Miranda News!!!

Miranda’s back! Well, she never really left, but this time she has a novella of her own. I mean, I’ve written Kylie’s series, I’ve written Della’s series (well, I’m almost done with Unspoken), and Miranda was getting upset with me for not writing anything about her. She was even starting to threaten me with her little pinky. Not wanting to end up a skunk, I thought perhaps it was time. And really, Miranda has a pretty interesting story to tell. So I’ve written her novella. I don’t have a release date and I only have a working title, but I’ll let you know all that very soon right here on my blog, so be sure to check back regularly.

Miranda is in for an adventure when she goes to a magic tournament and ends up saving the day and almost cooking her bacon when a giant fireball goes awry. Don’t worry, her friends Kylie and Della are there to support her. And so is the cute FRU agent, Shawn.  Yup, he’s back, and now thanks to Della, she knows he’s sweet on her.  What about Perry?  Well, let’s just say Miranda’s developed a gaming addiction, especially when the game involves killing shapeshifters. Oh and to make matters worse, Tabitha, Miranda’s old arch enemy, is back and looking for trouble. Will Miranda give her what she wants? Is Perry going to be able to win her back? Will Miranda and her mother ever get along? You’ll have to wait and read Miranda’s novella.

Since I don’t have a cover for Miranda’s novella, I found myself searching my clip art photos looking for her. Believe me, it was hard to find my idea of Miranda. Oh, and I have to tell you that in my novella, Miranda changes her hair back to her natural strawberry blonde color. But anyway, I came up with a few possibilities, and I thought it would be fun for you to vote on who you think is closer to your idea of Miranda? Who would you choose?

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Miranda A.

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Miranda B

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Miranda C.

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Two Blue Lines

My friend and talented author, S.C. Montgomery, has a new YA novel out called Two Blue Lines, and I’m really excited about it. Two Blue Lines is a realistic story of first love and all that goes with it, and can go wrong with it. I stayed up way too late finishing this book.

Two+Blue+LinesHis fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice. What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you? Lied to everyone? Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one. And now, he must decide for himself . . . Man up or walk away? SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable. ***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.

S.C. agreed to answer a few questions for us.

1. In a couple of sentences tell us what your book is really about?

Two Blue Lines is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers, Reed and Melissa, who are dealing with the unthinkable…an unplanned pregnancy. It is their love story, but it’s also about family, secrets, and the pain of growing up.

2. What is your favorite scene in the book?

I have so many that I love for different reasons, especially the ones where you get glimpses into their relationship and see why and how they love each other.  But, I guess if I had to choose one, I’d pick the opening.  It sets the stage for the emotional story to come and it came to me in such a vivid way when I was trying to imagine Reed’s story after Lines in the Sand, the series prequel, which takes place during the summer he turns 13. Both important summers that force him to grow up, and fast.

3. What scene was the hardest to write and why?

I think the scenes with Reed’s father. In Lines in the Sand, his relationship with his mom is the centerpiece. But, as he’s grown into a young man, his relationship with his dad is so very important to him. Due to some family secrets and Reed’s mistake, it all becomes strained and painful. That emotion wasn’t always pleasant to delve into, but it was necessary and I think, in the end, made the story more relevant.

4. What are you working on next?

This is the first in a three novel series.  Two Blue Lines is Book I, and next I’m working on Book II, Blurred Lines. This is Reed’s best friend, Jonah’s story. And if I thought Reed and Melissa’s story was emotional, Jonah and Autumn’s is proving to be even more so. And, after that, I’ll get started on the third and final installment, Between the Lines, which will be Melissa’s brother Chris’s story…and believe me, he has some secrets of his own.

5. How did you get started writing YA?

Well, I’ve been writing adult contemporary romance for several years now under my other pen name, Shauna Allen. In one of those books, the heroine had a teenage son, which I loosely based on my own son. I found I really enjoyed giving him a voice and seeing his perspective on things. Plus, my family and friends all told me how much they enjoyed him and that I could do YA. I didn’t think much of it until my mom became very ill and I got the idea to write a short story just for her, no pressure. I created a story I knew she’d love about a couple of boys on an emotional journey that had a hint of a mini-mystery to it and gave it to her for Christmas. Long story, short, she loved it (and C.C. loved it, too, LOL!) and gave me her blessing to share it with the world. So, Lines in the Sand was born. And, once that YA bug bit and I fell in love with those characters, I knew I had to carry it on as a series and see where it goes. And, I have to tell you, I’m loving the ride!

