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Post is a little early today. I am taking DH to airport in Denver so I have a couple hours on the road. The Caridad Pineiro giveaway is still open until noon on Sunday. Today’s post is open from the moment it posts to noon on Monday. And today we welcome the awesome Cynthia Eden. The prize to one lucky commenter today is a copy of ETERNAL FLAME.

Welcome Cynthia!

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Hi, everyone! Lisa, thanks so much for inviting me to share my call story. 


I didn’t sell my first novel. No, ah, that one didn’t even come close to selling. I wrote my first book, a category romance aimed for the now gone Yours Truly line at Harlequin/Silhouette. I was eighteen when I wrote this book. Eighteen and absolutely sure I’d written an awesome book. Just so you know…I really hadn’t written an awesome book.

Life came along after that, and I wrote on and off as I finished my degree, got married, and had my son. Writing was always there for me, a great release, a perfect escape. But, it wasn’t until I had my son Jack that I realized—it’s time for me to grab hold of my dream.
I had just attended the big RWA convention in Atlanta, and I kept hearing editors say that they were looking for something big, something hot…so I took a chance and I wrote a sexy werewolf story, one where the werewolf cop was chasing a supernatural serial killer, and one that included a heroine who happened to a psychologist who specialized in treating paranormal patients. My heroine was needed to profile the killer—and, of course, that meant she had to very closely with my wolf cop.


This book, which I gave the title TOUCHING THE DARKNESS, landed me a literary agent (Laura Bradford). Flash forward a bit, and my cell phone rings. Laura calls to tell me that we may have an offer on my story. Yes, please picture me doing a giddy dance. Not too giddy because she did say “may”—but I was still excited. A few days later, another cell phone call came through. This time, Laura wanted to let me know that two fabulous ladies at Kensington were behind my story: Megan Records and Kate Duffy. They wanted to bring me into the Kensington Brava family.
My new dance was very giddy indeed.
Then more calls came. Kate Duffy telephoned me. I think I was shaking the entire time I talked to her. She was Kate Duffy! I’d heard her called the Martha Stewart of Romance. Yes, she intimidated me. She also awed me. Next up…I had the pleasure of talking with Megan Records. Megan was to be my editor—and from the first instant I talked with her, I knew that I had found the perfect person to understand my books. Megan was (is!) smart, funny, and an absolute top-notch editor. Working with her is a pleasure, and I love that she can so effortlessly make my writing better.
So…I guess my story wasn’t about just one call. It was about quite a few calls. My little cell phone was busy those days! I didn’t sell overnight to New York. From the time of my first submission (that 18 year old’s story) to my sale to Kensington Brava, well, that was a whole lot of years.

Though I strayed from my writing path a few times, I always came back to it. Writing is my passion. It’s who I am, not just what I do. And I’m sure glad I found my way back to that path…and that I was lucky enough to receive my calls.
(And by the way, TOUCHING THE DARKNESS got the sexier title of HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT and became the first book in my Midnight Trilogy.)
Thanks for checking out my story!
Cynthia Eden
www.cynthiaEden.com
THE NAUGHTY LIST—Available now from Kensington Brava
ETERNAL FLAME—Available 11/30/10 from Kensington Brava

33 comments to “Welcome Cynthia Eden”

  1. Lindy
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:15 am · Link

    Wow… THE Kate Duffy… seriously, that’s huge… I’m so glad you came back to writing. :>]

    ~Lindy



  2. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:18 am · Link

    Thanks, Lindy! And I feel very fortunate that I was able to work with Kate.

    Lisa, thanks for letting me share my call story!



  3. Minna
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:46 am · Link

    Great story!



  4. Viki S.
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:53 am · Link

    I am so happy that you’ve always come back to writing. I really do love your work.



  5. Katie Reus
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:14 am · Link

    Aww, love that story! I’m definitely glad you came back to writing b/c your work is amazing. Deadly Fear stuck with me long after I read it :)



  6. Linda Henderson
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:27 am · Link

    I really enjoy your stories so I’m very glad you got the call.



  7. Lucy
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:34 am · Link

    I really want to read these books!
    Please enter me.

    lucybeugelingramos@gmail.com



  8. Taylor Z
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:38 am · Link

    Very cool backstory. Can’t wait for the next book in this series!! Counting down the days. Happy writings!



