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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Tour: C.C. Hunter Interviews Della + Giveaway

c c  hunter NYT Bestselling Author of shadow falls

C.C. Hunter is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn. She grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or shooting things--with a camera, not a gun.
 C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels.   

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question  What does "C.C." stand for?

answer  C.C. is for Christie Craig. That's my real name, and I also write humorous romantic suspense and non-fiction under that name. The "Hunter" is based on my maiden name, Hunt.

question  Why didn't you answer my email? I sent it two days ago.

answer   I'm sorry. I'm working on the next Shadow Falls book, and that is really putting a crimp in my email response time. I promise I'll answer all emails, though. It just make take me a few days.

question  How long did it take you to get published?

answer   Can I just say. . . a very, very long time. I sold my first book in 1994 and didn't sell another until 2007.

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answer   I love to speak about writing, especially at schools and libraries! Please have your school principal or librarian contact me to discuss my appearance.

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C.C. Hunter Interviews Della

“Come on in, Della,” I say when she appears in the doorway.
She just stands there, pokes her head in a few inches and frowns.  “Where in Hades am I?”
“Relax, it’s just my mind.  Some bloggers have decided that I should interview you.  Besides, Kylie’s been here before.”
“Look, C.C., or do I have to call you Mrs. Hunter?”
“C.C. is fine,” I tell her.
“Great.  The thing is, I know with you being the author and all, you’re like the Queen B with an itch around here, but your mind is downright freaky.  I mean, Kylie told me about this place, but I didn’t believe half the crap she said.  Now I’m gonna have to apologize to her.”  She took a tiny step inside.  “Oh, hell!  Is that a bloody sword?  Why do you have something like that hanging around your mind?”
“That would be nice,” I say to change the subject.
“What would be nice?” Della asks, but she doesn’t come in any further.
“Apologizing.  I hear you don’t do that very often.”
“Oh, please, did Miranda tell you that?  She’s always exaggerating everything.”
I shoot the little vampire a come clean look and she frowns.
“Okay, so I don’t like to apologize.  I don’t know why you’re shocked.  It's your fault—you made me this way.”
“I created you, yes, but you’re like the rest of the characters.  Pretty soon you had a mind of your own.  And you've argued with me more than anyone else.”
“So are you gonna explain the bloody sword or not?” Della asks, ignoring my comment.
“Let’ s just say it shows up toward the end of Whispers at Moonrise and continues to be used in Chosen at Nightfall.”
“Am I gonna get to use it to kill someone?”  Her expression lights up.
I roll my eyes.  “You always act so tough, but I don’t think you’d really want to kill someone.  Your bark is always worse than your bite.”
“You just haven’t been bitten by me.”  She exposes her extended canines.
I lean back in my office chair and shrug.  I can see why Miranda and Della fight so much.  “Would you just come inside and sit down so we can talk?”
“About what?”
“About the books.  About you and Kylie and Miranda.  And maybe even about  . . . Steve.  The hot shape-shifter, the one you think has a cute butt.”
“Please, I’m not talking about Steve.  Or his butt.”  But for some reason she finally enters the room.   And I think I see interest in her eyes.
“Why not?” I ask.
“The guy’s a jerk.”
“Don’t you remember?  In that scene in Whispers at Moonrise.”
I lean forward.  “The only time he’s been a jerk is when you were acting like a jerkette.”
“Jerkette?  Is that even a word?”
“I’m a writer,” I remind her.  “I can make up words.”
Della flops down on the brown leather sofa in the corner of my mind, and continues to look around.  Her gaze lands on the bloody sword again. 
I follow her gaze and I admit it is kind of freaky and it’s probably making the vamp hungry. 
“You’re wrong,” Della says.  “I could kill someone.  If they were hurting someone I cared about.  I could make a shish kabob out of them.”
“And who do you care about?”  I know Della cares about a lot of people; she just goes around pretending she doesn’t.
“Remember who you’re talking to,” she says.  “You don’t really expect me to get all mushy and sentimental, do you?”
“I’m not asking for mushy.  Just the facts.  Do you care about Kylie?”
“Of course I care about Kylie.  She’s like the coolest friend I have.”
“How about Miranda?”
Della makes a funny face.  “The little witch drives me batty sometimes. But yeah, I care about her, too.  The three of us . . . we’re there for each other.  You know, like really best friends.”
“I know.  And I can’t tell you how many emails I get talking about your friendship.  People really admire that about you guys.  The friendship is a big part of the Shadow Falls series.”
Her eyes cut back to the sword.  “Yeah, but I’d bet they’d like to see me slice and dice someone with that sword, too.  Hey . . . action sells things.  Action and sex.”
“Forget the sword,” I say.  “What about Steve?  Do you care about him?”
“I see what you’re doing here.”  Della points her finger at me.  I’m just lucky it’s not the middle one.  Face it, Della does misbehave sometimes.  “You’re trying to make me agree to get all lovey dovey with someone so you can have more romance in the book.”
“And you don’t want any part of that?” I ask.  “You don’t want a guy who thinks you’re special?  You don’t want to feel his lips touching yours?  Or to feel that fluttery feeling in your stomach because a guy looks at you as if he can’t see anyone else in the world?”
Della stares at the wall for a second then turns back to me.  “Oh, hell, no.  I don’t want that.  It messes with your mind.  Seriously, look how Miranda acted the entire book of Whispers at Moonrise.  I swear, if I had to hear her go on one more time about how wonderful and super sexy Perry was, I was going to puke.  Lose all my O negative blood in one big hurl.  And look at Kylie.  You wrote what happened to her.  Who wants to get hurt like that?  I sure as heck don’t.”
“Love can be hard, but it’s always worthwhile. You know that.  You had that with Lee, your old boyfriend, before you were turned into a vampire.”
Della frowns.  “Yeah, and I don’t want to talk about Lee.  And I’m leaving if you try to make me.”
I see a dark cloud of pain fill her eyes when she says his name.  She really cared about him.  I hope she’s ready to move on.  She deserves to be happy.
She looks around a second and then says, “He’s getting married, you know.  Lee, I mean.”
“I know and that has to be hard.”
“No, it’s not,” she insists.  “I don’t even care.”
I know if I was a vampire, I could hear her heart beating to a lie just now.  The silence is long.  “You know I’m working on Chosen at Nightfall right now, don’t you?”
“I figured you were.”
“Well, what if you let me at least try to get you and Steve together?”
Della frowns again.  “I tell you what.  You let me kill someone with the sword and I’ll kiss the guy once or twice for you.”
I shake my head.  “You are so full of bluff.”
“No, you are full of--”
“Let’s watch our language.  I don’t know if bloggers will allow those kinds of words.”
              Della frowns.  “So you’re actually writing Chosen at Nightfall right now?”
              I nod. 
“Why am I not there?” she asks.
“Don’t you remember what I set up at the end of Whispers at Moonrise?” 
“You didn’t!” she snaps.
“Chill, it’s going to be okay.”
She scowls a minute and then asks, “So . . . who is going to win Kylie’s heart at the end?”
              I shake my head at her question.  “I don’t know, and if I did, I wouldn’t tell you.”
              “Why?  You know that’s what all these readers want to know.  Who will Kylie choose? Lucas, the hot werewolf, or Derek, the handsome fairy.”
              “You know what?  I think you are underestimating the readers.  I think they are reading for a lot of other things, too.  I’ll bet they’d like to hear about you and Steve.”
              “Not happening,” Della stood up.  “Can I go now?”
              I nod.  “Thanks for talking to me.”
              She almost gets out the door when she turns around.  “Have you talked to Steve about this romance crap?”’             
              I can’t help it.  I grin.  “So you’re interested, huh?”
              “Of course not.  I’m just curious how he took the news.  I bet he freaked out.”
              “I think you might be surprised.”  I chuckle as Della walks away.  Then I sigh and pull over my mental keyboard and go back to plotting my next scene in Chosen at Nightfall.  I’m not sure Della will go for it, but maybe, just maybe . . .

