Spiders

I’m getting a divorce! Hubby and I had a good 31 years, but the gift he left on my keyboard this morning wiped all that away!!!! Okay…I’m not leaving him. But dad blast it!!! Spiders. What can I say? I’m a perfectly rational human being—unless I see a spider. Then, I turn into a screaming lunatic. I’ve faced down snakes, cranky toddlers and the fear of loosing someone I love. But when it comes to the creep crawly little  eight legged critters, I yell for reinforcements, i.e., my hubby. So, he knows very well about my irrational fear of spiders. But, we’re talking about my husband here. He’s the guy who loves to wind me up.

So, the other morning, I grab my coffee from my kitchen, head into my study to start working on my next book—and guess what I found sitting on my keyboard? THIS! A big, hairy spider! I screamed! My coffee went flying. And I tore out of the room. Then I hear it. Hubby’s laugh. Suddenly, the light goes on. Hubby is to blame. He’s laughing so hard, he’s almost crying. I could have killed him!

 

Slowly, I crept back into the study. The spider hadn’t moved. Hubby assured me through his laughter that it was already dead. He’d found it outside. I made him take it outside, then take a picture of it for something for scale to show how big it was. Look at the size of it!

Well, in the end, I decided not to divorce my husband, but he knows he’s skating on thin ice for a while.

Born at Midnight

I just got some exciting news. Born at Midnight is included in a back-to-school promotion with NOOK and iBooks. NOOK’s runs until the 15th when iBooks begins their promotion. The ebook will be downpriced to $2.99 until September. Spread the word!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Did you hear about how you can win a copy of This Heart of Mine? Well, Goodreads is giving away 100 copies of This Heart of Mine! This is my new book that doesn’t even come out until Feb. 27, 2018. But you could get your copy now by entering their giveaway. How cool is that? Be sure to enter HERE. This contest closes on August 18th, so you better hurry!

 

RWA’s National Conference & Giveaway

Ahh…Florida! Yup, I’m relaxing in the Sunshine State. Yeah, right! No, I’m actually at RWA’s National Conference in Orlando. And while I am having a great time reconnecting with old friends and attending the events, I’m still working. I taught a two-hour workshop, had several book signing, and met with my publishers. Okay, I ‘ll admit it, there were parties, too.  I partied at my agency’s cocktail event.  Oh, and my publishers threw parties.  I ate yummy appetizer’s at Grand Central’s get-together and had front row seats at Disney World’s fireworks.   And visited, chatted and laughed with authors at the St. Martin’s party.  I can honestly say meeting with other writer’s is one of the main reasons I enjoy this conference.  We are like a big family.  Even if you don’t know them, it’s like being instantly connected because writers are so often alike.

I always feel like I should start training for this conference a couple of months ahead. Every time, it’s at a very large hotel, so there is a lot of walking, and it never fails I’ll be at one end of the hotel and I’ll have to get to opposite end in a hurry. Then there’s the eating! Good thing I’m walking, because I enjoy going out to eat with my friends, and the food is always great.

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards ceremony was awesome. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. We had a great turnout for RWA’s Autographing for Literacy, which is a huge (and when I say huge, I mean 500+ authors) book signing event. I think that’s always my favorite event at this conference because I get to meet so many on my fans. Sometimes, I finally get to meet a fan who has been emailing me for years. It’s such a cool feeling to connect with them. The Autographing for Literacy is something RWA does at every conference, and has donated all the proceeds to literacy programs since 1990. It’s raised over 1 million dollars since then! So, I’m always eager to participate in the book signing. Here are some pics from the Literacy Autographing.

  

 

 

 

 

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At these conferences I also get to meet librarians, bloggers and reviewers.  (This is a pic of me with blogger Debbie Wiley from Fresh Fiction.) So, I love being able to create some buzz for This Heart of Mine and The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave. Lots of people have been asking me about them. Have you pre-ordered your copy of This Heart of Mine?  Pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, Powell’s, Indiebound and iBooks.  Or check out the Goodreads giveaway below and you could win yourself a copy! The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will be up soon!!

I loved meeting another blogger and a fan! Jessica Porter and her blogger daughter Anarece–yes, she is a blogger. Her blog is Crossroads Reviews, and she brought all my books to the Literacy Autographing for my to sign.

 

 

 

 And did I mention parties? Yup, this is me having a wonderful time at the Bookends party with (L to R) Kim Lionetti, Pamela Lebud, me, Rochelle Wienstein and Christina Britton. Good times!

By the time this blog comes out, however, I’ll be back home working extra hard to make up for the days I was at the conference.  I love traveling, but it’s always nice to come home.

Goodreads Giveaway!!

Goodreads is giving away 100 copies of This Heart of Mine! This is my new book that doesn’t even come out until Feb. 27, 2018. But you could get your copy now by entering their giveaway. How cool is that? Be sure to enter HERE.

 

This Heart of Mine

I’m thrilled to announce my first hard back book called This Heart of Mine will be released February 27, 2018. This book is very special to me. As I wrote each my Shadow Falls books, I thought the newest one was always my favorite. I loved each book more and more. But This Heart of Mine was different from the start. It’s not only the book of my heart, it’s the book from my heart.

 

This Heart of Mine

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

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.

 

 

This Heart of Mine is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, Powell’s, Indiebound and iBooks.  So, don’t miss out, order your copy today. 

Dear Reader

I never really understood the meaning of the phrase “book of your heart” until I wrote Leah McKenzie’s story.  When I typed “The End” to every novel, I used to feel it was my favorite.   But This Heart of Mine is different. It’s not only the book of my heart, it’s the book from my heart.

As the wife of someone on the transplant list, I held my husband’s hand as he accepted that his time, our time, would be too short.  He needed a kidney, but the dialysis that was saving his life, was killing his heart.  And breaking mine.

Then like Leah, he got a second chance.  His journey, his pain, my pain, his fear, my fear, and our enormous appreciation to the donor and his family for the gift of life, poured out of my soul and into my keyboard. This didn’t make writing it any less scary.  In some ways, it made it that much more.

When my ten-book Shadow Falls series came to a close,and the book idea was in its infancy, I was both apprehensive about writing such a personal story, and about making the switch from the paranormal genre to contemporary.  Then my grandmother’s words of wisdom whispered in my head, “If there’s not a bit of fear in your belly, you’re not living right.  Invite fear into your world, make friends with every challenge you meet.”

In that moment, I knew Leah’s story needed to be told and I had to be the one to tell it.

This book blends emotion with romance.  It’s seasoned with my humor, my love for a little mystery, and sprinkled with a pinch of the mystical. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure and take the journey with Leah as she creates her own recipe for living and makes friends with every challenge she meets.

Here’s to always living with a little bit of fear in your belly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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: http://www.cchunterbooks.com/news.html. 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 cc@cchunterbooks.com 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?

Winner!!

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 cc@cchunterbooks.com 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.

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

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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.

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And of course, my friends.

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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.)

WINNER!!

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 cc@cchunterbooks.com 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.

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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.)

 

WINNER!!!

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