  9. Joder
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:47 am · Link

    What a great story to remember Kate by! And I’m super glad you got back to writing and have some amazing sounding books coming out.



  10. CatsMeow
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 11:09 am · Link

    I am SO glad received the “call(s)”. I have enjoyed your books so much, and look forward to Eternal Flame.



  11. Lori T
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link

    Cynthia, I’m so glad you always came back to writing as it your passion. Just so you know one of my passions is ready your books. They have given my hours of escape and enjoyment. Thanks so much



  12. Jane
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 11:44 am · Link

    Hi Cynthia,
    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I loved “Hotter After Midnight.”



  13. Anna Shah Hoque
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Hi Cynthia,
    I absolutely adore your work! I have all your books and am eagerly looking forward to your upcoming releases with bated breath. The wait is cheer torture ;-)



  14. Carol Woodruff
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your back writing. Love your books.



  15. Judy Cox
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:05 pm · Link

    I enjoyed reading your post. I am also glad you kept coming back to writing. I really enjoy your books. I am eyeing Eternal Flame :)



  16. Cathy M
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:09 pm · Link

    What an amazing success story,Cynthia, and look at you now! I still have my copy of Hotter After Midnight, and loved Colin’s story, heck I loved that whole series.



  17. Lisa Renee Jones
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Welcome Cindy and you know I remember sitting with you at an RWA function right before your first book came out. Fast forward we are Dangerous Women together. Who would have THUNK it :grin:

    And look at you now! Loved your story.



  18. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Thanks, Minna!

    Thank you, Viki! I like to think that folks always return to the dreams they love the most.

    :-) Thanks, Katie!

    Hi, Linda! Thank you!



  19. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Thanks for checking out the call story, Lucy!

    Hey, Taylor! How have you been? Glad you liked the backstory!

    Thanks, Joder. Kate was such an incredible lady; she definitely left her stamp on the industry.



  20. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Thank you, CatsMeow! I have a great time writing my stories.

    Lori, that makes me so happy! I want folks to be able to just escape and relax when they read my books. Thank you!

    Thank you, Jane! That book will always be special to me.



  21. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Hey, Anna! Thanks for coming by! And thanks so much for the kind words.

    Thanks, Carol!

    Judy, I just couldn’t stay away. :-) The writing always pulls me back.



  22. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Hi, Cathy!! Thank you. Colin was my turning point hero–he led me to the dark side where the shifters ruled.

    I remember that, Lisa! I was excited to be chatting with you–I kept thinking, I love her books! And I still love them.



  23. Samantha
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Great call story. I love your books Cynthia. I can’t wait to read Eternal Flame and continue on with your Deadly series. I loved Deadly Fear :)



  24. SiNn
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 4:23 pm · Link

    im gla dyou got the ,multiple calls and how fortunate you were to work with Kate thats awesome and ur books and book voice is awesome imglad u followed ur dreams



  25. Cynthia Eden
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Thank you, Samantha! :-)

    Hi, SiNn! What’s life without some dream following? Dreams are the best part of life!



  26. Marika Weber
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Addicted was one of the best books that I’ve read in awhile. Also, no one beats your Blaze books. Santa, Baby is awesome. Thanks for writing.



  27. Marlene Breakfield
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:45 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you didn’t get discouraged and kept at it.



  28. Larena Wirum
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:42 pm · Link

    what a great story on how you got started. :mrgreen:



  29. Fedora
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 11:22 pm · Link

    Wow, thanks for sharing that, Cynthia! It’s fun getting to hear how you got your start!



  30. Donna S
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      · October 24th, 2010 at 11:58 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing! Glad you always come back to writing. Looking forward to reading more.



  31. Lisa Renee Jones
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      · October 25th, 2010 at 12:01 am · Link

    Ah Marika thank you so much!!:) :mrgreen:



  32. Spav
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      · October 25th, 2010 at 8:22 am · Link

    That’s a great story!



  33. Karin
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      · October 25th, 2010 at 9:53 am · Link

    Glad you came back to your writing. If we don’t believe in ourselves, why should others?







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