What is Jenny?

Last week I posted a photo of my daughter’s dog, Jenny,  and asked you to guess what kind of dog she was.  We had her DNA tested and this is the result.

Jenny is:

25% Beagle

25% Boston Terrier

12.5% American Staffordshire Terrier (Which is pit bull)

37.5% Breed Group of Sporting and Hound dog

 

I was a little shocked, but I will tell you that I was really shocked when I got Lady’s DNA back.  Here’s a picture of lady.  (Post Lady picture)

Hubby met Lady at a junkyard when she came up and rolled over at his feet. The junkyard owner asked hubby if he wanted a dog and said something along the lines of, “If not, I’ve got to do something with her.”  He said she was a stray and it sounded like he might hurt her.  So hubby came home with a dog and an old Ranchero.

The vet said she would have died in a week.  She was a very sick girl.  We are talking over two thousand dollars in vet bills the first few months.  But she was worth every penny.

She’s very smart.  She is meek and sweet to friends we have over to the house.  But if a stranger, like a contractor comes in, she’s not so sweet. She can be very protective. If a stranger comes in and gets too close to me, she will get behind them and nip at their ankles or calves. She’s not too keen on other dogs.  She has lots of dog friends, but strange dogs, may get nipped at if they come and try to smell her backside.  I don’t blame her. If someone tried to smell mine…

So…what is she?  They also included pictures of other dogs with similar DNA for us to see—dogs that looked so much like Lady that we were stunned.

 

 

So what type of dog do you think Lady and these other similar dogs are?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!!

Leave a comment and I will send one person a C.C. Hunter T-shirt and a dog toy.  (Sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must post on my blog page to enter.)

Winner!!

So last week, I asked you to guess what Jenny was. This winner of my giveaway is Amanda H. Congratulations! You’ve won a signed copy of Don’t Breathe a Word and a dog toy. Please email your postal address to christie@christie-craig.com, and I’ll send you your prize.

What Am I?

Well many of you know that I had my DNA checked a couple of years back and what a trip it was discovering what I am.  Most of us have this curiosity, a need to know, a need to understand what makes us who we are and where we came from.

Can I say that the same goes for our pets?  I get stopped and asked what kind of dog Lady is all the time.  And when I learned that they have a DNA test for dogs, well, I was all over that. I hinted at possibly getting this for a Christmas gift. My daughter, who also wanted one for her dog, put it on her wish list as well.  So, my son and his girlfriend got me one for Christmas.  I haven’t gotten the results yet, but I can’t wait! My daughter’s husband and her daughter also bought one for my daughter, and she already got hers back.  So today, I want to introduce you to Jenny.

A shelter rescue, they got her when she was eight weeks old.  I’ve always thought Jenny, was part whippet, mainly because of her body shape and spindly legs. The shelter claimed she was part Beagle and part Boxer.  I never saw any beagle in the animal.  Boxer, maybe.

She’s almost two years old now.  She stands about twenty inches at the shoulders and weighs forty pounds.  Now personality wise—because I believe certain breads do have personality tendencies—that dog is a bit neurotic.  Okay, I’m lying, she’s really neurotic.  Like don’t ever leave me alone neurotic.  Like if you do leave me, something is gonna get chewed up neurotic.  Like if you are sitting, she’s in your lap neurotic. It doesn’t matter if she’s too big because she’ll find a way to fit—and granted she can curl up into a tiny ball. Not that she really fits, but that’s beside the point.  She sees herself as a small lap dog, and don’t you try to tell her otherwise. In fact, she’s the kind of dog that can’t get too close.  Have you ever met a dog who tries to crawl into your armpit? Well, that’s Jenny. And can you tell she’s a boney little canine.  That girl has sharp bones.  Try sleeping with her, ouch!  Yes, she comes and stays at my house once or twice a year.

But did I tell you she’s also sweet?  Yup, she’s a lover.  She has a tongue like a lizard and loves to French kiss.

So my daughter got Jenny’s DNA back.  What do you think she is?

