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 don’t know about your family, but once our daughter was grown, holidays in our family became more of a moving target.  Our daughter and her husband now spend every other Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving with his family.  

To further complicate matters , we have to take into account my husband’s siblings and their children.  As their kids have entered into relationships, finding a time to all get together is different every year…and it seems it’s rarely on the exact day of the holiday.

This year on Thanksgiving Day, we will celebrate with my husband’s mother and his mother’s good friend (a widow with children who live out of state).  Instead of one of us cooking a big meal, we’ll go out to eat and enjoy food, conversation and no clean-up!

It may not be the traditional Thanksgiving but I know it will be good food in a relaxed atmosphere.

In honor of non-traditional Thanksgivings, I thought it might be fun for all of us to get together for a virtual Thanksgiving day feast today.

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 I’ll furnish the turkey…and because this is virtual, you can be guaranteed it will come out of the oven wonderfully  moist, golden brown and perfectly cooked.

No need to dress up.  All I ask is that you bring a favorite dish.  By letting me know what you’ll be bringing (in the comments), you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Baby on His Doorstep, a e-novella that takes place in Harmony,  Idaho.  This book is set in the same town as my next book that will be out on November 25: Love at Mistletoe Inn.

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And, just in case I haven’t made it clear before….I’m thankful for YOU!

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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 the Wallflower Spoke Up

By Jennifer Delamere

Have you ever heard a writer say they had intended some course of action for a character, only to have the character “tell them” they fully intended to do something else?

Well, believe it or not, writers are not (entirely) crazy. I used to scratch my head in disbelief whenever I heard this. Until I became a writer.

Lucinda Cardington, the heroine in A Bride for the Season, is just such a character. She made her first appearance in my debut novel, An Heiress at Heart. I had intended for her to have a mere “walk-on” role, so to speak. She was simply one of many young ladies being set out by eager parents as marriage bait for the hero, Lord Somerville. But she was not right for him.

Lord Somerville went on to find his happy-ever-after with the book’s heroine, Lizzie Poole. And that was supposed to be the end of it for Lucinda.

And yet, she kept tugging at my elbow.

And my heart.

Here was a woman who was a classic wallflower: she was not considered a beauty, and she was painfully shy and awkward in a crowd. And yet Lucinda was also gentle and kind, an accomplished pianist, and had a subtle wit and a keen interest in science—including the brand-new invention called photography. 

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What’s not to love?

By the time I had finished writing An Heiress at Heart, I knew Lucinda would be the heroine in a future book. In A Bride for the Season, James Simpson discovers (as I did) that behind Lucinda’s reserved exterior there is a combination of tenderheartedness and tenacity that is indescribably appealing.

As I developed the trilogy, Lucinda also let me know that her fascination with photography was going to be the key to bringing her together with James.

Yeah, I know—Crazy Author Alert!

But wait, there’s more. I was well into writing A Bride for the Season when one day my husband casually said to me, “Do you know that the name ‘Lucinda’ means ‘light’?”

Needless to say, it stopped me in my tracks! I researched the name, and sure enough, many sources give its meaning as “light,” “bright,” or “born at daybreak.” How perfect, then, that this should be the name of a heroine who is so drawn to photography, an art form that uses light in powerfully creative ways.

Yes, I’d say Lucinda was trying to tell me something all along.

My personal subtitle for this book is “The Wallflower and the Rogue.” I loved writing a story about how two opposites attract. Have you ever gotten to know someone and discovered they were completely different than you expected? Or has some personal interest or hobby brought you together with someone you might otherwise never have met? I’m giving away a copy of A Bride for the Season to one commenter. North American addresses only.

(Jaunty reminds you to check back on Sunday to see if you’re the winner!!)

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BOOK BLURB FOR A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON:

London’s most amiable rogue has finally met his match.

Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.

James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…

 

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A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGillUniversity in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. You can find out more about Jennifer’s books at www.jenniferdelamere.com.

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,

Email me through the “Contact Me” feature on my website with your Kindle email addy and the book will be winging its way to you right away! 

Thanks to all who commented!

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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enter here to winHow many times have we all read those words?  Personally, I’ve never been very lucky so rarely do I think I will win a contest I’ve entered.

I once attended a relatively small conference (less than 100 people in attendance) where they said at the beginning that they were determined that everyone would go home with some sort of prize.  By the end of the day, only a person at my table and myself hadn’t won.  They asked whose birthday was closest to January 1.  Hers was in March, mine was in July.  She went home with the centerpiece.  I was the only one who went home without a prize. lol

My husband and I laugh because each week we spend $1 on a Powerball lottery ticket.  We let the machine pick the number and WE HAVE YET TO MATCH EVEN ONE NUMBER!

That’s why when I enter drawings or contests, I only do so if it’s easy.  If I can simply add a comment or click on a LIKE button or drop a business card in a fish bowl.  But if it takes more effort than that, I don’t bother, because I know I won’t win.

Are you like me?  Or, are you lucky?  Or perhaps somewhere in between.  I have a couple of friends that win stuff all the time.  If I were them and a contest demanded a few extra steps, I’d go for it…because there would be a good chance I’d win.

How about you?  How do you decide what contests to enter?

Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Baby on His Doorstep.  

Check back tomorrow to see if you’re a winner! 

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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The five winners are: Mary Ruth, Glenda, Jean, Bridget and Kate.

Email me at CindyKirk@aol.com and let me know your Kindle email address and you’ll have the book today!   Thanks to everyone who came to my launch party!!

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