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Rhode Island Authors Expo 2014

September 4th, 2014

An exciting upcoming event:

I’ll be selling autographed copies of my books at the Author Expo in Rhode Island on November 8th, from 10 am - 3 pm. As of today, there are 80 authors attending. It is open to the public, so if you are in the area, please join us for some fun. Meet your favorite authors!!

Where: West Warwick Civic Center

100 Factory St. in West Warwick, RI.

For more information check out the site:  www.riauthors.org/RIAuthorsexpo2014.html

Hope to see you there.

RWA National Conference - #RWA14

July 29th, 2014
I just got back from the RWA (Romance Writers of America) National Conference. There was such an abundance of incredible information, it took me a whole day (yesterday) to comb through my notes and make action lists of things to do. Workshop after workshop after workshop opened my eyes to new marketing tools and updated industry news. There were several good ones on craft, too. The one I especially liked was on “motivation” - I walked away with some concrete ideas to deepen my characters’ motivation throughout the story. Now, I have to go in and tweak a few chapters!

A strool along the River Walk

The conference was in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Rivercenter, so my free time (what little of it there was) was spent walking the River Walk, checking out the local shops, and enjoying dinner with friends and fellow writers. I touched base with old friends, made new ones, and networked with several industry professionals. It was an exhausting yet exhilarating five days!

Now, I¬†must finish Passion’s Spirit and …¬†I have to update my website, revamp my newsletter, learn how to use Hootsuite for more effective communication.¬†I need to visit my local libraries and book stores to plan¬†for the launch of Passion’s Spirit. On top of all that, I must find time to exercise¬†to stay fit and preserve my sanity.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what should appear in my¬†NEW Newsletter. What should be deleted? Would you like to see¬†what books are available from my author friends? Would you like to read an excerpt from Passion’s Spirit? What other information is important to you?¬†Comment on this post or send me your thoughts at mazurkchristine@gmail.com.

With a lengthy TO DO list before me, I must sign off now. Until next time, hugs - Christine

Happy Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, 2014

Who stole the first four months of 2014? I can’t believe it is May 5th - Cinco de Mayo - a day many will celebrate! I’m celebrating too. Just returned home from a wonderful, informative weekend at OWFI - Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc - writers conference. Met many talented writers and authors, sold signed copies of all three books, attended some awesome workshops, met Eloisa James, and caught up with a dear friend over a couple of glasses of wine.

Andrew E. Kaufman did an evening talk on Thursday which I enjoyed tremendously. I bought one of his three books, which I started while waiting in the airport to fly home. By the time I landed in St. Louis, I was well over half-way through. Man, is he good!! Don’t believe me? Pick up a copy of The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted and judge for yourself.

The first page sucked me in and I kept turning the pages to find out what was coming next. If I wasn’t ‘catching up’ after being gone for four days, I’d be turning those pages to find out how it ends. Trust me, I’ll get back to it soon!

Eloisa James did the Keynote Speech and as usual she was funny and charming as she took us on her journey to becoming a NY Times Bestselling author (21 times … wow). She also did a boxed lunch workshop and showed us how she manages her writing and the business side of her writer’s life. Social media, engaging with her readers, running contests, and giving away swag. She’s dynamic, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. An inspiration to many.

Most of the workshops I attended were great, but I have to shout out to Heather Davis for¬†the two fabulous ones I sat through: The Best Little Blog in the Blogoshere and Being Everywhere — getting your name out there. And to Nathan Brown for renewing my passion with poetry!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

I came home tired yet energized with new knowledge to hone my craft and edit until my current ms is shining like a newly polished diamond. Having said that … I better post this and get back to work!

Thanks OWFI for hosting another outstanding conference. See you next year.

Emerging from my Cave

January 21st, 2014

I just realized how long it’s been since my last post … The Sisters Of Spirit book signing in MA. Wow, I guess like the bears, I hibernated all winter. Actually, I was snuggled in finishing the second book in the Passion’s Series. Passion’s Spirit is in the editing stage!! Yeah.

Snow blankets the ground, the fire is on, Sting’s voice fills the office, and I happily work on revisions to make Mike Dawson’s story the best it can be. Several wonderful surprises morphed as I wrote the first draft, and now, I want to make sure all the threads are woven into a tight and emotionally satisfying end.

Though I’ll be sad when this story is put to bed, I’ve got Anya Quinlan dancing for attention in my head. I’d¬†like to get to her story by mid-February!!

I’m out of my cave for the moment, but as soon as edits are done, I’ll zone out again to immerse myself in a new story!

I hope 2014 is treating you well.

Until next time, Hugs - Christine

Book Signing Fun

October 9th, 2013

In late September, Some Enchanted Evening, a small New Age store in Spencer, MA hosted a book signing for Sisters Of Spirit. The four authors gathered to talk about how we collaborated on the theme and why we chose to have the characters overlap into each others stories. We even shared on the drive over that we plotted out a second Anthology!! We read excerpts from the book, then answered questions from the audience, before signing books for everyone. It was a wonderful event, filled with laughter and inspirational moments. Our hostess, Diane Haynes, had a cake made using the cover from the book. It looked wonderful and tasted even better. Thank you, Diane and all who came!! Cheers - Christine

Mystical connections

August 15th, 2013

Woohoo! Mystical Connections is now available in paperback. My brother Eric is supporting me by buying all three books, which of course I’ll sign for him! Passion’s Race, Sisters Of Spirit, and Mystical Connections will be in his hands soon. Thanks Eric for your loyal support!

Other news: Some Enchanted Evening - a new age shop in Spencer, MA will be hosting a book signing for Sisters Of Spirit on Sept. 22 from 1pm to 3pm. All four authors will be there to sign books and to share how we collaborated to blend the stories and to bring all the characters to life. Please join us if you are in the area.

I’m off to finish working on my current WIP. Until next time, Hugs - Christine  

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