*MASSIVE SALE!*

Hi Y’all,

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything. Things have been really crazy. I’ve been doing a TON of admin stuff: behind the scenes sort of stuff that most readers don’t realize authors do. You will see a few things on your side though.

#1 – New Covers. I can’t explain the story, but I had to change my book covers. It started out as something I didn’t plan to do but was told I had to do, but turned out for the best because I love the new covers more than the old covers. (And if you followed that, kissed your brain. lol) So, you will see new covers for a lot of my adult titles popping up all over. The books are still the same, just different covers.

#2 – New Series. One Letter received a new, nicer cover and it’s been turned into a series. Each book will stand alone, focusing on a new set of characters, but will have the same military/soldier theme. The next book in the One Soldier Series released today. (Details and buy links are below.)

#3 – New Pricing. Most of my adult books and 1 or 2 of my young adult titles are on sale right now for $0.99, including One Letter. The pricing may not have hit everywhere yet, but it should soon. I would encourage you to grab it while you can!

#4 – New Release. The second book in the One Soldier Series, One E-mail, released TODAY! However, Barnes & Noble is having some technical difficulties on the back end, so, there will be a delay in One E-mail‘s release for Nook customers. As soon as they are back up and running, they will release the title.

#5 – New Info. Over the next week, you will continue to see things be updated on my website, Facebook page, on distributor sites etc. Everyone has different processing timeframes, which is why you will see it all hit at different times. Additionally, because I am having to update and upload with every single contact and social media source I have, I will be doing admin stuff for a little while longer before I’m able to catch up on communication with y’all and also before I’m able to pick up and start writing again. I’ve been working non-stop and still feel so far behind. I haven’t even stopped to eat or drink anything today. Yes! I haven’t had coffee today! I’m a ticking time bomb today. Approach with caution! Or, even better, approach with coffee. You want to make me a happy girl, give me coffee. And a sexy barista. I’d take one of those too.

So, recap, for me mainly: New covers, MASSIVE sale, and new release.

Yup. I think I covered it all.

So, without further delay, here is the 411 on the newest release: ONE E-MAIL

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It started with one e-mail.

Madelyn Maxlyn sent one e-mail to the most feminine-sounding name on the list of soldier contacts her book club president managed to get. SFC Taylor Russell was the recipient.

They exchanged seventy-seven e-mails in five months, and somewhere among those seventy-seven, they stopped exchanging words and began sharing pieces of themselves.

Taylor is returning home from war, and it’s time that they meet and discover if a soldier with two years left on his contract with the army, and a plus size woman who has an entire life hundreds of miles away from his home, have a chance at a future together.

Love doesn’t care about obstacles and risks, but surviving them isn’t always easy.

Excerpt:

(18 & OLDER ONLY!!!)

“Anyone ever tell you not to tease a soldier? I’m a ticking time bomb, beautiful.” His voice held a mix of taunt and truth.

I bit my lower lip, my heart pumping evenly. “No more than some of my book boyfriends.”

His brows dipped inwards as his truck roared to life. He stared out the windshield for a long minute before he angled himself to take me in. “No more book boyfriends. I want to be your one and only.”

My chest compressed. My throat tightened even as my heart sprinted faster, eagerly, with abandon. My mind struggled to merge all he’d written with the man before me. In ways, he felt like another book boyfriend. I read his words and believed he was too good to be true, to be real.

But he was real. Taylor was handsome, wonderful, caring, protective, more than his words ever conveyed. He was more than I thought I would get. He was all I’d dreamed and never believed I would receive outside a fictional character.

And now, now he was asking to be my one and only. He was asking me to give up fiction for reality, as if it would be some hardship on my end.

I studied him. He held my gaze intently, waiting for my reply. He gripped the steering wheel snugly, his knuckles turning white. His breaths were deep, but hard. He seemed to hold it in just a little too long before he released each one. Like any well-trained soldier, he didn’t rush me. He was patient, and gave nothing beyond his words away. I knew he would wait for me to make the next move, and there was something irresistible about a man like that. In a book, that made him the perfect dominant without the BDSM. In reality, that made him better than fiction.

