Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Bookpalooza!

https://www.rmalexanderauthor.com/thanksgiving-weekend-bookpalooza


Thanksgiving Bookpalooza- 

Online book fair featuring authors in all genres (including my two latest releases)
from November 23-27, 2018. 

At the end of the event, one lucky winner will win a gift basket with an Amazon gift card worth $25 and lots of books!
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Monday, October 29, 2018

A Holiday Release: Hawk Mountain Heist!



Excited to share my latest novella release, Hawk Mountain Heist, on November 5, 2018! It is available now for pre-order for 99 cents.

Story-line: When easy-going Tanker Sutherland is jilted at the altar, he moves to Utah for a job on the ski patrol and to train a new avalanche rescue dog, Tobler. Tank is annoyed when he’s assigned to help a pretentious, well-to-do woman named Olivia find her brother instead of an official search and rescue. Never once did he dream it would involve criminal recyclers, kidnapping, an avalanche and serious danger.

Olivia is terrified of being buried alive, but it doesn’t stop her from going to the winter mountains during a huge storm to find her real estate developer brother when he doesn’t return her calls. Unfortunately, she’s assigned a ski patroller who doesn’t have his heart in the search.

Will Olivia and Tanker set their distrust aside long enough to rescue her brother from criminal recyclers?

Pre-order on: Amazon
Will be available from other distributors this week!

Just letting you know that all of my back titles of novellas will be made available for print purchase soon. Also, all of the books I write going forward will be novellas instead of full-length novels. I'm still donating to Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) from proceeds of my books. 

Happy Reading,

Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs! 
Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com 


Monday, October 22, 2018

Featured Post: A Miracle for Ann by Sara Fitzgerald


So honored to feature a local author and friend on my blog today--Sara Fitzgerald! She is amazing! Here is a behind-the-story look at A Miracle for Ann:

I wrote A Miracle for Ann because of my daughter. Savanna has autism. When she was first diagnosed, private insurance did not cover treatment for autism. My husband and I struggled to pay for the expensive treatments she needed. We had many miracles from God to help us along this journey. 

I got involved in helping get the “autism” bill passed so private insurances now cover autism. We were blessed to have her attend Pingree as a toddler and now Spectrum Academy.

Savanna is our miracle child. We prayed for her every day for seven years. She has blessed our lives with so much love and joy. I dedicated this story to my husband, Russ, and Savanna. 

I think some of the best stories are written from the truth you know. Although A Miracle for Ann is fictional, the emotions are real. I hope you enjoy reading this story, and wish you happy holidays this years.

Below is more about A Miracle for Ann:

Story-line:  Ann is two-years-old and was recently diagnosed with autism. Her parents are desperate to help her. Ann shows great promise. However, she needs early intervention at an expensive preschool.

Going to school could give Ann the life her parents always dreamed of for her. But paying for the school would take a miracle, and this Christmas season, miracles seem to be in short supply.

Review:

A Miracle for Ann is an intimate peek into a family’s response to receiving an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. It highlights how this can affect people differently within each extended family system. I was touched deeply by the emotion, love and dedication of the family for their daughter." Marie Seoane, LCSW


Here is more information about Sara:

Sara Fitzgerald has a daughter with autism and was involved in getting the S.B 57 Autism Services Amendments passed. Sara was named Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers in 2006. She is also the author of the Christmas story, Saving SavannaShe lives with her husband and daughter in the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Other Titles by Sara Fitzgerald:

Saving Savanna
Mine for Keeps
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Yesterday’s Wish
Anything for Charity
Darkness Within
Magic Within


Wishing Sara much success on her latest release!


Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs! 
Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com 

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Release: Christmas Spoons!



So very excited to share with you my new release, Christmas Spoons!

Yes, it has been a long time since I've had a new release. Chalk it up to health issues with both me and my children. However, I think you will love this new novella. It's a little different from my usual books. This is a historical, set post World War II! Here's the blurb:

Louise has been passed from one relative to another for years. Now, World War II has ended, she’s ready to graduate high school and wants to escape to Salt Lake City, Utah on her own. That is, until she meets Danny who has just returned from the war.

Danny longed for two years to return to his small home town. Now that he’s home, nothing feels the same. He finds himself wishing for more out of life than working his family’s farm and turning his money over to his parents.


When friends decide to elope to Las Vegas, Danny and Louise find themselves along for the ride. With very few possessions, little money and limited jobs after the war, the two struggle to build a future with only their love, friends, optimism and faith.  



This novella is also not considered a romance, either. The couple get together right away. Oh, and there's a dog, but he is not front and center in the story. I guess you'll just have to read it to see what you think.

Christmas Spoons is available for pre-order and will release on Amazon on October 8, 2018. Other retailers will follow soon.


Happy Reading,

Cindy

Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs! 

Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com
Book cover copyright: Cindy A. Christiansen 2018 
Top dog image by: http://bit.ly/2oVm3N7

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Lightbulbs: It’s Amazing!

Lightbulb that has been burning since 1901
Have you heard about the lightbulb that has been burning since 1901? It resides in Livermore, California and hangs on a cord from the ceiling of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department’s Fire Station #6. If you want to know more, there are links below.

Well, my lightbulb isn’t as old as all that, but it is still pretty amazing. 

When I hit fourteen, over somethin’-somethin’ years ago, my mom gave me my first makeup mirror—a Jheri Redding II Image Plus lighted mirror with double mirror that flips to a magnified side. Hey, that kinda sounds like Ralphie in "The Christmas Story" with his “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”

My mirror today.

Well, that was about how I felt about my mirror. I was now all grown up and felt very special indeed.

Me on my 14th birthday. Mirror is in the box behind the card.
I remember that birthday more than any other. I received lots of gifts from my family and my older sister made me a birthday cake that looked just like my very first dog—Scottie. Oh, how I loved that dog!

My sister and the "Scottie" cake she made me.
Scottie - my first dog.
Anyway, believe it or not, some forty-odd years later, all four light bulbs are still original and burning! I’ve never replaced a one. Now, you have to admit that that’s pretty astonishing after being used every single day of my life at least once a day, if not twice.

My oldest son is so amazed by it that every time he comes to our house, he goes in and turns it on and off and on and off to see if it is still going. As you can see by the photo, one of the bulbs is completely black but still keeps burning.

The top left just started to go dark. The right has been dark for years.
Some might have thrown the mirror out by now, but I guess I’m sentimental. It’s been a part of my life on a daily basis. Through my teen years, my twenties, marriage, children, sickness and in health. It's endured me pulling funny faces while I brush my hair for years. I don’t know that the bulbs will continue to last as long as the lightbulb in the firehouse, but I still think it is pretty amazing.


Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs!
Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com

Copyright on all photos beside the Firehouse lightbulb belong to Cindy A. Christiansen.