Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I was delighted when my Sisters in Crime compadre, Deborah J. Ledford,  author of CRESENDO, invited me to answer the same series of  interview questions that she answered at the Second Wind blog, only this time it was about my Next Big Thing, i.e., the book I'm working on now.

What is the title of your book?
KNOW WHEN TO RUN. It comes from the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler, as in "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and . . . well, I'm sure you get it.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I can't really say, except that I was kind of fascinated by the idea of a bounty-hunter/amnesia-victim story. In the case of the heroine, Ky, she woke up on a riverboat, rescued by some kind people who helped women escape their abusers. She'd been nearly dead when they pulled her out of the river and nursed her back to health. Now back to full health, the only lasting effect is that her previous life is a blank.

What genre does your book fall under?

It's pure, unadulterated romantic suspense with a very strong mystery plot.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie rendition?
I have no idea. I'll come back to this. I did come back and still have no idea, so I'm . . . well, maybe Bruce Willis when he was young and cute and still had most of his hair. Not that he isn't still a hottie, but he doesn't look like my hero. And her, my heroine? Maybe Charlize Theron with red hair. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An amnesiac riverboat blackjack dealer is apprehended by a bounty hunter for the murder of her father.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

KNOW WHEN TO RUN is my first independently published full-length novel. Up until now, I've been reissuing my backlist from my former traditional publisher and also a few previously published short stories. While I still have backlist to put up, right now my attention is on my new work. That's why am talking about KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

KNOW WHEN TO RUN was written about six years ago and took me about six months  to write in full, but I was working pretty much full-time while during that writing. When I have the luxury of writing full-time , I can usually do a rough draft in about three months. Then it takes me several months to revise and get the book polished enough for publication.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My romantic suspense novels tend to resemble the work of Lisa Jackson or the mysteries of  Tess Gerritsen, which are less complex than her medical thrillers. Basically it's a crime, some bad guys, some could-be bad guys, some good guys, and a guy and a girl wildly attracted to each other when they shouldn't be, and there you go — your classic romantic suspense.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was particularly moved by the characterization genius of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She's not a mystery writer per se but many of her books contain suspense and her characterization is absolutely impeccable. Her people are so lively and original, so memorable, so much people you love to love and love to hate, that I wanted to write like that. This was my goal for KNOW WHEN TO RUN, and when it comes out this month it will be the readers that let me know if I've succeeded at all.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

I think the setup of my heroine, Ky Taylor, a.k.a. Kathleen Templeton, the woman she used to be. A woman accused of shooting her father in cold blood. The return of her memory occurs slowly throughout the book and when the scrumptious bounty hunter first tries to sweep this bail jumper back for trial, she has no idea if she's guilty or innocent. Personally, I find that concept fascinating.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to give you a little information about KNOW WHEN TO RUN.  And now, here are the links to other excellent writers who happen to also be my friends, telling us about their Next Big Thing during the week of December 17th.

Denise Domning http://www.denisedomning.com
Kim Richards http://kim-richards.blogspot.com

Connie Flynn's Contact Information
My Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/SZ3MDT
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ConnieFlynnAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnieFlynn
Email: connieflynn@yahoo.com
Website: http://connieflynn.com
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Connie Flynn is a bestselling, author of ten novels and several short stories. The  recipient of a PRISM award for paranormal time-travel, she also made the finalist lists in the Oklahoma Reader's Choice and the Golden Quill. She's getting some positive feedback from eBooks readers these days, particularly when she issued There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop just in time for Christmas. She writes in several genres, including paranormal romance, contemporary fantasy, romantic comedy, romantic action/adventure and mystery/suspense. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she complains that she works all the time.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winner: Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop . . .

. . . is Sheri V.


I'm a mom of a year old son. I spend a ton of time reading in what spare time I have. I have two cats and love dogs. I spend extra time volunteering with the local Humane Society.
Congratulations,  Sheri,  on winning the $20 Amazon gift card during the Hot Autumn Nights blog hop last month. I hope you spent it on something YOU wanted. A book or two maybe. It's obvious you're a busy mother who still finds time to volunteer and read. I hope to see you at future blog hops.
IGW thanks all of our visitors during the blog hop and promise we'll let you know when the next one hops around.

Your blog hostess,






Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hot Autumn Nights Have Arrived

JOIN THE HOT AUTUMN 

NIGHTS BLOG HOP 

Starting Today Thru Dec 2nd

GRAND PRIZE: $140 $155 Gift Card  

Fifty-seven bloggers have goodies -- free books, swag, gift cards, and much more  -- waiting for you at their sites. You can follow them through the grid below.

Stop by as many of the of the blogs as you can. Everyone who leaves a comment with contact information will be entered in each blog's contest. The grand prize winner is drawn from the individual blog winners.

Imagination Gone Wild is giving away a $20 Amazon Card and will award the runner-up  an advance eBook copy of Know When to Run, a romantic suspense scheduled for release in mid December.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on the blog and include a way to reach you if you win.  To be eligible for the drawing for the advance eBook reading copy sign up for Connie's newsletter.

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Any and all of the above.  Cuddling, caring, tenderness, wherever people connect with love. That's a hot night whether its in the autumn, summer, spring or winter. 

What's your idea of a hot autumn night? Leave a comment and you'll be entered in my drawing.  And don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get the second entry.


Click through to visit other participating blogs. May I suggest you start with my friends H.D. Thomas and Caris Roane, especially if you love paranormal.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What is Going On?


You might not be asking yourself that question yet, but by the end of the day mysterious, weird things that will be happening could very well put those words on your tongue.  In which case, you might ask yourself, “how did she know that?”

The answer is in the planets. If you’re not a believer in astrology, you might want to skip this blog.

On the other hand, if over the next few weeks you have deals fall through, finished work disappear so you have to do it over, car breakdowns, computer malfunctions, crappy cell phone service and missed appointments (in that you totally spaced it or went to one place when your friend went to another), you might want to read this. The source of your troubles is a retrograde Mercury. Aha, some of you say, “I should have known.”  But others will ask, “What is a retrograde Mercury?” 

I am not a professional astrologer or even a very good amateur, but I am arrogant enough to  attempt an answer.  Mercury, we all know, is the planet nearest the sun and is also the name of the Roman god of travel and communication.  Astrology attributes the traits of the god to the planets. 

Retrograde means the planet is moving backwards.  Well, not really backwards.  That’s just an illusion having to do with declinations and other technical terms I don’t really understand and expect are of no interest to you.  What I bet you do want to know is why is Mercury screwing around with your life.

It’s nothing personal, it’s just the nature of the behavior.  Things go backwards when Mercury is backwards.  You want A and instead get B.  You’re headed east but somehow end up going west.  Your best laid plans crumble.  Your equipment breaks down, especially things having to do with travel and communication (it’s seldom that your washer breaks down, although it has happened).

Anyway, my guess is you want to know what to do about it.  Well, ta da . . . this is the time to get organized.  The unwanted delays provide windows of time. Waiting for roadside assistance?  Clean out your purse or the glove compartment.  Review your to do list.  Make some past due phone calls.  You’ll find great success and, after all that frustration, some satisfaction in completing these small tasks.

Here are some don’ts and do’s:

•    Don’t start new projects.  You’ll set yourself up for frustration. It’ll be rethink, retry, redo all the way.
•    Don’t make travel plans or commit to major projects.
•    Don’t start a new job or enter a new investment. 
•    Don’t make hiring decisions.
•    Don’t buy equipment, especially electronic devices or cars (communication and travel, remember?)
•    Don’t accept a marriage proposal or initiate a divorce.
•    Don’t sign any contracts.
•    Don’t go on a first date.
•    Do research new purchases or investments.
•    Do cut your friends and family some slack when things get tense.
•    Do look up former loves.  This is a favorable time.  
•    Do go back to places you’ve enjoyed before.  Retrograde Mercury is a great time to revisit the past.
•    Do review your current circumstances.  You may see solutions to long-standing problems.
•    Do research potential career changes or business opportunities.
•    Do put together book proposals. Just don’t send them out yet.
•    Last and most important.  Do be obsessively vigilant about what you do. If a mistake will ever get by you, this is the time.  Check, recheck, double-check, so you can avoid rethinking, retrying, redoing.

The retrograde Mercury will start in Sagittarius and end in Scorpio and those in the education and travel fields or who are getting an education or planning long distance travel should take care to do the three "R's" of retrograde Mercury — Reread, Review, Redo — more diligently than usual because it's your best defense against this unpredictable time.

Writers are guided by the planet Mercury and are often affected more than other people when the planet goes retrograde.  But look at this as a period of rest, a time to tie up loose ends and plan for the future.  Avoid any impulse to charge full speed ahead.  Easier said than done, I know, but you’ll only do it a couple of times before you see the wisdom of this advice.

Oh, and one last thing, something you probably really want to know. This Mercury retrograde ends on November 25, when goes to what is called direct.  So it won’t last forever and that’s a very good thing. The bad news that it will come again around March -- Mercury goes retrograde three times a year.

If you have question, feel free to post.  I'll be popping in for the next few days

Connie Flynn is a bestselling, award-winning author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She lives in Arizona and teaches fiction writing at a local community college.

The lovely zodiac artwork above came from Tarot.com These people have a lovely site where you can subscribe to free daily horoscopes, which I find to be amazingly accurate.

