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Cindy Davis was born in New England. In 2014, to avoid any more cold weather, she sold everything and moved south where she met her future husband on a dating site. Rick is also from the Boston area; they find it humorous that they had to come all the way to Florida to find the perfect relationship.
Together they have written a number of self-help books and visionary fiction. They study all aspects of the metaphysical world; have seen past lives, do self-healing, and even became certified Master Healers and Hypnotists. He must love her a lot; he’s taken a half-dozen courses on book promotion and brought a number of her mysteries to Top Ten status.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? What/who inspired you to publish your first book?
No recall at all, but the urge to write has always been there. When I was seven, I wrote my first book! All I remember is it was set in Egypt and the title was Home of the Pharaoh. Is it coincidence my first incarnation was in Egypt?
How much of your books are realistic? Are the experiences based on someone you know, or are they events in your real life?
I believe everything I write is something I learned somewhere, whether from a life situation or something that directly happened to a friend or relative. I do not include real people in my stories, but there are bits and pieces of each one. For example, if I meet a blonde woman wearing purple cat-eye glasses, one of my characters is sure to look the same. Or if a man keeps snapping his gum or telling bawdy jokes…
What is your current project? Will you share a little of it with us – kind of a sneak peek?
I belong to a group called Underground Authors. We read each other’s material and provide encouragement and assistance with plot ideas and character development. One of us—not sure which (and when I remember, there’s going to be big trouble) got the bright idea of writing a series of mysteries with the common element of a town called Magnolia Bluff, in Texas hill country. Eight of us have shared some of our characters within our stories. Mine will be the third one released. It’s titled Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. People might recognize those as Jimmy Buffett lyrics. Here’s the cover blurb to give an idea of the storyline:
Tag line: Can lyrics from Jimmy Buffett’s songs help Bliss solve a month-old murder?
The Texas hill town of Magnolia Bluff looms as a mere distraction for Bliss Jager when the new-to-her motorcycle breaks down under a banner publicizing the annual persimmon festival. What in the world is a persimmon anyway?
Only in town one hour, she’s offered pizza-for-life, and a job at Doyle’s General Store. The job comes with two perks: a yellow-throated toucan, which is odd enough, but add to that the ghost of Merrick Doyle and life takes a vociferously strange turn. The fatherly man is friendly and much loved, and related to most everyone in town. Trouble is, he’s been dead a month. Townspeople think he died of natural causes but he insists he was murdered. Can Bliss expose the killer before people find out she’s been getting clues from a ghost, and um…a toucan? More important, can she find the killer before the killer finds her?
What do you or did you do in the ‘real world’ when you weren’t writing?
I was a mom, wife, foster mom, dairy goat farmer, a 4H mom, grandmom…but that’s probably not what you meant. The only job I ever had besides all that was as editor of both fiction and nonfiction. One time I was filling out a questionnaire for an interview much like this. At a loss for an answer to the first question: What does an editor do? I asked a friend. She said, “You take crappy writing and show authors how to make it good.” Okay, I can go with that.
What are the challenges in writing your books? (Ex: logistical, research, literary, psychological, etc.)
I guess my biggest obstacle is time. There never seems to be enough of it. Since moving to Florida and getting married, there’s never enough time for all the things I want to do. Thankfully, much of the time, I can incorporate ‘real’ life into the writing. For example, I’ve written a fiction trilogy where my character Jade learns about the spiritual life. Her journey takes her to places like Mexico, Sedona and Peru—which made our research trips tax deductible.
Are there any quotes or verses you find inspiring? What are they and why?
Yes, one in particular has always stuck with me. It’s from Jack London. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” When I’m stuck on a chapter, it helps me push through.
Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something that a lot of people do not know?
You mean the answers to number four weren’t enough? Okay, how about this? I am a certified hypnotist, White Light healer, and a channel.
