Monday, January 17, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Guest post by Cynthia Eden & giveaway


Hi, everyone! It’s great to be here at Strange Candy Reviews—and I’m excited to be blogging about two of my favorite things: summer and romance.

Ah, summer…those long lazy days. Hot days. Days that should be spent reading romance novels. What? Come on—the summer is perfect for book time! I love carrying a book with me to the beach. Sand between my toes and a book in my hand. Heaven! Without a romance novel at the beach, I’d just be lost. Lost!
Since I live in the South, my summers are particularly HOT. I love reading about summer time books set
in the South because authors usually feel like the extreme heat means the characters won’t get to wear much in the way of clothing. Less clothing equals…well, I’m sure you can imagine. I think John Travolta said it best when he sang, “Summer lovin’ had me a blast…”

Nothing like those hot days and even hotter nights. Definitely blast indicating time in romance land.

I always race to the beach at the first sign of summer. Sure, it’s usually just early March, but I still go. And signs of romance can be found all around. Maybe it’s the ocean, maybe it’s the bikinis and swim trunks—folks just seem to be in a hand-holding mood. Romance. You can feel it everywhere.

Do you have a favorite summer romance memory? Please share it with me. One commenter will win a copy of DEADLY HEAT, the second book in my Deadly romantic suspense series. In DEADLY HEAT, FBI Agent Kenton Lake must join forces with fire fighter Lora Spade in order to stop a serial arsonist. Yep, as you can imagine, things get hot.  As hot as a southern summer.

Thanks for checking out my post!

Best wishes,

Cynthia Eden

She wants revenge . . .
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist’s blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI’s elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned – not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.
He wants her . . .
Kenton’s interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can’t get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case – and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can’t hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer’s sadistic, fiery game.
A vicious killer wants only . . .

DEADLY HEAT—Available 1/25/11

She wants to hide the past…
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn’t fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.
He needs to uncover the truth
One night isn’t enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable—until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn’t who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of blood-thirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.
As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . .

DEADLY LIES—Available 3/1/11

Remember to leave a comment with a favourite summer romance memory to win a copy Deadly Heat! Please  leave your email so I can forward it to Cynthia if you win. 


  1. It's true, summer does equal romance. They go hand in hand like ice cream and a hot summer day.

    When I was a little younger and still lived in california I would go to the beach with my boyfriend, as the sun was going down and the sand was getting cool. At first we would be warm because the sun would still be up and just hold hands while walking along the beach getting our feet wet in the water.

    But as the sun went down and we sat on the beach, we would cuddle closer, trying to stay warm and listen to the waves as they crashed over the sand on the beach.

    I miss going to the beach now that I live in las Vegas.

  2. I met my hubby in 1999..fall. We didn't last more then a few months before we broke up for several reason...mainly HIS reasons *no not bitter* HEH. But we ended up reconnecting the following summer of 2000. I clearly remember him picking me up in his shiny black truck (with neons and a stereo system b/c that was uber cool back then)and going for ice cream at this tiny stand in this tiny town next to ours. We sat on a wooden bench and ate as slowly as we could so we didn't have an excuse to leave. We were there for 2 hours and our ice cream turned to soup, but the main thing was we talked....about everything. And we've been together ever since. Every year we go back to that little stand, now with our two kids, and sit on that bench and have ice cream. The kids don't know but I look at the hubby and WE know. :)

  3. Ahh summer. My favorite time in the summer is summer nights when everythings dark and quiet except for the bugs every once in awhile. Thank god I live on the jersey shore. I would hate to miss the beach n jetskiing. Anyway, enjoy your winter for now.

    Taylor Z

  4. Hi, Mary! Oh, I sure do enjoy ice cream on a hot summer day! And what a sweet, romantic story!!

  5. Hey, Nikki! So glad that you and your guy reconnected--and what a good memory!

  6. Taylor, I love summer nights like that! It's so peaceful! Enjoy the rest of your winter, too!

  7. Oh wow, I LOVE this series. I read Deadly Fear in one day and recommended it to everyone...even Maya Banks! My favorite summer memory is when my husband and I were up North at our camper. We decided in the middle of the night to take a boat ride. We went out to the middle of the lake and laid on the floor of the boat. The stars were spectacular that night, a whole sky of them!!! We laid there for hours and talked about everything and anything. It was really romantic and great time spent together.

