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The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy

By Christina Tetreault

 The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy are the first two books in the Sherbrooke’s of Newport Series by Christina Tetreault are two excellent books!  The Teacher’s Billionaire begins with Callie, an elementary school teacher from Slatersville, Massachusetts, whose life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother.  Not only is her father alive, but he’s none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke.

Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family.  When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious.  In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren’s political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation.

Despite Callie’s fears and Dylan’s vow to never fall in love, the two of them can’t resist the feelings that blossom between them.  However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.

This story is like a modern day fairy tale and I loved it.  The royalty is this Kennedy-esque family. The lonely princess is a school teacher. I love this story in so many ways. First of all, I grew up in New England and even though it’s beautiful there, I barely have missed it.  But Christina’s words transported me back to all the places I loved to visit as a child. Her characters are real. You feel for Callie, you understand all side of Dylan.  Like any love story, you want to see these two together and the end does not disappoint.  We even get to see our “prince and commoner” at a “ball” together.

The other aspect of the book is Callie’s relationship with her father and stepmother. I was so afraid Warren wouldn’t accept her and even more afraid Elizabeth, his wife wouldn’t either, but both turn out to be realistic characters with real feelings which was perfect. The one minor complaint is that I wanted more. But isn’t that true with all good stories.

Which is why bought The Billionaire Playboy seconds after finishing The Teacher’s Billionaire. Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O’Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future.  But Mother Nature has other plans as a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke, Dylan Talbot’s stepbrother and Callie Taylor’s half-brother from the first book in the Sherbrooke’s of Newport series, in Charlie’s path. Initially Charlie believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.

Jake Sherbrooke has never been one to follow the path laid out by his parents. That is why he started the Falmouth Foundation, a non-profit disaster relief organization rather than enter politics. When he learns of the destruction in North Salem, he immediately travels there to offer aid and meets Charlie O’Brien. Charlie is unlike any woman he has ever meet and he cannot help but be drawn to her.

But a good old-fashioned tabloid scandal slaps Jake in the face, threatening his relationship with the down-to-earth Charlie.

Whenever I start a new book, I feel a touch of angst about it, merely because I don’t want to be disloyal to the book I just finished and loved.  But once I started The Billionaire Playboy, I couldn’t put it down!  I had this book loaded on my iPad, iPod and cellphone and any chance I could I read it.  I loved it.  Charlie is strong-willed, feisty young woman, who deep down inside has insecurities just like any other person out there. She gets dirty, doesn’t think twice about taking care of others and has family problems complicating her life.  She was so real, it felt like she could be me or my best friend for that matter.

Jake, on the other hand, just wanted to be known for something he did worthwhile. He was portrayed by the media as being this playboy and flagrant heartbreaker, yet the person he was inside was nothing like the image.  He has a good heart and wants to make a name for himself, not glorify his family’s money or connections. Jake feels like he finally has it all with Charlie.  She makes him want to be the man he’s always wanted to be.

Christina Tetreault did it again and did it better than the first time with this book, which I never thought could be possible.  I loved her words, her characters and I cannot wait to read what story she writes next. Christina, you have a forever fan! Thank you for your stories.

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My “Adopted” Cousin – And Interview with Christina Tetreault

What surprises we find on the internet.  A few months ago I was hooked on Ancestry.com searching for bits about my family that I didn’t know.  My aunt always kept track of my mother’s side of the family but I wasn’t aware of anyone learning about my father’s side.  And with my beautiful grandmother slowly losing her memory, I wanted to study her side: the Tetreaults.  Yep, you read that right.  My grandmother is a Tetreault from upstate, Eastern Massachusetts.  I was able to track my family’s history all the way back to being immigrants from Quebec, Canada in the 1800s.  But the search was halted, so I decided to go in the other direction and see if I had any distant cousins that I didn’t know about.

Through my grandmother’s uncle’s lineage I found a bunch of people around my age. I decided to just type their names into Google for the heck of it and found a woman named Christina Tetreault, a fellow romance writer from Massachusetts.  As it turns out, we’re not completely sure we’re related.  We don’t think so, but we have adopted each other as cousins anyways.  So without further adieu, please meet my “cousin” Christina Tetreault, author of The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy – the first two books of the Sherbrooke’s of Newport Series.

