Monday, May 30, 2016

Virtual Tour - Fierce Hearts Box Set by Lynn Crandall

Fierce Hearts Box Set
by Lynn Crandall
Date of Publication: May 30th 2016
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover Artist: Crimson Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance

This bundle includes 5 individual books: Secrets, Book 1, Cravings, Book 2, Heartfelt, Book 3, Probabilities, Book 4, and Unstoppable, Book 5

Five suspenseful paranormal romances, five stories of supernatural tragedy, triumph, and love in one beautiful bundle.

Buy Link: Amazon

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Fierce Hearts Box Set . . .
As a whole the box set was alluring, intriguing, connecting, and suspenseful. There were sections of ahh and wonder along with what? why? how? who? Each story had its own build in intrigue, its own alluring qualities, its own brand of suspense, and a simple connecting feature that brought each of them full circle to encompass each other.  As a collection I found the read to be fulfilling, I dove right in to each new one when the one before was completed. I felt as if I was reading a new chapter to the same book with many characters that brought the full scope of things to life. 


BLURBS
Secrets
Page Count 256

With her penchant for premonitions, Michelle Slade has always had trouble connecting with other people, and a horrific attack five years ago only made her isolation worse. But working to help defenseless animals with her rescue organization, Cats Alive, has given her new purpose and joy in life. When several homeless cats start vanishing into thin air, she's determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Casey Mitchell has always kept his private identity as a were-lynx secret. But he's drawn to Michelle, and when he begins to help investigate the odd circumstances surrounding the cats' disappearance, he uncovers a powerful businessman's diabolic designs on the unassuming woman.

Now both he and Michelle are in grave danger, and their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love…or lose everything?

Book Trailer for Secrets https://youtu.be/vRwHQX4bNx0


Casey sat up in bed, the dream he’d been having still alive in his head. He rubbed his hand through his hair. Sweat beaded on his forehead. “Oh, my God.” His heart thudded hard and fast in his chest. He glanced at the clock on his nightstand, sucking in deep breaths of air. Four in the morning. Loneliness heavied his heart.
The dream had been so real, so terrifying. So unusual.
He set his feet on the cold wood floor and sat still on the side of the bed. He took in the room, his room in his house, and sorted through the images in his dream as his body reactions calmed
He was accustomed to dreaming as his lynx form. Dreams of running through fields with the speed and exhilaration of freedom made frequent nighttime appearances. But this, this dream made him shiver. He dropped his head in his hands and lived through it again.
He saw himself standing in his human form with Michelle in her backyard. Darkness enveloped them comfortably and above a starry, moonless sky contained their moments of shared solitude. He’d brought her warm hand to his lips, the scent of her skin heady and alluring. She’d laughed, delighted when he pretended to take a delicate nibble of her skin.
Casey balled his hands. The moment of togetherness in the dream thundered through him as he revisited what happened next.

He’d lost control. He’d done the unthinkable. He’d shimmered, right in front of Michelle, into his lynx form. Horrified, he’d stood there as his purest self and her screams echoed fiercely against his heart.

Cravings
Page Count 226

Were-lynx Kennedy's world implodes when she's sent to a facility for illegal and torturous experimentation. Only after she's rescued does she learn she's been living a lie for 22 years. She can count on nothing from her past - not her parents, her surname, or her safety. Only the brother she didn't know and his colony of were-lynxes offer any semblance of stability. Suspicious of everyone and unsure of her path forward, Kennedy reluctantly starts to realize that charming were-bobcat Asher Monroe might be her only hope.

Sportswriter Asher has been trying desperately to ferret out the truth behind why the sinister Nexus Group has been kidnapping and experimenting on were-cats. But he's also willing to use his special mind-controlling ability to discover whether the gorgeous Kennedy is a threat to the colony or simply a lost soul.

As their need for the truth takes them into escalating danger, they discover explosive secrets that could bring Kennedy and Asher together - or rip them apart forever.

Book Trailer for Cravings https://youtu.be/1llwRMiMvX4



Heartfelt
Page Count 222

The daughter of an alcoholic single mother, Asia Blue learned young that if she wanted to survive, she'd have to take care of herself. Tough and independent, she never encountered a challenge she couldn't conquer . . . until Asia discovered she was a were-lynx. Befriending sexy fellow were-lynx Conrad Pike and finding a colony helped her adjust to the startling revelation and get through college.
Now an investigative reporter, Asia faces an entirely different sort of problem when her mother goes missing and she suspects the mysterious Nexus Group . . . who seem determined to wipe out her colony. She reaches out to Conrad, now an investment banker and serial heartbreaker, for assistance, and they must once again join forces to save their colony - and her mother.

