Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Seduced by a Sinner" by Cynthia Woolf Blog Tour Stop!

Today I am so pleased, once again, to have author Cynthia Woolf visiting my blog! Cynthia is joining us today for a guest post and to let us know about her newest book in her DESTINY IN DEADWOOD series, "Seduced by a Sinner." Enjoy!

"Inside the Mind of the Author"
a guest post by Cynthia Woolf

Stories come to me in all guises. Some are just snippets of a title, some are full blown, scene by scene (I wish this kind happened more often). What I do is take that idea and try to form it into a story. This particular series was formed when I was watching the HBO television show DEADWOOD. When it first was on television, I wouldn’t watch it because it was so violent. But then my husband got it on DVD and I watched the first episode. The story was wonderful. And I don’t think the violence was out of line for the time. The old west, Deadwood in particular, was a violent, dirty place to live and often to die.
Once I get the idea, I sit down and write out a bit about it. What characters I want there, what is their reason for being there, who they are, what they look like. Now most every writer does this kind of thing to some extent, but I usually don’t go much beyond this before I begin to write the story. I’m what you call a pantser and so I don’t plot out the whole book before I write it. Many authors plot out the book scene by scene. They know what it going to happen before it happens. I don’t. My characters take shape on the page and I meet them the same way you do when you read the book for the first time.
Because I let the story unfold as it come to me, most times I’m as surprised as you are what the characters do. I honestly didn’t know that Lily, had a baby out of wedlock in this book until I started writing it. I love that I get to know the characters as I write, just as you get to know them as you read.

Seduced by a Sinner
by Cynthia Woolf

This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: October, 2014           
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats

Book Synopsis
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.

Neither task is an easy one.

Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything. 



Thursday, June 28, 1877

Zach reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
He probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to hurt his family.
The problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood. Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
He should go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal, spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
They’d been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
Well, he wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
He dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’ five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there working.
“Good day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
“You can do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well. “And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes the store.”
“Alright, let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
Zach walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
“Be right with ya’ll,” said Lily.
He walked up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of use.
Lily’s head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
“In the flesh.”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”

Other books in the series:

Redeemed by a Rebel

Healed by a Heart

The Author

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more
books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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woolfcindy said...

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today.

Black Lion said...

Thank you for this great post! =)

Alicia Rasley said...

This is so interesting. It's happened to me too, that as I write, I learn what I never planned about a character. I think our subconsciouses create the potential (in your story, Lily from the beginning of her creation probably had the potential for "a secret"), and to some extent, the job of the conscious mind is to recognize that and figure it out. :)

Sydney Jane Baily said...

Cindy, this is a great post. Always love your covers and that you are a pantser, like me!! My favorite cowboy is ... I'm going to have to keep thinking about this Rafflecopter question. I'm not sure I have one. I just know I like them!!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

As characters develop, they often carry the plot in different directions than an author expects. Imagination is an amazing and whimsical thing! Cynthia, congrats on the new novel.

Anna Markland said...

Sounds like my modus operandi, Cynthia. Love the cover.

Melissa Keir said...

I love reading about how other writers come up with their ideas. Some books are easier than others! All the best with this wonderful series!

E. Ayers said...

I like to think that I know my characters well before I start writing, but as you said they also surprise me because I don't know the events or even their past history until the story begins to move. If I plotted everything out, I'd be bored and never write it.

Jill Hughey said...

I used to be a pantser. Now I'm a loose plotter who encounters many surprises during the writing journey. Congratulations on your release!

Gemma Juliana said...

I love how you describe being a pantser. I'm one, too, Cindy. It's wonderful as a writer to find inspiration in every facet of life. Wishing you great success with your tour and book sales!