What’s Special About Midnight Hour?

Several interviews have come in and one of the most asked question is:  What do I love about Midnight Hour?

So, I thought I would answer that for all you guys who stop by my blog.

Midnight Hour is special to me for several reasons.

  1. I relate to Miranda so much because like myself, she is dyslexic. I know what it is to hate the word stupid.  When I was young, I heard it a lot from people who thought because I had some learning disabilities I wasn’t intelligent.  I’ve learned it isn’t true.  And I love seeing Miranda come to the conclusion that her dyslexia might result in some hurdles, but it also brings with it some very interesting gifts. For me it’s a imagination and the ability to read people and characters.
  2. I loved adding the male point of view to And in Midnight Hour, you get not only one male point of view, but two. You are going to get to slip inside both Perry and Shawn’s heads.
  3. I love how we see more of Burnett, the super- hot husband of Holiday. Most of you know that Perry lived in the same foster home with Burnett before he aged out. For the first time we really get to see the relationship between these two. I loved showing the softer side of the relationship between two guys who consider each other brothers.
  4. I got great pleasure seeing my amazing trio together again.  Call them the Three Musketeers or Charlie’s Angels, but Kylie, Della and Miranda are so good together.  Those three have the most amazing friendship.  There isn’t anything they won’t do for each other.
  5. Every book in the Shadow Falls series seems to have its own level of nail-biting suspense and a mystery you just can’t wait to solve. Well, something about Miranda’s book seemed to have an extra dose of page-turning drama.   Of course, when you start a book with an explosion, it pretty much tells you the pace isn’t going to slow down.
  6. Midnight Hour is the finale. In this book you see all our Shadow Falls students graduate.  I cried so hard when it came to the end of this book.  These characters feel so real to me.  They are even more than friends, they are my family.  I’m going to miss them, and I know many of you will, too.

51KfobWWWNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Okay, now I’ll give away an ARC of Midnight Hour to one person who leaves a posts telling me which scene you still think about from any of my books. (Sorry, this giveaway is for US residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave a comment on my blog page to be entered.)

 

 

 

 

 

Appearances

October 1st: Texas Teen Book Festival

Guess what? You’ll be able to buy Midnight Hour before the release date if you come to the Texas Teen Book Festival on Oct. 1st! Yup, that’s right, there will be copies of Midnight Hour for purchase–and I’ll sign them for you. So be sure to come to the festival at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

October 8th: Barbara Bush Library

Want to win a copy of Midnight Hour? Join me at the Barbara Bush Library in Spring, TX on Oct. 8th, 10:30-noon. I’ll be teaching a teen writing class, answering your questions and selling & signing my books. I ‘ll also be giving away 2 FREE copies of Midnight Hour! Come by and you could be a winner!

October 21st & 22nd: Herlufsholm Fantasy Bogmesse

I’ll be in Denmark a book fair 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.

November 12th: Murder By The Book

Nov. 12th catch me at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX at 4:30 PM. If you buy a copy of Midnight Hour at the signing, I’ll still give you a FREE copy of Fighting Back, Kylie and Lucas’ last story..

 

 

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What Defines Us?

981505908359351bdbde29935f7067f6Fans of mine might have noticed that most of my books have an underlying theme:  What defines us?  Are we products of our DNA?  How much of who we are stems from the learned behavior we get from our parents?  Midnight Hour showcases Perry seeking answers from his parents who abandoned him when he was three, and Perry, like me, is left to wonder about what defines him.

When I was young, I used to really think I might have been adopted, swapped at birth, or picked up on a street corner.  I know I write about a lot of dysfunctional families.  Mine wasn’t that dysfunctional.  But I was just different.

I was dyslexic.  I really think that if I hadn’t been dyslexic, I would have been a blatant book geek.  And frankly, no one in my family is a reader with exception of my maternal grandmother.  And, yes, I think I did get a lot from her.

I struggled more in school than my brothers.  However, I also internalized everything.  While I didn’t read, I was already creating stories in my head, yet not once did I consider growing up and writing.  It just didn’t seem like something someone like me would do. Both my parents and my two brothers did things with their hands.  Dad was a contractor and plumber, my mom was a housewife and worked a little as a nurse’s aid.  My older brother loved music and played numerous instruments, while my younger brother was totally into sports.

Yes, I was definitely the odd one in the bunch.  I wanted go to my room or find a spot in the woods and lose myself in my stories.  Now, I do see some personality traits I’ve inherited from my parents.  My dad loves to laugh and tease and I’m right there with him.  My mom is a bit zany and can laugh at her own mistakes.  I certainly got that from her.  But other than that, I’m still the odd one out.

Seriously, neither of my parents read my books, but they are very proud of me.  And they expect copies of every book I write. They just aren’t readers.  And not only am I a writer, but I’ve overcome a lot of hurdles and now I love to read as well.

So, like Perry, I ask myself: Are we defined by our DNA?  Did I get all of this from my grandmother?  Why am different from my family?

