Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Author, author.... Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen + Giveaway

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Welcome, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure, I love music, dancing, and writing. I have three awesome kids and am really close to my family. I also drink a lot of Mountain Dew.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

Yes, little events here and there slip in, especially the funny or hard to believe.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

Yes, Drew from Cinderella Screwed Me Over is a lot like my brother. The girl friends in my novels have some traits of my friends, and I steal good lines or moves from my husband, some from back when we first dating. Yep, watch out hanging out with me. Lol

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

No, I want to make sure that each book is different and has a different voice, so I try to keep different focuses and inspiration for each book.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

During the day—pretty much all day. If I’m on a tight deadline or really feeling it, I’ll sneak in a few more hours after the kids go to bed.

How do you feel about marketing your book?

Marketing doesn’t come easy to me. I know it’s necessary, but I’m a much bigger fan of meeting people and talking to them about everything and anything, not just my books.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

I have the most fun on twitter, but I don’t really consider it marketing. Like I said, I prefer to chat with people who like similar books and music and talk about anything and everything.

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

My first book was fully written, and Cinderella Screwed Me over was, too, because I wrote it before I had my first contract. But now I pitch ideas to my editor and contract to have it done by a certain date so we can pub it by a set date.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?

I’ve written in a lot of genres, in YA and in adult, from to urban fantasy, to contemporary, to suspense. I’ve toyed with the idea of a sci-fi book, which is something I haven’t written in yet.

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

I picture myself in her place a lot because I want to make sure I get the emotions she’s feeling and make sure they get on paper. The heroes are a little trickier.

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)      Favorite Male Actor  - Ryan Gosling

2)      Favorite vehicle – Dodge Challenger

3)      Favorite way to relax – Movie & snacks

4)      Favorite ice cream – Rocky Road with caramel and Oreos

5)      Favorite outfit – Black top, jeans, killer heels.

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

The beach! I love the beach and hot weather.


Where can our readers find you?? 

Website/blog:   http://www.cindimadsen.com



Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Cinderella Screwed Me Over

Cindi Madsen

Finding the one has never been so fun frustrating.

Blurb:  Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.


Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?


Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.

Buy Links:  Amazon  B&N  Entangled Publishing  iBooks



 I stepped off the treadmill, thinking about all I had to do that day. And came face-to-face

with Jake.

“I thought that was you,” he said.

I tugged the earphones out of my ears and blinked, hardly able to believe my eyes. He was wearing long mesh shorts and a T-shirt that stretched tight across his well-defined chest.

Last night after my date, when I’d had trouble falling asleep, I’d thought of all the things I should say to him the next time we ran into each other. But they’d abandoned me somewhere around the time I’d checked out his pecs.

“W-what are you doing here?” Smooth, Darby. Real smooth.

“Same thing as you,” he said. “Going for a run.”

I really wished I wasn’t so sweaty. My face was probably all red, too. “But… You don’t live here? In this building?”

One corner of Jake’s mouth twisted up. “It would be kind of strange for me to go running here if I didn’t live here.”

Heat filled my cheeks and I took another swig from my water bottle. Time for the apology. Then maybe I could stop feeling so guilty and get this guy off my mind. “Look, I’m sorry about the misunderstanding at the restaurant. I just thought you were one of those guys who tells everyone he owns the restaurant or runs the company or whatever to seem impressive. I thought that since I knew everyone, you were lying to try to impress me.”

There. I’d apologized. Now I could move past this guy and get back to my normal life.

“I was trying to impress you, but not with my job.” He tucked his thumbs into the

pockets of his shorts and shrugged. “I guess I need to work on my skills, because obviously my natural rugged charm wasn’t enough.” He flashed me a smile to punctuate his statement and I tried—and failed—not to let it melt me the tiniest bit.

“Oh, you were plenty charming. Just not enough to make up for being a liar. Which for all I know, you’re not, so again, sorry.”

“Do you always assume the worst in people?”

I crossed my arms. “Yes. That way I’m never disappointed. It saves a lot of time and trouble.”

His eyebrows shot up and his smile faded. It only lasted a moment, then the smile returned. “I guess there’s only one thing to do about that. Let’s go to dinner, and I’ll prove to you I’m not a liar.”

Is he seriously asking me out right now, while I’m all sweaty and makeup free? My gaze accidentally drifted to his toned chest and arms. My pulse quickened and the temperature in the room climbed even higher. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted.

I swallowed, forcing from my mind thoughts of how good he’d look shirtless, and reminding myself of the rules that had kept me heartbreak-free for a year. Guys like Nick, they were safe. The guy standing in front of me was the total opposite. “Sorry, but you’ve got two strikes against you already. You work at my favorite restaurant, and you live in my building. That’s just asking for trouble.”

Jake took a step closer. “Or maybe it’ll be convenient.”

“A girl does like to be called convenient.” My voice shook a little, thanks to his proximity. He was tall, too—in my sneakers, I barely came to his shoulder, which meant he’d still have a few inches on me in my highest heels. Forcing as much indifference into my expression as I could manage, I glanced at my watch. “I’ve got to go get some work done.”

Jake reached out and put his hand on my hip, just like he’d done the other night. My skin heated under his touch and my breath caught in my throat. Part of me was screaming, Just go for it, and the other part was yelling, Mayday, mayday, we’re going down!

“Just so you know,” he said, leaning close enough his chest bumped my arm, “I’m an expert on baseball, and two strikes isn’t enough to get out. You need three.”

I stared up into those startling blue eyes of his, and worked at keeping my voice steady. “I’m sure the third will come up soon.”

The wattage on his smile kicked up a couple extra notches. “I’ll see you around, Darby.”


 Authors Bio:

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, and Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
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One last thing before we let you leave us today!   Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.

Well, as people on twitter know, I burn food a lot, but I also love nachos. I make this every super bowl because it’s like the best nacho cheese sauce ever, even though it’s technically soup.

1 envelope fajita mix           2 cans chicken broth

2 chicken breasts                            1 can RoTel (I prefer the hot)

2 T vegetable oil                   1 ½ C cubed Velveeta

½ C chopped onion (or ¼ C flakes)        1 C shredded Monterey Jack

¼ C butter                              1 ½ C half& half

1/3 C flour                                       ½ C shredded cheddar cheese


Prepare fajita mix according to package. Add chicken & marinate. Cook chicken in oil. In large saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Cook, while stirring, for two minutes, till thickened. Add RoTel & cheeses. Cook & stir until cheese is melted. Stir in cream & chicken, then eat with tortilla chips.


Cindi is giving away a "Cinderella Prize Pack" during the blog tour.  It includes a glass slipper keychain, a miniature crystal carriage, playing cards and the movie Ever After.

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