Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday Tales: Lynn Crain



Hi! Thanks so much for coming today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Why do interviewers always ask authors this question? Wait...I answered you with a question...LOL! There’s not much to tell really. I’m more than likely considered over-the-hill by many but I’m a woman living the writing dream. Right now, I write full time as I live with my husband in Vienna, Austria. I was born in Ohio and my home is usually in southern Nevada. I’ve belonged to RWA for more years than I can remember as well as other online writer organizations. I love to hear from writers and new readers. That about sums it up for now!

Tell us a bit about your book.

My current book is a very sexy sci-fi space menage. It’s about male sex gods – er – erotic dancers and how they have to get kidnapped by a very sexy Harvester. Here’s the blurb:
Princess Sky Xera Nerezsh came to earth to avoid the normal succession path to the throne. Being the oldest daughter, she will be required to murder her mother in order to secure her path to power. Sky loves her mother and refuses this path, choosing instead to disappear in the vast reaches of space. When her past collides with her present, she has to think quick on her feet, claim two men and a whole planet just to avoid the inevitable: a meeting with her mother. Along the way, she discovers true love and a burning need to be there for them always. Now if the other Harvesters can just keep to themselves, they’ll have no problems. But who said true love was ever easy.

Is this part of a series?

Yes, this is part of the Girls Night Out series, which is a multi-author universe. My second book should be out by the end of the year. I’m hoping that at least one of the other authors will have theirs out as well.

What was your favorite part?

There are too many to say. I do love the part when Sky gets agitated and starts to use her enhancements on earth. Those around her aren’t sure whether to be intrigued or afraid. LOL!

Why did you choose to write romance?

I couldn’t not write romance. I’ve been reading it since I was 12. I actually burned my original copy of The Flame and the Flower because I thought my mother was going to ban me from reading ‘those type’ of books. She laughed and then gave me some more. I still have my first Harlequin book titled Castles in Spain and read it occasionally.

Do you ever have any conversations in your head with your characters? If so, can you give us a hint of what you might talk about?

Every day. Matter of fact, I’m beating off a few of them to get this interview done. LOL!

Rate your story in terms of steaminess 

Geez...rate my story huh? How about ‘burn your eyebrows off from the heat’? Does that work? LOL!

What are you reading right now?

I have quite a few in my TBR pile right now. I just finished these books in July: Julianne MacLean’s The Rebel, Jade Lee’s Burning Tigress, Anya Bast’s Fury, Annie Nicolas’ Bait, Mya Jackson’s Soldier Come Home, and Lynette Sofras The Apple Tree. I haven’t cracked a book this month as I am truly trying to write. Actually, that isn’t true...I’ve been cracking all sorts of writer help books but other than that, I’ve been keeping my hands off any new reading material until I get finished with my WIP.

I know this is like asking who is your favorite child, who is your favorite romance author (s)?

And I am so going to disappoint you because I really don’t have one. I’m such a voracious writer that I read everything and everyone. I have my go-to authors like Melissa Schroeder, Kayelle Allen, Karen Cote, Sharon Sala and Gini Koch. If I have to say a favorite it would have to be Gini but then again, she and I are great friends. MOF, we miss each other terrribly and she’s trying to get me home for a conference. LOL!

What is your favorite romance book or series?

Most of my favorite series tend to be sci-fi or urban fantasies. As far as romance, I love Mel Schroeder’s A Little series. I’m starting to get into Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek series but by and large, I read a book because I think I’ll love it period.

Who is your favorite romance character? If you could go on a date with that person, what would you do? Details please! *wink*

I have a lot of favorite characters. But my all time favorite is one out of my own books...Logan MacKenzie...that man is a dream. I can’t wait for that book to come out. Obviously, he’s Scottish and we’d go somewhere in Scotland. And it could be anywhere...I love Edinburgh as well as the Highlands...but there’s a place on his estate that I can see in my mind. A hot tub that looks out over a Highland valley and it’s thick with purple thistle. He’s cooked me a nice dinner and I’m waiting anxiously to see what it is. He knows I love a good steak. Afterwards, we take our drinks and sit gazing out into the beauty of the Highlands. It wouldn’t take long before he was all over me with those great hands and fantastic mouth...and if I have to tell you any more...you don’t have one bit of imagination. LOL!

Boxers or Briefs?

Boxers.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla.

Do you have a special piece of clothing you wear when you write?

Usually my pajamas or my slounge clothing. You know, the stuff you may or may not be caught dead in because it’s too big, has holes in it and is generally comfortable in a fantastic way. Those are the things I usually wear as I hit my computer at about 7 am and am not off it until about 9 pm. Yes, I have breaks but spend a lot of time at my machine. We don’t watch much TV and my husband works long hours.

What is next for you?

I have so many irons in the fire...LOL! Right now, I’m gearing up for my next release, Unlike Paradise, which should happen at the end of this month. I also have another book coming out in September as well as a print book coming out then. I just got contracted for two stories in a couple of anthologies and have another couple of contracts to fulfill with a current publisher...all this before the end of the year. I am a busy girl but then again, here in Vienna, I don’t have many distractions and can put the majority of my time into my writing.

What were your first impressions of each other?

ZANE: I thought she had cool green eyes but Jaxon was way more cautious than I am.
JAXON: I couldn’t believe a woman could look that good. I was right, she’s something very special.
SKY: The attraction I felt for them was immediate and I knew I had to do whatever possible to keep them safe. Even if that meant running into my mother again.

