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Monday, September 2, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway Fiery Bride (Matchmaker & Co. #3) by Cynthia Woolf

Published July 5th, 2013


After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she'll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker...and a very seductive kiss.


What a western historical needs to be a good story

(MB's topic)
A historical western romance, just like any other romance, needs a great romance first and foremost. 

Second, it needs to have a setting in the west, of course. It doesn’t need to go on and on about the country, the cowboys or the cattle, unless they are an integral part of your story 

A western always needs a larger than life hero and this can be shown in different ways. The way he acts with the heroine and the children. Does he treat them with care? Does he treat them the same? Our hero is going to realize his strength and never use that against the heroine. 

The heroine doesn’t need to be superwoman but she sure as heck isn’t some simpering miss. She never simpers. 

They must love each other, though one or both of them refuses to believe it or even believe in love. He or she has never felt the all encompassing love for anyone except perhaps their children. 

I sometimes like to have children in my stories. They have a new and innocent perspective on the world that the adults don’t have. 

Overall a western, just like any other book needs to have characters that you like and that you care about. Without that, your reader isn’t going to care about your book.

Thank you, Mrs. Cynthia Woolf

“What do you mean, you quit?  Mr. Sinclair, you just can’t quit.”  Margaret “Maggie” Selby put her pen down on the desk.  She would not raise her voice.  She would not lose control.
“I’m sorry, Mrs. Selby, but I got no choice.  There’s an opening at the sanitarium in Albany and my Mary, she needs to go right now.  The doctors there might be able to help her.  We leave on the morning train.”
Maggie took a deep breath and nodded.  She understood.  She really did, but it didn’t change the fact that she was now in a difficult situation.  “Of course, you must go.  I know how poor Mary’s health is and any help that can be obtained for her, must be.”
“I wish I could give you some notice, but we just received the letter in yesterday’s post.”
“It’s fine, Mr. Sinclair.  I’ll manage.”
He handed her an envelope.  “Here are the train tickets.”
“Yes, well, I’ve wanted to see the frontier I’ve been sending my these girls to.  I’m simply going to see it sooner than I anticipated.”
“I’m truly sorry, Mrs. Selby.”
Maggie got up, came around the desk and held her hand out to him.  “You just take care of Mary.  That’s your job now.”
He shook her hand, nodded.  Mr. Sinclair put on his hat and wiped his brow with his kerchief before venturing back out into the already hot and sunny morning. 
She went to her desk, grabbed Caleb Black’s file, put the closed sign on the door and then went upstairs to her apartment to pack.  Her bride, Jenny Talbot would be by in an hour or so to pick up her tickets.  Maggie would tell her then that she’d be accompanying her, not Mr. Sinclair.  It was just as well.  Jenny was nervous as a kitten and Maggie worried about the union, but both Mr. Black and Jenny had been adamant that it take place.  If truth be told, Maggie herself was a better match for Mr. Black than Jenny.  But she was here to find matches for others, not for herself.
Jenny’s reasoning she understood.  Jenny was the oldest of the seven Talbot children.  At twenty-two years old, felt she was a burden on her parents even though she worked and helped out with the bills.  She hated her job and wanted to get married.  Her chances were growing slim.  Most men of marriageable age were either already married, old or widowers with hellions for children.
Jenny was a tall, slim girl with pale blue eyes and dark blond hair.  Her lips were full, her nose long and straight.  Just a plain young woman from a struggling family who wanted a better life.  One that the wild frontier might be able to offer.
Mr. Black’s reasoning was less clear.  He was successful and wanted children.  Maggie had presented him with several other possible candidates, some more attractive, some younger, some older, all of whom he’d rejected.  The reasons he gave were weak.  Brown hair.  Too short.  Too fat.  Too thin.  Too young.  Too old.  There seemed to be a reason for rejecting every one she sent him. 
Finally, he’d settled on Jenny with the proviso that Maggie herself accompanied the girl.  She’d agreed, but stated only that Jenny would be accompanied.  With her full intention having been to send Mr. Sinclair in her place.  Maggie’s time was much more well spent here in New York.  Finding clients, assigning candidates that is where her mind, body and commitment lay.  Yes, running her business is where she belonged more than on a trip to the wild West.  She didn’t feel bad about her decision.  Really she didn’t, she told herself over and over.  But she was lying.  If she were honest, deep down she was afraid to meet Mr. Black.  Afraid her image of him would be wrong, but even more afraid it would be right and he really was the man he depicted in his letters.
She shouldn’t have allowed it, the private correspondence, but it had been innocent enough.  In the beginning.  A simple flirtation with someone she’d never meet.  But now, the thought of actually meeting him terrified and thrilled her at the same time. Now she had to go.  Maggie released a rather breathless sigh.  She blinked repeatedly against the harsh sunlight.  So Mr. Black was getting what he’d asked for after all.  Much to her dismay.

Books in series:
About the author:
Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.

In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

Author's Giveaways

Giveaway 1
Prize: A $50 Amazon GC
There will be one winner.
The winner will be notified via email and has 48hs to respond, otherwise a new winner will be drawn.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway 2
Prize: A Paperback copy of FIERY BRIDE by CYNTHIA WOOLF.
There will be one winner.
The winner will be notified via email and has 48hs to respond, otherwise a new winner will be drawn. a Rafflecopter giveaway


Unknown said...

Great GP! Thanks for sharing!

woolfcindy said...

Thank you for having me here today. I appreciate it.

Theresa said...

I haven't read any of her books. Thank you for introducing her to me.

Mimi Smith said...

Haven't read any yet. Just another thing for my TBR mountain. Thanks for the giveaway!

CCAM said...

@Mimi- You are soooo right! Our TBR lists are in fact some real big mountains!!!

Chaotic Karma said...

Not yet, but must!

~Veronica Vasquez~

Anonymous said...

Haven't read Ms. Woolf yet...love historical romance and with western added to the mix, hot dang that makes it even better! Great excerpt! :)

Unknown said...

No, I haven't read any of her books

Unknown said...

I haven't read any of her books but everything has a start :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Aline Tobing said...

Unfortunately, I haven't read any of her books.

Melissa Leal said...

I read The Swords of Gregara. The story was an ok scifi love story. Kind of short

Unknown said...

Not yet.. :(

Jan Hougland said...

Hello again, Cynthia. I was away for a few days on a mini vacay over the holiday weekend, but I wanted to say hi again. I really want to read your Fiery Bride book, but I also want to get the first two books in this series so I'm gonna go shopping on Amazon. I hope you've been enjoying your tour. jdh2690@gmail.com

Kim Reid said...

No, I haven't yet but hope to soon!

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I haven't read any, but looking forward to.