Release Day!!!

Spellbinder_revised3Wow.  Today’s the day.  Spellbinder is out.  You guys can finally read Miranda’s novella.  I hope you enjoy getting inside her head as much as I enjoyed it.  She made me laugh.  She made me cry.  She made me appreciate good friends.  She made me want to hug her.

When I think about how well I feel I know the Shadow Falls’ characters, it almost seems crazy.

They are my friends.  I feel as if they are a part of my life.  And I guess they are.  I’ve been writing about Shadow Falls for five years.  Each and every one of them has taught me something.

Kylie taught me to think before I speak.  To never judge anyone too quickly.  She taught me to believe in myself.

Della taught me to do less rolling over and more speaking up for myself.  She taught me that sometimes people can hide a lot of pain inside.  She taught me that sometimes it’s okay to say what you really think.

Miranda taught me the value of a human touch.  Oh, those hugs!  Seriously, I’m a bigger hugger now that I’ve known Miranda.  She taught me that even when times are tough and things are hard, to keep your chin up and keep going.  She rekindled my belief in magic.  I think you guys are gonna love her as much I do.

Now from all my Shadow Falls fans, I want to know what these characters taught you.  This week, in celebration of Spellbinder’s release, I’m hosting a contest.  Tell me what you’ve learned from one of our Shadow Falls gals, Kylie, Della or Miranda, and you could win one of the cool prizes listed below:

Two people will win a C.C. Hunter T-shirt.

Two people will win a C.C. Hunter bag filled with some cool promotional items.

Two people will win a signed copy of any of the Shadow Falls books.

But if you are reading this on Goodreads, remember, you have to go to my C.C. Hunter blog to post your comments in order to be eligible to win.

(Sorry this giveaway is for US residents only.)

Thanks you guys for being fans!!

CC

 

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Cover Reveal!

For all you Shadow Falls fans who longed to have the e-novellas in print.  Well, it’s finally happening. I’m releasing them in one paperback called Almost Midnight. And not only will you get Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable and Spellbinder in this collection, but you get a new novella from another character at Shadow Falls.  Who’s it going to be?  Can you guess? I’m not telling. Well, not yet, anyway. But believe me, you’ll be surprised.

Almost Midnight will be out February 2, 2016  in print.

AlmostMidnight[2]Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with  supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities and live in the  normal world.

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in vampires…until she became one. Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang? And for Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she’s struggled with, but when an opportunity to test her powers takes her to Paris, she’ll have to prove that she’s a witch to be reckoned with and belongs at Shadow Falls.

Fans won’t want to miss these five remarkable stories of love, magic and friendship.

Preview of Spellbinder!!

Spellbinder’s release day is June 30th, that’s next week!  So, I thought I’d give you a little preview by posting the first four chapters. You can read them by clicking on this link: Spellbinder.

I’d Love to Meet You!

I have several upcoming book signings and I’d love it if you could attend.

June 25, 2015, I’ll be at the TulCon15 (a mini Comic Con!) at the Tulis Branch Library, 21569 US Hwy 59, New Caney, TX 77357.  Don your favorite costume and join me for this comic and book convention with games, crafts, a costume contest, grab bags, a photo booth and giveaways galore! I’ll be there with fellow YA authors Joy Preble and Rachel Harris. If you come in costume, you’ll receive extra raffle tickets. For more information call 281-577-8968.

July 9, 2015, I’ll be speaking at the Coldspring Area Public Library Desert and Silent Auction Event. United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1 Cemetery Road, Hwy 150, Coldspring, TX 77371. I’ll talk about my books, struggles, making the NYT best-seller list and I may even motivate you to chase your own dreams. Price of admission: Adults $10, Children under 12 Free. Tickets sold at the door. For more information call the library at 936-653-3104.

July 22-25, 2015, I’ll be in the Big Apple at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. I will be teaching workshop: “Polish Me Pretty: Five Polishing Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level” and participating in several book signings, including RWA’s Literacy Autographing along with 500+ other authors (free and open to the public). For more information go to https://www.rwa.org/conference.

August 15, 2015, I’m heading to the Worth Reading Program at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 for their Author Round Up. Come meet me and other local authors, and ask us your questions from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale. For more information call the library at 817-392-6012 or go to http://fortworthtx.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=53012&lib=0.

September 15, 2015, I’ll be a guest speaker at the Houston Bay Area RWA (http://hbarwa.com/events/) meeting. More information to follow.

