It’s Almost Here!

this heart of mineIn about six weeks, This Heart of Mine will release.  Part of me is dancing on my tip toes I’m so excited.  But on the flip side of that, I’m so nervous I have butterflies playing bumper cars in my stomach.

Yes, it’s true that with every book I’ve sent out to the world to be read, enjoyed, and judged, there’s a bit of angst.  Because I know not everyone is going to love my book, my characters, my writing style. There are tons of books out there that everyone loves, but don’t resonate with me.  And I’m sure as readers you’ve found this to be true.  Authors and all artists, have to accept that one’s work is subjective.  And I’ve accepted it.

Mostly.  But those butterflies keep on fluttering.  What if my base, my core readers, don’t tap into that magical essence of the story I’ve spent months imaging and creating?

Every book I write is part imagination and part heart.  I find a kernel of an idea and while writing it, I tap into and borrow from my personal experiences, my emotions, my fears, my moral compass, to create the story. This is why I tell people that every character has me in them.

The difference between This Heart of Mine and dozens of my previous books is that this book didn’t grow in that creative section of my brain.  It wasn’t a seed of an idea that I planted and spent months whispering to, what’s next?  What now? I didn’t borrow bits and pieces of my life to create the plot.

No.  Chunks of this story were taken right out of my life.  Out of my husband’s life.  When I tapped into that creative place and asked, what’s next?  I didn’t have to put my thinking cap on.  I just had to open up a vein.  I followed the foot prints of emotion, of pain, of the strugglesand ultimately, the triumph of a real life experience.

I cried more writing this book than any book I’ve ever written.

Because like Leah, my husband needed a transplant. Like Leah, it was unlikely to happen.  Like Leah, he and I were forced to accept that his time here, that our time together, was about to end.  Like Leah, he was given that second chance.  Like Leah, when he woke up from that transplant, he started having dreams.  Dreams that had us wondering if they were his own or from the donor.

And while there is so much personal experience that stems from this story, there’s fiction as well. My hubby isn’t Matt, my hot hero.  (Sorry, Babe.) He’s wasn’t dealing with high school and figuring out who he was when the transplant took place.  His donor’s death hadn’t been ruled a suicide, but left others wondering if it hadn’t been murder.  Yes, plenty of creative energy went into this book.

But the emotional essence of this story.  Of learning to cherish time.  Of learning to live every day to the fullest because tomorrow is not a promise.  That came from the lessons we learned during this difficult time.  And the love that Leah and Matt find?  That’s one hundred percent real.  It’s not the teenage love, but it started as young love, and grew stronger like it can after thirty years of marriage.  You don’t know how much you love someone, until you sit at their bedside in ICU while they’re in coma.  You don’t know how precious life is, until you’re certain it’s gone.  You don’t value time until you’ve been given a second chance.

This Heart of Mine is up for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, Powell’s, Indiebound and iBooks.  So, don’t miss out, order your copy today.  If you’re one of my loyal fans who has preordered it, leave a comment, and one of you will win an ARC of This Heart of Mine. So, you’ll have one to keep and one to give away to a friend.

Winner!

Last week’s winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is Kate CeccePlease email me at christie@christie-craig.com to claim your gift card.

 

 

Year in Review and 2018’s First Giveaway!

Do you know how after New Year’s you look back on the past year and you kind of feel you wasted too much time?  I was doing that, and then I stopped and realized maybe I didn’t do everything I wanted to. Yeah, I still haven’t lost the weight, but I did accomplish a lot.  I visited both my parents, one in California, one in Alabama. I did fifteen writing related events, most of the out of state. Which means I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at conferences and book signings, and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you in 2018.

the junkyard cowboy high resIn July, I released the third book in my Tall, Hot & Texas series; The Junkyard Cowboy. I had a lot of fun writing about Jennifer Peterson, who in her search for the perfect man has found a sure-fire formula for identifying the perfect man. Statistics seem to show that if she narrows her search to men of certain careers and physical attributes, she’ll have a better shot at success. So now, she’s on the hunt for not-so-well-endowed, short and hairy podiatrists or funeral directors, who’ve been dubbed less likely to cheat than their tall, good-looking counterparts.

