What I’m Grateful For ~ #LynnCrain #AmThankful #amwriting


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First, let me apologize for being really, really late. While I love holidays, sometimes they make writing impossible and hard to do. Normally I would have scheduled my post but I thought I had plenty of time…and then I wondered where the month had gone…basically I had assure myself, yes, Lynn, it really is the 25th! LOL!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day here in the US and most of us gather around friends and families to celebrate our thanks for the year.

But this year, like no other, has been really hard for me and I have to constantly remind myself to be thankful. After, all we did an international move, found a new home in a new state and are renovating two house. As anyone knows, those last two can certainly take one over the edge in any country.

Still, there are many, many things I’m grateful for and I’ve decided to numerate them here for all of you. So here goes…

1) I am always grateful for friends and family. They are the ones that make happy, drive me crazy and are always there when I need them.

2) I am especially grateful for the folks here at Passionate Critters. We are our own special family, bonded for our love of writing and a deep caring for each other. Never have I been in a critique group who genuinely care for each other and are constantly trying to help one another. You guys ROCK!

3) As awful as the election was here in the US, I am grateful for it. I’m sure many of you are asking why but that’s an easy answer. I was gone from this country for 4 years and 9 months. I knew that people were having a bad time here and we were too but I did not realize just how unhappy people were. I didn’t realize they were struggling quite so much and now I do. I plan to do as much as I can for everyone, even if that means bucking the system if I must. Thank you America for letting me know we need to get the ‘we’ back in we the people.

4) NaNoWriMo is always a fun thing to do but this year it’s been especially important. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get back into my groove of writing nearly 5000 words a day. NaNo proved to me I could do anything I needed to do to put those words down on paper. I promise to have a strong finish!

5) I am thankful that I can write and publish myself and others. I just finished another anthology piece and I clicked publish on it. I am so very, very grateful that authors can now take their career in their own hands and make it work for themselves. It’s an awesome life.

Yes, there are many, many more things that I am immensely grateful for but I just wanted to give you all for my top five. What are you thankful for in your life? If you comment, you’ll be entered into my monthly drawing for a $25 gift certificate that I run on my regular blog.

Thanks for stopping by and see you all next month!

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About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

What I’m Thankful For ~ @oddlynn3 #LynnCrain #PCers

 

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Every year, we Americans frantically run around trying to get everything we need for our Thanksgiving dinner. Many times it involves just one or two women cooking while the men do whatever men do while the meal is being prepared. Yeah, I know, sometimes it involves sports.

In my house, the cooking duties are shared equally between me and my husband. He’s taken very well to reproducing some of my Mother’s more famous recipes with a couple from my Grandma tossed into the mix as well. Some of the times, I have to take over because I don’t think he’s remembering it just right…but he does well…for not growing up in my mother’s kitchen.

The past five years have been very different for us because we celebrate a holiday that no other country on earth does. Living in Austria has been fun and enlightening but it can be very lonely when all your family is in the States. We’ve made it a tradition to serve an American Thanksgiving dinner to friends that visit us here as well as invite colleagues to give them a taste of what they are missing.

This year though is very different than any of the other years. I am more thankful for what I have because every time I walk Pup Harry, I am reminded of what others have lost. See, I live right down the street from the French Embassy and not once but twice this year, I have seen the place under a deluge of flowers, candles and condolences because of events in their country.

However, this is the first time that Austrian police walk the perimeter with semi-automatic rifles to make sure that no one comes for the French in this country. Still, it’s a little disconcerting to see that much firepower so very close. If you want to read more about this, go check out my personal blog tomorrow as I am finally posting something on it. Had to get it right within myself before I could share with others.

So, with all this going on, I decided to do a simple 5 Things I’m Thankful For and 5 Things I Wish For The World…here goes…

5 Things I’m Thankful For

  • 1 ~ I am very thankful to have such wonderful friends and family. I couldn’t be who I am without you. You all know who you are and this does include my RWA friends from the States.
  • 2 ~ I am thankful for my Passionate Critters writing partners. I say partners because we learn so much from each other and again, I know that my writing wouldn’t be the same if you all hadn’t helped me.
  • 3 ~ I am thankful for Pup Harry as he makes sure I go out and face the world head on. He’s my constant companion when my husband is gone and I can’t wait to have a yard for him soon!
  • 4 ~ I am thankful that I will be going home soon. As much as I’ve fallen in love with Austria and my friends here, there is truly no place like home.
  • 5 ~ I am thankful that on tonight’s walk, it started to snow. I can’t think of anything more lovely than a Thanksgiving Day with some snow. Even if it doesn’t stay, the big flakes coming down were just awesome.

