My Opinion Monday – 09-07/2015 Bestseller List

My Opinion Monday – Superstar Status or making the Bestsellers Lists

  So I’ve been asked recently about making the bestseller’s lists. And like every writer out there I have some strong opinions about it. Now don’t get me wrong, like ever writer I want to make the bestsellers lists and if a writer or author tells you different they are lying to you. It’s human nature to want to be the best. We would never have climbed out of the swamps if we hadn’t wanted to better ourselves.

  So yes I want to make the bestsellers list, I want to be able to put on the covers of my novels that I am a bestseller. But more than that when I sit down in front of my computer and it’s just me and my words, me and my imagination, me and the characters I write? I want to touch people, I want to know that in some way my writing is making a difference. Because authors have done that for me, books have touched me in a way that make me a better author. Books have opened my imagination, built a fire in my imaginary world to such extremes I can do nothing but write.

  But back to the bestsellers list. There are several lists: The New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 100, Barnes and Noble Top 100, Publishers Weekly Bestseller, NPR, even the Wall Street Journal has a bestseller list. These are all nationally polled lists and the majority if not all the authors on these lists are published via large publishing companies. I am a humble indie-published writer, does that mean I will never be a bestseller? Hell no! I am working my butt off writing my stories. Publishing my books, not to become a bestseller specifically but to get my stories told. Being a bestseller would be a wonderful, spectacular, life affirming perk. But that’s all it would be a perk. It won’t change how I write or why I write.

  Better than a bestseller? Fans telling me how much they love my books, fans telling me my books helped them, fans telling me that reading my books motivated them to write their own books. Now that would be awesome!

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Snippet Sunday — 09-06-2015

Well it’s Snippet Sunday and I agonized over what I should do. Should I do something from a past novel or from book 4…
And lucky lucky you I have decided to share a little of book 4 with you.

Hunter looked down the dark hallway and swallowed the past the urge to break the man in half. Treachery was wrapped around the Guardian and he wanted nothing to do with him but to throw him into a pit in the ninth level of the Infernos. First though he would need to get whatever he was betraying and turn it over to Dante. Then the bastard belonged to him.
Hunter checked behind several doors but found nothing interesting. James finally pushed past him, “Last door, dumbass.” James snapped, pushing past him. Hunter was going to enjoy making James scream.
Hunter followed him into the last room and stopped short. “Who is she?”
“None of your business.” James spat.
Hunter grabbed the Guardian and pinned him up against the wall, “Who is she?” he growled.
James sputtered his eyes wide. “I’m not telling you. She belongs to me. I will only tell Dante.”
It took everything Hunter had not to shake the hell out of him, or kick the shit out of him. But Dante had sent him to answer the Reaper call. So few people used the damn think anymore.
Hunter threw James to the floor and walked to the bed, the woman looked unharmed. She was beautiful, light skinned and blonde nearly white hair curled around her face. There was something very light about her. Hunter couldn’t place her Other side. But she was light if he ever saw it. He growled and turned back to James, “Are you her Guardian?” he demanded.
James had pulled himself to his feet, “I refuse to say anything else. I will only answer to Dante now.”
“You’re an idiot.” Hunter told him. He picked up the woman gently and turned back to James as he started to argue and grabbed him by the collar of his shirt. Without warning he Flashed them to the Infernos.

James landed on his knees, which was a good place for him to be. 


I hope you enjoyed Snippet Sunday!!


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ReWind Friday — Shadow Play

Well it’s Re-Wind Friday and since Shadow Play is free for a limited time on Amazon I thought I would give you all a taste of what you can expect if you ran out and got your copy.
Seriously you don’t want to miss this sale. Now I may be bias because I wrote the damn thing… lol but don’t just take by word for it here are some of the reviews:

The characters themselves, in their own rights, were absolutely wonderful as well. Marlee was your typical smart-mouthed, kick-butt, catsuit wearing (you’ll understand the irony of that once you meet her) bombshell, but there is so much more to her than that. Simon’s unbreakable devotion was both adorable and heartbreaking, especially because of the future it held for him.

