Beach Book Bonanza–Week 2!

BeachThis is week two of my Beach Book Bonanza. I hope you saw last week’s blog and commented, because even if you didn’t win any of the weekly giveaways, you’ll still be entered into my big beach basket giveaway at the end of the month.  (Sorry, but these giveaways are limited to US residents. And, as always, if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you have to go to my blog and comment in order to be entered into my giveaways.)

Dax Varley

BleedDax Varley writes the kind of YA novels she wished were around when she was a a teen. A lover of humor, horror and all things paranormal. Dax calls Richardson, TX home. In her latest book, Bleed, life is a nightmare for Miranda Murphy. Without knowing why or when, blood oozes from her palms. Now, there have in 3 deaths in as many months at her school, and she and her paranormal friends must destroy the evil affecting their school.




1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

Something intelligent, but doesn’t make me think too hard or stresses me out. It difficult to relax when you’re on the edge of your seat…or beach towel.

2. What’s the last great beach book you read?

Dax Varley Publicity PhotoI adored The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. It’s historical, so it may not technically be considered a beach read, but it’s contains everything to enchant the reader.

3. Flip flops or tennis shoes?

You would think someone with long monkey toes like mine would want them covered up, but it flip-flops all the way! Or as I used to call them, thongs. 🙂

Kim O’Brien

bonedeep2Kim O’Brien grew up in Bronxville, N.Y. listening to her mom’s ghost stories and riding horses. After earning her BA in psychology from Emory University, she went on to get her masters in fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College. For many years, she worked as a writer, editor and speechwriter before becoming a full time mom and fiction writer. In Kim’s first YA novel, Bone Deep, Paige Patterson and her friend Emily intern on an archaeological dig working for Paige’s estranged father. The summer even takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi — the super attractive son of her father’s project manager. But then Emily vanishes.  Paige and Jalen’s search for Emily, unearths long hidden crimes and dangerous mysteries.

1.What do you look for in a great beach read?

A great beach read is a book I can’t put down or stop thinking about. The characters become very real to me and even though it is in print, I feel like I’m at the movies because I can see everything so clearly in my mind. I read across genres, so it could be a thriller, or a drama, or a mystery. The important thing is that I can connect to the characters, believe in the authenticity of their motives and actions, and root for them.

2B9484B50D0340B4876B5252CC6788642. What is the last great beach book you read?

It’s been out for a while, but I’m obsessed with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series. His fictional world is so incredibly well developed and complex. He has that great ability to sustain suspense through a lot of pages, at the same time he develops his characters so well that you really feel like you know them. The scope of his imagination just floors me. I’m also a big Jodi Picoult fan and happily immerse myself into her stories. She has such a great talent – I can’t say enough.

3. Men’s chest? Waxed or non-waxed?

Well, I find getting my eye brows waxed to be exceptionally painful, so I go with non-waxed.

Colleen Gleason

clockwork-scarabColleen Gleason s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres! So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunkhistorical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both. In The Clockwork Scarab (Book 1 in her Stoker & Holmes series),  Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear—one dead, one missing—there’s no one more qualified to investigate. The pressure is on, and the stakes are high—if Stoker and Holmes don’t figure out why London’s finest sixteen-year-old women are in danger, they’ll become the next victims.

1. What do you look for in a great beach read?

Something that feels summery, with a good dose of romance and/or suspense. I generally like something light, too, with either humor and/or an easy tone.

cg-about12. What is the last great beach book you read?

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

3. If you could go to the beach with any hunky guy, who would you choose (and no, you can’t say your hubby)?

Robert Downey Jr. He’s hot, and funny, and interesting. If he’s not available, I’d take Benedict Cumberbatch. (I apparently have a thing for Sherlock Holmes….) 😉


The winners from last week’s giveaways are Suze, Joey and Allison Dewey. Email me at to claim your free ebook, and please tell me if you prefer the NOOK or Kindle format.

Beach Tote Giveaway!

IMG_0502-2Don’t forget, if you leave a comment you are automatically entered into my Beach Tote Giveaway and could win this tote filled with signed books by the featured authors of the last two weeks, an Amazon gift card, swag, beach essentials and fun stuff!!! I’ll announce the winner next week on my blog. So be sure to check back.





65 thoughts on “Beach Book Bonanza–Week 2!

  1. The last great beach books I have read recently are the vampire diaries series. I watched the tv series berfire reading the books and I was a bit mad at myself for not reading the books first. So now I’m getting into the books and I love them. Even though it hurts to read a changed storyline from the tv series, but those books do capture the fictional romance side of me. These hands down are my two favorite genres to read, well those and the supernatural world.

  2. It’s cool that you introduce us to so many different authors. Getting a little personal information makes the step to try out their books a lot easier.

  3. I think its great how CC is helping other authors promote their books! Its so nice. Also, we get to be introduced to new authors.

  4. I am so excited to buy my copy of midnight hour! I completely and utterly fell in love with the shadow falls series! I was in the middle of about 4 others series at the time waiting for the books to be released when i bought born at midnight, in the last 6 years i have read over 200+ books and without a doubt shadow falls will always be number one. I have never had a fiction book that i could actually identify with, and i was actually left with a book hangover. I literally felt like part of my heart was broken when it ended. I really need to read the .5 books 😉 You are one amazingly creative women CC Hunter! I <3 Your artistic works.

  5. Sounds like an awesome beach basket of goodies! All the novels by the authors seem really intense and would be amazing to read.

  6. I can’t wait to read the final book in the shadow falls series and see who Miranda picks! Shadow falls give me life!! I can’t wait for your next piece, keep up the good work CC!!

  7. Books and stories make the impossibles probable. They are getaways for me whenever I need to enter another universe. I’m thankful of all the amazing authors who write stories that offer me this escape! 😀

  8. So I’ll be expanding my TBR, with all these great reads featured . I’m not much of a beach person myself, but I do believe all the featured reads would be great for beachside, as would Shadow Falls. Thanks for the awesome spotlights/book recs and the awesome giveaway!

  9. I love the books you’ve posted about! Summer is my time to catch up on reading and add to my TBR pile! Love the beach tote idea.

  10. These books sound very interesting. I definitely want to read Bleed, its not everyday that you get to read a YA book that is a horror, and paranormal for teens.

  11. I would love to win please 🙂 I know I’m later but I saw your Facebook post and would love to win you are an awesome author!!!!

  12. I’m always on the lookout for a new great series I fall in the with the characters in the books I read and here to see their stories come to an end! That’s why I love Shadow Falls and After Dark I get to continue on with all the same amazing characters

  13. I really appreciate the beach read recommendations. I am always looking for new writers and trust your taste. Thank you!

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