Guest Author & Giveaway: Cynthia Eden featuring Deadly Fear

Tuesday, July 27

Romantic Suspense novels are a favorite genre of mine.  When I found out author Cynthia Eden, best known for her sexy Brava paranormal romances, was writing a romantic suspense series I immediately added her to my authors to try in 2010 list.  I've not read her paranormals, though I've heard nothing but good things about them.  I guess I have a "I'm just not that into you" kind of relationship with paranormal romances over the past few years....from any author.  

What is it I love about romantic suspense novels?  I love that the story makes me guess, and sometimes proves me wrong much to my delight.  The plots read much like movies to me...heartpounding, page turning, "give me more" type of anticipation with "to die for" heroes.  When they are done with just the right combination of suspense and romance they are hard to beat.  Cynthia Eden is my guest today talking about her new direction in romantic suspense with her Deadly series which begins with Deadly Fear.  Read and enjoy!

Paranormal to Romantic Suspense…Writing in Different Genres

Hello, everyone! I’m excited to be here at Seductive Musings (thanks for inviting me over!).

When it comes to books, I have two loves: paranormal tales and romantic suspense novels.

Please, give me vampires, give me demons, give me shifters—I love those monsters, and I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time writing about them over the last few years as I published my Other stories with Kensington Brava. However, as I wrote my paranormal tales, I began to see a trend with my writing.

I didn’t just write about vampires and evil demons. I wrote about serial killing demons. Cop shifters. Investigative reporters who tracked murderers (okay, demon reporters). Suspense elements kept slipping right into my stories.

Because I love suspense…just as much as I love my paranormal monsters.

Since suspense kept calling to me, I decided to branch out with my writing—and to get the best of both sub-genres. *smiley* I’m continuing to write my sexy paranormals, but now I am also creating my dark suspense stories. Branching out into another genre was a natural evolution for me, and it’s an evolution that I hope my readers will enjoy.

Sure, when I first started writing DEADLY FEAR, I did miss my paranormal characters (it’s hard to give up vampire fun!), but I soon was hooked in the world of my FBI agents. What can I say? I definitely think that a sexy FBI agent can compete with a wild shifter.

But what about you? How do you feel about an author branching into a new sub-genre? And do you think FBI agents can have the same appeal as supernatural heroes?

Cynthia Eden


FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She’s walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can’t ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.


Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease…professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they’re reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims’ deepest, darkest fears for sport - but their investigative skills aren’t enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.

But can they catch a killer whose weapon is…DEADLY FEAR?

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Congratulations Cynthia on your new series!  If you'd like to learn more about Cynthia and the books she writes you can find her on her website, Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.

Do you know what you are afraid of?  Take the Deadly Fear Quiz and find out.  And funnily enough I found another connection to snakes and this week's books while reading Five Fun Facts about Cynthia and her book.  Seems to be a recurring theme that I just can't get away from :)  I can tell you this though she is a MUCH braver person than I am when it comes to trying to overcome that particular fear!

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Deadly series, DEADLY FEAR by Cynthia Eden, her publisher Forever Romance is giving away five copies of her new book.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the questions Cynthia asked readers and show her some comment love (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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jeanette8042 July 27, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

I think it's a nice change when authors branch into new sub-genres because there are new stories part of another genre to capture a reader's attention. Constantly reading the same sub-genre can burn a reader out. FBI agents definitely have the same appeal as supernatural heroes because they're still tough, dark men who can kick ass.

GFC follower

enyl July 27, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

I don't mind if a auhtor I enjoy branches into a sub-genre as lond as she doesn't a) mix the sub-genres and characters and b) doesn't abandon the original sub-genre.
I definitely prefer FBI agents to paranormal characters.
GFC follower.

stacey July 27, 2010 at 4:55 AM  

I do not have to take the test to know that I'm afraid of High places and spidersand some time other bugs.
I'm a GFC

Jane July 27, 2010 at 4:57 AM  

Happy Release Day, Cynthia. I have no complaints when an author branches into a new sub-genre. I'm a huge romantic suspense fan, so I love reading about FBI and other law enforcement as heroes and heroines.

I'm a GFC follower.

Ivy July 27, 2010 at 6:55 AM  

I don't think anyone is just 1 thing, why should an author be? I know KMM got a lotta flack when she started her FEVER series. Silly really. That's why they use pseudonyms I think. FBI guys can be HOT!! I met one that was way up there on the good gravy chart...

I'm a follower


Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Thank you so much for inviting me to guest post--and for hosting the Deadly Fear giveaway!

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Morning, jeanette! I am so glad you think FBI agents still have the same appeal. I really love their kick-ass aspect, too. You can't mess with those agents!

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Hi, enyl! Glad to hear that you enjoy FBI agents. FBI agents and paranormal characters both have a nice place in my heart. :-)

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

Ah, you are not alone, Stacey! I think most people have those fears.

Thank you, Jane! So happy you are a romantic suspense fan!!

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

LOL, I think FBI guys can be hot, too, Ivy! And I absolutely love the "good gravy chart"--I think I'll be using that today.

Becky W. July 27, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

I love it that authors change up their genres! It gives the reader more choices from an author that they already love.

I don't read paranormal. Tried once, didn't like it, haven't gone back. That being said, FBI agents rock! I married a cop and have quite a thing for the whole cop angle. I think it's why I like the whole romantic/suspense thing.

Anyway, I'm dying to read this book. I added it to my wish list several weeks back. I'd love to win a copy!

I'm a follower of this blog!

Tina July 27, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

I like both genres but agree with a post by someone above that I don't like when the characters cross over into the other genre or the story changes genre mid series. I love both romantic suspense and pnr. I have read Cynthia's pnr and look forward to the new series in this genre. While I love both FBI agents and paranormal I tend to buy more from the paranormal.

I am a follower of the blog!

Bethie July 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

I think its great when an author breaks out into different sub genres. I usually enjoy an author's style of writing, and I think that will come through no matter what genre they are writing.

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Christine H July 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

I'm a (GFC) follower.
I have a couple Phobia's. One is I don't sleep in the dark, I've slept with a TV on my whole life as far back as I can remember and I'm Clausterphobic too as long as I can remember.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!


Taylor Z July 27, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I'm not a follower, but i am going to be!
To Cynthia's question, i like when authors branch out, as long as they do it because they want to do it and not just because it's popular. For example, one author (i'm not naming names) was fabulous at writing teen romances. Yet, she started doing paranormals teen books. While she could be doing them because she does want to, I feel she's doing it just to make money. Her books don't have the pizzazz anymore like they used to...Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lovemusicgirlx94 AT aol DOT com

Victoria July 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

I love the fact that authors often branch out. Like anything it's stretching of the wings. You never know when it will pay off.

I'm really excited about Cynthia's Deadly series.

I took the quiz and got 40% - not too good unless it means I'm brave ;)

Thanks for the giveaway.

Ivy July 27, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

@ Cynthia....Feel free's good to 'see' you again..

Anonymous,  July 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM  


I think it's great when an author who is successful in one genre tries another. They will put their own special twist on the genre. I'm always excited about what and how they write!!

in Germany

Tore July 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

How do you feel about an author branching into a new sub-genre? I think it is great that an author is willing to try something different. It shows that the author is not afraid of trying to write something different and if it doesn't work out then the author can say she tried. It makes the author more interesting and shows that she is not afraid of trying new things. And do you think FBI agents can have the same appeal as supernatural heroes?
Yes most definitely. FBI agent have always held an appeal for me especially profilers who are able to profile a killer. I think that is extraordinary that they can do that. Even FBI agents who can go into the mind of a killer. I think her book is going to be great and really good. Please enter me in contest.

Tore July 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

Cynthia I think your book is going to be great. I think it is wonder you are trying something different.

Estella July 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

Congrats on trying something different.
I love romantic suspense---and FBI agents can be sexy, too.

chey July 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

I think it's great when authors branch out into different sub genres. I've discovered that I liked a sub genre I didn't expect to by following an author.
I think FBI agents have a different appeal than paranormals. I read both, but depending on what kind of read I want at the time, I'll choose one. I don't just put the books in a pile and grab the one at the top of the pile when I want to read a book. I read the blurb then choose.

Anonymous,  July 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

I like it when authors work in different sub-genres. It gives me more to read and introduces me to a genre that I might not have tried.
As for FBI agents, I have no doubt that they can hold their own and are just as appealing if not more than the supernatural heroes.

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Hi, Becky! So glad to hear you like FBI agents! I’m pretty partial to them, too!

Hey, Tina! Thank you!

Bethie, I feel like you do—genres may change, but the writing style and voice are usually the same.

Oh, Christine, I feel your not sleeping in the dark pain! I’m the same way!

