Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Cindy Keen Reynders is my Woman In Horror today! She has a wonderful knack of taking real-life horror and turning it into fiction. This results in a special is this part real thinking in your mind as you read her tales. She also is a master at combining humor within whatever she writes. I wish I could do that. Oh well, that's why I read Cindy's books.

In her Saucy Lucy murder/mystery series, she has you crying one minute and laughing the next. She is a whiz at taking homespun thinking and elevating it to something grander, without losing any of the majesty of the locale of the story. I am her biggest fan with these great stories. They are superb in every respect.

Her Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan series, 7 Year Witch, and A Witch at Midnight, bring us witches, fantasy, humor, love, erotica, adventure, magic, mayhem, and witches brooms that talk. I guess you could say Cindy leaves nothing out of the mix with these stories. A Witch At Midnight is the darker of the two. The books are separate in themselves, but I suggest you read them both to get the feel for the Clan.

In Cindy's words:

The horror genre is a wonderful beast. Reading it is like climbing into a roller coaster seat, riding it to the top, and then holding your hands above your head as you spiral downward in a frightening but fantastic journey. Your stomach clenches with a crazy sickening feeling, but you know when its all over everything will be all right with your world.
All the horror writers I've known have amazing imaginations. Somehow, they manage to create wonderfully twisted plots that really make you dig deep within yourself to understand the demons that lurk in human nature. The great thing about their books is when you're finished reading them, you can look at yourself and actually feel you like you are quite sane in an insane world. These masters of the horror genre walk among us and they are some of the nicest people I've ever had the honor to work with. Horror rocks!
For me, the horror in my novels is very personal. It comes during the first chapter when I'm trying to figure out what makes my characters tick and what they want more than anything. That is grueling and I sweat it for a while until everything finally becomes clear. So, that's enough darkness for me to delve into. After that initial experience walking on the dark side, I delve into laughter and adventure and love.
*** Cindy Keen Reynders

Cindy Keen Reynders is a personal friend of mine, and is not only a great author, but she is a super person as well. She is the real deal.

Cindy Keen Reynders is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Cindy was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived all over the United States and also in Japan.  She has visited Canada, the Philippines, Samoa, Hawaii and New Zealand and the travels have given her an appreciation of other cultures.
Cindy enjoys crocheting, reading, garage sales and other hobbies along with volunteer work, which she has performed with the Red Cross and numerous other charitable organizations.  Writing has been, and always will be, the one true passion that lights a fire deep down in her soul.  Growing up, she discovered she loved words and found that she had an aptitude for stringing them together into sentences.
Over the years, she has won or placed in various writing contests.  She has also written for and edited numerous newsletters.  Additionally, she has sold several non-fiction magazine articles to “True West” and “Wild West.”   As she raised her children, she always found time to read to them and tried to instill her love of the written word into their lives.  She carries on this tradition with her grandchildren.
Cindy currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband Rich whose family has lived in the state for generations.  She has a grown daughter and a son-in-law, two grown step-daughters and two grown sons.
At one time, she had three poodles that matched the color of her carpet.  She now has one poodle-Shih Tzu mix that likes to “eat” the carpet.  Add to the mix two granddaughters who keep everyone in stitches and as you can imagine, her home is filled with lots of love and laughter.
In addition to keeping track of her extended clan, which includes three sisters, two brothers, her father, step-mother and numerous nieces and nephews, Cindy works for Laramie County School District 1 (LCSD1) in Cheyenne.  She is a marketing specialist in the district’s Community Relations department and writes feature articles for the LCSD1 Public Schools Chronicle, which has a circulation of approximately 40,000 readers.  She has found that her family and friends inspire her to explore human nature and she believes this has enabled her to draw out all aspects of human behavior in her books.
Her future goals include being able to travel more as time allows and to write, write, write.  She constantly challenges herself to develop more entertaining plots, characters and settings.  Nothing pleases her more than to be able to tell a good story.  If it touches someone’s heartstrings and makes them laugh or cry, then she knows she’s done her job.

