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Hello, reader friends! I have been eager for more from today’s featured author since I read my first sampling of her work in the Love at First Laugh novella collection
(which by the way, is still available for just $0.99… so don’t miss it!)
About the Author
Krista Phillips writes contemporary romance sprinkled with two of her favorite things, laughter and Jesus.
And sometimes chocolate for kicks and giggles.
She lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and their four beautiful daughters, and is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness. Visit her online!
Favorite Christmas tradition
Kids are allowed to throw them (within reason) squish them, hug them, love on them, make giant piles and jump in them. Christmas has so many “OH BE CAREFUL AND DON’T TOUCH THAT” my Christmas bears is one of my FAVORITE Christmas traditions.
My hubby is required (by Krista law) to get me one every year. He gets to pick. Doesn’t matter boy or girl. Oh and they are always the ones you get from Walmart with the year on the foot. LOL I’m not picky or anything…..
Beth: That is the snuggliest tradition I have ever heard of, I love it! (full disclosure, the above Christmas bear is from Amazon, Walmart didn’t have any online yet!)
Krista: I love quirky characters!! I love it when they are scared but bold. When they talk all big but then you see inside that they are uncertain as all get out. Because aren’t we ALL like that sometimes?
Beth: I think my friends and family can attest to my quirkiness (although some would use the term weird, quirky sounds nicer)!
Favorite childhood books
Funny, I really don’t like books that make me cry anymore. But as a pre-teen trying to figure out life and get all my emotions in check, a good book that just made me “feel” and “cry” was weirdly cathartic.
Beth: I think I skipped that phase and went straight to romance. Sweet Valley Twins quickly evolved into Sweet Valley High which led me straight into the swoony temptation of Sweet Valley Sagas… at the tender age of ten!
I’m still a romance fangirl!!! 😍
But I’m also a HUGE Tamara Leigh fan (Faking Grace is seriously hysterical) and also loved DeeAnne Gist (love all her books but my favs were here early books like A Bride in the Bargain or A Bride Most Begrudging).
Beth: I do have a heart, books should always be plural! ❤ …and I need to read the Mark of the Lion series, ASAP!!!!
Favorite time or place to read or write
Krista: I tend to be a late night reader. Snuggled in a warm bed with a good book in my hand, the bedside lamp on, some type of chocolate and a Dr. Pepper on hand…. #bliss
Beth: Oh, me too!!! It’s finally quiet once everyone is asleep and no one interrupts me!
Tell us about your new release
Krista: The Engagement Plot is a product of my curiosity—isn’t that how good books begin? I admit—I watch The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (some seasons more than others.) Personally, I think it would be a horrible way to find my mate—but the romance author inside me has always been intrigued, especially by the few times it has actually “worked.” I always wondered what happened after the cameras stopped rolling and life was supposed to go back to normal. So my imagination began to put together a fun story of one such fictional couple, and The Engagement Plot was birthed.
Please know this though: This book is NOT an endorsement of The Bachelor. Nor is it an attack on it either. The book actually opens about six months AFTER the show aired. I made up my own show for the book, but it is simply a story of the struggle of faith in the public eye, of making mistakes and God’s amazing grace when he redeems those for his glory. It’s a story of mercy, forgiveness, and how we can never stray so far from God that he isn’t right there to pick us up when we call for him.
So if you think The Bachelor is a horrible show and want nothing to do with it—I’d still encourage you to check out The Engagement Plot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. (And if you’re a Bachelor fan… there’s a good chance you’ll like it too!)
I will note: If you aren’t a fan of a little sarcastic humor and expect perfect characters… then you might want to skip out on this one.
Beth: I agree. I’m not a fan of The Bachelor yet I found this story to be very entertaining and poignant!
Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.
William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?
When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations. Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all? When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.
Beth: Since I reviewed this book for RT Book Review, I am unable to share a review here on the blog but most of the review is quoted on Krista’s Facebook page.
What are you working on now?
Krista: I’m working on finishing Carly’s story, who is Hanna’s best friend and former boss in the story. After that, Emma (Will’s executive assistant) is up for her own happily-ever-after.
Beth: Oh goody goody! I can’t wait!!! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today and sharing your favorites and your latest book news, Krista!
Krista Phillips has generously provided a paperback copy of The Engagement Plot for a Faithfully Bookish reader friend!
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What kind of books you were reading as a young teen and how does that compare to your bookish tastes now?