Wednesday, July 16, 2014

INTERVIEW: EM Lynley plus #Giveaway!

Hello EM and welcome to The Hat Party <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

Thanks so much for having me to the tea party, Raine. I’m really thrilled to be here! I’m gluten free, so I hope you don’t mind that I brought my own gluten-free Red Velvet cupcakes. The recipe is at the bottom of the page.

If you could live inside a book, which title would you pick?

This is so darn difficult! Since I like mysteries and books with lots of conflict, I don’t think I’d like to live in any of them. There are books I wish didn’t end, but even then I’m not sure I’d like that world. Some of the first book that really wowed me were The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Would I like to live in those times? Maybe just visit. I’d like to have the library equivalent of a time machine, where I could visit a world for a while and leave before I got beheaded or my pals smelled too bad. What would you pick?

What is your super secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream?

I’m hoping JK Rowling shows up to one of my book signings and says she’s been dying to meet me for years as she hands me a book to sign. She’s crying and her hands are shaking. Then she throws her bra at me. Maybe JK isn’t the best person for that fantasy. Let’s make that Richard Castle…. And it’s not his bra.

What important thing would you give up in order to continue writing?

Money and job security? Oh, wait, I already have. Honestly, I love writing and the whole new universe of friends and colleagues it’s brought me. My previous job was very toxic, very stressful and the best day there couldn’t compare to my life now. Writing is still hard work and has its share of stress, but it’s so much fun. I count myself lucky.

You’re writing along and you’re attacked by a horde of zombies…ON FIRE…how do you survive? Or do you become a zombie too?

I would sit at my laptop and write a new ending to that scene.  No brainer. Sorry, I had to say that.

But if real zombies were after me (and how often does one say that?) I’m not afraid of them. I’m wearing my Wonderbra and have cool gold bracelets like Wonder Woman. Those crazy-ass zombies are toast. (Gluten free zombie toast)

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

Libraries are the most amazing thing to me. And I’m not just saying that. Where else can I go and find thousands of books to take home for FREE? I usually have 20-30 books checked out at any one time. Plus e-books, magazines, etc. I’m very spoiled because the San Francisco Public Library system is incredible. But even as a kid I remember being excited to go to the library. We went once a week, every week. My parents were voracious readers and it was cheaper to borrow books than keep buying. They instilled a love of reading in me, and a respect for libraries.

Back in the old days when we had bookstores, I used to head there before a bookstore. Now I go directly to a library. I’ve been to all of the ones in my area and I’ve paid so much in overdue fines I could have bought a Ferrari. But I don’t mind paying if it’s going to the library fund.

What was the trigger that made you first get really serious about being a Capital A Author?

I lived a few blocks away from an amazing bookstore in San Mateo, CA called M is for Mystery. I’m a rabid mystery fan. Almost every single day they had a signing or speaking event. I got to meet all of my favorite authors, from Elizabeth George to Michael Connolly to Anne Perry, JA Jance, Steven Saylor. I could go on. Each one of them seemed just like anyone you would see on the street. They didn’t look like superheroes, though they were to me. They all had one thing to say to prospective writers: you just have to sit down and write until it’s finished. They all started exactly the same way. It made me realize it wasn’t rocket science and that I could do it too.

What inspired me to do this for a living was getting laid off, along with one-third of my company, right around the time my first novel was published. The novel sold well and I had some savings and severance, which helped me out till I could start earning enough to pay some bills.

Give a shout-out to another author who may, or may not, know how much you appreciate them.

It’s a tie between Mary Calmes and Andrew Grey. I met both of them five or six years ago when we manned the Dreamspinner table at Yaoi-Con. Both of them said they’d read my most recent release, and named it. They really knew what I had written. And when I saw both of them this year at cons, they each mentioned one of my books they had recently read. They’ve both also given me advice and suggestions about writing and the business. Plus they are all-around sweethearts and give great hugs.

Be totally honest. How awesome would you be at leading a moon colony?

I’d be pretty awful at it. I’d hoard all the green cheese and laugh at the cow as she tried to jump over our moonbase. And I’d pretty much be wishing I was on Mars instead. But I’m willing to give it a shot. Who wouldn’t like to be an astronaut? (Who besides Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks….)

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Is that a trick question? All dachshunds rule! I’m a dog lover, so I like any dog who’s friendly. At least they can’t knock you over when they jump up.

Thanks so much for having me to the tea party. I’m gluten free, so I hope you don’t mind that I brought my own cupcakes, GF Red Velvet cupcakes. The recipe is at the bottom of the page.

