Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday? Well, here in the U.S. it’s Thanksgiving. That means lots of food, lots of desserts, and lots of family time. I’ll be in the kitchen cooking on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The crazy thing is that I’ll be cooking for two days and we’ll eat it all in less than an hour. Ahh, but I still love to cook. I love preparing all that food for everyone and watching them gulp it down. They appreciate it, I can tell.

We mostly eat the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey and dressing, fresh green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce, and about three different kinds of pie. I should start dieting now, just for that one day.

But Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. It’s not even just about the family. It really is about giving thanks. And this year, I have a whole lot of things to be grateful about.

• I am thankful for all my awesome readers who have helped me climb the ladder in my writing career! Thank you, guys!

• I am thankful for my family, who continue to amaze me with their support. Hubby is doing the laundry, just so I can write more. Yes, I have some pink bras that used to be white, but I’m not complaining. LOL.

• I am thankful for my friends, who just like Della and Miranda are to Kylie, are always there for me when I need them. Not that any of my friends fight like Miranda and Della, but the laughter we share, the shoulders we offer each other during hard times, are much like the friendship you see in the Shadow Falls books.

• I am thankful for my granddaughter, who keeps me laughing. Just last week, she told someone that she was three and that meant she was old enough to use scissors and knives. When they told her she wasn’t that old, she held up out her hands and said, “Look, I’ve been using scissors for weeks and I still have all ten of my fingers.”

• I’m thankful for this crazy imagination and wacky sense of humor my parents passed down to me. When I sit down to write and these crazy ideas hit, I sometimes don’t know where they came from. Seriously, when I was writing the scene in Whispers at Moonrise and Miranda told Kylie she needed to use her witch powers to zap them a six pack of diet soda, and Kylie zapped a cold shirtless guy with a nice six pack to their kitchen, I do not know where that idea came from! But I’m so grateful these ideas do come.

So what are you guys having for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for? Today, I will give away three Shadow Falls t-shirts to people who tell me what they are thankful for. Sorry, but due to shipping costs I must limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only. (If you are reading this on Goodreads, you must post your comment on in order to be eligible to win.)

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Exciting News!!!

I just learned that Born at Midnight is up for the Readers’ Choice Award in Germany! What an honor! And something else to be thankful for. It is nominated in the Youth and Audiobook categories. All my readers have a chance to vote. Go to . (Google offers a translation button at the top.) The categories are listed as Jugend (Youth) and Horbuch (Audiobook) in the German.  Select Born at Midnight in the checked box (abstimmen). It then asks for your name and then your email address. The only thing left is to hit “vote now.” Voting closes on November 29, 2012, so hurry!

77 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. Well I know were having turkey and no doubt cheesecake for thanksgiving. I am thankful for my mom because without her I wouldn’t be here, my cousin nae who I tell everything, and for all my friends for making my life even more interesting. And for books without them id be bored all the time.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. I am thankful first and foremost for my family! Truly blessed to have the siblings I have and the best mother in the world.
    Second, two amazing nieces that I am able to see all the time and spoil. 🙂
    Third, I am thankful for the opportunities that have opened up for me, leading me to meeting new people and experiences.
    I am thankful for the friends, whom despite being many distances away, still keep in touch.
    I am thankful for the basics, a home, health, and food on the table. I don’t think people are appreciative enough of these three things now days.

  3. I am thankful for my family who has helped me out this stressful year becoming a single mom of 2 boys who I am the most thankful for they are 5 and 4 and constantly on the go the make a saint swear the are mean and hurtful but just when I wonder if it is worth it they come cheer me up and show me compleate and unquestionable love and remind me that its the little and good and bad things to be thankful for as well because we cannot really enjoy the good unless we experience the bad

  4. well we have turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread rolls (mmmm) and of corse… PIES: we normally have pumpkin, chocolate, and pecan (my fav is the pumpkin pie!!!!) 😛

    im thankful for books and writing (im writing a book, btw)
    im thankful for my family, they have always been there for me and they always will
    im thankful for my friends who help me get through all sorts af hard times
    im thankful for cc and all my favorite authors who keep up blogs 😉
    Im thankful for all these things, yet im still thankful for even more. i could probably write 100000 words on this topic!! 🙂

  5. i’m thankful for my family. i have 3 beautiful children who seem to make it all worth while no matter what crappy stuff is going on in life.

