His True Love True Detective Series by Lynn Chantale Genre: Mystery Menage Romance
In a small town, in a popular bar, beautiful women disappear. This could just be a coincidence, but private investigators, Carson, Matt and Nathalie don’t believe in them. So they go undercover.
However, when one of the missing women turns up dead, the trio is disturbed to learn the woman bore a striking resemblance to Nathalie; they increase their efforts. When Nathalie disappears from the same bar, Carson and Matt will do anything to find her.
*Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and descriptions of violence.*
Weeping, the kind which does its best to go unnoticed, filled the ominous silence. The constant whimper invaded the consciousness of the woman sprawled half on half off the bed. With effort the woman forced her heavy lids open and blinked in the frail darkness. She shifted, then toppled to the hard-packed earth with a grunt.
Gripping her pounding head, she sat cross legged on the floor and rested her back against the wall. She rolled spit around her mouth in an effort to loosen her swollen tongue from the roof of her mouth. What the heck happened?
“Sean?” she croaked. Her voice was low and rusty from disuse. Had she passed out? They, she and her fiancé Sean, hadn’t even had that much to drink.
“No Sean here,” came a shaky singsong voice.
Had she passed out somewhere else? She shifted, moaning when her stomach shifted and slid like old grease on water. “This isn’t funny, Sean.” Finally, she looked upward.
Not home. Nowhere near home.
Weak sunlight filtered through the dingy mullioned glass block windows. From somewhere, a woman wept as if trying to do it in secret. The dirt floor was hard, and sported a colorful rug, a camped with a stingy mattress and rolled sleeping bag sat in one corner. While a toilet and shower, well more like a hose with a nozzle occupied the other corner. At least that section of the room had an actual floor. The faint stench of sewage gave her an idea of what was supposed to go on there.
Definitely not at home.
Rough gray cinder blocks formed the walls and thick wood and bars made up the front of the cell. A soft, soothing alto sang an old Cyndi Lauper song, something about girls having fun.
She was not having fun. She wanted to go home. She didn’t want to be in this dirty, filthy, hovel waiting for God knew what or even worse for whoever had grabbed her to come back and do what? Her heart pounded at the question.
Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
How I became an author, I’d love to say it by accident, but that’s soooooo not the case. When I was a little girl, I used to write mystery stories featuring a precocious 4 y/o who, along with her best friend solved mysteries.
I read a lot of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Encycloprdia Brown and such. Slowly I graduated to Victoria Holt, MAry Higgins Clark, and then came the category romances.
After one too many mature, wealthy man imposing his will on a naive, young woman, I figured I could do better.
Lol. I don’t know if it’s better, but at least they are characters and locales I can identify with. Nothing against a ranch in Wyoming or Montana. It’s just that this city girl can identify with a working farm in the rural fields of Michigan where civilizations is a mere five minute car ride away.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I am impatient. Not for everything, but anything where I have to wait. That’s why you’ll see me listening to a book, or knitting. I have to occupy my time, because I hate waiting.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
One interesting thing about me is that I have a guide dog. I’ve had him just over a year and he has certainly enriched my life.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Some of my pet peeves are people who interrupt my workout in the gym, chairs not being pushed in, mumbling, and being ignored.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend my last day with the people I loved the most. We would have a huge party and I would make sure each of my loved ones knew how much I loved, cherished and appreciated them. I’d name them, but don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings if they don’t see their name.
Who is your hero and why?
I know it’s cliche, but my dad has always been my hero. As a kid he was this larger than life guy, complete with rippling muscles and everything. He’s play dolls, tea parties, let me dance on his feet. He taught me to drive, balance a checkbook, and what a man looks for in a woman.
My dad and I share the same eye disease, so to watch him overcome many of the same obstacles I face, just adds to the hero worship. Did I mention my dad has followed his childhood dreams and is now a professional wrestler with Pure Pro Wrestling at it Finest? Go Father Time.
What are you passionate about these days? These days I’m passionate about writing. For a few years I fell by the wayside. Life body slammed me and well, it took a while to get back up. Now, I’m doing my best make up for lost time.
