Portrait - Chrysteen Braun, Author

In the finishing process, the first in my new series….

When seven 1920 era cabins in Lake Arrowhead, California are restored to their original vintage charm, the new owner has no idea that the cabins have their own stories to tell.

The Guest Book Trilogy , Book One (The Man in Cabin Number Five), is about two women; one who is looking towards her future and one who has discovered fifty years after her father died, that it was a murder/suicide and not natural causes.

The Man in Cabin Number 5

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Chrysteen Braun is a native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. She wrote her first novel when she was twelve, and while she can’t recall what it was about, she always thought she could become a writer.

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The Man Who Stayed in Cabin Number 5

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A friend once told me I’d live to the ripe old age of eight-six. When you’re in your mid-twenties that seems like plenty of time to do everything you want to do in your life. Even as I grew older, I kept that number in my mind, and actually believed it, and so I admit I did whatever I wanted to, and didn’t always think about the future; it was too difficult to imagine ever growing that old.

I worked hard all my life and I have things to show for it. I had plenty of ideas, and not all of them worked out. But when asked, I’d say, “I’ve done everything I wanted to.” I even thought about having that put on my gravestone.

I’ve survived the loss of two husbands, and I’m still working on my third. When you remarry after sixty, you look at relationships differently than when in your youth. You tend to over look a lot of the things that were so important when you were younger. Body parts have shifted for us both. I have saggy breasts, and he has little breasts too. We both have gray hair, everywhere. His legs have gotten slimmer over the years; mine have orange peeled more. We both have sagging upper arms; his from losing muscle mass, me from being overweight. We both have crepey skin, but mine bothers me more than his does him.

He’s a terrific guy and while he’s a little younger than I am, he has different issues than I do. His prostate gives him problems, and yet he has managed to live with the impact that’s made on his life and ours. He’s kept his Diabetes under control. Not so surprisingly, I have Diabetes, Neuropathy in my feet, and in fact have lost part of my smallest right toe. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and have had two stents put in my chest.

But other than that, I’m in good shape.

If I take it easy, I can do just about anything I want to.

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