CYNTHIA LUCAS #1, Top 20 and Top 100 Best Seller (Amazon Kindle) in both Paranormal and Time Travel Romance Quarterfinalist 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Rommance Genre) 2012 RONE Awards Nominee and Finalist (Paranormal and Time Travel)
NEW RELEASES: SMOKE & MIRRORZ, July 2013. Singer/songwriter/recording artist: NORTH 2 SOUTH
I am a self-published author and my love of romance novels began basically the first time I read one! ;)
Being an avid writer, essayist...and a musician/lyricist, I was ready to take on the challenge of telling a great story in a larger scale format than a four minute song. And voila! My first published book, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES was born. One of my greatest thrills? Not only seeing the book go #1, but when I first envisioned this book cover, I wanted to have actor JAY TAVARE on this cover. Being a self-published author that came out of nowhere, I dreamed big but wondered how can this happen? Well, guess what...it DID! (And yes, I did this myself with NO publisher.) Jay' gorgeous image is on the newest edition, and it's one more testament to the mantra that your dreams CAN come true if you reach out and go for it. :)
When writing, I like to take my readers into the adventure with me....to give them imagery that you'd find in a screenplay, so they feel like they are living the story and get the same picture of the surroundings in their mind as I had in my own when I wrote it. I pour my soul into my characters and the story and try to have a balance of realism in a 'fairy tale' situation with a bit of humor...and you will find some of my personality in ALL of my characters, both male and female. LIGHTNING has garnered excellent four and five star reviews, and was a #1 Best Seller in Time Travel Romances on Amazon in the month of October 2012. It has remained a Top 10, 20 and Top 100 Best Seller in its genre for months and after countless requests for a sequel, QUICKSILVER MOON was released in November of 2012. It immediately went to #1 in Hot New Releases in Time Travel Romance on Amazon.com and has remained a Top 100 Best Seller in overall Time Travel Romances along with its predecessor. Quicksilver Moon was given a 4.5 Star Crowned Heart Review (an award given only to books receiving 4.5 and 5 star ratings for excellence in writing) by InD'Tale Magazine in February of 2013. It is a finalist in the 2012 RONE Awards (Time Travel) which will be presented at the incredible RNC Convention in Las Vegas, August 9th, 2013.
Other titles: BLOOD FROM A STONE is a modern, gothic romance sprinkled with a bit of paranormal intrigue...and it is also an inspirational story of the power of redemption and the human spirit. It was selected to go to Round 2 judging in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards on Feb. 13, 2013. It received a FIVE STAR review from InD'Tale Magazine's website in their 'Featured Reviews' in October and stellar reviews from readers on Amazon.com. It is also a finalist in the 2012 RONE Awards (Paranormal).
I have a desire to inspire, and often on my Facebook page(s) you will find numerous short essays or thought-provoking blurbs I've written which may help someone out there who needs those words of encouragement and a little spark to get their inner light glowing again...to get them moving, thinking...reaching for a star.
Aside from being a romance author, I have also been a professional singer/songwriter/performer for most of my life. I love writing and recording music, and you'll find me performing on the weekends with my band, NORTH 2 SOUTH entertaining both locals and tourists in venues ranging from little beach bars, on up to pre-concert shows on the east side stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall near my home in Clearwater, FL. Some other interests: I would love to format one or more of my books into screenplays and get them into film and I enjoy working with photography and graphic arts. I have designed three of my book covers and appeared on my newest release SMOKE & MIRRORZ (with Jimmy Thomas....of course. Hey life's short...like I said: LIVE YOUR DREAMS!) ;)
YOU are the author of your life...the world is your parchment, and your creativity is your quill. So what are you going to write today? Find YOUR desire to inspire and run with it. :-) Happy Reading!