Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!
10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and learn about their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Lynn Cahoon! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt from her book A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL 🙂
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
Officially? Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.
Really, I’m a Type A workaholic that loves writing because it gives her muse a way to make up stories without making Lynn crazy. A lover of chocolate and real Coke (the drink, not the drug, although, it’s kind of a drug for me…)
Oh Lynn, if you only knew. I’m a lover of chocolate and my husband has worked for Coca Cola since birth! LOL What’s genre (s) do you write?
Contemporary. 🙂 Small town and paranormal.
A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world.
Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks don’t show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that she’s different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it.
Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? He’s a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretary’s dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.
What would we learn about you by investigating your bookshelves?
I’m a collector? I love a mix of genres and I have books I’ll probably never read, but some day, I might…So I keep the book.
Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
My muse prefers working with me in the morning, when I’m still asleep.
Choose five words to describe your book.
Hot, funny, suspenseful, witchcraft, discovery.
What was your favorite part about writing your book?
The discovery. I’m a pantser, so running Parris and Ty through their paces was as fun for me as I hope it was for them.
What makes your book stand out from other books out there now in your genre?
My humor. My characters tend to have a dry sense of humor and don’t take themselves as seriously as others might.
What inspired you to tell this story?
I wanted to try to write a paranormal novella for a callout. When I started writing, I wanted the story to be hot and mix in my favorite bar game, darts. Then they changed the rules for the market I had targeted. And my characters wouldn’t change their story to fit the new guidelines. So I had to find another market.
Share with us three of your writing goals for 2012 that you accomplished.
*During the last quarter of 2011, I started writing, “Sell a full length manuscript by 12/31/11” I missed my self-imposed deadline by three months when I sold The Bull Rider’s Brother to Crimson, then a week later, got an offer for A Member of the Council. Since March, I’ve sold 6 manuscripts this year.
*Write 12 short pieces and submit monthly. I still have 3 months to go, but I’ve sold 2 Chicken Soup essays this year. One released last month, one this month.
*Participate monthly in my chapter’s critique group and bring at least two writings to share. So far, I’ve attended all but one month (conflict) and brought my 2 readings. I believe you get better by critiquing and being critiqued.
Now the 4:
You’re stranded on an island for a week with the most super-hotalicious-stud-muffin-hunk-of-awesomeness actor in the world. Who is it?
I was going to beg to change the question and say Kid Rock, but then I realized, Matthew McConaughey is my boy.
We might have to arm wrestle for the rights of just whose boy Matthew McConaughey is…lol
Would you rather sing in public, give a speech in nothing but your underwear to a crowded convention hall filled with at least 15,000 people, or run barefoot over hot coals the length of ten feet?
Sing in public. The speech would be okay, as a breast cancer survivor you kind of get immune to showing perfect strangers your tata’s, but I’d hate to subject you all to the chubby figure that is Lynn. And I don’t think I could push myself onto the coals. Although, I’d think about it. LOL
Starting today you can only eat one type of food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?
Define type –does healthy count? Or one of the four food groups? Yes, I’m that person who always needs the rules before she jumps into the fray. Okay, no answer, so I’ll make my own, and I say, SEAFOOD. Or bread. No, definitely seafood. Do I get condiments?
It’s my game…and you can definitely have condiments! Lol
You’ve just won the lottery but due to some crazy personal reasons you can’t keep any of it and have to donate it to a charity for displaced authors down on their luck. The groups of authors are divided into the genres they write. Which genre would you choose to receive your good fortune?
The Erotic group doesn’t need the money; they’re doing quite well on the e-book lists. The inspirational folks wouldn’t keep the money – they’d re-donate it to starving kids in Africa. The historical group would either use it to support a historical re-creation event or buy new corsets for the upcoming ball. So I’ll have to give it to the contemporary, they have the single mom’s out there to support while they wait for their knight in shiny armor to come and unclog the kitchen sinks. Besides, that’s my group.
LOL…that was fun Lynn…thanks for playing along and sharing your 10 and your 4. Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂
“Sally knows how to recruit a substitute.” Parris looked in his brown eyes, juggling her darts. “You’ve never played before?”
Ty shot her a smile designed to melt the coldest of hearts. Yes, he knew what he was doing all right. At least in the flirting department. Parris’ knees felt weak looking at him.
“I swear. I’ve never played league before. Beginners luck.” Ty motioned to the dart machine. “You ready or you want to throw a few practice darts?”
Parris’ eyes narrowed. Ha. He’d said he’d never played league before, not ever played before. Sally had brought in a ringer. Confident, she shook her head. “I’m ready to get this over.”
“Pretty sure of yourself aren’t you?” Ty tilted his head to the side, watching her reaction.
“You don’t have to be cocky when you’re good.”
“And you think you’re good?” Ty pressed. “A natural?”
She frowned, her face crinkling. “I have a lot of free time on my hands here when there’s nothing to do except practice.”
Another couple hours and Ty Wallace would be out of her sight, her bar, and her life. She wished erasing him from her thoughts and dreams would be as easy.
So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂
Lynn’s website and blog: http://lynncahoon.wordpress.com/
Or FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon