A Good Time

IMG_1124The Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in San Antonio was fabulous.  I had a blast.  There is nothing like getting together with old friends and new friends who share the same sickness.  I’m talking about the writing bug.  This passion for writing makes us more than just friends, it sort of bonds us like family.  I’ve belonged to RWA for…Oh, goodness, this is gonna show my age…for 10505355_686541414729004_4665171921347608810_ntwenty-seven years.  Just remember, I was only ten when I joined.  LOL.  It is through RWA that found my education, my family, my critique partners, my assistants.  It is where that I found my career.  And each year at the annual conference, I’m given a booster shot of all I’ve attained from RWA.  I walked away with great tips for marketing and writing.

IMG_1143Being around all that creativity was amazing.  I really think we fed off each other.  We talked, laughed, and commiserated about any of the career’s hurdles.  We drank wine, shared meals, and talked late into the night.  Did I say we laughed?  One friend–and I’m not listing names, actually told me– “We have to stop laughing or I’m gonna pee in my pants.”  Frankly, she wasn’t alone.

 

996127_811279998891587_1882596273750858582_nI enhanced my vocabulary, learned a new word, “Dingle Butt,” look for it an upcoming book.  I made new friends, rebonded with old friends and got recharged as a writer.  Oh, did anyone else see the billboard sign on I-10 that reads:  “There is not a cop hiding behind this billboard.  I promise.  Texas Highway Patrol.”

It is times like this that I realize how wonderful it is to have these people in10443517_10204773628285643_1809994084542002436_n my life.  And I have to tell you, the camaraderie is part of the sisterhood that RWA has encouraged.  So thank you, RWA, and thank you to all my friends whom we laughed, hugged and celebrated the sisterhood of being writers.  I’m already excited about going next year’s conference in New York City.

Loyal Fan Winner!!

Yes, I didn’t announce a contest last week. However, I decided to give a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt to a fan who posted on last week’s blog even though there wasn’t a giveaway. So, Hannah F., congratulations! You have won! Please send your mailing address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

 

 

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Celebrating Girlfriends

RebornDella has Kylie and Miranda, and even Jenny.  Do you have a girlfriend or girlfriends that you completely adore, trust, and just love spending time with?  Well, this last weekend, I had a girl’s only party.  We sat around and laughed and talked and shared—just like Della, Miranda, and Kylie do sitting around their kitchen table.  We got silly, we got serious, we had a blast.  And that’s what girlfriends do.  They make our troubles feel a little less like something we can’t overcome, and instead, we find ourselves facing those difficult things with a little more confidence.  So here’s to girlfriends, here’s to laughter and sharing.  Tell me about your girlfriends. Do you have your Miranda and Kylie?

 

MarriottIf you live in San Antonio area, please stop in at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, 3rd floor ballroom, 101 Bow Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.  I’ll be at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday evening, July 23rd, 5:30-7:30 PM. Over 500 authors will all be in the ballroom signing our books, and the proceeds from the sales all go to literacy programs. Just follow the above link for a list of all the participating authors. And please come by, find me, and say hello.

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Covers

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Now that Reborn has been released and Eternal is now in the hands of my editor, I am starting work on Della’s third book. We don’t have a name yet, but my publisher will soon begin working on the cover. As you can see, Reborn’s cover is in blue and features Della. I love her intense look, almost like she is daring you or just looking for a fight. But that’s Della’s tough exterior, and if you’ve read Reborn, then you know she’s not so tough on the inside.  And Eternal’s cover is in rose tones, and Della is looking back at you. Hmm…is that a hint of something that happens in Eternal?

Anyway, what color do you think Della’s third book should be. Of course Della will be on the cover, but any ideas how she should look. remember, this will be her final book.

I also have some exciting news. I’ve written another novella, and this time it’s about Chase. It’s from his point of view because I really felt you should know his back story, and it’s also told from his point of view. The title, cover and release date will be announced soon. so, be sure to keep checking back for more details.

