Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends, happiness and joy. I was invited this week to take part in a blog hop called The Next Big Thing by Jill Hughey. Her post is at and she talks all about her current work in progress.

When she first asked for volunteers, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it...then...I thought to myself, who doesn’t want to be the next big thing. It’s every author’s dream to hit it big no matter what the venue. The whole point of this hop is to share authors with new readers. At the end of this blog, there is a list of authors who are new to many of you...but more on that later.

Here are the answers to the interview questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
My current work in progress is titled A Viennese Christmas and it’s the first in my A Taste of Vienna series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was trying to find a way to learn more about the city I now find myself living in, Vienna, Austria. All my friends told me I should be having a blast and I wasn’t. So, I decided to start this series and I can say I certainly have a different eye for the city now.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s going to be a sensual romance, which is a departure from my normal erotic romance. The characters told me they wanted things to be more private. I always listen to my characters.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Now this is hard. The heroine would need to have an air of sweetness around her while the hero would need a great smile. I think I’d pick Ginnifer Goodwin for the heroine and Eion Bailey both of who are from the show, Once Upon A Time, my new favorite.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Amanda Kranz, alone in Vienna, Austria at Christmas, meets sexy historian Henry Wakeman, who convinces her true love is real and within her grasp.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This one will be self-published by my Shooting Star Books imprint.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A couple of weeks. It’s short...less than 20K...and I can do those fast.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That would be a hard one as I don’t compare myself to other writers much. I think each of us have a unique style.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’d have to say Vienna itself as I’m finding out things I never knew and at one point, I probably wouldn’t have tried to find out about this fabulous city.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is as accurate as I can make it and it’s told totally from an American point of view by someone who is living there. It’s a nice little romance that fulfills the hope each of us have for Christmas.

Now I have a special treat for each of you...this is a squeee moment for’s the cover!

Isn’t that just the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? My cover artist, Su Kopil from Earthly Charms, is the most amazing person. She got this one done much sooner than I ever thought. The building in the background is called the Rathouse and it’s the home of Vienna’s local government and it looks that amazing all lit up for the holiday season.

Now, it’s time to pass the torch to the authors next in line for The Next Big Thing. Please drop by and see each of them the week of November 26th as they give you their information for their works-in-progress. Here’s there links to their blogs. Drop by next week and see them when you can...I’ll be tweeting and posting them on Facebook when they come out...thanks everyone! Help us all become The Next Big Thing!

Tyffani Clark

Adriana Kraft

Helena Fairfax

Margay Leah Justice

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Next month I will have Christmas guests, a reveal on a couple more new covers as well as some Christmas surprises. Please drop by and see me...I think you’ll enjoy it!



  1. I'll look forward to this one, Lynn. I've only had a couple of days in Vienna, and thought it was a beautiful city. I love your cover!

  2. Lynn, I'm so glad you've started this series. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity to get to know Vienna when you have a chance most of us Yanks never will. Love the cover and the concept. Also Ginnifer Goodwin & Eion Bailey in OUAT. I liked him in Covert Affairs, too. Very sexy guy with a great smile.

    Hope this is the Next Big Thing for you. You deserve it!

  3. Hi Lynn, I'm looking forward to reading your Viennese stories. I spent a year living in Austria. Vienna is a beautiful city, but I agree it can seem a little cold at first. I'm so glad you decided to get to know this lovely city through your writing, and what a wonderful concept. Hope it's the next Big Thing for you!

  4. Lynn, the book looks great and the cover is wonderful! Thanks for hosting such a great event and best of luck to all the authors involved. :)

  5. Hi Paula,

    I look forward to this one too! It's a really nice book. Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Hi Lyndi!

    Nice to see you here! I totally agree that it would be a shame to waste the time I'm here as it is the opportunity of a lifetime. The cover is marvelous and the characters I've chosen, wow!

    Thanks for dropping by!


  7. Helena,

    So far I have five Viennese stories planned. So far they are tentatively titled: Sweet Success, The Ghost in the Hall, Night Train and Her Lover's Portrait. I have basic ideas down for each but the one that took a hold of me is Night Train right now. I had planned it to be book 4 but it might move up a few slots. LOL!

    Thank you so much for being here!


  8. Frances,

    I love the cover too! I feel honored to host an event like this. I'm of the opinion that authors should always help other authors when and where they can.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  9. Fabulous post, Lynn - I love how your writing is pushing you to know and love your new city! Austria for Christmas - sure sounds romantic to me!


  10. Hi Adriana,

    Austria is beautiful and romantic during the holiday. It was last year at this time I realized it's not a bad place to live...just way too far from my family and friends.

    I tell them all, I need to move them here. LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  11. Interesting take on getting to know Vienna, which I think, next to Paris, is the most exciting city in Europe.

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  12. Boyd,

    I thought so. I mean, I learn about Vienna and I write about it.

    I know that Vienna would be extremely exciting if I were visiting. Living here is a little different. However, I must admit the place oozes with history and we've seen as well as have done very interesting things here.

    Thanks for stopping by, Boyd! I appreciate it!