  6. I am thank for my family, my kids and for the struggles that make me stronger. I have gona throw alot this year, but with each up and down time that comes my way. I just stop and think, it can only get better from here. And just looking at my family proves just how luckie I really am. ~ I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving 🙂

  7. I am thankful for my bosses, they gave me the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and still support my family.
    I am thankful for my hubby, because he makes me laugh when I want to cry.
    I am thankful for my girls, because they truly make my life brighter and bring me endless smiles.
    I am thankful for my parents, because they raised me to be a strong, independent woman.
    And most of all, I am thankful for books (especially yours!) because they can make any day better!

  8. I am so thankful for my husband and my two kids. I am thankful for my health and for my family’s health. I am thankful that my preteen daughter is growing up in a country where she can express her opinions and live a fulfilling life with rights that so many women take for granted. I am thankful for my son’s preschool that allows him to be creative and has taught him socialization skills. I am thankful that I have an amazing husband who provides for our family do that I can be a stay at home mom. I am thankful for life

  9. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on my back. I’m thankful for wonderful writers and their books, that I can read when I’m sad or when I’m happy or even when I’m trying to procrastinate on my homework :). And I’m thankful to God, for always being there and always listening.

  10. We are going to have the traditional thanksgiving :). Iam thankful for my family. My mother passed away in october at only 47 and they have been there for me. Pulling together and being here when need each other.And iam thankful for my husband and my girls. They make me smile when i feel like falling apart. They are my Everything!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING <3

  11. I am thankful for my life…..Without it i wouldn’t have 3 great kids…a wonderful husband Twilight and all my books!!! Thanks so much for this giveaway! Your amazing keep up the great work! hugs and smoochies Happy thanksgiving all your readers!!!!! <3

  12. I am not sure what I am having this year for Thanksgiving, my boyfriend’s mom is making dinner. I am thankful to have a job and to have my family and be able to know the ones i have lost within the past two years. Thankful that I was able to go to school and be able to be the first to get a degree in my family.

  13. I am thankful for my Partner who always makes me fell special and loved no matter what. My daughter who I can honestly say she is a great kid, she is always doing her homework, doing what needs to be done, and she is not embarrassed to hug or say she love her Mommy in from of her teen friends.
    We have a mix thanks giving we eat turkey, ham, green rice, pie, flan and what ever my sister and mom brings 🙂

  14. I am thankful for my amazing family. I am also thankful that my husband won’t be deployed this year for the holiday’s for the first time in our 3 1/2 years of marriage.

  15. I am thankful for my fellow soldiers that are over seas and protecting this country im also thankful for the beautiful little baby girl my sister will be giving birth to in a couple weeks

  16. This year for thanksgiving we will be going to my mother in-law’s house for some of her coma inducing awesome food… My husband has requested that I try my hand at making a pecan pie from scratch, even though I am NO June Clever by any means. This thanksgiving I am thankful for so much.
    * I married my best friend this year in March 🙂
    * My two amazing daughters are what make my life worth living
    * My family
    * As weird as it sounds, I am thankful for all 5 of the pets that we have in our home 🙂 Three Cats and Two Dogs

  17. I am so thankfull this year to have beating the odds and over come my 10 yr battle not only to walk again but to walk without pain.

  18. I am thankful that my husband is no longer deployed and looking forward to a full house full of friends in his military unit. I am thankful they are all back safe and sound and looking forward to have time with them all.
    I am thankful not to spend another holiday wondering how my husband and our friends are deployed overseas.
    I am thankful my sister will be coming in to visit us and help me cook.

  19. It would seem everyone is thankful for their families and that warms my heart! IS everyone having turkey? Or are there any nonconformists out there?

