Featured in Upstate Lake Living – Fall issue

I’m so excited to share that my husband and I were featured in the Fall issue of Upstate Lake Living! A magazine about “Life at its finest on Jocassee, Keowee, and Hartwell.” We decided Utah was too far from the kids, so we searched and bought a home on Lake Keowee in Upstate South Carolina.

It’s a ten page spread about our lives, interests, my writing, and why we chose to buy a home on the lake.

What an amazing experience to sit with the editor, Brett McLaughlin, to answer questions for his article. A few days later we welcomed a fun and fabulous photographer, Jerry Beard, to have our home captured in photos.

I won’t give too much away here, so check out pages 34 to 44 to read the article and see the pictures for yourself.

I hope you enjoy our story.
Until next time,
Hugs – Christine

Kitty Korner

Just after Christmas, both Tango and Samba got sick. We didn’t know what was happening, so we took them to the vet. They both got blood panels done. The bad news came. Samba had heart disease and Tango was diabetic. Both kitties were about to turn twelve, which is considered to be their Senior Years, but because our other cats lived to the nice age of eighteen, we thought we might be able to extend their lives with the proper care and medication and lots and lots of LOVE.

Samba went to a specialist, had fluid drained from his chest and was placed on heart meds. Ever try giving a mini-panther a pill? It’s NOT easy!!! And poor Tango, she gets an insulin shot at 5am and another one at 5pm everyday. She’s been a trooper. Her sweet disposition hasn’t changed. Her purr is still strong.

We decided we would do everything possible and love on them as much as we could. Samba faded over the next few months and finally crossed over the rainbow bridge on May 10th. It’s been extremely difficult to live without him, he was so smart, energetic, and loving. Missing him so much is one reason I delayed sharing this news. But his sister needs us too.

Our focus became Tango. Weekly trips to the vet to check her glucose level and tweak her insulin dosage. Talk about fun. Not. Not much changed over the last six months, and because there was no improvement, the vet tested for a few other issues. We learned she has a pulmonary tumor and the prognosis is not good. But again, she’s our fur-baby and we want her to have the best quality of life until it’s her time.

We give her her shots, kiss and hug her as much as possible each day and hope she’ll hang around for much more loving. When it’s time for her to join her brother, we pray she goes peacefully and without pain. I don’t wish for that day to come, because I know our hearts will break again. I pray that our love and care sooths her and keeps her comfortable.

Hugs to all my friends who have lost a fur-baby this year. My heart hurts with you.
Keeping Tango and all fur-babies in my prayers.
Until next time,
I send you Hugs.

Wonky Times…in 2020.

Scary times. Trying to navigate these Corona-virus, Covid-19 days is unsettling and I think it’s skewing my writing. While being isolated has given me more writing hours, I find the emotions of writing are different and I wonder if that will change my characters’ emotions as well.

If it does, will it be for the better? A more emotional wave as the story unfolds and their hearts’ decisions are made? Will moments become more tender, more encompassing to bring the families of Mystical Moments even closer together then they were in Mystical Connections?

As I get deeper into the story, new elements are evolving like Anya learning to deal with her own psychic gift. It scares her but intrigues her at the same time. The big dilemma for her is how to share what’s happening with Dave and her family.

Will they think she’s nuts? Making up stuff? Or will they help her embrace her gift? Does the Universe work in more ways than one to help get the right messages across?

I guess I need to get back to work to find out. That’s one of the many perks of being a writer. Nothing needs to be decided until the words fill the page. Let’s see where this journey takes us, shall we?!

Corona-virus Suspends Immersion Master Class

It is with a heavy heart that I share the Immersion Master Class I was to host in September has been put on hold, indefinitely. For the safety of all who wanted to attend, the risk is too high.

I hope that when the world heals and this terrifying disease is abolished, I’ll have the opportunity to host one either in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with the view of the ocean – as was intended – or in Seneca, South Carolina with the view of Lake Keowee.

While we all ride out this crazy time, I’m self-isolating with my hubby and using my time to immerse myself in finishing the next book. I’ve canceled all travel plans for the year and don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary, and if I do venture out, I wear a mask! I hope you do too.

Life is too short, so let’s all stay safe and healthy.
Until next time, Hugs,

Julie Forget Schroeder

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

Authors Give Back

In today’s uncertain times, Smashwords and many of its authors are giving back. Stay in, stay safe, stay healthy and read, read, read!!!

I’m thrilled to be part of this special offer. Starting today through April 20, 2020, I’m offering my PASSION’S SERIES at 60% off. Simply copy and paste: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/christinemazurk
For PASSION’S RACE use coupon code: DG52A and start reading for only $1.60. For PASSION’S SPIRIT use coupon code: BM26A. Same deal – the ebook is yours for $1.60.

Feel free to share the information and please check out the other authors who are participating.

Happy reading!!
Until next time…
Hugs – virtual ones – just to be safe.

Join me and Margie Lawson in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL!!

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 New Year!

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

The Chase is Over

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?

There’s only one way to find out. Order your copy today!!!

The Chase Is Over Cover

Grief Hurts

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.

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