Thanks, S.C., for joining us today.

scmonty2S.C. Montgomery is a self-proclaimed nerd and readaholic. She has dabbled in telling stories since she was very young by letting her imagination play out with her Barbie dolls and her bestie many a weekend. She also writes contemporary adult romance under the pen name Shauna Allen, and it was in one of those novels that the YA bug bit when she wrote a teenager loosely based on her own son. Her first story, Lines in the Sand, was penned as a gift to her mother, but was published with her blessing, and has just taken off from there.

S.C. is married with three teenagers of her own, who give her plenty of inspiration and advice, and are a constant source of laughter and new terminology.  Besides writing, she loves reading, movies, signing and dancing, reality shows and going to the beach.

You can buy Two Blue Lines at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Kobo.

You can find out more about S.C. on her website: http://www.scmontgomery.com/.

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Cover Reveal!!

Wow! It’s been a busy week. Eternal was released last Tuesday, and since then, I have been on a blog tour, taught a writing class and had a wicked Halloween! I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have bought Eternal, it had a great debut week.  And speaking of my blog tour, it continues, so keep checking my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books & Shadow Falls Series) for my latest stops and giveaways.

But I have something special for you today. I’m happy to reveal the next cover in Della’s series for her final book, Unspoken.  And yes, it is the same girl on each of Della’s book covers. I’ve posted all three of her covers here so you can see. Which one do you like the best? I’m torn.  But I will say that I love the motion of Della’s hair in Unspoken.  To me, that tells a little of Della’s character, she’s always on the move.  And when I look into her eyes, I see it. I see the turmoil she’s feeling.  What do you see in these images? 

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Winners!!!

As you know I’m giving away THREE Kindles, one to a Street Team member and one to a Fan Club member who are out there promoting my books on social media. The third Kindle goes to someone who left a comment on last week’s blog stating they bought Eternal and told me their bullying story. I want to thank my Street Team and Fan Club members for doing a great job spreading the word about Eternal’s release. But there were a few of you that really went above and beyond. My Street Team member that won the Kindle is Katina Hall. Katrina, you’re a star! I had several Fan Club members that went all out on social media, but Crystal Chapman won the Kindle. And from those that posted on my blog, Gabrielle Saunders, you have won a Kindle! So, Katrina, Crystal and Gabrielle, please confirm your mailing address by sending an email to cc@cchunterbooks.com. You guys rock!

I’m also giving away a few more things to my Street Team and Fan Club members. I’m giving away a $15 gift card (Amazon or Barnes & Noble, your choice) to Sarah Smith and another one to Jonathan Goldhirsch. I’m also giving away hardcover, signed copies of Reborn and Eternal to Angela Sickles and also to Lucy Bashford. And as a special thank you, I’m sending Nicholas Redden my copies of Shadow Falls books in German. Please confirm your mailing addess at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

But that’s not all! I also said I would give away a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt and hard copies of Reborn and Eternal.  So, the winner of a Shadow Falls t-shirt is Taryn Courville, the winner of the hardcover, signed copy of Reborn is Zara Wild and the winner of the hardcover, signed copy of Eternal is Vickie Wu. Okay, please email your mailing address (I have yours Taryn) to cc@chhunterbooks.com. Congratulations, everyone!

Don’t forget the giveaways don’t stop here. Every three months, I’ll be giving away goodies to my Street Team and Fan Club members who are out there on social media spreading the word about Shadow Falls and Della.

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Where’s Your Della ‘tude?

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Today’s the day!  Della is running loose and wild and I hope, jumping off the bookshelves. If you haven’t snagged your copy yet, you can buy Eternal at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Kobo, and iBooks. To celebrate I’m doing lots of giveaways so pay attention.

Della, she’s spunky.  She’s sassy.  She’s not the kind of girlfriend you ask if those jeans make your butt look big because she will tell you the truth.  There’s no sugar coating the truth from Della.  That said, I still know I’d love to call Della my friend.  I’ll even go one step further and say I think we all could learn a thing or two from this kick-butt vampire.  Not that I don’t have a little Della in me already.

You see, when you create a character, you pull her personality from your own.  No, I’m not nearly as spunky as this girl, and I know when I was young, I could have benefited from a little more Della persona, but there was a time or two that the Della inside me came out.

