
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Karen H in NC said...

Hey Christine,

Congratulations on the release of SLS. I can't wait to get a copy in my hot little hands! That cover is pretty hot too!

Loved when you said: "The gutters in the lair seem to run with Margarita anyway, so it's a good place to be." I say: As long as you're not face down!

All the other good responses where taken but I didn't see this one...That's not a party, that's a ROCK CONCERT!

Gannon Carr said...

LOL @ Virginia! I was going to say orgy, too. It's obvious, right? *g*


"...that's a parade, for us, darling!"


Huge congrats, Christine! I can't wait to read SWEETEST LITTLE SIN!


Now, where are those cabana boys???

Christine Wells said...

Yay, Joanne! Oh, snork! I think Louisa would shoot him for that piece of devilry!

Thanks for dropping in. Glad to hear you're still with us after the weekend. News? Now I'm in suspense!

Christine Wells said...

Karen H~ A rock concert? All right! Now you're talkin'

I say: As long as you're not face down!

Karen, you are a very wise woman. I think we need to print t-shirts to that effect!

Thanks for the congrats. I hope you enjoy it! I really like that cover. It's just a little different, isn't it?

Christine Wells said...

Haha, a parade! Everyone loves a parade. Thanks so much for coming, Gannon, and for the congrats. I really feel like I'm among friends here. That, together with the margaritas might make me a little bit Reckless...

What's that? PJ brought her camera? Noooooo!

Gillian Layne said...

That's not a party, that's a . . . gol darn hootenanny!

If the Marquis of Jardine were southern. ;)

Happy Release Day!

PJ said...

What's that? PJ brought her camera? Noooooo!

LOL! You should know by now, Christine, that I never go *anywhere* without my camera! (frantically uploading photos to the internet)

hehehe

PJ said...

Oh, and don't think to lock me in some dark closet. Any pics I miss, Joanne will be sure to nab! *VBG*

Susan Sey said...

That's not a party, it's a...

...bacchanalian revel?

Sorry, this is why I don't write historicals. :-)

Congrats on today's release, Christine! I can't wait to score my own copy of SLS!

Christine Wells said...

ROTFLMAO Gillian, I cannot imagine Jardine as a southerner, but thanks for a good chortle! Appreciate you dropping in to the party!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, yeah, how could I forget Joanne?

You two are forgetting the golden rule:

What goes on in the lair stays in the lair.

I'm just sayin'

Christine Wells said...

Besides, PJ, ve hef farrr more interrresting vays of torturing photographers in the lair than putting zem in closets!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Susan, you know I think that's a perfect response. I can hear Jardine saying it, in fact. Maybe you should think about writing historicals???

Thanks for the congrats! Hope you like SLS!

Deb said...

"...debauchery of the first order! Ye gads, cover your eyes, m'dear!"

Hey, Sven (Deb crooking her finger at the hunk)! Come hither.

Are there any men in kilts here? Sven's my favorite, but just askin'.

Christine, what a fun post! Congratulations!

Theresa N. said...

a sporting event.

Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christine Wells said...

Hiya Deb, great answer!

Must say, I have a real soft spot for Sven, too.

You know, we do have some men in kilts somewhere--Kate! Where did that rascally highlander-lovin hussy take herself? Hmm, I think she escaped with them down to the deadline cave. Come to think of it, our Kate hasn't been seen in quite a while...

Christine Wells said...

Haha, Theresa! Lots of atheleticism on display here today! Good answer.

Christine Wells said...

OK, I'm taking a break for nefarious sleep-type purposes ...

Back as soon as I can!

PJ said...

Sweet dreams, Christine. We'll keep an eye on Sven and the boys for you while you're off catching some sleep. *grin*

Tina C said...

Hey Christine

Well done you! And loved the interview!

No wonder you have gone to bed - 91 posts before mine - oh my... you were busy today!!!

Hugs and congrats again.

Bye 4 now
Tina

gamistress66 said...

Love the post, but how could you be late for a party that good ;)

While orgy comes to mind first --obvoiusly great minds all think alike ;) -- my answer would be:

"That's not a party, it's just scary" :) :)

Congrats and party on -- just direct me towards Sven and the bar ;)

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Christine--such a clever blog!
Congratulations on the release of Sweetest Little Sin, I can't wait to read it. Love the cover, BTW.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh what a fun way to introduce your characters, Christine. None of the very old and boring, interviewing your characters stuff!

