What’s Next?

Unspoken_revised (1)I’m often asked to do interviews, and my readers want to know the answers to a lot of the same questions. So, I’m republishing an interview I did for a member of my Street Team, Maria Anderson. It originally appeared on her Instagram and tumblr accounts. And many of you email me asking for writing advice, so I think my answer to the last question my be particularly helpful.

1. After Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark will you be writing any other teen novels?

Yup. I’ve already sold another series.  I’m really excited about it, too.  It’s tentatively titled Glimmers.  It’s a story about descendants of grim reapers.  It will be spooky, and sassy just like my Shadow Falls books.

2. Did any of the Shadow Falls characters have different names before the ones they have now?

Funny you would ask that.  Miranda was Isabella.  And it was as if when writing her dialogue, she turned and told me, “I hate that name.  You have to change it!”  So I listened to her and gave her Miranda.  And Lucas’ was named Hunter. But then I had one of those duh moments and realized that his first name would be the same as my pen name.  So Hunter became Lucas.  I think I like Lucas best, too.

3. Do you have any advice for future writers?

I have three pieces of advice for new writers.  First, remain positive and focused on your goal.  What works for me is to do something each and every day to achieve that goal.  It can be a little thing, such as researching something you need to know before you write a scene, or it can be something bigger, such as writing X number of pages.  One thing I really believe in is that keeping a positive outlook is vital to building a career as a writer.  Surround yourself with people who share your positive outlook, and try to limit your contact with those who spread negativity.

My second piece of advice goes along with my first, and that is to work hard to become a better writer every day.  Take a writing class or workshop or read a how-to book.  Expand your horizons and read widely.  Become a sponge and soak up as much about the writing process as you can.

Last, and perhaps most important of all, accept that rejection will happen, no matter if it’s your first book or your 20th, and it’s never personal.  I worked hard to get published and believe me, I had my share of rejections before I published my first novel with Silhouette Romance in 1993.  And I’ll admit—I thought all my worries were over once I signed that first contract.  I thought I’d made it and the days of getting rejections were over but I was wrong.  The rejections kept coming.  When I wasn’t having any success selling a second novel, I decided to focus on my freelance non-fiction.  I did well with that.  I’ve had over 3,000 national credits and my non-fiction writing assignments have taken me all over the world, but along with that success came a lot more rejections.  And when I switched back to writing my adult romance novels, I racked up more rejections and even after I broke back into the market (I sold four novels in a single day), I still got my share of rejections.  But I never, ever let those rejections stop me from pursuing my dream.  And neither should anyone else.

So tell me, how many of you are thinking of becoming writers and what sort of books do you want to write?

 

 

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My Tell All

The following interview originally appeared on I’mareader.com, but I thought I answered some interesting questions. So. I wanted to share it with you.

1. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

My Kindle, so I could continue to read.  My toothbrush because yuck if I don’t have it.  And my family and friends, because I need them to be happy.

2. If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Perseverance. I think it’s one of the best tools any person can have to accomplish amazing goals and to reach dreams that seem almost impossible

3.  One food you would never eat?

I know a lot of people love this, but not me, Sushi. I think since the cavemen worked so hard to discovered fire, we should not insult them by eating meat raw.  LOL.

4. Pet Peeves?

Bullies, people who think that only their opinion matters, lemon seeds in my drinks and shoes that hurt my feet.

5. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Years ago, I was attending a luncheon with Debbie Macomber.  She handed out little green note cards and told us to write down three goals.  I’ve always been a big believer in having goals, so I did it.  I wrote I wanted to write and sell a how-to writing book.  I wanted to receive a three book contract and I wanted to hit one of the big lists:  the New York Times or the USA Today.  I have since accomplished all those goals and I have to tell you, each and every one them brought me such a feeling of accomplishment.   There is something about having goals and meeting them that brings a powerful feeling of having some control in your life.  Like Debbie Macomber, I recommend everyone write down their goals and start working toward them.

6.  Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. There is actually a video that perfecting describes my Shadow Falls series as well as Kylie, my main character.  I actually posted it on my blog.  Check it out.

7.  What is your favorite quote?

Well, since I just went over to my blog to listen to Natasha Bedingfield’s song, I will use a couple of quotes from her song.  “Live with your arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.”

