Spotlight & Giveaway: Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Posted November 20th, 2012 by in Spotlight / 29 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Carina Press Author Christi Barth to HJ

Christi welcome, for all of my readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

I write sassy, sexy and smart contemporary romances. Right now I’m finishing book 3 of 4 in my Aisle Bound series about a Chicago wedding planning company. If you like to laugh, and root for a guaranteed happily ever after, you’ll like my books.

Do you usually begin a book with a character or a plot?

Always a plot. Or a place. I get lots of ideas when I travel. On vacation, I’ll look around, love a locale, and try to figure out what plot could be interesting there.

When you finish a book, what is the first thing you do, how do you celebrate? 

Usually I finish a book at about 1:00 in the morning. I get on a roll and have to finish. So the first thing I do is go to bed! Then I try not to start something new for at least two weeks to clear out all those characters from my mind. No real celebration, I’m afraid. I save those for release day and when I make a sale.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Passionately Adores Her Husband

What are you currently working on?

I am knee-deep in 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! What can we expect from you in the future? Book 2, A Fine Romance, releases in March. Then in July I’ve got a perfect summer read – a sexy beach caper. A 4th book was just added to the series, working title of A Matchless Romance. When a Chicago matchmaker transforms an awkward nerd into a sexy stud, she’s sorely tempted to keep him for herself!

Lets talk about your new release Ask Her at Christmas 


If you had to sum up Ask Her at Christmas for the readers here…

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.

What sparked the idea for the book Ask Her at Christmas

 My editor telling me she wanted me to write a xmas novella! Joy was quickly followed by panic. Christmas is such a deliriously happy time. It almost pained me to have to inflict conflict on two people during the festive season. Then I thought about locale (see, just like I told you!), and tried to figure out why I could make Caitlin & Kyle run around to every single decorated spot in Chicago. And that’s what sparked the idea.

If you had to pick your favorite scene from Ask Her at Christmas

Easily the kiss. This book was a challenge, because they aren’t supposed to be attracted to each other. They’ve had it for years, and have steadfastly ignored it for the sake of their friendship. This kiss is SUCH a big payoff.

Who would play Caitlin McIntyre and Kyle Lockhart in the movie version of your book? And why?

I started writing this book as Pan Am premiered. Fell in love with the show (so sad it ended!), and turned its star, Kelli Garner, into Caitlin. For a picture of her and other tidbits from the book, check out my boards at (Kyle’s on there too. Used Paul Walker for the hero -and once you see the picture, you’ll know why!).

Giveaway: Christi will be giving away a copy of Ask Her at Christmas 


To Enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form below and post a comment to this Q: One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when I moved in with my husband was the xmas tree decoration. I love tinsel, he hates it. I like all shiny balls, he likes quirky, hand-made stuff I’d throw it if given half a chance. And don’t get me started on how he likes the trees with about six feet in between every branch. Nothing but air. I like my to look full, like in a cartoon. So where do you all stand on tree decoration? Tinsel? Colored or white lights? Blinky or non-blink? Star on top or angel? What is your non-negotiable, line-in-the-sand decoration?

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Would you please share an excerpt ….

Chapter One

“Caitlin McIntyre, will you marry me?”

Her heart didn’t pound, it slammed to a standstill. It probably left thick red skid marks all over her lungs from how fast it threw on the brakes. Kyle Lockhart, her best friend in the world, was down on one knee in front of her station at the gift-wrapping booth. Which meant it was okay her heart had stopped, because she had to be dreaming. Her heart didn’t need to pump in a dream, right?

There was no other explanation for why Kyle would propose to her. Not that she objected in the least. He was super handsome, in a casually elegant yet decidedly sexy manner. His designer suits covered a body like those of the models in perfume ads, the toned and tanned men who dove into swimming pools shaped like a perfume bottle and came up glistening and wet. Thick black hair set off his blue eyes, and you could probably chisel a sculpture off his sharp cheekbones and jaw. Kyle was yummy from head to toe, and Caitlin had wanted him almost her entire life.

Of course, he didn’t know about her massive crush. She’d never hinted, never let her hands linger for an extra second on his abs when they shared sunscreen at the tiny strip of sand along Lake Michigan they called a beach. She’d never leaned over after splitting a bottle of wine and trailed a finger across the lips she would kill to have touch hers. No, Caitlin played the part of the best-friend-and-nothing-more-than-a-friend to the hilt. Because it would absolutely devastate her if she revealed her longing and he didn’t feel the same way. In a perfect world, guys always made the first move. In Caitlin’s world, it was the only way not to jeopardize the most important relationship in her life.

But how on earth did he leap from never once looking at her with a sexy gleam in his eye to going down on one knee in the middle of the Water Tower Place mall? If all the planets had magically aligned, all the gods smiled down on her and all her karmic balance suddenly tipped to one side, then Kyle might, just might finally see her as a woman and ask her out. Proposing marriage, though, was impossible. Which meant she was either fast asleep in her bed, or she’d slipped and hit her head getting off the El this morning. Ice coated the Chicago sidewalks from an early December sleet storm. A concussion would explain this. Or a hallucination from a brain hemorrhage. That would definitely explain the impossibility of Kyle’s proposal.

