Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving.  Boy Howdy!  What a couple of months I’ve had.   A whole boat load of things for which to be thankful–four book releases—two by C.C. Hunter, and two by Christie Craig—one kidney transplant, a wedding anniversary, and a birthday.  (Not my kidney transplant, my hubby’s, but and since I’m his spouse, I’m gonna claim it.) And the one I’m proudest of?  Sorry fans, that kidney comes first.

I didn’t talk about my husband’s health issues a lot.  Hubby, who loves to keep everyone laughing, didn’t want his hard times out there.  But after almost five years of dialysis, it had taken its toll.  To anyone who has dealt with a chronic illness of a spouse, or a loved one, you know the heart break, the fears, and the emotional roller coaster.  You alternate between having faith, and preparing yourself for the inevitable.

I offered him my kidney, but as a pre-diabetic, I wasn’t a candidate.  My daughter offered him hers.  He wouldn’t take it.  He said she was too young and she might become diabetic because it ran in my family.  My son couldn’t donate because he has PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) like his dad.  His sister couldn’t donate because she has high blood pressure.

The kidney he got was a gift from a donor who had lost his life.  I grieve for the family and loved ones who lost this generous person.  Later on, I will get the chance to write them a letter of thanks, and you can bet I will put my heart and soul into that letter.   I want them to know what this gift has given our family.  And to anyone out there who is debating whether or not to sign up to be a donor, I want to encourage you to do it.  When I no longer need this body, I hope it can offer someone a chance at life.

A lot of people have asked me how I managed to write my humorous tales while we dealt with difficult times.  I have told them that writing isn’t just what I do for a living, writing is my passion, and my salvation.  To put aside my own worries and write a love story that makes me laugh got me through some hard times.  It just goes along with the family motto: if you can laugh at it, you can live with it.  Believe it or not, while we have had some tough times, my family has lived and laughed our way through this last five years. And we laughed our way through this kidney transplant, too.

So this year, I’m very thankful for a lot of things.  Kidneys, releases, life.   I’m also very thankful for my fans.  You guys make it possible for me to do this.

And here’s a contest for my loyal fans.  It’s a review contest.  If you’ve read my latest two books, Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous or Divorced, Desperate & Dead, pop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and leave a review.  Send me a link to the review at my email:  Christie@Christie-Craig.com.  In the subject line please put Review Contest.  For every review you send, your name will go into the drawing.   When I reach 25 reviews for each book, I’ll be giving away:

Two $50 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Two $25 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Five $10 cards to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble

A complete set of Shadow Falls books.

In My World, Death Can Be A Beginning

 

Now that you’ve had your laugh for the day, I thought I’d let you know Divorced, Desperate and Dead is finally out! And I have to tell you, I fell in love with Cary and Chloe. It’s the only book I have ever written where my characters die in the first chapter. But do they stay dead? Do they both survive? Well,you’ll just have to read the book to find out.

 

DD&DeadAfter a disastrous marriage and divorce, Detective Cary Stevens vowed he’d never let another woman into his heart. But when his latest investigation puts him in the way of a bullet, his bachelor days—and one-night stands—may be numbered. On the brink of death, he finds himself in Room Six, a waiting room in the hereafter where in-betweeners’ fates are truly decided. He resigns himself to dying of boredom, if nothing else, in the lineup of senior citizens with their AARP magazines, when in walks the one woman who could make him want a second chance at life . . . and love.

Chloe Sanders learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when she pushes a little girl out of the way of a moving car and wakes up in some type of purgatory. Or maybe it’s heaven, because she couldn’t have asked for a hotter guy with whom to await her final judgment. The sweeping glances of his bedroom eyes and sharp-tongued flirtatiousness tell her Cary’s certainly no angel, but is he real? When she finally wakes up, Chloe’s determined to find out if he’s truly a man of magnificent flesh and blood or just a figment of her imagination. But before she can track him down, will the murderer that first put them both in Room Six come back to finish the job?

