Thursday, May 06, 2010

TOO CLOSE TO HOME - Lynette Eason - Free Book

Welcome, Lynette. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

I think a lot of my stories wind up having some sort of forgiveness theme in them. I also do inner beauty. You know, how God looks on the inside of a person, not the packaging. I think I have to do one of those every once in a while to remind myself not to get so hung up on what I look like. i.e., “ugh, would you look at the bags under my eyes? Ever since I turned 40…” or “Man, if I could just lose 20 pounds…” you know, things like that. Not that you shouldn’t take care of yourself and do your best to be healthy, but it’s not good to just focus on your looks. The heart is what God looks at.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?

Valerie Hansen and I had a book out in February called My Deadly Valentine. We each wrote a Valentine stalker story and the two novellas were compiled into one anthology. My novella is Dark Obsession. In March/April 2010 is the Revell book, Too Close to Home, then in August I have another Steeple Hill book coming out called Protective Custody. Then in September, the second Revell book, Don’t Look Back, should be ready to put in an appearance in the bookstores. So, 2010 is going to be an exciting year for me. LOL.

It sounds like it. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?

Probably another writer. I love to hang out with published authors and those just learning the craft. I don’t have a specific person in mind—well actually, I have about ten in mind—but I think I enjoy other authors so much simply because they understand how I think. It’s really hard for a person who doesn’t constantly have a story in his/her head to “get it”. Other non writers might respect those of us who create mayhem out of nothing, but no one truly understands a writer like another writer. Except maybe musicians—those who constantly have a song in their head. Ha. Being with other writers is so stress free and exhilarating. I think that’s why I enjoy writing conferences even when I’m not teaching. LOL.

How long have you known that you wanted to be novelist?

Probably since I was in Middle school and attempted to write my own book. I didn’t make a conscious decision that I wanted to be a novelist until my daughter was about 9 months old and I sat down at a computer my brother built for me and pounded out my first draft of my first novel. It was a disaster if you measured it against all the writing do’s and don’ts, but I FINISHED it. I actually wrote a 78,000 word book. I was hooked!

What can you tell authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

At least you’re submitting. Well, keep submitting and don’t give up because while it’s true if you don’t submit, you don’t get rejected, it’s also true you won’t get accepted, so hang in there and keep trying. Also, make it a point to really read the rejection letters. Sometimes publishers—or perhaps a very nice editor—will give you some pretty clear reasons why they didn’t want the book. After the initial wave of frustration, depression, anger, etc, go over that rejection letter. It may be that there isn’t really anything there to see, but there might be something that will help you better understand why the book was rejected. You don’t want to miss that.

Tell us about the featured book?

Too Close to Home started as an idea about four years ago. I started it, didn’t like and went on to something else. I actually wrote the first three chapters of this book before I was published with Steeple Hill, but never thought it would develop into a very good story. Then I had an idea of how to change it drastically and Too Close To Home is the end result.

Please give us the first page of the book.

“Wake up, partner,” the voice rumbled in his ear as Connor Wolfe’s sleep-drugged mind struggled to keep up. “We’ve found another body. In a dumpster behind the BI-LO off East Main.”

He shifted the phone and glanced at the clock.

The number 2:08 glared at him. Great. Just the way he wanted to start his Monday morning.

“Be right there.” He hung up and closed his eyes for a brief moment before gathering the energy to swing his feet to the floor. Two hours of sleep. Well, he’d gone with less. However, at the age of forty-two, he seemed to feel the lack a lot more than he did ten years ago. Shaking his head to fling off the fog of interrupted sleep, he headed for the shower, wondering if he should wake up Jenna, his sixteen-year-old daughter, or just hope she slept through the rest of the night.

He settled on leaving her a note. Fifteen minutes later, hair still damp, he directed his unmarked Ford toward the crime scene. His partner, Andrew West, would meet him there.

First a cop, then a homicide detective with SLED, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Connor had seen a lot in relation to crime, but this case had him by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Six disappearances and now three dead bodies—and very

Wow! You really leave us handing, don't you? How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website is and my email is  I love to hear from reader and do my best to answer each email.

Lena! Thank you so much for having me here on your blog. I’ve enjoyed answering these questions immensely. God Bless and until next time…

And I loved having you here, Lynette.

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Laney4 said...

As someone well over the age of 42, I can definitely relate to the body not keeping up like it used to! Would love to read this book, as I appreciate that not all romances are about twenty or thirty somethings (like most books). Thanks for sharing!

Lynette Eason said...

Hi Laney, Thanks for stopping by! As someone who IS 42, I KNOW! LOL. Glad this sounds like something you might like to read.

Thanks for having me, Lena!

Wendy said...

Sounds like a refreshing romance.

Unknown said...

Oh I SO want to read this book! I have heard about it from other blogs and it sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the interview! :)
God bless!

Kathy Eberly said...

Lynette, this sounds like a wonderful book! Congratulations on this one! I would love to read this book. As a woman of age, I am intrigued by this story line.

Sheila Deeth said...

I'd love to read this. And thanks for a fun interview and good advice. I really should send those novels out again and brave the rejections.

Cherie J said...

Hey Lynette, I am 42 as well so I can totally. Would love to read this book. God bless!

MaureenT said...

As a very seasoned Lady, I surely can relate!! I think I would Love to read this book! Thanks you~ Maureen

Katrina said...

I would love to read this book!

MaureenT said...

As a really seasoned Lady, I can really relate. Would Love to read this book!

Lynette Eason said...

Hi all, thanks again for stopping in. And wow! I may have to write about some more "seasoned" characters! LOL. I'm finding a little seasoning is not necessarily a bad thing. Ha. Thanks again!

Lynette Eason said...

Sheila! Definitely get those novels out. Rejection is all part of the game, girl. LOL. I say go for it!

Unknown said...

This book is already on my must read list so winning a copy would be wonderful. I also like the fact that one of the main characters is "seasoned" and would love for more books to be written with the main characters as forty and fifty somethings.

mariska said...

I've been seeing this book in several blogs. really like to have the chance to read it !

Cindy W. said...

I would really love to read TOO CLOSE TO HOME. I have read some awesome reviews. I would love to be entered into your giveaway.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


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debbie said...

I would love to read this book.

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Sounds like a fast paced and exciting book.

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Anna W. said...

Ooh, sounds great! Please enter me in the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I am currently reading a Steeple Hill book by Camy Tang. lol


Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting story!! Thank you for the chance to win.


Carla said...

I would love to read this book.
Thanks for the chance.

Carole said...

I cannot wait to read Lynette's book; it's been on my wish list for ages. Thank you for an enjoyable interview and chance to win a copy.

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RoseMillsOhio said...

Okay, you've got my attention with that teaser---now I want to read the rest!

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misskallie2000 said...

Would love to win Too Close to Home. Enjoyed the interview Lynette and have this on my wish list.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Pls count me in the draw.

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Marla said...

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Nancye said...

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Sarah said...

Sounds like a book I want to read. Please enter me in the drawing.