Try to guess what she is and one person who leaves a post will get a doggie toy and a signed print copy of Don’t Breathe a Word. (This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Next week, I hope to have Lady’s DNA back and I’ll blog about her.  What can I say, I love those puppies!

Giving Back

I know how fortunate I am.  I have a loving family, a nice house, and I job I adore.  Yea, we’ve had some health challenges with hubby’s kidney transplant, but I think it’s when something like that happens, it makes you grateful for what you do have, what’s going well.

So, why not give back? There are a few charities that I like to support, charities that help children and animals. I always give to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Founded by actor Danny Thomas, St. Jude’s  mission “is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” And no child is turned away, even if they can’t pay. So, that’s a charity that’s close to my heart.

As I’ve talked about over the years, I love animals and have had numerous dogs and cats in my household. This is my wonderful dog Lady, who hubby rescued from a junkyard. She’s one of the lucky ones, but so many animals are abused and neglected.  So animal charities are another passion of mine and another place where I choose to put my money.

It’s been so sad to watch the news of the wildfires in Australia. They said over a billion animals have died. There are charities helping out with the care of injured animals in Australia, like the World Wildlife Fund. They all need our help.

So as we go forward into 2020, please keep those (people and animals) less fortunate in mind.

Do you have a favorite charity or organization you like to give to? Do you volunteer anywhere?

Great News!

Well, 2020 is shaping up to be a very busy year, and I’ve got some great news for you. I’ve finished sexy cold case Detective Conner’s story! Yes, the third book in my Texas Justice series is done. Don’t Look Back will be out later this year, and it’s a doozie! More news? I’m working on another Christie Craig book. Do you like sexy cowboys? This one will be a humorous mystery with a western slant. But I’ll let you know more about that as I get further along with the story. Till then, I’ll be hold up, writing away in my study, except for book signings.

Speaking of book signings…On Jan. 11th Lark Brennan, Leslie Marshman and I will be at Murder By the Book in Houston, TX at 1:00 PM. I’ll be signing Don’t Breathe a Word and my C.C. Hunter YA Three Heartbeats Away, Lark will be signing Shadows of the Past, and Leslie will be signing Good Over Evil. Come join the fun!  For more details check their Events page.

 

Then, I’ll be at Teen Bookfest by the Bay 2020 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX on Jan. 25th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Join me for book signings, writers’ workshops, Manga Mania and more! Admission is FREE! Check out the amazing line up of authors at Bookfest By the Bay.

 

 

I realize not everyone can make it to my signings and events. But if you always wanted a signed copy of one of my books, that’s not a problem. You can order signed copies through ApollyCon until Jan. 10th.  So you better hurry! ApollyCon is annual, multi-day reader event featuring Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult authors, panel programming, and social events, owned by NYT bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. But you don’t have to attend their conference to order your signed copies from ApollyCon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haven’t read books 1 & 2 in my Texas Justice series and want to catch up before Don’t Look Back comes out? Don’t Close Your Eyes (Book 1) is on sale for only $1.99 and Don’t Breathe a Word (Book 2) is on sale for only $2.99. So order your copies now and get ready for Don’t Look Back.

Order Don’t Close Your Eyes for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Apple Books.

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Wishing you health and happiness in 2020!

Bucket List

Because it’s New Years, I started thinking about resolutions and goals, and just about those things I want to do. You know, bucket list items.  So I decided to Google the top bucket list items to see how far off my own list is from that of other people. Below is the list.

Here’s how I added up. I’ve done seven of these twenty items.   One, I’ve done twice.  Another, I’ve done three times.  And one, I’ve done fifty-two times.   I’ll bet you can guess the one I’ve done that many times.

There are eight of these I’d never do—nope, not me.  One on my “never-will-do” list wasn’t always on that list. I tried to do it three times, and it got canceled all three times.  So now I figure that God was telling me to get a grip and grow a brain.

There are four I would like to do.  And one, just doesn’t interest me.

What about you?  How many of these have you done?  How many would you never do?  How many would you want to do?  And do any not interest you at all

Can you guess the ones I’ve done?  Ones I would never do? Ones that I want to do?

