Three Heartbeats Away, my C.C. Hunter young adult paranormal released last week. It’s been getting great reviews. Do you read young adult books? Have you read it yet? A lot happens to Riley. In fact, someone gets shot! And getting shot really sucks! Who do you think get shot?  Here’s an excerpt with some clues.



The phone rings again. I snatch it off the bedside table and hear Kelsey muttering something about the cold and ghosts. I see the time is eleven. Not as late as I assumed, but we were both exhausted and went to bed right at nine.

I blink and focus on the number, half expecting it to be Dad but praying it isn’t. I don’t want to have this conversation now. Too tired. Too hurt. Too…everything. But when I focus on the screen, I realize I’m wrong. It’s not Dad.

It’s Hayden. What’s he doing calling this late? My heart says he might have remembered something else. Maybe even remembers everything about us this time.

“Hello?” My voice sounds scratchy and sleepy.

“Riley.” His voice is pure panic. “This is going to sound so nuts, but I just…had another dream or whatever you want to call it, and in it Kelsey’s grandmother insisted I call you to wake you up because you’re in danger. She said she tried to wake you but couldn’t. I didn’t want to call, but it felt so real. And I thought… Shit, I shouldn’t have called. This is stupid.”

“What danger?” Cobwebs of sleep start clearing.

“It sounds crazy,” Hayden said.

Bessie appears, fear and fret in her eyes. “He’s here. Get out of the house.”

“Is that her I hear talking?” Hayden asks.

“Gotta go!” I disconnect the call with Hayden and stare at Bessie. “What’s wrong?”

“He’s trying to break in right now! Go out the back door!”

My heart jumps, and my mind goes straight to the man who murdered the bride. “The killer’s here? How—”

“What?” Kelsey fights to get the covers off and sits up. “Killer? Here?”

“No,” Bessie says. “Charles is here. But he’s drunk or high, and he’s got a gun.”

“Crap!” My pulse flutters at the base of my neck.

“Crap what?” Kelsey’s eyes are wide and awake now.

I shoot off the bed, still feeling half out of it, and look down at my best friend. “Charles is here!”

Kelsey bounces out of bed, then shakes her head. “No, he’s in jail.”

The cracking sound of glass breaking echoes from the living room and punctuates her words. Footsteps echo in the house. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. A door farther in the house opens, then slams.

“Window,” Bessie yells.

“Bat?” Kelsey screams.

“You left it in my car,” I say and tell myself to think, to think fast.

“Window,” Bessie yells.

“Window,” Kelsey says, almost as if she hears her grandmother. Kelsey runs for her window and tries to pull it up. I run to help. More footsteps ring out.

“Hurry,” Bessie says.

Kelsey’s bedroom door swings open. We turn around. Charles stumbles into the room, a gun in his outstretched hand.

All I can do is stare at the weapon and know it only takes a twitch of a finger to send a bullet inside either me or my best friend. One quick pull and our lives could end. I’ve never had a gun pointed at me. Never thought of them as terrifying. Until now.

You can now order your ebook or print copy of Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo.


So who do you think get’s shot? Riley, Kelsey. Charles or maybe someone else?  Don’t say the answer if you know.  Let’s keep the people who haven’t read it wondering.

Today I’ll give away a C.C. Hunter T-shirt to one person who leaves me a comment and tells me their favorite things about Riley?  Don’t let it contain any spoilers. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Three Heartbeats Away!

Today is the day many of you have been waiting for. Yup, it’s release day for Three Heartbeats Away, the third and final book in my C.C. Hunter Young Adult Mortician’s Daughter series.

Have you read it?  Have you experienced the bone-chilling cold of Riley’s new ghost?  Have you learned the secret Riley uncovers that turns her life upside down?  Has your heart ached for Riley when she questions if her purpose with Hayden wasn’t to a part of his life, but just to make sure he lived?  Can you guess what Kelsey’s reaction is going to be when she learns exactly what’s going on with her best friend?  Pick up your copy and experience the drama, the mystery, the romance, and the grins and giggles of where Riley Smith’s journey will take you.

