Today I am happy to bring to you, Christina Tetreault,
author of More Than a Billionaire
(Book 6 of the The Sherbrookes of Newport series).
Please join me in welcoming Christina.
Time and time again, I heard people say write what you know when I attended writing workshops. That is why when I started my first series, The Sherbrookes of Newport, I took that advice to heart and set the series in Rhode Island. Since I was born there and lived there until I was 25, I figured it was a place that I knew well. This month More Than a Billionaire the 6th in the series came out. This book features Grayson Sherbrooke. To celebrate the release, I thought I would introduce you to the state that will always be near and dear to my heart.
Let’s start with some interesting facts you may not know. Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 states. Yes, it is even smaller than Delaware. Despite its size it actually has the longest name. Few know this but the official name of the “Ocean State” as it is often called is The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Rhode Island is the home of Newport. At one time Newport was the summer playground of the wealthy. Families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors had “summer cottages” along Bellevue Avenue. Today many of these mansions are open to tourist. If you are ever in the area, I suggest you visit some. They are breathtaking.
Every state is well known for a certain type of food or drink, and Rhode Island is no different. In fact, in 1993 coffee milk became the official state drink. I must admit I love coffee milk. I grew up drinking it. For those who don’t know what it is, think of chocolate milk but instead of chocolate syrup it is made with coffee syrup. In fact the town I grew up in, Lincoln, which is also the town the heroine in my new book lives, is the home of Autocrat, which produces coffee syrup.
Providence is the largest city in Rhode Island as well as the capital and many scenes in my books take place there. Today the city is a beautiful place to visit, but that was not always the case. On September 21, 1938 The Great New England Hurricane swept into Rhode Island and submerged the city under more than 13 feet of water. Yes, I said feet. Today when you walk downtown you will often spot plaques on the older buildings marking the level the waters rose that day.
Honestly, I could go on and on with facts that I find interesting about Rhode Island, but for this blog post I will end with the final three. Rhode Island was the first state to officially declare its independence from the British Crown. Since that is true it only seems right that the town of Bristol, Rhode Island is the home of the country’s oldest 4th of July celebration. Last but not least, while Rhode Island was the first to declare its independence, it was the last of the 13 original states to sign the United States Constitution.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these little tidbits I have shared about my home state and the setting for many of my books. If you are ever in New England be sure to stop by Rhode Island and take a look around. If you don’t get there you can always pick up one of my books and visit the state. This series currently contains 6 full-length stories and 1 novella. I also have a second series also set in New England if you just cannot get enough of the East Coast. My other series is called Love On The North Shore and those books take place in a fictitious town called North Salem in Massachusetts.
Everyone views Grayson Sherbrooke as a carefree billionaire who lives a life of luxury. However, Gray is much more than that.
When Grayson Sherbrooke returns to Providence for his brother’s wedding, he plans to spend some time with his family before getting back to his own life. A single dance with his childhood friend, Kiera Renault, changes all that. Soon, Gray finds himself longing to settle down with the woman he loves. Unfortunately, the secret he’s kept for years keeps getting in the way.
Kiera Renault hasn’t seen Gray in years. After a dance at his brother’s wedding, though, she can’t get him from her mind. Quickly, their relationship changes from mere friends to lovers, and Kiera pictures herself spending the rest of her life with Gray.
Just when they both believe they’ll get what their hearts’ desire, Gray’s secret threatens to tear them apart forever. Now, Gray must decide between the woman he loves and the secret he has kept from the world.
Kiera attacked the ingredients in the bowl with a spoon. “Gray, this is like the third time you’ve seen me in three years. Maybe I’ve become a junk food junky.” She heard the bite in her tone.
His hand fell away. “Did I do something?”
She shook her head. “I just meant that people change.”
Gray’s hand came down on hers, forcing her to stop mixing the frosting. “You’re beating that frosting to death. If I made you mad, just say so.”
Kiera released her death grip on the spoon. “I’m not mad. Confused a little, that’s all.”
“Because of earlier?”
“No. Because Boston traded their star pitcher to Baltimore.” He had to ask?
Gray smiled, and she imagined his lips pressed against hers again.
“Fair enough. That was a stupid question.” He turned her, so they faced each other. “I didn’t intend to confuse you, but since the wedding, I can’t stop thinking about you.”
His words sent a shiver down her spine. No guy, not even her last boyfriend, had ever said they couldn’t stop thinking about her.
“If you say no, I’ll respect that, but I’d like to see where things go between us.” His hands slid down her arms, and he took her hands.
Oh, man. Why did he have to sound so sincere? She’d been convinced that they would spend time together this weekend, and afterward, he’d jet off to wherever he went when he left town and it’d be another three years before she saw him again.
Now he made it sound as if he had other ideas in mind.
“You already know my two faults, so it’s not like you have to worry about uncovering some strange fetishes or anything.”
Gray had never taken himself too seriously, and it looked like that hadn’t changed.
“Your two faults? I’d say you have more than just two, Mr. I’m-Perfect.”
His forehead wrinkled. “No, I’m sure I only have two.” Gray took a step closer. “But we can spend time together and you can enlighten me on any others.”
One step closer and her breasts would touch his chest. The thought of which sent her pulse racing. Maybe she should take him up on his offer. They had known each other a long time and he’d never lied to her.
“Okay.” She made her decision before she second-guessed herself. “I’ll help you discover the rest of your faults.” Kiera closed the gap between them and kissed him.
She intended to give him a peck on the lips, but Gray had other ideas. Before she could step away, he locked his arms around her and pulled her against him, taking control of their kiss.
After awhile, he ended the kiss and Kiera sighed. Even though her eyes remained closed, Gray’s rapid breathing and the erection she left pressing against her told her he was affected by their kiss, too.
I started writing at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter and never stopped. When I am not driving my 3 daughters (ages 7, 5, and 5) around to their various activities or chasing around our three dogs, I am working on a story or reading a romance novel. Currently, I have two series out, The Sherbrookes of Newport and Love on The North Shore. You can visit my website www.christinatetreault.com or follow me on Facebook to learn more about my characters and to track my progress on my current writing projects.