Do you ever have a girls’ night out? When you and other girls spend some girl-time together? It could involve dinners out, chick flicks, margaritas or chocolate martinis. But almost always, it involves lots of laughter. It can be sisters, girlfriends, family or a mix. However it plays out, there is just something about surrounding yourself with other girls, talking girl stuff, doing girl stuff, and celebrating our girl power that’s so rewarding.
Well, I recently set up a very special girl’s night out. My mother and stepfather came visit me in Texas from California. So I planned a night out. A whole night. We left hubby and stepfather at home and my daughter, my granddaughter, my mom and I took off for an excursion and adventure.
I made reservations at a nice Marriott. We were going to get pedicures, but mom had just had one, so we skipped that and went the shopping. We bought pajamas, panties, sweats, and a toy. After shopping we went to the movie and dined out. Leaving the movie we spotted one of those camera booths. And you know we had to do it.
First question. Could we all fit? Answer. No. Not really. But that didn’t stop us. We piled in. Put in our money and laughed so hard we cried. When we were finished there were actually people standing outside who said. “I think you girls are having too much fun.”
Then we went to our hotel and we laughed some more. We laughed about silly girl stuff. We ate chips in bed. And we stayed up watching television. The next morning we ate breakfast out and did some more shopping.
If there’s such a thing as too much fun we had it. And our memories included four generation of girls. If you haven’t had a girls’ night out, plan one. They are good for soul.
Do you have girls’ night out? What do you like to do?
Thanks for everyone’s help with my Take Your T-shirt Off Test. It helped me a lot. The winner of a Born to Read t-shirt is Deborah Elkins. Deborah, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your t-shirt size and your postal address.
I’ve been a very busy girl. Like nose-to-the-grindstone and no-more-nose-left kind of busy. The type of busy that when you finally catch up, you still feel that antsy gotta-keep-going feeling. It’s as if you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be still, to not be under the gun. Yeah, that’s been me.
I finished my second book in my Texas Justice series, Don’t Breathe a Word. Of course, it was running late, and then I had to go back in and cut the word count before I could send it in. My books are always running long these days. I blame it on being Southern. It can take a Southerner fifteen words to say something that a Northerner can say in five. (I envy them a bit.)
At the same time, I got my copy edits on my March 26th release for my young adult thriller novel, In Another Life. For those of you who don’t understand what “copy edits” entail, it’s when someone (a copy editor) reads your book and makes corrections on both grammar stuff, typos, missing words, and they’ll mark anything that needs tweaking. As in “You said she spoke to her dad, but she really just listened to a voice mail.” Yeah, it was something I changed in revision and didn’t correct in the following scene. It’s an oops, and we writers appreciate our copy editors for finding those errors.
So, an author has to go through all the changes a copy editor makes to confirm they agree with those changes. Then they need to address anything she agrees needs to be changed, like the voice-mail thing.
That said, there was one comment this copy editor wrote that gave me pause. And here’s where I’m going to explain the title of this blog. In a scene where the hero and heroine go swimming, I have the hero pull off his T-shirt, i.e. He crossed his arms, reached down and caught the hem of his shirt and pulled it over his head.
When I saw that sentence marked, I wondered: What’s wrong that that? Her comment explained that boys don’t take their shirts off that way. Only girls. She wrote that girls take their shirts off that way and boys reach over their heads, grab their shirts by the back of their neck, and pull it off.
I’m like . . . uh . . . that’s not true. There isn’t a gender specific way of removing a shirt. I’m mid-ponder on this when in walks in my hubby. I look up. He’s wearing a T-shirt. Perfect. I’m like . . . uh, “Take off your shirt.”
Of course, he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. “Uh, what?”
“Just take off your shirt,” I say.
“Why?” he asks.
“It’s for the book,” I explain.
Now you know he thinks all my heroes are based after him, so he smiles and follows my order.
Much to my dismay, he reaches over his head to the neck of his shirt and pulls his T-shirt off. I’m shocked. “Why didn’t you grab it from the hem and pull it over your head?” I ask.
“I don’t know. It’s just how I take my shirt off.”
First of all, I was disappointed that obviously I haven’t paid enough attention to guys removing their shirts. LOL. How could I have missed this?