— Marked by Books

This was a fantastically unique read. The characters were also really well defined and described. Kyra is a female lead to look up to

— Lauren Johnson 

Definitely, found a new favorite author in Christie Palmer and her new book Shadow Play. Absolutely, enjoyed it. For a debut novel it’s very, very good. There better be more Tracker stories coming, whether it be the brothers by themselves or the supporting characters who were all very good too. Loved Marcus, Max, and Marlee. (you know what? They deserve their own stories to, even the Reapers. They were kind of funny sometimes.)A definite must read.

–DivaC


So here is the teaser I promised you enjoy.

“What are you?” the man asked.
“What are you?” Kyra threw back.
“I’m your worst nightmare,” he said, crossing his arms over his chest. Nightmare isn’t the category she would put him in. His voice resonating deep in her chest. The saner side of her brain marked him dangerous as hell, but she wouldn’t classify him in the nightmare category.
Kyra let the corners of her mouth turn up. “Cliché’ much? Besides I’ve been told something similar before but …” She raised a palm to the sky in a shrug. “I just don’t seem to scare easily.”
“I’m really going to enjoy killing you,” the woman snarled.
“I could say the same to you.” Kyra didn’t even turn to look at the woman, keeping all her attention on the large man several feet away.
Kyra hated to disappoint the woman, but she didn’t have any plans on dying today, or any other day. Instead Kyra pulled her gun out from behind her and pointed it at the woman, her eyes steady on the man.
“My silver bullets say otherwise, sweetheart, so back the hell off.”
The Lycan bared her teeth. “I don’t believe you.” She glared at Kyra before exchanging a look with the man they shared a moment of silent conversation before the Lycan stepped back still growling.
Kyra heard the growl and shook her head as she pulled the trigger, planting a bullet into the dirt within an inch of the Lycan’s left hand. The show of dominance died a quick death as the Lycan realized Kyra did, in fact, have silver bullets in her gun. When you dealt with immortals of all kinds on a daily basis, you always came prepared for a fight. Silver could hurt and kill a substantial number of Others. Kyra refused to shoot any other kind of bullet.
“Short leash,” Kyra said, again wanting to keep the Lycan on edge because she didn’t yet understand the man in front of her. She needed to keep the pieces of this puzzle moving, and keeping the Lycan pissed would be a good start. As long as she kept the pieces moving, she had different plans for escape. Once the pieces stopped moving, she hoped to be in an advantageous position.
“Kill her now,” the Lycan snarled between her teeth. Kyra wondered if she would start foaming at the mouth soon if the man didn’t make a move of some kind.
“Are you the one who has been killing the women?” he asked Kyra using a voice which bounced off the inside of Kyra’s skull, making her want to run screaming into the woods. She blinked refocusing on the man in front her. What the hell? She wanted to spill her guts about everything she had seen in her mind’s eye since arriving in the cursed place. Kyra shook her head again and blinked. Clamping her mouth shut around her traitorous tongue, drawing blood in the process.
“What are you?” Kyra asked, her voice sounding weak even to her.

“I’m the one asking the questions. And if you’ll remember, I only ask once. So if you want to answer my questions, now would be a good time.” 


Hoped you enjoyed the teaser! Now run out and buy your copy. Here is the link.  Amazon 

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What I Learned Wednesday: Airport Security

What I’ve learned from going through Security at the Airport.

 So I’m not the most well-traveled person in the world. But I have traveled outside of the USA several times. And I’ve traveled through my fair share of airport security, and here is what I’ve learned.

