Friday, 25 September 2015

Interview with Christina Phillips + Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome to the blog Christina Phillips, who is on a blog tour, celebrating the release of Hold Me until Morning, the second book in her Grayson Brothers series. I got to sit down with Christina and ask her all about it, so join us, read her interview, and once you got to know Cooper and Paris, pick up your copy of Hold Me until Morning. :-)

Stella: Hi Christina, welcome to Ex Libris! Tell us a bit more about yourself.

Christina: Hi Stella! I’m an ex-pat Brit now living in Western Australia with my lovely family and adorable cats (who think they’re being incredibly helpful when they stroll across my keyboard…) I’m addicted to Earl Grey tea, good coffee and enjoy a regular fix of chocolate. My bottom doesn’t thank me for this ;-)

Stella: Your brand new release Hold Me until Morning is Book #2 in your Graysons Brothers series. Can you tell readers who are not familiar with the series a bit more about it, and the Brothers?

Christina: The Grayson brothers survived a horrific childhood with their brutal father, and none of them believe in love or happily-ever-after. Although they now own a successful bodyguard and security business the legacy of their past haunts each of them.

The underlying theme of all three books is redemption. Each brother is consumed by guilt about what happened in their past, and during the course of their book they each face what happened, and learn to move on. In HOLD ME UNTIL MORNING Cooper finally accepts the fact he isn’t responsible for the choices that other people make (in his case, the choice his brother Alex made twelve years ago).

Stella: And what can we expect of Hold Me until Morning?

Christina: This is the youngest brother Cooper’s book. He agrees to help out his best friend by keeping an eye on his younger sister, Paris, for a week while she hides from the paparazzi. It’s been ten years since they last saw each other when they were kids, and neither is prepared for the instant sizzling attraction between them when they meet again :-)

What starts off as a bit of sexy fun soon turns into something much deeper as Cooper discovers another side of life he’d never dreamed existed before, and Paris learns to trust again.

Stella: Could you whet our appetites for Hold Me until Morning in Twitter-style (in 140 characters or less)?

Christina: A bad boy bodyguard and Hollywood princess hide out in a mountain cabin. Strictly business? Not likely…

Stella: Could you introduce the hero and heroine of Hold Me until Morning to us?

Christina: This is Paris’ first impression of Cooper when she sees him again after ten years:

He was nothing like the faded memories of the devil-may-care fourteen-year-old boy from when they’d lived in the same rundown neighborhood.

She was having a hard time tearing her gaze from his breathtaking biceps, which bulged just the right amount. How would it feel to have those arms around me? She licked her lips and tried to shove the thought from her mind.

Except she couldn’t get past the way his black T-shirt stretched over his impressive chest.

Holy crap. His pecs are to die for.

And this is Cooper’s first reaction when Paris arrives at the mountain cabin:

He pushed the car door shut. Her gorgeous tanned legs came into view, along with sexy denim shorts that barely covered her cute ass.

Whoa. Whatever else he did this week, he definitely wasn’t hitting on his best friend’s little sister.

So stop looking at her ass.


She slowly turned around. Massive sunglasses hid her eyes, but there was no mistaking those pouty lips, or the face that had been described as angelic by those who hadn’t known her as a daredevil kid.

“Hey, Cooper.” Her voice was husky, as though she’d just woken up, and graphic images flashed through his mind, of her tangled in bed sheets wearing nothing but her own designer perfume.

Damn. She’s hot. Guilt prickled down his spine. Scott’d rip his head off if he knew the dirty thoughts running through Cooper’s mind right now.

It’s going to be a long week.

Henry Cavill
Stella: Yum! ;-) And now let’s have some fun! Paris and Cooper had to be holed up in a cabin, who would you choose to be holed up with? (Any actors, singers or fictional characters are fair game ;-)

Christina: I would definitely choose Henry Cavill! That man is so ridiculously beautiful, I could happily stare at him all day :-)

Stella: You are a soul sister, Henry Cavill would be my top choice as well! ;-p 

If Hold Me until Morning was made into a movie/TV series, who would you cast for the roles of Cooper and Paris?

Hayden Panettiere
Christina: I’d have Liam Hemsworth play Cooper and Hayden Panettiere as Paris – with auburn hair :-)

Stella: When will we get to read Alex’s story? Any little teaser you’d like to torture us with? (

Christina: Alex’s book, HOLD ME UNTIL FOREVER, is coming out on 15th January 2016. It’s a friends-to-lovers/unrequited love story and his heroine is Ella, literally the girl next door. Alex has quarter shares in an exclusive BDSM club, Excalibur, and when Ella drops the bombshell that she’s leaving her job at Grayson’s, they finally give in to the simmering passion between them :-)

Here’s a little teaser…

She wasn’t looking for anything serious. Not with him. She just wanted good times.

He could do that. She’d get her kicks and he’d get something he’d craved for eight long years.

Ella in his arms. Every which way he wanted. But most of all she’d be safe from the destructive force that lived inside him. Because the sex would be confined to Excalibur, where there were rules and regulations, and it wouldn’t be personal.

Not the way it’d be personal if he took her here, in her apartment, the way he goddamn wanted to.

Don’t do it. This was Ella. She deserved so much more than him. But he couldn’t help himself.

“You want to come to Excalibur with me?”

Stella: Would you like to share with us your future plans, what shall we be on the lookout next?

Christina: I have a couple of joint projects in the works. Next up is a second boxed set with Cathleen Ross and Mel Teshco – Taken by the Billionaire. And a super secret project that’s still in the very early planning stages with my two fabulous CPs that we hope to get off the ground in the New Year!

Stella: And now, can you tell us something not many people know about you?

Christina: When I was 18 I had an out of body experience. I was in hospital having my wisdom teeth out, and I remember clear as anything looking down at this body on a gurney, that was thrashing about and moaning. I can still remember thinking what a racket that person was making :-) I was very Zen like and not in any pain. Then I saw a nurse approach and bend over the figure, and next thing I know I’m back in my body with the nurse standing over me. I’ve been in hospital and under anaesthetic lots of time since and nothing like that ever happened again. So I’m not convinced it was the drugs. Something weird happened…

Stella: Uh, spooky... Thanks so much for stopping by Christina!:-)

Christina: Thank you for having me, Stella!

Hold Me Until Morning by Christina Phillips

Book #2 in the Grayson Brothers series

She's the one girl he should never touch...

Cooper Grayson is supposed to hole up in a mountain cabin and protect his best friend's little sister from the paparazzi for a week. That's it. But Paris O'Connell isn't a kid anymore, and it's hard to remember this is strictly business when she bats her big green eyes at him...then crashes through all his carefully placed boundaries.

Paris loves a challenge. And gorgeous Cooper Grayson is the most dangerous challenge she's faced yet. He ignores the sizzling attraction that keeps her awake at nights, and he doesn't care about her fame or her contacts, only seeing her. When they finally kiss, Cooper leaves her bare. Exposed. His for the taking. And take he does...

For one incredibly hot week, Cooper fulfils her every fantasy. But when the real world crashes in, so does reality. And reality tells them there's no way a Hollywood star and a bad boy from the wrong side of town could ever have a future together...

Buy at Amazon - B&N - iBooks - Kobo - ARe

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She's also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

Connect with Christina at her website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads


There are TWO giveaways:

You can enter to win a print copy of Hold Me until Morning at Goodreads, HERE.

Christina also generously offered a $10 Amazon gift card to a lucky commenter!

Just leave a comment answering this question: If you had to spend a few days with someone in a remote cabin, who would you choose to be holed up with?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 10 October 2015!

Good luck!

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