Midnight Hour Giveaway!

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedWow, I can hardly believe we began this Shadow Falls adventure March 29, 2014 with the publication of Born at Midnight. It all started with Kylie’s story. Then there was Della’s. Now, it’s Miranda’s turn. Three best friends. Three incredible life journeys. I’m best friends with all of them. Perhaps you are too. I have seen them grow, change, mature as their story progressed. Now, it’s drawing to a close. I’ll miss them all, and I will hold them in my heart forever.

 

 

 

 

11635I came across a song that reminded me a lot of Kylie when I was still writing her series. I think of her every time I hear it. I posted it before, but I think it bears reposting. I also asked you to help me pick a song for Della and you did. I love what you chose. Now. I’m asking you to help me find Miranda’s song. She’s a loyal friend who has grown up a lot since we first met her at Shadow Falls Camp. And in Midnight Hour, she finds a strength she didn’t know she had to meet her foes head on. So, it should be a special song, one that fits both her soft and new found strong side. So, please help me out and post your suggestions below.  I’ll give away a Midnight Hour bag of swag to someone who leave a comment/suggestion. What will Miranda’s song be? (This giveaway is limited to US residents. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave a comment on my website blog in order to enter my giveaway.)

Kylie’s Song: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Della’s Song: Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

Miranda’s novel, Midnight Hour, is available now for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo.

For a preview of Midnight Hour click HERE.

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BIG NEWS

On Thursday, September 1st, I’m posting a special blog. I’ll be announcing my big news. Yup, the thing I’ve been hinting at for a while now. So, you really need to set a reminder on your phone to return here on Thursday. You won’t want to miss this announcement. I think it will make all you Shadow Falls fans very happy.

 

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Are You Ready for Midnight Hour?

Only two months until Midnight Hour is released. Yup, October 25th is just around the corner. I’m getting really excited. I always get this way before a new release. It’s a bit like giving birth. I’m sending another one of my babies out into the world. And Miranda really does feel like family. But then so do Kylie, Della, Lucas, Chase, Perry, Derek, Burnett, Holiday and Hannah. Maybe they feel a bit like family to you too.

Spellbinder_revised3So, are you ready for Midnight Hour? Have you read Spellbinder, Miranda’s novella? You don’t have to before reading Midnight Hour, but I really recommend you do. You can buy it as an ebook for only $1.99 or you can buy Almost Midnight, which contains Spellbinder as well as Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable and Fierce. You can order Spellbinder at AmazonBarnes & Noble and iBooks.

 

 

 

Midnight Hour

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedBeing a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

You’ve been there as Kylie fell in love, and when Della met her soul mate. Now, it’s Miranda’s turn. Who do you think Miranda should choose? Perry, the cute shapeshifter or Shawn, the sexy FRU warlock?

You’ll find out in Midnight Hour.

Preorder you copy today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

One more thing. Tell me, if I had enough time to write one more novella, which couple would you want it to be about?

I’ve got some really big news, but I can’t say anything just yet. But be sure to come back a read my blog on September 1st.

Winners!!

StarTouchedQueenThe winners of a copy of Roshani Chokshi’s The Star Touched Queen are Mannat Judge and Deleana LaRocco. Congratulations!  Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

 

 

Giveaway!!

I thought I’d help out a couple of people who haven’t read Spellbinder. So, I’m giving away two e-copies of Spellbinder to two people who leave a comment–and be sure to tell me if you’ve read it already or not.

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The Star Touched Queen Giveaway!

 

RoshaI have a real treat for you this week! I interviewed new YA writing sensation, Roshani Chokshi. Roshani comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling.

 

 

 

  1. The Star Touched Queen is your debut novel. Was this the first manuscript you completed?

Not by a longshot! I think the first ms I completed was thinly-veiled TWILIGHT fanfic that I immediately tried querying in highschool.

  1. Where did the idea for The Star Touched Queen come from? Were you inspired by your Indian and Filipino heritage?

The idea for The Star-Touched Queen came from my deep love of fairytales. Growing up, my siblings and I connected to our heritage through world mythology since we didn’t speak our parents’ native tongues. I was really inspired by how Hindu and Filipino myths resembled Western stories and vice versa. To me, that’s because stories are the only global treasure and they’re so often recognizable across cultural spectrums because we are all telling the same tale.

