Christina Mandelski Giveaway!

I have a special guest on my blog this week. Christina Mandelski just released her second book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, and she’s here to tell us about it.

But first, let me tell you a bit about my friend, Christina. Like me, she lives near Houston with her husband, two young adult daughters and a mustachioed cat named Leonardo DiCatprio. She spends her day doing what she loves—writing stories for kids and teens. When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time at the beach, with friends, traveling, reading and eating, especially cake. Always cake.

The First Kiss Hypothesis

Thank so much for having me on the blog today – I’m such a huge fan of Christie as an author and person, I’m honored! My first young adult romance, The First Kiss Hypothesis, is out now from Entangled Crush.

My main character Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

You can order The First Kiss Hypothesis at Amazon, IndieBound, iBooks and Barnes & Noble. 

Here’s an excerpt The First Kiss Hypothesis:

Speaking of the wrong person, I look up and lock eyes with Eli Costas, strolling toward me with a slight limp.

Immediately, my brain short-circuits and I forget what I’m doing.

Eli. Neighbor, best friend, part-time chauffeur. That hair, dark and wavy, sticking out in ways that invite you to run your fingers through it. The olive skin like a real-life Greek god, and eyes that look just like the blue oval in the watercolor sets Mom used to buy me when I was little. He’s tall, and a lacrosse maniac with an upper body to prove it. Your basic unrealistically attractive high school student usually only found in books or movies. The difference is, he’s real, and everyone wants him. Including me. It’s a battle I fight daily.

He flashes me a grin. One side of his mouth quirks up higher than the other, and a dimple cuts deep into his cheek. Holy cow.

As he moves into my airspace, I force myself to focus on counting the tortoise money. Five. Ten. Fifteen. Twenty. Twenty-five. Forty. It always takes me a minute or two to get my bearings when it comes to Eli. To remind myself that nothing can happen between us.


And now for a few questions…

How is Nora most like you?

My heroine, Nora, is different than me in many ways—especially given that she’s really, really good at math and science. I couldn’t be worse at these things—I can refer you to my high school report cards as evidence. Where we are alike, though, is that she believes that true love exists – and that it’s worth the wait. I believed this in high school, and had no intention of settling for less than the real thing. It took a while, and sometimes I thought it would never happen, but I eventually found my Eli, just like Nora does in the book. She learns that falling in love always requires some risk. It’s not an exact science, but it’s still worth going for. Another thing Nora and I have in common? God, I love pie!

What scene did you love the most?

There’s a scene that takes place in the garage of a house party – inside an old car (in my mind it’s a 70s model red Chevy Chevette – which was my dream car when I was eight years old!) This is the scene when they almost kiss, and there’s a huge shift that upsets the entire balance of their lives and friendship. I think I love this scene so much because it reminded me of a scene from a John Hughes movie – I was the target audience for those movies in the 80s – Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, etc. and they really did play a role in making me the romantic sap that I still am!

 What did you learn when writing this book?

I learned how to write category romance! My first book, The Sweetest Thing, came out in 2011, and it’s a stand-alone title. There is teen romance in it, but it’s not the central focus of the story. There is a lot of stuff about family, and friends and relationships. In The First Kiss Hypothesis, Eli and Nora’s building romance is the central focus, and even though the characters have family and friend issues – the story never strays too far from the attraction that is ratcheting up between them. Other things are going on, but it’s all about the increasing heat between them – until they get to the point when neither of them can deny it any more and then, BOOM! I loved it, thought it was great fun and can’t wait to do it again with the companion book coming out in spring 2018.

You can find Christina online (http://www.christinamandelski.com/), on Twitter (@fiction_chris), and Instagram (fiction_chris).

GIVEAWAY!!!!

Want to win an e-copy of The First Kiss Hypothesis? Leave a comment below to enter this giveaway. (This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to be entered.)

Reviews

Have you read The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave yet? If you haven’t, you can order it today at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

If you have read The Mortician’s Daughter, did you write a review? Perhaps you meant to, but never got around to it. Or maybe you never write reviews. What’s so important about reviews, anyway?  Well, they’re actually very important to authors. Book reviews left by readers on Amazon.com and Goodreads can make a huge difference in the success of an author. So many people read reviews before they purchase a book. A friend of mine is in a book club and they always check out the reviews and ratings before selecting their next book. And if your book gets a lot of reviews, it can help a book’s ranking on Amazon or help get your books into indie bookstores. Also, if your book gets lots of reviews on Goodreads, it can convince a local bookseller to stock your book. On the flip side, if you read a book you love and it doesn’t get many reviews, you might have a problem finding the author’s next book. So, if you like a book, write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Kobo, etc. The author will really appreciate it.

