More Kylie & Lucas!!!

Everyone has been asking me how they can get a copy of Fighting Back, Kylie and Lucas’ final chapter. It was offered exclusively to those who pre-ordered Midnight Hour back in October. But now everyone can get it. That’s right, Fighting Back is being released on August 29th, 2017. You’ve been asking for more about the couple that started it all, and are you gonna love it!

Fighting Back

Kylie Galen has never questioned her love to Lucas Parker. 

Until now. 

Ghosts.  Danger.  Murder.  

Discover how far Kylie will go to save the man, her relationship, and the life of the werewolf she loves.





So, be sure to order your copy of Fighting Back, and read more about Kylie and Lucas as they face their biggest challenge yet.

I’ve also got another book, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave coming out in October. It’s the first book in a trilogy, and I’m really excited for you to read it.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Smith’s dad’s an alcoholic.  Her mom passed away when she was young.  She’s sees dead people.  Can her life get any crazier?.  Yes, it can.

When Riley’s attempt to help a spirit cross over leads her to discover the young woman’s death wasn’t an accident, she finds herself face to face with the killer.  Adding mayhem to her life is another spirit, a boy her age, whose smile makes her melt.  Her job is to get him to pass over, but her heart doesn’t want to let him go.

But it doesn’t end there. I’ve got my first hard cover coming out in February 2018. This Heart of Mine is a very special book to me, and I can’t wait to share it with you. So, be sure to read my blog next week for all the details.

Book Nooks

Isn’t reading the best past time? You can literally do it almost anywhere. And with today’s electronics, you can read a book on your phone, your e-reader or computer. Or you can carry a book with you. I have learned to read anywhere—and have: in car pool lines, at sports practice, on planes, even in hospitals. But when I really want to treat myself. I retreat to a nice, quiet corner with a great book.

When we moved into our current house, my hubby built some great book shelves in my study. While I’m sitting at my desk writing, I can look at all my favorite books and knick-knacks. It’s like visiting with old friends. Sometimes I sit in there and read, but if the weather is cooler, I have a beautiful wicker porch swing that’s very inviting. Oh, I also found the perfect desk at Arhaus, and I’m seriously considering getting because it is adjustable.  Being short, an adjustable desk could make all the difference. But I would like to create my ideal book nook one day. A place to get away from it all where I can read undisturbed. It would have to have a comfy chair or sofa with soft down throw pillows. And anyone that knows me, knows it would be best if my nook had a window that looks out on the ocean. I may have to visit Arhaus Living Room page for more furniture. So, I looked around online for a few pictures of book nooks I would like. Now, maybe I’d take something from each and merge them together, but I think you’ll get the idea.








BookBathWhile poking around on the Internet, I came across this photo of a bathroom/book nook. While I know what they were going for, I just have to ask does anyone ever get into use the bathroom? If I my hubby went in there, he may never come out!


What would your prefect book nook look like? Would you have wall to wall shelves? A large window? A window seat of a big comfy chair?

New Look, New Books!

Guess who got a face lift? C.C. Hunter! Well, not me exactly, but my website did. I’m so excited about the updated look, the clean lines and the new vibe. Be sure to explore my home page and sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already: And make sure you check back here every week because I’ve got brand new videos, giveaways, and news about upcoming releases.

Happy 4th of July!

4thHappy 4th of July! I hope you’ll be spending the day with family, maybe enjoying a fireworks display this evening. Hamburgers, hot dogs and fireworks are all very nice, but let’s not forget what we are celebrating. It was 241 years ago today that the United States was born by the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring the Thirteen Colonies were a new nation and no longer a part of the British Empire. And didn’t that set off a firestorm! War was declared, and the United States fought long and hard for its independence.

So on this important day in our nation’s history, I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.

What are your plans for this holiday?

Street Team

Are you my biggest fan? Do you tell everyone about my books? Well, I’m forming a new street team for The Mortician’s Daughter, and I have a few more spaces open. What does a street team member do? They tell everyone they know about my books, leave reviews for my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Goodreads, sign up for my newsletter and get your friends to sign up, too. How do you become a member of my street team? Send me an email at and answer these questions:

  1. What type of genre is your favorite? Paranormal? Contemporary? Mystery? Anything else?
  2. How old are you and do you only read young adult books?
  3. Are you willing to leave reviews?  Post about the book on social media?  Go the extra mile to help get a buzz going about the book?

