I have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember! It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master's degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University.
Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most – writing romances and cozy mysteries.
MY FIRST BOOK
My very first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, a short, western historical, was written for beginning adult readers, and I sold it to Laubach Literacy. In 1998, it was chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association's Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of the "Top Titles for Adult New Readers." Yes!
“THE CALL FROM HARLEQUIN”
One of my biggest thrills in life was receiving "the call" from Susan Litman at Harlequin (then Silhouette) Special Edition in January of 2004. She wanted to publish THE COWBOY WAY. Yeee-haw!
THE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005—a year later. Such a looong time to wait. Since then, I’ve written eight books (and counting!) for Harlequin. I love writing about cowboys out west and the southwest, far away from New York State where I live! These are my GOLD BUCKLE COWBOYS (You’ll fall in love with them in eight seconds!) I’ve also written two books set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, The Hawkins Legacy.
A new venture for me (in 2013) is a series of “comfort food” cozy mysteries which I set in a small-town 1950’s diner, THE SILVER BULLET.
The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books is scheduled for release on August 6, 2013. A second book will follow, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in 2014, and a third, yet untitled, book will be scheduled after that.
JUST FOR FUN
I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states.
As a result of our travels, I have met many genuine, personable and polite cowboys, and that’s how I get my inspiration for my westerns!
Of course I have to do research for my comfort food diner series. That takes me to diners all over the U.S. and Canada (and maybe Europe and Asia!) for meals. It’s a tough job, but I just have to do it!
Best wishes to you, and I hope you smile when you read my books!
"Christine Wenger writes heart-warming stories of every woman's hopes and dreams." --Susan Wiggs, NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY best-selling author
"Strong, sweet characters make up this story that will stir the heart." -- Four stars from ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS on HOW TO LASSO A COWBOY
"Christine Wenger makes a promising debut with this touching story, tugging skillfully at reader's hearts with her characters vulnerabilities. Cowboy fans will love Jake." --ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEW on THE COWBOY WAY
"Happiness is a book by Christine Wenger." --PATRICIA KAY, USA TODAY best-selling author
FOUR STARS FROM ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEW FOR
THE COWBOY WAY!!
"THE COWBOY AND THE CEO overcomes its overused premise through attention to subtleties of characterization. It's often touching and occasionally humorous, too."--ROMANTIC TIMES
"CHRISTINE WENGER is the most talented writer to come along in ages!" --Maggie Shayne, USA TODAY best-selling author
"Christine Wenger writes stories that tug at your heart and make you laugh out loud at the same time. Highly entertaining!" --Carla Neggers, NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY best-selling author
"This is a sweet story filled with genuine characters that is a delightful read." --ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS on THE COWBOY CODE--