Today we have author Cynthia Eden in the hot seat. Cynthia has agreed to let me interview her so that we could all get to know a little more about her and her release SHATTERED. After the interview, check out the blurb and excerpt for her book, and don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!
Let’s get started…
Tell us about yourself in Twitter form…that’s right, you only get 140 characters 🙂
I’m a southern girl who loves chocolate, romance novels, and horror movies.
Love it! What’s the last food you ate that had bacon in it?
Gah! I don’t know…but I did recently have some bacon covered in chocolate. Not fast food, but incredibly tasty.
I’ve seen that and have yet to try it. I think I’ll like the salty and sweet 🙂 What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas is my favorite (though Halloween is a close second). I love the magic that seems to hang in the air during Christmas. People act nicer, everyone smiles more, and humming carols while I write just makes me happy.
Do you have a writing ritual…as in, do you wear a lucky pair of socks, play a certain song, light a candle, have a particular snack at your fingertips?
I do have one true friend that I keep close when I start writing each day—my trusty dose of Red Bull. Other than the Bull, I’m pretty ritual free.
Tell us your favorite part about the writing process.
I love having the chance to escape to a new world. My surroundings disappear when I get lost in a story, and suddenly, anything can happen. I love the possibilities that exist in writing—so many potential plot twists, so many fun surprises that can unfold.
Well said. Love your answer 🙂 I love choosing character names. How did you go about choosing the names for your hero and heroine?
Normally, I spend a whole lot of time researching names online—I dig up the meanings behind names and I try to match up the name’s meaning with my character’s personality. But with this book…things were different. Jax Fontaine is an anti-hero, a guy who basically runs New Orleans by hiding in the shadows of the city, and his name…it just came to me and flowed right in the story as I was typing. No research, just…Jax. He was New Orleans. He was the bad boy.
As for Sarah, her name seemed to fit her, too. She’s a woman who appears fragile on the outside, but beneath her skin, she is pure steel. Soft but strong…that describes Sarah perfectly.
What’s the first line in your book?
It was the scream that woke her.
That’s an intriguing first line. Nicely done. Describe your hero in five words.
Dangerous, sexy, intense, criminal, redeemed?
Now your heroine.
Smart, sexy, strong, dark, tormented.
Why do you write the genre you do?
I just enjoy all of the twists and turns that come in romantic suspense novels. I’m completely addicted to the adrenaline rush of the stories.
Why should we read your book?
You should read SHATTERED because it will give you non-stop action, dark and sexy characters, and surprise after surprise. And come one…don’t you love a dangerous and tormented hero? With tattoos?
Yes, yes, and yes. lol When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I am one of those people who pretty much always knew. Even as a kid, I was writing down stories in my spare time, always day dreaming far too hard. I still day dream, only now I call it “plotting.”
Can you share a sneak peek into what you’re working on now?
Absolutely! Right now, I am working on my next LOST novel. It has the tentative title of TAKEN (that title may so change later), and it will be book number 5 in this series. My heroine survived a brutal assault by a serial killer, and now, she’s turning to LOST for help. Because, well, she doesn’t think she was the only survivor. On the night that Bailey Jones escaped the clutches of the Death Angel, she swears that she saw another victim in his remote cabin. And now, she is desperate to find that missing woman.
JUST FOR FUN…
When it comes to peanut butter, it must go with jelly.
I’ve always wished I could fly. Wouldn’t that be awesome? To be just like Superman?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d pack up and head to Paris.
The most daring thing I’ve done is join the 102 Club at the Empire State Building! I’m terrified of flights, so it was a huge deal for me to go up so high!
My kitchen is made for dancing.
The last book I read was Isle of the Lost.
Loved interviewing you. Thanks for making it so fun!
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.
Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.
Jax Fontaine doesn’t claim to be a good guy, but he’s loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they’re skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.
And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
“No judgment,” he murmured. “There’s no anger in your eyes, no rage or disgust at me for being a cold bastard. No pity for the kid I was who got beaten in a dirty alley and left to die.”
“Don’t be too sure you understand what I feel.”
“Why not? I actually think I understand you very, very well.”
Sarah backed up a step.
A faint smile curved his lips. “It was there from the first time I saw you. That instant connection. Doesn’t happen often. Actually, it’s never happened to me before. I looked up, saw you, and thought—”
Sarah pretty much ran for the door.
But he caught her. His hands wrapped around her and Jax pulled her back against his body. His hold wasn’t hard or rough. Oddly, it was infinitely tender.
“Do you know what I saw when I looked in your eyes?” he whispered into her ear.
Sarah shook her head.
“You were hurting. Trying to hide your pain, but I could still see it. I looked at you and thought—I never want her to hurt again.”
Tears stung her eyes. “You don’t know me. Or what I’ve done.” Jax thought his past was bad? It was nothing compared to hers. She still had nightmares that had her waking in the night, choking for breath, and begging for help.
Help that hadn’t come. Not in time.
“Tell me why you came to see me tonight, Sarah.”
She sucked in a quick breath and decided to go with the truth. “Because I didn’t want to lie in bed and be afraid. Because I didn’t want to think about the past or the future.” Because she’d felt that insane connection between them, too.
The first time she’d seen him, she’d looked into his eyes and thought—
He can handle all my darkness. He won’t ever be afraid of what I tell him.
Because his gaze had told her that he’d already looked into hell … and hadn’t given a damn about the demons there.
He turned her in his arms. She made herself look up and into his eyes. He was so warm and strong against her. And he made her … want. Yearn for things that she’d denied herself for so very long.
Because she hadn’t wanted anyone to get close. She hadn’t trusted anyone with all her secrets.
She didn’t trust him, either. She’d be a fool to do that. But—she did want him. And every instinct Sarah possessed screamed at her that Jax Fontaine could give her the sensual oblivion she craved.
A few hours to forget. A few hours to just pretend that I’m not the freak in the room. The monster that everyone else fears.
“What do you want from me?” Jax asked her.
Just a night. She’d be leaving New Orleans soon, flying out on a plane and heading back to her little house in the suburbs of Atlanta. They wouldn’t see each other again. So no one else would know about what happened tonight. Just her.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.