Monday, September 1, 2014

Only in Vienna Mondays ~ @oddlynn3 #LynnCrain #OnlyInVienna

            Hi everyone!

            I have decided to start a new column here on A Writer in Vienna. Austria is an extremely interesting place and I have noticed things that I’ve not seen elsewhere in the world. Now, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist elsewhere, it just means if I see it here and make note of it then it’s different or unusual.
            Most of the time, it will just be a picture with a caption. Or it might be a picture with a question…you never know just what I’ll be thinking that day…LOL! Yes, there are many days where I ask myself ‘huh’ or ‘what is that’ or ‘what the hell is that’ because it’s very odd and definitely something I’ve not seen in the world that I’m used to seeing.
            So, sit back and enjoy yourself through the very different and odd things found in Vienna.
            Enjoy!

            Lynn

This weeks entry is easy and fun. We’re walking to the pet store to get Pup Harry his special dry dog food when I look across the street. Huzzah! Won’t the friends back in the US be so, so jealous. They don’t have one of these there!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Emotionally Explosive Scenes ~ @oddlynn #rndrobin0628 #LynnCrain

Hi everyone!

Welcome to another Round Robin event. This month we’re talking about our best explosive scene, literally or figuratively, physically or emotionally. Basically, the fireworks of your story.

It took me a while to decide just what I wanted to do since normally this blog only does things about Vienna. My one story set here does have emotional scenes but none has the impact of the scene I decided to use and had mentioned last time I did this Round Robin. Also, in the genres I write there are the occasional fight scenes as well. Sometimes the scene is huge in that it takes place in space with large ships and lots of big guns. But for me, I decided that the scene needed to be something really emotional. Gut wrenching even. So, here’s a scene from my book The Thing About Elves. In it the hero realizes he can’t do any more for the heroine and has to leave her fate to the gods. And in a way, it is about Vienna since I am penning the final book in this series and it will be done later this year.



Blurb

It’s been two years since Angie’s friend, Tessa, got married to Jedrick and introduced her to his brother, Ardan.  From the moment, she saw him she knew he was the man for her.  There’s only one problem…he’s elf…an elf who swears human and elves don’t mix. But Angie has other plans in mind.


Ardan sat by Angie’s bed. There was nothing more that he could do. It had been almost twenty-four hours and she hadn’t stirred at all. He had failed. For the first time in his life he had failed himself and the people he loved. But most of all he had failed Angie Hudson.
Taking her hand in his, he looked at the small hand. In all the time he had her, he never really looked at her hands. They were tiny, like the rest of her. The nails were trimmed neat. And within those hands were a power he never thought possible. Those hands could heal with just one touch. Why hadn’t he realized how powerful they were from the start?
He didn’t want to in the beginning, he knew. He tried to deny the hold that she had over him but he couldn’t. And now he would never get the chance to explain to her just how wrong he had been. Caressing her hand gently, he knew that the last sense to leave the body was one’s hearing.
“I am so sorry for everything, muileach,” he whispered.  “Tha mi duilach. I understand that you are probably in a far better place. I just wish now that I had realized what a jewel I had in my grasp. I was so wrong for pushing you away, for not allowing you in. I don’t know the consequence of us just starting Nor’ahkeem. I just know that I will love you forever. You are my cridhe. Tha gaol agam ort. I beseech Scathach for your very soul.”
He gulped hard. “Maybe if I tell you about how I envision our life you’ll come back to me. We both love helping people and will continue to do so until we die. And that should be a very long time from now. I kinda thought that we could do some of the Doctors without Borders thing you seem to like so much. Plus, we don’t have to stay here all the time. I know that there are some ancient elven lands in Scotland and other European places for us to visit. I know that you would love to see some of those places.”
Clutching her hand, he tried hard to keep it together. “And I want children. Lots of children. I want children with you and now…”
Ardan leaned his head on the bed, clutching her hand and began to sob heartwrenching, deep sobs. They came from the very depths of his soul.

This scene was powerful to write and read. I cried when I wrote it and many times today, I cry when I read it. Hope you enjoyed it!

The Thing About Elves is the second book in my Santa’s Elves series and you can find it at eXtasy Books here.


Lynn

* Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
* Kay Sisk at http://kaysisk.blogspot.com
* Anne Stenhouse at http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
*
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
*
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
*
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
*
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
*
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

It's All About Setting ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobin0524 #LynnCrain




Good morning everyone! Hope you all are ready for a wonderful Round Robin fest today.

But first, I must apologize for not participating the last couple of months. In early March, I was called away to the States for an emergency concerning my father. Unfortunately, late that month he passed away. It took me almost another month to tie up some loose ends and to get back to my European home. While it’s taken me almost another month to get some of my writing mojo back, I’ve been told it can take a while…and so it shall. So, let’s get to the topic of this month.

