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C.C. Hunter

The Take Your Shirt Off Test

I’ve been a very busy girl. Like nose-to-the-grindstone and no-more-nose-left kind of busy.  The type of busy that when you finally catch up, you still feel that antsy gotta-keep-going feeling.  It’s as if you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be still, to not be under the gun.  Yeah, that’s been me.

I finished my second book in my Christie Craig Texas Justice series.  Of course, it was running late, and then I had to go back in and cut the word count before I could send it in. My books are always running long these days.  I blame it on being Southern.  It can take a Southerner fifteen words to say something that a Northerner can say in five. (I envy them a bit.)

At the same time, I got my copy edits on my March 26th release for my young adult thriller novel, In Another Life.  For those of you who don’t understand what “copy edits” entail, it’s when someone (a copy editor) reads your book and makes corrections on both grammar stuff, typos, missing words, and they’ll mark anything that needs tweaking.  As in “You said she spoke to her dad, but she really just listened to a voice mail.”  Yeah, it was something I changed in revision and didn’t correct in the following scene.  It’s an oops, and we writers appreciate our copy editors for finding those errors.

So, an author has to go through all the changes a copy editor makes to confirm they agree with those changes.  Then they need to address anything she agrees needs to be changed, like the voice-mail thing.

That said, there was one comment this copy editor wrote that gave me pause.  And here’s where I’m going to explain the title of this blog.  In a scene where the hero and heroine go swimming, I have the hero pull off his T-shirt,  i.e.  He crossed his arms, reached down and caught the hem of his shirt and pulled it over his head.

When I saw that sentence marked, I wondered:  What’s wrong that that? Her comment explained that boys don’t take their shirts off that way. Only girls.  She wrote that girls take their shirts off that way and boys reach over their heads, grab their shirts by the back of their neck, and pull it off.

I’m like . . . uh . . .  that’s not true.  There isn’t a gender specific way of removing a shirt.   I’m mid-ponder on this when in walks in my hubby.  I look up.  He’s wearing a T-shirt. Perfect. I’m like . . .  uh, “Take off your shirt.”

Of course, he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.  “Uh, what?”

“Just take off your shirt,” I say.

“Why?” he asks.

“It’s for the book,” I explain.

Now you know he thinks all my heroes are based after him, so he smiles and follows my order.

Much to my dismay, he reaches over his head to the neck of his shirt and pulls his T-shirt off.  I’m shocked.  “Why didn’t you grab it from the hem and pull it over your head?” I ask.

“I don’t know.  It’s just how I take my shirt off.”

First of all, I was disappointed that obviously I haven’t paid enough attention to guys removing their shirts.  LOL.  How could I have missed this?

So I do what I always do when something puzzles me.  I Googled it.  And duh, I found articles on the subject trying to explain this phenomenon.  Basically they listed five reasons.

  • Hair
  • Boobs
  • Guys copying other guys
  • Flexibility
  • How the clothes are made.

But you know you can’t believe everything you read.  So I wanted to test this theory more, so awkwardly, I called my son and requested he take his shirt off, then I called my daughter and asked her to get my son-in-law to take his shirts off.  (Hey, they are used to their mama doing crazy crap.)  Much to my dismay, they all used the tug-the-shirt-over-their-neck method.  Now I want to test this theory more, but I don’t know how walking up to men, other than my hubby, and asking them to take their shirt off will be received. So I’m asking you to do it. Do the test with a boy/man you are comfortable with and ask them to remove their shirt.  One person who leaves me an answer will win a Born To Read T-shirt.  Sizes are limited. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.)

And here’s one of the articles I found about this.


Hope your October is turning out to be a good month!

Happy Reading!


Questions, Anyone?

A few weeks ago, I asked you to leave some questions that you’d like to ask me if you ever met me at a book signing. So, I thought it would be fun to answer a few of those questions for this week’s blog. If you think of any more questions you’d like me to answer, leave them in the comment section and eventually, I’ll answer them all.

Paula Bell asked: My question would be do you ever have writers block and what do you do for it? I have never been to a book fair or festival. A friend and I are working on that. I hope sometime soon I’ll happen.

