What Are You Watching?

There is an abundance of new shows out this month and I, for one, am paying attention.  You know I’m working on a book and I work around ten hours a day, but when I move out of my office, I usually either whip up some dinner or order in and watch a few shows.

Here are the show I’m watching:

Emergence

It’s what I would call a speculative fiction.  A young girl survives a plane crash unharmed.  But overtime we see she has powers.  A detective ends up taking her in and trying to protect her from the unknown.  But the question becomes do they need protecting from the child?

Evil

Now can I say I watch this one with one eye closed?  It’s spooky.  A young mother, with three girls, who does not believe in demons and such, is hired to work with a group of religious investigators.  Basically, she tries to disprove that demons, ghosts and other creepy things don’t exist.  But let me tell you, there’s a lot to disprove.  It’s scary, it’s really creepy.  But I kind of like it.

Stumptown

I love this one guys!  It’s a lot like my humorous romantic suspense novels.  A sassy, kick butt army veteran becomes a private investigator who stands up for the underdog.  She’s flawed, so very flawed, but you have to love her as she always sets out to protect someone who deserves protecting.  And she finds herself up to her eyebrows in trouble fighting bad guys.

All Rise

This one is a legal show about a new judge who is determined to make her court fair to those who are not getting justice.  She’s creative, she’s got guts.  She’s the kind of judge we would all love to think wears a robe and determines what’s right and wrong in courts.

Bluff City Law

Jimmy Smit and his daughter are lawyers with a tumultuous relationship who take on the injustice of the world one client at a time.  It’s largely a family drama with characters who fight for the underdogs.

As I’m writing the descriptions of what I’m watching, I realize how close my interest in shows is to the plots I choose to write.  Paranormal elements, ghosts, sassy characters, underdogs that need championing, and a touch of danger and suspense.

In Don’t Breathe a Word, there are for sure several underdogs.  There is injustice that people are trying to rectify.  There are threads of past family drama and how it effects characters years after the fact.  The sass level is pretty high.

In my C.C. Hunter Mortician’s Daughter series you totally get the paranormal element.  Poor Riley is faced with spirits left and right.  However, you still have the underdogs, and you get the sass.  If not from Riley, then from Kelsey.  That girl calls it like she sees it.

So what are you watching?  Are you watching any of the shows I mentioned? Do the shows you watch on television fall in line with the types of books you read?

DON’T BREATHE A WORD

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ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE

The first book in my C.C. Hunter YA Mortician’s Daughter series, One Foot in the Grave, is on sale for only .99 cents! But Hurry, this sale won’t last long! “This series is the perfect blend of eerie paranormal action, drama and plenty of will-they-won’t-they scenarios with to-die-for crushes.” —RT Book Reviews

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Don’t Breathe a Word is Here!!!!

I’m doing my happy dance today. Why? It’s release day for Don’t Breathe a Word, book 2 in my Texas Justice series. And I can’t wait for you to read all about Juan and Vicki. I know you’re gonna love them as much as I do.

And there’s a lot you’ll learn in Don’t Breathe a Word:

  • Frozen hearts can thaw.
  • Pink toenails can make a guy get all hot and bothered.
  • Scars on the inside take a lot longer to heal than scars on the outside
  • A secure guy isn’t afraid to own cute, little poodle named Sweetie.
  • If you want something to remain secret, don’t tell a child.
  • Don’t try to keep a lie from a detective. They uncover lies for a living.
  • Not everyone is looking for the same thing.
  • You have to trust and confide in someone, otherwise you’re truly alone.
  • How a man takes care of you when you’re sick tells you a lot about his character.
  • The love of a child can melt parts of your heart you didn’t know were frozen.

 

New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig returns with her next heart-stopping romantic suspense about a woman on the run and the man trying to uncover her secrets.
Police detective Juan Acosta doesn’t only carry scars on the outside. He’s filled with guilt and anger ever since his undercover job led to the murder of those he loved the most. Now he’s living for one thing: revenge. That is, until Juan meets his beautiful new neighbor.
Vicki Holloway prides herself on being capable and independent, but her life is turned upside down when her sister Sara is killed by an abusive ex. Fearing for the safety of her niece, Vicki and the little girl go into hiding…resurfacing in Texas with new identities.
Juan finds his once-frozen heart thawing around Vicki, but he knows she’s hiding something. Juan needs answers, but Vicki isn’t talking. She has to keep her secrets if she wants to keep Bell safe, which means resisting her growing feelings for the sexy, scarred man next door. But when Juan’s quest for justice brings danger to her door, divulging the truth might be the only thing that keeps her alive.
Includes the bonus novella “Hot Target” by April Hunt!