  20. I am thankful for my family!!! I have an amazing family that have always been there for me and my 2 daughters!!! I am also thankful for my 2 amazing daughters!!! The are my world and all I could ever hope for!!

  21. I am thankful for the amazing family I have, and Im thankful that my mother is still cancer free after a year! Im thankful for my brother who finally found his way back home for thanksgiving. Im thankful for the home over my head, and the food I’ll have on my plate. And im thankful for books!

  22. I am thankful for good books, and the awesome authors who take time to share their talent with the world.

    I am thankful for my husband, who works long and hard to support our family.

    I am thankful for my little boy, who brings smiles, laughter, and pure joy to my life everyday.

    I’m thankful for a loving family.

    I am thankful for AWESOME people to work with.

    I’m thankful that I have all of the freedoms I enjoy on a daily basis.

    I am thankful for clothes to wear, a roof over my head, and food to fill my belly.

    Happy Thanksgiving, C.C.! Thanks for being so wonderful to your fans!

  23. This year we are going simple turkey breast, ham, mashed patatos, gravy, rolls, cream corn, and pumpkin pie with home made whipped cream! 🙂 I am thankful for my family, what more can I say

  24. First, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you …

    I’m going to start saying that my family is having like always turkey with white rice with ‘gandules’ (a kind of bean in Puerto Rico), mashed potatoes, white and brown gravy, carrot cupcakes with vanilla frosting, and inside fill with fudge chocolate(made by me), and ‘amarillos’ (like fried banana or something similar)..
    I am not going to be with my family because I am going to work that specialday from 3pm to 11pm… 🙁 the first and I hope the last thanksgiving I am not going to be there…

    I am thankful for the opportunities life has bring me, the health of all my family, my grandma that is still alive and strong, the friends I have for more than 10 years, my dad who always try todo the best he can, my stepfather who is a father to me and has take care of me, my brother and mom since I was a kid, to myself for being strong and keep going, for being in college to get a bachelors degree and then a masters degree, and of all of that, to God, because without him, I wouldn’t be thankful for all i say before.

    That’s my thanksgiving food and thankfulness..

    Take care and enjoy life!

  25. I am thankful that I have a family and friends who stand by me no matter what. I am thankful for authors like you. If I never found the joy of reading I would not want to become a english teacher and become something of myself. So thank you c.c hunter and your story’s.Happy holidays!

  26. I am thankful for all of my friends and the fact that they’re always there for me when I need them.
    I’m thankful for you C.C. and your books. They bring so much excitement into my life.
    And I’m thankful for my parents and letting me continue to go to the charter school that I am.

  27. Just two months ago I gave birth to the greatest baby ever .
    I am very thankful to have her in my life and that she is healthy. My husband and Idon’t have much money but that is not what life is about. Its about ourselves,friends,and family . It’s about the time we spend with each other and the way we treat others. So I’m thankful for my friends ,,family,and life.

  28. Happy Thanksgiving! I will be splitting my Thanksgiving in half, having an early dinner at my dad’s house and then going to my mom’s house for a later dinner…..I am going to be like 300 pounds after this Thursday lol We always have way too much food that we then end up eating over the next week. We have turkey, ham, mash potatoes, veggies, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, biscuits, and stuffing. Oh my gosh your granddaughter is hilarious!! I am thankful for my crazy family. I have six little brothers and sisters that I am so thankful for because they make every single day interesting beyond belief and they keep me busy. I am thankful for my parents who continue to love me nomatter what. I am thankful for my best friend who has been through everything with me and has now blessed me with my beautiful godson.

  29. Well, my family will have turkey while I have fish (I don’t eat most meats) and I hope for pumpkin cheescake, because it is wonderful.
    I’m thankful to have the chance to be thankful, (if that makes any sens); because, there is so much I’m thankful for, and I’m glad I get be thankful for it all…

  30. My family and me are having turkey, cranberries, and lots of stuffen. I am thankful for my family, expescially my little brother. He is so annoying but when I’m hurt or sad he tries to help me and make me smile. I know that my family would be there for me when I need support and I am really thankful for that.