And if you haven’t read The Mortician’s Daughter, here’s what you’ll learn:

  • It’s tough being the new kid in school, but it’s even harder when your dad is the mortician.
  • You can make friends in the most unlikely places.
  • When you lose your mom when you’re little, it’s hard. But you miss her even more when your dad has to buy you your first bra.
  • Google is a lifesaver for all questions about puberty, but also if you want to know the signs of an alcoholic or find out how someone died.
  • Even a hot ghost with deep blue eyes and a killer smile can be sexy and can make your heart go pitter patter.
  • It always hurts when your old boyfriend starts dating someone else. It hurts even more when happens the second you move away.
  • Meeting a cute guy can feel awkward. It’s even more awkward if all you’re wearing is tiny towel.

 

Plus, you’ll fall in love. I won’t say with who, you’ll just have to read the book!

Winners!!

The winners of a copy of Mary Lindsey’s Haven are Kate C., Kanyon K., Bethany Averie and Ally. Congratulations! I know you’ll love it. Please send me your postal address at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

 

HAVEN by Mary Linsdey

Writing is my Haven (See what I did there?)

I’m so excited to be on CC’s blog today! It’s been a crazy week for me answering lots of interviews and doing a couple of podcasts for my next novel, Haven (releasing November 7, 2017 in hardcover and ebook).

One of the most common questions I receive is “Have you always wanted to be a writer?”

Short answer: No.

I never wanted to be a writer growing up. I successfully avoided all creative writing classes and projects all the way through college, even faking sick in grade school on poetry days. Creating something original terrified me.

Becoming a writer happened unexpectedly as the result of my losing a game of “Chicken” with my eleven-year-old daughter. Losing was one of the best things to happen to me. She was complaining about how heroes in young adult books she’d read believed themselves to be evil or cursed. Her rant morphed into how she believed heroes should be written and finally, to make her feel better, I bluffed and said, “Hey, tell you what… I’ll write that book for you.” I never expected to carry through. I mean, that’s the stuff of nightmares for me. I figured she’d be satisfied and we’d forget all about it.

Nope. She called my bluff.

She looked at me with those trusting, huge eyes and said, “Really? You would really write a book for me?”

Well, crap. Busted. I had no choice but to go through with it…sort of. Surely, after a chapter of the certain garbage I’d produce, she’d beg me to stop and I’d be off the hook. Instead, she loved the first chapter and asked for more.

After that, I was hooked. Completely and totally obsessed with writing—the very thing I’d avoided my entire life. Thirty days later, I handed her the last chapter of the seven-hundred-page manuscript, which, needless to say was not my finest work. But, it was my first work and led to where I am right now, celebrating my tenth published book.

Writing, once my personal hell, became my safe haven. << Look at that blatantly obvious segue into telling you about my book. J

About Haven:

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. 

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

You can order Haven at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Indie Bound and Entangled.

About Mary:

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. Her books Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits have been selected for the 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program.

Mary lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

You can find Mary on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest and on her website: https://www.marylindsey.com/.

Giveaway

I loved Mary Lindsey’s book, Haven, so much I wanted to share it with you. So, I’m giving away four copies of Haven to four people who leave a comment. Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to enter.)

Don’t Forget The Mortician’s Daughter is Now Available!

“The dynamic characters are interesting and the suspense grows in intensity and I was on the edge of my seat as the story ended! I want the sequel now!!! ”  —The Thought Spot 

“Filled with suspense, chills and thrills, The Mortician’s Daughter is as creepy as it is romantic!”  — Margie’s Must Reads

Readers will be screaming over C.C. Hunter’s latest series, The Mortician’s Daughter.  No really, yo will let out a gut-curdling shriek when you finish because you’ll be craving more! —RT Book Reviews

You can order The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

WINNER!!! 

The winner of last week’s blog is Carestyn. Congratulations! You’ve won a copy of HAVEN and a bunch of swag. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address.

Release Day!!

