Author Spotlight on Cynthia Gail

This week I’d like every one to help me by welcoming fellow Soul Mate author Cynthia Gail. She’s the author of Winter’s Magic and Spring’s Surprise. Today she’s stopping by to share an excerpt from the latest in her Music City’s Hearts series with an excerpt from Summer’s Family Affair.

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Jenny Cohen defines successful independence: she put herself through college, couldn’t ask for better friends, owns a consulting firm, wears designer clothes, and just moved into her dream home . . . But she’s alone, except for her ailing mother whom she supports in a nursing home. As the marketing consultant for Chester, Dorsey & Tanner, she’s surrounded by male attention. Too bad it’s the overly-protective big-brother type.

Architect, Craig Stone, hasn’t looked at another woman since his wife passed away four years ago. His time is taken—building a career while trying to be both mother and father to his eight-year-old son. But when his appointment with the largest development firm in Nashville is double-booked with a black-haired beauty, he finds himself reaching for new possibilities.

The attraction sets off more fireworks than the Fourth of July. Yet, their relationship is riddled with issues neither one of them expected. Somewhere in the middle they must find a way to compromise or let go of a chance for love they may never find again.

Excerpt:

All thought froze, as a beautiful voice cut through the near-silence of the room. Craig stared at the portfolio for just a second more before turning his attention to the front desk. He couldn’t see far enough around the corner to get a good view. What he did see . . . a pair of black strappy stilettos.

“Better you than me. He’s in an awful mood. Jeffry was out for just three days and his temp messed up the entire week’s schedule.”

Craig quietly moved down the row of chairs. Though his line of sight was much improved, he still couldn’t see the face behind the voice.

“You know it’s only going to get worse. It’s just Monday. How bad is it, really?”

She must be leaning over the desk, because her voice was now a faint whisper and the scene that greeted him was a firm derriere and a pair of runner’s legs that made his heart skip a beat.

“I’m not sure. I do know that you’re double-booked with the gentleman sitting across the room. Don’t look now.” Someone cleared their throat. “He’s a new architect Nick’s consulting with on the expansion designs. Too expensive to reschedule. Sorry.”

“Oh.”

“Brandon’s supposed to be part of their meeting and the temp had it on his calendar for noon tomorrow, instead of nine today.”

“I guess I can take second place. Only because it puts Brandon at my mercy. Tell Jeffry to come to the lobby and we’ll work it out. I’m always flexible, especially when it gives me an edge.”

The women laughed, a beautiful melody that rang through his entire being. Craig watched as she straightened and he could now see long, wavy black hair, falling against a ruby-red silk blouse. She reminded him of a Victoria Secrets model—long and lean, with a hint of curve.

“That’s why I like you so much. It’ll be a few minutes, if you’d like to have a seat.”

Craig shifted his attention back to the contract in his hand and purposefully read the title five more times. Slowly. He listened as her shoes clicked across the hardwood floor, waiting until the sound stopped before turning in her direction. She’d taken the chair he’d previously occupied and was sliding her phone into a black designer clutch.

Then she greeted him with a smile that still held a spark of amusement. He took a deep breath and swallowed. She had a hint of summer tan that made her skin glow, a touch of sheer gloss on her lips, and chocolate-brown eyes that instantly warmed him to the core.

His throat went suddenly dry and his mind raced for something to say. He stared silently, feeling like a teenage boy who’d never spoken to a girl before. Somehow, he found his footing and stood, then walked over to the chair next to hers. “Craig Stone.”

cynthiagailAbout Cynthia:
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.

Where to find her:
Website:  http://cynthiagail.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CynthiaGailRomance
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/CynthiaGailBook
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6564818.Cynthia_Gail
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Spring for Love Blog Hop

It’s finally here! The Spring for Love blog hop has arrived and with it, a chance for you to find all sorts of new authors and books to add to your shelf. But, that’s not all. You can also enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card and who couldn’t use one of those, am I right? So, visit this blog and others taking part and enter to win.

One this first day of the hop I’m going to shamelessly promote my own book, Safe at Home. Here’s a little bit about it:

safeathome2Driven by fear and desperate to protect her family, Samantha is forced to leave Chicago and everything she’s worked to achieve, only to start over by tossing a dart-at-the-map. The Georgia townsfolk’s true Southern charm is the unexpected prescription needed to heal her soul, and the sexy carpenter who touches her heart are distractions she didn’t plan on, but they might offer her a chance at a new life, if she can let go of her past.