 

Author Christina Tetreault

 

Eryn:  Tell us about your Sherbrookes of Newport series?

Christina:  For the most part my series focuses on the Sherbrooke family and those close to the family.  As the owners of Sherbrooke Enterprise, which runs one of the largest hotel chains in the world, the Sherbrookes are one of the wealthiest families in the world.  Warren Sherbooke is the patriarch of the family.  A former United States senator, he is running for president when we meet him in the first book.  He is married to Elizabeth Sherbrooke who is from an aristocratic English family.  Her father is an Earl.  She was married prior to meeting Warren and had one son, Dylan, who is the hero in The Teacher’s Billionaire.  Together Warren and Elizabeth have two children Jake and Sara. I intend for the series to include 4 books.  The first two are The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy.  Currently, I am working on Sara’s story.  The plan is for the fourth book to focus on Callie Taylor’s best friend Lauren.  Lauren was a secondary character in book one.

Eryn:  When did you know writing was your passion?

Christina: I first knew writing was my passion around the age of 10.  I used to sit down at my grandmother’s old manual typewriter and make up stories.  I would type until my fingers hurt from banging on the keys or until I ran out of paper.

Eryn: How do you inspire yourself to write? Any quirks or rituals you go through before you start?

Christina: I always seem to have ideas running through my head.  It doesn’t seem to matter where I am or what I am doing.  One quirk I can not seem to overcome is the fact that I have to write everything long hand and then type it into the computer.  I have tried to just sit down and type on the lap top and it just does not work for me.

Eryn: What is your writing routine? For instance, are you an outliner, do you make character studies, do you set page or word goals at all…etc?

Christina:  Tough question.  Before I start writing I have a general idea for a story but nothing set in stone.  I do a very rough outline listing each characters’ characteristics, if they have any emotional issues to overcome that sort of thing and then I just start writing.  I don’t like to set page or word limits because I do not always know where a story is going to take me and how long it will take me to get there.

Eryn: What do you love the most about the writing process?

Christina: It would be easier to tell you what I hate about the process.  Lets see what do I love about the process?  I love creating characters and learning about them as I write.  I love creating happily ever afters for them.  In my opinion nothing is better than a good romance where the characters overcome their difficulties and find true love.

Eryn: Besides your heroes and heroines, who is/are you other favorite secondary character/s?

Christina: It’s hard to answer this question too.  Often my secondary characters later become my heroes and heroines.  In book one my favorite two characters were Jake Sherbrooke and Lauren McDonald.  In book two my favorite secondary character is Sean O’Brien. (Eryn – P.S.  I like Sean too.  He’s such an awesome brother. I love what he says to Jake, protecting his sister)

Eryn: Are any of your characters based on anyone in particular, either in personality or looks?

Christina: I never intend to base my characters looks on anyone, but once I have started writing them I usually end up finding an actor, actress or model who matches the picture I have in my mind.  For example I actually started The Teacher’s Billionaire 6 years ago, long before the new Hawaii Five-0 came on television but as soon as I saw Alex O’Loughlin I knew he was my Dylan Talbot.  While I was working on book 2 Once Upon A Time began and the minute I saw Josh Dallas I knew that he fit exactly how I thought Jake Sherbrooke looked.

As far as personalities go, I never set out to base them on people, but my husband insists that I do.  No matter how many times I disagree with him, he says that Callie Taylor has some of my personality characters and that Lauren is actually one of my good friends.

Eryn: If you could be one of your characters, who would you want to be and why?

Christina: If I could be any character I think it would have to be Charlotte O’Brien from book 2.  She is a strong woman who has followed her dreams.  So many of us put our dreams on the back burner because we assume they are just that.  At the same time she still gets her happily ever after.  And with a billionaire to boot.

 

Eryn: What’s next for Christina?

Christina: Right now I am working on book 3 on the series.  This one focuses on Sara Sherbrooke who readers saw in both books 1 and 2. I hope to have a rough draft done by the end of the year.  At some point once this series is done, I want to try writing a historical novel as well as a paranormal romance.  I have some ideas jotted down for both.

Eryn: Now to get a little more personal What was the first romance you ever read and what effect did it have on your life?

