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July 5, 2015

Yes, this time next week I will have a 24-year-old son! We’re going to have his party on Saturday, though, so we can recuperate Sunday :) I’m inviting his girlfriend’s parents, for the first time, and that makes me nervous!

I realize I didn’t post my goals last week because I was in NYC and we didn’t have internet in the rooms, not that we were there much anyway! I’ll post all those updates later, but I DID finish my book and uploaded it on Thursday and Friday, waiting for the cover artist before I can get the print book going. I also had a BookBub ad, so I’m going to try to keep the momentum going this week.

Lunch with friends
Work on new book
Day with Mom
clean craft room
Polka to the vet
modify front matter in published books
take out ads
Get ready for Josh’s bday party
sew something
walk the dog

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Published on July 05, 2015 06:28

July 4, 2015

I’m wanting to update my Bluestone covers, but dang, it’s hard, especially since I have particular pictures of these characters, you know? Also finding three pictures with the same look is challenging.

I really like Robyn Carr’s new book covers, with just the hero, but I can only find one picture like that, and I need 3.


I really like Jane Porter’s covers, the beautiful colors, the focus on the heroine.


And I love the colors of Virginia Kantra’s books.


Here are the ones I’ve narrowed down:

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I’m not sure how I feel about the guitar guy, and I’d definitely crop out the globe, but they at least seem to have the same feel.

Then there are these:

He kind of reminds me too much of the nanny on Modern Family


I love the look of this picture, and think it’s kind of like Robyn Carr’s covers, but I can’t find any more like it that I like.


I can’t get past the sweater on this one.


So I guess I’ll keep looking. Any thoughts?

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Published on July 04, 2015 10:25 • 2 views

June 25, 2015

Originally posted on It's All About The Romance:

5b1c7-boxsetblue500x600 Two days ago was the release date of our box set Summer On Main Street, a six-book set of small town romances. It came out with a bang and it’s still selling well. I am so proud to be a part of this group of authors and I’m pleased to have another of the fabulous author-MJ Fredrick-on my blog today.

The Love I want to be in Final

Welcome MJ. Tell us about yourself.

I have been writing seriously for 18 years, when I joined RWA. I first published in 2008, with two different publishers, two weeks apart, both firefighter books. I’ve written 25 books now, from romantic suspense to contemporary romance, set from Antarctica to Texas to Africa. I have been teaching for 26 years now, every grade level but kindergarten. I’m currently teaching music, which means ALL the kids are my kids! I’ve been married for 28 years to an Emmy-award winning producer, and we have…

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Published on June 25, 2015 05:11 • 2 views

June 23, 2015

Finally it’s here, the summer on Main Street boxed set, with six stories by six authors, for 99 cents! I was so excited to be invited to be part of this. Allie and I were Samhain authors together, and I was so pleased when she invited me. I wanted to have a new book as a part of it, so I busted BUTT to get the first book of my new series, The Off-Season, ready to go. I’ve had the idea forever, since Fred and I spent a Columbus Day weekend at the coast, and I started thinking about the people who lived there. I put off writing it because Trish ALSO had the idea of writing the beach books that became the Starfish Shore series. I didn’t want to spread myself too thin, so I started the Boom Town books first.

ANYWAY, I hope you’ll check out Blue and Brioney, who’ve already gotten a good review from an ARC reviewer.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00V6GBG3W

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/summer-on-main-street/id979811690?mt=11

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-on-main-street-crista-mchugh/1121601835?ean=2940151718011

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/summer-on-main-street


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Published on June 23, 2015 06:27

June 22, 2015

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Favorite Things blog, and since I’m CRAZY stressed about this trip to NY, I thought it was time.

Not at all related to the previous statement: whiskey sours. I found a recipe on Pinterest and they are so crazy good and EASY and I get to use my mason jar shaker. (I wish I’d taken a picture of the last one I made, because I don’t want to steal the picture on her blog.)

The Strain. We’re rewatching the CREEPY vampire show and loving it all over again.


Shannon Stacey’s newest book. It’s Friday Night Lights, all grown up! I loved every minute.


Jurassic World. Jurassic Park remains one of my favorite movies of all time, and I was scared going into Jurassic World, but I LOVED it. Not as much as the original, but it was fun and surprising and FUN. I WILL see it again.


My dog. Yes, she’s stinky and she gets on the couch when she’s not supposed to, but she’s sweet and she loves me.


What’s on your favorites list these days?

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Published on June 22, 2015 18:49 • 1 view

Originally posted on It's All About The Romance:


Good Morning!