  8. My favorite summer memories are just chillin on the deck with an ice cold beer or iced tea and a good book. Summer is my favorite time of year. Congrats on your book I can't wait to read it. :)

  9. Well....I got married in the summer. =) On the beach right at sunset. It was beautiful and romantic. And then we went on a cruise for our honeymoon and that was fabulous. Can't beat hanging out on beautiful islands with clear blue water and laying around in the sun drinking fruity drinks.

    Now summer needs to hurry up and get here, this cold is not doing it for me. LoL Even in Florida it is freezing!

    Thanks for the giveaway Cynthia, I love your books.

  10. 4th of July 1976 is one of my favorite summer romantic memories. I grew up north of Niagara Falls and the Town of Lewiston always set off fireworks from Artpark that would go over the river. This being the bicentennial the fireworks were double the norm. My guy and I (we were all of 14) were on a blanket holding hands watching the display. It's just one of those innocent sweet things you remember.

    Can't wait for the books Cynthia :).

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  11. Long hot summer nights. The kids playing on the beach, a glass of wine while watching the sun set, moonlit walks, fun, laughter and lovin'.

    Awesome giveaway, please enter me if its international:)

  12. Hi, Leagh! Thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed Deadly Fear! And thanks for recommending it! :-) What a wonderfully romantic night you've described--now you have me wanting to take a boat ride.

  13. Thank you, Sherry! I love just relaxing in the summer, too. Oh, I am longing for those long, lazy days right now!

  14. Crystal, I bet your marriage ceremony was beautiful! And right now, even in Alabama, we are cold, too!

  15. Hi, Victoria! I love fireworks in the summer. And innocent, sweet memories are often the best kind!!

  16. Cath, the contest is definitely open to international commenters--and thanks for sharing your favorite summer things!

  17. Congrats on the upcoming release, Cynthia. No summer romance memories to share, but I do remember summer recess from school and feeling as if everyday was a holiday. We just played from morning to night and no homework.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  18. Thank you, Jane! I miss those summer school holidays! I think they should be given to adults, too!

  19. Hey Cynthia...I commented above already but forgot to leave my email for you.

  20. Dang, we don't have summer in my country :( so no favorite memory so far.

    but Hi Cynthia, i'm still trying to win one of your books :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  21. When we were younger, hubby and I would take the kids for walks in the park and to the playground. Later, we'd get my sis to babysit the tired kids so we could sneak out for dinner and drink and have some alone time. The kids are older now and catch on when we try to sneak out!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  22. Dating my now hubby was a mix of ocean activities- paddling, wake boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, etc- hiking, sports, running, deep sea fishing..... plenty of outdoor stuff that's common with Summer. Where I live it's hard to stay in doors and with great year around weather there is always something going down.

    My most favortie memory was a birthday past. My husband, bf at the time, and friends took a 25 footer out in the deep ocean to go fishing. I wasn't much good with a pole but hubby took his time and paid close attention to me. We came home loaded with fish to prepare for the evening Bday festivities. It's a great memory of mine because it showed me how well we worked as a team and how patient he can be. It was a great time and we enjoyed many more of the same trips there after!!!=)

  23. Oops... I forgot to say hi....

    Hi Cynthia!!
    I have a permanent beach back in my truck for spontaneous beach days. I need at least one a week to survive. LOL!

    Sand between my toes with a book in hand is THE most therapeutic time out I can ever take. Thank goodness I am brown and don't burn easily.

    Thanks for the great post!!

  24. Hi Cynthia--Thanks for a fun column. Among my favorite summer memories are vacation trips: Hubby and me to the Northeast, Hubby and me to Wash. D.C., the whole family to Disney World, and lots more. In general, I love summer fireworks, ice cream and BBQs.

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