Cindy Kirk
Cindy Kirk


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As many of you know, I recently sent out my first newletter.  Yeh, for me!  I did it to make readers aware that my book, His Valentine Bride, has now been released.

It’s not easy doing a newsletter.  At least it isn’t for me.  I didn’t want it to be too long.  After all, everyone is pressed for time.  And I wanted to be informative.  So I mentioned the book (of course) and a bit about love tokens (what they are, how they evolved) since a love token plays a part in the book.

I have another book coming out in April and I was already thinking ahead to what to put in that newsletter.  Then, it hit me, how about a behind the scenes look at how that particular book developed and changed as it was being written?  Hmmm, might be interesting.

His Valentine Bride-coverI thought I’d try it out on you–and do it for this February book.  Here goes:

His Valentine Bride actually started out as The Christmas Medallion.   I wanted it to come out in December 2012 and though I hadn’t sold it (way back in November 2011) I was so confident there would be room in the December Special Edition lineup, that I wrote it as a Christmas book.

I bet you’re already two steps ahead of me.  While Harlequin did buy the book (and the next two), their November and December slots 2012 were already full.  EEECKKK.   They gave me the option of having the book come out December 2013 as the third book of the three, instead of the first.  But that wouldn’t work because new characters are introduced in this book that you see in the other two.  Another option was to have this book come out in 2013 and the other two follow in 2014.  I didn’t like that option either.

Sooooo….I changed the book to a Valentine’s book.  The Christmas medallion became a love token (which I think worked quite well) although I have to say the change in dates played heck with my time line in the book.

pomI could go on and talk about Puffy, the Pomeranian, and how she developed (I really loved her character…and you’ll see her again in other books) but, alas, as with newsletters, blogs can only be so long.

The question for the day is either “What do you like to see in author newsletters?” or you can tell me “Do you like holiday-centered books?”   I’m drawing THREE names from those who comment.  They’ll each win a copy of His Valentine Bride!   Names of the winners will be posted on Sunday.

If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, go to and the sign up is easy to find.  I’d appreciate it!


31 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes

  1. Shana Shana says:

    That’s a great question, Cindy! I’m interested in knowing the answer too.

  2. Kathryn in Montreal says:

    I do like holiday centered books…I find you get a flavour of someone else’s holiday traditions and wishes. I especially like Christmas books with a little bit of magic in them.

    As far as author newsletters, I like to find out what’s up and coming, I like to read excerpts and I like the little surprises and extras some authors include in their newsletters (links to other good books they enjoyed, recipes, contests, etc.)

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      Thanks for the information!

  3. Maria P says:

    I have always loved holiday-centered books! I like lots of romance and trimmings of whatever season it is, and it has to have a happy ending!
    In author newsletters, for me, the more informative it is, the better. I enjoy hearing about what the author is doing, where she will be, recipes, and other little tidbits about her life. If she has a contest (I’m a contest junkie, just like my dad was!) or is giving out some freebies, that’s really a treat!

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      I love your suggestions. Thanks!

  4. Deb says:

    Congrats on the new book and series, Cindy! I look forward to reading them. I very much like holiday-centered books, especially Christmastime stories. Surprisingly, I don’t recall reading any Valentine’s Day stories. Hmmmm, so yours will be the first, I think. 🙂 I remember reading about the love tokens, but can’t remember if it was on your website or on FB. Hmmm, darn, can’t remember where I saw that!

    I like to see an author’s upcoming books in a newsletter, but I think something a little personal, if you feel comfortable sharing with the readers. Such as, my plans for Valentine’s Day or this month or gardening, etc. tidbits. I like the background of the book you put here and the frustration you went through to change the book from a Christmas to a Valentine’s Day story.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:

      Thanks for the insight about the personal stuff!

  5. Lois M. says:

    No need to add me to the giveaway part, given that, oh I don’t know, I just won it… 😉 But still did want to answer the questions.

    1 – holiday books – heck yeah! 🙂 There’s more for Christmas, so will focus on that – I bring out my favorites every year and look for new ones every year. I always look for the holiday to be something like the third major character in the book, after the hero and heroine.

    2 – newsletters – the only true, major reason why I subscribe to them that is what I look for is book news. Anything else is totally up to the author and fine as well.


    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      I hope you enjoy the book and thanks for the information!!

  6. Rebe says:

    I do like holiday centered books and novellas. They’re lots of fun! As for author newsletters, I pretty much only want to receive them if a new release is coming out. Frankly, I tend to skim over them anyway.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      I’m a skimmer, too. 🙂

  7. CrystalGB says:

    I do like holiday centered books. I like to see upcoming releases, current releases links, interesting tidbits about books, and contests in a newsletter.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      Thanks for the response. Much appreciated!

  8. Cindy, I’ve read your newsletter and it’s great! You did a wonderful job. 🙂 Great post, too. I’ve enjoyed reading what everyone likes to see in author newsletters.

  9. Liz says:

    Holiday centered books are a nice way to get into the spirit of things,

    Congratulations on your fast foot work to adjust to publisher wishes.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:

      Thanks, Liz!

  10. JenfromTexas says:

    Agree with Liz, in that reading holiday books make it fun to ‘prep’ for the holidays. However, once the holiday has passed, I won’t touch it. As for a newsletter, I like knowing what books are coming up, maybe a small sample of the upcoming book, maybe a contest to keep things exciting.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      I’m the same way, once the holiday is over, I’m ready to move on!

  11. catslady says:

    This is the first year that I was organized enough to actually read a holiday themed book at the right time lol. It was nice but I’d probably still read them anytime. I like variety so a little bit of this and that in newsletters is nice.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:

      Thanks, catslady!

  12. CateS says:

    I love holiday themed books.. Newsletters with a variety of information is always fun. What you’re cooking, reading, etc. besides book related information.

    1. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


      Good suggestions and much appreciated!!!

  13. bn100 says:

    I like holiday books. Don’t like really long newsletters or newsletters that come out in a pdf format and I have to download it. Like news about upcoming books and dates the books are coming out.

  14. Melody May says:

    I love holiday related books. I find that they seem to put you into the holiday mood. 😀

  15. eap says:

    I like holiday centered romances.

  16. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:

    bn100, Melody and eap….thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Terri Brisbin says:

    Cindy —

    It’s funny how some stories change so much for so many reasons! Usually for me, it’s characters’ names that I’m asked to change.

    Congrats on the newsletter! You brave woman, you!

  18. chey says:

    I do like holiday centered books. I just don’t like reading the around the holidays.

  19. Jane says:

    Hi Cindy,
    I look for info about new and upcoming release and blog appearances. I very much enjoy holiday themed books.

  20. Kirsten says:

    I absolutely LOVE holiday centered books. I even collect Christmas books & put them in a special basket round Christmas time. They look great and I reread some of my favorites. Even had people ask me to borrow some for the holidays, so there are more out there who love them 😀

  21. Laurie G says:

    I do enjoy holiday themed books. They put you in a happy mood eagerly anticipating a few days off to enjoy the holiday.

    I do buy a lot of anthologies that are holiday themed too.

    As for newsletters. I like excerpts, book details, sale dates, tidbits about how the book came about etc. I like details about the author’s life and family. It makes you seem more real and personable. I like recipes, contests, any tie-ins to the story or series.

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