CC: Well, Paula, I don’t really believe in writer’s block.  You see writing is my career, my job. My dad was a plumber and he went to work every day. I know there were days he didn’t feel like it, but he still went. He never claimed to have plumber’s block (no pun intended). He did his job, and I do mine. I don’t always feel like writing, but I make myself write. Because even if the writing isn’t that great, I can fix that later, but I can’t fix a blank page.


Shauna Tramutolo asked: Is there any chance of there being another book for the Shadow Falls gang? I would really love to know where they all went and what human college was like for them as supernaturals.

CC: Sorry, Shauna, but I have no plans to write another Shadow Falls book at this time. That’s not to say it will never happen. Heck, I’m old enough to have learned to never say never. However, right now I’m busy writing my Mortician’s Daughter series. I started this series with my Shadow Falls fans in mind. While Riley has different problems in her life, she still reminds me a lot of Kylie. I also release my first stand alone book This Heart of mine, which is my most personal book yet. I drew on the experience I had when my husband had a kidney transplant and all the ways it impacted our lives. I also tossed in a young romance, some mystery and a touch of woowoo.



BN100 asked: Would ask you how you prepare for festivals and book signings.

CC: Mostly, I just want to make sure I get the word out about the event, so people turn up. I also want to be certain I’ll have enough books to sign. Then I get ready to have fun.

Shania N. Soler asked: If I were to ever get the chance to meet you in person I’d probably ask a million and one questions about Shadow Falls and all its characters and the dynamic world in which you’ve set it in, though the first question I think I’d ask would be: What first inspired you to start writing?

CC: First of all, I’m dyslexic, so reading and writing were difficult for me when I was growing up. So the thought of becoming a writer never occurred to me. But I did enjoy making up stories. I’d head off to my favorite place in the woods and weave all sorts of stories in my head—some went on for days.

Then, in my early 20’s, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My hubby asked me what I wanted to do, and I said that I wanted to be a writer. Being the great man he is, he told me I should “go for it.” So I took every writing class I could, studied my favorite authors and wrote every day. It wasn’t easy and took my many years and lots of hard work to get where I am today.

Kira Moericke asked: I’d probably ask how you come up with such clever sass (that everyone loves) in your characters, especially the sass in Della.

CC: Oh gosh, Della has always been sassy. When she first popped into my head, she already had an attitude. But really I just think she comes from the sassy part of me that I tend to keep under wraps. With Della, however, I had to open that up and let my sass run free. Once I did, it was a bit like Pandora’s Box, it’s hard to box it back up. But that’s okay., I kinda like it. Now, my hubby may have a few reservations…

As I said, leave any questions for me below and I’ll answer them in a future post.



The winner from last week’s giveaway is Angie. Congratulations, Angie, you’ve won a copy of This Heart of Mine and a cool Shadow Falls bracelet. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address and I’ll send you your prize.

Angels Walk Amongst Us

Has anyone ever walked into your life and left good footprints on your soul?  I don’t mean spirits, I mean a real person, someone whose smile, whose encouragement makes a difference?  Someone, who when you see this person, makes that moment so much better?  I smile when I remember Shawna, I want to cry knowing I will never see her again. Last week, I lost one of my angels.

Shawna Springer, whose beautiful spirit imprinted on my life, died way too young.

I met Shawna when she reached out to me, asking me to do a book signing at a book club meeting.  Shawna always wore such a big love-you smile.  And all you book lovers out there would have loved her, too.  She was . . . the biggest book geek I’ve ever known.

She worked at Barnes and Noble in Pasadena, Texas.  She loved to read.  She knew my characters almost as well as I did.  She was one of those booksellers who seriously had a passion for the written word.  She’d order cases of my books for book signings and would have me sign them all before I left.  I asked her once if she wasn’t going to send them back.

“Heck no,” she’d say.  “They’re going on my recommend shelf.  I’ll sell them.”

