MFT Guest: Lilly Cain talks about her Favorite Things + a Giveaway!

Let’s welcome the lovely Lily Cain to my blog for My Favorite Things! 

My Favorite Things

Thanks for having me here today, Candace, and for inviting me to join in on your fun series – My Favorite Things!
Since I am a writer it might be obvious to say that my favorite thing to do is to write, or that since I am a mom my favorite people are my kids. Or I might have begun this post with the fact that my favorite drink is currently a Starbucks Caramel Frappucino (okay I had to really think if that beat out a vodka and cranberry juice but there you go). I might even have decided to tell you about my favorite genre, erotic romance…er scifi…no, mystery. Okay, that wasn’t going to work either.
Instead, let me tell you about my favorite moment with every book I write. Not the beginning, despite how fresh and shiny a new story is. Not the middle when the plot is really rolling. And it isn’t the end, despite the sense of relief I experience as my characters struggle past their black moment and into each other’s arms forever. I love all of those parts of my story. But what I love the most is the research.
Okay, I admit it. I am a research junkie. I want to listen to 80’s music if I am writing about a big hair flash back. I want to delve into a treasure trove of historical photographs if I am plotting a WWII scene. I listen to the scifi podcasts with glee when I am working on the dialog for my latest erotic scifi novella.
In other words, I waste time before, around and during my writing, and I love it. It’s awful in a way—I should be pounding out the words. But no knowledge is ever wasted. Who knows when I will use the awesome fact that apparently there is a newly discovered galaxy out there that could be the Milky Way’s twin? Or that there is a way to make your own Easy Bake Oven mixes? 
Research leads to so much more. More ideas, more backstory, more depth to my characters. And I think it is this compulsion that has led me to create a full dictionary for the Inarrii language used in my erotic scifi series, The Confederacy Treaty, with Carina Press. The Inarrii are a complex race, but not that different from humans. Two legs, two arms—that sort of thing is similar. It is the culture that is different, and the research for that has been a total blast.
On June 13, 2011 my next book comes out, The Naked Truth, book two of The Confederacy Treaty. Here’s the blurb:

Captain Susan Branscombe was the victim of brutal torture at the hands of terrorists. Though rescued, she’s now facing an equally brutal accusation: treason.
The only way she can prove her innocence is to allow Asler Kiis, a Confederacy Examiner, to delve into the depths of her mind. Asler is Inarri, the alien race that made contact with Earth just months before. His duty is to find the truth, but when he explores Susan’s mind he can’t resist drawing her into a more intimate experience.
Susan takes comfort in Asler’s heated sensuality. Their erotic sensory exploration chases away the darkness and her body aches for more. But as their desire reaches new limits Susan finds it difficult to suppress the memories she is desperate to forget.
Is the passion they share enough to let Susan push aside her fear and trust Asler, not only with her mind and body but with her ever-opening heart? 

My favorite made-up part of the language that shows up in this one is Inar tel sahan yowlenaii – a more loving greeting meaning loosely – welcome to our world together, always.
So tell me, what is your favorite part of reading? Leave your thoughts and I will give a copy of The Naked Truth away to a commenter.
For more information about Lilly Cain, and for excerpts of her stories please visit You can also follow her on Twitter at or on Facebook at
A HUGE thank you to Lilly for that wonderful post!  I think doing research to help create a fictional story would be interesting because you can just run with the things that interest you and develop the story however you like.  I think it’s obvious when an author has done research, when they have immersed themselves into the time period, the culture, etc, that they are writing about.   
The Giveaway:
One copy of The Naked Truth ebook to a commenter.
Open Internationally.
Must be 18 or older to enter.
Ends July 5th, 2011
To Enter:
Answer Lilly’s question above and remember to include contact info!  

For the schedule and list of Giveaway for The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well! 

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  1. My fav part of reading is to be fully immersed in the story. And of course the wonderful moment when I start reading a book Ive been dieing to read for ages. The worst moment must be when I reach the last page *sigh* and have to return to real life again.

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. My favourite part of reading is to know new characters and forgetting the real life, there is only the story for me while reading 😀


  3. Hi Birgit – Mmmm. I love it when I look up from a book, and just for a second, forget where I am. :) Means the story has pulled me in!

