I have a special blog for you today and some exciting news. But first, do you guys know what next Sunday is? Mother’s Day. If you guys have read the entire Shadow Falls Series you have experienced the ups and downs in the relationship of Kylie and her mom. Do you remember how in the beginning she called her mom “The Ice Queen?” Through the course of the novels, Kylie discovered some things about her mom that I think we can all learn from.
She realized her mom wasn’t all bad. No, she wasn’t perfect. She’d made a lot of mistakes throughout her life, but after discovering a few things about her mom’s past, Kylie understood why her mom is the way she is. Kylie accepted that everyone makes mistakes, and that everyone has flaws—even parents. She also learned that when you love someone, you accept them and love them in spite of their imperfections. So I hope on Sunday, you’ll take a minute like I know Kylie would, to tell your mom you love her.
Yes, the relationship between mothers and daughters can be trying at times. Sometimes moms will want to make sure their daughters don’t make the same mistakes they did, so they try too hard to push them to be something they aren’t. Sometimes, we try too hard to be what our moms want us to be. Sometimes we rebel just because we don’t want someone trying live our lives for us. But the thing we need to remember is that most of these difficulties stem from love. So be patient, see past the issues to the love that exists in almost all mother/daughter relationships.
Now for all my exciting news. First, thanks to all you readers, the Shadow Falls series hit number three on the New York Times best-seller list. It also hit number twenty-five on the USA Today list. And I’m serious, this happened because of you. So thank you!
Another bit of good news? The audio book for Chosen at Nightfall is now available. Chosen at Nightfall was released on April 23, so many of you already have it. However, some people prefer audio books over prints. I can see how an audio book is great to listen to if you are walking, working out, going for a long car ride, etc. So for you audio book people out there, you can now listen to Chosen at Nightfall no matter what you are doing. It is available at Audible and at iTunes.
You can hear a clip of it here: Chosen at Nightfall
Now, for my third announcement, I have a lot of giveaways on my blog, and I usually limit them to residents of the U.S. I know I have a lot of very loyal readers who live in many different countries, and I haven’t forgotten you! This week, I’m having a giveaway for my fans who don’t live in the U.S. I’m giving away five copies of Chosen at Nightfall, with a Shadow Falls T-shirts to my international fans. Here’s what you have to do. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner in the U.S., tell me something special about your mom, and tell me what country you are from. Next Tuesday I will post five winners from outside the U.S.
I will also be giving away three t-shirts to my U.S. fans, so you guys need to post comments, too.
Thanks again guys for helping me reach my dream, and Happy Mother’s Day, to you and all your moms.
Meet Me at the Book Festival!
Do you live in or around Round Rock, Texas? Are you coming to Yabfest on May 11th. I’m hosting a special contest for those planning on coming. Email me at cc(at)cchunterbooks.com, send me your name and your shirt size and tell me that you are coming and I’ll enter your name into a drawing for a free Shadow Falls t-shirt. Three people will win t-shirts. I’ll draw the winning names, email you and let you know you won, and then I’ll bring the t-shirts to the festival for you to pick up. Young Adult Book Festival (Yabfest) is a really cool event. There will be many YA authors there. To see a list or enter a book giveaway (you could win Born at Midnight, among others!), go to Sharon Bayliss’ blog.
Della’s Middle Name?
And the winner of the middle name contest is Claire luvs horses. Della Rose Tsang. Claire, you won a $25 gift card to either B&N, Amazon, or Katy Budget Books. Email me with your card choice and address at cc(at)cchunterbooks(dot) com.
The winners of Mari Mancusi’s book Love at 11 are Makenzie Bice and Ceci. Please email me with your address and whether you want an ebook or hard copy to cc(at)cchunterbooks(dot)com.