Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Romance Author's Real-Life Romance Story by Cynthia Woolf and Giveaway!

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Heiress Bride (Matchmaker & Co. #2)
Cynthia Woolf

Heiress Ella Davenport survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life was saved in exchange for savage scars that marred her beautiful face. Her friends—socialites—showed their true colors, casting Ella aside like damaged goods and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can’t buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail-order bride. Matchmaker & Co. is her one chance to start over and leave the pain and betrayal far behind.

Ten years ago, Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho heritage. It didn’t matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed; even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. He moved and rebuilt everything that had been taken from him. He has it all... except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him, but Nathan's battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. until he actually meets her. Fierce desire and an even more dangerous hope roar back to life within him—two things he swore never to indulge in again.

As for love? For these two battered souls, that's the biggest risk of all.

My Real-Life Romance Hero

I met my husband, Jim in 1976. We both worked at the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office in Golden, Colorado at the time. I had just had a car accident and had returned to work for about a week before I realized that the guy at one of the appraiser's desks was an employee and not a taxpayer.

There was a group of us that went for drinks after work sometimes, which led us to seeing more of each other. Then he started dating my roommate, who also worked with us. Jim and I became good friends and I began attending game nights at his friend's house; it became a regular part of our lives for years.

After dating for maybe a year, Jim and my roommate broke up and he and I started dating. We dated on and off for ten years. Then after one of our dates he stayed over and never left. We lived together for another ten years.

When Jim asked me to marry him, he actually made me crazy. We were at one of our local restaurants having dinner when he said, “I want to tell you something.”

I said, “Okay. What is it?”

He got up and said, “Hold that thought. I’ll be right back.” Then he left.

I waited. All the while wondering what in the world he might want to tell me. Of course, I have a vivid imagination and came up with horrible scenarios. The first thing that cme into my addled brain was that he was breaking up with me and didn’t want me to make a scene, so was doing it in public. It never, ever occurred to me that after living together for ten years he might want to get married, but that’s what happened. He came back to the table, took my hand and said, “I think we should get married.”

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I burst into tears and said, “Why?” Now, what woman in their right mind asks ‘why’ when a man asks them to marry him?

He was all worried because I was crying and said, “Don’t cry. I thought it would make you happy.”

I nodded, hiccupped and said, “I am happy and yes, I’ll marry you.”

He just shook his head.

We were married six weeks later, on the night of a blue moon. It must have been good luck because we’ve been married almost seventeen years now.

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.

Cynthia was and still is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week, which is how young Cynthia caught 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, giving little time to write. In 1990, she found that she missed writing and wrote stories with friends. In 1992, she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. In 2000, she saw an ad in the paper for a writer's conference hosted 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 accredits 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.


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