The Circle by Cindy Cipriano – Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway


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The Circle

Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.

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“The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds.”

–Kathleen Fox,

Author Cindy Cipriano

Cindy Cipriano lives in NC with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher, who this past August celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.

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Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

The Circle is the first book in the Sidhe series. I am currently writing book two, The Lost.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When my son picked up the advance review copy (ARC) and asked if he could have one. That was the best.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Make it a priority to join a good critique group. Learning how to give and receive thoughtful criticism will make your writing stronger.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I’d say early spring or fall. I love the crisp air. I really like going to the beach in the Autumn months.
Favorite music?
90’s alternative.
Favorite smell?
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I write best in silence. I find it’s easier to lose myself and really focus on my story when it’s quiet. But, editing sometimes requires music.

What do you think of book trailers?
I love them. A good trailer really sets the tone of the story. Most of the book trailers I’ve watched are 90 seconds or less. This is an excellent way for a reader to make an immediate connection to a character. I also think they are fun to make.
Which of your characters is a portrayal of you?

None of them. I don’t think I’d be able to connect to a character who was a portrayal of me. It would seem too autobiographical.

Who is your favorite character? What is your favorite scene in the book?
I adore Donnelly. I love the way he is absolutely fearless. Donnelly is intense and fiercely protective of his family. At the same time, he’s got a great sense of humor and a tenderness about him. This is evident in one of my favorite scenes, the one where Donnelly confronts the dark Sidhe. Even as he is “convincing” the Sidhe to leave town, Donnelly displays gentleness and patience with his son.
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
How do you go about revising/editing?
The first thing I do is read the entire manuscript aloud. That really helps me find mistakes and smooth out the rough spots.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
My writing is more organic. I tend to write as I go. Sometimes I get ahead of myself a bit, writing snatches of future scenes, but usually I’m writing right along with the timeline of the story.
How many books are in your TRB pile?
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
Jason’s Deli’s chicken salad. Love it.
Most embarrassing moment?
I tend to block these from my memory.
Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
The title for The Circle came to me straightaway, but I’m finding subsequent titles in the series after I’ve completed some of the writing.
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Not as characters. However, I’ve borrowed parts of names, with their blessings, of course.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Not really, but I am very close to my characters. I feel their highs and lows. I think about them, worry about them, etc. When I’ve stepped away from a manuscript, taken a break and later return, I find that I’ve missed them.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
For. If the movie does the book justice. A good movie is a wonderful visual representation of written word.
What drives you insane about the writing process?
I never have enough time to write!

About how long does it take to write a book? 
It takes me about eight months to write a book. Now, editing, that’s a whole other story!
This or That
Answer a few or all of them…
Hot or Cold?
Black or White?
Night owl, or early bird?
Both. Unfortunately.
Print or Ebook?
Skittles or M&Ms?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Apples or Oranges?
Heads or Tails?
Truth or Dare?

Text or Talk?
Introvert or Extrovert?
Character Interview or Character This or That
I’m answering these questions from Calum’s POV.
Hot or Cold?
Black or White?
Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl
Print or Ebook?
Print – his family owns a bookstore!
Skittles or M&Ms?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Apples or Oranges?
Heads or Tails?
Truth or Dare?

Text or Talk?
Introvert or Extrovert?
Top Five or Top Tens Lists
Create a list or two of your top 5 or top 10
Favorite TV Shows
1. LOST – my all time favorite!
2. Once Upon a Time
3. My Name is Earl
4. Eureka
5. Psych
6. Scrubs
7. Monk
8. Downton Abbey
9. Army Wives
10. Matlock

Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/31/13

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  1. Ooooh now this is my type of book!! I LOVE Faeries and this book sounds really GOOD!!! I’m really looking forward to reading this book! Thank you so much for having a very generous giveaway!!