Meet Alice Shephard…

Posted in Romance on September 4th, 2022 by Cynthia Eden

Character Profile: Alice Shephard

Book: ICE COLD SAINT

Job: Owner of Abracadabra, a speakeasy in Savannah, GA

Alice is currently the suspect in the disappearances of her three exes…and she certainly knows a thing or two about how to make someone disappear because her father was a magician. He taught her all he knew about the fine art of misdirection.

๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง…You get your audience to look to the left, when all the while, the real action is happening to the right…or even under the audience members’ very noses.

โ€œ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ, ๐€๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž?โ€

โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž.โ€

Alice is not some sweet and innocent heroine. Her past is dark, she’s dark, and she is not looking for a hero to rush in and save the day. A good thing, because Saint has never been called anyone’s hero…

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ICE COLD SAINT – Coming in Two Weeks!!!

Posted in Romance, Latest News on August 30th, 2022 by Cynthia Eden

It’s just two weeks until the release of ICE COLD SAINT…so how about a teaser??

She stiffened. โ€œIโ€™m not afraid.โ€

๐‘Œ๐‘’๐‘ , ๐‘ ๐‘ค๐‘’๐‘’๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’. ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค. โ€œDo you want more from me?โ€ A deliberate question.

โ€œWhat might that more be?โ€ Alice returned with one eyebrow rising.

โ€œOh, you know, someone who isnโ€™t afraid of what might happen in the middle of the night. Someone who can keep you safe, even from yourself.โ€

She swallowed. โ€œA hero. Howโ€ฆcute.โ€

โ€œNah, baby. Thatโ€™s not what you want. You want someone who can handle the dark. Who isnโ€™t going to run if things go to hell. And that would be me. You know it, deep inside. Itโ€™s the reason you let ๐‘š๐‘’ inside.โ€

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ICE COLD SAINT – TEASER

Posted in Romance, Latest News on August 21st, 2022 by Cynthia Eden

Ready for a tease from ICE COLD SAINT?

His lips twitched. Not a full smile, but definite amusement. For just a fleeting moment. โ€œWhat makes you think I want you?โ€

She almost laughed again. Alice realized she hadnโ€™t enjoyed this much fun inโ€ฆhmm, she couldnโ€™t remember when. Ages. โ€œSeriously? I know lust when I see it in a manโ€™s eyes. When you looked at me inside Abracadabra, letโ€™s just say your gaze was blazing.โ€

His jaw hardened.

Well, well. Someone didnโ€™t like being called out on his desire. Too bad.

โ€œI guess youโ€™re used to men wanting you,โ€ he said, his voice a deep and dark, utterly delicious rumble that slid over her. โ€œSo you just assume weโ€™re all the same.โ€

She would never make that fatal assumption.

โ€œBut Iโ€™m not here to seduce you, Alice.โ€

โ€œNo? Then what are you here to do?โ€

His hand lifted. She tensed automatically, then wanted to curse herself. His fingers reached out and stroked her cheek. The caress was as gentle as a breath of wind on her skin. She could feel the calluses on the edges of his fingertips, but his touch was ever so careful. She even wanted to turn into his touch, as crazy as thatโ€”

โ€œIโ€™m here to take you down.โ€ His voice was serious and a bit sad. And utterly, utterly certain.

So she did turn into his touch. She nuzzled a little against his hand and heard the swift inhalation of his breath. But Alice didnโ€™t smile at his reaction. Now wasnโ€™t the time for a smile. However, it was time for a little bit of truth with her mysterious stranger. Testing, she let her lips skim over his handโ€ฆ

She saw him tense. Felt it.

His hand jerked back from her.

Alice lifted her chin. โ€œYou said that wrong.โ€

His hands were at his sides. The one sheโ€™d touched with her mouth? That hand had curled into a fist. So very telling. For a moment, she admired the dark swirls on his fist. His tats were interesting. Something sheโ€™d noticed while heโ€™d drank his old fashioned inside. The tats covered the back of his hands. Slid up his wrists. Did they go higher up his arms? Hard to say since he was wearing that ancient-looking jacket.

๐น๐‘œ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ . Right. Because she needed to set this poor man straight. Alice let a little sigh slip from her. โ€œWhat you meant was that youโ€™re here to fall in love with me.โ€

โ€œThatโ€™s damn well not what I meant.โ€

Alice stepped toward him. She put her hand on his chest.

โ€œLady, you are playing with fire,โ€ he warned.

โ€œIโ€™m not playing.โ€ His heart raced beneath her touch. โ€œI donโ€™t play. Thatโ€™s probably the first thing you should learn about me.โ€

โ€œI already learned plenty.โ€

Alice filed that revealing bit away for later. โ€œYou bust into my life and say that youโ€™re here to take me down.โ€

โ€œThere is the little matter of three murders tied to youโ€ฆโ€

She pressed up on her toes. She liked his mouth. Firm but sculpted lips. She liked his jaw, too. Hard and strong. There was a little cleft in his chin that she found delightful. It didnโ€™t soften his fierce, handsome face, though. If anything, the faint cleft somehow made him seem sexier. His dark, thick hair had been shoved back from his forehead, and faint stubble covered his jaw. โ€œYouโ€™re not a cop.โ€

โ€œNo?โ€

โ€œNo. You donโ€™t look like a cop, and you certainly donโ€™t act like one.โ€

โ€œYou donโ€™t know me. Donโ€™t make assumptions.โ€

โ€œAh. I could say the same thing to you.โ€ She was staring at his mouth. Definitely considering kissing him simply for the hell of it. โ€œDamn.โ€ Regretful. She began to ease off her toes and back down. โ€œI know what you are.โ€

โ€œAnd what am I?โ€

Obviouslyโ€ฆ โ€œThe bad guy.โ€ Another sigh. More forlorn this time. โ€œThatโ€™s the only kind of guy Iโ€™m attracted to.โ€ She was most certainly attracted to him. โ€œSort of a talent I have. Some women go for men who bring them flowers and treat them to candlelight dinners. Me? I tend to get drawn to the men who are trouble.โ€

โ€œAre you sure that you arenโ€™t trouble?โ€

Oh, she was. โ€œThe worst kind of trouble,โ€ Alice affirmed without hesitation. โ€œRemember that about me and stay away, would you?โ€

โ€œWhy? If I donโ€™t stay away, will I end up like your last three lovers?โ€

She didnโ€™t flinch. Didnโ€™t gasp. Didnโ€™t put her hand to her heart dramatically as if those cutting words had just, well, cut โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. Even though they had.