Available at http://www.amazon.com/The-Fire-Opal-ebook/dp/B009FUA5KQ

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lon Cheney & the Willful Little Girl

. . . or how I escaped a much deserved spanking from my father.

I adored Abbott and Costello movies and the crazy vampire and werewolf stories that went with many of them. Monsters and outcasts fascinated me even then and there weren't many opportunities to see movies about them.  Godzilla didn't exist yet and my most adored supernatural hero was Mighty Joe Young (how many of you remember that movie?), the persecuted giant ape who was soothed only when the heroine sang Beautiful Dreamer.  Their tale engaged my imagination.  As you might guess, I was very excited on that Saturday morning when the neighbor boy, who was all of a year older than me, was entrusted to take my sister and me on a solo bus trip downtown. To see -- and I jumped up and down at this -- Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Lon Chaney as the Wolfman

Our fearless leader was eight years old.  I was seven.  My baby sister was six.  Our little stair-step party arrived late to the theater and scrambled for seats.  I sank back with my soda and popcorn and threw myself into drinking up the chills and thrills of some of the most evil paranormal characters to ever occupy the 'silver screen.' which in those days was indeed silver. 

I was delightfully terrified by Dracula and the clumsy but deadly Frankenstein monster even though they were pretty scary.  But what still sticks in my mind are Lon Chaney's large sorrowful eyes and sad homely face.  Through no personal fault, this poor creature turned into a monster during full moons, powerless to stop it, and was filled with self-hatred and remorse when he woke up human again.  See for yourself through the miracle of YouTube by clicking on this link: Wolfman and Lou Costello

Like kids all did back in the day, we stayed over for the part of the movie we'd missed by being late and when it hit our entry point, our fearless leader announced it was time to leave.  I said, "Let's stay and watch it all the way through."  My sister was game, but our guardian took his lofty 'elder' duties seriously and said, "Nope, we have to go home."   My usually compliant sister did not argue, but I did, and after a while they left without me.  That was okay.  I was armed with certain knowledge of how to find the bus stop and I had my fare tightly wrapped up in my pretty white handkerchief.  So I settled in for more thrills and chills and caught a fever for werewolves that would stay with me all my life.

Costello meets the Wolfman
The movie ended mid-afternoon. Plenty of time to get home before dark. So I hurried to the bus stop.  And hurried and hurried.  No bus stop.  Where was the bus stop? I asked several people and everything they told me was wrong.  It was getting close to dinnertime.  I was hungry.  After a while I stop asking for help and just wandered around looking for a landmark I recognized. Finally I found one, a public swimming pool I went to often with my family that was probably two miles from the movie theater.  I waited until the bus eventually came and I emptied the coins from my pretty white handkerchief into the collection box and rode home to my family.

I'm sure I was in big trouble but I don't remember what happened then.  What stuck with me was the certainty that no one had come looking for me.  A couple decades later while I was attending a human potential workshop, it all came back to me.  Or at least the part that counts.  I expected to be in trouble when I got home but I didn't know how much.  I'd never done anything that disobedient before.  Daddy was basically an even-tempered guy but when he got really mad he roared like a bear.  I'm pretty sure he roared that night and I have no doubt I cried copious tears.  What came to me in that workshop was a slightly later memory.  How he sat down beside me on the front porch steps and told me he'd been so  worried while he was driving around and couldn't find me.  Then he said "It took a lot of guts to find your way home by yourself." 

And he hugged me and I said I was sorry and cried again.

The real Lon Chaney. A hottie, yes?
Despite my fuzzy memory of some parts of that day, I credit  it for sculpting me into the willful woman I am today, one sometimes thought of as groundbreaking and at other times thought of as too over the top.  But werewolves led me into my career as a paranormal romance author.  Not many people realize that I was one of the first -- if not the actual first -- romance author to write a novel with a hero who truly was a dangerous supernatural creature. Sure, Anne Rice wrote about vampires, but her books weren't romances, which at the time had much touchier sensibilities.  I've always been grateful to my publisher for taking a chance on me because these books became bestsellers, both at the distribution levels and at online booksellers. They stayed on Amazon's paranormal romance bestseller list for over a year.

So am I indulging a flight of fancy and sentiment in thinking that my impulsive decision on the day I met the Wolfman had anything to do with my success as a paranormal writer?  I hope not.  I like to think it has everything to do with it.

My dad has been gone now for quite some time. Sadly, he didn't live long enough to share my publishing success, yet it still gives me a boost of confidence to remember that moment when he praised be so highly.

A little aside: In case you're wondering what kind of parents let their kids ride alone on the bus at that age? Or what kind of people let a seven-year-old wander the streets all alone?  Times were different then. We lived in a less fearful age. Children were considered capable at younger ages.  While dangers abounded, people didn't believe they would happen to them and didn't worry as much.  This was not child neglect, it was a very common occurrence.  And I have to say I think that exercise in self-reliance has a lot to do with me being the person I am.

