Monday, July 1, 2013

Cooking up Love by Cynthia Hickey ends July 8th

Having grown up in a family of storytellers, I can’t imagine doing anything but what I’m doing. Giving voice to the characters in my head. My maiden name is Melton, and I grew up in the foothills of the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. Being an army brat, I grew up in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Germany, before finally settling in Arkansas when I was eleven. My husband and I now live in Arizona with the youngest of our seven children. We are a true your’s, mine, and our’s blended family. Three of our children are “chosen” and we love them dearly. One of my favorite parts about being a parent is embarrassing my children in front of their friends! Oh, and letting their friends know I kill people for a living. I write inspirational novels under my married name and general market novels under my maiden name. Both books are clean enough that I don’t turn red when my mother or one of her friends say they’re going to buy my book.

Please welcome Cynthia Hickey to my blog. Cynthia is giving away a copy of her book, Cooking up Love. Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I am in my home office, drinking a bottled Starbucks Mocha, a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms beside me, and I’m wearing coral-colored shorts, a black tank top and no shoes.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? That people look at you strangely when you talk about interesting ways to kill people. :o)

What is something that very few people know about you? Although I’ve been on TV twice, once in a documentary about pickles and once in front of a waterfall as the backdrop for the local news, I am very shy.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair
) My Kindle Fire. My precious.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why?
I’ve always been fascinated by the prairies days. I know the work would be harder than I would like, but the simplicity of the life has always appealed to me.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Can’t Say Sane With A Straight Face.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
Gone With the Wind

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
I kill people for a living. :o)

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Parasail a second time after the first time scared me spitless. Somehow, I thought doing it again a few years later would have different results.
 
TABITHA IS IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURE
Tabitha McClelland knows accepting a job as a Harvey House waitress can be risky. Traveling alone to the rough-and-tumble West just isn't done by young ladies of good breeding. But far more dangerous is her powerful attraction to Adam Foster. Family means everything to the widowed chef, but the selfsufficient Tabitha cherishes her freedom above all else.
Adam is captivated by the fiercely independent Tabitha. Fraternizing with the female employees is strictly forbidden, but the Harvey Girl awakens feelings too compelling to ignore. Can Adam convince Tabby to share his dream of a future in California—together?
If you'd like to contact Cynthia you can contact her here. 
Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, July 8th at 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


34 comments:

  1. Haha, I love your little secret. ;) Sounds like a great Harvey Girl story!
    Susan P
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    1. LOL! I know, right? If one didn't know she was an author they might get a bit freaked out by that. heehee

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    2. And that's my "little" secret :)

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  2. I am very anxious to read this book, because I am quite interested in learning more about the Harvey Girls. Thank you for offering a copy!
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hey Kay! The Harvey Girls are interesting aren't they? Love books where I learn something. Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  3. This sounds like a good book, I have read books about the Harvey Girls before and really enjoyed them.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Wendy and thanks for being a follower. Good luck.

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  4. I follow by feedburner.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Hickney!

    Ooh my dear stars -- this is what happens when you come off seeing Diane Keaton on Ellen! You can barely get through reading a lovely sweet interview and somehow MISS the whole point behind the 'story' up for grabs in the bookaway! I was keying up the comment field and saw everyone before me saying "Ooh nice Harvey Girls story!" and I'm sitting here going, did I miss something!? CLEARLY! Laughs. I had to watch Ms. Keaton via Ellen's site a moment ago because I missed it LIVE earlier due to another bookaway! Laughs madly!

    I can personally relate to you, because whilst I was in h.s. I started to cultivate my writing skills (or rather hone in on them! it's the most elementary of things in our lives that prove to be the hardest to see, eh?) and I had the exact same problem! I was toying with science fiction and cosies (murder mysteries have been in my life since birth practically!) -- which led to many a curious or cheeky conversation in class!! I was the girl with the pen pitched into her notebook rattling away with characters and scenes plumb bored with the studies being featured and asking such dear questions as "If you could pick a way to have someone murdered, which method would you go with?" Or, "What's an unusual name for an introverted girl who hasn't discovered her true talent yet?"

