Blessed by the Cover Gods

I recently got a picture of my new baby.  By baby, I mean my new book.  By picture, I mean the cover.  Yes, I got the cover for Taken at Dusk, book three in my Shadow Falls series.  And I really like it.  I also just finished the book so I’m really excited about this third installment of Kylie’s story.

So what’s happening in Taken at Dusk?  Well, it’s very emotional, it’s funny, and it’s passionate.  With both Lucas and Derek back at camp, the romantic tension escalates.  Kylie and her two roommates, Della and Miranda, make a pact about boys.  The paranormal world is bigger than ever as Kylie struggles to change Fate and learns some very hard lessons.  Perry is up to his old tricks and creates storm of chaos that nearly takes down the dining hall.  I know, I know, you guys are still waiting for book two, Awake at Dawn.  But I just wanted to share the cover and just a few tidbits.

Now, back to the cover or shall I say, covers.  I love putting them side by side.   I love the running theme of a small person in a big place.  I love that each cover hints at the story within: a young girl searching for something bigger than herself.  In a lot of ways, that theme defines Kylie’s character.  She feels small as she struggles to find her place in the world, to discover who and what she is.

Many of you have emailed me and asked how many books there will be in the series.  I still can’t tell you exactly, but I can tell you this. The series doesn’t end at book three.

Now, because I’m going to be plotting book four, and introducing a few new characters, I need you guys to help me.  I totally suck at coming up with names.  So I decided to launch a contest to let one of my readers choose the name of a new character.  To win, just make sure you leave a post and tell me the name you want me to use.  And tell a friend.  On July 15th, I’ll be drawing one name out of the hat and I will use it in book four.  So get you name into the contest by leaving a post at my blog.




96 thoughts on “Blessed by the Cover Gods

  1. Hey Christie,

    Don’t worry, I’m announcing the contest on my blog, just wanted to make sure the post was here first. Congratulations and I’m excited to read the next books! Great idea for a contest. Don’t have to enter me (I sorta feel like it would be unfair me being your “book pimp” and all) but I did want to post a comment and cheer you on! Best wishes and this is great 🙂

  2. I’d love to have a character in your book named Kim or Kimberly. That’s my best friend’s name. =)

    I’m so excited for your next book to come out. I love this series.

  3. I absolutely love: “Wind” -for a girl
    “Ian” -for a guy
    you didn’t specify if the new character was going to be a guy or a girl so… yeah =)

      • You’re welcome. BTW I wrote a blog post about the cover =) I don’t have many readers yet, but I linked this post, so if anyone wants they can enter a name, too.
        Oh, and I can’t wait to read the book!

        P.S. I’m going crazy waiting for Awake at Dawn!

  4. I like the name Riley a lot! Whether it’s for a guy or girl!

    Damien is also a cool guy name! Never met one but I plan on using this name in a novel I plan to write some time!

    For a girl Tanya is pretty cool. Really the girls’ name list I have in my head is wayyy too long! This is another name I plan on using as well in a book I’m trying to query for right now, but I don’t mind sharing! 😉

  5. I really LOVE your books, and I think Aureole would be a great name for a girl!! That’s my mums name and its really unique =)

    Also I think Byron is a good name for a boy.

    • Ord for short.
      Also, for a boy I like Loedolff, I know its a very odd name… Its like Rudolf (the red nose reindeer) But with an L =)

      This is a great thing your doing and I just want to say a HUGE thanks

  6. Hey I love the name Lila for a girl or adury for a guy or girl 🙂 I can’t wait for the second book to come out I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

  7. Dear C.C.
    I Love your covers all of them. Congratulation on your books and your successes. Also I am very happy to hear that there will be a forth book. Oh my goodness its awesome. I am so happy for you and I will keep reading these stories that I have come to love. I don’t even mind if you write a fifth book, and I will keep my fingers cross. Keep always doing what you love and follow your heart.
    Love Always Lily

  8. hey there,
    I thought about some names that you could use they are boys names William or Will for short. Also Ethan is a good name and Erik Or Jame. Just thought I would try to help you come up with some thing hopeful this could help you a little bit.
    Love always Lily

  9. I loove the covers they look great! I can’t wait to read books 2 and 3. I really love Born at Midnight and the fact that you have the POV from Lucas and Derek on your website, that was awesome to read.

    As for character names, I like the name Tristan, and Jaedan. I can’t think of any for girls but I will continue to think about it.