Town heartbreaker, Spencer Malloy, isn’t looking for anything serious. His days are perfect working as a contractor, attending his nephew’s baseball games or taking him fishing. He never expects to fall for the big city girl, Samantha. She’s not his type, timid and closed off, but in her unguarded moments, he’s intrigued by the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The urge to get closer to her grows stronger each day, and when the shadow of evil resurfaces, he vows to protect Samantha, even if it means abandoning his home and joining her on the run.

When confronted by the man who’s bent on revenge, Samantha must choose between running again to save the people she loves, or if she has the strength, to stay and fight for her new life.

Find me around the web.
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791223.Christina_Kirby
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Enter to win the gift card here.
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For a list of all the authors taking part in the hop visit this page.

Stop by Saturday to hear all about Rose Lange and her novel Rosie’s Plan. Happy Hopping!

Author Spotlight on Kim Hotzon

On this week’s Author Spotlight I would like to welcome Kim Hotzon, author of Hands Full of Ashes. She stopped by to tell us a little bit about herself and her debut novel. Be sure to check it out.

HandsFullofAshesI am excited to be releasing my debut novel, Hands Full of Ashes! My book was contracted with Soul Mate Publishing in August 2014 and officially published on January 14, 2015.

The story was inspired by my trip to Rwanda in October 2012. It is a romantic suspense story that follows one woman as she promises her dying husband that she will scatter his ashes around the world.

Olivia’s journey takes her to Africa, where she begins volunteering at an orphanage in Uganda. As she falls in love with the children, and the culture, the director of the orphanage develops a passion for her.

Just as time begins to heal Olivia’s broken heart, she learns about her husband’s unimaginable betrayal. Fleeing to Rwanda, her soul is reawakened with a new love. Olivia realizes that love always comes with a price, however, when she is faced with a decision she thought she would never have to make.

Hands Full of Ashes is available on Amazon.

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Born in beautiful British Columbia, Kim developed a passion for writing at an early age. Her interest in people led her all over the globe, including a two year stay in Japan and a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.

She loves to write romance stories with a twist, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa.

Kim spent many years teaching young adults with learning disabilities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and she currently resides in the sunny Okanagan with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found plying the local ski hills, or getting lost in her kayak in the surrounding lakes.

Connect with Kim Hotzon:

Website:          http://www.kimhotzon.com/ 

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/KimHotzon

Pinterest:         https://www.pinterest.com/kimhotzon/hands-full-of-ashes/

Goodreads:      http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6491250.Kim_Hotzon

LinkedIn:          Kim Hotzon | LinkedIn

Author Spotlight on Linda O’Connor

On this week’s Author Spotlight I would like to welcome Linda O’Connor, author of Perfectly Honest. She stopped by to tell us a little bit about herself and creating her first ever book trailer. Enjoy.

Creating the trailer…
Just after Christmas, I recorded a book trailer video for Perfectly Honest. My son’s bedroom had the perfect green wall for a green screen effect. My son picked the color when he was younger, and I remember trying to talk him out of something so bright. Luckily he insisted! Sandy James, one of my son’s friends and a recent graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, set up the ‘studio’ with lights and sound. We filmed 3 versions – one line by line and two without stopping. Sandy did a fantastic job editing, adding the cartoons, and choosing the music. The result is fun and light-hearted, which I love. View the trailer for Perfectly Honest here.

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You never know where your words will take you…

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor.

Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down.  But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.
Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

Get the book here.

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I’ve been writing romance novels for three years and sincerely thank Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing for the ultimate encouragement to my writing  – with the leap to publishing. I have many titles including Doctor, Mom, and proud Canadian, but “Linda O’Connor – hereinafter called the Author” on the SMP contract was one of the sweetest.

Contemporary romantic comedies are my favorite novels to read and write. I balance writing with my work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). I also like to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with my husband, or dance every day.

Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Visit Linda’s website: http://www.lindaoconnor.net

Like Linda on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-OConnor/229838333874258

Follow Linda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindaoconnor98

 

2014 In Review

The year is almost over and it’s been both full and exciting. During the first part of 2014 I received my first publishing contract with Soul Mate Publishing and another for a short story with Mélange Books. Watching my dreams begin to come true was amazing enough, but getting two offers was mind blowing.

