2018 with Christina Dodd and Ritter
January 10, 2018
In this newsletter:
— My virgin podcast!
— 2018 Upcoming Christina Dodd books!
— Let’s celebrate! Ritter is 15 years old!
As we go back to work after the holidays, I always remember this interesting story:
A sinner died and went to hell, and was given a choice of his torment for all eternity. He toured the different torture rooms: the burning fires room, the pitchfork stabbing room, the all pencils have worn down erasers room. Finally he opened a door and saw people standing waist deep in manure. He thought, “That’s not too bad,” and waded in. In a few minutes, the devil in charge said, “Break’s over! Everyone back on your heads!”
My Virgin Podcast!
The Not Boring Book Show asked me to be a guest, it was my first podcast. and I confess, I was a little nervous. Would I be witty? Intelligent? Remember important facts…like my name? May I say — it’s definitely not boring! The hosts, Stacy and Angela, are entertaining and funny, they asked great questions, and we ended up cackling about the treehouse, the three-armed cover, and my absolute idiocy when I started writing (I started right after I gave birth to our first daughter, because, “How much trouble can one little baby be?”) The hosts and I even got serious about my readers and how words and stories bind us and guide us. You can listen and/or download here.
P.S. This is not only the first podcast I did, but it’s also the first one I’ve listened to. Do you know how hard it is to hear your own voice and think, “Do I really sound that squeaky?” Now I’ve listened to several of the Not Boring podcasts, and they’re fun, informative, and entertaining. Give them a try!
Of course, I hope you enjoy my podcast the most.
2018 Upcoming Christina Dodd books!
2018 is going to be an interesting reading year for us all, with lots of wonderful books coming from your favorite romance and suspense authors. Here’s a round-up of mine!
DEAD GIRL RUNNING: the first full-length thriller in the Virtue Falls spin-off series, Cape Charade, coming April 24 in hardcover, trade paperback and eBook!
I have three confessions:
1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams … and that’s half a lie.
Girl running… from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There, amid towering storms and lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.
Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face hides a mask. Every kind word sounds like a lie. Kellen is driven to defend her job, her friends, and the place she’s come to call home. Yet she wonders—with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and an amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past, could the killer be staring her in the face?
Very early news: On Saturday, May 12, bestseller Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and I will be autographing together at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Arizona! Details here!
HARD TO KILL: the first Cape Charade Short Story
When Army Captain Kellen Adams receives a job offer that sounds too good to be true, she finds herself balanced between fascination and fear. All she has to do is break a code and find a long lost treasure…or die trying.
HARD TO KILL, coming in August, 2018…I think. Stay tuned for more information as I know it!
At last! Coming in paperback and with reduced eBook prices on March 27
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM!
Last night someone had called Merida, warned her that “they” were hunting her, and today worry replaced joy and mindlessness. As she stood there, facing the ocean, she found herself listening, not to the waves ceaselessly rolling, but for the sound of footsteps behind her. Serenity had never seemed so far away, so at last she turned back, running hard up the path, testing her limits for speed and endurance. She turned onto the street where the B and B stood, saw a man jogging toward her, shirtless, in shorts, shirtless, beautifully sculpted, shirtless … Lifts weights, shorts are too long, almost to his knees, such a shame, those thigh muscles must be awesome…
Benedict, of course.
He lifted one hand in recognition and ran past her at a pace that made her feel like a sweaty underachiever.
She turned and ran backward — it was good exercise — and watched him.
“Wow.” For a ruthless, conniving, asshole of an autocrat, he looked good, probably because he had time left over from impaling his competitors to exercise.
He round the corner and head for town, and he didn’t turn to glance back.
“Damn it.” She slowed to a walk. She was looking at him, and he didn’t care to look at her. She turned to face forward, glimpsed movement out of the corners of her eyes.
A man hid in the hedges.
She leaped sideways, but too late.
He yanked her into the shadowy yard through a narrow gap in the towering boxwood.
She fought. Branches scraped her skin.
But he was powerful and skilled. He rendered her helpless, pulled her close and in a deep, familiar voice said, “I did warn that you couldn’t scream.”
Ritter is 15 years old!
Everyone on my mailing list knows Ritter. He is the puppy we raised and trained as an assistance dog for Canine Companions for Independence. He is the dog who stayed in advanced training for five months (!) before he flunked out of college and returned to us. He helps me with promotion by posing with books and at my desk, and is happy to do it for treats and a lot of pets. He is the sweet boy who has been our faithful friend for so many years…and on January 4, he turned fifteen years old.
Which is 105 in dog years. (Read more about Ritter, the Almost Assistance Dog.)
Every day, Ritter gets up and goes for a walk (really a mosey) with The Husband, who takes him down the hill and up the hill. He eats three meals a day and greatly enjoys them. He helps me with my writing by sleeping through all the exciting scenes. He’s got lumps and bumps, we have to help him up the stairs (thus making us his assistance humans) and he can’t hear well. But when 105 years you are, slower you will move. I hope you have a friend as dear and loyal as Ritter. Join me in wishing Ritter a Happy Birthday!
Hold on to your hats! In the next few months, we’re going to have BIG interest and excitement with the Reviewers’ Club and contests run exclusively for you, my newsletter friends. I’m so thankful you chose to join me. Books come out, social media announcements are iffy, but you always know the exciting details about my stories and when you can welcome them into your home.
Until we meet again, have a wonderful, book-filled January!
New York Times bestselling author of lots of books!
Historical Romance (CANDLE IN THE WINDOW $2.99 eBook)
Paranormal Romance (STORM OF VISIONS $2.99 eBook)
Suspense (VIRTUE FALLS $6.79 paperback.)
It’s hard to be optimistic when your fat pants are tight. (After the holidays, I’m all about this quote. )