Release Day!!

Spellbinder_revised3Wow.  Today’s the day.  Spellbinder is out.  You guys can finally read Miranda’s novella.  I hope you enjoy getting inside her head as much as I enjoyed it.  She made me laugh.  She made me cry.  She made me appreciate good friends.  She made me want to hug her.

When I think about how well I feel I know the Shadow Falls’ characters, it almost seems crazy.

They are my friends. I feel as if they are a part of my life. And I guess they are. I’ve been writing about Shadow Falls for five years.  Each and every one of them has taught me something.

 

Kylie taught me to think before I speak.  To never judge anyone too quickly.  She taught me to believe in myself.

Della taught me to do less rolling over and more speaking up for myself.  She taught me that sometimes people can hide a lot of pain inside.  She taught me that sometimes it’s okay to say what you really think.

Miranda taught me the value of a human touch.  Oh, those hugs!  Seriously, I’m a bigger hugger now that I’ve known Miranda.  She taught me that even when times are tough and things are hard, to keep your chin up and keep going.  She rekindled my belief in magic.  I think you guys are gonna love her as much I do.

Now from all my Shadow Falls fans, I want to know what these characters taught you.  This week, in celebration of Spellbinder’s release, I’m hosting a contest.  Tell me what you’ve learned from one of our Shadow Falls gals, Kylie, Della or Miranda, and you could win one of the cool prizes listed below:

Two people will win a C.C. Hunter T-shirt.

Two people will win a C.C. Hunter bag filled with some cool promotional items.

Two people will win a signed copy of any of the Shadow Falls books.

Remember, you have to go to my C.C. Hunter blog to post your comments in order to be eligible to win.

(Sorry this giveaway is for US residents only.)

Thanks you guys for being fans!!

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Cover Reveal!

For all you Shadow Falls fans who longed to have the e-novellas in print.  Well, it’s finally happening. I’m releasing them in one paperback called Almost Midnight. And not only will you get Turned at Dark, Saved at Sunrise, Unbreakable and Spellbinder in this collection, but you get a new novella from another character at Shadow Falls.  Who’s it going to be?  Any guesses? I’m not telling. Well, not yet, anyway. But believe me, you’ll be surprised.

Almost Midnight will be out February 2, 2016  in print.

AlmostMidnight[2]Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with  supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities and live in the  normal world.

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in vampires…until she became one. Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang? And for Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she’s struggled with, but when an opportunity to test her powers takes her to Paris, she’ll have to prove that she’s a witch to be reckoned with and belongs at Shadow Falls.

Fans won’t want to miss these five remarkable stories of love, magic and friendship.

Preview of Spellbinder!!

Spellbinder’s release day is June 30th, that’s next week!  So, I thought I’d give you a little preview by posting the first four chapters. You can read them by click on this link: Spellbinder.

I’d Love to Meet You!

I have several upcoming book signings and I’d love it if you could attend.

June 25, 2015, I’ll be at the TulCon15 (a mini Comic Con!) at the Tulis Branch Library, 21569 US Hwy 59, New Caney, TX 77357.  Don your favorite costume and join me for this comic and book convention with games, crafts, a costume contest, grab bags, a photo booth and giveaways galore! I’ll be there with fellow YA authors Joy Preble and Rachel Harris. If you come in costume, you’ll receive extra raffle tickets. For more information call 281-577-8968.

July 9, 2015, I’ll be speaking at the Coldspring Area Public Library Desert and Silent Auction Event. United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1 Cemetery Road, Hwy 150, Coldspring, TX 77371. I’ll talk about my books, struggles, making the NYT best-seller list and I may even motivate you to chase your own dreams. Price of admission: Adults $10, Children under 12 Free. Tickets sold at the door. For more information call the library at 936-653-3104.

July 22-25, 2015, I’ll be in the Big Apple at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. I will be teaching workshop: “Polish Me Pretty: Five Polishing Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level” and participating in several book signings, including RWA’s Literacy Autographing along with 500+ other authors (free and open to the public). For more information go to https://www.rwa.org/conference.

August 15, 2015, I’m heading to the Worth Reading Program at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 for their Author Round Up. Come meet me and other local authors, and ask us your questions from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale. For more information call the library at 817-392-6012 or go to http://fortworthtx.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=53012&lib=0.

