Keeping Secrets and THE BULL RIDERS KEEPER with Lynn Cahoon

What’s a guy to do when he’s trying to reinvent himself? Rule number 1- Don’t tell your siblings who already think you’re a screw up and rule number 2 –don’t quit the day job.
When I started writing The Bull Rider’s Keeper – which is Jesse’s, the bull rider, story—I knew he had a secret. I just didn’t know how big of a change it would be from his cowboy persona. The boy loved art. So much that he was taking classes to become an artist. All without breaking the above listed rules.
I knew where Jesse was coming from. After working for over 18 years in social service, I decided to open my own consulting business. Naively, as I look back at my path. But with risk comes reward, or bankruptcy. Even though the business didn’t thrive, I learned important lessons about what I’m good at and what I’m not.
At a family dinner, my sister in law (the one no one likes) made my new venture into a joke. “Oh, you didn’t like your job? Sorry, princess, I didn’t realize liking work was implied.”
Rule #1 broken.
I had to quit the day job to consult in this very narrow aspect of Medicaid law. Too narrow of a focus, now that I look back at the adventure.
Rule #2 demolished.
But I did manage to reinvent myself. I hadn’t done this massive of a change since the high school’s good girl started dating the drop out bad boy. I learned what I liked to do. I learned how to put together a business. And I learned that failing, isn’t the worse that can happen.
Doing nothing is the worst thing that can happen. Ever.
Jesse and Taylor are about to learn the same thing.
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Jesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he’s feeling like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world. 

Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise river, is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no hands barred.
When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.
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Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

Vacation Nightmares with Lynn Cahoon

Oh, for the lazy days of summer. Remember back when summer was too long? You could stay up as long as you wanted, eat ice cream all day, and read to your heart’s content.
I lived in the country so our ‘vacations’ were camping trips which included a lot of fishing.
One spot we frequented often was Tripod Lake. Nestled in the mountains above Smith’s Ferry, it was a perfect get away for a weekend. The lake was clear and blue and just long enough that I could swim the distance from one sunning rock to the next. Of course, my swimming time was limited to the heat of the day, when the fish weren’t biting anyway.
Fast forward a few years and now I’m camping and fishing (code word for reading) with my current husband. We wanted to find a new lake so I tried to guide him to another one we’d visited when I was a kid, Sagehen. It was more developed (ie had potty sheds) but still had that small lake feel.
We drove up the mountain, turned left at Smiths Ferry, then continued to up another mountain. I knew the road took us to the lake, all we had to do was stay on the main road.
I guess I was talking and missed pointing out the sign because soon, the road turned into more of an ATV trail with no place to turn around. Curling around the mountain, we weaved left and right. Then our dog got sick on my husband’s lap.
He still doesn’t find that story funny.
We turned around, found the turn off, and had a pleasant weekend at the lake.
My new books, The Tourist Trap Mysteries, came out of my love for this laid back summer trip. Jill owns a coffee shop/book store in South Cove and loves her relaxed lifestyle. Or would, if people would stop killing her friends.
Do you have a vacation nightmare story? Want to share?

 

Guidebook to Murder – A Tourist Trap Mystery
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .

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Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

 

Small Towns Big Problems with Lynn Cahoon

Looking at the stories I’ve released this last year (The Bull Rider’s Brother, The Bull Rider’s Manager, A Member of the Council, and, last month, Temporary Roommates) they all have one thing in common – the setting is either a small town, or a designated neighborhood.

Marriage Not Included, my May 22nd release with Soul Mate publishing is no different.  Set in my old stomping grounds,Lauren, my heroine, lives on a farm where the closest neighbor is a half mile away. And yet, even with that much land separating homes, the sense of community she shares with her neighbors may even be stronger than a big city apartment building.

I love driving down the road and waving at passing cars, whether or not you knew the occupants.  I always wondered why my folks knew exactly where I’d been after school before I’d even arrived home. Once, I was in a car accident (I ran off the road into a pasture fence, my sister in law drove by, saw me talking to our local law enforcement guys, and drove out to the farm to get my parents who took over the conversation as soon as they got there.

So there are good and bad with life in a small town. Everyone knows your business. And figures they have a right to help or tell you what you’re doing wrong.  And it’s those quirky secondary characters that show up in my books, manning the local grocery store, or clerking at the bank.  They bring fun and life to the small town setting, making me glad I’m writing the story.

