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Interview & Giveaway Thorns of Betrayal by Lynn Donovan

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Thorns-of-BetrayalTitle:  Thorns of Betrayal

Series:  Spirit of Destiny, Book Two

Author:  Lynn Donovan

Published:  February 11th, 2014

Publisher:  AltWit Press

Word Count:  65,000

Genre:  Paranormal Christian Fiction

Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis: His destiny brought them together, but will her past rip them apart?

Ever since her father’s mysterious death, Rose Bauer has suffered with migraines. Visions and voices reach out to her from the intense pain.Is her father’s spirit trying to contact her? Or is she going crazy?

Now is not a good time to be crazy.

Zeke Clayton claims destiny led him to her door. But how strong can destiny bind two souls when one is as tainted as hers? Is his love for her and faith in God strong enough to survive all her secrets? Will justice ever be served against the one who has betrayed them all?


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Lynn DonovanAbout the Author:

Lynn Donovan spends her days chasing after her muses, trying to get them to settle down and behave long enough so she can dictate their words and actions. Thank goodness her muses love Christ or she’d be in big trouble. The results have produced The Clockwork Dragon, a collection of nine short stories in which she wrote half (4.5 stories), The Wishing Well Curse, and Thorns of Betrayal, Rocking Horse Shadows, and Christmas Grace, Signing Seeds. A speculative fiction called The Abraham Project is hovering out there somewhere. Lynn enjoys reading and writing Christian fiction, paranormal, and speculative fiction, but you never know what her muses will come up with for a story, so you could see a novel under any given genre. All we can tell you is keep your eyes open, cause these muses are not sitting still for long! Oops, there they go again…

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Giveaway Details:

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  • Signed Print Copy of Thorns of Betrayal and swag (US Only)

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Lynn Donovan, Keep Calm and Answer These 16 Questions

