Kristi Ann Hunter: Living Without Regrets

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Everyone’s Story welcomes award winning author Kristi Ann Hunter, who just so happens to be a  finalist for debut novel this year for the RWA’s RITA. Congratulations, Kristi and best wishes!! I became acquainted–as well as inspired–by Kristi when she appeared on the Seekerville blog. When I contacted her to see if she’ll appear on Everyone’s Story I was so pleased she said yes. Please check out Kristi’s BookGiveaway and excerpt, plus a very encouraging message for all. Both Kristi and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

Kristi is offering 1 printed copy of A Noble Masquerade–US only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, April 15th between 5-6 PM EST.

** Please note something new regarding BookGiveaways: to further protect your privacy, and since emails are appearing for “my eyes only” when the comments go into my moderation box, emails within comments are no longer required. However, if yours does NOT appear I will leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.

 

A bonus for everyone from Kristi: Anyone can download the prequel novella, A Lady Of Esteem, for free from most major ebook retailers. 

 

Excerpt from A Noble Masquerade:

Book Excerpt for A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Chapter One

Hertfordshire, England

Autumn 1812

Lady Miranda Hawthorne would support her sister tonight, even if it killed her. Judging by the pain already numbing her face, that was a distinct possibility. She massaged her cheeks, hoping to make the forced smile look and feel a little less wooden than the bedroom door in front of her.

 

With a sharp twist of the brass knob, she wrenched the door open and strode into the corridor. Her stride was firm. Her posture perfect. Nothing would make her abandon the endless lessons in ladylike etiquette from her mother.

 

Then she walked into a wall.

 

Oh, very well, it wasn’t a wall precisely. Walls didn’t appear in the middle of passageways, covered in wool.

 

“I do apologize, my lady.”

 

Nor did they speak.

 

Miranda looked up at the obstruction that was in actuality a solidly built man. She retreated a step, putting as much distance between her and the man without retreating into her bedchamber. Up and up her gaze traveled.

 

The last dredges of sunlight filtered through a large window at the end of the corridor, sending dim squares of gold marching across the floor and up to the man’s broad chest.

 

He wasn’t family. All of her relations had blond hair, including those so far distant they wouldn’t even claim the connection if her brother wasn’t a duke. The dimly lit passageway prevented her from making out an exact color, but the “barricade” before her had very dark hair pulled back into a short queue at his neck.

 

With a deep breath, she reminded herself where she stood in life. She was a lady of quality. The daughter, and sister, of a duke. Somewhere in her must lie the aristocratic arrogance she’d seen so many of her friends embody. If this intruder had nefarious purposes, talking was her only defense. Those long arms could haul her to a stop before she went more than two steps.

Living Your Story by Kristi Ann Hunter

Let me tell you a story about a book. No, not mine, or rather at least not the one you know of as mine.

This is about a book I wrote a long time ago. It isn’t very good, I’ll admit. There isn’t much of a plotline and there certainly isn’t much suspense to it. It’s about a baseball game between fairytale heroes and villains.

The heroes win. Aren’t you shocked?

The importance of this book, though, lies not in the pages and pages of boring this-happened-next prose or even the questionably drawn fairytale characters. It lies on the last page of the book where my third grade teacher had us put an “About the Author” page.

Underneath a copy of my school picture is a paragraph talking about how I wanted to be an author when I grew up.

This book, laminated and bound together with one of those plastic round tab things, sat in a box for many, many years. It moved from house to house, from storage area to storage area. Until one day I came across it during one of my spells of cleaning determination. Those never last long and I usually end up making more mess than I resolve, but on this day I found a box of old school projects.

Including the baseball book.

At this point you’re probably thinking that’s cute that she wanted to be an author and then she became one and was able to look back and say she did it. But that wasn’t it. When I found this book, I was considering quitting. You see I had discovered that writing was hard. It was time consuming. I wasn’t naturally perfect at it. (Obviously, I wrote a book detailing a really boring baseball game.) And with three young children at home, I was convinced that it just wasn’t in the cards for me, at least not now.