Manic readers, your turn, what do you like to find in your small town stories?  Or are you big city bound all the way?

 

 

 

Marriage Not Included

Lauren is headed back to school, this time not as a fun loving coed but to achieve her dream of turning the family farm into Idaho’s first Heritage Seed Center. Selling organic produce at the local farmers market, she meets Miles. After an unexpected act of kindness toward her daughter,Lauren agrees to one date.

As a VP and heir apparent to HN Seeds, the family business,Miles unknowingly holds the future of Lauren’s farm in his hands.Lauren’s looking for anything but a romance. She’s got too much on her plate to risk the distraction. But he plays the one card Lauren can’t resist, family. Miles needs Lauren and her daughter to feel at home. And Lauren needs Miles and his large extended family more than she knows. But can she forgive the one betrayal that would ruin all of her plans for the future?

 

 

 

 

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BIO – LynnCahoonis a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website.

Have darts will travel with Lynn Cahoon

Have darts, will travel…

Parris McCall, the heroine of A Member of The Council, and I have a lot in common.  We both play darts in a league and both have been told we’re pretty good.  For a girl.

I started playing darts when I got divorced.  I loved the idea of getting together with a group of friends, meeting new people, having a few drinks, and playing. Darts have been good to me.  I met my husband during a dart match (of course neither one of us were playing at the time.) I’ve been to Chicago to play with in The Bull Shooter once, and to the international tournament inVegas, three times.  I love playing tournaments.  Especially singles. My husband and I got married in between matches the last time we shot inVegas.

When you are playing by yourself, people tend to typecast you.  As a girl, I wasn’t supposed to win.  As a girl, I wasn’t supposed to be the power player when I played mixed doubles, the guy was. So I got to relax. And when I relaxed, my throw became more consistent.

I think writing is like that.  I’m releasing my second and third book this November.  And, because they are being put out by digital or digital first publishers, I get a chance to try out new promotions. See what works for me.  If I had been published first by a Big 6 or traditional publisher, I think I’d be chewing my nails off.  What if I have a low sell through? What if I get a lot of returns?  What if they drop me after my first book?

With my digital publishers, I know they understand how to build a new author.  We might not be making the New York Times list (this book-LOL) but they saw enough merit in my writing and my promotion to contract a second book.

Do I still worry?  Do I check my stats at Amazon hourly? Sometimes.  But mostly, I know I’m building a career here.  And like most careers, you don’t start out with the window office.  But I’m working toward it.

So, Manic Readers – your turn.  What makes you take a chance on a new author?  Price point?  Name recognition? Or, is it all about the story?

 

A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. 

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks don’t show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that she’s different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it. But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed. 

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? He’s a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretary’s dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.

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Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.

 

Talk of a Small Town with Lynn Cahoon

The first weekend of August is always a party in my home town.  Kuna Days.  People come from all over theTreasureValley(Idaho) to partake in the parade, quilt show, carnival booths, food, and street dance.  Yep, the main street into town (okay the only street into town) is closed off, the band begins, and the beer flows.

 

It will come by no surprise that Kuna Days is where I first fell in love. Many a romance has started and ended during the weekend party.

When I started writing, I knew I wanted to include that small town atmosphere, where everyone knows your business but you’re too young or too caught up in your own life to realize the tongues are wagging about you. My first car accident, my parents found out because my sister was driving by and saw my car in the ditch and through the fence.  And then went out to the farm to get my mom and dad.

The town cop was lenient and I didn’t even get a ticket for reading a magazine while I was driving. (Hey, the farm was a long way from town.) But that’s one advantage of living in a small town. The cop knew me as the good kid and gave me a break.

Rodeo weekend takes over the town of Shawnee in The Bull Rider’s Brother. I loved bringing in the sights and sounds of a hometown rodeo including the parade and the party that takes over the town at night.  And like my hometown, rodeo weekend is a big party in Shawnee.  And like home, festival food like corn dogs, corn on the cob, and beer make even the tourist feel like they’re home.

So what big festival happens in your home town? And if you’ve moved away, what do you miss the most?

I’ll go first.  I.Miss.Corndogs.

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Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.

 

 

 

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