Atlanta Pics

As a writer, I spend much of my time in my office working away on my computer, creating characters in their own special worlds. It means spending hours alone with them, and being a talker, I often end up talking to my characters (my family has gotten used to this and no longer talks of committing me). But eventually, I have to say goodbye to them when I finish a book. And as much as I love my characters and carry them in my heart, I do enjoy the opportunity to connect with my real friends. And I have to admit, I have been very fortunate over the years. I have made a lot of wonderful writer friends as well as those connected with writing, like agents, editors, etc. And I can’t forget my loyal Shadow Falls fans, either, the ones who come to see me wherever I am signing.  So, I really looked forward to seeing everyone at the RWA conference in Atlanta last week.  I wasn’t disappointed, I had a great time—even when I was emceeing the awards in front of 2,000 people!  Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my conference photos with you.

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Betty Hobbs, who flew all the way to Atlanta to attend my booksigning,  and her sister Jan.  Thank you Betty!

 

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My good buddy and friend, Lori Wilde.  She rocks at writing.  And we both have books out in Jan.  You’ll see us cross promoting!

 

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A Shadow Fall’s fan who came to see me in a storm.  Thank you!  And thank you to her mom who brought her.  You guys are the greatest!

 

 

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Shana Galen,  Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan share a moment with me.

 

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Me and my wonderful agent, Kim Lionetti.

 

 

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BookEnd’s, my agency’s, party.  Fun, fun and fried green tomatoes!

 

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Me on at the podium and up on the big screen.  (Yikes!  Can they see my pores?)

 

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Me and writing friend Cathy Crouch.

 

 

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Lori Wilde, Shawnna Perigo and me.  Dad blast it!  They make me look even shorter!

 

 

So, in case you can’t tell, I had a blast in Atlanta. And I’m so glad I said yes when RWA called me to emcee the awards ceremony. Atlanta is a wonderful city filled with friendly people. Have you ever been to Atlanta?

I Did It!

I did it! I went to Atlanta and got through emceeing RWA’s RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony. And you know what? As much as the thought of doing it scared the pants off me, I did it, it went well, and now I feel ten feet tall (which is a feat for little ol’ height challenged me). That’s the great thing about doing something that scares you. Once you do it, you feel so proud of yourself, and you wonder why you were so scared in the first place.

Yup, Atlanta was fun—busy, but fun. I met up with author friends I hadn’t seen in a while, taught two workshops, went out for some fabulous dinners, and had three book signings. Now, I’m taking a few days off and going on a much deserved mini vacation with my hubby before I get back to work on Della’s series. I just hope she leaves me alone long enough for me to enjoy my days off. She can be so persistent!

Anyway, I thought you’d like to see a few photos from my time at the conference. I’ll post some more later, once I get home. These are some pics of my book signings:

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IMG_0242I also had chocolate nachos. Anybody ever had those before? They were yummy! What do you think?

 

Getting Ready for Atlanta

Last week I wrote about my upcoming trip to Atlanta. I’ll be heading there this week, and boy, have I been busy getting ready. A girl can’t just show up at a conference in baggy old clothes. You see, I’ve been working very hard, exercising and I even gave up my favorite—carbs! As a result, I’ve lost 28 pounds and I feel like a new woman. A new woman who still isn’t to her goal weight, but hey…I do feel better.  Anyway, my new, thinner body demanded new clothes. Now, I’m not a lover of shopping.  If I had to choose between writing and shopping I’d pick writing and wear baggy clothes while doing it, but those baggy clothes were literally falling off me.  So off I went.  And guess who wasn’t happy?  Della!

I’m in a dressing room trying on a suit, and that sassy vamp keeps popping into my head and bossing me around, telling me what I should write for her first book Reborn. I’ll admit I kind of left her in the middle of an exciting scene.  She’d just found a trespasser on Shadow Falls’ property.  He’s even kind of cute, but he’s a smartass, and she’s determined to kick his butt and hand him over to Burnett.  Ahh, but things aren’t going to end the way she wants.  Anyway, let’s just say it’s hard for me to get time to myself these days with Della screaming in my ear.

But in spite of Della’s ravings, I managed to buy a very pretty and sophisticated pant suit for my turn as the emcee for RWA’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

But that’s not all, I’m also teaching two workshops in Atlanta: one on Street Teams (I have a great one!) and one on writing young and new adult books. So you know what that means, don’t you? More shopping! Yup, I had to find some nice outfits for those, too. Not that I completely forgot about Della.  I actually did a little shopping for her, too.  The girl’s gotta wear something in my imagination.  I found a couple of outfits for her, too.  What do you think?

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Anyway, I’m about ready now, I just have to pack, and finishing that scene. I’m looking forward to this trip, it’s going to be great!

Don’t forget, if you’re in the Atlanta area, I’ll be signing my books at RWA’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Weds., July 17, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in the Atrium Ballroom A-C. I’ll be there with about 400 other authors, and we’ll be signing our books to raise money for literacy programs. So, come by, I’d love to meet you.

Oh, and I’m Guest Blogging!