But then I found that book. And so many other projects from over the years where I had written things, where I’d gotten better. I had projects from high school that actually resembled real stories with beginnings and middles and ends. I found a project from my British Literature class that I so wish I could go back and do over now because I actually understand the assignment thirteen years later.

I found a short sequel I’d written to Ayn Rand’s Anthem. The diary style book report of Judah from Ben Hur sat next to the false journal historical report on the life of Abraham Lincoln that understandably ended with an entry about heading off to Ford’s Theater.

Never again, though, did I find a place where I’d declared my desire to write stories.

Somewhere along the line I’d given up that dream – a dream that started when an author came to our school and told us his first book started as a writing assignment for his fifth grade English class. I turned it in for more practical things, like computer programming and advanced math. Stories became a hobby.

And I don’t regret that. I don’t regret the path my life took that brought me here with the life experiences and relationships and moments. But I’m also ever so grateful for that third grader who didn’t understand practicality yet. Because years later, when God was steering me back around to that initial passion he’d placed in my life, he used that third grader to remind me who He made me to be.

Sometimes we need that. Sometimes life gets in the way of hearing what God wants from us. Practicality is important. It pays the mortgage and keeps the lights on. But obedience is important, too. Be open. Be willing. When the time is right God will speak. For me it was an old school project, a piece of paper that reminded me this passion wasn’t new. Who knows what it will be for you? Don’t be so busy that you miss it, because God made you to live your story and no one else can do it.

Be the you God made you to be. You won’t regret it.

Kristi’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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On Everyone’s Story: Check out @KristiAnnHunter’s book excerpt from A Noble Masquerade. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Places to connect with Kristi:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

This Week Elaine Is Featured On:

On Monday April 11th

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and

Grace On Parade

 

Kristi and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”

37 comments to Kristi Ann Hunter: Living Without Regrets

  • Trixi

    Yay on your writing journey Kristi! I love reading how God takes your dream and makes it reality….sometimes many years down the road. But He was preparing your heart for JUST the right time 🙂 Isn’t He amazing!

    Congrats on your book being a finalist for debut novel this year for the RWA’s RITA, so exciting I bet! Probably something you never imagined.

    Thanks for the blog post, sharing a book excerpt and giveaway opportunity. This one is on my most wanted to read list!

    • elaineadmin

      Trixi, thanks for visiting Everyone’s Story! I agree–He is indeed the Pro of making dreams come true, especially when you think that He’s the one that gave us that dream 🙂

      Hope to see you again.

  • Hi Kristi and Elaine –

    I read this with tears brimming in my eyes. My writing journey also took many detours, and finally reached where I am today.

    Thank you for opening your heart,
    Susan

    • elaineadmin

      Susan, I’m trusting those tears were the same kindI get when I see an author’s story I relate to: joyous ones with hope. Glad that Kristi’s feature resonated with you. It took me many years of holding onto my dreams as well so I’m encouraging you to keep going and going ❤

  • Diane Estrella

    LOVE the cover and the book blurb. Love the quote you included too. It is the life God made for me to live! thanks for the chance to win!

    • elaineadmin

      Diane, good to see you again! I love Kristi’s words: it’s taken me many years to realize and accept that my life is the life He wants for me and that He doesn’t make mistakes. I think the human trouble we all have is when we start comparing ourselves to others’ greener grass. Well, at least for me.

  • KayM

    Life is an interesting journey. We always need to be in tune with God and His plans for us. Sometimes He opens doors and sometimes He closes them. There are other times we just have to stay the course. I enjoyed reading about Kristi’s writing journey. Thank you, Elaine and Kristi.
    Blessings…

    • elaineadmin

      Kay, I’m always thrilled to see you here 😊 I’ve often wondered whether He has distinct lessons for each individual to learn during his or her lifetime. Sometimes we can’t help to peer up at the sky, scratch our heads, and say “Isn’t this enough?” but then again, I know He’s always right!

  • What an inspiring and encouraging post! I love what you said about not regretting the path you took because it brought you to where you are now. God (and writers) never waste an experience. So glad you’ve found your joy in writing again. And congrats on all the awards! We actually share one–a Maggie. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      Pat, you’re so right: we writers indeed never waste an experience. LOL.

