Guest: Christine d’Abo

I think I first met Christine when Thursday Thirteen was a big weekly activity, and I’ve followed her blog and writing career ever since.  I’m thrilled to have her on my blog today — and terribly excited about upcoming Carina Press release!

From Twitter, I know she’s been doing the P90X workout, which I find incredibly inspiring and terrifying.  I hope to work back into Power 90 (the early “pre” step) and then into P90X.  Someday…..!

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Thanks Joely for having me here on your blog!

Being a writer is a wonderful job. It’s not the only one I have, but by far the one that gives me the most pleasure. I have to be very careful though. Long hours sitting in front of a computer can make my body ache and my brain sluggish. I wouldn’t go so far to say that I’m a crazy-focused exercise person, but I have been working out fairly regularly for the past ten years.

One of the things I tend to do with myself is set exercise challenges. The biggest one I’ve done recently is Power 90 X. For those of you not familiar, P90X is a very intensive 90 training program that mixes weight training with cardio. You workout six days a week and you see the results fast.

The best thing about a workout as intense as P90X is the fact I have to shut my brain down and am forced to concentrate on my body. It’s like a mental reset button that gives me a chance to recharge. The added bonus is that I am stronger, healthier, and by golly have lost some weight!

Now I promise I won’t be a salesperson for the company, but for anyone who is tied to their computer (like a writer), you need to make sure you don’t neglect your body. This is very easy to happen as we tend to get wrapped up in our heads, working on problems with our characters an forgetting that we need the excursion to recharge our creativity.

You don’t need to start an exercise program like this, but you should get out and walk, run, lift some simple weights, join a club, anything to get up and moving. You’ll feel better and I bet you’ll find your creativity benefits as well.

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Christine’s first book with Carina Press, Double Shot is releasing on October 3rd. Book one in a series, it focuses on the first of three siblings.

Blurb:

Coffee shop owner Sadie Long has been lusting after her good friend Paul Williams for years. So she’s more than a little intrigued when he invites her to a business meeting at Mavericks, the sex club where he works. While catering an event at the club is not quite the proposition she was hoping for, her business could use the boost. And she can’t resist the chance to work closely with Paul in such a sexually charged atmosphere. Enter the club’s hot owner, Josh, and suddenly Sadie’s fantasizing about being part of a threesome.

Paul has always wanted Sadie, but never thought she’d see him as anything more than a friend. On the night of the party, he and Josh tempt Sadie to reveal her deepest desire—a desire both men are eager to help fulfill.

Giving in to her sensual side, Sadie enjoys a night of mind-blowing sex. But in the light of day, will she lose Paul as a friend, or gain him as a lover?

Book 1 of the Long Shots series.