5 Things I Wish For The World

  • 1 ~ It goes without saying…world peace…I just wish for one day, either Thanksgiving or Christmas or whatever holiday is celebrated in December, that the world will stop trying to destroy each other. Maybe something truly amazing can happen to us all.
  • 2 ~ People need to remember we’re all the same species. There is no difference between a black human, a red human, a yellow human or a white human. Our blood all runs red and we need to remember that every day. I mean, really, if dogs get it, you’d think that humans could too.
  • 3 ~ That we all share with someone who is less fortunate than ourselves. I have seen some wonderful sharing recently with the refugees coming through this city and it is heartwarming to see it in action. I just want more of that attitude to happen in my own country.
  • 4 ~ A world without fear. Peace isn’t enough. We need to treat each other with respect and kindness. Every life is important.
  • 5 ~ That we all treat the Earth more kindly. There are millions of us and only one of her.

What do you do at Thanksgiving? Are there any family traditions that you have and plan to pass along to your kids? I’d love to hear from you and learn just what you do special for the holiday. And if you don’t do Thanksgiving, how do you prepare for the December holidays? Can’t wait to hear from you all.

Until next time…

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

The Romance of Autumn

It’s Autumn again here in Northeast Ohio. I adore Autumn. I love the crispness of the air, the smell of burning leaves (it’s illegal to burn leaves here, so I always wonder where that smell comes from…), fresh apple cider, pumpkin pie, hot soups and stews, warm, cozy sweaters. I love the crunch of newly fallen leaves underfoot, the rich color of the trees, and the dark, dark blue of the sky on a stormy day. It’s the season of my birthday, Halloween, the Annual NEORWA retreat, and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

 

I tend not to focus on the fact that fall means winter is coming. Winters are pretty harsh here–last year was really a doozy–but living in Cleveland teaches one to live in the moment, at least as far as the weather is concerned. So I enjoy the awesomeness that is Autumn, and worry about winter later.

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This year I have more reasons than usual to look forward to Autumn. In addition to my 50th birthday, this October brings the release of my second book, Secret Promise.  I started to write it in during NaNoWriMo in November 2013, finished it in November 2014, and it takes place largely in the fall, so I had many of the things I love about the season in mind as I wrote.

 

Here’s the blurb and an excerpt:

Secret Promise (October 30, 2015)

SecretPromise_w9701_750Falsely imprisoned as a blockade-runner during the American Civil War, Edward Mason yearns to go home. But when after seven years he finally returns to England, the life he expected is gone. His parents are dead, his home destroyed, his father’s legacy stolen, and his girl—his girl is now the single mother of a child Edward never knew.

Abandoned by the man she loved and disowned by her family, Anna Templeton has learned to stand on her own two feet and make a home for her son. Now the successful owner of The Silver Gull tavern, she’s not about to put their happiness in the hands of the one man who let her down so badly.

Edward is determined to regain Anna’s love and be a father to his son. But when a series of suspicious accidents threaten him and those he loves, he must stop the man responsible, or lose everything.

Available in ebook and trade paperback from The Wild Rose Press and Amazon. Also available for Nook and Kobo.

Excerpt:

She meandered back to the bar through the now empty room, scooting chairs under tables, watching Edward, who now sat slumped over his untouched drink. Lightly squeezing his shoulder, she leaned against the bar at his side.

“What’s the matter? Other than the obvious, of course.”

Edward snorted with little humor and did not look at her. “The obvious. Shouldn’t that be enough to make me cry into my bitter?”

“A different man, maybe. Not you.” She thought for a minute as she gazed at him. He was older, certainly; they both were. He was harder, more…careworn, she supposed, although the scar added an air of devilishness she had to admit was really quite appealing.

She reached out and traced the mark with her index finger before she could stop herself, feeling the warm flush of his skin. Edward barely stirred, just eyed her from beneath his impossibly long, dark lashes.

“But you’re not the same man you were when you left, are you?”

“No. And you aren’t the same woman, I imagine.” He grabbed her hand to keep it still. She could feel the beat of his heart racing through her fingertips. Hers was not far behind.

