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I Performed at the Ritz....

I had a great time and the emcee Geoff said, 'I hope you'll do lots of readings for your upcoming novel. You have a knack and you pop on stage.' My good friend Teri who watched the performance and took pictures said, 'you were great...funny...etc., etc., etc.,' And Teri and I only had one martini.... And Matt Peiken from 3 minute egg said the broadcast should be online Thursday

I'm Excited...

I've been selected by one of the judges to be a finalists for MnArtists' MiniStories competition. My piece will be published online. I'll be reading my work next Monday at 7pm in the lobby of the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. And I'm in the running for grand prize, which is a commission to write a longer story. All good stuff.

Sometimes all it takes is a friend to make life wonderful...


When did you know that your life was going to be so wonderful? Or did you always know this?

Interesting question… and it makes me wonder…. Did I know how wonderful my life was when I worked at Minnegasco… looking back I know that I have been blessed – like you – I’ve always been grateful for my kids, their health, my health - and being able to provide for them – but I remember being angry, too. So, I’m not sure – but all I can say is I have never been happier than I am now… and everyday things get better and better… and I am not angry anymore – I wake up smiling and I go to bed smiling… (sometimes the grin is a little bit bigger than other nights) And I wish everyone could feel as good as I do… I’m so grateful to be happy and to have found happiness when I did – I would have hated to have grown old and when people thought back all they remember was how crabby or angry I was… When I went away for the weekend and a couple of the gals commented about how funny I was – it made me feel so good. When I can get people to laugh – I feel wonderful… I like it when people la

Hmmmmmmmm Power Tools

If a murse is a man's purse... would a mallet be a mom's wallet? Saturday Sept 27th...I'll be at the Robbinsdale Craft Fair - from 9 to 2 - selling bags and short stories....stop by if you are in the neighborhood...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Bloomington Art Center’s Literary Council is producing Reflection, an exciting fusion of music, dance and poetry. The poetry and prose of Christine Columbus of Robbinsdale and other Minnesota writers is featured in this year’s production. Her poem, ‘Hell is’ will be performed in this year’s production: Christine Columbus is a Romance Novelist for The Wild Rose Press. Author of ‘Christmas Mischief’, ‘Uncle Mike’s Love’, and soon to be released, ‘The Perfect Country and Western Story’ along with several other books and articles in the genre of children's stories, creative non-fiction, prose and poetry. She has received, Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Romance, for ‘Christmas Mischief’ and number of favorable reviews from Cocktail Reviews, Coffee time Romance, The Long and Short of It, Molly Stark Reviews and in November 2006, Fallen Angel Review recommended read for ‘Coffee and Love To Go’. You can find her at Reflect

So Cool my poem is in Reflection


Where I'll Be.....

September 13, 2008 11:30 - 12:30 - Program Room 351 at the Edina Community Center September's meeting features three authors published with small presses -- Christine Columbus, Jannifer Hoffman, and J L Wilson -- whose work ranges from short stories to full-length novels. They'll share details about what it's like to work in two formats (e-format and print), and how it differs from 'real' publishing in terms of the publishing process, promotion, marketing, and sales. Be prepared to ask questions and see their finished work on e-reading devices and in print.

Stacy Holmes, Senior Editor, Yellow Rose at Wild Rose Press

I was so excited.... when I turned it the last chapter for 'The Perfect Country and Western Story' she wrote: "I will admit though that I was curious enough I had to do a quick skim and I love the last line before the epilogue! Great job!" Bet you'd like to know what the last line is.....

Still sitting in bleachers and still laughing...

My son's lacrosse game in Ames, IA...shivering and cold, but still having fun... Bridget received The Military Oder of the World Wars award - still sitting in the bleachers... Bridget and her Dad and I - still laughing... Somethings never change...