8.  Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Each of the characters in Shadow Falls has a little bit of me inside them, which makes them so relatable to me.  Della is my rebellious side and don’t we all have one of those sides?  However, Miranda is dyslexic, which means she gets her spells wrong sometimes.  And I relate to her because I’m dyslexic, too.  But of all the characters, I think I relate to Kylie the most.  I based a lot of her back story on things that happened to me when I was a teenager.  I had a family member die when I was around her age, and my parents got a divorce, too.  That was so hard for me.  Plus, I had girl friends making some bad decisions where boys were concerned, just like Kylie’s friend Sara did.  I used all of the emotions I felt, all of the insecurities and uncertainties I experienced as a teenager when I molded Kylie’s character, and I think it helped bring her to life.  I guess you could say I plagiarized my life to create Kylie.  However, Kylie is a lot cooler than I ever was.

9. What do you do in your free time?

Am I really supposed to have some of that?  Seriously, I do spend most of my time writing.  I try to walk each day.  Spend some time with family and sit in the hot tub, where I do a lot of plotting.

10.  Horror or Romance?

Romance!!!  But with a touch of danger to keep me on my toes.

11. Sweet or Salty?

Salty.

12.  Summer or Winter?

Neither.  Spring and Fall is what I’d choose.

13.  Cat or Dog?

Both.

14.  Truth or Dare?

Both.  Or how about…Dare to tell the truth?

Okay, those were my answers. So tell me. If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things would you take with you?

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Miranda’s Favorite Spells

beautiful teen girl portraitMiranda has had a lot to overcome, but she’s really come a long way since Kylie first met her. She’s gotten better and better at her spells. Oh sure, no one will ever let her forget when she turned Socks into a skunk. The poor cat still hides when he sees her. But she’s been working extra hard to learn new spells. She’s especially been practicing her protection spells. Being friends with Kylie and Della, she has a feeling they’re going to come in handy. And her latest spell she loves to cast is turning just about anything into chocolate. She’s even perfecting a spell to lite the fireplace and every candle in the cabin all at once. She wants to surprise Perry with it very soon, but she’s had some trouble with it. (Like setting her bedroom curtains on fire.) But she thinks she’s got it down now and is planning a very romantic evening with Perry, he just may want to wear something flame retardant.

(The above post originally appeared on The Reading Cave (http://tinyurl.com/lvcoxfv), 4/27/14.)

Last week, I posted three photos of possible Miranda’s, and I asked you to vote on your favorite. The image above is the one that received the most votes, and I think I agree. I can easily imagine her sitting around the kitchen table in her Shadow Falls cabin with Kylie and Della, drinking Diet Coke. I can also see this girl as Miranda in her novella when she competes in a magic contest–with disastrous results. But you’ll just have to wait and find out what happens once her novella is out. I’ll post the release date as soon as my publisher lets me know, so keep checking my blog.

And don’t forget, every three months I’ll be giving away goodies to my Street Team and Fan Club members who are out there on social media spreading the word about Shadow Falls and Della. So, get out there and let me know wherever you post about me or my books by sending me an email at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

Winners!

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite Miranda. The winners of my giveaway are Samantha Wallace and Maria Chanon.  Congratulations, you have each won signed, hardback copies of Reborn and Eternal. Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving.  Boy Howdy!  What a couple of months I’ve had.   A whole boat load of things for which to be thankful–four book releases—two by C.C. Hunter, and two by Christie Craig—one kidney transplant, a wedding anniversary, and a birthday.  (Not my kidney transplant, my hubby’s, but and since I’m his spouse, I’m gonna claim it.) And the one I’m proudest of?  Sorry fans, that kidney comes first.

I didn’t talk about my husband’s health issues a lot.  Hubby, who loves to keep everyone laughing, didn’t want his hard times out there.  But after almost five years of dialysis, it had taken its toll.  To anyone who has dealt with a chronic illness of a spouse or a loved one, you know the heart break, the fears, and the emotional roller coaster.  You alternate between having faith, and preparing yourself for the inevitable.

I offered him my kidney, but as a pre-diabetic, I wasn’t a candidate.  My daughter offered him hers.  He wouldn’t take it.  He said she was too young and she might become diabetic because it ran in my family.  My son couldn’t donate because he has PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) like his dad.  His sister couldn’t donate because she has high blood pressure.

