Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Capital Bride by Cynthia Woolf


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Book Blurb

Unexpectedly homeless, unwed mother Sarah Johnson has few options.  They could go live with her cousin William, but Sara believes there’s something untoward about his offer and it leaves her feeling uncomfortable.  She’s qualified to be a governess, but no one will have her because she wasn’t married when she had her precious MaryAnn.  Matchmaker & Co could be her salvation as mail-order-bride to Mr. John Atwood.

Single father, John Atwood, is raising his daughter the best he can in the wilds of the Colorado Territory but knows he needs help.  No woman he knows wants to take on the raising of his daughter who hasn’t spoken since she saw her mother brutally murdered during a bank robbery.  Can Sarah, John and their two daughters overcome their pasts and find happiness together?



New York City    April 10, 1867


On the other side of the door was her last resort.  Either this or prostitution and prostitution was not a choice.  She couldn’t raise MaryAnn in that environment, nor if truth be told, could she lower herself to live like that.  At least this way there would be some stability in her little girl’s life.

Sarah took a deep breath, turned the knob, and walked through the door to a better future for her daughter and, if she were lucky, for herself.

The office was small and precisely kept.  A single desk with a straight, high backed wooden chair, one in front and one behind, sat in the middle of the room.   She’d noticed the flowered curtains were open on the way in, curtains tied to the side.  The small area was flooded with dazzling afternoon light.  The walls were whitewashed and the desk well organized.  There were several tables with neat piles of files along one wall.  The other wall held several rows of pictures of women and men.  None smiling, as that was the way pictures were taken, but all appeared to be wedding pictures.  Below each picture was a small brass place with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding.

A small, woman in her late thirties with fiery red hair, sat behind the desk.  When Sarah got closer she saw gorgeous dark blue eyes behind the wire rimmed glasses perched on the end of her nose.  Her eyes were so dark a blue they could almost be called violet.  They were striking and clear, honesty shone from them along with a “no nonsense” attitude.

“May I help you?” the woman asked.

“Um.  Yes.  My name is Sarah Johnson.  I saw your advertisement for mail order brides.”

The woman looked Sarah over, taking in her clothes, her hands clasped in front of her and ending at her face.

“First, let me introduce myself.  I’m Margaret Selby and I own Matchmaker & Company.  Please, sit down.  You’re older than the women we usually have.  You’re also better dressed and don’t appear to be hungry.  What would bring someone like you to my door?”

“I’ve been living with my great aunt.  She passed away suddenly two weeks ago and the lawyer says I need to find other lodgings.  My cousin, William, has inherited everything except a small stipend she left for me.  William is selling everything.  MaryAnn and I have nowhere else to go.”


“My daughter.”

“So, you are a widow?”

Now was not the time to be less than truthful, if she wanted this woman’s help.  “No.”

“I see.  How old are you, Miss Johnson?”

“I’m twenty-eight.”

“And your daughter?”

“MaryAnn is five.”

“Tell me, Miss Johnson, how did you come to find yourself with child at age twenty-two without being married?  Surely you knew how those things happened by that age.”

  IMG_6279_Cindy_Promo_6x9  Meet Cynthia Woolf, Author….   

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.

In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she’d attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter’s table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn’t looked back.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.


Links to Cynthia Woolf’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website:  www.cynthiawoolf.com

Blog:  www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

Amazon:  http://amzn.com/B00AM3CNQ4

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/UBnOpz

Apple: http://bit.ly/UaGnCM

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/12kQNCu

Smashwords:   https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263984






Cynthia Woolf’s TAME series

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Cynthia Woolf’s CENTAURI Series

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Cynthia Woolf’s SWORDS OF GREGARA Series

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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Cynthia will give away a kindle  gift (or Nook or Smashwords coupon) of CAPITAL BRIDE to one lucky reader, as well as a $5 Starbucks gift to a second lucky reader!!  Comment on either her Monday Interview and/or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs for a chance to win.  Winners will be randomly selected and announced Monday, January 14, 2013.  Thanks, Cynthia, for sharing your stories with us!

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8 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Capital Bride by Cynthia Woolf

  1. Thanks for having me back Karen. I hope lots of people leave me comments today.

    • Karen Docter says:

      Thanks for rejoining us, Cynthia! It’s always a pleasure to highlight such a prolific author. You write a little of something for everyone. Looking forward to reading Capital Bride!

      Happy Wednesday!

  2. Hey, Karen and Cynthia, You are two busy ladies!

    Cynthia, do you ever meet yourself coming and going? You have published so many books!

    Karen, Great looking blog!

  3. Mary, I do sometime feel that way. Especially in December when I had two books come out. Whew! Talk about a whirl wind. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Pamela says:

    Nice to read about you and your books, Cynthia. I see a certain ribbon of passion and love for writing in the author interviews I read from various blogs. We all started ‘this’ out (writing stories) because of a love for writing, and even though we get sidelined at times because of work/family/life responsibilities, we always find our way back, and are so much happier for doing so. Much luck to you in your publishing endeavors. I honor all the work you do to fulfill your passion.

  5. Thank you for stopping by Pamela. I do have a passion for what I do. This is something I definitely couldn’t do without it.

  6. mary hagen says:

    Your bookcover is fabulous and your story sounds intriguing.

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