๐ท๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘–๐‘ก โ€œEnd up like them?โ€ She pondered that. Pretended to ponder it. โ€œYou mean enormously satisfied and ruined sexually for everyone else?โ€

A beat of silence. He cleared his throat. โ€œNo.โ€ A rasp. โ€œI meant dead.โ€

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FROZEN IN ICE – .99 Sale

Posted in Romance, Latest News on August 8th, 2022 by Cynthia Eden

Have you read Archer and Delilah’s story? If you haven’t, then this is an excellent time to snag FROZEN IN ICE…because it’s just .99 in ebook! ๐Ÿ˜

Each month, I try to offer a deal to my readers, and for August…it’s Archer’s turn.

๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž ๐š ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ ๐๐ž๐š๐ ๐ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌโ€ฆ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ?

Delilah โ€œLilaโ€ Darrow doesnโ€™t belong in the world of the rich and famous, but for one night, sheโ€™s going to wear the fanciest dress she can find and pretend that she does. Her planโ€”get close to reclusive billionaire Archer Radcliffe and find outโ€ฆis he a murderer?

She knows exactly what Archer likes. She knows how to slip beneath his guard. She knows how to make him fall for her. With the right tools, Delilah believes she can finally make Archer pay for the crime he committed so long ago.

๐๐š๐ฒ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ โ€ฆ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง.

Delilah is part of a group of crime solvers called the Ice Breakersโ€”an online team made up of individuals who have the goal of solving cold cases. Five years ago, Delilahโ€™s sister disappeared without a trace. Since then, Delilah has made it her mission to close as many unsolved cases as possible. Archer Radcliffe will be the latest target in her quest.

Exceptโ€ฆArcher turns the tables on her. He sees through her lies. Tries to seduce her. And, he also swears his innocence.

๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ? ๐Ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ž๐ซ?

Now that he has Delilah at his side, Archer can finally get the justiceโ€”the vengeanceโ€”he has craved. The only problem? The beautiful Delilah will be in danger. But Archer intends to stick close to her. So close that the world will believe they are completely in love. So close that a deadly enemy will want to strike. So close that just maybeโ€”if heโ€™s not carefulโ€”Archer might begin to fall for the woman he intends to useโ€ฆ

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FROZEN IN ICE is book one in my “Ice Breakers” romantic suspense series. The Ice Breakers are a bit darker than my “Wilde” stories, but the tales contain plenty of heat, action, twists, and some fun (because you know–why not???). And, of course, you will get your happy ending, always!

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ONE HOT HOLIDAY – Free!

Posted in Romance, Latest News on July 29th, 2022 by Cynthia Eden

I’ve got a present for you! I just couldn’t let this month end without a little Christmas In July fun. ๐ŸŽ„

So…I am giving you my USA Today best-selling Christmas romance, ONE HOT HOLIDAY, for free!



Want your present? You can get your free copy here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4n9e7emshv

๐’๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. ๐‡๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐‡๐Ž๐“.

Hiding out for the holiday season in the heart of the South? Not something that Haley Quick ever expected to have on her to-do list but thenโ€ฆshe never expected her ex to want her dead, either. Turns out, life is full of surprises. Time to deal. Haley has ditched New York for a crazy little dot on the map known as Point Hope, Alabama. Itโ€™s a town gone extra crazy for the holidays, and Haley is sticking out like a sore thumb with her very much Grinch-self.

But then she meets sexy sheriff Spencer Laneโ€ฆTall, muscled, and made with an extra dose of sex appeal, he is exactly the kind of man that Haley should be avoiding. Heโ€™s charming, he looks way too good in a Santa hat, and, oh, yes, heโ€™s her new landlord. The hits just keep coming. She canโ€™t afford to let Spencer learn all of her secrets, a tough job since she is living with the man. No sex, though. Itโ€™s purely a business relationship. Exceptโ€ฆthe holidays in the South sure do get HOT. Or maybe thatโ€™s just sexy Spencer. Usually, Haley falls for the bad guy. Itโ€™s the whole reason sheโ€™s running for her life. She canโ€™t help but wonderโ€ฆWhat would it be like to fall for a man like Spencer?

๐‡๐ž ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก.

Sheriff Spencer Lane canโ€™t believe his luck. The most beautiful, fascinating woman heโ€™s ever seen has just dropped into his life like a gift from, well, the big guy in red. Only the problem is that Haley seems to think Spencer is some by-the-book, nice guy. Probably because of the badge. And if she wants him to be the hero, thatโ€™s a role that heโ€™s happy to play for her. But the truth is, Spencer has plenty of darkness inside, too. An ex Navy SEAL, he knows how to get shโ€”um, stuff done. He also knows how to be very, very naughty.

When danger threatens his Haley, all bets are off. No one is going to hurt her. No one is going to threaten her. Not in his town. Not on his watch. The nice guy will show Haley just how bad he can be.

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