So I do what I always do when something puzzles me. I Googled it. And duh, I found articles on the subject trying to explain this phenomenon. Basically they listed five reasons.
Guys copying other guys
How the clothes are made.
But you know you can’t believe everything you read. So I wanted to test this theory more, so awkwardly, I called my son and requested he take his shirt off, then I called my daughter and asked her to get my son-in-law to take his shirts off. (Hey, they are used to their mama doing crazy crap.) Much to my dismay, they all used the tug-the-shirt-over-their-neck method. Now I want to test this theory more, but I don’t know how walking up to men, other than my hubby, and asking them to take their shirt off will be received. So I’m asking you to do it. Do the test with a boy/man you are comfortable with and ask them to remove their shirt. One person who leaves me an answer will win a Born To Read T-shirt. Sizes are limited. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.)
And here’s one of the articles I found about this.
A few weeks ago on my CC Hunter blog, I asked fans to leave some questions that they’d like to ask me if they ever met me at a book signing. So, I thought it would be fun to answer a few of those questions for this week’s blog. I think several of them are questions I get asked by my Christie Craig fans, too. If you think of any more questions you’d like me to answer, leave them in the comment section and eventually, I’ll answer them all.
Paula Bell asked: My question would be do you ever have writers block and what do you do for it? I have never been to a book fair or festival. A friend and I are working on that. I hope sometime soon I’ll happen.
CC: Well, Paula, I don’t really believe in writer’s block. You see writing is my career, my job. My dad was a plumber and he went to work every day. I know there were days he didn’t feel like it, but he still went. He never claimed to have plumber’s block (no pun intended). He did his job, and I do mine. I don’t always feel like writing, but I make myself write. Because even if the writing isn’t that great, I can fix that later, but I can’t fix a blank page.
Shauna Tramutolo asked: Is there any chance of there being another book for the Shadow Falls gang? I would really love to know where they all went and what human college was like for them as supernaturals.
CC: Sorry, Shauna, but I have no plans to write another Shadow Falls book at this time. That’s not to say it will never happen. Heck, I’m old enough to have learned to never say never. However, right now I’m busy writing my Mortician’s Daughter series. I started this series with my Shadow Falls fans in mind. While Riley has different problems in her life, she still reminds me a lot of Kylie. I also release my first stand alone book This Heart of mine, which is my most personal book yet. I drew on the experience I had when my husband had a kidney transplant and all the ways it impacted our lives. I also tossed in a young romance, some mystery and a touch of woowoo.
BN100 asked: Would ask you how you prepare for festivals and book signings.
CC: Mostly, I just want to make sure I get the word out about the event, so people turn up. I also want to be certain I’ll have enough books to sign. Then I get ready to have fun.
Shania N. Soler asked: If I were to ever get the chance to meet you in person I’d probably ask a million and one questions about Shadow Falls and all its characters and the dynamic world in which you’ve set it in, though the first question I think I’d ask would be: What first inspired you to start writing?
CC: First of all, I’m dyslexic, so reading and writing were difficult for me when I was growing up. So the thought of becoming a writer never occurred to me. But I did enjoy making up stories. I’d head off to my favorite place in the woods and weave all sorts of stories in my head—some went on for days.
Then, in my early 20’s, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My hubby asked me what I wanted to do, and I said that I wanted to be a writer. Being the great man he is, he told me I should “go for it.” So I took every writing class I could, studied my favorite authors and wrote every day. It wasn’t easy and took my many years and lots of hard work to get where I am today.
Kira Moericke asked: I’d probably ask how you come up with such clever sass (that everyone loves) in your characters, especially the sass in Della.
CC: Oh gosh, Della has always been sassy. When she first popped into my head, she already had an attitude. But really I just think she comes from the sassy part of me that I tend to keep under wraps. With Della, however, I had to open that up and let my sass run free. Once I did, it was a bit like Pandora’s Box, it’s hard to box it back up. But that’s okay., I kinda like it. Now, my hubby may have a few reservations…
As I said, leave any questions for me below and I’ll answer them in a future post.
