Please join me in welcoming author Viki Lyn to Unfiltered Speech in a Politically Correct World. Viki, it’s awesome to have you here!
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Thank you Karen for hosting me today. I’m here to talk about my new release Formula For Love published by Musa Publishing. It’s considered a contemporary romance and is set in 1967 during the Summer of Love. It takes place in San Francisco and U.C. Berkeley – my old stomping grounds, but at a much later date!
You might wonder what you could possibly have in common with Rose, a flower child of the 60’s. After all, this book takes place forty-seven years ago! Women’s roles have drastically changed, and the social issues facing women are not what they were back in ’67.
Yet, love is love, and human emotions haven’t changed.
Rose is a young woman struggling with her identity. While she embraces the new ideology of her generation, she was raised with the conservative values of the 50’s. On one hand, she’s told to love the one you’re with, but she struggles with feelings of possessiveness and wanting something more out of a relationship.
As with so many of us, our twenties was a confusing time, when we questioned our sexuality, morals and life goals. Rose is no different.
Now my hero, Kenneth, is the ugly duckling of the story. Not physically ugly, but awkward and uptight. He also must discover how he wants to live his life.
At times, Formula For Love is funny and lighthearted, and yet, serious when it comes to character growth.
I hope you give this contemporary book with a vintage twist a chance!
Giveaway: I have a cool gift package – peace sign stickers and fun bath ‘fizzy’ salts in shape of sandals to celebrate the summer. Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner and post it Saturday evening.
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Kenneth believes everything—even love—can be solved logically, until he meets a flower child who challenges him at every turn
Kenneth Hailey, an uptight conservative mathematician, believes he’s in control. After all, every problem can be solved in a deliberate and logical manner. Even love. When his fiancée dumps him for his best friend, he leaves Manhattan for the West Coast. What better place to forget his past. It’s 1967, and San Francisco is the place to turn on, tune in, and drop out.
But is he ready for Rose Red?
Rose Red, a free-spirited flower child, challenges Kenneth, thrusting him into her world of love-ins, protest rallies, and rock concerts. Kenneth finds himself falling down a rabbit hole, hanging on for dear life.
Old habits die hard, and he retreats, but Rose Red has other plans for him.
Excerpt: Formula For Love, copyright 2014, Viki Lyn
Rose patted his hand. “Forget it. You already said too much. You think girls don’t have the brains for math. We’re too emotional for such discipline. So do you want to sleep with me?”
Kenneth choked, and a spray of coffee spurted across the table, barely missing Rose. He wiped up the mess with his napkin, while muttering an apology. “I might be behind the times, but I like to be the one to invite the girl to bed.”
“If I waited for you to make the first move we’d never get past first base.”
“There’s the unwritten teacher-student rule.”
“You said our paths would never cross, so why worry about it? Do you always follow the rules? We can bend them a little. I’m not talking about a relationship here.”
“You’re talking about loving the one you’re with.” He smiled at himself for using her phrase. The sunlight broke through the window and Rose’s hair shone a burnished copper. Luscious, silky hair he’d like to touch again. “What do you mean by bend?”
“We can sleep together, and since we’re not looking for love, and we’re not each other’s type, and don’t want to—”
“—form any attachments.”
Rose sat back and crossed her arms. “Are you going to let me finish my sentence?”
Kenneth sank in his chair, uncomfortable with the conversation, but riveted.
“Yes, since we don’t want any attachments,” she continued, “it would be ideal. What do you say?”
He scratched his chin. “So I’m going to love the one I’m with after all? I don’t know.”
Rose waved off Kenneth’s worried expression. “Sex can be fantastic, and I’m horny, been without it—”
“—for a day?”
Award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of sexy romance, both gay and straight. It’s the romance that drives her stories to their final happily-ever-after.
As a child, Viki pranced in the sprinklers as a proud mermaid and was saved by the prince on his white steed. And secretly, she visited past eras in her time machine without her parent’s approval.
Since then, she’s traveled to Stonehenge, Hypogeum, Roman Forum, Chartes Cathedral, Carnac, the Great Pyramid and so many other fantastic spiritual sites. Many of her travel experiences seep into her stories.
A native of California, she shares her beautiful adobe with her wonderful husband and favorite man (fictional or real). To learn more about Viki please visit www.vikilyn.com.