Thursday, March 24, 2016

Precious Gems and Fierce Hearts Giveaway


By Lynn Crandall

My one and only Precious Gem, Silver Wings, was published by Kensington a number of years ago. It was not my first published writing but it was my first published book, and it was inspired by the poem written by pilot John Magee, High Flight, and by my pilot brother. 


The life my brother led as a commercial airline pilot seemed glamorous and exciting. The poem was one of my brother’s favorite and I could see why after reading the first stanza.

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of…”

The sense of freedom and power conveyed by the poem were sensations I realized I could use in characterization of my heroine. The concept of a female pilot working in her father’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) gave me plenty to work with. Placed with her hero in scenes set in flying, my heroine would tackle not only business problems and relationship issues, she would have to employ uncommon skills in flight.

Since that first publication, stories have compelled me. I love creating interesting-to-me story lines and wounded, feisty, and edgy heroines with soft edges, and complex, smoldering heroes. I’ve been lucky to have my stories published and I’ve been able to write for a living. Writing is the freedom for me that John Magee found in the skies. It’s hard work and it’s gloriously satisfying and exhilarating. I believe this quote of E.B. White: “Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

Perhaps my writing doesn’t inform and shape the lives of my readers, but it definitely has done so for me from the beginning.

I'd love to know what reading and/or writing has done in your life? I don't want to use words such as "influence," or "enrich," or "entertain," because I'd like to know your thoughts without my prompting. :) To make it more interesting, I'm giving away a copy of Noir Nights, a bundle of five private eye romances that features five authors, five amazing heroines, and five hunky heroes. To enter leave a comment.

Check out this YouTube link to get a taste of  High Flight.

For more about my recent books, check out my author page on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Crandall/e/B00AX9OA40/ or visit www.lynn-crandall.com. On my website you’ll find books, book trailers, and Extras regarding my Fierce Hearts series that follows the stories of a colony of were-lynxes. The last in the series, Unstoppable, released Feb. 22. http://amzn.com/B01BNSUS2C . The first in the series, Secrets, released March 14 in the Night Shifts bundle http://amzn.com/B01C9GRT7O. If you get into being Fierce, visit my CafĂ© Press shop on my website for Fierce Hearts products. Just click on the lynx button to find T-shirts, tote bags, and mugs with choices of a Fierce Hearts graphic. Yes, the products promote my books but I think they also announce personal fierceness.


18 comments:

  1. I love that poem, too. I remember Reagan quoting at least part of it when the Challenger went down and the words have stayed with me. So glad you're here, Lynn!

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    1. Thanks! Everyone in the group has been great!

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  2. Hi Lynn, I was a reader first. I was always a loner and felt like the odd person out. Reading gave me an escape and made me feel whole. Later, when I began to write, I stumbled across a writers group. Being an author changed my life.

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    1. I'm an introvert, too. Reading was always a favorite space for me.

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  3. I've always been a reader, and in high school the writing bug hit when I realized I didn't hate doing research papers like all my friends. It wasn't until my kids were born that I started writing fiction and realized it was such a natural part of me. I need to be writing or I get cranky. And my family doesn't like me cranky so.... :)

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    1. I was sort of a late bloomer and didn't know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Finding my passion for reading made my life. My husband claims I'm happiest when I'm writing. That's another way of saying I get cranky when I don't.

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  4. I loved that poem even before I learned to fly. Hubby and I used to own our own plane. Every now and then we think about buying another, but it's much more expensive now to own a plane than it was years ago. Still, flying is incredible. Thanks for the video link.

    I'm excited that you have a CafePress shop too. I don't know many authors who do. Totally cool. Mine is WriteWay. I'll check yours out after my FB party today.

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    1. Way cool, Joan. I bet flying with your husband was amazing. I'll check out your cafe too, when I finally get Internet service.

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  5. A lovely poem...and what a fun way to start your writing career. My brothers also had "hero" worthy careers, but I never thought of them when I was writing police heroes.

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    1. I love that High Flight was written by a poetic pilot.

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  6. Like Liz, that poem brings the Challenger disaster to mind...and I recall the comfort I felt when President Reagan quoted it. And I remember reading your book and loving it. So great to see all the wonderful titles and covers brought back into the light of day again!

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    1. It's such an inspiring poem. I can't believe you read Silver Wings. Thank you!

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  7. Poetry has a voice all its' own, doesn't it? Reading and writing have been a part of my life since I was little, and I can't imagine not doing both. They bring balance to my life! I remember reading Silver Wings and enjoyed it, but I have to say I loved your Fierce Hearts series!

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  8. Thanks, HiDee. I'm glad you liked them. I'm like you, can't imagine not doing both. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. Being an Army brat and moving around so much, and loosing friends in the process, I found reading to be wonderful way to escape the confines and explore other worlds. Truly, half my education had to be by reading and continues to provide surprises.

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    1. I wasn't an Army brat but I totally relate to learning so much from reading. My husband wasn't a reader. I tended to point out that I thought it was sad because I'd "experienced" so much from reading and he was missing out on that. He eventually started reading and then reading for pleasure. Now he is a voracious reader and he reads things of substance, too. It was an amazing transformation to watch.

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  10. Being an Army brat and moving around so much, and loosing friends in the process, I found reading to be wonderful way to escape the confines and explore other worlds. Truly, half my education had to be by reading and continues to provide surprises.

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  11. Hi Lynn, thanks cor sharing the poem and your story.

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