Great news for author Christine Brae, Fun Facts + a signed book giveaway!

by Maryse on May 25, 2016 · 34 comments

in Behind The Books, Fun Author Tidbits

Author Christine Brae just made an incredible announcement a few days ago regarding her latest book release (In This Life), and I’m so thrilled for her!

“Two weeks ago, I received a message via Instagram from someone who picked up my book by mistake. He wrote to tell me that he was hooked after the first 50 pages, and was interested in optioning it for film and TV. Three days and many messages later, he finished the book and never changed his mind.

Just yesterday, I signed a contract giving Adrian Bellani the option to market and produce In This Life for TV and film.”

Wow, right? This book must be incredible, and I’m dying to know more. Like… what is it about? Two strangers that meet and have a “fling” in another country, knowing they would need to leave each other once their respective trips were over, but…

Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.

Yeah… that sounds like our kind of romance angst and emotional agony. ;)

And the author has some fun facts for us about her, and her books (and wow how beautifully personal this is…)

More Fun Facts about Christine Brae

My books are very personal to me, simply because I write to express the emotions that I feel at various stages in my life. I love to write about my experiences, the people that I meet, the places that I’ve visited. I have a full time career that allows me to travel to various parts of the world, experience different cultures and make friends from all walks of life. I consider myself so fortunate to have gained a following of women who have experienced the same joys, tribulations, heartaches and accomplishment. I think that it helps people to know that we are never alone. That what we think only we can understand is actually universal and very much a part of our human nature. My characters are flawed, imperfect and fallible. But they also grow and change and mature. That’s the progression of life and of love and relationships that I strive to convey in my stories.

My first book, The Light in the Wound, is the story of my life. This book is about my family, the two loves of my life and the choices that a young girl has to make based upon her relationships and experiences. Its sequel, His Wounded Light (The Light in the Wound Book 2) was written mainly to give closure to the main characters in the book. Love and marriage can only grow and gain strength through hardships and trials.

My third book, Insipid is about corporate life. I wanted to write about what it is like to be a strong and independent woman who deals with different choices and decisions every waking day. Insipid delves into the stigma of a May-December relationship – something that I went through at a very confusing time in my life.

My latest book, In This Life is very special to me. This book took eighteen months to write, and I have never worked so hard on anything in my life. I wrote this book at a moment in time when I felt hopeless and misdirected. I am most proud of this book because it captures my growth as a writer and as a person. I had to learn to accept things as they are, I had to find peace with the decisions I made, I had to have humility in knowing that everything happens for a reason. And that one can never control or change what the universe wants for you.  I was in the middle of a very important project at work that had me traveling to NY and Paris for months on end.  There were times when I was only home for one weekend a month. I would write everywhere – on the plane, in hotels, in Times Square, at the Tuileries gardens in Paris. I would work during the day and write into the wee hours of the night. I was also madly in love, which is reflected in the words of this book. Everything I felt, everything I did (which was mostly stupid things), was immortalized in the story, its characters and its events. I guess that’s the wonderful thing about being a writer. You share your journal, your diary with the world.

Anna is me. Irritating and annoying and spinny as can be. She knows whom she needs to be with, and yet she can’t stop wishing she was with someone else.

And I have just said more than I ever have in public. I think it’s because it’s you, Maryse. You take all that honesty out of me.

I am so blessed to have had this book fall into the hands of someone who is as invested in it as I have been for the past two years. It is with so much pride and joy that I entrust this book which has been optioned for Film and TV by an actor, a director, a creative person in his own right. For the past two weeks, we have been discussing so many exciting things, and I am learning about the production process as a whole. We have been character casting (Emma Stone? Luke Evans?) and I’ve been asked to furnish some of my deleted scenes. I’ve been asked for my POV on location shoots and the cinematic approaches to some of the pivotal scenes. As you can imagine, I am ecstatic about this whole development! Star struck as well, although my friends are telling me that I have to pretend to be really cool about it.

Thank you, Maryse, for featuring me on your blog. I am honored for your time and attention, and want you to know that I’ve been your number one fan since 2012!

Oh wow this is WONDERFUL Christine, and I’m thrilled you shared so much with us. I’m so happy for you!!!!

Now for the giveaway!!

The author is giving away 2 signed books and 2 Ebooks!!

How to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Sunday May 29th 2016, I will randomly select four lucky commenters as the winner for the signed copy of “In This Life” (the first two out of the 4 commenters will get the signed book, and the next two out of the 4 commenters will get the ebook).

The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.


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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey May 25, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Wow what an awesome opportunity! And an even more Squee worthy story! Congratulations Ms. Brae! and best wishes!