  1. You’ve said you “dabbled in journalism” while in college. Did you always dream about being a writer?

Always! Since I was 7 and I used to write stories and staple them together and hand them out to my family members. If I had my choice, I would’ve picked sorceress but writing is as close as it comes to magic.

  1. In addition to your novel and several short stories, you also write poetry. What do you prefer to write, poetry or fiction? Do you find one easier than the other?

All three require such different mindsets. I always find it easier to write something else when I’m on deadline or under contract for another haha. Poetry is my first love though. I love rich language and manipulating language as its own lens. Even when I’m writing a book or a short story, I try to think about it in poem-form first.

  1. Which character in The Star Touched Queen is most like you?

Kamala. The flesh-eating demon horse. I gave her the personality and sense of humor of me and one of my best friends.

  1. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a historical fantasy set in the 1890s!

StarTouchedQueenFate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

You can order The Star Touched Queen from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Giveaway!!!

This week, I’m giving away a copy of The Star Touched Queen to two lucky people who leave a comment below. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you’ll need to go to my actual website blog to enter the giveaway.)

Winner!

The winner of a bag of Midnight Hour swag is Jizeru Montesu. Congratulations! Please email your postal address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

 

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What Kind of Supernatural Are You?

This test appears on my website, but I don’t think many of you have seen it. So, I thought I’d post it on my blog.  It’s fun, and I’d love to know. What are you? Do you have a little supernatural in you? You might not think so, but I bet you do.

When I created my characters for Shadow Falls, I wanted my readers to be able to identify with these people, to care about them. And to even understand them. It didn’t matter that they were supernaturals. I really felt if this series was going to work, I needed to make sure readers could relate to the characters and their problems. So, I had to humanize my supernaturals. To do this, I really started thinking about all the different types of people I know, their strengths, their weaknesses, and those quirky things I love about their personalities in spite of their flaws. And this is what I came up with. Click on the link below to read the character traits of each supernatural, and decide which mostly fits your personality.

Supernatural Personality Traits

Giveaway!

11635I’ll give away some Midnight Hour swag to one person who tells me what they are in the comments. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you have to leave a comment on my website blog to be entered in the giveaway.)

 

Winners!!

The winner of the ARC of Midnight Hour is Paula Bell and the winner of How to be Brave is Julie Montmarquet. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

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Being Brave

Are you brave?   I don’t mean riding roller coasters, or taking leaps out of perfectly good airplanes.  I mean taking a leap of faith and stepping out of your comfort zone.  Putting yourself out there, trying something new.

Last week when I sent in the last pass on Midnight Hour, my final book in the Shadow Falls series, I remembered when the editor called me and asked if I would write a young adult series.  I didn’t write YA.  I didn’t read YA.  I didn’t even particularly like young adults.  LOL. (Don’t worry, I’ve grown to love you.)  But the point is that I came so close to saying no. I wasn’t going to do it.

The reason was simple.  And I kind of hate to even admit it.  You see, I was scared.  Not trembling I’m-gonna-die kind of scared like I’d feel jumping out of airplane—or being pushed out of one, because I would NOT jump—but the kind of fear that is even more harmful. The kind of fear that can rip away opportunities. The kind of fear that robs you of your dreams. The kind of fear that holds so many of us back from meeting our true potential.

Yup, I was scared of try something new.  Scared of failing. I was writing romance novels, and I had that figured out.  My books were doing well.  I had my career ladder built and was already on the climb.  I asked myself, Why risk it?. Why not just stick to what I knew how to do?

Oddly enough, the same thing that was holding me back was what ultimately pushed me forward.

Fear.

Have you ever met anyone who had so much potential and yet, they never tried.  They buried their dreams, their possibilities so deep that they no longer think about them.  They quit wanting them.  Those two words, “what if” aren’t even part of their vocabulary.  They stopped being dreamers and started being accepters.  They accept what is, the almost good, the bad, the ho-hum.

When I was young, naïve, and in an abusive marriage, I was one of those people. I had started accepting.   With the help of others, I found a new way.  I found my way back to dreaming.

And while I wasn’t anywhere close to that dark place when that phone call came in from my editor to write YA.  I realized that I had allowed myself get really cozy in my comfort zone.  I’d stopped taking risks, stopped dreaming big.

