Today on Curling Up By The Fire, I am introducing debut author Cynthia Roberts. She is the author of Wind Warrior, being released June 15th. Let's please welcome her!
Hello everyone. Like all of you, I lived and breathed reading romances...it filled many long, lonely evenings when my husband worked nights in law enforcement and I was raising our children Jason and Alyssa (now 31 and 29). It proved my constant companion later when my "Cinderella" marriage of twenty-five years came to an unexpected end. There is a quote I heard once I can't remember verbatim but goes somewhat like..."There is no greater loss than a love once known."
I'm a true believer that when tragedy strikes and you're standing at the edge of a fathomless abyss and all you see is darkness looking back at you, faith lies in knowing one of two things will happen. You can either let fear consume you, roll up into a ball and waste away or, you can take a leap of faith and learn how to soar like an eagle.
I've always had a passion for writing from that very moment a Crayola was placed in my hand and throughout my career in marketing, public relations and sales writing creativity came easily. When my marriage ended at the age of 45, life as I knew it was never the same. It was a time of unrest, uncertainty, losing friends and family and financial ruin because I also found myself jobless which continued nearly two years.
Wind Warrior became my salvation. One evening I sat in front of the computer and decided to write instead of read. I loved Cassie Edwards Savage series and read every one of her books and figured all I could do was fail. It proved my therapy back then but no quite up to par to win the favour of publishers. I received so many rejections I could have wallpapered a small room in my house and almost gave up on my dream. That is, until I realized it just wasn't my time. I needed to live through and get beyond the pain in my own life before I could transform and experience into the kind of passion and emotion I wanted my readers to feel personally through my writing.
Now that the writer in me has been unleashed...look out world! It I can leave my beautiful five grandchildren any legacy, it will be the strength, conviction and passion put into every story I bring to life.
Wind Warrior (The Iroquois Series - Book 1)
by Cynthia Roberts
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Also available at Amazon and other venues on release date.
You can also visit her site Romance by Cynthis Roberts.
Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and the visions that come when her mind and body surrender to sleep. Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically. But not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own. Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief who first came to her in her dreams. Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once again.
Wind Warrior plunges readers into the intimate depths of a relationship that unfolds like a live drama before their eyes while painting an insightful and intriguing portrait of Native Indian life in the 1800s. It is a story of longing, of a wanton need to survive all odds, and a love so strong it conquers human evil. Wind Warrior expresses with cunning words the simple, raw human emotions that hold readers spellbound and captivates their hearts.
Excerpt from Wind Warrior
Leslie Michaels detected the immediate transformation in the stranger's eyes after she reached out and stroked the tips of her fingers along the strong, angular curves of his chin and jaw. She looked for a change, some kind of reaction that told her he found her to be too bold or forward. However, his calm reserve gave away no emotion at all. She was pleased that he did not draw away from her touch or display any signs of displeasure. More than anything, she wanted to know what was going on in his mind.
Did he find her attractive? Would he want to know her more intimately? She could not believe that those thoughts were even running through her mind. By God, she thought, I'm thinking just like one of those dance hall girls always standing outside the saloon at the settlement.
She certainly was not the kind of woman to just throw herself at a man. She was generally shy and reserved, and it normally took awhile before she warmed up to someone, especially a man like the one right there in front of her.
And to think, she sighed, that his lips may just taste sweeter than sugar. She could feel her cheeks flush and patted them with her hands. This man certainly made her feel brazen. She wondered if he found her touch as pleasing as it was for her. When the moments passed with words unspoken between them, Leslie was afraid she truly overstepped her bounds.
There must be someone else in his life, a wife or betrothed, she thought. She searched his eyes to see if disinterest reflected in their depths, but he was too difficult to read. Leslie leaned back slightly and pondered if his lack of response was more out of duty or respect and not wanting to offend her.
I am such a - a fool - a stupid, crazy ninny, she chastised silently and lowered her head to hide her embarrassment. Just because I am drawn to him like a bee to honey does not mean he feels the same way about me, she arged with herself. After all, we are from from different cultures. Those in my world would never approve such a union.
