Lynn Rush Violet Dawn Blog Party



In the darkest place, the Light shines brightest.

Emma’s love saved Jake from life as a vampire. But their happily ever after is threatened by a savage Vamp seeking retribution for destroying the Avenos Trinity of Evil.

A mysterious stranger enters the mix, coinciding with the first Vamp attack in months. Emma’s new friendship, and the suspicion and deceit surrounding it, further drives a wedge between her and Jake.

To complicate things, Emma is bitten by a Vamp with abilities no one has ever seen before, and that bite has left its mark.

A mark that might tear Jake and Emma apart forever…

Title: Violet Dawn (Violet Night #2)

Author: Lynn Rush

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Release Date: April 1st, 2013




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What others are already saying about Violet Dawn:

Violet Dawn is powerful, enthralling, and refreshingly complex.” ~Carrie Butler, author of Strength

“I’ve fallen head over boots for Emma and Jake as a couple—and as an elite vampire-hunting team…” ~Kristie Cook, author of the best-selling Soul Savers Series

“Fast-paced, action-packed, Violet Dawn is basically everything you’d want from a vampire hunter novel and then some. Emma has kick-ass written all over her.” ~Kate Evangelista, author of Taste


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Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.

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(PS. Sarah at Fae Books is hosting a giveaway of Shifting Pride. Check it out and enter for a chance to win! 🙂 )

Rushed party TOMORROW and imareader Author Kindle Fire Giveaway

I’m SUPER STOKED to be co-hosting a RUSHED party with New Adult Paranormal Romance author Lynn Rush TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 12 @ 8:00 PM EST! Please be sure to hang out with us on Twitter–there will be prizes, chatting, and fun, fun, fun! 😀



Kathy at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer has organized a FABULOUS author hosted giveaway. Read on for all the deets!


Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

Sponsoring Authors

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Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends: 3/31/13

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COVER REVEAL–Violet Dawn by Lynn Rush

I’m so excited to be a part of Lynn Rush’s cover reveal today. Violet Dawn is the sequel to Violet Midnight, a New Adult Paranormal Romance with vamps. WOOT!



Violet Dawn (Violet Night Trilogy, #2)—Release Date April 1st, 2013 from Crescent Moon Press


In the darkest place, the Light shines brightest.

Emma’s love saved Jake from life as a vampire. But their happily ever after is threatened by a savage Vamp seeking retribution for destroying the Avenos Trinity of Evil.

A mysterious stranger enters the mix, coinciding with the first Vamp attack in months. Emma’s new friendship, and the suspicion and deceit surrounding it, further drives a wedge between her and Jake.

To complicate things, Emma is bitten by a Vamp with abilities no one has ever seen before, and that bite has left its mark.

A mark that might tear Jake and Emma apart forever…

What people are already saying about Violet Dawn:

“Fast-paced, action-packed, Violet Dawn is basically everything you’d want from a vampire hunter novel and then some. Emma has kick-ass written all over her.” ~Kate Evangelista, author of Taste

“Rush knocked this sequel out of the park.” ~Carrie Butler, author of Strength


Lynn Rush fullBio:

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.


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Before I get into the meat of today’s post, I want to share with you an awesome author endeavor. Award winning YA author Shelli Johannes and CEO of BiblioCrunch Miral Sattar has spear-headed a campaign to gain donations (to be given to the United Way of Western CT) as a show of support for the victims in Sandy Hook. I’m so honored to be a part of this. Over 50 folks in the publishing industry have donated various items (books, crits, etc) for auction. 

The deets: It’s an online auction to benefit the victims of the Sandy Hook Connecticut shootings through Newtown Youth and Family Services. The auction is currently scheduled to start Monday, Dec 17th (9am EST) and the first round will end Friday Dec 21st (11:00 PM EST)

CLICK HERE to go to the website: Publishing Hearts Connecticut

CLICK HERE if you want to bid on a 3 chapter crit and ebook of New Pride and Shifting Pride from yours truly! (Bidding ends WEDNESDAY for this item)

It’s a worthy cause!


Today Rachel at Stressed Rach is reviewing SHIFTING PRIDE. She gives it FIVE STARS–A MUST READ! Click the link to check it out!


The third installment of the Wasteland series, TAINTED, has a cover and I’m helping New Adult author Lynn Rush share it with the interwebz. I LOVE this series and can’t wait to read this book. Congrats, Lynn!!! 

