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christine wenger's bio


christine wenger


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.


christine wenger's the lady and the cowboyMy 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!


christine wenger's the cowboy wayTHE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005. Since then, I've written eleven 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.


christine wenger's do or dinerA new venture for me (in 2013) was 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 was released on August 6, 2013. Four cozy mysteries followed until the series ended.

I love this genre, and would like to continue the adventures of Trixie Matkowski in the future.


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!

And, 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 for meals. It's a tough job, but I just have to do it!

Best wishes to you, dear reader, and I hope you smile when you read my books!



quotes for christine wenger's 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

"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--