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answer  C.C. is offering a fantastic Shadow Falls T-Shirt. 
answer  I am offering several swag packs with note pads, pens and bookmarks in them.

1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.
2. There will be ONE winner for the T-Shirt and several for the swag packs.
3. You must be 13 or older.
4. Giveaway is US only.
5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Eastern on Friday, August 31st, 2012.
6. To enter please leave your name and your favorite SHADOW FALLS novel in the comment section. The winners will be chosen by Random.Org.
7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.


  1. Oh this was such a riot! Della is awesome. Though she sounds like she tries C.C. Hunter's patience just a teensy weensy bit!

    I can't wait to see what happens with her and this Steve with the cute backside. And of course I am such the cliche, but I want to know who Kylie chooses! I've always been a member of Team Lucas myself.

    This was such a great post idea and was such a lot of fun to read after a long, long day!

    Thank you Amy for being a part of this tour and for hosting such an awesome author like C.C. Hunter!

    And good luck with your computer woes! Let me know if you need any tech support. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I was worried but I think I managed to pull it off. I wish I could have linked my reviews but I can always do that at a later date.

      Thanks for stopping by. You rock!


    2. Yep that's a great idea. Then if people come to check the interview down the road they'll get to see what you thought about the author's books then. :)

  2. Della is a riot! Wonderful LOL character interview! I always love to read those types of interviews. Such a fun way to meet the characters.
    I really do have to read this series soon. :)
    DeAnna Schultz

    1. Aren't they fun, DeAnna? It's great when you can get inside a character's head. At least for me it is. Just a heads up... there is a prequel free all about Della. You can find it at B&N and Amazon (I think).. I will try to edit the post and put the links in there.

      Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!


  3. What a great post! I haven't read it yet, but I have Born At Midnight in my TBR pile. (Thinking it needs to be moved to the top, btw).


    1. Thanks, Theresa! I really enjoyed the books. They are quite refreshing and not exactly the same kind as what's out there now. Hope you love BAM! Lots of luck to you in the giveaway! :)


  4. My favorite is Born at Midnight. I always love the first novel of a series where the story is new and the characters fresh. This series is so good. It's hard to actually pick out just one favorite.

    ~ Molly

    1. I agree Molly. It is so hard to pick when all of the books rock! Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!


  5. I love character interviews! They are always so great and Della = awesome!! I love these books and have no idea which would be my favorite!! They've all been so good, but if I have to pick a favorite, I'm just going to say Born at Midnight because it's the first and it's where everything starts : )

    ~alicia marie

    1. Hi, Alicia Marie! I agree with you about several things. First, character interviews are wayyyy fun and Della totally rocks my socks.,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway!


  6. I love when authers do these things with the other characters. my favrite book is born at midnight because, for me its always the first book in the series that I think the most about. it also gets me hocked on the auther and makes me want to read anything by them. Quintana Hart <3

  7. I love when authers do these things with the other characters. my favrite book is born at midnight because, for me its always the first book in the series that I think the most about. it also gets me hocked on the auther and makes me want to read anything by them. Quintana Hart <3

  8. Della is such a riot, I adore her! <3

    My name is obviously Lili and my favorite Shadow Falls novel would be Taken At Dusk, the third book! I mean, that cliff-hanger! We found out what she truly is and one could infer what that means about her powers from the name, but you don't tell us anymore?! I need the 4th book NOW! lol

  9. I think Whispers at Moonrise us my favorite so far...I liked that Kylie us finally getting some answers. I can't wait for Chosen at Nightfall!

  10. I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't read any of this series yet. They are all on my TBR wishlist, and I hope to read them soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Oops - forgot my email!


  11. Howdy guys!!!

    Thank you so much for posting the interivew and for all those comments. I'm sure Della loves it that you guys thinks she rocks!!


  12. I have no idea why my comment posted under Hubby. Oh well... This is C.C. Hunter and thanks to everyon!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog, CC! Hopefully, you've got a little taste of how much we adore you and the fabulous characters you create.

      I think I can speak for all of us when I say that you are a total ROCKSTAR! (Even if you tried to slide in and check things out with that "HUBBY" alias! ❤

      Thanks for all you do and for writing the amazing books. We heart you! ❤


  13. I love Born At Midnight!

  14. I haven't got to read any of that series yet. That needs to change because it sounds awesome. Thanks for a great stop.
    kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

  15. Janeal
    How can i pick one book if i lover all the books that are soo far in the series. let mee think... hold on.. No doubt Taken at Dusk its the last book( well not the last book but the last book the=at i read untill whispers at moonrise) we finally find out what kylie is and theirs a cliff hanger ( Jezz got to love thoes cliff hanger huh c.c. hunter) umm so i guess that's it ooh yeah my email.

    1. yeah i made some typos but this computer i have is sooo slow and basically broken but i can still us it

    2. No worries! I totally understand. My laptop just died and I'm trying to do everything with my iPad.

  16. My favorite shadow falls book is Awake at Dawn, I loved the ending. My email is

  17. Loved this!! This author-character interview was so much fun to read and now I am totally itching to read C.C.'s books!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour!!


  18. My favorite is Born At Midnight. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. I haven't read any of the books yet... :( Yeah, I should probably get to it soon.


  20. I found your website the other day and after reading a handful of posts, thought I would say thank you for all the great content. Keep it coming! I will try to stop by here more often.

  21. Thanks for the amazing interview and giveaway :). My favorite book would have to be Born at Midnight!

  22. Della is so awesome. My favorite book is taken at dusk. My name is Angelina Archuleta. :)

    1. I 4got my email. It is Ps I am angelina archuleta.

  23. My favorite would be Awake at Dawn :)


    gaby891 AT YAHOO DOT COM

  24. Born at Midnight.
    What a great interview with CC.

  25. My Favorite was Taken at Dusk!
    Great interview!


  26. Nice interview. Born at midnight


  27. You know I haven't read any of these books. I do have the first book which I need to read.

  28. I have to say, Born at Midnight is my favorite of the books. I wonder if Whispers at Moonrise or Chosen at Nightfall will bump it down?

  29. I'm going to go with Born at Midnight because I just bought a copy of that book, it is my first C.C. Hunter so I'm definitely excited!