A homicide detective returns to his Amish roots to catch a killer…
“Surfs up! Hop on my board and I’ll give you the ride of your life…”
~Balen Kroft, International Surfing Champion
“If you kiss enough frogs, eventually you’re going to get a fungus.”
When Autumn’s best friend surprises her with a girls’ getaway in Cyprus for her 30th birthday, she makes up her mind that now is her time to shine. This is exactly the fresh start she needs to put the past and a messy divorce behind her. She might have bought into the ideology of Mr. Right once, but that myth was long busted—been there, done that—and she has the broken heart to prove it.
When a family emergency causes her bestie to bail on her minutes before their flight takes off, Autumn finds herself alone and bound for the “Island of Love.” Her friend had an itinerary chock-full of girlfriend goodies planned—massages, salsa lessons, parasailing… Okay, maybe not parasailing, but this was going to be a week of fun, and now it’s a week for one. Armed with her Best Friends Guide Book for Having Fun—and no best friend—Autumn plans to check into her beachside villa with her new BFF, Captain Morgan.
Being ranked one of the top surfers in the world does have its perks, but discovering your sex-tape was released on social media? Definitely not one of them. On the heels of a scandal that has sponsors threatening to cancel his contracts, Balen Kroft has strict instructions from his publicist to lie low for the next week while this whole fiasco blows over. Seven days of incognito before hitting the surf again at the Titans of Mavericks Invitational might not be such a bad thing—rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun… Until he comes face-to-face with his own personal riptide. If he’s not careful, Autumn Harris may just pull him under.
The fiery ginger has no idea who Balen is and he’s determined to keep it that way. After the last eight months and a series of self-destructive behaviors, he’s content to let her believe he’s a homeless, beach-bumming surfer, living a carefree life one day at a time.
Autumn’s sexy vagabond is just charming enough to convince her to let him crash in the spare room of her villa. In exchange, he offers to be her new bestie for the week, taking her on all the excursions her friend had planned. It’s a tempting offer… Her own personal tour guide and the possibility of some hot, no-strings, surfer-guy sex? What woman in her right mind would turn that down? She’s a big girl who knows the score. What can possibly go wrong?
“Sexy & Snarky… One and Done will have you sinking into the bed-covers and sighing.” ~New York Times Bestselling Author Christie Craig
“Hands down, this is my favorite book of the year – don’t miss it!” ~Author Kyra Lennon
“I absolutely loved this book, it had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read anything by Melynda Price but I’m now a big fan and will definitely be checking out her other books. This had a great storyline with lots of steamy love scenes and I loved the friendship between Sumner and Autumn. I can’t wait for more in this series, I loved the lead in to summer’s story and I can’t wait for it to be released.”~ Kristie Padilla (Reviewer)
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Happy Halloween and Happy Release Day to my friend, C.C. Hunter! The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is out today!
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The first exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!
4 ½ stars, top pick review from Romantic Times Magazine! Readers will be screaming over C.C. Hunter’s latest series, The Mortician’s Daughter. No really, you will let out a gut-curdling shriek when you finish because you’ll be craving more! This series is the perfect blend of eerie paranormal action, drama and plenty of will-they-won’t-they scenarios with to-die-for crushes. If you’re looking for a treat this Halloween, look no further than The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave.
The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave
Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.
Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is with the dead who follow her Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.
But nothing could prepare her for the tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer, and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
My interview with C.C. Hunter, AKA, Christie Craig
- The Mortician’s Daughter is about a girl who talks to dead people. Why ghosts? Why a Young Adult novel?
Because they scare the shit out of me. And I mean both teens and ghosts. LOL. Originally, I was only writing my Christie Craig humorous romantic suspense novels. However, an editor from St. Martins had read my work and contacted my agent asking if I would consider writing a young adult paranormal series. She had the idea for a paranormal camp. I’d never written a paranormal or a young adult novel, so I asked her why she thought I could do this. Her answer was: Because you are a smart ass and teens love smart asses. My reply: My mama told me that’d never get me anywhere.
