Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Holiday Season – Where are my Keys?

Like a werewolf, sometimes I take on more than I can chew.  🙂  It’s the holiday season, and have I started to shop?  NOPE.  My mom and sisters are finished shopping – and we have a huge family.  When I say finished, I mean everything is wrapped and under the trees.

I worked at the college yesterday, went to a bball practice afterwards, then a charity auction for a Board I’m on…when I got home, our tree was up!  Yes, it’s something I like to be a part of, but this year, I was thrilled my hubby and the kids took care of it.  LOVE them!

Finals are next week, the holiday parties are starting, and did I mention I have a book due on February 1st?  I say all of that with a huge smile on my face.  Being busy makes me happy.  Scrambling around, trying to find my schedule, just tickles me.  Yeah, I’m odd.

But when I get away from reality, I can escape into whatever book I’m either writing or reading.  That world can be as organized as I want.  Of course, if you’ve read my books, my characters don’t seemed to get a break, either. 

So let me ask you this:  How are you doing this holiday season?  Are you super organized and ready to rumble (much like the king of the vampires)?  Or are you rushing around trying to find your car keys (much like me)?   Leave a comment and get entered in the contest for a kindle and our books! 

What Do You Want?

If you could get any item that you wanted this holiday season, what would it be?  Don’t try to hold back. Don’t try to pick something inexpensive or something useful.  (When I used to ask my grandmother what she wanted for Christmas each year, she’d tell me, “Something I can use.” My response was always the same–“You can use things the rest of the year. Let’s get something fun!”

What is your “something fun” that you’d like to have?  Come on, there’s no reason not to make a Christmas wish list, right?  So pretend you’re a kid again. You can have anything…what would you want?

I’ll get things started…a Kindle Fire should would be awesome.  Wrapped up and decorated with a lovely red bow. A Kindle Fire loaded with all kinds of great reads, just waiting for me.

Now it’s your turn…what do you want?  Go ahead, make your holiday wish.

(And, psst…don’t forget…every time you comment at this blog, you’re entered for a chance to win a Kindle!)

Cynthia Eden
http://www.cynthiaeden.com
ANGEL OF DARKNESS–Available now from Kensington Brava
When an angel falls, all hell breaks loose…

Pleasant Reading Surprises

I hope everyone’s enjoying the Holiday Kindle and Book Bundle Giveaway! Trust me, if I weren’t part of this blog, I’d be taking part even though I already have a Kindle because you can never have enough books.

I love to write, to create worlds and characters, to explore situations that tickle my fancy, but I’m first and foremost a reader. I can’t help it. Reading is like an addiction, a good one I think. I have four bookcases in my house packed with paperbacks. I did the math (which is always iffy for me) and figure I have well over 600 novels sitting on my shelves. Add to that the 450+ books on my Kindle and my library is over 1000 titles.

I know what I like to read and I search out books I think will entertain me. Sometimes I’m disappointed, sometimes though, I discover a new author and become an instant fan. That happened this weekend. I was tired of re-reading and decided to fish around Amazon to find something new to read.

I stumbled across a book called Beauty Dates the Beast. The title caught my attention and once I read the blurb, I decided to give it a try. Much to my excitement, the book turned out to be funny, fast-paced, and adorable. It’s written in first person which is something I generally avoid if I can. I’m not a big fan of that POV, but Jessica Sims managed to make me enjoy the story through Bathsheba’s point of view (and yeah, the heroine’s name is Bathsheba which is just full of awesome LOL).

If you want something to read that’s smart, witty, and entertaining, give it a try. I didn’t intend this post to be a book review, but I enjoyed this story so much, I just had to share it with y’all. Happy reading!

WANTED

Single human female to join charming, wealthy single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun – and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer.

Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

Darker Temptations Holiday Kindle and Book Bundle Giveaway!

Update: While the Kindle Contest is running, this post will stay at the top of the blog. Please scroll down for new posts. Thank you!

Hello everyone! We have a HUGE holiday giveaway going on this month at Darker Temptations—A Kindle and a bundle of fabulous books.  The winner will be a random commenter from any post between now and December 19th. It’s that easy.  Check out the official rules below.