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Gorgeous cover, no? 😉


Even death can’t stop true love…

After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.

Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother-in-arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.

But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.

If only he had trusted her…

**A portion of all proceeds donated to cancer research & treatment**


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Lynn has a little giveaway going on for the cover reveal. It’s a 7-pack of ebooks and eARCS of the new books coming out!
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I’m thrilled to share in a cover reveal for author Toni De Palma. Ain’t it pretty? Congrats, Toni!

The Devil’s Triangle
by Toni De Palma
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend that can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping he and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
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Superhero Social Disorders ~and~ Violet Midnight Blog Blitz

SO excited to have Patrick here today. He’s guesting on my blog, sharing his insights on Superhero Social Disorders. 

Welcome Patrick!


First of all, thanks to Laura for having me on her blog today!

Have you ever noticed superheroes are never normal, well-adjusted people?  They’re always outsiders whether it’s because they’re aliens, nerds, or just loners.  Most have at least one skeleton in the closet, whether it’s the death of their parents, child abuse, a drinking problem, or something else that helps explain why most of these people adopt a secret identity.  I’m sure Dr. Diamond could spend a long time analyzing the likes of Superman, Batman, Wolverine, or Spider-Man.  There’s just something about putting on a cape and tights and beating up criminals that appeals to people who are not very well-adjusted.

The protagonist of my novel A Hero’s Journey is no different.  When she was just eight years old, Emma Earl’s parents died violently at the hands of a couple of criminals.  Even before then it was no picnic for Emma as her off-the-charts IQ made it difficult to fit in with her classmates.

After Emma’s parents died, she turned inward and focused on her education and her only remaining dream of someday becoming a scientist.  Between her natural intelligence and a lot of determination born out of adversity, Emma earned her doctorate at nineteen and landed her dream job at the Plaine Museum of Natural History.

When she moves back home to share an apartment with her childhood friend Becky, Emma hopes to make a fresh start.  Of course things almost immediately begin to go wrong.  People start to die and the museum is nearly blown to smithereens.  Any hope of a “normal” life goes out the window when Emma finds a suit of magic plate armor that turns her into the superhero known as the Scarlet Knight.

Like any superhero, Emma’s got plenty of problems.  She struggles to cope with the death of her parents.  Her aunt has severe dementia that forces her to stay in a nursing home.  And she has to go out every night and risk being killed, which also doesn’t leave much time for beauty sleep.  That’s only the first book!  As a little spoiler, in the rest of the series the weight keeps piling on Emma’s shoulders.

There are times when even I think, “Can’t I give the poor girl a break?”  But the thing is, we readers don’t really want the pressure to ease up on our heroes.  We want them to have to deal with crisis after crisis, whether it’s an external threat like a villain or an internal threat like a traumatic past.  The way any superhero series continues for years or even decades is to keep the pressure up on the hero.  If you think about it, how boring would it be if these people were normal and well-adjusted?

A lot of it is probably catharsis in that we want our superheroes to have inner demons so we can feel better about our own little problems.  I mean sure Superman can fly and he has heat vision and all that stuff, but he still can’t keep Lois Lane.  Take that!  I think part of why these characters have endured so long is that they can continue to grow and change as writers throw new problems at them.

What I enjoyed most in writing my series is growing Emma from the shy teenager she is in A Hero’s Journey to the mature young woman she eventually becomes.  It is a long and bumpy road, but that’s why it’s a hero’s journey, right?

If you’re ready to take that journey, you can buy my book from Solstice Publishing here.  The book is also available from other retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  To find out more about A Hero’s Journey including character bios, deleted scenes, and a visitor’s guide to Rampart City visit my blog at

Thanks again to Laura for allowing me to take up space on her blog!


Can’t wait to read about Emma’s journey!

Patrick is offering a PDF copy of the book to one lucky commenter! Sa-weet! 

Part Two of this exiting post features Lynn Rush and VIOLET MIDNIGHT…


It’s a Blog Blitz Release Event!

Lynn Rush, author of the Wasteland series, has a new New Adult Paranormal Romance series launching and she’s celebrating by hosting a SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY! If you enter, you could win a Kindle Fire!

To quote Penny from The Big Bang Theory: Holy crap on a cracker!


Let the Hunt begin…

Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.

Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.



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I’ve never been to a Facebook party before, but I’m totally going to this one! It’s  7-9pm EDT. There will be tons of prizes and lots of authors participating. You don’t want to miss it!



