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A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. So when Christina’s first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?
Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published. In the thirty-two years since, her novels have been translated into 25 languages, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year’s best by Library Journal and Booklist. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Her cross-word loving mother was thrilled! With more than 15 million of her books in print, Booklist praises her, “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd.”
Christina’s upcoming historical fiction is A DAUGHTER OF FAIR VERONA starring Rosie Montague, the eldest daughter of Romeo and Juliet. As Rosie says, “Yes, that Romeo and Juliet. The one that Shakespeare wrote about. No, they didn’t die in the tomb. Rumors of their deaths were greatly exaggerated. In fact, they’re alive and well and the parents of seven kids. I’m the oldest, with the emphasis on ‘old’—a certified spinster at twenty, and happy to stay that way. It’s not easy to keep your taste for romance with parents like mine. Picture it—constant monologues, passionate declarations, fighting, making up, making out . . . it’s exhausting.”
Christina’s next full-length stand-alone suspense is EVERY SINGLE SECRET, coming March 5, 2024 in hardcover, ebook and audiobook.
When she was fourteen, Rowan Winterbourne’s Coast Guard stepfather was forced to kill the criminal son of the drug and arms dealer Gregory Torval. In the brutal retaliation that followed, her mother died. Her sister vanished. Her stepfather took Rowan on the run, taught her skills no young woman should have to know, and half a lifetime later…the adult Rowan lives in a lighthouse on the California coast, anonymous and forever alone.
Joe Grantham appears on Rowen’s doorstep, and for the first time, she gets it wrong. Horrifically, passionately wrong. She lets him in, reveals too much, and he blackmails Rowan to go with him to Raptor Island, Torval’s island, for she’ll provide the deadly, volatile Torval with distraction from Joe’s secret agenda.
On the island, she faces…terror. Truths she never imagined. Death in all its savagery. Joe presents himself as her lover and only ally, but now she knows better than to trust him. She can’t escape Raptor Island except…she’s been here before. She faced the horrors before. She’s plotted her revenge, and she knows what she must do.
Yet what—or who—must she sacrifice to escape from Raptor Island alive one last time?
Christina’s recent suspense releases are set in the small town of Gothic California where, it’s claimed, On stormy nights Illusion disappears and on its return, it brings lost souls back from the dead.
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Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools. They have been married since the earth’s crust cooled.