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New PNR Series Announcement & Cover Reveal: INK BLOSSOM

New PNR Series Announcement & Cover Reveal: INK BLOSSOM

Dear Monster Kissers & Wild Strangers from the Sea,

Yes, I know, THE SHORE OF HIM hasn’t even released yet, and here I am, already announcing a new series? It’s simply because I’m way too excited and it’s getting too hard to keep my mouth shut. I want to talk about my new project. I want to share it with you all.

I’ve been (mostly) silent about it ever since I began working on it in January this year, and I think it’s been long enough 😉

So! My new Paranormal Romance series is called Ink Blossom, and tells a tale of seasons and devils, and a fiery girl determined to find her own way in a world she does not belong in.

“Oh, my love, don’t lose me now,
Come and find me, come and look
for me in this maze of pumpkins,
Yes, of pumpkins and rattling bones”

Even though her heart calls out to Spring, Gwyn is forced to live in the Land of Autumn. Desperate to escape, Gwyn crosses paths with that of the Autumn devil’s, who is nothing she thought he would be:

Beautiful. Soft-spoken.
A broken man haunted by nightmares and guilt and death.

Gwyn has a choice to make. To either remain trapped forever.
Or to risk it all and free the devil from his cage.

 

The Ink Blossom series consists of 4 books total, and the first book will release on September 20th, 2022!

But, before I’m sharing any more information, let’s check out the covers:

 

I know I say this about all covers that have been created for my books, but I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. ❤️❤️ They capture the overall mood of the story perfectly, and I already can’t wait to see them standing side by side on my book shelf… and on others’ too, of course! (Please keep sending me pictures, I’m honored and I love seeing my books on your shelves!!)

As I said before, the first book will release on September 20th, 2022! Book 2 will also release this year, and books 3 and 4 are scheduled for 2023.

 

Preorder links

Amazon

Ink Blossom (book 1)

Ink Raven (book 2)

Ink Dreamer (book 3)

Ink Goddess (book 4)

 

Kobo

Ink Blossom (book 1)

Ink Raven (book 2)

Ink Dreamer (book 3)

Ink Goddess (book 4)

 

Barnes&Noble

Ink Blossom (book 1)

Ink Raven (book 2)

Ink Dreamer (book 3)

Ink Goddess (book 4)

 

 

For a detailed blurb of book 1 and all four exact release dates, please visit the INK BLOSSOM page here on my website 🙂

 

Book 1 is already finished and will go into final revisions in June, the draft of book 2 is also finished, and this week I’ve begun outlining book 3. I love working on this series, and cannot wait to share this story with you all 😀

 

September still feels a little far away, but don’t forget! THE SHORE OF HIM, the sixth and final book of The Sea of Her series, releases very soon on June 21st ❤️

 

Feel free to leave a comment down below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can also reach out to me on social media, or through email ( contact(at)lynnrobin.com )~

 

— Lynn

 

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Finished writing The Sea of Her series + new books + am I neglecting this blog?

Finished writing The Sea of Her series + new books + am I neglecting this blog?

Dear Weepers of Pearls & Wild Strangers from the Sea; dear Monster Kissers & Collectors,

At last, I’m here with a new blog post. To be honest, I published two new ones back in March, so I suppose “neglect” is too big a word, still it feels like quite a while since I actually posted an update regarding my writing. There is a reason for that, but I’ll get into that at the end of this post.

First things first! ❤️

 

• The Sea of Her has come to an end

In the second week of March, I sat down to work on THE SHORE OF HIM, the 6th and final book in The Sea of Her series — and last Thursday, on March 31st, I wrote the final words for the book. Which means I’ve only worked on it for 3 weeks… yet it felt like months, probably because THE SHORE OF HIM is such an intense, emotional roller coaster of a book.

To be honest, I literally cried after finishing the manuscript. I’m not sure what came over me, actually — I always feel emotionally connected to my stories and characters, but something about Leilani’s and Keanu’s tale coming to an end just both made me happy and terribly sad at once. Kind of having to say goodbye to the best of friends. And I don’t really like having to say goodbye.

However, I’ve sent the manuscript out to my beta readers, and revisions will start later this month and run through in May. Which means it’s not a final farewell yet; I still have plenty of work to do on the book 😉

 

• Time for a new journey

I just realized I’ve never spoken of this on this blog this year (see what I mean? I AM kind of neglecting this place), but in January/February, I took a quick break from The Sea of Her to write the first book in a brand new Paranormal Romance series! I’ve talked about it for a bit on social media, especially on Instagram, even though I’ve never really shared any details.