Another project I’m passionate about is advocating for those with visual impairments. Getting involved with my local chapter of the Council for the Blind has allowed me to not only remain encouraged, but has giving me inspiration. We are a diverse bunch of people and the only thing that stops us from accomplishing anything is ourselves.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I read, journal, bake, knit, or go for a walk. Sometimes I can do three of things at one time. :-)
How to find time to write as a parent? When my boys were little, I wrote late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. If I tried to write while they were active, I didn’t get much done. Now that I have a 5 y/o I help co-parent, some of the same rules apply. I try to write while he’s in school and late at night. Otherwise, it’s endless requests for fruit with the juice in it, or chips, can you button me, or can you play with me, or can we go to the park, or can you tell me a story? The last is my fave, we’ve reinvented The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, and love Pete the Cat.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Authentic, Intelligent, creative, compassionate, wary
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think it would’ve been when I wrote my very first manuscript while in high school. I grew up in the 80s and there was no easy access to guidelines and such. It wasn’t until the 90s that I became aware of who to send my manuscripts. Once I did, there was lots and lots of rejections.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I have several favorite movies. Clue is one and anything with Jimmy Stewart. It’s A Wonderful Life, or The Greatest Show on Earth will do.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
That’s a really good question. I’d say any of the romantic suspense ones would be good movies.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
This would have to be a meerkat. They are resilient little creatures. Not just that, they have a matriarchal society. The Alpha female chooses her mate, and she can choose to keep other females and her children in the family or kick them out.
What inspired you to write this book?
This book was a way to get me back into writing. I had a mental breakdown some years back and had not been able to write.
Not being able to write was like a living death. No matter what happened in my life I was always able to write, until I had my breakdown. Nothing flowed. There were some really good ideas, but I couldn’t get more than a few words on the page.
So I gave myself a goal. Write 10k. That was all I had to do. So I started with a threesome who enjoyed solving mysteries. Toss in a villain who collects women, and well you’ve got the premise for ‘His True Love.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m hoping to publish a total of 6 books this year. The next one, Gluttony book 2 in The Sin-Eaters Series is slated for release in April. I’ve added back in material to Breaking Delia’s Rules to return it to its former full-length story and an entirely new series involving characters who are blind or visually impaired.
Do you have any“side stories” about the characters?
Right now, no, but who knows.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in His True Love?
Carson, Matt, and Nathalie are the heroes of the story.Both Carson and Matt have military backgrounds and have been friends and partners for a very long time. Carspm is the self-appointed protector of the group. Even though he loves his electronic gizmoes, he’ll be the first to throw a punch rather than talk. Matt has a little more finesse and a penchant for humor even in the direst of situations. The guys loved talking to me. Nathalie was different. She hangs back and as I learned she’s the heart of the group. Don’t confuse quiet with docile. She’s very good at protecting herself and can sometimes go a little overboard in doing so. The men would rather take care of the dirty work and let her remain their more empathic partner.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I thought it would be nice to have a series that combined the cleverness of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and the more family-fights the bad guys of ‘Leverage.’
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I think I searched a bunch of names until they spoke to me.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
With this book, it was the dialogue between the characters. Carson, Matt, and Nathalie have a bit of snark between the three of them. Even though it’s tempered by love and familiarity, it’s there. And with the secondary characters, the captured women, their voices had to shive through as well.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel? Hmm, that was too long ago. My very first novel was a brother and sister who had an overbearing father. The father tried to arrange a marriage to the son of his best friend. The brother didn’t like this plan…and the title was His Sister’s Keeper. The brother set out to find a more suitable man for his beloved sister.
Who designed your book covers?
For this series, Dreams2Media. I absolutely love what Rebacca does.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Changing the book once all is said and done is sometimes difficult. When I look back on ‘His True Love, I’m satisfied with the story. Ask me this same question a year from now and see if my answer’s the same. :-)
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a few technical terms for the cyber snooping portion and a lot of psychological behavior. Human beings are amazing and terrifying.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For the first time, I haven’t a clue as to who would play the lead. lol. I used to think in these terms. For the villain, I’d like to see the guy who plays Sheldon from the ‘Big Bang Theory.’ He would be great. Almost the same way Will Wheaton was in his roles.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you to all the readers who have stuck by me and have waited patiently for the next book. And if you have a chance, drop by IRAE 2020 on April 25. I, and several other authors will be signing in Daytona Beach.
How did you come up with name of this book?
I tried to circle the title around the name of the detective agency. His True Love, and then His True Protector….
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part of the book is the initial bar scene. I had a lot of fun writing the wisecracks between Carson, Matt, and Nathalie.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
This time the characters all sprang from my imagination. There was no need to change the names to protect the guilty. :-)
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Absolutely my characters hijack the story. LOL. I’m just the conduit through which they write.
