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What to Read Wednesday

12 Sep

Can you believe we are closing in on the middle of September already? Time sure flies and here we are with another author for What to Read Wednesday!  Today we have the wonderful Lynn Cahoon visiting and during our interview I discovered Lynn and I have a lot in common.

Today she’s here to share some fun tidbits about herself and her latest release from Crimson Romance titled The Bull Rider’s Brother. I know that title already has me curious!

And to top it off, Lynn is giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter 🙂

So, without further ado…let’s get started 🙂  Hi Lynn, I’m so glad you’re here today. Please tell us a little bit about you the person and not the author.

I’d like to say I’m a renaissance woman.  I’ve done a lot of different jobs and had a lot of different hobbies in my lifetime.  I like change and adventure. I worked for twenty years for the state in a social service program.  Then when I divorced, I changed everything, including my address, moved 1600 miles away to the next state in line alphabetically, and started a new career with a private leasing company working in their license and title department.  I’d still love to go back to school and get a new degree and start all over again.

After moving, I found out I had breast cancer.  2007 was the year of cancer, filled with diagnosis, treatment, and a lot of sleep.  I came to the decision that if I really wanted this writing thing to be more than a dream, it was time to put in the work.  I sold two essays that year and haven’t looked back.

You sound a little like me Lynn. I like change as well and every so often shake things up. So glad you beat breast cancer, and happier still you didn’t let it deter you from pursuing your writing! What’s a talent you wish you had, but don’t?

I wish I could play the piano.  Or dance.  Or both. 🙂  I think it’s a bit too late to start ballet lessons, but the piano might be doable.

Definitely doable 🙂 My daughter plays beautifully and tried to teach me, but it was a no go…but I used to dance while she played (much to her annoyance)!  Lol  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Green peppers and onions.  I like the ham when it’s really crispy, but honestly, add mushrooms to the peppers and onions, I’d be a happy camper.

Sounds good to me! What genre (s) do you write?

Paranormal contemporary romance, small town contemporary romance, and cozy mysteries, although I have only sold in the first two categories.  Hope springs eternal though.

Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, or night?

Morning.  My muse likes me half asleep – my inner critic can’t argue with her then.  But if I’m not meeting word count goal, I’ll work in the evening too.  I’m still in a day job so afternoons are for weekends.  And I like my sleep so I’m much more likely to get up early to finish a project, than stay up later than my normal bedtime.

I’m the same 🙂 Told you we had several things in common.  Please share the blurb from The Bull Rider’s Brother. (btw that’s a fabulous cover)

Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things.  Amazing salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer.  For four friends, growing up in Shawnee meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been granted for all but one.  What happens when they all get together again changes five lives.

When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child – six years ago – Lizzie Hudson’s world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.

What character in The Bull Rider’s Brother did you have the most fun writing and why?

Definitely JR.  At five (almost six) he gets away with telling people the truth without consequences.  And he tells it like he sees it, much to his mother’s dismay at times.  As someone who grew up without a father in her life, I love JR’s quest for a complete family.

Tell us 3 things you like most about your hero? 

James is loyal.  Of course this loyalty is a two edged sword for him and those who love him. He’s determined to do the right thing, even when he doesn’t know what that is.  And he’s willing to take a chance.

Your heroine?

Lizzie loves her kid, first and foremost, it’s always about JR.  She’s committed to do the right thing, even when the wrong one would be so much easier. And she’s in love with real love.

What’s the first line in your book? 

Cowboys aren’t easy to love—but they sure are easy on the eyes.

The last?

Yes, sweetheart. You’re going to be part of this crazy life. Just wait. The future has lots of surprises for us all.

Oooh, I love both of those. Please share an excerpt from The Bull Rider’s Brother.

“I‘ll be there in a minute.” James knelt down next to the kid. He had a new straw hat. Staring at the sheep, James picked up a piece of straw and put it in his mouth like a toothpick.

The kid watched James and mirrored his actions. He, too, picked up a piece of straw and started chewing.

James grinned. “You riding tonight?”

“Yep.”

“First time?”

“Yep. Gramps bought me a new hat. He says I‘m big enough.”

“I rode at your age.” James laid his arms on the rails of the pen.

“You did?” The boy cast a glance downward and away, kicking the dirt with his toe before he asked, “Were you scared?”

“Heck, yeah. I worried I‘d fall. Then I was scared I‘d make a fool of myself and bawl my eyes out.” James peered at the barn toward where his brother stood talking to group of men. “I didn‘t want my brother to tease me.”