I particularly remember a time when I was in ninth grade.  And in reality, I was much more like Kylie than Della at that age.  I was quiet, I didn’t fit in.  All I wanted was to fade into the wallpaper.  Ahh, but there were the bullies.  And they liked to pick on the quiet ones.  I’d never done anything to this one girl, hadn’t even spoken to her, but she’d spoken to me plenty.  She was a known trouble maker. In and out of trouble all the time.

Walking home from school, she’d call me names and taunt me.  It was as if she wanted to make me mad.  I ignored her and I think that just made her madder.  She was getting more and more confrontational.  I even started hanging out at school a while after classes, hoping I wouldn’t have to face her. One Friday, after a pep rally, I’d bought a coke and started my walk home.  I wasn’t even off school property when this girl and her friends caught up with me.

Unhappy that I was ignoring them, the girl came and stood in front of me. Then, she hit the bottom of my drink.  The coke splashed up in my face.  I don’t know what hit me, but I’d suddenly taken all I could.  The essence of my Dellaness came out to play, and I tossed the rest of that drink in her face.

The next thing I knew, she’d knocked me down and we were in a serious scuffle.  Some teachers ran over and broke it up.  And you know come Monday morning, I was called in the principal’s office.  I’d never been called into his office before.  I’d never even been in trouble.  Like I said, people didn’t know I existed.

The principal sat behind his big desk and asked both of us what happened.  I told him everything.  Ahh, but then the girl told her story.  And it was whopper of a story,too.  She said how I’d jumped her and had been throwing rocks at her on the way home.

The principle looked at us, and said since we both had different stories, he didn’t know who to believe.  So, he said he was going to susspend both of us from school for three days.  Once again something came over me.  If I’d had fangs and eyes that changed color, I’m sure I would have scared the bejibbies out of that man, because I suddenly found myself sitting up straighter, unwilling to just shut up and take a punishment for something I hadn’t done.  She’d been bullying me for over a month and I’d had enough.

“Excuse me, sir,” I said to the principal.  “Can I please speak?”

He nodded.  I swallowed the bit of fear down my throat.  “Sir, can you tell me how many times I’ve been in your office in the past three years?”

He looked at me strangely.  “I don’t think you have.”

“That’s right.  Never.  Not only do I not get in trouble, I work really hard at avoiding it.”  I looked at the girl sitting next to me, the bully, the one who’d make my last month of school holy hell.  Then, I looked back at the principal.  “Now, sir, can you tell me how many times she’s been in your office?”

He just looked at me, but didn’t speak

“My point, sir, is this.  I sit here in your office, with no record of ever causing any problems.  I tell you my story.  And in here with me is a girl who is known for causing trouble. A girl who has been accused of this very thing, expelled from school numerous times for doing this, and you tell me my word is no more believable than hers.  Why are my years of good behavior not being considered?   When is it that a person’s character doesn’t add credit to her word?

The principal sat there almost speechless.  He finally leaned back in his chair and shook his head.  “Young Lady,” he said.  “You make a very good point.  I hope you are considering becoming a lawyer.  You may leave the office now.”

I wasn’t suspended.  She was.  Oddly enough, she never picked on me again.  And I can tell you that I honestly believe it wasn’t me standing up to her when she knocked my coke in my hands that stopped her from bullying me again.  It was me using my words to put her in her place that made her realize I wasn’t somebody she could run over.

Perhaps from that ounce of spunk, Della was born.  Now, it’s your turn.  Tell me, do you have a little Della inside you?  Do you need a little Della ‘tude in your life?

15503647925_005b0440e5_kAnd here’s a photo of me when I was in school. My maiden name was Christie Hunt. I can’t believe how young I looked. And that long hair! How did I put up with that in the Alabama heat? I wonder what some of those other kids are doing these days.

 

 

 

This week, one lucky person who posts on my blog telling me they bought a copy of Eternal and telling me how and why they can relate to Della, will win a Kindle. I’ll also be giving away a Shadow Falls T-shirt and hard copies of the both Eternal and Reborn.

A note to Fan Club and Street Team members:  This week I’ll be checking to see who all is out on Social Media helping promoting my books.  One Fan Club member and one Street Team member will also win a Kindle.  And if you leave a review of Eternal, please send me a link at cc@cchunterbooks.com and title it “Book Review.”  The winners will be readers who are helping me get the word out about Eternal’s release.  And remember, I’m not asking for undue praise. I want an honest review.

