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Steena Reads: Christine Nolfi

Considering we are all #bookaholics – I thought it might be nice, not to just share what I’m reading – but give you a little intro to the authors I read and know.

The first author I can’t wait to introduce to you (although, I’m sure many of you are familiar with her by now) is Christine Nolfi! Keep reading because not only does Christine share some ‘secrets’ with us, but there’s a giveaway you don’t want to miss at the end…

On a personal note: Christine is someone I met years ago (I won’t date either one of us by telling you how many years…but it’s been a while now) and she is someone I look up to in so many ways. Her passion for her family, for life and for writing always inspires me – and that passion, that joy and optimism is found in her books. We are also ‘book sisters’, meaning, we share the same agency (The Knight Agency) and even have the same publisher (Lake Union Publishing). I’m excited to meet up with Christine next month again and I’ll be sure to share those photos and maybe the stories behind them on Facebook and Instagram.

Have you read her novels yet? If you love to read about small-towns, real relationships, family dynamics and quirky characters, you will love Christine’s stories.  If you want to look her up – here’s her Amazon page.

“[Sweet Lake] has such a charming small-town vibe and endearing characters
that readers will find themselves falling in love with quirky Sweet Lake and hoping for a series.
Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber or Nora Roberts’ romances.” —Booklist

ABOUT HER BOOKS

Sweet Lake (Book 1 of the Sweet Lake Series)
BUY TODAY!

 Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…

Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.

NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF…HER SECRETS…

Say you have a secret stash of treats around the house. Where would it be and what would you hide?
I do keep a secret stash of goodies—high on the top shelf of the refrigerator behind the fresh parsley and boring stuff, like the bottle of catsup. I hoard sushi from Whole Foods, cheeses I don’t feel like sharing, and special treats like slices of Key lime pie. Yes, this makes me less than generous. In my defense, I do cook for my family constantly—and they tend to eat the best stuff while leaving me with the crumbs!

What would be the perfect food and drink pairing for your book?
The delectable brownies on the menu at The Wayfair Inn and tasty mojitos, the drink of choice of the Sweet Lake Sirens. I’m not sure I’d pair mojitos with brownies, but both are prominently mentioned in Sweet Lake!

Do you collect anything?
Stories, wherever I can find them. On a flight home this week, I sat beside Tom, a sixtyish man with a penchant for chat. His father was one of the brave soldiers who took Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion of WWII. As our plane glided through the clouds, Tom relayed how his dad had hoped to someday retrace his journey through France. Several years after losing his father, Tom and his sister walked the beaches of Normandy and through the French villages liberated by his father’s platoon. It was a heartwarming tale that immediately brought to mind several story ideas.

What’s one word your friends would use to describe you?
Optimistic. I believe in the essential goodness of most people. We tend to focus on the negative, but the world brims with children of light.

Tell us one secret behind the writing of your latest book:
Linnie Wayfair’s irresponsible filmmaker brother—and the mayhem Freddie provides in Sweet Lake—was inspired by the 1982 movie, My Favorite Year. I loved Peter O’Toole’s hilarious performance as matinee idol Alan Swann, and wanted to create a similar character. If you’ve never seen My Favorite Year, the scene where Alan Swann is stripped out of his “drunk suit” is a gem!

On the subject of secrets….not only do I love this cover and the title…but it comes out in my birthday month! 

Look for book two, The Comfort of Secrets, July 2017.

PREORDER TODAY!

  CHRISTINE’S INFO

Find Christine at: www.christinenolfi.com
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GIVEAWAY!

Would you like to read Sweet Lake? Of course you do!
I’ll make this really easy – tell me the first word that pops in your head when you see her cover...
Comment below to enter! GO!

(I will contact the winners by Friday, April 21st and they will be announced in the next #SteenaReads newsletter)

*winners have all been contacted*

1 autographed paperback
1 unsigned paperback
& 2 Kindle copies of Sweet Lake for three lucky readers.

 

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125 Responses to "Steena Reads: Christine Nolfi"

  • Tiffany M
    May 8, 2017 - 9:24 pm Reply

    Chilling

  • Jan Tidwell
    May 5, 2017 - 10:26 am Reply

    Peaceful

  • Lamar Jackson
    May 4, 2017 - 2:48 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Kathy Davis
    May 3, 2017 - 6:09 pm Reply

    Beautiful

  • Christina Galbraith-Popma
    May 2, 2017 - 8:36 pm Reply

    relaxing

  • Patricia Whitford
    May 2, 2017 - 6:13 pm Reply

    Relaxing

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    May 2, 2017 - 3:36 pm Reply

    peaceful

  • Brenda Dickson
    May 2, 2017 - 10:52 am Reply

    Bliss

  • Dianne Casey
    May 2, 2017 - 9:12 am Reply

    Summer

  • Darlene Wright
    May 2, 2017 - 8:45 am Reply

    Laid back

  • Kimberley Coover
    May 2, 2017 - 8:44 am Reply

    Summer

  • Artemis Giote
    May 2, 2017 - 8:37 am Reply

    Vacation
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

  • Irma J
    May 2, 2017 - 8:36 am Reply

    Peaches 🙂

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    May 2, 2017 - 8:11 am Reply

    Sweetness

  • Alice Peterson
    April 17, 2017 - 4:32 pm Reply

    Summer

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    April 17, 2017 - 3:21 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Lori Shoemake
    April 17, 2017 - 2:22 pm Reply

    Denim-days 🙂

  • Louetta Waters
    April 17, 2017 - 9:50 am Reply

    Stress relief!

