More From Unspoken

I promised you some more teasers from Unspoken this week, so here goes.

Unspoken_revised (1)In Unspoken, Della sits by the bedside of someone she loves as they waver between life and death.

In Unspoken, on a full moon, Della rushes in to save a human girl only to find herself surrounded by a pack of werewolves.

In Unspoken, Hannah Rose James, says her first word—and man is her daddy in trouble!  Can you guess why?

 

 

Unspoken comes out on October 27th, but you can pre-order it today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Don’t miss out and pre-order now!

Giveaway!

IMG_0948I’m giving away one bag of Shadow Falls goodies to one person who leaves a comment. Tell me why you think Burnett might be in trouble because Hannah says her first word. (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only.)

 

 

Winners!

The winner of my Born to Read t-shirt is Sonja. Congratulations! Please email your mailing address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Unspoken Teasers

The release of Unspoken is getting closer! I just thought I’d share a few teasers with you, so you can start thinking about it.

  • In Unspoken, Della can’t count on privacy anywhere—not even in the ladies room at Whataburger.
  • In Unspoken, Della gets caught breaking and entering. You’ll never guess who gets her out of hot water.
  • In Unspoken, Della confronts a ghost that even scares Holiday.

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 Giveaway!!

I’m giving away a Born to Read t-shirt to one person who leave a comment. Good luck!

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Inside Unspoken

It won’t be long until Unspoken comes out on October 27th. I’m getting super excited! I can finally share the cover blurb with you, too.

I love reading about Della’s journey of self-discovery in this amazing, heart-pounding romance.” –Bookish Antics

Unspoken_revised (1)Unspoken truths will be revealed—and they will change everything–in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy! 

Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life—and the most personal.  In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she’s assigned a twenty year old murder case…and the accused killer is none other than her own father. 

Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she’s been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman—a vampire with his own hidden agenda.  Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept from her, but she’ll need his help to find out the truth about her father.  But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can’t seem to forget? 

The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town… and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.

You can pre-order Unspoken now at Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

For my Fort Worth Fans!

AuthorRUAugust 15, 2013, Join me at the Fort Worth Library for stories and a book signing. 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 Fort Worth Library.

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Two Tips on Meeting your Goals

0020-2Years ago, I heard a parable that really resonated with me.  Normally, I like parables that compare me to a princess, but I wasn’t so lucky with this one.  There were two frogs who both fell into deep pails of milk.  With slick edges, the frogs could not climb out, with nothing beneath their legs, their only option was to swim or drown.  After days of swimming, one frog simply grew tired and felt hopeless, and he stopped swimming, sank to bottom of his pail and drowned.  The other, though tired, and at times questioning his logic, just kept swimming.  Amazingly his persistence had churned up a nice pad of butter on which he was able to stand on and jump free.  In the publishing business, at times it feels as if all we do is tread water, but if we keep treading, if we keep moving, and if it keep going, keep writing, the opportunities can and do arrive.  But it’s not just the publishing business; it’s any goal you are striving to reach.

I found this in my Simple Abundance book:

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.

—Calvin Coolidge

I’m here to tell you, that I have met so many writers whose talent far outshined my own.  I’m not a genius. I work hard (daily) to teach myself the same principles I’m writing about.  My walls do not have framed degrees on them. Yet, what I have accomplished is mainly contributed to my perseverance.  And if I can do this, why can’t you?

So, my number one tip is very simple:

Tip one: Don’t give up—become the frog that kept on swimming.

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For those of us that are mothers, we know from the time our little ones are old enough to start having friends, we are very careful of who we allow our children to play with.  Let’s face it, if little three-year-old Susie says bad words, you can bet your boots that your own little darling will pick it up.  Even as our children grow into teenagers, we remain cautious who they “hang with.”    And as teens you should be careful as well.  If your friend Tommy likes to party too hardy, you may  follow suit.  Yes, as parents we know all about peer pressure,  yet so often, we forget that this rule applies to adults as well.

If your friends are whiners, if they are the type who give up too easily, if they are the kind of people who never set goals, who see only the negative, their habits are contagious.  On the flipside, if you surround yourself with positive people, people who set goals and make them, who live to inspire and help others, people who know what they want, and are go-getters, those habits are also contagious.

So my second tip for you to take with you is the same advice your parents gave you as a teen, and you probably gave your own children:

Tip two: Be careful who your friends are.  Check and recheck your circle of influence and if you don’t have a positive circle of influence, find one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Big Apple

timessquareI just got back from Romance Writers of America’s National Conference in New York City.  Okay, it’s so good to be home.  I missed my hubby, my dog, my house, my bed and my pillow.  But I had a blast!  New York has an energy, a vibe, to it that I love.

The streets, especially in Time’s Square, are packed with people.  The street vendors are cooking everything from hot dogs to grilled corn.  Various scents fill the air as you walk by.  Buskers sit on street corners playing music.  Spider man and Mickey Mouse walk by with the crowds—everyone is hurrying to be somewhere.

Yellow cabs, one right behind the other, fill the streets, dodging the guys speeding by on bicycles.  Their horns blast and blend with the distant sound sirens.

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I ate Korean, Italian, and Cuban food.  I had pastries.  I drank red wine and mojitos.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

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I saw fabulous shows on Broadway, and stayed up way past midnight too many days in a row. I watched other writers getting much deserved awards at RWA’s Awards Ceremony.  I got to visit and meet with my fans.

