What a year it’s been. Between both my author personas, Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter, I’ve released six books this year.
Texas Hold ‘Em
Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous
Divorced, Desperate & Dead
I’ve traveled all over Texas: Terrel, San Antonio, Dallas, Euless, and Palacios. I’ve jumped a plane and flown to Wisconsin, Maine, Alabama, Ohio, and Phoenix, where I talked about writing and shared my passion for this career and the art of storytelling.
I’ve visited with old fans, hugged and laughed with old and new fans, and made so many new friends. Some of them even looked a little strange.
I’ve watched a miracle as my hubby got a new kidney. I spent almost a month living out of hotel, so I could be close to the hospital during some later complications. The good news is that I have him home now and he’s improving and the kidney is working.
I’ve had a year of joy, tears, love, laughter and success. I could have done without some of hubby’s health issues, but considering things are looking up, I’ll call it a good year. I hope you, too, have some good times to reflect back on in this year. I wish this New Year will bring all of us more love, laughter and success and a lot less tears.
It’s a busy week for everyone. The gifts are bought, the tree decorated, and my cookies are in the oven. I love baking cookies, especially the sugar cookies so my granddaughter can decorate them. I still need to wrap a few presents, but I expect they’ll be done in time.
I’ll be spending Christmas Day with family. My children are grown now, but they’ll still be here with us for the holidays. I always loved watching my kids’ faces light up when they were little and they opened something they’d asked Santa to bring. It seems like it was only yesterday, and now I’m watching my granddaughter’s delighted face.
I did receive one early present. It didn’t come through the chimney, but the doggie door. Lady, my Border Collie mix, brought in a live toy and dropped it at my feet. Neither I nor the squirrel appreciated it. Imagine me screaming, hubby running, Lady barking, and the poor squirrel raising hell. Long story short, we managed to get the terrified squirrel back outside. I know Lady brought me the squirrel out of love, but that was probably the oddest present I’ve ever received.
I’m wishing you a day surrounded by loved ones, good food on your table and presents under your tree.
Christmas is almost here and I’m getting so excited! I love this time of year. It always reminds me of growing up in Alabama, spending time with my grandparents and relatives. Those were magical times. I hope you’re getting into the holiday spirit, too. But if you’re having a little trouble, you should pick up a copy of The Cop Who Stole Christmas. No, detective Mark Donaldson doesn’t look anything like the Grinch. He’s tall and blonde with killer abs and sexy green eyes. So, when Savanna Edwards trips over her ex—lying naked and quite dead on her kitchen floor—naturally she runs to her neighbor Mark. Ah, but she’s the prime suspect, and it’s up to Mark to prove her innocence, all the while coping with the crazy Christmas Holidays. So if you want a good laugh and a hot romance, read The Cop Who Stole Christmas (and he just might steal Savanna’s heart while he’s at it).
Ten Things You”l Learn From The Cop Who Stole Christmas
1. Not all Santas are saints. Sometimes they take away your car.
2. There are different kinds of kisses, and some are really hard to walk away from.
3. The “morning after” can still feel awkward even when the night before was more than you’d dreamed.
4. Telling a sexy guy you got gas can mean several different things.
5. The price of a gift doesn’t mean a hill of beans. It’s the thought that went into the gift that can melt your heart.
6. The rule of never dating the girl next door can be remedied by simply moving in with her.
7. Sometimes love isn’t a two way street.
8. Being orphaned on the same day you find your husband in bed with his work associate makes for a really bad year.
9. What’s worse than being accused of murder? Thinking your best friend may be framing you for the crime.
10. Tripping and falling in your own kitchen is a downer, but tripping over a body can really put a damper on your evening.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little crazy right now. I’ve been so busy with hubby’s health issues (he’s home now, so that’s great) and trying to finish my novella for my CC Hunter series, that I’ve sort of put Christmas on the back burner. But one look at the calendar, and I panic. I have a lot to get done between now and Christmas. But first things first–finish my novella. Then, kick into high gear and decorate my house and power shop.Wish me luck! Anyway, to help me, I went looking for some inspirational quotes. I found many, but these are a few of the ones I really liked. I hope they inspire you, too.
“Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.” ~ Charlotte Carpenter.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From ‘A Christmas Carol’.
“They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.” ~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell.
“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold
“Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” ~ Lenore Hershey
On that note, you may want to give a copy of The Cop Who Stole Christmas to a friend or ask for it from someone you love.
It’ll take a tall, hot Texan and a little holiday spirit to mend a broken heart and catch a Christmas killer . . .
Or you could make a friend happy and give them my Divorced and Desperate series.
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to look forward to the Christmas holidays. And didn’t they get here quickly? It seems like I just got all my decorations put away from last year. Don’t know about you, but I always seem to find a Santa or Christmas angel tucked away and forgotten on a book shelf—in July. Do you usually forget one or two decorations?
So, now is the time to get into the holiday spirit, and what better way than by reading my book The CopWho Stole Christmas? Don’t worry, Detective Mark Donaldson isn’t like the Grinch, he’s a sexy, Texas detective doing his job. He just doesn’t like it when his job lands in his neighborhood in the form of a dead body at his pretty neighbor, Savanna Edwards’ house. Reluctantly thrown together to solve this crime, Mark and Savanna grow on each other—like the holiday spirit grows in us the closer we get to Christmas. Will they be sharing their Christmas turkey—and maybe a bed—by New Years Eve? Pick up a copy of The Cop Who Stole Christmas to find out, and catch a little Christmas spirit along the way!
It’ll take a tall, hot Texan and a little holiday spirit to mend a broken heart and catch a Christmas killer . . . Savanna Edwards is feeling downright Scrooge-like. Who can blame her? A truly unjolly Santa—suit, beard and all—just repossessed her car because of her ex’s shady business dealings. She’d like to murder the no-good lying cheat, but somebody already did that for her—and left him right in the middle of her kitchen, wrapped up with a bow.
Detective Mark Donaldson has a rule against getting involved with his neighbors. He can look—and he’s studied every sweet curve of Savanna from across the street—but he can’t touch. So when she lands on his doorstep in need of help, he finds himself torn between being naughty or nice, and fights every urge to unwrap her like a shiny new Christmas present.
Trouble is, even Mark can’t resist a little holiday magic . . . and there’s definitely something magical happening between him and the girl next door.
“Readers will be instantly drawn into this suspenseful story that is balanced by a fun, sexy romance. Marc and Savanna are perfectly matched. . . .” —Romantic Times
I’m going to help you get in the holiday spirit by giving away one e-copy of The Cop Who Stole Christmas. So, be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you love the most about the holidays.
The winners from my giveaway last week are: Becka Lynn – $50 gift card, Loretta Wheeler – $25 gift card and JudyHodes – $10 gift card. Congratulations! You have your choice of an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice.