Welcome to my new blog: Laugh, Love, Read.
I’ll be chatting about wine, things that make me laugh, books — both mine and other authors, and of course. . . romance. And you know when I say romance, that means we’ll occasionally be discussing men and what makes them tick.
I’ll be posting every Tuesday, and at least once a month I’ll be hosting a contest. So come back weekly and learn how you can win books, gift cards, and funny off the wall items. I can’t promise to educate you with every blog, I don’t claim to be that smart, but I’m gonna give it my all-time effort to entertain you. So stroll on in, get comfy. Get out of your grumpy mood and let’s share some laughter. I’ll occasionally post questions for you to answer and you’ll have more fun if you participate. I’m planning to offer up things for you to ponder over, maybe a recipe here and there, and I’ll share some of my favorite sayings. Hopefully, you might stumble across some inspiration, or at the very least just something to take your mind off whatever is trying to stress you out. And for today’s post, I’d like to share parts of a blog I wrote for Fresh Fiction.
“When things go right, laugh; when thing go wrong, laugh harder”. — My Grandmother
I come from a long line of southerners who believe humor is not only an expression of joy, but a damn good coping mechanism. Laughter soothes your spirit when some stress gremlin tries to steal your joy out of life. A prime example of this was at my aunt’s funeral. She was an amazing, strong-willed lady who loved to . . . love. She’d been divorced three times and married four.
To the same man.
They really brought home the old adage: Can’t live with ‘em, and can’t live without ‘em.
My uncle, also a strong-willed individual, had passed away a year earlier.
Heavy clouds clung to the morning of my aunt’s funeral. We sat in that room with her casket, listening to my cousin talk about how much his mom would be missed. When he stopped to catch his shaky breath, lightning struck. Literally, lightning struck the funeral home. The pews shook; the power went out. Overtaken by silent blackness, the loudest thing in the room was our grief.
Clearing his throat in the darkness, my cousin said, “Wow. Mom and Dad must be back together again.”
Laughter filled the unlit room like renewed light and we found an emotional reprieve in the humor.
I not only believe in the benefits of humor, but I offer it to my characters. Both Tyler and Zoe in Blame it on Texas have some emotional hurdles to overcome. As Tyler and Zoe accidentally laugh their way into love, my goal is that readers will laugh right along with them. And as the reader turns the pages I hope they will find their own reprieve from the heart-melting humor in the Hotter in Texas series. While a good book can’t actually right the wrongs in our lives, like the day at my aunt’s funeral, it can help us cope, help us deal with the stressful gremlins who try to steal our joy. So here’s to laughing, loving, reading, and slaying gremlins.
And now for all my loyal fans who have read my latest release, here’s some Blame it on Texas Trivia and a chance to win one of three prizes: a $15 gift card to B&N, a $10 gift card to B&N, or a $15 gift card to Starbucks. NOTE: Do not post the answers in the comment section. Email them to me at: Christie(at)christie-craig(.)com. The winner will be announced on next week’s blog. If more than one person answers all the questions right, I’ll draw one name from the hat. The winner must claim his/her gift within 48 hours.
Blame it on Texas Trivia:
1) What’s the name of the dog who appears in the Hotter in Texas series?
2) Where does the dog in the Hotter in Texas series like to take naps?
3) What’s the name of my heroine’s cat in Blame it on Texas?
4) What kind of sandwich does Zoe serve up to Tyler that leaves him making funny faces?
5) What kind of board game do Tyler and Zoe play in the book and what makes their game so much fun?
And now for the question/thought of the week: We all have different ways of coping with stress. I spend time with one of my animals. Read. Or I’ll pour myself a glass of wine and go sit in the hot tub. Or maybe I’ll pick up the phone and call someone who can make me laugh. Or better yet, have lunch with them. What do you do to slay your gremlins? What do you do to have a little fun?