Love the premise of it, well, truth be told, I love the premise of all your books, lolol!

Wishing you great success for this one too!

Christie Kelley said...

YAY!! Another release party in the lair!! Congrats, Christine. I can't wait to read this one. I love spies.

So to answer the question...Virginia took my answer. My first thought was orgy! LOL

So I'll take a margarita or two and head to the cave (or in this case, my screened porch). My proofs came yesterday and I have a feeling they are going to need a lot of work.

Have fun!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

What a fun launch party! But who knew such naughty things happened down in the deadline cave? :)

Congrats on your release of Sweetest Little Sin, Christine!

Nikki said...

That's a full blown bacchanal!!!


Kudos on the release! Can't wait to get my hands on Jardine!

mariska said...

Happy release day Christine !

i'm off to bed in any minute :)

to complete your sentence :

"That's not a party, that's a..are you sure that's not a 3-D orgy ?" :)
{as you mentioned that the CCTV goes blank)

Becke Davis said...

This is SUCH a good book! Now my question is: do you have a release date for your next book? I'm so impatient!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Good Gravy! It's not even 11 East Coast US Time and there's a PARTY in full swing in the Lair!

WHOOOHOOOO! Love these launch days. Thanks for having a great new book out, Christine. Mahhhhvelous excuse for a Par-TAY!!!

*Grabs a drink from a passing cabana boy, who has a suspcious, red lump on his forehead* What happened to you?

*Cabana boy rolls his eyes and gestures towards the handsome man and lovely woman in nineteenth century dress,observing the revels* "Them."

Ahhh. Them. Yes. Well. That Jardine is a looker, that's for sure. Louisa's no hag either, but I prefer men, so...grins. Anyway. this is a MAJOR party! I'm loving it! WOOOT!

Oh, there's Deb, getting a massage..I think. Okay, not looking, not looking.

Virginia, you started this orgy thing, now you're going to have to live (SNORK!) with it!

A hootenany? Really Gillian! Perhaps an overwrought Cottillian? Snork.

Oooh, look over there...kinda reminds me of the dance scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Wow, did you see THAT?

What? My turn to give chandelier swinging lessons? EXCellent!

Donna MacMeans said...

"Questions? We have to answer questions?" She says, eyes barely open from drunken stupor. "Can't think much less talk - and I have to get back to the orgy."

She smiles wickedly at Jardine. "You there - you can come with me. I need some help getting out of this corset."

Janga said...

Congratulations, Christine! I can't wait to read Sweetest Little Sin. It seems as if I've been waiting for Louisa and Jardine's story forever.

"That's not a party; it's the scandal of the season in the making."

Beth said...

Congrats on your latest release, Christine! I've so been looking forward to reading Jardine and Louisa's story *g*

All I can think of is: That's not a party, it's a Mosh Pit - but I'm not sure how familiar Jardine is with Mosh Pits :-)

Maybe I'll think of something better after another margarita. Or two ;-)

Kirsten said...

Goodness! I've only gotten to peruse a few comments and MY OH MY you people are naughty!! :-)

Congratulation on the release of this gorgeous new book, Christine! I am running out right now to buy five copies! :-)

hugs and kisses!

s7anna said...

That's not a party, that's history in the making!!!

hugs,
Anna

Julia Smith said...

Holy Pull-Me-Into-a-Scene-So-I-Forget-It's-Actually-a-Post, Batman!

I love how you stood up to Jardine, by the way.

Happy Release Day, Christine! And thanks for inviting the hockey hunks...I'll go go grab a seat next to one of them...

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Sorry, I haven't read the other posts, so hope this wasn't used already...

'That's a buffet of sweet sin!, Shall we join them?'

All the best Christine for your release Whoo-Whoo! *throws confetti*

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HURRAY!!! Jardine and Louisa's story is here at last! And as per usual, that cover is FAB-U-LOUS!

(Aunty flicks her crop at the Cabana boys) INDUSTRIAL sized blenders, NOW! The gutters may be running with margaritas but we are seriously low on mojitos!

Christine, I don't know how you've found a way to sleep with all this racket, but we will hold everything in place until your return.

And I do believe I heard our savagely beautiful Jardine mutter, "That's no party, that's a den of drunken debauchery!" And of course, we're LOVING every minute!

AC

runner10 said...

Throwdown!

Joan said...

