Yesterday was Julie’s birthday. She would have been 50!
Beautiful, intelligent, resilient. A wife, a mother, a friend.
She was brave, a warrior who took on a battle no one should have to face.
A daughter, a sister, family. She had an infectious, joyous personality, and in the hardest times, she just wanted you to make her laugh. Hence, #JokesForJulie became a thing. (We continue the tradition in hopes that she’s smiling down on us and laughing along!)
She didn’t want you to feel sorry for her and she lived life to the fullest. She traveled, spent time with family and friends, built memories for us all to embrace. She was an angel soul on earth and left us way too early. It’s been one year, six months, and twenty-one days, and the hole in my heart is still there. It always will be.
But we can celebrate the incredible person she was, the strength with which she faced every day. The joy she brought into our lives, the raw and pure friendship she shared with her whole heart. We can embrace those memories, hold that love in our hearts, then, now and always.
I know you are at peace, sweet Julie, but I want you to know you are missed by me and so many others each and everyday…
With love – Christine
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Until next time…
Hugs – virtual ones – just to be safe.
I’m so excited to share that I’m hosting an Immersion Master Class with Margie Lawson!!
When: September 23-27, 2020. Where: My beach house in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (It’s listed on margielawson.com as Jacksonville, Florida, because travelers will fly into JAX.)
Margie’s Immersion Master Class will help transform your manuscript into a page-turner. The class is limited to 7 or 8 people, small and intimate, but powerfully productive. There are prerequisites: Completing three on-line courses or lecture packets prior to the class dates.
1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions.
2. Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices and More.
3. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues like a Psychologist.
You’ll be asked to bring a minimum of 150 pages of your manuscript (printed on one side, double-spaced, in a binder) so be prepared to work, work, work!!! I attended one in Denver over a year ago and applied what I learned in THE CHASE IS OVER, and I’m super excited to learn more the second time around!!
Want to join us? Please visit www.margielawson.com for more information and to sign up.
What an amazing opportunity for me to share the wonderful knowledge Margie brings to the writing world!!
Happy 2020. I’m walking into it with clear vision. I’m not making New Year Resolutions, but I am setting goals.
To spend more time with family and friends, creating wonderful memories of joy. To travel to destinations my hubby and I have never visited, stockpiling additional settings for future books. To getting another new book out, so my fans can enjoy one more mystical story. I’m committed to learning more about crafting, editing, and strengthening my writing to continue bringing emotion to the page. (See my NEWS page for an exciting course I’ll be hosting at our beach house in the Fall!)
I’m determined to learn more about promotion and sharing fellow authors’ books to help widen the audience for others. I’ll continue to host and attend writers’ retreats to keep the camaraderie brewing within the writing world. We always have such fun brainstorming, then working on our individual projects. There’s something magical about the energy in the room.
I plan to attend only a few conferences this year, the ones that celebrate authors and readers alike. What a fabulous way to network and meet new people, visit with old friends, and make new friends for life!
What are your plans this year? What adventures do you have planned so far? What goals do you hope to reach?
Can’t wait to hear how you plan to dive into 2020…So, please share.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous year!
Until next time,
Hugs – Christine
Yahoo!! The Chase is Over is now available in paperback and eBook. Check your favorite retailers and order today!!
Young entrepreneur, Alexandra Chase, risks her inheritance to take her boutique recruitment firm to a national level. Her campaign attracts a CEO, a driven, business visionary, who likes that she works hard, but he wants her to play hard, too.
As the line between business and pleasure blurs, her guard lowers, allowing a menacing prowler to enter her life. Will mixing business and pleasure turn deadly?
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I’m excited to share that I finally have a new book available. THE CHASE IS OVER was released on June 28, 2019. I apologize to my readers for taking so long to get a new book written, but sometimes life throws you curve-balls, events that stop the creativity and paralyze the heart. 2018 was one of those years!
When I think about it, I realize I lost my heart in a murky storm of emotion, pushed beyond my empathetic level. Dark, swirling sensations spinning until nothing was left. A total shut down, the well of tears bled dry. A hollow husk, my heart shriveled to nothing after the loss of a very dear friend.
