This Writer’s Journey…Cynthia Eden

Writing is a journey, one I truly love and enjoy, but it can sometimes feel rather lonely. Hour after hour, alone, at the computer, pouring your heart and soul into each word. But I’ve learned I’m not alone, in fact, I’ve been blessed to be in contact with some amazing people, both writers and non-writers.

I want to share a bit of that with you. Each week I’ll be spotlighting someone I’ve come in contact with during my journey. Thanks for stepping along side of me—all of you—during this exciting time!

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Cynthia Eden

I love Cynthia’s writing. Her stories are daring and exciting! Her writing is flawless, and she masterfully draws you into her character’s lives in a way that has you feeling each and every emotion they do.

That’s what inspired me to contact her for a cover quote for one of my novels.

She is one of the sweetest, most approachable people I’ve come across in this industry.

You could imagine my excitement when she’d agreed to read Violet Midnight for a quote. To have an author I enjoy reading read one of my novels was such an honor.

I’m so glad I got to cross paths with Cynthia Eden. She’s an inspiration. Be sure to check out her site, okay? 

Try

I found a new favorite song. I’d heard P!nk had a new album coming out, so when I saw @RachelFirasek’s post on Twitter that she was listening to P!nk I went out investigating….

And found THIS:

Now, personally, I find some of P!nk’s music…disturbing, in both a good and bad way. Most of my friends know that the F-word makes my ears bleed (LOL) and P!nk has been known to share the word in her songs…even titles of her songs.

But if I look past that and really read some of her lyrics. That girl has some seriously powerful songs. She really gets you thinking.

In TRY, I find these lyrics the most powerful.

Where there is a flame someone’s bound to get burned.

I’m sure you can interpret that a million different ways. But it struck me in this way….

Fire is passion. Passion not just for another person or love, but in throwing your heart and soul out there for all to see. That’s what it’s like with the books I write. Writing is a passion of mine and it’s a bit of my soul out there, vulnerable with each book that gets published.

I’ve gotten burned. I will continue to get burned. But like P!nk says in her next phrase:

But just because it burns, doesn’t mean you’re gonna die.

So true. Not everyone will like my characters, my writing style, my stories….but that’s okay. I can’t not write. So, if you’re venturing out, doing something you love and you get a bit scared.

Don’t. You’ll possibly get burned, but you won’t die.

You got to get up and try, try, try!!!

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What songs are rocking your world right now?

 

Need your help…

Titles stump me. Even more than writing back cover blurbs. So, I need your help!

I’ve got a new project (not contracted or anything, just a work in progress) and I need a title! Now, if this is just a working title. If it ever got published, more than likely the publisher would change the title or tweak it, but still. It’s nice to have a working title instead of “Theo and Sadie” which I’ve had for about five months now. LOL!!

Okay, ready? Here’s the “blurb” (it’s a work in progress as well)

More Than Ready

Theo Bradford is a Gatekeeper to Hades tasked with retrieving the evil that seeps out. He’s waited over nine hundred years for his mark to surface on his mate’s body, calling him to her. When it finally happens, a vicious demon he sent to Hades months ago somehow defies the binding vanquish and returns, setting his targets on the female. If Theo can’t connect with his mate, he’ll never gain the strength needed to protect his fated love from the demon’s wrath or defend the Gates of Hades.

Can’t Fight Fate

Graduating college in two years was easy for eighteen-year-old genius Sadie Nowland. But explaining the mark that appeared on her shoulder four days ago has her stumped. Then, a mystery man shows up and claims the mark identifies her as his mate, catapulting her neatly laid out life into chaos. The more time she spends with him, the harder it is to deny their connection – a connection her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. And that primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could ever imagine.

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I know the blurb isn’t much to go on when it comes to figuring out a title, but give it a shot. I came up with a few during a little brainstorm: The Veil, Bound by Fate, Veiled, Keeper of Hades, Gatekeeper, Devoted, The Keepers, Marked, Valor, Fortitude, Fury, Brewing, Out of Time…

See, I told you titles weren’t my strong point. . . Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

**Sorry, but I have to put this here: This post is geared toward entertainment. Chatting up titles. Talking writing. If we happen to use a title, or a variation of a title, offered in the comments of this post, (including suggestions given via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and all other social media outlets) said person surrenders all claims to the title. It does not entitle the person to any claim of royalties in any shape or form, now or in the future, should the book ever be published.**

Inspire Me…

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you often see me posting quotes.  I love surfing the net to find these things.  It makes me feel like others have been through things that prompted them to say these inspiring things–that we’re living life together.

Here are a few I’ve found recently mixed in with a couple oldies but goodies.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson.

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

And then there is my favorite one about writing:

“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”  —Lord Byron

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 I’d love see some of your favorite inspirational quotes!