Are you a planner or a pantser when it comes to writing? (Planner – outline; Pantser – sit down and write)
Mostly I’m a planner. I like to know when and where I dropped a mystery clue, or on what day my character discovered something sinister about herself. Mostly this is because, as an editor, I have a LOT of timelines, characters, and plots circulating in my head. I like to keep them all in their right places.
If there was anything you could change regarding your publishing experience, what would it be and why? Also, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I used to think my big dream was to have one of the Big Six (well, actually Big Ten at the time) ‘discover’ me. I’d get a giant advance and spend all my time writing and having successful book events, with long lines of people waiting to meet me. Like I said, used to. What changed my attitude? Time and the evolution of the economic world. When a friend’s daughter got a two-book deal from Little Brown. Big advance, yes. But she had all kinds of hoops to jump through or she had to return the money. One of the hoops was a series of short stories—10,000 words at least—using the characters or subplots from the main story. My friend’s daughter realized there weren’t enough hours in the day to write those AND the second book they wanted. In the end, she didn’t have to return the money, but book sales hadn’t been enough and they wouldn’t consider another series. Personally, for me, the pressure wouldn’t be worth it. The money would be nice, but as I’ve aged, I realized life is about a LOT more than money.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Send me some of your quirks and idiosyncrasies! Maybe they’ll become part of a character. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy all my stories.
Westen Hughes is Susie Homemaker personified. Phoebe--call me that on penalty of death--Smith loves heavy metal music and hates underwear. The mismatched duo is inadvertently set together seeking out high-end insurance cases. And somehow they make the relationship work.
Some people are open to their spirituality, some aren't. Jade French isn't. She only cares about moving up the corporate ladder. Until one day, she inherits what she thinks is a hotel, but it's a school for advanced spiritual education. Jade embraces the new lifestyle in spite of adversity from the locals at every turn. While developing her newfound abilities, and with the help of adorable eight-year-old Miguel, she moves forward to open two more schools, one in Sedona and one in Peru.
Mt St Helens threatens.
The Chief is murdered.
Can the new chief find the killer before the volcano destroys the evidence?
In 1979, Ian Merryweather's biggest dream is to be sheriff of a small town, but a disabling wound in Vietnam sidelines him.
While he's on the mend, his best friend, Chief Clement Baker, is murdered, and Ian inherits the job. His first inclination is to refuse the position. He feels guilty getting the cherished position this way. But who else will dedicate himself to finding the killer? Especially when the State Police have taken the chief's son, Barney, into custody and there's a killer on the loose.
And what about the lovely Lucy? Ian's had a crush on her for years. But she's about to marry Eric Bremer. She deserves so much more than the sly womanizer.
When Mount St Helens roars to life, Ian's happiness and the murder investigation are put on hold while he's forced to use every instinct and talent to save his townspeople from the deluge of searing ash and lava.
A kidnapped dachshund.
A van forced over an embankment.
And a mysterious 50-year old diary.
Could such seemingly random events be related?
Glenn and Lindsay Reade are out buying used books for their bookstore—always seeking that valuable First Edition so coveted by collectors. Instead they discover a diary, written by a troubled teen more than 50 years ago.
Within moments of its discovery, their lives turn upside down. Attacks are perpetrated, people are dying.
Is it somehow related to the diary? IF so, who in the tiny close-knit Berkshire town could still care?
But someone does.
Running from problems does not solve them. It only changes the setting, Payton Winters is quick to learn when she flees the ghosts surrounding her husband’s murder in Minneapolis. In her new hometown of Sackets Harbor, NY, Noah Anderson latches onto her right away. And not in a good way. Years ago, Claire Baines ran also, by giving her son up for adoption. She watched Noah grow into a womanizer, cheat and blackmailer. In a heartrending moment, she decides that, to keep him from hurting anyone else, he’s got to die.She bakes monkshood into his favorite chocolate cake. The next day, during the first meet of the Sackets Harbor Yacht Club, Noah pitches overboard, dead, and Claire’s sanity takes a header. How could she have done this horrific thing to her only son? One place to buy monkshood is in Payton’s new exotic plant shop. Unfortunately, she’s got a motive to want him dead and becomes the prime suspect. Soon, an attempt is made on her life. Is it Claire trying to cover her deeds? Or is someone else intent on defiling Payton’s reputation?
