Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kicking Off Summer With Cindy Kirk!


A widow at twenty-six, Primrose Bloom returns to idyllic Good Hope, Wisconsin, with her two rambunctious young boys, seeking the beauty of the lakeside landscape and the comfort of home. After the loss of her husband and her job, all she’s looking for is peace.

Prim is resolved not to date again until her boys are in college, but her will starts crumbling whenever she’s around her former high school debate partner, Max Brody—who just happens to live in the charming cottage next door. Max has reservations of his own about giving love a second chance and is determined to keep his distance. But when the two pair up to work on the town’s Fourth of July celebration, the fireworks over Green Bay aren’t the only sparks flying. Are Prim and the small-town boy she left behind perfectly wrong for each other…or perfectly right?


With nearly fifty published novels under her belt, award-winning author Cindy Kirk has written everything from inspirational romance (for Harlequin Love Inspired and Harper Collins Christian) to sexy contemporaries for Avon. Her books for Harlequin's Special Edition line and her new Good Hope series for Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance imprint fall somewhere in-between.

Cindy served on the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors from 2007-2015 and was the organization’s President 2014-2015. 

Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Cindy Kirk: My goal anytime I read a book is to get lost in the story.  Any reader knows that doesn’t always happen. But when it does, it’s magical.  I’m more likely to get lost in a story if I stick to the genre I like best, which is romance.

Jan: What are you reading?
Cindy: I’m embarrassed to admit I just finished listening to my own book on audio.  I wanted to see how the narrator did with Summer in Good Hope and I found myself sucked in. lol

Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my hubby. How about you?
Cindy: The spark was definitely there…but he was dating my friend when I first met him so…no acting on the attraction until their romance was over.

Jan: Did you always want to be a writer?
Cindy: Actually I did. I wrote in my diary when I was sixteen “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t be a writer.” But, as with many things, it was years before I started actively pursuing my dream.  I think waiting made me appreciate what a wonderful gift it is to be able to do something you love…and get paid for it!

Jan: Does your heroine have any of your character traits?
Cindy: Prim is smart and loyal and family is important to her.  Where we diverge is she’s great with math and an excellent cook. Me, ah, not so much.

Jan: Most writers have to find their zone before the words start flowing. Describe your ideal writing day. 
Cindy: I usually go to the gym first thing in the morning then run whatever errands are on my list for the day…we live on an acreage so getting everything done in one trip into town is the most efficient use of my time.  Once I’m back home, I sit down and get to work.  I usually work on my current work in progress (WIP) seven days a week, sometimes for just a couple of hours, sometimes all day and all evening.  I like to edit my WIP while watching television, but when I’m writing new pages, it’s radio silence.

Jan: I keep a case of Dasani in my office. What’s your go-to beverage of choice?
Cindy:  Having a Diet Coke is my reward for a good day’s work!

Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Cindy: I did a Mediterranean cruise several years back that I enjoyed immensely.  We were in so many countries in so many days that it was difficult to keep them all straight…but it was not only fun but educational.

Jan: Will you be attending RWA in San Diego?  The booksigning?  What’s the best part about meeting fans?
Cindy: I will be attending RWA…this will mark the 20th straight RWA national conference I’ve attended. I won’t be signing at the Literacy signing.  Now that I’m no longer on the RWA Board of Directors, I’m using this conference to just relax and see friends (and of course, go to workshops) I will be signing books at the Montlake signing during the conference.  The best part about meeting fans is hearing them say they enjoyed reading one of my books. That never gets old.

Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Haagen-Dazs, so what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Cindy’s GOTTA ANSWER:  There really isn’t any flavor I don’t like, and any flavor can hold the top spot on any given day.  But, since I’m answering for today, I’ll have to go with Butter Brickle. (I bet you don’t hear that one much)

UP NEXT:  Summer in Good Hope is out today!  Be Mine in Good Hope is scheduled for 1/28/17

PREVIOUS RELEASES: Christmas in Good Hope is Book #1 in the Good Hope series

THANKS SO MUCH, Cindy, for sharing some of your writing world with us! Cindy will give away one copy of Christmas in Good Hope to one winner and one copy of Summer in Good Hope to another winner.  Winners with North American addresses can choose either print or Kindle, a winner with an International address is only eligible for a Kindle copy.


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  1. Welcome back to GLIAS Cindy! Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

    1. It's been a busy summer so far...just finishing up Be Mine In Good Hope, the third book in the Good Hope series that will be out in time for Valentine's Day next year.

  2. Hi,

    I always like traditional names like Edward, Henry, Charles, James etc. Names that never date.

    1. If my daughter's last baby (she has three girls) had been a boy, Henry would have been at the top of their list...except...ten years ago they gave that name to their DOG. I said use it anyway, but she said they couldn't have TWO Henry's in the house. lol

  3. Hmmm, I like the names Hunter, Trenton, Sara, Kristen, etc.
    Congrats on your latest release!

    1. Thanks, Colleen. Summer in Good Hope is a favorite of mine so I'm so excited it's finally available. Love the names you suggested.

  4. If I'm reading a historical novel I like common names like Edward, Charles, Elizabeth or Anne. In a contemporary novel I like Morgan, Chase, Grace or Hope.

    1. Rita, Grace is my oldest grandaughter's name (she's five) and so I'm partial to that one. I hadn't thought of Hope....love your suggestions!