What is the most inspiring, romantic, or dangerous setting you ever read or written?

Wow…this topic covers a lot of ground…and I’ve read and written some pretty interesting things. One of the scenes I remember most from Romancing The Stone is when the heroine, Joan Wilder played by Kathleen Turner, is completing her novel and she starts crying at the end. That scene has stayed stuck in my over my years as a novelist as I felt I had to have at least one scene that left me crying. And I did.

In the second book of my Santa’s Elves series, The Thing About Elves, I had a gut wrenching scene at the end that when I read it today, still makes me cry. The hero, Ardan, realizes as a doctor there is nothing more he can do for the woman he loves, Angie. He has to let her go and see what the gods have in mind. It breaks him to realize with all his elven magic and medical knowledge he can’t save her. It was one of the most intense scenes I have ever written and also one of the most inspiring. Check out the book at http://www.extasybooks.com/lynn-crain/the-thing-about-elves/ to see how the story ends.

As far as romantic settings, I would say that there is at least once in every book where the setting spells romance. In my Santa’s Elves series I use the North Pole and Scotland with a dash of Boston included. In my A Taste of Vienna series, I use the city and the transportation system for some pretty steamy scenes. I do have to say that my all time romantic setting is Scotland. As I am mentally going through all my books, I realize I have used that country for more books than any other. And why not? Scotland is in our psyche as one of the most romantic places in the world. Having been there twice I can hardily concur.

For dangerous settings, well one can make any place dangerous. Think of all the times you’ve seen Las Vegas used as a dangerous place. I have to admit there are some shady areas but since it’s just over the hill from my backyard, I have to think positively. Yet, I too have used it as somewhere to fear.

As a writer, I can make any place romantic, I can make it inspiring or even dangerous. That is the joy of the job. I’m just thankful that I am not Joan Wilder, truly living the dream…then again…maybe I am because I do live in one of the most romantic cities in the world…Vienna.

See you all next time. Don’t forget to visit the rest of the lovely writers, listed below, in this month’s round robin.


Lynn

* Anne Stenhouse at http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
*
Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
*
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
*
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
*
Marci Baun  http://www.marcibaun.com/
*
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
*
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
*
Margaret Fieland at http://margaretfieland.com/my_blog 
*
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
*
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com



Saturday, February 22, 2014

There's Something About Heroes ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobin022 #LynnCrain


Welcome back this month’s round-robin and A Writer in Vienna. Each month we have a new and exciting theme. I’m still writing away on some Viennese stories but the theme is the antithesis to last month. This month, it’s all about the Heroes…again, what we like to read, what we like to write…and of course, no article would be complete without our favorites.

Hmmm…this one is hard for me…why some might ask. Well, I’d have to say it’s because I’m a hero whore. Yeah, I can’t get enough of those men. Now, the first hero that I was aware of would have to be Rhett Butler, Margaret Mitchell’s redeemable bad boy. He was sexy and knew just how to keep Scarlett in place. Too bad he realized that she was high maintenance because they could definitely had some hot sexy. LOL!

The next one that I really remember anything about would be Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Oh heavens…that man could cause many a woman’s heart to flutter…as least in my version he could. Yes, my mental movie was definitely a more sexed up version than what we see or read from the historic text. But let’s move on because there are plenty.

As far as current books, I have read many and fallen in love just as many times recently. The main one that comes to mind are the sexy heroes of my friend, Gini Koch’s books, The Alien Series. There are so many there that they get a girl’s heart fluttering faster than an FTL drive. They are all good looking and they all wear Armani. Who could ask for more?

The ones mentioned above are my long time favorites but personally, I haven’t meet a hero I didn’t like. Sure some of them were Alpha men that made me want to scream but that didn’t mean I didn’t see a redeeming quality about them. Otherwise, they’d been out the door in a flash. Even those alphas need to have something that draws you in, something that needs fixed or refined or whatever.

But without a doubt the ones that I write the most about are those Scottish men. The ones in the kilts with the sexy accents. See, I married a Scot and when he gets the brogue on, there is nothing finer.

So, what about all of you? What do you like to see in a hero? Is he handsome or just the average Joe? Is he rich or normal? Is he an Alpha that blows you out of your shoes or just the boy next door? Tell me your answers and there will be a $10 Amazon gift certificate for one lucky commenter.

Now don’t forget to drop in to the rest of the round robin group as listed below. Tell me just who you’ve visited and you’ll get another entry for every other blog you dropped in on.

See you all next time!

Lynn


Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
Marci Baun  http://www.marcibaun.com/
Lynn Crain at http://lynncrain.blogspot.co.at/
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
A.J. Maguire at http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com/

Saturday, January 25, 2014

All About Heroines ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobin0125 #LynnCrain



Almost every month, I do a round-robin blog with a great group of women. Each time we have a different and exciting theme…this month is no different. Our theme this month is all about heroines: what type, traits, personality etc. draws me into a story? Has that changed with time? And do I write this type of heroine?