And she did.  She’d hand sell books in the store all the time.  Not just my books either.  When she loved an author she was a fan like no other.  She had a way of making authors feel special.  Her bubbly glee over my books energized me as an author.  And I know I wasn’t alone. She did that for so many authors.

She also loved doing crafts.  She made me a Shadow Falls dream catcher that hangs in my office.  She made This Heart of Mine charms that I put on bracelets.  When I’d pay her for her crafts, I would also pay her more than she charged.  I told her, “You don’t charge enough.”

She’d reply, “Yeah, but it’s about books and you know how I feel about your books.”

I wish I could pick up the phone and tell her one more time how much I appreciated her.  Oh, I told her many times, but maybe not enough.

I wish she was still here.  But she’s not.  So I encourage you that if you have someone who makes a difference in your life, pick up the phone or better yet go to them, hug them, and tell them what they mean to you.

I hope Shawna is in the hereafter, and I sure as heck hope they have a library, because I know wherever she is, she’ll be happier if surrounded by books.

Today in honor of Shawna I’m giving away a hard cover of This Heart of Mine and one of the bracelets with the charms she made.  To enter just leave a post telling me about someone who makes your world better. Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my Website to enter.)


The winner of last week’s giveaway is Taylor Thomason. Congratuations, Taylor, you’ve won a tote of book swag. Please email you postal address to cc@cchunterbooks.com so I can get you your prize.

Thanks for all the great questions last week. I promise I’ll write a blog soon to answer them all.




Book Fests and a Giveaway!!

I love meeting my fans. I enjoy chatting with them and answering their questions. Some tell me how my books affected their life. How the issues my characters were facing felt similar to the issues they faced in their own lives. Others have specific questions for me or for my characters.  Some just want to get their book signed and snap a selfie with me. Whatever connection they feel to my work, I really have a great time meeting them. It’s probably my favorite part of being an author. What’s the best way to do that? Well, I have book signings at book stores and I attend book fairs, conferences and events with other authors. I also speak at middle and high schools.

And I’ve got some of my favorite events coming up…

On November 3rd, I’ll be at The Origin Event in Austin, TX. I’ll be there with a host of other authors, and we’ll all be signing our books—and chatting with our fans. There will also be bags of swag given out to attendees. This one usually sells out, so get your tickets now.

Then, Feb. 1st, I’ll be back at Teen Book Fest by the Bay at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX.  I’ll be there with over 50 other YA authors. I’ve been going to this fest every year for a while now. I go back because it’s always a lot of fun.  This event is FREE.

On May 15-19th, I’ll be in the Big Easy. That’s right, I’ll be at the Book Lovers Con in New Orleans, LA. They’re calling this the “Ultimate Reader Experience” with lots of events like Voodoo Vampire, an evening of dinner and dancing with the undead and the huge Book Bash Book Signing.






Have you ever been to a book festival? Which one? Do you attend author’s book signings? If you and I met up at a book festival, what question would you ask me?   I’ll give away a tote filled with book swag to one person who tells me the question they would like to ask.  And I’ll try to answer these questions in the next few blogs. (Sorry, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Writing Advice

Every now and then I like to give some writing advice on my blog because so many of my readers are also writers. I also get a lot of emails from young (and not so young) fans asking for advice.  So here’s a handout for a talk I give about five things to know before you cozy up to the computer and start writing.

Five Things You Need to Know About Writing Before You Get to Work

By C.C. Hunter

Point of View–POV

POV basically means who is telling your story.  Whose head are you in during this particular moment, in this particular scene?  That is your POV character.  Think of your POV character as your camera, your recording device, and your only method of gathering story data.  If your POV character can’t see it, you can’t describe it for your readers.  If they can’t hear it, you can’t let your readers hear it.  If your POV character doesn’t know it, you can’t tell it to the reader.  If your character wouldn’t think that way, then you can’t write that way.


What are your character’s goals?  What does she/he want right now and does this goal tie in to what he/she wants as a long term story goal?  Is the goal hero/heroine worthy?  In other words, wanting to become a cheerleader so you can be popular is not a worthy goal for a heroine/hero.  But wanting to become a cheerleader so you can finally feel as if you fit in at your new school . . . that is a hero/heroine worthy goal.


