A Little Romance and a Giveaway!

81ZmUhkNT2L._SL1500_I know you love reading romance as much as I do. Well, Romance Writers of America® is releasing a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world’s most popular genre of fiction!

New York Times best-selling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.

New York Times best-selling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.

New York Times best-selling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times best-selling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye’s New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.

And editor and #1 New York Times best-selling author Sylvia Day’s tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.

From my good friend, and fabulous author Diane Kelly comes Wrong Address, Right Guy, in which Katelyn Harrington is stood up by her long-term boyfriend. When her neighbor does the same to a blind date, Katelyn steps in. Will her impulsive decision prove to be a mistake, or will it be the first step in finding Mr. Right?

From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!

Plus tales from:
Lila Bell
T. L Costa
Amber Lin
Katy Regnery
Erica Ridley
Regina Scott
Harper St. George
Lex Valentine

Set for release on February 9, 2015, Premiere: A Romance Writers of America Collection can be in your hands by Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps you’ll ask for a copy instead of flowers from your significant other. After all, a book last much longer than flowers.

Pre-order today at Amazon or pre-order the audio book at Amazon Audio.

Death, Taxes and Cheap Sunglasses

Diane Kelly also has another book coming out on March 3rd. Death,Taxes and Cheap Sunglasses is guaranteed to make you laugh. She even makes the IRS sexy–and that’s hard to do! Fallen Angel Reviews says Death, Taxes and Cheap Sunglasses is a “laugh-filled adventure…sure to keep you entertained.”

KellySHE LOVES HER WORK—CASE CLOSED.

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway can calculate tax penalties to the penny. But seeing the world of white-collar crime through rose-colored glasses? Priceless.

Tara’s career comes with a lot of pros and cons—which is a nice way of saying that she’s kick-a$$ in her fight against professional con-artists. And she’s tough enough to deal with all the money-launderers, tax-evaders, and other such criminals who cross her path…Until her own boyfriend, Nick, joins their leagues. Now all bets are off.

Nick is about to go deep undercover—and the stakes are higher than Tara could have ever imagined. It’s all part of a joint task force with the DEA to bring down a powerful, violent drug cartel. It’s going to take more than a pair of dime store shades for Tara to bring their dark deeds to light. Can she help Nick without blowing his cover…and ending up in harm’s way herself?

You can pre-order Death, Taxes and Cheap Sunglasses at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBooks. 

GIVEAWAY!!!!

PawEnforcement_300I just finished Paw Enforcement, by Diane Kelly and I can’t wait to start Paw & Order. Her voice is amazing.  Funny, snarky and with heart.  Dog lovers, you have to read this one!!  And one lucky poster is going to win a copy.  So leave a comment.

Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your year is kicking off to a great start.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and because as a romance author, love is the foundation of my career, I wanted to celebrate with a contest.  Three of my lucky fans, will win a $100 Visa card to help treat their ‘somebody special’ to a night out.  That’s right, go out on a date or have dinner delivered in, and it’s on me.

How do you enter?  It’s easy.  Just leave a review at any e-book retailer, for one of my recent releases: Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous or Divorced, Desperate and Dead.  Send a link to the review to christie@Christie-craig.com and you’ll be entered to win.  I will be announcing the winners, February 2nd, on my blog, http://christie-craig.com/blog/.  It doesn’t matter if the review was posted earlier, it still counts.

What’s on my to-be read pile and pre-ordered pile?   

Check out these books:

Break On Through by Christie Ridgway

CRidgewayYears ago, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the nine collective children of the most famous band in the world “Rock Royalty.” Now all grown up, the princes and princesses are coming back to L.A.’s Laurel Canyon to discover if love can be found among the ruins of a childhood steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Reclusive novelist Reed Hopkins enjoys his solitary existence until single mom Cleo Anderson and her two kids move next door. Suddenly he has neighbors…and the exasperating woman wants to be neighborly. He needs a better security system. A mean dog.

Cleo can’t control her compulsion to make the strong-but-silent man on the other side of the fence smile. Her kids are iron filings to his magnet too and a lonely woman can’t help but begin to dream. Then trouble arrives on her doorstep and Cleo’s concerned that she’s in danger of losing much more than her heart…

The third in the Rock Royalty series, this is romance on the steamy side–just the way we like ’em. 🙂

BUY LINKS: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and NOOK.

Make Me Lose Control by Christie Ridgway

CRidgeway1As live-in tutor to a headstrong teen, Shay Walker has her hands full—and the girl’s absentee father doesn’t help matters, either. All Shay wants is to let loose and indulge in a birthday fling with the hottest stranger who’s ever caught her eye. But her one-night stand turns out to be Jace Jennings, her student’s long-distance dad…and now he’s taking up residence—at his lakeside estate and in Shay’s most secret fantasies.

Jace isn’t exactly a family man, but he’s determined to do his best by his daughter—and the first step is forgetting how hot he is for her teacher. But close proximity and their heated connection keeps Shay at the forefront of his mind—even as it’s obvious she holds her heart in check. So does Jace. Until they both realize that losing control just might mean finding forever.