I smiled at him, nodding lightly. “Okay.”

He remained solemn, observing me. Suddenly, he faced forward, putting the truck into ‘Drive’ and pulling out. “You’re going to pay for that torture,” – he glanced directly at me, – “with torture.” His lips curled ever-so-slightly at the edges as he focused on the road.

I shuddered. My body delighted in his promise, warming with the images flickering through my imagination. Sweet cherry pie, I wanted his muscles throwing my excess sexiness into delicious ecstasy.

His gaze flickered to me briefly, but he didn’t say anything. Again, he knew the effect he had on me, but he didn’t rush to acknowledge it.

It seemed my torture had already begun.

BUY IT NOW:

AMAZON

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ENJOY! - Christin

An Admission of Strength

This past year has been a battle for me mentally and emotionally. Some may know, some may not, but my birthday was January 13th. I turned twenty-eight this year. To most, that’s not a significant milestone. To me, it was the milestone.

My mother passed away when she was twenty-seven. I was eight. And now, twenty years later, I’ve struggled to comprehend the surreal reality that I’m older than my mom ever lived to be. My daughter just turned nine on February 8th. I turned twenty-eight on January 13th with a heavy heart as I looked my then eight-year-old in the eyes.

I couldn’t imagine. My heart ached just thinking about being ripped from her when she still had a lifetime of moments, of memories to make, ahead of her. She’s so young. Tears welled as I strolled down memory lane, of the times in my life when I missed my mother. When you don’t have someone for so long, you don’t realize what you’re missing out on until a pivotal moment arrives, until you witness others in the same moment sharing it joyfully. The ice cream binge after your first heartbreak, educational successes, prom dress shopping, wedding dress shopping, your first pregnancy, the delivery of that little bundle. Those are merely the high points; there are many low in between. All of my surgeries, the times I was sick, those bad days when all I longed for was a maternal caress… I didn’t have her for those. And looking at my daughter, I never want her to know the pain of not having me.

But I haven’t been able to protect her from loss at the same tender age I was. Her grandmother, a woman my daughter loves passionately with all of her little being, has taken her on the same cancerous roller coaster, a replica of the one I took with my mom. I see the pain, the worry in my daughter’s eyes when she watches her grandmother skip meals, when she finds her curled up in bed or on the sofa with tension twisting her features. I witness the white of fear piercing her big brown eyes every time her grandmother comes home with a new bandage, every time her hair starts to fall out again, every time she can’t be with her because she’s at the doctor or in the hospital yet again.

There are days that I feel like a failure because I wanted my children to never know the pain of my childhood, of being alone, feeling as though you’re missing out on so much because you don’t have a mother or father, yet they’re still facing those missed moments; they’re still facing gut-wrenching loss, and that’s difficult to accept.

Timing is everything, right? I can’t help but get lost in the timing of it all sometimes, the way our lives, despite my efforts, mirror each others so much. The enormous emotional pressure of that breaks me sometimes and makes me wish for one of those motherly hugs so many take for granted. Hugging my daughter as she cries, asking if her grandmother is going to die, rips me apart from the inside out, and has me wishing it all was different.

In some ways I’ve been blessed. I’m older than my mom every lived to be. I lived to see my daughter turn nine and got to hug her after. Even when she was alive, my mother was too sick, too weak to ever give me the hugs I give my daughter; the AIDS and cancer ravaged her body, stealing her strength over the years, robbing us both of those moments. I have the strength, the ability, to do what my mother couldn’t, didn’t, do for me, but that doesn’t erase the pain. There are days, years, that I’m hyper-aware of a loss from so long ago. And there are days, years, that I wished I could do it all again rather than have my daughter know a fraction of it.