Christina: The first romance novel I read was A Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey.  I was a freshman a Umass Dartmouth and at the time I was single.  My long-time boyfriend broke up with me not long before I graduated from high school the previous June and I was rather down on men and love.  This book let me fall in love not only with the romance genre but with love and romance itself.  Not long after that I started trying my hand at romance novels.

Eryn: As writers many of us have favorite words or phrases that we love, what are yours?

Christina: I cannot really think of any words or phrases that I love.

Eryn: And what is your least favorite?

Christina: My least favorite phrase has to be ‘It is what it is’.  For some reason that phrase drives me up the wall. (Eryn – Me too! Hate that one.)

Eryn: Like the characters in your books, you are from New England.  Where are you favorite places to visit for fun, visit for history, to relax, to eat out, to be alone, and to be alone with your loved one (minus children)? Doesn’t have to be specific, you could say alone I the woods if you want.

Christina: I love going up to New Hampshire especially to go hiking, specifically the White Mountains area.  In fact my husband told me he loved me for the first time on the top of Mount Washington 14 years ago this past August.   Here in Massachusetts I like to go to Old Sturbridge Village.  It is a place comprised of old buildings that have been brought from different areas of New England and arranged to look like an 1800’s New England town.  There are actors there to play the roles of town people and you can see everything from the blacksmith making horse shoes to the woman dying the yarn for making clothes.

Thanks so much for having me today Eryn.

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Website: www.christinatetreault.com

Blog: http://happilyeverafter-cgtetreault.blogspot.com/

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I’ll Show You Mine…

Scars! We all have some no matter who we are.  Some are visible – puckered or discolored pieces of skin and some aren’t there for the naked eyes to see – silent broken hearts or post traumatic stress.  Either way, we’ve all had something that has scarred us for life.

I’ve had both kinds of scars in my life and I treasure each and every one. Yes, you read that right, I treasure them.  They are my body’s way of telling a story of who I am.  I have a circular pale shaped one on my elbow from where Jon and I were rollerblading in California and my blades were old and rugged, his were brand new.  He decided that pushing me from behind would help speed me up, but it made matters worse and when we hit a lopsided sidewalk piece, I lost my balance and took him down with me.  I ended up with a bloody elbow, he with a bloody knee.  To this day, Jon still has a scar on his knee and I have one on my arm – matching scars of young love in the California sun.

Other scars of mine have deep meaning, like the stretch marks on my belly and c-section scar from my son’s birth. My child and I were one for nine months, his healthiness, his growth created the stretching of my skin and even though it’s ugly, I don’t care.

He was a strong healthy baby and that’s what matters.  The delivery scar is another that will always remind me that life is delicate and precious and should be appreciated every single minute.  I labored for over a day and pushed with all my might to bring my child into the world, but sadly, we were both failing. My heart rate raced, his lowered and the doctor knew he had to take action fast.  Scared out of my mind, crying and shaking, they raced me down the hall for surgery and in no time Cameron was out.  We both ended up safe and healthy, something I am forever grateful for.

I have the other kind of scars too.  The ones you can’t see, that are hidden on the inside. I still ache for my grandparents. They aren’t here anymore and whether I pass my Nana’s phone number on my contact list (which I won’t delete) or see a hat similar to my Papa’s cap he always wore, I long for them every day. A permanent scar on my heart and in my memory. 

My phobia of vomiting carries scar in my mind. I can’t even touch a pepperoni pizza or see Cameron in his original Buzz Lightyear pajamas (which thank God he outgrew), as each triggers a pang of fear still left over from the moment the illnesses struck.

This whole topic came to me as Cameron fell this week chin first onto the cement pavement.  He’s scraped and bruised and most likely will have a nice scar that will tell the story of how he ran in the dimly lit back yard and missed his footing. My parents’ two dogs were there hovering over him the second it happened, making sure he was all right.  I scooped him up as he cried, beckoning for his bed, but he will be fine once the wound is healed.

Later, a friend of mine, fellow author R.T. Wolfe made a mention on Facebook – “How many of us have a scar there from a childhood accident?”  So I ask my readers to tell me about some of your scars?  You don’t have to reveal anything deep, but if you have a funny story or a good memory to go along with your scars, write them in the comments below.