Fact or Fiction?

We’ve seen them played out in the movies, such as Stranger Than Fiction and The Muse.  I don’t think there’s a writer alive who hasn’t given these questions some thought.

And what questions are those?

It’s a debatable subject, one I’ve had with numerous other writers over numerous glasses of Merlot.  I’ve heard the stories of writer block preventions, such as lucky rabbit’s feet, sprinkling desks with holy water, of odd, sometimes bizarre, rituals repeated daily to show honor to so-called muses.

images (1)Of course, I have rituals.  I stumble out of my bed, pour of a cup of cinnamon half-decaf/half peel-me-off-the-ceiling java, find my way to my office, still in my pajamas mind you, hair only finger-combed and . . .  here’s the most important part,  I plop my butt in the chair and start to work.

Personally, I think writer’s block and those so called muses are a tad more fiction that fact.  Why?

It goes back to my childhood. Yup, I come from the age where we blame everything on our parents.  However, Dad won’t threaten to disinherit me for this one.  You see, my dad was a plumber.  He got up every day and went to work.  Never, not once, do I ever recall him saying, “I can not plumb today.  I have plumber’s block.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know there were days he plumbed better than others.  Days his job was crappy.  (And I don’t mean he literally dealt with crap, but hey, he unclogged toilets.)  And as a writer, I have days I write better than others, and days I question my ability to even write a grocery list.

6359991693275867841308429358_writers-blockBut do I believe it’s because my muse packed his bags and ran off to count zebra stripes in Africa?  (And I say “his” because if I had a muse he would look like Ryan Gosling—love to do massages, and do housework without being asked.  Hey, this is my fantasy, so leave it alone.)  Do I believe it’s because I’ve suddenly been struck by the ominous fate of writer’s block?  Oh, heck no.

I guess I refuse to believe that this thing I do, called writing, is all based on luck, on some super natural power, and not on the years I spent toiling, studying, and learning the craft.  If I was a baseball player, I wouldn’t feel as if I had to grab my crotch, wear the same dirty socks, or chew the same tobacco to win a game.

But now that I’ve told you what I don’t believe, let me tell you what I do believe.  I do believe in becoming burned out.  It’s something brain surgeons, garbage men, and even plumbers can face when they don’t take the time to live a well-rounded life.

so-just-writeI believe when I’m no longer inspired about a project, I’ve probably written myself in corner and if I go back and reread it, I’ll find the scene where I took a wrong turn.  Or maybe I just need to take a day off.  Yeah, days off are good.

I believe there’s sometimes a fine line from being obsessed and being determined.

I believe that writers who stop living life and only write about it, will eventually become uninspired writers.

I believe this career and the challenges that it takes to even get published, can be a hard pill to swallow, and one needs to find ways to stay motivated.  And if it means grabbing your crotch and wearing dirty socks, and having a spittoon by your desk, then so be it.  Doing things to stay motivated is different than doing things to prevent from being robbed of a talent for which you’ve worked and earned.

So what about you?  Do you believe and shudder at the thought of writer’s block?  Do you fear and pray your muse will never abandon you?  What do you do when you find yourself suddenly uninspired?


The winner of last week’s giveaway is Rach. Congratulations, you’ve won a bag of CC Hunter swag. Please email me at cc@cchunterbookscom with your mailing address.

Street Team

Are you my biggest fan? Do you tell everyone about my books? Well, I’m forming a new street team for The Mortician’s Daughter, and I have a few more spaces open. What does a street team member do? They tell everyone they know about my books, leave reviews for my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Goodreads, sign up for my newsletter and get your friends to sign up, too. How do you become a member of my street team? Send me an email at and answer these questions:

  1. What type of genre is your favorite? Paranormal? Contemporary? Mystery? Anything else?
  2. How old are you and do you only read young adult books?
  3. Are you willing to leave reviews?  Post about the book on social media?  Go the extra mile to help get a buzz going about the book?

