10 Fun Facts About “Secret Love” by Christine Warner

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Ten Fun Facts about Secret Love, Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series by Christine Warner:

  1. I hadn’t planned on making this a novella series, but once I started writing Secret Love there were other characters that I felt the need to share their stories. So far I have 2 other novellas planned, but I might add on to that. The second novella should release in August or September…stay tuned.
  2. The title Secret Love is actually taken from a Doris Day song that released in 1954.
  3. Secret Love takes place in small town America, 1955.
  4. Wayne and Lizzie are the hero and heroine of the story and have known each other for about 10 years.
  5. I used several television shows and songs from the era when writing my story.
  6. I had a very cute little scene involving bread bags and winter boots that I had to delete from the story because bread bags weren’t even invented in 1955.
  7. Lizzie is one of my favorite heroines to date. I love her spirit and personality.
  8. I love the 1920’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s and have always wanted to write a story in one of those decades. I hope that Secret Love will be the first of several.
  9. My favorite scene in the book is actually the prologue which goes back 10 years in time to 1945 when 13 year old Lizzie confesses a secret to 17 year old Wayne.
  10. The tropes in Secret Love are older brother’s best friend, boss/employee, and wrong side of the tracks, and unrequited love. Some of my favorites. Of the ones I’ve listed, which one is yours?


Thanks to Jenna for letting me share her blog today 🙂

(You are so welcome, Christine!  Love having you anytime!)

SECRET LOVE: Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series


Saranac, Michigan 1955

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away. One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away. Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?


She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”

He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”

“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”

“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.

“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”

“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”

She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.

He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”

Her belly trembled. What if?

“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.

“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

Author-Pic2-300x200AUTHOR BIO:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.


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7 Responses to 10 Fun Facts About “Secret Love” by Christine Warner

  1. lizaoconnor says:

    I can never stop with just one book either.


  2. D'Ann says:

    This sounds like such a great read…must get to it!


  3. melissakeir says:

    I love the unrequited love. There’s a chance of getting together and having the one person realizing that they didn’t really see the other person. 🙂 Sounds like a great story! I also loved the 50’s and 60’s.


    • That’s one of my favorite tropes Melissa…I also love the friends to lover’s trope….and os many others it’s hard to pick one.

      Thank you for coming by…I hope you get a chance to check out Secret Love, I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂


  4. Harliqueen says:

    Always fun to learn more facts from ‘behind the scenes’ of a book 😀


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