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Friday, March 9, 2012

A Huge GIVEAWAY & Sneak Peek with Cynthia Wicklund

I'd like to introduce everyone to author Cynthia Wicklund. Today Cynthia takes over the blog with a guest post and has offered up a very generous giveaway to a few lucky commenters.

First prize is a copy of Thief Of Souls
Second prize is a copy of Lord Of Always
And the GRAND PRIZE is a copy of Cynthia's 4 Garden book's.

So please leave a comment with your email address, and if you haven't already we'd love for you to follow this blog.


Best-selling Kindle author Cynthia Wicklund is a former RWA Golden Heart Finalist who writes Historical and Paranormal romance. She is published with Ellora's Cave Publishing, their Blush imprint. She lives in Texas with her family and two Rat Terriers, rascally puppies that could use a little quality time with the Dog Whisperer.

What do you do when you've built a readership that expects you to produce a certain type of book, and you want to write something entirely different?

I thoroughly enjoy writing my Historicals, and I have no intention of giving them up. New series on the way! But I've always had a secret love for the fantastical, fairy tales and things that go bump in the night. Urban Fantasy a la Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher fascinates me. I enjoy intrigue, edgy storylines, a little bit of scary with my happily-ever-after. If you can toss a little torrid romance into the mix, all the better!

I'm sure I'm not the first author who wanted to change genre paths—or at least occasionally wanted to trip down another path when the muse struck. And ask any writer; that muse is a difficult compulsion to ignore, because writers want to write what fascinates them. I truly believe the most inspired writing springs from an absolute love for what you are creating, stories that spin in your head, driving you batty until you give them life.

I've got several of those stories begging for expression. If you love Regencies and Historicals as I do, and you love paranormals as well, it just seems there ought to be a "combo platter" there somewhere. A Regency vampire in a modern world—oh, he would be handsome!—can you imagine the possibilities? I'm sure it's been done before, many times, but each writer brings her own unique spin to the table. I'd really like to bring mine.

So what's a girl to do? It's a risk taking on the unknown. And trying to find a new audience is an unnerving proposition. You don't want to disappoint the readers you have, and you're never certain whether or not you'll find an appreciative audience for your new work. At best it's a leap of faith, but ultimately one I believe worth taking.

Late last year I published my first paranormal novel with romantic elements, Thief of Souls. It was, as the cliché goes, a labor of love. I'd like to share an excerpt with you.


SOMETIMES A GIRL JUST WANTS THE BAD BOY…Nicholas Anthony's spirit has been corrupted. A moment of spite four hundred years in the past turned him into an immortal monster. Now he is obsessed by an unnatural hunger, feasting on the good in others while seeking the good in himself. But unlike the vampire of myth, it's not the taste of blood that draws him, but the very essence of his victims. The soul. Fortunately for Nicholas the evil that dwells within him has not destroyed his conscience, his ability to care, because that in the end will be his salvation. That…and Regina Miles.


“Do you believe in destiny, Regina?” Nick asked.

She was beginning to. “I don’t think so.”

“I do. The first time I saw you I felt a connection, a powerful one. That is not something easily ignored, especially if one is superstitious as I am. I believe fate occasionally tips its hand, and it is wise to listen.”

“I don’t know what it’s telling you, but maybe it’s telling me to run like hell.”

Nick lifted her hand, watching her as he did, and placed his mouth on her knuckles. His lips, which he had licked suggestively, were slightly parted, wet and warm in a lushly erotic way. Regina felt the tip of his tongue on her skin, and her insides went soft as hot wax. He held the kiss for long moments then raised his head, although he continued to hold onto her.

“You can’t escape me, Regina. You may make me work for what I want, but in the end you are caught as surely as I am.”

Her hand in his began to tremble. “What do you want, Nick?”

“You really don’t know?”

“I’m not into casual relationships. And I’m not ready for something more serious.”

“Some things are out of our power, Regina.” There he went again, using her name like a caress. "The choice is no longer ours to make.”


“From the depths of my soul, I believe it is.”

“But…” it came out in a whimper, “I can’t get involved right now. There’re things I have to do.”

“Being a doctor?” When she nodded, he said, “I won’t interfere with your responsibilities, Regina. I want your heart, not your life. What is important to you is important to me.”

Regina met his smoky gaze. Unexpectedly, a voluptuous image of two heated bodies, sleek and golden, entwined in man’s most primal activity rose in her mind. Lust as hypnotic and compulsive as opium smoke permeated the scene. Even as the vision consumed Regina, she knew he shared it with her, knew who belonged to those writhing bodies.

Nick leaned toward her and touched her lips with his. Rather than breaking the spell, she felt as though she were spiraling out of control, felt the swelling of exquisite sensations she would have thought impossible in a public place. He was so close the scent of him filled her senses, and Regina found herself gripping his fingers with a strength she didn’t know she possessed.

Nick drew back then, but instead of looking smug at her obvious weakness, he appeared as moved as she. Regina had to fight the urge to throw her arms around his neck and pull him back against her. All at once she wanted to cry and, indeed, when she spoke she sounded tearful.

“I need time, Nick.”

“All the time you need, love,” he said in a gentle voice.

A prickling of memory touched her then, as though he had said almost those same words to her once before. But when?

“You’re very sure of yourself, aren’t you?” she said.

Nick simply continued to watch her, but Regina knew what he was thinking. Sure or unsure, it didn’t matter, for the future was no longer theirs to decide.

I'd like to thank Jennifer for so graciously hosting me on her blog today and introducing me to her readers. It's been a pleasure.










Three amazing prizes to THREE LUCKY COMMENTER's, let's show Cynthia our support. We'll announce the winners on Monday, March 12, 2012
I'd like to thank Cynthia for joining us today. She's a wonderful author and it was certainly a pleasure to have her here.


Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Love Love Love Cynthia all her books she makes you believe you are there.

    She's also a very giving author. Don't hesitate to check out her books...Garden Series reminded me of Georgette Hyer's writing.

    That's how good Cynthia is!

    Elaine Raco Chase

  2. I just checked out these books and they sound great. More books for my must have list.

    I loved the excerpt and am ready to read more.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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    2. Cynthia's Books are great. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment Tracey D.

      Good luck! :-)

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, Tracey, and Elaine. I appreciate the kind comments!


  4. Thanks for the introduction to Cynthia and her books!! I will add her books to my TBR list. They sound amazing and I love the excerpt!! I am always on the lookout for new authors and I want to thank you for telling me about Cynthia!!


    1. Aw, thank you Melissa. Being an author myself I know how hard it can be to spread the word. I love helping other authors out, and it gives readers like yourself the opportunity to check out new talent.

      Cynthia is a fantastic writer. I hope you enjoy her work. This is such a lovely comment. Thanks for the smile.

  5. Hi Melissa, what Jennifer said! :-) Thanks so much for dropping by.


  6. This sounds great! Id love to read it! Thanks for sharing! Sounds wonderful!! Wishing you all the best!

  7. Hi Shadow! So glad to hear from you. Thanks!


  8. I would love to read these books. They all sound very good. PLease enter me in contest.

  9. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by to show Cynthia some support.

    ~Congratulations to the winner's below:

    Thief of Souls winner - Tracey D.

    Lord of Always winner - Shadow

    4 Garden Books Grand prize winner - Melissa

    Cynthia will be in touch soon to deliver your prizes. Don't forget to keep stopping in from time to time as we have awesome giveaways on a daily basis.

    Best wishes,


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