And to all the fans of Shadow Falls: After Dark, Della and I both thank you.  On a parting thought, I’m kind of glad I didn’t take that principal’s advice and become a lawyer.  I love writing too much.

Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter

ShadowFalls_NEXT_CHAPTER (1)Don’t forget I have another Shadow Falls book out today. It’s Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter and it contains both Taken at Dusk and Whispers at Moonrise for one low price. Combined it with Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, and you have a great holiday gift. What a wonderful way to introduce a friend to the world of Shadow Falls.

Blog Tour

Starting this week, I’ll be traveling all over. Well, virtually anyway. I’ll be on a huge blog tour and I’ll be answering some of your burning questions in interviews. There will also be a lot of giveaways! So check my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books and Shadow Falls Series) for days and links.

Winner!!

The winner of the hard copy of Reborn is Taryn Courville. Congratulations, Taryn! Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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It’s Good to be Back Home

AL2Well, this last couple of weeks I’ve been jetting off everywhere.  And one place I landed, I’ve never landed before.  I can no longer say I’ve never been to jail.  And now that I got your attention and maybe even made you smile, let me tell you the real story.

You see, I went to speak to group of women in the SAP program, Substance Abuse Program, in the Etowah County Detention Center.  Do you know that noise you hear of the door clanking shut that you hear on some prison shows? It’s just like that.  And it echoes in that place, reminding you that you are locked up.  I got chills each and every time it sounded.

These women are in for six months to a year and are completely cut off from all family and friends.  No phone calls.  No visits.  They are there to work on getting their lives back on track, and hopefully, finding a new path for their lives. The Gadsden Library works with these women, offering them books and talking to them about literature. And for the women with young children, they have even done video tapes of some of them reading bedtime stories, and then the tapes are sent to their children.

AL7Being there, talking about writing, about facing hurdles, and laughing–yes, we did a lot of laughing–it was a reminder of how easy it is for someone to go down a wrong path.

While I was in Gadsden, I also had a Bleed and Read event.  Wow, that was fun.  Got to visit with some serious fans.  I went to three schools—even my old high school.  What a delight.

I wasn’t home but for a few days and then I packed and left again.  This time I landed in New Hampshire to speak at Another Anime Convention.  Wow, talk about colorful.  And I mean the people and the leaves.  The leaves were gorgeous, and boy oh boy did I meet some really neat and entertaining characters.  I was just crazy enough to fit in. Here are just a few of the crazy costumes there.

 

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And there were some really wonderful chalk artists who created these cool drawings. I’m sitting on the first one, so I look like I’m riding on his shoulder. I loved that!

 

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Anyway, I’m home for now and back to writing.  Don’t forget I have two releases coming out on October 28th.  I hope you’ve pre-ordered Eternal, the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. And Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter will be out on the same day.

So, have you ever felt you were going down the wrong path? Did you almost make a wrong decision? Or maybe you did, and now you regret it? I want you tell me about it, and I’ll give away a hard copy of Reborn to one of you who leave a comment. (Sorry, this giveaway is for US residents only.)

WINNERS!!

Lots of great comments last week, and I got a lot of emails with links to Unbreakable reviews. Here are the winners: Crystal Chapman ($25 gift card for Amazon or B &N), Gabrielle Saunders (signed copies Reborn and Eternal), Essie Binder (Shadow Falls t-shirt), Carly Burkard (Shadow Falls poster) and Maria Villatoro (Shadow Falls poster). Congratulations! Now you need to send me an email at cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

 Kindle Giveaway!

Don’t forget I’m giving away three Kindles the week of Eternal’s release. One to one of my Street Team members, one to a member of my Fan Club and a third one to someone who comments on my blogs. But these aren’t random giveaways this time. No, I’ll be checking social media to see who is posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. to see who is working the hardest to spread the word about the release of Eternal.

 

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Chase or Steve?

EternalOkay…October 28th is right around the corner.  Soon everyone will be reading about Della, the new ghost, the new mission.  Man oh man, does the new mission run Della ragged.  Ahh, but you know Della, she doesn’t like to fail, but this time the stakes are higher.  If she fails, two people will die.

Then there are the two guys. Chase the mysterious vampire, and Steve, the sweet dependable shape-shifter who has had a thing for Della since the first time he laid eyes on her.

And let me tell you, I’m just as confused as you are about who she will end up with.  Since you haven’t read Eternal yet, you may not know as much as I know, but . . . I’m still torn.