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Awaited (Wasteland, #2) by Lynn Rush is coming May 2012!!!!

The voice is a powerful thing…

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate, mute beauty, to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Add Awaited to your Goodreads to-read shelf

Wasteland Available Now: ARe, Kindle, B&N
Awaited (Wasteland #2), coming May 2012 from Crescent Moon Press

EEEEEE!!!!!! I’m so excited to read this book!

Isn’t the cover awesome!

Congrats, Lynn!


Impromptu Schedule Change

Hey gang.

This week I’m altering the schedule of posts. There’s a lot of news about covers and debut novellas coming out, so I hopped on the bandwagon and helped my writerly buds share their exciting news!

Tomorrow 2/7 (Tuesday), is the reveal of Lynn Rush’s second novel in her Wasteland series, AWAITED. It’s awesome, so be sure to pop back over tomorrow to check it out!

I’m skipping Wednesday.

Friday 2/10, I’ll share my review of Christine Fonseca’s debut novella DIES IRAE.

Saturday 2/11, Christine will share her experience of writing novellas and novels, two very different beasts.


Mental Health Monday–Veritaserum Muggle-Style

Author Lynn Rush asks:

Are there any drugs out there that would make someone more susceptible to mind control/brain washing?

The quick answer is no.

HOWEVER, in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Amytal Interview was used mainly in psychotherapy to draw up information from the unconscious (AKA subconscious) mind. Some thought it helped patients recover “forgotten memories.”

Sodium Amytal (amobarbitol) is a barbituate drug that can induce similar effects to alcohol intoxication (drowsiness, slurred speech, distorted sense of time, a feeling of warmth) and those given the drug can enter what’s called the “twilight” state (which is between sleep and wakefulness).

(Those of you who watched Hannibal Rising remember the scene where Hannibal injects himself with a drug to remember the men who murdered his sister, right? Well, that’s the idea.)

Further research found that people can actually fabricate (lie) information while in this twilight state. Therefore, the idea that truth will be told when in a relaxed, drugged state is NOT accurate.

Bummer, right?

Er, I mean, it would make a nice plot device in any novel, but is not reality. 😉

A “fun” fact: Soldiers were given Sodium Amytal to treat “Shell Shock” (now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in World War II. It allowed the soldiers to return to the front lines. Yay for them. O_o

Remember, these posts are for writing purposes only and are NOT to be construed as medical treatment or advice.

Check out Lydia Kang’s Medical Monday post and Sarah Fine’s The Strangest Situation.

Wasteland Blog Tour Beka and Justin Style


Hi all! I interrupt this regularly scheduled Mental Health Monday post to feature an interview with Beka, from WASTELAND by Lynn Rush, and Justin, the main character in my YA Dystopian ENDURE.

Take it away, Justin and Beka!

Hi Beka, I’m Justin. Sorry we had to meet in the underground, but since dusk is coming, I thought it best we go into hiding so we don’t get interrupted by the Vie, the immortal overlords. I hope the flashlight is enough for you to see. Er, not that there’s much to see here. We have a few supplies and stuff, but we keep on the move and travel light most of the time to avoid detection.

Laura tells me you’ve dealt with a lot of demons since you’re a Guardian. That’s awesome because I need some tips from you. You see, I have to find a way to get my sister back and the Vie are so strong that I can’t possibly do it without a plan.

First of all, what kind of special powers do you have, if any?

Well, I have this internal demon meter. I get this little feeling when a demon is near. It’s a subtle hum in my ears, raised hairs on my neck. It’s constant if I’m near a demon. The closer I get I can zero in on exactly who is the demon.

Another is that I hear the Archangel, Michael’s, whispers. That’s how I know whom I’m supposed to guard. We call them our Charges.

The third is, I’m immortal. I’ve been around a long, long time. And I’m difficult to kill. The only way I’ll cease to exist is if they take my head.

Wow. I can’t do any of those things. I just have weird blood that makes the Vie age. So, what’s your favorite strategy for fighting demons? Do you ambush them or do you think “offense is the best defense?”

It really depends on the situation. For example, if a demon comes into a crowded place, I’ll be more strategic. Follow him or her to a more remote location. Then I’ll attack. I can’t risk injuring any humans, and I must keep our supernatural abilities hidden. Humans just aren’t ready to grasp the fact that there are serious supernatural beings interacting with them on a daily basis.

Your world sounds cool, like there’s more humans than demons. We have a lot of Vie here…they’re pretty much like demons, I guess. Hey, do the demons you encounter have trancing abilities? I mean, can they control you with their thoughts or voice or anything? 

I haven’t come across one who could do any such thing—so far. Evil runs deep and long as does it’s wicked magic, though, so I would not put it past them to learn how to do that, or evolve into that ability.

[A crash sounds in the corner near the door. Justin scans room with flashlight.]

Sorry, must be a rat. What happens if you, I don’t know, are weaponless or something?

A good Guardian always carries a blade. A sword is better, but with all the security and trying to be discreet, a blade—or three—tucked in various spots is a must.

But, if I am caught without a weapon, I can still hold my own. Always look at your surroundings to see what you can use as a weapon. Anything that will enable me to take their head, I will use. And as long as I “keep my head,” I’ll survive the encounter.

I like tasers. They work pretty good against the human slave-goons that the Vie use to police the rest of us.

[Justin sighs and scratches his head.]

Um, have you ever had to work with a demon to kill another demon? I’m kind of facing that right now and I don’t know whether or not to believe him.

Funny you should ask that. I’m having to entertain that concept right now, too. I’m torn. Protecting humans and vanquishing demons is why I was created. But I’m learning there are different types of demons out there. Ones thrown into the life not because they chose it. I won’t rule it out, just yet. But you must be cautious. Always cautious.

[A siren sounds in the distance. Justin stiffens.]

Must be another raid. Don’t worry. They don’t check the underground…much. Do you have anybody helping you?

[Beka slides a blade out from her ankle holster]

Don’t worry. I’m ready if there’s trouble.

I do have help. My brother, Russell. At least we let everyone around us think we’re related. We are in a sense, considering we’re both Guardians, but I trust him like a brother, so it fits. He’s strong and noble. Also keeps me in check sometimes when my mind—or heart—wanders to places it shouldn’t.

Man, I wish we had Guardians here. One last question, then I think we should go. Anybody trying to take advantage of you? Like, do people think you have more powers than you really do and they want to use you for their own greedy plans? I’m dealing with that too, so any tips would be great.

Actually, very few people know we exist. Some select people, those who serve the Light, help us blend in, assimilate. They are very special people we call Familiars. But no, none of them have ever tried to take advantage of me. It’s just not in their nature.

Beka, you’re awesome. I totally learned a lot—I owe you. I hope we meet again…preferably after all the demons are dead and after I rescue my sister. Follow this tunnel and you’ll end up near the bridge. Good luck.


Thanks, Justin. You certainly run a great interview! Thanks, Beka, for stopping by, despite the dark and dank underground setting. Glad you’re safe and the Vie didn’t interrupt you guys.

Lynn’s awesome enough to give away a signed copy of WASTELAND to one of you guys! It’s totally worth it. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!

All you have to do is comment here. You’ll earn extra entries if you Tweet or Facebook. Just let me know what you do when you leave a comment.

You have until Monday, September 26, 2011 MIDNIGHT EST to enter, then I’ll announce a winner on Wednesday, September 28!



Lynn Rush began her writing career in 2008. She has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the mental health field and has enjoyed applying that unique knowledge to developing unique characters.

A former inline speed skater and mountain biker, Lynn has been known to test the limits of her athletic endurance. So, when she’s not writing, she spends time enjoying the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of fifteen years and going on jogs with her loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

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Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

Wednesday Linkage

Hey gang!

Today, the main character of my YA paranormal WIP is guest posting at dear writer friend, blogging buddy, soon-to-be published author, Lynn Rush’s blog! Liza has offered a series of movie quotes that she dares y’all to guess which movie they’re from. (HINT: She’s 16 and she’s a horror movie fanatic.)

Lynn’s New Adult novel, Wasteland, is coming this September by Crescent Moon Press. I can’t wait to read it!

Lydia takes the reins of this month’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog round by sharing her strategies for maintaining patience while querying. Here’s my post from last week, in case you missed it.


Some WIP news: I’ve passed 10,000 words and am quite happy with how things are going. I haven’t worked on a BRAND NEW project in over a year, so I’m really reveling in the honeymoon phase, LOL! Don’t you just love that new project smell? 😉

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve topped 500 Twitter followers and am closing in on 300 blog followers–WOOT!!! In order to celebrate this milestone and to share my thanks, I’m going to develop a contest for some giveaways. So, STAY TUNED next week, ‘kay? 😀