Well, I just love this topic. I love heroines. From the prime and proper to the tough and ready, I love heroines. And I’ll be honest, I’ve written all of those and more. However, I have a favorite. A favorite I will write about again and again. And that’s the kick-ass variety. You know the type: think Underworld, Alien or Aliens if you prefer, and who could ever forget Gone With The Wind. Now, wait a minute…I’m sure you’re saying this to yourself…why Gone With The Wind?

To be honest, Scarlett O’Hara is the first kick-ass heroine I fell in love with. She had a horrible situation, in a world ruled by men and somehow, each and every time she came out on top. I don’t think I have to explain just why Selene is a kick-ass heroine. She can definitely hold off the bad guys when she needs too…and yet…some would consider her a bad one as well considering she’s a vampire.

My all-time favorite, kick-ass heroine has to be Ellen Ripley or just Ripley to all her fans. That woman is everything I want in my heroines. She’s funny, serious, not afraid to show she’s afraid, yet always has her wits about her.

Now, like I said, it runs the gamut from historical to urban fantasy to horror. Just suffice it to say that these are the type of women I like and the type I normally write about. In A Viennese Christmas, my heroine leaves everything she knows to move to a new home for a wonderful job. In The Harvester, my heroine leaves her home as she doesn’t want to become queen because doing that means she has to kill her mother. And the list goes on and on. You can check out my books here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Crain/e/B002DMMD2G

As far as my attitude changing over time…I don’t think it has. I’ve always liked women who took hold of their own destiny. That doesn’t mean I want to see them without a romance though. I love romance and feel that every woman, good or bad, deserves to have a soul mate. I can say that how I write those heroines has changed over time. In the beginning, I wrote to what the publisher wanted, now I write to what I want and that’s made a world of difference.

Don’t forget to check in with all the other authors in this round robin. They’ll each be telling you about their heroines. So, click on of the authors below and be taken to their world of the heroine.

Marci Baun at http://www.marcibaun.com/
Kay Sisk at http://www.kaysisk.com/
Ginger Simpson at mizgjng@gmail.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/ 
A.J. Maguire at http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/ 
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com

Thanks and see you all next time!


Lynn

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Do You Believe in the Paranormal ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobn1026 #LynnCrain



Welcome to this month’s round robin with a great group of writers. It’s October and time for all things paranormal. The weather has changed here in Vienna and out my office window I can see the fall colors in abundance. I just got home yesterday from the States and I do apologize for being late because I’m still a little jet-lagged...make that very...so I apologize in advance if something doesn't make sense.

But back to the topic of the month and that’s all things paranormal. I got a great beginning to the subject when we landed yesterday in a fog bank. Yes, it was like the legendary London fog and total pea soup. I was thankful that by the time we got in the taxi that you could at least see a hundred feet in front of the car as there was zero visibility from the plane window. The pilot gave us a little warning but my husband said that he didn’t explain it well because the German version was a little disconcerting. Still, I think it is an appropriate beginning to this month’s column.

The question is have I or anyone I know ever had a paranormal experience? I can say that with an absolute yes. I live in a very old building here in Vienna. People have been coming and going, dead or alive, since it was built in 1867.

We haven’t figured out yet just how the original apartments were configured. We believe that many of the floors on our side of the building were single apartments or at the very most, two apartments. We’ve seen a few of the larger apartments when they’ve been updating them and they could hold at least a couple of families.

In my particular apartment on the fifth floor, although they say it’s the 3rd floor because the garden level doesn’t count and ground level is considered the earth level, we are not alone. I became first aware of this by noticing the French doors keep coming unlocked. What I mean by this is that we can stop one of the doors from moving by pushing the lock down into place in a hole in the floor. It makes it so the door doesn’t swing and we do it because once the dog discovered the door moved, he wanted to play with it.

There are many days where the lock has been activated yet when I return the doors are open and able to swing. At first, I thought that the dog found out a way to unlock it but soon realized that if he had, it would involve a lot of jumping on the door which would make a lot of noise. I chocked this up to any number of things in the beginning: the floor was warped, I hit the door accidentally thus loosening the lock and so on.

Now some people would say this isn’t an event but it happened even before we got the dog and I again thought it was something I did. But another event convinced me otherwise. It was not long after we got our puppy and in the beginning, he would sleep in his little crate right next to my side of the bed. Once in the middle of the night, he started growling as if something were in the room with us. Again, we explained it away because we had the light on for him and there is a lot of shadow play in our room.