Winner!!!

The winner of the Shadow Falls: After dark t-shirt is Liz Wysocki. Congratulations, Liz!! Please email you mailing address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Giveaway!

RebornI’ve gotten so many emails from my readers talking about their favorite scenes in Reborn. Some liked it when Della kneed the FRU agent in the groin. Others liked it when Chase basically calls Della a “ho.”  (Oh no, he didn’t!My very favorite scene was when Miranda turned the bad guys into kangaroos.  So, I thought it might be good to hear your favorite Reborn scene here, on my blog. So, I’ll give away a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt to one of you who leave a comment telling me your favorite Reborn scene. (Sorry, But I have to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only.)

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Meet Me in San Antonio

MarriottLater this month, July 23-27, I’m heading to San Antonio for the Romance Writers of America conference. You may recall that I was the emcee for their RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony last year, and I had a blast. I was also nervous as all get out about speaking in front of 2,000 people. And it’s not like I don’t enjoy an audience, I’m just not used to one quite that big. But everything went well, and this year I’m going back to teach a workshop (Mastering the Deep Point of View), sign some books, and have a wonderful time visiting with friends. You see some of my writer friends live all over the US and they all come to this conference too, so we get the chance to catch up.

But what I really want to talk about is RWA’s “Readers for Life” Autographing for Literacy. On Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30-7:30, I will be signing my books at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, in the 3rd floor ballroom. And it won’t just be me signing books, I’ll be there with about 500 other romance and YA authors. Best of all, it’s FREE and open to the public! And it’s for a wonderful cause. You see, at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, the proceeds from the books sales go to literacy organizations.  Since 1990, RWA hsa raised more than $825,000 to fight literacy.

So, I hope I will see you at the Autographing for Literacy. You can meet me any many of your other favorite authors and support a wonderful cause at the same time.

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Back Home

IMG950554Boy, have I been busy lately! As I said in last week’s blog, I finished writing Eternal. Not that it means I’m totally done with the book.  I’m now doing copy edits. (Don’t ask!) On top of that, I squeezed in a trip to Nashville, Tennessee for a conference. And I have to say, I had a great time. Did you know Nashville has a full size replica of the Parthenon in Athens? It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

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IMG950564IMG_0565It was so cool I thought I’d share a few of my photos. The golden statue of Athena is what they thought the original statue (long since gone) looked like. She was really tall, but I guess if you are a Greek God, you would be pretty tall–or at least that’s how the mere mortals would portray you.  And the torso with the six pack? Can’t you totally see that as Lucas? Or maybe Burnett?

 

 

 

 More News! 

This Friday, June 27th, I’ll be teaching a class at the Barbara Bush Library in Spring Texas. I’m teaching a Teen Writing Workshop from 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM. I’ll be giving tips on writing, how to plot, how to create memorable characters and how to make your book a page turner.  So, if you are an aspiring author, live in the Houston, Texas area and are a student in grades 6th-12th, you won’t want to miss this. Follow the link for the Teen Writing Shop to register. I hope to see you there!

Winner!

We have a winner from last week’s giveaway of an ARC of Reborn! There were a lot of great comments and the winner is Jessica Kilgore. Please email your address to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations!

 

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Eternal

Eternal

It’s summer.  I’m all set for a vacation.  We’re thinking maybe taking a trip to California.  Why the vacation?  Well, I’m celebrating.  You see, it’s done.  It’s done. Eternal is finally done.  And let’s just say if you enjoyed Reborn, you are going to love Eternal.   We have Steve.  We have Chase.  We have a mystery and even a lot more action.  Della has to kick some  . . . you know what.  She’s such a fun character to write. I tell you, sometimes I wish I was more like Della.   I think everyone could use some Dellatude.  Oh…and while I don’t’ have a date, I can whisper that you guys might get another novella soon.  Let’s just say the novella had me crying.  So check back in here for more details and to hear publishing dates.

 

Giveaway!!