  • You can’t avoid airport security so suck it up buttercup you’re going to have to put your items in that cold little tub and walk through the x-ray machine like everyone else.
  • The security people typically don’t like you either. They deal with hundreds (if not more) of people a day. Do you honestly think YOU are special?
  • Speaking in code, regardless of the reason, is a bad idea when standing in a security line. (If you would like the back story please ask me next time you see me in person. I think it’s hysterical, my husband not so much.)
  • Speaking as a person of olive skin color I get searched 8 out of 10 times. My husband an Irish gentleman, gets waved through… Am I upset? NO I’m happy that the flight I am on is secure. End of story.
  • The x-ray machine?!?! I’m just happy someone wants to see me in all my glory.
  • Baggage fee’s suck. (Okay this might just be a pet peeve but seriously, really airlines? ReallY?)

 In a nutshell? I am super nice to the security at the airport, they have to deal with a lot of sh!t. I can’t begin to imagine what their jobs are like and I know I would HATE to do that job. I just know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Just one person complaining about taking their shoes off and I would beat them to death with that plastic tub. Let’s see you make your flight now.

 The Airport is its own world, why make it worse by messing with security!

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Friday ReWind — How I New I wanted to be a Writer


When I knew I wanted to be a writer…

originally published: Sept. 24, 2014


  After writing for so long you would think it would be hard to pin-point exactly when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t always want to be writer, in fact I had a reading disability when I was young. Going back and asking a young Christie if being a writer is something I would have wanted to be it wouldn’t have been on my radar until—I was in my teens and I read a certain trilogy. A trilogy I didn’t like — I loved, and twenty years later I still love this trilogy. 

  But here is the thing I might have loved the trilogy, but I detested the ending.
  How can you love a set of three books but detest the finally? Ohh, it’s so easy look at the books on the market today. Twenty years ago it was a very rare, but today not so much.
  Anyway back to my story, hated the ending. So at fourteen I sat down and put pencil to paper (no really, pencil and paper no computer, no pen) and I wrote a new story. About how the hero and the heroin found each other and had a happy ever after. Because dammit that is how it’s supposed to end up!!!
  And that is how it started. That was how the seed was planted, my imagination door in my mind sprung open and I haven’t ever been able to close it. And frankly I never wanted to close it.
  Every once in a while I will pull that story out and read it, I do have several collector versions of that trilogy and it will always be one of my favorites. For starting something inside of me, and for just being a damn good story.

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Healthy Writer Wednesday – How Much Water do I Really Need ?

How Much Water do I really Need??

So there is a great debate going on out in the health and fitness world on how much water is the right amount for the body. And unfortunately the people left dazed and confused are the masses who rely on the information. So lucky for you I have done some research and pulled the most up to date information I could find and slogged through it to hopefully make some sense of it for you.

 The old adage of drinking 8 glasses of eight-ounces of water a day has been thrown to the curb. Did you know? Because I didn’t. Apparently this just isn’t enough water for the body.

 According to the Mayo Clinic: water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. And literally everything you do use’s stored water reserves. So every system in your body depends on water. (Kind of makes your head spin, right? And even that use’s stored water…) so by the time you feel thirsty, it is already too late. You are already dehydrated.

    Typical symptoms of dehydration can range from minor to severe:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output

 So how much water should you be drinking, if the 8 glasses of eight-ounce rule is no longer the norm? Well according to the Mayo Clinic, men should be drinking 13 cups/3 liters/100 ounces, woman should be drinking: 9 cups/2.2 liters/74 ounces.

 At WebMD the calculation was a little more complicated but it took into account different physical activity and was more accurate for each person saying you should drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound of water you weigh every day. For example, if you weigh 150lb, you would drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water every day.

 If you work out or live in a hot climate you would drink closer to the 150 ounces, but if you were sedentary and lived in a cooler climate you would drink closer to the 75 ounces.

 Ways to stay hydrated: Always keep a *reusable bottle of water on hand, eat lots of fruits and vegetable they have tons of natural water in them, stop drinking soda (believe it or not these can actually dehydrate you). If you have to have your soda then make sure to increase you water intake.

Trust me I have struggled with the soda issue myself. Try not to drink all your water at one time, this can leave your body struggling for water at the opposite end of the day. Keep the water cold! Put reminders on your phone to drink more water. Add fruit or vegetables to your water.