The winner from last week’s giveaway is Loretta Wheeler. Congratulations, Loretta, you’ve won a copy of This Heart of Mine and a cool Shadow Falls bracelet. Please email me at Christie@Christie-Craig.com with your postal address and I’ll send you your prize.
Has anyone ever walked into your life and left good footprints on your soul? I don’t mean spirits, I mean a real person, someone whose smile, whose encouragement makes a difference? Someone, who when you see this person, makes that moment so much better? I smile when I remember Shawna, I want to cry knowing I will never see her again. Last week, I lost one of my angels.
Shawna Springer, whose beautiful spirit imprinted on my life, died way too young.
I met Shawna when she reached out to me, asking me to do a book signing at a book club meeting. Shawna always wore such a big love-you smile. And all you book lovers out there would have loved her, too. She was . . . the biggest book geek I’ve ever known.
She worked at Barnes and Noble in Pasadena, Texas. She loved to read. She knew my characters almost as well as I did. She was one of those booksellers who seriously had a passion for the written word. She’d order cases of my books for book signings and would have me sign them all before I left. I asked her once if she wasn’t going to send them back.
“Heck no,” she’d say. “They’re going on my recommend shelf. I’ll sell them.”
And she did. She’d hand sell books in the store all the time. Not just my books either. When she loved an author she was a fan like no other. She had a way of making authors feel special. Her bubbly glee over my books energized me as an author. And I know I wasn’t alone. She did that for so many authors.
She also loved doing crafts. She made me a Shadow Falls dream catcher that hangs in my office. She made This Heart of Mine charms that I put on bracelets. When I’d pay her for her crafts, I would also pay her more than she charged. I told her, “You don’t charge enough.”
She’d reply, “Yeah, but it’s about books and you know how I feel about your books.”
I wish I could pick up the phone and tell her one more time how much I appreciated her. Oh, I told her many times, but maybe not enough.
I wish she was still here. But she’s not. So I encourage you that if you have someone who makes a difference in your life, pick up the phone or better yet go to them, hug them, and tell them what they mean to you.
I hope Shawna is in the hereafter, and I sure as heck hope they have a library, because I know wherever she is, she’ll be happier if surrounded by books.
Today in honor of Shawna I’m giving away a hard cover of This Heart of Mine and one of the bracelets with the charms she made. To enter just leave a post telling me about someone who makes your world better. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my Website to enter.)
The winner of last week’s giveaway, an ecopy of Carrie Pulkinen’s Werewolves Only is Gigi Hicks. Congratulations, Gigi! Please email me at Christie@christie-craig.com and tell me if you prefer the Nook or Kindle version.
Carrie Pulkinen writes sexy, haunting, paranormal romance. And when I say “sexy,” I mean her heroes will definitely make your heart beat faster! Growing up living next door to a cemetery, it’s easy to see where her penchant for paranormal comes from. She’s also a woman after my own heart since her favorite things are chocolate and red wine. Not only that, but she’s agreed to be my very special guest today. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things about writing paranormal romance is the magic. All of my stories contain magic of some sort, whether it’s psychic powers, spell casting, shapeshifting, or some other ability, and I’m frequently asked the same question: where do I find all the information for the magical worlds I create?
People have asked me if there is some giant encyclopedia of magic that all paranormal and fantasy authors refer to when writing their stories. If such a thing exists, I don’t know about it.
I do a lot of research when planning the magic for my stories. Most of my books contain some sort of soul or spirit elements—ghosts, reincarnation, demons, or other nonphysical entities. When I first started writing, I took psychic development classes from a local psychic medium, and a lot of what I learned in that course helps me with the magic in my books.
In my newest release, Beneath a Blue Moon, the heroine is a witch named Rain. She’s been cursed, and her powers are bound, so her sister does most of the spell-casting in the majority of the book. I scoured websites to learn about the kinds of herbs and other ingredients used in potions, and I visited a store in New Orleans that specializes in witchery to gather knowledge to write the sister pair.
While research is extremely important to make the magic as believable as possible, quite a bit of the “rules” for my worlds come straight from my head.
The Crescent City Wolf Pack series is about a pack of werewolves in New Orleans who battles demons and whatever other monsters threaten the safety of humanity in the city. And while there are tons of werewolf books out there, each author will treat the magic behind the characters differently.
