Passion’s Spirit (Book 2) coming soon.
Passion’s Spirit (Book 2) coming soon.
My husband and I just spent a wonderful weekend in Utah. This time around, we tried out our new trail running vests by Ultimate Direction. Our first outing was a favorite hiking site, Taylor Creek in Kolob Canyon. The rocky, undulating terrain kept us on our toes¬†(literally) to avoid twisted ankles, drenched feet,¬†and face plants into rock. People hiking along the trail looked at us¬†as if¬†we had three heads, but that made it¬†even more fun. The weather was spectacular, the breeze cooling as we stretched our limits on the way out to the double arches and back.
Our second run was a loop in the Red Cliffs, and about 3/4 of a mile into it,¬†the rain started falling and the trail turned to mud!¬†Thick red clay¬†that stuck to your shoes and clumped until you felt you were dragging 20 lbs. of muck with you. Ever tried running in quick sand? That’s what this felt like. Every few steps, we’d shake our feet and watch the clumps fly off, only to collect more¬†with the next few strides. We were committed, there was no turning back. We had to¬†finish, so we kept pushing along, laughing as we went. Who knew trail running could be such an adventure?!!
As we continued forward, my muse poked her head out¬†and shouted above my heavy breathing that I’d just found the athletic journey for Kate Brooks in Hart’s Passion. Originally, Kate was going to get hooked on mountain biking, but to be honest, when we lived in California, we mountain¬†biked and I never fell in love with it. Give me a road and a skinny tired race bike and I’m in heaven, but bumping through rough terrain never made me smile. So Kate will now venture into trail running!!!
Since this is a new passion for me and my husband, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to gather research material for Kate before I have to sit down to write her story. (Remember it’s book 4 of the Passion’s Series.) We’ll have time to explore and find other challenging trails to conquer! My dreams are now filled with running through nature; the trees, the valleys, the canyons with the blue sky (or black clouds) overhead.
A new passion has been found. Trail running here we come … feet first!!!
Until next time, Hugs - Christine
The St. Louis public library–Schlafly Branch is hosting the 8th Annual Author Shout Out next week, Saturday April 25, 2015, beginning at 2PM.¬† 225 N Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
Refreshments¬†will be served while you meet¬†the St. Louis authors. We’ll each have 5 to 7 minutes to introduce ourselves before heading to our individual tables to chat with you.
We will have copies of our books to sign and sell. I’ll have copies of Passion’s Race, Sisters Of Spirit, and Mystical Connections available. Ask us about our work? How we began writing? Why we are passionate about what we do?
Special Guest Jane Ellen Ibur, author of Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’, will begin the festivities. She’ll¬†¬†talk about her book and her journey as a writer.
Save the date. Spread the news. Invite your local area friends.
For more information about the event, call Kenneth Hardcastle @ (314) 367-4120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
This weekend I was in Rhode Island, West Warwick to be exact,¬†for the Author Expo. Thanks #ARIA for pulling such a spectacular event together. 103 Authors were there signing and selling their books AND YES, I was one of them. At the table to my right sat Jeanine Duval Spikes. (She also writes YA novels as JD Spikes). Across from us were our two other SOS, Annette Blair and Lynn Jenssen!
We had a blast pitching Sisters Of Spirit and our own titles as people strolled up to check out our tables. It was awesome to engage with other authors and the¬†multitude of readers. Many were amazed that the four of us wrote a book together the way we did, weaving each of¬†the characters into our own story and wrapping up all four arcs in the last story. Many asked how we pulled it off? In unison, we would answer, “It was fun!” Several asked if we¬†planned to write a second SOS, and we answered that we had discussed the concept and plot ideas at¬†dinner the night before.¬†Currently, we are working on independent projects, but we feel¬†the stories for SOS¬†2 will unfold one day.
I had a few of my Ironman medals on my table near Passion’s Race, which drew a lot of attention. ¬†Next to those, I had¬†my 20th Anniversary medal for the Disney World Marathon, which¬†is cool because the middle spins revealing a black and white Mickey from years passed and a colorful updated version of Mickey. That one drew the kids!!! Which brought their parents over.
We chatted, signed, and rang up sales. We gave out bookmarks, pamphlets and business cards. During the lulls, we visited. I got¬†and gave hugs to many of my RIRW friends, many I hadn’t seen in years.¬†I was fortunate¬†to meet my cover designer in person. We hugged and now know what the other looks like!! If you are an author and need a captivating cover, check out www.stanzalonedesign.weebly.com.¬†Lyn Stanzione does an awesome job!
At three o’clock we packed up and headed out. Lynn and I celebrated the day with a cold glass of wine! Then later went to enjoy a wonderful seafood dinner.¬†After¬†dinner, we spent a few hours working through plot problems for our current WIPs and I determined how Passion’s Spirit will end. Ha. I’m almost there!! ¬†Look for it to be released in early January 2015.
The weekend went way too fast, but I had a wonderful time… And I sold a ton of books!!! A side note: Shop @ smashwords.com today through 12/10/14 and receive a 20% discount on Passion’s Race!! Enter coupon code: XS23Z at checkout.
Until next time, HUGS - Christine
P.S. Take a sneak peek at the four Passion’s covers on the NEWS page of my website. www.christinemazurk.com
I’m so excited to share¬†that the new Passion’s Race is now available!! New cover, added content,¬†and an excerpt from Passion’s Spirit!! Get your copy of the eBook at www.amazon.com, and if you are interested in buying a signed paperback copy for yourself or as a gift for the Holidays, send me a note at email@example.com. $14.99 - You can pay by check, credit card, or through PayPal. Unsigned paperbacks are currently available at www.createspace.com and will be available through¬†on-line retailers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble,¬†soon.
I’m getting the word out¬†through all of my social media, because up next is Passion’s Spirit!! My goal is to have it published in early December. Then in 2015 Passion’s Promise and Hart’s Passion!! I’ve got a lot of work to do, but the creative muse is singing.
In less than two weeks, I’ll be¬†at the Rhode Island Author Expo signing copies of my three books: Sisters Of Spirit, Mystical Connections, and the old version of Passion’s Race. If¬†the shipment of the new version arrives before I leave,¬†I may have both versions available! Keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy delivery. My new bookmarks are due to arrive this Thursday.
My Sisters Of Spirit; Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, and Jeanine Duval Spikes will be at the expo too. Can’t wait to see them, to catch up, and to spend some quality writing time with Lynn.
Well, I’m off to finish a few last minute things¬†for the Passion’s Race promo.¬†I’ve got a blog post to write for thepopculturedivas for tomorrow, then it’s back to Mike and Natalie.¬†¬†Busy, busy, busy!!!
Until next time, Hugs - Christine
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.