Friday, July 18, 2014

Awesomesauce Authors--Lynn Rush Interview & Giveaway!

Today I'm thrilled to welcome to the blog Lynn Rush (aka Reese Monroe) who's here to talk about her brand new book baby CRYOSTORM, which is available TODAY!!! Among other things, CRYOSTORM is about a girl with blue streaked hair. Naturally, this makes her insta-awesome, so I decided I had to learn more about Lynn and her latest book baby! And stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of the post!

 About the Book 

Book Title: Cryostorm (Touch of Frost #3)
Author: Lynn Rush
Release Date: 7/18/14
Genre: Upper YA/New Adult Paranormal
Purchase Links: USA  

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They made his body, she’ll awaken his soul…

Three months ago, my twin sister, Georgia, and I had to die so our loved ones would be safe from the scientists hunting us. After months of searching, we’re close to finding the one person who can help us find closure, Georgia’s adoptive mother, Lois.

Snowstorms and an unexpected run-in with GenCorp, the latest entity charged with capturing us, delay our mission and break our spirits. The only light in my supernaturally chaotic life is Nate. He’s given up everything to protect and take care of me, and each minute I’m with him confirms how much I love him. Finally ready to share my heart again, I take the next step, admitting my true feelings.

The mad scientists who want to tear me apart and use my body for a freak show, once again taint my happiness with a disturbing technology that rips Nate from my arms. As I battle GenCorp’s warped technology to save my soulmate, I’m faced with the vivid reality: the Nate I knew and fell in love with may be lost forever.

And if I get him back, will I still be able to say those three precious words?


Tell us a little about your writer's journey so far:
It’s been a road filled with ups and downs much like any writer’s, but overall, it’s been an amazing experience. Today marks the release of my eleventh book, and it never gets old. I love the energy, and I love getting to hang out with awesome bloggers!

And we are thrilled to pick your brain!! Eleven titles is amazing! Okay, let's hear your Twitter Pitch! (140 characters or less.)
I am so bad with these… I write novels, not short little phrases. **LOL**  How ‘bout the tagline for this final book? 

They made his body…she’ll awaken his soul.

What inspired you to write this book? How is it a book only you could write?
Cryostorm is the third in the Touch of Frost trilogy. Nate appears in book two, and I just fell in love with him, so I had to give him more playtime.

He’s such a unique character—so much fun to write. As for the inspiration behind the book, I believe in the idea of soulmates. Someone made specifically for someone else, so I started asking what if—which I always do when it comes to characters and story ideas—and it turned into Nate and Mandy’s story.

I think it’s a book only I could write, because I know the characters so well. Others could write a story like this, but it’d have their own flare to it. We all have our own writing style, and I think Nate and Mandy play mine out well!

What's your favorite thing about writing?
I love starting new stories. The rush of staring at that blank page, just waiting for a world to be created…Yeah, I’m addicted for sure.

A lot of people seem to fear the blank page so it’s always interesting to me when writers love it. That’s probably how you wind up with 11 published books! So, what's your least favorite thing about writing?
Hmmm, least favorite. That’s hard to answer, because really, when you love what you do, you enjoy it all. I think mostly I don’t like waiting. The submission process takes a while for sure. Now, I usually fill that time by writing something new, so it’s all good in that respect, but sometimes things move a little slow in the publishing world. With self-publishing, like this series is, I control the pace a little more, so that’s nice. But still, there’s lag time with getting edits back, cover design, things like that.

Now it's time to brag a little--What do you love most about your book?
The love story. I am absolutely a big sap and a little old school in the romance department. I want the fairy tale. Mandy and Nate face some pretty hefty odds in this last story, but the love they share, the determination…I love that most.  J

Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
My favorite character to write in Cryostorm… Oh dear. While I love Mandy, I mean, she’s the star in all three of the books, I really enjoyed writing Nate. He’s not quite human, raised in a lab, and is mostly book smart, so having him discover things, learn things… that was super fun!

What has surprised you most about publishing?
Success is not a given if you get an agent. They may love your work and submit it places only to get rejected. And once you land a contract with a publisher, it doesn’t mean instant fame and fortune either. You still have to work hard, be patient, and most importantly—be OPEN! Always have a teachable spirit. Your editor and agent do this for a living and more than likely have seen a lot more than you have, so listen! Stay true to your work and your values, yes, but listen to their advice and honestly consider it. They want you to succeed as much as you do, and they can help.

Great advice, Lynn! Okay, now a little about you. (And yes, I stole these questions from In the Actor's Studio with James Lipton.)

What is your favorite word?
It seems like I used that in writing AND talking quite a bit.

What is your least favorite word?
There’s just something creepy about that word!

What turns you on?
A sweet kiss from my hubby.

What turns you off?
Mean people. They make my heart hurt.

What sound or noise do you love?
Water—either on a beach or listening to a little fountain.

What sound or noise do you hate?
You know when your food is done and the microwave continues to beep to remind you to get the food out! Drives me nuts.

What profession, other than your own, would you most like to attempt?
FBI Profiler. I always wanted to be Clarice from Silence of the Lambs.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear G-d say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Welcome, daughter.

Finally, what's the one question you've always wanted to answer in an interview? (And of course, you have to answer it!)
Why don’t your characters jump into bed right away like a lot of the romance novels out there?

I’ve gotten polar reviews regarding the heat level in my books. From “Turn up the heat already” to “I’m glad they didn’t just jump right into sex.”

Earlier in this interview, I mentioned I was a big sap and a bit old school when it comes to love. It’s true. To me, there’s so much more to a relationship than sex. I want to explore that part of the relationship, instead. I want to see what leads up it, like the temptations, the boundaries, the characters learning more about one another to see if they’re compatible.

Lust is easy, love isn’t. It’s is a choice—a verb. Love is the part I like to write. That’s the part I treasure, and it’s found in all of my books: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

About Lynn


Originally from Minnesota, Lynn Rush currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

Connect with Lynn on Twitter, through Facebook or her website. Lynn also writes as Reese Monroe and you can find her alter ego here.


  1. Thanks for sharing this on release day. Super exciting!! :)