So, don’t forget to snag a copy of Don’t Breathe a Word today!

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Winner!!!

A big thank you to everyone that preordered Don’t Breathe a Word and entered my preorder contest. The winner is Melanie Higgins! Congratulations, Melanie! Email your postal address to christie@christie-craig.com. I hope you enjoy your cool Christie Craig wine glasses, chocolates & Amazon gift card.

 

Wanna Try Young Adult?

Hey, have you read any of my C.C. Hunter young adult books? Did you know One Foot in the Grave, the first book in my popular Mortician’s Daughter series, is the winner of Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers PRISM Award, Write Touch Readers’ Award, I Heart Indie Contest & the JABRIC Award? And right now, One Foot in the Grave is on sale for ONLY .99 cents! So give it a try. What have you got to lose? But hurry, this sale is for a limited time. Snag your copy now at Amazon and Kobo.

 

Reviewers Are Awesome!

I love book reviewers! They can really make a difference when it comes to book sales. I have a list of book review websites that receive advanced copies of my books. Then, they are asked to read it and post an honest review. I have been fortunate and received some wonderful reviews. Some reviewers also request interviews. I try to post links on my social media to as many of those reviews as I can.

I know a good review can sell books and a bad review can hurt sales. So obviously many people read reviews of a book before they purchase it. I have been known to read the reviews on Amazon, B&N, etc., check out how many stars a book got when deciding to purchase it.

But you don’t have to have a blog or website to post a review of a book. I ask my readers to please post reviews of my books on their purchase sites. It can really make a difference. And I do read those reviews. And to those that have left reviews of my books on social media—THANK YOU! You are awesome and I really appreciate it.

These are just a few kind things reviewers have said about Don’t Breathe a Word, releasing Nov. 5th:

  • “Didn’t want to put it down.  Don’t Breathe a Word is a roller coaster ride with riveting suspense, relentless emotion, and characters that will steal your heart.”—New York Times Bestselling author, Darynda Jones
  • “Romantic suspense fans will mark this as a series to watch.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “Craig delivers a top-notch, breakneck romantic thriller.”—New York Times Bestselling author Lori Wilde

Do you read book reviews before purchasing a book? If you’re in a book store and see a book, do you look up reviews on your phone? If you read 10 good reviews and 1 bad one, would you purchase the book anyway? How much do reviews influence your book purchases?

Preorder Contest For Only $2.99!!!!

Don’t forget my preorder contest for Don’t Breathe a Word. Time is running out! This contest closes on Nov. 5th with the release of Don’t Breathe a Word. So preorder it now for only $2.99, then send a copy of your receipt to christie@christie-craig.com. It’s that easy! (Sorry, but this contest is for U.S. residents only.)

 

 

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IndieBound: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordIB
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordBN
Apple Books: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordAB
Amazon: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheAWordAMZ

 

Don’t Breathe a Word

Time is running out to get Don’t Breathe a Word for only $2.99 in my preorder sale and enter my preorder contest. Once Don’t Breathe a Word is released on Nov. 5th, the contest ends. So if you want a chance to win these two cool wine glasses (which can be used for any beverage), a $25 Amazon gift card and box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates! (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.)

 

New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig returns with her next heart-stopping romantic suspense about a woman on the run and the man trying to uncover her secrets.
Police detective Juan Acosta doesn’t only carry scars on the outside. He’s filled with guilt and anger ever since his undercover job led to the murder of those he loved the most. Now he’s living for one thing: revenge. That is, until Juan meets his beautiful new neighbor.

Vicki Holloway prides herself on being capable and independent, but her life is turned upside down when her sister Sara is killed by an abusive ex. Fearing for the safety of her niece, Vicki and the little girl go into hiding…resurfacing in Texas with new identities.
Juan finds his once-frozen heart thawing around Vicki, but he knows she’s hiding something. Juan needs answers, but Vicki isn’t talking. She has to keep her secrets if she wants to keep Bell safe, which means resisting her growing feelings for the sexy, scarred man next door. But when Juan’s quest for justice brings danger to her door, divulging the truth might be the only thing that keeps her alive.
Includes the bonus novella “Hot Target” by April Hunt!

CONTEST

To enter my preorder contest, just preorder Don’t Breathe a Word, then send a copy of the receipt to me at christie@christie-craig.com. That’s it. You’ll be entered to win. Contest ends Nov. 5th with the release of Don’t Breathe a Word.

