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RI Author Expo 2014

November 10th, 2014

My table

My table

RI Author Expo

RI Author Expo

Cool.

Cool.

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.

Happy November!!!

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

New version of Passion’s Race now available!!

October 28th, 2014

Passion's Race

Passion's Race

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 mazurkchristine@gmail.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

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

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