Winter Blog Hop, Day 14 – Lynn Crain’s Holiday Magic

Hello all! Today’s guest is my friend Lynn Crain, who’s part of a new anthology of Christmas stories. Holiday Magic is the work of several members of the World Romance Writers.

wrwholidaymagic-3-d-resizedThe World Romance Writers wish you joy and love this holiday season with a collection of heartwarming romances filled with Holiday Magic. This anthology features stories, from far and wide, includes contemporary and historical romance, futuristic time travel romance, and romance touched with magic by Award-Winning and Multi-Published Authors: Rose Anderson, Lynn Crain, Gemma Juliana, Cara Marsi, and Jenny Twist.

Come enjoy the many flavors and flavours of our English language.

Holiday Magic is on sale now for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo, and features these stories:

The Angel of the West Side
By Madeline Archer*

During the Great Depression, newspaper reporter Jack Kennelly went to the streets of Chicago hoping to find proof that good still existed in the world. What he discovered was the West Side had its own angel, and her name was Ruthie.

*Rose Anderson writing as Madeline Archer
Genre: Period Romance

Her Magical Vienna Christmas
By Lynn Crain

Cryptographer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Camden is more in tune with numbers, cyphers and puzzles than she is with the real world. When her job takes her back in time to 1874 Vienna, she’s more than surprised to find Michael Sondervan there as well. She hadn’t seen him since college when he broke her heart. 

Michael has always regretted the way things turned out between him and Lizzie. When he needs someone to figure out the cryptic warning, he knows he needs the best. And Lizzie is the best. Giving her a magical Vienna Christmas in the bargain, he hopes will bring them together and prove his love to the only woman for him.

Genre: Time Travel Romance

To Kiss a Prince
By Gemma Juliana

Princess Isabelle de Lily knows no life beyond the seclusion of Chateau de Lily. The family castle was frozen in time, frosted over with ice and snow just before her birth. The witch who placed the 99 year curse on her family left only one loophole. The curse will fizzle and ‘melt’ if one from the royal enemy clan miraculously finds his way to her castle and professes his true love for her on Christmas Day. Citizens of Chateau de Lily hold little hope of that happening since everyone who tries to cross the ice floes dies. Only the resident, ever-loyal, royal wizard Zoltar, who has been in service to Isabelle’s family since long before the curse was cast, believes miracles of this magnitude are possible. Twenty-five years have passed, but as Zoltar continues experimenting in his dungeon laboratory, he believes this will be their final Christmas spent in icy isolation.

Genre: Fantasy-Time Travel Romance

A Very Vegas Christmas
By Cara Marsi

Can things get any worse for Las Vegas event planner Amanda Moreau? Her boyfriend dumped her for a stripper; she’s arranging a Christmas wedding for a Bridezilla; and her mother is playing matchmaker from 2000 miles away. When she meets hunky and ever-so-sweet Erik, who’s in town for a conference, she begins to hope her luck is changing. But Erik has a secret that threatens to split them apart. 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Marion
By Jenny Twist

Jim Durrant, university don at Oxford, is trapped in the memory of his lost, beloved wife. When his family comes to stay with him for Christmas, he and his grandson write their letters to Santa Claus and Jim asks for the impossible – the return of his dead love.

Genre: Historical Romance

Thanks for joining me today, ladies! To read more about the authors, hop over to Lynn’s blog today at http://lynncrain.blogspot.com/ for bios and links.

 

 

 

Author Interview: Lynn Crain

I am very pleased to welcome one of my talented critique partners, Lynn Crain. Lynn’s latest release is an erotic, paranormal romance, Night of the Blue Moon. Given this weekend’s blue moon, it’s quite apropos. Welcome, Lynn!Headshot-180x227

Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?

Right now, I live in Vienna, Austria. I’ve been here four and a half years while my husband works his dream job. Normally, I’m from the hot Southwest.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve. My first book was going to rival Gone With The Wind. Yeah, right…LOL!

Hey, you never know. 🙂 What inspired you to write this book?

A friend of mine asked me to critique her work and I said yes. As I worked through her story, it called to me. I then asked a lot of questions then sent her and the other two authors a proposal for a fourth book. This one would be about a brother the three sisters had no clue they had.

