Enjoy the Dark Seduction . . . with Cynthia Cooke

Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning, multi-published author who has published 11 books and short stories for Harlequin/Silhouette and Steeple Hill. Her latest book, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies will be one of the launch books for Entangled Publishing‘s new Dead Sexy Romantic Suspense line. Cynthia is best known for writing page-turners that will keep you up at night.  So if you choose to take that ride, over the edge and into the dark, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.  Enjoy the Dark Seduction. 

SW: Welcome, Cynthia. We are so happy to have you here with us today. You are an award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin/Silhouette. What made you decide to publish with Entangled?

CC: I’ve heard so many great things about Entangled, especially the author friendly contracts.  And the idea that I could write a book and have it published the same year was VERY enticing.

SW: Please tell me a bit about your new Entangled story Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies.

CC: After an all-out assault by a vicious terrorist bent on destroying her entire family, former government agent Genie Marsters must break the strict rules she has always lived by when she emerges from hiding to reluctantly accept the help of her all-too-sexy ex-lover.

Running a deadly race against time, they rush to rescue her kidnapped sister, find her missing father, and bring the notorious villain to justice. But nothing ever goes as planned. Bullets fly, danger abounds, and their passion reignites even faster than the lies are flowing. But stubbornly held secrets just might spell the end of their rekindled love and hopes for the future . . . as well as their very lives.

SW: It’s a great cover! Did you have any input in the design?

CC:  I did! I sent a bunch of shutterstock images and examples of covers I like And they worked that around the dead sexy brand. The cover is AMAZING!!!


SW: How fun! What is on your TBR pile?

CC: Oh, this is so huge. I’m one of those people who is reading several books at one time, and listening to audio books when I’m driving.  Right now, I’m loving Nevada Barr and J.T. Ellison.

SW: I love audiobooks as well. What is your next project?

CC: I have two Harlequin werewolf books coming out in 2014. Right now, I’m wrapping up revisions on my second book in my werewolf series, Lying With Wolves, for Harlequin Nocturne.

SW: What is your favorite type of hero? (dark, bad boy, vampire, etc)

CC: I’ve thought about this question for another blog. I really don’t have a favorite type. I love my dark and dangerous vampires, my tortured werewolves, my action-oriented no-nonsense cops. I guess I just love them all, especially if they love the heroines, especially if it’s the last thing they want to do.

SW: I know you still have teenagers around. Do you get much writing done during the summer?

CC: I do, but I also gain a lot of weight! LOL! With three teenagers at home and the constant revolving door of all their friends coming and going at all hours of the day and night, I have to leave the house and write in coffee shops. My favorite is Panera Bread, which means I eat out A LOT.

SW: I LOVE Panera also. Especially their cinnamon rolls. Is there another genre you’d love to write?

CC: Yes, I’ve been working on a YA for the past couple of years in between contracts. I would really love to take the summer and finish writing it.

SW: Who does your website (it’s beautiful!)

CC: Thank you so much. That honor goes to Tivi Jones at Creative Media. She does so much more than websites now. She a digital marketing queen and has lots of tips on her blog. http://creativityloft.com/

SW: Will you write any more books for Entangled?

CC: I’d love to, though I’ve been too busy to submit a second proposal.

SW: Do you have an excerpt we can read?

CC: I do!

Kyle stared in disbelief at the odd, mushroom-shaped structure rising up from the cracked, dry earth of the Nevada desert.

“There she is,” the voice of Johnny Garino, his crew chief and closest friend, buzzed in his earpiece.

Genie stood on the roof of the strange house. Three black SUVs were corralled on the ground far below her. She looked incredible, breathtaking, silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky. Kyle sucked in a breath as she clipped a cable to her belt.

“She’s getting ready to fly!” Johnny called out, his voice rising in pitch.

“Hold on, baby. I’m almost there.” Kyle pushed down on the throttle urging the bird faster, even as he willed Genie to turn and see him, to hold on until he could sweep her away from the danger. And once he did, once he had her safe and secure in his cockpit, then what?

Then he’d try not to kill her himself.

Fantastic!! Thank you so much for spending the day with us, Cynthia. And for one lucky commenter, Entangled is giving away a free copy of Deadly Secrets, Loving LiesNow we’d love to hear your questions!

About Sharon Wray

Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and is the author of the Amazon bestselling Deadly Force romantic suspense series.

