Monday Author Spotlight

What time is it? It’s time to spotlight an author.

It is time to introduce you to a new author,

or re-introduce you to an old favorite.

Whichever the case may be, pull up a seat and meet…
…………

Lynn Kurland

Lynn Kurland was an author that my sister in law Melanie turned me onto. Before I knew I had read everything of her’s that my library had, I then hit the bookstores reading more, till I had read everything. She has since become a favorite author of mine.

When I thought about who I wanted to spotlight this week knowing that it was BBAW also and I thought that Lynn would be a great author to do. So I emailed her and she accepted and gave me an amazing interview. Before I post that I thought that I would tell you a bit about her, I got the following from her website…

Lynn began her writing career at the tender age of five with a series of illustrated shorts entitled Clinton’s Troubles in which the compelling hero found himself in all sorts of, well, trouble. She was living in Hawaii at the time and the scope for her imagination (poisoned fish, tropical cliffs, large spiders) was great and Clinton bore the brunt of it. After returning to the states a short while later, writing gave way to music and a poor sap being felled with arrows, being eaten by fish and falling off cars was put aside for operatic heroes in tights.

But somehow during high school, in between bouts of Verdi and Rossini, she managed to find time to submerge herself in equal parts of Tolkien, Barbara Cartland and Mad Magazine. During college, a chance encounter with a large library stack of romances left her hooked, gave her the courage to put pen to paper herself, and finally satisfied that need for a little bit of fantasy with a whole lot of romance!

Two children, three cats, a remodel or two and thousands of pages later, she still loves what she does, still loves finding ways to write the out-of-the-ordinary in everyday situations, and wonders quite often if the castles she occasionally gets to visit really are haunted . . .

I then skimmed through her FAQ’s to see if there was a question there that I didn’t ask and found these two…

Did you always want to be a writer?

My dream as a teenager was to be the next JRR Tolkien (aim for the stars, clear the trees is my motto); I was sort of side-tracked from that by training to be a classical musician. I still play the piano for various things, play cello in a quartet, and sing in public when I have the chance, but most of my days are now taken up with raising two small children, being married to my own knight in shining armor and trying to find time to wrestle those characters that seem to be constantly rattling around in my head down onto paper.

Is your PG rating intentional?

Yes, it is. I take a fair amount of heat for it, but I’ve spent my career doing my best to write my stories, my way, and hope that they find an audience. My goal is to provide readers with a good love story and leave the more intimate moments to the imagination. For those that have never read her books, the sexual tension is there however the actual act is left to our imagination (in my opinion sometimes this just makes the story better)

Do you have a favorite Author?

I have several. I love Tolkien, CS Lewis, Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley and I have to admit to an entirely unreasonable attachment to Dick Francis’ mystery novels.

And here is my interview with her….

1) Who was the first romance author that you read? Do you remember the name of the book?
It was Barbara Cartland, during high school, checked out of the library, and while I can’t remember the name, I’m pretty sure there was a Duke involved. 🙂

2) Who are your go to authors?

Sadly enough, I just don’t have much extra time to read, and when I do, I limit myself to things that aren’t in the genres I write. Vladimir Horowitz, the brilliant classical pianist, once said that he didn’t listen to anyone else play for the six months leading up to whatever performance he was preparing for, just so he wouldn’t be influenced by them. I feel the same way, just because I want to be sure that what goes on the page is coming from my own imagination and is told in my voice alone. Given that I’m doing two books a year, Mr. Horowitz’s rule doesn’t leave me much opportunity to read for pleasure 🙂

I do like a good mystery, though, and am particularly fond of Dick Francis, Elizabeth Peters, and the late Anne George.

3) What books are in your tbr pile right now?

In no particular order and just off the top:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (read it, but wanted to reread)
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (also read before, but wanted to reread)
An Incomplete Education by Judy James and William Wilson
The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and other little people by Thomas Keightley
English Costume by Dion Calthrop
Medieval Travellers by Margaret Wade Labarge
Jelly roll quilting by Pam and Nicky Lintott
Sugar Sack Quilts by Glenna Hailey
I have to admit the quilt books will get read first. Because they have pictures 🙂

4) What are you working on right now?

I’m proofing the first book in my next fantasy trilogy (A Tapestry of Spells) and writing my next romance, One Enchanted Evening.

5) Are you ever going to have a family reunion with the 13th century de Piagets and the 21st century de Piagets.

I’m not sure a book would ever lend itself to that within the context of a single couple’s romance, but I’m trying to get the groups together little by little. With all the marrying and time-traveling going on between the families, surely there will come a time where some sort of big reunion will be unavoidable!


In honor of Ms. Kurland and all of her time travel hunks (both those from this time and those in the past) I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to Borders, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what period in time you would travel to if you could. This giveaway ends at midnight tonight.

You can purchase Lynn’s books here, here and here.

Below are some of the great books written by her.
The Ninth Kingdom Series

The De Piaget/Mcleod Family Series

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Monday Author Spotlight


What time is it? It’s time to spotlight an author.

It is time to introduce you to a new author,

or re-introduce you to an old favorite.

