Monday, September 30, 2013

Coming Soon - Rescued by the Wolf, Book One of the Wolves FREE on Amazon!

Hi Folks!

I hope that you are all doing well.  I just wanted to let you all know that I will be making Rescued by the Wolf, Book One of the Wolves free on Amazon for two days this week. 

Please be sure to pick up your free copy if you have not yet done so!

Thanks for reading.

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why You Should Read The Wolves...

I love women's fiction.  I love paranormal novels.  I even like horror.  As a writer, I wondered if I could merge those three genres into one novel.  I think I did that. 

Rescued by the Wolf tells the tale of Lana Boxer, a child-abuse survivor and now Social Worker for the state of Maryland. Because of her traumatic past, Lana is a woman who is working and living on auto-pilot. The only light in Lana’s life comes from her friend Jenny, a fellow Social Worker. One day after a particularly difficult case, Jenny goes missing. Making matters confusing, Jenny re-surfaces but only to let her family know that she will never see them again and to never look for her. That is not good enough for Lana so she searches for Jenny anyway. Finding Jenny turns out to be a lot easier than Lana imagined. However, Lana loses and finds more than what she bargained for when she is bitten by a werewolf.

According to these Amazon reviews, others agreed:

The book opens with a social worker, Lana, whose life thus far has been a difficult climb. When her friend and coworker disappears, Lana goes searching for her friend only to find more than she bargained for. The romantic side of the book is full of love and passion and such a wonderful blend of tenderness while the supernatural side brings a combination of horror that fits well in the werewolf world.

I loved the blend of mystery and romance. In addition to heat and passion, the story is a powerful tale of true love.


A fun read. I enjoyed it and will be checking out the next book as well. Cheers to new authors!


Have you ever read a book that gave you the shivers?
Not because it was spooky or chilling... but because it was so real!

Lana works diligently to keep life an arms-reach away. But, her cases as a social worker reflect too vividly her own traumatic past that is best left behind.

There's only one person... Jenny, a coworker, that she can truly get close to.
In return, Jenny shatters Lana's world and slashes her tenuous grip on life and reality... to bits.

Too real.
Well done!


Rescued by the Wolf: Book One of the Wolves is currently enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Direct Program.  Because of that, it will on by available through Amazon until late November of this year.  However, The Wolves: Books One thru Five  is available through every major e-book retailer. 

Here are the links: 


Barnes and Noble:

Give it a shot!

Thanks for reading,

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jennifer Bauer

Thanks to everyone who downloaded Rescued by the Wolf, Book One of the Wolves during the free download days I had last weekend.  A bigger thanks goes to everyone who has purchased the following books in the series.  Yay Canada, by the way!!  (I usually sell well here in America and the U.K., but not so much Canada.  That has changed (just a bit) thanks to the free promo.

Now onto the title of this blog post.  Why am I talking about Jennifer Bauer?  (Those who have gotten past Book Two (Gifted by the Wolf) know just who Jennifer Bauer is. 

I have to disclose the name of Jennifer Bauer, because someone very close to me spilled the beans regarding sequels to The Wolves series of novellas. 

There will be two novel-length (see, I wasn't lying about there being no more installments of novellas to the series) sequels to The Wolves.  The first of which will be called: (I can italicize this now, which is kind of exciting!) Jennifer Bauer.  This will be her story, and not that of Lana and Jorgen. 

What will the second one be called?  Clara Bauer.  Again, it will be her story, although you will be able to understand what goes on in the lives of Jorgen and Lana as Clara and Jennifer tell their stories. 

You will understand the end ,too, as the series will definitely conclude after Clara Bauer. 

To be honest, I flirted with the idea of writing a prequel about Jorgen, which would have been titled: The Wolf, but I don't know that I need to.  Also, prequels never get around to telling what happens after the previous installment (which is really what readers want).  Although, I reserve the right to change my mind about that prequel!

Thanks for reading!

Cyndia Rios-Myers

P.S.   Oh.  Some of you might be wondering about a release date for Jennifer Bauer.  Okay.  I will share that.  January 2014 will be the release date of that.  Thanks again!!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Why I Didn't Finish Reading Your Book...

Hello there, fellow independent author.  How are you doing today?  I hope well.  Did you make any sales last night?  I hope so.  Those numbers going up make our days a bit brighter, don't you think?

So, I bought your book.  The title was good.  The premise was promising.  Unfortunately, though, I wasn't "grabbed".  Why?  Because you didn't let me bond with the protagonist within the first few pages.  You didn't give me anything that allowed me to empathize with her/him and wonder what would happen to their lives. 

