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Friday, February 06, 2009

Spotlight on Cynthia Hickey and Fudge-Laced Felonies


Cynthia Hickey and her husband live in Surprise, Arizona along with two of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, and a fish named Floyd.

by Cynthia Hickey
Published by Heartsong Presents Mysteries


Summer and her aunt are on the eve of opening a new candy business when Summer discovers a cache of diamonds and a bloody glove hidden beneath her prize roses. Though her heartthrob, Ethan Banning and her policeman cousin insist she stay out of the investigation, Summer just can't help herself. Neglecting her dream business to uncover a murder and theft isn't quite what Summer had in mind, but by the time she realizes she's in over her head, the culprits are ready - and willing - to take more from her than the candy she loves to make!

Buy your copy of Fudge-Laced Felonies today!


1. This is your first book. Congratulations! What gave you the inspiration for this story?

A friend of mine heard about Barbour's new mystery line and pretty much dared me to write a cozy for them. I didn't even know what a cozy was! I had to look it up.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that are theirs and theirs alone?

Summer Meadows is as ditzy as I was at that age. I think the trait that is hers alone is the fact that she got her teeth into the mystery and wouldn't let go. Despite the obstacles in her path.

3. What themes exist in Fudge-Laced Felonies that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed? I didn't begin the story with any theme in mind, but one of forgiveness and letting go of the reins so God can take over kind of inserted itself.

4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

I loved all of it. Even as the author, Summer makes me laugh. I guess the hardest part was watching her struggle over her feelings for Ethan, the hero of the story.

5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

Candy-Coated Secrets is due out in Spring of 2009 and continues Summer's story and takes place at a county fair. The book opens with Summer volunteering to help a disabled circus caravan and gets roped into guiding an elephant a mile down the highway. And that's just the beginning of her mishaps!

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Thank you, Cynthia, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Fudge-Laced Felonies.

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This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.

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windycindy said...

I enjoy all of the "Heartsong Presents Mysteries!" The covers of the books are wonderful. Suspense books are right up at the top for my favorite books to read. I wish her luck with all of her writings. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks,Cindi

Carole said...

I have long been a fan of cozy mysteries and would love to try the Heartsong line. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Cozies are a lot of fun, and this book club is doing quite well! I look forward to when the books will be available on Amazon and reach an even larger audience.

Who knows? Perhaps I'll brush off my old Agatha Christie nose and refresh my Nancy Drew sleuthing to pen a cozy of my own one of these days. :)

Pamela J said...

I love reading a book where "forgiveness and letting go of the reins so God can take over" happens. And a mystery to boot!! Please enter me, I feel I am quickly becoming an avid fan of Cynthia Hickey's writing and I haven't read the first one yet.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

with FUDGE in the name, this book has to be good! I love mysteries, so please pick me :)

Donna said...

If you haven't had the opprotunity to read the Heartsong Presents Mysteries they are a real treat. I would love to win this one so please enter me in the drawing. I'm with you though, it would be nice if they were avialable on Amazon.

Unknown said...

I'm absolutely thrilled with the responses! Thank you all for your support.

Carolynn said...

I love the title of the book! I look forward to reading it!

Grateful Gramma said...

I love fudge and I love mysteries! This is a great combination.

tetewa said...

I'm loving mysteries!

Cherie J said...

Would love to read this one. I have yet to read anything from the new mystery line.

ChristyJan said...

I enjoyed reading this interview with Cynthia.
Fudge-Laced Felonies sounds like a wonderful read.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

We have a winner from this spotlight, and that is:


Congratulations. I've sent your mailing information to Cynthia so she can mail out your book.

Two more winners announced from last week. Check out the spotlights for Cecelia Dowdy and Sherri Sand to see if you've won.