Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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University College and an arts degree from Illinois Central College.
The author of “Finishing Touches” and the “Rehearsal” series,
both revolving around the arts, Hunsaker dabbles in fine art,
piano, and guitar and runs a group assisting writers with their
publishing goals. Several of her short stories and poems have been
published in literary ezines. Widely traveled as a military spouse,
she is now settled in western Pennsylvania with her
husband and two children.
**Welcome, welcome to starr words! And thanks to everyone for stopping by. Don't forget to leave a comment--Check the end of this blog for the great prize for one lucky commenter.
So, without further ado... LK?
Thanks for having me at your blog! I read one of your posts on someone’s blog the other day where you mentioned how your Keltic books inadvertantly became a family saga. Today, related to that thought, I’m going to make a bit of a confession about my new book that I haven’t yet. In time..
Family is a huge theme in all of my novels, either with direct involvement or with family background that affects a character’s thoughts or actions. Sometimes both. In “Finishing Touches” Jenna marries young to escape her parents who have little to do with her. In the Rehearsal series, Susie loses her mother young and her father, who she adores, travels for work, leaving her with a friend of her parents she can’t connect with. One of the main male characters is nearly smothered by his single mom and the other escapes home to get out of a situation that gets out of hand. All of these characters show the results of their family lives within their current stories. There is also interaction with certain family members within the novels.
Like *lizzie, my original intent was not to build a family saga, but the Rehearsal series is becoming one, as well as focusing strongly on romance and friendship. In fact, it’s becoming such an invasive theme, that not only will one of its characters be the mc of the sequel, but she also jumped into Ryan’s story as I was writing it.
Here’s the confession: Dani, Ryan’s best friend in “Off The Moon,” was pulled from the Rehearsal series. She actually pulled herself in, as I had no intention of doing so while planning the book. As Rehearsal begins in 1974, and this one is a contemporary, Dani grows up not only in the world of music, but also with readers who follow my work. References to bands in “Off The Moon” come from the series. It’s not at all necessary to read the series in order to follow “Off The Moon” but the whole background story is available for Dani and Raucous. I should say it’s currently half available. Two of the series of four are out. The third is my next book-to-come.
Back to Ryan and family, his brother is a prevalent minor character and the loss of their father in Ryan’s teen years makes the brother relationship different than it would have been. Will is six years older and has taken over as a father-figure through the years. Now that Ryan is an adult, they have to readjust. Ryan’s relationship with his mom is also an interesting one. As his personality is very two-sided, so is the way he reacts to his mother, as well as to most of the authority-type women around him.
Kaitlyn’s relationship with her family is even more complicated, but I can’t say much here for fear of giving away the story. ;-)
What do you, as readers, think about family backgrounds in novels? Do you like to see them? Are they interference to the story? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Buy Link for Off the Moon preorders:
free US shipping through Nov. 27, discounted outside US
Off The Moon website:
Also, be sure to check my blog for novel-related features. I have an interview with NYC drummer Gino Scalmato up, as well as an interview with singer/songwriter Vicki Blankenship. More to come! http://lkhunsaker.blogspot.com
Off The Moon
"Riveting" Ryan Reynauld is immersed in a world of music, parties, and temporary companionship. Having risen to the top of the pop charts, his biggest concern is objecting to the way his music is produced. That is, until he finds a young woman standing on a window ledge. Against the advice of family and friends, and through media attacks and fan protests, Ryan determines to care for her himself, making a promise that threatens to destroy his career.
Convincing the skittish girl she can learn to trust again comes with a steep price. Sometimes the path to recovery begins by allowing your world to implode.
Print ISBN 978-0-9825299-0-4
Ebook ISBN 978-0-9825299-1-1
Thanks for letting me chat here today, *lizzie!
**You are most welcome. I enjoyed your take on families and sagas!
Next up—RELEASE DAY! Author Interview and Excerpt hosted by Classic Romance Revival, Nov. 27
The full tour itinerary is available at http://www.classicromancerevival.com
Don't forget to leave your comments! One person from each blog will be drawn to receive a signed, mailed copy of the short story LK has written as a bit of a prequel to Off The Moon, called Toward The Sky, plus there will be a signed print book drawing for anyone who comments on at least 8 blogs! Winners will be posted at http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1520
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009
And this is a special day. Today is the third time the 13th has fallen on a Friday this year. We also celebrated the day in February and March. A year with so many Friday the 13ths won't happen again until 2015.
