Monday, November 26, 2012

The Cliff by Christie A.C. Gucker : Character Interview & Excerpt


Title: The Cliff by Christie A. C. Gucker
Genre: Steamy Romance
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
Release: September 28, 2012
Can a childhood pact affect the lives of three adults? 
Love and betrayal surrounds the lives of lifelong friends Lanie Rhodes, Grant Bennett, and Dane Voight. Years ago, they made a pact to remain together as friends forever. The boys also made another secret pact that same day—to never vie for Lanie’s love. 
Grant and Lanie have secretly been pining for one another since they were children.  
Now grown up, they finally admit their feelings for each other and what ensues is a twisted tale of deception as Dane does everything he can to stop them.
The story weaves around this uneven love triangle. What will happen to the pact? Will friendships be destroyed? Will lovers emerge?
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“You go first,” I said.
“All right. I missed you so much these past six months,” he offered.
“I already know that; that doesn’t count.”
“But I don’t think you know the extent or how.”
“Okay . . . how then?”
“I don’t ever want you to be away again.”
“Grant, work will always cause one of us to travel for extended—” and he put a finger over my lips. I suddenly felt the urge to wrap my tongue around it.
“No, Lanie. I don’t ever want you to be away from me; never again. I missed you terribly.”
“Um, terribly?” God I was so lame. I stared into his eyes. The heat between us became intense. It was almost like electricity was crackling between us.
“Lanie, do I have to spell this out for you?”
“Yes, please. Spelling, definition, and then use it in a sentence.”
And then he  just kissed me. It was a soft, gentle kiss that sent a shock wave from my lips right to my girliest of girl parts. When he pulled away, not very far away, he just stared into my eyes with something that was not looking at me like a sister. What was he searching for?
“Could you please spell that again?” I murmured. He relaxed and laughed softly and kissed me again, this time allowing his tongue to brush across my bottom lip. I was melting.
It took everything not to pounce on him and do all the naughty things that were suddenly running through my head right there on my porch.
“Use it in a sentence, please.” I whispered with my eyes still closed, my head still tilted.
“Of course.” And he crushed his lips to mine, pulling my body against his. I was lost in him. His tongue began swirling with mine and my head began swirling, too. We remained in this sentence, which was slowly approaching a paragraph. I didn't care, I would have been happy kissing a novella with him.
When our lips finally parted, I wasn't sure what to do next. “Would you like to come in?” I sounded like a complete idiot.
“Lanie, I'm not sure this is right or wrong. I just know it's what I want. But I want to go very slowly. I don't ever want to hurt you or ruin things between us. Maybe not tonight. Promise you understand.”
I raised my right hand and stated, “I promise I understand.”
And then his lips were on mine again. I reached up and curled my fingers into his hair and drank him in. I wanted to pull him inside to see where this would go, but I had promised. So I released him. 


I am excited to welcome Nicole Rhodes today! Nicole is Lanie’s deceased mom who visits on The Cliff as a tapping ghost.  It's a real treat for me to get to chat with a real ghost, so thanks Nicole for agreeing to do this.  :)

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Well since I’m basically a ghost, I can go anywhere I want to. But the place I most want to be is with my family still. So I stick around to watch over my daughter Lanie and the boys, Grant and Dane.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

The moment I found out I had breast cancer. It wasn’t fear of dying. It was fear of not being there for my family. Who would take care of my daughter? She was so young. Would my husband find love again or stay alone? I was a bit upset about not being around to see if Lanie and Grant finally admitted to being in love and if I would ever have grandchildren. That was the scariest thing. But it didn’t last. I knew Jennifer would be there for everyone. I had such extended family on the cliff. And here I am getting to be here anyway. They just don’t always know it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


I wanted to be a mother. That was all I’d ever wanted. Of course once we all started our business I got so wrapped up in the excitement I realized I wanted a career too. 

What are your favorite TV shows?


Would you laugh if I said Ghost Hunters and Ghost Whisperer? LOL But it’s true. Maybe I watched to many paranormal shows and that’s why I’m still here! 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?


What’s an ipod? I like whatever music Lanie plays. I love her taste in music so much. I love the blues, rock and roll, alternative, classical; all but country music. Sorry.

What is your favorite meal?


I used to love anything and everything Italian. But I think lasagna was my favorite. So many variations can be done and yes it’s still the same thing!

What are you passionate about these days?


Oh I can’t tell you or it’s give away the ending to The Cliff. Lets just say my family as always.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I love to watch the ocean. And I love watching Lanie sketch. She comes up to the widow’s walk all the time to draw. She’s so talented and it’s mesmorizing. 

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

I think it would be to my husband Jack for leaving him all alone to raise our daughter without me. I promised him we would do everything together and until death did we part. Just didn’t think it would be so soon. I knew he was so scared. But he did such a fantastic job. She’s a beautiful person.

Who should play you in a film? 

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE Julia Roberts to play me! 

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?


I haunt all the day and night! There is no sleep on this side.

What would we find under your bed?




Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?


 This too shall pass. (no pun intended.)


Christie A.C. Gucker lives in NJ with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets. Being a mother is one of the greatest joys of her life. She has worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years as a degreed artist, but also works in the fine arts, especially sculpting out of stone or snapping photographs. Christie is also a singer and musician, and can be found singing on a few CDs.
After the death of her father, Christie searched for something to fill her desire to make a mark in this world. Her love of the arts and creativity allowed her to search for a new medium, which she found with a pen instead of a brush. Being an avid reader her whole life, and with her family cheering her on, she decided to take her shot, and began writing.
Fascinated by the supernatural and sharks, Christie studies both avidly. You’ll be sure to find something spooky lurking somewhere in her stories. Her greatest joy is sitting on a beach with her family while surf fishing, flying kites or building sandcastles with her girls.


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1 comment:

Elizabeth L. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you have a wonderful day! :)