So, if you live near any of my signings, please stop by. I’d love to meet you!

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Roxanne Gontarek. Congratulations, you’ve won a packet of Shadow Falls: After Dark swag. Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Writing & Reading: Oh the Joy!

Hot1Yesterday I rode on a motorcycle, my arms wrapped around a hot guy who is an artist.  The wind stirred my hair as the sound of the motor purred.  It felt a little like freedom.   I’m this close to falling in love with him, although I sense he has secrets.   Secrets I’m going to have to uncover before I let myself fall for him any harder.  I need to find out what he’s hiding.  But while we were out picking out paint for his gallery, one of my own secrets that I’d been hiding from him surfaced.  We were confronted by an angry ex-boyfriendof mine who thinks he can still control me.  I stood up to him.  It was empowering in a way.  But a little scary, too.  I have a feeling he’s not going to just go away.  He may try to start trouble.  And he has the ability to do it, too.  He could hurt me and turn people I care about against me.  I need to come up a plan to prevent him from doing that.But how?

You see, that what was happening to me yesterday when I worked on a new novella.  I lost myself in the life of my new protagonist. (I’m not going to tell you who this protagonist is, but I will tell you, it’s someone from Shadow Falls.  And it’s not Della, Kylie or Miranda.)   I found her world invigorating, I found her problems intriguing and I want to go on this journey with her to see what happens next.  I’m as curious about that good-looking artist as she is. I want to be swept away right along with her as she experiences that first kiss and as they test the waters of falling in love.  I want to see her put that old boyfriend in his place as she builds her own sense of self-worth.

That’s what writing does for me.  It takes me places, it stirs my emotions.  The same thing happens to me when I read a good book.  I’m suddenly living in that world.  I feel the wind in my hair, the sun on my face.  I see sunsets, sunrises.  I stand in front oceans.  I go to Paris, or go sit beside a lake and listen to the song of nature.  I’m going to laugh.  I’m going make new friends.  And yes, I’ll probably cry at some point.

When I read or write, I know I’m going to take an emotional ride.  A ride where I feel love, joy, fear, and pain.  But it’s a ride where I know I’m going to win.  I’m going to overcome all the bad crap and I’ll be a stronger person when I type the end on my own story, or when I finish that book that someone else wrote.

And when I do finish, I know I’m going to miss those characters.  I’m going to wish it wasn’t over.  But that journey I took, it was not in vain.  I think every book I read, or write, leaves footprints on my heart and soul.

I don’t write a book planning the take-away value, nor do I read a book simply for the message it will leave with me.  I read for entertainment.  I write to entertain.  But because books are about people, about people overcoming obstacles, about people learning, or relearning to love, to believe in themselves, to move past a heartbreak or death of someone they loved, they do often come with built in lessons.  These are the lessons that our storybook people learn during their fictional life, and, as a result, they offer us advice, motivation and gumption.

Today, I’d like to hear from readers and writers alike about why you write and why you read.  What is the takeaway value of getting lost in a fictional world? And remember Miranda’s story is out June 30th.  I can’t wait for my fans to learn the lessons Miranda’s faces in Spellbinder.

 

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Available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!

Today, I’ll give away another swag pack to someone who leaves a post.

Winners!

Here are the winners of last week’s giveaway!  Jasmine Adams & Emma both won Magic Eight Balls and Nicole H. & Anastacia both won packets of cool swag. Please email me a cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address. Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spellbinder Prequel

Howdy Fans,

I thought I’d give you a little prequel to Spellbinder, Miranda’s book that releases June 30th.  Miranda was so much fun to write, and her story with Perry and . . . the hot young FRU agent Shawn is well, a heart tugger.  I hope you enjoy.

 

“Take this you no good piece of crap!”  Miranda Cane mindlessly tossed her jeans into her half-packed suitcase, then stopped. Glaring at her phone in her hand, she pushed buttons to bring on death.  Breath held, she plopped her butt on the mattress, waiting to see if she’d succeeded.  “Die for me!”

“Hey.” Kylie, her chameleon roommate, popped her head into Miranda’s bedroom door.  “Who do you want to die?”

“It’s just a game.” Miranda barely glanced up, instead she frowned as she watched the blond avatar, a shape-shifter, dodge the bullet she’d sent his way.  “Damn it, I missed again.”

Kylie moved in and looked at the screen on Miranda’s phone.  “You’re a gamer?”

