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Monday, June 13, 2016

Interview - Fierce Hearts Box Set by Lynn Crandall




Welcome!  

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog!

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. 

Fierce Hearts, The Complete Collection released May 30. It includes the five books I wrote that focus on a colony of were-lynxes. Each story follows a developing love story against the backdrop of the overarching battle the colony faces to prevent their demise and that of their world. I loved writing these books. I hope readers see the characters as deep and troubled individuals who face typical personal demons as well as the life and death situation they’re called to handle.

If you are a parent do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Any tips for time management or sneaking in writing time? 

LOL! Such a good question. That is such a difficult situation. I have been striving for balance for as long as I’ve been writing, which has been years. When I began writing seriously my children were young, so finding time for writing without neglecting my family was a challenge. I stopped cleaning the house much, and many of the other chores I’d previously been diligent about. I focused primarily on my family time and writing time. My children are grown, but finding writing time while being actively part of my family is still challenging. I do things that refuel my spirit, like biking or hiking, remain open to opportunities to be with family and friends, and write the rest of the time.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to? 

My main themes are carried through all the books I’ve written to date. Those are that family is comprised of whomever you find genuine love and support with, no matter what shape it takes. The other theme is that life is not what we believe it is. Life and people are so complex, there is no way we can know everything or be so very healthy that we have no faulty perspectives we view life through.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written? 

This is an easy question. The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and her Nadia Stafford series. Great suspense and strong characters.


What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress? 

I love writing so I see no end in sight. I just wrote a short story I plan to post for free download on my website. It is loosely connected to the Fierce Hearts series. That was very fun! I’m in the development and research phase for my next book. I’m planning to make the heroine a bounty hunter with psychometry. I’m totally interested in how she will manage her life and find meaningful love.

What book are you reading now? 

I am reading three: Kelley Armstrong’s Forsaken; Jim Butcher’s Changes; and Jennifer Lawler’s DoJo Wisdom for Writers.

What is in your to read pile? 

So many books! I could retire and just read books for the rest of my life. More Dresden Files, more Kelley Armstrong, and so many more. I like reading romances, especially paranormal and suspense, but I also like reading Jodi Piccoult, classics, and self-help because I’m always growing.

Do you have a music playlist or soundtrack for the series?

Music has always played as a backdrop to my life. When writing, it has helped me find pacing and mood. Sometimes it has simply jump-started my day. The following songs were all of that and more while I wrote Unstoppable. I offer that playlist here as something extra to enjoy about Unstoppable, and in many ways, the entire process of writing the series. 

Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/pjuKmk6H3Ko  Afterlife by Ingrid Michaelson -  A peppy anthem to claiming your own way of living and appreciating self.

https://youtu.be/0KSOMA3QBU0  Dark Horse – This song helped when I was writing scenes that I wanted to feature power and fierceness.

https://www.song365mp3.com/track/rachel-portman-alex039s-father-1380650.html  Alex’s Father from The Lakehouse Soundtrack – A mellow, sultry tone that helped me sink into deep emotional territory the characters needed to travel.

https://youtu.be/1GtKOfg-nX4  This Never Happened Before , another moving song from The Lakehouse Soundtrack, sung by Paul McCartney. It was a soundtrack for me in writing moments of developing relationships and romance.

https://youtu.be/3yDP9MKVhZc  Two Weeks -- I loved this music for helping me write “pain” in my characters. But a warning, it has seriously explicit language.

https://youtu.be/bTNLYeaL7No  Songbird, by Eva Cassidy – For me, the moment of realization that the characters were opening to love is clear in this song.

https://youtu.be/JGGO6hgu0fE  While writing the wedding scene, A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri, really set the perfect mood for me. I cried as it played and I took the characters down their perfect path to each other and lifetime love.



Is music a backdrop in your life? I’d be thrilled to learn what songs you love.




Fierce Hearts Box Set
Lynn Crandall

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance

Date of Publication: May 30, 2016

Cover Artist: Crimson Romance

Book Description:

This bundle includes 5 individual books: Secrets, Book 1, Cravings, Book 2, Heartfelt, Book 3, Probabilities, Book 4, and Unstoppable, Book 5

Five suspenseful paranormal romances, five stories of supernatural tragedy, triumph, and love in one beautiful bundle.



Secrets
Page Count 256

With her penchant for premonitions, Michelle Slade has always had trouble connecting with other people, and a horrific attack five years ago only made her isolation worse. But working to help defenseless animals with her rescue organization, Cats Alive, has given her new purpose and joy in life. When several homeless cats start vanishing into thin air, she's determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Casey Mitchell has always kept his private identity as a were-lynx secret. But he's drawn to Michelle, and when he begins to help investigate the odd circumstances surrounding the cats' disappearance, he uncovers a powerful businessman's diabolic designs on the unassuming woman.

Now both he and Michelle are in grave danger, and their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love…or lose everything?