Watching her fight for almost seven years tore me up inside. The depth of pain and sadness I felt for everything she went through, the strain it put on her family, the uncertainty. It all snowballed to the inability to write anything. I miss her so much!
I’m grateful for every memory we created together. That joy is tucked inside me to cherish on the sad days. After many months, I’ve finally come to a place where I can talk to Julie everyday. I can share the stories that are starting to bubble, the new messages that are forming in my heart. And I’m ready to pour all these new emotions onto the pages of several new books.
I now realize why I put MYSTICAL MOMENTS aside. I wasn’t emotionally ready to share Anya’s story. I am now. I’ve asked Julie, who was always my second set of eyes for my manuscripts, to help channel the joy through my characters. My love for her, her husband, her kids, her parents will help soften the grief, hopefully decreasing the number of sad days in the future. May Mystical Moments be a celebration for Julie! Hugs.
I just wanted to share some exciting news.
The second edition of Sisters of Spirit is now available!!!
The ebook price is $3.99, so if you or a friend has not read Sisters of Spirit, get your copy today.
The paperback is now available through all retailers for $12.99.
The new cover is awesome!! Thank you laideebugdigital.com for your beautiful work of art. I’m so happy to have the book available again.
Thank you Seaside Publications for breathing new life into our book.
A few updates were made, but it is the same heart-filled four novellas with five happy endings!!
Four life-long friends face the biggest changes of their lives.
Four sisters–not related by blood, but by spirit–each embark on a quest.
Four women find out what they’re truly made of, and what love indisputably means.
Four friends–Universally connected–a hidden cove–the path to Destiny.
Contact me to let me know if you enjoyed the book or leave a review at your favorite retailer.
Is it possible that our mini-Guam Hawaiian vacation was one year ago?
Yes. Facebook reminded me of that this past week. Several pictures of the family and friends who came together to build fresh memories popped up on my page. Fun times that we stored in our hearts’ journals and photo albums. Memories for us to pull up and share again in the future.
Many of those wonderful tidbits are making their way into my pending manuscripts and will continue to blossom in characters’ emotions, mannerisms, and dialogues. It’s funny that so many pieces and parts of memories can come together to form a unique character or scene. To become the puzzle pieces of fresh work. And odd, too, that Facebook had to remind me of that. Do you think the Universe is telling me to focus? To get the three pending projects finished? I have no doubt.
I’m currently reading a book by David Lynch – Catching The Big Fish – a book about Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. He’s been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over thirty years and he feels it has been central to his work in films, painting, and all areas of his life. I’m ready to embrace that too.
My husband started TM last year and I’ve seen a change in his view of the world, the calmness that seems to settle around him. So, I signed up to begin this weekend. To see if it can help me get back on track. I go for my first instructional class this Saturday and I’m hoping it will reopen my channels to create great stories. I’m ready.
I’ll let you know in a month or so how it’s working.
Until then, Hugs.
It’s the end of August. Where have the months gone?
It’s been a busy year. I’ll call it the year of visitors, not alien in nature, but family and friends. We created many a memory, shared laughter, partied, and of course, toured all the amazing sights in and around our homes in Florida and Utah! Next month, we welcome my cousins from England. We can’t wait to share the beauty of Southern Utah with them. The menu is planned, daily trips organized, and bar stocked. We are ready!
As for writing, it’s been a slow year, but I’m getting there. I hope to have a new book out early next year. Currently, there are three options waiting for completion. One will make it. I promise.
I attended several fabulous conferences and participated in an amazing Immersion Class with Margie Lawson. I am putting my newly acquired skills to work to finish one of the three WIPs.
My next event is the Fall In Love With New England Reader/Writer Conference, October 12-15. I look forward to meeting people who love to read, reconnecting with my sisters of spirit, and spending the weekend with fellow writers. This is the last event planned for this year. 2018 will be a year to re-immerse myself in full-time writing. To get those stories filling my head onto the page and out for my readers to enjoy.
In the meantime, HAPPY READING!!!