The spring also brought with it a move for my family. We were whisked away from our friends in Alabama and carried across the southeast to Texas. We’ve lived here once before in a different city where we made lifelong friends, and fortunately, we love our new place just as much. The people are friendly and I’ve been able to join ARWA where I’ve met all sorts of talented writers. Hopefully, I’ll continue to get to know them and some of their wisdom will rub off on me.

The fall was busy as it always seems to be. Our oldest started Kindergarten and lost his first teeth. As you can imagine new traditions began and chaos ensued. In October, my Christmas short story was published as part of an anthology. To help promote the release I took part in my first FB launch party. Lots of learning still to do, but it was fun and I was able to meet several other writers. If you’re ever given the chance, take part in an anthology. It offers a wide variety and allows you to work closely with other authors. And you can always learn from your fellow writers.

Toward the end of November, my family lost one of its members to cancer. It was a difficult time for us all, but thanks to the support of good friends and a wonderful close-knit family, we were able to deal with our loss and be together during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays are wrapping up, but as I bid farewell to 2014, I will remember it fondly and take what I have learned into the New Year. May you all embrace 2015 and seek out your dreams.

Welcome Author Rachel Sharpe

I’ve been away for a while, but I’m back now and ready to jump back into posting. On this terrific Tuesday, I’d like to introduce fellow Soul Mate author, Rachel Sharpe. She is the author of Cold Ambition, the first novel in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.

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I encourage you to check out Cold Ambition and if you like it, which I’m sure you will, get ready for…
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“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…

Coming Fall 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing!

LINKS:
“COLD AMBITION” Available Now on Amazon! www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG

Website: www.rachelsharpe.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorrachelsharpe
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RachelCSharpe

Welcome Sarah and Shannen Brady

On this manic Monday I thought it would be fun to welcome two of my fellow SMP authors to share a little bit about themselves. Please give a warm welcome to Sarah and Shannen Brady.

Hi everyone and thanks to Christina for hosting us. Shannen and I are a mother/daughter team writing paranormal romantic suspense together. Healer is our first book, just released by Soul Mate Publishing and available now from Amazon as an ebook. We’ll have print copies out some time next summer. Our second novel, Sweet Fire, will be released in print and electronic format by Dreamspinner Press in early January. IT’S FINALLY REAL! SQUEEEEE!

It’s funny that I find myself so excited to have a published novel because I didn’t start on this journey intending to become a bestselling author (or even a professional at all.) Three years ago, Shannen went off to college in another city and left a gaping hole in my life. I was always one of those moms, completely over-involved in the lives of my children. For over a decade before that, Shannen studied Irish step-dancing and I made dance costumes, organized fund-raisers and produced shows. When my son became a black-belt in Karate, I sewed little school logos on his and every other black belt in the school. When Shannen left for university, I lost not only my kid but my social circle and my creative outlet as well. There were only so many black belt logos left to sew. Ridiculous.

Early in her second year, Shannen came home to visit and said, “Mom, we should write a book.” I always thought I would be good at that but could never come up with an original idea to write about or the nerve to make it happen. Turns out Shannen had all kinds of ideas but didn’t know what to do with them. I jumped at the chance to do something together, figuring as long as we were working on the book, she’d be forced to take time to connect with me among all the craziness of college life. Thus SBradyBooks was born.
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Two years later, we have two books in the hands of publishers and five more in various stages of completion. It’s not in our nature to do things half-way so we’ve immersed ourselves in the whole fiction-writing experience, going to conferences and doing speaking engagements on partner writing and publishing. Go big or go home, right? It’s been such a rush and we’re both looking forward to the rest of the journey together.

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Healer:
Alexandra Grayson is an empathic healer, flying under the radar as a Spokane Valley EMT. Protecting her family’s secret from Homeland Security’s Gifted Agenda and the bigotry of a fearful populace is the most important thing to her. Getting close to men, especially super sexy cops, isn’t an option.

Tyler Kincaid is a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants is Alex. When she outs herself as Gifted by healing a child, Tyler helps her escape, but even his love is not enough to protect her. When Alex is taken by HOMSEC agents, Tyler has to lead a motley collection of Alex’s Gifted relatives in a daring rescue.

We love to hear from readers so feel free to visit us at http://www.sbradybooks.com, like us on FaceBook – SBradyBooks, or follow us on Twitter @sbradybooks.