September 15, 2015, I’ll be a guest speaker at the Houston Bay Area RWA (http://hbarwa.com/events/) meeting. More information to follow.

So, if you live near any of my signings, please stop by. I’d love to meet you!

Spellbinder Prequel

Howdy Fans,

I thought I’d give you a little prequel to Spellbinder, Miranda’s book that releases June 30th.  Miranda was so much fun to write, and her story with Perry and . . . the hot young FRU agent Shawn is well, a heart tugger.  I hope you enjoy.

“Take this you no good piece of crap!”  Miranda Cane mindlessly tossed her jeans into her half-packed suitcase, then stopped. Glaring at her phone in her hand, she pushed buttons to bring on death.  Breath held, she plopped her butt on the mattress, waiting to see if she’d succeeded.  “Die for me!”

“Hey.” Kylie, her chameleon roommate, popped her head into Miranda’s bedroom door.  “Who do you want to die?”

“It’s just a game.” Miranda barely glanced up, instead she frowned as she watched the blond avatar, a shape-shifter, dodge the bullet she’d sent his way.  “Damn it, I missed again.”

Kylie moved in and looked at the screen on Miranda’s phone.  “You’re a gamer?”

“No, I just . . . this one is fun.”  The fact that her ex, Perry, was a blond shape-shifter had nothing to do with her sudden interest in murder.  Okay, maybe it had everything to do with it, but who gave a crap.  Perry, sure as hell didn’t.  He’d broken up with her, then took his cute butt to Paris.  And he wasn’t calling.

Miranda frowned and looked back at the screen where the blond shape-shifter grabbed a gun from the magic bubbles and commenced to fill her avatar with bullets.  Oh, that hurt.

She glanced up at Kylie. “Or it would be fun if I could take out that nasty scumbag!  Grr!”  She tossed her phone on the mattress.

“Are you okay?” Kylie dropped on the bed beside Miranda.

Hell no! “Of course I am.”

“Is this about Perry?” Kylie asked.

“Perry?  Who’s that?” She rolled her eyes.  “Oh, you mean the guy who spent the last four months telling me he loved me and then broke up with me and left me to wallow in pain.Left me, while he’s probably in France playing kissy-kissy and checking out the tonsils of some French chick?  I should give him pimples.  Or jock itch.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.”

Kylie frowned.  “I’m sorry I brought him up.”

“I’m fine,” Miranda lied again and glanced back at her phone.  “Haven’t you ever just wanted to kill something?”

Kylie made a face.

Miranda rolled her eyes again.  “Della’s right, you are just too nice.”

A grin brightened Kylie’s blue eyes.  “Speaking of Della, I just got a text from her. She said her mom agreed to let her come with me to your competition tomorrow.  So we’ll both be there.”

Miranda suddenly wished she hadn’t asked them to come.  “Great, when I make an idiot out of myself, you two can be there to cheer me on.”
“Why would you make an idiot out of yourself?”  Kylie bumped shoulders with her in that best friend kind of bump that said I care without a word.

A knot of emotion filled Miranda’s throat.  “Oh, I don’t know, maybe because I’m probably the only dyslexic witch who’s stupid enough to let her mom sign her up for a spell competition.  What if I turn someone into a kangaroo?  Or . . .”

“Hey, you finaled in that last competition,” Kylie reminded her.

“A fluke,” Dread built in her chest.  “Even Ernie said so.”

“Ernie?” Kylie asked.

Miranda reached into the suitcase and pulled out her magic eight ball.  “Meet Ernie?”

Kylie laughed.  “Hey, I had one of these when I was thirteen.  I used to ask it about boys all the time.  Will he kiss me?  Ask me to dance? Does he even know I exist?”

“You didn’t have one like this,” Miranda said.  “This one is . . . special.”

Kylie took it from Miranda’s hands.“You mean like really magic?”

“Yeah.”Miranda could tell Kylie didn’t believe her, not that it bothered Miranda.  Non-witches, even paranormals, always held a shadow of doubt when it came to Wicca powers.

Kylie wrapped her palms around the black ball.  “So if I ask it a question, it will answer it?”

