Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Authors After Dark Spotlight with Cynthia Eden + giveaway

Would you tell everyone a little about yourself?
Sure thing! First up—thanks so much for having me over today. I’m glad to be here! And to introduce myself…my name is Cynthia Eden, and I write sexy paranormal romances (lots of demons, vampires, shifters and fallen angels) and dark romantic suspense stories (serial killers, sexy cops, tough military heroes). I’m a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and romance novels. ;)

What sub-genre do you write?
Whoops—sorry! Answered that in question one (that will teach me to read ahead). I mainly write paranormal romance and romantic suspense.

Who/what is your writing muse? And in what environment or conditions do you write?
I don’t know that I actually have a muse. Or maybe just *everything* inspires me—because that truly seems to be the case. I get story ideas from the smallest of things, all the time.

When I write, I like to have a quiet environment so that I can focus on the story. Before my fingers start tapping on the keyboard, I listen to some music to put me in the right mind-set for my scene (driving, hard music works particularly well for action scenes). Then, when it’s time to write, I get busy—and I don’t usually stop until I meet my daily page goal.

What are you working on at this time?
Right now, I am working on a military romance for Harlequin Intrigue. I’m loving this book! It’s a reunited lovers story that features one very twisted villain. After this tale, I’ll be turning my attention back to a new paranormal romance. I’ve got a vampire waiting on me.

Fun questions:
Dog or Cat? Dog
Comfy or Formal? Comfy
Denim or Leather? Denim
Wine or Beer? Wine
Mountaintop or Oceanside? Oceanside
Boxers, briefs or commando for your hero? Commando

Blurb for Angel Betrayed, the upcoming July 2012 release from Kensington Brava:

Sammael—call him Sam—was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn't working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what's making his life difficult is a bad girl…

Seline O'Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she's not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam's virtue is questionable, but he's smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she's getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…

“So you need protection.” His stare narrowed on her. “What, exactly, does that mean?” He paused. “Do you need a guard? Someone to watch over you? Or…” His left hand rose. His fingers curved under her cheek and his thumb brushed over her lips. Her breath caught, and her heart raced in her chest. “Do you want me to kill someone for you, Seline?”

Killing would be easy for him. Sometimes, she worried it might become too easy for her. “I-I don’t know what do to. I’ve been hiding, and I thought I was safe, but they found me.”

“They?” His right hand still cradled her thigh and seemed to scorch her flesh.

“His friends. They know what I did, and they aren’t the kind of men you can just walk away from.” She let fear seep into her voice. The better to sound weak. Such a lie. “They’re dangerous, Sam, and they’ve got a lot of power.”

His gaze searched hers. Then his mouth dipped close to hers. Seline stopped breathing. He was going to kiss her and her hormones would go wild. Control. She had to stay in—

He didn’t kiss her. He smiled. And dammit, she’d actually been pressing up on her toes to get closer to him.

Heat stained her cheeks. I don’t blush. But she was—or rather, she’d started blushing since she met Sam. He made her too uncomfortable.

“What makes you think I’m the kind of man who offers protection?”

She didn’t think he’d give her protection. She wasn’t a fool. He wasn’t the protecting kind.

He was the killing kind.

She wet her lips and felt the tension mount in his body. “I know what you are.” Half-truth. She knew what he wasn’t. She was still working on the rest. Out of a thousand possibilities, she’d narrowed down the choices to a top five list—and nothing on that list was good.

“And what’s that?”

Now this was the dangerous part. If she’d calculated wrong, he could attack her. Good thing she wasn’t very easy to kill. "You’re not human.” This she knew with absolute certainty. Demons didn’t play guard bitch to humans. The food chain didn’t work that way.

No change of expression crossed his face. But his head came closer to hers and his lips—why would that cruel edge be sexy?—pressed against her mouth. She expected the kiss to be hard and rough. What else? But when his mouth took hers, it was just…a taste.

His tongue licked her lips and stroked inside her mouth. Slow. Easy. As if he were sampling her.

Her tongue slipped to meet his. To taste. To want.


When he pulled back, she had to fight to keep her hands off him. Or rather, she had to fight not to yank the guy back and take a lot more from him. Dangerous.

His gaze studied her a moment, and she barely dared to breathe. “I’m not human,” he finally agreed, his voice a deep rumble. “But neither are you, sweetheart. Neither are you.”


Open Internationally
April 4-7, 2012 (midnight)

Cynthia is giving away an Advance Reader Copy of Angel Betrayed to one lucky commenter who answers: Do you prefer a single type of paranormal character in your romance story or several different types interacting with each other throughout the story? Why?


  1. Wow, that's a hot excerpt! I'm so behind, I still haven't read 'Angel of Darkness' yet! I have it on my TBR list. I would love to win this second book in the series!!

