WINNERS! The winners of last week’s blog with Kathleen Brooks are: Violet Faye Brooks (e-book) and Jane Aschtgen Bowen (print.) Please email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com with your details and I’ll get you the prizes. Congrats!
Now . . . it’s almost time for a facelift. Actually, it’s past time.
Now, I don’t mean that literally, as in my face. I won’t deny I have a few wrinkles here and there. I’ve earned them, though I’m not all that proud of them. But you see, I’m too much of a coward. I saw this show once on TV where this doctor performed a facelift, and holy moly, I went out and spent $200 on face cream the next day. I think it was a ploy, too. Because there were at least five skin care product commercials playing during the show. I bought all five.
But the facelift I’m really talking about is my website. And I need some help, guys.
I want to know what it is you as readers want in a website. Do you have an author’s site that you absolutely love? If so, give them some promotion here and share it with me and the other readers and tell me what it is you like. Do you have a pet peeve about websites? What is it? Do you not want any sound, or do you like a little music? Do you want excerpts? Do you want just the facts? Do you visit websites more that have blogs? Is it the contests that pull you in? What gets you to a website? Do you visit an author’s site before you read a book, or after?
I know that I’ve gotten tons of emails asking which of my books are part of a series and what order they are in. It’s something that will be on my new site. But what else can I do and offer you the readers that will make your visit to my internet home more pleasant?
And this week, I’m going to give away a $15 gift card to one lucky person who offers me some insight into websites. So make sure you guys take the time to share.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. Because the release of Chosen at Nightfall is coming up, I’m going to be all over the place signing books. St. Martin’s Griffin is even sending me on a book tour with the wonderful Alyson Noel (The Immortals Series) and Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.) While the dates and locales have not been confirmed, I can tell you that in late March I’m hoping to be visiting Omaha. In early April, you should see us in Chicago, Milwaukee and at several locations in Houston. I’m also going to be signing in Dallas, Atlanta, and Southern California. There are a few other locations, but they haven’t been finalized, so you’ll have to check back here for updates. Below are some of the dates that have been finalized.
I’ll be joined by Stephanie Feagan (The Mephisto Kiss as Trinity Faegen) and Lorraine Heath (Blood-Kissed Sky as J. A. London).
March 28th-30, 2013, Keynote speaker at the Dreamin’ In Dallas Conference, Dallas, TX. Join me there on March 29th for the multi-author book signing (over 60 authors!), which is open to the public. Hope to see ya’ll there! http://www.dallasromanceauthors.com/conferences/
April 24th-27th, 2013, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX. http://www.txla.org/events
April 27th, 2013, Edgefest author’s tent, Dallas, TX (Book signing sponsored by A Real Bookstore from Fairview, TX). Look for me at the author’s booth!
April 28th, 2013, Booksigning at Murder by the Book, Houston, TX at 2 PM.
April 30th, 2013, Wine and Book Chat, Houston, TX. Join me, DiAnn Mills
Diane Kelly, Susan C. Muller, and let’s talk about books and sip some wine. http://www.eatreadrate.com/Events.html
May 1st, 2013, Author/Fan Dinner – Katy, Join me, DiAnn Mills
Diane Kelly, Susan C. Muller, Texas http://www.katybooks.com/event/dinner-authors
May 3rd, 2013, Katy Budget Books, Katy, TX, 7-9 PM. (The first ten people to buy a book and show up with get a free T-shirt. The next 25 people will get signed posters.) http://www.katybooks.com/
May 4th, 2013, Barnes & Noble,The Woodlands, TX, 2-4 PM. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2200 (The first 25 people to show up and buy a book will get a free Shadow Falls T-shirt. The next 25 who show up and purchase a book will get a free signed poster.)
WINNER!! WINNER!! The lucky winner from last week’s blog of Shadow Falls : The Beginning is . . . Ruth! Congrats, girl! Please email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com with your snail mail address and when the book comes out March 5th, I will make arrangements to have a copy sent to you!
Now . . . hello, everybody! I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend, Kathleen Brooks, today. She’s a sweet gal and a great writer, and her new book, Acquiring Trouble, just released on January 18th. Please give her a warm welcome and let’s learn some more about her and her book!
So, Kathleen, If you were going to a deserted island and could only take five things what would they be?
Fully loaded Kindle, Derby Pie, my laptop because that would be a great time to write, iPod because I listen to music while writing, and a solar powered generator to keep my electronics running.
What is your biggest fear?
