Monday, October 29, 2012

Recommend Monday

Happy Monday All!

Sorry I'm late today. It's chilly outside and it took longer for me to start up this morning. Love snuggling with my fur-angels on cold mornings. And speaking of fur-angels, I'm so pleased to announce that Blossom is doing wonderfully well. She can see again! She's still in the recovery stage and her vision will slowly improve over the next six weeks. But just one week is a major improvement. And she's getting her spunk and sass back, which I have so missed. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. They worked! And are much appreciated!

So are you in the path of the Franken-storm? If so, please be safe. Every time I turn on the news, it's like I'm watching a sci-fi movie. I know Sandy has already caused death and destruction along her path to the U.S. but I'm hoping and praying she'll peter out and not cause the havoc that's being predicted. If you're anywhere near where she will cause problems, my thoughts and prayers for you and yours!

Last week, in between tears and fears for my fur-angel, I spent much of my time finishing up copyedits for MIDNIGHT SECRETS. I also wrote on both MIDNIGHT LIES and a few pages of CHANCES ARE.

Have I mentioned the cover of CHANCES ARE to you? It's a completely different kind of cover than my first 9 LCR books. I hope to reveal it to you soon. I've shown it to a few people who describe it as beautiful and very very sexy. I hope it's not so out there that people will be discouraged from buying it. However, the cover is a scene straight out of the story and I will admit, when I saw it, I loved it. But there's this straight-laced side of me that fears I'll shock you. Anyway, I'll show it to you soon and let you tell me what you think.

Although I'm not going to be able to get CHANCES ARE out to you by the year's end, I do plan to have it for you early next year. However, I have to finish my contracted book first. MIDNIGHT LIES, the second book in my Ella Grace series, has surprised me with its many twists and turns. I can't wait for you to read it and I am so in love with the hero, Quinn Braddock, I can't see straight. (:

Once I'm finished with ML, I'll get back to Jake and Angela's story. I left them in a dangerous situation and I'm anxious to see if they survived!

Okay enough about me. Tell me about you. What are you reading, what are you recommending and what are you looking forward to buying on release day tomorrow? I've seen lots of posts on Facebook about tomorrow's releases. Looks like lots of awesome ones are coming out. What are you most looking forward to reading?

Just a reminder that I'm posting a Midnight Tale over on my Ella Grace site every Friday, so be sure to check them out when you can. You'll learn lots of tidbits about the town of Midnight and some of her most interesting characters. Also, be sure to sign up for my Ella Grace newsletter. The first day of each month, beginning November 1, I'll choose a subscriber at random to receive a $10 bookstore gift card.

Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed to Midnight where the holiday festivities are about to get explosive! Now tell us what we should be reading!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Recommend Monday!

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Since it's getting cooler, I love the thought of snuggling up with a cup of hot tea and a good book. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

Thank you all again for the good wishes and prayers for my fur-angel, Blossom. We were thrilled to learn that she is indeed healthy enough for surgery. That's planned for tomorrow morning and we're so hoping her sight can be restored. Would appreciate continued good thoughts and prayers for success!

Last week I received copy edits for my first Ella Grace book, MIDNIGHT SECRETS. How could I have forgotten how much I loved this book? (: The copy edits are due this week. Once they're finished, it's back to MIDNIGHT LIES where Quinn and Samantha are about to discover that Midnight, Alabama is not big enough for the both of them. Expecting fireworks!

Also last week, I looked over some possibilities for the cover of my LCR novella, CHANCES ARE. I'm considering going in a completely different direction. Having the freedom to choose my own cover is very freeing but scary, too. What if I get it wrong? But then, I can always put a different cover if it's not working. Now that is so very cool.

This particular cover is way sexier than any of the other LCR books but the scene is right out of the storyline. So it'll be interesting to see what you guys think. Still not sure when the novella will be released but the second I know for sure, you will know the very next second. Promise!

The Monday recommends have increased substantially but I would love to see more. I created the contest to increase the awareness of Recommend Monday and, of course, my books. I would sincerely appreciate it if you would share news of this contest and blog with your reader friends. And the added benefit is more recommends. A win-win for us all!

As a reminder, here's the contest rules and prizes:

One entry per each Recommend Monday, no matter how many books you recommend or how many times you comment.

The drawing will take place, Monday, January 31 at 12:00 PM (CST)

Grand prize: Kindle Fire HD.
First place prize: A signed copy of the complete Last Chance Rescue series (all 9 books)
Second place prize: $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Let's see how many comments we can get this week!

Okay, gotta get back to copy edits. Hope you all have a great week. Can't wait to see what you're recommending this week.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a good week and weekend. Looking forward to hearing about all the great books you read last week. Remember the contest for the Kindle giveaway ends 12/31 and a recommend from you each week is another entry in the contest. (Only one entry per week)

Last week wasn't the best for me. Blossom, my fur angel, who has been with me from the very first word I typed, went blind. It happened overnight and we were devastated. We took her to the opthamologist and learned she has diabetes. In a way, we were relieved because that is a treatable disease. However, the blindness continues. We're checking this week if she's healthy enough for eye surgery. So hoping we can get her sight back. Would certainly appreciate good thoughts and prayers that we get good news!