What do you think?  How are you like your parents and siblings?  Do you ever feel like an odd man out?

Buy Midnight Hour Early!

51KfobWWWNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_You can purchase Midnight Hour before it even goes on sale! No, I’m not even talking about preordering it. October 1st, I’ll be at the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. It’s a great event with book signings, games, parties, workshops, a costume contest and a chance to meet many of your favorite authors. And they also sell books–and they will be selling copies of Midnight Hour, so you can purchase them and have me sign them for you before it’s even officially released.

But if you can’t make it to the book festival, you can still preorder Midnight Hour and submit your receipt to St. Martin’s Press HERE. Then, on Oct. 25th, you get a FREE copy of Fighting Back, Kylie & Lucas’s novella. Now, several of you have contacted me saying you’re having trouble submitting your receipt to that page. So, if you have a problem, please try sending it to romance@stmartins.com. Just remember, to get Fighting Back, you have to submit your receipt BEFORE Oct. 24th!

 

 

 

 

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Midnight Hour Video!

The countdown has begun until the release of Midnight Hour on October 25th! It’s the last book from my Shadow Falls series, and I’m having trouble saying goodbye to my characters. But it’s kind of like having kids, you have to let them go and fly on their own one day (and when it comes to many of my characters, I mean actually fly).  But, I’m planning on having some really cool giveaways to celebrate the release. Plus, I’ll be posting some teasers about what happens in Midnight Hour. So be sure to check my blog every week.

This week, I’m debuting the book trailer. I LOVE it! I hope you do, too.

I’ll also be posting my schedule soon for all the book signings once Midnight Hour is released. I may be coming to your town or city! Right now, I’m getting ready to head off to the Herlufsholm Fantasy Bogmesse, a book fair in Denmark. It will be at the Herlufsholm School near the city of Naestved on October 21st and 22nd. I’ve never been to Denmark, but I’m told it’s amazing. I can’t wait!

Don’t Forget!

51KfobWWWNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Preorder Midnight Hour and submit your e-receipt HERE, and on October 25th, you’ll receive a FREE copy of Fighting Back, the novella that will take you back to the first Shadow Falls romance that grabbed your heart. That’s right. All you have to do is buy a book that you were going to buy anyway, but just preorder it before it’s released. Midnight Hour is available now for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo.

Winners!!

The winners of last week’s giveaway are form the U.S., Tiffaney, Abbey from the U.K. and from The Netherlands, Michele. Congratulations! Email your postal address to me at cc@cchunterbooks.com, and I’ll mail you an advanced copy of Midnight Hour.

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Miranda & Foreign Giveaway!

Last week I asked you to send me some suggestions for a song for Miranda, my dyslexic witch. I got a lot of really great suggestions. But I thought I’d do some searching, too. In during my search, I came across a song that reminds of both Miranda’s book, Midnight Hour, and Kylie and Lucas’ novella, Fighting Back.  Now, I realize most of you haven’t had the chance to read Midnight Hour and none of you have read Fighting Back yet, but this might give you a sense what’s going to happen.

I feel as if I had some music therapy looking at all those videos.  I haven’t found the perfect song for Miranda, but I’m still searching.  So keep looking and sending me those links to songs that you think represent Miranda.

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway of a bag of Midnight Hour swag is Alyssa Venema. Congratulations! Please email your postal address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

Preorder Reminder!!

51KfobWWWNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Don’t forget the only way for you to get Fighting Back is by preordering Midnight Hour and submit your e-receipt HERE.   Then, on October 25th, you’ll receive a FREE copy of Fighting Back, the novella that will take you back to the first Shadow Falls romance that grabbed your heart. Midnight Hour is available now for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo.

This offer is good for US and Canadian residents plus UK residents as long as you preorder and submit your receipt BEFORE October 24th!

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY TO US AND FOREIGN FANS!!

I’m giving away two copies of Midnight Hour to two fans who help me promote the book. One will be won by U.S. resident and the other won by an international fan.

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Big News!

Okay, I promised you something special. Everyone asks me for more Kylie and Lucas. You’ve all been hungry for a little more of the couple who started it all. Well, I listened. So, I’ve written one final Shadow Falls novella about Kylie and Lucas. It’s called Fighting Back. But you can’t just buy this novella. No, this time it’s a bit different. You can actually get it for FREE!

MidnightHour_Final CVR_revisedAll you have to do is preorder Midnight Hour and submit your e-receipt HERE, and on October 25th, you’ll receive a FREE copy of Fighting Back, the novella that will take you back to the first Shadow Falls romance that grabbed your heart. That’s right. All you have to do is buy a book that you were going to buy anyway, but just preorder it before it’s released. Midnight Hour is available now for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo.

 

 

 

For a special preview of Fighting Back click HERE.

In Fighting Back Kylie and Lucas face their biggest challenge yet.

Will their love survive?

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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.

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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