Extended Writer’s Block. I haven’t had to deal with this yet, but I know it is a real possibility and I would drive myself crazy trying to overcome it.
If you weren’t a writer, what the heck would you do the bring in the bacon?
In addition to writing, I work with a non-profit that helps families in dire financial situations afford necessary veterinary care on their beloved pets. I am such an animal lover that I would definitely keep doing this if I could not write anymore.
Which three words best describe your book?
Southern, Romantic, Suspenseful
You know I’m a wine drinker, so what wine would you pair with your book? Why?
I love a good wine, but the best thing to pair with my books is a tall glass of the Rose Sister’s Special Iced Tea. This drink takes the Southern specialty of sweet tea and adds a touch of bourbon to keep things interesting.
Sounds yummy! Now can you tell us a little more about the book?
As a natural born leader, Miles Davies accomplishes anything he puts his mind to.Upon returning home from his special forces duties, he has become the strong foundation of the Davies family and his company.But that strong foundation is about to get rocked in a big way by the one woman that always left him fascinated and infuriated. Keeneston’s notorious bad girl is back!Morgan Hamilton’s life ended and began on her high school graduation night when she left Keeneston with no plan to ever return.As a self-made businesswoman, Morgan is always looking for her next victory.Little did she know that next victory would involve acquiring the company that belonged to the one man she always wanted for herself.
I also want to let new readers know that my first book, Bluegrass State of Mind, is free at all major eBook retailers. So stop on by and give it a try!
Awesome! I know I’ll be picking up my copy! Thanks so much for being here, Kathleen! Now, do any of you have a great wine or drink recipe to share with us? One lucky commenter will receive an e-copy of Kathleen’s book, and one commenter will win a print copy just for sharing! Simply let us know which you’d prefer in your comment and good luck! 🙂
WINNERS! The winners from last week’s blog with Shauna Allen are: Quilt Lady, Erin Danzer, Julie S., Peni Anne, and Brandi P. Please email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com and let me know if you’d like your e-book from Amazon or B&N. Congrats and happy reading!
Have you ever wished you could be someone else? Click your heels and change your name and MO. Well, the crazy thing is, I actually did it. I’m someone else.
But it’s not nearly as exciting as I made that sound. I don’t have two different lives, or run into phone booths (do those even exist anymore?) to change my disguise. I’m not a secret agent, or an undercover cop. I just have two different names.
Some of you already know this. But I’m constantly getting people online who see me as one person and then, confused, send me a quick Facebook message. “Wait, are you her, too?”
It’s not like I’ve hidden that I have this alter ego. It’s on both of my websites, but let’s face it, we don’t always read the fine print. (My son proves that every time he drinks outdated milk. I worry about him sometimes.) And after this last weekend at the Montgomery County Book Festival, I discovered how few people knew my double-name secret.
I had spotted a guest with one of my Christie Craig books mingling in the crowd and gone over and offered to sign the book. Another lady came over and asked, “You are C.C. Hunter, right?”
Before I could answer, the woman to my right with the book responded, “No, this is Christie Craig.”
The woman on my left looked down at my name tag that read, C.C. Hunter, and looked back at the person on my right. “No, she’s C.C. Hunter.”
For a second, it was as if I wasn’t even there. It was up to them to decide who I was. I was tempted to let them, too. I mean whoever they thought I was, was probably more exciting than who I really am.
The woman on my left pointed to my nametag. “It says she’s C.C. Hunter.”
The woman on the right held up her book. “She just signed my book as Christie Craig.”
“But her nametag says she’s C.C. Hunter,” the woman on the left said again.
The woman on my right finally looked at my name tag and frowned, as if I’d been deceiving her. “Why are you wearing that?”
I smiled and explained that someone had told me I looked like Christie Craig, and I just wanted to see if I could pass for her. Sad thing is, she believed me for a second. I laughed and told her, “I’m joking, I’m actually both Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter.”
That wasn’t the first time my identity has been questioned. Several years back, right after my first C.C. Hunter book came out, my hubby arrived home early and told me we were going out to eat–NOW. He was starving and didn’t have time for me to get dolled up. I know this is unbelievable, but I don’t put on a dress and makeup when I write. You’re lucky if I wear a bra. Anyway, with no makeup on, and dressed in old jeans and a T-shirt, we left. Yes, I wore a bra.
Right beside the restaurant was a Barnes and Noble, and after dinner, we popped in. And when I saw they had copies of my book, well I forgot I wasn’t looking very ‘authorly,’ and I asked the bookseller if I could autograph my books.
