Book Recommendations

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being such supportive fans.

414fOgxyWRL (1)I also wanted to remind you that my C.C. Hunter YA, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, was released 10/31/17. If you like teenage romance with some woo-woo and a mystery, I think you’ll love it. Riley reminds me a lot of Kylie from my Shadow Falls series, but she has her own set of life’s problems. If you’ve already read it, spread the love and order it for a friend or loved one for the holidays from Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

 

 

 

this heart of mineOn February 28, 2018 I have another young adult book coming out called This Heart of Mine. This book is personal and written from my heart. You see, my husband had a kidney transplant, so I’m very aware of the second chance we’ve been given. And I really wanted to tell Leah MacKenzie’s story.

Even though This Heart of Mine isn’t out yet, you can still pre-order it for someone for Christmas and they’ll receive it as soon as it’s released. Pre-order it at Amazon,Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Powell’s. 

 

 

 

Looking for a new author? Here are four books I’ve recently read and enjoyed.

For a hot read with sass try Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan.

51RKTyeEOGL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_From the wrong side of the tracks and with most of her family in jail or dead, Piper Walsh is used to everyone in town thinking the worst about her. It doesn’t seem to matter that she’s worked hard to build a good life for herself. So she isn’t surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill’s wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they’re instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned-lawman—and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost.

Despite rumors, Hale avoids fooling around with the women of Sweet Hill, many of whom are hoping to get him to the altar. But staying out of Piper’s path is proving near impossible. The infuriating troublemaker clearly has no respect for his badge. As she continues to push his buttons, it becomes clear to Hale that he must either arrest Piper—or claim her as his own.

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Another favorite I read recently is All The Dead Girls by Rita Herron.  I stayed up to three in the morning to finish this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

517r7aygL8L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Then there’s Deception Island, by Brynn Kelly.  The book was recommended to me by her editor and I’m so grateful she did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course there’s Susan Muller’s A Season’s Pass series, which also had me curled in a chair reading into the wee hours.

 

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You can’t go wrong with any of these books by these talented authors.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

IMG_0186 (2)I’m an animal lover. Yup, I love all things furry—well, not those hairy spiders (or any spiders, really). But dogs, cats, horses, elephants (yes, I know—not furry), horses, just about any animal you could name. I’ve written blogs before about dogs vs. cats, and asked which one you prefer. Well, I have both and I love them all. So, have you noticed I almost always have an animal in my books? There was Socks the cat in my Shadow Falls series, Devil, the huge dog in The Junkyard Cowboy, Fabio, the ugly mixed terrier in Divorced, Desperate and Delicious.  How about Boots, the long gray-haired cat, in The Cop Who Stole Christmas?  Or Lucky, the mangled cat in Blame it on Texas.  And who could forget Bud, the flatulent English Bull dog in Only in Texas.  Adding pets gives the reader a bit more insight and compassion for my characters.

img066 (2)Animal Planet listed the top 5 reasons for owning a pet. Some reasons are obvious, like the stress relief that can lower blood pressure, their unconditional love can help with depression,  and they can get you up off you couch taking your dog for walks. But there were a few reasons that surprised me. Did you know that having a pet in the house can help reduce the risk of your child developing pet allergies? They can also help people and children become better socializers. And to quote my husband, “Animals make us better humans.”

IMG_1224So, take care of your pets this winter and bring them inside when it’s cold—and maybe fill their Christmas stocking with treats. And yes, to us at the Craig house, our pets are like family and they not only get stockings, but there are presents under the tree for Lady and Oh, Henry.

Do you buy your pets presents?

Happy Holidays!

Winners!!

The lucky winners of Melynda Price’s One and Done are Carrie Pulkinen and Brandi.  Please email me at christie@christie-craig.com to claim your books.

