AlmostMidnight[2]The wait is over! Almost Midnight is out, and I can’t wait for you to read Fierce, Fredericka’s story. Fredericka is one of those characters that wouldn’t let go of me. She held on and kept popping into my head at the oddest times. I knew there was a lot more to her than what my readers had already seen. And now that I’ve gotten to know her, I’m eager that all my readers will finally have the opportunity to see a new side of Kylie’s one time arch-enemy in her very own story.  And oh, the title, it’s perfect to describe Fredericka in the story.  Because she is truly fierce.  People become who they are for a good reason. Everyone has their reasons—including Fredericka.  So, I’m really happy that you finally have the opportunity to get to know her better in her novella, Fierce.

So, I’m posting the first scene of Fierce just to get you ready for Almost Midnight.

Chapter One

Fredericka Lakota slipped the polished hammered wolf pendant on the silver chain, and hung it up.Stepping back, she. . . frowned. She was a better artist in her head than she was in the flesh. But wasn’t that appropriate? She was better at everything in her head—even a better person—than she was in life, too.

Not a good person, but better than most people considered her. But people were like jewelry, the quality depended on what you were made of. She hadn’t come from great stock.

Not that she wasn’t pure-blooded werewolf. Any supernatural could tell that by looking at her pattern. But her parents had been rogue. Or at least her father had, she’d never known her mother.

She stepped back and looked at her ten jewelry sets. At the bottom of the black velvet display case she’d made was her logo painted in silver script: Ricka Lakota Designs.

Ricka because Fredericka was too long.In time, she supposed the nickname wouldn’t bother her.

Was her work good enough to show in a gallery?

In the morning she’d take her entire collection into Fallen, where after viewing her work, Brandon Dee, the owner of the new gallery in Fallen, would either invite her to sell her wares in the new business, or she’d be told to take a hike.

He planned to pick ten individuals’ works to display in his gallery.

However, he’d warned her in an e-mail that he’d already had two other jewelry artists make appointments and only wanted one.

She didn’t know shit about Brandon Dee—she guessed he was human. Was he even qualified to judge her work? What if he didn’t like it? Or didn’t like her? She wasn’t what anyone would call likable. Raised a rogue, always a rogue. So many supernaturals believed it. And she’d given up trying to prove people wrong.

All of a sudden she heard footsteps. The workshop located behind Holiday’s cabin was off the beaten path. Fredericka didn’t get a lot of company, which was exactly why she liked it. The only one who’d seen her work was Holiday. Which was another reason the interview frightened Fredericka.

Moving to the opened the window, she pulled air through her nose to see who trotted through the woods toward her. Instead of picking up a scent first, she heard the rush of waterfalls. What the heck? She’d woken up in the middle of the night hearing it, too.

Then catching the scent, Fredericka hurried over to the chair where her long-sleeved shirt lay and slipped it on over her tank top.

She’d barely gotten the shirt on when Kylie, a chameleon, the rarest species of supernatural, knocked. “Fredericka?”

The door swished open. Fredericka shot in front of the display. Her shirt slipped off her shoulder, but she snagged it back before Kylie’s gaze went there. “What?”

“Holiday sent me,” Kylie said. “Someone’s at the office to see you.”

“You must have misunderstood.” Fredericka stepped forward, hoping the girl would step out. No such luck.

“I don’t think so.” Kylie made an apologetic face.

Oh, please, no one had come to see Fredericka. Case in point, she’d been here six months and hadn’t had one visitor. On Parents’ Day she always found a place to hide out. The last thing she wanted was for her peers to start feeling sorry for her. That was worse than them judging her.

Kylie remained in the doorway. “Holiday said she tried to call you, but you didn’t answer. She texted me and asked me to see if you were here.”

Fredericka pulled her cell phone from her back pocket. It was out of battery again.

“Then let’s go,” Fredericka said, certain Kylie had misunderstood the reason Fredericka was being summoned, but eager to get the girl out of her private haven.

Fredericka gave another wave toward the door. Kylie leaned to the right.

“Wow! Did you make those?” The girl moved around Fredericka. She touched a necklace. Fredericka almost told her to keep her paws to herself.

“Ricka Lakota Designs,” Kylie read then looked back.“Ricka. I like that. Is that your nickname?”

“No.” Fredericka emotionally flinched. And after hearing the name from someone’s lips, she knew her next order of business was to change her logo.

“Can we go?” She motioned to the door for the second time.

