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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Contact me through my website, www.cindykirk.com and let me know which book you’d like. If I have it, it’s yours!  If not, we’ll find another.  :)

Thanks again!!  Because of you, I don’t feel so lonely on my author page. 

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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Think of all the times you’ve put yourself out there.  Maybe it was back in your school days when you ran for student council or tried out for a play.  As an adult, it may have been when you applied for a job or did something as simple as ask someone to write a reference for you.

Every time we put ourselves out there we risk rejection.

I love Facebook.  For several years I’ve had a personal page which I absolutely love.  (I hope that you and I are Facebook friends on my personal page).  But for authors, also having an author page is recommended.  Though I’d been encouraged to have Facebook author page, I didn’t do it because I had this vivid image of me hanging around this author page (often called a fan page) all by my lonesome.  I swear I heard crickets chirping in the distance.  

Finally I sucked up the courage and did it.  I’ve managed to pick up a few friends over the past ten days on this new page, but I’d LOVE to have you join me.  If you search for Cindy Kirk on Facebook, find the picture of me that says “author” then go to that page and hit LIKE.  

This is the picture of me on that page:Cindy-0323-Revise-LR Color-headshot

There’s also a contest link on the page and I hope you’ll enter.  Next week I’ll be giving away a whole bag of books from a variety of authors so please enter to win!

In thanks for your help and support, I’m offering prizes today for my Jaunty Quills supporters.

Simply comment on this post and tell me:

1. that you went out and LIKED me on my Facebook author page (or you’d already LIKED me), and 

2. the last time YOU put yourself out there

If you do that you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of my books.  This week I’m drawing TEN names!!

Thanks again for your support.  It means so much to me!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if you’re one of my TEN WINNERS.

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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Thanks to everyone who made Amy feel so welcome!

Dawn,

Email Amy at amywoodsbooks@gmail.com and give her your snail mail information and she’ll get the book in the mail to you!

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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Jaunty decided it would be fun to ask some questions of Amy Woods.. Amy’s first book, “His Texas Forever Family,” a sweet, small-town contemporary romance, releases September 1, 2014, from Harlequin Special Edition®.

First, a little bit about Amy…

Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog. 

 Thanks so much for having me on the Jaunty Quills blog today and a special thanks to Jaunty for asking such interesting question!

* Where did you get the idea for His Texas Forever Family?

 A spark of an idea, and the wonderful question, “What if?” inspired the story. I wondered what would happen if a child became mute following a terrible loss, and the only person able to help that child was someone with an unconventional way of treating psychological distress. I combined that person with the child’s mother—who has tried everything, without success, to help her son—along with a sweet romance, and the rest is history.

 * Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?

 Liam hits a place between alpha and beta that I really love for my heroes. He’s firm and strong with the heroine, Paige, when she needs that from him or when he sees that being that way will help make her stronger or lift her up. But he’s also gentle and sweet. I love classic alpha males, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a hero who’s a little closer to the beta side.

 * Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?

 Paige’s late husband died tragically and, at the beginning of the book, she’s at a point where she’s spent so much time taking care of her young son and trying to keep up with life in general—her job, her home, and all the other things that make up her days—that she hasn’t had time to really grieve and find a way to move on. Her relationship with Liam is special because, instead of rescuing her like a damsel in distress, he partners with her to share some of her burden so that she has space to heal. In the process, they discover a love that’s amazing and passionate, yes, but is also based on a very solid, real friendship and an understanding that her little boy needs a father as much as she needs someone to love.

 * Is there any particular significance in the setting?

Although the book’s setting, Peach Leaf, Texas is a fictional small town, it’s loosely based on one of my all-time real favorite places—Fredericksburg, Texas. Fredericksburg is a town in West Texas with a population of a little over 10,000, and was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Both Fredericksburg and Peach Leaf are home to several amazing German restaurants boasting excellent beer and mouth-watering Reuben sandwiches, and Pioneer Museums that share artifacts and tons of information about the towns’ intriguing histories.

 * What was your favorite scene to write?

 I really enjoyed writing the scene in which Paige and Liam kiss for the first time.

It was enough. For now. He leaned in slowly, giving her every chance to pull away, praying all the while she wouldn’t. He brushed his lips softly against hers, then kissed her lightly, only once, the small motion causing every nerve in him to stand on edge.

 He wanted so much more, but he would have to be satisfied with this for the time being. Paige needed her space. When she was ready, she would have to make the next move.

But, for the first time in a long time, he felt confident enough, and ready, to try again with a woman. This woman.

 * What was the most difficult scene for you to write?

 There is a scene in which Paige, who’s had a long day of meetings and thought she’d scheduled a sitter for Owen, forgets to pick him up. She feels awful about the situation and it just adds to what is already a load of stress about being a newly single mom. I hated to have to put her through that, but it leads to something good…I promise!

 The weight of the impossible decision Paige had to make made her want to melt into her office chair, close the door and never leave. Sometimes, with tremendous guilt, she longed for the luxury of simply disappearing completely, just for a few moments. But she couldn’t because Owen…

 Oh, God…The breath rushed out of her lungs. Where was Owen?

 Paige jumped up from her chair and threw open the door, rushing to Emma’s desk.

Emma quickly pulled off her headset and looked at Paige as though her boss was crazy.

 “Afternoon, Ms. Graham,” Emma said, searching Paige’s face for clues as to what might be going on. “Is something wrong?”

 “It’s Owen. I meant to call his babysitter earlier to see if she could pick him up and take him home today, but then I had the appointment with Principal Matthews and I forgot—and, oh, my God, how could I have forgotten—”

* Is there an underlying theme to the story?

 Well, Harlequin Special Editions® are categorized as “home and family” books, and His Texas Forever Family, as indicated in the title, definitely delivers on that promise. In addition to romance, the hero and heroine (and her young son) have a fresh start at being a family. I’m also a big fan of stories about real people finding second chances, and Liam and Paige each have pretty difficult pasts to overcome before they find theirs.

 * Why will readers enjoy this book?

 As I mentioned, I adore second chance stories, and this is one with a unique plot, a sweet small-town setting, and perfectly imperfect characters that I think readers might relate to. I hope readers will walk away feeling uplifted and with a fresh belief that, no matter what life throws at us, love has the power to heal just about any pain, and we are never too old, too broken, or too anything to deserve true love.

 That’s all for me. I’d love to hear from you! Are there any specific themes, topics, or storylines that you love to see in your romances? Anything you’d love to read about but haven’t found in a book yet? I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of His Texas Forever Family to a randomly chosen commenter who posts today (open to residents from the US, Canada, or international). Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

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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Donna is my Wednesday winner and Patty is my Saturday winner!

 

Contact me through my website www.cindykirk.com and I’ll get the book in the mail!

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