Book Description

January 24, 2013
Spirited away by a demon on the eve of her wedding, Cassie Rose, high witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan, finds herself trapped in the dark Underworld realm of Hades. Determined to return to Wysteria and her husband-to-be, the powerful warlock Viceroy of Oregon, she manages to escape.

While running for her life, she encounters Nik Zaros, a man so handsome she swears he would put a Greek statue to shame. Strapped to a plow being pulled by the mighty Marathonian Bull, Nik has been tortured and is near death. Cassie’s heart goes out to him, and she feels compelled to take him along with her.

Upon recovering, Nik is immediately attracted to the charming sorceress. Though she stirs his blood, he can’t help but suspect her of being in league with the demon, Prince Drakon. He soon discovers Cassie wishes to be free from the demon's control, just as he does, and only love's magic can save them.

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic! February 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever innovative, Cindy Keen Reynders gives readers a delightful story of love, adventure, magic and mayhem in her latest entry in the Wisteria Hedge Haven Clan series. The author set a high bar for herself with Seven Year Witch but has surpassed it with this fast-paced story of a white witch in danger of losing her powers, a handsome hunk with a mysterious past, and a baby broom. (Yes, witches' brooms start off as babies and have to learn to how to fly and, more importantly, how to behave.) Filled with vivid descriptions of a world I hope I never encounter, this is an unforgettable story of indomitable characters finding their happily-ever-after despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Don't miss it. And, if you haven't read Seven Year Witch, treat yourself to a double helping of Ms. Reynders' magical stories.

Book Description

April 9, 2012
Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council, is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once completed, she’ll reach her lifelong dream - High Witch of Wysteria Hedge Haven. In a last ditch effort to locate the precious gem; she travels through time to 1877. In a dilapidated castle tower a powerful wizard refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, the wizard, Balthazar, zaps her in a field just outside of Merry Olde London.
Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streaking across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates. Surprised to find a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes, he cannot deny his instant attraction to the alluring stranger. While Miranda appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance, she finds him annoying as his well-intentioned interference delays her mission.
It doesn’t take Miranda long to realize the handsome duke holds the key to her heart, as well as her future. Fate, magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease takes the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure!
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchantingly Sweet!! June 13, 2012
Ok, this book was amazingly cute!! Miranda was the seventh daughter in a family filled with over-achievers. She usually ended up feeling like the odd witch out. It has taken her an exceedingly long time just to achieve the title of high witch, let alone any other titles. It seems she has trouble reading spells, which ends up making her magic unpredictable and her escapades delightful! The last task that as been put to her is finding a stone. After she finds the location of the wizard who has it, she jumps time in order to hopefully talk him out of it. She is shocked at what she finds and even more so when she is zapped out of the castle and into the path of one very HOT Duke!! And just as luck would have it, the first guy Miranda is attracted to in years also makes her sick!

Sir Maxwell Chadwick was just coming back from having a few drinks with some friends when he stumbles upon a very unlikely package! The recently made Duke has had little time for socializing and was rarely among his friends. His new responsibilities have made it impossible to have a life. He witnesses from his carriage window a ball of light streaking across the sky to land not to far from him. He discovers among the smoldering ashes a very beautiful girl who he is immediately attracted to. She has a strange way of speaking and her clothing (or lack of it) is tattered and covered with ash. Amazed at the unexpected response of his body, he begins to question the reality of the situation when she produces a broom and proceeds to fly away. He begins to doubt what really happened until he awakes and finds her in his bed!!

Upon leaving Max, Miranda immediately begins to fall ill. She arrives at her Aunts house and asks for her assistance on what she needs to do to cure herself. The answer comes from a surprising source as more characters are added to this delightful tale. But the cure for this ailment afflicting Miranda includes taking time off from her search for the stone in order to pursue it. In the process of curing herself, Miranda stands the chance of losing her heart. Can a Duke with a painful past create a lasting relationship with a 700 year old witch? This story was completely entertaining, with large bits of humor sprinkled in . I really enjoyed the story and can;'t wait until the next installment. Hats off to Cindy for creating a lovely world of witches!!