But when a hit man runs Jennifer off the road and chases her into an old junkyard. The sexy cowboy who runs the place may be the best man to keep her alive, but he’s also the type to most likely put her heart in jeopardy. Should she trust her head or throw all logic out the window for the one guy who may be worth the risk?

fighting-backLast August, I released my C.C. Hunter book, Fighting Back. In case you avid Kylie and Lucas fans missed it, this is the final short story about this couple. Just because they’re in love, doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing. Oh no, Kylie and Lucas face their biggest challenge yet when Lucas struggles to balance his added responsibilities with the werewolf council with his commitment to Kylie. Things go from bad to worse when Lucas’ life is in danger. But while their future may be uncertain, Kylie will do whatever it takes to save the life of the only boy she’s ever truly loved.

414fOgxyWRL (1)Then last October, I released the first in my three book YA series called The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave. It’s about Riley Smith, whose dad is a mortician, and his clients keep following him home. Only Riley can see these ghosts, and they usually want some kind of help from her. And it’s never easy.  For those of you waiting for the second book, it will release in July.

 

 

FierceFinally in December, I released my YA novella, Fierce, werewolf Fredericka Lakota’s story, previously only available in my anthology, Almost Midnight. Even years after being abandoned by her rogue werewolf father, Fredericka’s still never found a place for herself in Shadow Falls. And now,  Fredericka’s life has gotten more complicated: she’s learned her father has died, the death angels from the falls are calling to her, an ex won’t let her go, and she may be seeing the ghost of a missing woman who needs her help.

And while these two books haven’t released yet, I wrote This Heart of Mine and Don’t Close Your Eyes.

this heart of mineReviews for This Heart of Mine are rolling in and I’m honored that reviewers are connecting to with this book.  This is the book about a heart transplant that was inspired from my husband’s transplant. It releases February 27th.

 

 

 

51WVbFHb5yLI also wrote, Don’t Close your Eyes, which releases August 28th.  Now for my readers, I’ll warn you that this isn’t as humorous as my other Christie Craig books.  It’s a story about a young woman with a repressed memory that leads the Anniston, Texas Cold Case cops not to just one body, but two.  It was originally written for a screen writing contest back in 1997.  I won, but then didn’t pursue it.  Seven years later, I pulled it out and started it as a book.  I entered it into a contest, and it took first place again. But then, I sold my humorous romantic suspense novels and put it on the back burner.  In 2017, I decided to return to it. There was something about that story that wouldn’t let me forget it even after twenty years.  I enjoyed writing the slightly darker story, so my agent sold it as a series titled, Texas Justice.  There are three Cold Case Cops and each one will get their story.

You can find all of these books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you missed one of the new releases, go grab a copy. And you can also preorder the This Heart of Mine and Don’t Close Your Eyes.

So you see, while I do believe I spent a little too much time of 2017 playing Spider Solitaire. I did do a lot.  What were you busy doing in 2017?  One person who leaves a comment and tells me they have read one of my books, will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

 

 

Resolutions

abOkay, it’s a brand-new year. Time to dust off those resolutions, and try to keep them this time. Did you know most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February?

Yup, I’m one of the 45 percent of people who statistics say set resolutions.

Most of us have similar goals, too.  To eat healthier.  Exercise more.  Yeah, I want to drop some weight.  But I also want to try more recipes. I want to learn to make a great white wine sauce.  Being southern, I’ve mastered gravy, but haven’t really mastered sauces.  Yes, I know this goal is kind of counterproductive to the losing weight goal, but I’m trying to look at my diet as a life change and I know I can’t stop eating everything that tastes good.  So if I only splurge in moderation, learn some healthier recipes as well, and exercise more, maybe these two goals can go hand in hand.

New Year's Resolutions, list of items

New Year’s Resolutions, list of items

I also want to be more productive with my time.  Yeah, I’m guilty of playing SpiderSolitaire .  But I also know it’s not always a procrastination  technique.  It’s like my down time. Time to let my mind rest and restart my creative energy.  So I’m not going to stop, but I need to find the balance.  I’m going to start using my day planner again.  Manage my time better.  Do any of you use a day planner?

