Wednesday, September 17, 2014

INTERVIEW: EM Lynley plus #Giveaway!

Today we're talking to the lovely EM Lynley who returns to us for a second time! <3 Check out the interview for her giveaway, there are some very exciting prizes!! Meanwhile, enjoy some of the most creative hats I've ever seen :)

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



What is your favorite literary quote?

It’s not a quotation, but I have always loved this poem by Emily Dickenson:


To wait an Hour—is long—
If Love be just beyond—
To wait Eternity—is short—
If Love reward the end—

Tell us about a time someone did you a great kindness.

Thinking back, I realized I’ve been lucky enough to have many situations I could mention. One that remains near the top of the list happened when I was backpacking around Europe. I’m a life-long unreformed horse lover, as many people know if they’ve read Out of the Gate. When I visited Austria I had to see the farm where the Lipizzaner stallions are raised. It’s quite a ways outside of Vienna, but I hopped on a train to Graz, where I’d take a bus to Piber. It turns out the bus doesn’t run on Sundays. I didn’t figure this out until I was already there. I wandered down the street from the train station into a little bookstore and asked the woman working there whether there was another way to get to where I wanted to go.

To my surprise, she closed the store and drove me out to the farm!  She didn’t want me to miss out on something really important to me. The idea that someone would come all the way out from Vienna just to see the horses really impressed her. She even gave me her phone number and told me to call when I was finished and she would bring me back to the train station.  Later, after spending a few hours at the farm—which was incredible!—I called her, she picked me up and we had tea at a little shop in Graz. And she wouldn’t even let me treat her to tea. I will always remember that day and the woman who helped me fulfill a dream I’d had since I was a kid.


If someone challenged you to a water-gun fight *to the death* how would you fare?

I’d cheat, of course. I’m not afraid to get wet, but I’d make some water balloon grenades and sneak up from behind and water bomb the crap out of my opponent.

I’ve actually experienced a water-gun fight near-death experience. In Thailand, they have a water festival called Songkran. Basically, everyone throws water balloons or has a water gun, even adults. They go around soaking each other for a couple of days every April. It’s part of their New Year festivities and is meant to wash away the bad of the previous year and start the new year clean. It’s also a big drinking event. I remember going down the street and total strangers were offering each other drinks. I think that was my first taste of Thai whiskey!

It’s quite an experience and one of the most interesting things I’ve come across while traveling.

What is your most special writing memory?

I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of good memories already. As a writer, I’d say the best feeling is finishing that very first novel. That’s a real feeling of accomplishment. Seeing my book at the top of a best seller list (okay, I’ve made it to #2 on some US lists, but I’ve been #1 in Canada and Germany before).

As an author I’ve had some fantastic memories thanks to other people. Every time I get email from a reader it’s a special moment. It’s an incredible feeling to know a total stranger liked my story enough to take time to let me know.

I’ve also had some incredible moments thanks to other authors: I will never forget the first time I met Mary Calmes and Andrew Gray back in 2009 or 2010. They both mentioned having read one of my books and I was amazed. Last time I saw Andrew (at GRL 2013) he passed me going into an elevator and told me he’d just read An Intoxicating Crush and loved it.

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

“She’s a very freaky girl, the kind you don’t take home to mother.”

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you learned from it.

How much space do I have for this? Because some days it feels like everything is one big mistake. One thing I would do differently would be my penname. Initials are really a PITA. Some publishers use punctuation, others don’t and then it’s difficult for people to do searches for me. Also, I recommend practicing signing your penname. When I came up with mine it was taken from a nickname, and back then initials were really popular. I never expected I’d be signing books, and honestly, it looks kind of ugly.

What is the hardest part of writing?

The typing. I really hate typing. I’d love for there to be some software where you attach a sensor to your head and it spits the book out into Word. Because the story is all in there, ready to go.

Normally, when I’m typing, my brain is about ten words ahead of my fingers. Sometimes the fingers don’t realize that and I end up with a lot of messed-up sentences. I’ve tried voice recognition software, but unless you say all the punctuation, it takes a lot of time later going in to add that. And the brain works really differently when speaking compared to writing/typing. It takes practice to speak exactly the same way you would write. Try it and you’ll see.