The kidney he got was a gift from a donor who had lost his life.  I grieve for the family and loved ones who lost this generous person.  Later on, I will get the chance to write them a letter of thanks, and you can bet I will put my heart and soul into that letter.  I want them to know what this gift has given our family.  And to anyone out there who is debating whether or not to sign up to be a donor, I want to encourage you to do it.  When I no longer need this body, I hope it can offer someone a chance at life.

A lot of people have asked me how I managed to write my humorous tales while we dealt with difficult times.  I have told them that writing isn’t just what I do for a living, writing is my passion, and my salvation.  To put aside my own worries and write a love story that makes me laugh got me through some hard times.  It just goes along with the family motto: if you can laugh at it, you can live with it.  Believe it or not, while we have had some tough times, my family has lived and laughed our way through this last five years.  And we laughed our way through this kidney transplant, too.

So this year, I’m very thankful for a lot of things.  Kidneys, releases, life.   I’m also very thankful for my fans.  You guys make it possible for me to do this.

And here’s a contest for my loyal fans.

I’m giving away two sets of signed hardback copies of Reborn & Eternal.  So leave a comment and tell me what you are thankful for to be entered to win.

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Miranda News!!!

Miranda’s back! Well, she never really left, but this time she has a novella of her own. I mean, I’ve written Kylie’s series, I’ve written Della’s series (well, I’m almost done with Unspoken), and Miranda was getting upset with me for not writing anything about her. She was even starting to threaten me with her little pinky. Not wanting to end up a skunk, I thought perhaps it was time. And really, Miranda has a pretty interesting story to tell. So I’ve written her novella. I don’t have a release date and I only have a working title, but I’ll let you know all that very soon right here on my blog, so be sure to check back regularly.

Miranda is in for an adventure when she goes to a magic tournament and ends up saving the day and almost cooking her bacon when a giant fireball goes awry. Don’t worry, her friends Kylie and Della are there to support her. And so is the cute FRU agent, Shawn.  Yup, he’s back, and now thanks to Della, she knows he’s sweet on her.  What about Perry?  Well, let’s just say Miranda’s developed a gaming addiction, especially when the game involves killing shapeshifters. Oh and to make matters worse, Tabitha, Miranda’s old arch enemy, is back and looking for trouble. Will Miranda give her what she wants? Is Perry going to be able to win her back? Will Miranda and her mother ever get along? You’ll have to wait and read Miranda’s novella.

Since I don’t have a cover for Miranda’s novella, I found myself searching my clip art photos looking for her. Believe me, it was hard to find my idea of Miranda. Oh, and I have to tell you that in my novella, Miranda changes her hair back to her natural strawberry blonde color. But anyway, I came up with a few possibilities, and I thought it would be fun for you to vote on who you think is closer to your idea of Miranda? Who would you choose?

portrait of a beautiful young girl with long blond wavy hair

Miranda A.

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Miranda B

Girl with long blond hair outdoors

Miranda C.

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Two Blue Lines

My friend and talented author, S.C. Montgomery, has a new YA novel out called Two Blue Lines, and I’m really excited about it. Two Blue Lines is a realistic story of first love and all that goes with it, and can go wrong with it. I stayed up way too late finishing this book.

Two+Blue+LinesHis fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice. What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you? Lied to everyone? Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one. And now, he must decide for himself . . . Man up or walk away? SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable. ***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.

S.C. agreed to answer a few questions for us.

1. In a couple of sentences tell us what your book is really about?

Two Blue Lines is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers, Reed and Melissa, who are dealing with the unthinkable…an unplanned pregnancy. It is their love story, but it’s also about family, secrets, and the pain of growing up.

2. What is your favorite scene in the book?

I have so many that I love for different reasons, especially the ones where you get glimpses into their relationship and see why and how they love each other.  But, I guess if I had to choose one, I’d pick the opening.  It sets the stage for the emotional story to come and it came to me in such a vivid way when I was trying to imagine Reed’s story after Lines in the Sand, the series prequel, which takes place during the summer he turns 13. Both important summers that force him to grow up, and fast.

