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How Current Should A Contemporary Romance Be?

There are two schools of thought with writing contemporary romances. Make Your Story Timeless One school advises us to make contemporary romances as timeless as possible. Try to avoid references to clothing, to technology, to popular culture (TV shows, movies, music, etc). Avoid slang. Only use brand names that might exist fifty years from now. The reasoning behind this advice is ten years from now, we want our stories to remain ‘contemporary.’ We want readers to continue reading our stories. We want our stories to remain relevant. This can be a great policy to follow if you wish to write for print first publishers. Print first publishers often have long lead times. There could be years between writing a story and seeing the story on shelves. Slang or styles or culture will likely evolve in this time, making your contemporary romance dated. Make Your Story A Snapshot In Time The...

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Facial Hair On Heroes – Yes Or No?

Adrian Grenier Thanks to the popularity of Duck Dynasty, the beard is back! I’ve yet to write a bearded hero. My heroes are normally cleanly shaven as they tend to be businessmen. I’ve seen bearded men in suits but this is still less common. Nicolas, the billionaire hero of Sinful Rewards, is cleanly shaven. He’s a beautiful sophisticated man. He reminds me a bit of Adrian Grenier, the star of Entourage, when I saw him a few years ago. In this photo, he has a hint of stubble, but his chin is normally bare (his thick dark wavy hair is identical to Nicolas’ – I want to run my fingers through it). Houston Alexander aka The Assassin Hawke, the other hero in Sinful Rewards, has perma stubble. Yes, he’s bad ass, a manly man, a primitive beast, not caring about his appearance, but there’s also a practical reason for his...

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ARC Review: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes

The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes Publication date:  July 29, 2014 Series: At the Kingsborough Ball #3 Publisher: Avon Amazon | B&N | Goodreads ~~Reviewed by Lisa~~ For Lady Katherine Langdon, widowed Viscountess Crosby, danger comes in two forms- Lucien Marvaine, Earl of Roxberry, who was the spare, and attempts on her life. The first is understandable; he’s handsome, has known her since her christening, they are friends and she finds herself attracted to him. The attraction is a bit disconcerting as she does not want to lose their friendship. A relationship that has become strained for reasons she is not sure of. The second form of danger has both her and Lucien at a loss. When they meet again, Lucien is the Earl and Katherine is widowed. He sets about making her his as he should have done four years ago. He discovers the bright, confident woman he loves has been replaced...

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Sinful Rewards Reviewed At Fresh Fiction

Sinful Rewards 1 was reviewed at Fresh Fiction! http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=45007 “In SINFUL REWARDS the author is at the top of her form and it’s a joy to read from page one. The cliff-hangers are part of the deal, I expect them, and it’s fine that way, because I’ll be looking forward to at least one very special treat each month for a year!” Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ Sinful Rewards 1 Cynthia Sax Belinda “Bee” Carter is a good girl; at least, that’s what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man. Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed man on the balcony across the courtyard. Hawke is mysterious, the bad boy she knows will bring only heartbreak. He has...

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Interviewed At Reading Between The Wines

I was interviewed at Reading Between The Wines! http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/2014/07/the-seen-trilogy-by-cynthia-sax.html Here is a snippet… Lexi: We have your favorite white wine chilled and ready Cynthia! But unlike when we were talking about Flashes of Me we won’t give you too many difficult questions. And speaking of Flashes of Me, we have you here to talk about the trilogy set in the same world. Your Seen Trilogy includes: He Watches Me, He Touches Me, and He Claims Me. Has it been hard to leave this world and write in others? Cynthia Sax: (sips her wine) It was very difficult to leave The Seen Trilogy world (Flashes of Me and Breaking All The Rules are also part of this world). That’s why Blaine, the hero of The Seen Trilogy, makes a brief appearance in Sinful Rewards, my sizzling hot 12 novella serial. The billionaire club in the US is fairly small (a little...

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Lynsay Sands’ TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD Review & Giveaway

by Lynsay Sands Series: Scottish Highlands #2 Published by Avon, Harper Collins Genres: Highlanders, Historical Romance Source: Publisher TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD     by Lynsay Sands Avon/HarperCollins June 24, 2014 E-Book and Paperback 384 pages, Audio (10:02) Narrated by Keiran Elliot Book and E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted. New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet! Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn’t count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is...

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The Kingsborough Ball Collection

Win an autographed copy of each of the books in the Kingsborough Ball series. To enter, please visit my blog

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Sinful Rewards Reviewed-Books Like Breathing

I love this review from Books Like Breathing, especially the analysis of Bee, Nicolas and Hawke. http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.ca/2014/07/review-and-giveaway-sinful-rewards-1-by.html “I am salivating for the next part of this series. I need to know what happens. I very rarely have this happen to me. I am usually not one to get excited about a series. I can forget about it until the next book comes out. But not this one. I have a definite preference for endgame and I can’t wait to see if I’m right.” Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ Sinful Rewards 1 Cynthia Sax Belinda “Bee” Carter is a good girl; at least, that’s what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man. Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed...

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Sinful Rewards Revew-Crystal Blogs Books

Crystal Blogs Books has reviewed Sinful Rewards 1! http://crystalblogsbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/07/review-of-sinful-rewards-1-billionaries.html Here’s a snippet… “I love the fact that things are not always as they seem. Readers will find themselves looking deeper into the words and actions of every character. How will it end? We’ll see in a year, but I am anticipating one hell of a ride.” Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ Sinful Rewards 1 Cynthia Sax Belinda “Bee” Carter is a good girl; at least, that’s what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man. Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed man on the balcony across the courtyard. Hawke is mysterious, the bad boy she knows will bring only heartbreak. He has been watching her, and that makes...

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Talking Sinful Rewards With Sabrina York

I’m at Sabrina York ‘s online home today, talking about all kinds of Sinful Rewards (wicked grin) http://sabrinayork.com/cynthia-sax-talks-sinful-rewards/ Here’s a snippet… At the end of a long day, I love to reward myself with a sizzling erotic romance. I’ve worked hard. I deserve a treat and erotic romances are guilt free indulgences. They’re sinful rewards. That is the title of my latest contemporary erotic romance serial. In Sinful Rewards, Bee, the heroine, receives naughty challenges from a mysterious texter. Every time she accepts one of these toe-curling challenges, she’s given a luxurious reward, a pricey item she covets yet can’t afford on her small salary. She doesn’t know what the reward will be when she’s given the challenge. It could be a new pair of shoes or a night at a club or breakfast in Paris. Bee has to weigh the difficulty of her erotic mission against the possible rewards....

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