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By Cynthia Sax on September 14, 2014

Shades Of Pink

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Interview With K. Bromberg

By Cynthia Sax on September 15, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with K. Bromberg for a short interview. Today is the release day for K. Bromberg’s Raced (A Reading Companion to the bestselling Driven Series), a Contemporary Erotic Romance.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Colton so freakin’ sexy

K. Bromberg: What makes Colton sexy? He’s arrogant and harsh and yet can soften when face to face with little boys. He’s damaged and broken and yet he allows Rylee to try and piece him back together. He’s good-looking but not perfect…imperfectly perfect is how Rylee refers to him. He’s an asshole but there’s a reason behind it, a defense mechanism that his point of view allows the reader to see that he’s trying to let her in. He might still be messing up, but he’s trying. He’s got a dirty mouth, can dominate in bed, and loves cotton candy. He thinks extravagance is overrated and prefers simplicity – beach picnics and dates at a carnival – rather than jetting off somewhere else. He’s the little boy inside the damaged man wanting to be whole again, taking baby steps toward that peace. I think he’s such a myriad of contradictions and yet each one has a redeeming quality that makes you root for him, makes you fall for him right along with Rylee.

Cynthia Sax: What excites you about Raced?

K. Bromberg: I was excited to write RACED because it was fun to look at certain scenes in the story and figure them out through Colton’s eyes. When I originally wrote the chapter in Rylee’s point of view (POV) I didn’t have to think about what was going through Colton’s mind, what he was thinking, how he was figuring out how to handle these new emotions she stirred up in him. So sitting down to write these scenes after the entire series has been played out proved challenging as well as exciting.

It was challenging because there were times I’d explain what Colton was thinking and realize I couldn’t possibly write that because it would have altered the course of the books and since they are published I can’t do that. Writing RACED was almost like piecing a puzzle together and making sure the proper edges connected to make the picture complete. Even better than rewriting scenes was writing a few new scenes that better explain a few things and his actions.

The book was exciting because I missed Colton. He is fun to write. Full of sarcasm and humor and demons so there is always a schizophrenic nature to what he is thinking. It’s also liberating because he tells it like it is and where Rylee might have danced around a thought, Colton just plows right through it.


Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Raced?

K. Bromberg: My readers. Plain and simple. I’ve always said that I’d never rewrite the series in its entirety through Colton’s eyes because I feel like readers would get sick of him, that the nostalgia of reading his thoughts would become boring. With that said, I’d written several scenes from the series in Colton’s perspective for blogs over the past year. They were scattered across the internet and my readers kept asking me if I could put them all in one place. Along with that, they were asking for a few key scenes I hadn’t done, to be retold in his perspective. So after some thought, I asked them if they wanted something like this – a few scenes from each book in the series in one cohesive collection – and they said yes. So…RACED came about.


Cynthia Sax: What one piece of advice would you give new writers?


K. Bromberg:
I still consider myself a new writer so please bear that in mind when I give any advice on writing. I’m still learning with every book, still trying to improve so take my comment for what it’s worth. To any new writer, I say write, write, and write some more. Writing makes you better. Every time you go through the process of putting pen to paper (fingers to keys) you learn something new, hone your craft. Each time you edit a book, you learn something different about grammar, about phrasing, about making your prose crisper, cleaner, and more concise. So if I was only allowed to give one piece of advice, it would be write something every day, even if you think it’s crap and you delete every single word, you’re still writing.

Thank you, K. Bromberg, for joining us today!

K. Bromberg’s Website: http://www.kbromberg.com

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The Colton Points of View Collection

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a companion novella to the best selling Driven Trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed). This novella is a compilation of reader requested scenes from the series retold through the eyes of Colton Donavan.

Colton Donavan lived life in the fast lane, but it took Rylee Thomas to teach him what racing was all about.

Arrogant
Rogue
Broken
Conceited
Dirty-Talking
Rebel
Egomaniacal
Voodooed
Bent
Reckless

You think you know me?

Think again.

*Raced is not a complete re-write of the Driven Trilogy. This companion explores pivotal scenes as well as some new ones written in Colton Donavan’s point of view that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, and Crashed. Hear his thoughts, experience his inner-turmoil, and laugh with him on his journey as he overcomes his demons and accepts what it means to love.

This novella is for the devoted readers of the Driven series. It is recommended that this companion be read after Driven, Fueled, and Crashed.

Buy Now From Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MNLLAA8

Buy Now From Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raced-Reading-Companion-bestselling-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00MNLLAA8

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Shades Of Pink Button

By Cynthia Sax on September 14, 2014

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The No Social Media Challenge – AKA The Cyber Vacation

By Cynthia Sax on September 12, 2014

For a writer, there’s nothing better than disappearing into a literary world for hours, days, weeks and simply writing, focusing all of our energy on creating fascinating characters, enthralling situations, gripping conflict.

To do this, we have to turn off social media – Facebook, Twitter, blogs, all of the distracting noise from the outside world. I thought this was impossible but a buddy challenged me to this cyber vacation.