And actually, I’m still not going to, because the time isn’t there yet. If everything goes according to plan, however, the cover for the first book should be designed this month, so I can schedule a reveal pretty soon, and finally share some details. These new characters have managed to steal my heart yet again, so I’m stoked to introduce them to you soon 🙂

Next to that, I’m brainstorming for 4 or 5 different book series at the moment, so, well… it’s going to be busy. I promise to keep you posted 😉

 

• To blog… or to vlog?

Now, to tell you the reason why I haven’t been blogging a lot lately: it’s because I have decided to start vlogging. Yes. Next to my writing, I’m going to be a YouTuber. I’ll be in front of the camera, no more hiding behind-the-scenes, and talk your ears off about my greatest passion… which is writing! I think it’s also called “AuthorTube”? I’m still learning the lingo here, guys, so bear with me.

Basically, I’m simply going to share my life as a writer with you all, in a more visual way than a blog will ever allow me to do. To be clear, I won’t be stopping this blog, but there will be more regular updates on my future vlog instead. I haven’t finished any video yet, but if you’d like to be the first to see them, you can already subscribe to my YouTube channel over here~!

I can’t say exactly when my first vlog will be up. The plan is May at the latest, but that means I have to get to work and start some serious recording 😉 I’ve already been practicing a bit in my Instagram stories, and I am super hyped about all this! Please stay tuned~

 

So, lots of exciting things going on! I have many plans for this year, and can’t wait to share it all with you guys 😀

 

I hope you are all very well, and thank you for reading this blog! Tell me, what do you prefer these days? Blogs or vlogs? Personally, I used to be a blog-enthusiast, but these days I rarely read them (oops), and watch lots of vloggers instead. I just feel that seeing someone, hearing them talk to me, and with the right images and music, I feel so much more connected to people. But maybe that’s just me! What about you? ❤️

 

Feel free to leave a comment down below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can also reach out to me on social media, or through email ( contact(at)lynnrobin.com )~

 

— Lynn

 

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OFFICIAL COVER REVEALS & RELEASE DATES: The Sea of Her 5 and 6 | the final books

OFFICIAL COVER REVEALS & RELEASE DATES: The Sea of Her 5 and 6 | the final books

Dear Weepers of Pearls and Wild Strangers from the Sea,

At last, the time has come for me to reveal the final two covers in The Sea of Her series: book 5 THE PEARLS OF HER and book 6 THE SHORE OF HIM ❤️

Those of you who have read and finished book 4 have most probably already seen the cover for book 5 as it’s announced in the back, and the cover has been out there on Goodreads for a couple of months now — but today marks its official reveal and that of the very final book in the series, which hasn’t been shown anywhere before 😉

 

Leilani’s and Keanu’s battle against false Kings and Queens in order to save the ocean continues in book 5, and comes to a grand finale in book 6 — but there is more for them to fight against but the curse that has been poisoning the sea for so long: as their pasts and true identities unravel more and more, they both have demons to conquer and choices to make. It brings them closer and deepens their love—but will it last, will this war bind them together forever… or tear them apart instead?

 

Ready for the covers to be revealed?

You’d better be, because here they come!:

 

 

 

Personally, I’m so happy with my designer’s work and how the final covers came out ❤️ I’m having a hard time believing this journey with Leilani and Keanu is almost coming to an end; it’s been a year now that I began working on it, and I still remember those first few weeks of dipping my toes into this tale and meeting them both. It’s making me rather nostalgic, actually.

Sorry. Emotional writer’s brain talking. Moving on:

 

Release dates (mark your calender!)

• THE PEARLS OF HER releases on March 15th in ebook and paperback

• THE SHORE OF HIM releases on June 21st in ebook and paperback

 

Please look forward to these final two installments of The Sea of Her 🙂

Feel free to leave a comment down below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can also reach out to me on social media, or through email ( contact(at)lynnrobin.com )~

 

— Lynn

 

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A Belated Happy 2022 — a year of creative freedom

A Belated Happy 2022 — a year of creative freedom

No, I hadn’t forgotten about this blog. No, I wasn’t planning on remaining silent for so many weeks.