      Wow–I’m unsure if I knew you’d won the Maggie. So happy for you!

    • elaineadmin

      Pat, I saw your (duplicate) comment and deleted it… I’m so sorry I’ve been delayed in posting comments. I’ve had my eyes and fingers glued to my keyboard in an attempt to complete another round of edits for my next novel. Thanks for your patience.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter

      Love the Maggie’s! Congrats on yours. 🙂

  • Kristi Ann Hunter

    Hi, everyone, I’m so glad these words are striking such a chord with you. Thank you for taking the time to read it and consider the book. Enjoy them both!

  • Patty

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your story Kristi! How fun that you kept it all these years.

    I really enjoyed A Lady of Esteem and look forward to A Noble Masquerade.

  • I love your story of your third grade experience with writing. I still have a book my thitd grade class wrote, titled “Miss Cellaneous” in which I wrote a short story about a kitten and a poem about firemen. Neither was very good. In fifth grade we were told to write a short story explaining the mystery of Easter Island we had just read about in our Weekly Readers. I was in my Nancy Drew phase of reading. My short story grew so long, i finally just quit and turned it in with no ending. The poem I wrote that year for my mother on Mother’s Day showed more promise though. The summer after seventh grade, I read the nine inspirational novels written by my great aunt and published by Revell and I made up my mind I wanted to write novels too. I began writing seriously from then on and had many short stories and articles published, but I was in my sixties before I got my first novel published. Now I’m working on my third. My son observed, “It’s never too late to accomish your goals.”

  • Stella Potts

    What a wonderful story and Life Experience. I have found it hard through the years to be just me. Seems I felt like I needed to impress people with what a good Christian I am and things in other areas of my life. Thanks for the reminder that we can be what God made us to be.

    • elaineadmin

      Stella, I’m so happy you visited this evening. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Sometimes I wonder whether we’ve been designed not to feel comfortable in our own skins so that either we realize that we need to learn a life lesson/grow or to encourage someone else who is also uncomfortable, or perhaps a little of both. Believe me, I’ve been learning plenty of life lessons and I’m sure more will be ahead!

      Hope to see you again.

    • Kristi Ann Hunter

      It is hard, because we see other people and think we should be like them but the body of Christ wouldn’t work well if we were all big toes! 🙂 keep on being you.

  • Love the cover of the book, it really draws your eyes to it and makes you want to read it. The story sounds amazing and I look forward to reading it.

  • Marilyn R

    God is so good to His children to make their heart desires come to fulfillment. I look forward to reading A Noble Masquerade. Kristi and Elaine may you continue to see blessings from God.

  • Connie Saunders

    I always tell the teens in my Sunday School class that God has his own watch and calendar for each of us. He works in His time. I have to remind myself of this quite often also. Your writing journey is a perfect example and I am so happy for your success!
    Blessings!
    Connie

  • Jan Hall

    Don’t be so busy that you miss it, because God made you to live your story and no one else can do it. Wow. This really hits home. I need to make it my screensaver.

  • As a writer, I am truly encouraged by Kristi’s words. I have taken many detours along the way in my writing path so I can appreciate not having regrets. As a reader, I am looking forward to reading A Noble Masquerade. Thanks so much for the encouraging words and the giveaway!

    • elaineadmin

      Oh, Loraine, how I can relate to those detours in writing. I used to think those detours were hinderances, but when you stop to think that He knew all about those detours way before they occurred and that He wanted them for us, you kind of settle back and appreciate all those bumps and supposed misdirections, right?!

      BTW, if you enjoy entering book giveaway contests–and who doesn’t?–my weekly guests often offer one, so I do hope you will visit again.

  • elaineadmin

    As a first time guest, Kristi Ann Hunter has been a delight to host this past week! Judging from the comments Kristi received I can tell many viewers enjoyed her spot here and I’m happy to see this.

    Kristi, heartfelt thanks for being my guest. I hope you’ll be back again. Thanks too for your BookGiveaway. And the winner of Kristi’s novel A Noble Masquerade is…

    Kay M. Congratulations, Kay 😊 Both Kristi and I will contact you in direct emails. Happy reading!

    Blessings to all.

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