 Remember that water is known as the essence of life. So drink up!!!

**I would be remiss if I did not at least mention that there is a condition known as water intoxication, or water poisoning. This is a very rare condition. And you would have to drink an enormous amount of water to have water poisoning.

References:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=1
http://www.webmd.com/diet/water-for-weight-loss-diet?page=2
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/water-intoxication


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My Opinion Monday

What Happened to the Mystery in Marketing

  *Please keep in mind this is my opinion only.

  Am I a prude? (I might be, and I think it’s okay) Have I lost touch with what people are looking for? (Have I? Please let me know.)   What happened to leaving fans wanting more? Leaving them breathless with needing? Leaving them so desperate they can’t help but run out and buy your book. Run out and tell their friends/family/people they run into at the grocery store (okay that may be pushing it, but wouldn’t that be great?!?!) about the book they just bought?
  We never want to leave them running away, leave them not wanting to finish reading out promo’s. But I have seeing a very disturbing trend in promo’s lately. A trend that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, no pun intended. And what trend is that you may ask… Well it’s a trend of using bad words in promo’s and not just any bad words. But the mother of all bad words, the bad words that are whispered even in the romance genre. And I like to think I’m a progressive woman, I sold sex toy’s for a while back in the day so I think I’ve been around the block. I’ve heard it all before so I don’t blush when I hear those words. But I do pause when I see them in my Facebook and twitter feed for all the mass’s to view. I mean are those words a mass production viewable words? The prude in me blushes ten shades of red, but feminist me in shouts yes they should be. But then I sit back and think about who is viewing those words, who might see them.
  And I think hmmm, those really aren’t mass viewing words.
When speaking with a group of author friends, the consensus was the same. Promos should always leave potential readers wanting more, leave potential readers with a burning desire to go out and buy out books right then and their, not leave them thinking did I just see that word? And certain trigger words turn readers off so what words are they?

  • Top 3 offenders:
    • Pussy
    • Cock
    • Cunt
    • Another word I’m not sold on in promos is the dreaded F word. But that is a borderline word for me. If used right it can leave a reader wanting more, but if used incorrectly it can leave a reader cold.

      But I have to stop and ask if maybe I have lost touch with what is going on with the world. After all I don’t write erotica, or really hard core sex in my books so my blurbs and my promos wouldn’t have these words in them. In fact in my most recently published book Reaper Mine, out of the top 3 offenders I used the ‘p’ word 3 times and ‘cock’ 13 times and didn’t use the other ‘c’ word at all. As for the ‘F’ word? I used it almost 60 times, and that would be why I am on the borderline with that one.
      But I haven’t used any of those words in my promos, in fact I took them out of my promos several times when they came up so they wouldn’t offend people.
      The last thing we want to do when we are trying to find, and gather new fans is offend them on the pitch with one simple word.
      So both as a reader and an author in me is left wondering why the trend to catch fans authors are using those ‘words’ that will undoubtedly get them attention but not necessarily get them fans or readers. 

  •   What do you think? Is this a trend that is showing the progression of the ‘romance’ or ‘erotic’ genre or is it progressive marketing? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think

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    What I learned Wednesday

    What I learned from growing up in the 80’s

     Growing up in the 80’s was the last great era. If I dare say so. Because it was the last era of doing so many great and dangerous things. Such as:

    • Playing out in the streets (even after dark)
    • I played with lawn darts. (And ran like hell!)
    • Riding in the back of my dad’s truck, sometimes in a lawnchair on the highway.
    • Eating out of styrofoanm containers.
    • Drinking from the hose in the front yard.
    • Playing kick-the-can in your bare feet.
    • Getting scolded by your friends mom because you got caught doing something stupid.
    • Having a sleepover in your backyard without fear.