    • Marilyn
      April 17, 2017 - 10:37 am Reply

      Ahhhhhhhhh

  • Marilyn Grable
    April 17, 2017 - 9:06 am Reply

    Relaxing

  • Cindy Sargent
    April 17, 2017 - 8:53 am Reply

    Relax

    • Loretta Waters
      April 17, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

      Peaceful

  • Burma Turner
    April 16, 2017 - 11:25 am Reply

    Comfy!

  • Gayle Ward
    April 15, 2017 - 5:20 pm Reply

    Cooling it!

  • Elizabeth Glenn
    April 15, 2017 - 4:29 pm Reply

    Peaceful!!

  • Caryl Kane
    April 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm Reply

    LOVE

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    April 15, 2017 - 1:44 pm Reply

    Beautiful!

  • Natali H.
    April 14, 2017 - 4:51 pm Reply

    Serenity

  • Jeri Peterson
    April 14, 2017 - 9:56 am Reply

    Summer

  • Tammy Hooper
    April 14, 2017 - 9:43 am Reply

    Relaxing!

  • Catherine G.
    April 14, 2017 - 9:31 am Reply

    Feet.

    International resident, so I hope it’s okay if I enter. If it’s not acceptable, I understand!

  • Debbi Johnson
    April 14, 2017 - 7:21 am Reply

    Relaxing

  • Robin Batterson
    April 14, 2017 - 7:05 am Reply

    Summer memories
    (Yeah I know you said one word but that was my thought)

  • Kristen Guay
    April 14, 2017 - 6:55 am Reply

    Relaxing

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    April 14, 2017 - 3:42 am Reply

    Relaxing

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    April 13, 2017 - 11:10 pm Reply

    Relaxing

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    April 13, 2017 - 10:37 pm Reply

    Awe

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    April 13, 2017 - 10:15 pm Reply

    warm

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    April 13, 2017 - 9:10 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Kim Kight
    April 13, 2017 - 8:55 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Sonya Gusman
    April 13, 2017 - 8:44 pm Reply

    Untroubled

  • Christina Burrus
    April 13, 2017 - 8:41 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Stephanie
    April 13, 2017 - 8:40 pm Reply

    Breathe in, and out… *sigh*

  • Maxine Cobb
    April 13, 2017 - 8:36 pm Reply

    Wow!

  • Barb Rovner
    April 13, 2017 - 8:36 pm Reply

    Pink!

  • Barb Rovner
    April 13, 2017 - 8:35 pm Reply

    Peonies!!

  • Kelly Lauffenburger
    April 13, 2017 - 8:23 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Anne L. Rightler
    April 13, 2017 - 8:17 pm Reply

    Beam me there, Scotty!

  • Latifa Morrisette
    April 13, 2017 - 8:05 pm Reply

    Peace

  • Judy Weaver
    April 13, 2017 - 8:03 pm Reply

    Home. I spent many hours sitting on our dock on the lake when I was growing up.

  • Glenda
    April 13, 2017 - 7:53 pm Reply

    Serenity

  • Donna Hepburn
    April 13, 2017 - 7:39 pm Reply

    Serenity

  • Marjorie Higginbotham
    April 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm Reply

    Spring

  • Lucy Reynolds
    April 13, 2017 - 7:26 pm Reply

    Relaxation

  • Debra DeVault
    April 13, 2017 - 7:25 pm Reply

    Relaxation

  • Cheryl
    April 13, 2017 - 7:02 pm Reply

    Tranquil

  • Yvonne
    April 13, 2017 - 7:01 pm Reply

    Serene

  • Yvonne
    April 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm Reply

    I also discovered Christine years ago. I have read all her books and highly recommend them. She is also a super fantastic person.

  • Lori R
    April 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm Reply

    Vacation home

  • Mary
    April 13, 2017 - 6:47 pm Reply

    Peace and quite

  • Beth
    April 13, 2017 - 6:38 pm Reply

    Breathe

  • Marcie
    April 13, 2017 - 6:22 pm Reply

    Tranquillity

  • Angela Shifflett
    April 13, 2017 - 6:16 pm Reply

    Idyllic!