Do you dance in the rain?

Doesn’t everyone? Just be careful if it’s a full moon. You don’t want the neighbors to get the wrong idea. Then again, maybe you do. And maybe it isn’t the wrong idea. Best to keep them just a little frightened of you so they make sure their dog doesn’t doo-doo on your lawn.

And finally, you’ve just inherited a dachshund farm. What do you do now?


I’d pinch myself to see if it was really happening! Then I’d call you up and invite you to help me run it! Of course we’d fall in love with every dog and never want to sell or give them away. We’d never get any writing done because we’d spend all our time playing with the dogs.

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Cordon-Blue trained pastry chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer season at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his summer plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position as chef at a guest ranch, the Rocking Z. The scenery is gorgeous, but he expects that nature up close and personal can’t hold a candle to his exciting Paris lifestyle.

When born-and-bred cattle rancher Colby Zane spots a newcomer letting himself be pawed at by a passel of horny cowboys at Aspen’s Club Rawhide, he doesn’t think twice before rushing in, throwing the guy over his shoulder, and rescuing him from the volatile situation. Sober, Riley Emerson turns out to be sweet and sexy, but not interested in more than a one-night stand with Colby. Initially disdainful of the guest ranch side of the business, Colby’s over the moon when Riley late arrives as the new cook on his family’s ranch

But all’s not well at the Rocking Z. Unsurmountable financial problems force them to rely on a cash infusion from an outside investor, Fitz Wellington. Only Fitz is hot for Colby, and he won’t sign on the dotted line without some very personal incentives. The future of the ranch is at stake, and Colby’s just desperate enough to go along, but saving the Z might mean losing Riley.





BONUS QUESTIONS:

*What inspired you to write the book you’re promoting?
I wanted to write a story about a cowboy. I love cowboys, but never tried writing one before. And because this is part of the Delectable series where each book has a main character who is a chef or winemaker, it was natural to make the other character the cook on the ranch. Since I tend to start planning my stories around characters who are complete opposites in some regards, making my ranch cook a Cordon-Bleu-trained pastry chef was a fun way to set up the disparities between Colby and Riley.  I loved the short time I spent in Colorado, and I immediately decided to set the book within sight of the Rockies.

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

First off, there is no spaghetti. I hope no one considers it false advertising. Riley Emerson wouldn’t call it spaghetti even if he did cook it. It would be “pasta.” He can’t make anything simple. He has to “fancy everything up,” as Colby would say.
Research on this book was fun!  A friend of a friend lived on a cattle ranch and I was all set to pay them a visit to see what life was really like day-to-day on a ranch. Unfortunately, the visit didn’t work out. I had to find some other resources including documentaries about ranching, a few books on raising beef cattle, and memories of a few ranch summer camps. I learned a lot of interesting things about cattle. But the most important thing was about the men and women who spend their lives working on these ranches. There are few or no days off, not much chance to get away from the ranch for more than a day or two, and it’s a twenty-four hour a day job, every day. I honestly don’t think I could work that hard every day my whole life. I have such incredible respect for ranchers!

I did some research on chuck wagons too. They held a very important role in the days of the old cattle drives, back before barbed wire and a decent rail system, when cowboys had to move cattle hundreds or thousands of miles from pasture to stockyards. I didn’t know that the chuck wagon cook was also the doctor, dentist, and just about everything else for the cowboys. Riley, however, does not attempt any dental procedures.
  
*What are your hopes for this title?

While I’d be thrilled for Spaghetti Western to hit the top of the bestseller charts, I’d be happy if everyone who reads it ends up with a smile on their face and an insatiable craving for one of Riley’s recipes. If it inspires you to visit Colorado, all the better, because it’s gorgeous. They also happen to have legal marijuana there, but there’s a lot more to the state than that!

And if you do enjoy reading about Riley and Colby, please tell two friends…. And shoot me an email. I love hearing from readers!


About the Author: EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM 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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*~*~*GIVEAWAY TIME!*~*~*

Check out the link for details on EM's giveaway and prizes including this beautiful charm!

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