Looking back on 2017, and forward to 2018

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Ahh…a new year! A magical clean slate to start over, try again and try and fix the mistakes of the previous year.

But for once, instead of beating myself up for the things I did not accomplish in 2017 (like publish Full Circle), I’m going to recall the things I did manage to do, because although 2017 was a total roller coaster, it has left me and my family with many happy memories and proud moments.

Starting with our health. Our family went sugar free in January last year, and although in December we wined and dined like there was no tomorrow, we were pretty good the whole year. I’m really proud over all of how much more conscious we are of what we eat and how much more we move.

Our kids flourished at school and otherwise in 2017. Our eldest moved from an Afrikaans language stream to English, and despite the challenges that that can bring when you are 10, he sailed through the year. Not only that, he also got his blue belt in karate! The younger little guy finished his first grade like a rock star and moved to the goalie position in his soccer team, where he did really well. They’re growing up fast, and I could not be prouder of how they carry themselves out there in the big wide world.

We travelled to the US and hiked up Mt. Lassen. We also went to Las Vegas and spent time with our American friends.

We got married! In November I married my high school sweetheart <3

I released Without You, a secret novella just for my subscribers.

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I guess, what I’m trying to say is – yes, I did not reach my goal last year to publish a second book, but I did a lot of other great things. And sometimes you just have to cut yourself a break, and “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”




And on that note, here are my Wildly Important Goals for 2018.

  1. I want to publish Full Circle as soon as possible.
  2. I want to complete my first draft of my next novel (which I’ve already started working on).
  3. I want to read more books, like at least 50 this year.
  4. I want to learn to meditate.
  5. I want more quality time with family.


I hope that your coming year is filled with adventures instead of detours, and opportunities instead of disappointments. May 2018 be year where you find yourself further along the path you want to be, living your life to the fullest with those you love.

Cindi Page Author


Dear Subscribers, ‘Without You’ is Just for you!

Without You is exclusively and totally free to my subscribers only.

You’re special. I mean it 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa, but I want to. Because this year I have so much to be thankful for, not least of all, the people who buy and read my books.

I’ve been working on a short novella called Without You. It’s sort of like a bridging story between A Piece of My Heart and the sequel, Full Circle (Dec. 2017). You are going to love it! It’s all about what the sexy Turkish businessman Alkan Aslan gets up to after that heartbreaking moment when Victoria says she doesn’t want to get back together with him.

Full Circle will be released in December 2017, so watch this space!

Eeeek! That’s just around the corner.

In the mean time, dear subscribers, this will be landing in your inbox just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy reading!

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Why ‘The End’ is never really The End

It’s Sunday, the 15th October 2017. I’ve just finished my final revision for my second romance novel and new novel FULL CIRCLE, which is the final instalment, and follow up book to my debut, A PIECE OF MY HEART.

Early this morning, I nudged my fiancé awake to tell him that I’d declared a today a duvet day. I needed to write the ending to my book. It started raining, which if you had insight into the current water crisis in the region I live in South Africa, you’d understand, rain in October is a big deal. (We only have 18% usable water left in our dams, and summer hasn’t started yet).

So, today is bittersweet.

  • I finished the final revision to my second book FULL CIRCLE (it took me 18 months to write this one, but hey!)
  • It rained for a couple of hours.
  • My Ouma Jane would have been 101 years old today and I can’t believe she’s been gone for 4 years already.
  • My Ouma Audrey died on this day, 8 years ago.

But if there’s  one thing I’ve learned about ‘The End’, it’s this: the end is never really ‘The End’. I may have had to say goodbye to my grandmothers, but they still live in my memories of them. I may have finished writing this book, but the work is far from done.

‘The End’ does not mean that your book is not magically done. No, the writing may be  largely complete, save for the editor’s instructions / changes. But the work of publishing your book has just started. Cover. Formatting. Book Blurb. Marketing. Waiting for the reviews to roll in. Printing proofs and sign offs. Freebies. Distribution.

The list can go on for days. But I would not have it any other way.