Preorder now at:

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheaWordGR

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordIB

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordBN

Apple Books: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordAB

Amazon: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheAWordAMZ

Preorder Contest!!

 

Fall has come to most of y’all, but it’s still pretty hot in Texas. And Texas isn’t the only thing that’s hot. In Don’t Breathe a Word, the second book in my Texas Justice series, Detective Juan Acosta is hotter than Texas blacktop in August. In fact, Vicki Trever, his beautiful, independent neighbor is having trouble keeping her distance. And it’s important she keep him at arm’s length since she’s running for her life. She can’t trust anyone—not even Juan.

 

 

 

And if you preorder Don’t Breathe a Word, you can win these lovely wine glasses, some chocolate (and who doesn’t love chocolate?) and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Wow, right? All you have to do it preorder Don’t Breathe a Word and email a copy of the receipt to me at christie@christie-craig.com, and you’ll be entered. It’s really that easy!

 

 

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheaWordGR

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordIB

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordBN

Apple Books: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordAB

Amazon: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheAWordAMZ

And you’re gonna love Juan and Vicki. Because in Don’t Breathe a Word, you’ll learn:

  • While scars on the outside are easy to see, it’s a lot harder to see the scars on the inside.
  • Kids are less judgmental than adults They love you no matter what.
  • Sometimes keeping secrets can lead others to jump to the wrong conclusion.
  • Angels can kick ass—even the cute ass of a cop.

Halloween and Preorder News!

Halloween is just around the corner. I love Halloween, especially when my kids were little. They’d dress up in costumes and I’d take them trick or treating around our neighborhood. We don’t get a lot of kids trick or treating where we live now. I still buy too much candy—not a good idea to have left over candy! I still decorate, but not as much as I used to. Still, that doesn’t keep me from looking on Pinterest at cool ideas for Halloween decorations. Some people are so creative. I thought I’d share some ideas I found (and may try) with you. Some are cute and some are scary, so something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you feel about Halloween? Do you go all out and dress up? Maybe scare the neighborhood children with your decorations?

Don’t Forget!

Don’t Breathe a Word, the second book in my Texas Justice series is up for preorder.

Preorder now at:

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheaWordGR  

IndieBound:http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordIB 

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordBN 

Apple Books: http://bit.ly/dontbreatheawordAB 

Amazon: http://bit.ly/DontBreatheAWordAMZ

Recent Lessons Learned or Relearned at the Craig House

I’m a firm believer in learning our lessons.  I mean, if we don’t learn from our mistakes, then what’s the use in our making them, right?  And yes, some lessons are those we have to repeat over and over before the light bulb comes on and we reach the amazingly intelligent conclusion of, “Duh.”

Okay, so I admit it, we at the Craig house have experienced our share of “duh” moments.   Below are a few lessons we at the Craig house have learned over the years.

Hubby:  Do not microwave a toothbrush.  Yes, it sounds reasonable that to stick it in a cup of water and set the time on one minute might be sure to kill the germs and therefore save you from the $1.99 of having to purchase a new one every three weeks, but it doesn’t work.

Son:  Do not microwave a whole egg.  Yes, I know you want to prove mama wrong when I say you can’t do that, but when the egg explodes coating the microwave with scrambled egg, you’re going to be sorry.

Me:  Never attempt to move a feline that is about to throw up a hair ball.  Believe it or not, there are worse places for a hair-ball to land other than where you thought it might end up.

Son:  To clean a cell phone you DO NOT run it through the washing machine.  To dry a cell phone, DO NOT run it though the dryer.  In other words, check your dad-burn jeans before doing laundry!

Me:  When son says, smell this, and has funny look on his face, don’t do it.  When son says, taste this and has a green appearance in skin tone, don’t do it.

Son:  Puking is not a team sport.  Yes, when you were small, mama always held your head and kept a damp cloth to your brow during these times of needs.  At eighteen, and with a man-size stomach, you are lucky if mom tosses a wet rag at you and says I hope everything comes out all right.

Son: Just because it’s in the refrigerator doesn’t mean it’s still edible.  P.S.  Refer to lesson above for reference.

Hubby:  Never start whining about losing your glasses until after you check the top of your head.

Me:  Never attempt to wax my own eyebrows.  (No explanation needed.)

Hubby:  Never ever, under any circumstances, ask your wife what happened to her eyebrows.