But I still have a few more goals.  Last year, after the hurricane, hubby and I were out eating and my hubby said, “Have you noticed, how nice everyone is to each other?  They are patient, they say hello to strangers.  No one seems to lose their patience.  You know, I think a good New Year’s resolution would be to treat people everyday like we just had a hurricane.”  So yeah, I’m going to borrow my hubby’s idea and just try to be kinder to strangers.

I did some checking and according to Huffington Post, only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. Why do we fail? Well, according to the articles, there are many reasons people can’t stick to their resolutions, from setting too many of them to getting derailed by small failures. Even setting overly ambitious and restrictive goals.

abcWhen we think about all the times we didn’t meet those resolutions, it’s easy to understand why some people don’t follow this tradition anymore.  But call me an eternal optimist, every year I make them.  And frankly, some of them have stuck.  Two years ago, my goal was to take more “me” time, to find ways to deal with stress.  Since then I’ve been hitting the hot tub three times as much, and I now go for regular massages.

Are you part of the 45% that make resolutions? What are yours?

Wishing you a happy, healthy and productive 2018.

Book Recommendations

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being such supportive fans.

414fOgxyWRL (1)I also wanted to remind you that my C.C. Hunter YA, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, was released 10/31/17. If you like teenage romance with some woo-woo and a mystery, I think you’ll love it. Riley reminds me a lot of Kylie from my Shadow Falls series, but she has her own set of life’s problems. If you’ve already read it, spread the love and order it for a friend or loved one for the holidays from Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

 

 

 

this heart of mineOn February 28, 2018 I have another young adult book coming out called This Heart of Mine. This book is personal and written from my heart. You see, my husband had a kidney transplant, so I’m very aware of the second chance we’ve been given. And I really wanted to tell Leah MacKenzie’s story.

Even though This Heart of Mine isn’t out yet, you can still pre-order it for someone for Christmas and they’ll receive it as soon as it’s released. Pre-order it at Amazon,Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Powell’s. 

 

 

 

Looking for a new author? Here are four books I’ve recently read and enjoyed.

For a hot read with sass try Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan.

51RKTyeEOGL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_From the wrong side of the tracks and with most of her family in jail or dead, Piper Walsh is used to everyone in town thinking the worst about her. It doesn’t seem to matter that she’s worked hard to build a good life for herself. So she isn’t surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill’s wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they’re instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned-lawman—and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost.

Despite rumors, Hale avoids fooling around with the women of Sweet Hill, many of whom are hoping to get him to the altar. But staying out of Piper’s path is proving near impossible. The infuriating troublemaker clearly has no respect for his badge. As she continues to push his buttons, it becomes clear to Hale that he must either arrest Piper—or claim her as his own.

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Another favorite I read recently is All The Dead Girls by Rita Herron.  I stayed up to three in the morning to finish this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

517r7aygL8L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Then there’s Deception Island, by Brynn Kelly.  The book was recommended to me by her editor and I’m so grateful she did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course there’s Susan Muller’s A Season’s Pass series, which also had me curled in a chair reading into the wee hours.

 

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You can’t go wrong with any of these books by these talented authors.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

IMG_0186 (2)I’m an animal lover. Yup, I love all things furry—well, not those hairy spiders (or any spiders, really). But dogs, cats, horses, elephants (yes, I know—not furry), horses, just about any animal you could name. I’ve written blogs before about dogs vs. cats, and asked which one you prefer. Well, I have both and I love them all. So, have you noticed I almost always have an animal in my books? There was Socks the cat in my Shadow Falls series, Devil, the huge dog in The Junkyard Cowboy, Fabio, the ugly mixed terrier in Divorced, Desperate and Delicious.  How about Boots, the long gray-haired cat, in The Cop Who Stole Christmas?  Or Lucky, the mangled cat in Blame it on Texas.  And who could forget Bud, the flatulent English Bull dog in Only in Texas.  Adding pets gives the reader a bit more insight and compassion for my characters.

img066 (2)Animal Planet listed the top 5 reasons for owning a pet. Some reasons are obvious, like the stress relief that can lower blood pressure, their unconditional love can help with depression,  and they can get you up off you couch taking your dog for walks. But there were a few reasons that surprised me. Did you know that having a pet in the house can help reduce the risk of your child developing pet allergies? They can also help people and children become better socializers. And to quote my husband, “Animals make us better humans.”

