Unbreakable is HERE!

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Today’s the day, it’s release day for Unbreakable!

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Chase Tallman was a mystery to me, so I decided to write a novella about his past.  And let me tell you, the story flowed out of me.  It broke my heart.  I cried.  I laughed and really enjoyed getting inside this teen’s head.  I hope you guys enjoy it.  Today, to celebrate the release I’m giving away a Shadow Falls: After Dark T-shirt.  So make sure you leave a comment and come back next week to see if you’ve won!

 In Unbreakable you will learn:

·         Della Tsang wasn’t Chase Tallman’s first love.

·         Never eat a hot dog in two bites in front of someone you want to impress.

·         When your dog doesn’t like someone, trust your dog.

·         According to a palm reader, Chase will come upon an amazing power, but whether he will use it for good or evil is yet to be seen.

·         Never let someone you don’t know very well get you alone in a haunted house.

·         Chase is told he’s a bad kisser.

·         To a boy, girls are as frustrating to understand as they are intriguing.

·         Never underestimate the power of a pet’s love.

·         Siblings can be a pain in the butt, but never take them for granted.  If you lose them, there will be an empty hole in your world.

·         Never turn your back on a challenge.  Especially if that challenge involves a life or death decision.

 Unbreakable page: http://www.cchunterbooks.com/books.html#unbreakable

Unbreakable

Unbreakable[4]Okay…September 30th is right around the corner.  And that’s when Unbreakable will release.  Chase is one of the guys vying for Della’s heart in my Shadow Falls: After Dark series.  I wrote Chase’s story because he was so mysterious, even to me.  I wanted to peer back into his past so I could understand him a little more.  And what I found was a story that took my breath away.  I cried, I laughed, and I wanted to reach out and hug him.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s the guy Della is going to choose, I’m just saying that unearthing more about his past made me understand that whether he gets the girl or not, he’s a character you can’t help but love.

Chase’s story is one of those that just flowed out.  Amazingly, this is the first complete YA story I’ve ever written from a boy’s point of view.  So I had fun getting inside a guy’s head for a while.  And just to tempt you more into picking up his story, below is the book blurb and an excerpt. If you click the link at the end of this excerpt, it will take you to the Unbreakable page where you read more.

Blurb:

He isn’t everything he says he is.  He’s even more…

 Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him. The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn. Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

 Excerpt:

Sunday, November 1, 6 a.m.

Breaking News

Missing plane spotted in Jasper Mountain Range

According to a statement from Sheriff Ted Carter, wreckage of a Cessna 210, believed to be the same one flown by Dr. Edward Tallman, was spotted in the Jasper Mountain Range. A SAR (Search and Rescue) team was called in when twenty minutes after takeoff the plane fell off radar yesterday at 4:20. Two helicopters from Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) searched the perimeter of the area yesterday but didn’t spot the downed plane until this morning. Due to low clouds and high winds, visibility of the crash site was poor and they were unable to spot any signs of survivors. Flying with Dr. Tallman were his wife, Amy, their two teenage children, Mindy and Chase, as well as a family friend, Tami Collins.

Emergency ground crews have been put on call, but are waiting for a break in the weather. A spokeswoman was quoted saying that they know it’s imperative to get to the site as soon as possible, but the safety of their crew must be considered.

It was speculated that Dr. Tallman and his family may have flown into Jasper to take part in a genetic study, however no local research facility reports any of the Tallmans’ participation. Meanwhile, friends of the Tallman family and the parents of Tami Collins are in Jasper praying the news will be good once Search and Rescue teams are on the ground.

 One day earlier: Saturday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.

 Chapter One

Chase Tallman watched as the bright-eyed, bloodthirsty lab tech tied a large elastic band around the middle of his arm hoping to expose a few of Chase’s veins.

              “There’s a good one,” the woman said as she passed two fingers over the crook of his arm where a blue vein now bulged out. “You have great veins,” she said, sounding sincere.

              Her hands were cold. Extra cold, making a chill run up his arm.

