Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Lynn Viehl

Posted August 1, 2013 by Jen in Author Guest Post, Giveaway Tags: , ,

Today I welcome romance and steampunk author Lynn Viehl to That’s What I’m Talking About. Lynn is here today to share a little about her upcoming steampunk series: Disenchanted & Co. Please say hello to Lynn…

Telling Mom About Toriana
by Lynn Viehl

My mother has always been supportive of my writing career; she bought me my first notebook, my first typewriter (and my first bottle of correction fluid.)  She loves to read and has always been willing to look at any of my stories.  This includes the very first novella I wrote (the diary of a Russian scientist exiled after WWIII to Africa, when the dinosaurs come back!) to most of the dark, depressed You’ll Be Really, Really Sorry When I’m Gone blank poetry I wrote in high school and forgot to hide.

Mom especially loves historical romance fiction, and probably hoped in secret I’d grow up to be the next Jude Deveraux.  Unfortunately I didn’t, but she was still thrilled for me when I began my pro career writing the SF adventures of a mouthy, genetically enhanced cardio-thoracic surgeon.

She also dutifully reads every book I write, too.  Sometimes I have to explain them (the SF duology with alien killer whales as fighter pilots was a bit of a stretch for her) but she’s remained 100% enthusiastic about my work.  This even when she couldn’t always pronounce the characters’ names, figure out how a medieval-era virus mutated Templars into vampires, or exactly why alien killer whales would want to become fighter pilots.

For these reasons when I accepted an offer for Disenchanted & Co., my Victorian-era urban fantasy series, I was really excited to tell Mom. This is how our telephone conversation went:

Me:  Mom, I sold a new series!

Mom:  Sweetheart, I’m so proud.  What are the books about this time?  More vampires?

Me:  Nope.  I’m writing about a lady private detective in the Victorian era.

Mom:  You sold a historical series?  I love those!  Is it set in London?

Me: No, this one takes place in America.

Mom:  Where, New York?

Me:  The city is called Rumsen.

Mom:  That doesn’t sound familiar.  Where is it located?

Me:  In a parallel universe.

Mom:  A what?

Me:  It’s like a copy of our universe where things happened differently.  America isn’t called America over there, either.  It’s called Toriana.

Mom:  Why?

Me:  Because over there America lost the War of Independence, so we’re all still British.

Mom:  Um, okay.  Does it take place during the Civil War?

Me:  Actually in Toriana the empire abolishes slavery in 1833, so the Civil War never happened.

Mom:  Well, that sounds like a very nice universe.  What does this private detective do?

Me:  She makes her living investigating magical crimes and exposing the charlatans behind them as frauds.

Mom:  She sounds very smart.

Me:  She thinks she is, until she finds out that magic is real.

Mom:  Then how can the criminals be frauds?

Me:  They’re not.

Mom:  I see.  And when do the killer whales show up?

Me:  There are absolutely no killer whale fighter pilots in the story.  I promise.

Mom:  So the Lord does hear my prayers.

Despite the renaming of America, the magical mystery and all the other oddities in my parallel universe, I felt sure Mom would love the series, and she bravely agreed to read the manuscript.  The morning after she read it she called and asked when I’d have the next book finished.  She also informed me that as my mother she should be the first one to read it; the sort of emotional blackmail she’s never used to get any of my other books.

While I’ll never be Jude Deveraux in this universe or any other, I’ll take that as a very good sign.

Thank you Lynn for sharing that wonderful conversation with us all!


HLC giveaway tote 1In celebration of the upcoming release of Her Ladyship’s Curse (Disenchanted & Co # 1, August 12, 2013 by Pocket Star), Lynn is hosting a special #GIVEAWAY. The giveaway includes:

  • The crazy apple tote (hand quilted and bead-embellished by me)
  • Signed and bound print galleys of Her Ladyship’s Curse and His Lordship Possessed
  • A pen and note card set
  • A Book Thong beaded bookmark.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment or question for Lynn. Or, tell us about a fun conversation you’ve had with one of your parents. Please include your email address so that I can contact the winner. Contest is open to any and all, except where prohibited by law – international mailing addresses accepted. Contest open from August 1, 2013 until August 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM EDT. One (1) winner will be selected at random from the comment entries. Prize will be emailed to winner directly by author. I am not responsible to items lost in the mail/email system.