She said she had to call a manager. I heard on the loud speaker, “Manager to Children’s books. Manager to Children’s books.” Funny thing was, a few minutes earlier, I had heard the same announcement. At that time the Young Adult section was located in the Children’s section.
Within a few minutes, two people with name tags walked up, a man and a woman, the woman had some cleaning supplies in her hands. They stopped and started looking around. Standing by my shelf with my books, I waved at them. They looked at me oddly and came over. “I’m the reason you’re here,” I said.
The woman looked back at the man, then at me. “You threw up?”
I stood there trying to wrap my head around the question. I mean, I’d heard getting a book down on paper called a lot of things, but not that one. I shook my head. “No. I don’t think so.”
“I thought someone threw up?” the woman said and looked back at the man.
“I didn’t throw up,” I said.
They both shook their heads confused and I just decided to go for it. I picked up Born at Midnight. “I’m Christie Craig.” Hey, the whole throw up conversation had me rattled and I forgot my other name. “I was wanting to sign my books.”
The manager stared at me, then the book, then back at me and suspicion tightened his brows.
“Can I sign the books?” I asked.
“Do you have an ID?” he countered.
I hadn’t brought my purse. “No,” I said. “But if I did, it wouldn’t have the right name on it.”
“So you’re not C.C. Hunter.”
I realized what the problem was and almost laughed. “Yes. I’m C.C. Hunter. But my real name is Christie Craig. I held up the back of my book that had my picture on it. “Imagine me with makeup and a hat on.” I offered him my “I’m-an-author” smile—even tilted my head to the side to match the photo.
Right then it seemed to click to him how odd the whole conversation had been. He suddenly looked embarrassed. “Of course you’re C.C. Hunter. Please sign the books.” And they left, I think they went to find the throw up.
Funny thing was, a few years later, I was signing books at another Barnes and Noble, and the manager came up and sheepishly asked, “Do you normally shop at the store off of Champions Forest Drive?”
It hit me then who he was. I smiled. “You want to see my ID?”
He laughed and told me that he had only been working a week and I was his first author to come into the store and his most embarrassing moment.
So I guess it’s time I come out of the closet again. I am Christie Craig but I’m also C.C. Hunter. But I didn’t throw up. Visit my alter ego’s website at: www.cchunterbooks.com
In addition to my humorous romantic suspense novels, I also write a young adult paranormal series titled Shadow Falls. And while it is a young adult series, I’m thrilled to tell you that over half my readers are adults. So if you guys enjoy my Christie Craig books, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy my C.C. Hunter books. Okay, I’ll admit it, they aren’t quite as sexy, but they have amazing characters, a lot of sexual sizzle, and my humor.
And this week, I’m announcing some good C.C. Hunter news. The Shadow Falls series was supposed to end with Book Five, Chosen at Nightfall. However, I have been asked to write more Shadow Falls books. These books will be from another character’s point of view, but will still have all my Shadow Falls characters and will take place at the camp. Plus, (yes, I have more good news) I have a novella, Saved at Sunrise, coming out April 2nd. This story is from Della’s point of view, and this will be my main character in the next books. It’s priced at only $1.99. And it’s a great way to give you readers an idea of how the next few books will go.
And (Yup, more good news) the e-copy of Born at Midnight, the first book in the series is on sale for only $2.99. But if you are more of a print reader, don’t despair. On March 5th, you can pick up a print copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains the first two novels in the Shadow Falls series. Two books for the price of one.
And for a final bit of good news, the release date of Chosen at Nightfall, book five, has been moved up a week, from April 30th to April 23rd.
And this week one lucky person who leaves a comment will win a copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning. So make sure you leave a comment.
WINNERS! The lucky winners of Diane Kelly’s books are: Kate Page, Lisa Arnold, Harvee Lau, Monica Coburn, Sarah S., Deborah Dingledy, bn100, Terri, Brandi, and Sandy Smith. Email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com and let me know if you’d like an Amazon or B&N e-book. Congrats and enjoy your Peach Sangria!
Howdy, guys! Today I’m bringing you a special writer. Shauna Allen. She kicks butt at writing, guys. Her stories are both witty and hot. So enjoy her post. And make sure you watch her video. It’s a winner. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a post because five lucky people will win an e-copy of her book, Inked by an Angel.
So, Shauna, you know that I am a wine drinker, what wine would you pair with your book?
Well, I have to be honest and say I’m not much of a wine drinker myself. But, I also have a hard time picturing wine being the beverage of choice for a tattoo studio. Maybe beer? Or, my favorite, a Top Shelf Margarita? Yum.
