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It's time for coffee and books!

Kristy Tate is visiting the blog today with her book, Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent. She described it as a Teen Time Travel Romance with some kissing. :)

 Welcome, Kristy. May I pour you some coffee?

 KRISTY: I don't drink coffee, but I LOVE hot chocolate and drink it nearly every night. I sometimes spice it up with cinnamon, or vanilla or different flavored coffee creamers (I like hazelnut and Irish cream.)

 Ally:  Hot chocolate coming right up. While I fix our beverages, tell our readers something about yourself.

About the Author: Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU's International Center in London. Although a long time resident of Orange County, California where she lives with her family, Kristy's heart belongs in her hometown of Arlington, Washington, AKA Rose Arbor--the fictional setting of her popular Rose Arbor series. Now that Kristy’s six incredibly bright, beautiful and heart-stoppingly awesome children are raised, Kristy hopes to start a Schnauzer farm.

Contact Kristy:

Ally:  I'd like to start with a question that authors frequently get asked, but I always love to hear the answers. Did you always want to be a writer?

KRISTY:  In second grade when I read The Little House on the Prairie books, I suspected I wanted to be a writer. In fourth grade when I read Little Women, I knew.

Ally:  Do you write in more than one genre or other forms, such as short stories?
Have you considered it. Why or why not?

KRISTY:  Growing up, I LOVED mysteries. I loved PBS Mystery. In junior high, I made a goal to read all of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I did. So, for years, I wrote mysteries. But I after I served as president of a women’s charitable organization and I saw firsthand some dark and scary situations, I couldn’t read mysteries anymore. The world became a darker place. I have a few published mysteries. I write mainly Women’s Fiction, but everything I write is, for the most part, light-hearted. I don’t want to add to the world’s darkness.

Ally:  Have you ever killed off an important character? If not, would you? What influences that decision?

KRISTY:  I have killed characters. In my yet to be published mystery, Shell Charms, I killed Billy. I hadn’t planned on killing him, but I got to a place where I knew it had to happen. I was sad for days and had a hard time refocusing.

Ally:  Who is/are your favorite book boyfriend(s)?

KRISTY:  I always fall in love with the heroes of my books, and so almost always, the hero I’m writing is the one I love the most, just like my favorite book is always the one I’m currently writing. But I have to say, Ian of A Ghost of a Second Chance is pretty much my husband, and I do love him.

Ally:  Tell us about your current work in progress.

KRISTY:  I’m currently working on a sweet time travel romance, where my main character and the man she holds responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop are sent back to Regency England. Jason West is the last person she wants to see or kiss! Even if he does look good in breeches.

Ally:  Let's run through a few quick answers questions.
  • Last movie you watched in a theater:  Defenders of the Galaxy. (Loved it.)
  • Favorite sport to watch on TV:  Gymnastics or figure skating
  • Manicures or pedicures:  Pedicures
  • Favorite jewelry:  My wedding ring, because my husband put my original diamond, my mother’s diamond, on either side of a larger diamond that he gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • A place you'd love to visit:  I want to go to Greece. I want to stand on Mount Olympus and talk to the oracles.

Ally: Thanks, Kristy, for having coffee with us today. Before you go, please show us your book.


When Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood.

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair.

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

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