Bonding with Christine d’Abo 25


This week I have three guests, on Friday, Vivian Arend is kicking off her Cowboy Countdown Contest, tomorrow is my regular guest and today is a very special guest, my friend and fellow Toronto Romance Writer member, Christine d’Abo.

If Christine were a heroine in a novel, she’d be a perfect example of an alpha character. Driven, focused, able to juggle many balls in the air at the same time, and typical of a good heroine, always manages to take time to help out her friends.

Hello everyone!

First, I want to thank Leah for letting me take over her blog today. She’s a super great friend that way.

*tackle hugs Leah*

I’m thrilled to be here and have the opportunity to talk to you about my new release, The Bond That Saves Us. This is the fourth and final book in my Eternal Bond series from Ellora’s Cave.

I’m often asked how I came up with the idea for the series, and did I have everything planned out from the beginning.
The simple answer to that question is no. When I sat down to write book one, The Bond That Ties Us, I wasn’t even thinking about publication. It was only after that first release hit the e-shelves that I started getting asked for more.

Call me a super shocked new author.

Once I came to the realization there was indeed enough interest in the Eternal Bond books for me to do more, I had to figure out where I would take the stories next. It was clear in my head who each of the subsequent books would follow, but I needed to determine order. Sara was my natural second choice. I knew her the best from book one, and a plot quickly came to mind. Books three and four had me guessing a bit. People really wanted to see Taber’s story. Funny enough, I’d never intended him to be anything more than a secondary character. Amazing how many people wanted to know more about him.

That left Sean as my last story. The more I thought about it, the more it felt right for him to be last. The trauma he suffered in book one left a very deep emotional scar, one he wanted to hide from his friends. It didn’t feel right for him to jump into a romantic relationship when he held himself responsible for the deaths of hundreds of colonists. I would take a special woman to help Sean forgive himself after everything he’d suffered. I didn’t have a grasp on his heroine at that point, so I let him sit.

As a side note, I’m a pantser…normally don’t have a clue about what I’m writing until it comes out. I do mull plotlines over though—usually when I’m doing the laundry or mowing the lawn. I think about the characters and how they interact with others and their environments. I’m a firm believer in character driven plots. As a reader, that’s what I gravitate towards. It’s one of the things I look for in the TV shows I watch. Certainly, it’s one of the things I strive to do as a writer.

Back to Sean. It was a month after Taber’s story had been released that I started working on Sean’s story. It took me a while to come up with the basic plot and who would be moved into Sean’s life. Then, Amy popped into my head.
Oh she was great! I’d been watching a lot of Battlestar Galactica, Fringe and Supernatural at that time. I loved the women on those shows, and the strength of character they had. Amy took on a lot of those traits—independent, resourceful, with a strong sense of family. She had the inner strength Sean needed to kick him out of his darkness and into a better place.

Here is the blurb:

Captain Amy needs money and the Catallian race can provide it. The race showcases the best pilots the sector has ever known. Amy plans on winning it with the help of her new copilot, the mysterious and sexy Sean—as long as she can keep her sex pheromones in check. But her attraction to Sean kicks her body into overdrive, overwhelming them both.

Sean has left friends and duty behind. Intending to heal mind and spirit, he joins Amy as her bodyguard and copilot. Sean has no interest in forming a bond with Amy, even though their lust for each other is undeniable.

As the two find themselves battling their uncontrollable attraction, they are forced to fight a drug lord intent on fixing the race—even if it means taking Amy and her crew out of the running permanently.

The Bond That Saves Us is now available at Ellora’s Cave. You can find all the Eternal Bond books here: http://www.jasminejade.com/s-234-eternal-bonds.aspx

I’d love to hear what you think of the series! Comments (positive or constructive) are always welcome. You can find me on my website at www.christinedabo.com, Twitter—Christine_dAbo, or by my email christine.dabo@gmail.com

Thanks again to Leah for having me here today.

Christine’s first book, The Bond That Ties Us, is firmly on my keeper shelf. It’s one I often pull out and examine to try to figure out “how she does it” when I’m stumped on a plot point or a scene. So today I’m going to be giving away a copy of The Bond That Ties Us to one lucky commenter.

Since this is going up a little bit later in the day, I’ll not pull a winner until Thursday morning, so check back on my blog then.


