Thursday, April 21, 2011

My first Blogoversary! with Christina Phillips

Welcome everyone to my new blog thanks to Kayden McLeod. It's My first blogoversary,and I thought it would be a good idea to have some awesome authors stop by and tell us about one of their 'firsts'. To kick things off we have a guest post by Christina Phillips. My blogoversary runs from 22 April - 6 May and the major prize is a $50 gift card from the Book Depository! If I reach 350 followers by the 6th May I will also have a signed copy of Pleasure Unbound to giveaway thanks to Larissa Ione. All you have to do is leave a comment on each post. If you only comment on one post thats 1 entry if you comment on all posts (including reviews) you have more chances of winning. So lets begin..........

Congratulations on your first year Blogoversary, Strange Candy! And thank you for inviting me onto your blog to help celebrate!
As this is a party celebrating ‘firsts’ I thought I’d share how I felt when I first held my debut historical romance in my hand. It had been a long time coming – ten years in fact! During that time I wrote category romance, first person chic-lit and then paranormal romance. I worked with editors on revisions and new ideas, caught the interest of several agents—but there was never any cigar.

So I decided to try something completely new for me—erotic romance. My very first erotic novelette sold! I had clearly, at long last, found my voice!

But as exciting as that first was, my true love has always been writing full length books, because I can explore so much more in terms of world building and digging deeper into the characters of my hero and heroine. And so, spurred on by my sales to a small e-publisher, I wrote my very first full length erotic romance. Somehow it also decided to be a historical romance and if that wasn’t enough—seeing as I’d never attempted to write a historical romance before—it turned out to be an ancient historical romance with hot Roman warriors and magical Druid heroines.

So there I was with an erotic ancient historical romance with fantasy elements which I loved to bits but seriously doubted would ever find a home in the market.

But within a month of querying agents I accepted representation from my dream agent at 11.30 pm one Friday night while we chatted on MSM. Not that it’s engraved in my memory or anything! Three months later we signed a two book deal and so began a whirlwind of more ‘firsts’.

On 16th August 2010 my early author copy of FORBIDDEN arrived. O.M.G. It was so pretty and shiny and the cover looked even more fabulous in real life! I might have kissed it once or twice and walked around the house clutching it like a cuddly kitty, and made everyone wash their hands before they were allowed to stroke it. Much to my husband’s bemusement I even took it to bed with me that night!!

Since then my second book CAPTIVE has been released—and it was just as exciting the second time around as the first!

Christina Phillips writes hot ancient historical romances for Berkley Heat.

"Set in the time of the Roman Empire, Phillips' wonderful story of the romance between a Roman soldier and a Celt is more than entertaining"
Romantic Times BOOK Review, 4 Stars

Phillips’ second in the Forbidden series is just as hot as its predecessor. Readers will be held Captive by the magic between Druid priestess Morwyn and Bren.
Romantic Times BOOK Review, 4 Stars

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Christina’s Website

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Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win. Having my blogoversary button displayed will earn you an extra 2 points, so please leave a link if you put it on your blog. 


  1. That sounds like a very memorably first, one that you will remember for a very long time.

    Happy Blogoversary!

  2. Happy Blogoversary! It sounds like you have a wonderful celebration planned.

    Thanks for the column, Christina. I enjoyed hearing your success story.

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  3. Love the new design. Congrats on your blogoversary.

    I have seen alot on Christina's books but have not read them yet. They do sound really goo.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. Now, that's an amazing celebration! Happy Blogoversary!


  5. Happy Blogoversary! Loving this new design.

    Christina, congrats on your releases. I actually have both of these books on my wishlist. Definitely been wanting to read them.

  6. I love the new blog layout, Strange Candy!

    Mary I don't think I'll ever forget this first :-)

    Thanks LSUR, I'm glad you enjoyed my post!

    Hi June and Naj!!

    Thanks so much for the congrats, Danielle!

  7. Happy Blogoversary! I love Christina's little backstory, what a great way to celebrate! Her books sound very intriguing...I love the blog design too!

  8. Hi Christina and Strange Candy (congrats on your first year!).

    I love that you made everyone wash their hands, Christina, and take the book with you for a cuddle. All that hard work finally in your hands. Congrats, with the Forbidden series.

  9. Happy blogoversary.

    Christina, I can just imagine you wandering around cradling your book. Taking it to bed--not so much ;-)

    It's a great read, and I look forward to more from you set in this era.

  10. Thanks, VK!

    Haha, Eleni, I really did make everyone wash their hands. I didn't want fingerprints all over the cover!!! Thanks for the congrats!

    LOL Shelley! I took it to bed the first night but then kept it on my beside table for the following week. So I could give it little pats during the night :-) I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Forbidden!

  11. Happy Blogoversary !!

    and Glad to 'meet' you once again, Christina :) love your book.

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  12. Happy blogoversary!!!
    Congrats on your book release! (I would also make everybody wash their hands before touching them...LOL).
    I'm an old follower. :)

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  13. Ive displayed your button:

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  14. Hi Mariska! It's lovely to see you again :-) So glad you love my book!!!

    Hi, Karla thank you! Yes I think it's compulsory to wash hands before touching a brand new book, lol!!!

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  16. Happy Blogoversary! I hope the next year is even more fun!

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  17. Happy Blogversary! I always love hearing about the process that authors go through on the road to getting published. Best wishes to Christina on the success of her books.

    jen at delux dot com

  18. Happy Blogoversary! that is quite a first sorry im a wee bit late to the celebration but it still was a awesome one to participate in. and i look forward to seeing more reviews and posts.


  19. Happy Blogoversary hon!!! I'm an old facebook follower but new on the blog :)!
    Loving the design and the content! Here's to many more blogging about books years!!!