A Tea with Jack and Me

Tea pot

You’re invited to tea with Choctaw Jack and me and our wonderful hostess, Ruby on Tuesday. This is my first time conducting a character interview. I’d love to know if you think it works.



Another 5-Star Review for Dearest Irish

New Cover 2013


I’m flying high today. Dearest Irish just received another 5-star review from Linda Tonis of the Paranormal Romance Guild. If you have a few moments, please stop by and see what Ms. Tonis has to say. http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/reviewslynhorner.htm


I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend. Remember to honor those who gave their lives to defend our country.

5-star Review from Big Al’s Books and Pals

New Cover 2013

Friends, I am on cloud nine today thanks to  the wonderful review just posted on Big Al’s Books and Pals for Dearest Irish. I was rather worried that this book wouldn’t do as well as the first two books in my Texas Devlins series.  For one thing, it’s quite a bit shorter, although that might be a plus for busy readers, I guess. For another, the story is very different. It’s a Native American/western romance with a supernatural  aura. But Big Al’s reviewer really “got” the feel of the story, for which I am very thankful.

Here’s the review link: https://booksandpals.blogspot.com

I’d love it if y’all would stop by, tweet and share the review for me. If you feel like leaving a comment, I sure wouldn’t mind. Open-mouthed smile


What’s in a book cover and title?

I’ve been told more than once that the titles of my Texas Druids books may be driving away readers. Some folks might get the idea that I’m writing about modern day Druids in Texas. Not so!

I’ve resisted changing the titles because they fit my subject – psychic siblings descended from Irish Celtic Druids who venture into the Old West in search of adventure and, of course, romance. I mean, I write romances so what else would the stories be about?

Also, I like the alliteration in the titles: Darlin’ Druid, Dashing Druid, and Dearest Druid. An Amazon editor even told me she likes the titles, but she didn’t offer to sign me on for Montlake, Amazon’s romance publishing arm. When I asked what she thought of the series title she conceded it might be a drawback. Darn!

To make a long story short, I’m biting the bullet and changing the titles. The books are now Darlin’ Irish, Dashing Irish and Dearest Irish. While I’m at it, I also decided to freshen up the book covers. Rather than start from scratch, I simply got rid of the backgrounds and turned the covers into close-ups of the main characters. Here, without further ado, are my new Texas Devlins covers.

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As you can see, I also added sub-titles to let readers know this is a series, and I’ve been busy changing the front matter of the books (title page, copyright, list of my books, etc.) to match the new titles, My computer guru son got into the act last evening, adjusting the mobi file for each book. I like to use Amazon’s free downloadable aps, Kindlegen and Kindle Previewer to check my book formatting before I upload to the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. In order to do that, my indispensible offspring sets up an OPF file for each book. Which requires a knowledge of html, definitely not among my skills.

So, what do you think? Do you like the new covers? What about the titles? Do they grab you and make you want to read the books? I hope so because I have no intention of changing them again. There’s an old expression that pretty well describes me at the moment: I’m too pooped to pop!

Oh, by the way, I still need to make adjustments to the prequel novella, White Witch. When I can get my tired brain around it. Ooftah! I need a nice long nap.

Or maybe a Margarita or two. Winking smile

Guest Post Today

Hi everyone,
I’m guesting today on Tara Kingston’s site, talking about historical research for Dearest Druid. I’d love to hear from you.

Interviews and A Book Excerpt

I’m interviewed today on British author Mel Comley’s site. Please stop by if you have a couple minutes.

Wonderful book reviewer and hostess, Laurie Jenkins is also running an interview and excerpt from Dearest Druid. http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/2013/05/dearest-druid-by-lyn-horner-interview.html

Have a great weekend! I’m looking forward to my daughter’s wedding shower tomorrow.

Designing an Ad Is Fun!

As I may have mentioned a time or two, I was a professional artist a lifetime ago. My specialty was fashion illustration. I worked in the advertising department of a large department store in Minneapolis, where I grew up, went to art school, married and had my kids. I was a finishing artist. That is, I did the actual pen and ink drawing for an ad, working from a layout designed by, you guessed it, a layout artist. There were also copywriters who wrote the advertisement text and copy & paste-up experts who carefully pasted the completed artwork and text portions together on heavy white paper, which was sent to the printer. I enjoyed my role as illustrator, but I always kind of wished I could try my hand at laying out the ad design. Nowadays, I can do it all right here on my laptop, and you know what, it’s fun. I had a blast laying out this ad to be featured in a program for a writers conference. I liked it better in color but it’s not bad in grayscale. What do you think?

Emerald City ad grayscale