“No, I just . . . this one is fun.”  The fact that her ex, Perry, was a blond shape-shifter had nothing to do with her sudden interest in murder.  Okay, maybe it had everything to do with it, but who gave a crap.  Perry, sure as hell didn’t.  He’d broken up with her, then took his cute butt to Paris.  And he wasn’t calling.

Miranda frowned and looked back at the screen where the blond shape-shifter grabbed a gun from the magic bubbles and commenced to fill her avatar with bullets.  Oh, that hurt.

She glanced up at Kylie. “Or it would be fun if I could take out that nasty scumbag!  Grr!”  She tossed her phone on the mattress.

“Are you okay?” Kylie dropped on the bed beside Miranda.

Hell no! “Of course I am.”

“Is this about Perry?” Kylie asked.

“Perry?  Who’s that?” She rolled her eyes.  “Oh, you mean the guy who spent the last four months telling me he loved me and then broke up with me and left me to wallow in pain.Left me, while he’s probably in France playing kissy-kissy and checking out the tonsils of some French chick?  I should give him pimples.  Or jock itch.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.”

Kylie frowned.  “I’m sorry I brought him up.”

“I’m fine,” Miranda lied again and glanced back at her phone.  “Haven’t you ever just wanted to kill something?”

Kylie made a face.

Miranda rolled her eyes again.  “Della’s right, you are just too nice.”

A grin brightened Kylie’s blue eyes.  “Speaking of Della, I just got a text from her. She said her mom agreed to let her come with me to your competition tomorrow.  So we’ll both be there.”

Miranda suddenly wished she hadn’t asked them to come.  “Great, when I make an idiot out of myself, you two can be there to cheer me on.”
“Why would you make an idiot out of yourself?”  Kylie bumped shoulders with her in that best friend kind of bump that said I care without a word.

A knot of emotion filled Miranda’s throat.  “Oh, I don’t know, maybe because I’m probably the only dyslexic witch who’s stupid enough to let her mom sign her up for a spell competition.  What if I turn someone into a kangaroo?  Or . . .”

“Hey, you finaled in that last competition,” Kylie reminded her.

“A fluke,” Dread built in her chest.  “Even Ernie said so.”

“Ernie?” Kylie asked.

Miranda reached into the suitcase and pulled out her magic eight ball.  “Meet Ernie?”

Kylie laughed.  “Hey, I had one of these when I was thirteen.  I used to ask it about boys all the time.  Will he kiss me?  Ask me to dance? Does he even know I exist?”

“You didn’t have one like this,” Miranda said.  “This one is . . . special.”

Kylie took it from Miranda’s hands.“You mean like really magic?”

“Yeah.”Miranda could tell Kylie didn’t believe her, not that it bothered Miranda.  Non-witches, even paranormals, always held a shadow of doubt when it came to Wicca powers.

Kylie wrapped her palms around the black ball.  “So if I ask it a question, it will answer it?”

“Only if he’s in the mood,” Miranda frowned.

“Okay.” Kylie gave the ball one quick shake, the liquid inside the sphere made splashing sounds.  “Are you really magical, Mr. Ernie?”

Kylie looked down and waited for the message to appear in the little window and then read the words.  “You betcha!”  She grinned. “Okay, let’s try again.”

“Good luck,” Miranda said glaring at the black ball who had refused to answer any of her earlier questions.

Kylie rolled her eyes.  “Is Miranda going to win the competition?”  She shook the ball and then staredat it, waiting.  When nothing appeared Kylie looked up, her brow pinched.

“Told you, he wouldn’t answer,” Miranda said.

Kylie laughed.  “I just need to shake it a little harder.”  She gave the ball a good shake.  Then looked back down at it . . . waiting.   Finally, frowning she looked up.  “Why is it not working?”

“I told you.  He’s not in the mood,” Miranda said.

“It’s just stuck.”  Kylie shook it again, and then stared down at it.  When nothing appeared, she looked up at Miranda with wide eyes.  “You weren’t joking.  It’s really. . .   Shit.”  She literally threw the ball back to Miranda and popped up off the mattress.

“That’s freaky,” Kylie said and walked out.  “I got to get packed and so do you.”

Miranda watched her go, and then looked back down at Ernie.  All of a sudden a heavy feeling filled her chest.  Not just from the broken heart, but the kind of feeling that usually meant something.  She cupped her hands around the magic ball and brought it close to her lips.  “Is bad shit about to happen?” she whispered the question.