    Writers at any age must vex and fascintate their 'audiences' something firece!! :) :)

    Moving back on topic: it was Ms. Harris on the Society who spurned my interest into Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls which led to me to discover a Tracie Peterson (Desert Roses) series set around that particular part of history! I'm still earmarked off to read it, so theoretically I only know what I know based on what has been revealed on CFHS and now through here! :) Isn't that grand?! I *love!* how the interviews Ms. Debbie Lynne features and the articles you all feature on the Society endeavor us to expand our horizons!

    Ooh, and before I pop off -- Mum re-subscribed to Heartsongs this year!! Eek, we both missed those darling novellas as my whole family reads them!! Not sure if this one is an upcoming release or a previous release, whichever the case might be, if I win and I have it, I know exactly which friend I am going to send it too as a *surprise!* :) :)

    Here's to the blissitude of being a writer and being on an unsuspecting journey that our characters and imaginations take us on constantly! :)

    Thanks for the bookaway!
    And, thanks for the glimpse into your writing world!
    Ooh, meant to ask: are the mainstreams the murder mysteries!? I seriously need to stop by your website!

    inkand-bookaways(at)usa.net
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    1. {PS} I didn't realise it until now, but I've spelt the author's name wrong! Forgive the oversight! Hmm,... I think I saw a HP on my shelf with this name! OR was it one of the mysteries!? Hmm,... I was thinking it was 'two' different people! LOL.

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    2. I LOVED the episode of Ellen with Diane Keaton. Funny lady!

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  6. I forgot to say that I'm a feedburner follower

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  7. Hey Jorie! I love reading your comments. YOu are so much fun and make me smile. :o) So glad to see you are back and posting again. I sure wish we could get you on CFHS. Good luck on the drawing and I'm so glad you get HP again!

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    1. Thanks heaps, Ms. Debbie Lynne!

      And, you know I am hoping when my project goes live this month that it will work out where I can be back on the Society full-time! Ooh, I know! We missed HP something firece! Love those novellas!

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    2. Can't wait to hear what your project is. I think I might have an idea though. ;o)

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  8. Wow, Cynthia, parasailing... You must be a brave lady, I love your books, thanks for a chance to win Cooking Up Love.
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Merry! I know parasailing sounds frightening to me! Thanks for coming by. Good luck.

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  9. Heee hee..this interview cracked me up both the answer to the question What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? and also the name of the book for your life story.
    Thank you for making me smile. I'd love to read the book!
    ~Mippy :)
    bunnysmip (AT) gmail (DOT)com

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    1. Hey Mippy! I'm so tickled to have you following my blog! Welcome! I look forward to getting to know you. Good luck in the drawing.

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  10. Hi! I am a new follower on Feedburner as well! :)

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  11. Glad to hear that her general market books are clean also. Will have to look those up.

    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Martha. I am too. It's a good witness to have Christian authors in the general market writing clean books. Shows the difference between us and the world.:o)

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  12. Sounds like an interesting read! I'm reading “Mofongo” by Cecilia Samartin, http://www.ceciliasamartin.com/ right now and I love any book that combines food and family! Will definitely be checking out "Cooking Up Love" and putting it on my summer read list. Thanks for the review and suggestion!

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    1. Good book to have on your TBR list! Thanks for coming by Lacey. Good Luck.

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  13. how fun that you tell your kid's friends that you kill people for a living. Would love to see the look on their faces! Just thought I;d stop by and say hi--no need to enter me.

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    1. Hello My friend! Thank you for coming by.

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  14. All I know about the Harvey girls is from the movie starring Judy Garland. Would love to read more about them. atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dot com

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    1. I am going to have to watch that movie! I haven't seen it yet. Thanks for coming by, Mary.

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  15. I've had so much fun reading everyone's responses. What a great group of ladies!

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  16. I hope this is how I enter contest. I'd love to win this.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Throwing your name in the hat!

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  17. This sounds really good! I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Veronica! Thank you for following my blog. Good luck in the drawing!

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  18. I hadn't heard of the Harvey House waitresses & would love to read the book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    I follow by Feedburner.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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