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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Author Interview & Contest with Cynthia Eden

Author Cynthia Eden is one of my favourite authors and must be a big fan of Amberkatze's Book Blog because this her 4th visit!!! The first time Cynthia was a guest she talked about her book Immortal Danger. The next time she came and told us about Midnight's Master. The third visit, just before Christmas, was all about Eternal Hunger.

Now Cynthia has another new release out! I'll Be Slaying You officially goes on Sale on Tuesday and it is another super hot and exciting read.

So read the interview and find out more about Cynthia's newest release and then enter the contest and you may win a copy! Oh and make sure you enter the monthly giveaway for another chance to win a copy of I'll Be Slaying You.

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Amber - Welcome back to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is always great to have you here as a guest! Maybe you start things off by telling us a little about your new release, I'll Be Slaying You?

Cynthia – Thank you so much for inviting me back, Amber! :)

I’LL BE SLAYING YOU is the second book in my paranormal Night Watch series. It focuses on Sandra Dee Daniels (Dee), a woman who spends her nights hunting vampires…until she becomes the one who is hunted.

Amber - Does 'I'll Be Slaying You' play in the same world as your previous books? Will fans recognise some of the characters?

Cynthia – Yes, fans will definitely see some familiar characters. The other Night Watch hunters (Jude, Zane, and Jason Pak) who appeared in ETERNAL HUNTER are also back to help out in this story.

Amber - How did you come up with the ideas for your books? Are you already planning the next one as you are writing one? Or do you finish one and then see where the next fits in?

Cynthia – The whole Night Watch series started with one sentence for me. “Sometimes it takes a monster to catch a killer.” I wanted bounty hunters who were, well, a bit more than men. They’re monsters—shifters, demons—but they are the good guys. Well, semi-good. For the Night Watch books, I had basic ideas for the three primary stories from the beginning. So it was all about building the details to link the books.

Amber - How do you decide what to throw at your characters? The plot? Do you brainstorm? or just got with the flow?

Cynthia – I plot, I brainstorm, and I go with the flow. Depending on the book, I do different things. For I’LL BE SLAYING YOU, I just let Dee and Simon take me wherever they wanted to go—and I had a fabulous time with them.

Amber - I have certainly enjoyed all of your books so far. Can we expect more played in the paranormal world you have created? Are you working on any other projects?

Cynthia – I actually recently turned in a fallen angel story to my lovely editor at Kensington. My hero in this book is a fallen angel of death, and the heroine is a vampire. If my hero wants redemption (and his wings back), then he just has to do one thing…kill the heroine.

Amber - Don't you find it hard to write the steamy scenes? Do you have inspiration for the romance side of the books?

Cynthia – The steamy scenes are the hardest to write! I’ve heard some people say that they think those scenes must be easy for writers—they’re not! It’s often a challenge to balance the emotion with the physical aspects of a sensual scene. But I like challenges, so I’m all about finding new ways to bring my characters, um, together.

Amber - What kind of research have you done for your books? Anything interesting or is the research boring?

Cynthia – Oh, the research is always fun. I learn about vamps, ghost hunters, criminal psychology…I think the most interesting research that I have done has been on bounty hunters. Bounty hunters actually have a LOT of power out there.

Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?

Cynthia – I usually research the meaning of a name before I give it to a character; however, with “Sandra Dee Daniels”—I just woke up one day and knew that had to be her name. It was a fun name that I knew she would probably hate, so I had to go with it.

Amber - Did you always wanted to be an author? Why did you pick the Paranormal genre?

Cynthia – Yes, always. When I was a kid, I wrote fairy tales and now, I like to think I just write grown-up fairy tales. I love writing in the paranormal genre because it allows me such incredible freedom. Anything can happen in a paranormal story (and it usually does!).

Amber - Lots of authors have 'soundtracks' for their books. Is there any music influenced your books?

Cynthia – I don’t have an entire soundtrack, but for Dee, I think her theme song must be “Bodies” by Drowning Pool (Let the bodies hit the floor…) because she is totally kick-ass. And, yes, as I wrote the action scenes, I did find myself humming that song—and it’s an odd song to hum.

Amber - What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favourite authors/series?

Cynthia – So many favorites! I love reading all romance sub-genres, though paranormals are my faves. Some of my top authors include Jayne Ann Krentz, Christine Feehan, Larissa Ione, Angela Knight, Kresley Cole, Shannon McKenna…oh, I have way too many to list.

Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?

Cynthia – Tough question. I will pick a vampire. Being young and living forever—how could I refuse?

Amber - Thank you so much for being a guest again! I hope you will come back for more ;)

Cynthia — Thank you, Amber!! I loved answering your questions!



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Contest Time!

Cynthia is very giving away an autographed copy of I'LL BE SLAYING YOU to one lucky commenter!

Oh and make sure you enter the monthly giveaway for another chance to win a copy of I'll Be Slaying You.

How to Enter

Which Cynthia Eden book cover do you like the most? I mean they are all pretty hot & sexy but everyone is going have their favourite and I want to hear your views!

