Monday, August 26, 2013


What I Learned in My Research

By Cynthia Woolf

First, I should tell you that I chose to set my latest series, Matchmaker & Co, in Golden, Colorado because I grew up in the mountains west of there.  It’s my hometown.

Now you would think that because it’s my hometown, I’d know some of its history but I didn’t know much.  I left Golden in my twenties knowing only that it was the Jefferson County seat, the headquarters of Adolph Coors Brewing Company and the home of the Colorado School of Mines.

I didn’t know that the School of Mines was first opened under the auspices of the Episcopal Church in 1873.  Who knew it had been around that long?

Founded in 1859, did you know that Golden was the territorial capital of Colorado from 1862 – 1867?  I didn’t.  It lost its bid for state capital to Denver when the territory became a state on August 1, 1876.

When the first railroad came to Golden, it carried only freight, no passengers.  Passenger service began in 1890.  Now we’re back to having no rail passenger service but there is freight service to the Adolph Coors Brewery.

I found out that Golden sits in the caldera of an extinct volcano and that it was a hub for agriculture in the late 1800’s.

Doing the background research for my books gave me a new understanding of my hometown.  I recommend that everyone research their town’s history. You may be surprised at what you find.

From well known author Cynthia Woolf, comes a new instalment of the Matchmaker and Co series. 

You haven't read the previous books yet? Don't worry! this amazing book, can also be read as a stand alone, in fact it's the perfect place for you to start! What are you waiting for?

by Cynthia Woolf

Quick Facts                                        

Released Date: July 5th, 2013                                 

Genre: Western Historical Romance                                            
Formats: All ebook formats and paperback 


After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again.  She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain.  Now she'll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife.  But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker...and a very seductive kiss.


“What do you mean, you quit?  Mr. Sinclair, you just can’t quit.”  Margaret “Maggie” Selby put her pen down on the desk.  She would not raise her voice.  She would not lose control.

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Selby, but I got no choice.  There’s an opening at the sanitarium in Albany and my Mary, she needs to go right now.  The doctors there might be able to help her.  We leave on the morning train.”

Maggie took a deep breath and nodded.  She understood.  She really did, but it didn’t change the fact that she was now in a difficult situation.  “Of course, you must go.  I know how poor Mary’s health is and any help that can be obtained for her, must be.”

“I wish I could give you some notice, but we just received the letter in yesterday’s post.”

“It’s fine, Mr. Sinclair.  I’ll manage.”

He handed her an envelope.  “Here are the train tickets.”

“Yes, well, I’ve wanted to see the frontier I’ve been sending my these girls to.  I’m simply going to see it sooner than I anticipated.”
“I’m truly sorry, Mrs. Selby.”

Maggie got up, came around the desk and held her hand out to him.  “You just take care of Mary.  That’s your job now.”

He shook her hand, nodded.  Mr. Sinclair put on his hat and wiped his brow with his kerchief before venturing back out into the already hot and sunny morning.  

She went to her desk, grabbed Caleb Black’s file, put the closed sign on the door and then went upstairs to her apartment to pack.  Her bride, Jenny Talbot would be by in an hour or so to pick up her tickets.  Maggie would tell her then that she’d be accompanying her, not Mr. Sinclair.  It was just as well.  Jenny was nervous as a kitten and Maggie worried about the union, but both Mr. Black and Jenny had been adamant that it take place.  If truth be told, Maggie herself was a better match for Mr. Black than Jenny.  But she was here to find matches for others, not for herself.

Jenny’s reasoning she understood.  Jenny was the oldest of the seven Talbot children.  At twenty-two years old, felt she was a burden on her parents even though she worked and helped out with the bills.  She hated her job and wanted to get married.  Her chances were growing slim.  Most men of marriageable age were either already married, old or widowers with hellions for children. 

Jenny was a tall, slim girl with pale blue eyes and dark blond hair.  Her lips were full, her nose long and straight.  Just a plain young woman from a struggling family who wanted a better life.  One that the wild frontier might be able to offer.