Someone who still loves werewolves. And writing. And stretching my imagination.

Shadow on the Moon is the story of tortured Morgan Wilder and the courageous woman who risks her life to redeem him.  Shadow on the Moon (The Werewolf Series #1)

Connie Flynn/K.C. Flynn is a fulltime author of paranormal romances and mysteries and lives in Scottsdale,, Arizona.  She unwinds by playing online Mahjong but isn't very good at it. 

(Photographers, please note:  If any of the above photos belong to you, I would be happy to include your credit here as well as a link to your website!  Thanks, Connie Flynn…)



Thursday, August 30, 2012

THANK YOU FOR CALLING. PRESS 1 IF . . .

This morning, I needed a prescription refilled, so, as usual, I used the telephone robo-voice refill service. This particular robo-voice has a melodious and upbeat tone. And mostly I key in the prescription info rather than using the voice option, but at the end when the answers are just yes and no, I revert to actually speaking. I feel kind of compelled to because she's always so nice and I am very polite, with pleases and thank you's and all that. She must understand that it's awkward for me, because at the end, she routinely says "If you're done, feel free to hang up."

Hang up? Without a "thank you" or "goodbye?" Without asking how the kids are?  Deep down, I always feel like I should. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Prince Harry in Vegas

Prince Harry was snapped in the buff
and London is in quite a huff
but the queen she's still cool
because she knows she will rule
until long after Harry grows up!
--Courtesy the So-So Poet

Prince Harry - What others say

All fun aside, I say Harry's a hardworking solider on leave from Afghanistan and deserves to blow off some steam and he needs to dump those buddies who sold him out to the media.  Doesn't even a prince deserve some privacy?  What do you say? 

Monday, August 13, 2012

The London Olympics 2012 Imagine . . .

It started with fireworks!!!



The London Olympics grew on me.  You might have had the same experience.  When I was young, the whole world became wrapped around the Olympics.  Everyone watched it on television and Olympic winners were household names.  While some champions still achieve that—Michael Phelps, obviously— it's not like back in the day.  Today the thrill of Olympic victory does not necessarily grab everybody.

There was something special, though, about this Olympics.  It was full of hope, expectancy, magic.  Imaginations were totally open, ready to receive, ready to dream the impossible. While, as  with every competition there were losers, this year's event was a breath of fresh air, especially for America. We dominated.  A hundred and four medals.  Our closest competitor, China, had only eighty-eight.  China earned thirty-eight gold; Great Britain, twenty-nine; Russia, twenty-four; Korea, five. America earned forty-six gold and has much to be proud of.

From Michael Phelps' heroic rebound after losing the 200 meter butterfly, yet going on to earn five more gold medals, making 19 total, breaking the all-time Olympic record. Then Missy Franklin's amazing achievements as a first-time Olympian.

Who will forget the Fab Five's spectacular showmanship that earned America the first team gold in gymnastics since 1996.  Or Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings' amazing final hard-fought battle against the Chinese to win their third Olympics game and end their careers with triumph.  And their emotional goodbye to the Olympic world.

Oscar Pistorius, South African double amputee
There were shining moments from other countries, too.  Among them the effervescent Jamaica, Usain Bolt, who led two of his countrymen to a one-two-three victory, while earning his own  back-to-back golds, thus  preserving his Olympic title.  Or Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who got through the stringent Olympic trials and elimination rounds of the 400 meter track event to qualify for the semifinals.

While all this was happening, the men's and the women's American basketball teams were wiping the floor with their stiff competition and our women runners whizzed over the ground, earning almost all the golds and breaking some major records at the same time.  In fact, American women, overall, performed at an extraordinarily high level.

Magic was happening at those Olympics games.  Athletes dreamed the impossible, then achieved it. Sportsmanship and cooperation was everywhere.

The level of of these qualities expressed by American athletes struck a big blow to my growing cynical attitude about my country.  Yes, many of  today's leaders are morality tales for the consequence of greed, arrogance, and self-righteousness, but these young people demonstrate remarkable levels of graciousness, balancing their self-interest with the interests of their teammates and their competitors.  If these kind of people are coming up to take the torch of our country's guidance, I think the future of our country will eventually be just fine..

These guys and gals made me proud, and when they sang the National Anthem tears rushed to my eyes.  I was unexpectedly deep-down proud to be an American.  That hasn't happened in a long time.

What about you?  If you watched the Olympics. what kind of impact did it have on you?  Did you feel that much of it was magic?  Not only from our own countrymen, but from the athletes representing other countries?

Many people think the Olympics are all about competition and lording it over the loser. I didn't see any of that. Did you? Perspectives vary widely, so let me hear.