it’s the first Wednesday of August, which means new topics for the authors coming by for Weekly at Vivi’s. The back -o-school feeling couldn’t be helped, really, so the choices for the authors were Back to School or Your School Crush. Let’s see what Christina Lynn Lambert, our first guest for the month, will tell us.
A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
End of Summer
The end of August always meant one terrible thing to me as a kid, the beginning of the school year. I hated school and I hated waking up early. I wanted to stay out in the sunshine and swim and ride my bike all day, not sit in a classroom, memorizing facts, taking tests, pushing my way through crowded hallways, hurrying for fear of a ringing bell that would mark me late. I didn’t mind the end of summer quite as much by the time I started college, probably because I was already working at that point and had to wake up early any way. College life and working life were much less stifling than being a student in the public school system. Still, the end of summer meant the end of my time at the ocean and the end of relaxing in the sunshine. Every year, I still dread the feeling of shivering in a jacket, wishing the falling snow and stinging sleet would stop.
As a mom, the end of summer is a different thing entirely. Sending my kids back to school and getting them back on a routine is beyond helpful. When my kids are in school, I have the mornings to actually get some writing done while not being interrupted a thousand times an hour. Also, as August eases into September, the weather gets less oppressively hot, making trips outside to different places during the day much more fun and less sweaty.
Even though I like the weather of early fall, as soon as the temperature falls below the mid 60s, I get the impending sense of doom that winter is coming. I sincerely hate winter. I hate being cold. I hate driving in the snow. I like hot chocolate and apple cider, but not enough to unnecessarily endure the freezing hell of winter just to sip warm sweet drinks. The end of summer, the end of the days spent at the pool or riding the waves at the beach, feels like an end to freedom. And sometimes I forget when things end, there can be beautiful new beginnings and challenges waiting. Even if that involves cold weather and the need to wear a coat and boots.
Find Christina here:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7
Christina brings with her the latest in a great series.
Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures Book 3) by Christina Lynn Lambert released in June in the Paranormal, Romantic Suspense Genre.
While working a case, Sean Whitman is tortured for information, drugged, and bitten against his will by a shape shifter. The fallout leaves him jobless, friendless, and dumped by his girlfriend. Needing a fresh start, he leaves town and opens a private investigation business. Learning to live life sober isn’t easy, but he makes it to the two year mark.
When Detective Nikki Jackson with the Great Oaks, Virginia Police Department calls him, accusing him of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house, Sean can’t help but like the sound of her voice, despite her ridiculous accusations. He’s shocked when she calls him back with an apology then asks for his help as a consultant on a case. On the phone, her sweet, slightly Southern voice captivates him. In person, she’s unlike any other woman he’s encountered, and nearly impossible to resist. But could the sexy detective ever want a man like him?
After Nikki’s last dating disaster, the mountain lion shifter has sworn off men. Then she meets Sean, and with every second she spends around the tall, dark-eyed man, her resolve crumbles. But for some reason, despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sean seems determined to push her away.
An investigation into missing refugees leaves Nikki with more questions than answers. Her refusal to let the matter drop leads her to the discovery of a radical political group’s horrifying plot for dominance. Traitors are embedded within the very organizations meant to keep shifters safe. As the list of people she can trust dwindles, Nikki calls on Sean to help her unravel a web of deceit.
As Nikki and Sean fight for survival, his fear of losing her could become a reality. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?
For the briefest moment, Nikki felt the depth to which Sean might be capable of pushing her. His kiss was crushing and brutal. His tongue pushed past her lips and his grip in her hair tightened. If desire were a vine, it would have wrapped itself around her veins and encased her heart. The heat between them flooded her. There was a sweetness, too, in his kiss, and the sweetness made her burn hotter.
A polite cough from inside the waiting car put a quick end to things. Sean pulled away and met her gaze. No words, but she got the message. She wasn’t alone. Comfort and friendship; he’d probably meant the kiss to comfort her and had gotten carried away in the heat of the moment. He’d carried her away with him, and she wanted to take him so much further into the unknown.
With each second, each step towards the waiting car, she tried to find reasons and more reasons to ignore her growing attraction to Sean. The number one reason to forget about the kiss they’d shared—relationships were trouble. She had plenty of other amazing things in her life, including her career, her volunteer work, and her band, even though the band rarely played anywhere because the members had trouble aligning their schedules. She didn’t need a man. Besides, he was probably still messed up over Sydney. Also, he was a regular. Or mostly regular. Not to mention he lived over a thousand miles away in Texas. She should tell him the kiss was a mistake. One look at him and she couldn’t bring herself to say the words. The kiss they shared had been anything but a mistake.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/b088p6mydb