My next question was: Can I have ghosts in it? You see, several times in my life I felt I’d been visited by someone from the other side. The editor agreed to ghosts, and that led to the ten book Shadow Falls series about a paranormal camp and characters who could see ghosts. That series ended last October, but then I had the idea for The Mortician’s Daughter series. I wanted a bridge–one that left vampires and shapeshifters behind, but carried my fans closer to a contemporary style, but still had the thread of paranormal about ghosts. In addition to this series, I also sold a contemporary young adult novel about a girl who needs a heart transplant, called This Heart of Mine. It will be out in hard cover Feb. 27th.
- You write sexy romantic suspense novels as Christie Craig, and while they are funny, they often tackle tough subjects like betrayal, death, and even child abuse. How do your C.C. Hunter young adult books compare in heat levels and difficult subject matters?
From the beginning, I wanted to write books that resonated with the today’s teens. So I don’t pretend that sex, drugs, and alcohol don’t exist. I write about characters making smart decisions. If I have sex on the page, and I’ve only done that a few times, it’s PG13. That’s not to say that there isn’t sexual tension. Nor do I shy away from tough subjects. Death, grief, murder. Today’s teens have seen and dealt with so much. They don’t want books that are watered down, or written by someone wearing rose colored glasses. They want real. And I try to give it to them.
- The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is a trilogy. When are the next two novels releasing?
Right now, the books are scheduled to come out six or seven months apart. So May 2018 and November 2018. I just recently got my covers and I love them.
Thank you, Melynda, for sharing about The Mortician’s Daughter. I’ll give away two e-books of The Mortician’s Daughter to two people who leave a comment!
Thank you, C.C. Hunter for guest blogging with me! I’m currently reading The Mortician’s Daughter and LOVE IT! You had me hooked with the intriguing cover and synopsis!
If someone would like to read the first three chapters, click here: http://www.cchunterbooks.com/books/themorticiansdaughter.html
I’ll also leave you with excerpt.
Hayden looks over at me.
“Hi.” He’s still bright, still hot, sporting a tight black tee and jeans, but that’s not what has me gawking.
It’s the fact that Pumpkin’s okay with him being here. Or more than okay, the cat’s practically drooling. He only drools on me. Never, not once, has he befriended a spirit. Sylvania tried everything to get him to come to him. He adored cats, and it was because of his own cat that he wouldn’t move on. I had to go collect the gray tabby and find it a new, loving home. Only then did the sweet old man pass over.
I sit up, bend my knees, and wrap my arms around them. “Pumpkin likes you.”
He grins. “That’s because I’m charming.” He continues to stare at me. “Did you know you kinda snore, kinda purr when you’re asleep.”
“It’s cute. Not loud or anything.” There’s a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. “I had to get really close to hear it.”
Really close? I sit there imagining him really close to me in bed and I get tingles, and not the kind I normally get from spirits. I open my mouth to say something, but there are no words waiting to come out. I’m never tongue-tied with spirits. It’s as if instinctively I know it’s my job to help them.
“And I also noticed you only put polka dots on one of your toes. What’s with that?”
I hug my knees tighter. I wonder how long he’s been here checking me out. “Maybe I just wanted one polka-dotted toe.”
His smile deepens. “It’s odd, but I’ll buy it.”
“How nice of you.” I sound annoyed and I am, not so much at him, but at my response to him. I glance at the clock. Dad should be home anytime.
“Your dad texted. He’s going to be late.”
I gasp a little. Can he read my mind? None of the other ghosts could. But I’ve already concluded that he’s different. Oh, please don’t let him read my mind. “How did you know I was thinking about my dad?”
“I didn’t. I just… you looked at the time.”
“And you read my texts.”
“Not intentionally. I was lying in bed beside you, and the phone on the bedside table flashed.”
“Remember those rules I mentioned?”
“Yeah,” he says.
“Well, add this one. You don’t get in bed with me. And don’t watch me sleep. It’s creepy.”
He stands up, but his gaze stays on me. “I didn’t touch you.” His smile turns mischievous again. “It was tempting, but I behaved.”