Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Cindi Myers! #Indulgence

Welcome guest author
Cindi Myers
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Cindi!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I sold my first book back in 1999 and since then I’ve published around 50 books. I started out writing western historical under my maiden name, Cynthia Sterling, but those have all since been re-issued under Cindi Myers. All my books since then have been written as Cindi Myers, with the exception of one YA I wrote as Jaime Sterling.  I write historical and contemporary romance and contemporary women’s fiction.

Wonderful! Congratulations on so many books! Amazing! Okay, so, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’m very excited about my new book with Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line
ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, the story of what happens when two people who think they have more important things to do than fall in love get together and try to fight their instant attraction. The heroine, Jennifer, has been burned twice by love, so she's turned her focus to getting her master's degree while divorced dad Mike is concentrating on raising his son. The two end up as roommates and learn what they think they know about love is no match for what they feel in their hearts.

Sounds like so much fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

I really like my hero, Mike in Always a Bridesmaid because he is that wonderful, sexy combination of a really strong guy on the outside who’s emotional mush on the inside. He was really hurt by his divorce and is determined not to show it, he really wants to be a great dad to his little boy, and he really wants to avoid hurting Stephanie and himself. All those traits add up to a guy with a great potential to love.

Aw, your description makes me want to give him a big hug! *grins* As the author, what surprised you about this story?

I started out writing this light-hearted comedy, but my characters turned out to have a lot of emotional depth. There are still funny moments in the book, but the heart-wrenching emotion that showed up surprised me. Those surprises are a wonderful thing about writing.

Yes, they truly are! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Digging out all the layers. And in revision I had to give up a scene I thought was really funny – Stephanie’s dad is trying to find a guy for her and is suggesting all these really unsuitable candidates. But the editor was right – it didn’t have a purpose in the story other than slapstick comedy. Still, I liked it.

Oh, yes, those are hard moments for a writer! What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a women’s fiction novel for a Colorado set series. The first book in the series, The View From Here, will be out around Thanksgiving.

Congratulations on a new series! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s in a box in the basement somewhere. Where it will stay!

LOL! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest – dialogue. My characters like to talk. Hardest – hmmm – the middle of the book is always slow going. And I usually have to rewrite my endings multiple times to get them right.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Sometimes I put in funny things that happened to real people I know. Or I’ll give a character one trait from someone I knew. I’ve never used a real person, though.  I like to use real places – Always a Bridesmaid is set in Evergreen, Colorado, a town a few miles down the road from where I live.

Ooh, I like to use real places, too! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Finding a home or finding your place in the world tends to be a theme I revisit a lot in my books.

I love that! So, what would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I met my husband on a blind date. We’d known each other exactly six weeks when we got engaged, and six months after that first date we were married. That was over 32 years ago.

And one of my hobbies is belly dancing. I belong to a local troupe, the Mountain Kahai Dancers – we dance at local festivals and other events around town.

What an awesome story about how you met your husband! And woot to belly dance – I think we need a picture! *grins* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I wish I had written Kristin Higgins’ Catch of the Day – it’s just an awesome book.

Love her stuff! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

That’s like asking a mother to pick among her children! Honestly, after 50 books, I would have trouble choosing a favorite.

Okay, we’ll let you get away with that! *winks* So, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark!

Salty or sweet? Sweet – though a combination is best – Dark choc with sea salt.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed for sex – table for breakfast.

Beach or mountains? Mountains!

Give or receive? Probably give, though sometimes receiving is best.
She's sworn off weddings…

After two failed relationships and six stints as a bridesmaid, Stephanie Ludlow is convinced she’s man-poison. So when her hormones point due south to her sexy—but not so charming—new landlord, she can't help the sparks that fly. It’s a good thing she’s declared a strict "no sex" policy, because Mike Brubaker might as well have “it’s not happening” tattooed across his delectable chest.

He's sworn off love…

Spurned single dad Mike has learned the hard way women are the source of all evil and should be avoided at any cost. And that definitely includes his gorgeous new tenant. But when they're thrown together in the wedding party from hell, both will stop at nothing to fight the heat building between them. Giving in is not an option for either of them.
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?

Buy Always a Bridesmaid on Amazon | B&N

Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of Always a Bridesmaid! Contest open through midnight EST May 13! Open to international! Winner to be chosen by random.org. Good luck!
Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Please leave Cindi some new release love!

Laura

20 comments:

Buffy Kennedy said...

Great interview, and the book looks really fun, I can't wait to check it out!

buffykennedy[at]gmail[dot]com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for kicking off the comments, Buffy!

Shadow said...

What a wonderful post! Your book looks great! Thank you for sharing! Definitely one im gonna have to get. Thank you!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

MsChris1161 said...

I love your "how I met my husband story", Cynthia. 32 years is pretty amazing. Definitely makes me think you know something about true love and romance. This sounds like a fun story and hope you choose me for the giveaway!!

Joanne said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing. This book sounds fun. Can't wait to red it.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Shelley B said...

Book sounds great! I'll have to let my daughter read it! She's in six weddings this summer! Thanks!
srbagby50@gmail.com

Rhonda D said...

This sounds like such a good read. I love when the hero and heroine think they are not made for love and then bam! When they least expect it, there it is.
slinkydennis@yahoo.com

Cindi Myers said...

Shelley -- 6 weddings! Wow -- just like my heroine. I hope your daughter is having fun and not going broke.

divavixenqueen said...

Nice interview. Sounds like a really fun book.

pamerd said...

Hi

Great post and interview. Laura always has such great questions. I am off to check out all your books, you have written so many I need to add to my TBR list.

Thanks for the chance
Pam
tpibrew@msn.com

Hai-Yen said...

Great interview! I will definitely add this book to my TBR list. Sounds like a good story with depth. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

Laura Kaye said...

Woohoo! You guys rock! Thanks for all the support for Cindi!

Cindi Myers said...

Thank YOU, Laura!

*yadkny* said...

Hi Cindi!
50 books!?! That's is quite the accomplishment! I'll have to check out your other works, but I am definitely reading your latest. You have an incredible story yourself... ever thought of using how you met your husband as inspiration for a story?

yadkny@hotmail.com

bas1chs said...

Thank you for featuring Cindi and this new release on your blog Laura! This book sounds really good and the cover is cute. Can't wait to read it!

Congratulations on three decades of togetherness Cindi! Not many can claim that anymore.

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Z said...

I loved the book blurb for Alwaya a Bridesmaid where it said might as well have " not happening" tatooed across his delectable chest. Made me laugh, thanks.
And Happy release day today Laura!
Z
Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

Aurian said...

Thanks for the interview, I really enjoyed reading it, and am looking forward to reading this book, as it sounds good! I like the second chance at love themes.

auriansbooks@gmail.com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Cindi everyone!

Mux Shaf said...

Enter me :)
I'd love to win your giveaway <3
Which person you had in mind while writing the lead characters? (like any star)
And which character is really near to your heart?
"lively_muzna@hotmail.com"
M.S

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Cindi's ebook is...Z! Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

CONGRATULATIONS!

And thanks to everyone for stopping by!