Want to know more?  Well,I’ve put together a list of the ten things you’ll learn from Divorced Desperate and Dead:

  1. Nothing can rekindle your passion for life and love more than dying.
  2. Life teaches us lessons, but some of them are wrong.
  3. Forget slipping on a banana, nothing can bring you down quicker than banana pudding with a side of beef stew.
  4. Flannel can be sexy.
  5.  Anything that can happen in a king-size bed, can happen in a twin.
  6. Getting shot can put you in a bad mood.
  7. Laughter can be a pretty powerful aphrodisiac.
  8. A potato peeler can be dangerous.
  9. In Christie Craig’s world, cupid reads romance novels to get a grasp on love.
  10. Everyone deserves a second chance, but not everyone gets them.

So, I hope you pick up a copy today and start laughing and falling in love.

Divorced,Desperate and Dead is available at Amazon and iBooks.

GIVEAWAY!!

I’m giving away a bottle of  PooPourri to one person who leaves a comment telling me they picked up a copy of my book.

 

You Know What They Say About Laughter

This is why you should pick up your copy of Divorced, Desperate & Dead.

Recently, I’ve been asked the same question by several readers.  “What inspired the Divorced & Desperate series?”  So, I thought I’d answer it here.  But I have to tell you, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.  You see, I was divorced.  No, don’t worry, I haven’t kicked Mr. Craig to curb, I’m talking about in the past.  And to anyone who has suffered from a bad divorce, you know it feels as if someone just reached in and yanked your heart out and used it for a pit bull’s play toy.  And even when I found true love, I was scared $hitle$$ to trust it.  It took hubby a while to win me over.  Hence the inspiration for the Divorced & Desperate series.  And now the three book series has grown to five.  For any of you guys who didn’t pick up a copy of the Three Southern Beaches, don’t worry.  I have re-released Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous.  I love the new cover.  And Divorced, Desperate and Dead is available for preorder and will be released Nov. 17th.   And there just seems to be something fitting about that date, because that’s my anniversary.

DD, and Dangerous med rz

Six things you’ll learn from Divorced, Desperate and Dangerous

  1. There are other uses for petrified Dinosaur poop besides making jewelry.
  2. The sound of the beach, a salty breeze and a porch swing is enough to make any problem fade. Especially when a hot guy is sitting next to you.
  3. There is nothing scarier than a pissed off little ol’ gray haired lady who has a black belt in karate.
  4. A man who’ll let a cat take up residence in his lap can’t be all bad.
  5. The price of a smile. Twenty bucks. Getting one for free, priceless.
  6. Sometimes it takes running away from home to    find yourself.

You can get an ecopy of Divorced, Desperate and Dangerous at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

DD&Dead

And don’t forget you can preorder Divorced, Desperate and Dead now before it’s release on November 17th at Amazon and iBooks.

 

 

News. News. And More News

WINNERS! WINNERS! The winners from last week of Lori Wilde’s latest, Christmas in Twilight are…everyone who commented! Congrats: Sarah S., Quilt Lady, Anne, Becka Lynn, bn100, Kelly Mann, Katrina Hall, Faye, Therese, Ellie, and Judy Hodes! Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com with your delivery information.

Wow! It’s been a busy week. Eternal was released last Tuesday, and since then, I have been on a blog tour, taught a writing class, and had a wicked Halloween! I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have bought Eternal, it had a great debut week.  And speaking of my blog tour, it continues, so keep checking my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books & Shadow Falls Series) for my latest stops and giveaways.

But I have something special for you today. I’m happy to reveal the next cover in Della’s series for her final book, Unspoken.  And yes, it is the same girl on each of Della’s book covers. I’ve posted all three of her covers here so you can see. Which one do you like the best? I’m torn.  But I will say that I love the motion of Della’s hair in Unspoken.  To me, that tells a little of Della’s character, she’s always on the move.  And when I look into her eyes, I see it. I see the turmoil she’s feeling.  What do you see in these images?

Reborn

EternalUnspoken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And . . . I said more news, right?

Divorced, Desperate, & Delicious is up for free where ever e-books are sold. http://tinyurl.com/kot5y29

DDDelicious

Divorced, Desperate & Dead the fifth book in my Divorced & Desperate series is up for preorder.  http://tinyurl.com/mdfxma8

DD&Dead

And if you didn’t snag a copy of Divorced, Desperate and Dangerous when it was out in the anthology Three Southern Beaches, It should be up and available for purchase.

Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous