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!

16 thoughts on “Settings & a Giveaway!

  1. Setting isn’t very important to me, because I’m reading for the characters, their actions, development, and relationships, though I do get excited whenever I find a book that takes place in Missouri or passes through there because it’s hardly ever a place that’s used!

    Quick question: Will Three Heartbeats Away only be in e-book format, or will it be sold in paperback, too?

  2. The setting isn’t overly important to me, though if it is going to be used as a plot point or discussed in detail, then I n-e-e-d the author to get it right. Makes the book rather less enjoyable when something is poorly researched by someone not familiar with the area and it becomes a caricature of the place. It’s like an actor who does an accent (not their own) and not only sounds like they’re doing an accent, but gets it wrong. It grates on your nerves.

  3. Settings are very important when it comes to writing books. Whether it be a real city or fictional world it’s fun to see the different places characters visit and read the descriptions of what they are seeing as if you are in the book too. In YA I like to read when they are in a school setting, I like to read when they are in there favorite places like their room or favorite hangout. I think it’s fun to read descriptions of places that are real and can imagine what it’s like even if I’ve never been there.

  4. To me I find that settings with the older / historical settings seem to catch my attention. I’m from South Carolina and our State is full of old southern charm and lots of history. (Not all good…..but not all bad) Locations like Charleston SC, Pawleys Island SC and countless small towns here are packed full of ghost stories and legends. I also find that I enjoy settings that have a lot of diversity and culture.

  5. I love settings. I think it helps the reader move of an idea of the area and time period for the characters. I love imagining seeing what they see, what they smell, what they hear. I am not really sure where they best idea location would be but I love any thing country. The country style homes, the trees, the open clean air, where you neighbor is miles away, where the horses have room to roam, that is my kind of setting. Another place would be by the ocean with a lighthouse, the smell of the ocean and sand under your feet.

  6. I’m sort of partial to a Texas setting because this is my home state. Anything Texas has to be good. Also like a Louisiana setting. The description of the bayous, cypress trees and Cajun accents makes me want to be there. Let’s not forget the Cajun food. I discovered you as a writer when I saw one of your books and it was set in Texas. Bought it and been a fan ever since.

  7. Charleston, New Orleans and the Outer Banks are probably some of my favorite places to read books with those settings.

  8. The settings aren’t really necessary. I love that it takes me every where without leaving my home. I want to go to all of the states in America and some of the other countries ut that isn’t going to happen so the books works for me.

  9. I read for the story/characters. Setting can add depth and history to a story but I’m not dependent on it. I do love your Texas books though.

  10. I read by the author. Setting is where I can be relaxed. It could be in my recliner or under a tree on a lazy afternoon. I have learned the author is the most important part of the story. It is their creativity the brings the story to life and makes all the little details worth reading and re-reading.

  11. I love creepy or mysterious settings that leave you thinking, “What is up with this place?” Settings that are fantastical like Wonderland are also great because literally anything can happen! Familiar settings are good too. Ones that make you feel at home with a book. I guess I like any good setting that can take me to a different place or time.

  12. The setting is almost like another character to me. It doesn’t matter where. I do like new Orleans and the Florida keys settings. Wisconsin is another one. Just so it seems real.

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