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Seduced by A Sinner

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Today I’m lucky enough to interview fellow romance author Cynthia Woolf here today on Jessica Aspen Writes. Cynthia has been on the blog before with her sci-fi romance, but she also writes killer western romances and is very well known for her Bride Series, including Tame a Wild Bride. She’s also a fellow member of Colorado Romance Writers and will be at our CRW tea in October partying it up and signing books.

Hi Cynthia, Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

I write historical western and sci-fi romance. I’m concentrating on the westerns because that is what sells. This book, Seduced by a Sinner, is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. It completes the story arc for the villain introduced in the first book, Redeemed by a Rebel. It also tells the story of Zach, the middle of the three Anderson brothers.

What is your writing environment like? I write at my desk and it’s totally cluttered with stuff. I have my keyboard in a tray underneath the desk, so the top of the desk holds research, calendars, calculator, snacks, whatever else I want or need.

Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer? My husband is my greatest cheerleader.

What do you love about writing? Hate about it? I love the initial writing of the story, but have a love/hate relationship with the editing portion. I love it in that I see the editing making my story stronger. I hate it in that I want the story done right now.

Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.  I’m a pantser. I write a little bit, maybe a page or two about the characters and the basic plot.

What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? The first thing I do it come up with the setting, then I do initial research on that. Second is the plot followed by the characters and the conflict. The title is last for me. One of my critique partners is the opposite. For her, she can’t do anything without the title first.

How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics? I use the internet a lot. If I can, I go visit the place, like Deadwood, SD for my latest work. Then I use the resource materials that I get at the location, history books, old newspapers, train schedules, whatever I need for the plot and character specifics.

Are you self-publishing? Why or why not? I am self publishing because I like the control. I like writing to my own schedule and answering only to myself.

What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? I went the indie route because I was tired of trying to get published the traditional way and being told that westerns are dead or we can’t place you. The best part is being able to set your own pace and write what you want. The worst part about it is having to promote yourself so much, but I guess even those that are traditionally published have to do their own promotion these days. Unless, of course, you’re Nora Roberts.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? This is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. As to sequels, none are planned, but you just never know.

What are you releasing next, and when? My next series is about mail order brides in San Francisco in 1867, after the Civil War, when men were scarce in the east. The first of those books is titled The Brides of San Francisco – Nellie and will be out in November 2014.

Seduced by a Sinner

seduced by a sinner by cynthia woolfZach 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.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00O4QLPS2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seduced-by-a-sinner-cynthia-woolf/1120402919?ean=2940150463547

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/seduced-by-a-sinner

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seduced-by-a-sinner/id925857407?mt=11

Seduced by a Sinner, historical western romance, 978-1-938887-47-5, indie published, release date September 2014

BIO

cynthia woolf, authorCynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of nine 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.

 

TITLES AVAILABLE:

SEDUCED BY A SINNER (Book 3, Destiny in Deadwood series)

HEALED BY A HEART (Book 2, Destiny in Deadwood series)

REDEEMED BY A REBEL (Book 1, Destiny in Deadwood series)

CAPITAL BRIDE (Book 1, Matchmaker & Co. series)

HEIRESS BRIDE (Book 2, Matchmaker & Co. series)

FIERY BRIDE (Book 3, Matchmaker & Co. series)

TAME A WILD HEART (Book 1, Tame series)

TAME A WILD WIND (Book 2, Tame series)

TAME A WILD BRIDE (Book 3, Tame series)

TAME A SUMMER HEART (short story, Tame series)

 

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site: www.cynthiawoolf.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CynthiaWoolf

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Woolf/e/B005O1ZXK2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qBWhFQ

 

 

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Writer’s Block and Fiery Bride author Cynthia Woolf

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Welcome Cynthia Woolf

This week we start off with fellow Colorado author Cynthia Woolf. Cynthia’s western romance Matchmaker & Co. series that includes Capital Bride and Heiress Bride, has grown very popular and well known in western romance circles. A multi-genre multi-published author Cynthia also is an author of another western romance series (the Tame series) well as two Sci-fi romance novel series; Swords of Gegara and the Centauri series. Please welcome, Cynthia Woolf, to Jessica Aspen Writes.

With my latest book, FIERY BRIDE, I got something that most other writers have gotten before me, but that I really hadn’t experienced up until now.  The dreaded Writers Block.  Yes, me.  The person who has written twelve books in two years had Writers Block.  I literally didn’t write for more than two weeks.  I simply didn’t know where the story was or was going to happen.  At one point I got so frustrated, that I just didn’t care.

I’d sit and stare at the screen.  I watched movies and read books.  Nothing.  I worked on other stories.  Well sort of.  I was able to come up with some ideas for other stories, but actually starting those stories was as hard as trying to work on the one I already had going.

My critique partners suggested scenes I could write that hopefully would get me going but even then I couldn’t break through.  I felt scared.  What if I’d written all the stories that I had in me?  What if that was all there was?

Finally, one of my critique partners suggested that I download my manuscript to my kindle and read through it.  Now you may ask why to the kindle when I could just print it out and read it or read it on my computer screen.  Well, I’d already done both of those things with no effect.  The beauty of downloading it to my kindle is that I couldn’t make changes.  I could only read.

So I read.  I discovered that it sparked my imagination and suddenly I did know where the story was going.  The next thing they, my critique partners, did for me what hold Just Write sessions.  These are times when we get together to “just write”.  Except for the first half hour when we catch up and lunch when we visit again, there is no talking.  Just writing, hence the name.

Now you may ask what these sessions are good for.  Well, we’ve discovered that there is a great energy that we have when we write together.  We also, in that first half hour and again at lunch, bounce ideas off each other.  You can almost see the sparks coming off us as we rattle off ideas for each others stories.

I would never have made it through this last book without my critique partners.  They gave me hope and guided me through a tough time.  If you don’t have critique partners get some.  Get ones that you love and that care about you and your writing and that you care about.  You don’t have to write the same genres; as a matter of fact it’s probably best if you don’t.  You get better, more unique ideas and perspective if you don’t write the same type of books.

Regardless of what you do to get over it, remember that it will pass.  Writer’s block is not forever, unless you want it to be.  If you give up, then you’ll stop writing, but if you keep after it, keep trying, then your book will come out.  It just may take longer than you want or are used to.

FIERY BRIDE:

fiery_bride 200 x 300After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again.  She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain.  Now she’ll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife.  But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker…and a very seductive kiss.

author cynthia woolfCynthia Woolf 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.

She 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 credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity

TITLES AVAILABLE

CENTAURI DAWN

CENTAURI TWILIGHT

CENTAURI MIDNIGHT

TAME A WILD HEART

TAME A WILD WIND

TAME A WILD BRIDE

THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – JENALA

THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – RIZA

THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – HONORA

CAPITAL BRIDE

HEIRESS BRIDE

COMING SOON

FIERY BRIDE

WEBSITE – www.cynthiawoolf.com

FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf

Twitter – @CynthiaWoolf

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5148049.Cynthia_Woolf

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