Today is a great day because I’ve been looking forward to it for so long now! I couldn’t beam any more proudly to be spotlighting debut author, Loni Lynne, and her paranormal romance, Wanted: One Ghost! Not only is Loni Lynne one of my Waterworld Mermaid sisters, but she has a very special light inside that pours out into her writing. I first learned about her passion when she contributed a free read short story to our Halloween Mermaid anthology last year. Loni’s story, Old Town Tavern, which you can check out here, gave me the gooseys. And ever since I read it, I’ve been patiently waiting for her full novel to come out. So welcome everyone and I hope you enjoy our mini-interview and the blurb and excerpt that follow.
CARLENE: Hi Loni! I know that you are a Pisces, a sign often associated with being reasonable, artistic and quiet. I think they’ve hit the nail on the head there because those are a few of the reasons I am so smitten by you. 😉 Then I read in my June issue of Glamour magazine that says “Pisces has been planning a major trip so get packing for it”…which brings me to the question, finally…if you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
LONI: Wow! Really “reasonable, artistic and quiet”? I plead the 5th on that one! LOL! Actually, probably 2 out of 3 but I’m not saying which ‘two’. Hey, I’m a true ‘fish’ though. 😉
As far as anywhere in the world, I would have said Hawaii back twenty plus years ago. But I’ve been there, lived there for four years and went back to visit a few years ago. I still love it and want to return someday. But now, I will have to say Europe. I’ve always wanted to go there because of the history. The traditions and folklore of the European people is really where our traditions came from. But to visit the ruins and historical areas of eras long before the United States became established, would be fascinating. I love history in general so for me, the older the better.
CARLENE: I love that you are a huge believer in Fate. I was just curious to know if you’ve always been that way or if there have been any special experiences in your life that have led you to having such a strong faith in Fate?
LONI: Fate and I have a history but it wasn’t until a few years back that I realized what it was. Looking back on my life I’ve realized that everything I had planned (from high school graduation on) kind of took turns in directions I had nothing to do with. From the time my training in the Navy became messed up in paperwork, to being in certain places at certain times I realized my life is guided by someone or something greater than me.
I was raised with a strong faith. I’ve always adapted to letting things happen for a reason. But until I sat down and realized from the mix up of military paperwork alone—I would have never had the chance to meet my husband, have my wonderful children, met the people or encountered the situations I’ve lived if not for that one moment in time in which Fate took place. It humbled me to realize I have to ‘let go and let God’ (a saying my grandmother taught me) once in a while. That is when I decided, most of the stories I write are based on Fate bringing two people together—despite the odds or situations they encounter. It’s a part of life. So I thought, I just have to “believe in fate” to guide me along.
CARLENE: I love that so much. Okay writing question…I read one of your blog posts that mentioned you have started to plot a bit but still consider yourself a pantster. What do you LOVE about being a pantster?
LONI: I think a great deal of being a pantster is that whole, ‘believing in fate’ thing. Writing a plot to me is equivalent to trying to tell my characters where they ‘have to go’, or what they ‘have to do’. When I write, I LOVE having fate take over and guide my characters along the way. They write the story as they live it. I’m just along for the ride.
Now, I will admit—recently I have started to plot a bit. But it’s basically to get an idea of what the story is about. What happens as an end result? I can’t say until I’m done. I like it that way. 🙂
CARLENE: You said that so well and now I just want to jump up and down saying, Me too! 🙂 The heroine in your debut release, Wanted: One Ghost, is able to divine history by touching objects. I know you love anything antique or vintage. Is there a favorite item that you particularly loved including in your book?
LONI: Funny you should ask…sometimes I think you know me too well! 😉 I actually came across an article while researching what women wore in the 1700’s and fell in love with the idea of using it in my storyline. There is an item known as a chatelaine worn by women of the house in this time era. During the 1700’s they were simply known as ‘equipage’ but later coined the term ‘chatelaine’ which means ‘mistress of the house/castle’ in the 1800’s.
This ‘equipage’ was a locket or brooch of sorts usually worn on a lady’s apron or skirts (women didn’t have pockets as we know them back then). Attached to this chatelaine were small items used in everyday house duties either by chains or ribbons. It might have been a small pair of sewing scissors, a thimble, small magnifying glass, needle container, a pill box or keys to the pantry/larder or in my story’s case, an antique secretary hutch.
My husband actually bought me a chatelaine (replica of course, originals are rare and quiet expensive) when I found one at a special jewelry shop in one of our local ventures, as a gift when I received word that Wanted: One Ghost was going to be published. (See photo above)
CARLENE: Oh Loni, that is such a touching moment and your hubby is a sweetheart. Good for you 🙂 So last but not least, can you tell us what are you working on right now?
