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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Interviewing author Lynn Rush about her new paranormal romance release, Awaited.

Please join me in welcoming Lynn Rush, a dear friend and wonderful author. I'm so happy to have the chance to interview her today about her new release, Awaited. CONTEST: See details below for a chance to win a copy.
What has caused Russell Leonard, a centuries-old Guardian, to lose faith in his purpose? What was his intended original purpose? 

Russell has been by Beka’s side for nearly four centuries, helping her find her mate as they both protected the humans. Now that she’s found her mate, he’s feeling… unsettled. Might have something to do with the nameless beauty he’s been dreaming of the past few months…

Russell dreams have been haunted for months by a red-headed beauty. What did the dreams indicate other than her image…danger, passion, happiness, purpose, etc.?

Mostly just a sense of contentment. He’d never heard her voice, only saw her beautiful eyes, smile, skin, hair. The Guardian’s main focus has always been protecting humans. Nothing else. But since Beka’s prophecy to find a mate, the Guardian world has shifted. And now Russell’s dreaming of a woman he’s yet to meet, so maybe he’s also meant to find a mate. . . 

Who charged Russell with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries? Why was he chosen for this remarkable appointment? What are the consequences of procurement? Will the pair be bonded? If so, how—mentor/student, master/slave, etc.?

Directives come from the archangel Michael. Usually through the Merus, Jessica. So that’s how the initial assignment got handed down. As to why…only the archangel Michel knows that (and you will too once you read the book)  J  

The female he finds is Annabelle, who is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark. Russell learns she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. How does he discover this? Who placed the evil upon her and why?

These are all questions Russell must discover answers to, considering he was charged with getting the next Guardian. As his journey is traveled, he’s thrown into the dark world of demonic tainting. Sees things he couldn’t have ever imagined…and that’s saying a lot since he’s nearly 400 years old. 

Russell finds purpose in helping release Annabelle from this evil curse. Why? What drives him to save her? Does Annabelle wish to be saved? Does she readily accept Russell’s attempts?

Despite Russell’s feeling of doubt about his purpose, he has faith in the idea that everything happens for a reason. He was going to get the next Guardian and “stumbled” into Annabelle. He believes there is a reason, especially since he’s been dreaming of her for months. And after he witnessed everything that transpired between David and Beka (Wasteland #1) he knows he must follow through with what his heart is telling him. For the most part Annabelle does accept Russell’s help—with a few obstacles of course. 

Annabelle may be able to silence a millennia-old demon with the magic of her voice. What danger might the demon bring to this world if she cannot succeed?

Dark versus Light. Good versus Evil. Balance. There must be balance. If evil is allowed to thrive, things get out of balance, which leads to chaos. And there are particularly powerful demons that would love to see that happen. What better way to tip the scales in evil’s favor than to taint those destined for Light?

Briefly describe the magical systems of your world. How do those who are empowered gain their abilities?

My Guardians gain their powers and abilities from the Light—the ultimate good. The archangel, Michael, leads the Guardians on their journey in protecting the humans. Protecting their choice between good and evil. The demons gain their power from evil, darkness, Lucifer. Their goal is to create chaos, get souls indebted to them to gain favor. Gain power. 

Wasteland, #2
Release Date May 2012

Book Blurb for Awaited:

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

What Reviewers Are Saying About Awaited:
A pulse-pounding adrenaline surge brimming with poetic pyrotechnics, Rush’s story caresses your heart. Wasteland is a game-changer in the ho-hum angel/demon world. Beautifully written prose, strong characters and a compelling plot will keep readers hooked until the last page. ~~Romantic Times

Wasteland, #1
Available Now
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Book Blurb for Wasteland:

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.
**Coming Soon: Short Story**
Prelude to Darkness
Wasteland, # .5
Release Date May 2012


Book blurb for Prelude to Darkness

For a slave, hope is a dangerous thing…
Margaret Rousseau dreams of freedom from a life of servitude. When a mysterious woman saunters into the servants’ tavern promising the impossible, Margaret dares to hope she could win the heart of the one man she has secretly coveted since she first wore a corset...
The Prince.
Margaret desperately grasps for the opportunity to change her bleak destiny by placing faith in a woman who is not as forthcoming as she seems. Blinded to the stranger’s dark motives, Margaret surrenders herself to gain her heart’s desires.

But her choice may bring forth a darkness that could destroy all she holds dear.
About the Author

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.
Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 15 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

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~~~See you in the paranormal~~~

CONTEST: One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Awaited. Be sure to leave your email address. Contest ends on Friday, May 11th midnight EDT.

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. The first of her epic fantasy romance series, ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS, is now available--SEEKING A SCRIBE. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


LynnRush said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Marsha It sure is an exciting time!!!! :)

Debi Murray said...

Hi Lynn! Now I am stalking you...turnabout is fair play. LOLLOLLOL! Can't wait to read AWAITED...


Debi Murray said...

Whoops! Forgot to leave email addy.

djmrtrm @ (without the spaces)

Tina B said...

Congrats on your new release, Lynn!! This sounds like a wonderful read!! Thank you, Marsha for hosting Lynn.
And thank you, Lynn for the opportunity to read one of your stories!
Lynn, I was wondering about your series. Can each book be read as a standalone or do they need to be read as the series starting from book #1? I will start with the first one because I am a stickler for the background, but I am just curious. :)
trb0917 at

April Alvey said...

Wow I Really Want This Book Love The Interview And Excerpt It On My Wish List.

LynnRush said...

HI, Debi!!!!!! :) Glad to "see" you here. Turnabout is fair play indeed!!!! :O

Tina: Yes. You can read the books out of order. I've had some reviews state it was fine, but some suggested reading Wasteland first. Just so happens Wasteland is on SALE over at All Romance e-book for the month of May during my Awaited tour! :)

April: Thanks for stopping by!!! :) IT's nice to know you. :)

Marsha A. Moore said...

Lynn, thanks so much for spending a day here with me. Your energy and enthusiasm always inspire me.

Galena said...

I'm sorry to say I missed Wasteland #1, but now I have to find it! This series looks right up my alley.

ostipow at

LynnRush said...

Marsha: SURE! This has been great fun! :)
Galena: Hope you enjoy the stories. :)

Marsha A. Moore said...

And the winner is...Debi Murray! Congrats and thank you to all who participated.

LynnRush said...

Yay, DEBI!!!!!!