Wait Until Moonrise

BlameItOnTexasToday is a special day for me.  I have a great friend with me to tell you about her fantastic book.  It’s a beautiful, romantic story, full of love, a dash of time-travel, a touch of suspense, and a very sexy hero.  How can you go wrong?  You can’t.  So stick around, leave a comment, and you might be lucky enough to win one of two copies of Wait Until Moonrise.

Please welcome, one of the nicest ladies you’ll ever hope to meet…Teri Thackston!

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Thanks, Christie, for inviting me to post on your blog. It’s always nice to get together with my writer friends—even if it is only in the web!

 So, Teri, I’d love to know, which three words would you say best describe your book?

I would describe Wait Until Moonrise with these words:  romantic, suspenseful, haunting. It’s also the book o’my heart, holding a special place there.

Your book has a time travel element; if you could travel to any time in history, when would it be and why? 

I would want to go back to the 1940s. That was such an intense time for the world, and there were so many real—and easily identifiable—villains and heroes.  People understood what it meant to make sacrifices, and they did it anyway. And the music—Big Band music has always been a favorite of mine. It can be romantic and inspiring, and so many of those old melodies are still popular today.

And I really loved your characters.  If you had to be locked in a closet for 12 hour with either your hero or your heroine, which would you pick? 

I love Bria but I would have to say I’d choose Nicholas. Not only is he mysterious and sexy, but he has firsthand information about life in 18th century Wales. He could share some really fascinating information…and in that lovely Welsh accent.

I think I might concur about that Welsh accent, LOL.  Can you tell us a little bit more about the book and how to find it?

Wait Until Moonrise . . .

Unseen. Unheard. Untouched. Welshman Nicholas Pierce is cursed to endure a lonely eternity surrounded by the living residents of Beaumarith Castle. But two hundred-plus years into his hellish existence, Bria Leighton arrives…and she can see him! Can he convince her that he’s real—not a ghost—and that she is the one true love who can save him…before the sorceress who cursed him destroys Bria, too?

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/75lcdm6

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Smashwords (PDF version): http://tinyurl.com/cjz42hf

Wait Until Moonrise will be on sale for 99 cents as part of a Book Lovers’ Buffet until May 5th . . . you don’t want to miss it!

And, last, can you tell us about you?

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, typing my first story on a typewriter my dad borrowed from his office when I was about eleven years old. I’ve won awards for published and unpublished novels, and I spend some of my writing time on web articles that cover topics such as choosing the perfect flower girl dress or how to process credit cards for small businesses. I’m married to my high school sweetie, who shares my love for romantic comedies, musicals, and action pictures—and he’s a singer who hosts the longest running karaoke ‘show’ in Houston. We have two grown sons that I think would make great book cover models—but I just can’t convince either of them to do it!

Please follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Terithackston or Twitter at www.twitter.com/terithackston or on my website www.terithackston.com.

Fantastic!  I’ve really enjoyed having you here, Teri!  And Wait Until Moonrise is a beautiful story.  Everyone should pick it up!  But, two lucky commenters are going to get the chance to win it now.  So, tell us, if you had the chance to travel back in time, when or where would you go?  What adventures would you have?  I’d love to know! 

 

 

The Journey is Complete

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WINNERS!!!

The winners from last week’s Ohhh, Baby, Baby blog are in! Drumroll, please . . . The grand prize winner of a Kindle or Nook loaded with the participating authors’ books is: Darci Paice-Bailey!  Congratulations!  Please email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com and get me your contact information so I can get you your prize.

As for our other lucky runner-ups . . . Amy Sherman, Vanetta Quintana, Sarah Smith, Michele Hayes, Na, Debby Biter, Stacy Schooler, Margie Rodgers, VF Brooks, Abby Rudica, and Becky H.  Many congratulations to you all.  Please email me with your preference of print or e-book and you will receive a surprise gift from one of our wonderful authors.  Thanks to everyone for playing.

Now, I know that blog was difficult.  Would you like to know the correct answers?