  31. I’m thankful for everything I have in my life. I’m thankful for the food on my plate-to the firends I have made over the years. I’m thankful for the daily tasks I’m able to do that some people can’t do. I’m thankful for the books I get to read and the education I recieve. Over- all I’m thankful for the life and love God has given me in my life. 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

  32. My thanksgiving isn’t always peaceful. We all gather at my grandmas her kids grandkids and greatgrandkids lol. There’s always so many of us we can barely walk. We have the traditional turkey pumpkin pie stuffing but everybody brings their own covered dish to the mix so sometimes we have food that we’ve never eaten before. We always have a good time. What am I thankful for? Well first I’m thankful that my grandparents are still here except for my papaw chenoweth, may he rest in peace. I am thankful for my books that let me escape the chaos by blocking everyone out and reading. I thankful for my little cousins who look up to me. I would do anything for them. I’m thankful for my brothers and parents for always being there no matter what. I’m thankful for my cat who is my baby and I can’t imagine life without her. And last I’m thankfil for my friends who always have my backee even if I utterly mess up. 🙂

  33. This Thanksgiving, my family will be having a BBQ. This year, I am thankful for my family and friends for being there when I needed them. I’m thankful for the food on my plate and being able to do things that some people can’t. I’m also thankful for the people who help me accomplish my goals and believe that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’m also thankful for all the YA authors in the world like Heather Brewer, C.C. Hunter , Richelle Mead, Karsten Knight, and many, many more for bringing laughter, joy, and suspense to my life.

  34. I am thankful for my amazing support system of family and friends who help me keep going each day. I am thankful for all the books written that help fill my creative energy and thoughts. It helps me escape reality, which we all need at times. And I am thankful to live in a nation full of caring people, where we all can be equal.

  35. Dear Mrs. Hunter, This year, I’m going to be helping in the kitchen! we are going to have turkey, cranberry spread?? :), a green bean casserole, some homemade hushpuppies (cheese and jalapeno flavor!), and mashed potatoes. of course there are also going to be pies and whatnot, this definitely isnt the whole menu for my big family! haha 🙂 I am very thankful, that i still have my family, even though my grandpa is out in South Carolina (and he is almost 90 and got an iPhone! i dont even have one! :D), and my mom will not be with us. but im very thankful that my family is always happy, and im thankful for my schooling, im so glad my grades are still up! ;). Im extremely thankful for this roof over my head. and i am oh so very thankful for the series that my grandma bought for me last Christmas, “Born at Midnight”. 🙂 Thank you Mrs. Hunter. 🙂 <3 it has helped me get through so many things, and i will be sad to see it go, but it has helped leave this world when things werent going so well and enter the magical world of shadow falls. Thanks again! -Margaret <3

  36. I will be assisting in at least 2 different kitchens for the festivities this year, and we will be having turkey, chicken, and ham, as well as a wide array of other dishes both traditional and not so traditional.
    The thing that I am most thankful for is time. The time that you have to spend with those that you hold most dear. The time to make the memories that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

  37. I’m thankful for my family, my house, my friends, my clothes, my stuff, my school, my computer, my kindle which I will be getting Christmas, my own room, my country, my city but not my state because the rest of Missouri is Lame, my parent but that’s included in family, my phone, my MP3, air, the planet but according to the Mayans that’s not going to last very long, and my ability to list all that I’m thankful for. 😛

  38. Im thankful for my family who, when times get rough, are there to help me out. Im also thankful this year for the great opportunaties that have been given to me ( like my first tv show audition) and last but no least, this year (and every year) im thankful for books. Happy thanksgiving!

  39. I am grateful for many things. I am very grateful to have a wonderful mom that loves and cares for, for my family, my apartment, I am grateful that i am doing good in school, and for everything I have. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving C.C. 🙂

  40. I am thankful for the food that I have and the water i drink. I am thankful for the clothes I wear and the shoes I have. I am thankful for the family I have and the friends I have made. But I definately am thankful for the books I read and the education that I have. Thanksgiving is a time where you should be thankful and enjoy the time that you have with your loved ones.

