Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves in our lives and in our fiction.  I have a few, okay I have a lot.  Lemon seeds.  I love lemon in my water, but I hate the seeds.  So, I ask for lime in my water.  A lot of times they just stick a lemon in it.  That means, I’ll spend a good minute removing seeds from a the lemon.  I also frown when someone is driving 10 miles under the speed limit in the left hand lane.  Then again, I get agitated when someone is riding my bumper, or I see them darting in and out of traffic going too fast. Yup, we all have pet peeves.

I think my biggest pet peeve in life that bleeds over into fiction is when a character is a bully.  It’s not that I think characters need to be perfect, or that they don’t occasionally hurt someone. Good people make mistakes.  Good people snap at people they love.  Good people lie.  They push people away.  But we all know the difference between the mean girl, and girl who loses it for a little while, or makes the wrong choice.  For me that difference is why a character does something and how she comes to realize she’s made a mistake. 

What is something that will make you put down a book? 

Or maybe not pick it up in the first place?

This week I’m celebrating the release of This Heart of Mine releasing in paperback. Yes, if you have been waiting to finally read This Heart of Mine, well, now’s a good time.

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

C. C. Hunter’s This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Order your paperback copy of This Heart of Mine from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound and Powell’s.

Giveaway!!!!

This week I’ll give away an ARC of In Another Life to one person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must actually go to my blog to enter.)

13 thoughts on “Pet Peeves

  1. I have a lot of those same pet peeves when it comes to driving. Another car related one that I have though, is when I’m sitting at a stoplight and I can hear someone else’s music over top of mine! Just how loud do you need to listen to your music?!

  2. For me if i dont feel something within the first 2 chapeters i will usually stop reading a book. If its the second book in a series then i will try to read 3 or 4 chapters. But a book has to grab my heart and make me feel what the characters are feeling.

  3. what makes me put down a book is if I’ve read at least 3 chapters and nothing has really pulled me in or at least got me slightly curious i have to stop reading it because it will make me sooo bored…haha and my biggest pet peeve in the world is besides slow drivers but slow walkers! i cant be at the store behind someone that’s taking up the whole aisle and moving 1 mile per hour drives me crazy!

  4. I have stopped midway through a book or series if it doesn’t have the heart or language to pull me in. If the plots are too predictable or there isn’t intrigue for the main characters.

  5. If the characters have a very whiney attitude, then it’s a no go for me. I have to deal with that enough during my day, I definitely don’t want to read it. Lol

  6. Hello ,
    The book sounds very interesting , to say living is harder to live than dying …
    As I have heard of that before some people who gets transplant get odd habits or tasted for food that they never ate before. And I hope if I can ever donate that they get all my weird traits .

    Along with my Pet Peeves , there are too many to list.

    Thanks for sharing , looking to hear more from you

  7. I have a few pet peeves, but when it comes to books I have a hard time with poor grammar. I don’t often have issues with published writers, but some Kindle books that sound interesting lose me with all the mistakes. I also dislike when someone will say “I seen it” while talking. No, you SAW it! This isn’t really a pet peeve, but book covers either make me want to pick a book up or walk by depending on how eye catching they are.

  8. I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to driving, but I also think that is when I let all my pent up stress and emotional junk out. I’m trying to find more healthy alternates as road rage is a huge issue in my state and a lot of people carry guns.

  9. I haven’t put down many books in my life, maybe because I really like to research the author first an see how beautifully he/she place the characters in the fiction world he/she creates. A book has to have its own life for me to get inside of it, if I don’t feel the connection in the first few pages I can’t keep going and definitely stop reading it.
    Love your style Mrs. Hunter and cant wait for the third book of the Mortician daughter series. Your writing is something that keeps me and my daughter (16 yrs old) connected, I start the books and passed them to her, and she LOVE them!

  10. My biggest pet peeve is not having a well set up description of the surroundings of the character. I want to be able to close my eyes and envision what the author had in mind for the surroundings. I want to picture in my mind what the book may be like if it were a movie. Description is key!

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