In celebration of our upcoming Summer On Main Street Box Set, I’m very pleased to have Allie Boniface on my blog today. Allie’s book The Promise of Paradise will be available in our box set AVAILABLE FOR SALE TOMORROW!


Welcome to my blog, Allie!  Tell us a little about yourself:

Well, I was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains my fascination with small town life. I currently live with my husband and our two furry feline children and teach high school English in the northern NYC suburbs.

I’m also lucky enough to be a USA Today best-selling author of sensual contemporary romance and have 3 series currently published (Hometown Heroes, Cocktail Cruises, One Night In…) I love stories set in small towns and am a firm believer in the power of love and the emotions that connect us all!

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Published on June 22, 2015 05:03

June 21, 2015

Pretty much the heading says it all. I. Will. Be. Crazy.

Today is Fred’s 50th AND Father’s Day, but we’ve pretty much celebrated, except for the enchiladas I’m making for dinner.

Tuesday the Summer on Main Street boxed set comes out and I’m hoping for GOOD sales.

Friday, Mom and I are heading to NYC and I’m an idiot who never thought about reserving seats when I booked the flight and now there are not two seats together. She hasn’t flown in 15 years, and I’m a little anxious. My stepdad is working on figuring out how we’re getting from the airport to the hotel.

ALSO I need to finish a book this week. I’m not going ANYWHERE.

Launch boxed set
Board Meeting (ugh, forgot about that)
Dentist (yes, again. Forgot about that, too)
Fly to NYC for a wedding
Newsletter/ads/Facebook party
Clean craft room
Finish Avalon
walk the dog

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Published on June 21, 2015 10:15

June 14, 2015

And I need one so bad!!!

Last week I didn’t get as much done as I hoped. I was just so tired, and everything took longer than it should have. This week Fred’s on vacation, so I know I won’t get much done. Getting a little anxious, not good for vacation!

Day trip and an overnight trip
Jurassic World–in an hour!
Set up preorder for Avalon 3
Board meeting Wednesday
Work on Avalon
clean craft room
wash windows
Figure out Facebook ads
Take out ads
Update front matter in books
walk the dog

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Published on June 14, 2015 09:44 • 7 views

June 7, 2015

So, it’s not going to be a particularly fun week, with trips to the dentist and the vet, and I have a LOT I need to do to catch up, both writing-wise and business-wise. So…wish me luck with this long list!

Day with Mom
Work on Avalon–12 pages a day, minimum!
wash windows
Learn about Facebook advertising
rework front matter in all my books
sew something
Polka’s spa day
Write a blog
Figure out expanded distribution to CreateSpace
Figure out Amazon’s Write On
Take out ads
Walk the dog
bridal shower

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Published on June 07, 2015 11:22 • 1 view

June 5, 2015

Today is my favorite day of the year. The last day of school with the whole summer stretched in front of me. There are so many things that make me think of summer. I was talking (okay, texting) with my mom about it and she said it is because we have so many good summer memories.

Oreos, for one. I remember we’d go swimming at the pool in Seguin, then shivering in our bathing suits, would go to the grocery store on the way home. Double Stuff Oreos had just come out. I will forever associate the smell of chlorine with the taste of Oreos.

Sweet sodas. Ordinarily I don’t like sweet drinks, but in the summer, I love cream sodas, root beer, and right now, watermelon soda. I think this goes back to summer evenings when my grandmother would walk us over to the convenience store (the ice house, we called it) and we’d buy cream soda (Blue Nehi) and pretty much all the candy we could eat!

Books. I read so much during summers. I read Trixie Belden books until they fell apart. My grandmother signed me up for a horse book club, and I read those books until they fell apart. The school would open the library one morning a week and I was there, in the cool, darkened, nearly-empty school library for my stack of books. We learned that the public library delivered books, so I got those, too. I read my grandfather’s westerns when I ran out of things to read, and my grandmother would take me to the five and dime and I’d get Harlequins (I liked the Janet Dailey ones). So yeah, books EVERYWHERE.

Gingham. I think it’s because Mom made me a pink and white gingham bedspread and curtains. Myroom was bright and pretty, and I spent a lot of time in it during the summer. You know, reading.

Halter tops. They were one of the first things I learned how to sew…two panels with drawstrings at the top, that tied at the shoulders. I probably made six of them and wore them until I couldn’t go without a bra anymore.

The smell of coffee in the drive-thru. This one I blame on Fred and our road trips, though we don’t limit them to summer. But we always stop at a drive-thru for breakfast on our way out of town.

Totino’s Pizzas. When Josh was little, we’d buy those for lunches on summer days. Actually, I kept buying them even when he was a teenager and could eat more than one by himself!

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Published on June 05, 2015 02:42 • 1 view