Previous Posts (2016)

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017
Welcome to the last day of the year! I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

Here's a quick update. As stated earlier this month, I took a short hiatus from writing on Coil of War to fix a few places in Book 1 that readers were nice enough to tell me. The revised edition of Coil of War (Book 1) is now available on Kindle. I've ordered the proof for the print-on-demand book. It should be available to readers by January 10th.

I'm back to writing on Coil of War tomorrow! And needless to say, I'm incredibly excited!  Happy New Year everyone!
(Posted on 12/31/16) ​​
While not a New Year's picture in any sense of the word, enjoy the pretty picture!
December is Here!!!
Wow! It is the middle of December already! Where has the month gone?

Here's a short update about what's happening on the writing front. I've taken a short hiatus from working on Coil of War (Book 3). A few readers were nice enough to bring to my attention several bloopers located in Coil of Worlds (Book 1). (Let me send a quick thanks to the two who shot me emails!)
After some serious internal debate, I decided that I prefer giving my readers the best books possible, so I've spend the last couple of weeks reading back through Coil of Worlds to fix the mistakes and rewriting parts of the first couple chapters. Please note: the story line has not changed a bit!. I hope to have the revised edition uploaded within the next two weeks.

I am also working on the mobile side of my website as well as the blurb for Coil of War! Have a great evening
(Posted on 12/15/16) ​​
Hi everyone,

It has just come to my attention that the mobile view of my website never ‘transferred’ as it should have. As I do not have a phone that has web access (yes, I’m one of those people), I didn’t realize the desktop version did not make the change to the mobile version. I owe you guys a HUGE apology!

Please give me a little time to build this side of my website for my viewers. When I’m done, I will update my website for those of you who use phones! Obviously, I’m new to building websites, so hopefully you didn’t scratch your heads too much if you looked at my website with your mobile (hint: there should be NO ballet dancers on my website)! Ugh!

Have a great rest of the weekend!                                            (Posted 11/26/16)
NaNoWriMo and Giving Thanks
With the holidays upon us, I thought this was a good time to remind myself (and others) about remembering those around us. Writing is often considered an individualized activity. When we publish our stories, it is our names that are printed on the book covers.

But let's not forget our very own cheerleaders in the last few days of NaNoWriMo. Whether it is our parents, siblings, loved ones, or close friends, we receive a constant stream of support for our work. Their patience with us when we are at our most neurotic makes them heroes. And, if you are blessed with having a large following of readers, you have an even larger support network.

So, here is to those who have supported me and read my books. I really could not have done it without every one of you. --Cynna
(Posted on 11/23/16) ​​
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NaNoWriMo and Writing Scenes
If you are still madly writing your book or short story for NaNoWriMo, you've probably stumbled upon a scene that just won't write itself. here's a few things I've learned by trial and error that might help you understand what's wrong (and how to fix it).

1. While writing my first book, I learned that sometimes the scene was right. However, the person's point of view (POV) was wrong! Unless your book only has one POV, try changing the POV and see where that takes you.

2. If you have a scene that you wrote that doesn't quite fit in the story line, perhaps it's simply in the wrong part of the story. For example, I took one such scene from the beginning of Coil of Worlds and plopped it into Coil of Destiny (with extensive rewriting, of course). The idea was kept, but the place, people, and time of event changed. For this reason, I keep a 'deleted' file.

3. Now, here a kicker. What happens when you KNOW the scene is exactly right? Well, the problem is that the scene might need a slight change up. In the book I'm writing now, Coil of War, I could visualize the scene, but it still needed a twist or curve ball (added a fight scene inot the larger subplot) that would propel the storyline forward.

Wishing the absolute best to my fellow writers!
(Posted on 11/14/16) ​​
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NaNoWriMo, Writing, and Editing
With NaNoWriMo, writing is what everyone focuses on. Makes sense, right? I mean, until the story is written, there isn't much to do. With that said, writing is only one piece of the larger puzzle. In all actuality, editing takes up more of my time.

Crazy as it seems, I do enjoy the editing process. I know many indie authors pay an editor to edit their work, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, I honestly think I've learned more about my writing style, what works and what doesn't, and strengthened my writing by doing my own edits.

Of course, this doesn't mean that I don't make mistakes. If you've read my books, you know it, I know it. But it is my hope that each book improves. Perhaps some time in the future, I will hire someone to edit my books. But for now, I look at it as all part of the learning curve.
(Posted on 11/6/16) ​​
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NaNoWriMo Is Almost Here!!!!
NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, begins in just a few days! Now's a great time to write that short story or novel that's been percolating in your brain. If interested, you can go to and set up an account to gain access to writing tips and support from others while you work on that story.

Writing is challenging on so many levels. Whether you've never written a book or have written two, five, or more, I'm of the mindset that your writing can improve. Between my first and second novel, I learned what techniques work best for me and significantly improved my grammar knowledge.

The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn--which makes for a challenging and exciting ride. So, here's to both beginning and experienced, young and old writers. Break out your inner muse!!!
(Posted on 10/29/16) ​​
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My Name and Other Happenings
I received a question from someone about how to say my first name. Good grief! I should know better than to assume, right? Okay, Cynna is a shortened version of Cynthia. So, Cynna is pronounced Sin na or Senna.

I'm still working on Coil of War (of course!). Also, I am putting the finishing touches on a webpage for a list of sources I've used to write a more accurate medieval-ish world.

Since it is somewhat of a dreary day where I live, I decided to post a pretty picture of Lake Superior (taken while on vacation). Have a great weekend!

(Posted on 10/14/16)
Leaves Are Changing

Whoo! I am back online! You don't realize how much you rely on having internet until the internet goes down. It was a long week to say the least.

I've been writing, but I've also done some research on medieval battle strategy (Public libraries are the best!). For this reason, I've decided to create a page on my website with a list of books, articles, and videos that I've used for my books. Once I have a little free time, I'll put it up. If interested in some historical resources, check back in later this month! I'll be adding to the list as I plod along.

It is that time of the year! Well, I mean fall is here, so I've posted a picture from several years ago while I was visiting in Oscoda, Michigan. Happy Fall, everyone!

(Posted on 10/5/16)
 Writing Update (Last Update: 9/28/16)

I've wrapped up Chapter 8 for Coil of War (Coil Trilogy Book 3). Chapter 9 is going fairly quickly.

I’ve had a few questions about when the next book will be available. I am shooting for early 2017. However, I don’t yet have a definite date. Personally, I hate it when a book is scheduled for release, and lo and behold, the day arrives and no book! So, once the book is written and in the editing phase, I will post a release date!
For those of you interested, I thought I'd post (every once in a while) what I've been listening to while writing. Fair warning! I have fairly eclectic music tastes!
This past week, since there are several fight scenes I'm working on, the album Behold by Future World Music has been playing on my computer.

 Coil of Destiny (Coil Trilogy Book 2) is now available!

Coil of Destiny is available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

I've left the last teaser below for you! (Last edited 9/8/16)

      It was eerie how Lara knew the man was creeping toward them, but she couldn’t see or hear him. She felt the exact moment when the man located them. Out of the corner of her eye, a small movement caused a ripple in the shrubs. Skye was already looking that direction. The dark shadow metamorphosed into a large, muscular man who stopped just before he was uncovered by the pale sliver of light in front of him. 
     He growled, “You are far from home, Pyranni.”
     As the man took refuge within the shadows, Lara noticed he wore all black. It was an outfit that reminded her of ancient assassins and spies. The man held a sword in his grip, but the steel didn’t reflect the light as it swept out from the shadows.