If you had to be locked into a closet with one person, who would it be?
Oooh, a toughie. I should be good and say my hubby, or be really intelligent and say someone I can learn from like Einstein or Mother Theresa, right? But nah. I’ll be honest. (My hubby probably won’t read this blog anyway, LOL!) I’ll go with Gerard Butler. Need I explain my answer?
Name three things you have in common with your hero or heroine.
Hmmm . . . well, I think I created people nothing like me, but each of them do have bits and pieces of my personality. And, if I’m honest, I’m probably a bit more bonded with my hero, Jed. So, if I have to pick three things we have in common:
He loves sweet rides. He drives a classic Mustang. I don’t have a cool car like that, but I can definitely appreciate them!
He appreciates art. And by that, I mean body art. He owns a tattoo studio, and while I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I find that the right ink on the right man very sexy.
He’s all about his music. And while we don’t necessarily have exactly the same taste, I also adore music and need it daily. I am one of those authors who needs her trusty IPod to write. (You can check out my website for my characters’ playlists and Jed’s song, which got me through many days of writing!)
What is your favorite scene in the book?
You’re asking me to narrow it down to just one? Wow. That’s almost like picking my favorite child! LOL. Well, there’s the big meet, the intro of all the angels, the multiple scenes of sexual tension between Kyle and Jed, the black moment when Jed thinks he’s lost her to her ex-fiancé . . .
But I think I’ll go with the scene at a restaurant in the Texas Hill Country. Their matchmaking cupid, Michael, has finagled a scheme to get them away alone, and they are finally making some headway in their confusing feelings for each other. Well, sort of . . .
“So, Muffet,” Jed asked with a tip of his beer in her direction, “did you enjoy fishing today? You did pretty darn good, after I baited your hook.”
Kyle sipped on her second margarita of the night. She was parched after their day out on the water. And she was fairly certain this Mexican restaurant was skimping on the tequila because she wasn’t feeling any of the warm fuzzies she usually did when she had a drink. And she always stopped at one. She knew her limits and she was a lightweight. “I had a good time. Did you?”
He munched a chip loaded down with salsa. “I would’ve had a better time if you hadn’t caught the bigger fish,” he said with a grin.
“Such a man.”
“You know it.”
Yes, she did know it. That was the problem. She sipped her drink. The waiter served their food on sizzling platters, giving Kyle a welcome diversion from her wandering, hormonal thoughts.
Next to them, two couples were seated. It might’ve been the liquor, or maybe her burgeoning feelings for Jed, but immediately Kyle heard the tittering and whispers of the women as they looked over. She nibbled on a chip and ignored them.
Jed dug into his food, totally unaware.
One woman laughed and Kyle glanced over. They looked away. Bitches.
“So, Muffet,” Jed spoke between bites, “What do you do for fun?” He looked up at her with a smile in his electric blue eyes. “Other than fish?”
“Fun?” she echoed.
“Yeah. Surely you do something besides crunch numbers.”
Did she? Zip. A tingle ran through her body as the tequila finally hit her brain. And as if she suddenly developed supersonic hearing, she could hear the women still making fun of Jed at the next table. Didn’t he notice? Or maybe he was used to it. She turned and shot daggers with her eyes.
She looked back at him. “How can you stand it?”
He shrugged. “Small town. Small minds. I really don’t give a shit, Kyle.”
So he did notice.
He reached out and grabbed her hand. “And neither should you. What do you do besides accounting?” he asked, trying to get her focused on him.
She pulled in a deep breath as the idiots at the next table were served their drinks. That should keep ‘em quiet for a while. Okay. Let’s see. What did she do besides accounting and lusting after a man she couldn’t have?
“I like to read. I like movies. Yoga.” She took a bite of her enchilada. “I’m pretty boring, I guess.” She glanced back up at him. “But I can make a mean meringue and you bet your ass I can fold a fitted sheet. Bet you can’t do that,” she joked.
He shook his head and took a sip of beer. “Not boring at all. I’m impressed. You can fold a fitted sheet?” He whistled through his teeth. “Hot damn.”
He tilted his head, suddenly serious. “What kind of movies? This could be a deal breaker. Please, no Steel Magnolias or some bullshit like that.”
She forked her rice. “Truth?”
“I can handle it.”
“Let’s put it this way, I’m waiting for Jason Statham to come sweep me off my feet and propose marriage.”
He barked out a laugh. “Good luck with that.”
