Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Charlsie Estess & When the Ocean Roars

Posted June 14, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Charlsie Estess, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 15 Comments


When the Ocean Roars JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for When the Ocean Roars by Charlsie Estess, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to interview Charlsie today about her novel!

When the Ocean Roars

WHEN THE OCEAN ROARS by Charlsie Estess
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Iron Stream Media
RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2024
PAGES: 260

He needs to surrender. She needs to fight. Are they ready for their next battle?​

Weeks before the Ultimate Fighting World Championship, Keane “The Golden Lion” Temple lands in Japan for the battle of his professional life. The adored prizefighter is primed to take the win. And nothing has ever distracted him from victory in the ring.

But when his path collides with an intriguing woman, he gives in to impulse and asks her to spend his day off from training with him. Surely, he can keep his heart safe for one day.

Ami Ono cannot pass on the invitation but also hides her full identity. As their extraordinary day bleeds into night, both realize one day won’t be enough. Then the excursion ends in disaster when Keane discovers who Ami is. They part ways, but compelling circumstances and an undeniable attraction draw them back together, driving their attraction―and her high-society family drama―to something more intense than Keane has ever faced. As the forbidden romance threatens to take down his principles in the knockout of his life, he struggles to honor his beliefs. Will The Golden Lion surrender his heart? Will Ami defy the domineering men in her life and accept it? Do they stand a chance against nature?

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Charlsie Estess interview

Hi Charlsie! Welcome to the blog!

Charlsie: Though we have three dogs, two cats, and a grumpy-old-man horse (and I love them all), I have to say DOG! My King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Billy Joel, is my constant companion.

Carrie: what a great name for a dog! 🙂

Charlsie: Simple. Coffee is brewed joy.

Carrie: i love that! (even though I don’t like coffee or tea lol)

Charlsie: Given my book is called When the Ocean Roars, I can’t help but pick OCEAN. Oceans are ever-changing and mysterious and offer the most stunning views.

Carrie: i would have been surprised if you hadn’t picked ocean 😉

Charlsie: Huge soup fan here. I love to make and eat all kinds of soups.

Carrie: yum! me too!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Charlsie: Have you ever felt invisible? I have. If I had a superpower, it would be seeing invisible people—people who need to be seen, heard, and loved.

Carrie: what a wonderful superpower to aspire to ♥

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Charlsie: A Wrinkle in Time’s Meg Murry

Carrie: i’ve always loved Meg too!

Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?

Charlsie: I’ve always been a morning person, but my best and richest writing happens in the afternoon. I have a cup of bold coffee in the morning and tackle the business aspects of writing, and I have a 2 pm cup of coffee to keep me going strong. My strangest habit? Taking frequent “plot walks” to work out next action steps! I walk and make notes then go to my office and pound out the story.

Carrie: plot walks sound fun!

Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote When the Ocean Roars?

Charlsie: I played classical cello as a girl and wish I’d never stopped, so music plays an important role in my life and shows up throughout this book. I apologize if this sounds like a plug, but if you sign up for my newsletter, I created a “Girls’ Night In Idea Sheet” that complements this book and contains recipes, fashion, and a music playlist. Here are a few songs on the list: HILLSONG UNITED-OCEANS, KELSEY HART-LIFE WITH YOU, LAUREN DAIGLE-RESCUE, LIFEHOUSE-BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

Carrie: fabulous songs!!

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce When the Ocean Roars as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?

Charlsie: Definitely Chris Hemsworth and Meisa Kuroki!

Carrie: ooo yes please!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from When the Ocean Roars

Charlsie: When facing any battle, do battle on your knees!

Carrie: amen!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Charlsie: The next book is complete. It’s dual timeline women’s fiction wrapped in romance. I hope I can announce more specifics soon! I am also working to wrap up another book that picks up a friend mentioned in When the Ocean Roars!


Charlsie Estess

Charlsie Estess holds a master of business administration degree and worked in finance and strategic planning before becoming a writer. She is a member of ACFW and Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers and was an ACFW 2023 Genesis Finalist. She currently resides in Mississippi with her husband and two sons.

Connect with Charlsie at charlsieestess.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


When the Ocean Roars JustRead Tours blog giveaway

(1) winner will win an Ocean Adventure Giveaway, including a woven beach bag, a print copy of When the Ocean Roars, & a ROAR T-Shirt!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight June 10, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What about you? What makes you want to read When the Ocean Roars by Charlsie Estess?

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15 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Charlsie Estess & When the Ocean Roars

  1. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed learning more about the author, and I especially like the message behind the book.

  2. Audrey Stewart

    I really enjoyed the interview. It was so sweet of Charlsie to say she would like her superpower to be invisible and to see the people who need to be seen, heard, and loved. So touching.

  3. If you could make a movie out of one of your books- which one would you choose ? After reading the book excerpt I would like to read this book-thanks

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