I am so excited to begin writing in a new genre. Since 2005, I have been writing adult historical and paranormal romances, which I intend to keep doing under the pen name of Cynthia Breeding.
However, I am also branching out and testing the waters in Young Adult. To not confuse readers, I will be using the pen name Cynthia Roepke for the YA market.
All of my books can be found on my website: www.cynthiabreeding.com I truly love writing and love hearing from readers.
Peace and Love. Flower Power. Feeling groovy.
Mary Anne Wade longs to be in San Francisco, where it’s happening. Young people congregating to protest war, to foster good-will. No confining rules. Freedom. Change. Equality for all.
Instead, she's stuck in Middletown, Minnesota where the only thing that changes is the seasons. The boys still wear their hair short, their shirts tucked in, and are the polite sort—like James Lambart whom her mother keeps hinting she should date. He is nice enough, but dull. B-O-R-I-N-G.
As her senior year progresses, Mary Anne feels more and more restless. Nobody understands her. She is stagnating in the cornfields of the Midwest while, elsewhere, the beat goes on, as Sonny and Cher say. When Mary Anne learns of the Human Be-In to be held in January at Golden Gate Park, she decides to run away to San Francisco.
Upon arrival, she's quickly welcomed by several hippies who invite her to share their pad. But the Haight-Ashbury scene is not all she dreamed it would be. Her savings are quickly borrowed by her roommates whose main interest is in staying high. The lofty ideals she thought Flower Children aspired to were replaced with Timothy Leary’s motto of “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Nor is anyone interested in hiring someone whose address is in the Haight.
Mary Anne soon finds herself wandering the streets and waiting in line at the Diggers’ Free Store for food while she ponders how to return home. If she can.
A home she should never have left and a boy she should have given a chance.
Summer, 1963: Elvis still reigned, the Beach Boys sang of fun-in-the-California-sun, carhops roller-skated to automobiles to take orders, and drive-in movies ruled.
With her archaeological parents on a dig in Columbia, thirteen-year-old Jo Thompson travels from Brooklyn to spend the summer at her aunt’s farm in Minnesota. The pastoral setting lends itself to lazy days filled with riding horses, spending time with her cousins, and falling in love with the cute neighbor boy who gives her a first kiss. It's a summer to treasure and remember.
Summer, 1965: Two years later, times have changed. A president has been assassinated, civil rights movements have become violent, and the Viet Nam war has escalated.
After her parents' death in a car accident, Jo returns to the once-idyllic Minnesota farm. Times have changed there too. The horses are still there, one cousin is in serious trouble, and Luke has a steady girlfriend. Jo's emotions are wildly scattered. When Luke befriends her, Jo realizes she is still drawn to him. Suddenly, she has some very adult decisions to make—decisions that will define who she is and what kind of a young woman she’ll become.
Legend has it that King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table simply lie in sleep, waiting to be awakened to unify the world once more.
On the night of St. John’s Eve, 1,464 years since she’d had last seen Arthur, Nimue had finally escaped from the tree in which Merlin had imbedded year so long ago. Tonight, when Arthur and his knights made their ghostly ride from Cadbury Tor, she could make them mortals once again—mortals who would save the world from its self-destruction. All she had to do was get the spell right.
One person she wouldn’t be bringing back was Gwenevere. The woman had been too much trouble the last time
Nope. This time, in the twenty-first century, Nimue would make certain no one interfered. Arthur would finally be hers.
Magic lives in a moment that knows no time…
Jennifer Leodengras may be the Homecoming Queen and head cheerleader dating handsome football captain and class president, Turo Camden, but their world is far from perfect.
Drug use is wide-spread in their school. Bullies abound and gang members stare each other down in long, narrow hallways. Chivalry isn’t only dead, it took courtesy and kindness along with it. Students are withdrawn, eyes firmly fixed on smart phones to avoid confrontations.
But hope springs eternal and Jennifer refuses to believe such conditions cannot be changed.
Little does she know when she befriends a French exchange student in history class that history will be changed forever.