Have you written any other books that are not published? Yes, I’ve one currently in editstitled ‘Gluttony’, which is the second book in the Sin-Eaters series. another with the working title of The Kink Brothers, that’s another menage. The full-length manuscript of Breaking Delia’s Rules and a couple of titles which need to have covers and re-released.
What did you editoutof this book?
Originally, the villain was a serial killer., now he’s an abductor of women. Or as he’ often says, “I save them. I keep them safe.”
Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
Lynn’s favorite color is blue.
This book was her first foray into M/M.
The story was set in MI, even though it’s never clearly stated.
Sterling, was named in honor of a character from ‘Leverage.’
Lynn prefers savory fruits to sweet fruits.
Some of the scenes were written after the book was completed.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Top Ten books/authors, Jonathan Maberry, Dahlia DeWinters, Emma Lai, The Giving Tree, The Great Gatsby, F.Paul Wilson, Donald Goines, The Oregon Files, and there’s room for more.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Besides the Bible, How to talk to strangers and what we should know by Malcom Gladwell. It spoke of how societal prejudices effect daily life and if we can break them and see people as individuals we just might have a chance at better lives.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but have been published since 2010. Whispers, now out of business, was my first publisher. They accepted Seducing His Wife. That was the happiest day of my writing career.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Many of them come to me as I write. With His True Love, I actually had to go back and add the character in because she made herself known at the last minute. IF she hadn’t the other women wouldn’t have been found.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends on the book.. IF I have a working knowledge of the subject, I’ll carry on, but if it’s something more in depth, like technology, history, or even when I’m writing about someone who is a VIP (visually impaired person) I’ll get more in-depth research so the character and/or situation can be as authentic as possible.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Even in the traditional workforce, I continued writing. I’m hoping to expand into screenplays. Small screen or big screen is fine with me.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre has always been mystery/suspense/thrillers. If there’s a little romance thrown in, great. If not that’s good too. I truly enjoy the tension and solving a good puzzle.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Sometimes it depends on the scene. Often I’m in semi-silence. My computer talks as I type so there is never real silence in my office. When I do listen to music it’s often the same song or soundtrack on repeat. Have you heard ‘HAmilton’ lately? Great soundtrack.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Right now I’m working on two stories. There are times when I only write one at a time, but I’m being adventurous.
Pen or type writer or computer?
I miss writing longhand. For many years, this was my preferred method of writing and then I would type it up. Now that I can no longer see what I’m writing, I use a computer and my computer talks as I type.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
There are two constants in my life, love of baking and writing. Both of those I pursued as careers. Definitely made the right decision in becoming an author. This is what I love. It’s not about the money, but about creating and building a world where others come to visit and lose themselves.
Advice they would give new authors?
Keep learning your craft. No matter how much you think you know, you can always know more. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s a wealth of information out there and good people to help. Thank you, Personalized Marketing, Inc., Dahlia DeWinters, and Star Williams.
What makes a good story?
Well developed characters, a great plot, and snappy dialogue.
What are they currently reading?
Currently, I’m working my way through Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. After that maybe a little Stephen King. He’s good for keeping me up at night. lol/
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I don’t do any of that. At the heart, I’m a panstser. Usually I have a blurb or synopsis that I work from, I know the characters, well as much as they’ll let me know, and I may even have a glimpse of how the story will end, but I don’t outline or go do bullet points for what happens in each chapter. However, I try to end the chapter on a high note so the reader will want to keep going.
What are common traps for aspiring writers One common trap would be getting stuck in the planning phase. Yes, it’s great to plan, outline and such, but if you never get beyond that point you’re not writing. Another one is fear. Fear of the words not being good enough, or not using the right word.?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing kryptonite would have to be interruptions or Earth, Wind and Fire. Those are the only two things that bring my writing to a screeching halt.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
As the saying goes, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” For me, it’s a bit of both. I try to incorporate the tried and true tropes, with an original idea. Throw a secret baby in with a polyamorous relationship, or best friends decide on a menage, or whatever else may tickle my fancy.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to have a better publishing plan. As in, space out new releases better than what I did so that there would’ve been a consistent schedule of books coming even, even when there were no new ones.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
This was and is the sensations, the way something feels to a man. I quizzed my brothers, and children on certain things. I remember having a conversation with a trusted male friend about how a bj feels or how kissing a man vs a woman. Very helpful conversations.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Whether I believe in it or not, it happens. It’s that moment when creativity stops flowing. Some people never experience this. For me, it happens when my life is out of balance, or anything traumatic happens.
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