I’ve read some where the act of shifting from human to wolf is a very physical thing. Muscles slosh and make icky noises as bones break and rearrange themselves to take on the form of the beast. As they shift, their clothes tear or fall off, and when they turn back to human again, they are naked.
That type of magic didn’t work for the Crescent City Wolf Pack world. Chase and Luke and the other werewolves have to be able to shift on command, many times in the shadows of the city, to fight the demons that are threatening the humans. They shift frequently, and if they busted out of their clothes every time, they’d all be broke with the wardrobes they’d have to keep replacing! Not to mention there’d be a lot of naked people running around the French Quarter…a lot more than usual, anyway!
Instead, I wrote the shift as a more magical experience. Their bodies vibrate as the actual make-up of their cells and everything they are wearing transforms into the wolf. Their clothing is essentially absorbed by the magic, and when they return to human form, everything is in its place.
This makes for much faster transformations and gives them the ability to shift as often as needed to save the city from the supernatural threats.This is why I love writing about magic. I can make up the rules and weave it into the world, making it believable for each specific series.
Beneath a Blue Moon combines the magic of werewolves and witches, while also sprinkling in psychic abilities amongst the characters. It’s book 2 of the Crescent City Wolf Pack series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it does contain spoilers for book 1. Here’s what it’s about:
Fate has a sick sense of humor.
Chase Beauchamp has had a grudge against witches for as long as he can remember. When he’s tasked with investigating a magicless witch who might be to blame for a string of murders in the French Quarter, the wolf in him wants to claim her as his mate. To his dismay, the man might agree. But when her secrets are revealed, Chase discovers loving this witch will put his pack and his family in danger.
Rain Connolly will do anything to break the hex that binds her powers and makes her an outcast in the supernatural world. But when fate drops the answer to her prayers into her lap, she can’t help but fall for the sexy werewolf who can end her curse. The problem is what she needs him to do could cost him his life.
Can a witch and a werewolf overcome their haunted pasts to find love? Or did fate bind their hearts only to rip them apart?
Beneath a Blue Moon is available in both ebook and paperback, and you can find it at these stores:
Thanks so much for letting me guest post today, Christie! It was fun!
I’ll give away an ebook of Carrie’s first book in her Crescent City Wolves series, Werewolves Only, to one person who leaves a comment.You’re gonna love this book! (Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only.)
The winner of the $25 Starbucks gift card is Caroline Luce. Congratulations! Please email me with your postal address at email@example.com.
In Don’t Close Your Eyes, Mark is always buying people coffee. He calls it his, “Good Deed for the Day.” I want to pay it forward and have a contest where I’ll send someone a $25 Starbucks card to buy yourself and maybe even someone else a cup of coffee. To enter, post a picture of you reading my book or a photo of my book someplace cool (like the photos below), and post it with the hashtag #MarksGoodDeed. If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, you can send me a link (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your post. Below is the good deed for the day scene from Don’t Close Your Eyes.
Don’t Close Your Eyes Excerpt
Annie, sitting at her usual table, refocused on the stack of ungraded papers. The dark circles under her eyes were hidden behind darker sunglasses. Blond and fair skinned, she lacked sleep, which brought out raccoon eyes. Too bad she couldn’t wear the shades while teaching.
“Happy hump day.” Fred waved his cup of espresso with extra milk as he moved to his booth. For reasons unbeknownst to Annie, the elderly widower was always happier on Wednesdays. Sometimes, when the place was full, he’d even sit with her to chat.
Annie smiled. “Did you have a good night last night?”
“Sure did.” A sparkle brightened his light blue eyes. He sat down and pulled out his newspaper. Was he seeing some lady on Tuesdays? Not that it mattered, Annie liked seeing happy people.
Glancing out the window, she took in the early-morning walkers trying to get their steps in. The quaint coffee shop nestled between high-rises in downtown Anniston, Texas, was conveniently located a block from the junior college where she’d taught for last five months. Coming here had become part of her morning ritual. Being an only child, she liked feeling as if she was part of a community. She knew the regulars. They knew her. At least most of them did.