IMG_1224So, take care of your pets this winter and bring them inside when it’s cold—and maybe fill their Christmas stocking with treats. And yes, to us at the Craig house, our pets are like family and they not only get stockings, but there are presents under the tree for Lady and Oh, Henry.

Do you buy your pets presents?

Happy Holidays!

Winners!!

The lucky winners of Melynda Price’s One and Done are Carrie Pulkinen and Brandi.  Please email me at christie@christie-craig.com to claim your books.

ONE AND DONE by Melynda Price & A Giveaway

Sexy & Snarky.  One and Done will have you sinking into the bedcovers and sighing.        –Christie Craig

OneandDone_Ad1(1)Bestselling author, Melynda Price has a new book coming out today, and I’m so excited about it, I decided to share it on my blog. I read One and Done and I loved it. Melynda cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. And she does it very well! Melynda currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

One and Done by Melynda Price

One and Done Kindle CoverWhen Autumn’s best friend surprises her with a girls’ getaway in Cyprus for her 30th birthday, she makes up her mind that now is her time to shine. This is exactly the fresh start she needs to put the past and a messy divorce behind her. She might have bought into the ideology of Mr. Right once, but that myth was long busted—been there, done that—and she has the broken heart to prove it.

When a family emergency causes her bestie to bail on her minutes before their flight takes off, Autumn finds herself alone and bound for the “Island of Love”. Her friend had planned a week of fun, and now it’s a week for one.

Being ranked one of the top surfers in the world does have its perks, but discovering your sex-tape was released on social media? Definitely not one of them. So, Balen Kroft has strict instructions from his publicist to lie low for a while this whole fiasco blows over. Going incognito might not be such a bad thing—rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun… Until he comes face-to-face with his own personal riptide. If he’s not careful, Autumn Harris may just pull him under.

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Excerpt of One and Done

“Balen, are you homeless?”

His brow arched. Autumn wasn’t sure why he looked so surprised she asked. It wasn’t a very far leap. The writing was on the wall—his friend making that crack about him being a jobless beach bum, him volunteering to spend the week with her…and now here he was, needing a place to say. She wasn’t an idiot. One plus one usually equaled two.

Balen studied her until the tension in the room grew stifling. “Is my socioeconomic status an issue for you? You’ve got the spare room and I happen to be in need of one for the next week. I thought… Look, if staying with you is going to be a problem, I can leave.”

“I didn’t say I wanted you to go. It’s just…” The furrow of skin between his brows grew tighter and Autumn’s explanation died on her lips. But Balen wasn’t going to let it go. Great…she’d offended him.

“It’s just what, Autumn?”

Damn, this was getting awkward. “It’s just, now it makes sense. That’s all.”

“What makes sense?”

“Why you’d want to give up a week to spend it with someone you don’t even know. It makes more sense if you were down on your luck or something.”

The corner of his mouth twitched, not quite making it into a smile. “So, the lure of spending the week with a beautiful woman isn’t reason enough for you? Would it make you feel better if I told you I wanted to fuck you? Is that honest enough for you? Does it somehow make this scenario more believable?”

If he was trying to shock her with frankness, it worked. She was waiting for him to crack a smile and tell her he was joking, but he just stood there…staring at her. Holy shit, he was serious.

Maybe he was retaliating because she’d offended him? Autumn’s heart hammered inside her chest, heat bloomed in her cheeks, flushing down her neck and traveling lower. Refusing to let him rattle her with all his sexy, she notched her chin, met him dead in the eye and said, “I don’t think that’s it. You haven’t even tried to kiss me since we—”

He laughed, cutting her off. “So then I must be homeless? That’s your only other supposition here?”

His amber-flecked gaze dropped to her mouth, and Autumn instinctively moistened her lips. The air charged between them, becoming electric and lighting up her nerve endings. Undeniably, she had never been more attracted to a man than the one standing before her. She wasn’t sure why she’d made that snarky remark about him kissing her. It’d just sorta slipped out. Maybe she was subconsciously goading him.

