Getting a "Do-Over"

Cindy Holby

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One of the loveliest things about writing is getting to know so many remarkable authors. I’ve known Cindy Holby since I was first published in 2006 and even discovered we once lived in the same North Carolina neighborhood, albeit a couple years apart. Cindy is incredibly talented, wickedly funny and a wonderful friend. I know you’re going to love her too!


from Cindy Holby…

You’ve heard the saying desperate times call for desperate measures? Well that’s exactly where I found myself two years ago. In very desperate times. After writing fourteen books for the same publisher I suddenly found myself orphaned when the same publisher went out of business. I wasn’t exactly making a living either as the same publisher had quit paying me around five years ago. Broke and homeless, that was me, and if something didn’t happen soon I was going to have to go out and get a real job, one where you have to put on dress clothes and leave the house. I had submitted to several different houses at the same time publishing was going through its crisis and the economy was tanking. It was a very sobering time for a lot of us.

But then I realized something. I could have a do-over. I had a chance to start fresh and new with a new series and new characters and hopefully a new publishing house. And the town of Angel’s End Colorado was born. It’s a lovely little town nestled against the Rocky Mountains. It’s a place for new beginnings even though it was the end of the road for an angel statue that was abandoned by someone who realized that it would slow them down in their trek over the mountains. The town grew up around the statue that is forever standing in the middle of town, welcoming any and all who come in hopes of a new start.

My hero, Cade Gentry gets a do-over also. He’s wasted his life up to the point where the story starts and has spent a lot of time blaming other people for his circumstances. Its not until he winds up wounded in the town of Angel’s End, Colorado and meets the sheriff’s widow, Leah Findley, that he realizes that he desperately wants to start over again and this time make the right decisions.

The only problem is he’s already made the mistake of lying to everyone in town. You see, they think he’s the new minister. At least that’s who they were expecting and when the townsfolk find a wounded man lying at the foot of the stone angel statue during a blizzard they think Cade is Pastor Timothy Key. Especially since Cade has Timothy’s letter of introduction in his pocket.

It also doesn’t help that Cade is seriously attracted to Leah, and adores her son Banks. What’s an outlaw to do but pretend he is the pastor until he can heal up and be on his way? But the longer he stays, the deeper in love he falls and the bigger the lies become. Now Cade has to decide if he should cut and run or admit to his lies. All he wants is another chance. A chance to do things right this time. But are his lies too much for Leah to forgive?

Angel's End

Angel's End

I hope you enjoy my fictional town of Angel’s End, Colorado. It’s full of people like Cade, who are all looking for another chance. Just like me.

Angel’s End is from Berkley Publishing and is out May 1 2012. The sequel, Colorado Heart will be out this November.

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Cindy, I’m so glad you were able to drop by for a visit today. Angel’s End sounds like the kind of complicated mess I love to read. Can’t wait to find out how Cade gets out of this hole he’s dug for himself.

How about you? Have you ever wished for a do-over? What happened when you got one? What did you do differently the second time around?

11 thoughts on “Getting a “Do-Over”

  1. Great premise! Just got added to my ever-growing TBR pile. :-)

  2. Barb Bettis says:

    Hi Cindy. Yep, it sounds as if the idea for Angel’s End was inspired. What a terrific premise. Congratulations on the do-over–although that number of books you have to produce in less than two years?? Yikes. I’m looking forward to reading Cade’s story. (BTW, I remember FALLEN LOL)Good Luck.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Barb!

  3. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Cindy,

    “Angel’s End” sounds like a fun story. I’m glad you persevered and did the “do-over”.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Perserverance is pretty much every author’s middle name. ;-)

  4. Go, Cindy! Your story sounds so sweet. I love the angel idea. Where did you get the idea for it?

    I’m doing a sort-of do-over, although it’s more like one avenue of publication moved forward while another didn’t. I started writing paranormal contemporaries for one publisher and now I’m writing Regency historicals for another… :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I think you’re wise not to have all your publishing eggs in one basket, Barbara.

    2. cindy holby says:

      I think the idea came from my own personal journey of faith while I was trying to sell again. The story idea came to me in about 20 minutes while I was driving through my own small town in NC. I consider both to be a gift from God.

  5. Penelope says:

    Hi Cindy…I love the premise for this book! Sounds great. I also love your doxie….I have a long-haired weenie dog, also–named Lucy.

    Going to check out your book!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist the doxie, Penny! Prince Harry had his summer buzz cut yesterday. Normally he looks like a “worry pencil.” Now he almost looks like a regular dog.

    2. cindy holby says:

      Love the long haired doxies the best. Cody is my shadow and my writing companion. He keeps me from melting into the chair with his potty breaks and his walks keeps my muse going.

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