“Sorry.” Kylie backed out.

Fredericka locked the door. Kylie waited to walk with her. Any other person would have skedaddled, especially after Fredericka had been so curt. But Kylie wasn’t just anyone.

Not only was she the rarest of supernaturals, who could go invisible—and yeah, Fredericka had actually seen her do it—but unlike so many of those here, she was the type who tried to see good in everyone. The poor thing had to look long and hard before she spotted any in Fredericka. Especially considering they’d had a rocky start. Like boulder-size rocky.

Kylie had taken the one guy Fredericka had thought she loved. Key word, thought.Not that Fredericka held it against Kylie now. Lucas had been the one pursuing the relationship. Fredericka had come to see that.

They started down the path. The cool breeze, scented with wet earth, whispered through the trees and brought with it the sound of rushing water again.

Fredericka stopped and glanced back in the woods. “Do you hear that?”

Kylie stopped and glanced over her shoulder. “Hear what?”

“The water.”

Kylie’s eyes widened as if Fredericka had asked something weird. “You hear the falls?”

“Yeah. Why? Is that bad or something?”

“No, it’s just . . .”

“Just what?” Fredericka asked.

“Usually, when you hear the falls, it’s calling you.”
“Why would it call me?” Fredericka asked.

“Normally, it’s when the death angels are trying to communicate with you.”

“Oh, I have nothing to say to them.”

“I don’t think they call you to the falls to punish you,” she said, reading Fredericka’s fear.

Fredericka’s shoulders tightened. She didn’t like being read. And she sure as hell didn’t want to be called. “Well, if they want me, they’ll have to text me.” And she hoped like hell they didn’t. The death angels were spirits who held supernaturals responsible for their actions. Fredericka had more than her share of negative checkmarks on her conduct card.

Kylie shrugged and they continued on. Before they even got past Holiday’s cabin, the girl spoke again.“Why don’t you want anyone to see your work? It’s amazing. I’d give anything to have talent like that.”

Call it stupid, but the compliment fell like soft rain on Fredericka. “How about I swap you my jewelry-making talent for the ability to go invisible?”

Kylie laughed. “It’s not nearly as cool as it seems.”

“You aren’t gonna convince me,” Fredericka said.

“Seriously,” Kylie said. “That necklace was gorgeous.”

“Thanks. I guess I’ll know for sure tomorrow.”

“What’s happening tomorrow?” Kylie sounded genuinely interested.

Fredericka didn’t have a clue why she did it, but she told her about the interview.

“Oh, you are so gonna get it!”

“I hope so,” Fredericka said, and got a buzz of excitement talking about it. Right then, she realized the reason she might not have told anyone about her work was because she didn’t have friends. Or at least, she didn’t have girlfriends. She hung out with the guys. And face it, those guys weren’t interested in her jewelry making.

Not that she needed anyone to be interested. She simply got along better with boys. Girls could be bitches.

For a while, a rumor spread around the school that she was gay. But nope. She was totally into the opposite sex. In particular, Edward.

Almost if Kylie read her mind, she asked, “So how are things with you and Mr. Kearns?
“Good,” Fredericka said, but they’d be so much better when school was out. Edward Kearns, a full were, taught history at the Academy. Only two years older than she, the guy took her breath away the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Smart and sexy. She’d never been a history fan until now.

He’d acknowledged his attraction to her, but insisted they only be friends until she graduated. The wait was killing her. Meanwhile, they met every day after school, and she’d listen to him talk about all his trips to see historic places—Paris, Rome, Egypt. If it had history, Edward had been there or wanted to go there. Someday she hoped to go with him, too.

“How good?” Kylie smiled in that way girls did when they wanted you to tell them a secret.

“We’re just friends,” Fredericka said.

“Well, think how good it will be when you move it to that next stage. You two will know everything about each other.”

“Yeah.” It hit her that while she’d gotten to know a lot about Edward, he didn’t know much about her. Not his fault. She wasn’t exactly forthcoming.

She’d almost told him yesterday about her jewelry, but had chickened out. He wasn’t like the male were students. But face it, the man got excited about pyramids, about Notre Dame. Her biggest fear was that he’d think her passion for jewelry was silly. And that was the last way she wanted him to see her.

“This is where I drop off,” Kylie said when they got to the main path, obviously going back to her cabin. Her smile came off so real and it made Fredericka wish that she could be like other girls and have close friends. The way Kylie was with her witch and vampire roommates.

