Congrats, A Review, and Research, baby! Back to Blog

I want to begin today by sending my congrats to my friend Edie Ramer!!  Edie has advanced to the 4th round of the American Title V Competition! Go, Edie! (Although I am not at all surprised to hear you’ve advanced!)  The voting is open for this round and you can read the entries here.  To vote for DEAD PEOPLE (that’s Edie’s story with the awesome title), send a blank email with the subject of DEAD PEOPLE to votes@romantictimes.com.

I received a review of IMMORTAL DANGER from Two Lips Reviews yesterday (thank you, Tina!). The story was given 5 lips!  You can view the full review at Two Lips, and to get you curious, here’s a snippet:

“There is hot sex, action and adventure in Immortal Danger and I loved the blend of humanity with the demon in Maya. She has to come to terms with what she has become and what it means for her. I thought her character was thoughtfully done. I hope to read more like Immortal Danger from Cynthia Eden in the future.”–Tina of  Two Lips Reviews

I began writing a new book yesterday–always a fun, but scary situation for me. Fun because–hey, blank page! I can start the tale anywhere! Possibilities! Options!  And scary because–gah, a blank page!  Lots and lots of blank pages.  But I’m good now. I’m on page 11!  I think I’ve got a great feel for both of my main characters.

Before I wrote, I spent an hour doing pre-writing research. More research will definitely follow later. This book will be one of the most research intensive I’ve ever done.  My heroine is a firefighter and I want to make sure I’m covering things properly for her.

While doing my research, I came across some firefighter videos on YouTube (I was looking for flames…). I thought I’d share one or two with you.


And, yes, my research did involve more than me just watching YouTube videos.  :-) While I think of the above video as the wild, action-packed firefighter film, I also found a very well-done video about female firefighter recruitment. Great ladies, great stories.

And, hey–quick reminder! Amberkatze still has an IMMORTAL DANGER contest running over at her blog.  Check it out if you have a chance!

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4 responses to “Congrats, A Review, and Research, baby!”

  1. Edie says:

    Cindy, thanks for the shout out!!! And congrats on your great review! And for starting your new book. I feel the same mixture of eagerness and fright when I start writing a new book, for the same reasons you say. It’s kind of like dating. lol Though I’m glad those years are behind me! I’d rather take chances with a blank page.

    I loved the videos. “Dance in the Devil’s House” (from the first one) would be a great title. Or just “The Devil’s House,” though people might think that would be horror.

  2. Karin says:

    Congratulations, Edie! Good luck with the rest of the American Title V Competition!

    Congratulations on the great review, Cynthia! I’m really looking forward to reading IMMORTAL DANGER.

  3. Brandy says:

    I always wondered what an author thought when they start a book. *G*
    I’ve voted for Edie before, can I vote again?
    Congratulations on the great review, I’m sure it was well deserved!

  4. Michelle says:

    Congrats on the terrific review, Cynthia! Fantastic :) . And of course, go, Edie, go!