Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Good morning from the mountains!

Hi Everyone,
Sorry I'm a little late getting this blog posted. I'm working with a different computer and having some problems with it. But I'm here now. And where is here? Actually I'm over 5,000 feet above sea level with a view to one of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River.

This is my summer place. I rent a condo on the mountain top where I hunker down for a couple of months to escape the heat of a south Florida summer. This year I'm experiencing a "working vacation" because I have started a new book for Heartwarming - one set in the mountains I love. I'm also celebrating the release of the second book in my trilogy, The Daughters of Dancing Falls. This book, to be released Aug. 1, The Bridesmaid Wore Sneakers, is the love story of the middle sister, Jude. I hope you'll take a look. Jude is a single mother who still grieves over the death of her soldier husband. Will her grief end? Will she find a new love? Well this IS a romance so you probably know the answer. How she gets to her happy ending is the good part.

What do you think of working vacations? When I traveled with my late husband and my son (back in the day) I wouldn't think of working. Much too busy, priorities were different. Now it's just me and I find comfort in the familiar, and the familiar is writing to me. I still find time for a few rounds of golf (I'm terrible!) too many dinners in southern restaurants, and too many shoppiing trips to charming country stores. I'm happy here. I'm happy writing. What's your happy place and are you like me? Always glad to get home again?

Have a great day no matter where you are, and check out The Bridesmaid Wore Sneakers. I think I lucked out with a cover this time.

Cynthia


33 comments:

  1. Love that cover, the title and the series title!! I'm sure your readers love that you're writing on your vacation ;). Then again, since you love it so much, it's not really work lol! :)

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    1. Rula, I must admit I don't work as much as I could, or should! I find too many excuses not to.

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  2. Oh, Cynthia, I wish you would've posted a picture or two of where you are. I bet it's beautiful!

    As for your question about working on vacations, hardly a day goes by that I don't do some work. It's fortunate that I'm up early, whether on vacation or not, while my husband is able to adjust and sleep in while we are on vacation. That means I can get a couple of hours of work and/or writing in each morning before he's up and we start our day!

    I love, love the cover of THE BRIDESMADE WORE SNEAKERS, and I bet the story will be equally spectacular! Best wishes with the release!!

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    1. Yes, Kate it is beautiful here, but no more beautiful than where you live. It's nice that your husband sleeps while you work, but what about those dogs? Those darlings must get up when you do.

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  3. The cover is a definite win, win! My book, Forget Me Not, comes out in August, too, and I bought the 4 August books for my Kindle. Look forward to reading yours. No matter where I am, my characters are always in my mind so they don't give me a vacation.

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  4. I do love your cover!

    I'm still at the stage of not being able to work while traveling, since I have a young son. But I'm sure I'll be able to enjoy a bit of writing on the go on day! :) I'm glad you're making the most of it.

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    1. I've been there Patricia.Leave the writing for another time. Vacation days with the kid are over too soon.

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  5. Cynthia, I so love that cover and the title is just the best. Glad you found some relief from the heat. We finally got rain last night. Yay. I will get all of the August books soon and need to read fast to finish the July books. Conference interfered in my getting them read---imagine that!

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    1. Wish I could have attended to conference, Roz. Would love to have seen you.

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  6. My happy place is in the mountains too. I love traveling to Asheville, NC and Gatlinburg, TN. I love the cooler temperatures and the awesomeness of the mountain views. Then....I'm ready to come home because it's my happy place there too. Congratulations on your new release. The cover is just great. ( :

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    1. I'm staying near Asheville, Laurie but high up in what they call the North Carolina "High Country." And I'm pretty high on top of a mountain.

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    1. Thanks Mel, and thanks for all your RT help.

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  8. Cynthia - I agree with everyone on your great cover! We haven't gotten away from home since our oldest son's wedding six years ago, but, then, we live where other people come to vacation, so can't complain. Wonderful views wherever you look, and our wonderful porch for tea and visiting. I guess my vacation is to move from my office to the porch to work. So, please indulge your love of southern dinners and go shopping in boutique stores on my behalf as well as your own.

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    1. Sounds like a perfect place to be, Muriel.

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  9. What a fun cover! Enjoy your vacation, Cynthia!

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  10. Love your cover! And I often do working vacations. lol. Last two cruises I took, I worked the days we were at sea. But, writing isn't really work for me, so I didn't mind. I love the mountains, too!

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    1. My local RWA group, Florida Romance Writers does an every-other-year conference cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. It's a great work/play trip.

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  11. Okay, I want you to come up with the titles for the rest of my books because obviously you have a gift.
    Sigh, I'd love to hunker down in the mountains, but I'd have an 11 year old boy saying, "Mom, mom, mom, mom, come hike with me, come hunt bears with me, come play mine craft with me. Mom, mom, mom."

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    1. Please promise us you'll pass on the bear hunt.

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    2. Pam, thanks for giving me the credit, but it was one of critique group who came up with that title. I figured since my titles were never accpeted, I'd submit that one, and low and behold... Maybe we all need title mentors.

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  12. Your working vacation sounds like an ideal mix, and how great that your WIP is set in the mountains. From what I hear, writers are so often writing Christmas stories in the heat of summer, and about tropical islands from Canada. Enjoy!

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    1. Beth, interesting comment. I think you've given me the topic for my next blog!

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  13. Oh my goodness! That cover is perfect. I feel like my entire summer has been a working vacation. I wouldn't mind so much if that work had been writing. Sadly, it's been everything but!

    I really enjoyed your first DofDF book, so I can't wait to read Jude's story.

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  14. I love your cover, too! And I always work on vacations. As a matter of fact, a friend (Nan Reinhardt) and I go at least once a year. We're going to Michigan to be tourists and to write, and it's lovely. Gets the husbands some alone time and Nan and I usually get a lot done.

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  15. Never even been to North Carolina! I'm from Tucson, Arizona. The view from your mountain top is so inviting. I could get out my watercolors and paint, and write, and paint, and write. What a vacation. We have a great mountain here, also (Mt. Lemmon). Temperature is running 104+ in Tucson. 70's on top. I just may take your idea and do that for August.

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  16. Your cover is great and I'm wondering if writers are ever really on vacation? Looking forward to the book!

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  17. I can't wait to read THE BRIDESMADE WORE SNEAKERS, Cynthia! I love the cover and the title. It's so nice to meet another terrible golfer like myself. :)

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