Hawaii Beach Walk

March 21, 2017

I just returned from an awesome “mini-Guam” reunion in Hawaii. One week on Oahu and one week on the Big Island. Our group ranged from six to nine, so we rented homes on each island to enjoy the ocean views, have cook outs, and enjoy each others company. We caught up on the last sixteen years and are planning more reunions in the future!

Of course, I took my laptop and was able to spend a few days writing with the aqua-blue water crashing in front of me. I let my mind brew new scenes while we took in the sights, and I’m raring to get back to work full-time.

I’ve set a few deadlines for myself. Finish Margie Lawson’s awesome lecture packets by April 8th. Finish Passion’s Promise MS by June 1st. I’m attending OWFI in Oklahoma City on May 4th and though I will be networking and attending some workshops, a dear friend and I will spend most of our time working on our individual WIP.

Life is crazy, but life is good. I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to a release date.
Until then… Hugs!!!


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Come Walk the Beach with me…

March 2, 2017

Coming Soon!!!

Yesterday was my father’s birthday, so my walk included many wonderful memories of him. He’s been watching over me from heaven for over twenty-two years, and though the ache of missing him has ebbed and flowed, it’s always more intense on special days…

Pelicans glide overhead, circling, floating, and I feel peace wash over me. Is it my dad’s way of confirming he is near? A signal that he knows I’m thinking of him and wishing him a happy day?

He had so many wonderful qualities that I’ve tried to incorporate them into my characters. Writing Passion’s Promise is no different. I will infuse his integrity, the generous heart he shared with others, his wisdom through Spencer, Nick and Uri. Yes, Uri is visiting with us again. So are Kyle and Big. I have a few other characters from Passion’s Race and Passion’s Spirit making cameo appearances, and oh my, I just thought of an excellent twist to the plot.

I love when this happens. My mind is focused on today’s writing plan and BAM a new scenario pops into my thoughts. A surprise I hope you, my readers, will enjoy! The thread is twining in my brain and excitement shoots through me. The colors, the emotions, the rhythm of the story blend to form another sub-plot to deepen the overall story and to tie up some loose ends from my previous books.

I won’t give anything away, but I must get back to my computer to get these images written. They are spinning so quickly that I can’t risk missing the rich details of each sentence, each scene, each movement to paint the whole.

Okay, my walk just turned into a run… So, until next time.
Hugs – Christine


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Today’s Walk on the Beach…

January 24, 2017

As I walk today, I try fiercely to focus on my characters and their scenes, but my eyes are drawn to the devastation that remains three months after Hurricane Matthew. Many are working to protect what’s left of their property, but quite a few lost everything and have done nothing to clear away the debris, the fragments of their lives.

My heart is heavy for those who had to abandon their homes and now have nothing to come back to. How do they pick up the pieces and move forward? Do they clear the land and rebuild? Or does the fear of further desolation keep them running?

Mother Nature can be brutal, ravaging homes large and small, and the only ray of sunshine is no lives in our area were lost. Our entire area was evacuated, saving the people and pets, but where do they go from here?

It’s tough to write about an athletic journey or love and friendship when I gaze at the destruction and worry about the ones who lost everything. I did realize that I have a few scenes, already written, that need to be moved to a different location in the story. I’ll tackle those today. In the meantime, I’m going to sit and reflect and thank the stars for protecting the lives of so many in our community and hope that tomorrow is a brighter day. Until next time, HUGS.

So much lost

Our old beach crossover!

Our new beach crossover

Gorgeous beach


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Take a walk on the beach with me…

January 2, 2017

Hi. I’m starting the new year with a new purpose and a new look. My new website is up and I’d like you to take a look at it. www.christinemazurk.com

walking The Beach

I have two books to finish writing and a marathon to train for, so I’m reorganizing how I work in 2017. The mornings will start with a run or some other workout, then I’ll get to the computer to write.

I plan to walk the beach at low tide to focus on the scenes that still need to be written, and I’m inviting you to come along. We’ll do this a few times a month. I’ll share some of my thoughts about what the characters are doing without giving away too much of the story.

Today we’ll walk with PJ Madison and Spencer Hayes, the two main characters in Passion’s Promise. PJ has reluctantly agreed to train for an Ironman race to help heal her splintering family. It was a difficult decision for her as she’s graduating from veterinary school and currently studying for the boards. Spencer, her best friend, basically cornered her to accept her mother’s challenge and because he knows how dead set against competition PJ is, he has decided to train with her and race by her side.

I’m imagining the tension that can arise between two friends as they focus on the three disciplines, two of which are PJ’s strengths, the other not-so-much! As I think about their first bike ride together, I imagine them getting passed by a group of pros. Knowing the bike is not PJ’s strength, will Spencer take chase and try to catch the pros or will he stick with his best friend to keep her focused? I know the scenario that’s running through my head, so I best get back to the computer and get it captured on the pages.

Until next time, hugs!!!