Yet I have, and here is why 🙂

 

Usually, at the end of every year, I always post an overview on December 31st in which I look back on the entire year. I revisit every single month and tell about the books I’ve written and published, as well as summarize all the things I’ve done and achieved.

However, at the end of 2021 I simply didn’t feel like doing so. Because I had been revisiting the year over and over in my head, and for some reason the feeling crept up on me that I hadn’t enough to tell you guys. That I hadn’t achieved enough that year.

Which isn’t true. In 2021 I published the final books of the Kissing Monsters series, published two new installments of the Insomnia Saga, and began publishing The Sea of Her series. You could say it was a year in which I said goodbye, kept going, and gave life to something new. Also, I published 10 new titles. If that’s not an achievement, then I don’t know what is.

But the fact remains that 2021 wasn’t a particular spectacular year for me. Nothing truly grand happened. All I’d built up in 2020 just calmly kept going at a steady, easy pace. And as the final weeks of 2021 crept up, I started to feel disappointed with myself because… because why? Well, that’s a very good question, because I worked just as hard as I had other years, and there was no reason to start blaming myself.

As New Year’s Eve came around, though, I’d managed to clear out my messy thoughts, and felt a lot lighter: I simply had to realize that it’s okay if some years are a little slow. In hindsight, 2021 was a year meant to slow down and just work quietly behind the scenes. A year that wasn’t meant for noise and grand happenings. And that’s fine.

Anyway, I could’ve posted something on New Year’s Day, of course, but I still needed a bit of extra reflection and quiet time for myself. I took a break from social media as well, and haven’t shared anything about my plans for 2022 yet.

I do have plans, though. Oh yes, I certainly do 😀

 

Of course, I can’t predict what 2022 will bring me — it can go absolutely crazy. But either way, I have granted myself permission to go absolutely crazy in my writing. Meaning, I am giving myself some creative freedom this year: I am allowing myself to work on ANY project that calls out to me.

Last week I’ve already finished the fifth book in The Sea of Her series, THE PEARLS OF HER, which will be prepared for its release on March 15th in the next several weeks. But instead of diving straight into the sixth and final book, I am first going to work on the opening book of a brand new series (which I’m going to keep absolutely secret for now 😉 ). Also, this year I’ll be working on the final books in the Insomnia Saga, SOMNUS and The Somnus Fileswhile also working on brand new projects.

In 2022 I will probably publish less new works than I did in the past two years. Due to some personal circumstances I’ve fallen a bit behind on my writing schedule, and the reason I felt down at the end of 2021, was because I found myself stressing a bit because I was working from release to release and writing on deadlines.

This year, I will take the time to “stock up”, so to speak, on brand new series which I can then publish over the following years in a more rapid pace, just like before 😉

I am absolutely stoked about this, and of course I’ll keep you all posted! The books that will definitely release this year are books 5 and 6 of The Sea of Her, as well as books 4 and 4.5 of the Insomnia Saga. Whether there’ll be any surprise releases, I do not know yet — but never say never; anything can happen ♥️♥️

 

Thank you for reading, and a belated happy 2022 everyone! Let’s make the most of it 😀

 

— Lynn

 

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Author Interview over at M.S. Wordsmith | A Little Bit About Me

Author Interview over at M.S. Wordsmith | A Little Bit About Me

Dearest Sleepwalkers, Monster Kissers, and Wild Strangers from the Sea,

This week is starting off strong, as today I am featured over at the blog of M.S. Wordsmith with a very fun interview in which I share some things about me, tell about my writing process, and talk about my favorite authors and books!

 

Read the interview here~

 

Well, that is it for me! I’m going back to work, as this week I will be very busy preparing THE DEEP OF HIM (The Sea of Her #4) for its release on December 21st. Only a few weeks left until the story of Leilani and Keanu continues — and let me tell you, in this book their journey is taking them to dark, dark places…

— Lynn

 

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Insomnia Saga: ORIGINS postponed & Kissing Monsters 2021 publications: Official cover reveals and release dates

Insomnia Saga: ORIGINS postponed & Kissing Monsters 2021 publications: Official cover reveals and release dates

Hey there Sleepwalkers and Monster Kissers,

Got a pretty big update for you guys this week, as I have some news to share about both the Insomnia Saga and Kissing Monsters. Most of it is good, I assure you! But first things first…

 

• Insomnia Saga: book 3, ORIGINS will release later than expected

First of all, I’d like to apologize for this. I’m aware readers have been looking forward to the third big installment to the Insomnia Saga, and last summer I announced that the book would hit the online bookshelves in February 2021.

