Christina Hollis

Writer, communicator, seeker after cake.
RNA member.
Fiction Starring Complex Men
and Independent Women.

My biography

Christina

In the beginning

I was born and brought up on the outskirts of Bristol, but a few years after I was married my husband whisked me off to the depths of the countryside. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pen and in 1990 I fulfilled my ambition of becoming a full-time writer. At first I produced many non-fiction articles on country living as a freelance for national magazines including The Garden, The Lady, Smallholder Magazine and ’Country Garden and Smallholding’, mostly on life as a smallholder with particular reference to poultry and pig keeping, and fruit and vegetable growing. I also wrote a long-running series of articles on ’Gardening with Children’ in Nursery World magazine.

First foray into books

After hearing an historical novelist interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, I tried my hand at a full-length novel. The result was ’Knight’s Pawn’, which I submitted to the "slush pile" of the historical section of Mills & Boon under the name ’Polly Forrester’; it was accepted and published in hard-back and paperback forms in the UK in 1990.

I wrote a further five historical novels for Mills & Boon under the name ’Polly Forrester’ before taking a career break to concentrate on raising my family, known to my Twitter followers as DD (Dearest Daughter) and Son Number One.

Return to books

In September 2004 I enrolled on a creative writing course run by award winning poet Paul Groves. The assignments he gave were in the form of short stories, several of which were read on local radio stations in the border counties. One, ’Jaded’, went on to be shortlisted for the Sid Chaplin award. Another went on to be published by The People’s Friend.

A third was disliked by Paul but was well received by the rest of the class, so I sent the idea and three chapters anonymously to the "slush pile" of the contemporary section of Mills & Boon. Again they liked it, requested the rest of the story and in January 2007 ’The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin’ was released as a Modern Romance.

2015 saw the publication of my 18th romance novel and my first for The Wild Rose Press: ’His Majesty's Secret Passion’.

To date I’ve sold nearly 3 million copies of my romance novels and they have been translated into many languages including French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Several novels have even been published as Manga comics: my novel ’The Tuscan Tycoon’s Pregnant Housekeeper’ appeared as part of an omnibus edition in the December 2011 issue of the Harlequin Magazine.

Personal

I act as a mentor to a self-help group based around the teachings of Jack Canfield and Stephen Covey and am an active church-goer. My Christian beliefs don’t stop me including sensual detail in my work, if it helps to illuminate a caring relationship.


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My books

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My Dream Guy

The romance has gone out of Emily’s relationship with Jack. When he books a holiday at a campsite in Wales during the wettest summer on record, it’s nearly the last straw.

Emily thinks the bronzed farmer who was her teenage crush will be the best thing about this dreaded holiday. But time has moved on. She’s in for an almighty shock – and then her boyfriend Jack springs some even bigger surprises.

Can Emily’s holiday from hell ever have a happy ending?

Heart Of A Hostage

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Mihail strides out of Maia’s past to take her hostage. Who will end up in more danger – her, or him?

Princess Maia has it all – including a horrible fiancĂ© chosen for her by the king, and a family bullying her into doing the right thing – but all she wants is her independence.

When she falls into the hands of rebel leader, Mihail, she tastes real freedom for the first time.

Mihail is a lone wolf, Public Enemy Number One, and heir to a fierce tradition. A dangerous reputation, a castle full of guilty secrets and now rescuing Maia are all woven into his master plan. He can’t lose.

Until his unexpected hostage turns out to be the house guest from hell…

Her Royal Risk

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Playboy Prince Athan is a brilliant soldier – and the world's worst boss.

Landed with the task of bringing order to his working life, dedicated personal assistant Krisia only takes on the job out of loyalty to her king.

A past disaster means Krisia is determined not to fall in love with gorgeous Athan. When she does, heartbreak isn’t far behind.

Then, a secret Athan has been fighting to hide comes to light, threatening his future. Krisia must stifle her pain, and work more closely with him than ever before. If their emotions take over, they both risk losing everything…

His Majesty’s Secret Passion

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Leo Gregoryan’s determined to be the perfect king. Loyalty to his country means sacrificing his own happiness, but he’ll divert the energy he once poured into his dream of becoming a doctor toward royal duties. All he needs right now is a stress–free vacation – no future queen need apply.

Sara Astley escapes to the luxurious Paradise Hotel after she’s dumped by her partner, who then stole the promotion she’d expected. She hides her broken dreams behind a tough exterior. Her stubborn streak makes her a challenge Leo can’t resist.