Today we celebrate!

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P.S. Here’s a very unflattering pic of me, still in my PJs at 2 in the afternoon, with a glass of bubbly celebrating finishing my book FULL CIRCLE.

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Full Circle’s First Teaser!!


I know, I know, there’s been nothing but radio silence from me for the longest time. I’ve been busy – also with my writing and polishing the final installment of the Full Circle duology, called Full Circle. And because this week I got asked on separate occasions from readers ‘when is the next book coming out?’ I decided to release a little teaser from the book…!!

Also, stay tuned, I’ll be doing some newsletter sign-ups in the coming weeks with a HUGE FREEBIE!

Sign up for my newsletter HERE.

Exciting times indeed!

So how would you like to see Victoria & Alkan get together for their happy ending??

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Meet the Lovely Cape Town Author, Therese Beharrie!

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I met Therese for the first time at a romance writer’s retreat earlier this year and was instantly taken with a sassy, confident nature. She kindly allowed me to interview her. Meet Therese!

“Well, one of the most romantic things my husband’s ever done for me was to take a short story I wrote and have it bound into a book to show me he supported my writing dreams. This was before we were even dating…” – Therese Beharrie

What is the name of your latest novel?

A Marriage Worth Saving (June 2017)

Why do you choose to write?

Writing has always been a comfort to me, especially during a tough childhood at school. I write now hoping my writing will give someone else comfort.

What is your favourite part of writing a novel?

Since I got my publishing contract, I’ve realised how much joy writing diverse characters from my country brings me. I also love creating the emotion and angst of falling in love!

What are you currently reading?

His Baby Agenda by Katherine Garbera

What was the first book / author you fell in love with?

I can’t remember the first book (though very likely something written by Roald Dahl when I was about seven), but the first author I remember loving is Stephenie Meyer after Twilight came out.

Where do you write?

Anywhere at home, really: my desk, the kitchen counter, the dining-room table, our couches, in bed…

If you were whisked away to a remote island for some RnR – what book would you take (just one!), what drink would you order?

Anything Nora Roberts has written in the past two years and probably a passion fruit and lemonade

After you write a book, who gets to read it first?

My editor. No-one reads my work before it’s published besides her.

Best place you’ve traveled to?

The Maldives for my honeymoon

Where do you get character inspiration from in your latest book?

I usually get them from Pinterest for their appearances, and then for their personalities, I’ll focus on one key characteristic or event in their past and build the character around that.

What can your readers look forward to?

My new book! The Millionaire’s Redemption (August 2017).

Connect with Therese

Website: www.theresebeharrie.com

Facebook: Therese Beharrie, Author (https://www.facebook.com/theresebeharrie/)

Twitter: @ThereseBeharrie (https://twitter.com/ThereseBeharrie)

Why I like romance novels that DON’T have a happy ending

I feel like I can talk about this now – the fact that I looooove romance novels, but always want to vomit a little when the (“happy”) endings are either: A – a marriage proposal, B – a wedding, C – a baby. I just don’t buy it – the happy endings which tie up all the loose ends. I’m mean, really – REALLY?!

No, not really, and for romance readers that’s just the point. They demand that their heroes and heroines fight obstacle after obstacle to be together – but in the end, that they do live Happily Ever After (HEA) or are at least Happy For Now (HFN).

The first book I read that did not have a happy ending was Love Story by Erich Segal, I’m also a fan of films / books aka stories like The Way we Were, Up Close and Personal, Me without You, The Promise of Stardust and The Fault in our Stars. The fact that the couples don’t end up together does not tarnish from the beauty of the love story, not in the least. On the contrary, the fact that their love is bitter sweet is the very element that resonates with me. I buy that 100%.

This morning I read Riven, a novel by local SA author Lissa Del, in one sitting. It was plot driven, brimming with romance but without the HEA. And believe me, she pulls it off effortlessly. I can’t help but wonder if this is not the way romance fiction is going, maybe one day there will be a sub-genre for romance without the HEA? What do you think?

