Monday, July 24, 2017

Escape To Africa with Lynn Crain

. . . Someone is trying to change time and it’s up to Amanda Hoskip to figure out the hows and the whys. When she is sent back to 1794 Tripoli, she knows it will be hard to blend in during a time where women are chattels. When her universal translator fails, she’s captured and when the imprisoned Americans can’t identify her, is immediately sent to Bashaw Yusuf in the pirate port of Tripoli.

. . . Trevor Haines loves his job but this will be the furthest he’s ever had to go back in time. Yet, his mission should be easy – find one girl and whisk her away for debriefing as it’s obvious she’s failed her mission. Once there, the now harem girl Mandi digs in her heels and refuses to return until they discover what is happening. He has no choice but to act as if he’s her pirate husband and wants her back. First, he needs to convince the Bashaw that she ran away and that he really wants her back.

. . . Together, they’ll need to keep their wits about them during a treacherous time in history and return safely with their future intact.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Lynn Crain, author of A Pirate's Lady, a time travel romance out of the new box set/anthology, Escape to Africa.
First up is Trevor Haines.
Where are you from? That’s a loaded question. I was an Air Force brat then became a Marine right after high school. More recently, I’ve been working for the Time Travel Bureau. And don’t ask me where it is because then I’d have to kill you.
Hah! Good one. Tell us a bit about your Escape to Africa. What’s to tell? I had to go to Africa to rescue a woman, a colleague who had gotten herself in a bind.
What did you think the first time you saw Amanda Hoskip? Well, I’d seen her around the TTB’s complex but never thought much about her. Sure, she’s attractive with a damn sexy body and all but somewhat of a screw-up, if you catch my drift. 
Uh huh. What was your second thought? Well, that was when I went to Africa to rescue her. That harem outfit she was in definitely made me take a second look.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Hmmm…difficult question…but maybe. I mean, we had to pretend we were husband and wife to get her out of her bind. Pretending can be a powerful inducement for the real thing. Skeptical? I told you not to ask.
What do you like most about Amanda? Her mouth. She can say the most amazing things and as I’ve only kissed her…whooeee…damn, can that woman kiss.
How would you describe her? Remember when I called her a screw-up? Well, she can be pig-headed too but she does have a good mind that works in the worst situations. I mean, it was difficult where we were. Many missions can be a walk in the park but not this on and Mandi kept her wits about her plus her mind on the mission the whole time. I was so wrong about her.
How would Mandi describe you? I’m not sure. I know she likes me but I think she thinks I should loosen up. It’s tough for a career Marine to loosen up but I’m learning.
Another pearl. What made you choose being a TTB agent as a career? Well, I didn’t choose them, they choose me. I was getting ready to retire and got a letter from them asking me if I was interested in a top-secret type of job. I interviewed and decided it was the place I wanted to be.
What is your biggest fear? That we leave someone behind. It’s never good to leave anyone behind on a mission.
How do you relax? A few months ago, I would have said sports and all the guy stuff but now that Mandi’s around, I’ve had to adjust my thinking. Each of us gets to choose one thing to do every weekend. If it’s after a mission, we normally just stay home as we’re still in the dating stage.
Who is your favorite fictional character? It’s been so long since I’ve had time to read any fiction but I’d have to say Damien Montgomery from Starship Mage by Glynn Stewart. It’s a few years old now but it’s a great story about a kid who tries to be part of the establishment but just can’t make it.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Not to judge a person by actions along. Leo Radetzky told me that before my mission to retrieve Mandi.
Thanks, Trevor. Now it's time to chat with Lynn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? For romance, it would have to be Gone With the Wind. That one was and is a classic. I always wanted to write the great American novel about the Civil War but didn’t because I’m more of a contemporary girl. I love to read Sharon Sala, Eileen Dryer, Amelia Autin and Jennifer Cruise. For my sci-fi and paranormal, it’s been things like Star Wars and Star Trek. I also love all the DC and Marvel worlds. They get me really jazzed and I get an urge to write when I see a new story that inspires me. And I have so many authors I love to read in these genres that it would take a page to list them. A few would be Gini Koch, Glenn Stewart, Alicia Dean, Gemma Juliana and so many, many more.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’ve always wanted to be a time traveler and in January of 2017 my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. I’d known something was wrong for months but couldn’t get him to believe me because he felt great. He was totally surprised by the diagnosis and in that moment, I wanted to go back and make him go to the doctor because I knew all the coming chemo and surgery would be hard on him. Sometime during this past year, I read the book Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates and loved it as I wanted to be a fly on a wall on both sides of that conflict. Now, no one gets sick in this story but they are trying to go to key points in history to prevent things changing. This is in direct opposition to what I wanted to do…I wanted to change history…but the scientist in me understands that would be very, very bad. But having all those things happen within a short period of time gave me the crux of a whole series and different outlooks on things that were meant to be. No one can escape time and therefore, no one should be able to change it either.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? This was published by the World Romance Writers. We’re a consortium of women who come up with themes and do our darnedest to make sure we can put them out in a relatively short time span. We started publishing last summer and have 3 anthologies out, all of whom have made Amazon’s bestseller lists in the Anthology and the Anthology and Collections categories. We hope to put out at least two a year and promise our readers quality reads.
What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? Here are just a few…Bad Medicine (I’m going through the Ella Clah series by Aimee & David Thurlo), Sell More Books With Less Marketing, Writer on a Budget, Just You & Me Anthology, Meg by Julie Jarnagin, Duchess of Terra by Glynn Steweart, Easy Like Sunday Morning, Cyborg Legacy by Lindsay Buroker and the list goes on and on. It’s a mish-mash of research books, writing books, romance books, romantic suspense and sci-fi books. I just love to read and devour a book or two a week.
Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? The next story I have coming out is The Summer Cabin. It comes out on July 29 from eXtasy Books. It’s the first story in my Bloodfeather Mysteries series. I hope to have the first novel out by the end of the year.

