Interview with Tessa Bailey

Posted June 10, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Front Page, Interviews / 5 Comments

With all the beautiful illustrated covers around, it’s no surprise that we were more than excited to get our hands on FIX HER UP by Tessa Bailey.  And let me tell you guys, this book doesn’t disappoint!  It’s such a fun story and also very hot.  So we had a chance to chat with Tessa Bailey herself and here’s what she has to say about this upcoming release (out June 11)!

Welcome to Under the Covers, Tessa! Let’s talk about your new series Hot and Hammered! Where did you get the inspiration for it?

There is a little town called Port Jefferson on Long Island and they turn it into a Charles Dickens village every Christmas. My family and I go every year and ice skate or listen to carolers. It’s such a charming town with lovely people and I couldn’t not write a series set there. It’s prime romance novel real estate!

What’s the best thing about writing a Romantic Comedy?

There are more opportunities to be silly! A lot of situations that might seem ridiculous or far fetched in real life are totally fair game in a rom-com. And I like the lightheartedness of a romantic comedy, too. You can really focus on developing the relationship between the hero and heroine when the plotline is more lighthearted.

Tell us one thing that readers may find surprising about your hero, Travis.

Travis really wants to build Georgie a fireplace. He’s determined to do it, even though he doesn’t know why, only that she wants it—and he needs to provide what she wants. The fireplace is a good representation of his growing feelings, even if he isn’t aware of them right away.

If you could summarize FIX HER UP in a tweet, what would you say?

Who who better to help demolish Georgie’s town sweetheart image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

What kind of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I read anything by Sally Thorne, Mariana Zapata or Eve Dangerfield. And I also love a good thriller, like the Dublin Murder Squad books from Tana French. Currently, I’m reading Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev and I have Kerrigan Byrne up next—her Victorian Rebels series is amazing.

Illustrated covers have certainly made a huge comeback and yours is adorable! Aside from yours of course, what is your favorite one right now?

I love the Unhoneymooners cover from Christina Lauren. It’s so eye catching. Meet Cute from Helena Hunting is also a fave. There are so many to choose from!

And now for something serious… if you had to write a warning label for yourself, what would it be?

Warning: Feed the author cheese or she gets cranky.

What are you currently working on?

Sink or Swim, the final book in my Beach Kingdom series. After that, I’ll be writing the final Hot and Hammered book, which is crazy! The first book just came out and I’m already putting a button on the whole shebang. But I’ve loved every second!

Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

Thank you for having me!!


Available June 11, 2019!

Interview with Tessa Bailey
Fix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey


Released: June 11th 2019
Series: Hot & Hammered #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 400

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her...



About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eleven years and seven-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous interview!! Shared on my socials!💖💋


Great interview! I’m looking forward to reading this!

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Amy R

Thanks for the post, I’m looking forward to reading this.

Sue G.
Sue G.

Great interview! I loved this book!


Great interview and this sounds really cute!