Monday, July 9, 2012


Today on Novels On The Run, I have my book review for Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies and an awesome interview with Cynthia Cooke.


By: Cynthia Cooke
Published By : Entangled Publishing
Available : Now
Details : Digital for Review, 300 Pages


Book Blurb : Goodreads

Family secrets must be kept, and painful wounds must be ignored.
After an all-out assault by a vicious terrorist bent on destroying her entire family, a former government agent must break the strict rules she has always lived by when she emerges from hiding to reluctantly accept the help of her all-too-sexy ex-lover. Running a deadly race against time, they rush to rescue her kidnapped sister, find her missing father, and bring the notorious villain to justice. But nothing ever goes as planned. Bullets fly, danger abounds, and their
passion reignites even faster than the lies are flowing. But their stubbornly held secrets just might spell the end of their rekindled love and hopes for the well as their very lives.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

I wouldn’t mind my parcel guy ( even though it is a girl, I’m dreaming here) to look like the guy that rocks up to Genie’s secret residence, not that it was that secret, apparently. Buff boy drops off a parcel and then all hell breaks loose. Cynthia has a lot of fun with Genie's 'secret' residence, hehe!

Enter Kyle in his chopper with Johnny. I like Johnny, I would have loved more of him, he is fun. Kyle swoops down to bring Genie in for some questioning and also a bit of a rescue from the goon squad who was breaking her door down. Not that Genie is impressed, it’s her ex Kyle to the rescue.

Genie’s dad is missing. Who does Genie trust? I couldn’t figure out who was trustworthy, which I liked. I was throwing around more accusations in my head than a Cluedo game.

Genie needs to find her sister Cat, Becca is dead , but she can’t help feeling the way she does about Becca. Something just isn’t sitting well with her.

The 3 girls have a secret ability and their father separated them to keep them safe. Now it is important that Genie finds her father the ex- director of the most secretive agency in the U.S Government.

There is lust, love, deceit, betrayal, big guns, explosions, trust issues, secret powers, black Suv’s and of course smexi moments* waggles eyebrows*.

I love Kyle’s character. He fights for Genie. He has his job, his line of command, yet he deviates to follow Genie and keep her safe. She is blindly heading into a swarm of bees, she just doesn’t know it yet.

All good action fun, and a nice helping of beautiful bods, and this was a great read with a who dunnit that will keep you changing your mind. 



I would like to welcome Cynthia Cooke author of Deadly Secrets Loving Lies and other works to Novels On The Run and thank her for taking the time to answer my Q’s.

Michelle:   As we are an Australian blog, I thought I would start by asking have you ever been to Australia ? If not, what is your impression of Australian people?

Cynthia:  No, I have never been to Australia but it’s at the top of my list of places I would love to visit! I’ve met other writer’s from Australia and the always seem very laid back and happy!

Sometimes we are that laid back we are horizontal.

Michelle:  Is there any REAL Aussie cuisine you would ever like to eat.

Cynthia:  I’m not sure, but I would not eat Kangaroo! They are sooo cute!

Good girl! I have them bouncing around my forest estate and lazying in the sun, not nice to eat the cuties.

Michelle:   I enjoyed Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies, it is my first book of yours I have read. You like your men sexy and your ladies strong women who are thinkers and can keep up with a guy. Among your works you write vampire characters and Agent characters. Which one do you have more fun with, vamps or agents and why?

Cynthia:   Oh, that’s a toughie. I find when I write Vampire hero’s they are usually a lot more Alpha and a have a lot more to learn/overcome. I really like writing both. With Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies— I really loved writing about Genie. This is a kickass strong woman, who at heart is a Pleaser Personality. She does whatever her father asks of her because he is her foundation. She moves mountains to please this man. And when she discovers the lies he’s told her and the secrets he’s kept, it’s heartbreaking for her. She hits rock-bottom hard and has to pull herself up and build a new life for herself. I didn’t see it coming until I got there and it was a ‘wow’ moment for me. I love it when that happens.

Michelle:   Which book out of all your works has been your most favourite to write and why?

Cynthia:   Usually it’s the one I’m writing at the moment. I get so wrapped up in their stories I tend to forget many details about the books that come before. Which has caused me much embarrassment at times! DSLL was a kick to write because of the sister’s bantering and bickering. I can’t wait to get started writing Cat’s and Becca’s books.

