Best Reads of 2014...

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Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by: R.L. Mathewson
Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by: Kylie Scott

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One of my greatest joys is the time I spend reading. And I could go into all the reasons I love to read but in the end the only thing you need to know is I LOVE to read.
And with that in mind I love to let people know about what I am reading and if it is worth their time or not.
Please take a look at my reviews and know that reviews are subject to the reviewer. So take them or leave them here they are.
Great book, loved it. Would highly recommend it.
Good book.
This was a good book. I didn't have anything glaringly bad with it, nor did I see anything that really stood out. I liked it.
I didn't really enjoy it.
Bad, wouldn't recommend this book.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday ReWind -- How I New I wanted to be a Writer

When I knew I wanted to be a writer…

originally published: Sept. 24, 2014

  After writing for so long you would think it would be hard to pin-point exactly when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I didn't always want to be writer, in fact I had a reading disability when I was young. Going back and asking a young Christie if being a writer is something I would have wanted to be it wouldn’t have been on my radar until—I was in my teens and I read a certain trilogy. A trilogy I didn't like -- I loved, and twenty years later I still love this trilogy. 

  But here is the thing I might have loved the trilogy, but I detested the ending.
  How can you love a set of three books but detest the finally? Ohh, it’s so easy look at the books on the market today. Twenty years ago it was a very rare, but today not so much.
  Anyway back to my story, hated the ending. So at fourteen I sat down and put pencil to paper (no really, pencil and paper no computer, no pen) and I wrote a new story. About how the hero and the heroin found each other and had a happy ever after. Because dammit that is how it’s supposed to end up!!!
  And that is how it started. That was how the seed was planted, my imagination door in my mind sprung open and I haven’t ever been able to close it. And frankly I never wanted to close it.
  Every once in a while I will pull that story out and read it, I do have several collector versions of that trilogy and it will always be one of my favorites. For starting something inside of me, and for just being a damn good story.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Healthy Writer Wednesday - How Much Water do I Really Need ?

How Much Water do I really Need??

So there is a great debate going on out in the health and fitness world on how much water is the right amount for the body. And unfortunately the people left dazed and confused are the masses who rely on the information. So lucky for you I have done some research and pulled the most up to date information I could find and slogged through it to hopefully make some sense of it for you.

 The old adage of drinking 8 glasses of eight-ounces of water a day has been thrown to the curb. Did you know? Because I didn’t. Apparently this just isn’t enough water for the body.

 According to the Mayo Clinic: water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. And literally everything you do use’s stored water reserves. So every system in your body depends on water. (Kind of makes your head spin, right? And even that use’s stored water…) so by the time you feel thirsty, it is already too late. You are already dehydrated.
    Typical symptoms of dehydration can range from minor to severe:
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output
 So how much water should you be drinking, if the 8 glasses of eight-ounce rule is no longer the norm? Well according to the Mayo Clinic, men should be drinking 13 cups/3 liters/100 ounces, woman should be drinking: 9 cups/2.2 liters/74 ounces.

 At WebMD the calculation was a little more complicated but it took into account different physical activity and was more accurate for each person saying you should drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound of water you weigh every day. For example, if you weigh 150lb, you would drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water every day.

 If you work out or live in a hot climate you would drink closer to the 150 ounces, but if you were sedentary and lived in a cooler climate you would drink closer to the 75 ounces.

 Ways to stay hydrated: Always keep a *reusable bottle of water on hand, eat lots of fruits and vegetable they have tons of natural water in them, stop drinking soda (believe it or not these can actually dehydrate you). If you have to have your soda then make sure to increase you water intake.

Trust me I have struggled with the soda issue myself. Try not to drink all your water at one time, this can leave your body struggling for water at the opposite end of the day. Keep the water cold! Put reminders on your phone to drink more water. Add fruit or vegetables to your water.

 Remember that water is known as the essence of life. So drink up!!!

**I would be remiss if I did not at least mention that there is a condition known as water intoxication, or water poisoning. This is a very rare condition. And you would have to drink an enormous amount of water to have water poisoning.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Opinion Monday

What Happened to the Mystery in Marketing

  *Please keep in mind this is my opinion only.

