Monday, November 24, 2014


Giveaway Alert!

The response to the cover of To the Breaking Pointe has been nothing less than entertaining. Every time I show the book to any woman I get the exact same reaction. First their eyes widen—sometimes I think I’m going to have to pick their eyeballs off the floor for them, then their jaw drops open, they suck in a little air—let it out slowly, and then they all say the same thing: “Oh my God, he is sooo hot!”

Yep, and that’s when the questions start. “Who is he?” 

They are always amazed when I say that I know who he is and I have talked with him through Facebook, and made arrangements for the photograph through the same social network. That’s right, I found Stuart Tomlinson on Facebook. I also found Stuart Reardon—from the cover of Into the Crossfire (book #1 from First Force) on FB. 

See? Social networking does work!

Mr. Tomlinson was a pro footballer in the UK until a knee injury. Most recently he has taken on another career (quite successfully) as a model. He has been featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine several times. He is also part of the WWF and WFC in Orlando. I’m not absolutely certain, but I believe that he is available, ladies!

Anyway, Stuart is always posting his latest modeling photos on his FB page, and when this particular picture came through my feeds I immediately thought it would be perfect for the cover of To the Breaking Pointe. That’s not to say that the photograph didn’t have to be “edited”. Stuart has a huge tattoo that stretches across his expansive chest and all the way down his right arm. Because the First Force storylines are about special operatives, the tattoo could not be left in the picture. Special ops are not permitted to have large tattoos such as the one that Stuart wears because of identification purposes. My graphic designer worked for several hours to remove the tattoo from the photograph and to blend the skin tones. We also had to make my name on the cover larger and add some shading to hide… stuff. 

So, is the story within the pages of To the Breaking Pointe as hot as the cover? I think so. My first book series, Unbridled, has suggestive scenes within its storylines, but for the First Force Series I have tossed my inhibitions into the wind to write those bedroom scenes that I’ve longed to pen but was too shy while working with my first series. The Unbridled Series will continue to have suggestive material for those who prefer the love scenes to be a little less descriptive, but in the First Force Series I won’t be slamming the bedroom door in the reader’s face. That said the storylines will carry all the suspense, twists, and turns that I love to write, and characters that you will miss after you’ve finished reading the book, and have you clamoring for the next book: Into the Dark—coming in 2015.

For more information on To the Breaking Pointe or Into the Crossfire/First Force Series and all of Cindy McDonald’s books please visit her website at:

To the Breaking Pointe

Five years ago First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance right of his life. Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company.

The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia forces her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties. Silja has been exempt and kept in the
dark about the parties—until an American financier offers to bail the failing ballet company out. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire. Against her will, Silja is taken to the American's mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her,

Grant: HELP!


Yekaterinburg, Russia:

A crowd had gathered in the reception room in the basement of the Mockba Theatre. The room wasn’t particularly large, yet it was quite elegant with red velvet swags hung in the archways, gilded crown moldings, and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. A bar was set up in one corner while a violinist played softly in another.  

“It is ridiculous! An outrage! Dominik Potrovic should be included in the auction!” Ivan Belsky bit out in Russian. “A choice, that’s what the contributors’ should have! We spend a lot of money at these parties!”

Natalia waved at the bartender for a glass of wine. “I have already explained this to you, Ivan. Dominik is in a relationship with our choreographer, Edvar. He is not available for the auctions.”

“Several of the dancers are married! Yet here they are—to be auctioned as the rest. I understand why Silja Ramsay is not present—she is an American, but there is not excuse for Dominik!”

“I do not understand. You always choose from the box filled with the ballerina’s shoes, not the male dancers. So why do you fuss?”

“I enjoy the girls very much. But Dominik—”

“If you are not happy with our selection of dancers, pull your bid and be on your way.”
Red-faced with frustration, Belsky let out a loud harrumph, and then stalked into the party just as Ballard Crafton rounded the corner.

“Where is Silja?” he asked Natalia as he searched through the party guests. The room was filled with men, a few older women, and most of the dancers from the Novikov Ballet Company. Only one dancer in particular was missing... Silja Ramsay.

“As always, there are plenty of lovely ballerinas here to choose from this evening, Ballard. Forget Silja for now. I will keep working to make her come around. 

“No. I am tired of spending time with ballerinas that I don’t want. I only fantasize that she is Silja. I want Silja!” Ballard said. 
Have you ever taken dance classes? How has social networking benefited you?
I will be giving away a digital or *print (winner's preference) copy of TO THE BREAKING POINTE to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry. 

Author Bio 
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance: she was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered!) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series so far.

Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force.

People are always asking Cindy: do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.

For more information, book trailers, and excerpts for all of Cindy’s books please visit her website:

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 25th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. *Print copy for US residents only.


  1. No I have never taken dance lessons, but I have always wanted to... wanted to learn Irish dancing... as for social networking... I only visit blogs... no facebook, twitter, etc. for me...

  2. No, I haven't. Don't use FB, Twitter, etc.

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. I have never taken dance classes. I'm not very coordinated! I am a social media junkie. I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more to stay in touch with family and friends and to share my blog.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  4. I've never taken a dancing class. I visit blogs and Facebook to stay informed about new releases and authors.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  5. I have never taken any dance classes.

    I don't use any of the social media like facebook, twitter and so on. I think there is too much over-sharing going on in the world.


  6. I took tap dancing and ballet lessons from grade school through freshman in high school. I like that it helped me develop a sense of rhythm that I enjoy while dancing or listening to music today. As to the helpfulness of social media, well, it has helped me stay in touch with friends I used to work with who have moved away and family members who do not live close. Using FB and Google+ we exchange photos and news easily. So yes, it's been helpful. I don't put sensitive information out there for the public, but as to general information I don't care much. BTW, I'm glad to "meet" you on this blog, Cindy. I'm a huge romantic suspense fan!

  7. Thanks so much for all the wonderful responses, and to Maureen for hosting me today. I cherish my years as a dancer. As for social media--it provides different things for different people, but I agree with Janice--I would never post personal or sensitive information there. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all!

  8. I did when I was young buts its been a while. I think about it everyone in a while

    bacchus76 at myself dot com