When I think I could have missed it all because I was frightened to take a chance, to try something new, it makes me crazy.  It makes me even more courageous.  It makes me want to reach out and make sure I light of fire under other settlers.  It makes me want to write about characters who are fighting to make their own dreams come true.

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedMidnight Hour will be my ninth novel, tenth, if you count Almost Midnight, the anthology of five novellas.  This series has taken me the New York Times list, to the USA Today list.  It brought me to a world I didn’t know existed.  The wonderful world of Shadow Falls.  It brought all of you into my world.

So, I want to encourage you to stop and check the place where you are.  Are you in a comfort zone?  Have you stopped dreaming?  Have you started accepting?  Are you settling?

 

 

 

61iD1OFhkJLToday, one person who can tell me how they are pushing past fear and trying to make their dreams come true, will win my very first ARC of Midnight Hour.  That’s right, you’ll get to read Miranda’s book and her story of how she finally moved past her fear and the hurdles of being dyslexic, and started reaching her true potential.  A second person will win a hardback, signed copy, of E. Katherine Kottaras’s novel, How to Be Brave, which is all about a girl who is trying to overcome her fear, find the life she deserves, and finally learn how to be brave. (Sorry this giveaway is for US residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave a comment on my website blog to enter. )

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

 

Winners from my Beach Book Bonanza!!!

The winners from last week’s ebook giveaway are Seline Bala, Lisa V and Sue Chi. Email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com to claim your book, and please tell me if you prefer the NOOK or Kindle version.

IMG_0502-2I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my Beach Book Bonanza blogs. I hope you all learned a bit about some new authors and plan to read their books. The winner of my awesome beach tote is Victoria Flores.You have one week to claim your beach tote. Email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

And from my Street Team for posting so much, Judy Hodes also gets a beach tote!

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Beach Book Bonanza–Week 2!

BeachThis is week two of my Beach Book Bonanza. I hope you saw last week’s blog and commented, because even if you didn’t win any of the weekly giveaways, you’ll still be entered into my big beach basket giveaway at the end of the month.  (Sorry, but these giveaways are limited to US residents. And, as always, if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my blog and comment in order to be entered into my giveaways.)

Dax Varley

BleedDax Varley writes the kind of YA novels she wished were around when she was a a teen. A lover of humor, horror and all things paranormal. Dax calls Richardson, TX home. In her latest book, Bleed, life is a nightmare for Miranda Murphy. Without knowing why or when, blood oozes from her palms. Now, there have in 3 deaths in as many months at her school, and she and her paranormal friends must destroy the evil affecting their school.

 

 

 

1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

Something intelligent, but doesn’t make me think too hard or stresses me out. It difficult to relax when you’re on the edge of your seat…or beach towel.

2. What’s the last great beach book you read?

Dax Varley Publicity PhotoI adored The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. It’s historical, so it may not technically be considered a beach read, but it’s contains everything to enchant the reader.

3. Flip flops or tennis shoes?

You would think someone with long monkey toes like mine would want them covered up, but it flip-flops all the way! Or as I used to call them, thongs. :)

Kim O’Brien

bonedeep2Kim O’Brien grew up in Bronxville, N.Y. listening to her mom’s ghost stories and riding horses. After earning her BA in psychology from Emory University, she went on to get her masters in fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College. For many years, she worked as a writer, editor and speechwriter before becoming a full time mom and fiction writer. In Kim’s first YA novel, Bone Deep, Paige Patterson and her friend Emily intern on an archaeological dig working for Paige’s estranged father. The summer even takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi — the super attractive son of her father’s project manager. But then Emily vanishes.  Paige and Jalen’s search for Emily, unearths long hidden crimes and dangerous mysteries.

1.What do you look for in a great beach read?

A great beach read is a book I can’t put down or stop thinking about. The characters become very real to me and even though it is in print, I feel like I’m at the movies because I can see everything so clearly in my mind. I read across genres, so it could be a thriller, or a drama, or a mystery. The important thing is that I can connect to the characters, believe in the authenticity of their motives and actions, and root for them.

2B9484B50D0340B4876B5252CC6788642. What is the last great beach book you read?