Obviously, if you’ve read my book, you’ll already know that I don’t care much about subscribing the traditional happy ending. But I won’t lie, I was put under quite a bit of pressure to write a follow up book that would give Alkan and Victoria their happy ending – so I did, and that will be released before Christmas 2017.

So, if I’m not a huge fan of writing true romance, then I why did I do just that for Full Circle, the conclusion of Alkan and Victoria’s story? Because they are soulmates. Because some couples get their happily ever after and live it too! But that kind of love is rare, so, so rare.

And I just want readers to know that, and respect the fact that the greatest loves are messed up, but that that should not detract from the beauty of a great story.

Cindi Page Author




Meet Erica Taylor, Regency Romance Writer


I met Erica Taylor at the 2016 Romance Writers of South Africa’s Conference in Gauteng and we just clicked. At the time, her debut book, A Suitable Affair had just been bought by Amberjack Publishers (USA) and in a few short weeks, it will be released (6 June 2016)! Exciting times!

Since then I’ve really come to admire Erica as an author. She treats her novel writing as a REAL job, and not only is her writing beautiful, it’s sassy and sexy too. Since our first meeting in September, she has written 3 more books. She is a machine, a mother and one heck of a writer. [Read the glowing reviews A Suitable Affair has received so far here.] Book 2 in the Macalister series, The Perfect Dutchess, releases April 2018.

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Naturally, with all the excitement of A Suitable Affair, I asked her for an author interview.

Read the blurb…

Despite being beautiful and wealthy, Lady Susanna Macalister’s marriage prospects are rather lacking. Unwilling to let an opportunity pass her by, she decides a loveless marriage is better than spinsterhood, as it will allow her to continue her charities.

The life of Ian Carlisle, the Earl of Westcott, has been overshadowed by darkness and guilt for the past decade. Having abandoned his family when he was eighteen, Ian’s position within a secret division of the government has provided him an escape from the guilt he feels over the death of his sister.

When the Earl’s horse almost tramples Susanna in the middle of Hyde Park, Ian embraces the chance encounter as a possibility for redemption, for Susanna’s soon-to-be fiancé is the man Ian holds responsible for the death of his sister. Can this damaged lord hope to absolve the guilt he feels for failing his beloved sister by saving this vibrant, and unsuspecting lady from a similar fate? And will this charity-minded well-bred lady, who is not the perfectly bound book as Ian assumes, be willing to take a chance on the unstable earl, when something more dignified and permanent is well within reach?

Why do you choose to write?

Does any author choose to write? Or is it just something they do? I’ve always had stories in my head, since I was a child. My teen years they turned into really bad poetry and song lyrics, and during college/university it was Harry Potter fan fiction. I’d always wanted to be an author but never really thought about it in seriousness until I found myself needing a career that could be picked up and moved easily. Now I write to keep myself sane.

What is your favourite part of writing a novel?

My favorite part would be when the two characters admit to each other they are love. For each pair of characters that revelation has come about differently, accompanied by a mixed bag of emotions unique to that character and story. Each declaration should be filled with hope and wonder, but that’s not necessarily the case.

What are you currently reading?

I never have a current read. When I pick up a book, I normally finish it within a few hours, or over two days at the most. I read quite fast. The last book I read was Crossing Hearts by Rebecca Crowley, before that My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton.

What was the first book / author you fell in love with?

The first novel I remember being obsessed with, and craving more, was Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. There were many books I read before that and I had a wide range of reading interested from sci-fi to history to thriller, even as a pre-teen, but HP #6 is the book that hooked me into a series. And even then, the minor plot line of the love story was what I was turning the page to read about. As for my genre, Amanda Quick The Paid Companion was my first historical romance, and Julia Quinn and Gaelen Foley hooked me with their families series.

Where do you write?

Often in my home office, but I’ve been known to jot down scenes at soccer practices and dance classes, or if a scene/conversation comes to me out of the blue, I will type it into the notepad on my phone. I usually have a playlist for the story I’m working on that is on repeat while I write.