  Am I a prude? (I might be, and I think it’s okay) Have I lost touch with what people are looking for? (Have I? Please let me know.)   What happened to leaving fans wanting more? Leaving them breathless with needing? Leaving them so desperate they can’t help but run out and buy your book. Run out and tell their friends/family/people they run into at the grocery store (okay that may be pushing it, but wouldn’t that be great?!?!) about the book they just bought?
  We never want to leave them running away, leave them not wanting to finish reading out promo’s. But I have seeing a very disturbing trend in promo’s lately. A trend that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, no pun intended. And what trend is that you may ask… Well it’s a trend of using bad words in promo’s and not just any bad words. But the mother of all bad words, the bad words that are whispered even in the romance genre. And I like to think I’m a progressive woman, I sold sex toy’s for a while back in the day so I think I’ve been around the block. I’ve heard it all before so I don’t blush when I hear those words. But I do pause when I see them in my Facebook and twitter feed for all the mass’s to view. I mean are those words a mass production viewable words? The prude in me blushes ten shades of red, but feminist me in shouts yes they should be. But then I sit back and think about who is viewing those words, who might see them.
  And I think hmmm, those really aren’t mass viewing words.
When speaking with a group of author friends, the consensus was the same. Promos should always leave potential readers wanting more, leave potential readers with a burning desire to go out and buy out books right then and their, not leave them thinking did I just see that word? And certain trigger words turn readers off so what words are they?

  • Top 3 offenders:
    • Pussy
    • Cock
    • Cunt
    • Another word I’m not sold on in promos is the dreaded F word. But that is a borderline word for me. If used right it can leave a reader wanting more, but if used incorrectly it can leave a reader cold.
      But I have to stop and ask if maybe I have lost touch with what is going on with the world. After all I don’t write erotica, or really hard core sex in my books so my blurbs and my promos wouldn’t have these words in them. In fact in my most recently published book Reaper Mine, out of the top 3 offenders I used the ‘p’ word 3 times and ‘cock’ 13 times and didn’t use the other ‘c’ word at all. As for the ‘F’ word? I used it almost 60 times, and that would be why I am on the borderline with that one.
      But I haven’t used any of those words in my promos, in fact I took them out of my promos several times when they came up so they wouldn’t offend people.
      The last thing we want to do when we are trying to find, and gather new fans is offend them on the pitch with one simple word.
      So both as a reader and an author in me is left wondering why the trend to catch fans authors are using those ‘words’ that will undoubtedly get them attention but not necessarily get them fans or readers. 

  •   What do you think? Is this a trend that is showing the progression of the ‘romance’ or ‘erotic’ genre or is it progressive marketing? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think

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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    What I learned Wednesday

    What I learned from growing up in the 80’s

     Growing up in the 80’s was the last great era. If I dare say so. Because it was the last era of doing so many great and dangerous things. Such as:

    • Playing out in the streets (even after dark)
    • I played with lawn darts. (And ran like hell!)
    • Riding in the back of my dad's truck, sometimes in a lawnchair on the highway.
    • Eating out of styrofoanm containers.
    • Drinking from the hose in the front yard.
    • Playing kick-the-can in your bare feet.
    • Getting scolded by your friends mom because you got caught doing something stupid.
    • Having a sleepover in your backyard without fear.

     So what did this teach me?
     It taught me fearlessness, and respect, and that life was precious. It taught me how to entertain myself, it gave me an imagination. I learned how important friendship was, that time wasn’t limitless. That summer-break was just that a break and to cherish that time because it went by very quickly. I learned to laugh at the funny, and those times when the sadness crept in? Those times wouldn’t last forever.
     I learned to stick my face into the breeze of a beautiful fall day. And tuck my head down on a freezing winter morning. Bare my shoulders on a balmy summer afternoon, and dance in the rain on a spring morning.
     I got lost in books, and not in television or video games. Took walks to my friend’s house because that was the only way to communicate with them.
     I learned patience by listening to the radio for my favorite song for hours on end. I took summer jobs, because working hard was important.
     Growing up in the 80’s was the best, we have awesome hair, and even better clothes. The music was fantastic, it was the best time to be an adolescent!

    Did you grow up in the 80’s? What do you remember about growing up in the 80’s? What was the best part for you? What did it teach you?

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    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Read the first chapter of Reaper Mine

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    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Healthy Writer Wednesday

    Replace just one thing a day.

