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Cynthia's News and Views

Contest today only!! You could win a free e-reader copy of

BACKDROP DEAD, a Magnolia Showboat Mystery

Previously published  20 years ago as Stagestruck for the library market. Now better than the original.


"...a delightful read with enough plot twists to keep the reader turning pages." 

---Murder on the Beach Bookstore

"...a nice balance of humor and suspense, leaving the reader eager for the next adventure."


To enter, send me an email ( with "enter contest"

on the subject line. I will choose three winners at random and send the lucky 

readers a copy of this first book in the series.

The perks of being a writer         

Showcasing your books            Cruising with other writers - Me, Allison      Buffets at booksignings

                                           Chase/Alyssa Maxwell, Sharon Hartley

                                           Zelda Benjamin, Nancy J Cohen

ANOTHER VIEW - February 8, 2014

I had the pleasure last night of hosting in my home, Barbara Vey, a columnist for Publisher's Weekly, and an ardent book-lover and author supporter. Ms. Vey spoke at Florida Romance Writers, my local writing chapter. She has spoken to our group before, but today her message was especially powerful. She talked about authors connecting with readers, one reader at a time. She emphasized that each and every reader is important, crucial, in fact to an author's career. But what I particularly liked from Barbara's presentation was her common sense, straight forward approach to human relationships. Be Nice! It's that simple. And talk to people. This applies to people in any profession. When you're in the supermarket line, strike up a conversation. Show interest and do it politely. If only we could adapt this philosophy in all walks of life, in Congress, across foreign borders, etc.,  what a world this would be. Thank you Barbara, for emphasizing the fundamental role of humanity.

Check out Barbara Vey's website and add your name to her list:

Author Sharon Hartley, me, and Barbara Vey

Another View: September 2020 something

A change of venue

Home is great. I love my comfortable villa in central Florida, and I realize just how much when I return from my yearly "snowbird vacation." Not being one to adapt well to heat, I journey to the High Country of North Carolina for the hottest months. The weather is beautiful, not rising above 75 degrees all summer. I hike, golf, attend outdoor concerts and have a great time jamming with my guitar. And the views are conducive to writing as well. Sometimes just changing your view for a while makes all the difference. If you're feeling down, or hot, make a change, if only for a day or two. Change is good. We all need it.

 I am thrilled with the RT book review of my Harlequin Heartwarming story. A BOY TO REMEMBER earned a

4 1/2 star Top Pick. Here is part of that review:


From sweet romance to secrets and lies, A Boy to Remember is an intriguing, realistic tale of first love. Adorable characters coupled with a hint of suspense make the Daughters of Dancing Falls series opener a riveting read. 

The beautiful High Country of North Carolina

More views.
The beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
 I'll be returning in May and can't wait.
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