On a happier note, things are heating up in Midnight, Alabama with MIDNIGHT LIES. I am loving this story. If you didn't get a chance to read last Friday's Midnight Tales, be sure to check it out. It features a photo of the Wilde mansion and has a short excerpt from MIDNIGHT SECRETS. Click on the mansion for more. Here's the link: A Midnight Tale

Great news for my UK readers! I noticed that the first six LCR books are up for pre-order on Amazon. Here's the link: RESCUE ME for UK readers The other titles can be found there also. Looks like RESCUE ME releases in January, RETURN TO ME in February, etc. I can't wait to see the new covers!

MIDNIGHT SECRETS is also available for pre-order in the UK but only the paperback so far. As soon as it goes up for Kindle, I'll let you know. Be warned, it's still showing a March 26 release date and not the new one of April 30. Here's the UK buy link: MIDNIGHT SECRETS for UK readers

With the family issues that came up last week, along with a 10/31 deadline for MIDNIGHT LIES and copyedits coming this week for MIDNIGHT SECRETS, there is a strong possibility that CHANCES ARE won't be ready to release this year. I really want to get Jake and Angela's story to you but I also want it to be LCR worthy. I'll let you know as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience. I can't wait for you to meet Angela and Jake!

Okay, that's it for me. Got lots of writing to do. Wish me luck!

Hope you have a wonderful week. Now tell us what we should be reading!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Last week's comments were amazing, with lots of book recommendations. Would love to increase that even more this week, so come on and share your great reads!

Remember, by recommending a book here, you're entered into a contest for:

Grand Prize winner: Kindle Fire HD
First Prize winner: Signed copy of entire Last Chance Rescue series (9 books)
Second Prize winner: $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Winner will be announced December 31.

Thanks to all who commented about my Ella Grace site. Be sure to check out the Midnight Tale I posted on Friday. Faye's Diner is the oldest restaurant in Midnight and holds more secrets than most people would expect.

Also, thanks to those who commented here or sent an email about how you'd like to read CHANCES ARE novella, either eBook or paperback. Still don't know if I'll be able to offer it in paperback yet but I'll be sure to let everyone know as soon as I know.

I have tons going on this week and the deadline for Ella's MIDNIGHT LIES looms ever near, so please forgive the shortness of this post.

Looking forward to everyone recommendations!

Have a great week!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Recommend Monday!

Good Monday Everyone!

Looking forward to hearing about all your great reads from last week. There have been some fabulous releases the last few months. Can't wait to hear about the ones you're recommending.

Thanks to everyone who came by to check out my Ella Grace website.  I sincerely appreciate your kind comments. I hope you got the chance to read the MIDNIGHT SECRETS excerpt. Also, last Friday I posted the very first Midnight Tale. Inez Peebles, the oldest resident of Midnight, wrote an interesting and informative blog about her hometown. If you didn't get to read it, here's the link: A Midnight Tale. 

As promised, since the Ella Grace site is now up, the focus on this blog will be future Christy Reece books, including the upcoming LCR novella, CHANCES ARE. And to keep that promise, here's a snippet for you. The first paragraph: 
London, England
He had been following her for days. She was young, beautiful, and deliciously unaware of anything outside of her field of vision or interest. Was there anything more enticing or tempting? Without a doubt, she had no clue that her life was about to make a hairpin turn and dead end abruptly. 

I'll try to share a few lines every couple of weeks. I've so enjoyed getting back to the LCR gang. Both Angela and Jake have surprised and delighted me. I think you're going to love them as a couple. I'll soon be working on the cover and can't wait to see how that turns out. As soon as it's finalized, I'll post it here. I'm still hopeful that I'll get CHANCES ARE out to you by the end of the year.

As you know, I'm self publishing CHANCES ARE, which means it will be released as an eBook. I'm not sure yet if I'll release it as a paperback, too. Much of it depends upon what readers want. So if you wouldn't mind letting me know how you would prefer to read CHANCES ARE, I'd sincerely appreciate it. You can comment here or email me at

As mentioned last week, today is the beginning of a huge contest for me. I've never done this before and am quite excited about it. My website has the most hits on Monday because of this blog, however, over the last couple of months recommends have slowed considerably. I'd love to regenerate interest because even though we have only a few recommendations, many viewers come here to get good book suggestions. I want to continue that service. So, to help increase the comments and hopefully the traffic, I'm going to have a 3 month contest. Each person who recommends a book(s) will be entered into the contest. Only one entry each Monday but the more Mondays you recommend a book, the more times your name will be entered. There are 14 Mondays between now and the end of the year. That 14 times you could enter.

The drawing will take place, Monday, January 31 at 12:00 PM (CST)

Here are the prizes:

Grand prize: Kindle Fire HD.
First place prize: A signed copy of the complete Last Chance Rescue series (all 9 books)
Second place prize: $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble

So, let's hear it for Recommend Monday! Remember, the contest starts today. And since it's a win-win for everybody, be sure to let others know about the contest. We all get great book recommendations and at the end of the year, three people will win a fabulous prize!

Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed back to Midnight. I hope you have a fabulous week. Can't wait to read your recommendations!