LM and Cole Armocida stopped by to chat with Andy and Cheri the Rev at the Bar Rag. We talked about my newest release, Rebound, and Cole’s song inspired by the novel. Check it out!
Women’s basketball star Conner Maguire has the world by the tail. She’s at the top of her game, in demand, and life is good. One day the unthinkable happens and her world is ripped apart. That split second event forces Conner to re-evaluate her entire existence. A beautiful warrior with a shattered heart and incomparable spirit may be the key to conquering her fears, if Conner can open her heart enough to see the world from a new perspective.
“Risking it All” is a story that I first began writing about the experiences of a lesbian couple who are both police officers. It’s a unique situation to be the cop taking risks, and at the same time, the wife or girlfriend of the cop, fearing for your lover’s safety. During the course of our careers, my wife and I have had a few instances where we were thrown into some dangerous situations simultaneously. Initially, I had intended to write an action story, focusing on the police drama. But, very quickly, I realized that wasn’t the real story.
This is a tale about two women thrust into a harrowing, life-and-death experience, complicated by the very real danger to the one they love. Duty prevails. The women are professionals who do not hesitate to act. But it’s the aftermath that truly pushes their emotional boundaries. The extremes are amplified—terror and euphoria—action and reaction. Sometimes no words can convey the depth of intensity that translates to pure physical need. Our heroines are living on the edge and risking it all. They live and love with intensity and passion.
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And hey, if you love stories about lesbians in uniform, living and loving in the midst of danger and suspense, you’ll love the writing of Lynette Mae. LM’s first novel, “Faithful Service, Silent Hearts”, was a 2012 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist for best dramatic fiction and debut author. Her current release is “Tactical Pursuit”, a 2013 Lambda Literary Award and Golden Crown Literary Award finalist. Both novels are now available from Sapphire Books.
Hi gang! Wow it’s great to be back. I’ll have a longer post with a few announcements coming in the next couple of days, explaining what’s been going on in LM’s world and reconnecting with my peeps. (That’s you!) But for now, my good friend Cheyne Curry, fabulous author and film maker, tagged me in her blog hop tour. Thanks Cheyne! Today’s topic is the next big thing. For me, that’s a story near and dear to my heart. Read on…
What is the working title of your book?
My current WIP is Rebound
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The story came to me from watching a few simply amazing people in my life who have flourished despite adversity that they’ve experienced. So, I used their examples as a starting point for the story and let my own creativity take over from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
Lesbian Romance/ Drama
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I get asked this question from time to time with my other stories. I suppose it’s fun for folks to imagine what actors might be cast to play various characters in stories they enjoy. For me, I prefer to stick to writing. My characters are composites of people and experiences I’ve had throughout my life, so that would make it difficult for me to decide. I’d love to hear readers’ picks though. LOL
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A twist of fate can alter our entire reality and force us to dig deep in search of our authentic self.
What is the longer synopsis of your book?
I haven’t written a complete synopsis, but here’s a bit to give you an idea:
Conner Maguire has it all. She’s a professional athlete on top of her game, with a gorgeous partner, and all the trappings of fame. A twist of fate changes everything, leaving Conner alone to rebuild her world and even her identity. Coach Shawn Tyler isn’t cutting Conner any slack. She’s challenging, frustrating, and beautiful. Shawn might hold the key to Conner’s future, if they each can get past their individual pride long enough to open their hearts to new possibilities.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Rebound will be published by Sapphire Books in 2013.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s still a work in progress.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
This seems to be related to the question above. I was inspired to write this story by the incredibly talented and strong individuals in my life who rise above any challenge, despite being differently-abled. I think all of us wonder if we would have what it takes to overcome a sudden injury that completely alters our physical or mental reality. Most of us are stronger than we know. The key is understanding the truth that nearly all of what the outside world sees is not who we really are. But human nature usually prevents revealing our truest selves unless something rocks our world, good or bad. This story explores that phenomenon.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
While not a sequel to Faithful Service, Silent Hearts and Tactical Pursuit, Rebound tells the story of Conner, Mac McKinley’s young cousin. Readers first met Conner in Tactical Pursuit.
At long last, the action-packed thriller, follow up to Faithful Service, Silent Hearts is now available! Come along for an even wilder ride with Devon and Mac as they unravel a crime spree led by a killer with a sinister connection to their past. Fasten your seat belts for Tactical Pursuit!
Terry Baker, prolific lesfic reader and reviewer, graciously agreed to accept an advance copy of my newest novel, Tactical Pursuit, for review.
Terry said, “Faithful Service, Silent Hearts was a brilliant debut book. Tactical Pursuit is stupendous. I wondered how Lynette Mae was going to top her debut book, now I know and I needn’t have worried. She did. Tactical Pursuit is a fast paced page turner from the very first page right through to it’s dramatic ending. I simply could not put this book down.”
Read the rest of Terry’s review of Tactical Pursuit: Terry’s Lesfic Review of Tactical Pursuit
And don’t forget, Tactical Pursuit is coming in 6 days! You know you’re ready!
Thanks for reading~LM
Big news! I’ll be at the Girls out Loud music festival on September 15th in St. Petersburg. I’ll have a stack of Tactical Pursuit copies, celebrating the release of the long-awaited follow-up to Faithful Service, Silent Hearts, and featuring Tampa as the setting for this action-packed, romantic tale. What a fantastic day this is going to be!
Author Tenea Johnson will be joining me, chatting about lesbian literature and signing her outstanding books! I can’t tell you how excited I am about that! Tenea is a real talent, and if you haven’t checked out her work, you should. This festival features music by Hunter Valentine, the killer band from this season’s Real L Word! Girls out Loud will be announcing additional artists and authors for this awesome Tampa Bay lesbian cultural extravaganza! Check back often for details as we add more super-talented lesbian authors to the list. I want to thank Girl2Girl Productions for the chance to spotlight the creative forces behind Tampa Bay’s lesbian fiction scene.
If you’re in the St. Pete/Tampa area, come by and party with us on September 15th!
You’ve all been so patient (well most of you, hehee) waiting for the release of Tactical Pursuit. Thankfully, the wait is nearly over for all of us! The official release date for Tactical Pursuit is September 10th. Check out my little countdown calendar at the bottom of the page—28 days to go!
BUT… I have one copy to give away to a lucky winner this week!!! Now how cool is that?
Here’s what you have to do to win:
Follow the link to the Faithful Service, Silent Hearts crossword puzzle. The puzzle is going to challenge all you Devon and Mac fans out there, but I have confidence in your expertise on all things FSSH. Once you’ve completed the puzzle correctly, you will receive a message telling you how to enter the drawing for a free, signed copy of Tactical Pursuit. That’s it! We’ll be drawing a name on Wednesday, just to give everyone a chance with time zones and all of that. And hey… if we get enough response, there might even been another lucky winner. So, let’s get cracking on that puzzle.
Check out my published works page for a link to a special short story, A Warrior’s Homecoming.
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