Welcome to Self-Published Author Cynthia Woolf

Today’s guest is Indie author Cynthia Woolf, who writes western AND Sci-Fi! Her latest release is Centauri Midnight.

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Welcome, Cynthia!

1)      What was the inspiration for this book?  Centauri Midnight grew out of the first two books.  Kiti and Garrick kept after me until I told their story.  They simply wouldn’t leave me alone.

2)      What’s next for you?  I’m writing a sequel to my western, Tame A Wild Heart and am working on the next sci-fi series as well.

3)      When you’re procrastinating, what do you do?  I read email and check my sales number continuously.   I’m just sure that if I check them enough I can make them move.  Sure that it’s mind over matter.  LOL

4)      How many books in your TBR pile? Dozens

5)      What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?  Sitting down and eating homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk until I’m full of them.  It’s like six big cookies and enough to make me sick but I love them so much.  J

6)      Name 3 of your favorite things.  Reading, gardening, Starbucks caramel macchiato

7)      Where can readers find you?  My web address is http://www.cynthiawoolf.com

Excerpt from Centauri Midnight:

“Audra, please.  You’re my queen but you’re also my friend.  You must grant me this last request.  Let me go after him.”  Tensign Kiti Dolana paced the beautiful sitting room.  Bile rose in her throat threatened to strangle her.  Finally, she collapsed into a chair it’s soft cushions swallowing her as she sat across the small, highly polished and gleaming, coffee table from the Queen of Centauri, her friend.

The Queen, pregnant with triplets, her beautifully distended tummy disallowing much frivolous movement, reclined on the couch.  She sat up to pour the tea but had trouble reaching the tea pot in the middle of the coffee table.  “Kiti would you pour our tea, I’m a bit like a beached whale right now.”  Audra was anything but a beached whale.  Kiti knew the colloquial term from her study of Earth.

Her queen was radiant.  Her long, chestnut hair falling in waves to her waist was gathered on one side of her head.  Her clear gray eyes shone bright  in her pale face.  She wore a beautiful royal purple empire waisted dress that highlighted her pale features.  She was beautiful.  Kiti remembered a time, on their way back to Centauri from Earth, when she’d not thought so, because she was jealous.

That was before Audra’s marriage to Darius and when she’d still be betrothed to Anton.  Kiti had been in love with Anton, at least she thought she was, and was jealous of Audra.  Some of the things she said were unkind, but Audra had seen them for what they were, jealousy and forgiven her the words.  They were now the best of friends.

Kiti poured the tea and continued to beseech her queen.  “Audra, you have to let me go after him.  He killed my brother Joridan, his actions led to Anton being captured and tortured.  I need to see they get justice, they deserve it.”

“And you are sure it is only justice you seek?” Audra softly asked.

“Damn it, Audra.”  Kiti was up and pacing the room again.  Her long black hair was tied in a high pony tail and swung back and forth with each step she took.  The thick, plush carpet kept her boots from clicking on the floor.  “I’m begging you to let me go with Garrick Marcus.  It’s not just revenge I need.  I need closure.  I’m the one who should deliver Tybold to the authorities.  Garrick Marcus is the best captain in the fleet and I know Darius is sending him after Tybold.  Joridan needs us both to avenge his death.  To bring his murderer back to Centauri for justice to be served.”

“Kiti, are you combat trained?  We don’t know what to expect from the Proconians.  By this time, Tybold could have convinced them we are conquerors and he’s their only salvation.  We don’t know.  It could be a suicide mission.  I don’t want to lose my best friend.”  She went on.  “I know you’re grieving.  Joridan’s loss and Lara’s return has been very hard on you.”

“Stop.”  Kiti jumped up and started to pace again.  “I know what my life has been like.  I mourn the loss of Joridan life and Anton’s capture and torture by Slavarien.  Joridan was my little brother.  Even though he was a head taller than me he will always be my little brother.  I still smell Joridan’s scent in his room.  Sometimes it’s so fresh it’s like he just passed by.”  Her eyes filled with tears, “I miss the closeness that Anton and I once shared but I do not bemoan him finding Lara.  I’m very happy he found his lifemate.  It was something he never thought to be able to do.  After the torture that both Anton and Lara suffered at the hands of the Slavariens, it’s amazing that they found each other.  I wish I had a lifemate out there somewhere.

“Audra, I’m a historian and anthropologist, but first I’m Dragonera.  Of course, I am combat trained.  All Dragonera are.  We are the Royal Guard.  We are the best.”

“Yes.  You’re right, but I worry anyway.  Must be my maternal instinct.”  Audra patted her belly.

“You know that the people of Procon are centuries behind us technologically.  I’m the only person who can go on this mission that knows anything about their culture.”