However, during the past few months some things have changed drastically for me, as the Kissing Monsters books unexpectedly rose in popularity, meaning I had to alter my writing and editing schedule to keep the fire going, so to speak. Also, I have discovered a new way to write faster, edit faster, and so publish faster and on a more regular basis, which has proved to be a great working method for me.

All this resulted in me having to give the Kissing Monsters books my priority and deciding to postpone the release date of ORIGINS.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, ORIGINS will still release in 2021! But as I have changed “publishing tactics” so to speak, it will release a bit differently…:

— ORIGINS will be published in two separate parts (or “episodes”, if you will).
— Part One will release in eBook edition on March 25th, 2021
— Part Two will release in eBook edition on May 25th, 2021
— the ORIGINS paperback edition will also release on May 25th, 2021, as well as the complete eBook edition

So, if you can’t wait to read it, the first half of the book will be available for you all in March in eBook edition only; if you’re patient enough to wait, the complete book will be available in both eBook and paperback edition in May!

I hope all of you don’t mind waiting a bit longer. As soon as I have more updates on ORIGINS, I will let you all know and keep you posted on the developments such as editing, teasers, etc. 🙂

Jodi and Kay will return soon!

 

 

• KISSING SECRETS (Kissing Monsters 7): cover reveal & release date

And there it is! The cover for the seventh installment in the series. I think this is one of my personal favorites (just like 6), because it looks so mysterious and dreamy. Or should I say… secretive? (Sorry, sorry.)

 

KISSING SECRETS releases in ebook edition for $1.99 on February 16th, 2021

 

• PRE-ORDER NOW:

Amazon for $1.99

Kobo for $1.99

Barnes&Noble for $1.99

Google Play for $1.99

 

Moving on to…:

 

• KISSING PASSION (Kissing Monsters 8): cover reveal & release date

Book 8 will be the final book in the Kissing Monsters series, wrapping up the story arc with a dramatic finale~ (hey, I’m not giving any spoilers here). I almost can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of this series already, little over a year since the release of book 1…

 

KISSING PASSION releases in ebook edition for $1.99 on March 16th, 2021

 

• PRE-ORDER NOW:

Amazon for $1.99

Kobo for $1.99

Barnes&Noble for $1.99

Google Play for $1.99

 

Last but not least…:

 

• Kissing Monsters Collection #2 (Kissing Monsters 5—8): cover reveal & release date

For those of you who’d rather wait and read the final four books all in one go, or prefer to have a physical copy, books 5, 6, 7 and 8 have been combined into a second collection! Personally, I’m absolutely loving these editions; I think the covers are so striking and colorful ❤️ I can’t thank my designer enough!!

 

Kissing Monsters Collection #2 releases in ebook edition for $4.99 on April 20th, 2021

 

• PRE-ORDER NOW:

Amazon for $4.99

Kobo for $4.99

Barnes&Noble for $4.99

Google Play for $4.99

 

Kissing Monsters Collection #2 releases in paperback edition on April 20th, 2021 on Amazon

• The pricing information and purchase link are not yet available; updates will follow soon!

 

This concludes the big release update! I hope you are all as excited as I am 😉 There’s even more to come this year…

As always, I’ll keep you all posted! If you have any questions or just have something to share, feel free to drop me a line~

 

— Lynn

 

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Reflecting on 2020 — a year of love and monsters

Reflecting on 2020 — a year of love and monsters

And here we are: at the end of 2020.

What a year this has been.

When I wrote the blog post in which I looked back at 2019 last year, I finished the article saying how excited I was for 2020 and that it would be a year full of new releases and adventures.

How right I was.

Okay, things didn’t go exactly as I’d thought — this year has been weird, to say the least, and yet, in a way, it went so much better than I could have expected or dreamed ❤️

Shall we dive in?

 

• January: Editing & Exploring the Insomnia Saga … & Yoga

Ah, January. When all was still normal. You still remember what it was like?

All right, all drama aside, this was a busy month that — when I think back on it now — actually passed me by in a rush. The holidays were over, and so it was time to get back to work. My editing-fairies and I worked on the final round of revisions for INSOMNIA‘s manuscript.

Meanwhile, I wrote a third short story for The Insomnia Files, in which I brought Alain Somnus and his friends to life; I absolutely loved working on this; diving deeper into the history of the Insomnia Saga, fleshing out the world-building… It was fun!

