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Valentine’s Day 2018

Valentine's Day

It was a sweet surprise, getting flowers from my husband and two sons on Valentine’s Day! But what’s even better, is the rarity of having them all together and going to dinner with the entire family! But for breakfast, we went to Chick-fil-A!! The restaurant in Winter Springs, on Tuskawilla and Red Bug Rds. is our favorite – mainly because of the two great people in the Chick -fil-A photo: Chauncy and Michelle. When we go here, it’s like seeing our friends! And somehow, they’re always glad to see us. They treat all their customers like this – a real experience!

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Rocket Launch!

The Space X Falcon Heavy (did I get that right?) was unlike any other launch I’d viewed. The majority of the smoke accumulated at the base of the launching pad in huge billows. The rocket itself left a contrail which seemed a bit less heavy than the space shuttles. But the one thing that was unique occurred when the rocket boosters returned to Earth and landed on the launching site. Really, the whole operation was in a class all its own. Glad I was on the shoreline of Titusville, watching this event with Dan, who had new camera equipment that recorded the launch.

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Our First Live-Action Film

I never knew filming could be so much fun! But the people you’re working with make a major impact! Thanks to Dan, my partner and son, who came up with the idea, organized the actors and crew, filmed it, and edited the film later. Good place to comment that filming seems a lot more fun than editing. This man really worked hard and I love the results! I also want to thank his wife, Emille, who played Alexa Silven and his friend, Danny, who played the role of the cop. He added an air of authority and that made the action so authentic, I was glad I wasn’t the person he was looking for! And of course, Pastor Kim Payne of Grace Presbyterian Church (gracearp.org) made the filming possible by graciously providing the beautiful church. Mike Kuzenka, from Valencia State College film program, was instrumental with the wealth of knowledge »

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Revisions—Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Write Without Them

Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel cover artwork

New Edition – First Book! It’s funny – I just wasn’t satisfied with my first novel. I mean, the plot and characters were good, but something bothered me. After writing 5 other books and rereading the first novel, Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel, I finally realized how I could revise it – there were a few “loose ends” – connections that I took for granted the reader understood – which I always told my students NOT to do. I used to remind them that the reader is not inside your head… Right! So taking my own advice, I set out to rewrite it and with the help of my partner/son, Dan, we did just that!! WOW! It was worth all the effort, too. Soon, it will be posted online as the 4th Edition, in place of the original text, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s a great feeling to be completely »

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Soundproof Panel

CB's audio recording studio "before" photo

Dan suggested and designed a wooden soundproof panel that is now hanging over my studio recording desk. Check out the video here. It took four people to corroborate over three days to saw 2×2 boards into various heights, sand them, arrange them on the panel, and glue them into place. Then Dan painted it and he and John hung it over the desk. This was a major project with major rewards. We are all hoping the book recordings for Audible.com will attain a new level of professional sound. Can’t wait to get started!  

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Social Media Marketing

Bulletproof Wedding: An Alexa Silven Finale

Gottta be truthful here! I really am not accomplished in this department… I’d rather be writing and I feel very comfortable sitting on my sofa, churning out the characters and stories and painting pictures in the reader’s mind. Social media is actually pretty hard for me… I’d rather be looking at the person I’m talking to, face-to-face. I prefer getting to read facial expressions and body language. You know, sometimes what you write on the phone, emails, or in social media is misunderstood because the reader can’t hear your voice and inflections. Words on paper seem so antiseptic and disconnected from warmth and familiarity. Guess I’m never gonna change my opinion, but I have to learn to get connected on social media because we need to promote our books – a new genre in literature, Christian suspense/thriller murder mysteries. Think about that one for a while! AND CHECK THEM OUT »

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So grateful…

Video still from "Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel" by C.B. Hoffmann

My whole family, husband John, and sons, Dan and Mark, have been supportive and helpful in producing our first film clip. Truly a family effort: Dan suggested the film, directed it, filmed it, edited it, and posted it on UTube. WOW!! Mark, struggling with a badly strained set of tendons in his right foot, managed to take care of the lighting, nonetheless. John filmed Dan filming the clip. Hmmm…. bloopers and out-takes are both fun and essential! Dan’s wife, Emille, played the main character and showed true acting ability. Our good friend, Danny Perri, gave us his acting debut as a city cop…. actually, he’s a state trooper so he was a natural! I’m grateful to each of you and I want to go on record as saying so!!! Love to you all!

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Two-Sided Coins

I was trying to watch Salt for the first time, but she voiced a GD before the first ad break. Wow… there goes another movie I’ll live without! Christ said, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ This actually unnerves me because it is easy to neglect doing what you should for others. Very easy to go our way and mind our own business when someone else really needs help. We’ve probably all done this. Bottomline comment: Refraining from blaspheming God’s name is something we should all do for the least of these, as well as for the honor and glory of God….. Each of us, including myself, needs to »

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