“I don’t know,” Audra hesitated.

“Admit it.  Garrick needs me.”

“We don’t interfere in the development of other planets’ civilizations.  You know that.”

“Tybold has already interfered.  I say we’ll be evening the odds for the tribes involved.  And it’s not as though Procon doesn’t know we exist.  They already trade with other planets.  Just because they’re not our technological equals doesn’t mean they aren’t advanced.”

Kiti saw Audra hesitate before she answered.  “I must confer with Darius before I can give you my answer.”

At that moment Darius came in accompanied by Garrick, Anton and Lara.  The three men were in their Dragonera uniforms as was Kiti.  The only differences being the color blocking.  Darius and Garrick wore amethyst uniforms with cream colored sleeves, denoting their status as starship Captains.  Darius’ uniform also had a cream colored stripe from the left shoulder to the waist, denoting that he was Captain of the Royal Guard.  As a general in the Royal Army, Anton’s uniform was solid amethyst.  Lara, Audra’s twin sister, still had the tanned skin from someone who’s spent too much time in the sun.  She wore the House of Danexx royal colors like everyone else did.  Hers were an amethyst jumpsuit and long cream colored duster.  Kiti’s uniform was solid cream.  Her rank as Tensign was denoted by a patch on her left arm.

“What do you need to discuss with me?” Darius asked as he took his wife’s arm and helped her to rise from the couch.  She gave him a quick kiss.  Darius rubbed her stomach then bent and said, “Hello, my children.  Are you being nice to your mommy today?”

Kiti swore he expected an answer.

“If you don’t quit that people are going to think you’re crazy,” said Audra.

Darius laughed and kissed her belly.

“I am. Crazy in love with my wife.”

Lara made gagging sounds.  ‘Will you two remember that you have an audience?”

“All right.  But you and Anton are just as bad as we are.” Darius said to his soon to be twice over sister-in-law.”

“Never,” retorted Lara.  “No one is as over the moons as you two.

“I don’t know, I’m pretty much over the moons about you,” said Anton waggling his eyebrows at her.

The banter was not aimed at Kiti.  She didn’t think the two couples even remembered they were not alone.  Kiti glanced at Garrick, who rolled his eyes at her.   “Audra, the mission.”  She reminded her queen tapping her wrist to hurry her.

“Oh yes.  Darius, Kiti has requested to be assigned to go with Garrick to Procon, to apprehend Lord Tybold.  I told her I would discuss it with you.”

“I don’t know if she will be needed,”  Darius responded.

Garrick spoke for the first time since entering the room.  “I think an anthropologist would be very useful on this particular mission.  Tensign Dolana would be a definite asset to me in bringing in Tybold.”

“Thank you, Garrick. “  Kiti was warmed by his words and agreed with him one hundred percent.  To her way of thinking, this mission would only succeed with her help.  No one could understand the Proconians better than she could.

“Very well,” said Darius.  “You will receive your orders tomorrow.  In the mean time, can we eat dinner?  I’m a starving man.”

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy Woolf
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 07:41:18

    Thnaks so much for having me MJ. I look forward to lost of comments today. Don’t forget I’m giving away a copy of my book, Centauri Midnight. You can have it as an ebook or as a paperback. Your choice.

    Reply

  2. Diana Layne
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 10:11:07

    Love homemade choc chip cookies and milk as well, lol! And sci-fi!

    Reply

  3. Linda Andrews
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 11:44:43

    If those cookies make you sick you can sent them my way:-). Are you planning any more books in the scifi series. Or will you be starting a new one?

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  4. KE Saxon
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 12:06:13

    I’m with Diana! I could use me some chocolate chip cookies right now, in fact! Really enjoyed the excerpt, Cynthia. You have a real knack for description–I was totally there. This is definitely going on my TBR list! Cheers!

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  5. Cindy Woolf
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 13:12:04

    Don’t we all love chocolate chip cookies?? Ymmmmm! I am planning another sci-fi series that is sort of an extension of this one but is on the planet Gregara. Right now it’s called the Swords of Gregara, but as we all know titles, names all of that can change. The first entry is a novella and so I’ll see how that one does. I like it a lot and may decide to expand it before I release it. Next up for me is the “boxed set” of the Centauri Series. Then I go back to the western for a while and then back to the planet Gregara. At least those are my plans.

    Thanks for all the comments. I love them.

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  6. norahwilson
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 14:43:17

    I enjoyed that excerpt, Cindy! Except after that interview, I’m now hungry for cookies and milk. ,-)

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  7. Cindy Woolf
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 19:32:34

    Norah – just reading the comments here has made me hungry again for milk and cookies. And I’m out. Dag nabit.

    Reply

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