Lynn brought along an excerpt from A Pirate's Lady:
“Madam, your husband has arrived.”
Mandi took a step back. “Husband?”
“Yes and he fears you have hit your head. Please come.” The man placed a gentle hand behind her back to guide her forward.
“I don’t remember any husband.”
“He said you’d say that but he has convinced the Bashaw you are indeed his wife.” The man had a knowing gleam in his eye. “Right down to your hidden birthmark.”
She stopped in the middle of the hall. Either this man was spying or had spies within the harem, or the TTB finally sent someone after her. The latter was definitely the most optimistic of the two choices. Yet, she had some trepidation because she knew that if Getz’s goons found her, they would have her dossier as well.
“Remember to keep your head covered.” The double doors opened and she was pushed inside.
The room had a considerable amount of smoke in them from the hookah pipes sitting in various spots around the room. The floors were covered in rugs of all colors and sizes but each being what she would consider a masculine color. The Bashaw motioned her forward and Mandi hesitated a moment before moving forward, her eyes on the man next to him.
He was the most handsome man she’d ever seen with his dark brown flowing locks. His shirt billowed in all the right places and looked far too crisp to be anything but new. He was also too clean as well. The men around him were joking and pointing, first at her then to him. His leather boots reached his knees and the sword that hung by his side was broad. Still, all-in-all, he gave a very good impression of a pirate from the high seas.
She stood there, not knowing what to do, sure she painted an incomplete picture.
“Is this your wife, Mr. Haines?”
He guffawed. “How can I tell…I can’t see her face.”
The Bashaw motioned for them to remove her head covering.
“Aye, that is the lass. If I can get a bed for the night, it would be wonderful.” He looked to the man next to him. “I haven’t seen her in nearly two months and I thought she was lost at sea.”
More laughing and joking. Then the man stood and he towered over her. She tried hard to keep her breath steady as he came and walked around her. “I do believe I like her in this outfit.” As if to show his approval, he smacked her butt, causing her to jump. She grabbed him by the collar and drew his face near.
“I do know who you are, Trevor Haines, and you need to stop being ridiculous.”
“Me? Ridiculous?” he hissed and came closer to her ear so only she could hear. “I’m not the one in a harem outfit.”
She gave him a hard shove and the men roared even more. Wrapping her shawl around her once again, she turned to retreat back into the harem. She wasn’t fast enough as she was unceremoniously tossed over his shoulder.
“Put me down,” she yelled and squirmed.
The men laughed even louder but Trevor continued on his way following some person through the halls of the Bashaw’s palace. Finally, a door was pushed opened and she was thrown on a bed with her captor following her down. He looked over her face before taking it between his hands, his thumb tracing her lips.
Suddenly, Mandi was very self-conscious, not knowing if she should stay still or try to get away. Her hesitation was his opportunity as his lips swooped down and took hers in the most mind-blowing kiss she’d ever had. He began a tortuous trail along her jaw line with his tongue and nibbling teeth before again crushing his mouth to hers.