  1. What is your favorite color? Blue, in fact, I have to be cognitive of what I choose when I go shopping, because at one point in my life I looked in my closet and realized EVERYTHING I owned was some variation of blue!  HAHA.  So I purposefully put down the blue blouse and pick up another color. My bedroom is painted blue. And we have a camper that I tried to paint green, but the color (once it was on the walls) turned out to be an aqua blue. Oh well. Yeah, I confess, I love blue!
  2. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born and grew up in the Panhandle of Texas. All four of my children were born while I lived in the Austin, Texas area. Then I returned to the Panhandle. Now I live in SW Kansas.
  3. What is your favorite football team? I will ALWAYS love my Cowboys. But we are making plans to move to Colorado someday, so I am fond of the Broncos. But I have to admit the Red Skins can play a good game. So, as you can see. I’m all over the place. In truth, I don’t really sit down and watch football. I’d rather read.
  4. What do you do when you are not writing?I take care of my mother who has Alzheimer’s and my special needs sister who is blind and deaf. But for myself, I love to cook. I read the Bible every morning and a novel nearly every night. It’s how I wake up and settle myself to go to bed. I crochet. I’m making a baby blanket now for our newest grandson who is expected in July. And I sew. I enjoy making quilts and I have made my husband and children scrub tops. (My husband is an RN. My oldest son used to be a Vet Tech, and my youngest daughter used to work in a nursing home.)
  5. Do you have a day job as well? No, I stay home and see after my mother’s and my sister’s needs. I fix lunch and cook dinner every day. I have worked outside the home for over thirty years, so it’s okay with me that I am in a season to stay home and tend the home fires.
  6. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Yes!  Read, connect, and write. It takes time. It won’t happen overnight. But read to learn more about writing. Connect with authors, bloggers, and critiquers. Keep writing, keep editing. I probably went through The Wishing Well Curse over thirty times before I felt it was ready to be seen by a publisher, and then we edited it three or four more times. Be patient and willing to revise. Be willing to hear what critique partners say about your story. Write flash fiction, complete stories in less than 600 words, because it REALLY hones your prose tightening skills. Then write short stories, less than 5000 words. Again, it forces you to write more with fewer words. When you complete one novel, write another, then go back to the first and start editing it. It’s palate cleansing to write something else, and then come back to the first. Your eyes will see problems or punctuation better if you have put it aside for a while. Strive to learn more and write better in every next project.
  7. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? For me, it’s a gift and I thank God for the gift all the time. I am reminded of the three servants who were given Talents (we know this is some form of money, but the irony is not lost on me) the two who multiplied the Talents were praised. The one who hide the one Talent and returned it in its original form was chastised, punished, and demoted. I don’t want to be that servant. I want God’s praise someday. So I do my best to glorify him and multiply the Talents he has given me.
  8. Where do you write? This is a funny question because I have often laughed at myself. When I was a kid, I spent all my time at home, in my room, sitting on my bed, doing whatever. Now I am a grown woman, writing on my computer most of the day, while sitting on my bed, in my room. I suppose we don’t change all that much for our original selves. My husband set up a desk in the garage for himself, but I’ve taken it over. I sit out there when the weather allows. It’s quiet (I can’t hear the TV) yet I can keep an ear out for anybody needing me. I can hear the washer and dryer, I can hear the stove when the timer goes off, or the tea kettle…so it’s a great place for me to write yet be available as needed.
  9. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I have to have quiet. Anything with words being spoken, TV or radio or CDs, distract me and I cannot think to write or edit. So I either close my bedroom door, or go into the garage to write.
  10. What do you typically drink while writing? Water, Diet Coke, Iced Tea, Hot tea, Coffee. Love my coffee in the morning!!!
  11. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? My biggest challenge is getting stuck in a plot and can’t figure out how to realistically get from point C to point D. I describe my writing style as following my characters around and writing down what they say and do. Sometimes they turn their head away from me and won’t let me in. What I mean by that is I get stuck and don’t know what’s going to happen next. I have a general idea of where the story will go and how it will get there, but sometimes these characters take it a whole other direction. But, luckily for me, I have my husband and a couple of on-line friends who are willing to listen to my scenario and help me figure out what can happen next. I have to tell you, my husband has been an excellent source for this. He also has been such a huge help in getting the male voice in my stories. I seem to give the male characters too much thinking, like a woman would do. My husband reminds me men don’t give things that much thought.
  12. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I can write a first draft in six to eight weeks. I then edit that first draft over and over again until I can read through it and not feel the need to add to or take away from the scenes. That’s when I feel it’s ready for a beta reader. I then will go through it at least three more times. So, I’d say I can have what I consider a finished product in about three months.
  13. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? That’s a great question. As I am starting a story, I search out actors and print their pictures to help me develop the character’s physical attributes. Rose Bauer is  Michelle Tracgtenberg.

Keisha Moore is  Nicole Beharie  Or  Zoe Saldana

Uncle Russell is  William Dafoe

Clifford Valdez is  Zac Efron

Twyla Rivers is  Mrs. Hogenson, from The Incredibles.

Of course Pastor V is a Hells Angels Motorcycles rider, but for an actor,  Ralph Fiennes, with a beard of course.

Zeke could easily be Tyler Posey but he’ll have to shave his head and grow a goatee.

14. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? There is a vision, in Thorns of Betray, which is based on a dream my oldest daughter had. She called me and told me the dream. I told her that’s is an awesome dream, can I use it in my story. She gave me permission and it is now known as the Matrix Dream. I used to work for a car dealership, so the lay out and scenes there are based on where I worked.

15. Will there be a sequel? Yes. The sequel is currently titled: Secret Voices.  It is the story about Keisha Moore and Clifford Valdez. It is paranormal as well. In Thorns we had no idea Keisha has had a secret, but when Clifford goes missing (in Secret Voices), she has to tell someone because the four voices in her head are real and they know where Clifford has been taken.

16. What project are you working on now? I have completed two other stories. Rocking Horse Shadows and Christmas Grace: Signing Seeds. They will be published later this year. I have also completed an spec fiction story called Fertility Pirates, The Abraham Project Series. There will be a sequel to it, which I have not started writing yet, but I’m considering the title Clone Chaos. I am currently working on Secret Voices (the sequel to Thorns) and I have another series brewing in my head about a Blind and Deaf Marine Biologist I’m considering making these a series of Novellas called The Golden Shark Series. My overall writing/publishing goal is to write at least four stories a year and publish them the next year.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and trust God.

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