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 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.


21 thoughts on “Pay It Forward

  1. I loved this post, Christie 🙂 And really enjoyed number 7 on your list!
    I agree with you, writing or reading can get you through a world of trauma.
    And in regards to your six books, I have a question…do you write two at once? I’m trying that this year, because I need to run double-time also 🙂
    Love your paying it forward idea…delightful! Lo

  2. I loved reading this post! I totally understand how draining it is to sit in the hospital…..emotionally and physically. I didn’t have a Kindle or laptop at the time though.
    I had to laugh at the squirrel comment. My grandma had a red squirrel in her house once and a black bear lol I have picks of the squirrel but not the bear.
    You are a very wonderful person. I hope to get to meet you one day. Hope 2015 is a terrific year for you.

  3. Cristie this is a wonderful thing you are doing. I can understand what you went through this year and I sure it was rough. I spent a week in the hospital this year getting a hip replacement done and about went crazy. I had my kindle with me but couldn’t stay awake to read, and couldn’t sleep when I sould have been sleeping. Its amazing how many time they come in your room in the middle of the night.

  4. My approach is simlpe- if you see it on my vids then i recommend it. If you see me using it then it is becuase I feel it is of quality. I dont want to have 500 BS vids. Anyone can say something bad over the internet. i would rather have 500 positive vids and let people take the hint on the brands and products that do not make the cut.If I get something bad for a review then I send it back or dont do the review. That is me. I try to take the high road.

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