Monday, October 27, 2014

Cynthia Woolf: Seduced by a sinner




Seduced by a Sinner
by Cynthia Woolf

This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.



Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: October, 2014           
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
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Book Synopsis
 
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.


Neither task is an easy one.


Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything. 









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Excerpt:

Thursday, June 28, 1877

Zach reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
He probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to hurt his family.
The problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood. Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
He should go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal, spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
They’d been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
Well, he wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
He dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’ five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there working.
“Good day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
“You can do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well. “And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes the store.”
“Alright, let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
Zach walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
“Be right with ya’ll,” said Lily.
He walked up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of use.
Lily’s head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
“In the flesh.”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”
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Other books in the series:

Redeemed by a Rebel





Healed by a Heart








The Author

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more
books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

 WEBSITE – www.cynthiawoolf.com




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Monday, June 30, 2014

Sharon Stanley: Interview and Giveaway



Knowing Sharon Stanley:











Although Sharon Stanley has been writing for years, it was only after her youngest son graduated high school that she got serious about it. 

She joined the SCBWI and began to write with an eye to publish children’s picture books. S
haron published her first print book, The Little Dog in the Middle of the Road last winter with Silver Tongue Press, and has several others under contract.  
She lives with 5 chickens, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 sons and one husband on a working farm in Virginia, where she endeavors to “live creatively…with cows.”  
She enjoys mixed media artwork and blogs about her creative and farm life at farmandfrufru.blogspot.com


You can read more on her website, www.sharonpstanley.com





Interview:


For people who haven’t heard of "The Little Dog In the Middle of The Road" , make a brief description.

My book is called The Little Dog in the Middle of the Road.  It’s about a little dog that becomes lost when he leaves home to look for his person who’s away on a trip.   He decides the only way to find her is to sit in the middle of the road and wait for her to return.  But it’s getting dark…



When did you decide to become a writer?

I really never decided to become a writer.  I’ve always written for my own enjoyment, and after my youngest son graduated high school three years ago, I decided to seek publication for some of my stories.



Do you have specific habits when writing?

I’m not sure I could say I have specific writing habits, but I only write when I have a story in mind.  I wish I could sit and write every day because I know that’s what “real” writers do to polish their craft, but it just doesn’t work for me.  It doesn’t feel right.  When a story comes to me, I mull it over until I have the basic plot, then I begin writing.  After I write it all out the first time, it goes on the back burner for a while and then I begin editing.



Early bird or night owl?

I’m a night owl.  Then I hate to get up in the morning.



Where do you get your inspiration?

I live on a farm and my inspiration usually comes from here.  Animals are the stars in my books and often tell their own stories…I just write them down for them.  Little Dog is based on a true story…he was found on our road just sitting in the middle of the road and I began to wonder why.



What do you do, besides writing?

Besides writing, I take care of my husband and our two (grown) boys and   our home.  Both our sons farm as well as my husband and I help out by       keeping the books and moving equipment from field to field during       harvest.  I also have art workshops on the farm from time to time.



Do you have any hobbies? 

I do have hobbies.  I make things.  I love paint, paper, fabric and any sort      art supplies.  I love collage and mixed media art, sewing, and re-inventing  things I find at thrift/antique stores.



Guilty pleasures? 

My guilty pleasures include reading decorating magazines, Jane Austen novels I’ve read a dozen times and dozing on the front porch in a lounge  chair, usually with a dog on my lap.



What are you reading right now? 

Right now I’m reading a memoir written by someone I know which is great fun because I know a lot of the people he has written about.



Name your favorite author and book:

Jane Austen is certainly one of my favorite authors and I love all her books, Emma being my very favorite.  Beatrix Potter is my favorite children’s author of all time because I love her detailed pictures as well as her stories.  Mem Fox is a wonderful children’s writer and Susan Meddaugh nails it everytime with her Martha books.



What's the craziest thing you've done?

I am not a crazy person;  Ditsy, yes, but not too crazy.  Perhaps the craziest thing I’ve done recently is to presume to think I might be able to write a story worthy of publication.



Biggest trouble as a writer?

 I think the biggest trouble I’ve faced as a writer is to become used to rejection as a fact of life.  It’s very hard to pour your life and soul into a story only to have it rejected.  I research each publisher before submitting and only submit when I think it will be a good fit, so it’s difficult not to take rejection personally.  That said, it does get easier the more you practice.



Favorite TV show?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love old shows like Andy Griffith.  I live with three men so we watch a lot of Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush and Alaska the Last Frontier.  I love English TV though and enjoy the Midsomer Murder series.



Favorite movie:

…Sense and Sensibility,  Love Actually, Bright Star.



Favorite food:

Ice cream is my favorite food.  It should be its own food group.  I could eat it three times a day…sometimes I do.



What thing you wish you could stop doing?

I wish I could stop eating so much ice cream.




THANK YOU SHARON FOR SUCH A GREAT INTERVIEW!
And don't stop eating ice cream! It's delicious :D






A little dog ‘s person goes away for a few days. Not happy where he is 
staying, he goes into the middle of the road to look for his person. He finds 
a nice person to help him but it is not his person. He wants his person and 
knows that they have to come down the road to find him. So, he sits in the 
middle of the road and waits.







