Today Lyn Horner has been kind enough to join us to talk about her new book, Rescuing Lara, and to thank all of you lovely people for visiting with us she's offering a free Nook or Kindle copy to one reader who leaves a comment. To enter just comment below and tell her what your favorite thing about reading romantic stories is. She'll choose a winner on , and the winning name will be announced on this blog! Thank you for making this so much fun, Lyn! Can you tell us about yourself and your books? :-)
Lyn: Hi Mistral. I’m delighted to be here on your gorgeous site! Thank you for this opportunity to visit you and get acquainted with your followers.
To begin with, I’m a transplanted Minnesota Yankee living in Fort Worth, Texas – “Where the West Begins” – with my husband and a brood of very spoiled cats. A visual artist first, I worked as a fashion illustrator and art instructor after college. However, I always enjoyed writing and this hobby grew into a love of research and the crafting of passionate love stories based on that research.
I have written and published seven books, including four novels, one novella, a photo-illustrated memoir, and a four book bundle of my Texas Devlins series. I have also written several short stories, one a Christmas tale, two flash fiction pieces and one as part of a multi-author anthology titled Rawhide ‘n Roses available on Amazon.
Me: Sounds like you've enjoyed trying different things! :-) Can you tell us what inspired your latest book?
Lyn: My latest book is Rescuing Lara (Romancing the Guardians, Book One), released about two weeks ago, it’s a departure from my western historical romances. This one is contemporary romantic suspense embellished with Irish folklore, a thread of apocalyptic prophesy that will run through the whole series, and my trademark flashes of psychic phenomena.
I was inspired to write this story by my love of Celtic myth and folklore, especially Irish, and by my belief in ESP – extra sensory perception. And, of course, by my ongoing love affair with romantic fiction.
Me: Sounds interesting! I've already bought my copy, I'll have to get to reading it! :-) What are you working on now?
Lyn: I’m working on book two in the Romancing the Guardians series. It’s titled Decoding Michaela. I hope to publish it in June 2015.
Me: Ambitious! What authors, or books, have influenced you?
Lyn: Gosh, there are so many! Several historical romance authors come to mind, including Lavyrle Spencer, Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Linda Lael Miller, just to name a few. More recently, Diana Gabaldon’s phenomenal Outlander series has inspired me to stretch my imagination and further hone my writing skills. Gabaldon is my idol!
Me: Sounds like you enjoy reading. ;-) What are you reading now?
Lyn: I’ve just started reading The Branches Of Time by Luca Rossi. It’s a sci-fi/time travel story. Next on my long queue of Kindle books is Daring Passage by Maggie Plummer.
Me: Those are both on my TBR list too! They both sound awesome! For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?
Lyn: As always with my stories, readers should expect plenty of action, high emotion and spicy love scenes. Plus, they will encounter elements of suspense and mystery, flashes of psychic power and prophetic visions of tomorrow.
Me: Oh! Spicy love scenes! LOVE those! ;-) What is your favorite part of being an author?
Lyn: I love plotting a new book, especially when I can brainstorm with author friends. It’s the most imaginative part of the writing process. Building emotional scenes is a close second.
Me: They can be fun to write! :-) Do you have a day job as well?
Lyn: Not anymore. My day job, after quitting work as an art instructor, was to raise my kids, cook and keep house while my husband “brought home the bacon.” Now our kids are grown, hubby is retired and I am blessed with his help around the house.
Me: Lucky you! It's great that you and your husband have been able to work out a system. :-) What is the hardest and easiest part about being a writer?
Lyn: The hardest part is marketing. I suspect most authors would say the same thing. It’s true for traditionally published authors and even more so for indie authors like me. Without a large publishing house behind me, I have to do all my own promotion. It’s very time consuming and downright exhausting.
The easiest part is writing the darn book! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy escaping into my imaginary world, letting my characters take over and lead me down their winding path to love.
Me: Yeah, I think your right about the general consensus on marketing. What genre do you place your book in?
Lyn: Rescuing Lara is primarily romantic suspense, but as mentioned above, it’s a blend of romance, mystery, action/adventure and a pervasive sense of the supernatural.
Me: Cool! :-) Anything else you'd like to tell your readers?
Lyn: I’d like readers to know Romancing the Guardians is an ongoing series, sort of a serial but with full-length novels and NOT with cliff hangar endings. As the story builds, they will meet seven Guardians and their romantic partners. The final book will pit their combined powers against forces of evil that threaten to steal the ancient relics they guard.
Me: And so these fine folks can find your awesome books, are there any links you'd like me to post?
Lyn: Absolutely! Rescuing Lara can be purchased for Kindle or Nook, and will soon be available in print as well as from other digital retailers.
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