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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with: Christi Barth + Giveaway

Today I'm very happy to have author Christi Barth on the blog! I recently read (and reviewed) her latest book in the Aisle Bound series, Friends to Lovers so I'm thrilled to have a chance to chat with Christi, of course, Mr. Pud popped up in a most embarrassing way. Christi is also giving one lucky commenter a digital copy of Friends to Lovers for their e-reader!

About Christi:
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband. Friends To Lovers is book 3 in her 4 book Aisle Bound series.

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Hi Christi! Welcome to the blog! Have a seat if you can find one among all my books, scattered pet toys and ignore any snuffle snoring sounds you hear, that's just Mr. Pud snoring. *Whispers* He snores like a lumber jack but don't tell him I said so!

Maybe he'll forgive me if I tell him Christi thought he was adorable...

Okay, now that I've embarrassed my poor dog publicly, let's chat shall we?

For readers who aren't familiar with Friends to Lovers, can you tell them what it's about?
Happily. Here’s the whole back cover blurb:

As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people's lives. As for her own life? Well, it's hard to be perfectly happy when you're carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year's Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.

British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He's shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he's been searching for. But Gib's also eager to act upon the attraction for her he's always fought to ignore.

It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib's work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It's up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for…

I really got sucked into Friends to Lovers once I started reading it. (sorry – had to interject. YIPPEE!!!) I love passionate stories that also have some angst and longing thrown in. To me it makes the moment where the two characters finally get together all the sweeter. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
This will reveal the sordid, business side of being a writer, as opposed to a wonderfully creative story. I’d written one wedding-centric book. Then I contemplated writing a sequel to it. And then I learned that trilogies were hot. My editor announced on Twitter that she was looking for contemporary trilogies. So I sent her the first book, and cobbled together a single sentence description of the two others I had in mind.

If you had to cast actors to play your characters in a movie (that would be a perfect retelling of your book), who would you pick to play which parts?
Ooh, you need to check out my Pinterest board - I’ve got one for every book, and they all include photos of the HOT actors I used as models for the main characters. The suave and sexy hero of Friends To Lovers is based on Matt Bomer (YUM!!!!), and the heroine’s based on Amanda Seyfried. And if you have any way to sell my book to Hollywood & make this happen, I’d be thrilled.
* I've become so obsessed with Pinterest lately. I even have boards dedicated to celebrities from all over the world who I could picture as romance novel characters.

What is the strangest/most embarrassing thing you've ever Googled or looked up in the name of research?
Those are completely different questions! I’ve looked up – no kidding – ‘poison you can make at home’ and ‘how to smuggle drugs’ – both used for the villains in books, I swear. I had more than a few worried moments that the FBI would come knocking on my door within 24 hours. Embarrassing – well, we romance writers deal with sex quite a bit. The accidentally sexual Google is usually what happens. My friend Laura Kaye has a book releasing – Hard As it Gets - in a few weeks. I tried to Google it when I featured her in a blog post. Word of advice – if you do the same thing – DON’T use the image feature. Instead of her book, many very explicit photos will come up!
*Duly noted. Though I'm so curious that I just want to do it just to see for myself. Bad me.

What's one thing you're absolutely obsessed with?
Food. I subscribe to Cooking Light and Bon Appetit, and check out cookbooks from the library constantly. I got to write an entire chapter on an aphrodisiac dinner in Friends To Lovers – best research ever!
* I love food too! I can't make it, but I love to eat it!

If you had to write a "Where are they now?" for one of your couples, who would you pick?
Spoiler alert! I just turned in edits on book 4 of this series, A Matchless Romance. Since it is the last book in the series, my editor asked me to add on an epilogue, essentially answering just that for all the main couples. It was a bit of a scramble to figure out what new and exciting things ten people were doing, but I think the readers will love it!

What are you currently working on?
I’m almost finished with the first book in my new trilogy. This series is set in the Finger Lakes of New York. Here’s my one sentence peek at it: A hard-nosed businessman with contempt for small town America is forever changed by the love of a sexy hotel owner and a quirky but tight-knit community famous for its anonymous journal by the shore. Coming sometime in 2014!

Out of all your characters, who has been your favorite to write and why?
I think my absolute favorite hero is Friends To Lovers’ Gib. Who among us can resist a sex god with a yummy British accent?
* I would have killed to be able to um, "research" hot British men for you Christi!

Thank you Christi for stopping by to chat, is there anything else you'd like to add?
I’d be remiss not to mention that I’ve got a Christmas release coming out in a few weeks. Tinsel My Heart, is a novella in the Christmas anthology All I’m Asking For. In it, the producer of a small-town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director.

Up for grabs is a digital copy of Friends to Lovers! I really enjoyed this book and I think it's must read for contemporary romance fans.

Purchase Friends to Lovers atAmazonBarnes & NobleCarina Press


  1. I love that she has a pinterest board full of her casting choices. That was kind of fun :)

  2. I just love reading an epilogue for all the characters the series. :) It kind of solidifies the whole happily ever after theme. :)

  3. Terrific interview, ladies!! Definitely will share for you!

  4. Loved the interview! I especially love reading books with a connection to my hometown, Chicago!

  5. Interview was great! I would purely get that book just from the cover. Looks like a great read to add to my my TBR list. :) And I love the Pinterest board! Get a really good idea of how characters look in my head while reading.

  6. Lovely interview Adria, and I love the friendship to lovers trope. I am off to check out her pinterest acct.


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