Whichever the case may be, pull up a seat and meet…
…………

Stephanie Laurens

I discovered Ms. Laurens several years ago on a jaunt to the library. I read one of her Cynster family books and was hooked. The next day I went straight to the book store and bought all of her books that were there. She has since become one of my all time favorite authors, and quite possible my favorite Regency author.

Here is a little blib about her from her website….
Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She subsequently introduced the equally unforgettable members of the Bastion Club. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA-Today bestseller.

Ms. Laurens has just released the last book in her Bastien Club series Mastered by Love. Knowing that the book was going to be released here in the States last week, and that I would be doing a spotlight on her today, I emailed her asked her if I could interview her. She graciously agreed. Here is that Interview…

1- When did you first meet the Cynster family and the members of the Bastian Club?

The Cynsters started with DEVIL’S BRIDE, and all six cousins, all the other cousins, their parents, and Lady Osbaldestone were there from the start. That was back in 1996. The Bastian Club guys came along much later, in early 2002. Again, the seven of them were all there from the beginning, as was their commander, Dalziel.

3- Are any of your characters based on real people, Helena and Lady O come to mind?

No, not at all. My principal and secondary characters are always totally imaginary. Mind you, I’ve been contacted more than once by people wanting to know who the Cynsters really are, and where their houses are – even travel agents wanting to organize Cynster tours. Also people researching genealogy, asking what information I have on my characters’ real lives because they have relatives with the same name.

4- What are you currently working on?

I’m tremendously excited over my latest project – THE BLACK COBRA QUARTET. The first two books, THE UNTAMED BRIDE (late Oct 09) and THE ELUSIVE BRIDE (late Jan 09), are finished, and both are fresh and different, with more adventure and excitement and drama, but with my usual degree of romance and passion. And the settings are both familiar and new, with a touch of the Orient and all points between adding spice to Regency England. I’m just gearing up to do the third book, THE BRAZEN BRIDE, which opens with a shipwreck. Later in that book, we have pirates, but with a twist. And then I’ll be pulling out all stops for the final book in the quartet, THE RECKLESS BRIDE, which culminates in a huge Christmas gathering. All four books have the Bastion Club guys and their wives, the first six Cynster cousins and Chillingworth, and their wives, as well as Royce and Minerva and their family, all featuring in secondary roles. If how much fun I’m having writing these books is any guide, then readers are going to have a ball watching our four heroes and their lady-loves battle to bring the villainous Black Cobra to justice.

Thank you to Ms. Laurens for doing this interview.

In honor of the completion of this series, I am going to be giving away the first two books in this series, Captain Jacks Woman & The Lady Chosen. Just leave a comment here, and on Sunday night I will draw a name.

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Monday Author Spotlight

What time is it? It’s time to spotlight an author.
It is time to introduce you to a new author,

or re-introduce you to an old favorite.

Whichever the case may be, pull up a seat and meet…
…………

Susan Mallery

I discovered Susan last year, and immediately fell in love with her books. The first book of hers was from the Buchanan Series. I loved the relationships in this series between the siblings and the amazingly strong women and man that they fell for. Then there was the Bakery Sisters series, have to say that they last book in that series is my favorite. Her new series The Lone Star Sisters is now out. I do have to say that if I had a favorite book of hers it would be Falling For Gracie, there was just something about that book.

When I was doing some research on Ms. Mallery I ran across the following and thought it gave great insight into her as an author…

How did you get started writing?

I’d always read romances-starting when I was around thirteen. I’d never thought about writing one myself because I thought writers were exotic people who lived in France, wore black all the time and talked about things like dead philosophers and existentialism. While I was in college, I saw that a local adult education center was offering a class on “How to Write a Romance Novel.” I signed up for that class and, the very same day, began my first book.

The book was awful, but the class changed my life. It was 8 weeks long and I knew by week 6 that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I stayed in school to complete my degree (in Accounting of all things) then walked away from a job offer to try my hand at writing. Fortunately, I sold fairly quickly. My first book sold in August 1990 and was published in January 1992.

If you haven’t checked out one of her books I highly recommend that you do, as she is great. There hasn’t been one book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed. You can check out her books here .

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Monday Author Spotlight

What time is it? It’s time to spotlight an author.
It is time to introduce you to a new author,
or re-introduce you to an old favorite.

Whichever the case may be, pull up a seat and meet…
…………

Penny Jordan

Penny Jordan a native of England, has been writing since the 1970’s. She has written more than 165 books in her career so far. She has written mainly for Harlequin Romance. Her first published book (that I could find) was Falcon’s Bride a Harlequin Presents. From there her writing career took off, publishing 2-4 books a year for them. She has also written under the names, Caroline Courtney, Annie Groves, Lydia Hitchcock, and Melinda Wright.

The first time that I picked up a romance book at our little library (and it was little) it was a book by Penny Jordan from that moment she has become an author that I always read.

If you have never read one of her books, then I can highly recommend that you pick one up today, run a bath (my favorite place to read them), and escape into an amazing story.

Her latest miniseries is out from Harlequin Presents…The Leopardi Brothers. Three brothers that will do anything for each, and the woman that has the courage to take them on.

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