Also, ideas for a certain story regarding monsters and a girl named Kiss began to grow…

Apart from writing, I had also decided I wanted 2020 to be a year in which I changed my way of living, my view on life, my daily habits, etc., which is why — for the first time ever since I picked up yoga in 2014 — I had signed up for Yoga With Adriene‘s 30 day yoga journey of January on YouTube. I’m still glad I did that, because I can still tell I have learned things from that month that still serve me now 🙂 It also helped me become even more focused, which only improved my working-speed.

 


• February: INSOMNIA & KISSING MONSTERS

In February I was finally able to release INSOMNIA, the first book in the Insomnia Saga, and the launch of my English/international writing career. The day of release was something I had been looking forward to for months, and it was absolutely amazing, as I got some very supportive messages from both readers and fellow writers who were just as excited to meet Jodi and Kay — or to reunite with them, as some of them had also read the Dutch edition published in 2018.

That was February 11th. On February 14th, however, I released a second book, a novella this time — and a rather romantic one at that 😉

 

 

I’d begun working on the KISSING MONSTERS manuscript at the start of February, amidst the preparations for INSOMNIA‘s release, and it was a bit of a race against the clock to get it finished and properly edited before Valentine’s Day… but I made it (only because it’s a short read, really) and I honestly had a hard time deciding on which book release I was proudest that week 😀

With writing KISSING MONSTERS, however, I suddenly discovered a deep love for writing romance… and I was intrigued.

During the final weeks of February, I wrote The Nocturne Files, the second Insomnia Saga short story collection to be released later that year, all the while thinking of other stories I could write… You know. More romantic ones.

 


• March: Enter the Madness

And then came March.

During the months before we’d all heard the news about this virus spreading in distant countries, but within mere weeks it came closer and then arrived at everybody’s doorstep.

What. The. Hell.

The Netherlands (where I live) went into lockdown and so did many other countries, and everybody, all over the world, was anxious or angry or lost. Suddenly the world was forced to slow down, suddenly the streets were eerily silent, and everybody was waiting for it to be over. During the first week, I must admit I struggled with a bit of anxiety as well, having a hard time focusing on my work and feeling like I’d just entered a parallel universe… or the set of some kind of failed zombie movie.

Luckily I had decided to write a sequel to KISSING MONSTERS, entitled KISSING SHADOWS, which kind of pulled me through the weirdness, and, in the end, helped distracting me. Maybe it’s strange, but my inspiration kept on flowing, and before I knew it, I’d decided to turn the Kissing Monsters books into an entire series, deciding to focus on creativity instead of the virus, and make the best of my brand new quarantine life.

 


• April: The Insomnia Files & Writing ORIGINS & new daily life routines

I slowly became aware of the fact that the virus was here to stay, so I kept focusing on my work and published The Insomnia Files, the first short story collection within the Insomnia Saga and also my very first short story collection in general, which felt pretty awesome 😉

My writing flow still knew no limits, and so I began working on ORIGINS (Insomnia Saga 3) — and whoa, writing that manuscript was a rush. My working speed was off the charts, especially because my focus was almost inhuman (no, really) AND I found a new writing technique which I’ve been using ever since: I stopped rereading every single chapter I’d written. I simply wrote on and on, until a part of the book was finished, and only then did I backtrack and quick-edit the chapters, after which I swiftly moved on.

I swear, it felt like magic.

Next to that, I also made some changes to my daily life. As I couldn’t go out for my runs anymore (which was a bummer, but hey, I’d rather keep my family and myself healthy and virus-free, thank you very much), I began working out at home on a pretty strict schedule. I’d already been doing at home fitness workouts for years, but only in the evenings, and now I started doing them in the mornings too, to make up for the runs I was missing out on. Funny thing is, I almost started to feel healthier than I did before 😛

 


• May: Finished ORIGINS & Still the Inspiration Did Not Stop

I felt like I was half-possessed, or something. Not being able to go out gave me so much more time to write and so much less distraction, that I just threw myself on my writing. So even after I finished the manuscript of ORIGINS, I barely stopped to take a break but instead started writing plot outlines for various projects…

 


• June: NOCTURNE & back to the world of Kiss and Zane

In fact, at the start of June I had written 4 (FOUR) plot outlines for different projects; The Origins Files, the third Kissing Monsters book, and two entirely other and unrelated book series.

