Eternal

EternalToday’s the day.  Della is running loose and wild and I hope jumping off the bookshelves.  And I’m doing lots of giveaways, so pay attention.

Della, she’s spunky.  She’s sassy.  She’s not the kind of girlfriend you ask if those jeans make your butt look big because she will tell you the truth.  There’s no sugarcoating the truth from Della.  That said, I still know I’d love to call Della my friend.  I’ll even go one step further and say I think we all could learn a thing or two from this kick-butt vampire.  Not that I don’t have a little Della in me already.

You see, when you create a character, you pull their personality from your own.  No, I’m not nearly as spunky as this girl, and I know when I was young, I could have benefited from a little more Della persona, but there was a time or two that the Della inside me came out.

I particularly remember a time when I was in ninth grade.  And in reality, I was much more like Kylie than Della at that age.  I was quiet, I didn’t fit in.  All I wanted was to fade into the wallpaper.  Ahh, but there were the bullies.  And they liked to pick on the quiet ones.  I’d never done anything to this girl, hadn’t even spoken to her, but she’d spoken to me plenty.  She was a known trouble maker. In and out of trouble all the time.

Walking home from school, she’d call me names and taunt me.  It was as if she wanted to make me mad.  I ignored her and I think that just made her madder.  She was getting more and more confrontational.  I even started hanging out at school a while, hoping I wouldn’t have to face her. One Friday, after a pep rally, I’d bought a Coke and started my walk home.  I wasn’t even off school property when this girl and her friends caught up with me.

Unhappy that I was ignoring them, the girl came and stood in front of me. Then, she hit the bottom of my drink.  The Coke splashed up in my face.  I don’t know what hit me, but I’d suddenly taken all I could.  The essence of my Dellaness came out to play, and I tossed the rest of that drink in her face.

The next thing I knew, she knocked me down and we were in a serious scuffle.  Some teacher ran over and broke it up.  And you know, come Monday morning, I was called into the principal’s office.  I’d never been called into his office before.  I’d never even been in trouble.  Like I said, people didn’t know I existed.

The principal sat behind his big desk and asked both of us what happened.  I told him everything.  Ahh, but then the girl told her story.  And it was a whopper of a story, too.  How I’d jumped her and had been throwing rocks at her on the way home.

The principle looked at us and said since we both had different stories, and he didn’t know who to believe, he was going to expel both of us from school for three days.  Once again, something came over me.  If I’d had fangs and eyes that changed color, I’m sure I would have scared the bejibbies out of that man, because I suddenly found myself sitting up straighter, unwilling to just shut up and take a punishment for something I hadn’t done.  She’d been bullying me for over a month.

“Excuse me, sir,” I said to the principal.  “Can I please speak?”

He nodded.  I swallowed the bit of fear down my throat.  “Sir, can you tell me how many times I’ve been in your office in the past three years?”

He looked at me strangely.  “I don’t think you have.”

“That’s right.  Never.  Not only do I not get in trouble, I work really hard at avoiding it.”  I looked at the girl sitting next to me, the bully, the one who’d made my last month of school holy hell.  Then I looked back at the principal.  “Now, sir, can you tell me how many times she’s been in your office?”

He just looked at me, but didn’t speak

“My point, sir, is this.  I sit here in your office, with no record of ever causing any problems.  I tell you my story.  And in here with me, is a girl who is known for causing trouble. A girl who has been accused of this very thing, expelled from school numerous times for doing this, and you tell me my word is no more believable than hers.  Why are my years of good behavior not being considered?   When is it that a person’s character doesn’t add credit to her word? “

The principal sat there almost speechless.  He finally leaned back in his chair and shook his head.  “Young lady,” he said.  “You make a very good point.  I hope you are considering becoming a lawyer.  You may leave the office now.”

I wasn’t expelled.  She was.  Oddly enough, she never picked on me again.  And I can tell you that I honestly believe it wasn’t me standing up to her when she knocked my Coke in my hands that stopped her from bullying me again.  It was me using my words to put her in her place that made her realize I wasn’t somebody she could run over.

Perhaps from that ounce of spunk, Della was born.  Now it’s your turn.  This week, one lucky person who posts on my C.C. Hunter blog at http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/ and tells me they bought a copy of Eternal and tells me how and why they can relate to Della, will win a Kindle. I’ll also be giving away a Shadow Falls T-shirt, and hard copies of the both Eternal and Reborn.

I would also like to add, as a special note, that my very good friend, Lori Wilde has her latest release today as well, Christmas at Twilight. To celebrate, I’m giving TEN lucky commenters a copy. Be sure to check back next week to see if you’ve won. Here’s the book blurb:

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It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

Available at Amazon!