It’s finally here! The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is released today, and I’m doing my happy dance. When I was writing this book, I kept thinking that anyone who loved Kylie from my Shadow Falls series is going to love Riley. They have a lot in common. They’re both struggling with their special abilities, they both see ghosts, they’re willing to put themselves in harm’s way for their friends, and they have two cute guys hanging around them. The problem with Riley’s two guys is that one of them is dead. But he’s different from the other ghosts she‘s helped. Not only is he cute, sexy and sweet, but he’s also warmer—and Riley’s cat doesn’t skedaddle as soon as he appears. So what’s up with that?

Oh, and Happy Halloween! What better time to sit down and read The Mortician’s Daughter? Did I mention the ghosts? How about the creepy guy Riley is pretty sure is pure evil? And then there’s her dad—the mortician. Yup, talk about a perfect Halloween read.

I’m also thrilled to tell you that Romantic Times Book Reviews gave The Mortician’s Daughter a rave review. You can read it HERE.

So have you-order The Mortician’s Daughter? It’s not too late. You can order it today at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Want to Meet Me?

I’ll be making several appearances in the Houston, TX area this month. If you live in the area, I would love it if you’d come to one of my signings. We always have a blast!

Thursday November 9th, 7 PM

Join Mary Lindsey and me at B&N in Pasadena, Texas. Mary will be signing her new release Haven, and I’ll be signing The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave. The first ten copies sold will receive a C.C. Hunter tote and SWAG.

Sunday, November 12, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join Mary Lindsey and me at Katy Budget Books where we’ll sign our newest YA paranormal titles, Haven and The Mortician’s Daughter. This is going to be a blast. Door prizes and drawing will be given away.

Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM

Join me and Michelle Hodkin at Murder by the Book.  Michelle will be signing and discussing The Becoming of Noah Shaw.  I’ll be signing and talking about The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave.

Happy Halloween! Leave a comment telling me what you’ll be dressing up as for Halloween or maybe your favorite Halloween costume you wore as a child. I’ll give away a copy of Mary Lindsey’s book Haven and all these goodies to one person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to enter.)

 

Final Countdown

Even a hot ghost with deep blue eyes and a killer smile can be sexy and can make your heart go pitter patter.

Woohoo! We’re in the final countdown to the release of The Mortician’s Daughter. I’m getting so excited and anxious for you to read it. I grew to love Riley, and I think you will too. If you haven’t pre-orderd it yet, you better hurry. It comes out in one week on Halloween, Oct. 31st. And if you pre-order, you get The Mortician’s Daughter at a special pre-order price. So why not order it now and save some money? Place your order at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

In case you haven’t made up your mind to pre-order, here’s another excerpt. I love the way Riley and Hayden interact!

 

Excerpt of The Mortician’s Daughter

 

Hayden looks over at me.

“Hi.” He’s still bright, still hot, sporting a tight black tee and jeans, but that’s not what has me gawking.

It’s the fact that Pumpkin’s okay with him being here. Or more than okay, the cat’s practically drooling. He only drools on me. Never, not once, has he befriended a spirit. Sylvania tried everything to get him to come to him. He adored cats, and it was because of his own cat that he wouldn’t move on. I had to go collect the gray tabby and find it a new, loving home. Only then did the sweet old man pass over.

I sit up, bend my knees, and wrap my arms around them. “Pumpkin likes you.”

He grins. “That’s because I’m charming.” He continues to stare at me. “Did you know you kinda snore, kinda purr when you’re asleep.”

I frown.

“It’s cute. Not loud or anything.” There’s a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. “I had to get really close to hear it.”

Really close? I sit there imagining him really close to me in bed and I get tingles, and not the kind I normally get from spirits. I open my mouth to say something, but there are no words waiting to come out. I’m never tongue-tied with spirits. It’s as if instinctively I know it’s my job to help them.

“And I also noticed you only put polka dots on one of your toes. What’s with that?”

I hug my knees tighter. I wonder how long he’s been here checking me out. “Maybe I just wanted one polka-dotted toe.”

His smile deepens. “It’s odd, but I’ll buy it.”

“How nice of you.” I sound annoyed and I am, not so much at him, but at my response to him. I glance at the clock. Dad should be home anytime.

“Your dad texted. He’s going to be late.”