Okay…so there you have it. Some of the life lessons we have learned at the Craig house.  What about you guys?  Any lessons you could share?  Come on, I shared.

Break Out Your Pumpkin Spice!

I love fall. Don’t you? Monday was officially the first day of fall. Never mind that Starbucks has been selling pumpkin spice lattes for over a month. Now in Texas, it will still be warm for a while. But if the temperature dips below 75, everyone here drags out their fall clothes.

After a long, hot Texas summer, even the hint of fall makes me happy. I love watching the leaves change color and that crispness in the morning air when I go for my daily walk. I’m ready to buy my pumpkins to set by my front door and dust off my front door wreath of fall leaves. And I can’t wait to curl up with a blanket and a book, and drink hot cocoa in my warmer (not sleeveless) PJs.

I can feel the fall coming, especially in the morning.  There is just that hint of a temperature drop.  Yeah, I know in the South, we’ve got to wait a while until true fall arrives.  But until then, I might have to crank down my air conditioner, light a pumpkin scented candle and pretend.

What to you look forward to with the coming of fall?

Don’t Forget!

Don’t Breathe a Word comes out November 5th, but you can preorder it now from Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Goodreads and at Forever Books.

Police detective Juan Acosta doesn’t only carry scars on the outside. He’s filled with guilt and anger ever since his undercover job led to the murder of those he loved the most. Now he’s living for one thing: revenge. That is, until Juan meets his beautiful new neighbor.
Vicki Holloway prides herself on being capable and independent, but her life is turned upside down when her sister Sara is killed by an abusive ex. Fearing for the safety of her niece, Vicki and the little girl go into hiding…resurfacing in Texas with new identities.

Juan finds his once-frozen heart thawing around Vicki, but he knows she’s hiding something. Juan needs answers, but Vicki isn’t talking. She has to keep her secrets if she wants to keep Bell safe, which means resisting her growing feelings for the sexy, scarred man next door. But when Juan’s quest for justice brings danger to her door, divulging the truth might be the only thing that keeps her alive.

Includes the bonus novella “Hot Target” by April Hunt!

Ireland–The Emerald Isle

Déjà vu is French phrase that means already seen.  Basically, it is the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before.  And that is what Ireland felt like to me.  A little like going home, but a home I only sense in my soul, like an abstract painting that lures me closer, that speaks to my heart, but can’t be described.  And the music… it took me on an emotional ride.  Joy, sorrow, love, grief.  How one song could tell so much story is beyond me.

Walking around Dublin was a visual treat.  We toured the Dublin castle and visited several pubs.The best meal I had on my whole trip was a big bowl of Guinness stew.   Now I tried the beer, because let’s face it, you have to.  If you don’t even try it might just be a reason to get you thrown out of Ireland.  But I’ll have to be honest, the beer, I’ll only take in my stew, thank you.  But that whiskey—and yes we did a tour and a tasting—I liked.  I even brought a bottle home.

We took a day trip to the enchanting Glendalough. Marveled at the purple hills and awe inspiring views.  We walked around a 6th century monastic settlement, where the tombstones have long since lost their inscriptions.

 

 

 

Anyone see the movie, P.S. I Love You?  Do you remember the quaint bridge where Gerry met Holly for the first time?  I walked along that path and realized there is something about this country that whispers romance into one’s ear.  And of course, as soon as we got home, I watched the movie again.

 

 

You know in Texas we say if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes.  Well, let me tell you, in Ireland I have never seen weather change so fast.  From dreary and gray to blue sunny skies in only a couple of minutes.

 

 

 

As I write this blog, I’m listening to Irish music, and missing the place that feels as if it holds secrets to perhaps a past life. And maybe a future one, because I came home with several book ideas.

 

 

Have you ever been someplace that made you feel like you have been there before, but you know you haven’t?

Reading Suggestions?

 

This week, I’ve had to take it easy. Hubby gave me the crud. You know where you feel horrible, you nose runs and you can’t stop coughing. So, I’ve been reading. I’m currently reading Blood Money  (NYPD Blue & Gold book 2) by Tee O’Fallon, and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

 

 

 

At least I finished writing my final Christie Craig Texas Justice book, Don’t Look Back.  FBI agents, Texas Detectives, and murder.  A cat named Psycho. A hero that is drool worthy.  And a plot with more twist than a pretzel. Don’t forget the second book in the series, Don’t Breathe a Word comes out Nov. 5th, but you can preorder it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

So when I have the crud, it takes a while for me to get over it, so expect to be catching up on my reading. Any books you’d like to recommend? What are you reading right now?