      When a juggler starts to juggle, he doesn’t grab eight balls and throw them up in the air in the hopes that he will be able to juggle. No when a juggler starts juggling believe it or not they start with just one ball. They toss that ball up in the air slow, up and down, up and down, with one hand until they know the weight and feel of the ball totally. Then they start tossing that ball from hand to hand, until they can toss that ball from hand to hand with their eyes closed. Only then will they add another ball doing the same thing tossing it with the first ball in his hands making it a part of his hands with the first ball. Jugglers make the balls almost an extension of their hands they can see the balls flying through the air with their eyes closed.
    So what does this have to do with being a healthy writer, you may ask?
    Well, too often in life we jump into some type of healthy idea
    with a gusto that overwhelms us. We start a diet/healthy eating
    regimen/workout routine with so much we overwhelm ourselves. It’s like throwing eight balls in the air and expecting ourselves to just know how to juggle them.
    There is an epidemic in society today of individuals failing at diets. Or will lose weight from the crash diet/workout they do for a short term. However, they burn themselves out or what I like to call the flash in the pan. Once the ‘flash in the pan’ is over they gain the weight back and are overwhelmed with the feelings of regret or remorse from regaining the weight to do anything about it.
    So how to you avoid the ‘flash in the pan’ syndrome? You start slow. You replace just one thing a day. I know what you are going to say. “But I want results now!” And believe me I know what you are saying, and I understand. But here is the answer to that, do you want results that will last, or do you want instant results? It’s definitely a give and take. And a hard pill to swallow, going a little slower at first will still give you results just longer lasting.
    So what can you do, here are some ideas.

    • ·      Drink more water. You may not know it but the majority of people in the U.S. are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. So drink more water! Here is a good link to see how much water you should be drinking by personal weight.
    • ·         Stop drinking soda. (Not switching to diet, but all soda)
    • ·         Drink black coffee instead of Latte’s (try it with a little cream or sugar)
    • ·         Eat a healthy breakfast (everyday, no exceptions) Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a great way to reward yourself. And gives you a perfect way to start your day. Tells yourself you a worth a day full of good things.
    • ·         Eat healthy snacks during the day instead of sugary snacks.
    • ·         Go for a walk every day. (This will boost your metabolism, and so many other things.)
    • ·         Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. (National Sleep Foundation recommends: 7-9 hours
    • ·         Mediate daily (Clearing your thoughts and centering yourself will help you become more balanced.)
    • ·         Keep a journal (whether it be a food journal or a positivity journal a journal will help you understand what is going on around you and connect you with the world)
    • ·         A healthy diet that includes lunch/dinner and healthy snacks
    • ·         Work out – Cardio
    • ·         Work out - Weights

    Now don’t think you have to do all of these things. Just pick one. Work on it for a couple of weeks then move on to another one. You will notice I put a healthy diet, Cardio and Weights at the bottom, I think these should come last once you are working on all the other stuff. Once you have those other things worked out the healthy diet and cardio/weight will be a cinch.  And by that time the weight will just fall off.

    Let me know what you think, leave a comment below. 

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Sunday Snippet

    With the release of Reaper Mine yesterday I thought it would be appropriate if today's Sunday Snippet be from Reaper Mine. ENJOY!!!!

    “What’s it like in the Infernos?” she couldn’t help but ask.
    “Home,” he whispered.
    “That doesn’t answer my question.”
    “It’s a feeling.” He released her and placed a hand just below her collar bone. “Just
    here, a warmth that seeps into your soul. Warms you from the inside out. Makes you
    heavy and light all at the same time because you know it is where you truly belong. Then
    the colors burst before you like an artist’s palette exploding, oranges, reds, yellows,
    purples and blues and black flowing through each other to the point it’s almost painful to
    watch but you can’t look away. Because you know if you look away you’ll miss the most
    amazing thing you’ll ever see.”
    “The Infernos are a contradiction, Elle.” His voice caressed the skin of her cheek. “It
    is the most beautiful and horrible thing you will ever see in all your existence.”
    She turned into him, so his lips brushed against her jaw. And they both caught their
    breath. “Why?”
    “One moment you will see colors race across the sky that will take your breath
    away.” He ran his thumb along her collarbone and Elle leaned toward him farther until
    his lips connected with hers. Victor moaned, and pressed closer capturing her lips with
    his. Elle didn’t think she had ever been kissed like this before. Colors cascaded through
    her brain as Victor deepened the kiss.
    As his lips pressed hers opened, reds, oranges, pinks and purples flooded her brain as
    his tongue swept into her mouth. He tasted of exotic forbidden fruit. And she soaked it
    deep into her bones. Elle wrapped her arms around Victor sinking into him, anchoring
    herself to him. She felt safe this close to him and didn’t want to let go. How had she
    come to trust him, this Reaper, in so short a time?
    Elle pressed herself closer to Victor wanting the kiss to go on forever. Wishing it
    would erase all the darkness surrounding them. She wanted nothing more than to drown
    in those colors Victor painted of the Infernos, wanted to drown in Victor. But she knew
    this was fleeting, he was a Reaper and her life was limited to snatches of life and death.
    One moment here, and then those horrible bone-breaking and soul-stealing moments of

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