It’s been out for a while, but I’m obsessed with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series. His fictional world is so incredibly well developed and complex. He has that great ability to sustain suspense through a lot of pages, at the same time he develops his characters so well that you really feel like you know them. The scope of his imagination just floors me. I’m also a big Jodi Picoult fan and happily immerse myself into her stories. She has such a great talent – I can’t say enough.

3. Men’s chest? Waxed or non-waxed?

Well, I find getting my eye brows waxed to be exceptionally painful, so I go with non-waxed.

Colleen Gleason

clockwork-scarabColleen Gleason s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres! So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunkhistorical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both. In The Clockwork Scarab (Book 1 in her Stoker & Holmes series),  Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear—one dead, one missing—there’s no one more qualified to investigate. The pressure is on, and the stakes are high—if Stoker and Holmes don’t figure out why London’s finest sixteen-year-old women are in danger, they’ll become the next victims.

1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

Something that feels summery, with a good dose of romance and/or suspense. I generally like something light, too, with either humor and/or an easy tone.

cg-about12. What is the last great beach book you read?

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

3. If you could go to the beach with any hunky guy, who would you choose (and no, you can’t say your hubby)?

Robert Downey Jr. He’s hot, and funny, and interesting. If he’s not available, I’d take Benedict Cumberbatch. (I apparently have a thing for Sherlock Holmes….) 😉

 Winners!!

The winners from last week’s giveaways are Suze, Joey and Allison Dewey. Email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com to claim your free ebook, and please tell me if you prefer the NOOK or Kindle format.

Beach Tote Giveaway!

IMG_0502-2Don’t forget, if you leave a comment you are automatically entered into my Beach Tote Giveaway and could win this tote filled with signed books by the featured authors of the last two weeks, an Amazon gift card, swag, beach essentials and fun stuff!!! I’ll announce the winner next week on my blog. So be sure to check back.

 

 

 

 

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Beach Book Bonanza—Week 1!

BeachAs promised, this begins my two week Beach Book Bonanza. I love the summer and I especially love the beach, so this sounded like a great way to celebrate both. For the next two weeks, we’ll hear from fellow YA authors as they chat about the beach, books and other things…

I’ll be giving away one e-copy book from each of the featured authors of the week to a few lucky people who leave a comment. Then, at the end of the  month, I’ll give away a beach tote filled with signed books, swag and beach essentials to one person who comments on my blog. So, be sure to comment each week for more chances to win! (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents. Remember, if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my actual blog and comment to enter my giveaways.)

Abigail Johnson

9780373212408.inddWhen Abigail Johnson moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona at the age of twelve, she chronicled the entire move in her journal–and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel, If I Fix You (10/25/16). In If I Fix You, sixteen-year-old Jill Whittaker’s mom walks out, and she’s the only one who knows why. Suddenly, the girl who fixes things-cars, relationships,people-is broken. With nothing making sense, Jill meets a new guy who’s cute and intense with scars-on the inside and out-that he thinks don’t show. Trying to help him, Jill realizes she can fix anyone else’s life till she fixes her own.

 

1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

Escapism. I want to get lost in a story and become completely absorbed in a character(s) life.  Light and fun or heavy and harrowing, it doesn’t matter. I want a book that’s impossible to put down.

IMG_6873-12. What’s the last great beach book you read?

On the light and fun side, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I love everything Kasie writes, but her latest contemporary YA delivers another swoon filled romantic comedy–with real heart–that is perfect to read pool side.

3. What’s one ocean creature you’d hate to come face to face with?

Since we’re talking favorite beach reads, I’m thinking of the great white shark from Peter Benchley’s JAWS, and the prehistoric megalodon shark from Steve Alten’s MEG. I’ve never been able to look at the ocean the same way again.

E. Katherine Kottaras

BestPossibleAnswer_COMPS_02E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now lives in California where she teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. In her second YA novel, The Best Possible Answer   (11/1/16), over-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe strives for perfection, but it all comes to a screeching halt when racy pictures of her are leaked by her boyfriend. Even worse, her parents might be divorcing. For the first time Viviana feels like a failure. But when she gets a job and makes new friends who know nothing of her past, she realizes she can be whoever she wants. even someone who’s not perfect.

 

1.What do you look for in a great beach read?