  10. I just read the first book today when a friend had mentioned it and I fell in love with it:p. I saw the POVs on your website and I enjoyed having them from kylie’s many suitors;p. The pictures weren’t exactly how I pictured them to be but never the less the POVs were great!
    For a boy the names Andrew or Brandon sound good. Those names have a special place in my heart;p. For a girl, um, Ansley or Lauren seem unique too.
    A Shawdow Falls reader,


    • Elizabeth,

      I love hearing about “word of mouth” selling books. I think that is the best, very best, PR there is for a writer. So if you want to help any author out, tell another reader about their book if you enjoyed it. I probably buy over 75% of my books because of word of mouth.

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean about pictures not matching the image you pulled from the book. You have to remember that picking images for characters is really hard. Sometimes you can’t find the image your really want, so you have to go with one that sort of looks like you want. Thanks so much for stopping in and I like Ansley. It’s different.


  11. I just finished Born at Midnight….it took me only 2 days. I was obsessed and couldn’t put it down. Thank you so much. I’ve haven’t been that excited about a book in a while.
    I love the name Alice as a girl, but i also like James and Hunter….haha as boys.
    🙂 Love you books can’t wait for October!! <3

    • Hi Amanda,

      Thank you so much for posting. The biggest compliment a reader can give an author is that they couldn’t put the book down. You put a big smile on my face!! Can I tell you a secret? I had originally named Lucas, Hunter. But then when they wanted me to pick a pen name and picked it, I didn’t remember that I’d already used the name. So I had to change his Hunter to Lucas.

      Thanks again for the posting!


      • CC,
        No problem. Lucas i think suits him anyways. I’m glad you considered it to be in your book. 🙂

        I’d love to be friends with someone as avid a reader as me. We can talk anytime.

  12. Love the first book can’t wait for the second. My little sisters name is Rachael and im trying to get her to read the first book. also the name Dani, or my mom’s name is Cara i always liked that name.
    I also am in love with the covers of the books there amazing.

    Rachael, Cara, Dani, Katelynn.
    I also like the name Matthew for a guy.

    • Katelynn,

      I like all those. I have a niece named Cara and I’ve been toying with using it. And I like Katelynn, and Dani, too. Thanks so much for dropping in.


  13. James, Jake, Ryan, Hunter, Matthew

    Sky, Marie, Lilly, Shelby, Carly.

    I just kinda always liked these names. I’m bad at coming up with names my self it seems. 🙂

      • Paige,

        I felt sorry for Sky. And when I was writing the book, I wasn’t sure who the bad guy/girl was going to be. But then for some reason it just hit me that her character had always come off a little dark. So I knew it had to be her. Sometimes, I think the hardest part of being a writer is being mean to some characters and writing bad characters. But we need bad characters in a book to help tell a story. So we have to write them and we have to make some bad things happen so our heroes and heroines can overcome and shine.

        Thanks for stopping in and posting!


  14. Hi 🙂

    I just absolutely LOVE your book, and I cannot wait until the next one!!! From the first page, I was hooked, and I have to say that it is one of the bet books I have ever read..It is amazing 😀
    I have a few names which I would love if you maybe used one of them in your book? 🙂
    -Addison (“Addie” for short) for a girl,
    -Dallas for a boy.
    I have two more, which could be either a boy or a girl’s name, and they are Rory and Darcy 🙂
    Once again, amazing books, and I’m looking forward to the others 🙂

    • Chloe,

      I also like Chloe. I love Addie, too. I like nicknames. And Dallas is a name I’ve used before in books. Darcy is great, too. You guys are so much better at this than I am. I swear, I really get stuck picking out names. I’m going to compile all this names and keep them. And thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the book. I am having so much fun writing this series. When I write, it’s very common for me to laugh and to cry. As a matter of fact, it’s sort of a test. If it doesn’t make me feel anything, then I ususally go back and rework it. Thanks again for posting.


  15. i love love LOVED your book, by the way. i saw it out the corner of my eye in a store and i was like, i want it. 😀 i write some too, and i used the name miranda. its my lil sisters name, too. elizabeth is another one, natalie.
    (i named my cat sox a year ago, so when i read the book i was like :D)

    • Paige,

      I glad you liked you the cover. I really do feel as if I’ve been blessed by the cover gods!!! I like the name Natalie.

      Oh, I love cats. I have four of those little suckers. They are all so different, but each special. Most of all my books will have animals in them.

      Thanks again for posting!


  16. Aurora is really pretty and feminine but it’s also powerful.
    Audrey sounds sort of normal but delicate.
    Winter is a really strong name.
    Willow sounds very light and pretty but also wise, like she watches people.
    Hunter, Jackson, or Silas for guys.