Mr. Black’s reasoning was less clear.  He was successful and wanted children. Maggie had presented him with several other possible candidates, some more attractive, some younger, some older, all of whom he’d rejected.  The reasons he gave were weak.  Brown hair.  Too short.  Too fat.  Too thin.  Too young. Too old.  There seemed to be a reason for rejecting every one she sent him.  
Finally, he’d settled on Jenny with the proviso that Maggie herself accompanied the girl.  

She’d agreed, but stated only that Jenny would be accompanied.  With her full intention having been to send Mr. Sinclair in her place.  Maggie’s time was much more well spent here in New York.  Finding clients, assigning candidates that is where her mind, body and commitment lay.  Yes, running her business is where she belonged more than on a trip to the wild West.  She didn’t feel bad about her decision.  Really she didn’t, she told herself over and over.  But she was lying.  If she were honest, deep down she was afraid to meet Mr. Black.  Afraid her image of him would be wrong, but even more afraid it would be right and he really was the man he depicted in his letters.

She shouldn’t have allowed it, the private correspondence, but it had been innocent enough.  In the beginning.  A simple flirtation with someone she’d never meet.  But now, the thought of actually meeting him terrified and thrilled her at the same time. Now she had to go.  Maggie released a rather breathless sigh.  She blinked repeatedly against the harsh sunlight.  So Mr. Black was getting what he’d asked for after all.  Much to her dismay.

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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.

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Caroline Clemmons said...

Cynthia, thank you for stopping by and sharing your research with readers. Best wishes for continued success.

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Ruby said...

Cynthia, I loved the excerpt, but I am a sucker for stories with marriages of convenience. You say you researched your home town. How do you stay focused and research only what you need. I find myself looking for something and going down other paths. Then hours later I realize I've veered way off path.
Good luck with your book.

mnleona said...

My mother was born in Sopris, Colorado (now under the Trinidad Dam) and always loved Westerns. I get that interest from her. Appreciate the giveaway.

mnleona said...

Sorry, I forgot to add that I have not yet read any of Cynthia Woolf's books but will.

woolfcindy said...

Caroline, thank you for having me today. I appreciate and look forward to answering lots of comments.

woolfcindy said...

Ruby. You have a lovely name. It was my mother's name. As to research, I agree it's hard to focus. I get sent off on to tangents all the time. Looking for one thing and then finding another. That's the fun about research. My mother was a research librarian. Maybe that's where I get my love of research from.

woolfcindy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that you will like my books. I'm glad that you told me where Sopris was, because I had no idea. :-)

Vamp Writer said...

Oh I saw Bluebonnets (pictures taken in Texas) and those were my mother-in-law and wife's favorite flower...they even "Tatted" (not sure of the spelling or how it was done) little "Bluebonnets" which they sold at Craft Shows. Of course they did it for love of the flowers...being a man, I did a cost analysis of the time, thread, etc. to make and they were getting almost a penny an hour for their work. LOL Great post about your book by the way (guess that is what I should have started with, but then I'm just a man so forgive me). Sounds like the matchmaker is getting a dose of the "whatever can go wrong will go wrong" so common in this life...but it sure sounds like she is in for some happier times with the man who may become more than just a client!

woolfcindy said...

Hi Vamp Writer. My mother was from Texas, so I'm very familiar with the Texas Bluebonnet. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the book.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! I loved the top ten list!

Jan Hougland said...

Hello Caroline! Hello Cindy! Nice to "see" you again. :-) Like I said before, I'm a western romance junkie and I'm so glad I got introduced to you and your stories. The story of Matchmaker Maggie and Caleb Black sounds absolutely delicious and delightful. I can't wait to read it.

woolfcindy said...

Thanks for stopping by Janice

Mary Preston said...

I haven't read any of Cynthia Woolf's books yet. I need to catch up.