His special brand of hands–on persuasion seduces Sara into enjoying the holiday of a lifetime. Their fling can’t hurt either of them – or so they think. Leo’s focussed on being the ideal hero. Sara knows what she wants, and that’s independence. Then a revelation tears them apart, meaning things can never be the same between them…

The Count’s Prize

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Castello di Sirena – home of temptation…

Approaching the magnificent castello, shy Josie trembles with anticipation… It’s an archaeologist’s dream, and Josie can’t believe she’s being allowed to stay here. Wary of the notorious owner, Count Dario, she’s hopeful he’ll be too busy partying to notice her…

Intrigued, Dario watches Josie’s arrival. Her innocence is a refreshing change for his jaded cynicism. Enticing the passionate woman out of her determinedly frumpy guise will be a delicious challenge.

But the woman behind Josie’s quiet defences shakes Dario’s world to its foundations – she’ll make him face the past he’s sworn to forget…

Weight of the Crown

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Now duty is his only mistress

For notorious playboy Prince Lysander Kahani, playtime is over… Left with a country to run, he draws the line at playing nanny to his orphaned nephew!

Instead he sends for a professional. But one glance at buttoned-up Alyssa Dene and Lysander’s wicked side re-emerges! Wary of his scandalous reputation, Alyssa tries to keep her distance – but Lysander draws her like a moth to a flame.

Lysander is fighting a battle between public duty and private desire, but he is determined to make Alyssa a royal offer she won’t refuse…

The Italian’s Blushing Gardener

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Kira Banks far prefers plants to people. After a heartbreaking affair, she lives alone in the beautiful Bella Terra Valley. But when restless billionaire Stefano Albani helicopters into the estate, Kira’s peaceful existence is shattered for ever…

Notoriously charming but guarded, Stefano is fascinated by cautious, hidden Kira: this seduction will be unforgettable! But his polished routine goes awry – could it be that the tycoon who can have anything he wants might need someone for the very first time…?

The French Aristocrat’s Baby

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Struggling chef Gwen flew to France to fulfil her dreams – she’d rather work herself into the ground than return to her smothering family. But all her determination can’t help her resist the intense gaze of Count Etienne Moreau…

After an explosive night, Etienne wants Gwen as his mistress – she’s the perfect antidote to cold-blooded business deals. But proud Gwen is outraged – in Etienne’s world money might buy him anything, but this girl is not for sale!

But neither had bargained on an unexpected arrival…

The Count of Castelfino

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With some trepidation Meg Imsey is travelling to Tuscany. Hired by an aged aristocrat for her horticultural skills, shy Meg intends to hide away in the greenhouses. But that’s before she meets her new boss…

Since his father’s death, Gianni has worn his new title warily. Much is expected of the Conte di Castelfino – not least the need to marry and produce an heir. So it could almost be seen as fate that this English rose has arrived – naive, nervous, and at his command!

The Tuscan Tycoon’s Pregnant Housekeeper

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Plain, timid housekeeper Michelle Spicer keeps her head down and gets on with her job. She knows her place.

Bored and restless in the south of France, Alessandro Castiglione has found himself a plaything. Stripped of her uniform and naked in his bed, mousy Michelle blossoms before him.

But she knows she’s only a housekeeper — not a rich man’s wife. Discarded, disgraced and left with nothing but the child she now carries, Michelle is back in rainy England.

Until the Tuscan tycoon decides to taste her charms again…

The Ruthless Italian’s Inexperienced Wife

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Nanny Cheryl Lane has been summoned to Tuscany by billionaire Marco Rossi. His ruthless, brooding reputation precedes him.

Marco Rossi has hired Cheryl to look after his orphaned nephew. But little does he realise that he’s employed such a ripe young beauty; she may try to hide her luscious curves beneath a dowdy uniform, but Marco’s no fool…

The desire to unbutton the prim Miss Lane is so tempting – and he could never resist a challenge…

Her Ruthless Italian Boss

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Beth Woodbury thinks she’s put the past behind her.  Until she discovers her new boss is ruthless Italian Luca Francesco!

Beth has to beg his forgiveness for the past.  She needs this job!  Luca lets her stay on one condition: she’ll assist him in the day – and warm his bed at night!  And this time there’ll be no talk of marriage… or babies…

But soon Beth is pregnant – with her formidable boss’s heir!