About the book:

In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 3rd:  All Things Urban Fantasy
August 5th:  Under the Covers
August 10th:  Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Review
August 13th:  The Good, the Bad and The Unread

53 responses to “Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Lynn Viehl

  1. This universe sounds really interesting and since it got your mother ‘s approval it’s even better ^^ she must have been proud yes but hearing her telling you she loves it must be worth even more…

    My mother has a really different kind of read than myself so often she doesn’t undesrtand why i love her book but she is happy i’m reading and she often said as i wa sgrowing up” i prefer that you ask money for books than drugs, alcohol or cigarettes….at leats the book you keep it” now it’s me who prefer getting a new book than goin to the cinema ( and i could even get 2books with the price of the ticket so it will lats a lot longert than the film^^)

    Thank you a lot for opening your giveaway to international, i really hope to win so i could discover your uiniverse and explain it to my mother ( it could be the book that start a common reading, sharing taste)


    • I always keep my giveaways open to everyone, Isabelle — I don’t think international readers should be left out. 🙂

      I think it’s marvelous that you would rather read a book than go to the cinema — with most people it’s the reverse.

  2. Liza

    Your new series sounds fun, Lynn. Can’t wait to read it.

    My parents have always supported my love of books. I always got a new book with each Walmart trip as a kid. The only book my mom ever told me I had to wait to read was Princess Daisy. I was 12 at the time and my mom told me I couldn’t read it until I was 21. It is still the one book I’ve seen the movie of yet not read the book…even though I’m 41 now.

    • What terrific parents you have, Liza – it’s so important to foster a love of reading in kids, and to have that support at home is wonderful.

      My mom did the same thing as yours when she caught me bringing home one of Jacqueline Suzanne’s novels from the library. I didn’t read her books until after I left home to enlist in the Air Force — and by then I wondered what all the fuss had been about, lol.

  3. Riley

    Hi Lynn,

    I love the crazy quilt bag. Where do you get your ideas for the non-book things you create? I sew also (when I am not reading), and I am always looking for new inspiration.

  4. MK

    “So the Lord does hear my prayers.”. I love that! Sounds SO like a mom. I’m so glad that your mom encouraged you to write, because I love your books!

    • Mom calls herself my very first fan, MK, and I think she’s earned that title — although for most of my childhood she was a struggling single parent, she still saved up her pennies to buy me things like my first typewriter (an old used Royal Academy, on which I wrote my first book.)

  5. Haha Killer Whale fighter pilots.. I once had a conversation with my parents and sisters on how I was an accidental child (I’m the youngest of 3 girls, see), and we kind of digressed into my parents yknow yknow.. Haha, awkkkwarddd! Anyway, love the beaded tote bag! Thanks for the giveaway! *crossing my fingers* 🙂

    • Thanks, CYP — and I know what you mean about those sort of conversations; sometimes it’s better not to know. One time I asked my aunt why she refused to use escalators, at which point she informed me that while she always wore skirts, she never wore knickers!

  6. Hanna

    I love that look into your relationship with your mother. I actually got my mom hooked on reading when I was in grade school. She was never really into it when she was younger (too busy learning how to speak English), so when I started bringing home romances (including Jude Deveraux!) from the library she cracked one open out of curiosity and never looked back. We’d end up stealing them back and forth from each other. I have not got her to read anything with a paranormal element to it yet, but I am still trying. 🙂

    When it comes to my own writing, however, things are a little different.

    Mom: (on the phone, giving someone an update on the family) Sweetie, what is it you write again?

    Me: I am a technical writer. I write user manuals for medical devices that do blood component collection.

    Mom: (brightly) She writes manuals for stereo equipment!

    Me: …

    Me: Fair enough.

    • Lol, Hanna. I confuse my mother, too, especially when it comes to book production. When I tell her I’ve finished writing a novel, she always asks me to send her the book. Then I explain that it will be in the form of a six-pound stack of loose paper for at least another year, she says I should have my editor “copy” it into one print book just for her. 🙂

  7. Kimberly

    It’s good to see that your mom supports your dreams and ambitions. Expressing new interests to my Mom is like bringing home a new boyfriend….lots of questions of why and what can it bring to the table.

