Friday, May 6, 2022

Bear's Dream Guest Post and Giveaway


Bear's Dream

Haven Forest Resort Book 1

by Christina Lynn Lambert

Genre: Paranormal Romance 

She had every reason to hate him.

Aiden “AJ” Shepherd’s mistake during a Shifter Army Enforcement rescue mission cost Ellie Ortiz’s brother, Marco, his life. Ellie hates AJ with a burning passion until a chance encounter with him on New Year’s Eve reveals he’s not the cold, heartless man she once thought him to be. Her attraction to him takes her by surprise, and she vows to ignore her feelings. When a new job puts her in contact with him every day, the heat building between them threatens to flare out of control. Her resolve to keep the sweet, sexy man in the friend zone is weakening by the day.

He’s convinced she’s his mate, but a secret could ruin everything
Whether they’re fighting off fanatics who target shifters or working together to get his shifter resort, Haven Forest, ready for the grand opening, AJ can’t get enough of Ellie. Convincing her to give him a chance, more than the one-night-of-fun idea she’s proposed, might be impossible, but he’s fallen too hard for her not to try. During a disastrous assignment with Shifters United, AJ uncovers some information that changes everything. Keeping the secret from Ellie is killing him but he might lose her forever if he tells her the truth.

When Ellie ends up at the heart of a reporter’s plot to prove the existence of shifters, she and AJ must fight their way to freedom. The survival of shifters everywhere depends on it.

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What is something unique/quirky about you?

I see music in color. The notes have motion and dimension. Listening to music is a whole experience for me and brings me a lot of joy. Some of my favorite singers/bands are Elton John, Rush, CCR, Grateful Dead, Ghost, Ella Fitzgerald, and Greta Van Fleet.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Aside from the obvious social injustices of the world, there are a few things I can’t stand. I hate traffic. I don’t mind a long drive, but sitting in a line of cars, not moving, not knowing when the traffic jam will ease, always drives me batty. To me, it’s time spent on a useless, pointless task and that time can never be recovered. Same reason I hate treadmills. It’s just standing in the same place, going nowhere.

Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born and raised in Virginia near Richmond. I currently live about two hours away from the ocean and about three hours from the mountains. I found the perfect middle spot. Virginia has a lot of beautiful parks and hiking trails. Being outside helps me feel connected to the most essential things, the things that really matter. During winter though, I usually stay inside and hide under a bunch of blankets.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would gather up all my loved ones and have a day to snorkel through some caves and swim in the ocean. Once the evening hit, we’d all sit around a bonfire, listen to some good music, and drink margaritas. Throughout my last day, I would make sure everyone knew they were loved and how important they were to me.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

I would try to teach people to be kinder and help each other instead of only helping themselves. But first, I would set up a system that allows for that possibility. I would make education and environmental preservation huge priorities. Listening to problems and looking for the reason why things happen so people could get the help they needed would be my goal.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Sometimes I watch movies or TV shows that I’ve already seen a million times like Clueless or iZombie and veg on the sofa. Going for a scenic walk, especially with my dog, or doing a workout usually helps clear my head. Herbal refreshments help too.

How do you find time to write as a parent?

I have to be creative about it. I write a bit when they’re in school and I write scenes in my head sometimes while I’m in the shower, on the exercise bike, even walking through the grocery store. I get interrupted a million times in the evenings when there are other people in the house. I had to learn to work with a constantly fractured focus. I also stay up really late into the night hoping to outlast everyone and get some peace and quiet.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always loved writing. My English class assignments were always fun and challenging. I wrote poetry and essays just because I enjoyed doing so. I never thought of myself as a writer until I seriously thought about trying to write a novel and have it published. But really, I was a writer all along.

Which of your novels can you imagine being made into a movie?

Probably Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures book 3) or Bear’s Dream (Haven Forest Resort book 1). Both stories have a lot of suspense and adventure elements. Plus, I think the waterfalls, streams, and trees in the resort of Bear’s Dream would look wild and beautiful in a movie.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I’ve never been on any official literary retreat. I would love to take a week (or several weeks) out of my ordinary life and go to a seminar and talk with other writers, get ideas, and then sit out on the beach for a few days with my pen and composition notebook and just write. Getting my ideas out of my head onto paper without the distractions of everyday life would be an amazing experience. I would have to return to daily life sooner or later, but that’s alright. The struggles that writers see and live through are part of what gives us fuel to write.

Before I had the wild idea to write a book, I worked in a few different fields. I was in sales for a while, and after I finished college, I worked as a case manager. When my children were little, I was a personal trainer and running coach. During the evenings, when I was supposed to be studying for another fitness training certification, I started writing a story. Finally, I gave in and acknowledged that writing is what I’m meant to do. I love creating imperfect but determined characters who find the courage to love and the strength to survive in a world where there are no guarantees. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.

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