Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sit-down Saturday with Cynthia Thomason

SIT-DOWN SATURDAY
With Cynthia Thomason


Hi Everyone, welcome to Sit-down Saturday. Today I’m going to talk about my February release, HIGH COUNTRY COP, the first of a trilogy about the Cahills of North Carolina. So much is going on with this month’s releases of Heartwarming books including a fabulous contest for some great prize packages. But more about that later.

I have come to think of the Cahills almost as family. Mom, Cora, who lives on the family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Son, Carter, about whom this book is written. He is chief of police in the small mountain town of Holly River. His brother, Jace, the laid-back,  guitar-playing brother who owns the local rafting expedition company. And sister Ava, whose journey will take her from corporate America back to the town she loves.

What makes this book so special?
Well, it’s the first of the series, and I’m hopeful readers will like all the stories of the Cahills. Carter is an honorable man, a “good cop,” who cares for his community and family. He’s suffered some setbacks in his life, none so profound as the loss of Miranda Jefferson, the love of his life. She moved away, married, but now is back. And Carter must decide if he will follow his heart or follow the law.

The other factor that makes this book so special is my personal love of the setting. I have been going to the small town of Banner Elk in the North Carolina High Country for several years. The town is charming, as most small towns are. The people are welcoming and friendly, as most small town people are, and the barbecue is great. If you decide to visit Banner Elk, make your reservations early. We only have one motel, but a number of beautiful bed and breakfasts.


Who is a favorite character in this book?
Now that’s not fair! I like all the characters or I wouldn’t have written about them. But aside from the hero and heroine, I suppose I like Miranda’s ten-year-old daughter, Emily, the best. She’s smart and sassy and draws conclusions that the adults sometimes miss. And she’s a whiz with a camera. Since I have a son, I always enjoy getting into the girl’s point of view.

Where did I get the idea for this book?
Research, research! I knew I wanted to write about my favorite town in my favorite mountains, so I began touring the area with an author’s eye for detail. I soon discovered a story around every corner. This one came about because I was riding in a car with a friend, and a policeman stopped us for “sliding” through a Stop sign. He was handsome and nice and let us off with a warning. Carter Cahill was born.


I hope you’ll give all the February books a read. Oh, the places you can go in Heartwarming books by Harlequin. And enter the contest at the link below.



I love to hear from readers. You can contact me at www.cynthiathomason.net
Happy reading!

Cynthia

15 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Cynthia! Thanks for including those gorgeous photos for us. Right now the idea of Bed and Breakfast sounds so inviting. Congratulations on a new series! This one looks really good. I wish you super-duper success with it.

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    1. Thanks CAtherine. I always feel like success for one of us is success for all. So...high hopes.

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  2. Oh, I love the Blue Ridge! Carter Cahill looks really good, too. :-)

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  3. Cynthia, congratulations on your series. That area is stunningly beautiful--and so is Carter Cahill!

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  4. I always like to read and learn about new settings for books as well as potential personal tourism, Cynthia. The Blue Ridge sounds very appealing as do the Cahill family. Congrats on your new release!

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  5. I've heard so much about the Blue Ridge country! And Carter is the kind of guy I'd like protecting me and mine. Congrats, Cynthia!

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  6. Can't wait to immerse myself in such a beautiful plaace and meet the people there. It sounds so inviting.

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    1. Hope you can go there some time, Beth. It truly is beautiful.

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  7. Great kick-off to the Cahills and the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  8. Sounds like a great read, Cynthia! Congrats on launching the new series!

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  9. Your series sounds so good--and your location is fantastic. (I lived in Asheville for 8 years, so I especially appreciate it.) Nothing quite like those mountains and the people who have made their lives there.

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    1. I think I'm jealous Virginia. I only go to the Blue Ridge. I've never actually lived there though I feel like I have.

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    2. Ohh...I love Asheville. Especially the Biltmore House.

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  10. I’ve been to Banner Elk!! Have you been to Boone or Blowing Rock? I LOVE the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Fortunately, I can visit often since they’re so close to where I live. They are breathtaking.
    I’m going to have to get this book because I love the setting. The characters sound great too! Congratulations on the first book in a new series. ( ;

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