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
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.
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,
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!!
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!!!
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.
Let’s start with a bit of history and how I managed to make my dream come true. Passion and determination drive me, which explains why I climbed the corporate ladder while still in college and ventured into the world of endurance races. Those qualities also pushed me to walk away from a twenty-plus year career to follow my dream of becoming a published author. It was a long road, but like the miles in an Ironman race, I tackled the submissions and rejections one step at a time.
I signed with my agent in December of 2010 and she sold my first manuscript within six months. I feel Blessed, not only am I working my dream job, I’m married to my best friend, training partner, soul mate. We raised a handsome, successful son, gained a beautiful daughter-in-law, and welcomed our gorgeous granddaughter into this world. Family and friends continue to be my biggest supporters, they are the reason I write with emotion and enthusiasm.
I write stories about “heart” and hope they inspire readers to step out of their comfort zones and strive to reach their own goals.