Cosmic event?

LOL, LOVE your post and hurray for the release of Sweetest Little Sin!

Now...have to go rescue Demetrius from my new pet Cricket's clutches. Who knew kittens could climb up loincloths?

Cassondra said...

Christine, what a FUN post!

I just got back off the road and have some deadlines of my own to meet this week, so I'll just stop in to say hello and a big WOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!! to your new release!

Loved the last one, and can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Gannon Carr said...

"....Good God, it's a Bandita Bacchanalia!"

CrystalGB said...

Congratulations on your new release. Sounds great. Beautiful cover. That's not a party that's a den of iniquity.

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, I've been curled up in the corner with one of the tired cabana boys - well, at least he's tired now, bwahahahahaha!

Christine, what a party! I love the people who decided Jardine would sound like a classic Regency rake. But I think my favorite is when suddenly he's from the Ozarks and it's a hootenanny! Gillian, you crack me up!

Jardine and Louisa, take a bow! What? They're nowhere to be seen? Man, decorum has gone west (or south, hot darn!).

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joan said: Cricket's clutches. Who knew kittens could climb up loincloths?

Ouch!!!!

Hey Demetrius! I'm done with my shift of training our visitors in the fine art of chandelier swinging. Wanna go see if the hill behind the Lair's ready for some shield-sledding? *wiggles eyebrows*

Christine Wells said...

PJ, I hope you weren't too naughty while I was away!

Christine Wells said...

Tina! Thanks for dropping in and for the congrats. It has been busy, but in an excellent way!

Christine Wells said...

gamistress, love the 'it's just scary' line. I bet Regency folk would be a bit frightened by our exuberance!

Thanks for the congrats. Sven has devised a special massage, just for you. Drink up!

Christine Wells said...

Kandy, wonderful to see you. Really looking forward to your next one, too. HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS. Such a cute title!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, Sia, thank you so much! I had a lot of fun writing that blog post. A lot of in-jokes, so not for everyone but the lair deserves something special!

Thank you, I wish you all the best, too!

Christine Wells said...

Good luck with the proofs, Christie! Sounds like the porch is the perfect place to tackle them.

I'll keep the cabana boys coming with drinks. Let me know if you want Sven!

Christine Wells said...

LOL, thanks, Trish! I know you're a leetle busy right now, so I appreciate your stopping by.

Christine Wells said...

Ha! Great answer, Nikki! Thanks for the kudos:)

You'd better watch out for Lady Louisa. The lady can be fierce!

Christine Wells said...

Yay, Mariska! Thanks so much for coming!

Oh, boy! What is it with the orgies? Now they're in 3-D?

Christine Wells said...

Becke, that's wonderful to hear. THanks so much!

No, I'm afraid I don't have a release date for the next one yet. I will be shouting about it when it arrives!

Christine Wells said...

Jeanne, you crack me up!! Am snorking morning coffee through my nose! You are always fun at a party, and I'm so glad you could come, even though I know you have a LOT on your plate... besides caviar, that is!

Love the overwrought Cottillion!

Wheeee! Now that's what I call chandelier swinging!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, no! Donna, you are taking your life into your hands!

Don't look now, but Lady Louisa's seen you! Oh no, where did she get that machine gun?

Christine Wells said...

Janga, great to see you here. Thanks for the congrats. I know, it has been a long time since Jardine and Louisa first appeared. I hope SLS lives up to expectations!

Yes I'm sure the Banditas would set the ton by the ears!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, Beth, I love the Mosh Pit! Jardine might not be from this time but he has ways of finding things out. I'm sure he would know what a Mosh Pit was!

Thanks for the congrats! Drink up!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, Kirsten, you are lovely! Thanks for the congrats. I hope you enjoy the story:) Hugs and kisses right back!

Christine Wells said...

Anna, that's great! I like it!

Momentous events in the lair. A pity they're not often printable:)

Christine Wells said...

Anna, that's great! I like it!

Momentous events in the lair. A pity they're not often printable:)

Christine Wells said...

Aw, thanks Julia. You're a peach! Yes I think I would only stand up to Jardine in my imagination!

Thanks for the happys--trust a Canadian to go for the hockey hunks!

Christine Wells said...

Karyn, now that is a fantastic line! Love that one, especially as it uses the title!

Thanks *ducking under the shower of confetti*. I really appreciate your coming!

Christine Wells said...

No party would be complete without the crop-wielding Aunty C!! Yay, thanks so much for whipping those naughty cabana boys into shape!

Sleeping was tough and no doubt I'm writing lots of typos here but my brain hasn't quite woken up yet! Bring on the mimosas! Perfect breakfast drink!

Oh, and the alliterative answer is admirable, Aunty! Good one!

Christine Wells said...

Throwdown? Runner10, that's a good one! Thanks for commenting.

Christine Wells said...

Ahhh cosmic, man!

Joanie, it wouldn't be a party without you. I needed you for advice on what Demetrius would be wearing. Wasn't sure if tunic was right and now you say loincloth? Hmm.

Ooh, nasty! I hope Cricket doesn't do any serious damage!

Christine Wells said...

Thanks for dropping in Cassondra! I know you're busy and I appreciate it. Looking forward to hearing about your trip when you have a moment!

Christine Wells said...

Yay, Gannon! That's a nice one!

Christine Wells said...

Crystal, thank you for the congrats. Isn't the cover wonderful? It's the same artist who has done all my covers. He's a great guy, too.

Step inside our den of iniquity! I'm sure we'll find you some entertainment while you're here.

Christine Wells said...

LOL, Anna, you naughty girl. Only one cabana boy? I'll bet he's exhausted!

Yes, the hootenanny was left of centre, wasn't it? A real hoot!

Hmm, I hope Jardine and Louisa haven't left the lair. Imagine letting them loose on the modern world!

Christine Wells said...

Jeanne, you and that Demetrius have something beside sledding in mind, don't you! Those wiggling eyebrows don't fool me for a second.

Oops, looks like Cricket's coming, too...

Debra Key Newhouse said...

OMG - funniest online release party EVAH!!

That's not a party! It's a martini, and it's mine!

It's...Cirque du Soleil!!

And saving my best for last....

That's not a party! It's .... the RWA Retreat and it's floating down the street!

Congratulations on the release Christine. Must get it on my Amazon list NOW!

HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR said...

Huge congratulations, Christine! Jardine sounds super yummy. Can't wait to read SLS.

Jardine: That's is not a party, that's a blasted Astley’s spectacle.

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Christine Wells said...

Oh, Debra, too funny! Love those answers, although the floating RWA retreat is a leetle close to the bone.

Thanks so much for the congrats. Hope you enjoy the book!

Anastasia St. James said...

LOL. I don't know what's going on with Blogger. At first it wouldn't take the post, then it couldn't post it enough...

Anyway, happy sales, Christine!!!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Anastasia! Lovely to see you again after so long.

Thanks for the congrats. LOVE the Astley's reference. I think it's going to be difficult to choose winners today!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, I wondered about the deleted comments! Darn Blogger! Thanks for the many happies, Anastasia!

Christine Wells said...

Hmm, my children tell me it's 7am and I haven't fed them yet!

Oops.

Jane said...

Happy Release Day, Christine. I can't come up with witty and dirty answer to your question. I must think harder.

Congrats on the GR, Virginia.

Christine Wells said...

Jane, Jane, it doesn't have to be dirty AND witty. Dirty OR witty is quite good enough. *Grins* as Jeanne would say.

Joan said...

Jeanne said: Wanna go see if the hill behind the Lair's ready for some shield-sledding? *wiggles eyebrows*

Demetrius says sure but wants to know if you have bandaids and....how big are they?

:-0

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Christine said: Momentous events in the lair. A pity they're not often printable :)


Ahhh, so true. However, it's why so many come back to us, again and again, and again and aga...

Sorry. Repetition is the mother of skill, right? Or is that repetition will get you killed?

Hmmm. Either way, this is fuuuun! Wheeeeee!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joan said: Demetrius says sure but wants to know if you have bandaids and....how big are they?


I brought the Extra-Large. *wiggles eyebrows some more* Really, for this crew, what else would I bring? Bwah-ha-ha-ha!!!

And extra loincloths. Oh, and for the Goddess Sangria, an offering. Ripe peaches for the best sangria EVAH!

Christine Wells said...

Sangria with peaches? I'm so THERE!

Snork about the bandaids. You two crack me up!

Keziah Hill said...

Great post Christine. Who said romance writers take themselves so seriously? "That's not a party that's a fabulous opportunity my lady," Jardine whispered. "I like to watch." He pulled her close and nuzzled her neck. "But maybe that's not enough for you. What would like? What do you want? We can do it all." His hands rested on her..." Hang on, sorry got a bit carried away. Phew! Maybe I should take this elsewhere.

