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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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    ive enjoyed talking to you lately at the book release parties on facebook

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you! You too!

  • It’s so true that romance reinforces happiness, joy, love, strenght and hope in us!

    • Lynda Aicher

      If only everyone believed that. Just think how much better this world could be…

  • Message for Bobbi: Bobbi dearest, I can’t find the international form… 😉

  • Jennifer C

    I loved the story about your grandmother and Riverdance! Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Lynda Aicher

      My grandmother was a pretty amazing woman and I treasure my memories of her. That one still warms heart.

  • Molly

    I have not read one of your books yet but i am planning on it now.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Awe. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

  • jcp smith

    thanks for the giveaways

    • Lynda Aicher

      You’re welcome. Good luck!

  • Karen Mikusak

    I loved Game Play!

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you! Go hockey!

  • Sheila M

    We just went to Grand Teton. I completely agree with your assessment!

    • Lynda Aicher

      That place is so amazing!

  • kirsten west

    Enjoyed your interview.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thanks for posting and sharing your thoughts and views….and thanks for being open and honest. I think we should all try to expand our thinking and understanding and be open to seeing the world/relationships thru someone else’s perspective.

    • Lynda Aicher

      I had a read once tell me how much her views and opinions had expanded after reading gay romance. I think that’s pretty powerful.

  • Kareni

    I’m also all for love between any and all consenting adults, vampires, werewolves, et cetera. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Vampires, werewolves, gods, zombies and of course us mere mortals….it’s all good, right? lol.

  • mariannewestrich

    I fell in love with M/M by starting with ménage books, as well. It was cemented for me when I found Abigail Roux.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Oh, the Cut & Run series. Yes! Those hooked me too!

  • Texas Book Lover

    Despite what my family would prefer I couldn’t agree more!

    • Lynda Aicher

      Yay!

  • Sue G.

    I read all types of romance. As long as there is a happy ending, I’m for it!

    • Lynda Aicher

      Right? I’ve gone through all the genres in my reading lifetime. It all depends on how I’m feeling when I go to pick up a new book.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I read for the HEA and have real all types of characters. Love is love.

    • Lynda Aicher

      So agree!

  • Pamby50

    Lynda I love reading romance books. You are a new author for me and I look forward to reading your books. I am also going to add the books your recommended to my list also.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you! And enjoy the new reading finds.

  • alisha woods

    haven’t read her books, but always looking for new author

  • Joan Varner

    Since I do love an HEA in a romance, it’s always been about the characters for me and not necessarily their genders. After all this is all different types of love throughout the world.

    • Lynda Aicher

      Love is love. Period. At least we can recognize that in our romance books.

  • Linda

    Love this, and I´m with you, HEA or nothing at all LOL Life is tragic enough not to add to it with my reading <3
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
    //Linda

    • Lynda Aicher

      I don’t read to be sad at the end. Nope. I love my happy endings!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Riverdance was one of my most joyful moments, as well. I adored it.

    • Lynda Aicher

      There’s just something about that show that I love. I’ve seen it three times and could happily watch it again.

  • Erin F

    I had to stop and think a bit after reading your post, but Disney jump started my love of romance too! I saw Little Mermaid and Beauty in the Beast in theatres (I know, dating myself here) and my favorite parts were the aha falling in love parts 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Lynda Aicher

      There are those that scorn Disney and they’re HEA’s. I am most definitely not one of those people. I think it’s great that they promote love and happiness.

  • Michele Hayes

    I need my HEA, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sandy Xiong

    I’ll be honest, the covers of the book threw me off. I kept staring at the abs and took me a few minutes before I started reading. I never thought of Disney being a jump to me starting romance. I enjoy watching Disney movies and not once did I ever consider it. Now I am

    • Lynda Aicher

      There are many current romance tropes based on the Disney movies. Most of your billionaire books are the classic Cinderella trope. I hope I didn’t ruin Disney for you. 🙂

  • flchen1

    I’m right there with you, Lynda–an HEA is why I keep reading romance, and why so many genres work for me! Congrats on your newest release–books 1 and 2 are on my TBR and I can’t wait to dive in!

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them.

  • Christyna

    That’s great that you found a subgenre (m/m) that really works for you as a writer. How great is this genre when we can find our unique niche in it?! Not sure all genres are as diverse and accepting.

    • Lynda Aicher

      I agree. I think the other genres are coming around, but like most things, romance seems to breaking the way.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for your post. I loved the story about taking your grandmother to Riverdance. I hope she enjoyed it too.

    • Lynda Aicher

      She did, very much. It’s a great memory for me.

  • K Davis

    I would love to win one of your books. They sound great. I added some to my wish list too.

  • Linda Henderson

    You are a new author to me but I would love to read one of your books.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Great recommendations! I’ll have to check them out!

    • Lynda Aicher

      You won’t be disappointed.

  • Rhi

    I agree with you on what makes a romance great!

  • Seanna Yeager

    I love, love, love your hockey books!

    • Lynda Aicher

      Thank you!

  • rebecca moe

    Oooh, a new author who writes hockey books–my TBR grows again! 🙂