Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
Lynn Richards is the writing team of two best friends. That’s how we always describe ourselves, because it’s true. We’ve been writing for years—we won’t say how long, because that would be telling—our ages! We love the fact that we can now write our stories and publish them ourselves. We were always rebels bucking against authority and this allows us to be independent. As readers, we love the wonderful worlds that paranormal writers can create. As die-hard romantics, we love being able to combine both.
What inspired you to write this book?
Shifters are the hot new thing! No, really, shifters are HOT-T-T-T. Who wouldn’t want to read about them. And writing about them? It’s all the better—cause you really can make that alpha male do exactly what you want.
Please tell us about your latest release.
Honey and Her Bear features a curvy, sassy woman and a big old bear shifter that doesn’t know what’s best for him—Honey. We probably all have that one secret regret of not approaching the cute boy in high school, the bad boy in college, or the rugged looking man standing in front of us in a grocery line (yep, happened to one of us). Honey doesn’t want those regrets and sets out to do something about it. Derek has been a lone bear for too long. He’s afraid to allow a woman into his life and into his heart. Until Honey came along…
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions
Funny you should ask. The names in Honey and Her Bear were given to our characters with tongue-in-cheek. Honey Potts, Derek Combs, Honey becomes Honey Comb…well, you get the idea. But seriously, we try find the rugged, masculine names that are somewhat unusual. Sometimes it takes some brainstorming and internet searching to find just the right name. Then, the character just kind of comes to life. A bad name can ruin a good story.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
Honey is strong, female lead. She knows she wants Derek and she isn’t afraid to test the waters, so to speak. We’ve been raised in a society that says it’s not “acceptable” for a woman to make the first move on a man. Why not? We want to be like Honey, unafraid to reach out and grab some, umm, happiness.
“You shouldn’t be out here at night by yourself.”
Honey was pretty sure he could see the disdainful lift of her eyebrow with his shifter vision, but just in case he couldn’t she said, “I’ve lived in these woods and on this mountain longer than you have, bear. The day I don’t feel safe on my own back porch is the day I leave.”
“Times change, sweetheart. The world is filled with big, bad predators.”
She shivered as he spoke. He was the only big, bad predator around. And she wouldn’t mind a bit if he jumped on her.
“Now tell me about this farmers’ market. And what I need to do.”
You need to kiss me.
Honey placed her empty mug on the small table by the swing and cocked her head. Looking at him she wondered what he would do if she told him she wanted him. She wasn’t quite that brave, but she was brave enough for what she was about to do next.
Later, she told herself, she would question her sanity. Ponder why he called to her on a level she couldn’t explain. It was as if he was reaching out to her, telling her he belonged to her and her alone. Later, years after he was gone, she’d pull these memories out and they would warm her lonely nights. Because one day he would leave. And break her heart. She pushed the bleak thought away.
Tomorrow wasn’t here yet and the night shrouded them, making it seem as if time stood still. She had this moment and she was going to take it. She’d deal with the consequences of her actions later.
She stood on her tiptoes and planted a soft kiss on the underside of his chin, where his pulse raced. She fought the urge to suckle the spot, drawing him deep into her mouth. She did thread her hands through his hair and urge his head down.
What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?
Well, you do have to get those hand placements just right. What would be really fun would be doing research for a book where there are two werebear mates…
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
I don’t know if you would call it writer’s block or just the universe laughing at you. Reality intrudes daily and it’s hard some days to get in “the zone.” Other writers will relate to this. It’s wonderful when you get up and go into another room and all of sudden a scene just “comes to you.”
When did you consider yourself a writer?
Sometimes we still don’t. We both work full-time jobs and are too afraid to leap off the mountain like Thelma and Louise. Cause, we don’t want the ride to end quiet so abruptly.
Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
We know many readers will understand this—we like to read while watching TV. Don’t know why but sometimes you just have to have that back ground noise.
What can readers expect next from you?
We’re working on A Mate of His Heart – the follow up to Beauty and the Wolf and Bell and the Bear, a standalone book. We have big plans for Brigg’s story from McQuade and yes, sometime, somehow, Bite Me the follow up to Leader of the Pack.
Where can readers find you on the web?
We have an author page on Amazon and Goodreads. Our website, lynnrichardsromance.com, is a little behind the times, but we hope to rectify that soon. And as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on our books—good or bad. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey and Her Bear
Publisher: Wolf Publishing
Date of Publication: May 15, 2014
Number of pages: 154
Word Count: 53,000
There was nothing ordinary about Honey Potts. From the tips of her Very Berry Pink toenails to the top of her curly auburn head, and every freckled mouthwatering inch of abundant skin in between, she was a force of nature that made Derek’s head spin.
For an experienced bear shifter like him, that could spell big trouble.
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“I’m burning up,” she said matter-of-factly, the grin tilting her luscious lips full of wicked mischief. “I thought I’d join you for a swim.” Keeping her eyes on his face, she toed off her tennis shoes and put her hands on the bottom of her sunny top and began to inch it upward.
“Like hell you are.” He made a cutting motion with his hand. “Dammit woman, keep that shirt on or I’ll…”
About the Author:
Lynn Richards is the writing team of two best friends. They enjoy romance. Period. Their books always have a happily-ever-after. Writing is as necessary to them as breathing. Too bad that pesky thing called work interferes every day.
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