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Reader Appreciation Giveaway – 100 Digital Copies of MINE TO TAKE

Posted in Contests, Latest News, Romance on June 14th, 2013 by Cynthia Eden

***Update #2:  I’ve sent prizes (or notes with prize info) to my winners–thank you for entering the giveaway!! However, I had bounce-back messages from 3 people, so if Gladys, Karen, & Melissa would please shoot me an email at cynthia@cynthiaeden.com, I will be happy to get your copies out to you!  If any of my other winners have not received prizes, please check your spam files–sometimes, the digital copies will get stuck there.  But if you don’t see them, just shout at me! Have a great weekend!**

 

Update: We’ve got our winners!! Thank you!  I am closing the comment section now, and I will send a free copy to every person who replied before my final post. 

Want to read MINE TO TAKE? I’ve got 100 digital copies of MINE TO TAKE that I want to giveaway to readers.  To get your copy, please leave your email address and your preferred digital format (Kindle, Nook, etc.) in the comment section below.  The first 100 people who post will get free copies of MINE TO TAKE sent to them.  Please note: Because this is a sexy romantic suspense novel, entrants must be 18 years of age or older.  Once we’ve got our 100 commenters, I will close the comment section.

Sometimes you want someone so much…

Sometimes you need someone so much…

Lust can become love.

And love can turn into a deadly obsession.

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Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching—stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her—Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything—or anyone—that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

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I’ve got such amazing readers–and I just wanted to run this giveaway as my way of saying THANK YOU!! I appreciate all of the emails and tweets and notes that are sent to me.  You are so incredible, and I really appreciate all of the support that you have shown to me over the years.

Thanks for entering the giveaway!  And have a wonderful weekend!

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Spread the “Sale” Word – A Contest.

Posted in Contests, Romance on March 12th, 2013 by Cynthia Eden

Time for the winners!!

 

$50 Amazon.com or B&n.com gift card: elaing8

$25 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card:  Mariee

$15 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card: Jessica Hale

 

And the five AVENGING ANGEL winners are:    JanieC, Melly Mel, Becky, TiDubb, and Kristine.

 

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you so much to everyone who helped me to spread the word about my sale! 

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Update: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping me to spread the word about my FOREVER BOUND sale! I am organizing all of the entries (and pulling up the tweets that used the hashtag), and I will be back to post the winners on Tuesday, March 19.  

 

Yes, it’s that time again. Time for another one of my “Spread The Word” contests–only this time, instead of talking about a new book release, I’m asking readers to help me spread the word about my FOREVER BOUND sale.  For a limited time, I am offering my FOREVER BOUND anthology (which includes BOUND BY BLOOD, BOUND IN DARKNESS, BOUND IN SIN, and BOUND BY THE NIGHT) for only .99.  The anthology is on sale at Amazon, B&N, and All Romance Ebooks.

To enter this contest/giveaway, all you have to do is help me spread the word about the deal.  You can tweet, you can Facebook the deal, you can blog about it. Anything you want. Each share counts as one entry.  I am going to leave this contest event open until 8:00 a.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday,  March 17th.

But hold on…you may be wondering, dude, Cynthia–what are the prizes? 

Here they are:

One winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card

One winner will receive a $15 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card

And 5 winners will receive autographed print copies of AVENGING ANGEL (Please note–AVENGING ANGEL is my 4th Fallen book, and it will not be available until late May of 2013; however, as soon as I get my author copies, I will mail you a signed book.)

 

So–will you please help me to Spread the “Sale” Word about FOREVER BOUND?  You can enter on multiple days, multiple times.

If you choose to tweet about the book as one of your entries, just be sure to use the hashtag of #ForeverBound so that I can see your entry there. For all other entries (Facebook, blog, etc.), please post a note in the comments section so that your entry will be recorded.

Here’s a sample tweet to show you what I mean with the hashtag:

Love hot vamps & sexy werewolves? #ForeverBound by @cynthiaeden is only .99! #Kindle http://ow.ly/iO6bx  #Nook: http://ow.ly/iO6n4

(When you use the #ForeverBound hashtag, I can easily find all the shares for inclusion in the giveaway.)

If you have any questions, please just shout them out.

Thank you!!! Have a fabulous day!

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Angel Quiz…and a Kindle Giveaway

Posted in Contests, Latest News, Romance on December 8th, 2011 by Cynthia Eden

Thanks so much for all of the entries! This contest has ended (and the prize has been awarded), but stay tuned for more contest goodness soon.  

