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.




















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.)


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 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.


35 thoughts on “It’s Good to be Back Home

  1. I’m so excited about eternal, I have been waiting sense the book was enounced. I have pre ordered the book and I can not wait one more second!

  2. I have felt like I was going down the wrong path and that was when I picked to start playing cello with my schools orchestra. I was scared that I wasn’t going to be good or that cello wasn’t the right instrument for me. Now, 4 years later, I know I made the right choice and I’m first chair in my schools orchestra, and I’ve made a lot of good friends through orchestra. Can’t wait for Eternal!

  3. As trite as it sounds…I think almost everyone has made a mistake in a relationship and been dating the wrong person. I can attest to that! Now I am dating someone who understands my love of reading and I met him while I read Reborn (not specifically at that time, but that was the book I had started that day!).
    I can’t wait for Eternal to hit shelves! 🙂

  4. I felt like I was going down the wrong path when I was in my late teens early twenties. Have you ever been in that one relationship that was toxic? Well I have and I can tell you that it changes you. I went from being a happy teenaged girl with great friends, and a supportive family, to fist fighting and causing trouble. I never wanted to be that kind of person, but what they say is true you are the company you keep. It took me a long time to break free and I really mean break free. It was a long hard road and I wasn’t sure if I would come out on top or not. I will tell you that I did and I am the person that I was meant to be. A little cold at times but bad things change you. I could continue with this turmoil but I will leave it with a happy note. I found me and I am truly at peace!

  5. It’s amazing that you got to speak to those women. Everyone makes bad decisions. Just because they are in there doesn’t mean they are bad people (But it sounds like you know that! 🙂 ) I’m glad you had fun in New Hampshire, and it was wonderful meeting you!! You are the nicest author I have ever met. Thanks again for taking time out for me!

  6. Sounds epic! I hope you had a good time and spread the word about your books while you were there. 😀 You’re statement about everyone making wrong decisions is true. I’m trying to keep myself on a good path. I love the pictures from the Anime Convention. I’d have loved to have been there. Anyway, I’m telling as many people at my school about Eternal as I can. I got my friend Kat into the series. 😉 Love Shadow Falls!

  7. Oh thank you so much! I really appreciate this 🙂

    I think everyone makes a “wrong” decision at some point or another in life. What really maters is how you react to it and what you turn the situation into!

  8. I can’t believe Eternal is coming out in a few days! I’m super excited to read it. I want to see more of the Della-Steve-Chase love triangle. Both guys are good for Della, but I’m Team Steve and I want to see how Della is going deal with both guys hitting on her especially when she and Chase are now bonded.

  9. OMG it is almost time and it is killing me the book was soooo good and I want to talk about it but I can not at least not yet just you wait I will be discussing it after it comes out!!!!

  10. Huh, after two weeks in France without Internet three new posts! Good job, CC!
    And OMG only 5 days till Eternal is out! Can’t wait!
    And thanks for your list about why choosing which guy… I still can’t decide and because of this I’M so thankful Della is the one that has to choose.
    But I’m pretty curious which one it’ll be in the end!

  11. It’s been so long since I’ve been to an Anime convention. i miss the people watching. I never did the whole cosplay thing but there can at times be some interesting costumes.

  12. Dang! I wanna go to an anime convention someday. Maybe we’ll meet at one! I still need to figure out how to download videos to YouTube from my phone, but I hope you’ll love it once I do. I’ll post a link. I am truly happy that those women can get second chances along with people getting blood. I’m legally not allowed to donate blood because of my health which sucks. I hope that once I stop feeling a numb face from my first cavities ever, I’ll be happier to post something.
    If you could give any advice on writing stories, what would it be?

  13. Looks like you had a lot of fun on your travels. I think everyone has felt that they were taking the wrong path at some point in their life, whether it be something major or minor.

