Join My Street Team

EternalHow many of you have pre-ordered Unbreakable?   It will release September 30, just 14 days to go.   How many of you have pre-ordered Eternal?  Are you getting excited?  I know I am.

Now, I have some great news for some of you! As you know, Eternal will be out on October 28th, and I already have some ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) for my Street Team members. I know some of you aren’t Street Team members, but that’s where the good news comes in. You see, I just found out that I have room for a few more on my team.  Now, these openings are for US residents only.  Sorry.  (I’ll try to do a contest for international readers soon!)

So, ask yourself if you are one of my biggest fans? Do you tell all your friends about my book, appearances and workshops? Do you walk up to complete strangers in the YA aisle of bookstores and recommend my books? Do you post comments on my blog almost every Tuesday? Frequently post on my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books & Shadow Falls Series)? Have you emailed me? If you can answer yes to several of those questions, then you are the kind of fan I’m looking to add to my Street Team.

Here’s what being a Street Team Member is all about.

* You get an early copy of Eternal, a T-shirt, and other goodies.

* You read the book ASAP.

* You help me promote the book by doing all the things mentioned above—from telling your friends to posting on social media.

So, tell me in the comment section why you should be on my Street Team. What will you do as a member and what have you already done in the past?  Now, there’s only a few spots available, because I only have a few copies of Eternal, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate each and every one of my fans.  You guys rock!!!

Giveaway!

As I said, I only have a few openings on my Street Team, so you won’t all make it. However, I’m offering three Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirts to three other die hard fans.  (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents only.)

 Want to be a Writer?

Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Then you’ll want to attend my workshop, “Polish Me Pretty: Five Polishing Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level,” on September 23 at the Palacios Library at 326 Main Street, Palacios, TX 77465. I’ll be there at 1:00 PM along with Donna M. Johnson, who will be teaching her workshop called “Your Life as Story: Transforming the Ordinary, the Tragic and the Dull as Dirt into Compelling Memoir.” Best of all, it is FREE and open to the public, although they recommend you call (361) 972- 3234 and pre-register to hold your spot.

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Ghosts, Characters and Writers

Since you all were so curious and asked me so many questions, I thought I’d answer a few more this week.

Mica asked: A while ago, I asked whether you believe in ghosts, and you replied saying you had a ghost encounter yourself. My question is, if you don’t mind me asking, could you share what happened in that encounter?

Well, you see to me, ghosts are scarier than vampires or werewolves. Probably because I believe they exist. Not that several of my supernaturals don’t scare the crap out of me, but on a personal scale, ghosts are the scariest.

My personal ghost story happened when I’d just turned ten, and I woke up one night to find my great-grandmother hovering over me. She always was one to hover over you, but at this point, she’d been dead for a week! And actually, she was more like floating. She was in a long white gossamer gown that flowed around her, so she looked like she didn’t have feet. She said she just wanted to let me know that she was okay. Then she told me that someday I’d have to give up the rags I called clothes (she hated the new fashions), and I’d be wearing a gown like hers.

My parents still insisted I was dreaming, but I don’t believe that. J

Caroline asked: How can you (and so many others) write stories with so many different characters? 

Well, I could write a story with only one character, but I think it would be pretty boring. I love secondary characters. That’s what Holiday, Burnett, Della and most of the Shadow Falls campers are, and I couldn’t imagine my books without them. Often my secondary characters become so real to me that they demand their own story. Like Della.

Kisa asked: How did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I get asked that a lot, and I have to explain to people that I grew up in Alabama, which is the Deep South. So, we pride ourselves in learning to tell a good tale, the bigger, the better. And growing up in my family, I learned from some of the best! But being dyslexic, I never really thought I’d be able to become a writer. Then, when I was in my early 20’s, I was considering going back to school to become a teacher. But I told my hubby I didn’t really want to be a teacher. When he asked me what I wanted to be, I told him a writer. Wonderful man that he is, he said I should go for it. So, I did. It took me a long time to get my first book published, but I never gave up on my dream.

So, I’m going to ask you a question. After all, turnabout is fair play! Do you believe in ghosts? Do you have your own ghost story?

Come Meet Me!

On Tuesday, September 23, I will be participating in the Palacios Library and the Writers’ League of Texas’ Half Day of Writing Instruction and Discussion. The event is free and open to the public and I’ll be discussing “Polish Me Pretty: Five Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level. Donna M Johnson, author of her memoir Holy Ghost Girl will be discussing “Your Life as Story: Transforming the Ordinary, the Tragic and the Dull as Dirt into Compelling Memoir.” Join us from 1-4 PM at the Palacios Library, 326 Main Street, Palacios, TX 77465. Advanced registration is encouraged and can be made through the library at 361.972.3234.

Did you know I’ll be teaching at Montgomery County Book Festival’s Ramos Family Writer’s Workshop on September 27? I’ll be at the South Regional Branch Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380. For more information contact Natasha Benway: 936-442-7727 ext. 6370 or email her at nbenway@countylibrary.org. Hope to see you there!

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My Answers

Last week, I asked all of you to think of questions you’ve always wanted to ask me and post it in the comment section. So, here are my answers to a few of your questions, and Ill try to answer the rest of your questions over the next few weeks.

Destany asked:  Can you write wherever you are, no matter how loud it is around you, or do you get distracted?

I have a study in my new house and I finished putting it all together now long ago. So, I love how it turned out. I do most of my writing sitting at my study desk, surrounded by books and trinkets (and a pet or two!).   I love the peaceful silence that is my own.  However, I write regular working hours and life doesn’t always cooperate, so I’ve had to write in hospitals, hotels, at my mom’s, and recently at the beach house we rented in Galveston. So, I guess I’ll have to say I can write anywhere, but I prefer to write in my study with only the soft wispy sound of my ceiling fan for background music.

