January 27, 2014

'The Waiting Game' Blog Tour - Guest Post + GIVEAWAY

January 27, 2014
I am so excited to be a part of The Waiting Game Blog Tour, hosted by Ink Slinger PR! Today, author J. L. Fynn shares her favorite scene to write in her latest novel yet in the American Gypsy series, The Waiting Game. There is also a giveaway that you can enter!

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Title: The Waiting Game
Series: American Gypsy #2
Author: J. L. Fynn
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Costello has been going out on the road with his best friend Jim Reilly since they were kids. They’ve pulled cons together, picked up dates together, and have always had each other’s backs. They’re as close as brothers, and Tommy’s sure their bond will never be broken.
That is, until Maggie Downey shows up. She’s an enigma: smart, bold, and charming. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. But there’s a huge problem. She’s arranged to be married to Jim.
Tommy tries to keep his feelings for Maggie in check, but it’s not easy, especially when he’s also hiding a dark secret for Jim—both from Maggie and the rest of their Irish-American Gypsy clan. A secret that not only affects his friend, but that could mean a life of misery for Maggie as well. Tommy does his best to protect both his friendship and his own heart, but it’s soon clear that falling in love with his best friend’s girl is the least dangerous thing happening in the Village that year.
The Waiting Game is a prequel to The Long Game, and the second book in J.L. Fynn’s American Gypsy series.

J. L. Fynn's Favorite Scene to Write
The Waiting Game, like all the books in the American Gypsy series, is set in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, about 40 minutes or so from New Orleans. I decided to set the book there because (1) real Irish Travelers (a.k.a. Irish Gypsies) live in the South, and (2) I lived in New Orleans during law school so I’m familiar with the area.
But really, it’s more than that. I didn’t just live in New Orleans. I fell in love with New Orleans. I’ve been away for seven years now, and I still miss it deep within my soul. There’s something indescribably special about the city. The people are friendly and familiar. The restaurants are some of the best in the world but at an attainable price. The atmosphere is unlike anywhere else in the United States, a weird mixture between French, Creole, and crazy. The street musicians make you rethink any big name concert you’ve ever been to.
I could go on, but the point is, I really love New Orleans, and I’d wanted the city to be a character on par with the other characters in the series. However, The Long Game, the first book in the series, is actually primarily set in Philadelphia (where I live now, incidentally) and the one awesome scene from that book that had been set in the New Orleans had to be scrapped in edits. (Boo!) The companion novella The Short Game took place in Louisiana, but there was just no reason for the characters to go into the city.
But in The Waiting Game, finally, the characters went to New Orleans. A lot. The book is basically a who’s who of all my favorite places: Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, Commander’s Palace, Ms. Mae’s: the sort of places you couldn’t make up. Snake & Jake’s, for instance, is a shack housing a bar in a nice-ish residential part of Uptown. And I’m not talking about some sort of new build made to look like a shack. No, the owners bought this shack super cheap and just decided to put a bar in it, not withstanding the numerous complaints from their neighbors. Once you enter, the place is lit only by a string a Christmas lights. There’s a cat that lives there named Snake (or is it Jake?). The bar doesn’t get going until at least after 1AM. The place should be condemned, but The Rolling Stones once picked it as their favorite bar in the world because of the cool crowd that always shows up.
So really, my favorite “scene” to write was a series of scenes: all the scenes set in New Orleans. It took me back and made me slightly less homesick for the city I love. Well, that, and the time Maggie and Tommy broke the table. That was super hot, even while I was writing it.

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About the author
J.L. Fynn is the public face of the writing collaboration between Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn. Katherine and Chelle disagree on most everything (music, food, need for punctuality), except for what's really important, which is why they've been best friends for seventeen years and writing together for three.

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