She pulled her hand away before she rushed headlong into something she wasn’t sure she was ready to do, and changed the subject. “You never did tell me how you got that scar.”

Edward rose from his stool, tossed a coin onto the bar. “No, I didn’t.” In a single movement, he pulled her to him, pressing his lips to hers. She closed her eyes, tasting. He was the same as he had been on the cliff top, or at least the way she remembered him. Salty, sweet, the slightest bit sour from his last drink, all mixed together with something that was uniquely Edward. She wanted to crawl inside him, become part of him again, just as she had seven years before.

She moaned, grasping him tighter, even as he pulled away. Her eyelids fluttered as her brain tried to understand the absence of him. He rubbed a finger along her bottom lip, his gaze burning through hers.

“Not yet, Anna. You aren’t ready to take me back. But you will.” He kissed her again, hard, then was gone. Her legs were jelly as she slumped against the bar.

“No, not yet,” she breathed into the empty room. “But bloody close.”

 

About Marin McGinnis

About Marin McGinnis Clevelanders are tough, a bit cynical, and just a little crazy, and Marin McGinnis is no exception. When she’s not chasing after big dogs or watching tweens skate around hockey rinks, she is immersing herself in Victorian era romance. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, son, and two standard poodles named Larry and Sneaky Pete. You can find her here, at marinmcginnis.com, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Some Favorite Winter Things

 

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For many, the winter season can bring the doldrums from the gray skies to the snow clouds gathering above. I am probably one of the few people you’ll ever meet who absolutely loves winter and all that it can bring. So here is my top ten list of favorite winter things.

  1. Winter Sports ~ When I was much, much younger I used to love to ski and sled and play in the snow. That’s actually how I met my husband. The poor man volunteered to teach me and one of the very first things I do is to plow into him. The only thing I could never get into was skating and that’s because I have weak ankles. With skiing, the boots are stiff and can hold me up. And I know that there are tons more winter sports out there, I’ve just never tried them. These are my favorites.
  2. Mulled Wine ~ Over here in Austria it’s called ghulwien and it’s incredibly delicious.
  3. Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps ~ It goes along with skiing.
  4. Snow ~ This is my number two favorite thing of the season. I love snow. I love how it tastes, how it feels and how much you can actually do with it. You do remember Eskimo igloos…right?
  5. Cloudy Skies ~ I love cloudy skies in general but I love the ones that I know will bring the snow. iStock_000000457633Medium~R
  6. Sitting in Front of the Fire ~ This one ranks right up there. Our flat here in Austria does not have a fireplace and I’m so missing the one I had at home. I could just curl up in front of it with a good book and a warm blanket.
  7. Cabins ~ My in-laws have a cabin-like condo at Lake Tahoe that we used to go to a lot. It was the very last one in the complex and is but against Forest Service land, so nothing is behind it. During the winters it would get so calm and quiet and oh so, wonderful when you’re tucked snug inside. I have visited a few cabins that have made me feel the same way in my life time. It’s my hope that one day, I will have a cabin in a snow covered world.
  8. Christkindlemarkts ~ Here in Vienna, Austria, they have these wonderful Christmas markets that start mid-November. The first year, it was odd because I was so used to celebrating Thanksgiving. Austrian’s equivalent to Thanksgiving is usually in October and therefore isn’t really significant to the Christmas season like it is in the US. These markets have made me see the holiday in a whole new way. I love the tradition it has given me and I will sorely miss it when I am back living in the US.
  9. The Holiday Season ~ I love the holiday season. I probably start it a little too soon as I decorate my home for Halloween though Christmas decorations can’t go up until after Thanksgiving. While I don’t do all the things here in Austria that I normally do in the US, we have started one tradition that I think I’ll keep going. We don’t set up the tree until December 15th or later. This allows family to come to visit and help us do that wonderful task of putting up the lights and the ornaments on the tree. When I get home, I definitely plan to have a weekend set aside where the whole family comes and we decorate our very special tree.
  10. Family ~ This is my very favorite thing of the whole season. As kids grow older, they go off to do their own thing. But rest assured, they come home for Christmas when they can and the get-togethers are awesome. For me, the holiday season and everything that comes from it revolves around family time.

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I am sure that each of you has your own top ten list for the winter season. I’d love to hear what yours are and I plan to reward one commenter with a $10 Amazon gift certificate just for letting me know. Don’t forget to leave me your email address so I can get hold of you if you’re the winner.

See you next month!

 

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

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