Giveaway!!

Three Heartbeats Away released last week. It’s been getting great reviews. Have you read it yet? A lot happens to Riley. In fact, someone gets shot! And getting shot really sucks! Who do you think get shot?  Here’s an excerpt with some clues.

Excerpt

The phone rings again. I snatch it off the bedside table and hear Kelsey muttering something about the cold and ghosts. I see the time is eleven. Not as late as I assumed, but we were both exhausted and went to bed right at nine.

              I blink and focus on the number, half expecting it to be Dad but praying it isn’t. I don’t want to have this conversation now. Too tired. Too hurt. Too…everything. But when I focus on the screen, I realize I’m wrong. It’s not Dad.

It’s Hayden. What’s he doing calling this late? My heart says he might have remembered something else. Maybe even remembers everything about us this time.

              “Hello?” My voice sounds scratchy and sleepy.

“Riley.” His voice is pure panic. “This is going to sound so nuts, but I just…had another dream or whatever you want to call it, and in it Kelsey’s grandmother insisted I call you to wake you up because you’re in danger. She said she tried to wake you but couldn’t. I didn’t want to call, but it felt so real. And I thought… Shit, I shouldn’t have called. This is stupid.”

“What danger?” Cobwebs of sleep start clearing.

“It sounds crazy,” Hayden said.

Bessie appears, fear and fret in her eyes. “He’s here. Get out of the house.”

“Is that her I hear talking?” Hayden asks.

“Gotta go!” I disconnect the call with Hayden and stare at Bessie. “What’s wrong?”

“He’s trying to break in right now! Go out the back door!”

My heart jumps, and my mind goes straight to the man who murdered the bride. “The killer’s here? How—”

“What?” Kelsey fights to get the covers off and sits up. “Killer? Here?”

“No,” Bessie says. “Charles is here. But he’s drunk or high, and he’s got a gun.”

“Crap!” My pulse flutters at the base of my neck.

“Crap what?” Kelsey’s eyes are wide and awake now.

I shoot off the bed, still feeling half out of it, and look down at my best friend. “Charles is here!”

Kelsey bounces out of bed, then shakes her head. “No, he’s in jail.”

The cracking sound of glass breaking echoes from the living room and punctuates her words. Footsteps echo in the house. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. A door farther in the house opens, then slams.

“Window,” Bessie yells.

“Bat?” Kelsey screams.

“You left it in my car,” I say and tell myself to think, to think fast.

“Window,” Bessie yells.

“Window,” Kelsey says, almost as if she hears her grandmother. Kelsey runs for her window and tries to pull it up. I run to help. More footsteps ring out.

“Hurry,” Bessie says.

Kelsey’s bedroom door swings open. We turn around. Charles stumbles into the room, a gun in his outstretched hand.

All I can do is stare at the weapon and know it only takes a twitch of a finger to send a bullet inside either me or my best friend. One quick pull and our lives could end. I’ve never had a gun pointed at me. Never thought of them as terrifying. Until now.

You can now order your ebook or print copy of Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

Giveaway!!!

So who do you think get’s shot? Riley, Kelsey. Charles or maybe someone else?  Don’t say the answer if you know.  Let’s keep the people who haven’t read it wondering.

Today I’ll give away a C.C. Hunter T-shirt to one person who leaves me a comment and tells me their favorite things about Riley?  Don’t let it contain any spoilers.
(Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Three Heartbeats Away!

Today is the day many of you have been waiting for. Yup, it’s release day for Three Heartbeats Away, the third and final book in my Mortician’s Daughter series.

Have you read it?  Have you experienced the bone-chilling cold of Riley’s new ghost?  Have you learned the secret Riley uncovers that turns her life upside down?  Has your heart ached for Riley when she questions if her purpose with Hayden wasn’t to a part of his life, but just to make sure he lived?  Can you guess what Kelsey’s reaction is going to be when she learns exactly what’s going on with her best friend?  Pick up your copy and experience the drama, the mystery, the romance, and the grins and giggles of where Riley Smith’s journey will take you.

I always have so many mixed emotions when I release a final book in a series. I’m excited for my readers to experience the end of a character’s journey, but I’m also sad to have to say goodbye to all the fictional friends I made. I also get really anxious to hear what my readers think about the book. But so far, reviews about the series have been awesome. Here are just a few of the things that have been said:

“Master storyteller C.C. Hunter has a way of drawing you into a story and never letting go. Her characters are so alive, you feel like you’re sitting next to them, and their stories so real, you feel included in every aspect of their lives. Smart. Captivating. Heart wrenching. Miss Hunter is, and will always be, on my MUST READ list!”—NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones

“I love this girl! Riley. She’s a corker. I always expect a lot from C.C. Hunter, and she always delivers.”—Chez Shay Online Book Reviews 

“I so cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!!!!! C.C. Hunter has never ever failed to amaze me with her books.”—Lovely Read Publishing

“Filled with expected tropes and twists that can be found in many YA books C.C. Hunter is an expert at weaving her tales to let you have a fantastic reading time.”—Beware of the Reader

“This [Mortician’s Daughter] series is the perfect blend of eerie paranormal action, drama and plenty of will-they-won’t-they scenarios with to-die-for crushes.” –RT Book Reviews

The dead carry their secrets with them…

At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.

Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?

As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.

