Happy Halloween and Happy Release Day to my friend, C.C. Hunter! The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is out today!
Check out her awesome interview and comment below for a chance to win one of her amazing books!
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.”