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

A New Passion Found…

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