  17. I loved your book. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one day. I love all the characters and it is easy to relate to them. I am very anxious for october now! I like the name Eliana-Elie for short for a girl and Mateo-Teo for short. I like names that are not very common but not too out there.

  18. The new cover is awesome….. all three covers are! I love how she is wearing the same black dress in all three covers. For girl names I love Marissa or Grace. And for boy names I love Erik or Garret. I also shared this link on my facebook page!

  19. I love the covers. Cant wait to read the books. I have yet to read Born at midnight, but will soon get to it. And Awake at Dawn I have won an ark from you, just waiting till they are available. I just can not find them, so I may just have to buy the kindle version, though I want the book version. Once agaain love the covers.
    Much love,

  20. I absolutely fell in love with this book and cannot wait until the second installment to arrive on the shelves! I do not know what kind of character you are looking for because depending on how the character is could determine a name. Here are a few names I thought about that could hopefully help you! I really like the names Chloe, Raine, Artemis, or Ava. they are pure names that possess characteristics such as; loyalty, courage, friendship, strength, and hope. As for a guy name with those same characteristics could be my personal favorite Emmett, or Alaric. If you are going for characters that are more on the bad guy side then for a guy Damien is another good choice (fits a guy with dark features and personality), and for a girl Danica. 🙂

  21. hay i would love if you put Nyssa as the new charater and this the way you spell my name its a name you don’t hear much in anything so i think it be a great name for your book so please pick my name its a lovely name

  22. I loved Born at midnight and i wanted to share these names
    Jada Iris Natalia Danica

    BOYS Corey Bryan Trevor Kadin

    I hope none of these match others that were posted or names u all ready had
    Hope you like the names,

  23. SORRY my in my last post i put the wrong e-mail adress in
    So sorry
    ps please use this adress instead on the off chance i actually win

  24. Kiran, Luca (especially for a girl), Willow (it may be interesting as a boy’s name), Annabel, Lenore, Caius, and Viola are all lovely names, in my opinion. I hope this helps the brainstorming process.

    I love the colors of all of your covers. The first two book lean cool while the third is warm. Was that intentionally done to illustrate Kylie’s path?

    J. B.

  25. Hey wanted to comment on the covers
    How come cover model for Kylie is always wearing same dress????
    on the first cover is the picture supposed to show how kylie is there at the camp trying to figure out what she is and the second showing her still on that same task but the third her traveling elsewhere to find out????

    just curios

    ps sorry don’t know how to spell curios

  26. I would love to see the name Noelle (for a girl) pop up. Rarely ever see that one, and it’s one of my favorites, ever.
    And, for lack of a better option, for a male, you can always use Hayden. 🙂

  27. And, also, CC, if you want to know the name of your cover font, it’s:
    Andron 2 English Corpus.
    🙂 I feel proud for having discovered that.
    The other font is on its way. 🙂

  28. I’m loving all these names. I’ve started a list for possible names in the future.

    Thank you everyone who is helping me out.


  29. I love the covers and I can’t wait to read Awake at Dawn! I loved Born at Midnight!
    As for names… I’m kind of a lover of names. I actually have a file on my computer, a list of names I’ve compiled. Some of my favorites are: Zoe, Calhoun (Cal for short), Lily, Jasmine, Arianna, Aidan, Corinne, Gabriel, Kiera(n), Mordecai, Nicholas, Phoenix… okay, I’ll stop now. *blush* might be considered a bit obsessed. lol!

  30. Girls: Persephone, Harper, Willow, Roxanne, Sage, Lily, Tessa, Geneviève, Evangeline, Chloë/Chloe, Skylar/Skyler, Claire, Zoe/Zoey, Aaliyah, Shiloh, Rowan, Mya/Maya, Mallory and I’m partial to Petra. Don’t know why 😀

    Boys: Ayden, Kai, Jayden, Killian, Craig, Karsten, Nathan, Kade/Cade, Owen, Mateo, Drake, Kaleb/Caleb, Davide, Matthew, Cody, Andreas, Jackson, Tristan, Ben

  31. Hey great series and awesome covers(especially the covers, they’re gorgeous)!

    Hmm for really depends on the person’s character, appearance and power..can you give us a clue or something to base on?
    For now i’ll just try Jaedan, Gerard, Alphonse or Ludovico for guys. And for the girls..Winry, Mariano, or Winona? Oh oh and surnames can be Hawkeye or Blackmore or Yates or a more simple Collins?