Posted on May 15, 2012, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, book recommendations, Guest blog, Sharon Wray and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. This sounds l ike a nail biting, sit on the edge of your seat book. Mix in romance — heaven. You say you have several books you are reading — i have such a one-track mind. I have to finish one before starting another one– otherwise i have both story plots running around in my head. Very confusing. LOL Your book sounds like a real fun read. Love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thank you for spending the day with us, Cynthia! I can’t wait to read Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies and am so happy about your success.

  3. Hi Trish, I can easily read different books at once because the author’s voices keep them separated for me. But unfortunately I can’t write two books at once. Boy, I sure wish I could!! 😀

    Thanks, Sharon! I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Entangled team!!

  4. Thanks for coming Cynthia. Great interview Sharon. Look forward to reading your books, Cynthia.

  5. kierankramer

    Cynthia, I’d like to know your favorite salad at Panera’s! Mine’s the salmon one with mandarin oranges, LOL!! Okay, so also tell us if you’re going to RWA in Anaheim. And best of luck with your new book from Entangled. The cover truly IS gorgeous!! And the story sounds really exciting!!!

  6. Hi Cynthia! So good to see you here today. The hero of your new book is exactly the kind I love-alpha and willing to do anything to protect the heroine, just before he blasts her for being careless with her life! So sexy for him to care so much about her that he loses his control. Love it. Good luck with your Entangled debut, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies!

  7. Thanks, Diana! And Kieran I must admit I love the Cobb Salad and the chopped barbeque chicken salad. And the egg white Mediterranean sandwich and… well, there isn’t much there I don’t love!! ;D I must admit, I’ve never tried the Salmon tho.

    Lena, yes! Exactly! I love the way you described my hero! That’s exactly who he is!! ;D Thanks so much!!

  8. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Cynthia! Your excerpt is fabulous and I agree with Lena–the perfect Alpha for me is passionate to be the ‘death-defying hero’ saving heroine but furious at the her all in the same breath. (I guess men who are emotionally confused are incredibly entertaining, LOL!)

    Besides being so author-friendly, what drew you to Entangled?

    Really great interview, Sharon!

    • Emotionally confused–I LOVE it!!

      I’ve been writing for HQ for years, and it takes FOREVER from the time I turn in a ms. until the book actually hits the shelves. I love the concept of being able to write a book and see it up on Amazon within the same year. What a concept! Also, ever since I wrote Shiver (thanks, Sharon!! It’s still my fav!) I’ve wanted to write more Romantic Suspense novels, and Dead Sexy has given me that opportunity. I really am so excited to be writing RS again, and can’t wait to get started on a new one. ;D

  9. jovialvampyre

    This does sound gripping. How did you do your research? I too am a Panera fan. I have lunch there almost every Wednesday w/my best friend. She has tomato soup and I have a Greek salad :). Thank you for the nice interview.

  10. Hi Cynthia, so great to have you here with us today! Are any of your backlist titles available as e-books?

  11. Thanks, Krista! Yep, all of them are. ;D

  12. Hi, Cynthia! So glad to have you here today. The cover is gorgeous and the book sounds right up my alley. See you in Anaheim!

    Great interview, ladies!

  13. That definitely sounds like my kind of book. And they keep me up at night because I can’t stop. Working on several books myself – friends don’t understand how I read three and listen to one and keep it all straight. It’s because you authors are so good and your characters are so strong. Thanks!

  14. Cynthia, great interview. Can’t wait to read the new books. Always a fan!

  15. Hey, I just found out that this site I’ve never heard of before has the book for $2.81!! So cool — it’s http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?BODY=viewbook&BOOK=1297046&TITLE=Deadly+Secrets%2C+Loving+Lies&AUTHOR=Cynthia+Cooke

    Thought I’d share just in case anyone is curious enough to give it a try!! ;D

  16. First things first. I like the quiche! Thanks so much for joining us and for such a fun interview. I am a huge Nevada Barr fan too so we have that in common. Cynthia, I’m looking forward to checking out your new release- and Sharon- awesome job!

  17. Great interview and super excerpt, Cynthia. I’m also a Panera fan–have to say my favorite is the strawberry poppyseed salad with chicken on top. They don’t even have it all year, but it’s yummy. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of their breads either. LOL Congrats on the Entangled contract. I’ve heard good things about them, and I’ll be on the watch for this new book.

  18. Congratulations on the book! It sounds good.

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