More Smiles & a Giveaway!

Last week I shared some things that make me smile. I wanted to share a few more, especially after I saw so many wonderful comments about what make all of you smile.

Nature makes me smile. I love it when I’m surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature.  Birds, crickets, chirping squirrels, the wind blowing through the trees.








Sunsets always make me smile, but especially sunsets on the beach.








My hubby’s always doing crazy things to make me smile.  Just last week we took my granddaughter to see the movie Captain Underpants.  When we got home, hubby went into the bedroom and came out wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants and told her, “I’m the real Captain Underpants.”  My granddaughter and I laughed so hard we almost cried.  I love that he’s willing do anything to make someone laugh.






And of course, my friends.








Again, I want to ask you what makes you smile?  One person who leaves a post will win a bag of C.C. Hunter swag, promotional items, i.e. bookmarks, pens, stress balls and such. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you need to leave your comment on my actual blog.)


The winner of last week’s giveaway is Ashley Hitchcock.  Congratulations, Ashley, you’ve won a bag of CC Hunter swag. Please email me at and give me your mailing address.


Things That Make Me Smile

I’m generally a happy person. I laugh a lot. I’ve found the secret to being happy is appreciating the small things. These are just some of the things that make me smile.

Spending time with my granddaughter.  Since she was young, she would take a bubble bath in my Jacuzzi tub.  We still love doing it.

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Food.  Food that is good, but maybe not so good for you.  Chocolate, ice cream, and fried chicken.  (Hey, I’m from Alabama, I have to love fried chicken) Recently, hubby and I went out and were served fried chicken that looked like a heart.



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A good book.  Okay, I told you ice cream makes me smile, but I have to tell you, books are better than ice cream.  There is nothing like losing yourself in a good book.  It takes you away from your own problems, from your own stresses, and sweeps you into a story.  Reading is a vacation for the mind. And you can’t go wrong with The Problem With Forever by Jennifer Armentrout or Some Boys by Patty Blount or How To Be Brave by Katherine Kottaras.









15037My dog, Lady. Everyone who knows me, knows I honestly believe that our pets teach us to be better humans.  Lady not only forces me to go for a walk every day, but she insists on play time and on petting time.  Whenever I’m laughing and having a good time, lady will grab a toy and bring it to me.



So…  What makes you smile?  One person who leaves a post will win a bag of C.C. Hunter swag, promotional items, i.e. bookmarks, pens, stress balls and such. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for US residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you need to leave your comment on my actual blog.)



The winner of last week’s giveaway is Kaylin Doulen.  Congratulations! Kaylin, please email me at and tell me which one of my books you’d like, and also be sure to give me your mailing address.

Ghostly Giveaway!

My next book, The Mortician’s Daughter is about seventeen-year-old Riley Smith. Her daddy is a mortician—well when he can hold onto a job for long. Other than her dad, Riley is alone. Well, except for daddy’s clients who end up following him home.

Daddy’s clients who want something.

Daddy’s clients who are dead.

When I wrote Shadow Falls, ghosts played a pretty important role. So, I got asked a lot of questions about ghosts. Mostly people wanted to know if I believed in them. So, I’ll share my ghost experience with you.

You see to me, ghosts are scarier than vampires or werewolves. Probably because I believe they exist. Not that several of my supernaturals don’t scare the crap out of me, but on a personal scale, ghosts are the scariest.

ghostMy personal ghost story happened when I’d just turned ten, and I woke up one night to find my great-grandmother hovering over me. She always was one to hover over you, but at this point, she’d been dead for a week! And actually, she was more like floating. She was in a long white gossamer gown that flowed around her, so she looked like she didn’t have feet. She said she just wanted to let me know that she was okay. Then she told me that someday I’d have to give up the rags I called clothes (she hated the new fashions), and I’d be wearing a gown like hers.

Well, I have moved on in a fashion sense, but I’m not yet ready for a long gossamer gown and hovering over my loved ones. Have you ever had an experience with a ghost? I’ll give away any one of my Shadow Falls books to one person who leave a comment about ghosts. (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 to be entered in this giveaway.)