So, what do you think of Friday the 13th? Any superstitions? Or, is it just another day to get through before the weekend?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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Friday, October 30, 2009
'Pac-Man' markings create new mystery at former stronghold of Knights Templar - Times Online
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
So says author Cheryl St. John in the introduction to her upcoming class. Check out the details here and start next year getting rid of the stuff that holds you back!
And yes... I've already signed up!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Check out the idea starters at http://twitter.com/Daily Prompt
I really like today's prompt--
Your camera has images on it that you haven't taken.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Washing your hands is the number one way to prevent the flu and colds from attacking you.
In my mundane world... hand washing is a well used mantra. Here's a fun way to be reminded!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Read Blue Keltic Moon.
No, I'm not in *that* book.
Look for me in *lizzie starr's Birds Do It.
Or come visit me at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.
Thanks to John Shaver for taking such a beautimous picture of me.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Another great friend--another great birthday wish!!
And Eve (along with a writing partner) has a new book out this month as well! How's that for a grand birthday celebration!
Toddle on over to her website and find out more about her wonderfully hot books!
And of course, wish her a
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Since it's almost my birthday and folks won't let me forget the fact... I thought I'd say an even bigger happy birthday to one of my writing friends!
Barb writes romantic comedy and cozy mystery. With plenty of comedic moments! Check out her blog here and say Happy Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
If she touched his mind that intimately he would not be
able to disguise his feelings for her. Then she would know
how much she truly meant to him. How he loved her.
as work space. Breanna stood to one side, her profile lit by
the flickering soft candlelight he preferred to the
harshness of mechanical lights. She studied a heavy stone
tablet, angling it toward the flame to peer at the faint
notches of carving.
Gowthaman avoided thinking about how the flame
brightened the golden strands of her short hair. He pushed
away thoughts of the intensity of her bright blue eyes
when she concentrated. When she traced the angled cuts
of words with her finger he shuddered as if that finger
touched him. He swallowed heavily.
Monday, August 31, 2009
A DUI checkpoint. And all I'd had to drink was water.
Okay, so it way about the time folks would be heading home from the bars, and I was on a busy street. Thank goodness I had my seatbelt on!
After driving down a long stretch of street lined with traffic cones, then being blinded by what had to be the brightest flashlight in history, I handed over my license and insurance card. Luckily the officer decided he didn't need to see my registration--the glove compartment isn't the neatest.
Question--Have you had anything to drink tonight.
Answer--Nope, nothing but water. (and quite a lot of that. Should I tell him I'm only about a mile from home and the bladder knows it?)
Then questions about the stop. Did I mind? Naw. Do I think checkpoints help stop DUI? Ah, now there's the question...
Let's see. They had to give fair warning of the stop. And the lighted sign was positioned far enough away from the stop if thinking cells were present the driver could turn off. (Actually, the sign's what saved me with the seatbelt issue!) But I'm not sure a DUI person would have those thinking cells in operation. If they did, they wouldn't be driving.
And it was rather imposing to have half a dozen officers milling about nearby...just in case.
But with a smile and a thank you from the officer, I was on my way...
I've got to say a huge thank you to the men and women who strive to keep the streets safe! A brief stop anytime is worth that!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
With the new cast of Dancing with the Stars announced... I've picked my two pre-dancing favorites.
Donny, well, because he's Donny. Not that I had much of a life in college, but I would spend that one evening a week with the Donny and Marie Show. Yikes! How much does that age me?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Enter the fascinating world of Blue Keltic Moon which continues the story of The Prince of Darkness. A griping read about Breanna, the leader of Alastriona. She fights to save mankind while trying to win the love of her life, protect her family and keep an evil elemental from reentering the world.
If only we could all find the soulfire to light our life the way Breanna and Gowthaman do.~~Tina Gayle
And, be sure to check out author Tina Gayle at http://www.tinagayle.net/