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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Cynthia Eden

Book Lovin' Mamas is please to welcome Cynthia Eden to 
Book Lovin' Mamas today.  

1. Tell us 5 things about yourself that readers may not be able find out about you on the web. 

Five things? Tricky…let’s see…my favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I try to never eat anything green. At any given time, I may be reading 3 books. I think fallen angels are pretty awesome. And…I read my first paranormal book when I was 12 years old. 

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

When I am on a deadline, I try to write 6,000 words a day—so that means I spend a whole lot of hours writing. I usually take my son to school, then return home and write for 6 straight hours. (Okay, I say “straight” hours but I do take Twitter and email breaks so my mind won’t go numb.) I try to spend about 1 hour each day on promotion, and, well, then it is time to pick my son up from school. I don’t go to work again until he’s asleep. After bedtime comes for him, I’ll stay up as long as necessary in order to get my 6,000 words. The next day, the cycle starts again. 

3. Can you please tell the readers a little bit about your newest release "Angel in Chains"? 

Thanks so much for asking about ANGEL IN CHAINS! This book features one of my darkest heroes, Azrael—or, Az, for short. Az is a fallen angel who wants to earn redemption, and he’ll pretty much do anything for that redemption. But now that he’s in the mortal realm, Az is facing temptations all around him. The biggest temptation that he faces is my heroine, a human named Jade. If Az isn’t careful (okay, spoiler—he never is!), he might discover that there are things in this world that are even more important than an angel’s redemption. 

4. How did you come up with the Fallen Series? 

I’ve always been interested in angels and angel lore. There are so many types of angels out there, so I thought—let’s see what can happen with them. Punishment angels, death angels, guardians…they just seemed to beg for stories. In my books, I wanted the angels to live an existence very different from the one that humans live. So, in my books, angels never experience emotions—not until they fall and lose their wings. Once the wings burn away, emotions hit them. And with emotions, well, that’s when the fun comes. 

5. If you could be one of your characters from the Fallen Series, who would you want to be and why?

I’m not sure I’d want to be one! They have a pretty hard (and scary) time. I think I’d rather just read about them from the safe distance of a book. 

6. Who designs the sexy covers of the Fallen Series? (by far my fave has been Angel in Chains) =) 

I am so glad that you like the covers—thank you! The wonderful folks at Kensington do my covers. Colleen Andrews did the cover work for ANGEL IN CHAINS. 

7. What has been the easiest scene to write in the series and the hardest? 

The easiest scene to write was actually the opening scene in ANGEL OF DARKNESS. During this scene, my first angel hero, Keenan, falls. This scene actually came to me very quickly, and it inspired all of the other Fallen stories. I saw Keenan falling, I knew why he fell—and I just had to write the book to explain his journey. In the beginning of that book, Keenan is perched on the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. He’s watching, waiting, and ultimately making a choice that changes the lives of everyone in all of my Fallen series. 

The hardest scene? Now that is a tough question. I think writing the final battle scene in ANGEL OF CHAINS was the hardest. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that I wanted readers to know just how much power one person could have—and that the choices we make can have more consequences than we realize. 

8. I have a huge crush on Sammael, how has he been since his book "Angel Betrayed" and what is he now up to? 

LOL, I am so glad you have a crush on Sammael! He’s doing well. Just raising a little hell here and there. He does appear in both ANGEL IN CHAINS and in AVENGING ANGEL (due out in May of 2013). He’s one of my favorite characters. So dark. So strong. So sarcastic. 

9. When you are not writing, what are your hobbies and interests? 

I love to watch horror movies. And to snorkel. I also read an insane amount! 

10. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers? 

I would just like to say thank you! Thank you for all of the wonderful support that you have given to me and to my books. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! 

Fun quick questions: 

11. Coffee or Hot Tea: Hot tea 

12. Beach or Mountains: Beach 

13. Sunrise or Sunset: Sunset 

14. Summer or Winter: Summer 

15. Country Music or Rock N' Roll: Rock N’ Roll
 Angel of Darkness
(The Fallen #1)
by: Cynthia Eden
Publishing Date: 11/29/11
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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FranJessca's Review

As an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James. When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her. 
Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. He’s stunned to discover that the woman he remembers has undergone a dramatic change—she’s become a vampire. And when he realizes that she’s the target of all manner of enemies—other vampires, demons, even shifters—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if all hell breaks loose…
Angel Betrayed
(The Fallen #2)
by: Cynthia Eden
Publishing Date: 6/26/12
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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FranJessca's Review

Sammael – call him Sam – was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days, he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl… 
Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…
Angel in Chains
(The Fallen #3)
by: Cynthia Eden
Publishing Date: 11/27/12
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Paranormal Romance

As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death. 
Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She’s spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions…
(Taken from website)
Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel, DEADLY FEAR, was named a RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia’s publishers include Kensington Brava, Harlequin Intrigue, Grand Central Publishing, Avon Red, and ImaJinn Books. Foreign rights to Cynthia’s books have been sold to Greece, Japan, Thailand, Germany, and Brazil. 

Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology and Communication. She’s worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and an editor. Since she began writing full-time in 2006, she has contracted over twenty novels and ten novellas.

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Woohoo! Another Fallen Angels book! I am really looking forward to reading Az's book. I have no doubt it will be as fabulous as all of your other books are!

Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

I can not wait to read this one. I loved the first two and am so looking forward to reading Angel in Chains. Maybe Santa will bring it to me.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for interviewing me! ;)

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Angel In Chains sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I'm so glad there's another book in the Fallen series! Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Texas Book Lover!! ;)

And thank you, Kelsey!! So glad that you enjoyed the first two!

What a great interview! Enjoyed it :)

Love the cover of Angel In Chains!

Amy said...