Summer & Sneak Peeks Into a New Series

50955Well, Memorial Day has come and gone. Do you know what that means? Summer is here! School is ending and many of you are off on vacation. I love summer, and even the Texas heat doesn’t get to me. Well, not usually, but I am thankful for A/C.

Every summer I try to take a beach vacation. You know, rent a nice house with a big deck or balcony overlooking the ocean. But just because I’m on vacation doesn’t mean I’m not working.  I’ll admit it, my lap top goes with me on that balcony while I’m trying to let the spirit of the ocean breeze inspire me.

And then there’s the fact that my characters never stop talking to me. Even my Shadow Falls characters still pop in to let me know what’s happening with them. They’re like old friends. I’ve even introduced them to some of my new friends. Sound crazy? Yeah, Hubby thinks so too, but he accepts me.

And I think you will too.  Because those new friends are about to become characters in a C.C. Hunter series.  My heroine, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith, is sharp, a little sassy if called upon, and she’s got spunk to spare.

Oh, but she has her share of problems.  Her mom passed away when she was four, her dad, who in the past has always been responsible, has recently lost two jobs.  Which meant they’ve moved twice in the last year and a half.  She lost the boy she thought was the love of her life.  She lost the best friend she thought she’d graduate with, go to college with.

She’s alone.  Well, except Daddy’s clients who end up following him home.

Daddy’s clients who want something.

Daddy’s clients who are dead.

The Mortician’s Daughter isn’t scheduled yet, but we’re thinking it will be out around October. I’ll let you know as soon as I have a release date.

It’s a little spooky, has tons of heart, laughs, some mystery, and shows Riley trying to navigate being the new kid in school while ghosts are lining up for her help.

Anyway, I hope you’re doing some wonderful things this summer. Taking trips, reading fantastic books, chilling with friends. Whatever makes you happy.

So, what are your summer plans?

Three Tips for Writing a Young Adult Paranormal Series

med_bamWhen I was asked to try my hand at writing young adult paranormal, I was scared to death at the thought of writing in another genre. However, I love a challenge. So, I gave it my best shot. Ten books later, I can say I’ve learned quite a lot. And  while many of you are fans who just love to read, I get many emails telling me that lots of you also aspire to be writers. I think that’s great, and I’ve written several blogs filled with advice (and you can find them by typing in “writing” in the search box). But I thought I’d share another piece I wrote fro Briana Ryan’s blog that is more specific to YA paranormal for those of you interested in that genre. So here are three important tips.


  1. It doesn’t matter if you are writing vampires, shape-shifters, or hunchback dragons, if you are writing for teens you need to get in touch with your inner teen.

I didn’t set out to write young adult novels.  I was dragged here kicking and screaming.  LOL.  I was writing humorous romantic suspense novels.  When I was approached to write a YA series.  You see, it had been quite a few years since I’d been a teen.  Did I know what was important to today’s teens?  Did I know what they wanted, what they feared, what made them laugh?  I worried I’d fail at trying to write from a teen’s perspective.  So the first thing I did was take a stroll down memory lane.  It wasn’t a walk in the park either.  You see, I didn’t have what I would call the ideal teenage life.  It wasn’t until midway through that mental journey did I realize this was going to work in my favor.  I decided right then and there to plagiarize.  From my own life, of course.   Along this path, I realized that everything that had been important to me as a teen was still relevant to teens today.  As a young adult I’d dealt with: sex, alcohol, drugs, and self-esteem issues.  These are still what our teens deal with today.  And to write a novel that will resonate with teens, you need to be able to remember how you related to, feared, longed for, and dealt with those four things.

  1. Don’t attempt to write a message to the young people.

It’s important to remember that your job as a novelist is to entertain.  Definitely not to preach.  Not to teach, or even to inspire.  Now, before you start getting your back up, let me explain.   Preaching is out.  Completely.  Today’s teens do not want to be preached at.  Nor do they read novels to be taught something.  They read text books to be taught.  They don’t pick up fictional books to be inspired to be a better person.  They read to be entertained.

