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Monday, October 29, 2012

Author Interview with Cynthia Gail

Hello and Welcome Cynthia! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and 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.

Is Winter’s Magic a single title, or part of a series? Tell us about your characters.
Winter’s Magic is the first of four books in my Music City Hearts series. Spring’s Surprise, Summer’s Family Affair, and Fall’s Redeeming Grace will follow in 2013.

Beth Sergeant is probably my favorite heroine in the series. Her parents were middle-class, but found a way to send her to the most prestigious, private high school in Nashville, Tennessee. While the invaluable experience prepared her for college, she never felt as if she fit in.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. At the age of thirty, he’s built his own business and experienced enough of life to realize everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick's dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick's past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

What were your inspirations for the story?
Spring’s Surprise was actually the first book I wrote in the series. When I had it edited, it was suggested that I write a book just for Beth. The moment the words sunk in, I knew I had to tell her story. She’s such a wonderful person, with a strong personality and giving spirit. Both she and Nick overcome a lot of personal tragedy and find healing and peace in each other.

When did the writing bug first bite?
I started writing in the fall of 2009. I kept it a secret until I’d finished two and a half full manuscripts. I finally broke down and told my best friend what I was doing. You can imagine my surprise when a few days later she introduced me to Trish Milburn, an award-winning author she grew up with. Trish just happens to live here in Nashville and took me under her wing. She edited my first manuscript, introduced me to RWA and the local chapter. She also gave me a list of books to read and encouraged me to take on-line classes. It’s been an amazing journey.

Who are your favorite authors, book/series?
The list is long. Lisa Kleypas was the first romance author that really caught me. A book publisher gave me an autographed hardcover of Sugar Daddy and guaranteed I would love it. She was right. I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the Travis series and quickly found the Wallflowers. Before I knew it, I’d read every one of her historicals.

I also follow Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, J.R. Ward, Susan Mallery, Karen Marie Moning, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Ashley, Emma Wildes, Anne Stuart, Sabrina Jeffries, and Victoria Dahl. And that’s just a start…

What is your most favorite childhood memory?
Christmas Eve was one of the few times during the year that my family held traditions. We started by going to Minsky’s and picking up our favorite meat lover’s pizza. By the time we got home, Mom would have bread dough rising in front of the wood-burning fireplace. We’d all pile up on the couch and loveseat and eat pizza while watching Miracle on 34th Street. (The 1947 version with Natalie Wood).

On Christmas morning, Mom would use the bread dough to make the most amazing cinnamon rolls. Melt in your mouth—to die for—butter and brown sugar—lick your fingers, kind of amazing!

Then we opened our presents. My mom didn’t use nametags. She would wrap all of my presents in the same paper, all of my sister’s in a different paper, and so on. My sisters and I wouldn’t know, until Christmas morning, which set of presents was ours. Then we’d put everything away, get cleaned up, and go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

What are some ways that you like to relax?
Girly stuff. I love to get a facial, a pedicure, and have my hair and nails done. A good book. Our neighbors have a boat they keep on Old Hickory Lake and we find ourselves regular guests on Sunday afternoons. I like to entertain, grill, and relax with friends on the patio. Life is busy, but even on the most chaotic weekend, I try to chisel out a fraction of time for just me.

Boxers, briefs or commando? Silk boxers

Favorite eye color? Color is irrelevant—it’s the silent command in his gaze that matters!

Winter's Magic
by Cynthia Gail
Contemporary Romance

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women he’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

You can find Winter's Magic at the below links!
Amazon link http://amzn.to/PdYIyf
Barnes & Noble link http://bit.ly/RnxlBC
Soul Mate Publishing link http://bit.ly/VwT9ZI


Beth made her way over to the tree to get a closer view. Several handmade pieces intermingled with the sparkling crystal ornaments and gold strands of glass beads. She fingered the row of cotton balls that ran along the edge of a red felt Santa hat. On the top, in glitter writing, it said 1982. “Who made these?”

Nick laughed, but when she turned her head, she caught a hint of sadness in his eyes. “I made them with my mother when I was in grade school. Every year, on the first day of holiday break, we would go to the craft store and buy materials to make a dozen ornaments.”

“A dozen?” She wondered how a person ever got over losing a parent, much less losing both. Or if you even could. And his poor grandfather, losing a child ... Her chest tightened at the thought.

