Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What makes that competitive edge enter your veins?

With: Cindi Madsen

In Crazy for the Competition, the hero and heroine are competing for a property they’ve both wanted for years. It was fun pitting them against each other, while also having them have to work together on a float for the town’s upcoming Frontier Days Celebration. When it comes to sports, I’ve never been very competitive—mostly because I’ve also never been very coordinated when it comes to full-contact sports. I was more competitive when it came to getting good grades. Yep. I was that girl. I also competed in dance with my school’s drill team, and I had a blast doing that. So I thought it’d be fun to talk about things I get competitive over—probably even a little too competitive sometimes.

Scrabble. Words are my thing, so I hate to lose at this game. And I’m not proud to admit this (ok, I’m a little proud) but when I play with my husband and brother-in-law, who aren’t the best spellers, I use extra letters in my words.

When someone tells me I can’t do something. There’s nothing that’ll light a fire under me quite like someone telling me I’ll fail at something or what I can and can’t do. It’s helped me push past rejection and keep writing until I had my first publishing contract. (I think this one is a good one, as I might’ve otherwise given up)

Dance. I still get competitive over it. More than that, I love it, and I so rarely get to do it, that when I go to events that have dances, you’ll find me on the floor. I’ve always wanted to have a dance off, actually, and last October at a writing conference in Phoenix, some of us broke into two groups and had an epic dance off. It had me laughing and dancing like crazy, and is one of my favorite memories.

The other area I get competitive in is super nerdy. Because it’s with myself. I push myself to break past records for daily or weekly word counts. I like to push my boundaries a bit more. Write something that makes me blush or squirm a bit.

So there you have it. What about you all? What makes that competitive edge enter your veins?


The road to trouble is paved with sweet temptation...

Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad's real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn's not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness...

So much for her "nice, conservative boys" rule.

Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won't give in without a fight - even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor's mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he's in deep trouble. Because it's inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt.

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