I’m not giving anything away, but when I wrote Unbreakable, the e-novella from Chase’s point of view, I saw a softer side of Chase.  When I wrote Eternal, Della saw the softer side of Chase, too.  But as Della learns, there are still things about Chase that she doesn’t know.

Because I’m about to dive in to the third novel, I’m feeling Della’s pain of having to choose one guy.

So I made a list of reasons Della should end up with Steve and reasons Della should end up with Chase.

Della should choose Steve because:

* he’s hot.  And looks good in his jeans!

* he’s been so patient waiting for her to get over Lee.

* he chose to give her the transfusion that bonded her to Chase believing it could save her    life, but knowing he could lose her forever.

* he saved her life on the mission and even gave her some of his blood.

* she could let herself love him so easily.

Della should choose Chase because:

* he’s hot. Mysterious and sexy.

* they are both vampire and reborns and can understand each other.

* he risked his life and was willing endure extreme pain to save her life.

* she is bonded to him, drawn to him, attracted to him.

* she could let herself love him so easily.

Okay…so why don’t you guys help me.  Now listen here, Street Team and anyone who has gotten an early copy of the Eternal, you cannot give away any spoilers.  Keep it vague.

Thank you every one who picked up a copy of Unbreakable.

Oh, I also want to do a shout out to the students and librarians of Emma Sansom, Gadsden High and Glencoe.  To all the fans who came to my Read & Bleed event.  You guy rock!!!

Contest!  Contest!  (U.S. Only)

This week, I’m giving away five awesome prizes, a $25 dollar card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice), a Shadow Falls T-shirt, a signed hard copy of both Reborn and Eternal, and two signed Shadow Falls: After Dark posters.  How do you enter? This one is different, so read carefully.  You have to have read Unbreakable and left an honest review (the number of stars do not matter) on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  You email me a link to the review with Review Contest in the subject line to cc@cchunterbooks.com, and you will be entered.  Winners will be announced next week.

Reborn News

St. Martins decided to extend the sale of Reborn. The first book in Shadow Falls: After Dark is still on sale for only 2.99.  If you haven’t read it.  Go grab a copy now!

Winner!!!

The winner from last week’s giveaway is Casey W. Congratulations, Casey! Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com and I will send you your signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall.

 

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Answers, Fan Club and a Giveaway!

EternalOnly THREE weeks till the release of Eternal! Are you ready? Have you pre-ordered your copy? Or perhaps you are a member of my Street Team and  received an early copy of Eternal. Have you already read it? Posted about it? Told all of your friends? Della is coming very soon, and while she isn’t looking for trouble, trouble always seems to find her!

 

In case you thought I’d forgotten about all those questions you sent in for me to answer, well, I haven’t! So I thought I’d answer a few more this week.

Elizabeth asked, “Why do you like love triangles? Your books are overflowing with love triangles, even with minor characters.”

Well, I’d actually never written a love triangle before I started writing Shadow Falls. So, I didn’t really understand the rules.  I didn’t realize that when you have two guys interested in the same girl, you have to have one of them stand out over the other one.  Instead I had Lucas and Derek, and both of them were wonderful. And so, Kylie had a very hard decision.  And now poor Della has the same problem.  So why do I like doing it?  Well for three reasons.

  1. St. Martin’s asked me to do it.  And that probably is the most important one.
  1. Love triangles, when done correctly can help engage a reader’s interest.  Writing novels is all about creating questions in a readers mind.  Will Della ever be able to tell her parents that’s she’s vampire?  Will her dad ever love her as much as he did when she was young?  Is her dad really guilty of murder?  Will Della end up with Steve or Chase?
  1. While I write about vampires, werewolves, chameleons, all of which do not exist in real life, I really want my books to reflect real life.  And while we may not have two equally hot guys who are both dream guys who want to win our hearts, most of us at some time in our life, especially when we are young, will have are hearts pulled in two different directions.

Jess asked, “Are you going to write another series after Della’s books are over? Are you going to keep going with Shadow Falls, but from someone else’s perspective?”

I’m sure I’ll be writing another series after I finish Della’s books. But which series? I already have a contract on another series about the descendants of Grim Reapers. But I’ve had that contract since before I even started on Della’s series.  You see, after I finished Kylie’s series, I came up with the idea for a novella about Della.  When my editor read it, she loved it so much she asked me to write a series about Della.  And guess what I’m writing now?  A novella about Miranda.  Will they ask me to write her book?  I don’t know.  We’ll see….

