Today’s guest host is fellow Astraea Press author, Lynn Spangler. I learned about Lynn when we became release day buddies on June 11th, 2013. (Her book, Love Flourishes, released the same day as Along the Way Home.)
Without further ado, here’s Lynn…
First, I’d like to thank Christi for allowing me to hijack her blog for the day. Thank you, ma’am.
My road to publication has been a long one. It began nearly six years ago with an off-handed comment made by my husband. He told me I read so much that I should be able to write a book. That got me off and running. I had so many story starts and stops that I lost count years ago. I’m so thankful that I’ve had a wonderful critique partner who turned out to be one of my biggest supporters and one of my closest friends. Without her guidance and many pep talks, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.
I struggled to find my voice and identity. I dabbled with erotic romances but that particular genre left me uncomfortable. It just wasn’t my niche. I cleaned up my act and wrote a couple of clean romances. I submitted my first, Whiskey Whispers of the Past, to Astraea Press. The owner honestly told me the story needed some work but was willing to contract it based on the storyline. Needless to say, I was over the moon. I was going to be published.
The edits for Whiskey Whispers of the Past were sent to me and it did need some work but I learned so much. My editors were gems. With their guidance, Whiskey Whispers of the Past took shape and eventually became the book it is now.
I now have three other stories published with Astraea Press, including the follow-up to Whiskey Whispers of the Past titled Conflicted Jewel. I’ve written both contemporary and mystery/suspense. I’m so thankful that I found a publisher that allowed me to find my writing voice and let it shout to the heavens.
I hope you’ll take the time to read my four stories. Each is has a different flavor. I’m sure you’ll find one you’ll like.
Thank you, again, Christi for having me today.
Sometimes trusting your heart is harder than diamonds…
Years separated Sage and Zander. Will their reunion rekindle feelings they’ve long since kept to themselves?
Sage Whitley’s life as owner and jewelry designer for Whitley’s Jewelers was mundane and comfortable until the return of Zander Havilland. Secretly, Sage has had feelings for the handsome gemstone buyer for years and now he’s back in Jonerstown to stay. Sage’s life is soon turned upside down and Zander is there to catch her.
Zander Havilland leaves his high paying job in New York City to return to his hometown to stay with his aging mother. An opportunity presents itself shortly after his return, putting him on a collision course with the lovely, petite Sage Whitley. Soon emotions long hidden for the beauty rush in and Zander is more than ready to accept the inevitable.
Adversity draws them closer together as they try to unravel a mystery involving a large diamond, a rash of thefts, and murder. Can they solve the bizarre mystery before it’s too late and explore the possibility of everlasting love?
I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wonderful, loving husband and my beautiful daughter. I also have a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. I have a cat named Kolzig and a dog named Cede who allow us to live with them.
I love to write and read. I also make jewelry when the mood strikes. I’m a huge sports fan. I love football, NASCAR, and hockey. I’m also a bit of a game show freak. I love old game shows from the 70’s and 80’s like Match Game and $25,000 Pyramid. Television shows like Criminal Minds and Rizzoli and Isles are also favorites of mine.