She gave it a shake then stared down, believing Ernie would ignore her again. But then one word floated up and pressed against the tiny round window.“Absolutely.”

This prequel will also be posted at www.wattpad.com by this afternoon.

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Don’t miss out! Pre-order Spellbinder today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!

This week I’m giving away two packets of swag and two Magic Eight Balls. Leave a comment to enter.

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Free Books!

School is already out in some parts of the US and will soon be out all over.  So, are you looking for something to read over the summer break? Well, Spellbinder will be out the end of this month on June 30th.  Follow Miranda as she goes to Paris with Kylie and Della for a huge magic competition. You can pre-order it now and have it the moment it releases.

Can’t wait that long?  Did you know you can read some of my novellas for free on Wattpad? You can also read some previews of my books.  Just click on the title to read any of these books.

Turned at Dark

Turned at Dark high resIndependent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in ghosts, until she sees her dead cousin in a dark alley. She did not believe in vampires, until she turns into one. Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead and walk away from everything she knows, or join Shadow Falls, a camp for special teens?

You can also download Turned at Dark for free from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

 

 

 

Saved at Sunrise

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Shadow Falls is facing a problem that could finally expose them to the rest of the world. Humans are showing up dead, and rogue vampires may be to blame.

Camp resident Della Tsang, who’s still coming into her own vampire powers, is assigned to help find those responsible. If she succeeds, maybe she’ll even land her dream job: working for the F.R.U. But when she sees that her new partner is a hunky shapeshifter, things get complicated. Steve, too gorgeous to be trusted and capable of seeing through her tough-as-nails exterior, knows just how to get under her skin. And only hours into the mission, Della realizes rogue vampires aren’t the only threat she’s facing. If she’s ever going to complete her assignment, she’ll need his help…but learning to trust him will be her hardest challenge yet.

Did you know you can also read the first two chapters of Born at Midnight at Wattpad? It’s the perfect way to introduce a friend to the world of Shadow Falls. Or you might want to check out the first chapter of Reborn or the first three chapters of Eternal.

Happy reading!

 

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What Are You Reading?

StorybookI had a blast this past weekend at Weslaco and Mission Hills High Schools and at my book signing at The Storybook Garden in Weslaco, Texas. I met so many great writers. I want to thank everyone who made it possible and everyone who gave me such a warm welcome.

I got home Sunday and started reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I’m really enjoying it. Have any of you read her books? What are you reading right now?

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Unspoken and Other News

Unspoken_revised (1)I finally finished writing Unspoken and did my happy dance around my house.  Not that I was glad to be done with Della, that’s not it at all. I’ll miss her like crazy.  It’s just that Unspoken was a hard book to write, not only because Della got herself into so much trouble I was nervous she’d never be able to get herself out, but also because I had a lot of distractions while I was writing (like hubby getting a new kidney). But now it’s finished and in the hands of my editor. So, Della’s final book, Unspoken, is scheduled to be released October 28, 2015. You can pre-order it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

 

 

In the meantime, Spellbinder will be out on June 30, 2015. So, you can look forward to Miranda’s novella.  She has quite an adventure in Paris, where she goes for a huge magic tournament. It seems someone wants to win so badly, they’re killing off the competition. And Miranda’s in the cross hairs! Pre-order your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Me? Well, I’ll be going to conferences and book signings and plotting what’s next. And as soon as know what’s coming, I’ll be sure to let you guys know.  Like this Thursday, May 21st, I’ll be at The Storybook Garden in Weslaco, TX, starting at 6:00 PM. I’ll be giving a short talk and signing books. You just never know what might happen! Then, RWA’s Annual Conference will be in New York City in July, and I can’t wait. I love the Big Apple! I’ll be participating in their annual Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 22. Follow the link for a full listing of all the authors who will be there. Oh and, hopefully, I’ll even find a little time to squeeze in a beach holiday at some point. Happy summer!

P.S.  Thank you to all the fans who showed up at RT. You guys made me feel so special.

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Hello From Dallas!

Hotel.BuildingToday, I’m in Dallas, Texas for RT’s Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I have been looking forward to this for months! Not only is RT’s Convention the booklover’s party of the year, but they have lots of special events for the YA reader. And of course I always love catching up with all of my writer friends. I can’t wait!