Matter of fact, if the small light on my side of the bed is on, the room can be absolutely eerie. Yet, that wasn’t the last time our young pup would do this. There have been at least 3 other incidents and none of them involved light of any kind. He would start growling and we’d wake up, let him out of the crate and he’d bury himself under the covers peering out to see if it were safe to come outside.

One of the times, he woke me up from a dead sleep and I just lay there, assessing the situation. I felt I wasn’t alone in the room but when I looked nothing was there of course. The presence wasn’t malevolent but it was there and it made the hair stand up on my arms. From that moment on, I had to acknowledge that we had someone else in the house with us.

Now, I take a different stance on things like this and many people have thought me odd. I talk to my ghost. I don’t know its specific gender but I do know it means no harm. So when odd things happen in my flat, I’ll ask if it did them and what’s wrong. It’s my feeling when ghosts act up, they are like a child where something has gone awry and they want what everyone wants, comfort and acknowledgement. I’ll talk to it when the doors come unlocked, when it wakes me at night or when I feel its presence anytime of the day or night.

Yes, I know this is odd but I truly feel ghosts are real and are but just one of the many paranormal phenomena that inhabit this world with us. As they say, I am a true believer and have had many experiences in my life in regards to the paranormal. And it might have to do with an experience I had as a young girl with angels. You heard me right, angels and while that’s a story for another time, just know that without a doubt I believe they exist as well. Matter of fact, the television show Supernatural is one of my all-time favorites as the subject matter delves into the paranormal world.

So, now it’s your turn…have you ever had a paranormal experience in your life? Leave me a comment and I’ll give one lucky person a copy of my ghost story on October 31 or Halloween. Have a great week and see you next month with another round robin. Also, look for some changes to this blog as I am going to start Weird Wednesdays where I tell the world about odd things I find here in Vienna. And I’ll also be starting to post with the Weekend Writing Warriors on this blog my next book in the A Taste of Vienna series.

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to drop by the other great writers in this round robin. First go to Rhobin Lee Courtright’s blog as she’s the one after me. You can find her here http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com. Here’s the complete list of all the participants for this month. Please visit each and every one of them as we all tell you about our paranormal experiences. I’ve only included myself so you all can see the order.


See you all next month!


Lynn

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobn0921

Welcome to our monthly Round Robin with the Night Writers gang. Follow the trail this month and you’ll see us all talking about new beginnings. Sometimes they’re fantastic, sometimes they’re so-so and sometimes they are downright disastrous. Follow the link at the bottom to go to the next author and see their take on new beginnings.

The Sound of Music has always been one of my favorite movies of all times and the Do-Ra-Mi songs the best ever. See when I was in 3rd grade I was So, a needle pulling thread. I can remember the day, my favorite dress and the song I loved so much. I don’t remember much about the performance but I do remember I was happy it was all over.

So moving to Austria in May 2011 was a new beginning to an old song. True, I live in Vienna, which is a long way from Salzburg but I was in the same country where one of my favorite movies actually took place. Now I didn’t know when I would be able to see any of these things but imagine my surprise when my in-laws came to town and wanted to do a tour of the country including Salzburg. What was even more exciting for me, I got to walk the steps where the song actually was filmed, Mirabella Gardens. I really wanted to do the Sound of Music tour but they wouldn’t’ let us take pup Harry, so that’s left for another time. Here are a couple of things that we saw.







The story of Sound of Music is all about new beginnings for a family who didn’t believe in their country's decisions any more. Now that wasn’t my case. I do believe in the US and all it stands for but I also know that goodwill needs to be spread across the globe. So when my husband got the choice to move here, in many ways it was a no-brainer.  While here, I’ve interfaced with people from many nations. I live in a building with three embassies, Albania, Dominican Republic and Paraguay. Also in the same building are the OSCE  residences of Finland, Ireland and Spain. Up the street is the Turkish embassy and down the street is the huge embassy of France.

Sure, I didn’t, and still don’t, like the fact that I’m far away from my family but this time has provided many new beginnings in the form of my writing. Since my time here, I’ve been able to consolidate my social media and get totally on track with it. I’ve also started a whopping 13 books, finished 3, reworked some older ones and have been with a new critique group.

New beginnings can come in many forms and none have to be as drastic as what the von Trapps and I’ve done. One doesn’t have to move far away to get a new beginning. Every time we read a book, it has to start at the beginning. Every time we, as writers, write a book, it has to start at the beginning. And every time we start a new character that character has got to start somewhere be it a murder scene, something totally unexpected or just a normal but different day.

Beginnings abound every day. We as writers just need to embrace those new beginnings and use them to our best advantage. What about you? How do you embrace new beginnings?

Now let’s keep this round robin going. Please go to Connie Vines blog and see what she has to say about the subject of new beginnings.

Thanks and see you all next time!

Lynn