“I want to hear how things go tomorrow. Good luck.”

Fredericka nodded, then instantly realized the downside of having shared her secret. If her work didn’t get accepted, everyone would know she’d failed. Why hadn’t she just kept her mouth shut?

Fredericka took off, her pace faster than it had been in the morning. With a full moon coming soon, her strength grew greater daily.

“Hey.” Kylie’s call had Fredericka glancing over her shoulder. “You may want to mention to Holiday about hearing the falls.”

“Yeah,” Fredericka said, but she wouldn’t. She wanted to forget about that.

As she got closer to the office, she wondered exactly what it was that Holiday wanted, because no one could be here to see her. But when she stepped on the front porch, she caught the trace of another were. A familiar trace.

She curled her hands into fists.

What the hell did Marissa Canzoni want? Her gaze shot back to the trail. She didn’t have to face this. Her feet were poised to swing around, when she remembered she’d stopped running from her problems a long time ago.

Bracing herself for whatever shit Marissa had dug up and the emotional backlash that seeing her would bring, she walked into Holiday’s office.

AlmostMidnight[2]Almost Midnight is on sale in your local bookstore or can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo.







The winner from last week’s contest is Jessica. Congratulations! You have won an ARC of Almost Midnight. Please email me at


I’m giving away one ARC of Almost Midnight to someone who leave a comment telling me why they want to win. (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my website blog to leave a comment in order to be entered into my giveaway.)


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Fierce & a Contest!

AlmostMidnight[2]In just one week Almost Midnight will be released. It contains four of my novellas, previously only available as ebooks, plus it contains one new novella, Fierce, Fredericka Lakota’s story. Now, many of you have already read my novellas, but what happens in Fierce? Are you dying to know? Shh!  How about I give you some hints?





  1. Someone Fredericka cares about isn’t someone she should trust.
  2. Someone from Fredericka’s past shows up and brings with her painful memories Fredericka would rather not face.
  3. Weird and scary crap keeps happening at the falls.
  4. Ghosts happen.
  5. Fredericka finally feels like she’s part of the Shadow Falls Teams.
  6. A certain kick-butt vampire turns out to be someone Fredericka not only can trust, but likes.
  7. Fredericka gets a firm talking to from Burnett.
  8. A murderer is brought to justice and to his knees thanks to Fredericka.
  9. Love happens.


I’ll give away one ARC of Almost Midnight to one person who leaves a comment AND posts a copy of a link to a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. post promoting the release of Almost Midnight out Feb. 2.

Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo.

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More Answers

I hope you are all doing well so far in 2016. January is flying by. I thought I’d take this week to answer a few more of the questions you sent into me a while back.

Millie asked: My question is, how easy do you find it trying to meet deadlines for your books to be out? How do you know when it is time to bring a new character into one of your books?

First of all, I am very deadline driven. My publisher expects me to deliver my books on time. After all, this is my job, so it’s just like meeting a deadline in any other job. However, I did find myself missing my deadline for Eternal, but only because y hubby had a kidney transplant and my life got pretty crazy for a while.

As for a new character in my books? Well, they kind of just show up. I’ll be writing along and a character appears and nags me to put them in my story.

Yvonne asked: And a question about Shadow Falls: are you going to write anymore books for Shadow Falls after Della’s story is done? Your books are so awesome and I’ve fallen in love with the characters I don’t the story to end!

Thanks, Yvonne. Yes! I am currently writing Miranda’s novel, and it should be out later this year, probably in October. Right now it is only planned to be one book, but you never know.

Kylie asked: Are you ever going to write more about Kylie?  

Sorry, but I don’t have any plans to write another Kylie book.

Lean asked: Are you planning on writing a novella (probably a book) from Lucas and Derek’s point of view? Is there any possible chance that Turned at Dark and Saved at Sunrise will be published in paperback? 

AlmostMidnight[2]Sorry, but I don’t have any plans for a Lucas or Derek novella at this time. And yes, ALL of my novellas plus a previously unpublished novella about Fredericka, will be published in print. The book is called Almost Midnight, and it will be released Feb. 2nd (see last week’s blog for more details.)


The winner of last week’s giveaway of an Advanced Reading Copy of Almost Midnight is Lisa V. Lisa, please email your mailing address to Congratulations!


February 6th, I’ll be at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, at 1:00 PM. I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books. There will be a raffle for T-shirts and book totes!!! For more information go to

February 19th, I’ll be at Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi, TX. For more information go to or call the school: 361-903-6700.