Book Trailer for Secrets https://youtu.be/vRwHQX4bNx0

Secrets Excerpt:
Casey sat up in bed, the dream he’d been having still alive in his head. He rubbed his hand through his hair. Sweat beaded on his forehead. “Oh, my God.” His heart thudded hard and fast in his chest. He glanced at the clock on his nightstand, sucking in deep breaths of air. Four in the morning. Loneliness heavied his heart.

The dream had been so real, so terrifying. So unusual.

He set his feet on the cold wood floor and sat still on the side of the bed. He took in the room, his room in his house, and sorted through the images in his dream as his body reactions calmed.

He was accustomed to dreaming as his lynx form. Dreams of running through fields with the speed and exhilaration of freedom made frequent nighttime appearances. But this, this dream made him shiver. He dropped his head in his hands and lived through it again.

He saw himself standing in his human form with Michelle in her backyard. Darkness enveloped them comfortably and above a starry, moonless sky contained their moments of shared solitude. He’d brought her warm hand to his lips, the scent of her skin heady and alluring. She’d laughed, delighted when he pretended to take a delicate nibble of her skin.

Casey balled his hands. The moment of togetherness in the dream thundered through him as he revisited what happened next.


He’d lost control. He’d done the unthinkable. He’d shimmered, right in front of Michelle, into his lynx form. Horrified, he’d stood there as his purest self and her screams echoed fiercely against his heart.

Cravings
Page Count 226

Were-lynx Kennedy's world implodes when she's sent to a facility for illegal and torturous experimentation. Only after she's rescued does she learn she's been living a lie for 22 years. She can count on nothing from her past - not her parents, her surname, or her safety. Only the brother she didn't know and his colony of were-lynxes offer any semblance of stability. Suspicious of everyone and unsure of her path forward, Kennedy reluctantly starts to realize that charming were-bobcat Asher Monroe might be her only hope.

Sportswriter Asher has been trying desperately to ferret out the truth behind why the sinister Nexus Group has been kidnapping and experimenting on were-cats. But he's also willing to use his special mind-controlling ability to discover whether the gorgeous Kennedy is a threat to the colony or simply a lost soul.

As their need for the truth takes them into escalating danger, they discover explosive secrets that could bring Kennedy and Asher together - or rip them apart forever.

Book Trailer for Cravings https://youtu.be/1llwRMiMvX4


Heartfelt
Page Count 222

The daughter of an alcoholic single mother, Asia Blue learned young that if she wanted to survive, she'd have to take care of herself. Tough and independent, she never encountered a challenge she couldn't conquer . . . until Asia discovered she was a were-lynx. Befriending sexy fellow were-lynx Conrad Pike and finding a colony helped her adjust to the startling revelation and get through college.

Now an investigative reporter, Asia faces an entirely different sort of problem when her mother goes missing and she suspects the mysterious Nexus Group . . . who seem determined to wipe out her colony. She reaches out to Conrad, now an investment banker and serial heartbreaker, for assistance, and they must once again join forces to save their colony - and her mother.

Will this strong-minded duo risk opening up their hearts and owning up to their long-simmering attraction?

Book Trailer for Heartfelt https://youtu.be/q8ubCUWY4IY


Probabilities
Page Count 222

Bubbly were-lynx Tizzy Sands mapped out her life years ago: she'd teach kindergartners, eventually marry, and start a family. But when cancer stole her dream of having children, her focus changed. As a member of a were-lynx colony that faces constant danger from the nefarious Nexus Group, her goal now is helping the colony defeat them--and steering clear of any romantic involvements.

With his genius IQ, Quinn Arons isn't the most socially skilled were-lynx in the colony and can't imagine party girl Tizzy would give him a second look. But although his past mistakes and childhood experiences haunt him, he can't accept Tizzy's fear that cancer will return and claim her life soon. Instead, he decides to show her that life is what you make it.

Now they're working as partners to prevent Nexus from launching its Project Powering, but can Quinn convince Tizzy there's more to save here than just their world?

Book Trailer for Probabilities https://youtu.be/1yf5cS_RbWY


Unstoppable
Page Count 234

Reeling from the recent Project Powering battle with the evil Nexus Group, were-lynx and veterinarian Lara Monroe struggles with thwarting the group's plans to eliminate her colony while dealing with her own traumatic past. Still, when her fellow colony cat - and secret crush - Booker Chase needs help, she's willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell.

A formidable were-lynx and a physician, Booker has his hands full helping patients who were seriously injured in the battle. But nothing can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and the PTSD from his service in Afghanistan . . . or can it? Now that his good friend Lara is standing by him in his emotional struggles, he's finding there is more to their connection than he realized. But dare he open his heart?

In the epic conclusion of the Fierce Hearts series, the colony takes its biggest risk of all to shut down the Nexus Group forever - will Lara and Booker survive to take their second chance at love?

Book Trailer for Unstoppable https://youtu.be/5MYdBXkPMx0

About the Author:

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down.






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1 comment:

Lynn said...

I appreciate your support. Thank you for hosting me!