I did it (taking a week off social media)!!! And yes, it WAS rejuvenating. My creative wells went from empty to overflowing. I have ideas I can’t wait to write and a renewed passion for the business.

This cyber vacation wasn’t without its challenges. I thought I’d share the lessons I learned so your experience is even better than mine (though I question that is possible – smiles).

Planning

I don’t recommend you take the time off without planning for it first. Facebook friends will worry about you. Email buddies will get irritated that you’re not returning their messages. Business will be disrupted. Plan for this week (or more) off.

Choose the right time for this cyber vacation (preferably at least a month in advance). Release week is NOT the right time (laughs). The week (or more) should be slow. I chose a week with a long weekend.

Once you choose the week, block it off. Don’t accept any invites for this time. I could guest host a Facebook party or Facebook takeover a day. I turned all of these requests down for the week. Other writers understand. We’ll still love you!

I have a separate email address for my agent, editors and family members. This is the only email I checked during my week off. I told them I was taking the week off. This didn’t stop the urgent emails though. (grins) I’m glad I checked this email address.

I changed my Yahoo loops and Facebook groups to no notifications. I figured if it involved me, a buddy would email me and point to the message (which they did).

I posted on Facebook that I was participating in this no social media challenge. NEVER post that you’ll be physically away from home. Thieves scour social media, looking for these types of messages. But a cyber vacation is different.

I usually allow all of my buddies to post on my wall and tag me. However, this means I receive a lot of spam which I have to delete. As I wouldn’t be checking my wall for this spam, I turned off the ability for anyone else to post or tag me.

I scheduled blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts for while I was on cyber vacation. Some reading buddies didn’t know I was gone!

I set aside a couple of days when I returned to answer emails, PMs, etc.


During The Week

For the first couple of days while on cyber vacation, I accessed my computer from places I feel nervous about logging in from. I don’t like typing in passwords on coffee shop or public library wifi networks. Yes, I realize they are likely safe but I avoid it. This removed the temptation to check email or Facebook.

Once I had spent a couple of days offline and was sucked completely into the story I was writing, I felt less of a compulsion to surf social media. I scanned the headlines of my emergency email account every second business day and that was it. There were some emergency emails I had to tackle but nothing world ending.

I also had goals. I wasn’t depriving myself of social media. I was indulging with the writing. It was glorious, freeing, relaxing.

When I Returned

Remember those couple of days I set aside for answering emails? I needed them. I receive over 1,000 emails a day (from writers, readers, reviewers, bloggers). I DID receive a couple of “where are you?” emails. I had missed two luscious limited time only offers (not the end of the world). With the rest of the emails, it didn’t matter that I answered them a week later.


Would I do this again?

Yes! Sure, I missed everyone but I think I was a much better friend when I returned. I appreciated my buddies more. I was relaxed. I was happy. I had a zillion new ideas and some fresh words written.

Have you disconnected for a day, a week or more? What was your experience?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-2-cynthia-sax/1119919836

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354129

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-2/id814153762

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Interview With Dawn’s Reading Nook

By Cynthia Sax on September 11, 2014

Dawn interviewed me (and you KNOW how I love interviews – grins)

http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.ca/2014/08/discover-sinful-rewards-2-by-cynthia.html

Here’s a snippet…

If you could sit down with any author dead or alive who would it be?

Cynthia Sax: Sinful Rewards is a 12 novella serial. Serials have been enjoyed by readers for centuries. I’d love to sit down with Charles Dickens and ask him how he wrote his serials. I understand that he tweaked David Copperfield when he received reader feedback. How fast did he incorporate this feedback? Was it in the next monthly installment?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-2-cynthia-sax/1119919836

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354129

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-2/id814153762

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Hawke From Sinful Rewards: A Hot, Enticing God In The Flesh

By Cynthia Sax on September 10, 2014

Literaria shares

(and boy, was it tough to choose my favorite excerpt from this review – it ROCKED)

“Arousing and enveloping are two words I’d always use to describe Cynthia Sax’s writing. It’s like a warm spell that makes you forget the outside world and teases you into the private world her characters live in. I’m very fond of the author’s slow-burning, meticulous building of the mood and tension.”

Read the full review here (including Literaria’s description of Hawke)

http://sede-literaria.blogspot.ca/2014/08/im-sinfully-hooked-to-sinful-rewards-2.html

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-2-cynthia-sax/1119919836

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354129

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-2/id814153762

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Sinful Rewards – Cyndi’s Story

By Cynthia Sax on September 10, 2014

One of the fun things about having the Sinful Rewards Goodreads group ( https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/139616-a-year-of-sizzling-hot-sax-read-along) is I can share extra scenes from the story.

I can also share what minor characters are doing when they’re not ‘on the page’ with Bee. I’ve already shared the spicy encounter between Bee’s best friend Cyndi and the Tantra Twins. Cyndi’s private life REALLY takes off in Sinful Rewards 3.

Join the group! It’s free and I can assure you you’ll want to know more about Cyndi. Bee’s bestie is CRAZY!