I gasp a little. Can he read my mind? None of the other ghosts could. But I’ve already concluded that he’s different. Oh, please don’t let him read my mind. “How did you know I was thinking about my dad?”

“I didn’t. I just… you looked at the time.”

“And you read my texts.”

“Not intentionally. I was lying in bed beside you, and the phone on the bedside table flashed.”

“Remember those rules I mentioned?”

“Yeah,” he says.

“Well, add this one. You don’t get in bed with me. And don’t watch me sleep. It’s creepy.”

He stands up, but his gaze stays on me. “I didn’t touch you.” His smile turns mischievous. “It was tempting, but I behaved.”

Haven

My friend Mary Lindsey has a cool pre-order campaign.  Check it out.  P.S.  I loved her book.

 

Pre-order Mary Lindsey’s Haven at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Indie Bound and Entangled.

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Anastasia Mehrer. Congratulations, you’ve won a signed copy of The Mortician’s Daughter. Please email your postal address to cc@cchunterbokks.com.

 

New Excerpt and a Giveaway!

When you lose your mom when you’re little, it’s hard. But you miss her even more when your dad has to buy you your first bra.

I’m so excited! The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will be out Oct. 31st. I think you’ll love Riley Smith as much as you loved Kylie Galen.  Yup, they have a lot in common. One thing is that they both see ghosts—but both girls also have a lot of baggage to deal with. Riley lost her mom when she was young, and that’s bee difficult, especially when her dad had to be both her dad and mom.

If you pre-order The Mortician’s Daughter, you’ll get it for a special price. So head over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and pre-order it today.

EXCERPT FROM THE MORTICIAN’S DAUGHTER

I’d always gotten a feeling Dad didn’t know how to parent a daughter. My first bra and the whole starting-my-period experience almost killed him. And not once has he said the word “sex.”

Working on that Mustang gave us something in common.

“Speaking of cars,” Dad says, smiling, “I’m about to make your day.”

“Really?”

“Yup. I got your insurance card in the mail.”

“Yes!” I do a little victory dance in my chair. When he lost his last job, he had to cut the insurance on my car, so I haven’t been able to drive it for almost two months.

“So I can drive it to school tomorrow?” I ask and squeal a little.

“Yeah.” He chuckles. “You and that car.”

Thrilled I don’t have to walk to school anymore, I dish a big bite of stew into my mouth and taste it for the first time. It’s good. “You sure you don’t want a bowl?”

“No.” He sips his water. I eat.

The almost empty echo in the house reminds me how big it is. All our houses in the past have been small, older. They seemed to fit us better.

“Have you made any friends at school?” Dad asks.

I almost lie, then decide against it. “Not really.” A sudden puff of steam rises from my bowl. A chill runs down my spine. I continue to eat and ignore it. Pumpkin hauls ass out from under the table and darts under the sofa. Dad frowns.

“You should put yourself out there more. Make some friends.”

I point my spoon at him and force my eyes to stay on him. Just him. “Says the man who never puts himself out there.”

“I’m around people all the time.”

“Dead people don’t count.” I lift a brow and take another bite.

“Not just dead people.” He turns the water bottle in his hand. “Did you get into the honors classes you wanted for next semester?”

I think so,” I say. Good grades mean a possible scholarship. I’m going to need one. My next intake of air brings with it a hint of jasmine. I remember smelling it earlier. Dad leans back in his chair.

“There’s an antique car show going on downtown this weekend. I thought we’d go. Hang out. Talk cars with people.”

“Great idea.” I finish my last bite of stew and go rinse out the bowl and put it in the dishwasher. Then I pull out containers to store the leftovers.

Giveaway!

This week I’m giving away a signed copy of The Mortician’s Daughter to one person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog to enter this giveaway.)

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway of a USB with The Mortician’s Daughter on it, is Fiona Sutton. Congratulations! Please email me with your postal address at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

Halloween!

Halloween is coming. It will be here soon. I have my ceramic pumpkin that I put a candle in and set out on the thirty-first, but I unfortunately, we don’t’ get a lot of trick or treaters. Still, my husband uses that as an excuse to bring home candy.  Right now there are packs of peanut M&Ms calling my name in a kitchen drawer.