What does your writing process look like? 

I’m a total pantser though in reality, it totally depends upon the book. Anything over 50K and I’m writing down things to make sure I don’t forget something. If it’s over 75K, I really try to have a Bible for that book or series as I don’t want to make any dumb mistakes.

I’d be lost without Writeway Pro. I’m always forgetting secondary character names and eye color, but I can look them up with just one or two clicks. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I take walks, go to museums, hike or watch movies. They finally got Netflix over on this side of the world and I get to see all the BBC stuff first hand. It’s awesome!

I am totally addicted to Netflix–I might need to cut myself off. What are you working on now?

I always seem to have five or so projects going. My big one right now is called The MacKenzie Series and is again about siblings in a very rich family. The first book is done and with my agents but now I’ve got to complete the next two.

I’ve also got a short story series going and am preparing a few proposals for my agent in the fantasy romance realm.

Five? Wow! I thought I was crazy for having two or three.  So, many authors do detailed character sketches before writing, even if some of the details never appear in the book. Name one thing about either your hero, heroine (or both) that didn’t make it into your book, but is important to who s/he is.

When developing my hero, I got the weird sense he didn’t like creepy crawly things. That never shows up in the book.

Who is your favorite literary hero? Heroine? Villain?

I have so many but I’ll go with Rhett Butler as he was my first. Heroine…wow…that’s a little harder. I think right now it’s Katherine “Kitty” Katt from Gini Koch’s Touched by An Alien series. She’s pretty awesome. And the villains would have to be from those books as well. She has a new one with each book and one big guy that I haven’t seen yet who’s a real ass.

How do you come up with character names?

Sometimes, they come to me without thought. Other times, I have to do a little research, try a few names on until I finally come up with the right fit.

Me too. Name one thing about you that most people don’t know.

Garlic dill pickles and green olives with pimentos are two of my favorite foods.

Not at the same time, I hope! 😉 What’s first on your bucket list?

Live in Scotland for at least a year.

I love Scotland! Such a beautiful country. Other than “butt in chair,” what piece of advice would you give to an aspiring author?

It comes from a movie: ‘Never give up, never surrender.’ As writers, we always need to keep writing no matter what.

Excellent advice, and something I’ve tended to forget lately. What book are you reading now?

Bound to Secrets by Nina Croft. It’s a really great series.

Thanks for hanging out on my blog, Lynn!

Thanks right back…I really appreciate it!

Night of the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Magic Series, Book 4NightOfTheBlueMoon_LoRes
By Lynn Crain
Released: April 29, 2015

One father.
Two mothers.
Four siblings.
One incredible story about that special night which changes them all. Forever.

All his life Connor Angus hadn’t belonged. Finding out he was the long thought dead son of an Elite pack leader didn’t help matters. With that knowledge comes a family full of sisters, mystery and longing for things he’s not sure he has any right to obtain. One of those things is Cordelia Sinclair.

Excerpt:

Falling back into the kitchen cabinets, he briefly clutched his side. “Damn it, you’re just not going to give up easily, are you?”

“Why should I?” She eyed him cautiously.

“Because I could seriously hurt you.”

“Now why don’t you just give it your best shot then we’ll see just who gets hurt.”

The man slowly shook his head. “All right, now remember, you asked for it.” He threw a punch that landed squarely on the left side of her head.

Cordelia shook it off but it still left her ear ringing. Grabbing his other arm, she charged into his stomach with her head and flipped him over her back. He landed with a resounding thud on the floor next to the table and on top of the broken china. She was only able to stand there a moment, her sides heaving, when she was knocked off balance by his leg making a wide sweep. It almost knocked the air completely out of her but she managed to throw another punch on her way down.

He grabbed her fist and twisted her arm, picking her up and shoving her facedown once again on the table.

“You have no right being on top of me, so get the fuck off.” She gasped for breath, his added weight making it hard to even move a centimeter.

“You know, I think you’re a little bit sexy when you’re pissed like this. I can smell your pheromones. You want me.”

You can find Night of the Blue Moon at these retailers:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
iBooks
Kobo
Smashwords
Inktera
Scribd

Bio: Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest though her latest adventure has taken her to Vienna, Austria with her husband of many years as he works his dream job. You can find her on the web at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

 

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