One Night in His Bed

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Penniless and widowed, Sienna has caught the eye of the one man who can save her: Italian tycoon Garett Lazlo, who can’t resist her beauty. But dark-hearted Garett doesn’t do anything for free, no matter how desirable the prospect.

He offers Sienna a ruthless deal: he will help her, but she must play by his rules – by giving herself to him totally, for one night of unsurpassable passion…

Count Giovanni’s Virgin

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When shy virgin Katie Carter is summoned to renovate a sumptuous Tuscan villa, she thinks only of her passion for design. Little does she realise that the enigmatic owner, Count Giovanni Amato, will stir up emotions she’s long kept buried.

Giovanni is going to have her, and she knows she won’t be able to resist. But the Count has two unbroken rules…there’s no room for a wife in his life. And definitely no child!

So what will the brooding, aristocratic billionaire do when he finds out that Katie is carrying his heir?

Italian Husbands – They’re tall, dark… and ready to marry!

The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin

The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin (in anthology)

When he finds out that Contessa Larissa Alfere-Tiziano has inherited a Tuscan palace, gorgeous, ruthless, Italian Propery Magnate Antonio Michaeli-Isola is determined to reclaim his birthright and make the palazzo his own! And if that means seducing and then disgracing the beautiful, spoilt Contessa… then he will.

But Rissa is keeping up a pretence that her title has forced upon her. Though Antonio thinks she’s no better than a gold-digging adventuress, in reality the vulnerable virgin is struggling to make ends meet. As she gives him her innocence, will Antonio realise his misapprehension… before it’s too late?

Lady Rascal

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Paris was aflame

Sneaking into a dress-shop, laundry maid Madeleine forgot all about the troubles of this July 1789 as she tried on such wonderful clothes. To her shock Englishman Philip Adamson thought she was a lady as he snatched her to safety with his mother. But how could she refuse the chance to better herself?

If Mistress Constance wanted a young lady to be her companion, Madeleine would be that lady!

Did Philip suspect her poor origins? Certainly he desired her, though he was too well-mannered to be obvious. Where would her deceit end…?

Jewel Under Siege

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Constantinople, 1097, and the First Crusade has ground to a halt outside the great city. One of the besiegers, Emil Selest, is determined to make it all the way to Jerusalem. He’s not going to starve in the mud like his companions.

Secretly making his way into the city, he has an accident while foraging in the garden of young local widow, Elena Rethel. She rescues him from certain death and hides him in her home.

Emil challenges Elena’s deepest loyalties, until she begins to regret the day she let him into her life…

As Polly Forrester

Double Dilemma

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But who was the real Geoffrey?

Was he the dour, taciturn man who shut himself up in his country retreat barely able to mutter a word? Or was he the debonair man who was seen at the most fashionable parties with at least one gorgeous female draped on his arm?

Louise didn’t know the answer but she was confident that a little love and gentle persuasion would solve the mystery.

1910 The Golden Summer of the Edwardian Age

Changing Fortunes

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Could Flora be loved by a member of the gentry?

Widowed Mrs Flora Westbury was very young to be cook at Alvoe Court, home of the Duke and Duchess of Alvoe, but the war had changed many things. What hadn’t changed was the gulf between the working class and the gentry, so when Captain William Pritchard, a guest of the son and heir, began to show an interest in Flora she was rather frightened. She refused to be his mistress no matter how attractive she found him, and she couldn’t be his wife…

Her feelings in turmoil, Flora suddenly found her life changing in the most unexpected way.

Life after World War I… dashing soldiers.

Winter Of The Wolf

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The Anarchy created by King Stephen’s feud with his cousin, Empress Matilda, for the throne, had finally reached Malmesbury.

For six weeks Rosalind Tirold had held her husband’s stronghold in seige, but now the fearsome mercenary, Nerra de Bourne, was at her gates, and she had no choice but to yield.

To her horror, de Bourne made it clear he wanted the castle permanently, it was time to settle down, and it seemed he wanted Rosalind too. Would a mercenary understand or respect her honour and integrity…

Knight’s Pawn

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Treason and intrigue were rife!

In this year of 1100, King William Rufus was a hated man, and his brother, Duke Robert of Normandy, wanted England’s throne.

Eloise Emeron - a refugee from the havoc in Normandy, she counted herself lucky to be employed as a minstrel by an English lord, though this was far below her station.

Richard de Sable of Brittany - whom did he support, in his travels around England? And why had he embroiled Eloise, when she made it no secret that she disliked Duke Robert?