Book Description

November 1, 2011
Hometown and family beckon Lexie when she can no longer tolerate her husband’s wandering eye. Bereft, she moves with her teenage daughter Eva back to Moose Creek Junction, Wyoming, to be near her sister Lucy and open a business—The Saucy Lucy Café. Lexie’s sister is a churchgoing woman who believes her sister must remarry in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, and suddenly, Lexie finds herself back in the dating pool. The trouble is, all of her dates wind up at Stiffwell's Funeral Parlor—dead. Gossiping townspeople begin to mistrust the sisters while café customers and eligible men dwindle. Business is down the toilet and, according to Lexie, the police simply aren't getting the job done. She declares it's time to intervene.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, THIS was a fun read! February 13, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A recent divorcee with a church-loving sister open a cafe together in a town with the unlikely name of Moose Creek Junction. Apparently, men are just dying to date Lexie, because they all end up customers of the appropriately named Stiffwell Funeral Parlor.

This is a wonderful mystery with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, clever dialogue and characters to die for!!

Can these unlikely sisters slueths solve the crimes and save the cafe?

You could well imagine this book as a movie. It's a delightful read that should not be missed.


Book Description

December 1, 2008
Lexie Lightfoot, owner of the Saucy Lucy Cafe, doesn’t have an ounce of law enforcement training in her body, but when a friend goes missing and Lexie finds her buried in a garden, she decides to lend the police department a hand. Once the investigation begins, Lexie and her sister Lucy manage to rattle a few old skeletons and dig up secrets that folks would rather leave hidden. When things start to cook, the sisters and Lurch, their adopted oversize canine investigator, find themselves in a heap of hot water.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it April 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I love this series of books. The sisters are so different, but so good together. Who would think 2 ordinary women could solve crimes and not make a big deal out of it? There's romance and food thrown in too. What's not to like?

Book Description

November 12, 2011
A KILLER SLICE by Cindy Keen Reynders Lexie Lightfoot’s move home to Moose Creek Junction, Wyoming, with her daughter, Eva, has been both a blessing and a curse. It’s good to be near her family, even though Lucy, her opinionated, churchgoing sister, makes life interesting in a hair-pulling sort of way. In the recent past, the sisters have called upon their amateur sleuthing abilities to investigate murders in the small community. If matters had been left to Sheriff Otis Parnell, Moose Creek Junction’s incompetent sheriff, who just happens to be Lucy’s husband, the cases would have gone cold. When it finally seems the snoopy sisters can settle down to a normal routine, some spicy intrigue is tossed their way. During a shower baby shower the sisters are holding for nine-months-pregnant Eva at their small restaurant, the Saucy Lucy Café, a knock sounds at the front door. The young man waiting on the doorstep claims to be Lucy’s long lost son. Lucy is mortified, swears he’s mistaken and quickly sends him on his way, but he refuses to leave her alone. When he winds up dead, the local police department considers Lucy a suspect in his murder. The sisters embark on yet another crime-solving adventure to clear her good name.

5.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Keen Reynders' Best Novel Yet! January 1, 2012
I am so glad to be the first one to review this great book! I love the Saucy Lucy Murder series! "A Killer Slice" is the best one in the series, and that's saying something because the first two, "The Saucy Lucy Murders" and "Paw-sitively Guilty" are superb. Cindy Keen Reynders takes the reader on a wild ride that is mysterious, funny, sad, romantic, and more; and she does all of these at the same time. I never know if I will be crying, laughing, or scratching my head trying to piece the mystery together. Perhaps it's "A Killer Slice," but Cindy gives us a huge pie. I devoured it willingly.

Lexie and Lucy, the two sisters who are trouble magnets, are the main story people(my favorite is Lexie), but the supporting cast of Eva, Sheriff Otis Parnell, and the suave Gabe all lend their distinctive flavor to the tale. Let me not forget Aunt Gladys who talks to Elvis, but can't remember her nieces names half the time. Everyone has a very important part in this wonderful story.

So if you like mysteries, action, romance, comedy, and a lot more set in a small Wyoming town, this book is for you!

Buy it now! Woo, hoo!

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