IN ANOTHER LIFE

March 26th, In Another Life, my C.C. Hunter YA about adoption is coming out. This is a theme I had kicking around in my head for a long time. You see, I have always marched to beat on my own drum. I’m slightly different from my family. Not so much in appearance, but in our interests and outlooks. My two brothers and parents are people who like to work with their hands, who seldom slow down. They play sports, do crafts, and build houses. Me, I can sit by a window and stare out at nothing, I will ponder something to death. Because what’s going on inside my head is much more interesting than what is probably happening around me.  Being dyslexic, I wasn’t a reader growing up, but I was writing books in my head by the time I was eleven.  Sometimes these stories would last months. Several of them included discovering that I was adopted. It wasn’t that I didn’t love my family, I just always felt different.

So, adoption has always fascinated me. And adoption has touched more lives than you think. In fact, about 140,000 children are adopted every year, and today, almost 60%-70% of domestic adoptions are now open adoptions, which means there is a degree of openness and disclosure of information between adoptive and birth parents regarding the adopted child. But open adoptions weren’t always that common, and that often resulted in adopted children searching for their biological parents. In a study of American adolescents, the Search Institute found that 72 percent of adopted adolescents wanted to know why they were adopted and 65 percent wanted to meet their birth parents. And not all adoptions are legal, and that makes it extremely hard for the children to track down their biological parents.

Chloe in In Another Life has always known she was adopted, but now that she’s at a crisis point in her life, she’s having question about her adoption. When Cash confronts her with some of his suspicions, she suspects that maybe she wasn’t adopted but kidnapped. If this is true, were the people she calls mom and dad behind it?  She will unearth the truth, even if it threatens everything she’s ever known. Even if it puts her life in danger.

Contest!!

You can pre-order In Another Life now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-MillionIndie Books and Powells. Then if you send a link or a screenshot of your order to me a cc@cchunterbooks.com, you’ll be entered to win an Ancestry DNA kit. I’ll be closing this contest on March 25th.  (Sorry, but this contest is limited to U.S. residents only.)

 

Change and a Contest

Change.  It’s hard for some of us.  It takes courage to go a different route.  To choose differently.  To trust that something new and different will be okay. I’m not talking about huge life decisions.  Buying a house, or moving to another state.  I’m not talking about quitting a job, or trying a new genre.  I’m talking our hair.

I have an appointment today with my hair dresser. And I’m already feeling antsy.  Every time I go, I think this time I’ll tell her to do something completely different.  To go a little crazy.

And then I don’t.

I have friends whose hair is different every time I see them.  Sometimes I really like it, sometimes I don’t.  But I always admire their courage.

Now, I have excuses.  I have fine hair and, therefore, the number of styles that actually look good on me are limited.  I could go short and spiky?  I just don’t see myself as a short-spiky-haired girl.

I could have it dyed a different color? Yeah . . .  No!

So I’ll go and I’ll probably ask her the same question I ask every time.  “Any recommendations?”

I know she’ll offer something, and I’ll listen and then I’ll say . . .  “Just do the regular.”

What’s wrong with me guys?

I mean, I don’t shy away from change in other areas of my life. I jump genres, I recently moved from the house I’d lived in for twenty years.  I’m not afraid to travel.  I’ll try different kinds of food.  Heck, I ate toad soup once.

But my hair?  I never venture too far from what I’ve always had.

Any hair style advice for fine hair?  Any advice on taking a leap of faith at the salon?  Are you like me, afraid of a new hair style?

CONTEST!!!

So, I have a little contest for you. Would you like to win an Ancestry DNA kit?  You know, the ones that check your DNA and tell you if your Irish, Italian, or whatever. Pre-order In Another Life and send a link or a screenshot of your order to me a christie@christie-craig.com and you’ll be entered to win an Ancestry kit. I’ll be closing this contest on March 25th.  (Sorry, but this contest is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I love romance. I love when two people find each other and something special happens. That’s probably why I write the books I write. Romance is an integral part of my plots. And this week, we celebrate the most romantic day of all—Valentine’s Day.

But what exactly is Valentine’s Day? Is it just a day when you appreciate your honey? A day for giving flowers, chocolates or jewelry? Or is it more? Did you know the origins of Valentine’s Day has its roots in Roman times?

It’s widely believed that Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, because of the Roman emperor felt married soldiers did not make good warriors. He wore a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—which helped soldiers recognize him.  When the emperor found out, he sentence Valentine to death. While in jail awaiting his execution, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter.  When he was taken to be killed on Feb. 14th, he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine.” This story set the groundwork for establishing the day as a holiday for romantic love.

So, our day to celebrate romantic love is actually based on a sad story. The story may be true, but if not and I had written that tale it would not have ended sadly. I’m a happy ending kind of girl?  That said, Valentine’s Day has evolved past its roots into a holiday for declaring your feelings for someone.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?  Are you the happy ending kind of girl, too?

Hey, did you snag your paperback copy of This Heart of Mine? That’s right, This Heart of Mine is now in paperback. Order your copy of This Heart of Mine from Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndieBound and Powell’s.

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Becka Lynn. Please email me a cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address and I’ll send you an ARC of In Another Life.

Preorder Contest

So, I have a little contest for you. Would you like to win an Ancestry DNA kit?  You know, the ones that check your DNA and tell you if your Irish, Italian, or whatever. Pre-order In Another Life and send a link or a screenshot of your order to me a cc@cchunterbooks.com and you’ll be entered to win an Ancestry kit. I’ll be closing this contest on March 25th. (Sorry, this contest is limited to U.S. residents only.)

 

Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves in our lives and in our fiction.  I have a few, okay I have a lot.  Lemon seeds.  I love lemon in my water, but I hate the seeds.  So, I ask for lime in my water.  A lot of times they just stick a lemon in it.  That means, I’ll spend a good minute removing seeds from a the lemon.  I also frown when someone is driving 10 miles under the speed limit in the left hand lane.  Then again, I get agitated when someone is riding my bumper, or I see them darting in and out of traffic going too fast. Yup, we all have pet peeves.

I think my biggest pet peeve in life that bleeds over into fiction is when a character is a bully.  It’s not that I think characters need to be perfect, or that they don’t occasionally hurt someone. Good people make mistakes.  Good people snap at people they love.  Good people lie.  They push people away.  But we all know the difference between the mean girl, and girl who loses it for a little while, or makes the wrong choice.  For me that difference is why a character does something and how she comes to realize she’s made a mistake.

What is something that will make you put down a book?

Or maybe not pick it up in the first place?

This week I’m celebrating the release of This Heart of Mine releasing in paperback. Yes, if you have been waiting to finally read This Heart of Mine, well, now’s a good time.

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.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Order your paperback copy of This Heart of Mine from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound and Powell’s.

Giveaway!!!!

This week I’ll give away an ARC of In Another Life to one person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must actually go to my blog to enter.)