 

I’m giving away a $20 Amazon gift card on my C.C. Hunter blog. So, pop over there and leave a comment to enter.

 

Google Bucket List

  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Sky dive
  3. Get a tattoo
  4. Sleep under the stars
  5. Go on a cruise
  6. Swim with dolphins
  7. Get married
  8. Go scuba diving
  9. Run a marathon
  10. Go zip-Lining
  11. Buy a house
  12. Ride an elephant
  13. Learn to surf
  14. Take a trip to Italy
  15. Write a book
  16. Go hot air ballooning
  17. Go skinny dipping
  18. Learn to play the guitar
  19. Go to Paris
  20. Visit Ireland

Merry Christmas, Y’all!

 

 

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

Don’t Breathe a Word

She closed her eyes and breathed in his scent. “This feels good.”

“Real Good.” His whispered words stirred wisps of hair at her temple. “But I should…go.”

Looking up, she lifted to her tiptoes. His mouth lowered and the kiss felt like a promise.


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Holiday Traditions

Traditions are an important part of who we are. They’re what families have in common. And this time of year seems to be steeped in tradition.

In my family, we have traditions that we carry out year after year. Like we all go to have our picture taken with Santa—and I mean ALL of us, not just the little ones. Our entire family and any visitors all meet up at the mall and we have our picture taken. I have pictures of my mom, my dad, even my grandmother sitting on Santa’s lap.

We also have a tradition of fun presents at the Craig house. You see, at gift opening time, we sit in a big circle and take turns opening gifts.  Every present has a clue written on it and before a person can open a gift, he or she has to read the clue and try to figure out what it is.  If stumped, everyone will join in and try to guess.  And I admit, the crazier the clue is the better the time we have.  So, in addition to the real gifts, we actually go out and buy crazy gifts so we can have some crazy, crack-you-up-laughing clues.  So there’s lots of laughter.

We can’t talk the holidays or tradition without talking about food.  Gathering around a table and eating the food that has been part of the holiday season before some of the family members were born.  For our house, the main course is always the turkey and dressing.  That’s dressing, not stuffing.  And that’s cornbread dressing. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it.)

I’ll dropkick, go ballistic or have a conniption fit if any oyster or fancy sausage even thinks of trying to sneak into my dressing. We’ve got southern standards, steeped in Alabama law (yes that’s where I’m from) of what does and doesn’t belong in dressing.

There’s fresh green beans, and because my granddaughter loves peas, but isn’t a green bean fan, peas have found their way onto our holiday table.  That said, my son-in-law and hubby despise peas, so the joke is always to keep passing them their way.  “Hey, you didn’t get any peas.”

Mashed taters, whipped with real butter, is a regular. White rolls and gravy is a must.  And yes we are soppers, meaning we use those rolls to sop up the gravy.  I know in some fancy restaurants where you get confused what fork and knife to use, it might be bad-mannered to sop.  But you get one fork with your holiday dinner at the Craig house and sopping is allowed.

What are your favorite family traditions? Do you always serve the same food? Are you soppers? Do you put oysters or sausage in your dressing? Do you go Caroling? Maybe go to church? What are your holiday traditions?

 

 

To Gift Card or Not to Gift Card

This is the question that I think so many of us are debating this holiday season.  Just the other day, I was walking behind two women and they were talking.  And yeah, you know me, I eavesdrop.  One of them said, “This year we are doing the $25 Christmas gift card exchange.” The idea of just trading cards didn’t thrill me.  It’s like pulling $25 out of your purse and exchanging bills. Maybe the fact that it’s from a certain store might be the surprise, but . . . uh, no.  It didn’t feel festive.

Don’t get me wrong, I see the pros and cons of a gift card.  And I’ll admit, I’m about to go shopping for cards myself.  But have you ever given someone a surprise gift that was just so darn perfect?  I mean, something that they really wanted, but either didn’t know they wanted it, or had forgotten they wanted it?  Or didn’t think anyone would get it for them.  Something that is so perfect that their expression is worth ten times more than you paid for the gift.  I love giving those kinds of gifts.  It just warms my heart and makes the hours I spent fighting the scrooges at the mall so worth it.