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Friday, June 27, 2014

Healed by a Heart: Top 10 List, giveaway and amazing poll






Discover the second installment in the Destiny in Deadwood Series. 
Read it as a part of a series or as a stand alone!





                                      
Release Date: May 2014  
Genre: Historical Romance. Western.      








All Liam Anderson wanted after the War Between the States, was a little peace. After seventeen years in the army, he’s tired of fighting and killing. Having lost his beloved wife to influenza, he’s tired of hurting. And seeing his baby brother framed for murder, he’s tired of injustice.
He left everything behind to help his brothers escape, packed up his children and possessions, and took them all to a gold claim in Deadwood. Miss Eleanor Smith is a thirty-two year-old spinster. She gave up her dream of a home and family a long time ago. Instead, she has spent her life traveling the world, ministering to the weak, the injured, the poor, and the forgotten, following her preacher father from one hell hole to another.
From what she’s seen of men and the world, she’s better off taking care of herself. And she gets along just fine, until she literally falls into Liam’s arms, gets in the middle of a fight that isn’t hers, and becomes a pawn for an enemy’s revenge.
Deadwood was supposed to be a fresh start for Liam Anderson and his younger brothers, but trouble followed him and his children. And when Eleanor disappears, only Liam can rescue her. The headstrong, independent woman awoke his dead passion, but refused to surrender to his touch. Can he convince her that merely surviving isn’t enough? Despite his sins, he's the only man who can save her, and she's the only woman strong enough to heal his broken heart.
















PROLOGUE

April 1876St. Louis, Missouri Liam Anderson sat in front of a blazing fire, in his pajamas and robe, puffing on his pipe, reading, for the last time in this house. The place he’d called home for so many years. The kids were asleep upstairs. Sleep had eluded him and he’d risen to read until he got tired.
BAM! BAM! BAM!He looked up from the book he read and glanced at the mantel clock. One of the few things he hadn’t packed away. “What in the world? Who would be out in this weather at this hour?
”What the hell?” said Liam, when he opened the door to his two younger brothers. “Jake? Zach? What are you two doing here? It’s the middle of the night.”Zach growled from behind Jake. “Are you going to let us in or make us stand in this rain all night?”
“Come in. Zach put that gun away,” said Liam.
“Can’t until the kid here,” he poked Jake in the back with his gun, “is inside and we’ve talked to you.
”Jake, the youngest of his brothers, walked into the foyer of the house, followed closely by Zach. He stared down the hallway, packed with luggage and boxes down to the parlor, but didn’t question it. Didn’t even seem to notice that the house was packed up ready to move.
Both of them were haggard, completely worn out. Their coats were soaked through and they couldn’t have been comfortable. He’d never seen them looking so exhausted or…desperate.
“Sorry to do this to you, Liam. I know you’re leaving tomorrow,” said Zach as he holstered his gun and dripped water onto the foyer floor. He threw his had onto one of the steamer trunks. Jake followed suit.
It was times like these that the difference between his brothers was so striking. Zach with his nearly black hair and dark blue eyes. There was one in every generation with the coloring of their Gypsy great grandmother, Zach was theirs and their father had been the one in his generation. It was rare to have two gypsies in the same family, usual it was an uncle or aunt rather than a parent of the latest child with the coloring.
Jake with dark blond, overly long hair and light blue eyes most resembled their dear mother.
Liam was somewhere between the two, with light brown hair and gray eyes. His children were different as night and day, too. Ten year old David resembled Liam not only physically but mentally too. David always seemed to weigh his words before he spoke them. Whereas Hannah, the gypsy of her generation, said whatever came into her little head. She was only five, but even at her age, David had been as contemplative as he was now.
He smiled thinking of his children. They were his joy. His reason for living. He closed his eyes and grounded himself in the present and answered Jake.“Yes. At first light. Now, tell me what’s going on and why you brought Jake here at gun point.”
“Only way I could get him to come,” growled Zach.
“And?” Liam said, exasperated. “Don’t make me beat the story out of you word by word, little brother. Just tell me the problem.”
Liam pointed at the two chairs in front of the fire and then went to the fireplace and stoked the banked coals back to a roaring blaze. He really didn’t need this now, not when he was leaving in the morning. Not when he was so close to putting the old, hurtful memories behind him.






Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.


Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.



Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.



Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.


Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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GUEST POST:

Ten weird things about me (in no particular order)


  • I like smashed bananas and peanut butter in a bowl with a little sugar
  • I collect purses
  • I have a pen fetish. I’ve never met a pen I didn’t want.
  • I love make up and have lots of it, but hardly ever wear it.
  • I’m obsessed with my book sales figures and check them all the time
  • I’ve worked as a janitor
  • I dressed as a pioneer woman for a railroad museum when I was fifteen
  • I used to do ironing for ten cents a piece
  • I started working when I was fourteen for the City of Golden, Colorado in their tourist booth, giving directions to tourist’s that stopped.
  • My first babysitting job was when I was ten and the child was a two week old baby. Talk about scared.