Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Summer’s Family Affair by Cynthia Gail

Please welcome Cynthia Gail author of Summer’s Family Affair.

Cynthia Gail will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Summer’s Family Affair

by Cynthia Gail

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing? I’d been an avid reader since I was about thirty. I read a lot of mainstream bestsellers, mostly mystery, for my job, then turned to romance more for personal interest. One day I woke up with the start of a story in my head. Every few days I’d wake up with a little more of the story playing through my thoughts. I finally started writing it all down and before I knew it I had a full book. In really bad form – I had no idea what I was doing – but a full book nonetheless.
  2. How did you come up with ideas for your books? I took that initial story and turned it into the first of a planned trilogy, where the three heroines had been roommates in college. They’re now all turning thirty and still single – each book tells their story of finding love. Specific ideas within the stories come from a lot of brain storming with my critique partners and knowledge of the business world that l live in for my day-job.

What expertise did you bring to your writing? I don’t know that I have an expertise other than I love to dream. Everyone is creative in their own right, but somehow my creativity fits well with storytelling.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

The summer after I graduated high school, I was a nanny to three children in Connecticut. I originally went to college with the intent of being a math teacher, but quickly changed to computer programming. I never used the programming degree, though it did get me my first job because of my software knowledge. I later went back to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management & marketing. I found my love for reading while working as a contractor inside a major retailer’s corporate office – one of my responsibilities was to set paperback and hardback bestseller lists for their national book departments. A lot of my research came from reading books by those bestselling authors and understanding their style and who their audience was.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans? Music City Hearts was originally planned as a trilogy, but I couldn’t stand leaving the antagonist from Winter’s Magic in such a sorry state. So Fall’s Redeeming Grace is in the works as book #4.

I also have a novella, A Love for all Seasons, partially finished that will be #5. I also have a stand-alone title, Sweet Tooth, in progress.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I love the hero in Summer’s Family Affair. Jenny grew up with very little; her widowed mother struggled to make ends meet. But Jenny didn’t let that stop her. She pulled on her big-girl panties, put herself through college and didn’t allow anything to get in her way of becoming successful. All-the-while, maintaining her integrity and self-confidence. She’s true to herself and doesn’t let anything or anyone define her. She’s a good girl, but don’t let that fool you. We all get a little wild and let loose when we find that one special person we know we’re meant to spend the rest of our lives with. We can’t hold anything back when so much is on the line.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I think critique groups are absolutely wonderful! I have two amazing authors that I brainstorm with when I’m outlining and when I’m stuck. They read each of my manuscripts before they go to my publisher for submission. They’re honest and not afraid to tell me that I need to delete a whole scene or an entire chapter, and they’re usually spot-on. And best of all, they never try to change my voice.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

In 2010, I told my best friend of twenty years my secret—that I’d written two romance stories. I’d been writing for a whole year at that point, but I really had no idea what I was doing. Even though I’m an avid reader, I’m a math/science girl at heart and probably the last person anyone would think of as a romance author. So telling her felt like an unveiling of sorts. The best part—she didn’t laugh. She squealed with genuine excitement. And suddenly I didn’t feel awkward or bashful anymore. She introduced me to a Harlequin author who did freelance editing. (They’d been high school classmates—amazing coincidence) That author pointed me toward RWA and my local writing chapter, plus gave me an invaluable critique and a writing-craft reading list. I took at least a dozen on-line classes and rewrote my first book, turning it into two. In the fall of 2011, I submitted Winter’s Magic to Soul Mate Publishing.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

The first three books in this series had no outline or plan. But I now use an outline. Even if the outline changes as the story unfolds on my computer, I still like the benefit of seeing the whole picture from the start.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

One of the first books I read by Dean Koontz was Intensity. I also love Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. They’re so different, but I don’t think a single person I’ve recommended them to hasn’t loved them as much as I do.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
    Blended families are tough, even with the best in-laws, parents, and children. There’s a lot of juggling of priorities and tip-toeing to keep from stepping on feelings. In Summer’s Family Affair, Craig has an eight-year-old son. His wife died when Ben was four. Pressure builds between Jenny and Craig as they deal with the normal new-relationship issues that are magnified tenfold by his family, his past, and her fears.
  2. Anything else you might want to add?
    I hope everyone enjoys Summer’s Family Affair. It was a lot of fun to write a book where I was able to include so many of Nashville’s unique elements. I love feedback, so please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media links below.