    Hey Anne! Gotta love the backlists – love the fact they are so easy to find these days! Most authors have websites with links. :)

    Hi Sandy – that’s just what I meant in my reply to Birgit – I love that deep immersion in a book!


  4. I think my favourite part of reading is sharing with a friend (“this book is awesome, read it!”) and talking/gushing about it afterward.

    Love the Naked Truth’s cover!


  5. Ooooh, good question. I would have to say it is reading something unique. Seeing how authors can take something and make it completely there own, make feel fresh. Also knowing every time you pick up a book, you will be somewhere different, just lost in another world. Come on, who cares for reality? LOL! Great post and giveaway. Thank you so much :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I love it when I get emotionally invested in a book. It could be from crying, laughing or getting down right angry at a character in the story. That when I know the book is a keeper, and i will be reading it again and again.

    Thank you for the the wonderful post and the contest.


  7. Lilly my favorite part of reading is feeling like I am in the story. That I am a character in the story. Reading allows takes me to other places and I meet other characters. It give an out from my real life. I don’t like finishing a book because it brings me back to the present. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books.

  8. My favorite part of reading is cracking open a new book that I have been waiting for (I love the smell and feel of books, I have been known to sneakily sniff them and stroke them). I love getting to know the main characters and their quirks and individual characteristics. I love the interview and I love the cover of this book (definitely strokable). I would love to read and review this novel :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  9. Lilly’s work looks great I’ll have to check it out. My favorite part of reading is discovering the world in which the author has created. It’s like a mini vacation to a new place every time I open a book. I’m also a bit of a research junkie so will go and look up stuff I find interesting that is mentioned in stories lines.

    pams00 @

  10. My favorite part, if I can put it into words, is reading the different ways the authors use the same words in different orders to describe totally different things in a completely believable way! Make sense? lol There are only so many words that are used regularly, but writers take those words and combine them in different ways to give you totally new meanings, and that amazes me! I love words, in case you can’t tell, and combinations of words that make you really FEEL what the author is trying to get across, well that is the most amazing thing to me:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  11. Hi Marlene – I can’t tell you how much sleep I have lost over the years to a good book!

    Hey Offbeat – you’ve touched on the very thing that is the hardest for the author to do – to make a story uniquely her own and fresh in the eyes of the reader.

    Hi Darcy – that’s how I know if a book will stay on my shelf too.


  12. Hi Tore – You are entered, good luck!

    Hi Krystal – I’m afraid this book is only available as an ebook at the moment, although I hear it will be out in a week or so as an audible book. :)

    Hey Maureen – me too!

    Hi Shadow – escapism is why I write! :)

  13. Oh, I love finding new books to read. Congrats on the release!

    I’ve been a bibliophile since I was 12 and realized what amazing worlds lived between the covers of books. I think the best thing about reading is the exposure to a new world and interesting people. Reading allows you to live adventures you wouldn’t get to otherwise.

    rachie203 [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. A new author that I would like to discover. The story lines sound really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  15. Hi Pam & Wanda – I think escapism is the common theme here!

    Oh Julie – that’s the joy of writing! Playing with words.

    Rachel – I have 2 girls and the cash we spend on books is insane, LOL. I think we could start a library!

    Hey Na – you’re welcome! Thanks for stopping in and good luck!


  16. I had to laugh at the research part. I was wondering since you’ve eliminated every part of the story, what it would be. Nice to know your books are as accurate as possible.

    My favorite part of reading is the exact point in the book where the plot unravels enough for me to get lost in the book and the setting and character description is already done with. The part where I’m telling everyone to shut up so I can read the book that’s glued to my hand.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  17. My favorite part of reading is talking about it with other people…you can bond over likes/dislikes and I think you can have more to say over a book than just movies or what not :)

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  18. My favourite part of reading is how personal it is, you fell connected to the characters and can imagine the world the author’s created (well, atleast if it’s a good book). I also love when you find a book that you can not put down, leadin to way too many hours reading and a lack of sleep.


  19. Hi Linda – Thanks for dropping in! I think it’s a consensus – we all love that level of submersion in a book when it becomes real to us.

    Hey Andra – do you ever do book clubs? I love them! They are such a great way to talk about a book that you love.

    Hi Jess – I hope that people become that attached to my characters – it’s what every author is shooting for!


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