No Cover = No Entry

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The contest will stay open until Sunday 4th of July 2010 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.

65 comments:

elaing8 said...

Great interview.

My favorite cover would be Eternal Hunter

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Cynthia Eden said...

Thanks so much for interviewing me!! :-)

And I'm torn on my favorite cover--I really like Eternal Hunter & I'll Be Slaying You. Tough call for me!

Victoria said...

My favorite is ETERNAL HUNTER. I just love those abs.
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Taylor Z said...

Fav cover...that's a toughy. I would pick When He Was Bad or Midnight Sins. Both awesome covers and awesome books.

Nancy G said...

My favorite cover is Eternal Hunter-such a great body...of work!

JessicaLLWright said...

My favorite cover is Deadly fear, I like the feel of mystery and passion.

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Rach said...

My favorite hands down is the cover for Immortal Danger. You get to use your imagination. You can tell he is well-built the way the shirt clings to his chest. Also that is is good looking by the chiseled chin and high cheek bones. However, that's all the details you can see. Everything else you get to make-up in your head when you read the book.
Thanks!

Angel said...

It's a tough choice, but I'll have to go with Eternal Hunger.

Barbara E. said...

I love the cover of Eternal Hunter - the colors, the title, those abs! I think I'll Be Slaying You is a close second though, it's a fabulous cover.

Thanks Cynthia for the wonderful prize!

Ina said...

oh wow, it's the first time I see the cover for Eternal Flame and it looks gorgeous - the red background is really compelling :)
greetings, Ina

LSUReader said...

Midnight's Master is my favorite cover. Great contest. Thanks.

Cynthia Eden said...

It looks like Eternal Hunter is ahead in the voting department. Though Rach reminded me that I do have a soft spot for Immortal Danger (really liked that one).

I'm glad you all like the covers. I feel very fortunate in the cover department. I'm always nervous before I get a cover, so it's great to have one that people respond well to.

Thanks for all the comments!!

Pamk said...

Eternal Hunter is my pick too. And i'll post about this giveaway on twitter @ https://twitter.com/Pamk258/status/17188919900
And my blog sidebar @ www.bookscrazyscrapbookmama.blogspot.com even though I want to hog this ontest so I can win it my self lol.

Armenia said...

Following the bread crumbs here from Cynthia's blog.

LOL, Cynthia, when I think of your heroine, Sandra Dee Daniels, I have images of the 50's actress, Sandra Dee. You know, the blond bombshell who played a few "Gidget" and "Tammy" movies. Wouldn't that be cool if she really was somewhat your envisioned heroine.

Anyhow, loved the interview and my favorite cover is Midnights Master. It just really appeals to me and the cover model has such a beautiful face.

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KT said...

Hi ladies - wonderful interview. As for favorite cover, I know I'm not alone is choosing "Eternal Hunter." The lovely six pack highlighted next to that misty full moonlit night...very nice. Color and composition, too.

Cynthia Eden said...

Yay, Pamk! Another vote for Eternal Hunter!!

And Armenia, I loved the original Sandra Dee! When I did my character profile, I decided that Dee's mom would be a big Sandra Dee fan--and thus my heroine, Sandra Dee Daniels, was born.

KT, thanks for your cover vote!! I have that six pack framed on my wall so it will give me inspiration as I write. :-)

JenM said...

I'm kind of partial to all of the Midnight covers. I love that the model's full face is included. But then again, I have a kindle so I don't tend to pay that much attention to a cover anyway. I only see it when I'm browsing or when I buy the book. After that, I never see it again.

Gabby said...

There all really nice, but I'd have to say that my favorite would be Midnight's Master, I'm really fond of covers that guys with nice eyes starring out at you. (Sigh.)

Cynthia Eden said...

JenM, I never even realized that the Midnight covers fully showed all the models' faces (how clueless am I?). I just enjoyed the handsome men.

Gabby, I liked his stare, too. Very intense.

Martha Lawson said...

Midnight Sins is my favorite!! Love that background, mysterious.
Loved the interview and I can't wait to read "I
Be Slaying You!" It looks great as always..

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CatsMeow said...

Man, that's a toughie. I love the face shots of the Midnight series, but I ALSO drool over the abs and muscles on the Night Watch covers. If I must name one (because I really, really, really want a signed copy of I'll Be Slaying You), it is .... Eternal Hunter.

flchen1 said...

Mine is Midnight's Master--I love the red, and those eyes! :)

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SiNn said...

deff Midnights Master so sexy with out shown a buncha skin and im a sucker for hot eyes and red

Jen said...

Awesome interview!

My favorite cover would have to be I'll Be Slaying You.

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lindseye said...

Still like Eternal Hunter best though the cover fairy has been very nice to Cynthia and gifted many fine covers.

clynsg said...

I like the Midnight's Master cover the best.

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bridget3420 said...

Deadly Fear is my favorite because

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Jen D. said...

Great interview.

I have to go with Eternal Hunter. Who can say no to washboard abs?!

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Cheryl McInnis said...