I’m lucky enough to live in L.A. where the beach is just over the
mountain, a short canyon drive away. On hot summer days (and wow, have
we been feeling some heat recently!), I can escape to the beach where
I can find refuge with a good book under the shade of an umbrella and
the cool ocean breeze. On those days, I love a book with heart and
humor but that also has enough intrigue and some good juicy secrets to
keep me turning pages. I like to feel the heat of good story while my
feet stay cool in the sand.

Kotteras2. What’s the last great beach book you read?

Ashley Herring Blake’s Suffer Love, which is a YA contemporary
re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, a story of two teens, Hadley and Sam,
whose parents have cheated with one another (Sam knows; Hadley does
not!) The passion between Hadley and Sam was HOT! while the barriers
that are set in place that could tear them apart were incredibly
intense. Blake’s writing is gorgeous, and it was a book that I
couldn’t put down, not even for a romp in the waves.

3. What’s the one thing, besides a book, that you never go to
the beach without?

A boogie board! We first tried catching waves with a boogie board when
we were in Kauai last year, and I was hooked. I had so much fun
throwing myself into the waves, giggling like a kid when I didn’t
catch one, letting myself be swept to shore when I did. There’s
nothing like playing in the ocean to make you feel alive!

Joy Preble

iwaltJoy Preble, a former high school teacher who now writes full time, was raised in Chicago, but now lives in Texas. Today, she speaks widely on writing and literature in schools, libraries and conferences. In her latest novel, It Wasn’t Always Like This, Emma O’Neill is frozen in time in 1916 after she and her family and her father’s partner’s family (the Ryans) sample an experimental polio vaccine and now they don’t age. But that’s fine with her since she’s in love with Charlie Ryan. But soon a group of religious fanatics take note. On the run, Emma and Charlie are separated. One hundred years later, Emma is a private investigator investigating a series of murders of girl who all look like her. As Emma’s danger grows, so does her hope of finding Charlie, the boy she loves.

1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

I’m not that fussy, but I’m looking — typically– for a page turner. This can be romance or mystery or thriller or fantasy or sci-fi,  it just needs to be fast-paced and engaging, and preferably available in paperback or on Kindle so I can keep a hand free for my tropical beverage.

Of course the story goes that Lin-Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow’s bio of Hamilton– a thousand page, door-stopper thick tome– while on the beach and we all know how that turned out! So I say we shouldn’t knock historical biography as a very good beach read option!

2. What’s the last great beach book you read?

IMG_2740Last summer I was finishing up the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, or what I call “Joy’s 8,000 page obsessive commitment.” Jamie and Claire are definitely beach read material. On the other hand, I read Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will last October while on the beach in Florida and it’s a slower-pace contemporary YA. So really, I guess it depends on my mood!

3. If you could go to the beach with any hunky guy, who would you choose (and no, you can’t say your hubby)?

Robert Downey Jr. Beach or mountain or produce aisle at the grocery store or random meeting in the Food Court at the mall, he is my go to answer. Because Robert. Downey Jr. Enough said.

Beach Tote and Book Giveaways!!!

IMG_0488-2So remember, be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the weekly giveaways. You could win an e-copy of a book by one of the featured authors.

And don’t forget, if you leave a comment you are automatically entered into my Beach Tote Giveaway and could win this tote filled with signed books by the featured authors of the last two weeks, an Amazon gift card, swag, beach essentials and fun stuff!!!

 

Winner!!!!

Last week’s winner of a Born to Read t-shirt is April. Congratulations! April, please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your t-shirt size and your mailing address.

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Denmark and a Giveaway!

Herlufsholm_Boarding_schoolWell, I can finally confirm I’ll be attending a book fair in Denmark! The fair is called Herlufsholm Fantasy Bogmesse and it will be at the Herlufsholm School near the city of Naestved on October 21st and 22nd. I’ll be there with fellow YA authors Eva Oakenshield, Brian P. Orbol, Kenneth Bogh Anderson, Nanna Foss and Haidi Wigger Klaris.

The Herlufsholm School is an old boarding school that’s made for adventure. There will be publishers, authors, readers and roleplayers at the only fantasy book fair in Denmark, and it will offer separate readings and events targeted at specific age groups.

