Today I’m hosting Lynn Kellan and her contemporary romance, Run To Her. Lynn is giving away a $50 Amazon/B&N gift card. So make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Lynn is also here today to give us an interview!
Leave a comment and check out the other stops on the tour for more chances to win!
INTERVIEW WITH LYNN KELLAN
What would we find under your bed?
You’d find quilts under my bed. One quilt was made by my husband’s grandmother. She grew up on a farm and she used the fabric from feedbags to piece together quilts, clothing, and whatever she needed. It’s fascinating to look at the brightly colored fabric she used. Another quilt you’d find under my bed was made by my bridesmaid, who is a doctor. She made the quilt for our wedding gift, and she tied every knot the same way a surgeon ties knots when stitching up a patient after surgery. The third quilt is one I made soon after my wedding. It’s a very simple pattern, but the blocks of red, white, and mauve contain many memories. Piecing together a quilt taught me that in order to complete a complex task, you must break it down into small pieces.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
When I learned I was pregnant! My husband is 6’5” tall, and I had a feeling our baby would be huge. I was right. My daughter ended up being over 10 pounds at birth and required an emergency c-section. After my ob/gyn met my huge husband, she suggested we schedule a c-section for my second daughter. Good thing we did, because she was a big baby, too. I shudder to think of how large a son would’ve been. Probably close to 13 pounds. Eesh!
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
It depends. I try not to listen to music because the lyrics distract me. However, when I need to set a mood in a scene, I do turn to music to get me in the right frame of mind. When I do listen to tunes, I stick to instrumental pieces or songs that are sung in Italian. I don’t speak Italian, so Italian lyrics can’t distract me. I favor songs sung by Josh Groban. He sings a surprising amount of lyrics in Italian, and his pieces always have a soulful, yearning feel that I strive to imbue into my writing.
What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
In 2017, I hope to release books 2 and 3 in The Brothers Series. RUN TO HER is the first book in the series, and it focuses on Gabe, the oldest brother in the Antonov family.
Book 2 is TURN TO HER, and focuses on Ivan, who is a brilliant graduate student with a past that threatens to dismantle his future. He can leave those bad memories behind once he graduates, but walking away from campus means he’ll also walk away from his gorgeous neighbor, who is a psychologist – and the one person who is sharp enough to discover his painful secret.
Book 3 is called PROMISED TO HER. This story is about Victor, who is a former Marine struggling to adapt to civilian life. His “normal” life skids off the road when his car is slammed into a ditch. He doesn’t know if the crash was an accident…or attempted murder. Soon afterward, his restaurant burns down. Now he’s maimed, pissed off, and determined to discover the cause of these “accidents.” He agrees to work on a farm to buy himself some time, but finds himself elbow-deep in lust for the pretty woman who owns the farm. If another “accident” hurts her, he’ll never be able to forgive himself.
How long did it take you to write this book?
RUN TO HER took 2 years to write. Initially, it was an erotic contemporary. Sex plays an important role in Gabe and Leigh’s growth, and there was a TON of sex scenes in the first draft. There was also a secondary plot line in the story that included Gabe’s ex-girlfriend and Leigh’s ex-boyfriend. Many of my writer friends suggested that the story would flow better with the “exes,” so I recrafted the book and set aside the secondary plot line. I’m glad I did. The romance between Gabe and Leigh takes center stage, and I got to know them very well through all of my rewrites. I hope you like them, too.
Thanks for the interview, Lynn!
She avoids men like him. He needs a woman like her. One lie changes everything…
Gabriel Antonov is a mechanic who can fix anything, even a woman’s hesitance. His talents have earned him the well-deserved reputation as a player, but when a routine one-night stand goes wrong, he’s haunted by what he’s done. Nothing can free him from those depraved memories, until he meets Leigh Nelson.
Leigh avoids strong, silent types like Gabe, who is stronger and quieter than most guys. The only man she’s focused on is her father, who is suffering from a devastating health crisis. She’ll do anything to help him, even at the cost of ignoring her own well-being, but the stress is getting to her. Gabe’s strength is tough to resist, and his silence might be hiding a crushing secret only she can understand.
He can’t outrun his gut-deep craving for her. Problem is, she’s running from him. When they’re marooned in his lakeside cabin, he might finally catch her…if he can admit why he’s falling apart without her.
A fat raindrop splattered on the porch screen. And another. Tiny fragments of water landed on Leigh’s shoulder like little kisses. A shiver trickled across her back, forcing her to step toward the center of the porch to avoid getting wet.
The carefree humor fled from his expression. His gaze dropped to the tips of her toes and slowly rose up her legs, her body, her face. Gabe locked eyes with her, reached out, and opened his hand.
She gazed at his broad palm and dark memories rose, fueled by a violent incident that flashed through her mind whenever a big man got close…but this man was different. Gabe used his considerable strength to protect, not dominate. Months ago, he’d pulled off the Interstate to help her when no one else had. After that, he’d showed up to run with her when no one else would. And a few minutes ago, he’d tamed his powerful Harley so she’d enjoy the ride when no one else seemed to care if she had any fun. Even tiny things like ladybugs received his special brand of kindness.
She had no reason to believe Gabe would willfully hurt her. Even so, her heart tripped at the sight of the thick rope of muscle along his arm.
BUY LINKS (currently on sale for 2.99):
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynn Kellan writes contemporary romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren’t that different, because everyone wants to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. To prepare for her career as a romance author, she fell in love with bad boys, burly athletes, battle-hardened Marines…and married a chemist. Lynn has won numerous writing contests and served two terms as President of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, but she feels a true sense of accomplishment whenever she doesn’t embarrass her teenaged kids.
For love. For funny. For ever.
Find Lynn at: http://LynnKellan.com
Leave a comment and visit the other stops on the tour for more chances to win!