    • Our moms tend to be very protective, Kimberly — and I find I’m the same way with my own daughter. Recently she mentioned she wants to attend a computer conference in a nearby city, and the first words out of my mouth were “Is it in a safe area? Will you be home before dark? Can’t you get someone to go with you?”

  8. Kirsten Lenius

    This new series of yours makes me jump up and down happily and also makes me want to beg for treats, specifically: more Kit stories. You have an incredible gift for creating characters that I can relate to and you breathe life into them in a way that keeps me wanting to see what will unfold for them next. When I received a review copy of the first book, I devoured it and then was delighted to find at the end that it was written by the author of Stardoc, a series I fell in love with years ago! Thank you so very much for sharing your creations with us. The rich and vivid worlds you create are inspiring and enthralling.

    • Aw, thank you for the generous words, Kirsten. I’m hoping more of my StarDoc readers will enjoy the new series; while it takes place in the past rather than the future, for me it’s been the same sort of labor of love that my SF series was.

  9. Sassy

    On a totally non-book related conversation with my mother:
    Me: Mom, I gave away that brown shirt you gave me last year because the color just didn’t suit me.

    Mom: Of course the color didn’t suit you, dear. Everyone knows you look good in blue, not brown.

    Mom has been totally supportive of me in all my endeavors, just sometimes giving me an opinion. I think I nailed the child rearing thing in her mind when she stayed with our sons and they went to bed at their bedtime without argument. That, unlike the mountain of toys in the living room, impressed her;-)

    • Isn’t it funny how our moms have selective amnesia, Sassy? Mine keeps buying me clothes for my birthday each year, in what she thinks is the perfect size for me (and it was, thirty-four years ago, when I was in high school.)

  10. sharon

    It was wonderful to learn about your writing and the opportunity to expand your horizons. Your mother is proud of your accomplishments and is fortunate to have your books to enjoy and appreciate.

    • I’m really the lucky one, Sharon — Mom has always been there for me as my #1 cheerleader. I think half the battle in life is having someone you love on the sidelines like that. 🙂

  11. Margaret C.

    My Mom frequently said I was adopted, because while I was playing in the sand box getting dirty, my older sister was sitting on the porch reading and keeping her nice white dress clean. I still like to play in the sand but now while I’m reading on the beach!

    • I had a younger sister who was sweet and good-tempered and played with Barbies in her room, Margaret. Meanwhile, I was out in the backyard catching bugs, climbing trees, playing pioneer in my little red wagon — or trying to dig a hole to China. 🙂

  12. I was extremely lucky to be able to read an advance copy of Her Ladyship–so don’t throw my name in the hat. It’s wonderful. I hope everyone tries the book because I’d love more in the series. No pressure, Lynn!

  13. ellie

    Since you are so creative, artistic and talented your mother is lucky to be a recipient of your books. The conversation was profound and meaningful.

    • Mom keeps me grounded, too, Ellie — she often challenges me to take a class or expand my horizons in other ways. She’s a great believer in education and that you should never stop learning.

  14. Tammy V.

    When my dad discovered the word “freaking” was a replacement for the other word. He was told by a friend and then told me and how I shouldn’t use it because it stood for the other word. I brought up the argument that poop stood for another word and he stilled used it when talking about his dogs all the time. He said “You’re freaking right” – lol.

    • Good for you and your Dad, Tammy (on a linguistic side note, in the 70’s “freaking” was a euphemism for drug use, particularly if someone was reacting badly to something — i.e. freaking out,)

  15. Stephanie F.

    I love the conversation with your mom. It reminds me a lot of my conversations with mine lol. I remember the first time she saw one of my paranormal romance books we had a long discussion on how they are nothing like the old Fabio Harlequin novels lol.
    I have become such a fan of steampunk so I’m really excited that you have written in this genre. I love your writing so I can’t wait to read this series.


    • Thank you, Stephanie — I appreciate the support and the kind words. 🙂

      I keep all my old favorite romance novels from my teens in the guest room that my mom uses when she visits so she has some “comfort” reads. For this reason she probably believes I still read Barbara Cartland. 🙂

  16. diane

    Your gift for writing is an outlet from which so many can benefit. Imagination and inspiration makes your unique books extraordinary. Keep writing, creating and giving readers pleasure and fun. Mothers can gush and are proud of this achievement.

