Thank you for joining me on the blog! Please help me welcome author Cindi Madsen into the hot seat. If you haven’t read one of Cindi’s books, you definitely should. I’ve loved every story of hers that I’ve read.
Today Cindi is answering a few questions about herself and her writing, and then sharing her latest release Crazy for the Competition, book 2 in the Hope Springs series.
Afterward, check out her giveaway. The link to enter is at the end of the post 🙂
Let’s get going…
Tell us about you in three sentences.
Romance author and reader. Diet Mountain Dew addict. I love shoes, dancing, and laughing with close friends.
Laughing with close friends is one of the best things in life. What’s the first thing we’d see when we walked through your front door?
You can see through the patio doors to my backyard, which is rather green right now thanks to all the rain we’ve had this month.
We’ve had a ton of rain, too. Love all the green 🙂 What did you eat for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs with green chilies and cheese.
Sounds good, Cindi. I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names in Crazy for the Competition?
Heath Brantley is inspired by Gilbert Brantley, so I picked Heath & when I was having trouble coming up with a last name, I just went ahead and used the inspiration. For Quinn Sakata, I had introduced her in Second Chance Ranch. I wanted her to have a unique name to fit her personality & I always liked Quinn. As for her surname, I looked up Japanese surnames & found one that I thought went with Quinn and also fit her.
Love it. Thanks for sharing. What’s the first sentence in your book?
Impressing boyfriends’ parents wasn’t something Quinn Sakata was known for—well, she definitely left an impression, just not the good kind.
Great opening. Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.
I’m gonna go ahead & include when she first sees him in the book, because it’s one of my favorite parts & gives you a good description: The embodiment of every fantasy she’d ever had—every bad boy she’d ever dated or lusted after rolled into one—stepped out from behind the podium, hammer in hand, a light sheen of sweat on his forehead. His arms were ripped and tattooed, his ears pierced, and his jeans and T-shirt snug.
I can see why that’s one of your favorite parts! Nicely done. Where’s your favorite place to write?
I love to write outside when I can get away with it, but sometimes it’s hard with the glare. I recently did a write-in at a friend’s house & that was a ton of fun, so I’d like to fit in a few more here and there.
That sounds fun! What’s the best part about being a published author?
I really love getting messages from readers who love my book. There’s nothing better than that.
Agreed for sure! Use seven words to describe Crazy for the Competition.
Funny, great chemistry, opposites attract, competition, kissing
Okay, I have to admit that your words really makes me curious about this story even more. What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?
I love getting to the end where after so much ups & downs, the couple gets their happy ending & my stress level goes way down. LOL
LOL…I hear you! Care to share with us what you have coming up?
I just released a new adult novel called Getting Lucky Number Seven and I’m planning on writing another book in that series. Then I’ll be working on the next book in the Hope Springs series, which will revolve around Heath’s brother.
I have Lucky Number Seven on my Nook, Cindi. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you again for joining us on the blog 🙂
Crazy for the Competition
Hope Springs # 2
By: Cindi Madsen
Releasing June 9, 2015
The road to trouble is paved with sweet temptation…
Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad’s real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn’s not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness…
So much for her “nice, conservative boys” rule.
Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won’t give in without a fight—even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor’s mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he’s in deep trouble. Because it’s inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt.
Quinn sat across from him, and they worked on shaping the wire. She passed him tools and held things in place when he needed an extra hand. Here and there she made a few half-mumbled noises that he took to mean she wasn’t sure he was on the right path. She kept her word and let him make the decisions, though.
After a few minutes straining to see the tiny wire, he reached back and pulled his glasses out of the workbench— he really only needed them for intricate parts.
“Bloody hell, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Quinn said.
He looked at her, her features now extra crisp thanks to the glasses. She had these cute freckles across the bridge of her nose, and her bottom lip was between her teeth. “What?” he asked.
She shook her head and swallowed. “Nothing.”
Really? The glasses turned her on? Hell, he’d wear them all the time, then. “What’s with the bloody? You turning British on me?”
“I’m an equal-opportunity swearer.”
“Well, Miss Potty Mouth, hand me the needle-nose pliers next to your feet, please.”
She picked them up and extended them to him. He let his fingers brush across hers, testing how far he could milk this. “Can you hold these two pieces together while I twist?”
Quinn knelt next to him. She gripped the two wires, and he took the pliers and twisted. Every time he turned the pliers, his forearm brushed her chest, even when he tried to do the honorable thing and go from another angle. The beating pulse at her neck called to him again, begging to be kissed. She smelled amazing, too, a light vanilla scent that invaded his senses.
“I’ll be damned,” she said once he lowered the pliers. “It actually looks like a butterfly. Look at you using your manly skills to spread your wings and fly.”
His lips trembled as he tried to keep a straight face—she kept him on his toes, that was for sure. “One, never say that to me again, and two, I told you I’d find a way—never doubt me, woman.”
“It was a compliment. No need to get your wings in a bunch.” She innocently batted her eyes, the amusement in them clear.
Oh, she wanted to play? He could play. All day he’d held back, not taking opportunities he would under usual circumstances, because she wasn’t just any girl. She was in a different class and her family already disliked him, she was Sadie’s best friend, and most problematic of all, she wanted to take Mountain Ridge from him. But between the flirting and the constant challenges she threw out, he was done overthinking and worrying about making things complicated.
Letting his instincts take over, he reached up and brushed the strands that’d fallen free of her ponytail off her face. The amusement died, other emotions taking over her features. Surprise and temptation—he could work with both of those.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/crazy-for-competition-hope-springs-2-by.html
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/135463-hope-springs
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
Cindi will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card