Join My Fan Club!!

Good news!  I’m opening up my fan club to about 35 more members.  What do you do as fan club member?  First sign up for my newsletter.  (It’s free and I seldom send out more than one a month.) Help me promote my books by posting them on social media, talking the books up to your friends, re-Tweeting and sharing my Facebook posts, writing reviews, and posting on the my blog.  This isn’t the street team, who actually get an early copy of my releases, but when slots become open on the street team, I’ll be filling those slots with the fan club members.  So, what do you get as a fan club member?  Sneak peeks to covers, and excerpts.  And every three months I will give away two or three prizes of swag, bookmarks, t-shirts, signed copies of books, and maybe even some gift cards to Fan Club members.  These will not just be random names, but people who I see are doing the above list of things that help me promote my books.  And the week of Eternal’s release, I will be giving away a Kindle to one fan club member.  How do you become a fan club member?  Email me cc@cchunterbooks.com with your name, address, t-shirt size and tell me what you’ve done as a fan and what you’ll do as a fan club member.   In a week, I will be emailing those who are accepted.  Remember it’s only limited to 35 more members.  Also, I will be accepting 3 fan club members outside of the US.  But make sure you tell me what country you are from.

For My Street Team!

More good news! I’m doing the same drawing for my Street Team members who are working their tushes off to help promote me and my books. Yes, one lucky Street Team member will receive a Kindle, and every few months, I’ll be giving away prizes.  So make sure you are leaving reviews, posting on my blog and using your social media to help create a buzz.

Giveaway!!!

I’m giving away a signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this blog. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents.)

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Unbreakable & Eternal

UnbreakableIt’s here!  It’s here!  Unbreakable was released today. Now you can read Chase’s story.   If you do, I think you’ll understand Chase a little better and know where he’s coming from.

And here are ten things you’ll learn in Unbreakable:

  1. Della Tsang wasn’t Chase Tallman’s first love.
  2. Never eat a hot dog in two bites in front of someone you want to impress.
  3. When your dog doesn’t like someone, trust your dog.
  4. According to a palm reader, Chase will come upon an amazing power, but whether he will use it for good or evil is yet to be seen.
  5. Never let someone you don’t know very well get you alone in a haunted house.
  6. Chase is told he’s a bad kisser.
  7. To a boy, girls are as frustrating to understand as they are intriguing.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a pet’s love.
  9. Siblings can be a pain in the butt, but never take them for granted.  If you lose them, there will be an empty hole in your world.
  10. Never turn your back on a challenge.  Especially if that challenge involves a life or death decision.

Not ordered your copy, yet? You can click here to read an excerpt of Unbreakable.

Eternal

EternalFor all of you needing a little more Della and you just can’t wait till the release of Eternal on October 28th, you can read an excerpt on Wattpad.com. Just click on this Eternal link.

So tell me, have you pre-ordered Eternal? Do you tend to pre-order books? Or do you wait until it’s released to buy it? Do you usually buy it online or go to a mortar and bricks book store? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt. I’m giving away two! (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents. I’ll do an international giveaway soon!)

 

Winners!!

The winners of Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirts are Regina Barnes and Morgan Gonsoski. Congratulations!!! I send you your t-shirts ASAP.

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Unbreakable Excerpt!

UnbreakableOkay…September 30th is right around the corner.  And that’s when Unbreakable will release.  Chase is one of the guys vying for Della’s heart in my Shadow Falls: After Dark series.  I wrote Chase’s story because he was so mysterious, even to me.  I wanted to peer back into his past so I could understand him a little more.  And what I found was a story that took my breath away.  I cried, I laughed, and I wanted to reach out and hug him.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s the guy Della is going to choose, I’m just saying that unearthing more about his past made me understand that whether he gets the girl or not, he’s a character you can’t help but love.

Chase’s story is one of those that just flowed out.  Amazingly, this is the first complete YA story I’ve ever written from a boy’s point of view.  So I had fun getting inside a guy’s head for a while.  And just to tempt you a bit more into picking up his story, below is the book blurb and an excerpt.

Unbreakable Blurb:

He isn’t everything he says he is. He’s even more…

Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him. The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn. Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

Unbreakable Excerpt:

Sunday, November 1, 6 a.m.

