Happy Tuesday, Book Lovers, it’s almost Friday! 😀 And to help you survive the wait I bring you Christi Barth, who is back to tell you more about her latest release, Ask Her at Christmas, a holiday romance released by Carina Press in their Romancing the Holiday anthology, containing 3 festive and romantic stories penned by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Christi Barth! So please give a warm welcome to Christi and leave a comment, you could win a copy of Ask Her at Christmas!
How Marketing Infiltrated My Christmas Novella
One of the question most asked of any author is how do you come up with your ideas. Well, I’m going to give you a little behind-the scenes glimpse of part of that answer which might never occur to a reader. I had never planned to write a Christmas novella. Did not have the faintest inkling of an idea. But when my editor asked me to be in an anthology with two New York Times bestselling authors, I buckled down and came up with a plot in less than a day.
Here’s the inside scoop part, though. My story could’ve been set anywhere. Well, any big city. I could’ve made it really easy and set it in my hometown. But I thought strategically. Not in a way that would change the plot, but in the externals. I put on my marketing/branding hat and thought about how to tie together the Christmas readers and my series readers. I knew Ask Her At Christmas would release in between books one and two of my Aisle Bound series, which is set in Chicago. In a perfect world, people who loved my novella might be intrigued enough to want to read my other books. So I decided to set it in Chicago as well.
Not just Chicago. A pivotal scene in Ask Her At Christmas takes place in the Cavendish Grand hotel. It is a wholly imaginary swanky hotel that is prominently featured in the entire Aisle Bound series. Hopefully that crossover will delight readers. I know that one reviewer did notice the connection enough to ask if I set all my books in Chicago (the answer is no). My question to you is, do you get a kick out of that sort of thing? When authors manage to weave previous, unrelated books or characters into a separate series?
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.
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Christi Barth has generously offered an ebook copy of Ask Her at Christmas to one lucky commenter!
All you have to do is answer her question:
Do you get a kick out of that sort of thing? When authors manage to weave previous, unrelated books or characters into a separate series?
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Giveaway ends on 29 December 2012 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.