The door swished open. Pretty sure who it was, she glanced up, without lifting her head. He always arrived between seven and seven thirty. The coffee shop was conveniently located a block from the police precinct, too.
Detective Sutton liked the dark roast and drank it black. Sometimes, he added a skinny hazelnut latte to his order. Probably for some long-legged, lucky secretary at his office.
While Annie was certain he’d never noticed her—he was one who didn’t speak or even nod—she’d noticed him.
Even before she’d seen him on television.
It wasn’t just his big-gulp size, or his big-gulp good looks. Oh, she noticed those, too—hard not to—but it was the fact that, like her, he hid behind sunglasses. Considering most of his cases involved murder and some involved children—she wondered if he wasn’t suffering from some bad nightmares, too.He shot to the counter with his usual determined pace. Not so much rude as running late.
Today, he wore his navy Dockers and his light blue buttoned-down oxford. The shirt, creases down the sleeves, no doubt dry-cleaned, hugged his broad chest. His dark hair appeared freshly showered damp.
The customer ahead of him, an elderly grandmother—not a regular—looked antique and frail. “I know I’ve got some coins…” Her arm, lost in her big purse, fumbled for loose change.
Annie waited to see if he’d do it again. She’d seen it happen six times.
“I got her coffee,” he spoke over the woman’s gray hair to Mary, the barista.
The older woman looked back, and up. And up. “Why that’s sweet, but I’ve got…”
My good deed for the day, Annie said in her head, right before he did.
A smile curled up in her gut and gave her good-guy butterflies. She’d even borrowed his act of kindness herself.
Shamelessly, she’d considered attempting to be his good deed for the day for an introduction-and maybe more. But she’d failed at her last attempts of “more.” And considering the return of her nightmares, she needed to get her life fixed before she asked for company.
Don’t Close Your Eyes released last Tuesday, and I’ve been pretty busy with interviews, book signings, etc. ever since. This is one of the best parts about being and author–a chance to connect with my readers. So thanks to everyone who came out for my book signings, I loved meeting every one of you.
And don’t forget, you can snag the ebook of Don’t Close Your Eyes for only $2.99, but that sale is ending very soon. So hurry! Download your copy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Now, I thought I’d share a few fun facts about Don’t Close Your Eyes. This is from a blog originally posted Harlequin Junkie on Aug. 27, 2018.
Don’t Close Your Eyes was originally written as a movie treatment for a screenplay contest twenty-five years ago. It won the contest. The original title, To Remember Jenny, had been inspired after I watched the movie Prince of Tides. I loved the idea of writing about a traumatic childhood memory and how the lingering effects could uproot one’s life years later.
Don’t Close Your Eyes revolves around Annie Lakes, who is dealing with a repressed memory. This subject, how victims remember trauma, is among one of the most explosive issues facing psychology today. Some experts believe that traumatic experiences are unforgettably engraved on the mind. Others argue that the mind can defend itself by banishing traumatic memories from awareness, making it difficult for victims to remember things until years later. The argument is debated so vigorously because it used so often in legal cases.
Annie Lakes, my heroine, suffers from posttraumatic nightmares. These are more intense than regular dreams and similar to flashback memories that can contain replays of the actual traumatic events. However because some dreams can only be symbolically related this makes unraveling the truth extremely difficult. For Annie, this makes her feel like an unreliable witness to something that happened to her.
Like Isabella, a secondary character in Don’t Close Your Eyes, I’m bi-lingual. I love writing about Hispanic characters and adding different cultures in Texas-themed books. When I was young, I lived in Venezuela, and spoke only Spanish for almost two years. Living in Texas, Spanish comes in handy and I kind of love to shock people when they are speaking Spanish and I’ll just chime in. With my blonde hair green eyes, I really throw some people off.
I enjoy murder. On paper. And on film. Actually what I honestly enjoy is solving cases. I’m addicted to the ID channel. I can stay up until two in the morning watching Forty-Eight Hours and Cold Case. I love sifting through the evidence and trying to figure out who did it and see how they catch the bad guys. Suspense has played a part in most every book I’ve written, even my young adult novels have suspense.
