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Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win that garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. Patience Bloom, now Senior Editor for Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, not only critiqued the manuscript, she bought it! And she’s still Cindy’s editor to this today.

An author of twenty-five books for Harlequin, Cindy has also written two contemporary romances for Avon, and has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Waldenbooks / Borders best seller.

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Glenda,

You won a copy of my newest release.  Please contact me through my website www.cindy kirk.com and I’ll get the book in the mail to you right away!

Thanks to everyone who commented!

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Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win that garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. Patience Bloom, now Senior Editor for Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, not only critiqued the manuscript, she bought it! And she’s still Cindy’s editor to this today.

An author of twenty-five books for Harlequin, Cindy has also written two contemporary romances for Avon, and has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Waldenbooks / Borders best seller.

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Michelle,

Please contact Anne@AnneGracie.com to claim your prize!

Thanks to all of you for making Anne feel so welcome! 

 

Cindy Kirk

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Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win that garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. Patience Bloom, now Senior Editor for Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, not only critiqued the manuscript, she bought it! And she’s still Cindy’s editor to this today.

An author of twenty-five books for Harlequin, Cindy has also written two contemporary romances for Avon, and has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Waldenbooks / Borders best seller.

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TheWinterBride#2

The Thing About Rakes

 

Some people are ambivalent about rakes as heroes in a romance. I am myself in some cases. I don’t much like the man-whore kind of rake that you see in some books; I have a hard time identifying with them, I’m not sure they actually like women, and it’s hard for me to believe they’ll make a good husband for the heroine. And I really, really want her to get the man of her dreams. 

 

But I do like a certain kind of rake. I remember a character in a book commenting once— I think in one of Georgette Heyer’s stories — that to be a successful rake, a man had to be charming and personable. That’s the kind of rake I like, someone who’s a rake because women can’t resist him, not because he’s some kind of sexual predator.

 

That’s the kind of rake my hero Freddy is in The Winter Bride.

 

            He had his own code about women. It wouldn’t win him any prizes for morality but it was a code, nevertheless. He never dallied with innocents of any class, he avoided muffins—eligible girls bent on wedlock—like the plague, and he never chased after married women. If they chased after him, if they were neglected by their husbands and were unhappy, that was another matter. Even so, he only accepted the advances of those who had already provided their husbands with an heir, at least. He was no cuckoo in the nest — didn’t want the complications.

            He preferred widows. When he was just sixteen he’d lost his virginity to a buxom farmer’s widow ten years older than himself. She’d taken an eager, clumsy boy and shown him how to please a woman, as well as himself, teaching him the value of self-control and patience. It was a lesson he’d put to good use ever since. 

            Remarkable how many men— judging by the women he’d lain with— didn’t bother. Fools.

 

Freddy does his best to avoid the company of eligible girls but then his best friend, Max, asks him to keep an eye on his elderly aunt and her three wards — three pretty, eligible girls— while Max is away on his honeymoon. And to attend their literary society. Of course Freddy is appalled.

 

         “Not the literary society. The horror stories those girls read are enough to make a fellow’s hair stand on end.”

         Max frowned. “Horror stories? They don’t read horror stories, only entertaining tales of the kind ladies seem to enjoy, about girls and gossip and families—”

         “Horror stories, every last one of them,” Freddy said firmly. “You asked me to sit in on their literary society last month, when you went up to Manchester, remember? The story they were reading then . . .” He gave an eloquent shudder. “Horror from the very first line: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Must he, indeed? What about the poor fellow’s wants, eh? Do they matter? No. Every female in the blasted story was plotting to hook some man for herself or her daughter or niece. If you don’t call that horror, I don’t know what is!”

 

1AGraciemugshot_2I loved writing this book. Freddy is charming and funny, a lighthearted bad-boy rake, and all through the book women get the better of him. But he has hidden depths, and as the story progresses, he gradually reveals himself to be “an utterly to-die-for hero” (to quote Mary Jo Putney.)

 

But a hero is nothing without the right kind of heroine. Damaris is serious and quiet, and the secrets of her past make her vulnerable, but underneath her cool exterior she’s really something special — brave, fiercely independent, smart and loyal. Watch her stand up to Freddy’s b*tch of a mother, and I think you’ll love her as much as I do.