    • You’re making me blush, Diane. Mom is so suppprtive that she hands out my books to everyone she knows, including her doctors and her friends at church — even on those rare occasions when the cover art has some partially-undressed guy on it,:)

  17. Nicola W

    Your mum sounds great!

    I have loved books ever since I was able to read (quite a while ago now!). I was recently moaning to my mum that my 12 y.o. son was reading when he was supposed to be sleeping – somewhat foolishly I admit. My mum gave me the ‘mum look’ and said “I don’t know where he could possibly get that from!” I shut up rather quickly.

    I’m looking forward to reading Her Ladyship’s Curse. It’s already on my TBR list.

    nswoodhouse(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk – thanks for making the giveaway international!

    • You’re welcome, Nicola. 🙂 When I was a kid I used a flashlight so I could read at night under the covers — at least until my mom came in to confiscate the torch and the book, lol. It seems to be hereditary, too, for to this day when I go to check on my youngest before I turn in, I often find her with a manga and one of my booklights she’s borrowed.

  18. pearl

    You must be a wizard of words. Your new series looks and sounds captivating and entrancing. A world that I would enjoy visiting since ours has changed too drastically. Impressive ideas that are original and your mother recognized that immediately.

    • I may not be much of a magician, Pearl, but writing this series has brought a lot of happiness into my life — which is the sort of enchantment I like best. 🙂 I also love that I can use so many things I love from the Victorian era in the series. Of course I appreciate the convenience of technology, but I do wish sometimes the world would slow down a bit!

  19. You are very lucky to have such and amazing mom! I am not that close to my mom but have an amazing mother in law! But she does not get my love of reading at all.

    I’ve been a big fan of your other series and I’m excited to read your new one. I have yet to read a steampunk book and I’m thinking this is a great place to start!

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

    • Steampunk is a wonderful genre, Texas, and I hope you’ll find the Disenchanted & Co. books as fun as my other series.

      I think it’s wonderful that you’re close to your mother-in-law, too. So often we hear them criticized that I think we forget that there are some lovely “other mothers” out there.

    • To be honest, of all the novels I’ve written my favorite has always been Blade Dancer, my one SF standalone (although don’t tell my publicist that; we authors are supposed to say our latest release is our favorite, lol.)

  20. It’s time for me to head off to bed, but before I go I’d like to thank Jen for having me as a guest here at the blog, and all of you for taking the time to stop in and comment. I had a wonderful time, and wish you all the best of luck with the giveaway.

  21. What a great story. I love that she is so encouraging that she reads everything you write (even if it is not a genre that she would normally read). Glad she really likes the new series 🙂

    Oh, I went through the really bad poetry phase in my late teens/early twenties too. My mom LOVED them, I think they sucked, LOL!

  22. What a wonderful story!!! It’s definitely a good sign when Mom uses emotional blackmail for the next book. 😀 As a HUGE fan of alternate history AND steampunk, I can’t wait to read these, Lynn!

    dawnmontgomeryauthor at gmail dot com

  23. Marie

    Love all your stories and I’m can hardly wait for the release date. I have so many books that my father has accused me of suffering from flat surfaceitus as every surface is covered with books. Told him it could be worse and now that he’s retired he’s loving all the book piles.

  24. Pam

    Hi Lynn,
    This new series sounds fun. Throw my name in the hat pfunky32 at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

  25. Timitra

    I love the premise of this book…definitely has me excited to read it! Thanks for the great giveaway!


  26. Anne VanLoon

    I’ve had the awkward conversations explaining my premises to my grandmother (who is 92 this year) and to my critique group reader who could be my grandmother.
    Explaining that my character is a interdimensional border patrol agent who is dealing with an aggressive magical fire (not water) salamander tends to get awkward.
    Also, any conversation in which my mother mentions sex is extremely awkward. Sometimes she forgets that I’m her child and there are some things I don’t ever want to hear! I have a mental whitewash over some of those to preserve my sanity.

    When I heard the premise for this series, I got so excited! I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

  27. That’s such a lovely story about your mom. My love of reading comes from my mother and we would always share our romance books with each other.

    Good luck with the new release and thanks for the international giveaway.

  28. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to next week Lynn!
    It is rare I’ve had this level of anticipation for a new series :-}
    otterwise at gmail dot com