A bit about our guest:
Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. She loves hearing from her readers at:







28 comments:

  1. Hi, Lynn. Great interview, lots of fun. Your story in Escape to Africa is wonderful and I know readers will love it once they get a chance to enjoy the set!

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    1. Hi, Denyse
      thanks for stopping by in support of Lynn. After reading the interview with her hero, I ordered the set. Can't wait to get to the stories.
      best

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Denyse! And you two make me blush! LOL!

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  2. Great interview! Good luck with the book!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. This sounds like a fun set of stories.
      Kat

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    2. Thanks, Jennifer, for taking time out of your busy day to visit. I really appreciate it!

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  3. Hi, Kat & Lynn:

    I'm normally not a fan of time travel romance. I don't see why anyone would give up the comforts of the 21st Century to live in some primitive time. But yours makes sense. Great interview!

    Sorry I'm running late, Kat. I'm testing your links. You'll be live on my blog in a few minutes. Finished 2 editing projects this week, and had a headache yesterday, Even skipped my granddaughter's b-day BBQ. She's 23-4 [?] and a phlebotomist (vampire), so she understood..

    Hugs,
    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rochelle
      we appreciate the support
      Kat

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    2. Thanks, Rochelle! Yeah, time travel stories can be hard. I've tried to set them in places I've lived in (Vienna) or researched (Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates) or even sorta done (Yes, worked in a place I can't mention). And my characters always must come home to avoid problems.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Love Trevor's interview! I have the anthology downloaded and can't wait to dig in. The Pirate's Lady sounds awesome, too! Congrats on all your writing!

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    1. Hi, Patricia
      I downloaded the set right after reading Trevor's interview. He sounds too yummy to pass up, '
      Kat

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    2. Wow! I'll make sure Trevor knows just how popular he is! Thanks for stopping by, Patricia...hope you enjoy the book.

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  5. Wonderful interviews. I enjoyed getting to know more about you both. :) Loved being a part of this anthology. I hate to admit, I haven't read yours yet, Lynn, but I'm reading them all soon.

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    1. Hi, Ali
      thanks so mucuh for stoppin gby in support of Lynn. You all have yourselves a winner here
      Kat

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    2. That's one of the joys of being the formatter...I got to read them all as I was doing that...every story in there is awesome! And I'm very happy you enjoyed being part of this anthology. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Loved both parts of this interview with Trevor and Lynn. It was fun and informative.

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    1. Hi Kay
      thanks for stopping by
      this sounds lke a winner

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    2. Hi Katherine! Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

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    3. Fun interview! So intrigued by the time travel. I hope your hubby is feeling better. Sending bunches of hugs.

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    4. Thanks, Keri, I love writing about time...hubby is feeling better...thanks for stopping by.

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  7. The book looks fabulous - time travel is my favorite, closely followed by pirates! And great excerpt.

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    1. Thanks, Nina. I love time travel too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Ooh, that excerpt was awesome!
    Good luck with the book!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. It's always hard to pick the right excerpt...glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by.

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  9. What a great interview. This book sounds hot--and fun! Definitely on my TBR pile. :)

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia, for dropping by...let me know what you think of the book!

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  10. Love the setup here! Sounds like a fun read! Best wishes on all your writing endeavors! :)

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    1. Thanks, MJ, I really loved putting it together. I appreciate you dropping by!

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