The most important question to ask your characters is “Why?”  Why do they do what they do?  Why do they want what they want?  Why do they fear what they fear?  Generally, the answer to the “why” questions will lead you to your character’s motivation.  In real life, sometimes we don’t always understand why we do things.  Sometimes in our books, the “why” may not be clear to the characters, but it definitely needs to be clear to the reader.  The reason for this is simple.  It is human nature to want to understand what motivates people.  If a reader can’t understand the reason your characters are reacting and acting in certain ways, they may not believe in them.

Think about it this way:  Motivation leads to caring.  When an action is good, understanding the “why” behind the action increases the reader’s anticipation of seeing the character achieve his or her goal.

Motivation also leads to understanding. When a character’s actions or emotions are somewhat misguided, hard to grasp, or lean toward the unethical (lying, breaking a law, behaving badly), motivation becomes even more important.


A writer’s job is to be mean to their characters.  To say no to everything the character wants and make him/her work harder.  Every story, every scene in a story, needs conflict to be interesting.


If you want a reader to read your book, you need an opening hook.  But that’s not all.  You also need an ending hook to every scene.  And you need chapter hooks, too.  So, what is a hook?  A hook is basically anything that instills curiosity or a question in a reader’s mind.  It is the thing that propels the reader to turn the page and keep reading.  It can be new or an unexpected piece of information.  It can be a startling action.  i.e., She looked up and saw the eighteen-wheeler coming right at her.   It can be a character about to come to a conclusion, or even a character internally asking a question that will lead to a realization that puts everything into a different perspective.   i.e., If Johnny showed up today, it would mean he cared.  But if he didn’t show up…What would that mean?

So tell me, are you a writer or do you want to become a writer?




What Are You Reading?

There are quite a few recently released books that have a lot of buzz. I’m always on the lookout for a new author, someone I’ve never heard of. I’m also keeping an eye on what some of my favorite authors are releasing. Here’s what I’m reading at the moment.

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

I just finished reading this one. I really enjoyed this spooky tale of a girl who can talk to the dead.

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny, and danger.

Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m getting ready to read this book and I can’t wait. I loved her Letters to the Lost.

With loving adoptive parents by his side, Rev Fletcher has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay. . . until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue’s parents are constantly fighting, and her only escape is the computer game she built from scratch. But when a cruel online troll’s harassment escalates, she not only loses confidence but starts to fear for her safety.

When Rev and Emma meet, they’re both longing to lift the burden of their secrets. They connect instantly and deeply, promising to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev and Emma’s secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out.

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a new compulsively readable story for fans of Nicola Yoon.


So tell me, what are you reading?


The winner of a tote filled with swag is Morgan Ann. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address.

Suspense Giveaway!

Give me a little suspense.  A big dose of danger.  Maybe even a murder and I’m glued to the page or the movie screen.

I sometimes feel as if I need to join a support group called ID Anonymous and stand up in a room and admit I’m an ID addict.  You see, I’m addicted to the ID channel.  I can stay up until two in the morning watching Forty-Eight Hours and the Cold Case shows. I love sifting through the evidence and trying to figure out who did it and see how the bad guys are caught. 

Suspense has played a part in almost every book I’ve ever written.  All young adult novels, that I write as C.C. Hunter, have suspense. All my Christie Craig books that I write have suspense.  I just started a new series, Texas Justice, it’s an adult thriller and the first book, Don’t Close Your Eyes, is released today.  Now this is not a young adult book, but for my older C.C. Hunter fans, you might want to pick it up. The ebook is on sale for only $2.99. 

Yes, you might call me a thrill seeker, an ambulance chaser, but I just like the safe thrills I get while turning pages, or writing pages.

Remember the suspense woven through the Shadow Falls series?  I loved watching Kylie solve the mysteries of the ghosts.  And Della actually worked the crime cases while working for the FRU, the supernatural version of the FBI.  Even Miranda’s story was about catching the bad guys.