The winners from last weeks giveaway are Dorothy Cameron, Danielle Meek, Samantha McFarland and Roxie Hartschuh. Please email your postal address to Christie@christie-craig.com and I’ll send you your book.
“In Craig’s clever first Texas Justice contemporary romantic suspense novel, the reopening of a cold case leads to passion and drama…Romantic suspense fans will mark this as a series to watch.”—Publishers Weekly
There are few things more exciting than release day for your book. And today is release day for my romantic suspense Don’t Close Your Eyes. So I’m doing my happy dance. This book is a little darker than my previous books, but I really think you’ll love it. And did you know you can buy the ebook now for only $2.99? Buy it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and eBooks.
Don’t Close Your Eyes
In this dark and dangerous Texas small town, Annie Lakes’ nightmares come alive when a cold case from her past reveals family secrets that put her life in jeopardy.
Annie Lakes has had the same recurring nightmare for years. Her heart pounding in her chest. A panicked voice, begging her to run faster. Her own bloodcurdling scream. But now Annie is starting to realize it’s more than just a bad dream. She’s starting to remember things about the night her cousin Jenny disappeared all those years ago. Things that make her believe her family was involved—and what they’re hiding is much worse than she ever imagined. But she can’t unravel this alone. She needs someone she can trust, someone like sexy Detective Mark Sutton ….
Mark has seen enough—too much—to assume that Annie’s story is a dead end. It turns out that her family is hiding some killer secrets. A long time ago, Annie was just an innocent little girl who saw something she shouldn’t. Now she’s a target, and Mark’s running out of time to protect the woman he’s starting to fall for. But how does Mark face off against a murderer who just may be someone Annie loves?
Wanna Meet Me?
Sept. 1st, I’ll be at Katy Budget Books with the incredibly talented Sharla Lovelace. I’ll be signing my new Christie Craig romantic suspense, Don’t Close Your Eyes, but I’ll also be signing my YAs The Mortician’s Daughter and This Heart of Mine. Sharla will be signing Charmed at First Sight, her new romance. We’ll be there from 3:00-5:00 PM. I hope you’ll join us. There will be loads of giveaways!
Today isn’t just my release day, there are some other great books releasing today too and I thought it would be great give one of each of their books away. Leave a post to be entered to win a copy a print copy of one of their books.
I’m reading this series and I love Brenda’s easy flowing writing style. I also had the great opportunity to have dinner with her at the St. Martin’s dinner in Denver at the Romance Writers of America’s party.
SHE VOWED NEVER TO BE A VICTIM AGAIN. BUT NOW A KILLER HAS HER IN HIS SIGHT. . .
Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work―studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her―until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…
As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate―and finds not one but two bodies―Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing―Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice…
Now y’all know I have a thing for cowboys, so this book was the perfect read for me. Luke and Lily are adorable together! It’s also releasing today.
From this “fabulous storyteller” (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes a sweet western romance between a rodeo cowboy and his best friend’s ex-wife.
What’s the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized—on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband’s wedding. To top it off, she’s stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who’s never been able to stand her. When can a girl catch a break?
For years, Luke has kept his feelings for Lily safely hidden. Hitting on his best friend’s ex-wife would definitely break the cowboy code of honor. But ever since an injury sidelined his rodeo riding, the two of them keep getting thrown together. It’s only a matter of time until his true feelings come to light. When that happens, it will either be the biggest mistake of his life, or a sign that his luck is about to change.
“Pine makes it easy to care about the Everett brothers and the women they love.”–Publishers Weekly
Looking for an adventure with a hot dragon hunter and a novice hunter that has no clue what she’s doing? You’ll be laughing out loud and sighing over Ian Iskander. It releases today as well.
Dragon Hunter Wanted: Sword supplied. No experience necessary.
One moment, I was a normal (if somewhat germaphobic) math teacher getting ready for summer vacation. Then my sister died in a pile of black ash, leaving me with a sword… and her destiny as dragon hunter. It turns out there’s a whole other world out there filled with demons, dragons, and spirits. Now my job is to protect mortals – and I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing.
