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SINFUL REWARDS Book One by Cynthia Sax
Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.
As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?
Talking with author Cynthia Sax...
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Cynthia Sax: I write contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances for Avon Impulse, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Changeling Press. I’m happily married to a wonderful man. We fell in love at first sight (I know! I didn’t believe in love at first sight until it happened to me) and 20 plus years later, we’re still deliciously happy.
What is your book(s) about?
Cynthia Sax: Sinful Rewards is a sizzling love triangle between Bee—a new grad, Nicolas—a billionaire with a dark secret, and Hawke—a tattooed bad boy biker. I always wanted to write a love triangle (though when Bee made her choice, it destroyed me – I love both of the heroes so much) and was thrilled to finally have the pages (1,200 in total) to tell the story properly.
What are you currently working on?
Cynthia Sax: Sinful Rewards is a love triangle, which means one hero was unsuccessful in love. Okay, that isn’t a proper description. He was DEVASTATED, completely destroyed. He believes the better man won the girl, that he’s unworthy of lasting love, that he will spend his life alone. I cried.
How long did it take you to get your rough draft finished on your latest release?
Cynthia Sax: For my contemporaries, I can write a very fast draft of my novellas (25,000 words or 100 pages) in one crazy week. That’s 14 hours a day of writing during the full 7 days. My happy place is 2,500 words a day however. That’s a comfortable pace for me.
I normally have 7 or 8 drafts before I submit my stories to my publishers. The first draft takes the longest time. Then I add layers with each subsequent draft.
Is there anything you will never write about?
Cynthia Sax: When I was exploring with my writing, I wrote a straight erotica with no happy romance ending. I enjoy reading erotica and I had an exciting story idea. I really didn’t like having that story published (and thankfully it is no longer available). I like my happy endings. I like leaving the reader with a happy feeling. It felt a little too dirty for me but it was a great learning experience. I now know I’m an erotic ROMANCE writer. There’s no other genre for me.
What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
Cynthia Sax: Sinful Rewards is a 12 novella serial. I lived in this world, with Bee, Nicolas and Hawke, for 1,200 pages. Ending this serial was like moving away from a beloved home, from dear friends. It was very tough.
If you could sit down with any author dead or alive who would it be?
Cynthia Sax: Sinful Rewards is a 12 novella serial. Serials have been enjoyed by readers for centuries. I’d love to sit down with Charles Dickens and ask him how he wrote his serials. I understand that he tweaked David Copperfield when he received reader feedback. How fast did he incorporate this feedback? Was it in the next monthly installment?
Do you keep a notebook near your for when new ideas pop into your head?
Cynthia Sax: I do! I also keep a notebook in the bathroom. When I have a story idea in the middle of the night, I’ll rush into the bathroom, close the door and turn on the lights. This way, I don’t disturb the hard working and super understanding hubby.
If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one?
Cynthia Sax: I prefer to write all of a series or a serial in a row. Sinful Rewards is completely written, all 12 parts (yes, I know who Bee ends up with but no, I’m not telling – grins). I like to stay in the same world, to live in the setting with the characters. Every scene, every character, every significant event in my stories change, at the very least, three things in the future. It’s a very complex process.
Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
Cynthia Sax: I wrote Sinful Rewards as a serial because this was the only format it could be written in. Every novella is a new sexual challenge for Bee, our heroine. Avon has agreed that every novella will be priced at a crazy low 99 cents US (or less!). That’s less than the price of a convenience store chocolate bar. All 12 novellas are already written and will be published. Make Sinful Rewards YOUR sinful reward for the year. You deserve it!
Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago. Please visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com