Thank you for having me!

BLURB:

Jenny Cohen defines successful independence: she put herself through college, couldn’t ask for better friends, owns a consulting firm, wears designer clothes, and just moved into her dream home . . . But she’s alone, except for her ailing mother whom she supports in a nursing home. As the marketing consultant for Chester, Dorsey & Tanner, she’s surrounded by male attention. Too bad it’s the overly-protective big-brother type.

Architect, Craig Stone, hasn’t looked at another woman since his wife passed away four years ago. His time is taken—building a career while trying to be both mother and father to his eight-year-old son. But when his appointment with the largest development firm in Nashville is double-booked with a black-haired beauty, he finds himself reaching for new possibilities.

The attraction sets off more fireworks than the Fourth of July. Yet, their relationship is riddled with issues neither one of them expected. Somewhere in the middle they must find a way to compromise or let go of a chance for love they may never find again.

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EXCERPT:

All thought froze, as a beautiful voice cut through the near-silence of the room. Craig stared at the portfolio for just a second more before turning his attention to the front desk. He couldn’t see far enough around the corner to get a good view. What he did see . . . a pair of black strappy stilettos.

“Better you than me. He’s in an awful mood. Jeffry was out for just three days and his temp messed up the entire week’s schedule.”

Craig quietly moved down the row of chairs. Though his line of sight was much improved, he still couldn’t see the face behind the voice.

“You know it’s only going to get worse. It’s just Monday. How bad is it, really?”

She must be leaning over the desk, because her voice was now a faint whisper and the scene that greeted him was a firm derriere and a pair of runner’s legs that made his heart skip a beat.

“I’m not sure. I do know that you’re double-booked with the gentleman sitting across the room. Don’t look now.” Someone cleared their throat. “He’s a new architect Nick’s consulting with on the expansion designs. Too expensive to reschedule. Sorry.”

“Oh.”

“Brandon’s supposed to be part of their meeting and the temp had it on his calendar for noon tomorrow, instead of nine today.”

“I guess I can take second place. Only because it puts Brandon at my mercy. Tell Jeffry to come to the lobby and we’ll work it out. I’m always flexible, especially when it gives me an edge.”

The women laughed, a beautiful melody that rang through his entire being. Craig watched as she straightened and he could now see long, wavy black hair, falling against a ruby-red silk blouse. She reminded him of a Victoria Secrets model—long and lean, with a hint of curve.

“That’s why I like you so much. It’ll be a few minutes, if you’d like to have a seat.”

Craig shifted his attention back to the contract in his hand and purposefully read the title five more times. Slowly. He listened as her shoes clicked across the hardwood floor, waiting until the sound stopped before turning in her direction. She’d taken the chair he’d previously occupied and was sliding her phone into a black designer clutch.

Then she greeted him with a smile that still held a spark of amusement. He took a deep breath and swallowed. She had a hint of summer tan that made her skin glow, a touch of sheer gloss on her lips, and chocolate-brown eyes that instantly warmed him to the core.

His throat went suddenly dry and his mind raced for something to say. He stared silently, feeling like a teenage boy who’d never spoken to a girl before. Somehow, he found his footing and stood, then walked over to the chair next to hers. “Craig Stone.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.

Website: http://cynthiagail.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CynthiaGailRomance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaGailBook

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6564818.Cynthia_Gail

Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Gail/e/B009WQTTQE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1426743860&sr=8-1

Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Gail/e/B009WQTTQE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1426743860&sr=8-1

Other Books in the series:

Winter’s Magic   http://amzn.to/1Gsi6OM

Spring’s Surprise   http://amzn.to/1Np002k

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Cynthia Gail will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

RAFFLECOPTER:

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8 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Summer’s Family Affair by Cynthia Gail

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    June 11, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    June 11, 2015

    When did you decide to become a writer?

  3. achristay
    June 11, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Cynthia Gail
    June 11, 2015

    Thanks for having me today!

  5. Patrick Siu
    June 11, 2015

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Rita Wray
    June 11, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  7. momjane
    June 11, 2015

    I really enjoyed your comments. This excerpt was excellent.

  8. Betty W
    June 11, 2015

    I enjoyed learning about you and your book~thank you for sharing! The rafflecopter link is not working.

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