Lynnette Austin joins me for a cozy chat to celebrate the release of CAN'T STOP LOVIN' YOU.
Lynnette Hallberg grew up in Pennsylvania's Alleghany Mountains, moved to New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she, her husband, and her Siamese cat divide their time between Naples, Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. She has a Master's in Educational Leadership and taught middle school language arts before leaving it to write full-time. A lover of books, Lynnette loves to read and write and loves nothing better than to lose herself in her characters' world. Besides reading and writing, she loves to travel. She's visited all fifty states with the exception of Alaska. She's traveled extensively throughout Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Central America---always on the lookout for new characters or a new story.
Kim: I am a Florida native. Despite it being flat everywhere, I know its inner beauty. What are you favorite sight, sound, and smell of the Sunshine State?
Lynnette: I’ll admit right up front that while most people think of Mickey and Minnie, of palm trees and sunshine, my favorite is a little different. I love to stand on the beach on a stormy day as the waves crash ashore, the foam flying in the wind, and rain on my face.
Kim: I've heard that a shower makes you creative. Have you tried a waterfall?
Lynnette: Hah! My critique partners go crazy with my shower writing. J I’ll come out with an entire scene written. But a waterfall? Actually, yes. In fact, the premise for this book, CAN’T STOP LOVIN’ YOU, and the entire Maverick Junction series came to me as I walked around the lake and trekked to the waterfall in Vogel State Park near our summer home in North Georgia. So, yes, waterfalls work wonders!
|Waterfall along the Road to Hana|
Kim: Cheetos and M&Ms ... do you characters from CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU share your snack attack?
Lynnette: I’m sure Annie, Sophie, and Maggie sneak some in—as do Brawley, Cash, and Ty. After all, who can resist? M&Ms and Cheetos are part of the five major food groups, aren’t they? Actually, M&Ms do find their way into NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN, the second book in the Maverick Junction series. I have to admit, though, that without more than a few Cheetos and M&Ms in my writing area, there’s a high likelihood these books would never have been finished.
CAN'T STOP LOVIN' YOU pits handsome, cantankerous veterinarian Brawley Odell against hometown girl Maggie Sullivan. When asked to design heiress Annelise Montjoy's wedding gown, Maggie views it as her golden ticket out of Maverick Junction. At every turn, though, she bumps into Brawley, her high school sweetheart. He'd left her for college and a career in Dallas. But, now, country right down to the tips of his cowboy boots, he's returned to take over old Doc Gibson's practice while Maggie longs to escape to New York City's fashion district. Brawley's never stopped loving Maggie. Can he talk her into hanging around long enough to give him a second chance? Long enough to talk her into designing a dress for her own wedding--to him?
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|A vintage pickup in Hanapepe|
I am giving away an ecopy of CAN'T STOP LOVIN' YOU to one randomly selected commenter. to enter the giveaway,
1. What is your favorite snack food? Like Lynnette, I also enjoy Cheetos and M&Ms.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, February 8, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 9.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City