Visiting with Cynthia Woolf

Today I would like to welcome author, Cynthia Woolf, as my guest. Cynthia is talking about her latest release, Redeemed by a Rebel. AND…she will give a FREE book to one luck commenter. (U.S. Residents will receive a print copy, while out of the country residents will receive an ebook)

Where did you get the idea for Redeemed by a Rebel?

I was watching the HBO series Deadwood and became enraptured with the time and the place. I thought it would make a great place to put a western romance. And, of course, I had to make a research trip. Unfortunately it rained, hard, the whole three days we were there, so I didn’t get to see as much of the old town as I would have liked. They do have a couple of really nice museums though.

What book have you read that you wish you would have written?

Any and all by Johanna Lindsey or Julie Garwood or any of my other favorite authors.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?

Cleaning house. I hate it and finally have hired Merry Maids to come in twice a month. It’s wonderful.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read Redeemed by a Rebel?

I want them to feel good. Know that the good guy won and the bad guy lost. Know that the hero and heroine are going to be happy together.

Would you rather have a bad review or no review?

In general no review because a bad review will bring down your overall rating. Although I’ve seen some one star reviews that weren’t that bad, but I still wouldn’t want them on my book.

If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?

I am changing them. My first books didn’t have proper editing and I’m redoing them. Although they are my most popular, there are some things I’m changing about them. Clarifying the story line, that kind of thing.

Thank you for joining Cynthia and I. We hope you enjoyed learning more about her. Now, for a little more about her book. (quite frankly, I’d like to get to know the shirtless hottie on the cover a little better ;))

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Blurb:

Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancée from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process.  Now he’s on the run, tormented by the need for vengeance.

Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father’s fists, including slave away at their mine.  Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for herself somewhere far, far away from Deadwood.  But then Jake arrives and does the unthinkable…forces her to feel, to hope…and to love.

Jake would give his life to protect Becky, but all he can offer her is a broken heart, a criminal’s life, and a past haunted by failure.  How can he save her when he’s already lost himself?  Will he destroy everything, or can the beautiful rebel redeem Jake’s lost soul?

 Excerpt:

April 1876

St. Louis, Missouri

The iron pressed against Jake Anderson’s back was almost as cold as the rain pouring out of the night sky.

“Knock on the door,” demanded his brother Zach, his voice angry and on edge.

Jake did as he was told and pounded on the front door, hard enough to be heard over the din of the rain.

“What the hell?” said his eldest brother, Liam, when he opened the door. “Jake? Zach? What are you two doing here? It’s the middle of the night.”

Zach growled from behind Jake. “Are you going to let us in or make us stand in this rain all night?”

“Come in. Zach, put that gun away.”

“Can’t until the kid here,” he poked Jake in the back with the gun, “is inside and we’ve talked to you.”

Jake walked into the foyer of the house his oldest brother owned in St. Louis. Steamer trunks and carpet bags lined the hallway down to the parlor.

“Sorry to do this to you, Liam. I know you’re leaving tomorrow,” said Zach, laying his hat on one of the trunks.

Jake threw his hat on the trunk next to Zach’s.

“Yes. At first light. Now, tell me what’s going on and why you brought Jake here at gun point,” said Liam.

“Only way I could get him to come.”

“And?” Liam said, exasperated. “Don’t make me beat the story out of you word by word, little brother. Just tell me the problem.”

Liam pointed at the two chairs in front of the fire, then went to the fireplace and stoked the banked coals to life. He added a piece of wood to the tiny flames before he turned once again to face them. “Jake. You first,” he said in a tone that brooked no argument.

“I killed an army captain,” Jake said, refusing to sit. He couldn’t sit. Couldn’t be still. He wanted to scream at the injustice, shout at God for his betrayal.

“Why’d you do a damn fool thing like that?”

Jake shrugged. “I didn’t have a choice.”

“There’s always a choice,” countered Liam.

Zach put away his gun. “No, there’s not,” said Zach. “There was reason for it, but he did kill the man. I use the word ‘man’ loosely.”

“Damn it, Jake. They’ll hunt you down and hang you for this.”  Liam had been a colonel with seventeen years service, Jake knew he was familiar with military justice.

“The son of a bitch deserved to die. And as soon as I can, I’m going to kill the other bastard, too.”

“He’s mine,” snarled Zach.

“Who?” asked Liam.

“The colonel.”

“Jesus!  You two had better tell me what’s going on. Start at the beginning.”

You can find Redeemed by a Rebel here:

Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00I1GZAU0

B&N – http://tinyurl.com/kh8da53

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/redeemed-by-a-rebel

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/redeemed-by-a-rebel/id806815888?mt=11

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Cynthia_Woolf_Redeemed_by_a_Rebel?id=OXGpAgAAQBAJ

Website – www.cynthiawoolf.com

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23 Comments

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23 responses to “Visiting with Cynthia Woolf

  1. Thanks for having me here today, Alicia.

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  2. Your book sounds wonderful, Cynthia! I love old western towns, too. Sorry it rained on your research trip but it doesn’t sound like it hurt your ability to write a wonderful story!
    Oh, and it’s nice to get a good report on Merry Maids. 🙂

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  3. dianalayne

    I love that westerns are making a come back! As for redoing your books, will there be a way for readers to be notified?

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  4. Your story sounds terrific. I too love western romances especially set in the 19th century. The hot cowboy on your cover is sizzling! It was nice to get to know you 🙂 Good Luck!

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  5. Nice post, Cynthia. Good luck with the release.

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  6. janninegallant

    Love this time period. And your cover is HOT! Best of luck.

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  7. Great excerpt. Best of luck. Love that cover.

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  8. I’m jealous about Merry Maids… I’m hoping that since my husband is retiring that I can convince him to clean. Want to bet? I wish you much success with your book!

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  9. Lovely post. Thank you!
    -R.T. Wolfe

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  10. Well, I’m old but when it comes to men who mistreat a lady, I’d get a gun and join Liam and whoever wanted to go back to get the one remaining…

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  11. Leah St. James

    Great excerpt! Hope the Merry Maids will give you a little more time to write. I’ve pretty much chosen the “ignore the mess” route. 🙂 And like others have said, super hot cover!

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  12. I’m sorry to comment so late, Cynthia, but life has intervened all this week and this is the first time I’ve even been online. What a wonderful interview…this book sounds awesome…and I’ve been lusting after the cover for such a long, long time. LOL! It doesn’t hurt that you posted a fantastic excerpt which makes me put this book and series in my TBR pile. Here’s to many, many sales!

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  13. Thank you ladies for a great blog. Love the excerpt and your cover, Cynthia!

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