“One for our tree at home, one for Grandfather’s, several neighbors, and the mailman. And I’ll never forget Mrs. Sawyer at the bakery. She used to give me a free cinnamon roll when I came in with my grandfather.”

“We weren’t very crafty at my house. But Mom and I would bake like a storm. Candy, cookies, fudge. We always took packages to our neighbors on Christmas Eve, right before we went to church for Midnight Mass.”

“Do you still go?” The reflection of the tree lights sparkled in his eyes as he spoke. At this very moment, he didn’t look, or act, like the city’s most eligible bachelor. She could feel her resolve slipping. She needed Jenny.

“I haven’t been in years. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been since I graduated high school.”

“I haven’t, either. You can imagine my surprise when Grandfather asked me to take him this year.” He glanced back at the tree. “Would you like to come with us?”

You can find Cynitha Gail at the following links.


Cynthia is giving away a copy of Winter's Magic and a swag pack (includes chocolate) to one lucky commenter. Please leave your email address in you comment. 
Also, Cynthia is hosting a Facebook release day party on Friday, november 2, from 3-6pm EST. Lots of games and prizes. http://on.fb.me/TORH3y


  1. Hi Cynthia,

    When my son was born, my husband and I started the tradition to have cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. He actually made them for several years until he burnt them one Christmas and we had to give them to our dog! Since then we buy Sister Schubert's Cinnamon rolls. They are delicious for store bought rolls and bake beautifully every time! :)

    I love how your mother used different color paper for everyone's Christmas gifts, revealing which color belonged to each family member on Christmas morning! That saved a lot of 'present shaking' I'm sure! How fun for you and your sisters.

    Can't wait to buy Winter's Magic and read it on my kindle!


    1. I'm going to try to make my mom's recipe this year, but I'll make sure to have Sister Schubert's on hand for backup. I love to bake, especially in the winter. But homemade dough can be tricky!
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the read.

  2. Great interview and excerpt. Christmas Eve is special to me it is a time to be with family. I'm looking forward to reading Winter's Magic.

    1. Isn't it funny that no matter how busy we are, Christmas Eve and Christmas day we put everything on hold to spend with family. It's so wonderful. I vote for a Christmas holiday in July so we don't wait an entire year.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  3. great post! Looking very much forward to reading it!

    1. Thank you. Don't you just love the name of this blog? Can't wait to hear what you think of the book.

  4. What can I say...as your best friend I am ever so proud of you and amazed at your talents. I remember reading the 1st one and you asking me what I thought and I was just astounded that you could just up and decide to start writing and it be so very good!! I am excited for everyone to read your books and see what a great author you are:) Ready for the rest of the series to roll out....Love ya and congrats!!
    Angie Sloan

    1. Awe. You are so sweet! Thank you for your constant support and encouragement, and for stopping by this morning. It made my day!

  5. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Look forward to reading Winter's Magic.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Jean.
      I'm crossing my fingers for a white Christmas this year. It's been a long time but I hear Tennessee may have a cold one.

  6. Such a fun interview! It definitely put me in a seasonal mood.

    1. Hi, Adrienne. I'm glad you had a minute to stop in today. Thanks!

  7. Great interview! I was on my own mostly through my childhood so I really don't have a lot of good Christmas memories. But after I met my husband he has tried really hard to makes sure I always smile as much of the holiday season as possible. I do love baking with the kids and watching their faces the Christmas morning. Haha, I do cheat and let them open 1 gift on Christmas Eve. I just can't wait until the morning and used to sneak them a gift in their beds at night. Then it sorta became tradition. The book sounds great!

    1. I think we're kindred spirits. I can't wait either and I'm probably the reason why my mom had to use the 'no tag' system. On the flip side, my son knows he just has to give me a hug to get a present early. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Opps forgot to put an email xstitchdiva at att dot net

  9. The book sounds wonderful.

    Best of luck and wishing you many sales!

  10. Lia, I think it's time to post a winner for the day. Drum roll, please ...

    1. Bren's Stitches is our winner. I will email you to get your address. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat. If you'd like to read a sample of chapter one, links to Amazon and B&N are above.

  11. I've found the perfect book to read for the holidays this year! Thank you for the post, the excerpt (which makes me want more) & the giveaway. I cannot wait to read this book. It's going on my TBRs.

    1. Thank you! I hope you like it. Amazon even has part of the first chapter on-line if you want a peek.

  12. Nice interview.