4 out of 4 star review – The Chase is Over

OnLineBookClub.org published a terrific review for my book, The Chase is Over. Review posted by Lucy V.

“The Chase is Over by Christine Mazurk is an exceptional work of fiction. It comprises 45 chapters that bring to life a character named Alexandra. It shows what she went through and how she could find love at last.

After the death of her father and the betrayal from her lover and friend, Alexandra puts herself into her work. She sought to develop PeopleChase both internationally and locally.

This book has a lot of positive aspects. The characters were strong and well-developed, especially Alexandra and Tyler. I loved the story’s plot; it was brilliant. The plot twists were incredible. It went from a romantic story to solving mysteries. After meeting Tyler and falling in love with him, Alexandra begins receiving unusual red envelopes with what she felt were threatening wishes. This kept me glued from the beginning to the end. The descriptions in this book were incredible.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book deserves this perfect rating because of its qualities and the thrill it gives to readers. The plot was brilliant; mixing romance and mystery was just it for me.”

To read the entire review, go to: OnLineBookClub.org/forums – The Chase is Over.

I’m thrilled with this review and love that Lucy recommended this book to lovers of romance, mystery, general lovers of fiction!!

Happy New Year.

As we dive into 2022, I want to wish everyone a healthy, loving, productive year! My goals, not resolutions, but goals are to live healthier, move more, and spend quality hours writing the rest of MYSTICAL MOMENTS.

2021 was not a productive year for me, so I’m going to push myself to finish the MS, edit the story, and get it to my editor in the next six months. I’d like to have it available before the end of the year.

We have one huge trip planned. We’ll see if it’s a go as we continue to navigate through Covid. If we do get to go, I plan to use some of my time observing people for new character traits, movements, facial expressions, and vocal tones! It’s been too long since I was able to people watch.

For now, it’s time to buckle down and get writing.
Once again, Happy New Year!!!
Until next time,
Hugs – Christine

Happy Holidays!!!

I wanted to wish my family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for so much, but mostly for my health and the health of my family. I’m thankful for the beach view and lake view I see while I write, the long walks on the beach when in Florida and the neighborhood runs at the lake.

I’m thankful that Tango is still with us! She’s been such a trooper dealing with her diabetes and pulmonary tumor. I’m thankful for the love she shares and the nightly snuggles she looks forward to…not sure who looks forward to them the most?!!

What are you thankful for this year?

We’re heading into December with a huge to do list. We’re putting up two trees this year and need to get that done next week. Shopping, planning the menu and activities for the kids’ visit, and of course wrapping everything to fit the themes of the trees. Can you tell Christmas is my favorite holiday?

I’ll post pictures when the trees are done. In the meantime, I wish you all a safe, happy, healthy and successful Holiday Season.

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!!

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