A Note To Readers
In the previous newsletter I mentioned (and really hoped with all my heart and soul) that the office renos were almost done but I was wrong... So very wrong. NOW they're almost done and I have my fingers crossed that nothing else will delay them however I do have some "reno hell" stories to share with you now that we're nearing the finish line.
A week and a half ago Terri and I were starting to fill the pantry shelves after they said it was "move in ready". We'd filled maybe two and a half shelves on each side and suddenly we hear a CRASH, BAM, and BOOM! The shelves had begun to fall down like dominos. Luckily our quick cat-like reflexes and amazing acrobatic skills allowed us to get out of the way of the worst of it and balance the remaining shelves and items sitting on top of them so they didn't come crashing down on us. Our only casualty was a broken light bulb so we were pretty lucky.
A couple of days ago the granite countertops were put in (Yay!) but the poor guys that had to carry them upstairs really struggled. I could practically feel their discs herniating from the exertion. The worst part was when they brought up the largest piece of granite for the island. It took six men and it was so nerve racking to watch that eventually I had to stop and turn away. In the short time that I did watch them I saw a hand get wedged between the railing and the granite, a couple of times a foot would get caught beneath it, one man got smooshed against a wall at the bottom of the stairs, and I really thought the guy at the front of the slab was going to blow a gasket. His face went from pink, to red, to red with white striations, to various shades of purple. That's when I had to turn heel and walk away before I felt so bad that I'd foolishly offer them my help. (When six large, athletic men who regularly move granite slabs for a living are having issues, you know it's time to keep your mouth shut!) After what seemed like hours later but was probably more like fifteen minutes, the granite guys finally made it to the top. We all broke out in a round of applause for their incredible effort on getting it up the stairs in one piece AND not killing anyone in the process.
We also had some heavy equipment parked in the driveway for a couple of weeks. The men call it a "Zoom Boom" or "Skyjack" and it was used to install the soffits, fascia and downspouts twenty feet or more in the air. (There were a few men around here that were just drooling over this thing). At one point I jokingly asked if I could "take it for a spin". The sheer panic on the project manager's face was priceless! I guess customers don't usually ask to ride the heavy machinery. Once he started talking about my wearing a hard hat, harness and something about caution tape surrounding the Zoom Boom's route, I had to reassure him that mine wasn't a serious request. Caution tape...I'm not that bad a driver! LOL
On to my latest news! I have a new release, An English Bride in Scotland, that will be out on the bookstore shelves as of tomorrow, June 25th! So far it's received some pretty great reviews so I guess people are liking it. Woohoo!
Also A Quick Bite is about to go into its fifteenth print run and just last month A Bite To Remember went into it's nineteenth print run. I'm happy to hear readers are catching up on the Argeneaus.
Finally I will be attending this year's annual Romance Writers of America conference that's being held in Atlanta, Georgia in the third week of July. Perhaps I'll see you at one of the book signings! :-)
Tomorrow, June 25th, I have another hysterical historical coming out called An English Bride In Scotland. This is about exactly what the title suggests but with a whole lot more story. Annabel was sent away at the age of seven to become a nun, but fourteen years later just as she's about to take the veil, her parents bring her back home in order to marry her off to a Scottish stranger in her absentee sister's place. Annabel knows nothing about how to be a good wife, let alone how to look after a castle or it's people. In fourteen years, she hasn't even set eyes on a man except for the elderly priest that oversaw mass at the abbey, so she’s a little overset to find herself with a husband-to-be who is a huge, rough-looking, walking wall of muscle-rippling, spicy-smelling, rumbling-voiced man. Oh lord... Her life has definitely taken a new and unexpected turn.
The next book in the Argeneau series is coming out at the end of September! It's called One Lucky Vampire and this story is about Stephano Jacob Colson Notte. Stephano was turned in A Bite To Remember after a rogue vampire fatally wounded him. Since then Stephano, or Jake as he goes by now, moved away dropping out of touch with everyone he knew and started a new career as a bodyguard...
One Lucky Vampire is about Nicole Phillips, a mortal with a target on her back. Nicole had a lousy marriage and is just two weeks shy of the final step, the divorce. Marguerite has known Nicole since she was young and has followed her career ever since. However there have been a few too many potentially dangerous incidents seemingly directed at Nicole. Concerned for Nicole's health both mentally and physically and knowing Nicole would never accept a bodyguard, Marguerite coaxes her into getting a 'housekeeper'. And she knows the perfect person for the job... Jake Colson.
Argeneau Crossword... Based on Immortal Ever After!
Here are the answers from to last newsletter's crossword!
1. What did Valerie do in order to control her abductor when he abducted her and Leigh in the van? Valerie kept bashing him over the____.
3. What age was Anders when his mother died?
4. Why did Alecto decide to hunt down Anders's entire family?
6. How many years after his mother's death did Anders avenge it?
10. Anders's father's name.
11. Valerie works with man's best friend so she is a ____________.
12. Anders works as an _______.
14. Acronym for Immortal Ever After.
15. Anders was a _________ for a number of years before he became a rogue hunter.
20. What did we know about Anders's past before the story Immortal Ever After?
22. What name did Valerie use when she referred to their jailer?
23. Ambrose was turned during which world war?
26. Once Valerie came to after her abduction, she was concerned about her ___.
2. Who was Anders's best friend growing up?
5. Which one of his parents died before Anders was even born? His ______.
7. Ander's first name means son and is ______ in origin.
8. Anders's mother's name?
9. Who is VERY pregnant (and sometimes cranky) in this chapter of the Argeneau series?
13. Anders's can't read Valerie because she is his ____ ____.
16. What is Valerie's nickname for Anders?
17. After the survivors were rescued, the rogue vampire systematically recaptured all the women he'd held captive. He did this because he considered the women to be his ________.
18. What did all the kidnap victims have in common? They all either visited or were associated with the __________ in Guelph.
19. We find out at the end of the story that Lucian and Leigh have _____.
21. The name Valerie used for the 'master' rogue vampire was Count ___-____-______-___.
24. In order to protect Valerie and the other victims that were lucky enough to be rescued in time, they had to _____ the mystery and figure out who the 'master' rogue was behind the abductions.
25. What was the name of the man that gave Anders's mother safe haven after she landed in Russia before she gave birth to him?
27. Anders's first name ?
An English Bride In Scotland Contest
I can smell something in the air... a new contest! This is for a signed copy of An English Bride In Scotland. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday June 27th and just let us know something Scottish that you have an appreciation for. It could be something as simple as shortbread, or kilts, or your favorite aunt from Scotland or even Gerard Butler! <G>
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