So if it was nothing more than a dream, why not enjoy it? Caitlin looked around, but all the other volunteer wrappers were busy putting away their supplies for the night. The wrapping booth was a fundraiser to purchase art supplies for local high schools, so the volunteers ran the gamut from tweens to grandparents. Crowds had finally thinned once it hit eight o’clock. Closer to Christmas that wouldn’t be the case, but with eighteen shopping days left, people weren’t yet panicked. She put down her roll of wrapping paper and looked at Kyle’s beaming face.

“This is so sudden.” She made a point of switching her gaze to his empty hands, folded on top of his knee. “How am I supposed to take your question seriously without a huge, shiny diamond ring to seal the deal?”

The smile disappeared faster than the stack of cashmere sweaters she’d seen on sale at Macy’s this morning. “You are so right. I’m an idiot. Of course, I should’ve brought a ring. But I’ll get one. Pretend I have a ring. Will you marry me?”

It sounded just as magical—and unbelievable—the second time he asked. If this was really a dream, wouldn’t her subconscious have made sure he brought along a one-carat, cushion-cut solitaire in a robin’s egg blue box? Now she leaned more toward concussion as an explanation. Clearly the drugs the hospital gave her must be interfering with her creative juices.

“Kyle, you’re my favorite person in the world. You’re smart and funny and movie-star handsome. What girl in her right mind wouldn’t want to marry you?”


29 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth”

  1. Aline

    Oh my, I’m totally with you! I love tinsel, colored blinky lights, star on top of the tree, you name it 🙂 And I definitely love my tree looks full too. Thank God my family share the same taste with me LOL

  2. Winnie Lim

    I’m not so particular about my tree. I would love colored lights though and I absolutely love angels.

  3. kyla whitley

    I love all thinks “decorate” when it comes to trees. I like nobles that have lots of space between branches, and that’s because the ornaments hang well. I like fir tree too. Ornaments lay on the limbs, but that’s okay too. Colored or white, both work. Star or angel on top, love both. Did you ever string the colored beads on your tree. I did, and very beautiful. Takes a lot of time to do, though. Looking forward to reading your book! Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays! 😀

  4. amel armeliana

    Hi Christi, since I don’t celebrate christmas, I don’t have a christmas tree to decorate. But talking about decoration, My husband and I always have different perspective about it, and sometimes we argued because of that. But mostly I win the argument *lol*

    Thank u for this awesome giveaway.

  5. Cecilia

    My decoration on christmas tree is the white one, with the red ribbon not too much ornament. I like the stars, angels and santa claus.
    I have just 3 feet christmas tree. i’ll think to change into 5 or 6 feet.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Suzanne

    My husband & I rarely put up a tree, our son is in Denver. When he was little, it was all done by my husband, so I had nothing to worry about.

  7. Lilian S

    I like my tree to blinky, have a Star on the top, and have many decoration so it’s look full

  8. Heather Coulter

    Every ornament on my tree is unique. I love to find old and usual things to hang on the tree (Esty is one of my favorite places to shop for ornaments). I have 12 foot ceiling in my livingroom ~ so we usually get a tall, thin, full tree…As far as lights we go with twinkly white.

  9. Chris Mead

    I like a full tree, with colored lights and a star on top. I like tinsel but I hate the mess it makes when it falls all over the floor! Thanks for the giveaway, your book sounds great!

  10. sheryl

    We have a 7 1/2 foot tree that has white lights. I don’t do garland or tinsel. I have shatterproof balls because my cats and my 5 year old think they are toys. I also put all the ornaments that we get at Disney World each time that we go. I really do like my tree.

  11. Tawnya Bentley

    White lights, non blinking, the decorations can be an assortment of everything, and Angel on the top. I absolutely draw the line with no tinsel and no flocking. Snow belongs outside, and thank God we don’t live where it snows anyways. And I grew up in a house with a mother that helped keep the tinsel industry alive by herself, I hate the stuff to this day! I want to see the tree and decorations.

  12. Joanne B

    I love the colored, blinking lights. They’re just so festive. I also have the old bubble lights and a bunch of the really, big old ornaments that I use to decorate the tree and house.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

  13. Eva

    simpler, the better! no tinsel, white, non-blinking lights, star or angel 🙂

    mostly vintage/inherited ornaments!

  14. Kai W.

    I love the way tinsel reflects light. Unfortunately, i have a cat who loves tinsel more than I do. He love them so much that he eats them. I won’t have tinsel on the Christmas tree.

    By the way I love book. I like to see if the two best friends realize what they are looking for is right in front of them.

  15. Michele Hayes

    I live in Maine so I love a full Pine tree with an angel on top and lots of sentimental handmade ornaments. I love smaller lights (not blinking) but don’t have a preference whether they’re white or multicolored. They’re all beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and all the commenters!!

  16. Barbara Elness

    Oh wow, this sounds like a wonderful story. I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt as well.

  17. Shadow

    I like full trees with colorful lights that change. I like a mix of decorations. The quirky unique ones and the shinny. I hate tinsel. Cant stand the stuff. And i love an angel on top! 🙂

  18. Jenny

    I like full trees. I like the quirky handmade ornaments on the family tree, but for our decorative ones in the foyer I prefer just shiny bulbs. I hate tinsel, but I’ll deal with it if I have to. My main line in the sand is that I must have colored lights. I don’t care if they blink or not, but they have to be colored.

  19. Rebe

    I’m not a fan of tinsel, either, but I do want my tree to look full! Unfortunately, I haven’t put up a tree in years, because we travel so much for the holidays.

  20. Ann S.

    As long as I get a star on top, anything else is ok with me. I let the rest of them fight it out, lol

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