I always have so many mixed emotions when I release a final book in a series. I’m excited for my readers to experience the end of a character’s journey, but I’m also sad to have to say goodbye to all the fictional friends I made. I also get really anxious to hear what my readers think about the book. But so far, reviews about the series have been awesome. Here are just a few of the things that have been said:

“Master storyteller C.C. Hunter has a way of drawing you into a story and never letting go. Her characters are so alive, you feel like you’re sitting next to them, and their stories so real, you feel included in every aspect of their lives. Smart. Captivating. Heart wrenching. Miss Hunter is, and will always be, on my MUST READ list!”—NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones

“I love this girl! Riley. She’s a corker. I always expect a lot from C.C. Hunter, and she always delivers.”—Chez Shay Online Book Reviews

“I so cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!!!!! C.C. Hunter has never ever failed to amaze me with her books.”—Lovely Read Publishing

“Filled with expected tropes and twists that can be found in many YA books C.C. Hunter is an expert at weaving her tales to let you have a fantastic reading time.”—Beware of the Reader 

“This [Mortician’s Daughter] series is the perfect blend of eerie paranormal action, drama and plenty of will-they-won’t-they scenarios with to-die-for crushes.” –RT Book Reviews

The dead carry their secrets with them…

At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.

Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?

As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.

You can now order your ebook or print copy of Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo.






Ghosts & a Giveaway!

I have talked about my fascination with ghosts and my personal experiences with them. I’m not sure why I love ghosts and ghost stories, but I know I’m not the only one. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many movies and TV series about ghosts. Just look at the number of reality ghost hunting and paranormal investigating TV series. There’s Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Mine and Ghost Asylum, just to name a few. I don’t usually watch those because then I’d never be able to be alone in my house again.

I tend to watch the fictional TV series like The Ghost Whisperer, which I love, and still watch it when it’s on. I also watch Ghostbusters whenever it’s on.I recently shared my love of the movie Ghost, still one of my all time favorites. But I recently started watching The InBetween, a new series on NBC. This might become one of my favorites. It’s about a young woman, much like Riley, who assists the dead with their unresolved problems and helps detectives solve murder cases. Watch the trailer HERE.

In a lot of ways, the character in The InBetween, Cassie Bedford, reminds me of an older Riley.  They deal with some of the same things, needy spirits, and sometimes gruesome crimes.  Neither of them are super heroes, they are ordinary females with extraordinary gifts.  They get scared, they have other issues weighing on their minds, but their determination to help the dead is admirable and courageous.  I can’t wait for you see Riley in action in this last book in the series.




The countdown for the release of Three Heartbeats Away has started. Only two weeks from today, Three Heartbeats Away will be out. So, if you want to enter my preorder contest, you have to before June 18th. Just preorder Three Heartbeats Away at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble or Kobo, and send a screen shot or copy of the receipt to me at Then you’ll be entered to win this cool tote filled with awesome swag (promo stuff). But please note, Three Heartbeats Away is up for preorder as an ebook only. However, on release day it will also be available in paperback.

Now, I want to be fair to my fans who are ordering the print copy.  So, if you send me a screen shot, copy of the receipt of your order, or even a photo of you with your book to,  I’ll hold another contest.  I’ll give away a second tote with all the goodies in it.  I’ll announce the winner on June 25th.

(Sorry but both giveaways are limited to U.S. residents.)


I’ll give away a t-shirt and an ebook of either One Foot in the Grave or Two Feet Under (your choice)to one person who leaves a comment telling me about their favorite TV show. It doesn’t even have to be about ghosts. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you’ll have to pop over to…… to enter to win. (Sorry, but this giveaway is also only for U.S. residents.)


A Very Special Guest…

Author Camille Faye is my special guest this week. She and I have so much in common that when we first met, I felt like I’d known her for years. We both love to travel, we both have had experiences with ghosts–which led to a love of paranormal, and she also has a fondness for New Orleans. But the reason I wanted you to meet her is because she writes amazing books. Her Voodoo Butterfly series is awesome, and I really wanted to share it with you. So with the recent release of the third book in her series, Flight, I sat down with her to ask her a few questions about it.




