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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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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