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Contemporary / New Adult
Date Published: July 11, 2014

Their Rigid Rules, the 3rd book and prequel in The Chemical Attraction Series, can be read first or last in the series.


Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag.


As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.


As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.


With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.


Their Rigid Rules Excerpt 

TAYLOR WALKED TOWARD THE END of the bar and saw Eva in her seat next to the professor. She grimaced at her sudden twinge of jealousy. Talking to people, especially guys, came easy to Eva. Once, she had Eva teach her how to flirt. It came off embarrassingly fake. As a result, she left the hair twisting and eyelash fluttering to the pros, like Eva and Cindy. Taylor loved Eva like a sister so why would she care that men liked her better? She had her plan, and she’s only talking football, and, jeez, he’s her professor. She sat on the other stool closest to the TV. Looking back at her, Eva grinned. Frowning, Taylor switched their beer mugs and averted her eyes to hide her hurt feelings.


Eva laughed. “Settle down,” she whispered to her. “I’m going to give Joe hell for making us watch on this tiny screen. He just walked in.” She leaned closer. “He’s all yours.”


Stunned, she choked on her mouthful of beer. Was she that easy to read? Sips from now on, she told herself. Don’t make a fool of yourself in front of your professor. Dr. Morgan moved to Eva’s stool to be closer — to her or to the TV? God, she needed to calm down. Blowing out a breath, she pushed her mug away. She tried to focus on the game.


“I hope the coach told special teams to stay in their lanes. I don’t want to get burned again like last week,” she said.


“Hey, you want another pitcher?” Johnny asked, already grabbing the empty one.


“Coke for me. I have class tomorrow, and the professor has me taking a ton of notes,” she replied with a smirk.


“Make it two,” Dr. Morgan said to him. He grinned and leaned toward her ear. “I heard he likes giving essay tests, too.”


She smiled at the intimacy. His warm breath on her ear made her body rigid with awareness. She didn’t dare lose herself in his gaze. After the game, she grabbed her bag and jacket. Dr. Morgan followed her out the door. She zipped her jacket against the chilly afternoon. All of the leaves had turned brown and created a wet, slippery layer across the sidewalk. She walked with care.


“Are you on campus?” he asked beside her.


“Yeah, Burke’s Hall. Where are you staying?”


“The guest apartments for visitor speakers and professors who want to stay on campus.”


“I’m going that way, too,” she said, secretly happy to be with him a little longer.


Christina ThompsonChristina Thompson

After retiring from acupuncture and massage therapy, Christina found a new passion. She enjoys writing about the emotional workings of our mind and heart and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. Her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of LOVE is incredibly profound.


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Thank you for hosting me today. I’m happy to be here. ~ Christina


Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I live in Allegan, Michigan, with my husband, Kraig. After retiring from acupuncture and massage therapy, I now enjoy writing about the emotional working of our mind and heart and the spiritual energy that taps into our passion. My background in Traditional Chinese Medicine taught me that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of Love is incredibly profound.


What inspires your writing?

Kraig inspires the romance in my writing. I met him twenty-six years ago then married him exactly one year later. I dedicated Their Rigid Rules to him.


Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

I wrote Their Rigid Rules years ago as a short story then recently developed it. Like my character Taylor, I had my life mapped out since grade school; and like Taylor’s plan, mine also fell apart when I met my one and only.


How do you create your characters?

In general, I have the characters and plot in mind when I start a new project. Then the plot fleshes out a deeper understanding of the characters while the characters push for intriguing dimensions of the plot.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I always have a notebook and pen handy, but most of the time, I’m at my desk with my laptop. Music breaks my concentration because I like to sing. However, I focus the best when I have a baseball game on the TV. The slow rhythm of the game is hypnotic. Go Tigers! It’s odd but effective.


Where do you get your ideas for writing?   Life and NPR


What do you like to read?

I enjoy thrillers with romance, fantasy, and how-to books.


What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

When I feel writer’s block seeping in, I try to remember that it’s only a draft. I can always add more later. Get the ideas down first then edit, edit, edit.


Where can readers find you and your work?

Website: https://www.ChristinaKThompson.com

Publisher website: https://www.48fourteen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheChemicalAttractionSeries

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaPOV

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/16U7Y0S

Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/GMgINA


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