    To answer your question, I'm a fan of good story lines & as long as the story makes sense & has a good h/h HEA, I'm a happy girl :) There can be just those two or a whole family/clan storyline & as long as its well written & not forced, I'm good. I do think that the series that have several differnt type of Paranormal characters interacting with each other are more likely to make me laugh, which iws always a plus. I love the way the werewolves think they're better than the vampires who think they're better than the demons that think they're better than the Fae and so on. Lol. Kresley Cole's IAD series does this well & always keep me laughin'!

    Thanks for the chance to win =)
    ~Selena Mc
    redzsm (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. *wipes brow* Sphew! I Like it Alot! wow, I can't even get my thoughts together, and the fact I'm a sucker for angels anyway,,,*deep breath* First thanks for the opportunity to win a copy, and 2nd , to answer your question,,,I have read alot of books, and I have to say that I perfer to have several different types interacting through the story, its my opinion that it makes the story more exciting, and makes my mind work, and I can try and figure out what might happen and then be totally taken away with what the outcome is,,,and also when you have more than one, there is always that hopeful chance that the author can and will continue with a story line, ,,
    Thanks again!
    Jennifer B.

  3. Iread both but my preference is when there are several different types. I think it keeps things interesting and never boring. As long as the author doesn't go overboard and mix it all up.

  4. It really depends on how the author words everything. If they write well enough to only do one type of character, then I'm all for it. I think the multiple types of paranormal characters is slightly more interesting (at least to me), but if there are too many mentioned it takes away from the book.

    Thanks for having a giveaway!

  5. Hi, Selena! Thank you! I'm also a huge fan of Kresley's IAD series--A Hunger Like No Other addicted me!

    So glad you liked the excerpt, Jennifer! Thank you! And thanks for such a great response!

  6. Hi, Maria! I like the mix, too...for the same reason--keeps things interesting. ;)

    Thanks for entering the giveaway, LilyElement! And I'm with you--it all depends on what the author can do. While I enjoy reading books with a mix of characters, I can also easily be drawn into a story that is just about vampires or just about werewolves.

  7. I have read different types and it depends on the writers. Sometimes it gets too confusing if the author writes too many different types all at once or each type doesn't get enough coverage....

  8. I love when different being come together. It always makes for interesting conflicts!

  9. I prefer a single type of paranormal story so the reader won't get confused and familiar with the character. Actually, it's ☺ќæŸ;) if you want to mix several different character as long as you give the same attention to each character so no character becomes too exposed or to be the main centered in the story.

  10. I don't mind if it's just one paranormal character or a cast of paranormal characters and they're a mix of types. Just give me more PNR.

    TXBookjunkie [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. Wow, what a great excerpt(fanning self). Love Cynthia's books. This book looks great. Now I want to know what she is? I wonder. thanks for the giveaway.

  12. WOWzers......yep I will be reading that one too!

  13. I love when paranormal characters interact... I love cynthia's books... She does them so good. I love when shifters and vampires interact, when angels and demons interact... I also love you know the hero is so badass and question his motives... That is why i can't wait to read about Sam... He got me hooked on him in Angel of Darkness and I was like Sam's book has to be next.. Glad I wasn't wrong. Love you Cynthia keep them books coming.

  14. Wow, nice excerpt!! I'm fine with any type of interactions, just so long as I get my HEA, a nice development process for the romance and some butt-kicking action. :D


  15. Oh, wow, I can't wait to get my hands on this book! And the cover looks really-really beautiful!

    “I’m not human, but neither are you, sweetheart.” Hmm, that sounds great :) I prefer when there's different type of characters in a story because it always complicates things, so it never gets boring and always has something new and interesting :)

  16. oh several different types definitely! It keeps the book interesting.


  17. I'm not entering since I won a copy already :). I just wanted to wish everyone luck and thank you once again for the great reads. By the way I like the paranorms interacting. It just seems more natural to me. But then again that's a human way of looking at things ;).

  18. I like when it's a group interacting-- I love when the focus is on a couple, but the story also includes interactions with a group to give us continuing peeks into their lives, plus I love witty banter between characters:)

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  19. Excellent point, May! And I'm all for equal coverage of those paranormals.

    Hi, Tamara! I love the conflicts that can emerge with all those characters.

    Juliana, do you have a favorite paranormal character that you enjoy?

  20. LOL, Eva, that's how I feel!

    So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Christine! As far as what she is...there are some surprises waiting in the book regarding that. ;)

    Thank you, Lisamoss!

  21. Hey, Jeannie! Thank you so much!! I like those badass heroes--they can be so fierce and fun! And, um, maybe a little scary.

    CYP, those HEAs are a must for me! Real life can be too depressing. I've got to have the HEA!

  22. Keetra, I love that cover! Kensington did a great job with it!

    I'm all for interesting, Froggy!

    Hey, Victoria! Thanks for coming by--it is so nice of you to chat with me!