That said, books can be fabulous tools that teens can learn from and can offer tons of inspiration.  But as an author, if you try to do this, you might fail.  You see, it’s not you who should do this.  It’s your characters.  Whatever lessons your characters face will offer an opportunity for the reader to learn.  Whatever inspires your character is a chance to inspire your reader.   Most story characters have arcs.  They will grow within a book’s lifespan.  Find your character’s arc, show them struggling to overcome hurdles, show their growth.  And while your readers turn those pages, enthralled with your story, your book will have offered them not only entertainment, but something that may help them as they journey through their own lives.

  1. Never Give up!

You have to love to write and love to learn in order to make it the writing business.  The journey from unpublished author to published author can be difficult.  More difficult for some than others.  Each of us starts this journey with our strengths and weaknesses.   Some writers were born knowing what a dangling participle is.  Some are comma impaired and terrible spellers.  Some are natural story tellers.  Some have learned pacing and conflict just from reading.   Others have read all their life and still need learn the tricks of the trade.  The truth is, more important than what you know is your willingness to learn.  And how long you will persevere.

Being dyslexic, I struggled with the written word.  The day I decided to become a writer, I had to learn to spell it.   If I had any natural talent it was storytelling, but I was even given that in rough draft.  It was ten years from the time I started writing to the time I published my first book.  That might sound tough, but it got tougher.  It was thirteen more years before my second book was sold. Some people think of me as an overnight success, and I want to ask them, “Exactly what night was it in those twenty-three years that it happened?”

It was not one night.  It was a journey.  As rejections rolled in, and I have thousands of them, it would have been easy to give up.  But being a writer was my dream.  I was willing to take this journey even knowing there were no guarantees.  Why?  Because I loved writing.  And that is my parting advice.  Write because you love it.  There is nothing wrong with working toward publication and financial gain.  But if that was the reason I was writing, I don’t think I’d hung in there twenty-three years.

So, are you one of my fans that hopes to become a writer? If so, what is it you want to write?

CC Interview

Recently, I answered some questions for Briana Ryan’s blog. Some of these questions are things my fans ask me a lot, and some of these questions are just interesting. So, I thought I’d repost the interview here for you.

1.When did you decide to start writing books?

First, Briana, thank you so much for having me at your blog.  I’ve love sharing my story with readers.  Now, to answer your question – It’s all my hubby’s fault.  You see, I was born in Alabama and I come from a long line of storytellers.  Some of my earliest memories are sitting around with my family, listening to them tell stories.  Now I’ll be honest.  In my family, the truth never got in the way of our telling a good story, which is why our stories often got bigger, and better, each time we told them.  What was important was making people laugh and, boy howdy, did we laugh a lot in my family.  Before long, I was telling my own stories, too.  As for writing those stories down on paper, well, that didn’t happen until later and that’s where my hubby comes in.

I was a new bride in my early twenties and Hubby asked me what I wanted to do with my life.  He thought I would say I wanted to become a school teacher and would go to college and get the education I needed.  Now, I do love teaching other people but I thought about it for a moment and then I told him I wanted to be a writer.  Only problem was, I was dyslexic.  That meant I sometimes got my words mixed up or I just flat-out left them out completely when I tried to put my stories down on paper.  So becoming a writer was a lot harder for me than for most people.  I had to learn how to deal with my dyslexia right along with learning how to write.  But the struggle was worth it.  I can’t imagine doing anything else.

2. How did you decide what type of supernatural each of the main characters would be in the (Shadow Falls series)?

Oh, that’s a great question.  Now, I know this answer will sound a little strange but it’s the truth.  Here’s what happened when I started creating the characters for Shadow Falls—I let the characters define themselves.

Now, I knew that I would have vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, witches and faes in the series.  I just didn’t know which character would be which type of supernatural, and that is where the characters themselves came in.  I started with Kylie and then I moved on to the other characters.  For example, when Della first appeared, she had this impenetrable wall around her that she wouldn’t let anyone get past.  She came across as being tough but I knew that the toughness probably had a lot to do with things that had happened to her, and once Della and I “talked,” I found out I was right. But now, having known Della for several books, can you imagine her as anything but a vampire?  I know I can’t.  She embodies the very nature of that species.  And that is the way it worked for the other characters, too—once they appeared, they let me know which species they were.  Well, all of them except for Kylie, of course—but that’s only because she wasn’t quite sure where she fit in.

