Thursday, February 21, 2019

~ BLOG TOUR HER HOPE DISCOVERED ~

~ BLOG TOUR STOP ~
--  'HER HOPE DISCOVERED'  --
AUTHOR CYNTHIA HERRON
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Author
Bio, Unique Author Interview &
Giveaway~
her hope discovered blog tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

HerHopeDiscovered Title: Her Hope Discovered  
Series: Welcome to Ruby #1  
Author: Cynthia Herron  
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink  
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Release Date: December 31, 2018

Is the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery. Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink.

'Cindy' has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.

She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by Sarah Freese at WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

Cindy loves to connect with friends at her online home. She also hangs out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
JUNE: Welcome to 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic', Cynthia. I'm delighted to have you as my special guest for this blog tour stop. Congratulations on your debut release, 'Her Hope Discovered', in December, 2018!

CYNTHIA: Thank you so much! I’m delighted to join you!


JUNE:  This book is the first in your 'Welcome to Ruby' series. Please tell us how you created your setting and developed the characters for this series. Are any of the characters or their personality traits or physical descriptions based on people you've come across in your own life?  If yes, what prompted you to include them in the 'Her Hope Discovered'?


CYNTHIA:  Because I grew up in Small-town, USA, I'm drawn to close-knit communities that offer just the right blend of nostalgia, humor, and homespun charm. Add to that my penchant for romance, conflict, and hope-filled endings, and HER HOPE DISCOVERED was born. It's the story that tugged my heartstrings, a story of second chances that became book one in my Welcome to Ruby series.

There are, indeed, traits and characteristics unique to my heritage and the Ozarkian culture. I wanted to include some of these things in my fictional characters and story so that readers from other walks of life could live vicariously through their new friends and neighbors.

JUNE:  Who is your favorite character in this story {or series}? Why is this person your favorite? Without spoiling the story {or series}, is there anyone in the story {or series} who you do not like? Why not?

CYNTHIA:  Well, of course, I love Sam and Charla, our main characters, but I also adore Ida Mae Hoscutt, local proprietress of the Come and Get It Diner. Ida Mae’s a colorful, down-home character who’s never met a stranger. She’s a total people-person and a woman I could easily sit down with and have a cup of coffee.

Someone I’m not particularly fond of? Hmm…

Charla’s mother, Ellen Winthrop, does try one’s patience with her sharp tongue and domineering ways…but she may redeem herself. Keep reading! 😊

JUNE:  You have won or been a finalist in a few recent ACFW {American Christian Fiction Writers} contests for unpublished authors. What did you learn from the experience of entering your work into a contest? What challenges did you face as you submitted your series for representation with WordServe Literary? What have you learned about the publishing business through your experience working with your publisher, Mountain Brook Ink?

CYNTHIA:  I wholeheartedly recommend writing contests as a way to improve a writer’s work and grow one’s craft. Through contests I entered, I learned discipline and resilience—two very important traits necessary to succeed in the world of publishing.

As far as literary representation, I’ve navigated the path for many years, so partnering with a like-minded agent was a blessing. Of course, it’s always a nail-biter once an author’s work is out on submission. That’s why communication and diligence are key in the author/agent relationship.

Working with Mountain Brook Ink is exactly what I’d hope it would be. MBI is a perfect blend of teamwork, cohesiveness, and fun—characteristics that make work a joy.

JUNE:  When you write a book, do you outline the entire story, or do you have a different way of organizing your plot, characters, etc.? Do you always know the ending of your story before you begin putting things down on paper, or into your computer?  Do you have any particular organizational tips that you'd like to pass along to other authors and aspiring authors? 

CYNTHIA:  As I write, I start with key scenes organized on colored note cards. I also use a semblance of an outline to make certain I stay on track with my story, but I do allow room for unforeseen moments to naturally unfold, too. I usually know my story’s end, but sometimes surprises happen.

To aspiring authors, I would say do keep track of character details, key scenes, and plot development however it suits you best. Not all writers are geared to write the same way. While I think it helps to have some sort of organizational method, don’t be afraid to think and work creatively and in a way that fits your personality.

JUNE:  On your website you share that you have a "fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple." I collect 'gingerbread men' decor for my kitchen because they are cheerful. Do you have collections which include gingerbread figures and miniature teapots? Do you like to bake gingerbread or gingerbread cookies? What are some of the apple dishes you bake?

CYNTHIA:  Oooh I love my little gingerbread men! On my laundry room wall, I have a gingerbread-themed border and my gingerbread men (and women) grace the space below it. They put me in my happy place. They make doing laundry fun!

I don’t have time to bake like I used to, but I do bake a mean apple pie every so often, and I can throw apple crisp together in a snap.

Would you believe…I’ve never made gingerbread cookies?! I’d love a great recipe though.

JUNE:  Are there any hobbies or interests you would like to pursue in the future?

CYNTHIA:  I’ve always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. That’s been on my bucket list for years. Of course, now heights scare me a little. I’d still like to try it just to conquer my fear. …And, too, writing great books will always be in my life-plan!

JUNE:  Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Cynthia. I appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us about your writing journey and other fun topics! Best wishes for you continued success in your writing endeavors. 

CYNTHIA:  Thank you for having me ~ I’ve so enjoyed our time together!



Her Hope Discovered giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card from the author (US only)  

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 18, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm February 25, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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3 comments:

  1. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

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  2. Riding in a hot air balloon would have me shaking at the knees. I don't like heights.
    Dianna

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