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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Against the Ropes by Cindy McDonald Book Review


When the West's good-hearted farm manager, Punch McMinn, stumbles upon Eugene Strom, a down-on-his-luck fighter threatening to jump from an old bridge, Punch takes him under his wing and convinces the patriarch of Westwood Thoroughbred Farm, Eric West, to give him a job.
But when the gun-toting mob shows up at Westwood, it's quite obvious that good ol' Eugene is hiding a secret-a big one. Punch finds himself questioning his good intentions when the ex-fighter puts the people he loves against the ropes-and at the edge of disaster.
About the Author:

For twenty-six years Cindy Mcdonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance: She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005.Suddenly, she felt drawn to her computer to write about things she have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with her husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.

Why didn’t Cindy write about my experiences with dance? You might ask. “Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy.” Cindy says. “The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.

Cindy didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. When the series didn’t sell, Cindy recalls, “One of the readers said to me, ‘Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.’” And so she did!

In May of 2011, Cindy took the big leap and exchanged her dancin’ shoes for a lap top—she retired from dance. “It was a scary proposition,” Cindy confesses. “I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house.”

Does Cindy McDonald miss dancing? “Sometimes I do,” she says. “I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with readers.”

To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindymcwriter.com

Available through: CreateSpace, Ingram, Baker & Taylor,

Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com, and Everywhere Fine Books are Sold

ISBN-10: 0989180417 • ISBN-13: 978-0-9891804-1-2
Pub. Date: June 1, 2013 • Trade Paperback: $13.99 • Kindle: $2.99

My review;

 This book is part of a series called The Unbridled Series. This is the first book that I have been lucky enough to read in this series. Punch McMinn is a farm manager for the  Westwood Thoroughbred Farm who is a very caring man. He finds a man named Eugene Storm, who has just said that he was going to jump off of a bridge. Punch helps the man and finds out that he used to be a fighter. Punch goes to the head of Westwood Thoroughbred Farm and asks him to hire Eugene for him.  Punch is horrified to find out the Eugene is hiding a secret from him, especially after all he has done for him. Why oh why, did he even try to help him?  This is a novel about a man who tries to do the right thing and help a man who seems to be unable to help himself. . Punch realizes that he may have made a mistake and he needs to protect the people that he has come to love. I enjoyed this book and I will be waiting to read the next book in this series called Shady Deals. I give this book a5/5. It was very enjoyable to read with really great characters. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and opinions are my own.

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