Monday, December 3, 2012

Review + Interview + Giveaway: Christi Barth

Book Books and More Books was thrilled that Christi agreed to be interviewed; especially after reading Ask Her At Christmas. It is one of three stories in the newly released holiday anthology Romancing the Holiday. I gave this collection of novellas 5 well -deserved stars. 

Now is the time when many readers are looking forward to getting in the mood for the holidays by reading romance novels with a Christmas theme. This collection is especially nice...the three lovely holiday stories in this collection are the perfect thing to read at the holidays when things are stressed.

Ask Her At Christmas is a wonderful friends to lovers holiday romance tale. This story has a wonderful Christmas ending. Curl up in a chair, wrap yourself in a blanket, drink some hot cocoa, have some warm cookies and enjoy this story. I did!

Disclosure: The author, Christi Barth, provided this e-book to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Every writer has a story about what inspired them to start writing. Please share yours with us.

I always wanted to be an author. As a bookworm and a speedreader, I’ve had a deep and undying love for writing forever.  To stave off boredom during the summer between 8th & 9th grade (I was 12), I wrote a 60 page opus entitled Alyssa’s Last Look.  It was a historical, and I’m very glad I can barely remember it. What with not being allowed to watch much television, writing gave me something to do over vacation.  Of course, I also wanted to be a princess, just for the pretty clothes and tiaras.  The chances of either career goal coming to pass looked slim.  However, I first realized that I actually could be a writer five years ago, when I completed my first book (which I sold!).  Having a complete manuscript under my belt made it real.

Ok…so now we know what inspired to you write. Now we want to dig a little deeper. 

What's a typical working day like for you? 

Unfortunately, it entails getting up and going to my day job at a college. Yes-the ugly secret of writers is revealed-many of us still keep our noses to the office grindstone (although I do get four weeks paid vacation, so I don’t complain too loudly).

When and where do you write? 

After years as an actress, my creative juices kick into high gear after 6 pm.  I do my plotting during the day – well, whenever the ideas strike, which is often either when I’m at the gym or the symphony, oddly enough.  But the bulk of my writing takes place between sunset and midnight. On my couch.

Do you set a daily writing goal? 

Nope – I use a weekly writing goal. That way it is easier to not feel guilty if life smacks you in the face one day, derailing your best intentions. Writing is easiest when it is guilt-free. Like the joy of sucking down fat-free gingerbread lattes.     

Your story Ask Her At Christmas is releasing December 3rd in the holiday novella anthology Romancing the Holiday. How did you get involved in that project? 

Great good luck. When Carina Press contracted my Aisle Bound series, my editor also tossed in the request that I do a Christmas novella. It scared the pants off of me. Everything I’d ever written was 98,000 words. I had no idea how to even contemplate a novella. But then she told me that there’d be two New York Times bestselling authors in the anthology, and I knew it was an opportunity not to be missed. So I stopped my whining, thanked my editor profusely, and dove right in. With some help on how to structure something such a different length from my brilliant chapter-mate Stephanie Draven.

What are you working on now? 

I am almost finished with book 3 of the Aisle Bound series, Friends to Lovers. It follows Daphne the florist and Gib the British lothario as they journey from—well, friends to lovers! By the time this post runs, I’ll probably be starting next year’s Christmas novella. I wrote Ask Her At Christmas in March, and discovered it really isn’t any fun thinking about Christmas festivities then. So I tweaked my schedule in order to write about the holidays during December.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question? 

**How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Blood, sweat and tears.  My first book I titled Missing, which I found a way to work beautifully into the last sentence – it was a work of literary art, if I do say so myself.  Then my publisher nixed it, and I spent an entire week coming up with titles that sounded like bad soap operas (Palmetto Passion, Sizzling Secrets, Magnolias & Murder).  I couldn’t understand how I was able to churn out 98,000 words of a novel, and not be able to come up with a 2-3 word title.  We settled on Carolina Heat.  Now I’ve got a terrific team at Carina that helps me come up with the perfect title (it involves forms and outlines and lots of brainstorming).

Leave a comment for the author ~ for a chance to win a ebook of Ask Her At Christmas.
You Must Include Your email Address; So I can contact the winner!

Caitlin McIntyre's heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she's in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she's never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he's only practicing—he's about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle's determined to win the respect of the dying father who's never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle's always depended on Caitlin's friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.


  1. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book to get into the Christmas spirit and to "visit" Chicago. Congrats on your newest release, Christi!

    1. I love that this book is set in Chicago during Christmas. Wonderful descriptions of the holiday traditions I remember from my trips.

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  2. Oh what a shock to think you're being proposed to and then find out you're just the practice bride! Sounds like my type of book!

  3. I enjoyed Planning for Love and I've heard tremendous things about Ask Her at Christmas from various bloggers. :) I'm very excited to read this one!

  4. Ronnie,so glad you enjoyed Planning for Love! Just a heads up that book 2, A Fine Romance, will release on March 11. It will definitely chase away the last of winter's chill!

  5. A practice bride. How terrible for Caitlin. Can't wait to read Ask Her At Christmas. Sounds like a winner.

  6. Oh my gosh!!! I would love to read this book!!! I agree, Chicago and Christmas make a perfect setting for a book. <3

  7. Great interview and it sounds like a great book!