Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Author Cynthia Eden Visits

It’s my pleasure to welcome award-winning author Cynthia Eden back to Thoughts in Progress as the special guest blogger during her virtual blog tour.

Cynthia is touring to highlight her two new books, DEADLY HEAT, which was released yesterday, Feb. 1; and DEADLY LIES, which will be released March 1. Thanks to Cynthia, Anna and the good folks at Hachette Book Group I have three sets of these two books to give away. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway guidelines.

Here’s a brief synopsis of each of the books:
DEADLY HEAT (ISBN:9780446559263) - Six months after her lover died in an arsonist's blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI's elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned - not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.

Kenton's interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can't get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case - and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can't hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer's sadistic, fiery game.

DEADLY LIES (ISBN:9780446559256) - FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn't fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.

One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn't who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.

Cynthia stopped by today to answer a question for me. With 2 books coming out within a month of each other, did you finish one before starting the other or did you go back and forth between the plots with some type of writing log to keep everything straight?

Writing a series can be a challenge, and when the books are slated to come out in a back-to-back fashion, well, to me, it makes the series actually easier to write.

When I wrote my three Deadly books (DEADLY FEAR, DEADLY HEAT, and DEADLY LIES), I wrote all three books in order. I didn’t want to bounce back and forth between the books as I created the stories because I wanted to establish a character development timeline with the books.

So, I started writing DEADLY FEAR, and the book led me down some unexpected paths with the characters. As I wrote, I began to keep a log so that I could follow all of the major plot shifts.

As soon as I finished DEADLY FEAR (okay, to be honest, I took a week off between books to recharge my brain!), then I immediately began to write DEADLY HEAT, my story of an FBI Special Agent who must team up with a fire fighter in order to stop a serial arsonist. It was very easy for me to get into the hero’s point of view because Special Agent Kenton Lake had appeared in DEADLY FEAR. I already knew a great deal about him and his character’s motivation, so I was able to dive right into his tale. It took a little longer to get a firm grasp on my heroine, Lora Spade, because she was a new character. But as I wrote, the story developed nicely for me.

Then, as soon as I was finished with DEADLY HEAT—yes, I
took another week break, but then I jumped into writing DEADLY LIES.

Because I wrote the stories in such a close time fashion, I could maintain a link to the connecting characters. I was already “in” their minds, so assuming their various points of view was a smooth transition. To keep plot facts straight, I double-checked my log. My log was a Word file I’d created that included profiles of all my FBI Agents (their training, education, weaknesses, etc.). I kept the file open as I wrote so that I could double check my facts quickly.

This was the first time I’ve ever written three books in a series back-to-back this way. I’ve got to say—it was a great way to hold tight to the characters. 

I hope readers enjoy my Deadly world and all the characters that inhabit the pages of my books. I’d also like to know—Readers, what do you like most about reading a series? 

Thanks for checking out my post!

Cynthia, thanks for blogging here today and giving us a look at what it’s like to write three books back-to-back.

A little background on Cynthia. She writes paranormal romances and romantic suspense novels. She is currently very busy writing her stories for Grand Central Publishing and Kensington Brava. Cynthia has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). She has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories. For more on Cynthia and her writing, check out her website at

Now the giveaway guidelines. To enter this giveaway, send me an e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win DEADLY BOOKS.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Hachette is advising winners that they will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail. (Winners here have always be great about letting me know if they have already won the book somewhere else so another winner can be selected. However, this announcement is something that has to be passed along from Hachette). And, just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at one of the 3 sets of the DEADLY series (416-page DEADLY HEAT and 400-page DEADLY LIES) will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Feb. 12.


  1. Cynthia, thanks for stopping by today. I can see where writing a series back-to-back could have its advantages. Best of luck.

  2. All three sound like a great read, Cynthia. Three in a row is quite a feat but I can see where it would keep your characterization tight. Log would be vital. Now I have to go find out what else you've written.

    Mason, thanks for calling attention to another author I hadn't read. I love a good suspense.

  3. Looks like a great series, Cynthia! I like the idea of your log. I have something sort of similar but not as well-organized...a kind of cheat-sheet to keep me straight. I may try to build on that. Thanks for the tip!

  4. I read Deadly Fear and I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

    Are you planning anymore three-book romantic suspense series?

  5. Mason - Thanks for hosting Cynthia.

    Cynthia - I really like the idea of writing your books back-to-back-to-back that way. I'm sure it's easier to keep the "creative juices" flowing that way. Thanks for sharing the way you went about it!

  6. Cynthia is looking lovely in that beautiful black dress :)

  7. Wow, I'd have more than one log going on keeping three books going consecutively! As a reader, I like the familiarity that comes with a series, like I'm meeting up with old friends once I begin the 2nd or 3rd book.

  8. These books are the kind of series I like to read because the focus goes from character to character and doesn't stay focused on just one. Thanks for stopping by. And thanks for hosting, Mason.

    Now I'm off to enter the giveaway :)

  9. Hi, Mason! Thank you so much for having me back! I had a great time answering your interview questions. And thank you for hosting the giveaway!

    Hi, Sia! Thanks for checking out the giveaway. When I wrote these 3 books, I became so attached to the characters that I actually missed writing about them when the stories were finished!

  10. Thank you, Elizabeth! Cheat sheets can be *very* helpful! :-)

    Thank you, Dru! And right now, I am working on some proposals. Trying to plot some new RS ideas.

  11. Morning, Margot! I hope to be able to write another series this way. It was so nice to be able to stay with those characters.

    LOL, thanks, Dezmond!

  12. Joanne, I enjoy that familiarity when I'm reading stories, too. It's nice to check back in with the characters.

    Glad to hear you enjoy these types of books, carol! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  13. These books look/sound AWESOME!!! I just sent my mailing address. And how fun! I don't know if Cynthia's still around, but I live right across the bay from Mobile (in Baldwin County). Hi, Cynthia! (waves)

    Thanks, Mason~ :o) <3

  14. Oooo, these look too good not to enter. I'm sending my e-mail.

  15. Thanks for introducing us to Cynthia, and the books sound very interesting. Best wishes for many sales!

  16. Thank you, LTM! We're neighbors! Great to meet someone else who lives along the Gulf Coast. :-)

  17. That must be nice to go into it with several books planned. I'm working on a sequel I never planned!

  18. Congrats on the new release, Cynthia. I do hope you'll write another romantic suspense series.

  19. Sounds like a series I'd really enjoy :)

    I like series because I get very connected to the characters and have a hard time letting them go!

  20. Hi, Alex! Surprise sequels can be fun--hope your story is working out well for you.

  21. Thank you, Jane! I love writing RS, so I hope to be able to write more.

  22. Thanks, Jemi--and I'm the same way! I don't want to let go!


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