Spiders & A Contest

I’m getting a divorce! Hubby and I had a good 31 years, but the gift he left on my keyboard this morning wiped all that away!!!! Okay…I’m not leaving him. But dad blast it!!! Spiders. What can I say? I’m a perfectly rational human being—unless I see a spider. Then, I turn into a screaming lunatic. I’ve faced down snakes, cranky toddlers and the fear of loosing someone I love. But when it comes to the creep crawly little  eight legged critters, I yell for reinforcements, i.e., my hubby. So, he knows very well about my irrational fear of spiders. But, we’re talking about my husband here. He’s the guy who loves to wind me up.

So, the other morning, I grab my coffee from my kitchen, head into my study to start working on my next book—and guess what I found sitting on my keyboard? THIS! A big, hairy spider! I screamed! My coffee went flying. And I tore out of the room. Then I hear it. Hubby’s laugh. Suddenly, the light goes on. Hubby is to blame. He’s laughing so hard, he’s almost crying. I could have killed him!

 

Slowly, I crept back into the study. The spider hadn’t moved. Hubby assured me through his laughter that it was already dead. He’d found it outside. I made him take it outside, then take a picture of it for something for scale to show how big it was. Look at the size of it!

Well, in the end, I decided not to divorce my husband, but he knows he’s skating on thin ice for a while.

REVIEW CONTEST!!!!!

Don’t forget about my review contest for The Junkyard Cowboy. You could win one of three fabulous prizes:

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  1. A matching Vera Bradley tote, notebook and a mug.  Inside the bag will be Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter SWAG and a signed ARC of my C.C. Hunter book This Heart of Mine.
  1. A  C.C. Hunter tote filled with SWAG and a signed ARC of This Heart of Mine.
  1. A C.C. Hunter tote & signed copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains the first 2 books in my Shadow Falls series: Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn.

So, whenever you post a review, be sure to send a link to me at Christie@Christie-Craig.com.  Be sure to put “Review Contest” as the subject. This contest ends, August 25th. Prizes will be sent out Sept. 3rd. So you better hurry up!

Born at Midnight

I just got some exciting news. Born at Midnight is included in a back-to-school promotion with NOOK and iBooks. NOOK’s runs until the 15th when iBooks begins their promotion. The ebook will only cost $2.99 until September. Spread the word!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Did you hear about how you can win a copy of This Heart of Mine? Well, Goodreads is giving away 100 copies of This Heart of Mine! This is my new book that doesn’t even come out until Feb. 27, 2018. But you could get your copy now by entering their giveaway. How cool is that? Be sure to enter HERE. This contest closes on August 18th, so you better hurry!

Susan C. Muller

 

susanauthorphotoSusan C. Muller is an award winning author of the Seasons Pass Series. A fourth generation Texas, she currently hangs her hat in Spring, Texas. I’ve know Susan for a very long time, and I love her books. So I was pleased when she agreed to sit down with me for an interview.

 

 

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser when you write?

Susan: I want to plot. Life would be so much easier. I try, really I do, but when I sit down to plot, nothing happens. So I just begin writing and hope something will come to me. I do start out knowing what the crime is and the clue that will eventually solve it. I know who the hero/heroin is and who is the villain, but just the basics. Their characters become more developed as I write. Basically, I learn about them along with the reader.

This does cause problems. Sometimes I have to go back and add or change a few details. Amazingly, I often find I’ve already laid the groundwork for whatever plot line I’m developing. Is this a coincidence or did writing it earlier spark some kind of light bulb moment? I have no idea, but I’m always thrilled when it happens.

2.  Books are often described as character driven or plot driven. Which do you write?

Susan: Do I have to pick one? If a book doesn’t have an intriguing plot, the reader gets bored (so does the writer) and puts it down. If readers don’t care about the characters, they lose interest. I try for a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, a few edge-of-your-seat scenes, and a couple of red herrings. I want my characters to be deep and complex. While my hero is generally a male cop (that’s about to change in my next book) I make sure my heroine is just as strong and plays a crucial part in solving the crime. And the villain must absolutely be the hero’s equal in strength, intelligence and determination. Otherwise the story is one sided.

3.  Are you self-published or traditionally published?

Susan: I’m sort of a hybrid, with one foot in each camp. It sure is nice to have a publisher make decisions for you, and I’ve learned a lot that way. It’s also nice (but very scary) to make your own decisions about covers, fonts, release dates, and one hundred other things you didn’t even know needed deciding. Marketing is the hardest part. I’m not very good at it, but except for the elite top tier authors, you have to do it yourself either way.

I’m kind of an introvert. I can stand in front of a packed room and talk about writing techniques all day. (Well, not all day. My feet give out.) It’s later, when everyone is standing around visiting, that I have a problem. But I’m working on that.

Christie, you never seem to have a problem talking to strangers. It’s one of the qualities I admire most about you. Maybe if I hang around you long enough, some of that will rub off.  It hasn’t so far, but there’s always hope. If not, Maggie and I will just have to enjoy our daily walks with you and Lady.


Thanks, Susan, for sitting down with me for this interview.

Winter Song

51HRyh3zpKL._SY346_For Detective Noah Daugherty every season presents a new and demanding case to solve. This is winter, and his path leads him to an icy Houston street, where a car has careened out-of-control and crashed, its driver, a beautiful young socialite, is dead. All the clues lead straight to her husband, but Noah’s intuition screams the case is more than meets the eye.

Not willing to give up until he solves this cold-blooded murder, he finds the unthinkable . . . a hitman no one saw coming, with a chilling personal agenda that now targets Noah.

Can he solve the case and save himself before winter is finished singing her song?

A Detective Noah Daugherty novel. Four seasons. Four cases. Each separate and unique. Because murder is always in season.

Winter Song is available for only 99 cents, but hurry, this deal will only last until August 11th. You can buy Winter Song at Amazon. You can read an excerpt of Winter Song HERE.

 

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Review Contest

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Have you gotten your copy of The Junkyard Cowboy, yet? Have you read it? Have you posted any reviews on your blog (if you have one), on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads?  What if every time you posted a review, you could earn an entry to a contest? That’s right, I’m holding a review contest for The Junkyard Cowboy. The more reviews you post, the more entries you get to win one of three prizes.

 

 

 

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  1. A matching Vera Bradley tote, notebook and a mug.  Inside the bag will be Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter SWAG and a signed ARC of my C.C. Hunter book This Heart of Mine.
  1. A  C.C. Hunter tote filled with SWAG and a signed ARC of This Heart of Mine.
  1. A C.C. Hunter tote and signed copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains the first two books in my Shadow Falls series: Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn.

So, whenever you post a review, be sure to send a link to me at Christie@Christie-Craig.com.  Be sure to put “Review Contest” as the subject. This contest ends, September 15th.  Prizes will be sent out September 22nd. So get busy and post those reviews of The Junkyard Cowboy!

If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Junkyard Cowboy, you can order it now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Goodreads Giveaway!!!

this heart of mineGoodreads is giving away 100 copies of my C.C. Hunter YA contemporary This Heart of Mine! This is my new book that doesn’t even come out until Feb. 27, 2018. But you could get your copy now by entering their giveaway. How cool is that? Be sure to enter HERE.