To celebrate the ANGEL OF DARKNESS release, I’m giving away a Kindle. It’s the holiday season, and it just seems fitting that someone gets a Kindle as a gift this year.  So I’m running this contest–from now until noon on December 17th.  To enter, just complete the WHICH ANGEL ARE YOU? quiz.   At the end of the quiz, you will be asked to enter your email address so that you can register for the giveaway.  That’s it–you take the quiz, find out which angel you’d be (so many angels…so little time…), then you enter your email address. The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries that I receive.

Good luck!!

Now for some rules and regulations:

Open to all readers, 18 years or older, in US or Canada, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Grand prize winner drawn randomly by random.org. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Winner will be notified via email and posted on the blog. Limit one entry per person.

Here’s a link to the Kindle that is being given away.

Good luck!

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Valentine’s Day Trivia & Giveaway

Posted in Contests, Romance on January 27th, 2011 by guest

Our WINNERS according to Random.org are:

1) The copy of Cynthia’s new release: DEADLY HEAT: #3, Theresa N.

2) The Dead Guy sticky notes: #8, Viki

Congratulations and thanks for playing everyone!

Hi, everyone! I am very excited to have debut Kensington Brava author Joan Swan as my guest today. Her upcoming Phoenix Rising series promises to be a perfect blend of the two genres I love the most: dark romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance. Can’t wait to read them! Joan, thanks for blogging with me today!

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“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” ~Unknown

That quote is for Cynthia in relation to the tweet she posted yesterday about her son.  You’ll have to check your tweets if you don’t know what I’m talking about.  <VBG>

What do you think of when you hear Deadly Valentine? Cynthia’s topic had me envisioning complex posts of serial killers, stalkers or Valentine’s Day murders. Anyone else have that reaction?

As you can see…that didn’t quite work out. After searching and searching for an angle, I just couldn’t find any new, cool information to share with you in any unique way. And worse, the more I searched, the more I saw how Valentine’s Day was linked to Domestic Abuse. It seems to be the holiday of choice to gain followers in their fight against domestic and/or teen violence.

Don’t get me wrong — those are both issues worthy of exposure. My daughter experienced the darker side of a high school relationship that ended in a restraining order against the young man. Horrible, stressful, fearful situation for her and for us as a family.  But, I just haven’t been in the mood to get all dark and intimate with the serial killer psyche lately. Go figure.

So, this post is much lighter, yet still interesting–at least I hope you’ll find it so. You might even get a chuckle or two.

I’ve left out many, many tidbits of Valentine’s Day trivia.  Everyone who can add a trivia tidbit in the comments (hint–Google or something you already know) will be entered to win one of these two gifts:

1) A copy of Cynthia’s new release: DEADLY HEAT (either print or eReader)

2) The ceeeeutest little note pad I’ve ever seen: Dead Man Sticky Notes.

Valentine’s Day Trivia

  • The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day
  • On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.
  • There is no one accepted explanation for the connection between St. Valentine and love.
  • According to Welsh tradition, a child born on Valentine’s Day would have many lovers.
  • The saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” is from the Middle Ages. Boys at this time would draw names of girls to see who would be their “Valentine” and then wear the name pinned on their sleeve for a week.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • Studies have shown that people are twice as likely to tilt their head to the right while kissing.
  • Famous couples married on February 14th:  Elton John-Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan-Dennis Quaid, Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee and Sharon Stone-Phil Bronstein.
  • Forty percent of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts are used by chocolate manufacturers for Valentine’s Day Candy.
  • Men claim to prefer to received chocolates as a Valentine’s gift; women prefer dinner.
  • Since the Aztec empire, chocolate has been considered an aphrodisiac used in the pursuit of love.
  • Casanova, who enjoyed the title of “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
  • There are towns in Texas & Nebraska called Valentine.
  • There is a Love Valley, North Carolina, a Romeoville, Illinois & Loveland, Colorado.
  • Each year 300,000 letters go through Loveland, Colorado, to get a special heart stamp cancellation for Valentine’s Day.
  • In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
  • Venus is the Roman god of love and beauty.
  • The red rose was the flower of Venus.
  • Cupid is associated with Valentine’s Day because he is believed to be the son of Venus.
  • Cupid is the Roman god of love. In Greek lore, Cupid is known as Eros.
  • NECCO has been making heart-shaped valentine candies, with sweet sayings printed on them, since 1902.
  • About eight billion candy hearts are made for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Nearly 10 new candy “conversation heart” sayings are introduced each year.
  • Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
  • In flower speak: Red means love, yellow means friendship, pink means friendship or sweetheart and lavender means love at first sight and enchantment.
  • Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

Share your Valentine’s Day trivia and WIN!!