When he spoke, his voice was lower—a husky rumble she felt all the way to her core. “Do you want me to kiss you, Autumn? Is it driving you crazy that I know what you taste like, what your mouth feels like against mine, and you can’t remember a single second of it?”

“Yes…” The confession was out of her mouth before she could call it back. She wasn’t sure if she was saying yes to the kiss, or yes that her alcohol-induced amnesia that was annoying the hell out of her—probably both.

Balen stepped closer and she caught a hint of his spicy scent mixed with the briny freshness of sea air. The heat deep inside her bloomed to a full-blown ache. He was so close his breath kissed her lips as she parted them in anticipation, waiting for him to close the scant distance separating them. Her breath stalled in her lungs, her lids fluttered closed. But his lips didn’t touch hers. Instead, they brushed the outer shell of her ear as he whispered, “Good…”

Her eyes flew open and she took a surprised step back.

“Learn from your mistakes, lest you repeat them.”

Really? This jerk is going to stand here and lecture me on propriety?  Now Autumn was pissed. She didn’t need him judging her. She wasn’t judging Balen because he didn’t have a job or a place to live. Who the hell did he think he was?

“Fuck you, Dr. Phil.” She turned to walk away, but before she could put any distance between her and this morally arrogant, beach bumming surfer, Balen grabbed her arm and yanked her against him. His arm wrapped around her waist and a hand cradled the back of her head as his mouth came down on hers.

His lips were soft, yet firm as they crushed hers… Autumn’s startled gasp was all the invitation he needed to take the kiss deeper. Balen’s tongue delved inside, tangling with hers. Wow… Just wow…

The consuming way his mouth claimed hers, stole the air from her lungs. She felt his kiss all the way to her toes, lighting up every erogenous zone on the way down. Autumn melted against him, a soft, throaty moan of long-denied need escaping her on exhale.

How could she not remember this? It was amazing. Thankfully, Balen seemed more than willing to give her a reminder. His hand slipped into her hair, the tugging pull angled her head a little to the left. The kiss was hot, intense, and over as fast as it started.

Balen broke away and Autumn’s squeak of protest was drowned out by his own self-damning curse. Her heart was racing so fast she felt dizzy.

Reaching out, she grasped the island to steady herself, panting to catch her breath. Holy shit…She’d never been kissed like that in her entire life. The passion he sparked inside her was like an all-consuming fire. If just a kiss could do this to her, what would it be like to surrender herself to him? What had it been like?

“All right,” she said, still a little breathless. “You can stay…”

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You can order One and Done at Amazon.

You can find Melynda on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at www.melyndaprice.com.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away 2 Kindle copies of One and Done to 2 people who leave a comment. So, tell me, would you go on a vacation all by yourself like Autumn does? (This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to enter.)

Newsletters & Fierce!

this heart of mineHave you signed up for my Christie Craig newsletter? How about my C.C. Hunter newsletter? Two lucky people just won copies of This Heart of Mine, my YA release coming out Feb. 27, 2018, from my last C.C. Hunter newsletter. I also have giveaways on my Christie Craig newsletters. Don’t you want to win free books and swag?

So be sure to sign up today. For my Christie Craig newsletter, click HERE and sign up. For C.C. Hunter, just click HERE, and look for my newsletter sign up on the right hand side of the page. Maybe you’ll be my next winner. And if you already signed up at CC. Hunter in the last two weeks, due to a computer glitch, you should probably sign up again.

Have you pre-ordered This Heart of Mine? You won’t want to miss this one, and just in case you don’t win my next giveaway, you might want to pre-order it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Powell’s. 

Head over to my C.C. Hunter Website’s This Heart of Mine located under my Books page and you can read an excerpt by selecting the PDF download at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

Fierce

I’ve been asked a lot by my C.C. Hunter fans when they could buy Fierce by itself. Well, now you can! Fredericka Lakota’s story is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only $1.99.

Werewolf Fredericka Lakota prefers to be alone. Even years after being abandoned by her rogue werewolf father, she’s still never found a place for herself in Shadow Falls.

Fredericka’s only comfort comes from the jewelry she creates…and now from Brandon Hart, the owner of a new art gallery who wants to showcase Fredericka’s work.