At the end of the month, I was excited for the release of NOCTURNE, the second full-length installment of the Insomnia Saga; I had done so many attempts at writing this book (also in Dutch in 2018), that I was actually relieved to finally see it hit the (digital) book shelves 😉

During the last week — during a heatwave, I might add! — I wrote KISSING SCARLET (Kissing Monsters 3) while editing book 2 for its release in August; finally, the Kissing Monsters series was on its way to publication…

 


• July: Summer holidays… relaxation? Explain that to my mind

Usually, it’s my “ritual”, so to speak, to take July and August off from work, to catch my breath and recharge.

The thing is, however, despite all the work I’d already done the months before, I didn’t feel like I needed a break at all. I just wanted to keep on going… which is what I did, although at a slower pace because I allowed myself more time to read and play video games. In July I outlined and then wrote KISSING GHOSTS, the fourth Kissing Monsters book… and by the end of the month, I was already working on the plot outline for book 5. Honestly. I was unstoppable.

And it actually felt pretty awesome.

 


• August: KISSING SHADOWS & A Spiritual Heatwave (for real)

Although still willing to go on and keep the flow going, in August I was forced to slow down when a pretty intense heatwave wrapped almost the whole of Europe in a suffocating hug. (Huh. That’s a poetic way of putting it.)

I’m not sure, I think it went on for over a week? In any case, it kind of turned my brain to mush and having a laptop on my lap wasn’t very comfortable (trust me, I DID try), so I spent my days drawing and crafting a bit, while also reading quite a lot~ It was fun, and while I kept brainstorming for the Kissing Monsters series, it also gave me some time to focus on other things.

As fitness workouts were out of the question, I did daily Tai Chi instead, which brought me to articles while browsing the internet concerning meditation, the Law of Attraction, and all those things related to each other. I definitely got intrigued by this other way of living and viewing life, and had always wanted to try meditation for real (not just the occasional attempt I’d made the years before). I never did, though, because “I never had the time”.

Well, the thing is, you just have to make time. And during a heatwave you’ve got plenty of that.

(Ever since that heatwave I’ve been meditating daily for 10 – 20 minutes, and have never skipped a day! I’m loving it ❤️)

During all this, I was also stoked to finally release KISSING SHADOWS, the sequel to KISSING MONSTERS, happy to share the continuation of Kiss and Zane’s love story with the world 🙂

After the heatwave, I wrote KISSING NIGHTMARES and finished it within a week~

 


• September: KISSING SCARLET & Back to work full-time

September came. Summer and autumn fought for a place, and I often took my editing and writing work outside to the balcony to enjoy the final days of warmth.

While editing releases for September as well as October, I worked on the manuscript for KISSING FLAMES, the 6th book in the Kissing Monsters series. It actually took me some time to get used to the busier rhythm of things again, but once I did, the flow returned and I fairly quickly finished the manuscript 🙂

At the end of the month, I celebrated the release of KISSING SCARLET, book 3!

 


• October: The Nocturne Files & my first KM reviews

In October things began to change.

For the better, that is.

I received my very first reviews for the Kissing Monsters series from readers… all over the world.

And WOW. Every single one of them simply blew my mind (they still do, actually); I never dared to expect that readers would fall in love with Kiss and Zane with the same amount of passion I’ve done, but that is exactly what happened, and I honestly don’t have the words to describe how grateful I am for the warm welcome that readers have given me and my story about monsters, angels and Gifted Ones ❤️ The reviews I have received truly are an author’s dream.

These developments really encouraged me in my writing and I didn’t think it was possible, but ever since I’ve been working on my books with even more gusto than I did before 😉 In October I wrote the 7th book, KISSING SECRETS, while also preparing the book releases of The Nocturne Files (Insomnia Saga #2.5) and KISSING GHOSTS (Kissing Monsters #4), designing the books, etc. It was really busy, but incredibly fun to be working on — especially now I knew even more readers than before were waiting for my stories 😀

In the final week of October I released the second short story collection in the Insomnia Saga, The Nocturne Files! I’m still really happy with how the paperback edition turned out~

 


• November: KISSING GHOSTS & passionate monsters & more reviews

The magic didn’t stop after October; in November the Kissing Monsters books kept receiving wonderful reviews, which made me pinch myself several times just to check I wasn’t dreaming~

It was also time for me to start working on the 8th installment, entitled KISSING PASSION. I think I wrote it in about… 3 weeks? I’m not even sure anymore; writing it was like a blur of excitement and emotion, because this installment is the grand finale to the story arc. It was so intense to work on, and I loved every single minute of it (even when I decided to rewrite that scene, and oh, that scene too, and so on; I’m incredibly critical on my work lately!! Guess that’s a good thing, though, right?).