Life is fleeting, so precious, but sometimes it takes a pivotal moment for us to remember that. Sometimes we have to lose in order to gain. I lost a mother, a father, and all of the moments I wished they were there, but it gave me unique insight, an understanding of my daughter’s pain, and has allowed me to be what I never had for her. And there are times where you have to be grateful for the pain, for the fact that you can experience it at all.

Many of my characters have experienced pain. That’s not a coincidence. As I share this with you now, know that my characters have been sharing fractions of my pain for years; not in an attempt to drag you down, to exhaust you emotional, but, rather, to repeat the message I longed to hear and know as a child: you are not alone. Every high and every low has been felt by someone else before.

The same way I can’t protect my daughter from the pain of life, I can’t protect you. But I can assure you the way I do her that everything will be okay, that you are not alone, that the hurt in your heart will never cease, but, with time, love, joy and laughter will override it. The quicker you embrace the positives, the faster they can drown out the negatives. And one day, when you look back, all you will see are the positives. You’ll recognize the strength it took to pull through, you’ll acknowledge the appreciation, the unnerving awareness, you have that others lack; you’ll embrace the change that time made in you and you’ll be grateful for it.

I tell my children I love them every time I see them, every time I talk to them when they’re away. I hug them, even my autistic son who prefers space to comfort, every chance I get. I appreciate every single day past eight years I get with them as if it is one of life’s greatest blessings. Because it is. Because I’m twenty-eight years old, and I’m older than my mother ever lived to be. And, looking back, I’m starting to see the positive in that.

Colds, Coffee, & Charleston

This is love.

This is love.

       First off, I wanted to give all of you who took the time to vote for Two Times the Charm on Mary’s Menage Awards a big, HUGE thank you! I didn’t win, but just being nominated and receiving the support I did means a lot. THANK YOU, Thank You, thank you!
       Since the voting began, basically for the last 2 1/2 weeks, I’ve been fighting something nasty that is persistent and undefinable. One minute it seems like a cold, the next it seems like a really bad sinus infection. I thought I was almost over it…until I woke up this morning. Sweet cherry pie, when will this sucker go away? My ears are ringing, everything echoes, my throat is still sore, my poor nose doesn’t know what do to, and I am just plain tired. I’ve taken cold meds, sinus meds, allergy meds – not all at once of course – but this thing is slick. It’s tricked me multiple times, pretending to leave before surfacing again with a vengeance. I’ve increased my vitamins, drank smoothies, and done what I can to help my immune system, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I’m not alone though. I can’t tell you how many people I have spoken to, how many have posted on Facebook or other social media sites that they’re sick. I know it’s cold & flu season, but it seems like there is an unusually high percentage of people affected this year. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a patient sick person. I don’t mind laying around for a day, at most. (I drove everyone in the house, along with myself, insane when I hurt my knee.) These last couple weeks, with whatever-this-is, has slowed me down a lot. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like not being productive. I hate sitting in bed, watching my to-do list grow, and not being able to do anything about it. (By the way, I will always consider reading a book as being productive. hehe)
       Which is why I compromised. There have been a couple days when this thing knocked me so hard on my rear that I couldn’t even attempt to work. Today, I just pretended I had a bad hangover and pushed through. Of course, the trenta sized iced coffee from Starbucks may have helped me. Nonetheless, I am EXTREMELY happy to report that I am caught up on ALL messages, comments, tweets and e-mails. (I didn’t trust myself to write books responsibly today.) If you did not receive a response from me, then I did not receive your message, comment etc, and I would ask that you please re-send it. There are some messages, comments and e-mails that end up in spam folders. I do my best to sift through those folders, but they are often overloaded with, well, spam.
       I cannot tell you how happy I am to have finally gotten back to all of you. I will not be happy though if this sickness does not leave soon because I am set to go to my very first author convention! Yay!
       I am super excited, admittedly also a tad nervous, to be going back to my hometown (Charleston, South Carolina) later this week for Indie Girl Con. I won’t be in town long. The event is 2 days and I’ll probably stay only 1 extra. Since I’ll be driving there, that will take up 2 days in itself. (It’s a 7 hour drive.) So, I will be out of contact Thursday through next Monday, and add a day for recovery to that. Isn’t it ironic how we always need a day to recover from our vacations, no matter how relaxing or fun they are?
       Well, I am off to curl up with a book before falling asleep. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! - Christin

Two Times the Love!

