by Cynthia Woolf.
For fans of Historical Romance, we welcome today the second instalment in the Matchmaker & Co. Series:
Release Date: March 15th, 2013.
Genre: Historical, Romance, Western.
Heiress Ella Davenport survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life saved in exchange for savage scars marring her beautiful face. Her friends, socialites, showed their true colors, casting Ella from the social circles and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can’t buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars and, without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail order bride. Matchmaker & Co. has a new client.
Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho Indian heritage. It didn’t matter he was a successful rancher, businessman and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. That was ten years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher took from him except a wife. Matchmaker & Company can get him a wife. But Nathan is not expecting the beauty that waits for him on the train platform. Though he still lacks the ability to trust, he determines that she will be the wife and mother he needs.Can these two people find love and healing together? Or are their scars too deep to bridge the gap between trust and acceptance?
She arrived in Denver on April 6, 1868. A date she would forever remember as the start of her life. It was almost like another birthday.
The weather was cold with the wind off the plains toward the mountains. The buildings weren’t as tall as in New York, but the wind still whistled between them and over the platform where she stood. She was glad of her good wool coat and lined boots. They kept her warm while she waited for Mr. Ravenclaw to find her. There wasn’t anyone else wearing a veil so she didn’t think he’d have much problem identifying her.
She wasn’t really sure what she expected, but it wasn’t the tall, devastatingly handsome man that approached her. He had a square jaw shaved clean and a tiny dimple in his chin. Black eyebrows slashed over his eyes, the color of which was hidden by the shadow from his hat, pulled low on his head. For once she was glad of her veil. He wouldn’t be able to see her mouth hanging open, gawking at him.
“Yes. Are you Mr. Ravenclaw?”
She held out her hand. “Ella Davenport.”
He removed his glove and enveloped her hand in his big one. His fingers brushed the skin of her wrist just above her glove. The tingle that traveled clear to her toes was unexpected and her gaze snapped up to his. She looked up into the most beautiful blue eyes. They seemed to question what was happening between them as much as she did.
He held her hand for what seemed like a lifetime and they simply starred at each other.
“Ella. I would like for you to lift your veil.”
“Are you sure you want to do this in public. It can be…shocking.”
“I’m sure.” He squeezed her hand and then let go.
“Very well.” She lifted the heavy lace, prepared for him to be taken aback by the ugliness of it. She wasn’t prepared for him to lift his hand and gently trace the scar all the way from her left eye over her cheek and down her neck to the top of her collar.
There was no disdain on his face. His blue eyes took in everything and accepted it, but even so he said the last thing she expected.
“You are a very beautiful woman.”
She stood there with her mouth open until he raised her chin with his knuckle.
“Why are you surprised? Surely you have heard the compliment before.”
She shook her head to clear it and find her tongue. “Not since the accident, except from my brother. But he’s biased. He loves me.”
“He but states the obvious. Your scars do not detract from your beauty.”
“I must thank you because good manners dictate it. However, I believe we should see about getting you some glasses.”
He laughed. A rich, deep baritone. “I’m glad you have a sense of humor.”
She stared back at him, incredulous, “Who was joking?”
Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.
In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she’d attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter’s table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn’t looked back.
Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m married and work full time writing. I’m living my dream after spending more than 40 years in the work force (I started babysitting at age ten, but yes, I’m a baby boomer.) I didn’t marry until I was 40, but my husband and I dated off and on for the twenty years before that. We were slow on the uptake. We’ve been married now for almost 17 years.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be, and why?
If I could I’d live in Hawaii. I love it. We’ve been there five times now and every time is better than the last.
Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?
I’ve been everything from a babysitter, to a janitor, to a tax manager. I’ve waitressed, done bookkeeping, appraised houses and was Chief Deputy Assessor for Jefferson County, Colorado. The first woman to hold that position.
Are you a full time writer or do you have a “day job”?
I do write full time. I was laid off in June of 2011 and was lucky enough to be able to financially afford to write until I was able to start making some money. I’m very prolific because I have insomnia which allows me to write for much longer than most people are awake.
How did you get started writing?
In 1990, I was working for Union Pacific Corporation and two of the ladies I worked with and I started a round robin . We all loved to read romance so we started writing one. A pirate story. I recently went back to see if the story could be salvaged and perhaps published but it needs so much work it would be better to just start over. I may do that at some point in the future.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in two genres right now. Historical westerns, like my latest release, Heiress Bride and also, scifi romance like my very first release Centauri Dawn.’
How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I currently have 12 books and two short stories available. My favorite is my first western, Tame A Wild Heart. It was inspired by my parents love story and though not the actual story of their courtship, the ranch they met on is the one in the story and it does still exist today.
Tell us about your current series/WIP.
I’m currently working on the third in the Matchmaker & Co series, Fiery Bride. It is the matchmakers story. Maggie Selby has been making matches and providing brides to rancher, farmers and miners in the west for five years now. She’s a widow and is admittedly lonely but would never try and find a match for herself though there have been a few of her clients that she would have liked to meet. Caleb Black is one of those men. When they actually do meet, sparks fly.
What inspired your latest book?
I read a little book called Hearts West. It was about mail order brides. The stories of these women resonated with me and based on my experience with my book Tame A Wild Bride, they resonated with my readers, so I decided to do an entire series.
What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is doing the first draft. When the words are flowing it’s wonderful. Of course, if I’m suffering from a bout of writers block, then it’s not so much fun but normally it’s the best part. The second draft is not too bad. That’s where I add things like description. The third draft is the hardest. That’s were a lot of the editing that I do is done before I send it to my editor. I want it to be the best I can make it before I send it to her.
Where can readers find you?
Reader can find me at www.cynthiawoolf.com. I hope they’ll stop by and check it out. They can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from my fans.
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