Friday, 8 June 2012

Interview with Cindi Myers + Giveaway

If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen/heard my enthusiasm for Entangled Publishing's new category romances: their Indulgence line. So far all the novels I have read from it were all delightful, well written stories with great characters and engrossing storylines. Today I have the pleasure of welcoming the author of one of these new Indulgence novels: Cindi Myers, whose wonderful Always a Bridesmaid immediately became a favourite of mine and made me add Cindi to the "Must-Read-Authors" List. So please give Cindi a warm welcome, read on to discover more about her latest release and you could also win a copy of Always a Bridesmaid!

Stella: Hi Cindi, welcome to Ex Libris! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Cindi: Thank you for hosting me, Stella. I’ve wanted to be a writer pretty much since I learned to read. I write contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction and historical fiction. I live in Colorado with my husband and two rotten dogs and when I’m not writing I like to ski, hike, camp, garden, do needlework and of course, read.

Stella: Your latest novel Always a Bridesmaid was released recently by Entangled Publishing in their new Indulgence imprint, congratulations! Can you tell readers what they can expect of it?

Cindi: Always a Bridesmaid is about two people who have been burned by love before and are determined not to be hurt again. But when they’re thrown together as members of a wedding party and again as roommates, they find out love is stronger than fear.

Stella: You have published more than 50 novels (just a guess when I glimpsed at your backlist, I didn’t actually count them), most of them published by Harlequin. Why did you decide to go with Entangled Publishing for this newest story of yours?

Cindi: An editor with Entangled asked me to consider writing for them. I loved the kinds of stories they were doing, and I loved the idea of doing something new, with a company I thought was working really hard for both authors and readers. So far I’ve loved all the Indulgence titles.

Stella: What was the inspiration behind the title? Yes, Stephanie has been a bridesmaid six times, but that was only mentioned once or so and with it being the title I thought it would have some/more significance. Or maybe in an earlier draft her being a bridesmaid had a more prominent role?

Cindi: Titles are tricky things and I don’t think I’m always good with them. I think I was going for the idea of “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride” to represent Stephanie’s determination not to get serious about a guy again – at least not at this stage in her life.

Stella: Can you please give a short profile introduction of the hero and heroine of Always a Bridesmaid?

Cindi: Stephanie, tell us about Mike:
First of all, Mike is just drop-dead gorgeous. I mean, he’s a construction worker, so he’s got the whole muscles-and-tan thing going on, and to-die-for blue eyes, and thick dark hair. Even though I was definitely not interested in him the first time we met, my body had other ideas and there was instant chemistry. Then, once I got past the outside yumminess, I found out he’s just as gorgeous inside. He puts on the typical macho guy front, but Mike really feels things deeply. He’s a great dad and a tender lover and he really cares about people. He cares about me and what more could a woman want?

Cindi: Mike, what about Stephanie?

Stephanie talks too much, especially when she’s nervous. Okay, seriously, Stephanie is all tough and independent and “I-don’t-need-anybody”, but really she is so sweet and vulnerable and …just lovable. Yes, she’s really pretty. I never dated a woman with short hair before but on her it’s perfect. And she has curves in all the right places – not too skinny, not to heavy. She’s just right, and I think I knew it from the first time I laid eyes on her, even though I was scared to admit it.

Stella: Mike is a hero with a lot of emotional baggage: not only does he have a failed marriage to his name, but he has been hurt and is still wary of love and relationships. It couldn’t be easy finding the balance of making his emotional scars believable after how his marriage had ended and having him as the romantic hero of a new love story.

Cindi: Mike is loosely based on a friend of my husband’s who was in a similar situation – really burned when his wife left him and afraid of getting involved again. I really was drawn to the story because I wanted to give that guy the happy ending I felt he deserved.

Stella: I found it refreshing, but surprising how in Always a Bridesmaid Mike is first and foremost a father, and a good one at that. His life and decisions revolve around the wellbeing of his son and I found his devotion and unconditional love (and insecurities) towards his son touching and endearing.

Cindi: I seem to have a lot of friends who are single parents and this is something I’ve seen them struggle with – they and their kids are kind of a team against the world and they have to negotiate adding a relationship to the mix. It can be tricky.

Stella: Can you share any behind the scenes secret regarding Always a Bridesmaid? (it can be connected to the writring process, deleted scenes, characters who ended up in the finished version way different than they started out, etc.)

Cindi: When I started the book, Nicole was going to be the heroine, but she just didn’t fit with Mike. I realized pretty quickly it wasn’t going to work.
Stella: What is your favourite scene in Always a Bridesmaid? Or a scene that is special/memorable to you, either because the words just flew or because to the contrary it was such a challenging and hard-to-write scene?

Cindi: I think my favorite scene is the one where Mike and Stephanie go to pack bags for the honeymooners and are checking out everything in the drawers – including the lingerie and sex toys. It was funny and awkward and also really sexy. Stephanie really gets to see Mike’s more considerate side, and it’s the first time they really acknowledge their attraction to one another.

Stella: What shall we be on the lookout from you, what is next on your schedule?

Cindi: My next release is women’s fiction, from Kensington. In the View From Here a recently divorced woman inherits a gold mine from the father she never knew and travels to Colorado to learn more about him and to build a new life for herself. It will be out at the end of November.

Stella: Can you share with us some little secret trivia, something that not many people know about you?

Cindi: I once was the only female employee of a travel agency run by four gay men. And I really like to do laundry, including ironing, but otherwise I don’t like housework at all.

Find out more about Cindi and her books at her websites and or her blog.

Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Myers

She’s sworn off weddings…

After two failed relationships and six stints as a bridesmaid, Stephanie Ludlow is convinced she’s man-poison. So when her hormones point due south to her sexy—but not so charming—new landlord, she can’t help the sparks that fly. It’s a good thing she’s declared a strict “no sex” policy, because Mike Brubaker might as well have “it’s not happening” tattooed across his delectable chest.

He’s sworn off love…

Spurned single dad Mike has learned the hard way women are the source of all evil and should be avoided at any cost. And that definitely includes his gorgeous new tenant. But when they’re thrown together in the wedding party from hell, both will stop at nothing to fight the heat building between them. Giving in is not an option for either of them.

May the best man—or woman—win.


Entangled Publishing has generously offered an ebook copy of Always the Bridesmaid to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment and tell us: have you ever been a bridesmaid/best man? Did you like it or was it awful? If not yet, would you like to be one one day or not, why is that?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 June 2012!

Good luck!

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