3. What scene was the hardest to write and why?

I think the scenes with Reed’s father. In Lines in the Sand, his relationship with his mom is the centerpiece. But, as he’s grown into a young man, his relationship with his dad is so very important to him. Due to some family secrets and Reed’s mistake, it all becomes strained and painful. That emotion wasn’t always pleasant to delve into, but it was necessary and I think, in the end, made the story more relevant.

4. What are you working on next?

This is the first in a three novel series.  Two Blue Lines is Book I, and next I’m working on Book II, Blurred Lines. This is Reed’s best friend, Jonah’s story. And if I thought Reed and Melissa’s story was emotional, Jonah and Autumn’s is proving to be even more so. And, after that, I’ll get started on the third and final installment, Between the Lines, which will be Melissa’s brother Chris’s story…and believe me, he has some secrets of his own.

5. How did you get started writing YA?

Well, I’ve been writing adult contemporary romance for several years now under my other pen name, Shauna Allen. In one of those books, the heroine had a teenage son, which I loosely based on my own son. I found I really enjoyed giving him a voice and seeing his perspective on things. Plus, my family and friends all told me how much they enjoyed him and that I could do YA. I didn’t think much of it until my mom became very ill and I got the idea to write a short story just for her, no pressure. I created a story I knew she’d love about a couple of boys on an emotional journey that had a hint of a mini-mystery to it and gave it to her for Christmas. Long story, short, she loved it (and C.C. loved it, too, LOL!) and gave me her blessing to share it with the world. So, Lines in the Sand was born. And, once that YA bug bit and I fell in love with those characters, I knew I had to carry it on as a series and see where it goes. And, I have to tell you, I’m loving the ride!

Thanks, S.C., for joining us today.

scmonty2S.C. Montgomery is a self-proclaimed nerd and readaholic. She has dabbled in telling stories since she was very young by letting her imagination play out with her Barbie dolls and her bestie many a weekend. She also writes contemporary adult romance under the pen name Shauna Allen, and it was in one of those novels that the YA bug bit when she wrote a teenager loosely based on her own son. Her first story, Lines in the Sand, was penned as a gift to her mother, but was published with her blessing, and has just taken off from there.

S.C. is married with three teenagers of her own, who give her plenty of inspiration and advice, and are a constant source of laughter and new terminology.  Besides writing, she loves reading, movies, signing and dancing, reality shows and going to the beach.

You can buy Two Blue Lines at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Kobo.

You can find out more about S.C. on her website: http://www.scmontgomery.com/.

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Cover Reveal!!

Wow! It’s been a busy week. Eternal was released last Tuesday, and since then, I have been on a blog tour, taught a writing class and had a wicked Halloween! I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have bought Eternal, it had a great debut week.  And speaking of my blog tour, it continues, so keep checking my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books & Shadow Falls Series) for my latest stops and giveaways.

But I have something special for you today. I’m happy to reveal the next cover in Della’s series for her final book, Unspoken.  And yes, it is the same girl on each of Della’s book covers. I’ve posted all three of her covers here so you can see. Which one do you like the best? I’m torn.  But I will say that I love the motion of Della’s hair in Unspoken.  To me, that tells a little of Della’s character, she’s always on the move.  And when I look into her eyes, I see it. I see the turmoil she’s feeling.  What do you see in these images? 

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Eternal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners!!!

As you know I’m giving away THREE Kindles, one to a Street Team member and one to a Fan Club member who are out there promoting my books on social media. The third Kindle goes to someone who left a comment on last week’s blog stating they bought Eternal and told me their bullying story. I want to thank my Street Team and Fan Club members for doing a great job spreading the word about Eternal’s release. But there were a few of you that really went above and beyond. My Street Team member that won the Kindle is Katina Hall. Katrina, you’re a star! I had several Fan Club members that went all out on social media, but Crystal Chapman won the Kindle. And from those that posted on my blog, Gabrielle Saunders, you have won a Kindle! So, Katrina, Crystal and Gabrielle, please confirm your mailing address by sending an email to cc@cchunterbooks.com. You guys rock!

