Friday, May 19, 2017


Multi-Award Winning Author, including...

       The IPPY Award  - Visit Cynthia's Web site:

Book 3 of the Forbidden Footsteps Series - On Sale for $1.99 until June 1. - Steamy romance mixed with espionage.





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EXCERPT: "I'm only here on vacation." His fingers played with the softness of her neck and caressed the perimeter of her car. She started to melt from his touch and glanced at his hand on the table.  

God, his hands are so sexy, strong, slender fingers, and so well-defined. I bet he would know how to caress a woman all over. What in hell am I thinking? I'm still married. Does being separated give me more leeway?  

She grabbed her pocketbook from the tabletop in an effort to leave. "We better go. It's getting late."

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BLURB: Peril lurks in the old-world historic streets and shadowy back alleys of the City of Light and brings Cindy to question both her sanity and heart.  

                                                                                                                                              Is the risk to find true happiness worth her life?  

                                                                                                                                  Fleeing her violent past to find a new life, Cindy Hastings' bright future turns dark, as her courtship with the wealthy and sensual French rock star Jean-Claude LeGrand uncovers his expertly crafted facade and his exotic tastes. His sinister secrets create a razor-edged race for her between love and lust, fraught with terrifying evil. Cindy is forced to face the hidden scum of Paris' murky underworld to find the truth. Could English-speaking Stuart Dumont be her only lifeline to survival? 

Over 111,000 words. Adult content for language and situations.                                                                                                                                                   


~ Cynthia and Friend ~


John: Cynthia, I've heard some rumors that Forbidden Footsteps is the best in the series.

CYNTHIA: Trish [Trish Jackson] thinks that book 3 is my best because of tighter prose and I ratcheted up the tension, even with a tip of the hat to Fifty Shades. My romance differs from others as my criminal romance theme is darker.  I like the degree of danger to mix things up as my characters grow and discover how to deal with emotional and physical conflict.

Cindy, the main character, has been through a lot in book 1 and 2 (she was a supporting figure in those novels.) I introduce what the reader assumes to be her hero. I like to throw crime into the mix. The stakes are always higher when there is the threat of death or an actual murder. All that said, each of my books in my series is a stand-alone. Even in book 3, I'm careful not to give away plot points in book 1 and 2.

Yes, my books are steamy but I don't describe tab A, nor slot B. I know the trend for most romance readers is erotica, but that's just not me. My WIP is Dangerous Reach, which will be book 4 in my Forbidden series.

John: Tell us about your background as a writer.

CYNTHIA: Well, it's been a steep learning curve. I'm a retired cardiac RN. Been living from the wrong side of the brain for creative endeavors. I lost my skill of forming sentences, spelling, grammar, etc. in writing. Nurses chart (writing on patients' charts) by using phrases and abbreviations--tenses are mixed, i.e.: Spleeping, Coughs, spoke with sob (short of breath). I wanted to be an author from the get-go, but Dad had other ideas then: nurse, secretary, librarian, or teacher. I wrote short stories as a child and into my teen years.

John: What do you like so much about Barry Manilow?

CYNTHIA: Barry's words, "Do what you love and the rest will follow. Follow your dream. Never give up." As you know, I've met with Barry several times. He's always been supportive, encouraging, and genuine and kind. We chatted about his music and my writing. He could have easily said to me, "Don't mention my name or use my photo in relation to your writing or books." He never said that. Instead he wished me great success and not to become discouraged. That's one reason I dedicated by first book, Front Row Center, to him. Yes, I should've made that dedication to my husband, but I was so appreciative of his kindness and generosity and wanted to thank him with the dedication. All my other books are dedicated to Mitch.

John: Does crime/mystery and especially danger interact with and enhance the romance/sexuality or sexual tension of your fiction?

CYNTHIA: Yes, most definitely! Who wants to read the typical formula of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. If a psycho character is in the mix or a hard-hearted hit-man, all the better. That is when the true nature of the character is revealed. A prime example of increasing the sexual tension is that the hero turns out to be a criminal of some sort. Now the leading lady must make a decision--close her eyes to the truth and pretend all is right in her world, or muster up the courage to forsake the relationship and chalk it up to a life's lesson?

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John: Hmm, how does this all relate to your culinary writing?

CYNTHIA: My cookbooks? I've always enjoyed cooking and started at the age of seven. I feel that cooking should be enjoyed and romance with cooking is a no-brainer when you have your loved one helping you stir that pot or slice a tomato. Plus, cooking encompasses all of the senses as does making love. Also, I thought the cookbook would be a fun gift for anyone celebrating an occasion or for a bridal shower, etc.

John: Thank you, Cynthia.  You've been a great guest, and I encourage all readers to look up your books.

CYNTHIA: It's been a pleasure to be here, John, and I'd love to hear from readers.

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  1. John, It has been my extreme pleasure to be your guest. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  2. It has been my great pleasure in return, Cynthia. Now I will proceed to promote this and get the word out.

  3. Thank you so much, John. I will promote, too! I already shared on Facebook and G+.

  4. John, I don't know if this is the place to write about my sale. But here goes! On Smashwords for the entire month of July, all my books are $1.00 after entering coupon code SSW75. People will need to scroll down my author page to see the list of my books.