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Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and a double Kiss of Death Daphne Du Maurier finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel with Kensington Brava debuts April, 2012. Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or working, Joan haunts the Twitterverse, runs her youngest daughter to the ranch to ride her horse, or texts her oldest daughter off at college.

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The Rise and Takeover of Action Heroes

Posted in Contests, Romance on January 23rd, 2011 by guest

Today, I’m excited to have my Brava mentee, Dale Mayer, as my guest.  I was thrilled to be paired with Dale in the Brava Writing With The Stars Contest. She’s advanced to the final four now (go Dale!).  You can read the round four entries on the RT Site–voting is going on now.  Congrats, Dale, and thanks for blogging today!

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Hi everyone! Dale Mayer here and I’m so happy to be back visiting with you all today. thanks so much Cynthia for the invitation. She’s been the best mentor (I’ve been lucky enough to have her as my mentor in the Brava Writing with the stars contest) I could possibly have!  I’m still in the contest and we’re down to just four finalists with one round left to go and I know it’s because of the help she gave me.  Now on to my blog about kick-ass heroines – a character I love to write!

The progression of sexualized and helpless female roles to the kickass curvy females of today is nothing short of miraculous.  It seems that since the last forty years women have slowly infiltrated the role to today’s continuous slew of kickass female roles.  I love it, don’t get me wrong.

The female heroes used to be defined by men.  Then women broke the mould.  Becoming much stronger in and more powerful in the real world, they also wanted to see their counterpart in the movie / book scene.  Who today would want the weak simpering Barbie of yesterday as their role model?

I hadn’t considered the role reversal to this extent until I read this blog.  It made me stop and think. I love strong female characters – in movies and in books.  And once I started researching about the differences between male and female action heroes I couldn’t stop.  There are huge differences! Male action heroes have a tendency to use brute force and heavy handed moves to make their desired end result happen.  According to this article, an investigation that the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation has carried out, only 19% of female characters in films used physical force while the male did in 53% of the times.


The articles and research I studied all agreed that female action heroes use their mind to get what they wanted first – they only resorted to physical violence when everything else has failed.  So women tend to use their brain first.  Gotta love it.  Women action heroes also show their feelings in movies and in books.  Compassion is also another trait shown by women and not just to their friends but also to their enemies.  It’s part of the female psyche and it works in these mediums to show that part of their nature.  Not so much for the males.

Women are allowed to and do cry in movies – even action superwomen.  They don’t cry like a weeping damsel in distress during the main fight scenes, instead they show tears up or cry and rage at injustices.  These actions actually help to round out the character and instead of feeling like the character wimped out on us as we might if a man had been doing the crying, we applaud her for being true to herself, and we pull for her even more.

Women have held high positions in the past but more a reverent type of powerful level than on a physical level.  Let’s be real our DNA is different.  We aren’t as strong or as big as our male counterparts.  But women of today are being trained better and we are seeing more and more women stepping into powerful roles.  In our books and movies, we are almost inundated with them.  The potential list is unbelievable.  I’ve always been a big fan of Ripley in the Alien series, Alice in the Resident Evil series or how about Selene from Underworld and then there’s the Laura Croft movies.

All of these women used their wits, their skills and their fighting skills when in a corner.  They also took care of those that needed them.  Ripley protected the child Newt in the second movie.  Alice cared for Angie. A distinctly female trait.  Have you ever seen an action heroine drag a child around the world saving others?  No.  Not likely because that wouldn’t be true to form for women.  Look at the cartoon move the Incredible.  Before Mrs. Incredible has a family, she gives up on being a superhero.  She doesn’t willingly drag her kids into the action – they hide away and get into all their own.

If you haven’t seen Salt yet – do.  I loved it.  Angelina plays another strong kick-ass female role that offers twists and surprises along the way.  However, Salt is smart, in control, and has no problem getting down and dirty to get what she wants.  Apparently the original character was supposed to be male until Angelina Jolie showed an interest in the role.  The character was also supposed to have a child.  However, that was changed as Jolie couldn’t see a woman having a child in that position.  The audience still has certain expectations that must be met!

In whatever we write, it’s important to have the audience relate.  If we need them to suspend belief in one area then we have to make it easy for them by making the actions believable and true to the character.

What about you?  What female action heroines do you like?  Males? Do you prefer to read (or write) about kick ass characters?  Or kick ass heroes?

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