“My mom doesn‘t know. Gramps said it was our secret.” The kid bent his head towards one of the men talking to Jesse. “Do you think it‘s okay to have a secret from your mom?”

“As long as it‘s a good secret. Is she coming to the rodeo? Will she be here to watch you?”

“Yep. Gramps says she‘ll shit a brick when she sees me.” The boy grinned.

“She probably will.” James laughed and held out his hand. “I‘m James.”

“I‘m JR.” The boy shook his hand, stood up from his crouch and headed toward the men near Jesse. Turning around, he called, “Are you going to the parade?”

“Wouldn‘t miss it.”

“I‘ll see you then. They throw lots of candy and you even get an ice cream cone at the end.” He waved and took off at a run. When he reached the crowd around Jesse, he grabbed an older man by the knees.

Now that’s love.

I love coming up with character names…how did you choose yours?

This story is about the next book, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER.  In THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER, we meet Barb Carico, former rodeo queen and Lizzie’s best friend.  In THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER, Barb finds herself on the other side of a wild night in Vegas married to the potential sponsor she was supposed to be wining and dining.  The sponsor started out named Ken Forest, marketing director of Forest Dairy – a family owned dairy business.   I loved his name, for 10,000 words when I finally typed Ken and Barbie…

He became Hunter Grey, not long after that… but then you think of Grey Cheese?  UGH.  Finally, the hero became Hunter Martin.  Which I’m happy with, but I haven’t heard the last word from my editor.  LOL

LOL…great story! What’s the best part of the writing process for you?

The plotting process when I’m thinking about what’s going on with my characters.  I don’t do a lot of paper plotting, but I carry the scene around in my head, turning it back and forth until it feels just right.  Then I’m butt in chair.

The problem is when a scene or a motivation isn’t working?  My writing time is painful.  And when I’m eeking out words, that’s when I know something is wrong.

I’m in the midst of eek mode right now, so I know your pain. Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂

I’m working on a novella for a Valentine’s Day call out.  I had a short, short that I’m expanding to fit this call out.  It’s a mash up of Christmas songs and Valentines, and I love my characters.

And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Contact me at my website: www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Or FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon

THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER is available on Amazon, BN, iTunes, and other fine digital cyber stores everywhere.   Or http://www.amazon.com/The-Bull-Riders-Brother-ebook/dp/B008195C2I

Thank  you again Lynn for joining me on What to Read Wednesday 🙂

And please don’t forget to comment to be entered into the drawing for the $5 Amazon Gift Certificate 🙂

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57 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. lynncahoon

    September 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Christine – thanks for having me here! I’m so excited it’s Wednesday. 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Me too! I enjoyed our interview so much…thanks for sitting down to chat with me 🙂

       
  2. kristinaknightauthor

    September 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    great interview, ladies! Lynn, I read your book in the summer and LOVED it – can’t wait to read more from you.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

      The Bull Rider’s Manager has a firm release date of November 26th! Just got word yesterday. Yay.

       
      • ChristineWarner

        September 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

        Congrats Lynn…very exciting!!!

        Thanks Kristi for coming by…and love the testimonial that you read Lynn’s book!

         
  3. Abigail Sharpe

    September 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

    OMG KEN AND BARBIE!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    I ❤ Bull Rider's Brother and want a James to come take me away. Just sayin'.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

      I know, right? Thanks for saying just nice things about Mr. James. I kind of love the guy too. 🙂 Although Hunter, from The Bull Rider’s Manager is pretty hot. Just saying.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

      LMBO…that was a great story wasn’t it Abigail…loved it!

       
  4. fundinmental

    September 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Glad to hear you’re doing well. Congrats on the new book coming out. Thanks to yo both for the giveaway.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thanks for stopping in Fundinmental!

       
  5. Tereasa Bellew

    September 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Great interivew and so happy you’re a suvivor, Lynn. Life throws all kinds of challenges our way doens’t it? Congratulations on the series, too. Yay!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Glad you stopped in Tere!

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

      There are so many lessons I took away from that experience. And I’m thankful I walked away. Thanks for stopping in Teresa!