Congrats on the book Christine! On my to buy pile for sure!

Christine Wells said...

Keziah, I can tell you're an erotica writer! Great ending -- I was getting a bit hot under the collar there... or at least, Louisa was.

Thanks for the visit! Looking forward to seeing you in person in Sydney!

Louisa Cornell said...

Goodness! You ladies HAVE been busy!!

I am thrilled to pieces that Sweetest Little Sin is FINALLY on the shelves. Of course the fact that I share a name with the heroine has NOTHING to do with that.

We may share a name, but she won't let me anywhere NEAR Jardine. Selfish hussy!

Some great and very creative answers here. You ladies have some dirty minds! Shame on you! VBEG

That's not a party, that's a violation of at least NINE commandments!

That's not a party! That's a normal night at the Duchess of Hot Dayum's!

That's not a party, that's Gladiator Meets Bachelor Party with a touch of Debbie Does Dallas on the side!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Louisa said: That's not a party! That's a normal night at the Duchess of Hot Dayum's!

Louisa! You hussy you. Grins. I like it!

Sincerely, Le Duchesse de Snorkville

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Of course, that should be LA Duchesse...sigh. Too much hilarity, I'm mixing my La and Le's

Snork.

Christine Wells said...

LOL Louisa, you're always great at these games! Thanks for playing--I really love the last one! Wow, it's going to be hard to choose winners.

Oh, yes, I agree that Louisa is terribly selfish. Surely there's enough of Jardine to go around....

Ouch! She's a formidable woman, I tell you:) Thanks for coming, Louisa!

Christine Wells said...

Duchesse, we might have to make Hot Dayum's one of your lesser titles. It seems too good to go to waste!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Wow! Looking around at the bodies and carnage of a full fledged Release party.....

Christine? Christine?? are you here? Oh my girlfriend, when you party, you really party. I just stopped in to see if I could get a little drink and maybe cozy up with a cabana boy but I gotta say, none of them are looking to healthy right now.

Oh, to finish the sentence

That's not a party, that's an invitation to sin!

Christine Wells said...

Ah, I think you mean, "Le Snork"

*G*

Christine Wells said...

Yay! Dianna came back! I'm still standing...just!

No, no, we got a fresh batch of Cabana Boys sent in just an hour ago. These ones are good to go.

Love the invitation to sin! Be my guest, m'dear! Thanks so much for coming back to us.

Deb said...

Kate, I've been waiting all day for a Sven special---massage, that is. Are you done yet???

Christine Wells said...

Sven's free Deb! Have a him!

Pat Cochran said...

"That's an insurrection!"

Congratulations, Christine! What
a grand gathering for your Launch
Day! Could almost call it a coup
d'etat, except you don't want to
see firearms in the hands of the
cabana boys!!

Greetings to all, enjoy the party!
I'll just sit back here and take
in all the goings-on! Oh, my, the
strawberry daiquiris look so good!
I think I'll try one of those and
then I will run out and get my
copy of SLS! I'll get Honey to drive, since I've been imbibing!
Hic!

Pat Cochran

Christine Wells said...

Huzzah! Pat, so great to see you. Love 'insurrection'! I think I'm going to have to draw the winners out of a hat there've been so many great answers.

Yeah, the CBs are nice to look at but I wouldn't trust them with deadly weapons.

More daiquiris coming right up!

Anna Campbell said...

Wow, Christine, this is some party. I think we should retitle SLS as Sweetest BIG (snork!) Sin! Yeah, I'm channelling Jeanne! What can I do? Well, I could run away with the gorgeous Jardine but Louise might shoot me - she's a dab hand with a pistol after all!

Christine Wells said...

Anna, it has been HUGE, hasn't it? And I'm not referring to Jardine's...ahem, Oops! Don't kill me Lady Louisa!! I didn't mean anything by it, I swear!

Virginia said...

Sorry I didn't make to the party ladies but the GR helped me move my son back home from the college dorm, been a very busy day!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Virginia, you definitely need some R&R after helping your son move. Sit back and relax! Someone get a sangria for this woman. Sven? Sven?

Hmm, I think Sven's still off with Debbie somewhere. Maybe I'll have to go and look for his silent brother Lars...