Thursday, December 19, 2013

TAMING THE SHERIFF - Cynthia Hickey - One Free Book

Bio: Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FaceBook, Twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer.”

God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I see more of God letting me live my dream. Back in May, I took the leap of faith and quit the day job to pursue writing full time. God hasn’t let me down, and I see more good things on the horizon.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have a typical yours, mine, and ours. My husband has three children from his previous marriage, I have one. We also adopted three more. Through our biological children, we have five grandchildren. Holidays are a lot of fun with a crowd this size.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’m an avid reader. I still read every day, and everything I can get my hands on, even the back of a cereal box.

Me, too. What are you working on right now?
I am writing the final River Valley mystery series book and hope to have it available on ebook by the end of 2013.

What outside interests do you have?
I always have yarn and a crochet hook in hand. My children have benefited from my crocheting with shawls, beanies, and afghans.

I used to be either crocheting or knitting almost every time I sat down to watch TV with my husband. But now the repetitiveness aggravates the arthritis in my shoulders. I miss it. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Most of my books take place in the Ozark Mountains where I grew up, but sometimes it will be a spark from something I’ve seen or heard.

I lived in the Ozarks until I was in high school. They’re beautiful. If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. I wanted her life when I was young.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That each main character needs Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. When I started writing, I didn’t know what these three important aspects were. 

I understand that. I was just a storyteller when I started writing novels. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
The Lord is ALWAYS teaching me patience.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Persevere, learn the craft, and never give up.

Tell us about the featured book.
Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Ozark Mountains 1881
No turning back now.

Charlotte Nelson glared at the drunken man—Hiram Something—beside her. Squaring her shoulders, she gripped the reins and eyed the white expanse between the trees. While snow blurred lines of the landscape, dotting Charlotte’s eyelashes and numbing her fingers, Hiram snored from the wagon seat. Charlotte shivered so hard she thought her bones would come through her skin. She fought the impulse to plant an elbow squarely in his ribs.

Were they still on the road? How could she tell with all the snow? They had to be lost. Her heart seized.

What little light they’d had was gone. Clouds covered the sky, blocking out any stars flickering overhead. Spiders crept up her spine. She was lost in unfamiliar territory with an unconscious stranger. Not how she envisioned spending her first night in a new town.

“Yah!” She snapped the reins to encourage the mules to pick up the pace. She might have been a fly buzzing around them for all the good it did. “Brrr.”

She glared at Hiram. He sat with his head tossed back, mouth gaping. Would the fool freeze to death despite the alcohol in his system? 

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing this new book with us.

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Taming the Sheriff (Heartsong Presents) -
Taming the Sheriff (Heartsong Presents) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in KY

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Cynthia's interview and would love to win TAMING THE SHERIFF!

Britney Adams, TX

Melanie Backus said...

Lena, your interview with Cynthia was ver interesting. Thank you ! Keeping my fingers crossed for Taming The Sheriff!

Melanie Backus, TX

scottsgal said...

love the storyline and premise of this book - I'd enjoy reading this book
Cheryl in IL

Merry said...

I am a fan of Cynthia Hickey's books, please add me to the drawing for Taming the Sheriff. Thanks!
Merry in MN

Mary Preston said...

A great first page thank you. It is sweltering here, so the snow is most welcome.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love to be entered to win Cynthia's book.

Merry Christmas from Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Susan Johnson said...

I have read some of Cynthia's books and enjoy them. I'm sure this one is just as good.

I live in Odessa, Texas

KENTUCKY LADY 717 said...

Would loveto win this book...

Barbara Thompson said...

Enjoyed the great interview. I've read Cynthia's books and enjoyed them. She's a wonderful author. Thank you for the chance to enter this giveaway.

Barbara Thompson (West Monroe, LA)

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

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sm said...

TAMING THE SHERIFF sounds very good. I like the idea of the teacher's students doing the matchmaking. Love to win this. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tonja Saylor said...

Thanks for the great interview. I live to read historical fiction and this one sounds really interesting!
Tonja VA

Cynthia Hickey said...

Thank you all so much. It is a blessing to see all the encouraging comments. I had a lot of fun writing Taming the Sheriff and hope readers have as much fun as I did with Charlotte and Asher's story.

Judy Cooper said...

i enjoyed the interview. I relly like the type of book it is and most of all the setting. The Ozarks are my favorite places to visit. Thank you. Judy C. in Louisiana.

rubynreba said...

Taming the Sheriff looks very good
Beth from Iowa