       
  6. Sharon Clare

    September 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I love your excerpt, Lynn. As I read it, I thought this is why excerpts sell books. Love your tone and your natural dialogue.
    I’m with you. I love change and have had many careers in my lifetime, not coming to writing until later in life. And yes, I’d be with you there in school. I got my science degree at 41. I love school!
    Adding The Bull Rider’s Brother to my must read list this very moment.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Hi Sharon. YAY to you for pursuing and getting your science degree! So glad you came by 🙂

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Sharon! I’m glad to hear you liked the excerpt. Figuring out what to focus on is another fun part of being an author. 🙂

       
  7. Jennifer Lowery

    September 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great interview, ladies! Love this book! Thanks for sharing, Lynn, and here’s to wishing you many, many sales!!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for stopping in Jennifer 🙂

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Jennifer – thanks so much for your kind words! And thanks for stopping in.

       
  8. Sharon Cullen

    September 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Love your first line!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I loved it too Sharon….really makes you want to keep reading! Thanks for coming by.

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Sharon, I’m so glad you loved the line. I played with that for a long time. Thanks for stopping in.

       
  9. Ceri Hebert

    September 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Terrific interview! Congrats on beating breast cancer! Love the cover and story, Nothing like a cowboy! Best of luck with sales!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

      You got that right about cowboys! lol Glad you dropped in Ceri!

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Cowboys, Boots. Wranglers. Oh, my….

       
  10. Lola Karns

    September 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What a fun interview and a great excerpt. I’m adding this one to my TBR list based on the excerpt. I list my many “careers” in my website bio. What I love about writing is that I can keep experimenting with different career paths while committing to one.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Great way to look at your writing career Lola….I might borrow that *wink* Thanks for dropping in!

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Lola! I so appreciate new readers. 🙂

       
  11. Sheri Fredricks

    September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Hugs on being another cancer survivor! I wear my pink pin today in your honor. And pizza is the perfect food; it has all the food groups in it! I love bacon and chicken on mine. Congratulations Lynn!! Best wishes on a successful book.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Sheri! I appareciate you stopping by…

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Sheri, so glad you came by! And Pizza really is the perfect food 🙂

       
  12. chitsuen

    September 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    So glad you beat breast cancer and pursued your dream, Lynn! I loved the first line and excerpt you shared. Sounds like this is a sweet read, which is right up my alley. 🙂 Wishing you all the best with this release and all your future ones.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks for the e-share… 🙂

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Melissa, glad you dropped in! I’m with you on the first line…that was perfect 🙂

       
  13. Callie Hutton

    September 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Great interview, ladies. The book sounds great. Best of luck with it.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the luck Callie!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Appreciate you dropping in Callie…thank you!

       
  14. Mae Clair

    September 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Great interview, ladies. Lynn, so glad you were able to conquer breast cancer and pursue writing. It’s a dreadful disease that has touched many people I know, including family members.

    Loved your excerpt. I also like how you described Jamesas having loyalty that can be a two-edged sword. And JR sounds like a delight. Wishing you loads of success!

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      It’s interesting when you start to describe your characters what you find in them. And I love my JR.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Mae! Glad you dropped in. I had a great time interviewing Lynn…so good to know so many others are enjoying getting to know her too 🙂

       
  15. jerridrennen

    September 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Loved the interview, ladies, and Lynn, the book sounds great!.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      September 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Appreciate you dropping by Jerri…thanks!

       
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for stopping in Jerri!

       
  16. Calisa Rhose

    September 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This sounds like a great book, Lynn! I love writing kids in books. My next release with Lyrical has a little spitfire girl who would make a good match to JR. lol Congrats and feel free to toss that gc my way. 😉

    *waves wildly to Christine*

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping in Calisa – My Lyrical release is kid free. 🙂 But the next Bull Rider book has a special little girl who keeps her uncle on his toes.

       
  17. Ally Broadfield

    September 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    LOL about Ken and Barbie! I hate when I do something like that in a manuscript and don’t realize it right away. You book sounds great. Best of luck with it.

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Ally – I know, right? LOL Thanks for commenting.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Too funny for sure! Thanks for coming by Ally 🙂

       
  18. Cera duBois

    September 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Lynn! Great interview, ladies. I LOVE that first line of you book!

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Hi Cera! Nice to see you here.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

      I’m in total agreement Cera 🙂 Glad you dropped in.

       
  19. sarahballance

    September 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic interview, and sooo inspiring. You amaze me, Lynn!

     
    • lynncahoon

      September 13, 2012 at 6:45 am

      As I force myself into a Thursday – I’ll carry your words with me Sarah – Thanks.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      September 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Hi Sarah, so glad you made it by! Thank you.

       
  20. ChristineWarner

    September 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The lucky WINNER of the $5 Amazon Gift Card is Melissa Limoges (chitsuen). Congrats Melissa…Lynn will be contacting you soon 🙂

     

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