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September 12, 2016

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Until next time, hugs,

Christine

 

 

 


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Mid-year Update

July 23, 2016

Running The Beach

Fly Like A Bird…

The other office view…

 

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post. I didn’t have any new news to share, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’m plugging away on two new stories; the third in the Passion’s Series – which I now think of as “the athletic journey” series and the second in the Mystical Series – now tagged as “the spirit with a message” series.  Both sets of characters are scrambling around in my brain, begging for attention!

I’m now splitting my writing view between the ocean and the mountains. No more St. Louis. Maybe the view dictates which characters shout the loudest? Passion’s Promise is set in St. Augustine, FL (Ocean) and Mystical Moments is set in San Francisco, CA (West Coast; mountains). Hmm, that theory seems to hold true! At this moment, I writing looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, and PJ Madison and Spencer Hayes are in mid-action, training to do Ironman Florida (an early November race).

I also think my runs on the beach at low-tide inspire the feelings and emotions necessary for writing the athletic journey piece of the story. Concentrating on the feel of my muscles as they work to carry me across the sand helps bring life to PJ and Spencer! And breathing in the salty tag of the ocean refreshes my senses.

Having said that, maybe it’s time for me to hit the beach to drum up some more inspiration for tomorrow’s scenes.

Until next time – Hugs!


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Passion’s Spirit now available for Pre-order

October 1, 2015

Passion’s Spirit

Passion’s Spirit is now available for pre-order at amazon.com, iTunes, B&N, and Kobo. Official release date is 10/27/15. Pre-order price is discounted; $3.99 for eBook. Regular price becomes effective November 4th. Order your copy today to take advantage of the sale price.

Mike Dawson, owner of Mike’s Resort on Guam, hosts Team Fear US, an Ironman triathlon team, during their training months each year. He is the island’s legendary surfer-dude playboy, surrounded by beautiful tourists, and he’s happy to show them a good time because he’s all about the short-term. No risk, no commitment.

This year, the team shows up with a few new faces from Team Fear US2 and Natalie Walsh, their buttoned-up doctor, a lone-wolf runner extraordinaire. Over time, working with these endurance athletes sparks her competitive nature and she embarks on her own athletic journey as a marathon runner not just to race but to win. Is she fast enough to qualify for Boston? The Olympic trials?

Natalie’s brother, confined to a wheelchair after a football injury that turned him into a bitter recluse, at his sister’s insistence grudgingly embarks on his own athletic journey with Team Fear US2. Does he recover more than his competitive spirit?

Surfer-dude Mike vows to help the gorgeous doctor relax and learn what island life is all about. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially him, yet he slowly breaks down her walls of defense. Though they both fight the magnetic pull, some unknown force keeps pushing them together.

Can she stop running long enough to recognize a trustworthy soul and allow him to care for her? Will he realize he can open his heart and share more than a one-night stand?

In the end, will either have the courage to change? To risk life as they know it for the unknown?

Bonus material: read an excerpt from book 3 in the Passion’s Series, Passion’s Promise, PJ Madison’s story!!

Time to get back to work. Mystical Moments, Anya Quinlan’s story is taking shape.

Until next time,

Hugs ~ Christine ~

 


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Passion’s Spirit (book 2 of the Passion’s Series)

September 9, 2015

Passion’s Spirit

Finally, Passion’s Spirit will be available in paperback and eBook in October 2015. Woohoo!! Can you see me doing the Snoopy Dance?

I have to share. It’s taken many more months than planned to have this book ready. Why? Because new twists and turns kept popping up at the most unusual times. Like my other books, these surprises made me sit back and ask; why is this important? And why should the story go in this new direction instead of the way I had it planned?

I’m glad I listened to my muse, because she took me on an emotional and sometimes riveting  roller coaster ride with ideas that strengthen the plot lines and overall story arc. The characters showed more vulnerabilities and met tougher challenges. They overcame those challenges in a surprising and emotionally satisfying way, not one I expected, but one I gladly embraced as the words filled the screen. I think you’ll love the journey Mike Dawson and Natalie Walsh traveled.

In the end, I have to say, the extra time spent on this story allowed me to tweak the team members personalities while revisiting their favorite training ground, the island of Guam. I felt I was there again even though it’s been many years since we lived on the island. I had my Guam-go-to-team on hand to keep me updated on island changes in order for the setting to feel authentic throughout the story. (Although, remember it is still a work of fiction!)

I also think, whether you’re an athlete or not, you’ll enjoy the athletic journey. Who wouldn’t with this group of crazy knuckleheads? They will make you laugh and they’ll make you cry…

So, stay tuned for the pre-order dates – you’ll be able to buy it at a discount – and the official release date (Price will remain discounted for the first week.) I should know the details by Sept. 21st.

Until then, enjoy your own journey.

Hugs ~ Christine ~

 

 

 

 


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A New Passion Found…

May 26, 2015

The turn around point

 

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


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