Friday, February 15, 2013

Romance Week: Cynthia Garner Interview & Giveaway!

Welcome to Romance Week!

Today I have the wonderful Cynthia Garner and Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books has the equally amazing Rachel Harris!

Welcome Cynthia!

Cynthia Garner

Cynthia Garner discovered her love for writing when her sixth grade teacher told the class to write a story that began "It was a dark and stormy night..." With that Cynthia's love for all things paranormal was born. 

When she's not working her day job as a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager, she's on her laptop writing or playing way too much Solitaire. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Cynthia now lives in the desert Southwest.


Hello Cynthia!  Thank you for participating in our 3rd annual Romance Week!

What drew you to writing Romance to begin with?
 

I love to read romance, so when I decided to try my hand at fiction writing, it was natural to write what I love to read.

What is a typical “day” in your writing life? 

I basically have two full-time jobs--my day job as a Human Resources Manager and my writing job. My alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m. M-F and I usually manage to drag myself out of bed after hitting the snooze only twice. Often three times. Occasionally four times. I'm at work between 7:00 and 7:30 and leave at 3:00. I may run errands, do grocery shopping, etc., and am usually home by 4:30 or 5:00. Then it's firing up the laptop, checking email and social networking sites, then fixing dinner. Usually by 6:00 I'm working on writing--either editing, writing, or plotting/creating. I usually stop  by about 8:00 or 9:00 because my brain isn't working so well by that point. I get a lot of my writing done on the weekends, where I'll put in at least 8 hours each day. I drink a lot of water and iced tea when I'm working, so there are frequent breaks for, you know. Empty myself of liquids so I can get more liquids to drink.

What 2 authors are you dying to write an anthology with? 

Oh, wow. There are so, so many! Hmm. Right now I'll go with Larissa Ione and J.R. Ward.

If you could hop into any romance novel, what would it be? 

This is a hard one, too! Honestly, I'm stumped. I'm not all that adventurous--I leave that up to my heroines!

If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Moondust and Madness by Janelle Taylor; Dracula by Bram Stoker; any of The Breeds series by Lora Leigh; and How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks.

Quick & Easy:

1.  Book or E-book?
  Book
2.  Day or Night?  Day
3.  Coffee or Tea?  Tea
4.  Plotter or Panster? Plotter
5.  Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk
6.  Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?  Wallflower
7.  Laptop or Desktop?  Laptop
8.  Love at first sight or Second chances?  Second chances
9.  Angel or Demon?  Demon
10.  Reality or Fiction?  Fiction
11.  Author’s Choice - what do you want to ask the readers? What is your favorite paranormal creature, and why?

Great titles by Cynthia Garner:

The next opening of the rift is coming-and its consequences will be deadly. A rogue group of human-hating preternaturals is planning an apocalyptic attack, but the Council of Preternaturals may have found the key to saving the world: Keira O’Brien, a fey with a long criminal record, whose empathic abilities once made her the queen of con artists. If she successfully infiltrates the dangerous faction, the sins of her past will be forgiven.

Keira isn’t the only agent working against the rogue prets. Finn Evnissyen, a powerful demon with a dark lineage, is a hired assassin looking for a way out. If he stops the threat, he will finally earn his freedom. As the rift fast approaches, and danger escalates, Finn and Keira must discover if they’re on the same side-or sleeping with the enemy . . .

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37 comments:

  1. I like vampires... they are so sexy.

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    1. May, I love vampires, too. They're still one of my favorites!

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  2. Congrats to Cynthia on her newest release! That's a hard question cuz I really like them all :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin. You're a woman after my own heart. :)

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  3. I love fairies however I'm quite fond of all of them :-)

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    1. These aren't your mother's fairies, though, right Amanda? ;)

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  4. All of your "creatures" have many human qualities and that makes them appealing to a wide range of readers I think. And your covers are to die for.

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    1. Roz, I love my covers! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Hi Cynthia - I love your whole mix of preternatural creatures and the synergy they've got going. Which just goes to show, even milk chocolate lovers have something to offer! : )Am really looking forward to reading Heart of the Demon!

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  6. I love vampires and shapeshifters. They are all HOT, sexy and total Alpha males!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    kandj7299 at verizon dot net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by kandj7299! Good luck. :)

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  7. My favorite paranormal creature is still the vampire, because they're so powerful, mysterious, and I love the immortality thing. I'd choose dragons as my second favorite, they're pretty darned cool too.

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    1. Oh, Barbara, I love me some dragon shifters, too! If you haven't read it, you should pick up DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison (the first in the Elder Races series). It's so, so good! Also, I have three dragon shifter novellas under my pen name Sherrill Quinn, available at Amazon or AmberHeat.com.

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  8. I am still sampling the paranormal genre. There is so much wonderful diversity. So far, I would have to say I like shifters the best. To become something entirely different from your human form is intriguing.

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    1. Name in rafflecopter is different (Patricia Barraclough)

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    2. I think that's one of the things I love the best about writing paranormal. If I get bored with one creature I can move on to another! :)

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  9. I'm kinda fascinated by shifters - maybe because I love animals and when I look into their eyes I wonder what they are thinking.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Di, I completely understand what you're saying. And sometimes you pretty much know what an animal is thinking just by the look in their eyes, right?

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  10. Hi Cynthia, I'm hoping 3rd try at posting is the charm. I like demons more than werewolves or vampire. And I really like the demon on your cover. Quite nice.
    Laura Russell

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    1. Laura, thanks for your persistence! I do love demons, too. I like taking something we consider evil and making them...not so much. Still dark but redeemable.

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  11. Ha, now I have this blogger figured out. Forgot to mention the RIFT. What a fabulous invention.

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  12. I like them all because they're magical, mysterious and unique
    Thanks,
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  13. My fav paranormal creature depends on what book I am reading or just read... so right now ghosts and people sensitive to them.
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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    1. That sounds like me! LOL
      You're welcome. Good luck.

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  14. The phoenix! It is in almost every major religion as a symbol of hope and rebirth. It gives second chances a new meaning. :-D

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    1. That's an interesting creature! I love the idea of second chances--really, the second book in this series, SECRET OF THE WOLF, is all about second chances.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Vampire, werewolf, dragon, witch, I love all of them :)

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    1. Me, too, Eli. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. werewolves because they're alpha

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    1. Great reason! What's not to love about an alpha wolf?

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  17. Werewolves. Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series was one of my first PNR faves.

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  18. Vampires are my favorite, but I love them all!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Natasha. Good luck!

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