I’m also giving away a few more things to my Street Team and Fan Club members. I’m giving away a $15 gift card (Amazon or Barnes & Noble, your choice) to Sarah Smith and another one to Jonathan Goldhirsch. I’m also giving away hardcover, signed copies of Reborn and Eternal to Angela Sickles and also to Lucy Bashford. And as a special thank you, I’m sending Nicholas Redden my copies of Shadow Falls books in German. Please confirm your mailing addess at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

But that’s not all! I also said I would give away a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt and hard copies of Reborn and Eternal.  So, the winner of a Shadow Falls t-shirt is Taryn Courville, the winner of the hardcover, signed copy of Reborn is Zara Wild and the winner of the hardcover, signed copy of Eternal is Vickie Wu. Okay, please email your mailing address (I have yours Taryn) to cc@chhunterbooks.com. Congratulations, everyone!

Don’t forget the giveaways don’t stop here. Every three months, I’ll be giving away goodies to my Street Team and Fan Club members who are out there on social media spreading the word about Shadow Falls and Della.

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Where’s Your Della ‘tude?

Eternal

Today’s the day!  Della is running loose and wild and I hope, jumping off the bookshelves. If you haven’t snagged your copy yet, you can buy Eternal at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Kobo, and iBooks. To celebrate I’m doing lots of giveaways so pay attention.

Della, she’s spunky.  She’s sassy.  She’s not the kind of girlfriend you ask if those jeans make your butt look big because she will tell you the truth.  There’s no sugar coating the truth from Della.  That said, I still know I’d love to call Della my friend.  I’ll even go one step further and say I think we all could learn a thing or two from this kick-butt vampire.  Not that I don’t have a little Della in me already.

You see, when you create a character, you pull her personality from your own.  No, I’m not nearly as spunky as this girl, and I know when I was young, I could have benefited from a little more Della persona, but there was a time or two that the Della inside me came out.

I particularly remember a time when I was in ninth grade.  And in reality, I was much more like Kylie than Della at that age.  I was quiet, I didn’t fit in.  All I wanted was to fade into the wallpaper.  Ahh, but there were the bullies.  And they liked to pick on the quiet ones.  I’d never done anything to this one girl, hadn’t even spoken to her, but she’d spoken to me plenty.  She was a known trouble maker. In and out of trouble all the time.

Walking home from school, she’d call me names and taunt me.  It was as if she wanted to make me mad.  I ignored her and I think that just made her madder.  She was getting more and more confrontational.  I even started hanging out at school a while after classes, hoping I wouldn’t have to face her. One Friday, after a pep rally, I’d bought a coke and started my walk home.  I wasn’t even off school property when this girl and her friends caught up with me.

Unhappy that I was ignoring them, the girl came and stood in front of me. Then, she hit the bottom of my drink.  The coke splashed up in my face.  I don’t know what hit me, but I’d suddenly taken all I could.  The essence of my Dellaness came out to play, and I tossed the rest of that drink in her face.

The next thing I knew, she’d knocked me down and we were in a serious scuffle.  Some teachers ran over and broke it up.  And you know come Monday morning, I was called in the principal’s office.  I’d never been called into his office before.  I’d never even been in trouble.  Like I said, people didn’t know I existed.

The principal sat behind his big desk and asked both of us what happened.  I told him everything.  Ahh, but then the girl told her story.  And it was whopper of a story,too.  She said how I’d jumped her and had been throwing rocks at her on the way home.

The principle looked at us, and said since we both had different stories, he didn’t know who to believe.  So, he said he was going to susspend both of us from school for three days.  Once again something came over me.  If I’d had fangs and eyes that changed color, I’m sure I would have scared the bejibbies out of that man, because I suddenly found myself sitting up straighter, unwilling to just shut up and take a punishment for something I hadn’t done.  She’d been bullying me for over a month and I’d had enough.

“Excuse me, sir,” I said to the principal.  “Can I please speak?”

He nodded.  I swallowed the bit of fear down my throat.  “Sir, can you tell me how many times I’ve been in your office in the past three years?”

He looked at me strangely.  “I don’t think you have.”

“That’s right.  Never.  Not only do I not get in trouble, I work really hard at avoiding it.”  I looked at the girl sitting next to me, the bully, the one who’d make my last month of school holy hell.  Then, I looked back at the principal.  “Now, sir, can you tell me how many times she’s been in your office?”