1 (G) Yours truly, Christie Craig

2 (J) Shauna Allen

3 (I) Nina Bangs

4 (H) Mari Mancusi

5 (B) Susan Muller

6 (L) Diane Kelly

7 (C) Lori Wilde

8 (A) Gemma Halliday

9 (K) Robin Kaye

10 (E) C.C. Hunter, my alter ego

11 (D) Gerry Bartlett

12 (F) Amanda Stevens

Now, are you one of those readers who doesn’t pick up a series until it’s finished, so there’s no waiting for the next one to come out?  Well, you just hit pay dirt.  Today is the release of Chosen at Nightfall, the fifth and final book in Kylie Galen’s story.  I can hear some of you saying, “But that book was written by C.C. Hunter.”  Yup, some of my recently acquired fans still don’t know that I have this alter ego/multiple personality thing going on.  And then some of you are going to say, “But isn’t that a young adult book?”  Amazingly, my audience for the Shadow Falls series is about 70% adult.  Oh, and if you are an e-reader, you can pick up the first book, Born at Midnight, for $2.99.  And if you are a print reader, you can pick up: Shadow Falls: The Beginning, for $9.99, and that includes Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn.  

Now this week, I gave away a Nook or a Kindle here at my Christie Craig blog, but now I’m doing it over at my C.C. Hunter blog: http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/.  So I’d love to send all my fans over there to see how they can win either a Kindle or a Nook, one of three Shadow Falls posters, one of three books by some other amazing authors, and a chance to name a character in my upcoming novel—which will be the first book of Della’s story—a spin off series of Shadow Falls.

Chosen at Nightfall

When Kylie Galen entered Shadow Falls Camp, she left her old life behind forever and discovered a world more magical than she ever imagined. A place where your two best friends can be a witch and a vampire…and where love doesn’t happen the way you’d expect.

When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him—to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation that will amaze everyone around her.  But her journey won’t be complete until she makes one final choice…which guy to love.  Should she choose the werewolf who broke her heart, but will give anything to win her back, or the half-fae, who ran from their attraction before they had a chance?  Everything she’s learned at Shadow Falls has been preparing her for this moment—when her fate will be revealed and her heart claimed forever.

Yes, Kylie’s last book is out.  Her journey is complete.  I traveled with her.  I’ve cried when she got her heart broken, I sighed with she got kissed.  I laughed when crazy things happened.  I felt Kylie’s pain when she learned that her parents weren’t perfect, I was relieved when she discovered they didn’t have to be perfect for her to love them.  I have written and experienced Kylie’s life with her, and so have many of you.  

And today, the wait is over.  Read Chosen at Nightfall where Kylie…

  1. …nearly kills Lucas, twice.
  2. …has another boy become interested in her.
  3. …acquires another stalker.
  4. …is accused of having an affair with an older man.
  5. …has an unwanted guest crawl over a bathroom stall when she’s trying  to pee.
  6. …gets kissed by two guys.
  7. …finally makes the choice of which boy she loves.
  8. …is forced to kill someone to save someone she loves
  9. …tells a human that she’s a supernatural.
  10. …gets caught buying a pregnancy test.

And to give you a better feel for what’s in store in Chosen at Nightfall, here is the extended version of the video:

  

Remember to pop over tohttp://cchunterbooks.com/blog/ and enter to win.  And thank you to all the fans who have helped me to achieve my dreams.      

Oooh, Baby, Baby . . . Win a Nook or Kindle!!!!

WINNERS!  WINNERS!  The lucky winners from last week’s blog with the wonderful Catherine Bybee are:  Not Quite DatingBec & Not Quite MineSeona McDonald. Please email me at christie (at) christie-christie.com with your snail mail addys and I’ll forward those on to Catherine so you can get your autographed books!  Congrats!

Now, today, I’d like to play a game.  Well, actually, me and ten or eleven of my closest friends are going to play a game with you.  And you have the chance to win some fabulous prizes!  They were kind enough to send me their adorable baby photos so I could share them with you.  Now, what I want you to do (besides go ‘Awww!’) is try to match up the author with their baby shot.  Then email me your best guesses at christie (at) christie-craig.com.  I’ll randomly select several winners!

Who’s playing and what can you win, you ask?  Great question!

Have a look-see!

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And in case you missed that, there’s me, Lori Wilde, Diane Kelly, Susan Muller, Shauna Allen, Nina Bangs, Gemma Halliday, Mari Mancusi, Gerri Bartlett, Amanda Stevens, Robin Kaye, and some author I know named CC Hunter!