              “Just a little stick and we’ll be done.” She smiled at him and reached over to pick up the needle with the large tube attached, taking the plastic tip off the syringe. Shit! How much blood did the woman need?

              He freaking hated needles. But he didn’t flinch. Fourteen was too old to flinch. He hadn’t even cried when he broke his arm last summer during baseball practice. It had hurt like hell, but his coach had been the one to take him to the hospital and the last thing he’d wanted was to look weak in front of his coach.

              Chase glanced around the small lab in the doctor’s office that was practically hidden in some remote part of the Rockies. He wasn’t exactly sure why his dad had insisted on them taking part in this research study, but it had to be pretty important for his dad to get his plane checked out and fly them up from Houston to participate.

              Not that Chase liked it. Who gave up their blood for no reason? But the promise of a weekend in a cabin in the mountains, plus the plane ride, made it worth it. The fact that his sister’s best friend, Tami Collins, tagged along, made it more than worth it. Hell, he’d let them stick him with needles all day for the pleasure of seeing her in her bathing suit again. Holy cow, she’d looked hot last night when she’d joined him and his sister in the hot tub.

              For a second last night, he would’ve sworn she’d been playing footsies with him. It could have been an accident, but he hoped not. And he wished like hell he hadn’t shifted away.

              He liked to think she’d finally stopped looking at him as her best friend’s baby brother and started looking at him like . . . a guy. A potential boyfriend kind of guy. Hell, he was less than a year younger than she and stood a good eight inches taller. Most people took him for at least sixteen.

              Feeling the prick of the needle, the medical tech dug around for a vein. To distract himself from the pain, he closed his eyes and thought of Tami’s dips and curves, of how her dark brown hair had looked dancing on her bare shoulders. It worked, too.

              Unlike most of his friends who were into computer games and denied their fascination with the opposite sex, Chase gave up his denial. He’d rather study a pretty girl than get to the next level of Battlefield 4 any day of the week. Hell, he’d rather touch or kiss a girl than play baseball. And he really liked playing baseball.

              Problem was, he was better at sports than he was at even getting close to first base with a girl. Or at least that’s what Susie Muller told him last year after the eighth grade dance. But the girl had braces, how was he supposed to kiss her?

              Somehow he just knew if he got the opportunity to kiss Tami, he’d be better at it. She didn’t have braces and her mouth was . . . so soft looking.

              Hell, he’d practiced kissing her in his fantasies a hundred times. He should be an expert by now.

              “All done,” the lab tech said, patting Chase’s arm with one hand while she pressed a cotton swab over the tiny drop of blood oozing from the needle’s prick. “Oops, I’m out of Band-Aids here. Hold this for me.”

              He put his finger on the ball of cotton. She reached around to get a Band-Aid out of the cabinet. He kept his finger on the piece of swab, but probably not hard enough, because a red stream of blood seeped from under the cotton ball and oozed down the crook in his arm.

              “Push on it a little harder,” she said, still facing the cabinet as if she knew he was bleeding. Then she turned and peeled the Band-Aid open.

              As she secured a bandage over the puffy piece of cotton, he glanced up at her. When her eyes shifted upward, he almost gasped at how her eyes glowed. They had been bright green before, but now they were fluorescent lime green.

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Hey, exciting news!  Besides my new, upcoming Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter releases . . . next week, on Tuesday, September 23rd, I’ll be in Palacios, TX at Texas Writes Program, sponsored by the Writers’ League of Texas!

It will be at 1:00 at the Palacios Library

http://www.palacioslibrary.org/

I’m really looking forward to it!  Hope to see you there!

 

Divorced, Desperate & Dead

You know, I’ve always been one who loves to bend the rules.  Call me rebellious if you want, I don’t care.  And I’ve kind of always wanted to write a story where my main characters die in chapter one.  And I’ve finally done it.  Yup, Divorced, Desperate & Dead is my rule breaker.  I had so much fun writing this book.  I swear there’s one scene in here that I laughed so hard that I almost couldn’t write.  So I can’t wait for all you Divorced & Delicious fans to read Cary and Chloe’s story.  It is scheduled to come out in November, but will up for pre-order soon.  Below is the blurb and cover, which I love by the way!!