 

 

I recently read a few surprising statistics about this beloved holiday, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That equates to nearly 9 million pieces, enough to circle the moon 21 times! (Didn’t think that many people liked it.)
  • Fifty per cent of American homes decorate their yards for Halloween.
  • U.S. growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year. That’s twice the weight of the Empire State Building!
  • A pumpkin grown in 2010 weighed 1,850 pounds—as much s a dairy cow or half the weight of a small car.
  • There are36 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 3 and 13—the prime ages for trick or treating.
  • Reese’s is the number one Halloween candy with $509.86 million in sales. Number 2 is M & Ms.

Well, was there ever any doubt that Reese’s reigned supreme in the world of Halloween candy? That didn’t surprise me.

So, most scholars believe Halloween came out of the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), their biggest holiday. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living. That’s why we see little trick or treaters in ghost costumes.

But for some people ghosts aren’t only around on Halloween. Riley Smith in The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave has more of a year round ghost problem. Guess her ghosts haven’t listened to the scholars, so they keep showing up in her life—and not always when she’s fully dressed! That can lead to some embarrassing moments, especially when the ghost is a hot, young guy named Hayden. But Riley’s job is to help these troubled souls move on, and she knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on, too. But what if she can’t let him go?

Pre-order The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave today at its special pre-order price and save!

You can buy The Mortician’s Daughter at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away another USB with The Mortician’s Daughter on it. It’s an 8GB USB, so there is room for more information on it. So, I’ll give one USB away to one person who answers this question: What is the best Halloween costume you ever wore?

(Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my website blog.)

Winners!

Last week’s winner of a USB with The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave on it is Meghann Sherman. The winner of This Heart of Mine is Mikayla Maynard. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address. Congratulations!

The One and Only Time I Made Money Taking Off My Clothes

(Warning This Title May be Misleading.)

The one and only time I made money taking off my clothes was in a fifth-grade school bathroom.   A certain girl, a bully, kept accusing me of stuffing my bra.  Yeah, by eleven, I was a B cup.  After weeks of torment from this girl, one day she pulled out a five-dollar bill and announced with snark and sass—in front of about fifteen girls—that she would give me that money if I would go in the bathroom and prove I didn’t have tissue in my bra.

People were watching, and for the first time, I wasn’t just embarrassed, I was furious.  So I dropped my books on my desk, and said “Come on!”

The two of us went into a stall.  I yanked my top up, lifted up my bra, then I grabbed the $5 bill and left that bathroom holding that bill out like a trophy for everyone to see.

That was one of the two times that I felt I’d bested a bully.  The other was in seventh grade and actually resulted in a fight.  I was the quiet girl, being dyslexic, I felt as if I wasn’t as smart or as cute as my peers. I know I wore my insecurity on my sleeves.  Which made me a target.  And this particular girl had tormented me for over two years.  I didn’t make money that time—I kept my clothes on—and I can’t even tell you if I won that fight.  Oh, but I remember being summoned to the principal’s office.

Of course this girl said I’d started it and made me out to be the bully.  When he informed me that because he didn’t know who was telling the truth, both this girl and I were suspended, I was so outraged that I found some courage.  I pointed out that I was certain this girl had been in his office numerous times for this very offense, because duh, she was a school bully.

With fire in my belly and leaking out in my voice, I asked him to find my records and tell me all the times I’d been in his office.  “What’s wrong?” I asked him, when he didn’t turn to the file cabinet.  “Maybe it’s because I’ve never been in your office?  And you still don’t know who you can trust?”

He listened to me.  Then he rescinded my punishment, but not for the school bully.

I like to remember those two times when I somehow found my voice and the courage to stand up for myself.  Recently I had a conversation with someone about my writing young adult novels. I told her one reason I felt I could write relatable teen characters was because I hated being a teen.  She laughed and told me that she, too, hated high school.

Today, I’ve tapped into my self-confidence.  I’m no longer quiet, and I’m comfortable with who I am.  I think writing did that for me.  But when I look back at my younger years, I get angry at my younger self for all the times I didn’t defend myself. Sadly, this isn’t just something that happened back then.  It’s something that’s happening today. So many teens lack self-esteem and confidence.

I also know that the bullies are probably dealing with the same kind of low self-esteem.  They bully to feel better about themselves.  Not that it’s okay.

I often ponder why so many teen girls deal with this.  Is it society’s view that all females should be pretty and beautiful? That we know the perfect standard and know we don’t measure up? Can bad body images cause this?  Or is it more?  Was my own self-doubt caused from being dyslexic and feeling less intelligent than my peers? Was it because I matured early and that caused bullies to attack me? Or is it all of the above?  Whatever it is, I wish I could fix it for all the girls today.