February 20th, I’ll be having fun at the Teen Bookfest by the Bay. 9:00-4:30 at Tuloso-Midway High School, Corpus Chrisit, TX.  You won’t want to miss it…23 authors and 1 illustrator…5 Author Sessions, a Writers’ Workshop, Illustrators’ Workshop, door prizes and MORE!!!! AND–IT’S FREE!!!! For more information go to

February 24th, I’ll be visiting the Apache Middle School and Apache High School in Apache, OK. For more information go to or call the school: 580-588-3358.

February 25th, I’ll be at the Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, at 6:30 PM. I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books. The first 7 people who buy one of my books at the event will get a FREE t-shirt!! For more information go to


April 9th, I’ll be back at the Lone Star Book Festival, Center for Civic Engagement, PAC 113G, 20000 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339. The Lone Star Book Festival is a two-day book festival with nationally, and internationally, known authors that encompasses fiction and non-fiction works. For more information go to

April 13th, I’m back in my home state of Alabama at the Alabama Library Association Annual Convention in Gadsden. AL. For more information go to

April 11th, I’ll be doing a book signing in The Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library, 5:30 to 6:30 PM. I’ll be reading from and discussing Almost Midnight!  I’ll also be doing raffles of Born to Read t-shirts, books, totes, and bookmarks.  A limited number of books will be available for purchase. Signing and reception will immediately follow the discussion.

April 14-16th, I’ll be at the Romantic Times Conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be participating in 2 panels: Marketing to Teens and Generation Z, Thursday, April 14 at 4:00PM and the Humble Beginnings panel, Saturday, April 16th at 5:00 PM. I’ll also be at the Teen Day Party on Saturday at 6:00 PM and at the Giant Book Signing Saturday, April 16th at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. For more information go to

April 28th, I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books at 7:00 PM along with fellow author Colleen Gleason at Schuler Books, 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512. I’ll be giving away tote bags and we’ll both be giving away t-shirts! Come on by! For more information go to  or call 616-942-251.

April 28-30th, I’ll be the Guest Speaker at the Retreat From Harsh Reality at the Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan. Sponsored by MMRWA, you can find more information at


July 13-16th, I’ll be at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Wednesday, July 13th, I’ll be signing books at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This is a great event where all profits go to literacy—and it’s absolutely FREE and open to the public! For more information go to

So come on out and meet me. I’d love to meet you!

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AlmostMidnight[2]Almost Midnight will be out Feb 2, 2016!!!

Hunter brings her amazing Shadow Falls universe back to us via this collection of novellas.  Each character gets a little section of the book, making for a lovely, quick read, and we get peeks at secondary characters as well.  Filled with action, this collection will knock you off your feet!

                                                —RT Book Reviews




Don’t have a Kindle, NOOK or Ereader? Don’t despair! Almost Midnight is a printed version of all my Shadow Falls novellas–plus a never before released novella about Fredericka. You’ll be able to pick up a copy off book store shelves starting Feb. 2nd.  But you can pre-order it today and get it delivered to your door. Almost Midnight includes all of my Shadow Falls novellas: Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable, Spellbinder and Fierce, Fredericka’s novella.

TurnedatDarkTurned at Dark

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




Saved_at_Sunrise_ebook_FINALSaved at Sunrise

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


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.


When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up–at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she’s learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.

When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery–and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn’t expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations…about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she’s a witch to be reckoned with….before it’s too late.


Also included into the anthology is Fierce, a heart-warming story about Fredericka Lakota and her struggles to let go of her past and to find the future she deserves, but the one guy who challenges her the most will lead her to the life she’s always wanted.

Get ready to be knocked off your feet!!!

Now available in print for the first time in Almost Midnight, these enchanting novellas will reveal a side of the camp that you’ve never seen before…and live in your heart forever.

Pre-order your copy today: Amazon, Barnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo.


Can’t wait till Feb. 2nd? I’m giving away an Advanced Reading Copy of Almost Midnight to someone who leaves a comment on this blog. (If you are reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my website blog to comment for a chance to win. Also, sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only.)

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Shadow Falls Movie???

med_bamIf I had to tell you the question I get asked most often, it is:  Is Shadow Falls being made into a movie or TV series?  And it thrills me to know that my fans are waiting for it and wanting it as much as I am.  Ahh, but sometimes it seems nothing moves slower than movie making.  I mean, it’s slower than a slug inching through a puddle of sleepy time tea.  It’s slower than writing a book.  Don’t they know we want this to happen…NOW!  Haven’t we waited long enough?