Dang it's been a while

I’ve been working hard on The Perfect Country and Western Story … and I’m having a ball. Turns out muscles do have memory… For the past two years I spent the spring cleaning my house for high school graduation parties… this year with both kids in college the weather turned nice on Saturday and my body went to work cleaning house, washing windows, shampooing carpet, raking, uncovering flower beds… makes me want to have a party anyways. Got to love mid life crisis… Thursday I turn 49 – last year quit my job after 27 years. This year – already started a new job after 6 months at the old one and I’m signed up for motorcycle classes… Doesn’t get much better then this…

Protagonist or Antagonist


A Great Review

Score (1-5) Hearts: 5 Ms. Columbus writes with such humor. I was cracking up with Charlie’s innocent antics and feeling so sorry for Amber not having the easiest of times trying to get to Grandma’s house. I love Ms. Columbus’ writing style and I look forward to reading more stories from her. You will not be disappointed if you pick this one up for yourself. For the complete Review....check out the link below

I've been interviewed....

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself? Hello Carol Ann, I’ve been writing all my life… 336 dog years and writing for The Wild Rose Press for a little over a human year. This year I’ve become an Empty Nester…both my children are in college and I’ve decided to have a mid-life adventure. For years my children choose my friends for me, I spent my evening chatting with their school mates parents or cheering next to their teammate’s parents. One of my adventures as an MT Nester involved going to a singles dance…even though I don’t dance. There I was at a big ballroom dance in jean, t-shirt and rubber soled clogs sitting at a table with ex co-workers enjoying the music and watching everyone else dance. A man approaches me, “Would you like to dance East Coast Swing?” Shrugging my shoulders, “I don’t know how to dance.” He reaches out his hand, “I’ll teach you.” We dance (and I use that term loosely) in front of the band. I can’t hear a word he’s saying – so I smile and n

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My friend and fellow author, Carol Ann Erhardt tagged me for a game of tell-us-stuff-we-didn't-know... The rules are: List seven things about yourself Link to the person who tagged you (see above) I’ve been tagged. Impossible, I was always the one who never got caught. Must be getting old and slow… Here we go… 1. I might have had a mid life crisis (so, I’ll live to be 96) a) changed jobs after 27 years b) changed boyfriend after 10 years c) bought a dog 2. Blood type is B + and the blood bank loves me and it’s best to make an appointment on Monday’s because they get a fresh shipment of cookies. 3. Got a contract for my first novel “The Perfect Country and Western Story” 4. Became an Empty Nester. Both my kids are in college. 5. Took a Hoola Hoop class. 6. Took Swing dance lessons. 7. Have yet to be dipped. www.s

Christmas Mischief Reveiw

Christmas Mischief Amber has had a tough time of it since moving to the city. But now that she is going to visit Grandma in the country things seem to be looking up. She packs the car, puts her big, friendly dog in the shotgun seat and takes off, Christmas packages filling the back seat. Of course when she gets a flat tire on a cold afternoon her luck doesn’t seem to be holding out. Then, Charlie, her dog, pushes the button that locks her out of the car. Just when she is about to bash a window with a rock a tall, dark stranger shows up. Tony seems to be the answer to her troubles. Christmas Mischief by Christine Columbus is a great little read. It is the perfect size for lunch hour reading. At first Amber seems like another helpless female and I was poised to be annoyed by her but quickly I saw what the author was doing and where this was going. Amber has overcome a lot of things and is making a new life for herself. She and Charlie, the burping dog, are family oriented enough to be ma

Coffee And Love To Go - 4 champagne flutes

Coffee and Love To Go Wild Rose Press December 24, 2007 REVIEWED BY: SCORE: 4 champagne flutes—Glad you reviewed the book. Would buy it/recommend to someone else. You liked the characters/plot/dialogue. Good characters/plot/interest level/writing. Author: Christine ColumbusPublisher: Wild Rose Press REVIEW: Since his divorce, Dan’s friends have been trying to find him a new woman. However, Dan has found one himself—only he hasn’t got the confidence to approach her. He sees Missy every day at the local coffee shop. To his surprise, while listening to the radio, Missy’s voice comes over the airwaves—and she mentions him! Well, he’s sure it’s him… Will Dan pluck up the courage to speak to Missy? Find out in Coffee and Love To Go!