  23. Brenda, group dynamics always make me curious. It's neat to see how people (both real and those in stories) interact and fit in with the others in their lives.

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  25. I really didn't have a preference but have come to find out I like lots of variety. It makes things interesting and keeps my attention.


  26. It depends on the world the characters live in. If the world is more simple or has already been explained I like seeing different creatures interacting but if the world is complex with lots of layers then not too many creatures. Overall I enjoy both types of stories.


  27. I prefer a mix of paranormal characters interacting as it (usually) makes for a more interesting storyline :D However a single paranormal is good too if the rest of the story is intricate and full.

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  29. i love having the different types!! weres and witches and vamps all together is awesome!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca
    (forgot the email)

  30. I love all paranormal creatures in a story the more the merrier

  31. I enjoy different types of paranormal characters in a romance story that interact with each other, especially those characters that don't seem like they'd get along very well, they're always a lot of fun. I think it makes the story more interesting when different paranormal characters clash, or have to join forces to defeat the bad guys.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  32. Those books by Cynthia are always awesome!
    I prefer my paranormal books to have many different types so we can read the difficulties of mixed paranormal cultures.I love it, the more the better!!!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  33. I like a mix of paranormal types in my books. Especially in series romances. It keeps makes for a strong story line.


  34. Hi, Molly! Thanks for coming by & entering the giveaway!

    Na, I love your "it depends" answer b/c that is the case with me, too. Different authors can do such great things with different types of stories--and I love it when I get drawn in!

  35. I agree, Ilona! ;)

    Oh, Alainala, you've just listed 3 of my favorite things!

    Audra, the more the merrier--love that!

  36. And they can sure clash, Barbara--those clashes can make for some dramatic times!

    Thank you, Diane!

    Susan, so glad you enjoy the mix!

  37. Thanks for all of the wonderful responses, everyone! I had a great time chatting today.

  38. I like when there are more than one.It keep things interesting and more story to be told.
    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.Looking forward to reading this.

  39. Holy Hot Excerpt Batman! *fanning myself* I absolutely love escaping into the worlds that you create in your books. I enjoy reading about all types of creatures that go bump in the night and I wholeheartedly believe that variety is the spice of life so I am all for mixing it up in the paranormal world. Please keep writing ~ more...more...more!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and for gifting us all with such incredible stories. ~ aka Darkand Stormynight

  40. I love both kinds. I follow series with just one type of paranormal character and those with multiple kinds. Both types are good, it just really just depends on the story. I have to say that sometimes multiple kinds of characters makes the story interesting, but if there are too many, it can get confusing sometimes remembering who is what.

  41. Actually both. Sometimes I really like one kind of paranormal element. Then sometimes I like a variety..

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  42. I love it when a mix of paranormal being interact.Lynn viehl had a series i read awhile back that had shifters,vamps and higher beings,cant remember name of series now,but they were all names of the hero,like jacob and so on.When different paranormal beings interact makes for a much better story i think. ty for the giveaway.

    deanna_brady at hotmail dot com

  43. I like several different kinds of paranormal creatures in the book because it makes the book more interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  44. I love that cover and the excerpt. I definitely will be reading this series. I like a combination because it does make it interesting and my brain going about what's going to happen next and what surprises are coming with so many different characters. Thanks Cynthia for the opportunity.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  45. Wow! Lots of comments. I have not read anything by this author but this book sounds really good. I am always looking for new books to read and recommend to my friends at work. Thanks!

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  46. definitely lots of them! There is more oportunity for conflict and it is all about the conflict ;)thanks for the chance to win! sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  47. I've liked books with just one type and multiple. I guess I'd go with multiple because your bad guy has to match your good guy in ability otherwise the suspense is gone. Of course, it could be the same type against the same type.

  48. I love both kinds, books with just one kind of paranormal and books with more than one . Great excerpt. I want to know what Seline is.


  49. I would love to be entered to win this one!! I love, love your books, and I can't wait to read this one. It doesn't matter to me if there is more than one paranormal being in a book.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  50. I don't really mind whether I'm reading about one type or many. Shifters, vamps, fae, whatever, as long as the story is good I will read it!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    allison dot westcote at gmail dot com

  51. I prefer either as long as the book holds my attention!

  52. I like the full spectrum of paranormal beings in a story. I always feel like "if one exists, why not others" so books with only one really annoy me. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  53. I like both, but the interactions between different types of creatures, for want of a better word, can be very exciting.


  54. I like the single type paranormal as you usually get a much deeper background but on the other hand I also like several types to see how they play off each other.

    How's that for a whishy-washy answer!

    Congratulation Cynthia on your new book, "Angel Betrayed."

  55. HOT excerpt! Makes me want to read more! As for paranormal characters, and don't really care if there is one type or a variety. As long as there is some romance and passion, I'm happy :)

  56. Just stopping by to say "HI" and I can't wait to meet you at AAD!


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