Alexandra asked: Is Unbreakable only going to be an e-book or is it going to be an e-book and in paperback?

Okay, I would love to see the novellas in print.  And while I have to say that right now, like my other novella Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable is only being scheduled as an ebook, I still remain hopeful that maybe in the future they will combine all the novellas and put them in one book.  Fingers crossed.

Karina asked: Is it hard to kill off a character? How do you decide if it’s necessary?

It’s always hard to kill off any of my characters, especially the ones I’ve come to know and love. You wouldn’t believe how much I have cried when I’ve had to kill off one of them. And in my Shadow Falls series I’ve killed off one character, which was hard enough to do, then my editor decided I really should kill off a different character. So, I had to go through it all over again.

As for as deciding if it’s necessary, well . . .    I try to write stories with real-life crises.  I’ve lived through and therefore I’ve written about the pain of watching your parents get a divorce, the hurt of not fitting in with your peers, and the devastation of a breakup.  And as hard as it is, I’ve also dealt with the loss of loved one.  I want my stories, even though they are pure fiction, to reflect real life.  I want my characters to experience the wonder of what it is to be alive, because through them, my readers experience it.  And death and overcoming grief is a part of life.  It’s a lesson that most of us will have to face at some time.

Now, if you’ve thought of a few more questions you’d like me to answer, post your question in the comment section, and I’ll try to answer them in the coming weeks.

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Ask CC

UnbreakableOkay, this is your chance! I’ve decided to do an “Ask CC” blog this week. I did one a long time ago, so I thought it was time to do another one. I get emails all the time asking about my Shadow Falls characters. I also get a lot of emails asking for writing advice. So this is your opportunity to ask me your most burning questions about Shadow Falls or writing. But be forewarned–I won’t give out spoilers! I’m not that kind of a girl! LOL

So leave your questions for me in the comment section, and I’ll try to answer them over the next few weeks.

 

 Winner!!!!

Last week’s winner of a signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall is Leslie Salazar.  Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations!

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Unbreakable!

UnbreakableWell, I promised a big announcement and here it is! I’ve written a new novella called Unbreakable, and this one is all about the sexy vampire Chase. Check out the cool cover with Chase and Della. I love the lightening! I enjoy trying to read the story from the cover. And this cover can tell two stories. One of Chase’s present and one of Chase’s future. You see, the girl in the background could be the girl Chase cared about when he was young. Or, because someone told Chase he was going to meet another girl in the future, it could be Della.

 

If you’ve read Reborn, you’ll know that Chase is a guy with a lot of secrets. He’s also the vamp Della keeps finding herself around–even when she doesn’t want to see him. She’d rather be with the sweet shapeshifter Steve–or would she? Sometimes she’s not even sure.

Unbreakable is the story about how Chase lost his family and was turned. In Unbreakable you’ll learn:

1. Della Tsang isn’t Chase Tallman’s first love.

2. Never eat a hot dog in two bites in front of someone you want to impress.

3. When your dog doesn’t like someone, trust your dog.

4. According to a palm reader, Chase will come upon an amazing power, but whether he will use it for good or evil is yet to be seen.

5. Never let someone you don’t know very well get you alone in a haunted house.

6. Chase is told he’s a bad kisser.

7. To a boy, girls are as frustrating to understand as they are intriguing.

8. Never underestimate the power of a pet’s love.

9. Siblings can be a pain in the butt, but never take them for granted.

10. Never turn your back on a challenge. Especially if that challenge involves a life or death decision.

Unbreakable will be available September 30th as an e-book and will be sold wherever e-books are sold.

Giveaway!

Tell me, are you looking forward to reading Unbreakable? Do you like Chase or do you like Steve better? Leave your comment and I’ll giveaway another signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall.  (Sorry, I have to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only.)

Winner!!!! 

Thanks for all the wonderful comments last week.  The winner of the signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall is Maria C.  Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations!

 

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Summer’s Over!

myrtle-beach-2Gosh! Where did the summer go? I was looking at my calendar, trying to figure out all of my upcoming book signings, and I realized August is almost over. You know what that means? School will soon be starting. Here in Texas, we start in August, but I know up north many of you start school in September. But whether you live in the north or the south, you know we are down to the last few weeks of summer. I hope you all enjoy them and have a great time.

I can remember looking forward to going back to school so I would seeNEWS-KIDS-SCHOOL-BOOKS some of my friends I hadn’t seen over the break. Heck, I can even recall looking forward to certain classes or seeing some of my favorite teachers. And there was always the cute teacher, the heart throb teacher that every girl in school had a crush on.

Are you looking forward to going back to school? If so why? Or are you really sad that summer is drawing to a close?

 

I’ve got some exciting news for y’all! I’ve written another novella, and this one will be out in September. Who is it about? Well, be sure to read my blog next Tuesday because I’ll be telling all and revealing the cover.

Leave a comment on this blog and you could win a signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall. So be sure to check back next week for my cover reveal and to see if you are the winner.

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Come Peek in My Office

photo (6)So many people ask me what my office looks like.  So, I thought I’d invite you in.  It’s where I spend a lot of my time, so I wanted to make it comfortable. But I’ll tell you a secret, it’s the little things that sometimes seem to matter the most.  My goofy toys.  Like my Crazy Eight Ball.  And oh yes, I ask it questions daily.  My desk accessories.  The books I’m reading.  The books on my bookshelves.   The inspirational sayings.  I love my space…even when it’s messy.  It’s my mess.

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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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