I can’t wait to visit the beautiful country of Denmark. So, if you live in Denmark or near, plan on attending this book fair. I’d love to chat with you about Shadow Falls.

Almost Midnight Giveaway!

AlmostMidnight[2]By now most of you have read Almost Midnight, my book with all my novellas in one volume. So, it contains Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable, Spellbinder and Fierce. So, I’d like to know which novella is your very favorite and why. Tell me in the comment section and I’ll select one name and that person will get a Born to Read t-shirt. And this drawing is open to all my US AND international fans.5518 (1)

 

Midnight Hour Surprise!!

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedDon’t forget, Midnight Hour is coming out on October 25th. You can pre-order it now. And I think you’ll want to because I have a special surprise for anyone who pre-orders Midnight Hour. I can’t tell you just yet, it’s top secret, but I think you’ll be really happy when I reveal my little secret. You’ll never guess what it is!

So, pre-order your copy of Midnight Hour today at AmazoniBooks,  Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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C.C. Answers Your Shadow Falls Questions

It’s been a little while since I answered your questions. So, I went back to my list of things you have asked and decided to answer a few.

Kase asked:  Is Chase’s book going to be comprised of both present and future (like his story continuing right after the events of After Dark with flashes of his past) or is it just his past? Do you think you may ever write a short story from a werewolves perspective or a shape shifter? If so what characters do you think you would use? Do you think they would be new? For the werewolves, do you think that the shadow fall wolves would ever find a way to break the moon’s hold on their transformations?

CC: Well, Kase, Chase’s novella, Unbreakable, is entirely about his past and how he became vampire.

AlmostMidnight[2]A short story from a werewolf’s perspective? I already did! I wrote Fredericka’s story, Fierce. And both Unbreakable and Fierce are included in Almost Midnight. As for a story from a shapeshifter’s perspective? I think I’d write Perry’s story. There’s so much more to that guy than what you’ve read in my books.

No, I think the werewolves of Shadow Falls will forever be tied to the moon. Unless I think up a really great idea to write a different outcome. As a writer, I can write anything as long as I can make it believable.

 

 

Taryn asked: Will you ever write a novella/book from Lucas’ Point of View when Kylie left Shadow Falls?Oh and maybe even a novella from Kylie’s Point of View during her time at the compound?

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedCC: Sorry, Taryn, but Midnight Hour (out 10/25/16), Miranda’s book is scheduled to be my last Shadow Falls book. I’ve already started a new series. That said, I can’t definitively say that I’ll never write about any of the Shadow Falls characters again. Some of these characters really stick with me, and if one becomes enough of a pest, I may write a novella about them. But I’m not promising anything.

Misty asked: How often do you rewrite scenes? How long did it take for you to find the perfect names for your characters? Do you have to add in the descriptions after you write the main details?

CC: I go over a scene again and again. If you read last week’s blog, you’ll have learned that I’m dyslexic, and since I want to turn in a book that’s as close to perfect as I can make it, I tweak my scenes over and over. Then, I send it to my editor, and she usually has some changes, which means more rewrites.

I love picking names for my characters. However, usually the first name I pick for a character is not the name they end up with. Sometimes the more I get to know the character, the more their first name doesn’t suit them, so I change it.

No, I usually have a pretty clear physical picture in my head of what my characters look like. I may go back through the scenes and add bits here and there to fill it out and make the character more real afterwards.

Do you have any more questions you’d like me to answer? Please leave them in the comment section below.

Midnight Hour

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A missing sister, a heart in turmoil, and a growing tattoo that no one understands…C. C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

Being a dyslexic witch has never been easy for Miranda Kane, but her time at Shadow Falls helped her tap into her true powers. Now her life is thrown into chaos after a near death experience leaves her with a mysterious growing tattoo no one can explain. Her heart is a mess over whether to get back together with Perry or take a chance on a new love, her parents are spitting up, and she may not get into the same college of her two best friends. To upend her world further, it appears her sister has been kidnapped and it’s not just her they want. Miranda’s only way of saving her sister may be to take her place. Will her friends at Shadow Falls save Miranda…or will she realize that she had the power to save herself all along?