ONE AND DONE by Melynda Price & A Giveaway

Sexy & Snarky.  One and Done will have you sinking into the bedcovers and sighing.        –Christie Craig

OneandDone_Ad1(1)Bestselling author, Melynda Price has a new book coming out today, and I’m so excited about it, I decided to share it on my blog. I read One and Done and I loved it. Melynda cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. And she does it very well! Melynda currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

One and Done by Melynda Price

One and Done Kindle CoverWhen Autumn’s best friend surprises her with a girls’ getaway in Cyprus for her 30th birthday, she makes up her mind that now is her time to shine. This is exactly the fresh start she needs to put the past and a messy divorce behind her. She might have bought into the ideology of Mr. Right once, but that myth was long busted—been there, done that—and she has the broken heart to prove it.

When a family emergency causes her bestie to bail on her minutes before their flight takes off, Autumn finds herself alone and bound for the “Island of Love”. Her friend had planned a week of fun, and now it’s a week for one.

Being ranked one of the top surfers in the world does have its perks, but discovering your sex-tape was released on social media? Definitely not one of them. So, Balen Kroft has strict instructions from his publicist to lie low for a while this whole fiasco blows over. Going incognito might not be such a bad thing—rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun… Until he comes face-to-face with his own personal riptide. If he’s not careful, Autumn Harris may just pull him under.

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Excerpt of One and Done

“Balen, are you homeless?”

His brow arched. Autumn wasn’t sure why he looked so surprised she asked. It wasn’t a very far leap. The writing was on the wall—his friend making that crack about him being a jobless beach bum, him volunteering to spend the week with her…and now here he was, needing a place to say. She wasn’t an idiot. One plus one usually equaled two.

Balen studied her until the tension in the room grew stifling. “Is my socioeconomic status an issue for you? You’ve got the spare room and I happen to be in need of one for the next week. I thought… Look, if staying with you is going to be a problem, I can leave.”

“I didn’t say I wanted you to go. It’s just…” The furrow of skin between his brows grew tighter and Autumn’s explanation died on her lips. But Balen wasn’t going to let it go. Great…she’d offended him.

“It’s just what, Autumn?”

Damn, this was getting awkward. “It’s just, now it makes sense. That’s all.”

“What makes sense?”

“Why you’d want to give up a week to spend it with someone you don’t even know. It makes more sense if you were down on your luck or something.”

The corner of his mouth twitched, not quite making it into a smile. “So, the lure of spending the week with a beautiful woman isn’t reason enough for you? Would it make you feel better if I told you I wanted to fuck you? Is that honest enough for you? Does it somehow make this scenario more believable?”

If he was trying to shock her with frankness, it worked. She was waiting for him to crack a smile and tell her he was joking, but he just stood there…staring at her. Holy shit, he was serious.

Maybe he was retaliating because she’d offended him? Autumn’s heart hammered inside her chest, heat bloomed in her cheeks, flushing down her neck and traveling lower. Refusing to let him rattle her with all his sexy, she notched her chin, met him dead in the eye and said, “I don’t think that’s it. You haven’t even tried to kiss me since we—”

He laughed, cutting her off. “So then I must be homeless? That’s your only other supposition here?”

His amber-flecked gaze dropped to her mouth, and Autumn instinctively moistened her lips. The air charged between them, becoming electric and lighting up her nerve endings. Undeniably, she had never been more attracted to a man than the one standing before her. She wasn’t sure why she’d made that snarky remark about him kissing her. It’d just sorta slipped out. Maybe she was subconsciously goading him.

When he spoke, his voice was lower—a husky rumble she felt all the way to her core. “Do you want me to kiss you, Autumn? Is it driving you crazy that I know what you taste like, what your mouth feels like against mine, and you can’t remember a single second of it?”

“Yes…” The confession was out of her mouth before she could call it back. She wasn’t sure if she was saying yes to the kiss, or yes that her alcohol-induced amnesia that was annoying the hell out of her—probably both.

Balen stepped closer and she caught a hint of his spicy scent mixed with the briny freshness of sea air. The heat deep inside her bloomed to a full-blown ache. He was so close his breath kissed her lips as she parted them in anticipation, waiting for him to close the scant distance separating them. Her breath stalled in her lungs, her lids fluttered closed. But his lips didn’t touch hers. Instead, they brushed the outer shell of her ear as he whispered, “Good…”

Her eyes flew open and she took a surprised step back.