Will this strong-minded duo risk opening up their hearts and owning up to their long-simmering attraction?

Book Trailer for Heartfelt https://youtu.be/q8ubCUWY4IY


Probabilities
Page Count 222

Bubbly were-lynx Tizzy Sands mapped out her life years ago: she'd teach kindergartners, eventually marry, and start a family. But when cancer stole her dream of having children, her focus changed. As a member of a were-lynx colony that faces constant danger from the nefarious Nexus Group, her goal now is helping the colony defeat them--and steering clear of any romantic involvements.
With his genius IQ, Quinn Arons isn't the most socially skilled were-lynx in the colony and can't imagine party girl Tizzy would give him a second look. But although his past mistakes and childhood experiences haunt him, he can't accept Tizzy's fear that cancer will return and claim her life soon. Instead, he decides to show her that life is what you make it.

Now they're working as partners to prevent Nexus from launching its Project Powering, but can Quinn convince Tizzy there's more to save here than just their world?

Book Trailer for Probabilities https://youtu.be/1yf5cS_RbWY


Unstoppable
Page Count 234

Reeling from the recent Project Powering battle with the evil Nexus Group, were-lynx and veterinarian Lara Monroe struggles with thwarting the group's plans to eliminate her colony while dealing with her own traumatic past. Still, when her fellow colony cat - and secret crush - Booker Chase needs help, she's willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell.

A formidable were-lynx and a physician, Booker has his hands full helping patients who were seriously injured in the battle. But nothing can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and the PTSD from his service in Afghanistan . . . or can it? Now that his good friend Lara is standing by him in his emotional struggles, he's finding there is more to their connection than he realized. But dare he open his heart?

In the epic conclusion of the Fierce Hearts series, the colony takes its biggest risk of all to shut down the Nexus Group forever - will Lara and Booker survive to take their second chance at love?

Book Trailer for Unstoppable https://youtu.be/5MYdBXkPMx0



Author Info
Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down.
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The Book Junkie Reads Interviews Lynn Crandall 
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work? My stories are character driven. I want to be the author who creates believable characters who underneath everything are the average individuals dealing with what life presents to us all but they don’t back down. I try very hard to express in just-right ways what I want to have my characters go through internally in facing their problems, woundings, and triumphs. I want my writing to reach deeply and not only entertain but also inspire. That’s all. J

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)? I open to whatever there is to put to paper. I’m a pantser. I do loose outlining of plot and characterization, but the story unfolds for me and it’s always surprising how it can twist and turn. Being open to “whatever” is my mindset. I typically start by listening to a song that boosts me. That song changes, but for a number of months it has been Afterlife by Ingrid Michaelson.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation? I’m a former journalist, and as such, I need foundations. I can’t write a good article if I don’t have facts and research to work with. Characterization is built on a character’s personality, which I create to make the story interesting and real to readers, inner conflicts, because those are things that motivate them on different levels, what they’re missing and what they have, what they need to grow. But the process is fluid and characters may surprise me with new information while I’m writing the story. Life and people are very complex. I do watch life and people moving through it. I find it fascinating. The whole idea of a story I want to write is to portray a character with weaknesses (even if the character is strong) readers can relate to and bring them to the edge of their beliefs  where they have to face their truth or stagnate and lose out on discovering their best life.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)? Oh, this a tough question. I’m a real touchy feely person, meaning I’m prone to sinking into what another person is experiencing and gaining understanding from that. The same thing can happen with a character, a heroine, hero, or villain. The distance between me and a character is very slim. I think I bond with all of the characters in whatever writing project I’m working on. For instance, in one of the Fierce Hearts series books I knew I had to kill off a character. She sacrificed herself for others and left behind people who felt loss. I cried through those of those scenes. At one point, I said to myself, “I’m going to kill (this character) and the death will leave huge sorrow in another character. I can’t do that.” Of course, I did and I knew it was fiction, but I felt it strongly.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper? Oh, yes I do. I’m still in the development stage of the story and doing research, etc. But the character excites me. She’s going to be a bounty hunter who can pick up information from objects. I’m planning to make her a highly evolved heroine born on Earth to help rebalance it within her line of work. Even being highly evolved, maybe because of that, she carries deep sorrow. Her life isn’t easy. If there are themes in my books, one of them would be that life is complex and hard – but still beautiful.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced? Oh, yes. I have a love for sweets, coffee, and popcorn inside me and I want a lot of all of it. That’s probably not what you mean. It sounds dull, but the things inside me that sometimes steal the car keys and take control are old patterns of behavior and outdated beliefs about myself and the world around me. These things get triggered and later I’ll stand back and say to myself, “Oh, there’s that belief in action again.” I’m fascinating by the complexity of life and learning more about myself.
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