Interview: Cynthia Hickey + GIVEAWAY

27 Oct

Cynthia Hickey

Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013, 2014, 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 260,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at http://www.cynthiahickey.com

Welcome to Buzzing About Books, Cynthia!

When did you decide to pursue writing and eventually publication?

I started writing seriously in 2007 and got my first book contract. I haven’t stopped since and now have over 30 books in either ebook or print form

What is your writing process like?  Do you write daily?  Are you a plotter or a pantster? 

I am a pantser, with a very small outline. I write Monday thru Friday from 8 to 2, and sometimes on Saturday if I have a deadline approaching. This is my job, which I love, and I treat it as such.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?  Least favorite?

My favorite is finishing a new book. I would have to say marketing is my least favorite

What is one of the most interesting things you’ve discovered in your research? 

My Harvey Girl series through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line was very interesting in the fact that these ladies of old played such a big part in taming the west. Many of these women who worked the restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad married at the end of their six-month contract and moved west.

Please tell us about your latest release, Handcarved Christmas.  Handcarved Christmas

Laura Worth answers an advertisement for a bride and leaves Missouri to meet her groom in Montana. When she gets there, she realizes her husband-to-be, Ben Cooper, has no knowledge of having sent for her. She is devastated, even more so when she breaks a precious heirloom. Ben’s heart goes out to the beautiful woman and he marries her in answer to his mother’s dying wish. As Christmas approaches, the two wonder whether their marriage will hold the love and intimacy God intended it to have. Will Ben win the heart of his unexpected gift?

Who or what inspired this special story? 

I thought it would be a lot of fun to have two people who knew nothing about each other, form a loving marriage from a surprise Christmas gift.

In Handcarved Christmas, an unexpected gift becomes a great blessing.  Have you experienced such a gift in your life? 

Not really, but wouldn’t it be fun?

The heroine, Laura Worth, treasures a precious heirloom.  Do you treasure any special heirlooms?    

I have a large volume of Little Women with handpainted pictures within the pages. I treasured this book as a child and it holds a prominent place on my bookshelf.

What special traditions or celebrations do you and your family enjoy during the holiday season?

We hang a stocking for Jesus. Before we can dig into our stockings or open presents, we must give Jesus something only we can give Him.

Is there anything else you would like to share?  What will you be working on next? 

I am working on a new series for Harlequin Heartsong presents dealing with natural disasters in America’s history and how love finds you despite adversity.

Thank you so much, Cynthia!  Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

http://www.cynthiahickey.com

 

GIVEAWAY!

A Doctor's Heart
Cynthia has graciously offered to give away one copy of A Doctor’s Heart!  Leave a comment, including your email address, to be entered to win.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:
◦ Let me know you follow this blog
◦ Sign up to follow this blog if you are not a follower
◦ Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email

Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

36 Responses to “Interview: Cynthia Hickey + GIVEAWAY”

  1. D K Stevens October 27, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Would enjoy reading this one 🙂
    I follow your blog..
    & tweeted @DKStevensNE

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:15 am #

      Thank you so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway!

  2. Chris Granville October 27, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    God bless you Neat article Way to go you are getting things done
    Im a follower Im about to share this on fb
    Chris granville

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:15 am #

      Thank you so much for being a blog follower and sharing the giveaway, Chris!

  3. Nellie October 27, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Can’t wait to start on this series………… love your works……….

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  4. iheartingrid October 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Good luck with your new titles, Cynthia!

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  5. susanlulu2013 October 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    I’d love the chance to read one of her books!

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:17 am #

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

  6. sonja1971S October 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Have been following a long time. This looks like a fun read. Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Thank you so much for following my blog, Sonja, and for entering the giveaway!

  7. sonja1971 October 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    would l.ove to read this fun book. Enjoyed the blog. I’m a follower

  8. Kelly Youngblood October 28, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I love your Christmas tradition of the stocking for Jesus! What a precious idea and sweet memories for you and your family! Love it!
    Thank you for the interview and the giveaway and the chance to win!
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y.
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      You’re welcome, Kelly! Thank you for entering!

  9. Cynthia Hickey October 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you for all your comments. They mean a lot to me

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Cynthia!

  10. Chris Granville October 29, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Neat interview Way to go but most of all I want to wish you a terrific God-filled day
    Chris Granville

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks so much, Chris!! Wishing you a blessed day as well!

  11. D K Stevens October 29, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    tweeted 🙂
    dkstevens at outlook dot com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      Thank you for sharing, Deanna!

  12. wendynewcomb October 29, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      You’re welcome, Wendy!

  13. wendynewcomb October 29, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    I signed up to follow your blog.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you so much for following my blog!

  14. wendynewcomb October 29, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/WendyNewcomb/status/527473652346781697

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    • B. Adams October 29, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Thank you for sharing the interview and giveaway!

  15. mommachristi319 October 29, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I follow your blog via e-mail and also on WordPress…
    I would love this book!!! Thank you for a wonderful interview!!! Shared on facebook and twitter…
    cspicuzza83(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. mommachristi319 October 29, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    I also shared on WordPress and Google+

  17. Melanie Backus October 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Count me in on this one, Britney, it sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  18. Bonnie Roof October 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks for the interesting interview, Cynthia and Britney!!

    I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing journey – I loved “Handcarved Christmas” and would love to read “A Doctor’s Heart”!! I love your Christmas stocking tradition!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a blog follower and shared this post on FB!!

    • B. Adams October 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      You’re welcome, Bonnie! Thank you so much for following my blog and sharing the post on Facebook!

  19. Sandra Padgett October 30, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • B. Adams October 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      You’re welcome, Sandra! Thank you for following my blog and entering the giveaway!

  20. susanmsj October 30, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    This looks like a great book. I follow your blog.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

    • B. Adams October 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      Thanks so much for following my blog, Susan, and entering the giveaway!

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