About halfway through November I released KISSING GHOSTS (Kissing Monsters #4), which had already received some pre-publication reviews from my brand new ARC team, making the release day even more fun 😉

In the last week, my book designer and I also made the ebooks for KISSING NIGHTMARES (#5) and KISSING FLAMES (#6), preparing them for their December and January releases.

 


• December: KM Collection & KISSING NIGHTMARES & a secret “witchy” project

In December it was high time to slow down a bit. My editing team and I had finished the final revisions of the year in November, so I took my chance in December for some (mostly) uninterrupted writing time! ❤️ This is how I began working on a project for which I’d already written the plot outline back in May. It was actually supposed to be a stand-alone book… but after a week of working on it and falling in love with the world and characters (happens to me a lot, it seems… 😛 ), I decided to turn it into a series anyway.

Because, why the hell not.

It’s a story filled with witchcraft, magical spiders, and broody romance — I know, sounds more like a project for Halloween, but trust me, it worked just fine to be writing it surrounded by the Christmas lights in the room 😉

 

This month I had not just one, but two releases! First of all the Kissing Monsters Collection #1, released in both ebook and paperback edition, which includes books 1 to 4 from the Kissing Monsters series ❤️ The second was KISSING NIGHTMARES, the fifth installment… and that concludes my publications of 2020 🙂

 

 

And that’s it. My personal 2020 in a nutshell.

This year has been absolutely crazy. Many things have changed because of the pandemic, many people have grown restless, while others put their extra time to good use by creating beautiful things. I’m happy to belong to the latter, and, well… although 2020 hasn’t been exactly ideal, so to say, I honestly can’t say it has been a bad year for me.

It’s actually been pretty awesome.

I think I’ve never written this much in a year before as I did in 2020, and I certainly never published this many books in 12 months; this year I have released 10 works. Ten. I’m amazed just thinking about it, and I actually feel kinda proud too… 🙂

Also, 2020 has taught me to start thinking and living in a new, better way, focusing even more on positivity and learning how much of that energy can actually be “controlled” by a person. I’m not trying to go all Star Wars on you guys (however, “may the force BE with you”, though, really), but I have truly discovered that your mind and so your thoughts could very well be the most powerful tool a person has in life. Good thoughts and being grateful for even the smallest things in your everyday life really can change your entire world and bring your dreams to life.

So, here’s to 2021; I’m not expecting things to go back to “normal” again, yet I’m ready to dive into this year. No matter what, I’m going to make another great year of it, keep the inspiration flow going strong, publish lots of new releases, stick to my daily meditation and hone my positive-thinking skills… and meet many more readers, writers, great people whom I can share this with 😀

Are you ready for 2021?

Thank you so much for reading this very lengthy blog post; I hope you enjoyed it!

And, last but not least… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I wish all of you the very best ❤️❤️❤️

 

— Lynn

 

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Kissing Monsters Collection (KM Col. #1) & KISSING NIGHTMARES (Kissing Monsters #5): Official cover reveals and release dates

Kissing Monsters Collection (KM Col. #1) & KISSING NIGHTMARES (Kissing Monsters #5): Official cover reveals and release dates

“Her name is Kiss”

 

Dear Monster Kissers ♥️

Today I am excited to reveal the covers and announce the official release dates for two new additions to the Romantic Dark Fantasy Kissing Monsters series!

 

• Kissing Monsters Collection #1 (PAPERBACK EDITION)

As all Kissing Monsters books are being released in eBook format only because the titles are simply too short to be published in print separately, I’m happy to announce that the first four books have been put together and now make up the very first Kissing Monsters Collection! My designer has done a terrific job designing the cover as well as the interior of the book — I honestly couldn’t be happier with the way this book has turned out, and it’s so surreal to see the words of Kiss’s and Zane’s story now printed on actual pages 🙂

 

Kissing Monsters Collection #1 releases in paperback edition for $11.99 on December 8th, 2020 on Amazon

 

Also, mainly for readers who are new to the series, an eBook edition of the Collection will also be released on December 8th and can be pre-ordered:

Amazon for $4.99

Kobo for $4.99

Barnes&Noble for $4.99

 

• KISSING NIGHTMARES (Kissing Monsters #5)

“Half-dreaming, Zane reaches out expecting to find Kiss’s body next to him, to let his hands roam over her soft, round curves and satin skin, his arms aching to pull her closer so he can bury his face in her hair and then sink back into sleep, into a dream in which he can kiss her shoulder, her collarbones, her neck, her cheek, her lips.