Today, I’ll give away an ARC of Reborn.  So make sure you leave a comment and tell me what you are doing this summer.  Or tell me what book you are reading and you’ll be entered to win a signed ARC of Reborn.

Winner!

There were so many great comments last week. And the winner of the Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt is Murrissia. Congratulations! Please send your mailing address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Exciting News & Giveaway!

ShadowFalls_NEXT_CHAPTER (1)I love good news.  Don’t you?  Well, this week my editor had some wonderful news for me. She sent me this cover.  I love it.  What do you guys think?  Titled Shadow Falls:  The Next Chapter, this is Taken at Dusk and Whispers at Moonrise in one book.  And like the first two-books-in-one it will be sold at the bargain price of $9.99. You’ll be able to pre-order it soon at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and it will be out on October 28, 2014. Yes, that’s right, the same day Eternal, Della’s second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series, is released!

 

 

SFBeginningAnd don’t forget you can still order Shadow Falls: The Beginning. That is Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn in one book.

 

 Giveaway!!

Oh, and I just got Shadow Falls: After Dark T-shirts and today, in celebration of the new cover, I’m giving away one away.  Just leave a comment and make sure you come back next week to see if you won.  You’ll send me your size and I’ll pop one in the mail to you.   (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents only.)

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Reborn

RebornGosh, I have been getting so many emails about Reborn. I’m overwhelmed by all your positive comments. Many of you were concerned that Kylie’s series had ended. I’d gotten so many requests to write another Shadow Falls book because no one wanted to let go of Kylie. But now that so many of you have read Reborn and realize there is still a lot of Kylie, Miranda, Lucas, Derek, Holiday, Burnett, and other Shadow Falls campers in Della’s series, I’m hearing how much you love it. I just wanted to thank you for giving Della a chance. She is a kick a$$ vampire, but she is also very vulnerable and she definitely has a soft spot for Kylie and Miranda. So, there’s no way Della could give up her Diet Coke round table discussions with her best friends. Not to mention all the hot guys at the Shadow Falls Camp. :)

See You There!

I had such a wonderful time on Sunday at Katy Budget Books. I was there with two other great YA authors, Joy Preble and Sophie Jordan. I loved meeting everyone and the staff at KBB was amazing. If you weren’t able to attend and live in the Houston, Texas area, you’ll have another chance to join me on June 14th.  Barnes & Noble in Pasadena, Texas is hosting the Very Paranormal Book Rave on June 14th, 4:00-6:00 PM. I’ll be there with many other fabulous YA authors.

Winner!!

It was so great to have Micah Caida as my special guest last week.  So many of you had great comments about why you’d want to go to the future or to the past. Thanks Micah for giving away a set of your Red Moon Trilogy. The winner is Lucy B. Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Special Guest

USA Today best-seller Micah Caida, author of the Red Moon Trilogy, is visiting today!

 MicahCaida_TimeTrap_1400pxWhat inspired you to write the Red Moon Trilogy?

It came from a single thought of “what if the next generation turning eighteen was the one that changed the world?”  That sounds simple until you look beneath it and add a sci-fi/fantasy element, then all of a sudden the story takes on a life of its own and ideas just explode from it.  I have to admit that when we started writing this, we didn’t realize it would conclude during a blood moon tetrad – a series of blood-red moons hypothesized to indicate the end of the world as we know it.

 

 

You said “we,” so who is USA Today best-seller Micah Caida?

Micah Caida is the pseudonym of USA Today bestseller Mary Buckham and New York Times bestseller Dianna Love.  We’ve worked together to brainstorm our independent stories for many years.  During a break in one of those brainstorming sessions, we started kicking around this idea.  We knew in that first hour of talking about it that the story was unlike anything out there and that it had to be young adult.   The Red Moon Trilogy journey has been one filled with a lot of surprises, good ones that have made it worth the past couple years of intense drive to reach this point.

What sort of research have you had to do for the series?

