Author Guest Post
The Story Behind Winter's Magic
By Cynthia Gail
Everyone I know was surprised that I’d written a book. English was a subject I never liked growing up. I was always a math and science girl, I’ve never considered myself creative, and my day job is a retail analyst. That’s miles away from being a romance writer.
But I love to read. A Lot.
Three years ago, my husband was working the early morning shift and always went to bed by eight o’clock. I would stay up reading or watching TV. Then one morning I woke up with a storyline in my head. I was intrigued, but didn’t give it much thought. Then I woke up a second morning with the same storyline—this time it was longer. Eventually, the story grew, just in my head, to be a full chapter. So I decided to write it down.
Instead of reading or watching TV, I started staying up late to write. Sometimes until midnight or later. I had no idea what I was doing, but the ideas kept flowing and I kept writing. I couldn’t wait to see where it would lead. And the further I got into the story, the more I wanted to know the ending.
A full year later, I told my secret to my best friend, Angie, who encouraged me to do something with the two and a half manuscripts I’d finished. Within a week, she introduced me to Trish Milburn, an award-winning author she’d grown up with in Kentucky. Trish just happens to live in Nashville, now, less than ten minutes away from me.
Trish was a godsend. I hired her to edit one of my manuscripts, then she introduced me to RWA and the local chapter. Most of all, she encouraged me and gave me a list of books to read about how to write. The important stuff about goals, motivation, and conflict that all good manuscripts include. I started taking on-line classes and going to workshops on emotional intensity, show vs. tell, and dialogue.
In the spring of 2011, I started entering contests and took every ounce of feedback from the judges to improve my manuscript. By fall, I’d finaled in the Heart of Denver’s Molly contest and decided it was time to query publishers.
I write category length, contemporary romance, which limited the publishers that fit my style. But one of my critique partners landed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing and recommended that I send them a query. On November 12, 2011, Debby offered me a contract.
It’s been a long year, waiting for Winter's Magic to be released. Yet it’s given me time to work on the rest of the Music City Hearts series. Spring's Surprise is under contract for early 2013, Summer's Family Affair is almost ready to submit to my editor, and I’ve just finished the outline for Fall's Redeeming Grace.
About The Author
I hope you enjoy my stories. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.
Cynthia’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Winter's Magic (Book 1 in the Music City Hearts series).
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Winter's Magic by Cynthia Gail (Book 1 - Music City Hearts series)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
Format: eBook - 174 pages / Kindle - 2837 KB / Nook 2 MB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
BUY THE BOOK: Winter's Magic
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.
Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.
My Book Review:
For twenty-nine year old Beth Sergeant, growing up in a middle class Nashville family and attending a wealthy private school, had left her feeling like she never really knew where she truly fit in. And now with the success of her new five star salon and spa, La Bella Vita, she still doesn't feel like she fits in with Nashville's elite crowd. Beth's track record with men has been dismal. She has only had three serious relationships in the past ten years, each one had left her even more insecure and distrustful of men. She vows to never give anyone the opportunity to judge her worth or make her feel like she didn't measure up. Never again. Plus a closely held secret makes her think that she wouldn't be enough for any man to want to marry her.
Thirty-four year old building firm owner Nick Chester was born into the wealthiest family in Nashville. Every woman he has dated over the years has wanted something from him: status, money, influence ... but never just him.
When Nick enters Beth's salon and spa, a spark of attraction is ignited between them ... but is it enough to blossom into some passionate Winter's Magic when a scheming ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend, Nick's past and Beth's secret threaten their fledgling relationship? Or will the magical time of the season bring them everlasting love?
Winter's Magic is a feel good romance story about love at first sight and believing that true love really does conquer all. In her debut novel, author Cynthia Gail weaves a sensuous and passionate tale of romance between a man and woman during the magical Christmas season. Written in the third person narrative and set in the heart of Music City, the reader is transported to scenic Nashville to follow Beth and Nick's story of falling in love. Winter's Magic has a delightful mixture of sexual chemistry, sensuous love scenes, and passionate romance; personal issues; drama and scheming exes that will keep the reader engaged and turning the pages.
With a realistic cast of characters; engaging dialogues and sassy interactions; and a richly detailed description of the glittering holiday setting and sensuous romantic scenes; Winter's Magic is a wonderful romantic story that will simply touch your heart. It is a story that beautifully expresses the sentiment that love really is the greatest gift of all!
Winter's Magic is the first book in the Music City Hearts series.
RATING: 4 STARS ****