*Hi folks! Erin here adding that these are ebooks for your new kindle:

Kristin Miller: INTERVAMPTION
Sayde Grace:  RIDING DOUBLE, THE HARDER THEY BUCK, UNTAMABLE, and VOODOO, I DO
Erin Kellison:  SHADOWMAN and e-novella SHADOW TOUCH
Marcella Burnard:  Winner’s choice of either ENEMY WITHIN (book 1) or ENEMY GAMES (book 2)
Danica Avet: Winner’s Choice of either RUBY: UNCUT AND ON THE LOOSE or SUCCUBUS-IN-WAITING
Rebecca Zanetti: Winner’s choice of either FATED or CLAIMED
Cynthia Eden: ANGEL OF DARKNESS and my two e-novellas: BOUND BY BLOOD and BOUND IN DARKNESS
Katie Reus: DESTINED MATE and DEADLY OBSESSION

Open to all readers, 18 years or older, in US or Canada, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Grand prize winner drawn randomly by random.org. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Winner will be notified via email and posted on the blog.

Ask and ye shall receive

I’m going to bust some myths today. You ready?

Since I hopped on the publishing train this year, I’ve been asked certain questions a lot. I mean a whole lot. At first, I’d laugh at their ridiculousness. Then, after the second, and third, then fourth person asked the exact same question, I realized there are some common misconceptions about writers and the industry. I’m going to debunk some of those today.

Granted, these are my experiences…take them with a grain.

Hilarious publishing question #1, asked most often by very distant cousins:

Have you made it rich yet?

Oh, boy. Take a look at the sagging economy. The merging of publishing companies. The layoffs of editors. The closing of Borders. The rise in e-books and the slow decline of print. Judging from the trends, do you think a multi-million dollar publishing house would dish out million dollar advances to every debut author that smacks a shiny manuscript on their desk? It may’ve happened for J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer, and I’m sure a handful of talented others (lucky suckers), but those instances are few and far between. The rest of us are slaving away, writing day in and day out, trying to build a reader base from which our career can grow.

No. I haven’t made it rich. When I do, you’ll be the first I invite to my castle to take a swim in my moat. Until you get the royal invite, cool your heels.

Ridiculous publishing question #2, asked most often by photographers or men trying to pick me up:

Is that you on the cover?

Have you seen the cover of my upcoming release, Vamped Up?

Releases December 6th, 2011

No way in hell could that be me. Not on my best day, using the best Photoshop, with the most talented air-brusher on the planet.

But, this question can also be swapped for:

Do you design the covers yourself?

Now, I understand the curiosity since self-publishing has reared its head. Many authors are buying pictures from sites like iStock Photo, then mashing something together themselves. They look beautiful. Professional. Some authors are even paying graphic designers to mock covers for them. I can understand the confusion. But I am the least creative person on the planet. (Writing aside, of course.) I can’t draw. Paint. Mold. Scribble. Nada.

Just to clear things up, I have not, nor will I ever have the desire to design any of my covers myself. In fact, I have little to no say in the final product of the covers. And I like it that way. I’m going to leave the cover design to the people (or person) who does it best. (And holy-macaroon, does HarperCollins have a WILDLY talented cover artist.)

Outrageous publishing question #3, asked most by family members:

How long do you think you’re going to stick with this writing thing?

This question is asked like this “thing” is not a career I’m trying to build. Like this “thing” I’m going through is some sort of weird phase that’ll pass. Like my addiction to Hypercolor in junior high. Would someone ask a doctor how long he or she is going to be interested in medicine? Or a teacher how long he or she is going to like teaching? No. Because that would be ridiculous. I’ve found the desire to write is much like the desire to do either one of those things…and they were simply two examples I yanked off the top of my head. I taught. I loved it. It wasn’t a “thing”. It was what I did. Who I was. I was proud to be a teacher. And I’m proud to be a writer, too.

For the record, I’m going to stick with this “writing thing” until the “thing” becomes a career, and then I’m going to keep doing it. I’m going to write until the stories stop drumming in my head. And since they’ve been cooped up far too long without an outlet (because I was convinced I couldn’t write until after college), I’m thinking this “writing thing” is here to stay. I’d wager other writers feel the same way.

Ask me in twenty years…

I could go on and on, dishing out more ridiculous questions and answering them with waaaay more sarcasm than necessary, but I’d rather hear some of the ones you’ve been asked.

Don’t you write in evening gowns and stilettos, too?

Edited to add: This post was not intended to read harshly, although I realize it could if you were one of the people who has asked me those questions recently. (I was actually smiling through the whole post.) I absolutely LOVE that there’s people interested in my work. I LOVE when people care enough to send me emails asking about my writing process. (Keep those coming!) I guess I woke up with a fire in my belly today…thus, the sarcasm. 🙂

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