 

On Saturday, May 16th, there is a Teen Day, Fan-tastic Day and Book Fair. You can register online till May 15th, but you may also purchase tickets on site the day of the event. Teen Day will have a Fierce Reads Pizza Party, with book, t-shirt and tote bag giveaways—and of course lots of pizza. There will be loads of giveaways and chances to talk with YA authors. Oh and don’t forget the games! There will be YA Family Feud where you’ll test your knowledge of YA lit and the YA Edition of the Match Game. Will you win?   And of course there will be a Teen Day Party! Those are only a few of the highlights!

Can’t wait for May 16th? Put on your jammies and join us for some spooky, silly fun and games on May 12th at the YA Spooky Slumber Party! Challenge your favorite YA authors to time-honored slumber party favorites like Truth or Dare and Boy Meets Girl, and create your very own spooky flash fiction. Snacks and prizes abound — and the best slippers win!

Plus, there will be tons of workshops at the convention for any writer, no matter your genre or where you are in your career.

On Saturday, May 16th, there is also a GIANT Book Fair with over 500 authors signing their books, posters, bookmarks, etc. And the best thing is the fair is open to the public and you can purchase tickets at the door. You may also bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there’s no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Only two books from home per author are allowed.

Please let me know by leaving a comment if you’ll be coming to the conference or book fair and I’ll bring something special for you.

Winners!!

The winners of last week’s giveaway of my packets of swag are Sheila Ryals and Maddie. Please email your mailing addresses to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations!

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Who am I? What am I?

008982Most of you have read my Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. An underlining theme in those books are about discovering who you are and what you are. I think by writing them, I sort of got curious about myself.  Now, as odd as I am, I’ve always been pretty sure I’m all human. But what kind of human?  One day before Christmas last year, I was watching TV and a commercial came on about checking your DNA.  I told hubby, “I want to do that.  Maybe I’ll have a little vampire in me.”

Well, for Christmas one of my gifts was the DNA test.  It was pretty easy.  Spit in a test tube and mail it off.  I remember my grandmother telling me that one of my great-great grandmothers on my grandfather’s side claimed to be French.  “She was lying,” my grandmother told me.  “She was American Indian.” I was also told that I had a lot of Scottish blood.

I sent that test tube off in the mail and waited for an email to answer my questions.  And I discovered that I’m 40ish % English or Scottish, I’m 16% Irish, 20ish % Scandinavian and . . . 6 %  . . . not American Indian, but . . .  French.  My grandma was wrong.  Then, I have a trace of Western Asian.  (Say what?)

My daughter, who is totally into the family history, did some checking on Ancestery.com.  And you know that French ancestor? Well, her name was Mary Lafoon Keith (Keith, which is my mother’s maiden name), and she is considered a Revolutionary War Heroine.  She was known to ride and warn the American’s that the enemy approached.

Could that be where I get my spunk?

Okay, so I’m not a vampire like Della, or like Kylie who is a Chameleon, or Miranda who is a witch, but it’s interesting to look back into our roots, or DNA, and see where we came from and question from where or who we might have gotten some of our odd behaviors.

Do you know where you came from?  What are your roots?

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Spellbinder

Spellbinder_revised3It won’t be long until Miranda’s novella, Spellbinder, will be out. That’s right, June 30th, you’ll be able to read all about Miranda’s Paris adventure. Oh yeah, Perry and Steve are both there, too. Not to mention Kylie and Della. Then there’s the person trying to kill Miranda and her fellow contestants in the magic competition.

What Miranda doesn’t expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations…about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she’s a witch to be reckoned with….before it’s too late.

 

In Spellbinder you’ll learn:

  1. When you play with fire, you might find things getting hotter for other reasons.
  2. It’s possible for a girl to be kissed like she’d never been kissed and not even know who kissed her.
  3. Magic moms are ten times worse than soccer moms.
  4. The only thing better than going to Paris, is going to Paris with your two best friends. Well, it would be if someone wasn’t trying to kill you.
  5. Sometimes the people you think you know the best, aren’t at all who you thought they were.
  6. Some things are harder to forgive than others.
  7. Family can work together and overpower dark magic.
  8. If someone needs help and you ignore them, you may never forgive yourself.
  9. While a hug doesn’t fix everything, it can be exactly what you need at the moment.
  10. Some people are willing to kill to win.

Spellbinder is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

So, be sure to pre-order Spellbinder, tell all you friends to do the same, and share Spellbinder’s cover on your Facebook page.

And remember when magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Winner!

Last week’s winner of a copy of Joy Preble’s Finding Paris is Emma. Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations!

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