  14. Okay this doesn’t have anything to do with Eternal, but something equally exciting to me. 😀 A while ago I wanted to check out Born at Midnight at the local library and surprisingly they didn’t have it! So I talked to the librarian about it and they said I could recommend it. So I did and forgot about. Today I was at the library and was just looking around and found the first two books! I was so surprised that I made a gasp that was a little louder then I would like to admit. But I an super excited about Eternal. Counting down the days!

  15. Yes, I’ve felt like I’ve gone down the wrong path a time or two. The main thing that I noticed was wrong about the situation was my happiness and overall well being. I was working a local grocery market a couple years back, and I noticed that I was getting very good hours as well as pay… The one thing that was getting deprived however was my sleep. Because I was having my slumber time cut in half or more my health started to decline tremendously. I would get so sick at the slightlest cough from another person that I had to go to the doctor immediately. One day, after 6 months of being a well respected associate, I decided that I’d quit for the better. Boy oh Boy did I miss that weekly paycheck, yet I miss my health even more. If you work hard then play hard; I worked too much. I wasn’t a quiter; I was ill. I’ll miss the job and people.

    It was fantastic to hear you speak at the Gadsden Public Library! I loved every moment of it! 🙂 I’m so happy that those woman got a chance to meet you, hear about the wonderful things that you write about as well as have someone to converse with. Yes what they go through is immensely hard, but thanks to your inspirational conversations, putting a laughter in their hearts, and a smile on their face; you gave them a better day. That’s all that matters. Yes I’ve preorder Shadows Falls After Dark: Eternal in hardback, I can’t wait for the novella as well! 🙂 I love all your books, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for Della in the 3rd installment. Thanks for being the amazing author that you are! 🙂

  16. That looks like fun. One thing in my life that I probably regret the most is that when I get mad I make bad decisions. I was once mad at a bunch of girls who had bullied me throughout my whole elementary/what I had of high school life. I decided to get even. I took something they did to me when they were little and told the principal they did it to me then. I ended up confessing but I was so upset and guilty I couldn’t sleep

  17. I’ve got to say that there were so many books that came out this month and still more to come and one if them is Eternal!! Can’t wait for it to come out!

  18. It feels so great to be part of this family. I am currently reading past shadow falls books and I am in love. I can not wait until Eternal comes out. Right now I am trying to save money to buy myself a copy 😀 @dofashion101 (twitter)

  19. I so excited your release of not 1 but 2 books coming out in a few days. I am always telling everyone about them. As I have learned in the past word of mouth is one of the best ways to do that. You are one of the best authors out that.

  20. Ahh! I cannot believe that Eternal is out in a couple days! Sadly, I don’t have any social media accounts (I want a good college and a good job, and I’m afraid I’ll accidentally say something bad) but I have been spreading the word the best I can! I’ve been telling my teachers, friends, family, and some random strangers about this series, and I even told my library to order it. I cannot wait for the book to come out, and I know that lots of people that have encountered me cannot wait either!

  21. I remember when I felt myself going down the wrong path. I became depressed and turned to many different ways to relieve my stress, All of which were bad, and I felt my life slip away. I was getting bad grades, was very reclusive and mean to my friends, started hanging out with the wrong people and I wasn’t happy. I became this person that I hated being a even being positive made me sick. It took a very long time, but I met people that made em happy and encouraged me to not be so mopey! This is also when I finally started writing again because it made me happy when I was little and I vented all of my stress in the form of a story. I got better and my life’s on track now. It does get better!

  22. Well, first of all, we have all made wrong decisions. I certainly have, and I think that we would be lying if we said that we haven’t because we’re all humans and we all make wrong decisions every time no matter how perfect you think you are. I make wrong decisions and always end up regretting them. Like this one time when I was little, I said something that I didn’t mean to someone, and when I calmed down I regretted it. But well, I’m human (unfortunately 😉 ) and I make mistakes all the time and this is not the first or the last time that I’ll make a mistake.

  23. I’m glad you had fun!!! That was amazing and very inspiring 😀 what you did for those women in jail. Its great that you go to other schools to talk to the students!!

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