What are your favorite parts about each other?

ZANE: Are we talking about body parts here?
JAXON: Is your mind always in the gutter?
SKY: Hey you two, cut it out...frankly...looking up your kilts is quite a turn-on.

What’s next for you?

ZANE: As in the next few minutes? Well, since we’re still on our honeymoon, I mean you did contact us on this private island...what do you think is next?
JAXON:<Snort> There is more to Sky than getting into her pants.
ZANE: Yeah, but those are some of the best parts.
SKY: If you two don’t behave, I could sic Bess on you. Now there’s an idea. <LOL!>

Blurb: Princess Sky Xera Nerezsh came to earth to avoid the normal succession path to the throne. Being the oldest daughter, she will be required to murder her mother in order to secure her path to power. Sky loves her mother and refuses this path, choosing instead to disappear in the vast reaches of space. When her past collides with her present, she has to think quick on her feet, claim two men and a whole planet just to avoid the inevitable: a meeting with her mother. Along the way, she discovers true love and a burning need to be there for them always. Now if the other Harvesters can just keep to themselves, they’ll have no problems. But who said true love was ever easy.


Book Excerpt:
Suddenly one dark haired man was on the table in front of her, gyrating his sexy hips in her face, his package mere inches from her mouth. In another life, she would have leaned forward and planted her lips on his crotch, willing his body to perform. She really should have been paying more attention to the situation around her instead of wondering about where Angela had gotten herself.
Leaning down, his breath reminded her of the sweetgrass that grew on her home planet of Tyrsati, heightening her senses even more. “Sweetheart, I see how you want me...it’s written all over your face.” His voice purred in her ear.
Sky gasped and pulled back to get a better look at the man in front of her. He reminded her of the gods of Vada. He was tall, well-muscled, dark hair brushing the top of his shoulders and had the most incredible violet eyes she had ever seen. Guess the optics weren’t wrong. He would fetch an exquisite price on Texra and her mother would be extremely proud for her acquisition. She shook her head to clear the cobwebs.
“Nice eyes, sweetie – hang around after the show – I’ll make it worth your while.” His voice hit a resonance with her and her whole body flushed. It had been years since she had reacted to any man. Now her emotions and body betrayed her for an insignificant being on an outer planet. She shook her head. This planet was no more insignificant than any other, including her own but she knew if she didn’t get herself under control, the Harvester in her would take over. Old habits die hard.
“Don’t let his demeanor fool you, luvey. He just wants to get into your pants.” Another deep voice reverberated close to her ear.
She glanced over her shoulder and again her breath was nearly taken away as she looked into the bluest eyes she’d ever seen in the galaxy bar none. The sky of Octa couldn’t hold a candle to the color that swirled in their depths.
“Ooo, Jaxon is right about the eyes. Very cool green.”
“Contacts,” Sky managed to get out for the second time this evening, her voice low.
“And a sexy voice to boot. Very nice.” He twirled away to join his companion on stage. He was just as nice looking as the first guy but just a little shorter. His shiny hair swung around his jaw line as he moved and her hands ached to run her fingers through it and over his body.
She sat there stunned as the people at her table laughed and clapped her on the back as if she’d done some sort of fantastic feat. While her time on this planet had been very thrilling, in her old life working for her mother, their performances had to be impeccable or their fate might be worse than death. She vaguely wondered just how she’d rate them.
Sky did her best to smile and act as if what happened was one of the most exciting things in her life when in reality it brought back some memories she’d rather forget. Folding her hands in front of her, she closed her eyes and steadied her breathing. She opened her eyes slow and caught a glimpse of a targeting laser. The light was in a part of the spectrum that no one of this planet could even see but her optics caught it.
Scanning the crowd, she allowed her eyes to whirl, not caring who saw. There were not supposed to be any Harvesters on this world as it had been declared too primitive to even be included in the Alliance of Planets. She came here because she knew this was the one place her mother wouldn’t think to look. Now, she knew another Tyrsatian walked the same world as she did, occupying the very same room.
Maybe it was time to see just what type of trouble Angela got herself into. Leaning across the table, she quickly gave Jayne her phone number and said her goodbyes to all the others present. Rising slowly, she didn’t want to alert the other Harvester but she was just far enough away and at a weird angle to not see who it might be. Moving quickly to the back wall, she moved to where she stood way behind the woman but close enough to see who it was.
Jesata Ardik. Of all the Harvesters to show up on her new home planet, one of the most relentless in the business had to land on her new home. This wasn’t going to be easy. She had to delay her from marking them because once they were marked, it didn’t matter wherever in the universe they were, they would be considered fugitives until captured and sold to the highest bidder. Meaning, she wouldn’t be able to get them off world without the help of her mother.


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BIO:
Lynn Crain has penned over 25 novels in  romance in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, erotic to tame in nature. She always knew that writing was her calling even if it took years at other professions to prove it. She has belonged to EPIC and RWA for more years that she cares to think about. Currently, she lives in Europe while her husband of nearly 30 years pursues his dream of working internationally. Her state-side home is in Nevada where family and friends wait patiently for their return. You can find her hanging out at A Writer In Vienna Blog (www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com) and various other places on the net (www.theloglineblog.blogspot.com; www.twitter.com/oddlynn3 ; www.lynncrain.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/oddlynn3 ) as well as her website www.lynncrain.com. Still, the thing she loves most of all is hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

NOTE: This is an erotic menagé novel with EXPLICIT language and adult situations.




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