Lynda Aicher- No Boundaries and an HEA

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Happy Ever Afters Are Key For Me

I’ve been reading romance books since…forever. I honestly can’t remember not reading BackinPlay_LyndaAicherthem. My love affair with the genre started with Disney which morphed to First Love from Silhouette books and finally to the wide variety of adult romance novels.

For me, it all comes down to the happy ending and the guarantee romance provides. I read to escape. To dream and imagine and get away from the drudgery of daily life. Before I start a book, I don’t just like but need to know that the story is going to end okay.

A good romance might make me laugh and cry, smile and cheer, angry and even annoyed. However, I know—no matter what happens throughout the story—that in the end, the characters will get their happy ending. I finish every book feeling good and hopeful and that’s the outlook I want to have about life. I believe in love and happy endings and romance books reinforce this simple, but often forgotten, ideal.

After all, what other genre can you read where you cheer for love to come for a vampire or werewolf or reformed drug addict or sex worker or whoever. Love truly has no boundaries in romance. In many ways, each of these different love stories gets us to open our minds and hearts to other possibilities. They expand an often limited world and let us explore without leaving our house.

I’d always thought of myself to be an accepting person, but I admit I stumbled when I PenaltyPlay_LyndaAicherfirst read a ménage book that had full male/male sex scenes. It was different, not what I was expecting yet so incredibly intriguing. My upbringing said I shouldn’t like it. A large portion of society said it was wrong yet I couldn’t get myself to feel that way. It was love after all. It didn’t matter who it was between. I laughed at myself when I realized I was more open to reading about a vampire finding love than two human men and that was wrong of me.

I dove into gay romance then, devouring more books in one year than I’d read in the previous five. Everything from the stories, to the writing, to the characters had me hooked. They were love stories, ones I could root for, invest in and heave that satisfied sigh for at the end. Reading gay romance opened my mind and heart to all ideas of love. They helped me grow as a person and opened my world to the struggles that so many endure simply because of who they love.

Romance is universal and good. It makes me smile and leaves me happy no matter who—or what—is falling in love. It’s my go-to place when I need to escape and be reminded that there is still hope and good and unlimited possibilities to explore. And yes, love isn’t easy but it can conquer all if you’re willing to take a risk and fight for it.

Lynda recommends:

I’ve read primarily gay romance for the last four years, so my current go-to authors are all from that genre. Amy Lane and Heidi Cullinan are both on my auto buy list, but since they get their own posts, I’ll name a few of my other favorites.

Rhys Ford – I absolutely love her Cole McGinnis series. Her exploration and portrayal of gay men in the Korean culture is nicely done and fascinating. The stories have a mystery/suspense element that keeps you turning the page and wanting the next book.

Heidi Cullinan – She has a wonderful way of building her characters and stories. Her 2015 RITA® nominated book Fever Pitch, book two in Love Lessons, is a great coming of age story dealing with self-awareness, personal acceptance and the courage it takes to go after what you want.

Anne Tenino – She has penned some of my favorite books. Her latest, Wedding Favors, was both heartwarming and tender without being overdone. It left me happy, satisfied and so glad I’d discovered her books years ago.

Annabeth Albert – She’s relatively new to the genre but her voice doesn’t reflect that. Her Portland Heat series delivers solid stories with endearing characters. The flow of each story left me cheering for the romance and the couples. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Sheer joy is sometimes the hardest thing to experience because it’s often a matter of being aware enough to recognize the emotion while you’re in it. For that reason I find myself checking in sometimes to identify these moments. The first time I truly remember doing that was when I took my ninety-year-old grandmother to see Riverdance. I was watching the performance and realized how happy I was. Simple, pure happiness. Of how much joy there was in watching the amazing dancers, of getting caught up in the music and show, forgetting everything else and just enjoying the event.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Grand Teton National Park is my happy place to go. The mountain range is simply amazing to view and the place itself speaks to me. I first went there with my now husband when we were driving across the country to move to San Francisco. We eventually got married there five years later. We took our kids there a few summers back and the magic of the place hasn’t gone away for me. The best way to explain how I feel when I’m there is I can finally, really breathe.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I don’t know that I have a specific sound that brings me joy. Of course there’s the obvious one of my kids laughter, but I’m drawing a blank on anything else. There are songs that make me laugh and dance. The roar of the ocean relaxes me. Silence is peaceful after a long day. My cat’s purr is soothing. But joy…I’m going to have to pay more attention to this one.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

I honestly read so many books it’s hard to say one over the other. But the recent ones that stand out in my memory are The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane, The Right Time by Lane Hayes and For Real by Alexis Hall.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

I probably shouldn’t tell you that I had to look up most of these names, but I pick Chris Pratt.

Lynda is generously giving away two print copies of the 2-in-1 Bonds of Trust & Bonds of Need, and three signed digital copies of Game Play, book one in the Power Play series, to US readers. She will also give away three signed digital copies of Game Play to international readers. Entry forms for both below.

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Lynda Aicher is a 2015 RWA® RITA® award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged erotic romances. After years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

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