Do you have any special talents / interests?

I adore Broadway. I think in another life I would have been a Broadway something– composer or actor, except I have no musical talent whatsoever.

What is your secret indulgence, that you won’t readily admit? I

t’s not necessarily a secret, but it’s definitely a hypocrisy for an author. While I enjoy reading, and do often, I’d rather watch a movie. Spending a day at the cinema with some good movies or binge watching a riveting show or movie series recharges me more than a book ever could. And it can’t be anything too heavy, I don’t want to think too much afterwards. I’d just like a fun entertaining cinematic journey to allow my brain to turn off for an hour or two.

If you were whisked away to a remote island for some RnR – what book would you take (just one!), what drink would you order?

No way could I choose one. I’d rather have music or just silence. I’m not the type to reread a book so having just one book would probably drive me more insane than not having one at all. And I’d order something fruity and tropical. Pina Colada or a margarita.

Do you have a superpower?

I read really fast. And I am exceptional at identifying voices.

Thanks for answering my questions!

Cindi Page Author

You can connect with Erica: Website: www.ericataylorauthor.com /

Facebook: ericataylorauthor / Twitter: @ericatayor / Instagram: @ericataylorauthor

She’ll also be hosting a fabulous Facebook Book Launch June 4-6, so look her up!


A writing lesson from the Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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I can’t believe I waited this long to watch my first spaghetti Western! My Beloved, took me on a date, and we watched the Clint Eastwood classic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at a one-of-a-kind rooftop cinema in the middle of Cape Town. I kinda loved it. It came with margaritas, a picnic and a love seat, so I was one happy lady.

Having never watched a cowboy movie before, I had no idea what to expect, but what I definitely was not prepared for, was being reminded of a thing or two about great writing.

Here are the top three writing tips I took away from movie.

Defining characters clearly, makes them memorable

What was Clint Eastwood’s character’s name? No idea? Well, that’s because no-one ever calls him by his name, but he is referred to, more than once, as Blondie. In fact, in the credits, he is listed as ‘character with no name’. Brilliant! Other great ways to make  your characters more memorable is by giving them an accent  or a speech impediment, or a repetitive habit. When I think of memorable characters, I quickly recall Death in Terry Pratchett’s book, because he always spoke in CAPS. And Yoda? What I mean, you see.

Conveying expression without dialogue is powerful

I think that’s what surprised me the most, the long stretches in the film without dialogue. There were many close up shots of faces, from which the actor’s expression told the audience what he has thinking. See what I mean in the clip below.


In writing this technique is as important and often overlooked. We forget, as writers, that 95% of communication is non-verbal. For example, instead of spelling out that a character is anxious or nervous, that emotion could be conveyed with a description of him drumming his fingers on the table, or his eyes darting around the room.

Everybody loves a bit of poetic justice

Not only was the story great, the ending served up some delicious poetic justice. The Ugly one, Tuco, got exactly what he wanted, the gold, but was left in the desert by himself with no ride out, so what good would it be? Loads of memorable stories do exactly the same. As a writer, we get to “take revenge” on a bad character, and give them what they deserve, without detracting from our hero’s victory. Roald Dahl did this so well in ‘Danny, Champion of the World’ when the nasty Mr Hazell’s expensive car was over-run by his very own pheasants.

So, as it turns out, I’m even thinking about writing on date night. But I really did enjoy the film and the company of my Beloved too:-)

Now back to work! I’m so close to finishing the final book in the Full Circle series!!

Cindi Page Author




Feature image credit from Cultjer.

Author 2 Author Interview…chatting to local sensation JT Lawrence

JT LAWRENCE Grey magic interview with cindi page

As a newbie to the Indie-author scene, it can be pretty daunting to come across someone like JT Lawrence. Janita Thiele Lawrence is a Joburg based author – and mother of 3. Not only does she write, she is also owns a book dealership, Pulp Books.  Janita and I frequent the same online writers group and I’m always just in plain awe of how hard she works and how driven she is. When Janita asked who in the group would be keen to read her new novel, I signed up. Mainly, I just had to know what her writing was like. And WOW – I didn’t just read Grey Magic, I gobbled it up over a weekend and fell in love with a female witch! Seriously, I have not had this hard a crush on a paranormal character since Edward in the Twilight series.