The story?  Oops, sorry, I nearly forgot. To get his parents off his back and to stop marriage-minded muffins stalking him, Freddy hatches a plan:  he pays marriage-shy Damaris Chance to enter into a false engagement. Such an excellent solution to his problems. What could possibly go wrong?

 

So what about you — do you like a rakish hero or not? What’s the difference between a bad boy and a rake? Do you enjoy an occasional beta hero, or must it be alpha all the way for you? I’ll give a copy of The Winter Bride to someone who leaves a comment.

Cindy Kirk

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Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win that garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. Patience Bloom, now Senior Editor for Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, not only critiqued the manuscript, she bought it! And she’s still Cindy’s editor to this today.

An author of twenty-five books for Harlequin, Cindy has also written two contemporary romances for Avon, and has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Waldenbooks / Borders best seller.

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When I was in first grade, I learned how to read.  From the very beginning I loved being swept up in a story.  My teacher told me that for every ten books I read I’d get a card listing the titles of those ten books, along with an animal sticker at the top!   It doesn’t get much better than that.   That year I earned 10 cards!  Yep, six years old and I’d already read 100 books.  :)

My love affair with fiction only grew through the years.  I have to admit that before I discovered the romance genre I was always changing the endings of books that ended unhappily.  Even back then Happily Ever After was a requirement, not an option.

As much as I adore books and stories, there were times in my life when I wasn’t able to find the time to do much reading.  I’m sure you face the same challenges…too much to do, not enough time.

I’m going to share with you what I’ve done to ensure I get my reading fix.  I’d appreciate it if you’d reciprocate and share your own strategies.

Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing to win my latest release The Husband List , which will be out at the end of this month.  For those who read my series set in Jackson Hole, the hero is Keenan, Betsy’s brother who has been in prison and the heroine is Dr. Mitzi Sanchez.  I wanted to call the book, “The Doctor and the Ex-Con” but my editor nixed that idea. lol   Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner.

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My tips for getting more books read…

1. Listen to audio books.  I listen to audio books on my phone while I walk, while I grocery shop, even while I’m in a car.  Listening can add an additional dimension to a book. You just have to make sure the narrator is good.  This means ALWAYS listen to the sample first.

2. Set a specific time for reading.  I read for twenty minutes before I go to bed.  I’ve been doing 10 minutes of a non-fiction book, followed by 10 minutes of a fiction book.

3. Throw a book in your purse so it’ll be there if you have to wait for an appointment or for a child or spouse.

4. Don’t waste limited time on what you don’t enjoy.  If a book isn’t keeping your interest, move on.  Your time is too precious.

I can’t wait to hear YOUR suggestions!

 

Cindy Kirk

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Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win that garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. Patience Bloom, now Senior Editor for Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, not only critiqued the manuscript, she bought it! And she’s still Cindy’s editor to this today.

An author of twenty-five books for Harlequin, Cindy has also written two contemporary romances for Avon, and has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Waldenbooks / Borders best seller.

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I admit it.  I love reading books that are connected.  I have since I was a very young reader and read a series about a family who lived on a military base.  They had a bunch of kids and friends who visited them on the base…and I loved coming back to that world again and again in each kid’s point of view.

For a period of time, either there weren’t as many connected books, or maybe I wasn’t choosing the right ones, because I found myself wondering where all the connected books had gone.  Now, it seems these collections are everywhere!

For me to get started on a series, all it takes is liking one book and I’ll go out and pick up the others. 

I want to share a few of the series that I love the most and hope you will do the same.

Mary Balogh:

The Mistress Trilogy (read one, two more to go!)

The Huxtable Series (loved every single book in this series)

Julia Quinn:

The Bridgerton Series (LOVED this series)

JD Robb

The IN DEATH Series (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Eve and Roarke)

Nora Roberts

Chesapeake Bay Series  (My absolute fav of her series)

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy (enjoyed all of these)

Lisa Kleypas

The Hathaways (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) 

Wallflowers (LOVE,LOVE, LOVE)

Travis (LOVE,LOVE, LOVE)

Okay, I’ve shared some of my favs.  Would you share some of yours???  Please???

 

 

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