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Guest Blogger: Cyndi Faria (Contest)
Monday, August 12th, 2013

Short Story Perks (Contest)

Thank you Delilah for having me guest post today about short story perks. I love discovering a fresh voice without the time commitment of reading a full length novel. These little nuggets, novelettes and novellas, brighten up my coffee time, keep me company during lunch, and supply the perfect antidote for a good night’s sleep.

This year, I’ve discovered several new-to-me authors like Elle James (love her voice and story in the Wild at Heart Anthology), Margery Scott’s The Morgan’s of Rocky Ridge (historical western, both Cade and Trey’s stories), Susan Hatler’s Better Date than Never Series (sweet contemporary), and Virna DePaul’s Arrested by Love anthology (super hot), and of course Delilah’s shorts! *fanning self*

I think my love of shorts is because of the variety.

This year, I released my debut light paranormal contemporary short (16 pages of happily-ever-after) titled A Promise Worth Keeping, which hit #1 in Free Kindle and is a top 100 paid Short Romance. In June, I released the second short (closer to 80 pages) titled A Promise Worth Remembering, which hit #3 in Free Kindle and just this week became available in book form—a first for me! Look for the third Promises Collection installment to be released in late fall 2013 titled A Promise Worth Sharing. All three stories are set in my fictional town of Safe Haven where Native American folklore plays cupid in reuniting first loves.

Do you enjoy short stories? If so, what author(s) have you discovered? Leave a comment for a chance to win an eBook of A Promise Worth Remembering.

Remembering

SHE’S CLINGING TO THE PAST

After ten years, tiger preserve owner Bailey Yant never thought heart-breaker Tucker Pierce would return to Safe Haven. With a hundred-year-old feud between the Pierce and Yant families escalating, and despite a mystical lovers’ rock stirring memories of their forbidden love, she’s walled up her heart tighter than her sanctuary. When her prized tiger trespasses onto the Pierce’s hunting range, and poachers threaten not only her tiger’s safety but the livelihood of her preserve, will Bailey open her heart and trust Tucker in time to save her endangered Bengals?

HE’S OFFERING A FUTURE TOGETHER

At seventeen, Tucker Pierce fell in love with Bailey’s strength the day he’d pulled her from the river and promised to make her dreams come true. However, to keep Bailey safe from his abusive father, he risked everything—and in the process lost her to another man. For ten years, he’s kept his reason for leaving Safe Haven secret, but he can’t forget the promise he made to her or who his heart belongs to. After finding the widowed Bailey standing on their special rock, will he finally convince her to trust he’s a man of his word?

TO SEE HER DREAMS COME TRUE, WILL SHE RISK TRUSTING…A PROMISE WORTH REMEMBERING?

Excerpt:

Tucker’s gaze found Bailey’s and held.

Corkscrewed into her heart until her chest hurt. Smoothing her chin with her palm to quiet the quivers spidering across her face, she raised her brows and expected him to say more.

But he only stared.

She lifted a palm, a subtle wave before she dropped her arm to rest at her bare thigh. What could she say to him? Hello? How have you been? Too many questions riddled her mind to settle on a single syllable.

Pointing upstream, he repeated, “It’s important we talk…. I’ve seen…tiger.”

If what he needed to discuss caused him concern, why hadn’t he crossed the river or driven to the preserve? They were adults and she didn’t have any problems with Tucker, only his father.

No matter… Most likely he’d seen some of her tigers housed in the sanctuary. Because of their natural instincts to hunt large game, they slinked along the north side of the property to stalk deer that paused where the gentle slope led to the water’s edge. But bridging their past with small talk?

She didn’t want chit chat. She wanted answers, she wanted justice, she wanted the resolution she promised herself she’d never stir up, but couldn’t let go. Like their forbidden relationship, those feelings were better left undisturbed. Only seeing Tucker voided all warnings of caution she’d erected. She waved him over to her side. “We can talk over here.”

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Want more shorts and anthologies? See Amazon’s top 100 lists of Short Romance and Anthologies paid and free here.

About the Author:

“Cyndi Faria writes with passion and her stories touch the heart.”
—Virna DePaul, Bestselling Author

Cyndi FariaCyndi Faria is an engineer turned romance writer whose craving for structure is satisfied by plotting emotional and cozy paranormal romance stories about Native American folklore, cursed spirits, lost souls, harbingers, and even a haunted coastal town. If you love a tale with courageous heroes and heroines, where their unconditional love for each other gives them strength to defeat their inner demons, Cyndi Faria invites you to enter the pages of her stories.

On and off her sexy romance pages, this California country girl isn’t afraid to dirty her hands fighting for the underdog and caretaking rescued pets. Find her helping fellow writers and leading readers to happily-ever-after at www.cyndifaria.com

10 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cyndi Faria (Contest)”

  1. Cyndi Faria
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 8:12 am · Link

    Thank you for having me today, Delilah! Cyndi :-D



  2. Toni Whitmire
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 8:28 am · Link

    I like reading short storties but I don’t have a favorite bibbiesparks@yahoo.com.



  3. Jamie L
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 9:24 am · Link

    I do like short stories, but not all of them. I have read some where they were just too short, and you couldn’t even really get into the story before it was over.



  4. Teresa Hughes
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    I love short stories. One I like most us Trinity Blanco.



  5. Virna DePaul
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Great post! Thanks for the shout out, Cyndi!



  6. Judy Stone
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 9:07 pm · Link

    I love short stories, especially as a quick pick-me-up when I’m short on time and long on aggravation! The slice of life snapshot, or a quirky or outrageous sense of humor yanks me out of a rotten mood! Some favorites I discovered this year: “Under Contract” by Craig Hansen; “Don’t Call Me Cupid” by Genevieve Jourdin; Inspector Zhang mysteries by Stephen Leather; “Fair Price” by Laura Lond; “The Hand that Holds Mine” by Jennifer Loren (disregard the lame cover art and so-so editing–this is a keeper!); “Shep Dreams of Home” by Jason Matthews; “Hell Hounds are for Suckers” by Jessica McBrayer; “A Childhood Lost” by Damon Lee Petrie (excellent!); “Snow Dance” part of the Dance ‘n’ Love series by Alicia and Roy Street; and “Conquest” by Rebecca York (fervently hoping she turns this into a series).

    Oops! Babbling again. I love to share the gems I’ve found–it’s like a treasure hunt. Thanks for being a guest blogger today, Cyndi. Look forward to reading your stories.



  7. Mary Marvella
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Link

    An excellent blog! Now to sneak into more shorts. OOPS in more shorts!



  8. Cyndi Faria
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      · August 12th, 2013 at 10:19 pm · Link

    Thank you all so much for your comments. And special thank you to Teresa and Judy for your recommendations! I’m going to be checking out all of the new short stories listed here today. :-D

    Using Random Number Generator, today’s winner of the eBook A Promise Worth Remembering is Toni Whitmire.

    Congratulations, Toni!



  9. Margery Scott
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      · August 13th, 2013 at 5:30 am · Link

    Thanks for the mention, Cyndi. I really enjoyed A Promise Worth Remembering.



  10. Susan Hatler
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      · August 13th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Fun post, Cyndi. Keep up the great writing! :)