Author Guest Post
WHOA! That Guy On My Cover Is H-H-HOT!
The response to the cover of To the Breaking Pointe has been nothing less than entertaining. Every time I show the book to any woman I get the exact same reaction. First their eyes widen—sometimes I think I’m going to have to pick their eyeballs off the floor for them, then their jaw drops open, they suck in a little air—let it out slowly, and then they all say the same thing: “Oh my God, he is sooo hot!”
Yep, and that’s when the questions start. “Who is he?”
They are always amazed when I say that I know who he is and I have talked with him through Facebook, and made arrangements for the photograph through the same social network. That’s right, I found Stuart Tomlinson on Facebook. I also found Stuart Reardon—from the cover of Into the Crossfire (book #1 from First Force) on FB.
See? Social networking does work!
Mr. Tomlinson was a pro footballer in the UK until a knee injury. Most recently he has taken on another career (quite successfully) as a model. He has been featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine several times. He is also part of the WWF and WFC in Orlando. I’m not absolutely certain, but I believe that he is available, ladies!
Anyway, Stuart is always posting his latest modeling photos on his FB page, and when this particular picture came through my feeds I immediately thought it would be perfect for the cover of To the Breaking Pointe. That’s not to say that the photograph didn’t have to be “edited”. Stuart has a huge tattoo that stretches across his expansive chest and all the way down his right arm. Because the First Force storylines are about special operatives, the tattoo could not be left in the picture. Special ops are not permitted to have large tattoos such as the one that Stuart wears because of identification purposes. My graphic designer worked for several hours to remove the tattoo from the photograph and to blend the skin tones. We also had to make my name on the cover larger and add some shading to hide… stuff.
So, is the story within the pages of To the Breaking Pointe as hot as the cover? I think so. My first book series, Unbridled, has suggestive scenes within its storylines, but for the First Force Series I have tossed my inhibitions into the wind to write those bedroom scenes that I’ve longed to pen but was too shy while working with my first series. The Unbridled Series will continue to have suggestive material for those who prefer the love scenes to be a little less descriptive, but in the First Force Series I won’t be slamming the bedroom door in the reader’s face. That said the storylines will carry all the suspense, twists, and turns that I love to write, and characters that you will miss after you’ve finished reading the book, and have you clamoring for the next book: Into the Dark—coming in 2015.
For more information on To the Breaking Pointe or Into the Crossfire/First Force Series and all of Cindy McDonald’s books please visit her website at: www.cindymcwriter.com.
About The Author
For twenty-six years Cindy McDonald's life whirled around a song and a dance: she was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered!) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series so far.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force.
People are always asking Cindy: do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, To the Breaking Pointe.
To the Breaking Pointe by Cindy McDonald
Book 2: First Force Series
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
Format: Paperback - 250 pages
Kindle - 1449 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: To The Breaking Pointe
BUY THE SERIES: First Force Series
Book 1: Into The Crossfire
Book 2: To The Breaking Pointe
Book 3: Into The Dark - Coming in 2015
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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 Tours.
Pushed to the breaking pointe!
Five years ago First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance right of his life. Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company.
The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia forces her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties. Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties—until an American financier offers to bail the failing ballet company out. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire. Against her will, Silja is taken to the American's mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant: HELP!
Now Grant is on a mission to find his lost ballerina and rescue her from this powerful man's subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive. If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?
My Book Review:
To The Breaking Pointe is a riveting romantic suspense story that takes the reader on one hell of an exhilarating roller coaster ride. Author Cindy McDonald weaves an intriguing suspense thriller that transports the reader between Russia and the US as they follow First Force operative Grant Ketchum, as he tries to rescue his lost love Silja Ramsay, a Russian principal ballerina with the Novikov Ballet Company, from the clutches of a ruthless wealthy American financier.
This is a gripping tale that easily draws the reader in from the beginning, and keeps them captivated and in suspense until the dramatic conclusion. This complex and multi-layered story follows Grant, who with the help and protection from his First Force team, travels to the other side of the world to rescue his unrequited love.
To The Breaking Pointe is the second book in the First Force Series. This is an exciting and fast-paced page-turner of a tale that has enough suspense, murder and romance, intriguing characters, and so many surprising twists and turns that will keep the reader on their toes. You can't help but get drawn into the story, the author provides a richly descriptive and compelling tale that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat guessing what will happen next. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved how the author called upon her past dancing experience to weave a lovely romantic tale that takes the reader behind the curtains of the ballet world and mixed it with intrigue and suspense that is sure to keep the reader riveted until the surprising conclusion!
If you are looking for a riveting romantic suspense novel that will take you on a heart pumping adrenaline rush of a thrill ride, than look no further ... To The Breaking Pointe is a powerful story that will leave you breathless!
RATING: 4 STARS
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