The second book in Ridgway’s Cabin Fever series, Kirkus Reviews says Make Me Lose Control is: : “Part passionate romance, part fulfilling family drama, overall a sexy, touching read.”

BUY LINKS: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and NOOK.

Back in the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

wildeNew York Times best-selling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner.

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn’t conquer or a team he couldn’t beat. And now that he’s off the field he’s ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she’s got the requirements, but more important, there’s something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there’s more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can’t help but be tempted. After all, it’s boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne’s breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

BUY LINKS: Amazon, Kobo, and NOOK.

Fashioned for Power by Kathleen Brooks

Fashioned+for+PowerBehind every sexy billionaire is a Man strong enough to love her. 

Allegra Simpson is the Vice President of Simpson Fashion and she’s always handled life like her mother taught her — with manners and a smile.  But Allegra learns being nice can get you in trouble as someone haunts her from the shadows and turns her life to one of secrets.  She fears she’ll never be able to have a relationship with Finn, because it would put everyone she loves in danger.

Finn Williams had a promising professional baseball career until an injury disrupted everything.  But Finn wouldn’t let that stop him.  He went to law school and started his own sports agency with the support of the Simpson family.  The only thing missing was Allegra’s love.  The chemistry between the two had been undeniable. But Finn knew there was something that Allegra is holding back from him. He just has to get her to trust him enough to tell him.

Buy Links: iBooks, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and Amazon UK.

Now go leave a review and enter to win a night out on the town for you and somebody you love.

Happy New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day.

Where will I be?

I’ve got a few upcoming appearances and book signings. So, if you’re in any of these areas, please come on by and say hello.

January 23, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, I’ll be at Mostly Books in Tucson, Arizona. For more details, follow this link: Mostly Books.

March 27-29, I’ll be teaching workshops and attending the California Dreamin’ Conference near Los Angeles. You can find out more here: California Dreamin’.

May 12-17, I’ll be kicking up my heels at the RT Booklovers Convention. I’ll be teaching several teen workshops and participating in their Giant Book Fair on May 17th along with 800+ authors. If you live in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, you can’t miss this one! For more information check out this link: RT Booklovers.

I’ll be updating my calendar as I schedule more appearances, so keep checking back. I hope to meet you at one of my events!

Why do Writers do that and Other Questions Writer’s Get?

Writer21.  Why do writers write?

Sometimes it’s because we suck at everything else.  Sometimes it because it’s the only career where it’s okay to hear voices in your head.  Sometimes it because we can’t kidnap people and get them to act out our stories.  But most of the time, it’s because we don’t know how we feel about something until we write about it.

2.  Why do writers stare in to space, eyes unfocused, their expression as blank as a drunk rock?

We’re working, leave us alone.

3.  Why when approached by someone at a book signing and someone tells a writer how much they enjoyed their book, the writer looks them dead in the eyes with complete surprise and says, “Really?”

Okay, this might be a surprise to most of you, but most writers consider themselves artist. And everyone knows that artists are insecure little twits.  Even after we hit the big time, we still are afraid someone will discover our secret:  we don’t know what the crap we’re doing.  We are just making it up as we go.

4.  Why do writer’s talk to themselves?

We are not crazy.  Insecure yes, crazy…not really.  And please, doesn’t everyone exchange a little dialogue with themselves?  Second of all, half the time we’re not talking to ourselves.  We are talking to non-existent people who we call characters.  And before you ask, yes, they do talk back.

5. Why is it that writers can read ten, twenty, even a hundred good reviews, but when they read one bad review, they are certain their career is over?

What part about us being insecure little twits did you not understand?

6. Why do writers continuously check Amazon and other sights for the reviews knowing they are very likely to run into another bad review?

We love pain.

7.  Why do writers talk about their characters as if they are real?

Who said they aren’t real?  If they didn’t feel real to us, how could we write their stories?

8.  Why do writers often ask readers to post a review?

Because the only thing worse than a bad reviews are no reviews.   And because many on-line retailers will do extra promotion if a writer has a lot of reviews.DD&Dead

9.  Why do all writers seem to want the readers to run out and buy their book as soon as hit the stands?

It’s not because we need a quick buck, or because we crave instant gratification.  Though that might be true in a lot of cases, but it’s mostly “the list.”  The New York Times and USA Today all use the first week of sales to measure a book’s worth.

10.  Why do writers eavesdrop on strangers sitting in the booth next to them at a restaurant?

Either our characters are having an off day or because every now and then we want to check and see if the real world is more exciting than our imaginary worlds.  If it makes you feel any better, we usually go right back to our imaginary worlds.

11.  Why does it take so long for a writer to write the second book in their series?

Because they’re always checking their numbers and reading and recovering from the bad reviews.

12. Why do writers spend weeks writing scenes and then wake up one morning and delete it all?

Sometimes it’s because that scene didn’t deserve to live.  Sometimes it’s because we are stupid and believe me we often regret it.