And to all the fans of Shadow Falls: After Dark, Della and I both thank you.  On a parting thought, I’m kind of glad I didn’t take that principal’s advice and become a lawyer.  I love writing too much.

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I’m a Travelin’ Woman

DD&DeadWell, these last couple of weeks I’ve been jetting off everywhere.

And one place I landed, I’ve never landed before.  I can no longer say I’ve never been to jail.  And now that I got your attention, and maybe even made you smile, let me tell you the real story.

You see, I went to speak to a group of women in the SAP program, Substance Abuse Program, in Etowah County Detention center.  Do you know that noise of the door clanking shut that you hear on some prison shows? It’s just like that.  And it echoes in that place, reminding you that you are locked up.  I got chills each and every time it sounded.

These women are in for six months to a year, and are completely cut off from all family and friends.  No phone calls.  No visits.  They are there to work on getting their lives back on track and hopefully finding a new path for their lives. The Gadsden Library works with these women, offering them books and talking about literature. And for the women with young children, they have even done videotapes of some of them reading bedtime stories and then the tapes are sent to their children.

Being there, talking about writing, about facing hurdles, and laughing—yes, we did a lot of laughing—was a reminder of how easy it is for someone to go down a wrong path.

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While I was in Gadsden, I also had a Bleed and Read event.  Wow, that was fun.  Got to visit with some serious fans.  I went to three schools—even my old high school.  What a delight.

I wasn’t home but for a few days, and then I packed and left again.  This time, I landed in New Hampshire to speak at Another Anime Con.  Wow, talk about colorful.  And I mean the people and the leaves.  The leaves were gorgeous, and boy oh boy, did I meet some really neat and entertaining characters.

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I was just crazy enough to fit in.

Anyway, I’m home for now and back to writing.  Don’t forget I have releases coming up.  I hope you’ve pre-ordered Eternal, the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. I’m hosting quite a few contests over at my C.C. Hunter blog for readers. So if you are a reader, make sure you pop over there.  http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/

Oh, Divorced, Desperate and Dead will also be up for preorder soon.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Tell me, have  you read Unbreakable?  Are you ready for Eternal?  Are you waiting on Divorced, Desperate & Dead?  Exciting times!

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Unbreakable[4]

He isn’t everything he says he is.  He’s even moreWho 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.

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Eternal

Just when Della feels like she’s starting to figure out her life, she finds herself reborn…and her new existence comes with a whole different rulebook.

Della’s secret powers always made her feel like an outsider in the human world. Now, just when she’s starting to feel like she belongs—at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers—her life is turned upside down all over again. Attacked by a deadly virus, she must make the difficult choice to be reborn. It’s her only chance at survival, but it comes with a price: It irreparably bonds her to Chase, a tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire who makes her laugh one minute and infuriates her the next.Chase already knows too many of Della’s secrets, and being eternally bonded to him is the last thing she wants. Even worse, she doesn’t fully understand what their bond means. Is the attraction she’s started feeling for Chase real—or does fate have something else in store? And what does that mean for Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? Now Della’s battered heart is about to take another hit. While investigating her latest case, she discovers shocking evidence about her father’s dark past, making her question everything she believes to be true…and her place in the world she loves.

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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 Sanders 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?

Visiting With Old Friends

ThreebeachesWINNER! WINNER!  The winner of the Shadow Falls: After Dark T-shirt is Judy Hodes!  Email me at christie (at) christie-craig.com with your size and delivery information. Congrats!

Do you have any friends that you haven’t seen in a while?  The kind of friend you run into at the grocery store and you just pick up where you left off?  And before you know it, you’ve stood there so long that the frozen items in your cart melt and you secretly go switch them out?  (Hey, tell me you haven’t done that.)

Well, recently I’ve run into some old friends.  And it was like magic.  Yes, these friends are fictional characters, but that doesn’t really change things.  (It just proves I’m a little bit crazy.) Who are these friends?  All my ol’ buddies from the Divorced & Desperate series.  Chase & Lacy.  Sue & Jason.  And Kathy & Luke.

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DDDeceivedDDDatingI love the little cameos these characters make in my two new Divorced & Desperate books.   Divorced, Desperate & Dangerous (Now available in the anthology, Three Southern Beaches, and soon to be released as its on work) and Divorced, Desperate & Dead, which will be out November 20th.

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Oh, here’s the new covers that will appear on Divorced,Desperate & Dangerous in a few weeks, and the cover for Divorced,Desperate & Dead.  I hope you guys enjoy these books half as much I enjoyed writing them.

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