But Fredericka’s life has gotten more complicated: she’s learned her father has died, the death angels from the falls are calling to her, an ex won’t let her go, and she may be seeing the ghost of a missing woman who needs her help. On top of all that, her attraction to the mysterious Brandon only grows stronger; but if other supernaturals won’t accept a rogue werewolf, how could a human?

Originally released as part of the anthology Almost MidnightFierce is a fast-paced, romantic thrill ride that will make you fall in love with Shadow Falls all over again.

The Mortician’s Daughter Series Cover Reveal

The first exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!


Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

The Mortician’s Daughter Excerpt:

“Help me!” The voice draws my attention at the same time the cold lifts goosebumps on my skin.

I look over and Abby is standing there, her back to me. I release a breath and see steam snake up in front of my face. She feels colder this time. It reminds me that Hayden isn’t cold.

“I want to help you,” I say. “What did you mean by the truth?”

“What?” Hayden asks, then looks around. “Is it Abby?”

I nod. “

Tell her if she can tell you where the ring is, I can go and make sure it’s still there. That way when we drive up there to get it, you’ll find it faster.”

I never told Hayden I’d do it. But right now doesn’t seem like the time to say that.

Abby turns around. I gasp and scoot my ass to the other side of the bed. Her face is… It’s bad. Bloody. There’s a deep gash on her cheek, one on her throat, and blood is pouring down her pale dress. Her arm is dangling downward, a bone is protruding out of her elbow.

I thought my eye was bad, but both of hers are bloody and swollen shut and one side of her head seems caved in, as if her whole cheek bone is crushed.

My heart hurts. My stomach lurches. I look away.

“What is it?” Hayden asks.

“She looks bad,” I say. This hasn’t ever happened. They always look nice. Nice like my dad leaves them.

Then I know this is what she looked like before Dad fixed her up. Instantly, my heart goes to my dad. How many times has he had to see death this ugly?

“You have to help me. Please,” she starts sobbing.

I try to look at her, but I can’t. It hurts to see her. I turn away again. Right then a knock sounds at my door. I hear it click open.

“Riley? You okay?” I swallow, turn to my dad peering inside my room, and try to hide the horror from my face.

“Yeah.” He stares at me and frowns. I hope it’s from my eye and not that he sees the sheer horror I’m feeling.

“How about we order Chinese tonight?”

I nod.

“You sure you’re okay?”

“Yeah.” I stand, refusing to look at Abby.

“You have to help me,” she pleads and her words cause a spasm of pain in my chest.

“I’ll order for us,” Dad says and moves out into the hall.

“Okay,” I manage. And I hear Dad’s footsteps tapping down the stairs.


You can order it The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Cover Reveal!!

Did you know The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is only the first book in a series of three? I love the cover, but I also love the covers for books 2 (Two Feet Under) & 3 (Three Heartbeats Away). So, I’m revealing them here.

Christina Mandelski

I have a special guest on my blog this week. Christina Mandelski just released her second book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, and she’s here to tell us about it.

But first, let me tell you a bit about my friend, Christina. Like me, she lives near Houston with her husband, two young adult daughters and a mustachioed cat named Leonardo DiCatprio. She spends her day doing what she loves—writing stories for kids and teens. When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time at the beach, with friends, traveling, reading and eating, especially cake. Always cake.

The First Kiss Hypothesis

Thank so much for having me on the blog today – I’m such a huge fan of Christie as an author and person, I’m honored! My first young adult romance, The First Kiss Hypothesis, is out now from Entangled Crush.

My main character Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

You can order The First Kiss Hypothesis at Amazon, IndieBound, iBooks and Barnes & Noble. 

Here’s an excerpt The First Kiss Hypothesis:

Speaking of the wrong person, I look up and lock eyes with Eli Costas, strolling toward me with a slight limp.

Immediately, my brain short-circuits and I forget what I’m doing.