He just looked at me, but didn’t speak

“My point, sir, is this.  I sit here in your office, with no record of ever causing any problems.  I tell you my story.  And in here with me is a girl who is known for causing trouble. A girl who has been accused of this very thing, expelled from school numerous times for doing this, and you tell me my word is no more believable than hers.  Why are my years of good behavior not being considered?   When is it that a person’s character doesn’t add credit to her word?

The principal sat there almost speechless.  He finally leaned back in his chair and shook his head.  “Young Lady,” he said.  “You make a very good point.  I hope you are considering becoming a lawyer.  You may leave the office now.”

I wasn’t suspended.  She was.  Oddly enough, she never picked on me again.  And I can tell you that I honestly believe it wasn’t me standing up to her when she knocked my coke in my hands that stopped her from bullying me again.  It was me using my words to put her in her place that made her realize I wasn’t somebody she could run over.

Perhaps from that ounce of spunk, Della was born.  Now, it’s your turn.  Tell me, do you have a little Della inside you?  Do you need a little Della ‘tude in your life?

15503647925_005b0440e5_kAnd here’s a photo of me when I was in school. My maiden name was Christie Hunt. I can’t believe how young I looked. And that long hair! How did I put up with that in the Alabama heat? I wonder what some of those other kids are doing these days.

 

 

 

This week, one lucky person who posts on my blog telling me they bought a copy of Eternal and telling me how and why they can relate to Della, will win a Kindle. I’ll also be giving away a Shadow Falls T-shirt and hard copies of the both Eternal and Reborn.

A note to Fan Club and Street Team members:  This week I’ll be checking to see who all is out on Social Media helping promoting my books.  One Fan Club member and one Street Team member will also win a Kindle.  And if you leave a review of Eternal, please send me a link at cc@cchunterbooks.com and title it “Book Review.”  The winners will be readers who are helping me get the word out about Eternal’s release.  And remember, I’m not asking for undue praise. I want an honest review.

And to all the fans of Shadow Falls: After Dark, Della and I both thank you.  On a parting thought, I’m kind of glad I didn’t take that principal’s advice and become a lawyer.  I love writing too much.

Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter

ShadowFalls_NEXT_CHAPTER (1)Don’t forget I have another Shadow Falls book out today. It’s Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter and it contains both Taken at Dusk and Whispers at Moonrise for one low price. Combined it with Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, and you have a great holiday gift. What a wonderful way to introduce a friend to the world of Shadow Falls.

Blog Tour

Starting this week, I’ll be traveling all over. Well, virtually anyway. I’ll be on a huge blog tour and I’ll be answering some of your burning questions in interviews. There will also be a lot of giveaways! So check my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books and Shadow Falls Series) for days and links.

Winner!!

The winner of the hard copy of Reborn is Taryn Courville. Congratulations, Taryn! Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

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It’s Good to be Back Home

AL2Well, this last couple of weeks I’ve been jetting off everywhere.  And one place I landed, I’ve never landed before.  I can no longer say I’ve never been to jail.  And now that I got your attention and maybe even made you smile, let me tell you the real story.

You see, I went to speak to group of women in the SAP program, Substance Abuse Program, in the Etowah County Detention Center.  Do you know that noise you hear of the door clanking shut that you hear on some prison shows? It’s just like that.  And it echoes in that place, reminding you that you are locked up.  I got chills each and every time it sounded.

These women are in for six months to a year and are completely cut off from all family and friends.  No phone calls.  No visits.  They are there to work on getting their lives back on track, and hopefully, finding a new path for their lives. The Gadsden Library works with these women, offering them books and talking to them about literature. And for the women with young children, they have even done video tapes of some of them reading bedtime stories, and then the tapes are sent to their children.

AL7Being there, talking about writing, about facing hurdles, and laughing–yes, we did a lot of laughing–it was a reminder of how easy it is for someone to go down a wrong path.

While I was in Gadsden, I also had a Bleed and Read event.  Wow, that was fun.  Got to visit with some serious fans.  I went to three schools—even my old high school.  What a delight.

I wasn’t home but for a few days and then I packed and left again.  This time I landed in New Hampshire to speak at Another Anime Convention.  Wow, talk about colorful.  And I mean the people and the leaves.  The leaves were gorgeous, and boy oh boy did I meet some really neat and entertaining characters.  I was just crazy enough to fit in. Here are just a few of the crazy costumes there.