 

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Dream Big III

This is the the final interview in my Dream Big series of interviews with authors who have learning disabilities. I want to thank Bethany Averie and Ryan Jo Summers for being a part of it. This week, it’s my turn to talk about my dyslexia, what it means to me and how it has affected my life.

Again,  our wish is for you is to never be afraid to dream big. In a world where less than someone’s definition of perfect can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection, we want you to stand up and pursue those dreams no matter your learning disabilities/difficulties. Don’t let those things stop you. If we can do it, so you can you!

Given the sensitive nature of this topic, we ask that those who choose to comment only post positive and encouraging comments. We’re wanting to build people up and inspire them, not bring them down.

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CristiePhotoWhat are your learning disabilities/difficulties and do you remember how/when you were diagnosed?

I’m dyslexic.  I was diagnosed in third grade as being learning disabled.  I had a very hard time reading, spelling, and am extremely directionally impaired.  Left and right is still a mystery to me. North, South, East and West is like talking Chinese.  I wasn’t actually diagnosed as dyslexic until I was 30.  And this came after my son was officially diagnosed.  I now read, and while I’m not as fast as most people, I love reading.  I’m terrible at leaving out words like: an, and, the, to.  I confuse words like:  two and to, and too, and mail and male.  I know the difference, but when I write, my mind doesn’t recognize the differences.  I will leave out letters in words.  I’m told that I learned to cope with a lot of my issues by relying on my auditory strengths.  So I hear my words in my head, and when I use that skill, itturns off the part of my brain that allows me to recognize my mistakes.  The only way I can catch my own mistakes is not to read it for about a month, so my auditory side of my brain doesn’t kick in.  I cannot take notes and listen at the same time.  If I attempt to write something down, my brain will not retain anything else that is being said.

Since finding out, what are your emotions towards your learning disabilities/difficulties? Why?

I don’t think I’ve accomplished what I have in spite of dyslexia, but in part due to it.  First, dyslexic people are intuitive.  We read people.  We read emotions.  Because of this, dyslexics are often natural born storytellers.  I spent my entire childhood making up stories in my head.  Not even realizing that this was a talent.  This intuitive ability allows me to tap into the emotions of my characters and create stories that pull at the heartstrings of readers.  Being a writer takes the tenacity of a Tasmanian Devil.  Being dyslexic taught meI had to work hard, and even harder for anything I wanted.  I have over 10,000 rejection letters.  But because of the lessons of never giving up, I just kept going, learning, and I made it where a lot of people who didn’t have the same issues, gave up.

What would you say to someone who has them who thinks they’re not as good as other people because they have learning disabilities/difficulties?

To this day I remember the first person who looked at me and said, “Wow, you are intelligent.”  I was twenty-three years old.  Because I didn’t do well in school, I didn’t realize that I was smart.  It was only as an adult that I realized my disability didn’t reflect my intelligence.  Parents of a child with disabilities, need to stress to their child that almost every disability comes with some good traits.  Yes, it’s hard to find self-confidence when you have to struggle for something that comes easily for others.  Find your gifts, and focus on how those gifts can help you succeed in what you want in life. For many, my choice career of writing may seem a difficult path, and yes, it’s harder for me than others, but because I tapped into my gifts of tapping into emotion, this aspect comes easier to me than others.

How have your learning disabilities/difficulties shaped you/what you do?

As I said earlier, I’m not a quitter. I simply refuse to give up.  I sold my first book ten years after I started writing.  I didn’t sell my second book until thirteen years later.  I deal with dyslexia in my writing career by having people proof my books even before they go out to an editor.  Yes, my publishers have line editors and copy editors who also go over it, but I want to hand them as clean a copy as I can.  Even this interview will be read by a proofer before it goes to Bethany.  I used to whine about never being able to write a clean copy.  I spend at least 50 hours of every week writing, you would think I would have overcome my issues.  But I haven’t.  Yes, I’m so much better than I was before, but generally, I still will have as many as five mistakes a page.  And that’s with me going over it three or four times.  But I’ve learned to accept that I will always have goofs in my work.

 

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedThis October 25th, Midnight Hour, the final and tenth book in my Shadow Fall series will be released.  Miranda, my heroine in Midnight Hour, is a dyslexic witch.  In her journey, Miranda is finally learning to believe in herself in spite of her disability.

Pre-order today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and  Kobo.

 

 

 

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