One woman bent on revenge. One unsuspecting. Is one man enough to keep them apart?
Claire blames Payton for the fact that she’s been locked in an asylum for nine months. When a fellow inmate jokes that she and the bailiff look alike, she devises a plan to escape using the woman’s identity.
Though it’s been almost a year, Aden still loves Payton. He decides to find her and propose. He arrives at her parents’ home hours after she leaves for Rome, and just hours after Claire wreaks havoc on her family.
Payton’s plane goes down, and she is rescued by a fishing captain who urges her to stay with him until she’s well. While she recovers, he does everything to thwart anyone’s attempts to find her.
Claire and Aden are both focused on finding Payton. Where will their paths cross? Who will live to see the future?
Paige Carmichael must've had a premonition that her life was about to take a turn for the worse. One of the books she read was How to Change your Identity and Hide from Anyone. Then she saw her fiancé murder his best friend and associate. And call in one of his flunkies to remove the body. This wasn't what she signed up for when she agreed to marry Stefano Santangelo. Sure, she knew he was in the mob, but he'd sworn it was numbers running and things like that.
Not about to leave the four-year relationship without something to show for it, Paige takes one of his precious antique coins and $750K from his safe, and runs. She changes her hair, her walk, the kinds of foods she eats. Yet, he keeps finding her.
One day she meets Christian Charles Beauchamps. Her savior. He's driving a truck to make money to open a landscaping business. He's handsome and charming, and eventually convinces her to confide in him.
But when she sees him whispering to a suspicious bearded guy, she takes off again--with all of them hot on her tail.
Can Paige finally escape Stefano's grasp and have a normal life?
She was pregnant...
This wasn't how it was supposed to be.
The pregnancy is no big deal in today's time, but in 1954 having a child out of wedlock just wasn't done. She gives up the baby and then marries David for all the wrong reasons.
The marriage might go well enough if she wasn't thrust into Max's presence every time she turns around. Their attraction sizzles like a skillet fresh from the fire. But Max is off limits.
Two souls desperate for hope...
Are so close to meeting...
For their lives to change, the universe may need a helping hand.
You'll love this uncontemporary romance, because everyone dreams of love.
Cindy Davis shares her years of editing experience. Her guidelines give you the power to edit and polish your own writing. Cindy will teach you many editing strategies. Learn how to decipher overwriting, how to make dialect more readable. Learn to remove the overuse of adverbs and pronouns. Learn how to make your opening sentence stand out. Cindy is a 20+year professional editor.
Life is amazing.
Every day is something for which to be grateful, and to look for inspiration.
There was a time I didn’t think like that. I went through life as if on a treadmill—over and over, the same things. At the age of 62, alone, I left everything behind in New England, and headed south to Florida’s sunshine and warm weather.
One day someone told me to smile, that nothing could be as bad as all that. And I realized how I’d been—not looking forward. Not caring about tomorrow.
This book is about how I turned a frown into a smile—every day.
Whether married and divorced, whether widowed or ending a long-term relationship—and it doesn’t matter the age—almost everyone will find themself back in the dating world at some point. The idea of returning to the dating scene is frightening enough to keep some people from trying at all. The reasons are many: what family might think, the fear of getting hurt, being set in our ways, and the one we’ve heard most of all from older people—not letting someone see what time has done to their body. Years ago, internet dating sites were deemed places for losers, but nowadays, dating sites are merely a place to meet a larger, more diversified number of the opposite sex.
In this book, you'll learn:
• How to write your profile so it catches attention.
• The step-by-step method of contact.
• How to follow through.
• What to do if you fail.