  41. I am thankful for my family… I wont get to spend thanksgiving with them because they are too faraway but moments like this i truly realize what they mean to me.. I am thankful for my friends thanks to there support that gives me going when i feel like giving up.. I am also thankful to writers like you who’s stories changes and inspires my everyday life… Happy thanksgiving

  42. I am thankful for my family, my books, my friends, and lets not forget the adorable boy in my orchestra class. OMG today I got to sit by him and I was sooooooooo- wait I’m getting off topic. But he has been wearing formal clothes all week and when I asked him why he said because kids were very ungrateful and that was his way of showing that he was grateful for what he has!!!! Is he sweet or what??!!


  43. This year we’ll be having the traditional Thanksgiving meal which I am very grateful for. To be able to spend time with my family is always something to be especially thankful for. They also listen to me when I go crazy after reading an amazing book. My sister and I have the same reading taste so we get to squeal and complain about books together, which I am very thankful for. There is nothing better than sharing my love of books with my family.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  44. were having turkey green bean casserole rolls corn devil eggs, stuffing, and of course pie..i’m thankful for being able to live and for my wonderful family

  45. I am thankful for my family for always being there for me to support me I am thankful also for my friends, because no matter how insane and crazy I get, I know they would never turn their backs on me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

  46. Well, obviously, I’m thankful for family. And not just the blood relations either. I’m thankful for the bestest friend in the world, who I know is there for me. I’m thankful that my family is well off. I’m thankful for my creative and powerful mind. And one of the biggest things of all, I’m thankful for all the authors out there who write the most AMAZING books in the world :D! I don’t know what I’d do without you people!

  47. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, for knowledge, and wealth. I’m also thankful to my mom for getting me an early birthday present of Whispers at Moonrise. I literally finished it 5 minutes ago! I was Team Derek from the start, and after what Lucas did to Kylie, I will be Team Derek FOR LIFE!

  48. I’m thankful for my family and friends that are always there for me when I need them the most. I’m especially thankful for my dad who supports me and believes in me.Also I’m thankful to all the authors of the books I got to read this year.

  49. hi! Happy Thankgiving
    Im thankful for my family-im one of seven-and as much as they get on my nerves i love them
    Im thankful for my very accepting friends who love me even though they know me lol
    Im thankful for the other basics for food on my plate, a roof over my head, for clothes and electricity because these are the things we take for granted
    Im thankful for that scene with the Miranda, Kylie, and Della that made me laugh and im thankful for the laughter and joy i have because sometimes i dont realize how lucky i am 🙂
    Oh! i dont know what exactly im having besides the basics but i do know its gonna be good 😉
    So thank you C.C. Hunter for writing these books! I love them so much Happy Turkey Day
    p.s i just finished Whispers at Moonrise. It took me 3 days to read and Holy Cow! it was epic! cant wait for Chosen at Nightfall

    • hi!
      i hope everyone had a great thanksiving. i did. It was a very busy day. I saw my dad’s side for appatizers and then i went to visit my 97 yr. old great grandother and great aunt for a little bit. Then i went out to eat and half of my family had ham and the other half had turkey. i had ham along with potatoes and stuffing and bread. Then i went to see my mom’s side for dessert. I had a great day and i hope evryone else had a safe and good Thanksgiving.
      sadie 🙂

  50. i am thankful for being alive and well. i am thankful for my love of reading and for coming across your book at the barnes and nobles. i love you books they are great and i feel like it is borderline obession .i am thankful for my friends and family. Happy thanks giving

  51. HaPPy ThanksGiving!
    My favorite part of our feast is the turkey/gravy, sweet potatoes, and these oatmeal blueberry cookies w/ white chocolate chips I make lol. I’m most thankful for my mom, she’s my world, and i’m thankful for the good food and home i’m blessed with. xoxo’s to everyone! hope your holiday is great 🙂

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  53. Oh my goodness!!!! I KNOW your book will win the award in Germany, I know it! Anyway, I’m still voting even though I know you’ll win!!! Gosh so many !!!s !!!!!