Then there’s tattooed hotness Ian Iskander. Part dragon hunter and part demon, Ian’s got some seriously creepy business associates and keeps trying to steal my sword. So why do we keep getting lost in hungry, crazy-hot kisses? Ian is the only person who can help me figure out who – and what – I am. But trusting a half-demon is dangerous… because when you play with dragon fire, someone always gets burned.
“Bursting with the author’s trademark zany humor and spicy romance… this quick tale will delight paranormal romance fans.”–Publishers Weekly
Order Memoirs of a Dragon and read an excerpt HERE.
I’m giving away one copy of Don’t Close Your Eyes, Her Darkest Nightmare, Tough Luck Cowboy and Memoirs of a Dragon Hunter to four different people who leave a comment below. So you’ll win one of theses books. (Sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must comment on my blog page.)
Gerry Barlett is my guest today. A native Texan, Gerry is the nationally best-selling author of the Real Vampire series, featuring Glory St. Clair, a curvy vampire who was bloating when she was turned in 1604. She also writes the popular Texas Heat series about the rich and powerful Calhoun oil family. Now she’s starting a new Lone Star Suspense series that promises to be filled with Gerry’s trademark sizzle and Texas charm. I can’t wait to read Texas Lightning, releasing Oct. 30, 2018.
You can pre-order Texas Lightning at Amazon for only $2.99!
Gerry sat down with me for a chat and to answer a few questions about her new series.
You’re writing a new romantic suspense series for Kensington Publishing and Texas Lightning is the first book. Can you tell us a bit about it? When will it release?
Texas Lightning is the first in the Lone Star Suspense series and all of the books start in Austin. I’ve taken secondary characters from my Texas Heat series and used them in this suspense series. That’s been a lot of fun. In this book King Sanders from Texas Fire runs into Anna Delaney, a Boston transplant who is sightseeing in the Texas Capitol building. Austin is having a January heat wave and Anna isn’t dressed right for it. She almost faints in his arms. A romantic beginning?Right. Except Anna has invented a computer program that some pretty evil men are after and things start happening right away that put this couple on the run. The book will be out October 30. Happy Halloween, y’all.
You have deep ties to Texas. Why do you enjoy writing about Texas so much?
I was born and raised in Houston and still live just a few miles south of there. I see so many people who have never lived here writing about my state that I love so much. We’re quirky and proud of it. Why shouldn’t I jump on the bandwagon? I’ve known so many interesting characters all my life and can hear that Texas twang when I write. I think it’s a gift that I must take advantage of.
What made you want to become a writer?
It’s a pretty common answer but so true—I was reading books that I didn’t feel were as good as they should be. One day I decided that I just had to try my hand at writing my own stories. And, no, I didn’t write as a kid. I was an adult with a teaching career when I started writing. It took me a long time and a lot of rejections before I sold my first book, a romantic suspense, in 1998.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am addicted to shopping which I put to good use in my antiques business. I have booths in two antique shops—one in Alvin and one in Galveston. I love to bargain hunt at estate sales and thrift shops.
You also write your wildly successful Real Vampire series. I love that your main character, Glory St. Clair, is full-figured. Why did you decide to go that route?
A friend made that suggestion when I first started writing the series, and it was something that I could totally relate to. I fight the battle of the bulge myself constantly. Real Vampires Have Curves came out in 2007, and I’m still writing Glory’s stories. The latest book, Real Vampires: When Glory Met Jerry was number fourteen in the series. It was a prequel set in 1604 London. I’ve been very lucky that my loyal fans have stuck with me this long.
What’s next for you?
I’m writing the third in the Lone Star Suspense series now, Texas Tough. Book 2, Texas Trouble, is already finished, but no release date yet. I’m also at work on Real Vampires and a Highland Christmas which should be out by December. This is another prequel set in 1604 England and Scotland. Those projects are keeping me busy.
Thanks for asking, Christie! This has been a fun interview.
A million-dollar idea. A city girl in the country. And a man who brings out her wild side…
Anna Delaney is thrilled to leave Boston for Austin, Texas, when her small tech company is bought out by a conglomerate. Born into a family of over-protective brothers, this is her chance at true independence—and a name-making professional breakthrough.
