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!
by Cynthia Gail
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.
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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?”
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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