“Only if he’s in the mood,” Miranda frowned.

“Okay.” Kylie gave the ball one quick shake, the liquid inside the sphere made splashing sounds.  “Are you really magical, Mr. Ernie?”

Kylie looked down and waited for the message to appear in the little window and then read the words.  “You betcha!”  She grinned. “Okay, let’s try again.”

“Good luck,” Miranda said glaring at the black ball who had refused to answer any of her earlier questions.

Kylie rolled her eyes.  “Is Miranda going to win the competition?”  She shook the ball and then staredat it, waiting.  When nothing appeared Kylie looked up, her brow pinched.

“Told you, he wouldn’t answer,” Miranda said.

Kylie laughed.  “I just need to shake it a little harder.”  She gave the ball a good shake.  Then looked back down at it . . . waiting.   Finally, frowning she looked up.  “Why is it not working?”

“I told you.  He’s not in the mood,” Miranda said.

“It’s just stuck.”  Kylie shook it again, and then stared down at it.  When nothing appeared, she looked up at Miranda with wide eyes.  “You weren’t joking.  It’s really. . .   Shit.”  She literally threw the ball back to Miranda and popped up off the mattress.

“That’s freaky,” Kylie said and walked out.  “I got to get packed and so do you.”

Miranda watched her go, and then looked back down at Ernie.  All of a sudden a heavy feeling filled her chest.  Not just from the broken heart, but the kind of feeling that usually meant something.  She cupped her hands around the magic ball and brought it close to her lips.  “Is bad shit about to happen?” she whispered the question.

She gave it a shake then stared down, believing Ernie would ignore her again. But then one word floated up and pressed against the tiny round window.“Absolutely.”

This prequel will also be posted at www.wattpad.com by this afternoon.

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Don’t miss out! Pre-order Spellbinder today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank God For Friends

When I was young, I was shy, insecure, and didn’t have that large group of friends that so many other teens had.  Yes, I had school friends that would come and go in my life depending on if we had classes together.  And I still even keep in touch with a few.  But perhaps, because of who I am, or just because of life, I didn’t have the type of friends who knew all my secrets, friends that year after year were part of my world. I didn’t have the kind of friendships that I write about.

In my Christie Craig books and my C.C. Hunter books, I create friendships between my story people that are the epitome of that special bond between girls.  You know the kind of friends I’m talking about?  The kind who help you get into the good kind of trouble, and at the same time, who will help you get out of the bad kind of trouble.  The kind who will be there for the bumps in the road, be it a heartbreak or the loss of a loved one.  The kind who will laugh with you, help you laugh at yourself when you need to, and who will cry with you.  The kind of friends who have your back.

In my Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Kylie, Della and Miranda are the best of buds.  About once a week they come together and have what they call their “Diet Coke Round Table Discussions.”  They talk about boys.  They talk about sex. They talk about the pain life so often dumps on them.  They might cry (chances are they will), but mostly they laugh.

Now, in my Christie Craig books, be it my Divorced & Desperate series, my Hotter in Texas, or even my standalones, like Murder, Mayhem & Mama, these gals have their sidekicks who have what I call their “Wine Round Table Discussions.”  Over a good cabernet, they talk about the same things that my Shadow Falls gals do.  Men, sex, and the hurdles in life that cause us pain.  There will be tears, you can almost bet on it, and there will be a lot of hand holding, but it’s the laughter they share that makes their heart aches lesson.

You know, writing can teach you a lot. I can say now that I have the kind of friends and friendships that I write about.  A lot of them are writers, some of them aren’t.  Some of them are readers.  Some of them aren’t.  Some of them I see almost daily.  Some of them I only see once or twice a month.  Or once or twice a year.   Some of them live in my city and some don’t.  But it’s that bond, it’s knowing that I can call them and brag about my successes, cry about failures, laugh about my mistakes, and they know they can do the same.

As much as I credit writing for encouraging me to make those kinds of friendships, it’s not just writing.  I still remember my trips to Clearwater, Florida to visit my eighty-year-old grandmother.  Like most women late in their life, she had lost her husband of sixty years.  She lived in a retirement community.  I was awed by the bond I witnessed between her and her girlfriends.  And while I was there, they had what I’ll call a “Lemonade (Pinochle) Round Table Discussion.”  I’ll bet you can guess what they talked about.  Yup. Men, sex, and life’s woes.