25 thoughts on “Bonding with Christine d’Abo

  • flchen1

    Hi, Leah and Christine! Great to learn more about your writing! I'm new to Christine's books, and they do sound like great reads! I love that whole hot sci-fi kind of read!

    Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

    –Fedora

  • Judy

    Hi everyone!! I am sorry to say I have not read Christine's books. Probably because I do not read many sci-fi books. I must say these don't really look like, what I might consider sci-fi. I am going to have to change my way of thinking:) Thanks for opening my eyes.

  • Kimber Chin

    Ohhhh…. a wounded hero.
    LOVE those!
    This sounds like the yummiest of your books, Christine!

  • Amy Ruttan

    Don't add me to the contest, I have the Eternal series!

    I didn't read Sci Fi until I started critting for Christine, now I'm sucked in. Yeah, she does that to a person. Her energy for something she loves sucks other innocents in. Hehehe.

    Congrats again on your new release. I can't believe this is the last one.

  • diane

    thanks, leah for this opportunity to learn more about christine.

    christine, love your website. especially the beautiful artwork. really excited about the bond series…

    looking forward to more wonderful books from you both. 😉

  • Amy M

    I love learning about all of these new authors… meaning new to me 🙂 Sounds very good!

    Thanks!
    Amy M

  • booklover1335

    Hi Leah & Christine,
    I haven't read any of the Bond series yet, but would love to win The Bond That Ties us, and change that 🙂

  • RKCharron

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks to Christine d'Abo for sharing and thanks to Leah for having her on here.
    I adore Christine's writing and love learning about her process and the books' backstory.
    🙂
    All the best,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    xoxo

  • Sharon K

    Hi Christine,
    I've not read any of your books yet, but love romantic sci-fi,(the hotter the better). I'll have to be adding your's to my BTR list. Thanks for giving us a chance to get to know your works better!
    Sharon K

  • Cathy M

    Can't believe I haven't started this series yet, but the excerpts were great sneak peeks and I would love a chance to read The Bond That Ties Us.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    Hi, ladies! Go on and enter me for this one, Leah. And thanks for the e-mail. I haven't even opened my reader yet today. Without your mail, I'd have never posted this at Win a Book.

  • joder

    I really enjoy sci-fi and now I have a new author I can seek out when I want a great read! Thanks for visiting us.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • Christine d'Abo

    First off, thanks to Leah for calling me an alpha! My hubby normally refers to me as Amazon chic LOL, so I like your label better.

    Second, wow. Thank you to everyone who stopped by today to say hi, and to Leah for offering a copy of The Bond That Ties Us. Good luck to everyone!

    Does anyone have any questions I can answer?

  • I Heart Book Gossip

    Hi Leah and Christine. I love the cover of this book. Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  • Shelley Munro

    I love sci-fi and this series of Christine's is excellent. And I have to say, I love the latest cover. 🙂

    Congrats, Christine.

  • SharonJM

    HI Christine,
    I just read through the blubs on your series and I like the world and the characters that inhabit that world. I've just put all 4 books on my to be bought list, although if I win this one, its only three (LOL)
    Do you keep a notebook or cards available so that you can keep allthe characters and the venues in order?

  • Jessica

    Sadly Ms. D'Abo is not an author who's work I have read. I am however always on the lookout for new authors and the cover of this book has already won me over.

  • conb00

    Hi,Iread 2 of your books,The Bonds that Ties us and the Bond that Consumes Us and LOVED them,looking forward to the next book you have out.so please count me in. Thanks!!!

  • Christine d'Abo

    Hi SharonJM! I'm really bad about my characters that way. Originally, I wasn't intending on this being a series, so I never paid much attention to my secondary characters details. I had to go back and re-read TBTSU a few times to figure out what eye colour I'd given Sean!

    I'm better now. 🙂 I do keep a character sheet for each of the main and secondary players in my stories. I don't plot thing out, rather I like to see where the characters will lead me.

    I have been known to sketch out the world in which my characters live though. It helps when I'm planning out the action scenes. 🙂

  • Leah Braemel

    Congratulations to Tetewa – you won an ecopy of Christine's first in the Eternal Bonds series, The Bond That Ties Us. Check your inbox …

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