Once upon a time there was a fictional town called Destiny, located about an hour west of Cheyenne.
A small ranching community where three girl friends grew up best friends, and managed to stay that way through the ups and downs of life, no matter the direction their destinies took them.
Now that direction was leading each of them to falling in love...
This is the idea for how a trio of books I wanted to write filled with "Sassy Women, Smart Men and Small Town America" came to be. Those 3 books have since turned into 8 happily-ever-after stories that make up my "Welcome to Destiny...where fate leads to falling in love" series.
But there are always more stories about falling in love in town called Destiny.
In fact, the long-lost brothers Katie Ledbetter-Murphy, the heroine in the last book, His Destiny Bride, only just found out about surely deserve a happily ever after of their own.
Don't they? Doesn't everyone?
Thanks to a beloved aunt’s love of genealogy, Christyne discovered both Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe are members of her extended family tree on her mother’s side. She firmly believes her love of writing has always been her destiny.
She followed in her family’s rich military history and joined the United States Navy where she fell in love with romance novels after someone remembered women were serving aboard seagoing vessels and sent a box full of paperback romances to her ship, the USS VULCAN AR-5.
She started pursuing her own writing in 2002, sold her first ever ‘finished’ manuscript in 2006 and made her first sale to Harlequin Special Edition two years later. She writes contemporary romances full of life, love, a hint of laughter and perhaps a dash of danger too. And there has to be a ‘happily ever after’ or she’s just not satisfied.
She lives in south central Texas with two rescue cats, Nomar & Julian, who she named after her favorite all-time players from the Red Sox and NE Patriots.
Yes, that's how you spell her first name, after her mom's good friend in the 8th grade who spelled her name the same way.
Her first completed book, A Single Yellow Rose, was a fan fiction written about the daytime drama, Days of our Lives.
While in the US Navy she served onboard two ships, USS Vulcan AR-5, a repair tender ; the first US Navy ship (other than nurses on hospital ships) on which women were deployed starting in 1978, and USS Hunley AS-31, a submarine tender.
Yellow roses have special meaning to her. They are the official flower of her non-academic sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and she put them somewhere in each of her books.
She loves to name characters, businesses & towns in her fictional worlds after friends & family (with permission, of course!)
Even though she's now in Texas, she still considers herself a New Englander at heart and is a die-hard sports fans for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics.
When not writing she into collaging, learning to water color, hunting for vintage finds at estate sales and flea markets and watching classic black and white movies, and her favrorite movie musicals.
More about Christyne
Christyne's Continuing Bookshelf!
Here are my books that are a part of Harlequin Special Edition's continuities, "Fortunes of Texas" & "Montana Mavericks".
"We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, if we keep believing."
Louisa May Alcott
Have You Seen My Movie?
Receiving an email telling me my book, The Last-Chance Maverick, part of the Montana Mavericks continuity series with Harlequin Special Edition, would be made into a TV movie was one of the greatest moments of my life. Being invited to spend a few days on the set during filming and even appearing as a background player...wonderful!
The actors and crew were terrific (so accommodating with answering my many questions!) And meeting the famed Kelly Bishop, a Tony Award winning actress, most known for playing matriarch Emily Gilmore on the long-running and beloved series Gilmore Girls and Marjorie Houseman, the mother of Jennifer Grey's Frances "Baby" Houseman in the film Dirty Dancing, who played the mom of the hero, was a dream come true!