  1. Flight is the third book in your Voodoo Butterfly series. In the series, Sophie Nouveau, inherits her grandmother’s voodoo shop in New Orleans. Have you always been interested in voodoo or did you learn about it for this series?

In the past, I worked as a journalist and I also have a Master’s in English, so I have experience researching topics with written resources and through interviews. I just love learning about other cultures, plus travel is a big passion of mine. So I did a lot of research in this series, to make voodoo as authentic as possible. As I worked my way through all the stereotypes and misinformation from the media and Hollywood, I really enjoyed getting to understand the true culture and history of this world religion. For example, I learned that hoodoo is actually practiced by many Christians in the American south, but that doesn’t mean those people practice voodoo. And many voodoo practitioners, like the famous Marie Laveau, are staunch Catholics who attend daily Mass.

When I started my series, I knew I would set my story in New Orleans, so I brainstormed how magic would fit into this world I was building. I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, which shows J.K. Rowling’s version of England’s style of magic.  Voodoo and hoodoo are a huge piece of our nation’s history, going back to the time of slavery, so it is our American tradition of magic. I have many resources on my Facebook page and Pinterest, which I used during my research of these fascinating parts of our American culture, if people are interested in learning more.

  1. In Flight, Sophie goes to Malaysia to find her love, Taj, and you’re married to a man from Malaysia. Did you do any of your research there? What do you like most about the country?

I love traveling in the name of “research” (LOL). Since all of my husband’s family still live in Malaysia, we try to visit there every couple of years. Now that we have kids, they get to play with their Malaysian cousins and learn about that side of their heritage, which is really cool, too.

In Flight, I incorporate sensory details to describe Malaysia’s incredible food scene, which is admired worldwide for its blends of Thai, Chinese, and Indian culinary influences. As for the paranormal side of Flight, I go into how Malaysians will use black magic against each other. If someone is jealous or angry, they can go see a medicine man who will send an evil spirit or ghost to torment the person they are targeting. Some people might think that is superstitious nonsense, but to me, it’s horrific. How can you hate someone so much that you would want them to be supernaturally tormented?

During my research, I came across a YouTube video showing a jinn possessing a young Malay woman. We know them in Western culture as genies, but jinn are a paranormal entity from Arab lore, who can interfere in our world. Some jinn are ambivalent to human affairs, some are mischievous, but some can also be trapped (yes, in a bottle) and can be used to torment your enemies. It’s so fascinating to find out the roots of these legends.

  1. Tell us a little about Sophie. What kind of person is she? What motivates her?

Sophie grew up the child of an alcoholic, so when readers first meet her, she has those emotional walls up and reinforced. When she first visits New Orleans, she knows nothing about her family’s heritage because her mother kept that past secret. As the last woman in the Papillon line, Sophie decides to take over her family’s voodoo shop and the title of Mind Changer. The women in her family, going back hundreds of years, are called Mind Changers because they have the specialized magical ability to turn evil people good.

As she opens her heart more, her magic becomes stronger and she is able to help more and more people overcome their own inner demons. A large part of the series is finding where her heart belongs. She has close relationships with Taj, a Malaysian man who is easy to be around and easy to look at. Then there’s Jacques, a mysterious old-fashioned type who can be stuffy but sexy. Along the way, she will have to dig deep to figure out who she truly is and the kind of man she truly desires.

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I did! My mom actually wrote a booklet on quilting when I was nine. She purchased an electronic typewriter for that project and I would use it to write stories about Oscar the Grouch or princesses in faraway kingdoms.

From there, I worked on my high school and college newspapers. At the University of Missouri’s journalism program, I got to work for the local NBC affiliate as a reporter, anchor, and web producer. I went on to earn a Master’s in English and teach writing at universities in Missouri and Illinois. So I’ve been able to try out many different types of writing. I love it!

  1. What are you working on now? What is next for you?

Currently, I am juggling revising the fourth book in The Voodoo Butterfly Series and drafting the fifth. My plan is to release both of those books in 2020.

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Thanks so much for taking this time with me, Camille. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!