Even when gorgeous billionaire rancher King Sanders forms a one-man welcoming committee, Anna insists that she doesn’t need a tour guide—or another bodyguard. But after she narrowly escapes a kidnapping attempt, she can’t say no to King spiriting her away to someplace safe…and very private.
Someone wants the valuable software Anna’s developing, and King is determined to keep her safe until the culprit is caught. The hunky cowboy lights her up brighter than the Lone Star sky at night, but neither one of them is prepared for just how wild Texas can get—and just how hard they’re willing to fight to stay together…
The winner of Sharla Lovelace’s Charmed at First Sight is Barbara Heintz. Please email me at Christie@christie-craig.com and let me know if you prefer the Kindle or Nook version.
Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart of the Storm series, and the fun and sexy Charmed in Texas series.
Sharla sat down with me and answered a few questions.
You write “quirky love stories with dysfunctional families, love problems and snarky humor.” It sounds like we were twins separated at birth! Where did you get your snarky humor?
– I’d like to say I was born with it, but to be completely honest I think it came from my daughter, who WAS born with it! I think all the years of her mouth rubbed off on me!
You’re from Texas and write about a little town called Charmed, TX in your Charmed in Texas series. Is it modeled after a particular town? Did you grow up in a town like Charmed?
– No, it’s completely fictional, and while I am from a small town, it’s nothing like Charmed. LOL. Charmed is an idealized version of how I’d love small town life to be, even with the nosy townspeople. 😉
Your latest book, Charmed at First Sight, released last month. Where did your
idea for the jilted bride and the biker come from? Do you have a soft spot for bad boy biker types?
– I have a soft spot for bad boy ANY type! 🙂 I adore a bad boy with a vulnerability (family, woman, dog, whatever). Think Damon and his soft spot for his brother that he hates and yet will die to protect. Also, damage…oh my gosh, damage is just super delicious. Oh, and the jilted bride story…I have no idea where that came from, I was just trying to bring some new blood into Charmed, and had to think of an interesting way, and Micah showed up in all her jaded glory. lol.
If your characters Leo and Micah had a day to hang out, what would they do, where would they go (and staying in bed together isn’t an option)?
– Of course you’d take my go-to answer away. 🙂 Um….they’d go for a motorcycle ride, I think. Bring food. Have a picnic in some remote location and then have wild sex in the fresh air. (Hey, you said no “bed”, not no “sex”)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
– We are major TV watchers in my house, and I’m addicted to my DVR. When I’m not writing, my hubby and I are all up in our shows. On the weekends, we get in our souped up golf cart and go riding around seeing what trouble we can get into. 🙂
What’s next for you? When is your next release?
– I’m part of a four author sexy anthology called RECKLESS that releases Nov 8th, and I’m super stoked about that. 🙂 After that, the 5th and final Charmed book, A CHARM LIKE YOU, comes out on Christmas Day! I have other projects I’m pondering for next year, and in the meantime I am back with my Chase family of storm chasers, writing Hannah’s book (#3). That girl is a hot mess. 🙂
Thanks for the interview!!!
Charmed at First Sight
A hot mess runaway bride and a smokin’ hot biker lock eyes at a red light. Lord have mercy . . . is our little town of Charmed, Texas ready for this?
Never one to do things by the book, Micah Roman couldn’t just chalk it up to bridal jitters, or even quietly call off her wedding to her long-time fiancé. No, she has to high-tail it out of the church sporting a dress that cost more than her car, and jump on the back of a smoking-hot stranger’s motorcycle. Her knight in all-black is headed to a town called Charmed, so that’s where she’ll go and try to lay low. Except their appearance raises plenty of eyebrows . . . and a sudden, intense attraction she has no business exploring.
Who knew picking up a damsel in distress would lead to lust at first sight? Leo McKane headed to Charmed prepared to deal with some family secrets–including his status as long-lost brother. This runaway bride is an unexpected distraction his set agenda and loner lifestyle doesn’t include. She’s everywhere he turns, getting under his skin with her quirky, headstrong ways and eyes he can’t forget. But when Micah’s jilted ex comes looking for her and opens up his shady past, Leo knows he has a choice to make.
They both do.
Run to safer ground again? Or take a leap that their untrusting hearts are wary to take.