  54. Hmm… I have so much to be thankful for!
    First I want everyone to know how much I appriciate my parents. They do so much for me! Drive me around when I “can’t” walk, take care of me when I’m sick, listen to me rant about how I should of gotten an A on my science test instead of a B+. I am very thankful for them and love them so much even if I don’t always show it.
    I am also very thankful for my friends who are always there for me when I need them. I can just tell we will always be close!
    I am thankful to be in this country with all my relatives. I moved here a few years ago from Australia and this is my fourth Thanksgiving, (and the first where my house has been the one that everyone comes too!) I’m loving it here, and get to see my dad’s side of the family.
    I guess I can’t go on forever about what I’m thankful for, but one last thing I’m thankful for, or things, are the Shadow Falls novels. I love them. I love them. I love them!! I can’t describe it, but I’m so thankful to C.C. Hunter for writing them. Thank you.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone:)

  55. I am thankful for my parents for helping me through life: calling me out of school, driving me to movies or friends’ houses, and for simply taking care of me. I also appreciate my sister who came home from college in New York to spend Thanksgiving with us. She has always been there for me as someone to talk to, and also as someone to laugh with… and sometimes at. I am thankful for my team, who helps to push me to do my best, and who always ensure that my day never has a dull moment. I’d like to thank CC Hunter for writing the Shadow Falls books, as they made an 5 hour car ride with five other people seem like 30 minutes. For Thanksgiving we had turkey, ham, jellied cranberries (bleh!), peas, Brussel sprouts (also bleh), pie, and my favorite: sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year as it is one of the few times that my entire family gets together. Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! xxx

  56. Traditional Thanksgiving meal cooked by wonderful family.
    I am so very thankful for God being in my life and for all the family and friends goodness and kindness.

  57. Every year at Thanksgiving, I always think of everything I’m thankful for. The list goes on and on of about everything like everyone else’s. But at the top of my list are the people in my life. They made me who i am today. I’m thankful for my mom, she is my best friend and I can tell her everything. She is my go to person for any sticky situation. I’m thankful for my best friends who i can talk to about boys! 🙂 I’m especially thankful for my best guy friend. He taught me how to love who I am and to never change. He made me less shy and more confident. I don’t what I would have done without him, i love him so much. And lastly, I’m thankful for my God given gifts of music, writing, friendship, art, and helping. I am a very blessed person. And my mom is an awesome thanksgiving day cook… lots of yummy food!! <3

  58. I am thankful my father is alive and home from the hospital. We may not have had him home for Thanksgiving, but he is on the mend and is now home.

  59. I am thankful for my wonderful family who keep things light and make the best of everything (even if their humor is odd at times) and my awsome friends who keep me sane through everything and are always there to give my a helping hand, and even my teachers this year at school because they are so kind and push me to be my best and made my interested in my classes again. 🙂

  60. I am thankful for all of my family. Every year we grow farther and farther apart and it seems that these hollidays are the only time in which i can sit together with them as a family for a meal. We had turkey with homemade gravy, and mashed potatoes made with evaporated milk to ensure lightness. We had tons of pies including pecan, pistatio, and chocolatte.

  61. I am thankful for so many things. For friends and family being in (mostly) good health. For a smooth transition between schools. For being financially stable. For rediscovering my love for reading through finding Born at Midnight. And good food. Always good food.

  62. Tottaly agree that Ariel and Kylie are similar! Both of them definetly deal with a identity crisis. By the way, I just got done with Taken at Dusk. I tottaly loved it , can’t wait till my husband gets paid so I can buy Whispers at Moonrise. I am defenitly addicted to your books now! Any talk of your series becomming a movie? I just found out that one of my fave book series will be a movie “Beautiful Creatures” .

    As far as my favorite fairytale I have to say Alladin. I think Alladin is tottaly hot!! Plus, Genie is so funny! If you like fairytales you should check out ” Once Upon a Time” , that show is so amazing and has all kinds of fairytale characters in it.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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