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-2-cynthia-sax/1119919836

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354129

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-2/id814153762

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Sinful Rewards 3 – Mesmerizing!

By Cynthia Sax on September 9, 2014

Yay! We have our very first review for Sinful Rewards 3 (releasing on September 16th)!

Monique Daoust at Fresh Fiction shares

“SINFUL REWARDS 3 is not a suspense series as such, and yet it’s filled with mystery; it’s sexy and deeply philosophical, bubbly and sparkling yet infused with doubt. Ms. Sax always writes remarkably well and here she outdoes herself: some sentences are beautiful beyond compare. SINFUL REWARDS 3 will leave you gasping, panting and begging for more. Mesmerizing!”

You can read more here

http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=46137

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Bee Carter’s carefully constructed world is tumbling down around her designer knockoff heels. Pleasing others isn’t working for this small-town fashionista. Bee decides to throw caution to the Chicago wind for one night and release her inner bad girl, accepting a sexy challenge from an unknown texter, exploring the backseat of a limousine with gorgeous billionaire Nicolas, and entering a rough, tough biker bar with the mysterious Hawke.

Two hot men, one wicked night. When this good girl goes wild, who will make her erotic dreams come true—the enigmatic billionaire or the tattooed bad boy?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89JS

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-3-cynthia-sax/1119919837

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354143

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-3/id814148707

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Sinful Rewards 2 – A Hot Little Mystery

By Cynthia Sax on September 8, 2014

Racing To Read shares

“If you like a hot little mystery you may enjoy this series!”

Read the full review here

http://racingtoread.blogspot.ca/2014/08/sinful-rewards-2-blog-tour-review.html

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Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/

Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-2-cynthia-sax/1119919836

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354129

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-2/id814153762

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Second Excerpt For Sinful Rewards 3

By Cynthia Sax on September 8, 2014

This post has adult content. If you are under the age of eighteen years old or sensitive to adult language/situations, please do not read this post.

The third novella in my sizzling hot Sinful Rewards serial releases September 16th. Last week, I shared the first excerpt. (You can read it here http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/09/01/first-excerpt-for-sinful-rewards-3/ ) Today, I’m sharing the second excerpt!

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A very large man separates from the pack, and my words fade. He’s backlit, his face and form in darkness, but I’d recognize that blunt buzz cut, square chin, broad shoulders, and confident swagger anywhere.

“Hawke,” I whisper, my toes wiggling in the practical flats I was forced to wear. My lack of heels makes him appear even larger, more dominant and manly.

“Sweetheart.” He cups my chin with his rough fingers and tilts my face upward. Our gazes meet and hold, time stopping, the noise and lights fading. There’s only the two of us.

I’ll have sex with this mountain of a man tonight. Decades-entrenched fear battles newly formed desire. The temptation to turn, to run from him, from this fate, increases with each heartbeat. I know of only one way to quiet my mind, to ensure passion wins. “Kiss me,” I whisper.

Hawke doesn’t hesitate. He swoops down and claims my lips, the strength of his embrace stealing my breath. I gasp. He surges inside me, his tongue tangling, tumbling with mine. He tastes of whiskey and chocolate, a burning sweetness I could quickly become addicted to.

My knees tremble, and he straps his arms around my body, holding me upright, pressing me to him. I forget everything, my doubts, our audience, my friend Cyndi, losing myself in him, in the rasp of his stubble-covered chin against my skin, the stroke of his tongue along mine, the hardness of his body.

Hawke lifts me higher, fitting me into his fit form. My curves flatten against his muscle. My feet dangle above the pavement. Never have I felt this delicate, this cherished.

I grip his shoulders, clinging to him, relishing his strength and size. This is right, this kiss, this night, this man. I’ll give him everything, expecting only pleasure in return, forgoing forever for one evening.

A man whistles, breaking the spell. Other men join him, hooting and hollering, their unruly behavior heating my cheeks. Hawke releases my lips and pushes my face into his cotton-covered chest, bending over my smaller form as though to shield me from them.

“I’m glad you came,” he murmurs, his voice low and deep and arousing. I wiggle closer to him, my nipples pressing against the red silk of my corset. He strokes my loose-flowing hair, his big hands gentle, almost reverent.

“I almost didn’t,” I share quietly, not wanting anyone else to hear us.

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Subscribe To My Release Day Newsletter: http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/

Bee Carter’s carefully constructed world is tumbling down around her designer knockoff heels. Pleasing others isn’t working for this small-town fashionista. Bee decides to throw caution to the Chicago wind for one night and release her inner bad girl, accepting a sexy challenge from an unknown texter, exploring the backseat of a limousine with gorgeous billionaire Nicolas, and entering a rough, tough biker bar with the mysterious Hawke.

Two hot men, one wicked night. When this good girl goes wild, who will make her erotic dreams come true—the enigmatic billionaire or the tattooed bad boy?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89JS

Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-3-cynthia-sax/1119919837

Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9780062354143

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-3/id814148707

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