3. How did you come up with the story line of the Shadow Falls series?

The idea of the paranormal summer camp actually came from my editor Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press/Griffin.  And that’s all she said to me, too—”paranormal camp.”  She expected me to come up with the rest.  But you know what?  Those two words were enough to get my imagination going.  Once I got Kylie figured out, the rest of the characters sprang to life, and each of them brought a piece of the plotline with them.   Now, I’ll be honest.  When I started Born at Midnight, the first book in the Shadow Falls series, I had no idea how the story would end.  And now that I’m starting the final book, Chosen at Nightfall, I still have no idea which boy Kylie will end up with or what will ultimately happen to her and her friends at Shadow Falls Camp/Academy.  But that’s okay.  That’s how my writing process works—I learn the specifics of the book as I write it.  And I gotta be honest.  I think that’s why I love writing so much—I love finding out how the story ends, right along with my characters.

4. How did you decide what Kylie’s friends would be?

Well, as I said above, the characters are the ones who tell me who they are.  Believe me, I’ve tried to tell them but that just doesn’t work out.  For example, I can start writing a story where I *think* I know who the bad guy is, only to find out as I get about to the end that I was wrong.  So I’ve learned to let the characters lead the way.  Often, I don’t find out what is going to happen next until they do.  I know it sounds a little crazy but that’s what works for me.

5. Did you cut out or scrap any characters during the writing process?

That’s a good question.  Back when I was learning how to write—we’re talking about twenty something years ago at this point—I did have to scrap whole scenes and even whole characters because it was necessary for the story.  Of course, I was learning the process then, learning what worked for me and what didn’t.  It’s something every writer has to figure out on her own.  Now, I generally have a better handle on the writing process so I don’t usually have to cut out characters.

6. If you were a Supernatural like the ones in shadow falls what would you be? Would you be rogue, a Shadow Falls Camper on your own out in the world doing your own thing, or working for the FRU full time? 

Hmm.  It’s hard for me to answer because I’ve made some changes to the mythology for many of my supernaturals in the Shadow Falls series.  Some of them, like vampires, shape-shifters, and werewolves, can be scary but once you get to know them as characters, you’ll realize they all have some good qualities.   I think that’s what makes it so hard for me to choose—I don’t want to be unfaithful to any of my characters.  LOL.  But if I had to choose, I’d probably go with either a witch or a fae.  I think these characters offer the most options . . . although I think it would be totally cool to be able to fly like a vampire does.  LOL.

Now, as for what I would do if I were in the Shadow Falls universe . . . that’s a great question.  First, I know I’m not cut out to be a rogue.  I feel more comfortable being around friends and family, rather than going it alone.  So, I’d probably work for the FRU, though I’m no where near as brave as Kylie.  I admire her determination and the way she is fearless in the face of danger to her friends and loved ones.  I feel that way about my kids; I think it’s a Mom thing, really.

7. Anything to say to aspiring authors just starting out?

You know, I’m often asked to speak to a group of aspiring writers and when I do, I tell them the same things I tell anyone who has a dream they cherish.  Namely, believe in yourself.  Believe in your dream.  And don’t give up, no matter how many rejections you may accumulate.  Stay strong and keep working toward your goals.  If it’s writing, take writing classes, attend writers’ conferences and soak up as much knowledge as you can while you’re there.  And read.  Read widely.  Read anything and everything you can get your hands on.  And most of all, never let anyone steal your dream from you.  Because I don’t care what the “experts” will tell you about the odds of making your dream a reality.  I heard it all, too.  I was a dyslexic high school drop-out when I decided I wanted to make my living as a writer.  Believe me, the experts didn’t think I had a good chance of making it.  If I’d listened to them, I never would.  But I listened to myself.  I believed in myself.  And I made it.  You can, too.