Who doesn’t love a romance series? For my latest blog on the Passionate Writer, I am featuring author Cynthia Gail. Cynthia has written several books and she is here today to spread the word on her latest and recent (May 6th) release – Summer’s Family Affair, Book 3 in the Music City Hearts series. Summer’s Family Affair is a contemporary romance which follows the story of Jenny, a super successful marketing consultant who happens to be surrounded by a group of adoring men, one of whom may have just a little too much interest in her.
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.
KH: Welcome, Cynthia, to my blog, The Passionate Writer.
CG: Thank you for inviting me. I’m excited to be here and have the opportunity to meet some of your followers.
KH: Let’s jump right to the heat level of your book, as readers usually love to know. What is the heat rating for Summer’s Family Affair?
CG: Medium/Hot with sex scenes done as secondary elements to the story itself.
KH: What was the inspiration behind this book?
CG: Summer’s Family Affair is the 3rd book in my Music City Hearts series – Three Best Friends . . . Three Single Hearts . . . All Turning Thirty. These three best friends, Beth (Winter’s Magic), Sara (Spring’s Surprise) and Jenny (Summer’s Family Affair) were roommates in college and they’re as close as sisters. They’re all turning thirty this year and looking for that special someone. Their journeys have all been quite different and they support each other through the ups and downs. I love reading and writing series, because I enjoy following characters not just in their own stories but seeing the after-story, too.
KH: It’s great that you love to write series novels, as readers often love being able to follow a storyline as it continues . . . What will readers love most about your hero/heroine?
CG: I don’t like wimpy characters. So I make all of my leading ladies and their men strong and successful. Yet, everyone has a weak spot. Something that happened to them years ago, something related to the way they were raised, or simply a soft spot in their heart for something specific that I can use in my stories as a hot button to show they’re human. I try to make my characters realistic so my readers can relate. They’re not super heroes and they don’t wear armored suits. They simply want someone to spend the rest of their lives with – someone who will love them and accept them despite their flaws.
KH: That is a wonderfully true observation. I think a lot of young women (and older) would be able to relate to strong female characters, so it’s nice to know your series offers that for readers. Do you have a favorite moment or scene from your book that you would like to share?
CG: There are several touching moments throughout the book related to Jenny and her mother or her work at the children’s hospital. A couple of spots that still make me cry every single time I read them. But my favorite part of any book is the moment two people meet. Their reaction, the chemistry, the circumstances, the sheer surprise that makes their heart race. I’ve attached a separate excerpt of Jenny and Craig’s first meet.
KH: What words best describe your book?
CG: Romantic, Sexy, Real.
KH: Thank you, Cynthia, for dropping by today. Readers, if you would like to get in touch with the author, or grab a copy of any of her books, follow the links below which the author has provided.
Cynthia’s social media links:
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Gail/e/B009WQTTQE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1426743860&sr=8
You can also get in touch with Cynthia at: mailto:Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy link: Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Gail/e/B009WQTTQE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1426743860&sr=8-1
Check out the amazing cover for Summer’s Family Affair:
Read on for a description and excerpt of Summer’s Family Affair.
Jenny Cohen defines successful independence: she put herself through college, couldn’t ask for better friends, owns a consulting firm, wears designer clothes, and just moved into her dream home . . . But she’s alone, except for her ailing mother whom she supports in a nursing home. As the marketing consultant for Chester, Dorsey & Tanner, she’s surrounded by male attention. Too bad it’s the overly-protective big-brother type.
Architect, Craig Stone, hasn’t looked at another woman since his wife passed away four years ago. His time is taken—building a career while trying to be both mother and father to his eight-year-old son. But when his appointment with the largest development firm in Nashville is double-booked with a black-haired beauty, he finds himself reaching for new possibilities.
The attraction sets off more fireworks than the Fourth of July. Yet, their relationship is riddled with issues neither one of them expected. Somewhere in the middle they must find a way to compromise or let go of a chance for love they may never find again.
All thought froze, as a beautiful voice cut through the near-silence of the room. Craig stared at the portfolio for just a second more before turning his attention to the front desk. He couldn’t see far enough around the corner to get a good view. What he did see . . . a pair of black strappy stilettos.
“Better you than me. He’s in an awful mood. Jeffry was out for just three days and his temp messed up the entire week’s schedule.”
Craig quietly moved down the row of chairs. Though his line of sight was much improved, he still couldn’t see the face behind the voice.
“You know it’s only going to get worse. It’s just Monday. How bad is it, really?”
She must be leaning over the desk, because her voice was now a faint whisper and the scene that greeted him was a firm derriere and a pair of runner’s legs that made his heart skip a beat.
“I’m not sure. I do know that you’re double-booked with the gentleman sitting across the room. Don’t look now.” Someone cleared their throat. “He’s a new architect Nick’s consulting with on the expansion designs. Too expensive to reschedule. Sorry.”
“Brandon’s supposed to be part of their meeting and the temp had it on his calendar for noon tomorrow, instead of nine today.”
“I guess I can take second place. Only because it puts Brandon at my mercy. Tell Jeffry to come to the lobby and we’ll work it out. I’m always flexible, especially when it gives me an edge.”
The women laughed, a beautiful melody that rang through his entire being. Craig watched as she straightened and he could now see long, wavy black hair, falling against a ruby-red silk blouse. She reminded him of a Victoria Secrets model—long and lean, with a hint of curve.
“That’s why I like you so much. It’ll be a few minutes, if you’d like to have a seat.”
Craig shifted his attention back to the contract in his hand and purposefully read the title five more times. Slowly. He listened as her shoes clicked across the hardwood floor, waiting until the sound stopped before turning in her direction. She’d taken the chair he’d previously occupied and was sliding her phone into a black designer clutch.
Then she greeted him with a smile that still held a spark of amusement. He took a deep breath and swallowed. She had a hint of summer tan that made her skin glow, a touch of sheer gloss on her lips, and chocolate-brown eyes that instantly warmed him to the core.
His throat went suddenly dry and his mind raced for something to say. He stared silently, feeling like a teenage boy who’d never spoken to a girl before. Somehow, he found his footing and stood, then walked over to the chair next to hers. “Craig Stone.”
Buy links for books #1 and #2 in the series:
Winter’s Magic http://amzn.to/1Gsi6OM
Spring’s Surprise http://amzn.to/1Np002k