Sit-Down with Cynthia Hickey: Best Selling Author and Publisher

Is your weekend off to a slow start? No worries. Today’s Saturday Sit-Down is brought to you courtesy of The Mimosa Blossom.

So stay a while and get to know Cynthia Hickey, best selling author of A Nosy Neighbor Mystery Series and editorial head behind Winged Publications.

Christmas with Stormi Nelson: 2 Short Christian Cozy Mysteries is out now. Who knows? You may just find the series you’re looking for. And the inspiration to

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Please welcome author Cynthia Hickey to The Mimosa Blossom.

Cynthia, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.


Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has nine grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Website at

(1) Where do you get the idea for your characters? Christmas with Stormi Nelson came about because someone asked on the spur of the moment if…

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The Courage to Hit Send

The new year is right abound the corner. Find the courage to hit send–getting your career going– with up and coming author Ashley Storm. Her ten tips are sure to weight the scales in your favor.

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Ashley Storm

As a writer, the scariest thing in the world is probably the act of putting your work out there for others to see. What if they hate it? What if they hate me? For a long time, I didn’t submit anything at all. This year, I’ve made an effort to do better. My bravery has paid off: a publisher has requested the full of my romance novel (I’m revising one more time before sending it!) and I’ve been contracted to write two books for an educational publisher (children’s nonfiction).

For me, it helped to start small. This blog, for example, is a pressure-free way to put my writing out there for others to see. Over time, it’s become easier for me to submit my work. My goal for next year is to always have something on submission–a novel or a short story. I want to build a writing career. To…

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Do You Worry What Others Will Say on Your Choice in Writing? Namely, genres? – Guest Post by, Traci Kenworth…

Do the holidays have you concerned about potential genre judgment–reading or writing–at upcoming family gatherings? No worries. Prep yourself with the wise words of talented Traci Kenworth, guest blogger on The Story Reading Ape.

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Have you as a writer heard grumbles on your material choices? For instance, if you write horror or romance? Perhaps family members or friends point out that they object to your story or the direction you want to take your career. Does it influence you? Has it made you steer clear of writing such stories? Do you keep what you write secret from church members for fear of being shamed for it? For most of my life, I’ve done this at one time or another. When I was young, eighteen, I made the mistake of admitting that I wrote horror to my pastor’s wife. She was horrified and suggested that I cease writing such stories immediately. It took me many years before I admitted the same to family and friends and here and there, I heard murmurs about writing “that stuff.”

The same kind of reactions come from writing romance…

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Ancient History: The perfect premise for a contemporary novel!

This is now history! I write contemporary inspy romantic suspense, but I LOVE history. My first writing attempts—discounting my eight year old horror retelling of The Blob—were historical. Medieval, Puritan, Colonial American. You name it. I’ve tried it. And I still dig those eras and will absolutely use the source material crammed in my front …

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NaNoWriMo, Cheating, Losing, and Winning

NaNoWriMo aftermath. How do you feel?

GREAT, I hope. It’s over. And however much you accomplished, words are words, baby. Take it from my good pal, René Penn, author of Bachelorette Blogger.

She rocks.

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was an odd experience for me this year. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I didn’t meet the “winner” requirements. I didn’t make 50,000 words for the month.

I finished at 37,154.

How would one even write out that number?

Thirty-seven thousand, one hundred and fifty-four?

Such a clunky word-count total. Nothing sexy about it at all.

It would’ve been nice to reach 40,000. But that didn’t happen, either. So yeah, I lost.

But that’s okay. There’s a bright side.

I spent part of NaNoWriMo finishing a book that I had started writing in June. That’s right. I cheated, doggonit.


NaNoWriMo participants are supposed to start writing a brand new book on November 1. Instead, I continued writing the book I had been working on before. New words are what counts.

Luckily, NaNoWriMo cheating isn’t a big deal. They even call us rebels…

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Sit-down with Diana Tobin: Series star of Fire Star Press

It may be drizzly outside. Snowing. You may be reeling from Black Friday blow back or tucking into Thanksgiving leftovers. But a sit-down with today’s guest, multi-published Fire Star Press romance author and dear friend Diana Tobin, is exactly what your weekend needs if forging ahead with a smile and success is what you’re into. …

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Viking’s Captive — BLITZ

Looking for a clean, teen read? Or just like a Viking tale? Look no more. Birdie’s Bibliotheca has you covered.

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The Viking’s Captive
Quinn Loftis
(Clan Hakon #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: November 27th 2018
Genres: Historical, Young Adult

Prophecy spoken.

Alliances broken.

Will duty come before love?

The Viking’s Captive is the exciting sequel toThe Viking’s Chosen by USA Today Bestseller Quinn Loftis.

Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.

Novels in The Clan Hakon Series Include:

The Viking’s Chosen (February 12, 2018)

The Viking’s Captive (November 27, 2018)

The Viking’s Consort (Fall 2019)

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“If you vomit on my lap, I will most likely throw you overboard,” Dayna, my incredibly helpful sister, told me for the fourth or fifth time.

“If you hadn’t come running…

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