I'll be the first to say that I am not a bestselling author.  But I am an avid reader, and I do want to give fellow indie writers a shot. 

So, if you want to take my advice, please consider the following:

  • First impressions matter.  I'm talking beyond cover art and even minor grammatical problems.  The person you are selling is the protagonist.  Make me care about him/her as soon as possible.  That means giving me their background, personality quirks, aspirations and a problem they are facing. 
  • Take your time introducing new characters.  If your protagonist lives in her/his head a lot, and frequently thinks about the people in their life, describe them in his/her eyes so that I have an easy time connecting them. 
  • Make the rest of your characters vulnerable, too; it will make me care about what happens to them. 
I think that one thing all indie writers (and probably all writers) share is that we are avid readers.  I try to keep my "reading points" in mind when I write.  Try to think of your own, too.

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Friday, September 6, 2013

Where Fiction Comes From (At Least For Me)...

Articles like this are what get my mental gears going:

Where in God's name did Hannah Upp go for three weeks?  How did she go from jogging outside of her apartment, to be found sunburned and floating (alive, thank God) in the Hudson River THREE WEEKS later and have no memory about that time at all?

How does it happen again?  She disappeared for two days, and was found unharmed by friends who were searching for her. 

This poor soul has no idea what happens to her.  By all counts, she appears to be a very smart woman (a Spanish teacher and an assistant teacher at a Montessori school).  Doctors have diagnosed her with a condition called Dissociative Fugue (sudden and spontaneous amnesia is characterized by a loss of identity, coupled with prolonged, seemingly directionless wandering).

I truly wish Hannah Upp all of the luck and health in the world. 

But in stories like this (where unanswered questions abound) is where I find all sorts of inspiration. 

So, go online and look on the news.  Watch TV shows on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, The Learning Channel or even HGTV to find the questions you don't have answers to.  The answers you make up on your own makes for very entertaining fiction.

Happy Writing!

Cyndia Rios-Myers 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thank You!!

I know that you are all tired about hearing my request for reviews, so I am going to put a stop on that (for a while; writers need reviews!).

What I wanted to do was thank my readers for liking my books so much.  The messages on Facebook and the ones in person mean so much to me.  I am so glad that the little stories that have played out in my head (and made it to paper) have amused you all so much. 

That makes me happy to write, and happy to publish.  With that in mind, it is time to get back to writing. 

Thank You!

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why Did You Return That Book?

Hi There!

It's me - Cyndia Rios-Myers.  I hope that my name rings a bell.  It should (maybe vaguely) as you purchased one of my books. 

But here's the returned that book you purchased.  Why did you do that?  Had you purchased it before?  Did you not like it?  If you purchased it before, I understand.  If you didn't like it, I have to tell you that disappoints me (but I understand). 

There is one more alternative that disturbs me.  If you read the book (the entire book), and then returned it, I have to tell you how messed up that is.  Very.  Extremely.  It is horribly messed up.

Let me tell you something about us self-published writers.  We work HARD at this; at writing, at editing, and at marketing our works.  We don't get a lot of respect from "traditionally published" writers or from academics.  That does not deter us, though.  We continue to sell our wares. 

But having to deal with unfair reviews, no reviews, and questionable returns is not easy at all.  But then again, we are used to rejection. 

Still, when buying books, don't be a jerk.  If you hate a book and don't read it all the way through, return it.  We understand.  If you purchased it in error, we understand that too.  But if you read the book and returned it to get your money back, that is awful.  That makes you a thief. 

So please be a considerate reader, and a considerate human being. 

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Cover Art for The Song of the Sleeping Grass

Hi Folks!!  I wanted to share the new cover to The Song of the Sleeping Grass with you all.  The old cover was okay; I threw it together myself a few years ago.  I figured that I should go ahead and soup up the cover a bit.  Here it is:

The new cover is now live on Barnes and Noble (; I think that it will be ready to go on Amazon very soon. 

Thanks for reading!

Cyndia Rios-Myers

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thank You!!!

Thank you all for downloading Rescued by the Wolf, Book One of the Wolves and for telling your friends about it!  It means so much.

So enthralled was I by all of the purchases that I reread the book myself.  What did I find?  I'll tell you.

Yes, the book could use a bit of editing.  That aside, I LOVE that book.  I was enthralled by the story all over again.  I felt the pain of Lana's life, the companionship of her wolf, and her peace with which she accepted her new life, along with all of its perils. 

I hope that you liked it, too.  I hope that you believe that Lana, Jenny and Coyle were more ordinary than extraordinary and that you could relate to them.

In any case, keep reading the series.  I promise that it will have ups and downs, and lots of real life problems along with those of the paranormal.

Cyndia Rios-Myers