Friday, February 14, 2020

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Lacey Goes to Tokyo by C.H. Lyn @CHLyn8 @GoddessFish



Lacey Goes to Tokyo
by C.H. Lyn
GENRE: Suspense/Thriller


BLURB:

International travel means international danger.

Lacey Devaine is a four-year veteran of a spy ring which fronts as an exclusive escort service, Miss Belle's Travel Guides. Maintaining her cover is Lacey's number one priority to protect the integrity of the operation she works for.

While on assignment in Tokyo, a nosy newspaper reporter threatens to blow the lid off a scandal that will put dozens of innocent lives at risk. To protect her cover, Miss Belle is called in to act on intelligence Lacey has uncovered.

Can these beautiful, intelligent, and deadly women complete this assignment in time and emerge unscathed? Or will this mission be their last?


Excerpt:


The blade I planted in his shoulder now dangles from his left hand. Fresh blood—my blood—coats the metal. His right arm hangs, useless, at his side.

He snarls at me with yellow teeth. He lunges forward again. The blade swings toward me, and I parry with my machete. The effort sends a burst of pain down my arm and into the left side of my back.

He swings again, and I step to the side, leaning my upper body to the right. We dance now. Circling each other. My left arm will not land a functional blow. Not with blood still dripping down from my shoulder. His right arm continues to swing. More blood pours from him than me.

I reach up my right hand and tug down my handkerchief. I breathe deep, easing the pain in my shoulder and preparing myself for the next attack. I switch my machete back to the right hand.

He shouts something. My grasp of the language is bad—at best—but I know what a cry for help sounds like.

“No one can hear you.” I spit blood at him, laughing.

Laughing during a fight knocks people off their guard, especially if blood is leaking from between your teeth at the same time.

His eyes widen. He says a few words and his gaze darts around in frantic movements. It lands on me. I catch his eyes with mine and don’t blink.

“The rest of your friends? They’re dead.”


Interview with C.H. Lyn

What was the hardest scene from your book to write?
Lacey’s dream sequences were very difficult to write, both because of content and style. I originally wrote them the way many dreams are portrayed in books and movies, as something of a flashback but in dream form. When I started doing research into PTSD I realized they needed some serious work. The dreams are meant to give insight into Lacey’s past, but they are also supposed to show how she is still suffering from her trauma. I wanted to walk a fine line between showing what happened, and not triggering anyone who has suffered from abuse.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? 
I honestly feel like this genre chose me more than me choosing it. My first series (which isn’t done) is New Adult fiction. It’s a dystopian fantasy type series. Lacey Goes to Tokyo was my first foray into thriller/suspense stories.

If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?
So far the balance comes from not having time to work on everything I want to work on, haha. If I had the time to work on all my works in progress, I’d have to figure out a way to get myself into the right mindset for each story. But at the moment, my days are a bit filled with a 1.5-year-old, being pregnant, and trying to keep up with dishes and laundry.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love the dynamic Miss Belle has with her girls. I’m very much the mom of any group of friends I spend time with, and I think Miss Belle has that quality as well. Getting to work inside the two very different minds of Lacey and Miss Belle was also really fun. It was hard, and I definitely had to go through and fix a few places where Lacey sounded a bit too much like her mentor, or Miss Belle sounded a bit too chill, but it was a fantastic challenge I look forward to continuing in the next several books.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I have loved reading since I was a toddler. I would read to my little sister after she was born, even though my actual grasp of reading at 5 years old wasn’t the best. The first author I really fell for was Tamora Pierce. She has written several series, set in the same land. They are sort of medieval fantasy stories and I was obsessed with them. I had each series, have read them all multiple times, and plan on reading them to my little one as soon as she is old enough to sit still long enough. Those books took the spark that was my love for reading, and turned it into a roaring flame.

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I’m 100% a California girl at heart. My husband is in the Air Force, and we are currently stationed in Illinois. We are having a lot of fun in the Midwest, and it’s where my daughter was born, but I miss the coast. I love to swim, and there aren’t a lot of natural bodies of water out here that you’re actually allowed to get into. My hometown has a river running through it. Some of my favorite summer memories are of picnics and barbeques on the shoreline, leaping into the water, and tossing my younger siblings in as they screamed bloody murder.

That being said, I love to travel. I’ve been to Peru, Costa Rica, and we have plans to head to Ireland next. I’ve traveled most of the United States, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the world as time goes on.

Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?
Lacey’s relationship with Delilah was one of my favorites to explore. Delilah isn’t mentioned in the summary because there is so much else going on in the story. But her character moves Lacey. I’m excited to hear what people think of her as a character.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was born and raised in a small town in Northern California. Growing up in a college town meant I experienced a wide variety of people and opinions. I like to think my stories reflect the vast differences in the people I've met.  I love to travel. I want to explore the world around me while writing about the worlds in my mind.

I grew up with a steady diet of wonderful stories set in amazing worlds. I've read almost every series Tamora Pierce has written, and I am a crazy fan of the Hunger Games series. My nerdiness also encompasses the Harry Potter series, LOTR, and (to an extent) the worlds of superheros. Though, my husband is really head of DC knowledge in the household. He is also the most amazing source of support I could hope for.

I'm 26 now. My daughter just turned one. She is already so smart, curious, and beautiful. I want the female characters in my writing to be inspiring, not just for her, but for all the little girls who grow up reading. 


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3 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Bernie Wallace said...

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Cheyenne said...

Thank you so much for having me!! I'm honored to get a spot on your blog.

Bernie, I've wanted to be a writer since I first put pen on paper with the purpose of writing a story, so since I was maybe 8? At 16, I really starting thinking being a writer could be my calling. That's when I really started working on different projects.

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