Nicole Hunn’s Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Here’s a recipe I love. It’s from Gluten Free on Shoestring’s Nicole Hunn

You can see her step-by-step instructions

Serves: 12


  • 1¾ cup (245g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I add a bit more for extra chocolately flavor)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Super red soft gel paste food coloring to desired color
  • Scant 1 cup milk (low-fat is fine, nonfat is not), at room temperature


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with grease proof pretty cupcake liners and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place the flour xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the butter, eggs, vanilla, vinegar and 2 to 3 drops of food coloring. Mix to combine. The batter will be lumpy. Add the milk, and mix to combine well. Add more food coloring a drop at a time, mixing well after each, until the desired color is reached.
  3. Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. Shake the muffin tin back and forth to distribute the batter evenly in each cup. Smack the tin *smack* on the countertop to break any trapped air bubbles in the batter.
  4. Place in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

If you don't have gel food coloring, substitute 2 tablespoons liquid McCormick red food coloring, and reduce the milk by 2 tablespoons.

Cover Artist:  Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
260 pages
Published June 18th, 2014

Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.

Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.

When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.


“With Petrov training me, I’ll be at his place more. That’s what you wanted, right?” Ryan glanced at Deke.

“But not at this expense.”

“You should find a way to punish me.” Ryan grinned.

“I can’t exactly spank you now, can I?”

“How about a blowjob?”

“How is that a punishment?”

Ryan shrugged. “It depends how big your dick is.” He reached a hand out, and Deke caught it, smiling.

“Do you ever stop?”

“Do you ever relax?”

Deke stared at Ryan. “Sure.”

“No, you don’t. I don’t think you can. You’re always planning something or analyzing the results of your plan, or worrying about when the plan will work. A blowjob is something you don’t have to plan. Something you can just enjoy. Not something you need to do, or something you think you’re supposed to do. And not for someone else. Just for you.”

Ryan knelt down between Deke’s knees.

Deke put his hands on Ryan’s shoulders, stopping him from moving. “Yes, I can do something just because I want to.” He pulled Ryan in close and pressed his mouth to Ryan’s.

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*What inspired you to write Bound For Trouble?

BOUND FOR TROUBLE is a story I’ve been thinking about for several years. I just wasn’t a skilled enough writer to pull off such a complex and nuanced story until recently.  I had the spark for the story while watching TV. There was a scene where a cop or FBI agent has the target of the investigation under surveillance, including cameras in his house. The agent watches the target with the same woman on several occasions. He gets turned on, but he also finds himself falling for the woman and wanting to meet her.
I decided I would use a scene just like this. My FBI agent Deke is watching the target with Ryan, a confidential information. Deke is really turned on, but he has to play it down because he’s not the only one in the surveillance van. He feels a little dirty and guilty, but at the end of the shift, he burns the surveillance footage onto a DVD to take home and watch while he’s alone.

And then I had to figure out a whole story to go with that scene and set-up.
I’m a bit of a voyeur myself, so this scene and how it played into the surveillance appealed to me in a lot of ways. I loved the idea of the agent forming a sort of connection with a confidential informant he watches with the target, and having that be the transition from an on-camera sexual thrill (voyeuristic and one-sided) to forming some real feelings for Ryan as he continues to watch and to work with him, then eventually to a face-to-face relationship that was mutual between the watcher and the watched.

To ramp up the sensuality of the story, I decided to have the FBI target be into BDSM. The FBI agent is not into kink, but he finds himself drawn to it, first by watching and then eventually participating.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?

For readers who aren’t fans of BDSM, please don’t write it off. The mystery is a bigger part of the story, as is the growing relationship between Deke and Ryan. Most of the BDSM scenes are mild. A lot of the impact of D/s play is psychological, and that’s a big part of this story. The scenes are meant to be sexy and there isn’t any pain play. Both Deke and Ryan are new to BDSM, so they never approach anything extreme. I’m not a fan of hard-core BDSM, so I’ve written the kind of play I think is fun. I took some lessons and played a little with a variety of settings and toys to know where those limits of fun and sexy end.
*What are your hopes for this title?

I hope readers find the book as enjoyable to read as it was to write. While challenging, this was one of the most fun books to write, and it’s one of my best so far. And if it hit a big best seller’s list I wouldn’t mind, but that’s not why I wrote it. I write to entertain and to engage readers in a story with characters they find compelling.

About the Author:

EM Lynley, a Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.


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