She laughed, too.
They finished their meal with grins on their faces. Kyle sipped the last remnants of her margarita, slurping the remaining bits of her tequila high straight to her brain. She stood as Jed paid the bill, just in time to hear one of the men next to them mutter something that sounded an awful lot like ‘freak.’
She’d had enough. She rounded on them like a snake coiled and ready to strike.
Jed grabbed her arm. “Let it go,” he murmured under his breath.
She pulled from his grasp and shot him a glare over her shoulder. “No. You are not a freak. And you don’t deserve to be treated this way.”
The plea in his eyes silently entreated her to remain cool. But the liquor had created a monster and she was going to stand up for her man. Whether he wanted it or not.
She snapped back to the table and the four pairs of eyes watching her. She stepped in their direction and slapped her hands down on the table, rattling their water glasses. “Do we have a problem here?” she demanded.
“Uh . . .” one of the men stammered.
The other man stared at her, slack-jawed. One woman crossed her arms defiantly under her huge breasts, and refused to speak. But the one closest to her, the one who had been most vocal during the entire meal, spoke up. “Yes, I suppose we do.”
Kyle rounded on her. “And what exactly is that?”
Jed sighed behind her. “Kyle, let’s just go.”
She ignored him.
The woman glanced over Kyle’s shoulder then back into her face. “We live in a nice, respectable town. With nice, respectable folks. And I have a problem with just anyone coming in with their disgusting freaky ways and dirtying up my town,” she shot back with a sneer.
Kyle straightened. “Well, lucky for you, we’re leaving. But let me tell you something. This disgusting, freaky man—” She pointed behind her.“—is one of the kindest, best men I know. It’s your loss if you’re too small-minded to see beyond his appearance.” She reached for his hand. “Which I happen to find very sexy. Let’s go, Jed.” She pulled him out of the restaurant and toward the car.
He yanked her to a stop at the Mustang. “Whoa there, warrior princess. You mean all that in there?”
She gazed up at him. “Of course. What do you mean?” She leaned against the car as the tequila started to make her head spin. Or maybe it was him as he inched closer and cupped her hip with his hand.
“You think I’m kind? One of the best men you know?”
She nodded. “Sure. Sometimes,” she amended.
He pressed his forehead to hers. “And sexy?”
Her heart was pounding as her hands gripped his waist. “Maybe.”
He rubbed his nose across hers before releasing her. “Was it because I baited your hook?”
She waited until he opened her car door and she’d slid inside. She didn’t meet his gaze. “Of course.” Not.
So that’s it. I love her spunk and the tension in that one. I admire someone who stands up for what they feel is right – tequila or no tequila. LOL. And their relationship is about to get tested in a BIG way right after this. But, space is limited, so I couldn’t share. Sorry. But I will share my book trailer with you if you’d like a sneaky-peeky!
What a great sneak peek! What more can you tell us about the book and where to get it?
Thank you! And thanks for asking. My book was released by Soul Mate Publishing on January 30th, and is the first of a four book series. The quick blurb would be a little something-something like this:
Jed Gentry is doing just fine, thank you very much, running his tattoo studio in Austin, Texas. So what if people think he’s a bit on the surly side? He’s been burned by his ex who sticks around to torture him and he lives with a family heartache that he’d rather not talk about. But he’s got a thriving business, his dream car, and good friends. Not much to complicate things. At least, not until she walked in…
Kyle O’Neill has had it with being the sheltered daddy’s girl at the family accounting firm and is ready to spread her wings and fly on her own for the first time. Unfortunately, it seems she’s about to fall flat on her face when her first and only client is – gulp — a tattoo artist! Her country club upbringing certainly hasn’t prepared her for this place or the sizzling attraction her traitorous body feels for the grumpy owner.
But there is a Divine conspiracy at work here pushing these two together. And they are hell bent on bucking the Heavenly plan all the way. Luckily, their angel is a true believer and pulls every trick he knows from under his halo to make this a match made in Heaven.
Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?
The book is available at Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Wonderful! Thanks so much for visiting with me today, Shauna! It’s been fun. Now, tell us, how do you feel about muscle cars, tattoos, or angels? Five lucky commenters will win an e-copy of Shauna’s book. Good luck!
Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three fantastic (no, that’s not a typo!) teenagers.
When she’s not writing, editing, or acting as a personal assistant to a NYT Bestselling author, Shauna enjoys reading, movies with Gerard Butler, vacays to the beach, and hangin’ with the kiddos–even if they don’t like hangin’ with her!