Toni Tucker May 25, 2016 at 6:20 PM

I love Christine, and I love her writing! I’d be so honored to have a signed copy of any of her books! Thank you, Maryse, and thank you, Christine, for the chance to win! ♡♡♡

Debbie May 25, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Have read one book already can’t wait to read more of Christine’s books

Marie bolton May 25, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Reading your books was like knowing you little by little … Thank you for sharing your gift of writing to us …

Melissa Jones May 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Christine Brae is at the top of my favorite authors list and highly recommend her books!! I’ve read and LOVED each and every one of her stories…their all filled with all the feels from beginning to end. In This Life is a 2016 FAVORITE and I’m so excited for her!!! Thanks for this great giveaway!!!

bn100 May 25, 2016 at 6:51 PM

new author to me

Jessi May 25, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Wow! I love all of Christine’s books but a signed copy would be amazing! She’s a beautiful person

Patricia May 25, 2016 at 7:05 PM

I already have the ebook and I loved it! Hope to win the signed book (keeping my fingers crossed).

Angela Grogan May 25, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Thanks for the chance to win!

Hazel B. May 25, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Why haven’t I read this author’s work yet? I see that I already have The Light in the Wound. Definitely time to move it up the TBR list. Also, this latest one sounds so good. Congrats on the film/TV optioning, Christina!!!

Katie Smith May 25, 2016 at 7:36 PM

This is such an incredible giveaway!!! Just finished all of Christine’s books and all I can say is WOW!! She is such an incredible talent, I am always sucked right into her work and can’t stand to leave the pages unread. Thanks for the opportunity.

Lorena May 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM

I am so proud of you Christine. May you write more books and take us to places that some of them I can only dream of. Thank you Christine and Maryse for the chance to win.

Erika Joy Lopez May 25, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Christine and I are both Filipinos. *yay* Got the chance to meet her personally and she is such a kind person. I really love her books and In This Life is the only book of hers that I haven’t read.

Jennifer May 26, 2016 at 1:07 AM

What an exciting story for this author! Would love the opportunity to read her book!

Cindy Boutsomsi May 26, 2016 at 2:09 AM

C. Brae is human! I couldn’t believed she replied to me in messenger in 2014. I wanted to let her know how much ‘The Light in the wound’ affected me. I was deeply touch by all the characters. It was an experience that you don’t forget…the first love. It literally opened my own wounds that I put to rest a long time ago. It was a needed flashback because I appreciate the man I chose, my true love who I’ll always be grateful for. His love has and is still getting me through my life. Brae’s beautiful word were felt through my soul. She is truly talented. I would be honored if I was chosen.

Julie o May 26, 2016 at 3:44 AM

This sounds so exciting. I am so happy for her!

Sue S May 26, 2016 at 4:19 AM

Thanks for the chance.

DLeibowitz May 26, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Never read this author but would love the chance!

Tiffay B May 26, 2016 at 6:51 AM

Thank you for the opportunity to try out a new author in my long list of authors!!!!

Doris L May 26, 2016 at 7:20 AM

Life never fails to surprise, what a great story!

jenn May 26, 2016 at 7:42 AM

Thank you for the giveaway

Nicole A. May 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

This is awesome news! Thanks for sharing so much about behind the books. (I always find that so interesting.) Congrats Christine Brae!!

Maria Malaveci May 26, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Thanks so much for the chance! ♥

Dena May 26, 2016 at 8:22 AM

I am always up for a fantastic story from a new to me author. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book and for introducing me a a new author. You Guys Rock!!!

Betty May 26, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Amazing! So excited to read these books!!

Ela May 26, 2016 at 8:47 AM

CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks for a chance.

Celeste May 26, 2016 at 9:20 AM

How exciting for Christine! I’m so excited to read this!

Jeannie S. May 26, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Very exciting! This is a new author for me, but all these books look amazing! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway.

Kat Paradis May 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Thank you for sharing Christine! ❤️ Your work and would absolutely ❤️ to have one of your books displayed on my bookshelf

Emma May 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Would love to read it !

Stella May 26, 2016 at 5:06 PM

How exciting for Christine Brae!
I saw Tarryn Fisher mention this book in one of her posts and it sounded interesting but Unfortunately I never got around to picking it up. I’ve never read any of Ms. Brae’s books but I do know that Ms. Fisher speaks very highly of her. I would LOVE a copy of the book!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Annie May 26, 2016 at 10:35 PM

Awesome! Loved the insight into the story.

Ronda May 27, 2016 at 8:34 PM

How amazing! This is a new author for me but can’t wait to get to know her.

Erika May 28, 2016 at 8:16 AM

Great author! Would love to win

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