LONI: I’ve been working on the sequel to Wanted: One Ghost. I used a bit of a short story I did earlier as a guideline but had to change things up a bit. It’s about another ghost in Kings Mill, Maryland (my fictional town in Wanted: One Ghost) and her adventurous story. She’s been residing in the historical tavern she worked in back in the 1700’s. I have a working title of Distilled Spirits for now.
I’m also working (and nearly finished) with a contemporary/category romance titled, Yes Sir, That’s My Baby. I’ve been writing paranormal romances for so long, this one is a bit of a surprise. But with my years in the Navy, this story had to be told. It’s a cute romance between a Navy captain and a Navy chief petty officer (for those who might not understand the military, fraternization between the ranks is a ‘no-no’). Their situation is unique though and I still think Fate has a lot to do with two people’s lives and connections, no matter the circumstances or consequences.
Thank you for having me here, Carlene! I had a blast 🙂 Raising my cup of Vanilla Bean Latte to you!
Hugs everyone! Hope to hear from you soon.
It was my absolute pleasure to host you Loni! Hugs back to you and I’m raising my cup of hot chocolate to you, Cheers!!
Wanted: One Ghost Blurb~
Stuck in ghostly limbo for 238 years, James Addison can’t move on to an afterlife. After being falsely accused of treason and executed, fate’s cursed him to remain an earth-bound specter until he meets a historian sent to research his past.
Distrustful of fate, Dr. April Branford wants to be taken seriously, but her unique ability to divine history by touching objects seriously compromises her credibility. Her latest assignment? James Addison, a legendary colonial ladies’ man with a shadowy past. Without much to go on, she doesn’t hold out much hope to discover the man behind the legend until the day she accidentally touches him and brings him back to life.
With the help of family and ghosts from James’s past, they unravel the truth. But after falling in love and with time running out, it’s hard for April to believe in fate and a future where forever is now.
James Addison stopped in his tracks and turned around, sensing he wasn’t alone. A young woman dressed in leggings and woolens, her small, flat hat cocked jauntily over her eyes stood there, smiling at him.
Could she see him or was she looking at something behind him?
No. Impossible! No one could see him.
She examined the damn tree.
“Did you ever wonder what trees would tell us if they could talk?” She glanced towards him again. “Do you think James Addison hanged from these branches?”
James looked to the right of him, to the left. No one was there. Who was she talking to, the blasted tree?
“I wonder why he was never given a trial. Wasn’t the Treason Act of 1695 enacted at the time? James Addison should have been provided a counsel and jury for his crimes.” She turned towards him again. “Was he really executed for treason?”
“Was he really executed for treason?” James said, mimicking her feminine voice with his own British brogue. He walked toward the odd girl, wanting to shout in her face at the idiocy of her questioning the bloody tree. Didn’t she know how foolish she looked? “No, he wasn’t executed for treason. He was beaten to a bloody pulp and murdered!”
With eyes gone wide, the girl stared up at him.
“Murdered?” she asked back. “Are you sure?”
James stiffened. Dear God in heaven! Was she actually talking to him? He looked behind him to see if she might be addressing someone else. No one was there. Gathering his wits, he studied her closely. Could this girl actually hear him, see him?
Meet Loni Lynne~
Loni Lynne is a stay at home mom, domestic goddess, U.S. Navy Veteran and
lover of all things vintage/shabby-chic/Victorian and antique. From china cups
and tea sets to lace doilies crocheted by hand (her grandmother made the best)
she believes a touch of femininity never goes out of style.
Growing up all over the country she’s been blessed with experiencing a good
deal of culture and lifestyles. Much like her personality, she has eclectic
tastes in what she likes to read and write. There is no ‘one’ genre in which
she settles for.
God and fate have been big influences in her life. Both have taken her to
places she never thought she’d be, both in the physical sense and in the
spiritual. She wrote brief stories and snippets of life as it happened to her
in her youth, and encouraged by her teachers, continued to write. Blessed with
a loving supportive family growing up, she was able to explore her options
which at times have been put into use in her stories. The Navy–and fate,
afforded her the opportunity to meet her Army, “Annapolis-native” husband and
team up with him to parent two beautiful daughters.
Years later, her husband gave her the best birthday present ever–a laptop, a
membership to Romance Writers of America and a goal to complete a
manuscript for submission by her next birthday. She did it. A few years later
she was blessed with one of those novels, Wanted: One Ghost, as her
Believe in Fate