You can now order your ebook or print copy of Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Samantha L. Wallace. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com. Include your t-shirt size and your choice of One Foot in the Grave (book #1) or Two Feet Under (book #2) and if you prefer the Kindle or Nook version. Congratulations!

Ghosts & a Giveaway!

I have talked about my fascination with ghosts and my personal experiences with them. I’m not sure why I love ghosts and ghost stories, but I know I’m not the only one. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many movies and TV series about ghosts. Just look at the number of reality ghost hunting and paranormal investigating TV series. There’s Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Mine and Ghost Asylum, just to name a few. I don’t usually watch those because then I’d never be able to be alone in my house again.

I tend to watch the fictional TV series like The Ghost Whisperer, which I love, and still watch it when it’s on. I also watch Ghostbusters whenever it’s on.I recently shared my love of the movie Ghost, still one of my all time favorites. But I recently started watching The InBetween, a new series on NBC. This might become one of my favorites. It’s about a young woman, much like Riley, who assists the dead with their unresolved problems and helps detectives solve murder cases. Watch the trailer HERE.

In a lot of ways, the character in The InBetween, Cassie Bedford, reminds me of an older Riley.  They deal with some of the same things, needy spirits, and sometimes gruesome crimes.  Neither of them are super heroes, they are ordinary females with extraordinary gifts.  They get scared, they have other issues weighing on their minds, but their determination to help the dead is admirable and courageous.  I can’t wait for you see Riley in action in this last book in the series.

The countdown for the release of Three Heartbeats Away has started. Only two weeks from today, Three Heartbeats Away will be out. So, if you want to enter my preorder contest, you have to before June 18th. Just preorder Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo, and send a screen shot or copy of the receipt to me at cc@cchunterbooks.com.

Then you’ll be entered to win this cool tote filled with awesome swag (promo stuff). But please note, Three Heartbeats Away is up for preorder as an ebook only. However, on release day it will also be available in paperback.

Now, I want to be fair to my fans who are ordering the print copy.  So, if you send me a screen shot, copy of the receipt of your order, or even a photo of you with your book to cc@cchunterbooks.com,  I’ll hold another contest.  I’ll give away a second tote with all the goodies in it.  I’ll announce the winner on June 25th.

(Sorry but both giveaways are limited to U.S. residents.)

Giveaway!

I’ll give away a t-shirt and an ebook of either One Foot in the Grave or Two Feet Under (your choice)to one person who leaves a comment telling me about their favorite TV show. It doesn’t even have to be about ghosts. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you’ll have to pop over to…… to enter to win. (Sorry, but this giveaway is also only for U.S. residents.)

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Deborah Elkins. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address and your t-shirt size.

Settings & a Giveaway!

I once knew someone who read a book just for the setting.  If the book took place in Georgia, where she was from, she’d read it for that reason alone.  For me, a book can take place anywhere.  I read for the characters. That said, I love, love settings that are woven into the stories.  The right setting should work as a mirror.  It should reflect and contrast the emotional context of a story.  It can even enhance the plot.  In some books, the setting can almost be a character.

If you’ve kept up with my Facebook page you know I just came from the Book Lover’s Con in New Orleans.  I love that city.  It has character and history.  It has an ambiance that is unique.  The sounds of Jazz, the Cajun accents.  It smells like New Orleans.  The famous to die for food, and not just the Cajun, the city is full of food from so many different cultures.  There’s the smell of the bayous, Lake Pontchartrain, and the Mississippi River. There’s the image of the sun setting on the water’s horizon.  The coffee with chicory and cream.  Oh, and let’s not forget the beignets with a heavy dusting of powdered sugar.

Every time I go to Louisiana and especially New Orleans, I think I want to write a story set there.  But then I always go back to my own unique state of Texas.  No, I’m not from here, but I’ve hung my hat here longer than I have anyplace else.  Texas has its own vibe, its own history and for sure, its own charm.  And because I know it, I always find I’m more comfortable using it as my backdrop.

I think another reason I use it is because crazy crap really does happen here.  Almost every town has some ghost stories, and oh, the characters we have here!  From cowboys to hippies.  And true crimes stories so bizarre that people outside of Texas just don’t believe them. 

Three Heartbeats Away takes place in the fictional town of Catwalk, Texas, in the Lone Star State.  In this book, Riley spends a lot of time in the hospital. Since Riley sees dead people, it’s not really her favorite hangout spot.  But when someone she cares about is shot, not being there isn’t an option.

She also spends a lot of time at a donut shop in one of those neighborhoods that is both commercial and residential.  You see, Delicious Donuts is across the street from an abandoned commercial building where her latest ghost was murdered.  She goes there numerous times hoping the murderer will return to the scene of the crime. It’s there, with the sweet aroma of donuts and coffee, that Riley discovers her suspects.  Three Heartbeats Away has a real who-done-it plot that will keep you guessing.

Today, I’ll give away a C.C. Hunter T-shirt to one person who leaves a comment about what kind of settings they like and how important settings are to your reading pleasure. 

Oh, and don’t forget my preorder contest. Just preorder Three Heartbeats Away at AmazonBarnes & Noble or Kobo, and send a screen shot or copy of the receipt to me at cc@cchunterbooks.com. Then you’ll be entered to win this cool tote filled with awesome swag (promo stuff). But hurry, I’ll close this contest June 18th with the release of Three Heartbeats Away.(Sorry but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents.)

Happy reading, guys!