The authors met on a dating site, so they know how it all works.
You CAN make money breeding dogs. The author did just that with miniature dachshunds for over 16 years.
This book will outline everything need, from purchasing the original breeding stock, to training, and how often to breed your females.
Financial planning to keep your money where it’s supposed to be.
How NOT to become known as a puppy mill.
Step by step lessons from the moment the puppies are born until 8 weeks of age when they are ready to go to their new homes. How to Make Money Breeding Miniature Dachshunds will take you step by step on starting a breeding business. We will teach you to be a successful breeder.
Okay, so the divorce is final. You’re ready to get back to life. To the dating world. But you haven’t dated since Reagan was president and you have no idea how to begin.
This book is a step-by-step guide on how-to date again. It begins with erasing the fear that keeps you from moving forward. Then continues with chapters on navigating bar scenes, acting quickly on chance meetings, or establishing a relationship with someone you already know. And finally, there’s a chapter on online dating. The authors use their humorous back and forth style to give their perspectives on the dating world. Fresh from the dating scene, Rick and Cindy’s experiences can often be used as examples of what NOT to do when looking for a mate, or just a long-term friend.
Every parent has stories about their kids’ antics. The kind of stories that result in fall-on-the-floor laughter. The vignettes in this book will appeal to anyone who has had, or is planning to have, children.
It’s a compilation of the best of the authors’ child-rearing experiences from topics like toilet training and selective deafness to traveling with our cherubs. But Honey, He Has Purple Hair is written in Erma Bombeck’s tongue-in-cheek style with sometimes differing perspectives from the authors.
Sure, raising kids is a challenge. But what’s to stop you from doing it with laughter and enthusiasm? There’s nothing like laughter to take away the sting of any situation.
Losing a loved one, whether from death or divorce, is both physically and emotionally debilitating. But as people are so fond of saying, life is short. It’s time to get back into the world. This uplifting and informative book will inspire you to get off the couch and back into circulation. Authors Rick and Cindy Palmacci have both been in your position. They dug out from under the quagmire of emotion and found life…and love. Although this book is geared toward inspiring you to recover lost hobbies, find new ones, and just get off your keister, there are also some chapters about finding a new love. To be read, or skipped over—your choice. What are you waiting for? To repeat inspirational speaker and self-help guru Wayne Dyer’s words, “Excuses be gone!” Go back and purchase this book.
Let’s face it; life is crazy. The kids won’t get out of bed, the coffeemaker drips all over the counter, traffic is a beast, the boss, well… How do some people, no matter what storms are raging around them, sail through it all without a flicker of anxiety or burst of temper, while others, by nine a.m. are throwing up their hands in dismay, declaring, “I just can’t take it any more.”
In this book you will learn:
• How to refocus the mind to achieve a more powerful daily outlook
• What part ego plays in your routine
• How to calm the Fear Monster
• How to keep the past where it belongs
• The importance of forgiveness
Do you feel powerless to deal with the things life throws at you? By nine a.m. are pulling out handfuls of hair declaring, “I just can’t do this any more?” It’s even more frustrating to see friends, family, or co-workers sailing through life’s situations with barely a ruffle to their demeanor. When you ask, “How do you do it?” do they just raise their brows and act as though you asked how to make rocket fuel?
What makes each person deal in different ways? We are, after all, made of the exact same elements—blood, bone, molecules, etc.
In Five MORE Easy Ways to Stop Your Mind from Driving you Crazy you will learn:
• What drives our brains to act the way they do
• Why feeling old makes you old
• How to keep relationships powerful and passionate
• To minimize the effects of day-to-day life
• The underestimated capabilities of our brains
Follow these five simple steps; you’ll be wondering why you waited so long.
This book is not a diet book; it is a way to change your relationship with food. You've been there before, maybe many times. And you're tired of failing.
Let failure be a word you eliminate from your vocabulary. It's time to SUCCEED. Learn how to make food work for you
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