Nice interview, Cynthia! I do love that Sam, and you are right - so sarcastic. I know Seline can keep him in line along with her hell hound. :)

Amy said...

Nice interivew, Cynthia! I love Sam and his sarcastic ways. I know Seline and her hell hound will keep him in line. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the congrats, Joanne! ;)

So glad you enjoyed the interview (and the cover), Rashda!

Unknown said...

LOL, Amy, I sure hope Seline keeps him in line!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the interview. Which do you prefer writing, stand alone books or a series like this? Which do you think is more difficult?

CrystalGB said...

Hi Cynthia. Great interview. Angel in Chains sounds awesome. Love the cover.

michele said...

Congrats on your new release Cynthia, been looking forward to reading Az's story :)

Rita Wray said...

Great interview, thank you. I love the covers.

I have never read a book by Cynthia Eden, but this series looks really good. It's definitely going to my TBR list. I love me some fallen angels. :) Congrats on the new release.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the new release! Az is very intriguing. Can't wait to read his book. Love this series (as I love all your books!).

ELF said...

Sadly, I am very behind on my TBR list but I am intrigued by these books. Good luck with the new release and thanks for the giveaway!

elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

You are such a fun writer with your imagination. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. Can't wait to get my hands on Angel In Chains.

Victoria said...

Congratulations Cynthia!
Thank you so much. I'm posting this on Twitter and Facebook.

lrhubble said...

I the angels in this series. This is such an excellant series. Glad to know that after Az's story there is at least one more though hoping for many more.


love, love your books! Can't wait to read Angel in Chains. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Diane said...

I loved the first two books, how many are planned so far? And since I also love your shifter and vampire stories, any of those coming soon?

Barbara E. said...

Congrats on the release of Angel in Chains Cynthia! I love this series and I'm looking forward to reading this new book.

Cynthia's angel books are awesome! I was fortunate enough to get the ARC of Angel in Chains. It was great!

CatsMeow said...

That was a great interview. Thanks for giving us a little look at you and your writing process.

elaing8 said...

Great interview.Love these covers too.I have to catch up on this series :)
Thanks for the great giveaway

Unknown said...

Shannon, I like to write a series more because then I can keep up with the characters as I go--it's fun to watch them change across the books.

Glad you liked the interview, Crystal!

Thank you for the congrats, Michele!

So happy you like the covers, Ingeborg--thank you!

Unknown said...

Thanks for adding the books to your TBR pile, Alyssa! I love me some fallen angels, too! ;)

Thank you, Kimberley! I hope you enjoy Az's story!

Oh, Elf2060, I feel your TBR pain. I think one of my new year's resolutions will be to make that pile smaller--I want to catch up on my reading!

Thank you, Glittergirl! I'm always worried my imagination will get me into trouble...

Unknown said...

Thank you, Victoria!

Hi, Larena!! I am so tempted to write another...there's a certain angel that keeps slipping into my head. (And thank you!)

Hi, Martha!! Thank you!!

Diane, I'm very happy you enjoyed the first two! I've written four in this series. And I actually have a new shifter story out now, too (The Wolf Within). If you're a fan of the Bound books, then you may be glad to hear that I'm planning a full-length book release of a new Bound story in 2013.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Barbara!!

Oh, Raonaid, you know I have mad love for you! Thanks!!

So glad you enjoyed the interview, CatsMeow!

Thanks for checking out the interview, elaing8!

Unknown said...

Thank you all so much for the great comments! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

donnas said...

Congrats on the release!! Cant wait to read it.

Timitra said...

Great interview! Thanks for the great contest!

Thank you so much for sharing great post I look forward to reading your new book alittle behind on reading right now! I hope you have a very Happy Holidays!
latisha D

Unknown said...

thanks for the contest, i look forward to reading az's story :)

Unknown said...

thanks for the interview and contest, i look forward to reading az's story.

Unknown said...

Great interview! Angel in Chains sounds like a really good read.

Minna said...

I can not wait to read this!

AHh I'm dying to read ANGEL IN CHAINS... I've been following your release party and am loving the sound of it :)

I realized I typed my Twitter handle wrong in the Rafflecopter form, by the way ~_~ it should actually be @touurnesol

Anne said...

What attracted Cynthia to switch from demons and shifters to writing about angels? (Although I suppose if you write about demons you have to give the otherside a chance.)

Unknown said...

LOVE Fallen Angels!!!
Thanks for the books!
Thanks for the contest!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the release of Angel In Chains! This book description is captivating, looking forward to reading it.

gypsylcm said...

I enjoyed the first two Fallen Angel books and look forward to reading the new one

chey said...

Congrats on your release! Sounds great!

Foretta said...

Thanks for sharing the books sound great! You're a new author for me. I love these blog hops just becaues I find lots of new authors

pc said...

Congratulations on the release!
I just bought and finished reading Angel Betrayed and it was wonderful! I would love to read Angel in Chains! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

pc said...

Congratulations on the release!
I just bought and finished reading Angel Betrayed and it was wonderful! I would love to read Angel in Chains! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

pc said...

Congratulations on the release!
I just bought and finished reading Angel Betrayed and it was wonderful! I would love to read Angel in Chains! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

pc said...

Congratulations on the release!
I just bought and finished reading Angel Betrayed and it was wonderful! I would love to read Angel in Chains! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Eli Yanti said...

Congrts on the release, Cynthia

Love the excerpt and the cover of this book :)

Linda said...

Oh, i love this and can´t wait for a chance to read more! Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the release! I can't wait to read this!!!!

fantasy_angel381 (at) yahoo (dot) com

book sounds like a fun & fast read :) congrats on the release & thanks for a chance to read it.

Unknown said...

Would Love to win but even if I don't i'm adding this to my TBR list.... thanks for the giveaway and the great interview!!!

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