After reading Grey Magic, I knew I just had to get to know JT better. I invited her to be interviewed for my blog, and as always, it’s a treat to talk to other writers about their work.

CP: I loved GREY MAGIC so much! What inspired the story?

JT: I’m so glad! I’ve always loved the idea of everyday magic, and am fascinated by modern-day witches (and horrified by stories of witch hunts, past and present). I wrote a short story to explore the idea of a witch who lives by her own set of morals, who isn’t dictated to by others, and enjoyed it so much that it turned into a novel.

CP: Raven is such a chaotic and complicated mess, with the best of intentions, and yet…she constantly finds herself in trouble (from all sides), in what way can you identify with Raven?

JT: Like Raven, I try to live by my own rules and subvert the status quo when it’s not working for me. Forging a career in indie publishing is part of that disruption: when I realised that gatekeepers were keeping me from my dream job of being an author, I decided to make my own way through the porthole. Regarding Raven being a hot mess, well, life is chaotic and complicated, isn’t it? And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

CP: I loved the plot line of the connection between Raven’s grandmother, who was also a witch and th e priest – will there be a second book exploring that?

JT: I’m planning a 5-book series for Grey Magic, a book for each element. I have a feeling we’ll definitely be revisiting their relationship.

CP: What scene in the book did you have the most satisfaction writing?

JT: The ending! It was a such a relief that (most) people survived. I also loved writing the Viking and Medieval past lives. I’d never tried writing any kind of historical fiction before and I really enjoyed it.

CP: Tell me about how you did your research for the book?

JT: I read loads of books on witches, and the history and practice of witchcraft. The most interesting of all was ‘The Spiral Dance’ by Starhawk which I found absolutely fascinating. I identified with so much in the book, especially her special brand of feminism, which is inherent to neopagan beliefs.

CP: Do have a book playlist, like some authors do?

JT: I listen to white noise while I write, for minimum distraction. Rain or thunderstorms, depending on my mood.

CP: So do I! This one is my favourite:

CP: How does it feel, knowing your book is such a sensation on Amazon?

JT: It’s wonderful! When Amazon chose it as a Hot New Release I was absolutely thrilled. Still kind of pinching myself now as it continues to sell. Talk about everyday magic!

CP: When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like reading?

JT: I read everything. I especially love books that feed my brain: interesting facts, new perspectives, or just plain delicious storylines.

JT LAWRENCE Grey magic interview with cindi page

CP: Tell  me about the cover design (I know there’s a story behind this).

JT: Last year I was completely over committed: I tend to set almost near impossible deadlines so that I can meet my ambitious publishing schedule. I also run a business and have three kids under 5! So I had a deadline and a new baby and serious sleep-dep so my secret weapon (my husband) offered to design the cover for me. He’s a talented man!

CP: Any new projects on the horizon?

JT: I’m relaunching my futuristic thriller, ‘Why You Were Taken’, at the end of the month, then releasing the sequel, ‘How We Found You’, in May. The SABC has optioned it for a radio serial so I’ll be working on that, too. I’m busy planning the third book in the series and I’m starting to get excited/terrified, as I always do before a first draft. As for Raven Kane, I’d like to write four more in the series, a book for each element (and there are five in wicca).


You can visit JT Lawrence’s website here – and take advantage of her free book offer!

CP: If you could be stuck in a lift with any author, who would it be? What would you dare ask?

JT: This is such a tough one! I guess it would have to be JK Rowling because I just admire her so much. I would ask her what her One True Thing is.

CP: Thank you for taking the time to chat to me! It was lovely getting to know you.

Reader, you can also stalk JT Lawrence on Facebook. I do 🙂 And if you want to get your hands on a copy of Grey Magic, check out Amazon.com here.

Cindi Page Author