Romance Author, Cynthia Gail

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I’m excited to present Cynthia Gail, a fellow Soul Mate Publishing sister, who is going to tell us about her new book, Winter’s Magic.

Hi Cynthia. It’s great to have you here. I’m sure you’re super excited about you new book. What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’

I think I read Debby’s email ten times just to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood her words. When I finally realized that she was definitely offering a contract, I told my husband and called my best friend. But that feeling was nothing compared to seeing my book for sale on-line for the first time. It’s a feeling I can’t quite describe.

I can understand that reaction. Sometimes really good news is hard to believe. If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?

Beth Sergeant is probably my favorite character in the series. She has a loving and supportive family that she values. She has a warm and forgiving personality. She’s tough on the outside, but every woman can relate to her internal vulnerabilities. I also love that she works for herself and runs an exclusive spa. Who wouldn’t want to work in the midst of luxurious female pampering?

I know I would sure like to work there. Is finding the right title easy or hard?

You would think that after writing an entire novel, coming up with one more ounce of creativity would be easy. But for me it’s excruciatingly hard.  Winter’s Magic was originally called Raising the Bar, a reflection of the opening scene between two co-workers, and a title I simply loved. After signing my publishing contract, I started looking at the bigger picture and decided a name change was necessary to brand the series more effectively. I came up with a list of words that I thought described the book—from there, the four seasons came to mind and fit with the timing and theme of the whole group. Spring’s Surprise, Summer’s Family Affair and Fall’s Redeeming Grace are planned for 2013.

Wow, you’ve got everything all lined up. That’s great. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I have a Monday through Friday day job, so most of my writing happens on the weekends. A typical Saturday starts with my husband and I having coffee together on the back porch (weather permitting), we alternate cooking breakfast, then we split up for much of the day. He goes to the garage or backyard to tinker, while I grab my laptop. Whether I choose the lounger or recliner, I put my feet up on a pillow, and write in a relatively peaceful environment. For as long as I possibly can. Some weekends, I write all day Saturday and again on Sunday. Other times, I barely get in a half-day. Life doesn’t stop, but my family is supportive and flexible. My husband and I have a commitment to always spend Saturday evenings together and my son knows he has to join us for dinner on Sunday nights.

Sounds like a great routine. When you’re not writing or working your day job, what are some ways that you like to relax?

Girly stuff. I love to get a facial, a pedicure, and have my hair and nails done. (It’s no wonder Beth runs a spa) A good book. Our neighbors have a boat they keep on Old Hickory Lake and we find ourselves regular guests on Sunday afternoons. I like to entertain, grill, and relax with friends on the patio. Life is busy, but even on the most chaotic weekend, I try to chisel out a fraction of time for just me.

Ooh, I love those girly things myself. Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?

I have to believe that everyone has redeeming qualities. Winter’s Magic was originally the first book in a trilogy called Music City Hearts. But I just couldn’t leave Lauren as a villain, so I’m writing book four to share her story.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

This is such a hard question because there are so many scenes that I could call my favorite. Chapter One I love because it’s the first meet and chemistry flies between them immediately. Chapter Two gives us a glimpse into Nick as a person. His soft heart and family values. Chapter Ten shows Nick loosening up a bit from his starched, formal personality. He’s spontaneous in ways you’ll have to read to find out.

I must tell you I love your cover. Now for a few fun things:

Mountain home or beach house?  Mountain home in the winter. Give me plenty of firewood, hot cocoa, blankets and my laptop and I could write by the fire for hours.  Beach house in the summer. It would be a dream to sit on the porch and let the sound of waves and busy beach-goers inspire my stories.

Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going? Sunshine. A gloomy/rainy day makes me want to curl up with a book or movie. Sunshine gets my creativity flowing.

Coffee or tea? Coffee in the mornings. Hot spiced tea on a winter afternoon.

Cat or dog? We have 3 dogs. Larry and Daisey are basset hounds. Biscuit is a puggle.

Beach vacation or sightseeing? Sightseeing.  I’m dying to go to Europe. I haven’t even traveled within the U.S. very much, but I want to go to England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. I’d like to spend an entire month experiencing the various cultures and visiting all of the sites we only get to see in pictures. I also want to go to Canada and Alaska. I have several author friends who live in these areas and I just can’t wait to visit for myself.

Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?

I’ve worked from home for the past 3 ½ years, so I live in jeans/sweats, t-shirts and flip-flops most of the year. I look forward to opportunities to dress up and go out on the town.

Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?

Carrie Underwood. My music tastes are pretty wide-ranged. I like Maroon 5, Jessie James, Daughtry, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan. But I also love slow jazz—the kind you play when you’re taking a bubble bath, surrounded by lit candles.

Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Winter’s Magic is a fun, fast read. There are parts that will make you laugh, while others make your heart squeeze. A few surprises. Steamy love scenes. It’s the perfect book to grab a blanket, a cappuccino, and curl up with during the holiday season.

Cynthia was nice enough to share a blurb and excerpt from Winter Magic:

Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?
In the following scene, Nick and Beth have just met for the second time. She’s reluctantly attending a Christmas party with her parent’s at the Chester family estate. Despite the attraction, she knows he’s out of her league. She had hoped to avoid him as much as possible and stick close to her best friend, Jenny, who hasn’t arrived yet.
 
Beth made her way over to the tree to get a closer view. Several handmade pieces intermingled with the sparkling crystal ornaments and gold strands of glass beads. She fingered the row of cotton balls that ran along the edge of a red felt Santa hat. On the top, in glitter writing, it said 1982. “Who made these?”
 
Nick laughed, but when she turned her head, she caught a hint of sadness in his eyes. “I made them with my mother when I was in grade school. Every year, on the first day of holiday break, we would go to the craft store and buy materials to make a dozen ornaments.”
 
 “A dozen?” She wondered how a person ever got over losing a parent, much less losing both. Or if you even could. And his poor grandfather, losing a child … Her chest tightened at the thought.
 
“One for our tree at home, one for Grandfather’s, several neighbors, and the mailman. And I’ll never forget Mrs. Sawyer at the bakery. She used to give me a free cinnamon roll when I came in with my grandfather.”
 
“We weren’t very crafty at my house. But Mom and I would bake like a storm. Candy, cookies, fudge. We always took packages to our neighbors on Christmas Eve, right before we went to church for Midnight Mass.”
 
“Do you still go?” The reflection of the tree lights sparkled in his eyes as he spoke. At this very moment, he didn’t look, or act, like the city’s most eligible bachelor. She could feel her resolve slipping. She needed Jenny.
“I haven’t been in years. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been since I graduated high school.”
 
“I haven’t, either. You can imagine my surprise when Grandfather asked me to take him this year.” He glanced back at the tree. “Would you like to come with us?”
Buy links
Barnes & Noble link http://bit.ly/RnxlBC
Soul Mate Publishing link http://bit.ly/VwT9ZI
A Little bit about Cynthia:
I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and 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.
Now for something really special!! Cynthia is offering a swag pack (includes chocolate) to one lucky commenter.
Also, she’s invited us all to her Facebook release day party!!! It’s Friday, November 2nd, from 3 to 6 PM, EST. Lots of games and prizes. http://on.fb.me/TORH3y
 
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22 Responses to Romance Author, Cynthia Gail

  1. Tanya Hanson says:

    Hi Cynthia, we share a lot of the same musical tastes, and I LOVE the cover, so I know I’ll love the book, too. Oh, and I’m so overdue for a pedi. I also enjoy pampering. Wonderful post.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Howdy Neighbor!
    I live in Lebanon, not too far away. I enjoyed the excerpt and your interview. I bought the book and look forward to reading it.

  3. Janna Shay says:

    Terrific interview, ladies. I absolutely loved Winter’s Magic. The chemistry between Nick and Beth was electric. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

  4. sue brandes says:

    Great interview. Beautiful book cover.

  5. Sara Campbell says:

    I shared on facebook and tweeted as well. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Calisa Rhose says:

    First- what a beautiful cover, Cynthia! Lovely excerpt and a huge congrats on the release! I’ll share too and try to make the release party. :)

  7. BJ Scott says:

    Great interview ladies! This sounds like a wonderful book and one that should be added to everyone’s TBR list.

  8. Wonderful interview ladies. I love the sound of Winter’s Magic, happy sigh!

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