Anyway, today I just want to say thank you to all the people I’m lucky enough to call my friend.  You know who you are.  We walk.  We call each other.  We share a bottle of wine.  We lunch together.  We hug when we see each other and wish we could spend more time together.

I hope all of my fans have the kind of friendship.  And if you have it, pick up the phone and tell those people how lucky you are to have them in your lives.

Don’t miss Spellbinder, Miranda’s story, out June 30th! Pre-order NOW!

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When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up–at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she’s learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.

When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery–and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn’t expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations…about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she’s a witch to be reckoned with….before it’s too late.

Out Today: Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman!

BlameItOnTheKiss_FCThe one guy she shouldn’t want…

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow – just by looking at him – she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans – and heart – in serious jeopardy.

Available Now:  Rules of the Game, By Lori Wilde

RulesOfGame-Wilde-lowresA jilted bride meets a superstar baseball player in  this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

Just uttering the word “wedding” makes Jodi Carlyle break out into a cold sweat. So a year after she’d been dumped at the altar, and two days after turning the big 3-0, she decides to break some rules—by dressing to the nines, hiring a limo,and crashing a swanky wedding . . .

 . . . Where she catches the eye of the Dallas Gunslingers’ new star hitter Jake Coronnado. He’s hot. He’s sexy. He sticks by her side all evening. He’s the perfect fling. After a wild weekend, where they do everything and then some, Jodi thinks she’ll never have to see him again . . . hey, she’s even told him her name is Gwendolyn! But she thinks wrong.

Because guess who’s the best man at Jodi’s sister’s wedding? And guess who’s still as seductive as ever? And guess who’s determined to turn their one-night fling into happily-ever-after?

And look what’s on the inside!

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It’s not only a great book, but I’m so honored to be able to call her a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Books!

It’s June, the kids are out of school (or will be soon), and you’re looking for something to read. Did you know you can read several of my books for free on Wattpad? That’s right. For FREE. Not only can you read my Christie Craig books, but you can also read some of my CC Hunter novellas and parts of my books. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to my YA Shadow Falls series. All you need to do is click on the title to follow the link.

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious

tndddEver since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she’s been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all of that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house—a house filled with twinkling lights and a decorated tree. (Okay, so it’s February, but she has a broken heart to mend, a Christmas-card shoot to do, and a six-times divorced, match-making mother to appease.) For the first time in a looooong while, Lacy reconsiders her vow. Because sexy Chase Kelly, wounded soul that he may be, would be an oh-so-delicious way of breaking her fast. Now, if she can just keep them both alive and him out of jail . . .

 

You can also download it for free from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

You can also read the first three chapters of Gotcha!

Gotcha!Macy Tucker was 5 years old when her beloved grandfather dropped dead in his spaghetti. At 12, her father left his family in the dust. At 25, her husband gave his secretary a pre-Christmas bonus in bed, and Macy gave him the boot. 

That’s why dating’s off the menu. Macy is focused on putting herself through law school—which means being the delivery girl for Papa’s Pizza. But cheesier than her job is her pie-eyed brother, who just recently escaped from prison to protect his new girlfriend. And hotter than Texas toast is the investigating detective. Proud, sexy…inflexible, he’s a man who would kiss her just to shut her up. But Jake Baldwin’s a protector as much as a dish. And when he gets his man—or his woman—Macy knows it’s for life.

And for those of you that read my YA Shadow Falls series or even for those of you interested in giving it a try, you can read the first two chapter of the very first book in my series, Born at Midnight and the first chapter in Della’s first book, Reborn, and the first three chapters in Della’s second book, Eternal.  Haven’t read my CC Hunter novellas? You can read the entire novella Turned at Dark. Find out how Della Tsang was first turned vampire. You can also download Turned at Dark for free from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. And then there’s my novella Saved at Sunrise also available for free on Wattpad. Follow Della on her first F.R.U. mission with the sexy shapeshifter, Steve.

Happy Reading!