Taylor, excellent point! I don’t think authors should follow the trends—I think they should write what they enjoy.

Thank you, Victoria! So happy you’re excited about the series! And 40% can totally mean you are brave!

Thanks, Ivy!

Valerie, I like adding those twists—and reading them from my favorite authors!

Tore, I so enjoy those profilers—it’s so interesting to see them analyze killers. Thank you!

Cynthia Eden July 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

Thank you, Estella!

Chey, I choose my book based on mood, too. Sometimes I want demons, sometimes dukes.

Leni, it’s good to know that you think the FBI agents can compete with the supernatural guys!

Thanks so much for the comments! Hope you are all having a great evening!

Artemis July 27, 2010 at 10:52 PM  


Congratulations on taking the leap and branching out! When the stories and characters are good, I say go for it!

I read historicals, paranormal, erotic, and romantic suspense. All have their own distinctive appeal. A few of my favorite authors write in two, if not three, of those sub-genres.

Of course, the FBI Agent has the same appeal as his paranormal counterpart. When I pick up a PNR, I automatically know the hero will have his "powers" to fall back on. The FBI Agent will have his God given skills to use. Alpha all the way! What's not to love!

Oh, I have never really liked clowns or dolls. The only doll I had as a child was Barbie. Scary stuff.

Yep, I stalk *cough* follow.

Scorpio M. July 27, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

I think authors can straddle multiple-genres. It comes down to writing & creativity, if that is good there really shouldn't be any limitations.

I'll take a human FBI agent over any paranormal character any day. I have a hard time suspending my beliefs when it comes to PNRs.

GFC follower


CallMeKayla July 28, 2010 at 12:52 AM  

I don't mind if an author branches into a new sub genre.. they just have to want to because they like the genre, not because they are expected to, or that's where the money is. When their heart is in it, it usually ends up a good book. That said, if they are just doing it to do it, I'd rather they not because I feel like I waste my time with those sorts of books.

And, yes, FBI are as damn sexy as those hot ass paranormal dudes. ;)


Carol L. July 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Hi Cynthia,
I love when a favorite Author breaks into other genres. If I love an Author's writing style I'm willing to read "directions" if she wrote them lol I love all types of Heroes. FBI agents, Black Ops, Elite Ops, Special Forces etc. I read every type of genre there is. I don't like every genre as much as some but it's still reading entertainment to me. Of course my # 1 hero is the Scottish Hero. OH, and their kilts. :)
Carol L.

librarypat,  July 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

I am a GFC Follower.

I think it is wonderful when an author can branch out into other genre or sub-genre and do it well.
As for FBI agents being able to compete with supernatural heroes, why not. I am looking for a special person who is honorable, can be relied upon, is there when you need him, will fight to the end for justice and can be loving and caring. Heroes in both catagories can be all those things. Write a good story for them, and it will work.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

donnas July 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

I dont mind at all if an author I like branches into a new subgenre. If the story sounds good Ill still pick it up because I know I like the way they tell a story. And in some cases it can even help introduce a reader to a genre that havent read before.

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booklover0226 July 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

I think it's great when an author branches out into another genre. It's great for the author to try something new and it's great for the readers to continue reading their favorite writer!

I'm a GFC follower.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

lag123 July 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I like when authors branch out into sub-genres. Yes FBI agents can be very appealing!
I am a follower via GFC;

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Anita Yancey July 30, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

I think its alright that an author branchs out into a new genre, as long as it is a good one. As far as FBI agents, they have way more appeal than any supernatural heros. I really don't care for supernatural heros. Give me an FBI agent or a cop any day.

I am a follower!


Pam S (pams00),  July 31, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

I think it is fine for author to branch out or write in multiple generes and some do quite well at it :). If it is an author's work I aready enjoy I'll definitely pick up the newest books.

Since I read all genres of romance, I can easily say FBI agents (suspense heroes) can be just as appealing as vamps (paranormal heroes). it all depends on the character development.

I really love your vamps too so looking forward to the agents ;)!!

Pam S

Benita August 1, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

I think it's great for authors to write in different genres. If they are successful, as undoubtedly you are, they are not typecast into a narrow skill.


Meredith August 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

I think it's great for authors to branch into other sub-genres. You can't be expected to write the same thing over and over! I think FBI agents can be attractive like paranormal heroes because they have their own mysteries and secrets, and an adventurous occupation!

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