One Grand Prize Winner will receive an 6″ Wi-Fi Amazon Kindle or a Nook Simple Touch plus e-books from each author. Each author is also offering one additional copy of their book as a prize, so there will be twelve more winners, so there are plenty of prizes to be won!  So, don’t forget to email me your guesses and check back to see who’s won.  Now, please note these photos are jumbled . . . I want you to match the adult (NUMBERED) with the baby (LETTERED)  And, if it still seems a little difficult to match up all the cutie-pattooties, well you might want to check out all these authors’ social media/websites.  I’ll bet they left you some clues.  Okay?  Let’s get started!

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2

D

D

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F

 

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7

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Not Quite Mine

Chosen at NightfallBefore we get started with this blog, which I’m very excited about, I have a special announcement . . . This Wednesday, April 10th, I will be at a booksigning at Blue Willow Bookstore, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 at 7 pm with Rainbow Rowell.  http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/

I will be giving away five copies of Chosen at Nightfall, so you’ll definitely want to stop by if you’re in the Houston area and say hi!

Now, I’m absolutely thrilled to have a very special guest today!  You guys are in for a treat!  Today, I have the super sweet, wonderfully talented Catherine Bybee as my guest!  She is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of books like Not Quite Dating and Wife by Wednesday, as well as the Maccoinich Time Travel Series, with books like Binding Vows and The Highland Shifter.  And, today, she’s here to talk with us and tell us all about her new book, Not Quite Mine, which releases on May 7th.  And she’s even giving away two fantastic prizes . . . one signed copy of Not Quite Dating and one signed ARC of Not Quite Mine.  So be sure and leave a comment and come back next week to see if you’re our lucky winners!

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So, without further ado, welcome, Catherine!

Well, Catherine, if you’ve read my blog at all, you know I like to keep it fun.  So, let me start out with a totally *serious* question.  If your book was the main entrée in a gourmet meal, what would be its side dishes?

Oh, my… well, when I think of gourmet meals I seldom think of anything hearty and filling. And with Not Quite Mine I feel the book has home cooked comfort food. The most gourmet I can go would be stuffed baked potatoes or maybe smoked baked beans with big chunks of bacon.

Alpha or Beta heroes?

Both! But let’s face it, alpha heroes have more fun.

And I have to know, since you write such wonderful books, what is your guilty pleasure?

Cream Brulee – I have a very hard time passing it up whenever we go out.

Sounds yummy!  And on a serious note, what is the last great book you read?

Oh, now that’s not fair. I haven’t been able to read very much because of my crazy deadlines. I really enjoyed On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

And do you have a favorite character, either that you’ve written or from another book?

In each book, I try to bring characters into the mix that the reader isn’t expecting. In Not Quite Mine, outside of my hero and heroine and the family, the character that I liked the most is the PI. Something about him takes over the page when I have him in a chapter.

Ooh, can’t wait to read it!  And what scene was the hardest for you to write? Why?

I’d have to say the scenes where there is a ‘getting to know you’ without any added drama or danger element become hard to construct. I wouldn’t say it’s hard, just that they take longer to get down on the page. I get up from my computer more often when writing those scenes.

I get that.  And outside of writing, what have you learned about people since you’ve become an author?

I think I already knew that everyone enjoys different books for different reasons, but after reading reviews back to back of my own, I believe it. Books are beyond subjective. What I might love you may hate. It’s just the way it is.

Okay, last question . . . totally serious . . . is your hero a boxers or briefs kinda guy?

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Fantastic!  Thank you for being here, Catherine!  I really enjoyed you and your book sounds wonderful!  Now, remember, two lucky commenters will win signed copies of one of Catherine’s books, so be sure and leave a comment and check back next week!

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AdobePhotoshopExpress_20120817173931New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming an movie star.  After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms.  She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating.  Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

Today’s the Day

Saved_at_SunriseWINNER!  WINNER!  The winner from last week’s blog of the copy of Chosen at Nightfall is Nicholas Redden . . . email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com and let me know if you’d like a print or e-copy and either your address or if you’d prefer Amazon or B&N for e-copy.  Congratulations!

Today is the day.  Saved at Sunrise, a Shadow Falls novella, is being released.  And it’s only $1.99.  So pop over and order your e-copy right now.

