Monday, November 4, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Cynthia Hickey

Is there a story behind Taming the Sheriff?

I’ve always enjoyed the play The Best Little Christmas Pageant and wondered what would happen if a young teacher from the city accepted a job in the Ozark Mountains. The heroine finds herself smack dab in the middle of a feud and uses a Christmas program to pull the town together.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

I would have to say Summer Meadows from my Summer Meadows mystery series. She’s ditzy, clumsy, clueless, and adorable.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

I think it would have to Amos Moore from my third Harvey Girl book which releases in July, 2014. The man is so consumed with what he wants that he doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

This one is easy. It would have to be the romantic suspense I published under my maiden name of Melton…Shades of Crimson. The serial killer in the story doesn’t know what he’s in for.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

I have a super long list of stories I want to write. I keep the list in the order I want to write them. It feels wonderful each time a story is crossed off.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

I’d have to say fantasy/science fiction. I’m perfectly content to stay in the world I’m in now.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

Again, Summer Meadows. My mother thought I wrote the book about myself. I had to remind her that I’ve never found a dead body.

How do you find the time to write?

I took the leap of faith in May, 2013 and quit the day job. I am now a full time writer. I write 2,000 words a day, Monday through Friday. My work hours are 8-2:00 with an hour break for lunch. If I don’t meet my word count, I make it up on the weekends. I treat my writing as a job and can honestly say it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book, An Unconventional Lady, releases April 2014. It is the second book in a four book series dealing with the Harvey Girls. Women who worked from the Fred Harvey company along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads. These women were truly the women who tamed the west.

Back Cover Blurb


Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

To buy her book:

About Cynthia:
Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at

To connect with Cynthia:

Cynthia is giving away a copy of Taming the Sheriff. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Wendy Newcomb said...

My daughter just bought me Taming the Texas Rancher, I would love to win Taming the Sheriff to go with it.


Susan P said...

Sounds like you have a lot of creativity swimming around in your head! I love that you have stories written down and cross them off when you have written them. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Cooper said...

Cynthia Hickey is a new author to me, but I know I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Jackie McNutt said...

Although I am not familiar with Cynthia's books I look forward to reading her Taming The Sherriff it looks like a great read!
Thank you.

Brittany said...

This does sound like a book I would like to read and I really enjoy these opportunities to meet new to me authors!
Brittany McEuen
kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed getting to know Cynthia better. Great interview. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia. Glad to meet you. This sounds like a good story with the sheriff not being able to quit thinking of the woman who just came to town. Sounds like he want win the battle between them. Please put my name in the pot for the drawing. Thanks to you and my Barn Door Book Loft friends for the give-away.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Merry said...

I loved Summer, she was such a fun character! Taming the Sheriff sounds great, thanks for a chance to win it.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

sm said...

Love to win this book about this creative lady in the Ozarks and the sheriff who steals her hear. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ro said...

Would like to be entered!

Thank you!

ohiobuckeye91 (at] gmail (dot] com

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