Ahh, but have you ever had to buy a gift for someone, and you didn’t have a clue what to get?  I mean, they are very selective—yes, that’s a nice way to say picky, but that’s not really a bad thing. But you know where they love to shop. So you get them a gift card from there. Is that so wrong?  No?  Maybe? I mean, isn’t it better than getting someone something that they won’t use or don’t like.  Or even worse, will use as a white elephant gift next year.  I’ve gotten a few of those.

And how many gift cards have you gotten that you didn’t use?  Sadly, I have a few.

But if you ask someone what they want and they say… “Oh, I love shopping at Marshalls. Or I need t-shirts and I usually get them at Target.”  And yes, there are people who love shopping.  Shopping is part of the gift.  My daughter always plans a day after the holidays where she will head out with all the gift cards she received and shops till she drops.  And my granddaughter has decided she likes that, too.  It’s a ritual. Their thing.  So is it so wrong to get them what they want?  I don’t think so. And frankly, if I had something in mind that I want from a certain store, I’d like getting a gift card from that store.

But here’s the little issue.  I don’t want to just give them cards.  No, I need something to go along with the card.  In the Craig house, we give lots of little gifts, some are gag gifts, some aren’t.  But now these gifts can’t be pricey, or it takes away from the value of the gift card.  So, the whole gift-card giving makes the holiday season easy, doesn’t pan out.  No, it makes it a bit harder, because now the gifts have price limits, making it more challenging.

So I give gift cards, but I don’t just do gift cards. What about you?  Do you do them?  Do you like giving them?  Like getting them?  Do you feel it’s taken some of the gift-giving joy out of the season?  Do you think Scrooge invented them?

Giveaway at C.C. Hunter!

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Happy December!

Let the frantic holiday season begin! Yes, it’s time to search for the perfect gift for Aunt Beth, unless you are planning on giving her another fruit cake—that she might turn around and give back you next Christmas.  Then you need research for the “hottest toy” this Christmas for your child, or niece or nephew. Don’t forget to bake Christmas cookies and pastries. It’s also time to put up all those Christmas decorations.

Now, we put up decorations, but we don’t go crazy like some of the displays you see on TV and YouTube.  A couple of years ago, I bought one of those light display things that had lights dancing on my house. I also pull out my sixteen-foot tall Christmas tree, and it takes a ladder and several people to decorate.  Then I have some holiday knickknacks that I put out through the house.

So you know it’s Christmas at my house, but I’m not the one where the neighbors complain because of all the traffic the Christmas spectacular brings. But I do appreciate the effort that goes into one of these displays. So I wanted to share some of the best ones I found, but be sure your speakers are on. Then be sure to tell me which one is your favorite?

Trista Lights

Musical Instruments

Amazing Grace

Pirates of the Caribbean

I hope you all are having a good time getting ready for the holidays.  If nothing else, grab a book with a holiday theme (like The Cop Who Stole Christmas), a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy the season.

And don’t forget to snag a copy of my latest romantic suspense, Don’t Breathe a Word, today! Get it at Goodreads, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books and Amazon.

 

Special Guest: April Hunt

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family (the ones you want to see).

Now I have a special treat for you. Fabulous author April Hunt is my guest today. She and I not only share a love of writing, but we also share a love for chocolate. April was lucky enough to grow up near Hershey, PA. (you know,  where the chocolate is made), but she now lives in Virginia.  She loves writing about sexy Alpha men—and women. Her novella Hot Target is included in my romantic suspense Don’t Breathe a Word (11/4/19).

Happy release day, April. Yes, her romantic suspense Lethal Redemption (Steel Ops, book 2) releases today with a special bonus novel: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake! That’s right, not only do you get Lethal Redemption, an edge of you seat thrilling read, you also get Piper’s novel about honor, loyalty, love and a dog in need of healing.

