HAVEN by Mary Linsdey

Writing is my Haven (See what I did there?)

I’m so excited to be on CC’s blog today! It’s been a crazy week for me answering lots of interviews and doing a couple of podcasts for my next novel, Haven (releasing November 7, 2017 in hardcover and ebook).

One of the most common questions I receive is “Have you always wanted to be a writer?”

Short answer: No.

I never wanted to be a writer growing up. I successfully avoided all creative writing classes and projects all the way through college, even faking sick in grade school on poetry days. Creating something original terrified me.

Becoming a writer happened unexpectedly as the result of my losing a game of “Chicken” with my eleven-year-old daughter. Losing was one of the best things to happen to me. She was complaining about how heroes in young adult books she’d read believed themselves to be evil or cursed. Her rant morphed into how she believed heroes should be written and finally, to make her feel better, I bluffed and said, “Hey, tell you what… I’ll write that book for you.” I never expected to carry through. I mean, that’s the stuff of nightmares for me. I figured she’d be satisfied and we’d forget all about it.

Nope. She called my bluff.

She looked at me with those trusting, huge eyes and said, “Really? You would really write a book for me?”

Well, crap. Busted. I had no choice but to go through with it…sort of. Surely, after a chapter of the certain garbage I’d produce, she’d beg me to stop and I’d be off the hook. Instead, she loved the first chapter and asked for more.

After that, I was hooked. Completely and totally obsessed with writing—the very thing I’d avoided my entire life. Thirty days later, I handed her the last chapter of the seven-hundred-page manuscript, which, needless to say was not my finest work. But, it was my first work and led to where I am right now, celebrating my tenth published book.

Writing, once my personal hell, became my safe haven. << Look at that blatantly obvious segue into telling you about my book. J

About Haven:

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. 

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

You can order Haven at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Indie Bound and Entangled.

About Mary:

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. Her books Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits have been selected for the 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program.

Mary lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

You can find Mary on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest and on her website: https://www.marylindsey.com/.


I loved Mary Lindsey’s book, Haven, so much I wanted to share it with you. So, I’m giving away four copies of Haven to four people who leave a comment. Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog page to enter.)

Don’t Forget The Mortician’s Daughter is Now Available!

“The dynamic characters are interesting and the suspense grows in intensity and I was on the edge of my seat as the story ended! I want the sequel now!!! ”  —The Thought Spot 

“Filled with suspense, chills and thrills, The Mortician’s Daughter is as creepy as it is romantic!”  — Margie’s Must Reads

Readers will be screaming over C.C. Hunter’s latest series, The Mortician’s Daughter.  No really, yo will let out a gut-curdling shriek when you finish because you’ll be craving more! —RT Book Reviews

You can order The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave at Kobo, Indie Bound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


The winner of last week’s blog is Carestyn. Congratulations! You’ve won a copy of HAVEN and a bunch of swag. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address.

15 thoughts on “HAVEN by Mary Linsdey

  1. What a wonderful story! I’m glad you really stepped up and started writing. I am so glad the world is filled with unique stories and I hope to one day put a big dent in them. It’s always very scary to be pushed out of our comfort zone and especially living up to our loved ones expectations. Thanks for sharing and congrats on another new release!

  2. What an intriguing, funny, and sweet story about you becoming an author! Children certainly can have you wrapped around their finger with a look. Especially when it’s your own children. I’m so proud of your accomplishments Mary. I’m so happy your daughter pushed you to your unexpected dream. It’s amazing how life turns out. Congrats on the new release!

  3. Wow!! This book sounds amazing and I love the hoe Mary started writing!! That’s one of the funniest and cutest stories I have rad about how authors decide to become a writer. The characters problems in the story are needed to be at looked at today especially bullying. Mary you and CC are both phenomenal writers and I congratulate the both of you on your success and new book releases!!!

  4. Is it to early to ask when the second book in the morticians daughter series can be expected? I read the first book in its entirety in one day and am already dying for the second one!

  5. Such a great story. Thanks for sharing. I’m an art/tech elementary school teacher and I get the “I can’t do this.” Or “I don’t like this.” on a daily basis but after they begin the project and find they can actually do it and have fun, it makes hearing all the growling worth it…….well sometimes anyway. Haha
    Congratulations on your success!

  6. Congrats on your book Mary!! I love that you never wanted to be a writer! We owe many thanks to your daughter for knowing what she wanted in a book!!!
    I’m looking forward to reading this book!!!!

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