  32. Ohh, that sounds fun. I’ve always thought you made up really nice names yourself, but 😀 a chance to name a character! How fun. 🙂

    For a girl, about about, Aileen? She was my friend’s friend who recently passed away in a car crash. Or Sydney? 😀

    For guys, I like the names: Nathaniel and Lucid?

    I’m still waiting for Book 2 and Book 3’s cover already came out. I like it, it has a warm tone compared to the last two covers. =D But I still love them all.

  33. How about Jenna for a girl and Noah for a boy? I can’t wait for October! I am really enjoying the series! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful tales!

  34. I Love the name Ava for a girl!!! I want to name my daughters that. Ava Heard.
    And I love the name Devontae Brooks for a boy. 🙂

  35. I love naming characters! It’s like once you give them a name, they become human and have a life of their own!

    My fav.
    Girl Names: Jane, Serena, Selena, Teresa, and Luna
    Guy Names: Ethan, Michael, Daniel, David, and Peter

    Thank you and good luck with your writing!!

  36. Well to be honest i suk at charcter names…especally titles. But i thought extra hard to try to come up with some that you might like:
    There, thats all i got so far lol..hope i don’t have too many…you can also use my name if you like: Emily.

  37. The cover is ‘effin amazing. I also love the scenery change! First book = Forest, Second Book = Waterfalls, Third book = Desert.

    I really like the name Alyx ( for a girl ), Lyric ( for a guy ), and Anni ( obviously for girls ). I usually like simple names that can have different spellings.

  38. Girl: Anna, Sophia, Ivy, Diane, Amelia, Trinity, or Nissa

    Boy: Ethan, Gavin, Eli, Noah, Logan, or Joel

    Some of these names are from friends and relatives, I just walked around and asked people their favorite name or used their name.

  39. Hi CC. I just picked up your book at a bookstore yesterday and i couldn’t put it down until i finished it! I love the story and i’m ecstatic that you’re continuing the series and already in the process of doing it! Thank you so much for bring Kylie into my life. I really like discovering new books that are just amazing.

    Anyway, i wanted to try my hand at this name “contest”. It’d be extremely cool if you picked a name i chose, and it appeared in a book in the Shadow Falls series, which is one of my all-time favourite now.

    So, i’m suggesting Kai, which is my name. I think it’s more of a boy name, but i’m a girl, and it adds a twist if a female has such an “Asian” and “cool” sort of name. Also, i personally like the following names:
    Dimitri, Imogen, Aria, Fallon, Anastasia, Jessamine, Blythe

    Some of the names are actually my friends’ and i always thought they were awesome and sometimes wished i had those names! Anyway, i told my best friends, one of then who is actually the “owner” of the name Imogen.

    Thanks again, CC, and you can count on me to be a great fan of your series!

  40. Wow! I’m getting so many names, I can use some of these in a new series when I start one. Love it! Love it!

    Thank you everyone!!!

  41. Hey! I just fell in loooooove with Born at Midnight!
    I have a character and I thought I’d put her name into the contest!
    The name is Avery Lane. I don’t know why, but I really love that name. 😀
    I can’t wait for the second book, and the others after that!

  42. Hi!! Just wanna say that i absolutely LOVED Born At Midnight!! I’ve actually already pre-ordered Awake at Dawn on Amazon 🙂 The names I’d like to suggest are – Rachelle, Rachel, Matthew, Maria, Samantha, Leigh, Janine, Chloe, Andy, Travis, Trevor, Joe, Monica, Courtney, Pheobe, Thomas. If i think of anymore I’ll comment again 🙂

    Hope this helps!

    twitter – @star_light91
    Tasnim x

  43. I also thought of – Lauren, Heidi, Whitney, Audrina, Will, Lisa, Adrian, Aiden, Robert, Taylor, Kristen, Christine, Blake, Jessica, Kelly, Susanne, Serena, Anna, Ryan, Jennifer, Jennie, Michael, Lindsey, Melinda, Tiffany, Aaron, Shane, Greg, Charlotte, Ben

    🙂 xx

  44. I’m superrr excited about Awake at Dawn! Only 4 more months!!! 🙂 So I thought I should let you know that I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT put down Born at Midnight! I finished it in less than one day! I L-O-V-E this series! I absolutely love the cover’s too, it definitely has the whole “girl in a big world” theme going and it suits the story. So I was thinking of some names so here goes:
    Xavier (absolutely love this name!)
    Aerabella or Airebella
    Mia or Meah ( I guess these can be pronounced differently)
    Ezekiel (a.k.a. Zeke)
    Elionia (a.k.a. Elly)
    Aeron or Erin
    Dominic or Dominique
    Bryston or Briston
    That’s all I can think of right now! Hope I helped! Good Luck!!:)

  45. Hi, I love your book and I have a name notnmy own I’ve thought about putting my own but nah. So, the name I wanna say is, Shian. It’s pronounced like this
    ( SHY-in). I chose this name because it’s my older brothers and he’s 16 and a Runaway. He runs away so much that I hardly get to see him. I miss him so much and thought maybe if he gets his name in the book that he may want to read it. And maybe your books could keep my big brother off the streets and in your awesome books.