 

April Hunt “will keep you on the edge of your seat” (Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author) in this heart-pounding new romantic suspense.
Top FBI profiler Grace Steele was just a girl when she escaped the Order of the New Dawn, and she’s spent the last seventeen years trying to forget her time there. But when private security firm Steele Ops needs her help extracting a young woman from the secretive cult’s clutches, she’s all in. Even though the mission requires posing as the fiancée of the only man who’s ever broken her heart.

It’s been nine years since Cade Wright turned his back on his childhood sweetheart, and he’s never stopped regretting it. Now that they’re forced to work together, he knows this is his opportunity to show Grace how much he’s changed. But the deeper they get pulled into New Dawn, the clearer it becomes that the demons still haunting Grace are very real, and Cade will have to risk everything to keep her safe . . . including his own life.

Includes the bonus novel Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake!

 

April agreed to answer a few of my questions:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I started out by reading—anything and everything I could get my hands on. Some kids used their allowance money for candy, or the latest cool shoes. I, on the other hand, horded it until I could finally convince my mother to take me to Walden Books. And even as a young girl / pre teen, I migrated toward books with romance. But I was picky. I knew what I liked, and if I couldn’t find it on the shelf, I started writing my own. Like chocolate, writing happily ever afters is very addictive, and I’m still doing it many, many years later…except now I get to see my own stories on the shelf.

  1. What’s your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I have an office, but I usually only use it if I’m under a SUPER tight deadline, and usually park myself on the left side of the couch. (The hubby owns the right side, lol).Most of my work happens when everyone is either out of the house, or in bed. I’m a late night writer. No 5 AM wake ups for this girl, lol.

  1. Do you plot out your stories or do you just sit and write and see where it takes you?

I’m a half-reformed pantser if that makes sense. I usually make sure I have the basic foundation for my characters and their motivations, and of course, a plot, and then I bring up a blank doc and see what happens. Sometimes it works, sometimes my delete key gets one heck of a work out. But whether I really plot ahead of time, or pants-it, the characters always let me know that they have minds of their own.

  1. You write a lot about ex military in your books. Do you have a connection to the military?

My father was in the US Navy, and I spent most of my life living a pebble’s throw away from a military base. And let me tell you, those base MP’s are NO JOKE. They actually gave me my very first speeding ticket.

  1. You’ve written several books where the main protagonist is a kick-ass woman. Someone who does a job traditionally belonging to a man. I love it! Which is easier to write alpha males or alpha females?

I love alpha heroes, all the brooding and protectiveness, but I HAVE to pair them with women who they don’t need to protect. All my heroines can hold their own—in life and with the men who want to win them over. I don’t know that one is easier to write than the other, but I have to say that my current secret project has even more kick-ass women and it’s the most fun I’ve had writing in ages.

  1. Hot Target is a bonus novella in Don’t Breathe a Word, my romantic suspense out Nov. 5th. What do you like best about this book?

Hot Target almost didn’t happen, but my publisher saw that people were begging for Logan’s story. He’d been a key character from my very first book baby, Heated Pursuit, and the flirty, somewhat dorky, cowboy who never really took life seriously. I loved showing people that despite Logan’s laid back, and somewhat sexually suggestive T shirts, there was a deeper, slightly darker side. Sometimes people wear masks to hide pain, and that Logan had gotten really good at it. He just needed the right woman to show him that it was okay to remove that mask.

  1. What’s next for you?

Lethal Redemption (book 2 in my Steele Ops series) comes out November 26th with Fatal Deception (book 3) out spring 2020. I’m currently working on a super secret project that I can’t yet discuss, but just know that there will more kick-ass heroines coming your way soon. 😉

Get your copy of Lethal Redemption and Extreme Honor now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Kobo, Apple Books, Google Play, Ebooks.com and Forever Books.

 

And get don’t for get to snag a copy of my latest romantic suspense Don’t Close Your Eyes and get April’s novella Hot Target for free. Order now at Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads Kobo, Apple Books. Ebooks.com and Forever Books.