Saturday, May 19, 2012

Interview with Lynsay Sands

Title: Under a Vampire Moon
Argeneau #16
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 351
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Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble

Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Lynsay: My name is Lynsay Sands and I’m the author of many hysterical historicals (as my readers tend to call them) and the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series. I have over 49 books in print, which probably tells you I really enjoy writing.  I consider myself very lucky to have been able to make a career out of it. 

Kayla: Which series was your favorite to write?

Lynsay: Well I have a couple of trilogies which I really enjoyed, The Devil Of The Highlands and The Madison Sisters, but on good writing days I’d have to say my favorite is the Argeneau series. (On bad writing days, they are all my least favorite! LOL)

Kayla: What plans to you have for some future books?

Lynsay: My next book is called Lady is A Vamp. It hits the shelves at the end of July and is about Jeanne Louise. The story starts with her being kidnapped and waking up chained to a bed… always a great start to a relationship which is exactly what she thinks when she realizes she can’t read her abductor, a fellow science geek that also works for Argeneau Enterprises. Aside from having kidnapped her (a big “No No’ in the immortal world), her potential mate has an ailing six-year-old daughter he wants her to turn. That combination makes this whole ‘life mate’ business a lot messier and could lead to a world of hurt for them both.
After that comes Anders story, but they haven’t told me a release date yet.

Kayla: Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Lynsay: My latest release is Under A Vampire Moon.
I had so much fun writing Under A Vampire Moon.  I was actually sad to see it end…and I went way over my word count and had to cut some out.

This is Christian Notte’s story, and is set on St. Lucia. Carolyn, a disillusioned middle-age woman going through a bad divorce decides to go on a vacation with the 'girls'.  Unfortunately everywhere she looks she sees happy couples celebrating their anniversary or on their honeymoon and this is making her feel worse Then she meets Christian and the sparks fly. The only problem is he looks like he’s in his mid-twenties, which in her mind is far too young for her. Just when she’s ready to run, she comes to find out he’s gay and he needs her help--Christian needs Carolyn to play the part of his fake girlfriend for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. She agrees to help him out, but finds that being around him and acting like they’re a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. The good thing is Christian isn’t gay, he’s just using this excuse to keep her close in the hopes of wooing her and giving her a little extra time to get to know him.  That way when he explains to her about immortals and why his looks don’t match his real age, she won’t grab the nearest cross and stake.

Kayla: What has been your favorite moment while being an Author?
Lynsay: That would be the first time a story of mine was accepted by a publisher. It was such a high point for me.  I think the second best would have to be the first time I hit the New York Times bestseller’s list. Again that was a pretty good day.

Kayla: How do you respond to reader/fan interaction?

Lynsay: I respond to readers on Facebook, twitter, emails and snail mail.  It can take a while thanks to deadlines and such, but I do eventually respond. :)

Kayla: What has been your most difficult task to finish?

Lynsay: If I have a block then the most difficult task is writing. Unfortunately it’s not one of those things that you can just turn on with a flick of a switch. It either comes to you or it doesn’t.  And forcing it doesn’t help at all.  Sigh.

Kayla: If you had to pick a career other than being a writer, what would it be?

Lynsay: Hmmm...  Perhaps a psychologist as that’s what I have a degree in.  The only downside to being a practicing psychologist is that I know I would find it very hard not to bring my work home with me.  

Kayla: When did you first discover your love for vampires?

Lynsay: LOL. I don’t really have a love for vampires, and I certainly never planned to write about them. That was just a fluke. Friends suggested doing a vampire anthology together for Halloween, I threw out a couple of ideas that were really quite good, and the series was born. However, despite not loving vamps, I do love my characters…who just happen to be vamps. 

   17059I was born in 1142 which is why my first love is historicals. I’ll let you guess why I love stories of immortals…er…well, vampires to you people. When I first started writing the family history, everyone was up in arms, afraid I was revealing too much, but I explained they were being published as fiction and I wouldn’t use real names. Of course, that was before I found I just couldn’t write the stories with other names…

Find Lynsay Here: Website|Goodreads|Facebook|Twitter

Thanks so much Lynsay for being a guest here at Reading On The Wild Side! We have really enjoyed having you, Good luck on your upcoming release Lady Is A Vamp (Book 17) that’s coming out on July 31, 2012.


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