You’d think that since it’s a sci-fi/fantasy we would just make up anything we want, but this story has taken quite a bit of research.  The opening setting is a desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Rayen (lead character) comes awake to find a ghost of an old man talking to her and a deadly sentient creature chasing her.  Native American, especially Navajo, elements play a part in this story along with the history of the Antikythera device created two-thousand years ago and thought to be the first analog computer.

How does the Antikythera computer play a part in this trilogy?

We took truth and spun it into a mythology, much the way different races used mythology to explain truth in past times.  For example, there is a story in Indian mythology about the elephant-headed god Ganesh who was insulted by the moon god. Ganesh put a curse on the moon that caused those who viewed it on a specific day to suffer bad luck, then he made the moon disappear forever.  The moon apologized for making fun of the way Ganesh looked and begged for mercy.  Ganesh gave in, but said the moon would still disappear once a month.  There were some other terms, but basically this explained the moon’s vanishing once a month and it was the origin of an Indian festival called Ganesh Chaturthi that runs for ten days each year.   Our mythology about the computer is a bit more complex and affects today’s world as well as one far in the future.

MicahCaida_TimeReturn_1400pxWhat’s your favorite part about writing a young adult series?

Absolutely it’s the joy of spending so much time in a sci-fi/fantasy world, but after that, it has to be the response we’ve gotten.  We really had no idea how this trilogy would be received until we handed the first book – Time Trap – to a group of beta readers.  The group was made up of 15-19 year olds, some adults (all ages) and a couple of advanced 11-12 year old readers.  We were very pleasantly surprised at how this story resonated for all ages.  Instead of pushing for professional reviews early on, we asked “readers” to give us honest feedback and from that we ended up with statements like these.

 

Time Trap is amazingly original and unexpected…I loved every second of reading it!”

~~ Alexandra Fedor, 15, who has read The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, and Anna Karenina.

“If I had found books like this (Time Trap) when I was a teen, I would have started reading much earlier, instead of waiting until my mid twenties!” ~~ Kay Barnes, adult

Time Trap is a deliciously entrapping read you won’t want to put down and leaves you thirsting for more when you finish.” ~~Angela Catucci, young adult

 Is the trilogy completed yet?

Time Lock, the final book in the Red Moon Trilogy will be available on June 10th in print and e-book, with audio to follow.   This last book was the most fun to write. All the books are full of action and have a romance, but this one was like a full-on race to the finish.

What is THE RED MOON TEEN READING EVENT that Micah is hosting in June?

This idea grew from thinking about how teens don’t have the same advantage as adults, who can download a book on a whim because they have e-readers and credit cards.    Teens either have to depend on a parent to buy a book for them or to take them to a library.   If we want teens to read during the summer when they aren’t loaded down with schoolwork, then we should do two things – offer books they want to read for fun, and make it easy.  We hope our idea takes off and by the summer of 2015 teens will have many more books to read by only having to “click” a link, but this year—June 1-30—any teen can read all of Time Trap on a phone or any other mobile device (or home computer) by simply clicking on www.RedMoonTrilogy.com – that’s all. No sign in needed, because this is not about data mining.  This is about offering teens a read when they want it, without them having to jump through hoops.

Thanks so much for inviting me (Micah Caida) to guest blog today, CC!

 

MicahCaida_TimeLock_1400pxRayen wakes up in a place that is both familiar and strange, then quickly finds out she has no control over her world … until she travels through a portal and meets a young warrior who is as deadly as he is attractive, and who thinks she’s the enemy. 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTION – if you could travel to another world, would it be in the future or the past, and what would you like to find there?  POST an answer, or a question you’d like answered, to be in a drawing for all three Red Moon Trilogy books (signed) (continental US only)– Time Trap, Time Return and Time Lock.  Don’t forget to stop by RedMoonTrilogy.com the entire month of June (only) to read TIME TRAP in its entirety. 

To read excerpts on all the Red Moon Trilogy books and purchase e-book or print copies, please visit www.MicahCaida.com.

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