There was a crime in This Heart of Mine that was solved. One that put Matt and Leah in danger.  And in The Mortician’s Daughter, there’s a new crime to solve in every book.

Writing that sense of danger, the unearthing of a crime, and outwitting a villain plays a big part in my new young adult thriller, In Another Life, that will release March 26, 2019.  You can even preorder now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound and Powells.



Wanna Meet Me?

Sept. 1st, I’ll be at Katy Budget Books with the incredibly talented Sharla Lovelace. I’ll be signing my new Christie Craig romantic suspense, Don’t Close Your Eyes, but I’ll also be signing my YAs The Mortician’s Daughter and This Heart of Mine. Sharla will be signing Charmed at First Sight, her new romance. We’ll be there from 3:00-5:00 PM. I hope you’ll join us. There will be loads of giveaways!


Today, I’ll give away another C.C. Hunter tote bag filled with SWAG, promotional items to one person who tells me one of your healthy addictions.  Is there a show you love?  A food you can’t say no to?  A type of book you just can’t put down? (Sorry, U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave a comment on my blog to enter.)




The winner of last week’s giveaway, another tote filled with swag is Sarita Blackmon. Sarita, send me an email at cc@cchunterbooks.com and give me your mailing address and I’ll send you your swag.

Swag Giveaway!

We all like free stuff, right? We go to a conference or event and someone is giving away free promotional items, otherwise known as swag, and we love it. Or maybe you’ve entered one of my giveaways where I’m giving away swag for one of my books.

Some things are more popular swag, like pens—who can’t use a pen? Some are more sought after like wine openers or tote bags. In the past I’ve done everything from slap bracelets to t-shirts.  For my Christie Craig books I’ve done pizza cutters and even wine glasses.

When I shop for swag, I look for something I think my fans would want to keep.  Not just something with a title or my name on it.  That’s why I like the little notepads with matching pens that you can drop in your purse.  Another favorite of mine is a fingernail file.

A lot of authors look at swag as a selling tool.  Personally, I haven’t bought a book solely because of swag.  Have you?  I buy books for the author, or if someone recommends it.  I personally see swag as sort of gift to my fans and my street team.

Now it’s getting time to buy some more swag for my upcoming books.  And I want to know what kind of swag do you prefer?  If you get a T-shirt from an author, do you wear it?  As fans of C.C. Hunter what would you like to get from me?

This is just some of the swag I’ve given away.








Leave me a comment of your thoughts on swag, what you like, what you don’t like, and you’ll be entered to win a C.C. Hunter tote bag with all kinds of swag I’ve bought over the years. (Sorry, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents. If you’r reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my blog to enter: http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/.)


The winner of last week’s giveaway, an ebook of Lea Nolan’s Conjure is Katherine Bonine. Congratulations! You’re gonna LOVE this book. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com and tell me if you prefer the Kindle or NOOK version.

YA Author Lea Nolan

I’m so pleased to have Lea Nolan, author of the Hoodoo Apprentice series as my guest. The series is about Emma Guthrie, her twin brother Jack and their friend Cooper who discover a treasure and unwittingly unleash an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack and promises to steal Cooper’s soul. Emma has to learn hoodoo magic and risk her life to save her friends. I love, love love this series!

Lea agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions.

  1. In your Hoodoo Magic series your main character, Emma Guthrie, needs to learn hoodoo magic to save her friends. What exactly is hoodoo magic?

I’m so glad you asked! Hoodoo is a uniquely American folk-magic primarily practiced in the southern US that is a blend of African-American, Native American, and European magic systems. It is most often associated with the Gullah people of the Sea Islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, but others practice it too. In hoodoo, practitioners use herbs and roots, along with some minerals and animal curios such as feathers, chicken bones, alligator paws and teeth for a variety of ends. A unique blend of Christianity, herbalism, and folk magic, Hoodoo can be used as a healing medicine but is also employed as a practical magic to protect against evil, bring love, draw money, assure personal success, or lay jinxes. Sometimes Hoodoo is confused with Voodoo. They couldn’t be more different. Voodoo is a religion that is predominantly practiced in the Caribbean, New Orleans, and “Santería” in Cuba.