Breaking News

Missing plane spotted in Jasper Mountain Range

According to a statement from Sheriff Ted Carter, wreckage of a Cessna 210, believed to be the same one flown by Dr. Edward Tallman, was spotted in the Jasper Mountain Range. A SAR (Search and Rescue) team was called in when twenty minutes after takeoff the plane fell off radar yesterday at 4:20. Two helicopters from Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) searched the perimeter of the area yesterday but didn’t spot the downed plane until this morning. Due to low clouds and high winds, visibility of the crash site was poor and they were unable to spot any signs of survivors. Flying with Dr. Tallman were his wife, Amy, their two teenage children, Mindy and Chase, as well as a family friend, Tami Collins.

Emergency ground crews have been put on call, but are waiting for a break in the weather. A spokeswoman was quoted saying that they know it’s imperative to get to the site as soon as possible, but the safety of their crew must be considered.

It was speculated that Dr. Tallman and his family may have flown into Jasper to take part in a genetic study, however no local research facility reports any of the Tallmans’ participation. Meanwhile, friends of the Tallman family and the parents of Tami Collins are in Jasper praying the news will be good once Search and Rescue teams are on the ground.

One day earlier: Saturday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.

Chapter One

Chase Tallman watched as the bright-eyed, bloodthirsty lab tech tied a large elastic band around the middle of his arm hoping to expose a few of Chase’s veins.

“There’s a good one,” the woman said as she passed two fingers over the crook of his arm where a blue vein now bulged out. “You have great veins,” she said, sounding sincere.

Her hands were cold. Extra cold, making a chill run up his arm.

“Just a little stick and we’ll be done.” She smiled at him and reached over to pick up the needle with the large tube attached, taking the plastic tip off the syringe. Shit! How much blood did the woman need?

He freaking hated needles. But he didn’t flinch. Fourteen was too old to flinch. He hadn’t even cried when he broke his arm last summer during baseball practice. It had hurt like hell, but his coach had been the one to take him to the hospital and the last thing he’d wanted was to look weak in front of his coach.

Chase glanced around the small lab in the doctor’s office that was practically hidden in some remote part of the Rockies. He wasn’t exactly sure why his dad had insisted on them taking part in this research study, but it had to be pretty important for his dad to get his plane checked out and fly them up from Houston to participate.

Not that Chase liked it. Who gave up their blood for no reason? But the promise of a weekend in a cabin in the mountains, plus the plane ride, made it worth it. The fact that his sister’s best friend, Tami Collins, tagged along, made it more than worth it. Hell, he’d let them stick him with needles all day for the pleasure of seeing her in her bathing suit again. Holy cow, she’d looked hot last night when she’d joined him and his sister in the hot tub.

For a second last night, he would’ve sworn she’d been playing footsies with him. It could have been an accident, but he hoped not. And he wished like hell he hadn’t shifted away.

He liked to think she’d finally stopped looking at him as her best friend’s baby brother and started looking at him like . . . a guy. A potential boyfriend kind of guy. Hell, he was less than a year younger than she and stood a good eight inches taller. Most people took him for at least sixteen.

Feeling the prick of the needle, the medical tech dug around for a vein. To distract himself from the pain, he closed his eyes and thought of Tami’s dips and curves, of how her dark brown hair had looked dancing on her bare shoulders. It worked, too.

Unlike most of his friends who were into computer games and denied their fascination with the opposite sex, Chase gave up his denial. He’d rather study a pretty girl than get to the next level of Battlefield 4 any day of the week. Hell, he’d rather touch or kiss a girl than play baseball. And he really liked playing baseball.

Problem was, he was better at sports than he was at even getting close to first base with a girl. Or at least that’s what Susie Muller told him last year after the eighth grade dance. But the girl had braces, how was he supposed to kiss her?

Somehow he just knew if he got the opportunity to kiss Tami, he’d be better at it. She didn’t have braces and her mouth was . . . so soft looking.

Hell, he’d practiced kissing her in his fantasies a hundred times. He should be an expert by now.

“All done,” the lab tech said, patting Chase’s arm with one hand while she pressed a cotton swab over the tiny drop of blood oozing from the needle’s prick. “Oops, I’m out of Band-Aids here. Hold this for me.”

He put his finger on the ball of cotton. She reached around to get a Band-Aid out of the cabinet. He kept his finger on the piece of swab, but probably not hard enough, because a red stream of blood seeped from under the cotton ball and oozed down the crook in his arm.

“Push on it a little harder,” she said, still facing the cabinet as if she knew he was bleeding. Then she turned and peeled the Band-Aid open.