Ahh, but I’m here to tell you that things are moving forward.  I didn’t say they’re happening fast, but the slug may be out of the sleepy time tea, and moving into a latte.  You see, I had a conversation the Director of Scripted Development at CDS, the studio who bought the rights.  She had some questions and was just letting me know a little about the process. And I wanted to share it with you.  They actually gave my book to several writers and then they wrote a sample scene or scenes of how they would move forward with the film.  After reviewing these samples, they pick the best writer who they feel has a better handle on the story and characters.

ScriptCan you imagine, there are several script writers working on Shadow Falls?  I feel like dancing!!  Anyway, we were talking about how I see the story development.  Is it a drama with comedic dialogue, or is it a comedy with some drama worked in?  I told her that I saw it more like a drama with humor extending from the characters.  And we compared it to some of the other shows already out there.  So here’s my question to you.  What movie/TV series have you seen that you feel best reflects your ideal vision of a Shadow Falls film?


I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, so today I’m giving away a Born To Read T-shirt to one person who leaves an answer.  Oh…and Happy New Year!!!


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I’m Glad You Asked

A few weeks ago I asked you to leave some questions you’d like me to answer in the comment section. Well, you came up with some doozies.  So, periodically, I will answer some of them here on my blog. Here are the first ones.

Bn100 asked: What’s your favorite part of a signing?

AL6I love meeting my fans. Everyone has a story about my books, how it made them feel, who their favorite character is, even how my books helped them in some way. It’s a very humbling feeling to know that something I wrote had an impact on people.  Now, my least favorite thing about signing is . . . signing.  I’m always so nervous about misspelling people’s names or even my name.  Being dyslexic, I’m famous for misspelling and just down right goofing up when a pen’s in my hand.





Taryn asked: Do you know the release date for Miranda’s novella and Unbreakable? (Jennifer also wanted to know the release date for Miranda’s novel.)

UnbreakableUnbreakable came out Sept. 30, 2014, so you could have read it already.  Miranda’s novel should be out toward the end of 2016. I’m thinking late October, but I don’t have an exact release date yet. As soon as I do, I’ll let you know on my blog.

Also from Taryn: When did you get the idea for Shadow Falls, did it just come to you randomly?

I’ve told this story a time or two. Guess it’s one of those things everyone wants to know. I was actually writing romantic suspense novels under my real name Christie Craig (still do!), when an editor from St. Martins contacted me. She liked my voice and thought my smart a$$ sense of humor would translate well to Young Adult novels. So, she asked me if I would like to try my hand at writing a YA series. The thought of switching genres scared me to death! And it was actually because I was afraid that I became determined to try it.  She even had an idea for one: a paranormal camp. That was all she said. So I went home and my imagination took off. Suddenly, Shadow Falls Camp and all those characters were born.

Emma asked: My question as an author is how do you come up with the bad guys? It’s so easy for me to make characters to love and I even tend to turn mean characters into lovable ones. I struggle to make an evil character because I want to redeem them, however I know there needs to be a villain so any advice with that?

Hmm…bad guys, huh? Well, as you said you have to have antagonists in your novel, the ones who thwart the hero/heroine at every turn, or it would be a pretty boring read. I know we’ve all encountered bad people in our lives, I know I have. So, when I create an antagonist, I draw on those people I’ve met, but I may have to borrow a bit from several, then ramp it up a bit.  I do try to create antagonists who are multi-dimensional. Even Darth Vader wasn’t all bad, we glimpsed that little bit of good in him before he died. So, when I create a bad guy, I usually have a whole history for them in my head, and I may only show my readers a small part of him or her in my book. And like you, I sometimes have a hard time not “redeeming” them.  Take Fredericka, for example, she was the bane of Kylie’s existence, a real bully. But there’s more to her than meets the eye, and her backstory kept nagging at me. That’s why I chose to write a novella about her to include in Almost Midnight (out Feb. 2, 2016).  Oh, and you remember Red, right?  He was all bad, but then I couldn’t help it, at the end I redeemed him, too.  Oh, he still died, but he was still redeemed.

I guess my advice is that not everyone is all bad, and I think it’s okay to show this.  And no, we probably shouldn’t redeem them all, because there is a price for our mistakes and we need to show that, too.  Good luck!!

Thank you all for your questions.