Eli. Neighbor, best friend, part-time chauffeur. That hair, dark and wavy, sticking out in ways that invite you to run your fingers through it. The olive skin like a real-life Greek god, and eyes that look just like the blue oval in the watercolor sets Mom used to buy me when I was little. He’s tall, and a lacrosse maniac with an upper body to prove it. Your basic unrealistically attractive high school student usually only found in books or movies. The difference is, he’s real, and everyone wants him. Including me. It’s a battle I fight daily.

He flashes me a grin. One side of his mouth quirks up higher than the other, and a dimple cuts deep into his cheek. Holy cow.

As he moves into my airspace, I force myself to focus on counting the tortoise money. Five. Ten. Fifteen. Twenty. Twenty-five. Forty. It always takes me a minute or two to get my bearings when it comes to Eli. To remind myself that nothing can happen between us.


And now for a few questions…

How is Nora most like you?

My heroine, Nora, is different than me in many ways—especially given that she’s really, really good at math and science. I couldn’t be worse at these things—I can refer you to my high school report cards as evidence. Where we are alike, though, is that she believes that true love exists – and that it’s worth the wait. I believed this in high school, and had no intention of settling for less than the real thing. It took a while, and sometimes I thought it would never happen, but I eventually found my Eli, just like Nora does in the book. She learns that falling in love always requires some risk. It’s not an exact science, but it’s still worth going for. Another thing Nora and I have in common? God, I love pie!

What scene did you love the most?

There’s a scene that takes place in the garage of a house party – inside an old car (in my mind it’s a 70s model red Chevy Chevette – which was my dream car when I was eight years old!) This is the scene when they almost kiss, and there’s a huge shift that upsets the entire balance of their lives and friendship. I think I love this scene so much because it reminded me of a scene from a John Hughes movie – I was the target audience for those movies in the 80s – Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, etc. and they really did play a role in making me the romantic sap that I still am!

 What did you learn when writing this book?

I learned how to write category romance! My first book, The Sweetest Thing, came out in 2011, and it’s a stand-alone title. There is teen romance in it, but it’s not the central focus of the story. There is a lot of stuff about family, and friends and relationships. In The First Kiss Hypothesis, Eli and Nora’s building romance is the central focus, and even though the characters have family and friend issues – the story never strays too far from the attraction that is ratcheting up between them. Other things are going on, but it’s all about the increasing heat between them – until they get to the point when neither of them can deny it any more and then, BOOM! I loved it, thought it was great fun and can’t wait to do it again with the companion book coming out in spring 2018.

You can find Christina online (http://www.christinamandelski.com/), on Twitter (@fiction_chris), and Instagram (fiction_chris).

 

Reviews

Have you read The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave yet? If you haven’t, you can order it today at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

ReviewsIf you have read The Mortician’s Daughter, did you write a review? Perhaps you meant to, but never got around to it. Or maybe you never write reviews. What’s so important about reviews, anyway?  Well, they’re actually very important to authors. Book reviews left by readers on Amazon.com and Goodreads can make a huge difference in the success of an author. So many people read reviews before they purchase a book. A friend of mine is in a book club and they always check out the reviews and ratings before selecting their next book. And if your book gets a lot of reviews, it can help a book’s ranking on Amazon or help get your books into indie bookstores. Also, if your book gets lots of reviews on Goodreads, it can convince a local bookseller to stock your book. On the flip side, if you read a book you love and it doesn’t get many reviews, you might have a problem finding the author’s next book. So, if you like a book, write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Kobo, etc. The author will really appreciate it.

414fOgxyWRLAnd if you haven’t read The Mortician’s Daughter, here’s what you’ll learn:

  • It’s tough being the new kid in school, but it’s even harder when your dad is the mortician.
  • You can make friends in the most unlikely places.
  • When you lose your mom when you’re little, it’s hard. But you miss her even more when your dad has to buy you your first bra.
  • Google is a lifesaver for all questions about puberty, but also if you want to know the signs of an alcoholic or find out how someone died.
  • Even a hot ghost with deep blue eyes and a killer smile can be sexy and can make your heart go pitter patter.
  • It always hurts when your old boyfriend starts dating someone else. It hurts even more when happens the second you move away.
  • Meeting a cute guy can feel awkward. It’s even more awkward if all you’re wearing is tiny towel.

Plus, you’ll fall in love. I won’t say with who, you’ll just have to read the book!