I am coming to you all today with some super exciting news, all surrounding Two Times the Charm.

Two Times the Charm

Number 1: Amazon is professionally printing the book!

I’ve seen the mock ups and it is gorgeous inside and out. I am so in love with it! Their design team did an amazing job and I can’t wait for all of you to see it! I don’t have an ETA on its release date yet as they are finishing the beautiful formatting, but I will let you all know as soon as I do.

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Number 2: Even more amazing, even more exciting, Two Times the Charm is a Menage Romances Fan’s Awards Nominee!!!

I’ve never been nominated for anything surrounding my books before, so that in and of itself it totally awesome. But, of course, we all want to win. And I would be totally and completely grateful if each and every one of you could please take the time to go vote. There are some extremely talented authors on the ballot. To even be listed with them is absolutely humbling. But, again, we all want to win. And I would really really like to…

Two Times the Charm was a labor of love that took a toll on my emotional fortitude and determination at times. I absolutely adore Max, Ayden and Josh …and Cade, but they really tested my dedication as an author. I’ve never struggled more to finish writing a book. It was a career novel for me. It pushed me to my limits and left an imprint on my little writer heart. It’s not my most popular book, but, to me, behind Darkness Falls, it is my most powerful book. (Theirs is 3rd…in case you were wondering.)

In short, I would love your vote. Two Times the Charm is listed under the Full Figured Heroines Menage categoryBut, only if you feel that I, Max, Ayden, and Josh have earned it. (Did I mention that we would love you forever if you did though?! lol)

To vote, click on the nominee image or any of the links pertaining to it, and cast your vote now through February 8th, 2014. There are a ton of categories, but if you’re looking for Two Times the Charm in particular, it’s under the Full Figured Heroines Menage category.

Regardless of whether I win (fingers crossed & prayers going up!) or not, a big, HUGE thank you is due to Mary of Mary’s Menage Reviews for taking the painstaking time to put all of this together. You may or may not know, but reviewers are the unsung heroes behind every author. They don’t get paid for what they do. They literally read hundreds of books a year, take the time to write up lengthy reviews, edit those reviews, then post them on their website, goodreads, social media and across all distributors for FREE. That takes a lot of heart. And I can tell you that for Mary, menage reviews are a labor of love; there’s passion in every review she writes, whether positive or negative. She’s a wonderful, spicy lady who is good and thorough at what she does. I’ve been introduced to many new-to-me books and authors thanks to her and her fabulous review talents.

THANK YOU MARY!!!

And now, before you go back to doing what it was you were doing, I am making one last plea that you go cast your vote HERE. or Here. OR here. … …Yup. I really want you to vote! lol

Thank you all once again for all of your support. I really would not be here without each and every one of you. Whether you’ve purchased one, two, five, ten or all of my titles, THANK YOU! I hope to provide you with many more delightful characters, engaging stories and memorable story lines for years to come.

Have a great day!
- Christin

 

Links & Love

Hello Ladies (& perhaps a few Gents too),

All of my releases are out and available! Yay! This week was crazy and hectic. I probably drove my editor crazy when it came to Theirs because I sent it to her piece by piece as I typed up the enormous stack of hand-written pages. Then I drove myself crazy because I went back and edited the crap out of what she edited, which left me with a lot of last-minute changes. Thankfully, Amazon and ARe are awesome and released the last updated manuscript when the time came. B&N did as well, but they were pretty far behind on the release even though I uploaded it early. In the end though, I was happy with the way each story came out. They didn’t turn out like I’d hoped, but then again, they never do. Each character writes their own story. I can cry, kick and scream, but they don’t allow me to write what I want. They are always in the driver’s seat. In the end though, I’ve been left with some pretty awesome, and sometimes inspiring, tales. I fall in love with every character, even the difficult ones, and, looking back, I wouldn’t have their stories be any other way. There is a genuineness to them, a realness that I can’t help but appreciate because they have always been very real to me.

