Sunday, March 01, 2015

News for March, 2015

Oh my goodness, another new release!
I’m writing like crazy, except we had a major disruption this month. Our scheduled window replacements arrived, so the whole house was turned inside out while the men came in and ripped the windows out, to replace them with nice new ones. Our house was built in the 1930’s, and it’s the last one in the street to get rid of its original wooden windows. They held out very well, but we had them repaired, and bits replaced because we wanted to keep them. There wasn’t much of the old windows left! We chose the new windows as near in appearance to the old ones. But it was a bit sad when they were being ripped out.
I’m a romantic, that’s my trouble.
But it does lead me to imagine different situations where people might find it hard to love. Sometimes I wake up thinking about new plots and new characters. Other times, I sit in front of my computer stumped, my mind not working at all, until—
And then I get it. It’s usually a character trait, something that the character doesn’t want and tries hard not to have. But they get it, all the same, and they need help to resolve it. Usually of the romantic kind!
This month’s release was no exception. I’d spent years looking at the Classical, Palladian houses built by the Georgians, and read about the revival of classicism, the new philosophical thought, and then read about the aristocracy. The one sentence that turned my mind to the big “what if…?” was in a history book, one of the kind without pictures. It was something like, “Members of the aristocratic oligarchy were as gods to lesser mortals, and they tried to appear that way.”
Aha! That light bulb moment is one of the most precious there is. I wrote the first story, and let it lie. It was too mad to interest anybody, surely.
But no. my editor at Samhain saw what I meant and went for it. It’s a way-out concept, but I’m continually astonished by the way it just works, and things slot smoothly into place. What if the ancient gods and goddesses were a set of attributes, born into different generations Dalai-lama style? When the old Dalai Lama dies, his priests take certain artefacts and hunt for a child who knows them and what to do with them. Then that child becomes the next Dalai Lama. The knowledge persists through the generations.
It makes sense. At least it does to the twisted mind of this romance writer. So the characters are at once Georgian ladies and gentlemen, but they also have extra powers. Sometimes they don’t know what to do with them, and they have to find people of a like mind, who can help. Sometimes they know from birth. Add in a hidden evil in the presence of the Titans, who want to regain their supremacy openly, and eliminate free will, and there you go.
This month, we have “Arrows of Desire.” This is Eros’s story. Eros is a grown man, so he dislikes being compared to the fat baby Cupid is often depicted as, but he has the power to make people fall in love, or lust, or attraction, whatever he pleases. He doesn’t do it often. He’s just returned home from abroad, where he has been tutored in his powers by a mysterious woman, and he meets a young lady, who—well, you can guess! But it gets more complicated than that!
I had a big inspiration for this book. I visited the Louvre recently and fell completely in love with Canova’s sculpture of Cupid and Psyche. He is holding her so tenderly, and the love they have for each other is depicted so beautifully. It was wonderful inspiration. I’ve always found that art, especially sculpture, seen in person is so much more powerful than seeing reproductions or pictures. Communing with the artist. That’s why Michelangelo’s David is such a great work. The power of the statue is overwhelming, every time. But I’m glad for pictures, because then I could remind myself of how lovely it is!

Friday, January 02, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year!
It’s all change this year, with new publishers and new series – and a relaunch of my website!
Going forward, I’m writing my contemporaries and paranormals under the name L.M. Connolly. Lynne Connolly will still be the name for my historicals. I decided to split the site, rather than create two identities, so I’ll still be talking about all the books as Lynne. It’s just a way of separating what I write and giving each genre a bit more room.
Tell me what you think!
there are links from Lynne to L.M. and back again, so if you like everything I write (and bless you for that!) you can make the switch easily. And the basic layout of both sites is the same. Don’t you hate when you visit multiple websites and you have to navigate your way around in a different way? Or maybe that’s part of the pleasure for you. I’m a relative beginner, so let me know!
I designed both sites, but these days it’s a lot easier than it used to be. But I still make mistakes, so I’d appreciate knowing if you come across any. And any improvements you’d like to see.
For the rest, what does 2015 have in store?
Well, I’ll be at RT in May, in Dallas, and I’m arriving with my friend, author Liah Penn, so do let us know about anything we simply must not miss! I’m going back to New Orleans beforehand, because I can’t stay away. Love that town!
My arthritis is thriving, but that means I’m using speech recognition some of the time. Got to love that my computer now knows all the dirty words! It seems a bit obsessed with them, actually, and I’m going to have to make it unlearn them!
For this month all the books in the Dept 57 series are $2.99, a dollar off.
Oh yes, and I’ve reduced the price of the first in the series, “Chemistry of Evil.” Free on every platform except Amazon, where it’s 99 cents, which is all that Amazon will allow individual publishers. Apparently, if you tell Amazon that you got the book cheaper elsewhere, they’ll make the book free, but I can’t do it any other way. So if you want to load your Kindle, that’s the way!
Next month, I have a big release – the next Emperors book, “Temptation Has Green Eyes”!
If you feel so inclined, tweets and Facebooks, Amazon reviews and all the other things that help a book to get noticed are greatly appreciated.
So what are your plans for the year? Will I see any of you at RT?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Naughty List

Out on the 1st December!

The Naughty Literati are a group of authors who’ve come together to showcase their epic talents in stories filled with powerful eroticism and satisfying romance. Our tales range from heartwarming and sweet to scorching hot erotic, medieval to futuristic, humans to aliens and shape-shifters, vanilla committed couples to kinky ménage fun.

Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Be careful what you wish for. The NightWind hears every whisper, every sigh, every need and he's coming to grant your every wicked, wanton desire.

Marianne Stephens

Frustrated with untrustworthy men, Melissa orders a man doll. When delivery guy, Nick, shows up, she has second thoughts about how to satisfy her needs.

Katherine Kingston

Guilty secrets torment widowed Elizabeth Fitzhugh. A Christmas visit to the Earl of Chisenholm offers redemption, if she can find the courage to grasp it.

Francesca Hawley

Librarian Abby Kelly comes west finding a roguish shapeshifter who desires her. Will Goldwolf is no gentleman, but Abby discovers he’s just what she wants.

Berengaria Brown

The excitement has left Jewel, Donovan, and Oscar’s relationship. Jewel plans to spice things up, but will Donovan and Oscar rise to the challenge?

Lainey-Jo Charles

Jason catches Dani having an intimate moment with a recording of him singing to her, and is ready to move them from friends to forever.

Regina Kammer

During the infamous winter of ‘77-‘78 at Valley Forge, two soldiers fanboy over their
charismatic leader, General George Washington.

Lynne Connolly

Two gorgeous Italian hunks save art restorer Sandi when she accidentally summons an ancient evil from a mosaic. Their methods are unconventional—and scorching hot!

Trinity Blaico

She only had one wish this Christmas. To find the one man who was strong enough
to master her in bed and out.

Belle Scarlett

On board a deep space station Christmas Trent learns her sexy cyber lover,
who may not be human, wants to steal her for his own.

Nicole Austin

Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.

Suz deMello

Medieval romance from the Highland Vampires series. A Viking raider brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, especially to the chieftain's daughter, Rhona.

Alexa Silver

Rock star Max is terminally ill. When Aislin falls into his life, rocking his world,
everything changes. Is she his Christmas miracle?

Lynne Connolly