     So what did this teach me?
     It taught me fearlessness, and respect, and that life was precious. It taught me how to entertain myself, it gave me an imagination. I learned how important friendship was, that time wasn’t limitless. That summer-break was just that a break and to cherish that time because it went by very quickly. I learned to laugh at the funny, and those times when the sadness crept in? Those times wouldn’t last forever.
     I learned to stick my face into the breeze of a beautiful fall day. And tuck my head down on a freezing winter morning. Bare my shoulders on a balmy summer afternoon, and dance in the rain on a spring morning.
     I got lost in books, and not in television or video games. Took walks to my friend’s house because that was the only way to communicate with them.
     I learned patience by listening to the radio for my favorite song for hours on end. I took summer jobs, because working hard was important.
     Growing up in the 80’s was the best, we have awesome hair, and even better clothes. The music was fantastic, it was the best time to be an adolescent!



    Did you grow up in the 80’s? What do you remember about growing up in the 80’s? What was the best part for you? What did it teach you?

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    Healthy Writer Wednesday





    Replace just one thing a day.

      When a juggler starts to juggle, he doesn’t grab eight balls and throw them up in the air in the hopes that he will be able to juggle. No when a juggler starts juggling believe it or not they start with just one ball. They toss that ball up in the air slow, up and down, up and down, with one hand until they know the weight and feel of the ball totally. Then they start tossing that ball from hand to hand, until they can toss that ball from hand to hand with their eyes closed. Only then will they add another ball doing the same thing tossing it with the first ball in his hands making it a part of his hands with the first ball. Jugglers make the balls almost an extension of their hands they can see the balls flying through the air with their eyes closed.
    So what does this have to do with being a healthy writer, you may ask?
    Well, too often in life we jump into some type of healthy idea

    with a gusto that overwhelms us. We start a diet/healthy eating
    regimen/workout routine with so much we overwhelm ourselves. It’s like throwing eight balls in the air and expecting ourselves to just know how to juggle them.

    There is an epidemic in society today of individuals failing at diets. Or will lose weight from the crash diet/workout they do for a short term. However, they burn themselves out or what I like to call the flash in the pan. Once the ‘flash in the pan’ is over they gain the weight back and are overwhelmed with the feelings of regret or remorse from regaining the weight to do anything about it.
    So how to you avoid the ‘flash in the pan’ syndrome? You start slow. You replace just one thing a day. I know what you are going to say. “But I want results now!” And believe me I know what you are saying, and I understand. But here is the answer to that, do you want results that will last, or do you want instant results? It’s definitely a give and take. And a hard pill to swallow, going a little slower at first will still give you results just longer lasting.
    So what can you do, here are some ideas.
    • ·      Drink more water. You may not know it but the majority of people in the U.S. are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. So drink more water! Here is a good link to see how much water you should be drinking by personal weight.
    • ·         Stop drinking soda. (Not switching to diet, but all soda)
    • ·         Drink black coffee instead of Latte’s (try it with a little cream or sugar)
    • ·         Eat a healthy breakfast (everyday, no exceptions) Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a great way to reward yourself. And gives you a perfect way to start your day. Tells yourself you a worth a day full of good things.
    • ·         Eat healthy snacks during the day instead of sugary snacks.
    • ·         Go for a walk every day. (This will boost your metabolism, and so many other things.)
    • ·         Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. (National Sleep Foundation recommends: 7-9 hours sleep.org)
    • ·         Mediate daily (Clearing your thoughts and centering yourself will help you become more balanced.)
    • ·         Keep a journal (whether it be a food journal or a positivity journal a journal will help you understand what is going on around you and connect you with the world)
    • ·         A healthy diet that includes lunch/dinner and healthy snacks
    • ·         Work out – Cardio
    • ·         Work out – Weights

    Now don’t think you have to do all of these things. Just pick one. Work on it for a couple of weeks then move on to another one. You will notice I put a healthy diet, Cardio and Weights at the bottom, I think these should come last once you are working on all the other stuff. Once you have those other things worked out the healthy diet and cardio/weight will be a cinch.  And by that time the weight will just fall off.

    Let me know what you think, leave a comment below.