 

 

 

 

 

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But the best part about going to New York was seeing my writer buddies.  Reconnecting with old friends, making new friends.  Laughing and sharing.  Talking about the hurdles of this business.  Oh, and the hugging, of course!

We writers are such a crazy bunch that just being in room with all the creative energy is invigorating.  It’s like finding family that you didn’t know you had.

Today, I’m back in my office, living on the creative energy of New York and all those writers that I soaked up from my six days of being a city girl.

773So here’s to New York, to writer friends, wine, mojitos, and to memories that I gathered this last week.

 

 

 

 

Have you ever been to New York City? What was your favorite thing about the Big Apple?

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Vicki Leigh

My very special guest today is fellow YA author, Vicki Leigh. Vicki is the author of Catch Me When I Fall (available now) and Find me If You Dare (out December 2015) from her popular Dreamcatcher series.

Catch Me When I Fall

CatchRecruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

 

Vicki agreed to answer a few of my questions.

1.  In Catch Me When I Fall, your first book in your Dreamcatcher series, your hero protects people from Nightmares.  Where did you get the inspiration for this series?

My inspiration came from two places. First, I had my own struggles with nightmares, and I’d bought a really bright clock to illuminate the room at night. One night, I looked at my ceiling and noticed there was a shadow of what looked like an angel poised above my bed. But there were already so many great books about angels! So, I asked the “what if” questions: What if we were guarded not by angels by people who’d sacrificed themselves to save another, and in their afterlives were still protecting people? And what if nightmares weren’t in our heads but actual creatures that fed off our fear? With those questions, I took the Native American lore of the dreamcatcher and created what became my Protectors of the Night.

2. You’ve said you suffered from nightmares. Do you still?

Actually, no. I think writing about them was almost therapeutical, in a way!

3.  The second book in you Dreamcatcher series, Find Me If You Dare, will be out in December. It sounds like a real nail-biter. Is this the last of the Dreamcatcher books or will there be more?

There will be one more. No official release date yet, but it should hopefully be Fall 2016!

4.  You also write contemporary and historical YA under your pen name Tori Rigby. What’s your favorite YA genre? Paranormal, contemporary or historical?

My heart is really in high-concept, genre fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, etc. I just happen to have a few contemporary and historical ideas bopping around in my head, so I felt I need to brand my work in two separate ways.

5.  When did you first start writing and why?

I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, but with the goal of getting published, I began writing in 2012. I’d always had a love for books and stories (I could read when I was four), and at that time in my life, I was going through a lot and needed an escape. So, I took what I loved (stories) and let myself drown in them, and my love for writing just grew and grew. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop!

6.  The second book in your Dreamcatcher series, Find Me If You Dare, will be out in December. It sounds like a real nail-biter. Is this the last of the Dreamcatcher books or will there be more?

See my answer to question three. :)

7. You’re a big fan of Harry Potter. If you were at Hogwarts, which house would you be in?

Well, I’d hope to be in Gryffindor. But pottermore.com placed me in Slytherin!

8.  What’s next for you once you complete your Dreamcatcher series?

Right now, my heart is torn between a YA thriller and a YA epic fantasy. So, both will be written; I’m just not sure which one will be done first!

To learn more about Vicki Leigh, visit her website: http://www.vleighwrites.com/. You can buy Catch Me When I Fall at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, Vicki.

New York City, Here I Come!

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 a 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).

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Summer Time

beach1Ahh…summer. Hot days and balmy nights. The smell of suntan lotion, ocean breezes and BBQ. I love sitting on a beach watching the waves come in, a tall cold drink in my hand. But maybe you’re more of a mountain girl. Perhaps you’d rather sit on a porch looking out at tall peaks, listening to the birds chirp, fishing in a mountain stream. Or is your idea of a vacation a week spent in an exciting city like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago?

Speaking of NYC, I’ll be in the Big Apple at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square, July 22-25.. 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.

What are you doing this summer? Are you going on vacation?

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News, News, BIG News!!

You’ve been asking and I can finally tell you. Film rights have been picked up for Shadow Falls!  This is new so I’m still learning, but here’s what I know. CDS or Collective, is a multi-channel network on YouTube and is based in Los Angeles. Their plan is to develop Shadow Falls as an online series. Am I excited? You betcha!

CDS has established a track record in producing some of the most compelling web originals for YouTube, including Video Game High School. They were recognized in 2014 as the Hottest Video Network Studio and also won the 2014 Streamy Awards for four categories including Action & Sci Fi as well as Ensemble Cast for Video Game High School. They also have under option and are developing as an online series, best-selling author James Patterson’s young adult franchise “Maximum Ride.”

See why I’m excited? Now, I know that you now have questions. When? Who do they plan to cast? How many episodes is it going to be?  I’m gonna warn you, I don’t have the answers. Trust me, when I know something, you will know something.

You, all my fans have helped make this happen, and I’ll tell you more news as soon as I have it and can shout it out to the world. So keep checking my blog for future details.

Event 

Don’t forget,  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.

Almost Midnight 

Almost Midnight will be out February 2, 2016  in print, but it is available for pre-order NOW!

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.

Pre-order now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Winners!!!

Okay…now to announce last week’s winners:

The winners of a Shadow Falls T-shirt are Tori Stegle and Maddie Bergreen. Please email your T-shirt size and mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

The winners of the bags of cool promotional stuff are Ashley Hitchcock and Nicole H. Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

The winners of a signed book of mine (your choice) are Crystal Swimmer and Marie Villatoro. Please email the title of the book you want and your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

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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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