July 19th #amwriting

An excerpt from an upcoming release by award-winning author Christine Nolfi.Birdsong drifted across the green hills of Walnut Grove Memorial Gardens.

Located fifteen minutes outside Sweet Lake, the expansive, tree-dotted grounds served many of the smaller towns in southwestern Ohio. Frances approached her husband’s grave with pride quickening her strides. Before his unfortunate passing, her beloved Archibald had owned a construction company in Sweet Lake. His success had allowed her to secure a plot on the cemetery’s high, central hill.

Silvia, less impressed by grand gestures, plunked down the mason jar of flowers they’d brought. “Hello, Archibald.” She glanced at the unmarred grass on either side of his gave. “I see you’re still lonely up on your perch. What’s that? No one else in these parts can afford to join you?”

“He has Demeter to keep him company,” Frances said. Her sweet Persian had trotted off to the Great Beyond one short year after the terrible loss of Archibald.

The comment put sparks in Silvia’s dark eyes. “We are not discussing your deceased pet. I still haven’t forgiven you.”

An old complaint, and Frances calmly went about the business of restacking stones for the feline’s grave. “Demeter, Silvia says hello.” The groundsmen never failed to mow over the tiny memorial, sending the stones flying every which way.

“I’ll put up with these nutty conversations with Archibald, but only because he mixed a mojito nearly as well as I do. I am not offering salutations to a dead animal.”

“Hush, now. Demeter will hear you.”

“Frances, you’re playing with half a deck.” Catching herself, Silvia regarded the marble headstone. “I’m sorry, Archie. I’d give her my last pint of blood if she needed it, but she wasn’t this off-center when you were alive.”

Frances located the last stone, a heart-shaped beauty of silver granite. “I’d give you my last drop of blood.” Rising, she arched a brow. “But only if you were bleeding to death.”

“Sneaking in here to bury a cat—I should’ve put you six feet under.”

“What did you want me to do, toss her out by my lilacs?”

“She could’ve fertilized your lilacs for three years straight. Small dogs were afraid of your Persian.”

The part about small dogs Frances didn’t mind, but comparing Demeter to compost was deplorable. She angled her chin. “You aren’t a cat person, Silvia. How could you possibly understand?”

“Guess I should thank my lucky stars you aren’t a dog person. How would we have hauled a Great Dane over? I nearly broke my hip vaulting onto the grounds.”

“We didn’t vault.” They’d brought a ladder for the midnight excursion, climbing easily over Walnut’s Grove iron gate. Silvia took a bit of a tumble going over, but she’d done more harm to her festive capris than her bones. In Frances’s estimation, if her voluptuous friend traded a burrito for salad occasionally, she’d remain more nimble.

Look for the debut of Christine’s new Sweet Lake series in February of next year. This excerpt is from the second book in the series, tentative release date: July, 2017.

Summer Book Extravaganza

Bestselling author Christine Nolfi hosts a Facebook party with authors Bette Lee Crosby, Barbara Hinske, Andrea Hurst, Grace Greene, Dete Meserve and Ashley Farley.

Looking to win a library of great books? Don’t miss this very special Facebook party.

On July 12th I’m hosting a worldwide event with seven other bestselling authors. Since this is a virtual event, wear PJs if you’d like and stop by at 2 – 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time or 7 – 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Or stop in both times for more chances to win oodles of great prizes! We’re hosting twice to allow readers in many time zones to participate.

This is your chance to mingle with some of the finest women fiction authors working today:

USA Today bestseller Bette Lee Crosby weaves heartwarming stories with a Southern flair;

 Experience the romance of France in the award-winning stories by Patricia Sands;

Visit with Barbara Hinske, awarded “Best in Women’s Fiction” by BookBub;

Grace Greene enthralls readers in two genres—Women’s Fiction and Romantic Suspense;

Chat with Andrea Hurst, the captivating author of the Madrona Island Trilogy and a highly regarded literary agent;

Award-winner Dete Meserve writes uplifting stories, and also works as a film and television producer;

And Ashley Farley, the award-winning author of stories about women facing real-life issues.

To join in the festivities, please accept your invitation to the July 12th Facebook party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1554639554841535/

“Out of The Shadows” Anthology

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Last week I was honored by the inclusion in Out of the Shadows, an anthology of short fiction by nine authors who met online through The Alliance of Independent Authors. The anthology carries the description of "strong writing by strong … [Continue reading]

Join me at the “Lei Crime” Kindle Worlds Facebook Party

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Prizes galore--don't miss the upcoming "Lei Crime" Facebook party! Date: June 27th Time: 6 - 8 PM   EST Attend the event and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/241635219525951/ … [Continue reading]

Four Wishes on SALE

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Download your SALE copy today for 99-cents! FOUR WISHES from the award-winning Liberty Series: As Meade kindles an attraction with a new man in town, she finds herself facing a life-changing decision — but Meade isn’t alone in her predicament… A … [Continue reading]

“I PROMISE YOU THIS” ~ BOOK 3, LOVE IN PROVENCE SERIES ~ NOW AVAILABLE

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"I PROMISE YOU THIS" ~ BOOK 3, LOVE IN PROVENCE SERIES  NOW AVAILABLE CAN’T WAIT TO ORDER? CLICK RIGHT HERE.  Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her … [Continue reading]

Moving from Indie to Hybrid Publishing

Bestselling author Christine Nolfi signs with Amazon Publishing in a two-book deal.

With all the stories of authors trading in legacy contracts to publish independently, you might wonder why I’m heading in the opposite direction. My story is sadly typical. I won awards that led to representation, which then led to interest by New … [Continue reading]

Sample Revision

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I’m always curious to learn how other authors tackle the revision process. My approach resembles an embroidery project: I tear out stitches then add more. Rough drafts are created on the monster iMac in Word. Then I print out, and revise by … [Continue reading]

HBS Author Spotlight

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Today I'm featured on the HBS Author Spotlight hosted by James Moushon. My thanks to James and his staff. You'll find the interview here. … [Continue reading]

Meet Lucy

Lucy, the newest member of novelist Christine Nolfi's family.

As many of you know, I lost my beloved Nala in early December. My sweet pooch was my loyal writing companion for many years. During those first weeks after she trotted across the Rainbow Bridge, finding another dog was unimaginable. But I'm an … [Continue reading]