Character Spotlight ~ Christa Bannister’s Sydney Alexander & signed giveaway!

Today the spotlight shines on………………………………………..Sydney Alexander

Christa Ann Banister has created one of the most engaging and smile-inducing characters in Sydney Alexander in her debut novel and its sequel. I have a sneaking suspicion that Christa has those same characteristics in spades!

Check out Christa’s take on Sydney:~

Physical Description

With her dark brown eyes, decidedly old-school, slightly bushy eyebrows and style that can be both cutting edge and laidback, she’s a modern-day Audrey Hepburn with shades of Jennifer Garner.

Rel:~ How cool that I stumbled upon! This is Audrey and Jennifer morphed together – LOL!

Strengths and weaknesses

Sydney is a likeable girl with strong opinions, a burgeoning faith and an insatiable love for people. In fact, she loves people sooo much that she’s tempted to help even when it’s not called for—especially when it comes to relationships. Sometimes she can be a little too sarcastic for her own good (she even jokes about it being her spiritual gift) and a perpetual jabberbox, (just ask her patient hubby, Gavin) but she’s also fiercely compassionate, funny, a good listener and will be there for anyone—especially if he/she is going through a hard time.

Quirk (if any)

Does a fascination with garden gnomes count? Aside from that, she’s got a quirky sense of humor and fashion and has a penchant for pondering wacky non-realities like what her life would be like if she’d been named something else.

Your inspiration for the character

Sydney was definitely inspired by my own life and adventures in dating before I met my hubby. But it was important to me for Sydney to have her
own set of qualities and life experiences, so she’s just as much inspired by fiction as she is by yours truly.

Synopsis of Around the World in 80 Dates

Travel writer Sydney Alexander is ready for one particular journey to end: her frustrating search for a Mr. Right. But things are looking up: Just after landing her dream job, she meets an eligible round of bachelors.

Now Sydney will discover just how far she’s willing to compromise to land her dream guy.

Synopsis of Blessed Are the Meddlers

Sydney Alexander has found the man of her dreams and has permanently retired her serial-dating status. But soon Sydney finds her well-intentioned meddling causing cupid chaos with friends and family. She’s even on the verge of losing her dream job as her boss suffers the fallout of a failed love connection.

Can Sydney help her friends pick up the romantic pieces while getting her career back on track?

Christa, this has been fun ~ thank you! I’m looking forward to reading “Meddlers” soon and interviewing you as well.

On Monday I will be shining the spotlight on Nicole Baart’s Julia deSmit from her wonderful books, As the Leaves Fall and Summer Snow ~ just wait until you see the gorgeous photo of Julia!

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Around the World in 80 Dates

Visit Christa’s website and blog

Buy Christa’s books at Amazon and Koorong


Christa is generously providing a set of her books to give away, signed by her good self ~ what a great offer! This giveaway is open to ALL my readers.

To enter:~

1. Post a comment by midnight Sunday 9th November, and

2. Tell me about a bad/funny/embarrassing dating moment (we all need a giggle in the current climate!)

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