I hope you enjoy each and every one of these stories. I hope you welcome the characters into your life and come to cherish them the way I do. They’ve all taught me something different. (I got a kick out of what Kate shared at the end of Theirs!!!) They’ve all added some kind of spice to my life and I adore them for it. I appreciate every character the same way I appreciate each of you. Thank you for supporting me and every single character you’ve come to know through me. We love you for it!

Now, stop looking at my post and go read something! …preferably one…or all of the titles below (if you’re OVER 18!)
Happy Reading!
- Christin

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Ellie had been on the brink of fully claiming her curvy mate when her alpha best friend, Jerry, dropped a bombshell on them all: Kate was his mate too.

Werewolves are territorial. Tempers flare, jealousy ignites and tensions rise. They both want the same thing, minus the sharing part. Will they be able to put their feelings aside to do what’s best for their mate? After all, Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes.

Kate had just begun to accept that she enjoyed being with a woman, namely Ellie, when Jerry turned all she thought she wanted on its head. It doesn’t take her long to figure out what is right: she needs both Ellie and Jerry in her life.

But then the unthinkable happens.

Kate’s past and present collide in a bang, leaving lives on the line. Suddenly the little things don’t matter. But did they realize too late what’s truly important? Or is Fate not as cruel as we often believe her to be?

Please note that this title is a sexually and emotionally charged e-book. It contains graphic content that some cannot handle. Some scenes are memorable for haunting reasons. Consider yourself warned.

BUY IT NOW:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

All Romance E-books

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       Cupid Valentine, a.k.a. Coop, is the worst divorce attorney in the entire Southeast. Ninety-eight percent of his clients reconcile before the gavel hits the block. He’s dedicated his life to love; yet he’s never experienced it for himself…until Daisy.

       Plus size Daisy and her best friend, Brad, made a pact when they were younger: if they weren’t married by thirty, they’d marry each other. Two years later, they’ve learned that love has many forms, and a passionate love is needed to have a fulfilling relationship.

       The pair confounds Coop. His job has always been to repair relationships, but what happens when he suddenly finds himself rooting for the opposite of all he stands for? He does what any smart Cupid would do and flies away. But you can only escape Cupid’s arrow for so long, even if you happen to be Cupid.

BUY IT NOW:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

ALL ROMANCE E-BOOKS

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       Plus size Molly discovers her job is in jeopardy the same day her best friend, Rachel, talks her into eating at a new Puerto Rican restaurant. Turns out, the restaurant is failing already and the reason why comes storming out of the kitchen and into her life. He’s tall, dark, dreamy, and the most infuriating man she’s ever met. He pushes her buttons and is soon pushing her to her limits. There’s just something in those fiery brown eyes that keep her abundant curves wound tight and begging for release.

       Can she let go of history and surrender to this sizzling alpha male, or will she leave with regrets? One thing is for certain: the night doesn’t go as any of them expect.

       This is a HFN short with one sassy full figured gal, one deliciously dominant Puerto Rican and lots of culinary delight.

BUY IT NOW:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

ALL ROMANCE E-BOOKS

Links

Hello Ladies & Gents,

I’m attaching the purchase links for you for the first 2 books that were set to release this week. Please remember that both are adult titles intended for readers 18 & older.