    P.S. I’m gonna post this contest on my facebook.

  46. Ok, I have about a billion names that I can come up with, but three stand out the most. 1. Jinxx- guy name
    2. Morrighan- the origin is Celtic, the name of a goddess who’s totem animal is a raven
    3. Chaypyn- (pronounced Chaypin) for a guy, the name of my ex, who i still love, but the name was so unique and I had never heard it before i met him. I loved it. Thought you might too.
    Can’t wait until Awake at Dawn!!!!

  47. HI, i thought of some names for your next book and i came up with some girls names like 1.)Yasmin (Pronounced like this (YAZ min)) the origin is persian; it means Jasmin, like the flower.
    2.) Jade, the origin is english and means preciouse gem stone.
    3.) Kaitlyn, the origin is Gaelic and means Pure.
    4.)Alison, the origin is Germanic, French and means the Noble kind; of noble sort.
    Hope you like the names 😉 Enjoy

  48. I just finished Born at Midnight yesterday. Once I started reading it, I absolutely could NOT put it down. Whenever I had to stop all I could think about was hurrying up and finishing whatever I was doing so I could keep reading! Now I’m super impatient for the next book to come out. Too bad its coming out in October though, because my birthday will be at the end of the month so I’ll have to wait til then because I’ll get it for a present… sad.

    Anyway, on the subject of names. If one of the characters is a girl, I really like the name Lucinda. I think its pretty and there are tons of nicknames that can be derived from it: Lucy, Luce, Cindy, Cinda, etc. For boys, I like James or Isaac or Felix. Actually, I would have said Lucas first, that’s about my favorite boy’s name, but you already one of those [Team Lucas btw :-D].

  49. Hey, C.C.

    Just read Born at Midnight. It was amazing! I read it in only about 2 days! I can’t wait for Awake at Dawn!

    So, about the character names… I was thinking Parker for a girl and Dimitri for a guy. I just love those names!

    Good luck with the writing!

  50. Dear C.C Hunter,
    I loved born at midnight and cant wait for awake at dawn!I like Arron for a boy and Jakiia (Ja-kie-ya)as a girls name.Also Eve for a girl and Jason for a guy.Get back to me please I might be writing you a letter. Thank you so much for writing the shadow falls books! I love them!

    Thank you so much,
    Kayty Koch.

  51. i just thought of more names;
    jacklyn (girl)
    james (guy)
    andraya (girl)
    adrian (guy)
    cortney (girl)
    conner (guy)
    domineec (girl)
    dimitri (guy)
    tell me if these help also wanted to tell u the other day my 1 yr old sister was dancin in the living room.

  52. Thank you everyone for the names. And for the notes on enjoying my book. Those make me smile so big! Oh, keep those names coming. The contest ends soon.


  53. Hey CC! Im huge fan and i just love the name Devereux, Dev for short, for a boy. I can’t wait for you’re next books to come out!!!

  54. Hey C.C. i wanted to recommend a name for your fourth book I personally love the name Aurora and always thought it would be good for a supernatural book like this, the name comes from the Roman goddess of dawn, which is also what it means by the way. Here are some variants of the name Aurora in case you wanted to nick-name her or something to that effect Aurea, Aurore, Ora, Rora, Rory, Zora and Zorica. And if you’re looking for a guys name Xavier is pretty cool to and it means new house and here are some variants of the name Javier, Ksawery, Saverio, Saviero, Savion, Savyon, Xathieur, Xavi, Xaviell, Xayvion, Xever and Zavier. Thank you so much for considering and reading this C.C. you really rock 😉

  55. Oh i also forgot to mention I looove Bron at Midnight I stayed up till 3 in the morning reading it just so i could finish it in one day..well technically two i suppose but you get it lol anywayz thanks for writing such a great book i was dying for a book like this to come out <3

  56. Ahh, Thanks, Briana!

    And thanks to everyone who has posted. Love having all these names at my fingertips. I’ll be choosing a winner soon. Soon.

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