As she secured a bandage over the puffy piece of cotton, he glanced up at her. When her eyes shifted upward, he almost gasped at how her eyes glowed. They had been bright green before, but now they were fluorescent lime green.

To More of Unbreakable click HERE.

Giveaway!!

I’m giving away two t-shirts today to my loyal fans. To enter, leave a comment telling me that you have pre-ordered Unbreakable. (Sorry, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

New Street Team & New Fan Club!!

Man, talk about feeling loved.  Talk about hard decisions.  It was so hard that I got with my publisher and they agreed to send me a few more ARCs of Eternal.  So…here are seven people who have been added to the Street Team: Mara Petrovsky, Rowen Teskey, Jessica Marend, Sara S., Nicholas Redden, Kayla Edwards and Rachel@ A Perfection Called Books. Please email me in the next two days at cc@cchunterbooks.com and send me your address and t-shirt size.  I so wished I could accept all of you, but I don’t have enough books for everyone.  That said, I would love to start a fan club.  What is a fan club?  Well, it’s a lot like the Street Team.  Sadly, you won’t get an ARC because we don’t have them, but  . . . in the next few weeks you will get some other cool stuff.   And you’ll will be on the waiting list to be on the Street Team.  So who all is chosen?

Everyone who has posted on this blog and emails me with in the next week.  That’s right.  All you have to do is send me an email, tell me you posted on the blog and that you want to be a part of my fan club.  Make sure you tell me the name you posted under, because I’ll be checking.  Send me your address.   And in case I order more t-shirts, send me your t-shirt size, too.  And within the next month you will get a package from me with some cool Shadow Falls: After Dark items.

So how can someone make it onto my Street Team?  Well, if I see your name regularly appearing in the comments on my blog, on Facebook, and if you leave reviews on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads, then the next time I have slots open on my Street Team I will pick from my fan club members.  By the way, when you post a review, let me know that you’ve done it.  I will keep a list of all my fan club members and every three months I will have a drawing and send an active fan club member a prize.  And Street Team members, this goes for you, too.  Every three months, I will be sending out a prize to active Street Team members.

Eternal Preview!

Are you a Wattpad fan?  Then make sure you pop over on Sept. 26th to read the first chapter of Eternal.   Then on Oct. 10th, they will post chapter two, and on Oct. 26th you can read the third chapter.  Don’t miss it!

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Join My Street Team

EternalHow many of you have pre-ordered Unbreakable?   It will release September 30, just 14 days to go.   How many of you have pre-ordered Eternal?  Are you getting excited?  I know I am.

Now, I have some great news for some of you! As you know, Eternal will be out on October 28th, and I already have some ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) for my Street Team members. I know some of you aren’t Street Team members, but that’s where the good news comes in. You see, I just found out that I have room for a few more on my team.  Now, these openings are for US residents only.  Sorry.  (I’ll try to do a contest for international readers soon!)

So, ask yourself if you are one of my biggest fans? Do you tell all your friends about my book, appearances and workshops? Do you walk up to complete strangers in the YA aisle of bookstores and recommend my books? Do you post comments on my blog almost every Tuesday? Frequently post on my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books & Shadow Falls Series)? Have you emailed me? If you can answer yes to several of those questions, then you are the kind of fan I’m looking to add to my Street Team.

Here’s what being a Street Team Member is all about.

* You get an early copy of Eternal, a T-shirt, and other goodies.

* You read the book ASAP.

* You help me promote the book by doing all the things mentioned above—from telling your friends to posting on social media.

So, tell me in the comment section why you should be on my Street Team. What will you do as a member and what have you already done in the past?  Now, there’s only a few spots available, because I only have a few copies of Eternal, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate each and every one of my fans.  You guys rock!!!

Giveaway!

As I said, I only have a few openings on my Street Team, so you won’t all make it. However, I’m offering three Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirts to three other die hard fans.  (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents only.)

 Want to be a Writer?

Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Then you’ll want to attend my workshop, “Polish Me Pretty: Five Polishing Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level,” on September 23 at the Palacios Library at 326 Main Street, Palacios, TX 77465. I’ll be there at 1:00 PM along with Donna M. Johnson, who will be teaching her workshop called “Your Life as Story: Transforming the Ordinary, the Tragic and the Dull as Dirt into Compelling Memoir.” Best of all, it is FREE and open to the public, although they recommend you call (361) 972- 3234 and pre-register to hold your spot.

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