While it isn’t a cure, I hope by writing characters with their own insecurities, by showing my fictional heroines finding the strength to stand up for themselves, I’m offering girls a chance to tap into their own self-confidence.

Both Riley Smith in The Mortician’s Daughter and Leah McKenzie in This Heart of Mine are confronted by bullies.  Both find a kernel of courage to confront those bullies, to hold their chins high, and to use their voices to defend themselves against people who treat them as if they don’t matter.

As a teen, did you suffer from self-esteem?  Or, are you a teen now and suffer from it?  Have you ever had to stand up to a bully?  Do you have any advice for others who face these issues?

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Theresa. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address. (You have until Oct. 17th to claim your prize.)

Giveaway!

This week, I’m giving away an ARC of This Heart of Mine and a USB with The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave on it to two people who leave a comment.

(Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my website blog.)

World Premiere!

I just got the book trailer to The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave and I couldn’t wait until my regular Tuesday blog to share it with you!!! Just click or tap on the video to get it to play.

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again,seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?

Three Thing You’ll Learn From The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave

  1. It’s not just the parents who worry about their teens.  The teens also worry about their parents.
  2. Not all ghosts are scary.  Some of them are sweet, caring, and would be the best boyfriend, if only they were alive.
  3. Being the new kid in school is hard.  But when you’re in the twelfth grade and your father in the town’s mortician it can be terrifying.

Giveaway!

Have you ever been the new kid school?  Or have you ever been in a situation that were the newcomer and found it hard to make friends?  I’ll give away a USB card with The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave on it to one person who leaves a comment.

(Unfortunately, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. And if you are reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my blog page to comment in order to enter this giveaway.)

The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Winners!

Last week, I gave you two chances to win a giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered. Sonja, you have won a copy of Haven by Mary Lindsey and Courtney H., you’ve won a copy of This Heart of Mine. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address. Congratulations!

Best Friends Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what I’d do without my friends. I have been truly blessed. They have been there for me through all kinds of weird s**t. Bad day.  Bad month.  Bad flu.  Bad boyfriends.  Bad husband.  (Yup, I had one of those before I met my hubby today.)

So, I guess it’s no surprise that friendship is always a strong theme in my books. What would Kylie, Della and Miranda do if they didn’t have each other? How many times did they save each other’s butts? And who can forget their Diet Cokes around the table as they talked out their problems and helped each other with solutions? In The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, Riley finds a best friend, too. Kelsey is a bit prickly at first.  Oh, but soon she standing up for Riley.  Which leads Riley to stand up for her. It’s a shame that a fight erupts and Riley ends up with pretty black, blue and purple eye.  Then there’s her other friend, Hayden.  The only problem is that he’s dead. But she finds herself relying on him more and more as time goes by, even though she knows she’ll have to let him go.

On February 27th, This Heart of Mine comes out, and like the rest of my books, friendship plays a pivotal role. Leah MacKenzie’s best friend is Brandy. And Brandy is the friend who has stuck by her through her through thick and thin and even her heart problems. She’s the one friend that makes Leah feel like a normal teen. They share their problems and their dreams, even though Leah doesn’t expect to realize any of her dreams.

Last week, I gave you sneak peek of Riley and Kelsey’s world. So, are you ready to meet Leah and Brandy? Ready to be drawn into Leah’s world? I have great news for you! Follow the link HERE, download the PDF and you can read the first chapter of This Heart of Mine.

 

 

Giveaway 1!

Speaking of friends, one of my friends, Mary Lindsey has a book coming out called Haven on November 1st, right after The Mortician’s Daughter.  I’ve read it guys, and all I can say is WOW.  It’s up for pre-order at Amazon and I recommend you go snag a copy.  You won’t be disappointed! Because I love this book so much, I’m giving away a hard cover copy to someone who leaves a comment.

Giveaway 2!

I’m giving away one copy of This Heart of Mine to someone who leaves a comment and tells me about one of their friends.

Winners!                                        

The winners of last week’s giveaway are Isabela Salcedo & Ally. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address so I can send you The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave on a USB stick.

Here’s to reading.  Here’s to best friends.