I’ll try to answer all of your questions in time–including all of them on a Shadow Falls TV/movie. But if you can think of any more questions you’d like me (or maybe one of my characters) to answer write it in the comments below.

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Merry Christmas!

MerryI just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you spend the holidays surrounded by those you love.




Recently, I asked you to give my characters middle names, and you did a wonderful job. I loved all of your choices. So, I thought you’d find an interview I did for Aanchal interesting.  I talk about naming my characters among other things.

1. How do you come up with the names for the characters in your books?

I’m terrible at picking names.  My editor even send me a book on naming your baby. I’ll look at on my book shelf and see an author’s name and bam, I’ve got my new name.

At one time, I was considering naming Della, Ashley. Kylie was Caroline. Miranda was Elizabeth. Lucas was Hunter.  Then, I realized that was my last name. I named Steve, and I shouldn’t have, because my own husband’s name is Steve.  Now when fans claim to be Steve fans, my hubby gets a big smile on his face.

See, I really am bad with names.

2. Who do you think is the most complex character in Eternal?

Hmm, very difficult question.  I think it’s a toss-up between three characters: Della, Burnett and Chase. Della because she’s a mix of sass and heart.  Burnett because he’s so firm, yet cares so deeply. And Chase because he’s still a mystery to me.

3. If you could co-author a book with any author who would it be?

Hmm, Jennifer Armentrout or Kelly Armstrong.

4. What is the one quote that inspires you above all others?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”  Henry Ford

5. What song would be the perfect theme song for Eternal?

I looked for Della’s song, and I think the one that best tells Della’s story is Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger.

Do you think this song fits Della? Do you have any other suggestions for Della’s song?


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Overcoming Obstacles

I wrote the following piece for Parade magazine a while ago. Not everyone knows I’m dyslexic. I’ve never made a secret of it, but I don’t want it to define me either. Everyone has something they need to overcome. Some people lack self-confidence, others are afraid to speak in public or perhaps they have a physical disability. The list goes on. But if you want something badly enough, you can keep on trying to overcome whatever it is that is holding you back. You may or may not ever overcome it, but sometimes it’s not just about overcoming something, it’s about how you face it.  I will always be dyslexic, there is no cure, but not only have I learned to compensate for it, I’ve improved.  Oh, I still make plenty of mistakes, but I don’t let that stop me.  A lot of people thought I was crazy when I decided to become a writer. That’s like someone with acrophobia deciding to become a paratrooper. Amazingly, struggling with dyslexia also taught me perseverance.  It took years, lots of writing classes, and learning new ways to cope every day, but I finally fulfilled my dream of making a living by writing.  It was not even a dream I had growing up, but I think that is when the small seed was planted all those years ago.

Letters. Words. Books. Everyone understood them, I didn’t. They called me learning impaired.  Later, I would be labeled dyslexic.  Books intimated me, but being southern, stories intrigued me. So, after school, I would head to the woods by our house, make a bed of pine straw and tell myself stories.  But in fourth grade a teacher put a book a in my hands and was determined I would read it.  So I took that book to the woods with me.

Charlotte's WebThe stories I told myself were real life, about real people.  This book was about a pig and a big gray spider.  But after a few pages, that pig and that spider were as real to me as any human.  It took me forever, but I read every page.  Charlotte’s Web was the first “big” book I’d ever completed.  Wilbur’s struggle to survive and the friendship that bonded these different characters inspired me.  Charlotte’s perseverance to save Wilbur from an untimely death had me longing for a friend so loyal.  And when she died, I sobbed and grieved.  E. B. White taught me an important lesson of how far one could take the imagination and how emotion can bring life to any character.

It was because of Charlotte’s Web that I picked up another.  That book helped me become the writer I am today. Looking back, I see similarities in my Shadow Fall series to the lessons E.B White portrayed in Charlotte’s Web: friends can come in all different shapes, sizes and even supernatural species, and loyalty between friends can heal any wound.

Now, I’d like to hear about an obstacle or problem you have had to overcome or learn to live with. Let me know in the comments below.


Last week, I asked you to give my characters middle names, and you all did a great job. I loved the names. So, it was hard to pick a winner, so it was a totally random pick. The winner is Amanda. Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to, and I’ll get your prize out to you.


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Della On Della

Della originally agreed (and by agree I mean I had to twist her arm) to do this interview for Swoony Boys Podcast. But I thought if you missed it there, you might like reading it here. She’s developed such an attitude!