Make sure you read my guest blog at Between the Lines on Friday, July 19th. There will be a huge giveaway as part of the 2013 Summer Author Promo Blitz. There’s even a Twitter Party at 7 PM on July 19: Use #2013SummerAuthorBlitz to join the party.

 

 

Meet Me In Atlanta!

MarriottI’ve had a pretty busy summer so far, but it’s going to get even busier. You see, next week I’m off to the Marriott Marquis in the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, Georgia for the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference.  I’ve been going to their conferences for years, but this year I’ve been invited to be their emcee at their RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony on July 20th. I was shocked when they asked me.  But I was also so honored to be asked to emcee the ceremony.  I, of course, said yes, but then when I hung up, it hit me.  It hit me what I’d just agreed to do. I mean, thousands of people attend the conference.  Thousands!!!  You have no idea how badly I wanted to call them back and say…  “Did I say yes?  I meant no, I really meant to say no.”

But then I realized the reason I wanted to say no.  Just plain ol’ fashion fear.  I don’t consider myself an overly brave person.  I don’t jump out of perfectly good planes, ride bulls, or tie a rubber band around my waist and jump off bridges.  But when I realize I’m afraid of something, something that isn’t life threatening, something that might even help me grow as a person, I force myself to do it.

Heck, for that matter, when I was asked to write the Shadow Falls series, I almost said no.  You see, I was already publishing adult romance novels, but this was a new genre that I wasn’t accustomed to writing.  And I was afraid to fail.  But I rose up to the challenge and look where that led me.  So…I didn’t call Romance Writers of America back, I wasn’t going to let fear win.

You know Kylie, Della and all my other Shadow Falls characters have fears, too.  Sometimes in fiction, the best scenes are when you have your characters facing and overcoming those fears.  And in this case, sometimes real life mimics fiction.  It’s often those moments when we force ourselves to do something that frightens us, when we do it in spite of the flutters of nerves, it’s those moments that seem to make a difference in our lives.

As much as I’m still a little nervous of emceeing the awards ceremony, I can’t wait for the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 17th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from 5:30-7:30. You see at the Literacy Autographing, over 400 authors (including me!) will be signing their books, meeting and greeting fans, and all the proceeds go to literacy organizations. So, that means all the profits go to organizations that help people learn to read. It is a cause near and dear to my heart. And this event is entirely open to the public! So, if you are anywhere near Atlanta, come on out, meet me, purchase signed books, and help a worthy cause.  If you do come, remember they may have me listed under my real name, Christie Craig, as well as C.C. Hunter.

Oh, now that I’ve confessed my own fear to you, it’s your turn.  Are you afraid of something?  Of trying something new?  How do you cope with your fear?

Oh, and just an FYI, on July 19th I’ll be guest blogging at Between the Lines. It’s all part of a huge 2013 Summer Author Promo Blitz, and I’ll have giveaways for both international and U.S. readers.   So be sure to stop by, read my guest blog, and enter to win! There’s even a Twitter Party at 7 PM: Use #2013SummerAuthorBlitz.

Winner!

The winners of last week’s Shadow Falls t-shirt  giveaway are Pam from Alaska and Madeline from France. Please email your mailing address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

It’s a Small World

I’m always surprised and a little amazed when I receive emails from my readers that live outside the U.S. I’d always hoped I would become a published author, but to think there are people reading my books all around the world leaves me speechless. And I can imagine anyone that knows me saying, “CC speechless? No way!” It’s true that doesn’t happen very often, but seriously, I recently got an email from a girl in Zimbabwe! She likes my books—my books, from little old me, a girl from Alabama that took a chance and followed her dream. I am amazed, humbled and so grateful for my success.

Now many of those emails from overseas readers ask about release dates for my books in their countries. You see, when a book comes out in the U.S., it doesn’t get released in other countries on the same day.  Oh no, those readers have to wait. While I wish there was a global release date, it really varies by country. So, I asked my publisher for my foreign release dates, and I just got the list, so I wanted to share it with those loyal fans who wait patiently (well, not always patiently) to read my next book. I have listed the next release date and book title for each country, and if I don’t have an upcoming release date, I listed the last release date and book title.

Czech Republic             Chosen at Nightfall                    20-Nov. 2013

Brazil                             Chosen at Nightfall                    Oct. 2013 (Sorry no date)

Germany                        Whispers at Moonrise               25-July 2013

Denmark                       Whispers at Moonrise               Oct. 2013 (Again no date)

Denmark                        Chosen at Nightfall                   March 2014

France                            Whispers at Moonrise              March 2013

Russia                            Born at Midnight                      Feb. 2013

Romania                         Awake at Dawn                       Nov. 2012

Spain                              Born at Midnight                     13-June 2013

In addition, I have contracts for my books in Israel, Hungary, Thailand and Turkey, but I don’t have release dates as yet. Just know that my Shadow Falls series is coming to your countries soon.

So, I want to say thank you to all my readers from every country. You made my dream bigger than I’d ever dared hope.

 Giveaway: U.S. and Abroad!

As a thank you I’m giving away two Shadow Falls t-shirts. One will go to one of my overseas readers and one to a reader in the U.S. So, leave a comment to enter and don’t forget to tell me what country you live in.