Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Top Five Romance Authors Who Influenced My Writing by Cynthia Woolf and Giveaway!

Redeemed by a Rebel (Destiny in Deadwood #1)
by Cynthia Woolf
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Page Count: 284
Release Date: February 7th 2014
Publisher: self-published
Genres: Romance, Western, Historical

Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancée from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process. Now he's on the run, hunted by one of her murderers and tormented by the need for vengeance.

Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father's fists, including slave away at their mine. Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for herself somewhere far, far away from Deadwood. But then Jake arrives and does the unthinkable: forces her to feel, to hope... and to love.

Jake would give his life to protect Becky, but all he can offer her is a broken heart, a criminal's life, and a past haunted by failure. How can he save her when he's already lost himself? When the devil catches up to him, will he destroy everything, or can the beautiful rebel redeem Jake's lost soul?
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Romance Authors Who Influenced My Writing

  1. Johanna Lindsey, especially her westerns, Savage ThunderAngel, and, of course, the entire Mallory series
  2. Julie Garwood, especially her historicals Lyon’s Lady, Honor’s Splendor, and Gentle Warrior
  3. Amanda Quick, before she got into the paranormal stuff. Specifically her early historicals Mistress, Seduction, Scandal, and Ravished
  4. Catherine Coulter, who wrote the Song trilogy, the Night Fire trilogy, the Bride series, and the Magic series
  5. Victoria Holt, expecially On the Night of the Seventh Moon, Pride of the Peacock, and The Lord of Far Island

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 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.


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