Let’s start with a hard question. There aren’t a lot of people who have experienced a situation similar to yours. But if there were someone who was dealing with what you’ve been through, what advice would you give them?

You do know I’m only doing this because C.C. insists, right?  She also informed me that I have to be polite.  The thing is, I’m sort of polite-impaired. Kylie and Miranda, they do polite.  But I’ll give it a shot.  By situation, I’m assuming you mean everything.  How one day my life was a certain way, all my ducks in a row, and then bam, someone came in and yanked all their heads and feet off and left duck parts floating around everywhere.  Yup, everything changed.  I didn’t like change.  To be honest, I’m still not best friends with it.  But the thing is, sometimes good stuff comes out of change, even really sucky change. Oh, it can still knock you on your a$$, but as Kylie says, “It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get up.”  So I’ll steal that from Kylie and say it would be my advice.  No matter what happens, or how hard something hits you, just always get back up.

What are your biggest fears?

Me, afraid?  Haven’t you heard?  I’m vampire.  I’m not afraid of anything.  Unless it’s about people I care about.  Then well, yeah, maybe I’m tad bit afraid.  Caring about people is not only scary but it makes you vulnerable.  But the other option, being a b with an itch and pushing everyone away, it’s lonely and can make you one miserable piece of work. So I guess my biggest fear is losing someone I love, or having something bad happen to them.

What’s your spirit animal?

That sounds like a question Miranda would ask? I don’t care too much for spirits.  I mean, after my dead neighbor and my dead aunt hung around, if I don’t see another spirit, I’d be happy.  But you’re talking about animals and which one I relate to, right?  I’ll bet you think I’m gonna say bat because I’m vampire.  But please . . . the whole vampire/bat connection is blown out of proportion.  But I kind of like cats. They are independent and sly.  They can purr all sweet like, but when the need arises, they can bring out their claws.

Describe yourself in three words.

Well, someone asked C.C. this question recently and she said, “smart, sassy, and stubborn.”  I mean, two of them fit me, but one . . .  Personally, sometimes that woman worries me.  I think she just likes words that start with s.  Because I’m not that smart!

Let’s shift to Chase. What’s your favorite thing about him?

Have you seen him with his shirt off?  But that’s not my favorite thing.  He can make me laugh. He gets me. Even when I’m mad at him, he’s so darn charming.  But if you tell him I said that, I’ll just say you lied.

We know some about the bad situations you’ve been through with Chase, but we want to hear some of the good. What’s your best memory of him?

Remember when he was teaching me to drive his car and I got pulled over by that cop?  Chase didn’t blink.  He changed seats with me and took the blame and got the ticket.  I would have gotten in so much trouble with my dad if I’d gotten that ticket.  It’s really nice to know that someone has your back.  Not that I really need anyone to have my back, but it’s still nice to know.

That leads us to the next question. Let’s talk trust. You run with a tight circle. What does it take for you trust someone? And once someone has earned your trust, what does that mean to you?

It’s kind of hard to trust people when you can tell when they are lying.  Ka-thump, ka-thump.  There’s a sound a lying heart makes and I loathe hearing it.  It’s also hard to trust people when others have let you down.  But now, I’ve overcome a lot of my issues.  Okay, I’ll admit it, it probably still takes me a little longer to trust people than others.  But is that really a bad thing?  I mean the opposite of being distrustful is being gullible.  Who wants to be that?

But what does it mean when I do trust someone?  I guess it means I like him/her.  And if I like you, then I guess it means you are one of us.  I hate to use the word ‘pack’ because it’s so werewolf related, but it’s a good word.  And hey…not everything were related is bad.

Okay, last question. Since we’re all about the swoon here at Swoony Boys Podcast, we have to ask.  What is it about Chase that makes him swoony?

Have you not read the books?  Everything about Chase is swoon worthy.  His green eyes, his sexy grin, his abs, how he fits in his jeans.  When he kisses me, it’s like everything disappears.  It’s like I’m the only thing in the world he cares about.  And he knows exactly how to move his lips against mine.  He knows when a girl wants to be kissed a little harder, or when a soft brushing of a guy’s lips is just enough.

Oh, and he’s this tough guy on the outside, but there’s still this softer side to him. There’s the side of Chase who still misses his family. The side who loves Baxter, his dog. I sometimes think he might love that dog more than me.  But I don’t care, I kinda like Baxter, too.


Do you have a question you’d like to ask Della? If so, what would you ask?