My favorite cover is Midnight's Master-love the intense stare...very sexy! And of course, it's Niol, whom I love ;-)

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cait045 said...

My favorite is Eternal Flame. I think the reddish sky is perfect for fire.

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dramaqueen55 said...
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dramaqueen55 said...

definitely eternal hunter

Sue Brandes said...

My favorite is Deadly Fear. I like the colors. They are all awesome. I cannot wait to read your new book! Great interview.
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Edie Ramer said...

Terrific interview! But a hard question. I'll go with Deadly Fear. If I saw it in a bookstore, I'd pick it up and look at the blurb.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

My favorite cover is Eternal Flame. I love hunky men but am kinda burnt out on the naked torsos. :D

Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us.

Darcie K. said...

I would say Eternal Hunter is pretty hot!
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Cynthia Eden said...

Thanks for all the cover votes (and kind comments!). It seems that Eternal Hunter is still in the lead, though Midnight's Master is gaining. :-)

I hope to be able to share my cover for DEADLY LIES soon (the second in my Deadly series). I got a sneak peek and loved it!!

Elizabeth said...

Deadly fear is absolutely the best
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heidi330 said...

ETERNAL HUNGER hands down...nice!!!

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ilona said...

All of them!

But seriously if I had to pick just one then it weould have to be 'Belong To The Night'.

I know it's an anthology with other writers but that mysteriously eerie background and hot guy just do it for me :D

Cathy M said...

Cynthia has definitely been blessed by the cover goddess, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Everlasting Bad Boys.

Love the expression on his face, with just enough of a peek at the torso to know that the rest of him would be just as luscious.


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jellybelly82158 said...

My favorite cover would be Eternal Hunter

Karen said...

Midnight's Master is my favorite.

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throuthehaze said...

My fave cover is Hotter After Midnight
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jeanette8042 said...

I love all the covers and my favorite at the moment is I'll be Slaying You.

chey said...

All the covers are great! Midnight's Master is my fav.

Pam P said...

My favorite is When He Was Bad, followed closely by Midnight's Master.

I keep picturing Sandra Dee the actress, too, everytime I read about your character, Cynthia.

kalynnick said...

My favorite cover would be Eternal Flame! Yummy!

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pams00 said...

Great post!

Congrats on the latest release! Sounds awesome (like all your others ;) ) - can't wait to read it.

all the covers are great eye candy! If forced to choose guess I would say Eternal Flame - I love the color combination - everything just seems to pop.

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Bernita said...

Am not entering the contest--just wanted sto say the title "I'll be Slaying You" delights me!

Caffey said...

Hi Amberkatze, Hi Cynthia! Happy release day and too so much more to come. You already know that I'm excited about your book, every one of them! Miss chatting over here! Cynthia gets the best covers, honest, with those Brava books! I so love ETERNAL HUNGER. When I saw that coming out, I loved how they used that particular font, because it did feel paranormal! And the purple (and too blues on the next book) made it give you that feel too!

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Caffey said...

Hi again Cynthia! I put this post separate cuz the other was so long and limited, so this way I could reply from your interview. Amber, you ask fab questions! How many books will be in this Night Watch series? I'm so looking forward to re-visiting. I so love that. Its hard to say goodbye to your characters. Wow on the Fallen Angel. I've read very little on Fallen Angel romances and so want to read more! I hope it ends up being a start of a series for you. You do so much, so know its appreciated! Cynthia, is there a setting, even an erotic setting, that you'd like to visit and set a book in?

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Starlight said...

My favourite cover is "I'll Be Slaying You".

Rosie said...

Mine is "Eternal Hunter" just cuz you see the whole six pack. :-)

MarthaE said...

This was a very good interview. I am just reading my first Cynthia Eden book - Risk No Secrets - and it is GOOD!
My favorite cover I think is Eternal Flame.
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donnas said...

Deadly Fear is awesome but I keep coming back to Midnights Master. So thats going to have to be my favorite.

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Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting! Please enter me in the contest! I like the cover to Midnight's Master - well I like all the covers, but I like that one best.
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Linda Henderson said...

They are all great, but I like Eternal Hunter probably the best.

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

It's a tie between Eternal Hunter and I'll Be Slaying You: I love the font on both these (and the graphic around the letters), and I like that the face of the men isn't visible, it makes it more powerful and mysterious. I love how suntan the model is on I'll Be Slaying You and I love the lilac background on Eternal Hunter.

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Stephmartin71 said...

I think my favorite cover is Hotter After Midnight but it's so hard to choose :) I am just a reader and subscriber here so I guess I don't get extra points really but would still love a chance to win. Have a great day, Steph
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Donna said...

Enjoyed the interview!! I'm intrigued by the your new fallen angel story along with your Night Watch books.

Tough choice but I pick ETERNAL FLAME. I love the dark looks of the guy on the cover. ;)

I tweeted about this interview.

shaunesay said...

I think Midnight's Master is the most striking cover to me, maybe it's all the red! Thank you for the contest!

Llehn said...

Eternal Flame would be my choice because it's suggestive without being too in your face.