I spent a lot of time researching Hoodoo because I wanted to faithfully represent it and be respectful to its practitioners. All of the spells that appear in CONJURE and the other books in the series are based on authentic Hoodoo rootwork. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure byCatherine Yronwode and the Lucky Mojo Curio Company.

  1. You grew up on Long Island and now live in Maryland and say you love the water too much to live inland. You’re a girl after my own heart! What is it about the water that you find so appealing?

Oh, I love the peace and tranquility I feel whenever I’m around or in water. It speaks to a deep place in my soul and helps to center me. I even enjoy watching the sea during a storm or just after one. The raw, churning power is truly awesome. And who can resist watching the sun rise or set over the water? Whenever I’m fortunate enough to see either of those, I’m filled with gratitude.

  1. Besides Young Adult, you also write contemporary romance. Do you favor one genre over another? Is it difficult for you to switch genres?

I do write both and it’s honestly very difficult to pick a favorite. In many ways YA feels like my home genre. It’s what I first started writing and it brings me back to my own teens when I was a voracious reader. YA is great because you get to explore all the firsts—first kisses, hand holds, crushes, and sometimes heartbreaks. Also, there are fewer limits on what you can do in a book for teens. It’s acceptable to mash genres, like romance, paranormal, and suspense elements, while also tackling tough coming-of-age issues. On the other hand, contemporary romance is great because I get to focus on grown-up characters with grown-up problems who are looking for the one person in the world who will make them whole and give them their happily ever after. The hardest thing about switching between genres is the tense change. For YA I write in first person/present tense; but I write contemporary romance in third person/past tense. Sometimes it’s hard to change gears.

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love being with my family especially since my kids are getting older and they’ll be leaving the nest before I know it. My oldest heads to college in a couple weeks and my middle child is already a junior in high school. If it wasn’t for my baby, who’s about to start middle school, I’d probably be losing it. I know we’re supposed to want our birdies to fly the nest and be successful on their own, but I confess I’m not ready for it! When I’m not with my husband or kids, I’m indulging my love of true crime stories either by watching shows like Cold Justice or anything on the ID Channel, or listening to my new favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder.

  1. What’s next for you? What are you working on?

I’m working on a new project that I’m really excited about. It’s a women’s fiction novel about three suburban best friends, each of whom has a deadly secret.

Conjure (Hoodoo Apprentice Series Book 1)

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

You can buy Conjure, Allure and Illusion at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound and Goodreads.


I’ll give away an ecopy of Conjure to someone who leave a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you need to go to my blog page to comment.)

A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Most parents harbor a fear, the worst fear imaginable—their child goes missing. Whether it’s a teenager or a small child, it’s a parent’s worst nightmare.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States — that’s roughly 2,000 per day. And we’ve all heard the stories about the teen or child abducted and held prisoner for years until they escape one day. But most of these children that go missing are never found. Some are presumed dead and others, well they just don’t know. If you watch TV shows like Criminal Minds or CSI, you’d believe there are kidnappers randomly grabbing people off the streets, but actually only about 1 one hundredth of 1% of kidnappings are committed by strangers. Far more common are children who have run away, have gotten lost or injured, have been taken by a family member (usually in a custody dispute) or simply aren’t where they’re expected to be because of a miscommunication.

So, when I decided to write In Another Life, my YA coming out March 28, 2019, it started with an idea I’d had a while ago. What if you saw an age progression photo of a missing person, and it looked just like you? What if you also knew that you’d been adopted? What would you do? Would you think it must be you or would you blow it off as a coincidence? That’s the dilemma Chloe Holden is faced with in In Another Life. What does she do? Well, with the help of a cute guy, she looks into her adoption—and falls into danger. And since it’s a CC Hunter book, you know there is a happy ending, that Chloe survives to discover the truth. So at least her story has a happy ending—although there’s plenty of suspense getting there.

You can pre-order In Another Life now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound and Powells.