“Learn from your mistakes, lest you repeat them.”

Really? This jerk is going to stand here and lecture me on propriety?  Now Autumn was pissed. She didn’t need him judging her. She wasn’t judging Balen because he didn’t have a job or a place to live. Who the hell did he think he was?

“Fuck you, Dr. Phil.” She turned to walk away, but before she could put any distance between her and this morally arrogant, beach bumming surfer, Balen grabbed her arm and yanked her against him. His arm wrapped around her waist and a hand cradled the back of her head as his mouth came down on hers.

His lips were soft, yet firm as they crushed hers… Autumn’s startled gasp was all the invitation he needed to take the kiss deeper. Balen’s tongue delved inside, tangling with hers. Wow… Just wow…

The consuming way his mouth claimed hers, stole the air from her lungs. She felt his kiss all the way to her toes, lighting up every erogenous zone on the way down. Autumn melted against him, a soft, throaty moan of long-denied need escaping her on exhale.

How could she not remember this? It was amazing. Thankfully, Balen seemed more than willing to give her a reminder. His hand slipped into her hair, the tugging pull angled her head a little to the left. The kiss was hot, intense, and over as fast as it started.

Balen broke away and Autumn’s squeak of protest was drowned out by his own self-damning curse. Her heart was racing so fast she felt dizzy.

Reaching out, she grasped the island to steady herself, panting to catch her breath. Holy shit…She’d never been kissed like that in her entire life. The passion he sparked inside her was like an all-consuming fire. If just a kiss could do this to her, what would it be like to surrender herself to him? What had it been like?

“All right,” she said, still a little breathless. “You can stay…”

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You can order One and Done at Amazon.

You can find Melynda on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at www.melyndaprice.com.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away 2 Kindle copies of One and Done to 2 people who leave a comment. So, tell me, would you go on a vacation all by yourself like Autumn does? (This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to enter.)

Newsletters & Fierce!

this heart of mineHave you signed up for my Christie Craig newsletter? How about my C.C. Hunter newsletter? Two lucky people just won copies of This Heart of Mine, my YA release coming out Feb. 27, 2018, from my last C.C. Hunter newsletter. I also have giveaways on my Christie Craig newsletters. Don’t you want to win free books and swag?

So be sure to sign up today. For my Christie Craig newsletter, click HERE and sign up. For C.C. Hunter, just click HERE, and look for my newsletter sign up on the right hand side of the page. Maybe you’ll be my next winner. And if you already signed up at CC. Hunter in the last two weeks, due to a computer glitch, you should probably sign up again.

Have you pre-ordered This Heart of Mine? You won’t want to miss this one, and just in case you don’t win my next giveaway, you might want to pre-order it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Powell’s. 

Head over to my C.C. Hunter Website’s This Heart of Mine located under my Books page and you can read an excerpt by selecting the PDF download at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

Fierce

I’ve been asked a lot by my C.C. Hunter fans when they could buy Fierce by itself. Well, now you can! Fredericka Lakota’s story is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only $1.99.

Werewolf Fredericka Lakota prefers to be alone. Even years after being abandoned by her rogue werewolf father, she’s still never found a place for herself in Shadow Falls.

Fredericka’s only comfort comes from the jewelry she creates…and now from Brandon Hart, the owner of a new art gallery who wants to showcase Fredericka’s work.

But Fredericka’s life has gotten more complicated: she’s learned her father has died, the death angels from the falls are calling to her, an ex won’t let her go, and she may be seeing the ghost of a missing woman who needs her help. On top of all that, her attraction to the mysterious Brandon only grows stronger; but if other supernaturals won’t accept a rogue werewolf, how could a human?

Originally released as part of the anthology Almost MidnightFierce is a fast-paced, romantic thrill ride that will make you fall in love with Shadow Falls all over again.