 

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After a disastrous marriage and divorce, Detective Cary Stevens vowed he’d never let another woman into his heart.  But when his latest investigation puts him in the way of a bullet, his bachelor days – and one-night stands – may be numbered.  On the brink of death, he finds himself in Room Six, a waiting room in the hereafter where in-betweeners’ fates are truly decided.   He resigns himself to dying of boredom if nothing else in the line-up of senior citizens with their AARP magazines, when in walks the one woman who could make him want a second chance at life…and love.

Chloe Sandler learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when she pushes a little girl out of the way of a moving car and wakes up in some type of purgatory.  Or maybe it’s heaven, because she couldn’t have asked for a hotter guy with whom to await her final judgment.  The sweeping glances of his bedroom eyes and sharp-tongued flirtatiousness tell her Cary’s certainly no angel, but is he real?  When she finally wakes up, Chloe’s determined to find out if he’s truly a man of magnificent flesh and blood, or just a figment of her imagination.  But before she can track him down, will the murderer that first put them both in Room Six come back to finish the job?

 

Divorced & Desperate!

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Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous was recently published in the anthology, Three Southern Beaches.

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Detective Turner Calder belongs to the No Ball and Chain Gang. Meaning, no way, no how will he ever let another woman into his heart. He hasn’t even been tempted after what his ex put him through. Yet while working undercover on the trail of one of Texas’ largest drug dealers, Reece Morris gets closer to him than any woman has in two years. Not that’s there’s a snowball chance in Hades it will lead anywhere once she discovers the truth. But two months later, when Turner realizes his now imprisoned suspect has hired someone to knock off witnesses and Reece is one of them, he’s dead set on saving her. If that means taking on her seventy-year-old grandma who has a black belt in Karate, a hired assassin—who scares him less than Granny—and the whole bat-shit crazy town of Hung, Georgia, he’s up for the challenge. Turner is about to turn over a brand new leaf, and get hung up on love. 

I’m currently in the middle of writing Divorced, Desperate & Dead.  And I thought because I’m revisiting the past, returning to my Divorced & Desperate series and writing three new books, it might be fun to repost some fun facts and the videos.

Things You’ll Learn from Divorced, Desperate & Delicious

1)      Criticizing the guy’s overbite while he’s holding a gun to your temple isn’t always advantageous to getting out of the situation alive.

2)      Naming your dog Fabio will make some people assume you need a man in your life.

3)      When your mom changes husbands faster than she does purses, it can lead to one having relationship issues.

4)      Discovering your husband played pin the secretary to the elevator wall and got caught on video doing it, pretty much puts a damper on the marriage.

5)      Don’t believe everything a talking refrigerator tells you.  After all, what you think is tuna might be Fancy Feast.

6)      Letting the cop who has you handcuffed to your bed eat the tuna salad sandwich he made before you tell him it was cat food and not tuna is sweet revenge and kind of funny.

7)      Just because a woman dresses her three cats and dog up in Christmas costumes, puts up a Christmas tree and has Christmas music playing, doesn’t mean she’s bat-shit crazy.

8)      Cats are a pretty good judge of men.

9)      There are worse things than being handcuffed to a bed by a sexy cop.

10)   When all else fails, a toilet plunger is a damn good weapon.

11)   Expect the unexpected—What you may think is the worst day of your life can suddenly morph into the absolute best day of your life.

12)   If you hear voices, you may not be crazy; you could just have some really cool home appliances that talk back to you.

13)   Having friends and family who love you is a gift you should never take for granted . . . especially when they catch you semi-naked with a cop on the run.

14)   There’s always a downside to giving your mama the key to your house.

15)   Being divorced doesn’t mean you’re desperate . . . but it could lead to some very delicious fun.

16)   Sometimes you have to trust your heart, no matter how much your head may say differently.