  • Kellie Cooper Metzker
    April 13, 2017 - 6:09 pm Reply

    Summer

  • Robbie Bauldree
    April 13, 2017 - 5:41 pm Reply

    Beautiful

  • Deb Wolshuck
    April 13, 2017 - 5:25 pm Reply

    Relaxed

  • Barbara Lauri
    April 13, 2017 - 5:20 pm Reply

    Serenity

  • Laurie
    April 13, 2017 - 5:19 pm Reply

    Quiet time

  • Jackie Wisherd
    April 13, 2017 - 5:13 pm Reply

    Relaxation

  • Celia Fowler
    April 13, 2017 - 5:08 pm Reply

    Heavenly ~

  • Cori
    April 13, 2017 - 5:07 pm Reply

    Pedicure (can you tell I’m conscience of my feet until I get one this weekend!) Lol. Love the author introductions each month.

  • Heather Mulvihill
    April 13, 2017 - 5:05 pm Reply

    Vacation

  • Robin Ruiz
    April 13, 2017 - 4:50 pm Reply

    Peace!

  • Jennifer Ingman
    April 13, 2017 - 4:45 pm Reply

    Flowers.

    (And I wanted to note I also have a love for key lime pie!)

  • Cindy Moody
    April 13, 2017 - 4:44 pm Reply

    Bliss

  • Linda May
    April 13, 2017 - 4:44 pm Reply

    Beach Relaxation

  • Margaret Hayes
    April 13, 2017 - 4:40 pm Reply

    Serene

  • Heidi Anticevich
    April 13, 2017 - 4:30 pm Reply

    Blisd

  • Leslie Case
    April 13, 2017 - 4:28 pm Reply

    Summer

  • Leslie Case
    April 13, 2017 - 4:27 pm Reply

    I would love to read this book. It sounds like it has all the elements we are looking for and I love finding new authors to love.

  • Robyn K
    April 13, 2017 - 4:19 pm Reply

    Tranquility

  • Gayle Rice
    April 13, 2017 - 4:13 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Teressa Roller
    April 13, 2017 - 4:12 pm Reply

    Sweet!

  • Tanja Dancy
    April 13, 2017 - 4:11 pm Reply

    Beautiful

  • Diane Perry
    April 13, 2017 - 4:05 pm Reply

    Serene

  • Barbara
    April 13, 2017 - 4:05 pm Reply

    Me Day!!

  • Bonnie K.
    April 13, 2017 - 4:00 pm Reply

    Charming

  • Hailey Fish
    April 13, 2017 - 3:55 pm Reply

    Stunning!

  • Leanne Roberts
    April 13, 2017 - 3:52 pm Reply

    Peaceful!

  • Kathy Aden
    April 13, 2017 - 3:48 pm Reply

    summertime

  • Aline Miller
    April 13, 2017 - 3:47 pm Reply

    Serine

  • Elizabeth Patti
    April 13, 2017 - 3:47 pm Reply

    Awesome idea to introduce us to new (to us) authors! Thank you

  • Sara Freitag
    April 13, 2017 - 3:46 pm Reply

    Calm

  • Sharon Hill
    April 13, 2017 - 3:37 pm Reply

    Tranquility

  • Cynthia St. Germain
    April 13, 2017 - 3:37 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Rebecca Booth
    April 13, 2017 - 3:36 pm Reply

    Serene

  • beth
    April 13, 2017 - 3:34 pm Reply

    relaxing

  • Jenny Collins Belk
    April 13, 2017 - 3:34 pm Reply

    The boat’s on the way to pick me up for the picnic I have planned with my true love.

  • beth
    April 13, 2017 - 3:34 pm Reply

    relaxation

  • Kerrie
    April 13, 2017 - 3:28 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Deborah Bates
    April 13, 2017 - 3:23 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Laura-Lynne Smith
    April 13, 2017 - 3:23 pm Reply

    Relaxation

  • Nati
    April 13, 2017 - 3:22 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Karen M.
    April 13, 2017 - 3:22 pm Reply

    Relaxing

  • Eva
    April 13, 2017 - 3:20 pm Reply

    Heaven

  • Kim Corriher
    April 13, 2017 - 3:18 pm Reply

    Home

  • Marla B
    April 13, 2017 - 3:17 pm Reply

    Relaxation.

  • Janice Campbell
    April 13, 2017 - 3:17 pm Reply

    Relaxation

  • Joye
    April 13, 2017 - 3:16 pm Reply

    colorful

  • Barbara Pacific
    April 13, 2017 - 3:15 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Michelegg
    April 13, 2017 - 3:15 pm Reply

    Heaven 💕

  • Christy Davis
    April 13, 2017 - 2:55 pm Reply

    Serenity

  • Gail Hurt
    April 13, 2017 - 2:22 pm Reply

    Peaceful

  • Tina Myers
    April 13, 2017 - 2:14 pm Reply

    Peace

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