13.  Why do writers claim to love their characters and then do mean things to them?

It’s called conflict.  While humans try to avoid it in real life, if writers don’t beat up their characters enough, readers get bored.  So, you readers make us writers sadistic individuals.

writers_mug_she-rb503262d5323460483ddf16094d5cf73_x7jgr_8byvr_51214. Why do writers kill off characters?

Because sometimes they piss us off.  They either won’t stop talking, won’t tell us things, or won’t do what we tell them.  Then occasionally, it’s because your editor makes you.

15.  Why do writers allow their pages to go to print with typos and grammar mistakes?

We don’t mean to, wetry to catch every mistake, but when you are talking about a 120,000 word books, a few typos may get over looked. Of course, the blame can fall on the editor or the line editor.  Then . . . and this is huge, it could be because believe it or not, we aren’t perfect.  We would like to be perfect, who wouldn’t, but nah, we’re just human. We try our best.

16. Why do writers ask people how they liked their book when they really don’t want to hear the truth?

Because we expect people to do the right thing and lie.  That and because well, we’re often insecure little twits.

17. Why do so many writers complain about their covers?

Because a lot of times, they completely suck.   Yeah, I know some of you think we get to pick our covers.  But it’s not always so.

writers-desk18.  Do writers really mentally imagine the villains in their books are people they don’t like and kill them over and over again.

Hey…it’s one of the perks of being a writer.

 

19.  Do writers actually learn something from their characters?

Every single time.

20.  Is it true that every character a writer writes is in some way an expression of themselves?

Oh, so now you’re saying we’re not only crazy, but we have multiple personality disorder? Okay, fine, I’ll admit it.  Yes, every character I write has some of me in them.

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21.  Isn’t it unhealthy to spend so much time in an imaginary world?

Yes, it’s an occupational hazard.  Every job comes with some drawback.   We suffer through it for our fans.

22.  Why is it if a writer accidentally loses some pages, he’s certain that those were the best pages he’d ever written?

It the same reason when a fisherman loses a fish, he knows it was the biggest one he’d ever snagged.

23.  Why do writer’s use pseudonyms?  Are we scared our strange stories will attract strange people?

No!  Well, at least I don’t use one because of that.  After all, I’m pretty strange myself. Seriously, some people use a pseudonym because they write in multiple genres and they don’t want a reader to pick up a book and be disappointed that the book is not in the genre they expected. When I sold my first book in 1993, the publishers wouldn’t allow a writer to use their own names because they wanted to own it.  Later when I sold to Dorchester, I chose to use my real name.  Then when I sold to St. Martins, they suggested I use a pseudonym because my Christie Craig name was tied to romantic comedies.  And while my young adult series has humor, it’s different.

So did I answer your questions? If not, leave your question for me in the comment section, and maybe I’ll answer it next time.

 

 

 

 

 

Pay It Forward

Ten things I learned about myself and life in 2014:

  1. I’m such a wimp that I had to save my original villain in Divorced, Desperate and Dead. J.D. was originally a complete bada$$. About half way through the book, I started feeling sorry for him and went in, rewrote a few scenes, and saved his butt.
  2. I can put out six books in one year. (I don’t recommend it.)
  3. If I stay away from the computer too long, I get hives—in strange places.
  4. I’m allergic to hospital food. It makes me fat.  (Almost a month in the hospital with hubby cost me about eight pounds.)
  5. I am addicted to late night forensic files. Is there a patch for that?
  6. You can drive on a flat tire longer than you think, especially when you are chasing down the hit and run driver who sideswiped you and slammed you into the curb causing the flat. (Another one I don’t recommend doing.)
  7. You know the insurance you buy just in case you can’t make the flight? They try really hard to make it so you don’t collect.  Too bad I’m the type of person who would chase down a hit and run driver and wouldn’t quit.
  8. Never judge a book by its cover or genre. Yes, I’ve known this but was reeducated in the rule when my top two scores in the prestigious RITA Awards, were books I wasn’t excited to read.
  9. Women are indeed the stronger gender. I saw this over and over again when I met all the caregiver-wives sitting bedside with their spouses.
  10. The old adage, “It’s the thought that counts” doesn’t always hold merit when the gift is a live squirrel your dog just brought through the doggy door and dropped at your feet with such enthusiasm.

Yup, I learned a lot this year, and I had a particularly rough end of the year. I spent almost a month at my hubby’s side when he was in the hospital. If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital for an extended period of time, you know how tiring and frustrating it can be. There were some days that seemed to stretch on forever. But I wasn’t alone, I brought some books and my laptop. I have to tell you, reading and writing provided me such a wonderful escape. It helped get me through some trying times. So I want to pay it forward. I want to give someone the gift of reading, a gift that might help them through their trying times. So, email (don’t post it here!) the name and mailing address of someone you think has had a tough year—someone who you think would enjoy reading one of my books—to christie@christie-craig.com. You don’t have to tell me why it’s been hard for them if don’t feel you should share. But be aware that these are romances, so be sure the person whose name you send will enjoy the little bit of steam that comes with humor and heart.

Then once every three months, I’m randomly going to select a name from those sent in and I’ll send out a signed copy of one of my books with a note just saying someone is thinking about them.