Spicing Things Up – Mill Pond #4

by Judi Lynn


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Tyne Newsome promised to help Daphne Ferris pick up the pieces if her professor boyfriend dumped her. Tyne is a hottie chef with no intentions of committing to anyone. He has big plans for his future. Daphne owns a stained glass shop and spends most evenings eating dinner with her parents. She prefers safety and solitude, but Tyne keeps bumping her out of her usual routines. He’s not someone she can ignore. And soon, they find that they complement each other so well, they’re both pushed to places they’ve never been before.




Tyne zipped down the inside staircase and stopped to glance at Daphne’s shop in the dim light.  Most people didn’t move at four-thirty in the morning, for good reason.  When he returned later this afternoon, would the shop be decorated with dangling crepe paper and balloons?  The professor she’d been seeing was supposed to be a free man today.  All he had to do was sign his divorce papers.  Patrick could finally ask Daphne to marry him.  Nothing Tyne would celebrate.  The man was as exciting as porridge, but Daphne thought she’d be happy with him.

On his way out the door to his Jeep, he inhaled the crisp, clean Fall air.  It perked him up, cleared his head.  Driving down Main Street with its brick buildings, striped awnings, and old-fashioned street lamps, he saw Maxwell step out of his bakery to snag the morning paper by his door.  Another early riser.  When Maxwell saw Tyne’s orange Jeep, he raised a middle finger and grinned.  Tyne laughed and returned the gesture.


Interview with the Author:

  1. How long have you been writing?

Geez, this makes me feel old.  I started writing when my husband signed me up for a continuing education class at our regional IPFW—Writing For Fun and Profit.  Our girls were little (a baby and a toddler), and he babysat every week so that I could do something I’d enjoy.  (I know, he’s a keeper😊

2. How long have you been a published author?

The writer who taught that class liked one of the articles I turned in and recommended that I send it to Byline Magazine (no longer in print).  I didn’t have much faith that they’d buy it, but if they rejected it, I’d only be out a stamp, so I sent it.  And they offered me $25 for it.  It was printed in 1985.  I remember looking at my husband and saying, “Wow!  Writing is easy.”  Ha!  It was only beginners’ luck.  But I was hooked on writing by then.  It took three years and lots of “selling” stories for free copies before I sold a short mystery to the Womansleuth Anthology.

  1. What titles do you have available?

I have urban fantasies, written as Judith Post, available as e-books.  And I have romances from Lyrical Shine, (e-books, too) written under my pseudonym, Judi Lynn.

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?

I wanted to write about a character as much unlike me (but a good guy, not a serial killer or anything) as I could get who meets a girl with almost no ego or self-esteem at all, who’s satisfied making her stained-glass art and quilts and sort of hiding from the world.  The story’s about Tyne forcing Daphne to discover her true self.  In the process, he changes, too.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

My fifth Mill Pond romance, FIRST KISS, ON THE HOUSE, comes out near the end of June and my sixth, SPECIAL DELIVERY, will be available in November.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?

I like to bounce between urban fantasy, romance, and mystery, but mystery is probably my favorite.  I’m an optimist, so I like Good to always win in the end.  I enjoy matching wits with the detective and criminal in a mystery, too, looking for clues and not getting tricked by red herrings.  For me, mysteries are great character studies.  When a matter is life and death, you get to the essence of what’s important pretty fast.

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

Surprising myself.  I’m a plotter, and I always start a book by staring at a blank screen and wondering how in the world I’m going to come up with enough ideas to write 70,000 words.  But once I write the first plot point and ask “What if?”, a second usually comes, and then a third, etc.  And once I finish my plot points, I stare at them and ask, “How am I going to bring those to life?”  But that’s when my characters decide to flex their muscles and walk and talk—and even though I’ve plotted what they have to do, they decide to do it their way.  And I’m surprised again.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

My first thought was Elizabeth George, because if any writer could walk on water, it would be her.  I think she’s the best.  But that’s why I couldn’t write with her.  I’d never feel worthy.  I’d be so intimidated, the words would clog in the gray folds of my mind and die.  So I’d choose Ilona Andrews.  She feels more rough and tumble to me, and she’d probably challenge me or kick me in the fanny if I screwed up.  And I’m okay with that😊



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, a noisy Chihuahua, and a parakeet.  She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need.  That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories.  She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.

You can find her webpage at:

Her blog:

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Twitter: @judypost






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