Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interview with Christi Barth + Excerpt!


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.

Where to Find Christi:

TheBookQueen: Welcome back, Christi! I know you were here for an interview when All For You came out, so I've tried to come up with some new questions. But first, let's talk a bit about your newest release, Back To Us. In just a couple of sentences, please tell our readers why they're going to love this book.

Christi: Wine. Whiskey. Sing-along Sound of Music. Hot second chance sex. Oh – you want an actual sentence? :) When her ex-boyfriend refuses to sell her his land unless she dates him for a month, an uncompromising winemaker learns that some bargains are worth making for a second chance at love.

TBQ: Oooh, you've got my attention! :D

Ward and Piper in 5 words each – GO!

C: Ward: scruffy hotness, loyal, distiller, reckless, taciturn. 
Piper: stubborn, focused, redheaded temper, unrequited love, type-A.

TBQ: You had me at "scruffy hotness"!

Do you have a favorite scene from Back To Us? Or one that your readers mention the most?

C: I adore their double date in the bowling alley, when things get hot and heavy in the pin-setting room! That required much googling to get the visuals right. Plus, there is some role reversal that is fun. (only in that scene – I promise, Ward is ALL alpha male!)

TBQ: The question we all love and dread – what have you been reading lately that you've just LOVED? 

C: Jenn Bennett’s 1920s mystery romances are like catnip. Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires. Christie Ridgway’s rocker series. So much goodness!

TBQ: What can readers expect to see from you next? 

C: In the fall I’m releasing The Opposite of Right, the first novella in my Bad Decisions series about hot rockers. 2016 kicks off with the release of Book One, Risking It All in my just-sold Naked Men series. It centers around five men who survived a high school tragedy, how it made them into the men they are today, and of course, the women who complete them. [Oooh, can't wait!]

Speed Round:

Lefty or righty? 
Right. My husband is a lefty and we can’t sit next to each other in restaurants.

Up with the sun, or night owl? 
Night owl! Used to be an actress, so late night is my favorite time to do everything.

Favorite beverage while writing? 
Water. Gotta stay hydrated. Unless it is a sex scene, and then ALCOHOL!

Sweet or Salty?
Give me nachos and fried mozzarella sticks and Doritos and pickles and….you get the picture.

Place you'd most like to visit? 
Any beach ANYWHERE. As long as there is shade for me to huddle beneath once I’m on it.

A perfect day looks like: 
sitting on the beach (under an umbrella) reading non-stop. [Cosign!]

Three most played songs on your iPhone/iPod? 
Anything from Glee (yup, I’m one of those people), Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears) and My Life Would Suck Without You (Kelly Clarkson).

What author would you stand in line for hours to just get an autograph? 
Nobody. They are just people like me. I grew up in LA, so never really got the star struck thing. I had movie stars chaperoning my high school dances.

What new release are you dying to read? 
The Bourbon Kings – I’m a huge J.R. Ward fan. HUGE (thanks Laura Kaye, for starting me down that totally addicting road!). Ooh, and the newest Julie James!

TBQ: Thanks so much for stopping by, Christi! Do you have a question for our readers?

Christi: Would you ever give an ex a second chance to win (or break) your heart? 

Back to Us by Christi Barth
Publisher: Carina Press (July 13, 2015)
Series: Shore Secrets, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ward Cantrell always went for the long shot. But that recklessness cost him his college scholarship and his chance to play pro ball, and—worst of all—it ended his relationship with the girl next door. Neither the town nor the girl has ever forgiven him. Now he's taking one last long shot by opening a boutique distillery on the family farm he inherited.

Piper Morrissey spent high school in Ward's shadow, but she's come into her own in the years since. Maintaining her spotless image, and that of her family's winery, is priority number one. Nobody knows that she still yearns for her golden-boy ex. Or at least they didn't—until Ward agrees to sell Piper the land she needs to start her precious port line. The caveat? She'll need to date him for one month.

Ward hopes a month is all it'll take to convince his former sweetheart that while he's changed, his love for her hasn't. But when the chance arises to thumb his nose at the town that turned its back on him, he can't afford not to reject Piper's offer. Will that make her reject him and his love—for good?

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Reviews of Barth's Previous Novels:

Up To Me (#1) -- Kame

Friends to Lovers (#3) -- TBQ

Back To Us by Chrisit Barth

“Don’t you ever go with your gut?” He sauntered closer.
“That’s risky.”
A devilish smile flashed across his face. “That’s the fun part.”

“We can argue over business strategies—or lack thereof—later,” she said archly, giving him a disapproving glare down her nose. “I’m going to have to insist on time to weigh the pros and cons.”
“It’s Wednesday. I’ll give you until this time on Friday.” He closed the distance between them in one long stride. “I’ll give you something to start off that pro/con list with too.”
Ward bent, putting his lips on hers before Piper could decide whether to scoot out of reach or not. Probably because a part of her couldn’t believe it was actually happening. There was a very strong possibility she’d passed out from exhaustion and this whole thing was a dream. It was the likeliest explanation for the morning’s strange turn of events.
But the warm slide of his lips pulled her straight out of her head and rooted her firmly in the moment. This moment. What she’d dreamed about and hoped for didn’t hold a candle to the reality of Ward, her Ward, finally claiming her again with a kiss that seared her down to her core.
He planted his hands at her waist and lifted, lips never breaking contact. Lips, heck—tongue never breaking contact. Even as he raised her high enough that her feet left the floor, Ward’s tongue swept around every inch of her mouth. Every nerve-laden inch. Every sensitive, tingling inch.
Piper needed to touch. Needed to greedily take him with the same heat he was lavishing upon her. Her hands fisted in his hair. Ward nipped at her bottom lip in response. So she wrapped her legs around his waist. That elicited a growl, and Ward braced her back against the wall. Then he pushed close. Pushed that muscled chest and those ripped abs against her body. Canted his hips to push something else even harder against the vee where her legs met. At that, they both moaned.
The rasping brush of his stubble burned in an oh-so-sexy way as Ward angled down her neck. At her indrawn breath, he paused to suck and lick at the spot right on top of where her pulse fluttered rapidly. Because, oh, the things he did to her. The shivers that raced through her just from the strong, wide span of his hands at her waist. The way he crowded out all thought as he crowded his body against hers.
Even the roughness, the harsh press of his jeans inseam and the scrape of the hair on his chin and the hard grind of hip against hip surged a sexy thrill from her head to her toes. Piper couldn’t squeeze her legs tight enough, couldn’t rake her nails down the back of his shirt hard enough, couldn’t recapture his mouth fast enough. Nothing was enough.
On a gasp, Ward pulled away. His eyes had darkened to midnight and a satisfied smile played at the edges of his mouth. And when had his hands shifted down to support her ass?
“That’s my pitch.”
She tried—and probably failed—to sound aggrieved. “That? A kiss was your pitch?” Best. Marketing. Ever.
“No. The pitch was my carefully laid-out reasons why a month of your time is more than reasonable to secure the land you need.” Another flash of that wicked grin that would’ve turned her knees to jelly if she’d been standing. “The kiss was my closer.” 

Thanks for stopping by, Christi! :) I really must catch up with this series soon.

And don't forget Christi's question for you:

Would you ever give an ex a second chance to win (or break) your heart? 


Until Next Time,


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