Leslie's heart began to pound rapidly in her chest when he moved slightly and reached out for her. She gasped faintly when he tenderly grasped her chin to raise it and gazed into her eyes. A lump caught in her throat, and she knew she could not swallow even if she tried. Joy filled her heart when she watched as his beautiful, full lips began to slowly curve into a smile.
The pleasure she felt overwhelmed her and she pressed her fingers to her lips and sighed softly. She did not know his name, where he came from, what kind of person he was. What she did know was that she felt no fear, no apprehension, in his presence. She did not hold back and drew herself up from her squatting position to kneel before him.
His beautiful, amber eyes were captivating, and Leslie knew at that moment that she could get lost in their depths for an eternity. She wanted nothing else. He clasped a hold of her tiny wrists and placed her right hand upon his shoulder.
She reacted instantly and did not hold back. She needed, wanted, to touch more of him and slowly ran the flat of her palm down his naked chest, felling the strength of hard muscle beneath his light copper skin. It amazed how such a masculine man could feel as soft as a rabbit's pelt. Her eyes drifted again to the fullness of his lips, and she craved to have her own held captive by them.
He was the most handsome man she had ever seen, and even though he was Indian, it did not sway her from wanting to share something more with him. The comfort and safety she felt was far from odd, even knowing it would prove disturbing to others. Leslie dismissed all doubt and worry from her mind. She was never a person to be affected by what others thought. And she was not about to start now.
If he was an admirable man with a kind and compassionate heart, that was all she needed to know. She felt an immediate connection and shivered slightly when he reached forward to tenderly move a tendril of her hair away from her face. It seemed natural and right to rest her cheek against the palm of his hand.
His thumb glided softly against her skin, and she shivered slightly as she tilted her body to nuzzle the side of her face against the warmth of his touch. He reached his other hand to cup her face and draw her nearer.
Leslie could feel his breath caressing her skin, and she knew he was going to kiss her.
"Come. Let us ride the wind together," he whispered softly in her ear. Slowly his lips brushed across her cheek, barely touching skin, causing her body to tremble in response.
This was the moment she hoped for, and she leaned her body closer and raised her chin to meet the pressure of his lips. The pressure of his arms were tender as they softly folded about her until their bodies were pressed together in a heated embrace.
The loud, shrilling chatter of gray squirrels playing outside her bedroom loft window jolted Leslie from her sleep as though cold water had just been thrown upon her face, and she bolted upright, into a sitting position.
"No!" she cried softly.
She realized it was just a dream as she ran her palm softly across the spot where she could swear she still felt the warmth of the stranger's touch. Her eyes scanned every corner of her room, and her heart sank from the disappointing realization that she did indeed dream of the beautiful stranger once again. She turned and watched the humorous antics that continued outside her bedroom window.
"Shoo - shoo, you two," she scolded. "Did you have to choose this very moment to wake me?" she continued as she shook her head and stretched her limbs like a contented feline.
For a moment she played back the memory of the dream that had haunted her over and over for the past two months. When is this going to end? she wondered. What does it all mean?
It was not this particular incident that bewildered her. For as long as she could remember, Leslie had always been haunted by such riddles. Early in her childhood, she had learned not to question her special ability to see what would happy in the very near future through her dreams. She never feared them, because they were so very much a part of her life, and she naturally assumed everyone had the same experiences in their life. That is, until she was old enough to speak and express what she saw with her parents.
Leslie was nearly seven when she finally began to understand what was happening to her, what she was born with. Her mother, Olivia, had sat her down and carefully told her of the special gift they both shared. It was a guarded secret that had been passed down for five generations by the feminine line on her mother's side.
Still, the dream she had just experienced was so different and more personal than any she had before. This dream involved her emotions. She knew this particular stranger would play a major role in her future. She just did not know what, or when, or where. Each time he entered her sleep, it became more real, and her attraction for him grew stronger. She was becoming drawn to his long, dark hair and a physique, which looked as though it had been chiseled from stone. He was a mystery for now, and she was certain it was one that would be solved sooner rather than later.