 

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/d87ga6r

B&N:  http://tinyurl.com/bxxobp4

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And, also, I’m going to be on the radio being interviewed by Pam Stack at Authors on the Air Online Radio at 11:30 am EST.  I’ll be answering questions if you submit them to her online at her Facebook page, as well as starting a week-long contest.  So be sure and give it a listen and be ready to answer questions for prizes.  And, if you miss it, don’t worry, it’ll be archived for you so you won’t miss a thing!  Here’s the link for the interview: http://www.facebook.com/l/aAQEPcIswAQF2-6jtRd7vjeyMFyjtdLn92k2cDOjVLynYKQ/www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheair

Now, back to Saved at Sunrise . . . I had so much fun writing this story.  It was one of those that just popped into my head.  You see, in the beginning of Chosen at Nightfall, Della and Steve, a hot shape-shifter, are sent on a mission.  But since that book is from Kylie’s point of view, the readers didn’t get to see or hear exactly what happened on that mission.  And believe me, a lot happened.  When I sat down to write the story, it was one of those magical ones that just poured out of my fingers and into the keyboard.  I think one reason this story was easy to write was because of the main character.  Della is . . . well, I’m just gonna say it . . . Della is a smartass.  Yeah, I may have a little of Della in me, too.  I think we all have a little of Della in us.  But I have found that her personality and sass just make her one heck of a character to write.  Below is a short piece I wrote about Della a while back.  You see, I sort of do these interviews of my characters where I bring them into my mind, sit them down, and have a chat.  They help me get insight into the character and my readers sometimes enjoy reading these crazy interviews.

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The door to my mind swung open and there stood Della with her hand on her hips.   The light shining from behind silhouetted her, but there was no doubt it was Della.  This sassy vamp had attitude all the way down to her posture.

Not that I blamed her.  She’d been through some tough times.  Like being turned into a vampire, then practically being disowned by her family.   Not to mention the disastrous romance with Lee, who she still loved.   Oh, she denied it, but she denied it a little too strongly.  Under that tough girl act she always wore like a second skin, Della had a lot of pain.  I saw it.  Kylie saw it.  The only other person who seemed to see it was Steve, the hot shape-shifter who has a thing for Della.  And of course, she denied any feelings for Steve.  Well, she admitted he had a nice butt, but that’s all she’d admit.

“Come on in,” I said.

She took one step then stopped.  “Why am I back here?”

“Because I needed to talk to you about something.”

“About what?”

“About the mission you’re about to go on.”

“I can’t talk about it.”  She shot me a smartass look.

“I’m not going to ask you questions you can’t answer.  So come in, please.”

She rolled her eyes.  “Since you said please.”

Strolling in, she plopped down on the sofa.   Then, her gaze shot up to the wall where a sword had once hung.  “Where’s that bloody sword you had up there the last time I was here?”

I shrugged.  “It keeps disappearing.  I don’t know where it goes.”

She frowned. “Is that like some clue to what’s going to happen in Chosen at Nightfall?”

“It could be, I’m not sure.”

She made her sarcastic face.  “You’ve got more secrets than a rogue werewolf has fleas.”

“Maybe a few,” I said, and grinned.  “So, did you know I’m writing about you and Steve on the mission?”

“Yeah, I heard the rumors.  Am I going to kick someone’s ass on the mission?”

I sighed.  “Maybe.”

“That means yes.”  She rubbed her hands together.

“But I’m worried, Della.  I mean, you can’t do this mission alone.  You’re going to need Steve’s help to get through this.”

“Bullshit!  The guy’ll do nothing but slow me down.  I’m furious at Burnett for wanting to send him with me.  And when I meet with Burnett, I’m going to try to make him see reason.  I don’t need Steve.”

“Della, I’m serious, you and Steve are going to have to work together.  Not everything is going to go smoothly.  This thing could very easily turn dangerous.”

“I can handle dangerous,” Della said, but for one second, I saw a flicker of fear in her eyes.  She wasn’t nearly as confident as she pretended to be.

“Look, Della.  It’s not a sin to need someone’s help.”

“Yes it is!” she said.

“Why do you say that?” I asked.

She stood up.  “When you need someone, you give them the ability to hurt you.  To let you down.”

“Caring about people doesn’t always turn out badly,” I insisted.  “You let yourself care about Kylie.”

“Yeah, and how did that turn out?  She’s gone.”

“I think she’ll be back,” I said.

“Can you tell me that for sure?”

I hesitated.

“See,” Della said.  “When you care about someone, you just end up hurt.”

She stormed out the door of my mind.  I sighed.  I guess Della is going to have to learn the hard way.  And this mission is only the beginning.  I haven’t told Della yet, but she is my main character in the next Shadow Falls books.   Della, sassy attitude and all, is about to embark on some difficult times.  I have a feeling she will survive.  But it isn’t going to be easy.