Happy Reading!
- Christin

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       Cupid Valentine, a.k.a. Coop, is the worst divorce attorney in the entire Southeast. Ninety-eight percent of his clients reconcile before the gavel hits the block. He’s dedicated his life to love; yet he’s never experienced it for himself…until Daisy.

       Plus size Daisy and her best friend, Brad, made a pact when they were younger: if they weren’t married by thirty, they’d marry each other. Two years later, they’ve learned that love has many forms, and a passionate love is needed to have a fulfilling relationship.

       The pair confounds Coop. His job has always been to repair relationships, but what happens when he suddenly finds himself rooting for the opposite of all he stands for? He does what any smart Cupid would do and flies away. But you can only escape Cupid’s arrow for so long, even if you happen to be Cupid.

BUY IT NOW:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

All Romance E-books

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       Plus size Molly discovers her job is in jeopardy the same day her best friend, Rachel, talks her into eating at a new Puerto Rican restaurant. Turns out, the restaurant is failing already and the reason why comes storming out of the kitchen and into her life. He’s tall, dark, dreamy, and the most infuriating man she’s ever met. He pushes her buttons and is soon pushing her to her limits. There’s just something in those fiery brown eyes that keep her abundant curves wound tight and begging for release.

       Can she let go of history and surrender to this sizzling alpha male, or will she leave with regrets? One thing is for certain: the night doesn’t go as any of them expect.

       This is a HFN short with one sassy full figured gal, one deliciously dominant Puerto Rican and lots of culinary delight.

BUY IT NOW:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

All Romance E-books

Coming Soon!

Hello everyone,

I’m officially caught up on my e-mails with you all. (Yay!) If you did not receive an e-mail response from me, then I did not receive your e-mail. (Or you were crude, abrasive and unruly and I felt your attitude did not deserve a response.) I am slowly but surely working my way through the website comments replying now. The way my site logs comments makes it a bit difficult to keep track of who I did and didn’t reply to. In the back office area, it does not tell me that I replied to a comment nor does it attach my comment to yours, so if I miss you, please know that it was not on purpose. I am currently just beginning September comments and will be working my way through hopefully in the next week or two.

I have a very busy week coming up though. Those 18 & older have THREE books releasing for their reading pleasure. Here are their HARD release dates, meaning it is for certain releasing on this day. (Processing times may vary, but by 11:59 p.m. on this date, the book will be available for purchase at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and ARe. iTunes always lags.)

I hope you enjoy them all!
- Christin

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JANUARY 18th, 2014 (Possibly January 19th.)

       Cupid Valentine, a.k.a. Coop, is the worst divorce attorney in the entire Southeast. Ninety-eight percent of his clients reconcile before the gavel hits the block. He’s dedicated his life to love; yet he’s never experienced it for himself…until Daisy.

       Plus size Daisy and her best friend, Brad, made a pact when they were younger: if they weren’t married by thirty, they’d marry each other. Two years later, they’ve learned that love has many forms, and a passionate love is needed to have a fulfilling relationship.

       The pair confounds Coop. His job has always been to repair relationships, but what happens when he suddenly finds himself rooting for the opposite of all he stands for? He does what any smart Cupid would do and flies away. But you can only escape Cupid’s arrow for so long, even if you happen to be Cupid.

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JANUARY 21st, 2014

Plus size Molly discovers her job is in jeopardy the same day her best friend, Rachel, talks her into eating at a new Puerto Rican restaurant. Turns out, the restaurant is failing already and the reason why comes storming out of the kitchen and into her life. He’s tall, dark, dreamy, and the most infuriating man she’s ever met. He pushes her buttons and is soon pushing her to her limits. There’s just something in those fiery brown eyes that keep her abundant curves wound tight and begging for release.

Can she let go of history and surrender to this sizzling alpha male, or will she leave with regrets? One thing is for certain: the night doesn’t go as any of them expect.

This is a HFN short with one sassy full figured gal, one deliciously dominant Puerto Rican and lots of culinary delight.

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January 25th, 2014

Blurb coming soon!