Michelle:  If a family member or friend wrote you into their paranormal story what character do you think they would choose for you and why?

Cynthia:   Probably a psychic or a witch, I don’t know why, I guess I just see myself that way—always conjuring up trouble!

Michelle:   What male character name is your favourite and why? It doesn’t have to be one of your characters, just a male name that you really like. 

Cynthia:  Well, Angel and Spike automatically jump to mind. What great names. What great characters!! When I think of them, I do miss my vampires.

Michelle:   Is there anything in / on your writing space that you keep as a reminder of how far you have come as an author? 

Cynthia:  I used to save all paper copies of all my books in plastic boxes, but they are taking up way too much room, so what I’m saving for each completed book is getting smaller and smaller.

Michelle:   If you could be a paranormal being for a day, what would you like to do?

Cynthia:   Wow! I think it would have to be fly. I don’t know which paranormal beings fly, but I just think that would be so cool. Or to be able to snap my fingers like Samantha on Bewitched, and just pop in and out of places. No cars, no airplanes. That would be awesome.

Michelle:   When Cynthia isn’t writing or sleeping she is............?

Cynthia:   Watching TV. Cynthia is addicted! Hate to admit it! ;) Now that it’s summer, my Tivo is pretty empty so I’m watching lots and lots of Netflix movies and CSI reruns.

Michelle:   Has an author ever left you starstruck ? If so who?

Cynthia:   Anne Rice. Her mind is just amazing. I love her work.

Thankyou Cynthia for answering my Q’s, all the best with your writing 


Here is a small excerpt I like to add to posts-

Excerpt…. DEADLY SECRETS, LOVING LIES by Dead Sexy Books at Entangled Publishing:

Kyle stared in disbelief at the odd, mushroom-shaped structure rising up from the cracked, dry earth of the Nevada desert.

“There she is,” the voice of Johnny Garino, his crew chief and closest friend, buzzed in his earpiece.

Genie stood on the roof of the strange house. Three black SUVs were corralled on the ground far below her. She looked incredible, breathtaking, silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky. Kyle sucked in a breath as she clipped a cable to her belt.

“She’s getting ready to fly!” Johnny called out, his voice rising in pitch.

“Hold on, baby. I’m almost there.” Kyle pushed down on the throttle urging the bird faster, even as he willed Genie to turn and see him, to hold on until he could sweep her away from the danger. And once he did, once he had her safe and secure in his cockpit, then what?

Then he’d try not to kill her himself.


Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning, multi-published author who has published 11 books and short stories for Harlequin/Silhouette and Steeple Hill. Her latest novel, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies will be one of the launch books for Entangled Publishing’s new Romantic Suspense line Dead Sexy Books. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband and three teenage kids who keep her world constantly spinning. She has a deep affection for horror movies, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. And here in the South with its thick woods, creepy crawlers and graveyards haunting every corner, there is a lot of bumping to stir the imagination. Cynthia is best known for writing page-turners that will keep you up late into the night. So if you choose to take that ride, over the edge and into the dark, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia Cooke’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.

Enjoy the Dark Seduction.

Connect with Cynthia at: Her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. Your new book sounds wonderful. Love the last line of the blurb.

    Yes, it would be wonderful to be able to snap my fingers and instantly be transported somewhere. :-)

  2. Funny Kangaroo comment! Not cool to eat joeys LOL.

    Super love this book I can't wait for the next one! Don't you love the twist in the end? That really blew me away.

  3. Miss B,

    It is NAASSSTTTYYY to eat a fluffy Kangaroo. I know we do and I heard it tastes nice, but seriously people!! It's like saying let's eat a Koala, not happening matey in my kitchen, hehe!! A wallaby has boxed Liam my son in the face and knocked him over, it did look funny, but he didn't think so, I shouldn't have laughed but it kinda looked funny. Or it was a small kangaroo. He was only little and Liam went up to him/her and it decided Liam was in the personal space so did a back off. Poor little lovey just fell over backwards...again, not funny:)


    1. Oh my goodness, trying not laugh. You're right, it's not funny. Not funny at all. ;D

    2. Nah, it was actually very funny, but I shouldn't have laughed cause he was like four at the time....but it was a teeny bit hilarious...bad mummy, I am:S




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