Cover Reveal and Contest Launch

I’m so excited to finally reveal the cover to my debut novel, Winter’s Magic. It’s the first in a four-book series called Music City Hearts.

It’s kind of ironic that I decided to keep the cover under wraps until my contest launch, because I’m rarely able to keep secrets. When I was in grade school, I was the daughter who snooped around in closets before Christmas, trying to find out what my presents were, before Mom had time to get them wrapped. Maybe that’s why I love to read romance so much. I can enjoy the story – all the ups and downs, the tears and laughter, breakups and black moments – without anxiety, because I know the end is always happily-ever-after.

So, the wait is finally over. Today is October 1st and I’m kicking off a month-long contest with the unveiling of Winter’s Magic:

Go to the Music City Hearts Series tab above to Read an Excerpt

Back Cover Blurb

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

Did you catch that? There’s a secret!

But I’m not going to tell you what it is.

I can’t.

I won’t.

No matter how hard it is to keep it inside, I have to make you wait until October 24th, when Winter’s Magic goes on-sale, so you can read the book, meet Beth and Nick, and experience their story first-hand.

In the mean time, I’m hosting a fantastic contest. All you have to do is follow my blog or like my Facebook page (you receive an entry for each) and you’re automatically entered in the drawing.

The prizes? I CAN tell you what those are: 5 copies of my ebook, a $25 Visa GC, and a $50 Visa GC. Oh, and of course lots of swag. (If your name is drawn and you’ve already purchased my ebook, I’ll give you one copy of any ebook from the Soul Mate Publishing website.)

But that’s not all. Join me at my launch party, November 2nd from 3pm – 6pm EST, on Facebook.  We’ve got lots of games lined up – each with more great prizes. And at the end of the launch party, we’ll announce the winners of the October drawing.

So, tell me – Do you peek or wait?

27 thoughts on “Cover Reveal and Contest Launch

  1. I wait….most of the time. Sometimes it is impossible not to peek.
    What I love about winter is Christmas. I love giving the kids surprises as well as my husband.

    • Isn’t it just the best thing ever – to watch your kid’s eyes light up on Christmas morning as they open a present and inside is something they just knew they weren’t going to get, but they did?

    • Kudos to you – That’s a whole new level of sneak! I wasn’t that brave. But when I did find things, there would always be two – I have a sister who wore the same size – so I didn’t know which color or which style was actually mine. Close enough though, LOL.

  2. I have to confess, I never peeked! I was one of those kids that obeyed the rules! lol BORING!!!
    Your cover is beautiful! Can’t wait to read Winter’s Magic on my kindle! 🙂

    • I know what you mean. No matter what happens all year long, we somehow find time to get together during the Christmas holidays. Everyone is so cheerful. Every where you go there’s the sound of joy in the air.

  3. I don’t think I ever peeked, but I always wanted to! You see, I like surprises of the “what did I get” kind, and I always strive to give surprise gifts, although that’s not always possible. It’s more “magical” that way. :O)

  4. Oh, I always wait. Once, when I was a kid, I snooped for my presents, and then was so sad when Ididn’t have any surprises on Christmas. Now, I love being able to surprise my husband and kids with gifts they didn’t expect!

  5. I hate surprises. I peek. I have been known to unwrap gifts and re-wrap them. I’m really good at that.
    Congrats on the new release. The book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Oh, you are really, really bad! I do have to say that my mom either knew or she was sneaky enough herself that I never found everything. I would know most but there would always be one or more ‘Santa’ surprises that I hadn’t found in advance. Hope she doesn’t see this post – I’ve never confessed my transgressions.

    • Hasn’t the year just flown by? When I signed my publishing contract last November, I thought a year would be forever. Now I’m panicing because I haven’t bought a single present and I’m usually way ahead of the game.

  6. Congrats on the book, it looks and sounds like a really nice story, considering it is occurring just 45 minutes away from me. I am a peeker—and my son picked up on my habit. He had a nintendo, we’d buy the tapes and wrap them. He would unwrap, ply them and then close them and tape the daylights out of them. So on Christmas, we’d take the tapes and hide them. When he got to the tree, he was looking for them. We asked, what was wrong, he said I thought you’d buy me some games. our response-those were defective and we took them back- then he yelled, they were not. I played with them and they were OK . We laughed- went and got them for him. My sister said she’d give hime leasons on wrapping gifts back-up.

  7. Cynthia, what an intriguing introduction of your debut book! I loved it! I am indeed anxiety to find out the secret but I’m also disciplined enough to wait. Xmas is always a fun time of the year.

    Beth and Nick’s story looks like it will be a very satisfying HEA ending or not….waiting…waiting…LOL!

    Thank you Cynthia for the opportunity to participate in the celebration of your new book. Much success!

    Belinda G
    belgre@comcast.net

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