I’ve been asked about my characters’ middle names several times. Actually, I’ve only given Della a middle name and it’s Rose. So, I thought it would be fun to have a contest to give Kylie, Miranda, Lucas, Derek, Burnett and Holiday middle names. What do you think their middle names should be? I’ll give a prize to the winner and announce their name in next week’s blog.

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Let’s Get Personal

Amanda Van Zandt asked me a few questions for her blog, and they are actually questions I’m frequently asked in emails and in person. So, I thought I’d share them with you.

What keeps you motivated?

Sometimes it’s the deadlines.  Knowing I have to get it in.  Sometimes it’s the art of storytelling.  When I write something that surprises me, I get excited.  Also reading emailing from my fans gives me a good kick in the pants.

What is your source for inspiration?

I find inspiration in a love of things.  People I know who have encouraged me.  My grandmother was always encouraging me.  I also love inspirational sayings. I have them all over my desk.  i.e. Every long journey begins with single step.

What inspired you to write?

Growing up, I never felt as if I was really good at anything.  I had friends who were good at sports, others who were great at music and were in the band.  I didn’t have a thing.  Being dyslexic, reading wasn’t even my thing.  My favorite pastime was to go off somewhere and make up stories.  I never realized that creating stories was my thing.  When I was twenty-three and realized that I was actually good at doing it, it felt so good to realize I had a thing, too. I became almost obsessed at writing stories and creating characters.  I love what I do.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I’ve written published 30 books.  And they all have come from different places.  Sometimes I open the door to my closet of a mind and just reach in for something.  It might be a newspaper article I once read, or it could be a story someone told me.  Or it might be the day I watched the garbage man look into my neighbor’s trash can and appear shocked.  And I think I’ll bet there’s a body in that can. My Shadow Falls series actually came from my editor.  She had an idea she wanted a writer to write about. She told me, paranormal camp.  That was all she said.  So I got busy trying to figure out who my lead character was and what kind of supernatural she was.

Did you know the ending before you were finished?

No, I’m what you call a pantser.  Meaning, I write by the seat of my pants.  I might kind of know what’s going to happen, but not all the details.To me the fun of writing is discovering what happens.

Did you get some of the characters from personal experience?

Yes.  Miranda in my Shadow Falls series, is dyslexic.  Kylie is shy and insecure like I was.

Is anything that happened in one of your books based on something in your life?

I really think that when I write, I’m plagiarizing from my own life.  Kylie’s parents got a divorce when she was sixteen and so did my parents.  Kylie’s friend thought she was pregnant and I had a friend that it happened, too.  Sometimes I borrow bits and pieces of my experiences to help me write scenes.  For example, I’ve never seen a bloody, rogue vampire, like Kylie has, but once when I was working at a Pizza restaurant, I was held up by a guy with a knife. So when I wrote the scene that Kylie was so afraid of the vampire I just remembered how afraid I was that time I had a knife held at me.

How do you deal with rejection (from publishers, readers, reviews)?

I have thousands of rejections.  Sometimes I think that dyslexia helped me deal with rejection. Being dyslexic I learned that it was okay to fail and I just had to try again.  So, if someone didn’t like my book, or my short story, I would just go write another one.  One way I recommend other writers deal with rejection is to hang out with positive people.

Did you have any problems when you were writing your book?

Every writer has problems.  It takes a long time to learn to craft a story. I wrote ten years before I published my first book. Sometimes I would think my story wasn’t good, but I would just give myself a day to rest and then I would go back to writing.

Were you interested in writing as a teenager?

No, like I said earlier, I didn’t think I could be a writer, because I had so much trouble spelling and other problems with the dyslexia.  But I still told myself stories in my head.

H. Abrams observes how a novel can reflect on the world, the author, and the audience. How do you think your novel is impacted by the world, yourself (the author), and the intended audience?

When I sit down to write, my only goal is to entertain.  That’s what a book is supposed to do.  However, in every book a character has issues that they must overcome.  And I get emails all the time from readers, who tell me how reading about my characters, who have to deal with issues like being shy, and insecure, and having family issues, has helped the see that they are not alone.  Books can inspire us, give us hope, give us courage, and teach us how to face troubles.

Your Questions?

Okay, I’ve posted several interviews I’ve had in my last few blogs. Hopefully, you now know a bit more about my books and about me. But do you want to know anything about my characters? If you could ask any question of any of my characters, what would you ask?  I’ll try to answer some of your questions in future blogs.

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