 

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And there were some really wonderful chalk artists who created these cool drawings. I’m sitting on the first one, so I look like I’m riding on his shoulder. I loved that!

 

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Anyway, I’m home for now and back to writing.  Don’t forget I have two releases coming out on October 28th.  I hope you’ve pre-ordered Eternal, the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. And Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter will be out on the same day.

So, have you ever felt you were going down the wrong path? Did you almost make a wrong decision? Or maybe you did, and now you regret it? I want you tell me about it, and I’ll give away a hard copy of Reborn to one of you who leave a comment. (Sorry, this giveaway is for US residents only.)

WINNERS!!

Lots of great comments last week, and I got a lot of emails with links to Unbreakable reviews. Here are the winners: Crystal Chapman ($25 gift card for Amazon or B &N), Gabrielle Saunders (signed copies Reborn and Eternal), Essie Binder (Shadow Falls t-shirt), Carly Burkard (Shadow Falls poster) and Maria Villatoro (Shadow Falls poster). Congratulations! Now you need to send me an email at cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

 Kindle Giveaway!

Don’t forget I’m giving away three Kindles the week of Eternal’s release. One to one of my Street Team members, one to a member of my Fan Club and a third one to someone who comments on my blogs. But these aren’t random giveaways this time. No, I’ll be checking social media to see who is posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. to see who is working the hardest to spread the word about the release of Eternal.

 

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Chase or Steve?

EternalOkay…October 28th is right around the corner.  Soon everyone will be reading about Della, the new ghost, the new mission.  Man oh man, does the new mission run Della ragged.  Ahh, but you know Della, she doesn’t like to fail, but this time the stakes are higher.  If she fails, two people will die.

Then there are the two guys. Chase the mysterious vampire, and Steve, the sweet dependable shape-shifter who has had a thing for Della since the first time he laid eyes on her.

And let me tell you, I’m just as confused as you are about who she will end up with.  Since you haven’t read Eternal yet, you may not know as much as I know, but . . . I’m still torn.

I’m not giving anything away, but when I wrote Unbreakable, the e-novella from Chase’s point of view, I saw a softer side of Chase.  When I wrote Eternal, Della saw the softer side of Chase, too.  But as Della learns, there are still things about Chase that she doesn’t know.

Because I’m about to dive in to the third novel, I’m feeling Della’s pain of having to choose one guy.

So I made a list of reasons Della should end up with Steve and reasons Della should end up with Chase.

Della should choose Steve because:

* he’s hot.  And looks good in his jeans!

* he’s been so patient waiting for her to get over Lee.

* he chose to give her the transfusion that bonded her to Chase believing it could save her    life, but knowing he could lose her forever.

* he saved her life on the mission and even gave her some of his blood.

* she could let herself love him so easily.

Della should choose Chase because:

* he’s hot. Mysterious and sexy.

* they are both vampire and reborns and can understand each other.

* he risked his life and was willing endure extreme pain to save her life.

* she is bonded to him, drawn to him, attracted to him.

* she could let herself love him so easily.

Okay…so why don’t you guys help me.  Now listen here, Street Team and anyone who has gotten an early copy of the Eternal, you cannot give away any spoilers.  Keep it vague.

Thank you every one who picked up a copy of Unbreakable.

Oh, I also want to do a shout out to the students and librarians of Emma Sansom, Gadsden High and Glencoe.  To all the fans who came to my Read & Bleed event.  You guy rock!!!

Contest!  Contest!  (U.S. Only)

This week, I’m giving away five awesome prizes, a $25 dollar card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice), a Shadow Falls T-shirt, a signed hard copy of both Reborn and Eternal, and two signed Shadow Falls: After Dark posters.  How do you enter? This one is different, so read carefully.  You have to have read Unbreakable and left an honest review (the number of stars do not matter) on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  You email me a link to the review with Review Contest in the subject line to cc@cchunterbooks.com, and you will be entered.  Winners will be announced next week.

Reborn News

St. Martins decided to extend the sale of Reborn. The first book in Shadow Falls: After Dark is still on sale for only 2.99.  If you haven’t read it.  Go grab a copy now!

Winner!!!

The winner from last week’s giveaway is Casey W. Congratulations, Casey! Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com and I will send you your signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall.

 

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