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The Holiday Switch

  • The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo
  • Genre: Young Adult Holiday Romance
  • Publishing Date: October 5, 2021


A paperback original romance about a bookish Filipino-American girl who crosses paths with the innkeeper’s aggravating nephew–but when they accidentally switch phones, their newly discovered secrets draw them together.

Lila Castro is ready to take on her last winter break of high school. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and she’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s frustratingly cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Will their secrets–and a dash of holiday spirit–bring them closer to love?

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Q. 1 Which Christmas festivity would you choose to describe yourself? Would you like to elaborate on it further?

I would say that I am Christmas breakfast: up and about super early, ready to fill bellies with planned activities the whole day, and literally ready to go all Christmas day long. 😀

Q. 2 Do you like to listen to songs or any sort of music when you write? Is there a specific playlist you turn to?

I like to choose a soundtrack to listen to specifically for each book! For The Holiday Switch, it was the soundtrack of the film The Holiday.

Q. 3 What is your comfort genre and what do you value the most – plot, setting or character development? Do you like to experiment within these?

Romance is my comfort genre through and through. I value character development the most and will follow characters into whatever plot as long as I’m invested in them. When I write my books, I try to do the same. While other parts of the book may come to me first, character development is what I try to fully flesh out in the beginning.

Q. 4 What was your favorite part about writing The Holiday Switch? Do you feel yourself being reflected somewhere in the book?

I loved escaping to Holly, where everywhere you turn is festive. It was a salve to some of my grief with the pandemic. I do feel myself reflected in the book, in some of the customs the Santos family celebrated.

Q. 5 Which tropes does The Holiday Switch contain? Was there something you wanted to convey to your readers through this book?

I love tropes! The Holiday Switch has: workplace romance, rivals-to-romance, and opposites attract. What I really wanted was to convey joy in the celebration of the holidays, and that changing one’s mind is always, a hundred percent okay.

Q. 6 Were there any particular books you read and would like to recommend to the readers?

Did you see any change in your reading patterns with the onset of pandemic? I listened to more books since the pandemic, though my tastes remained largely the same. Currently, I am just loving Luck of the Titanic by Stace.



This book gave me all the Christmas feels I always look for when reading Holiday Christmas Romances. Add to that the fact that the characters are Filipino American and while I am not a Filipino, my Asian heart craves and beats for any representation of Asian characters with soo many diversities! Dare I say the similarities and the differences makes the experience so amazing, especially when the similarities lie at the core of the characters and plot setting.

What appealed to me at first sight about this book was its cover and the fact that it was a Christmas YA Holiday book and omg I love them both with all my heart. The fact that it was YA made it possible for me to connect to the narrators because, whether I like it or not, there are many situations when I have had to face similar decisions and similar thoughts have crossed my mind (yes, like it or not but rl is a bit cringey… maybe cringier than a book). The story building and the character development really touched my heart and I cannot wait to read more books written by the author!


Author Info

  • Tif Marcelo is a veteran US Army nurse and holds a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts The Stories to Love Podcast, and is the USA Today bestselling author of In a Book Club Far AwayOnce Upon a SunsetThe Key to Happily Ever After, and the Journey to the Heart series.

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One winner will receive a finished copy of The Holiday Switch. The giveaway starts on October 4th and ends on October 11th.

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