He reaches.
But the bed is empty.”

 

The love story of Kiss and Zane continues in this fifth installment of the Kissing Monsters series. On the run from Nyokah and the other angels and trying to find a way to tame Lady Scarlet, they soon cross paths with Skylar… and creatures so dark, the world has never seen them before.

 

KISSING NIGHTMARES releases in ebook edition for $1.99 on December 22nd, 2020

 

• PRE-ORDER NOW:

Amazon for $1.99

Kobo for $1.99

Barnes&Noble for $1.99

 

 

These two books will be my final publications of 2020 — all other sequels of both the Kissing Monsters series and the Insomnia Saga are scheduled for 2021 (possibly even 2022, but let’s not think that far ahead yet, lol).

I hope you’re all looking forward to KISSING NIGHTMARES and/or the Collection ♥️ If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line!

 

— Lynn

 

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KISSING GHOSTS (Kissing Monsters #4): Official cover reveal and release date

KISSING GHOSTS (Kissing Monsters #4): Official cover reveal and release date

For a wild moment Scarlet considered brushing her mouth against Julian’s—something urged her on, a need she couldn’t say she ever felt before.
Perhaps it was his beauty.
Or perhaps it was the mystery that surrounded him, something that told her there was more to him than met the eye.
Something broken.

 

 

Hi there, monster kissers~

I hereby present to you (once more, in case you are reading this blogpost through email, which doesn’t show the post’s featured image, sadly)… the cover for book 4 in the Upper YA Dark Fantasy Romance Kissing Monsters series, entitled KISSING GHOSTS:

 

 

If I say so myself, I am completely IN LOVE with it. The color is absolutely gorgeous and I just love how this cover’s atmosphere perfectly fits the book. It somehow looks both a bit spooky and melancholic, which is exactly how writing KISSING GHOSTS felt to me ❤️

 

KISSING GHOSTS releases in ebook edition for $1.99 on November 17th, 2020

 

• PRE-ORDER NOW:

Amazon for $1.99

Kobo for $1.99

 

In case some of you haven’t read book 3 yet, I’ve decided not to share the blurb in this blogpost — but if you already have and are curious, check it out here! (Simply scroll all the way down~)

 

This is it for now! I hope you’ll all look forward to book 4 — I think it’ll help us all remain in a Halloween-ish mood for a bit longer 😉 If you have any questions or just have something to say, feel free to drop me a line!

 

— Lynn

 

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My books are available EVERYWHERE once more!

My books are available EVERYWHERE once more!

Hey there, shadow darlings!

 

A few months ago — in June — I decided to remove the Kissing Monsters series and the Insomnia Saga ebooks from sites such as Kobo and Barnes&Noble, all so I could enroll them in Amazon’s “KDP Select” program. With my books exclusively for sale on Amazon, it would mean they would also be available on Kindle Unlimited, where members can read an unlimited (hey hey~ xD) amount of books for, I believe, around $10 a month. I figured this would give more people the opportunity to discover my books without them having to buy them, which could possibly boost future sales.

What I did not realize at the time, however, even after careful research (enthusiasm makes one blind, I guess), was that this gave Amazon way too much influence on my promotion — mainly, how I wish to promote my books to readers. In a nutshell, I find out that as long as my books were enrolled in KDP Select I wasn’t allowed to give away my ebooks for free through — for example — my website or email. I wouldn’t even be allowed to host online events in which people could win one of my books for free. Also, I wasn’t allowed to reach out to readers and give them a free copy, because the rules state that you can only ask “professional reviewers” for a review. I could, however, pay lots of money to Amazon to use their special “Amazon advertisements”. Which sounds great and all, but in all honesty I’m rather cynical when it comes to that kind of impersonal promotion. I’m more of a believer of word-of-mouth-marketing!

So to be honest, I wasn’t too charmed by all this. Four years ago I made the decision to go indie because I was sick of others telling me how to write my books, how many titles I was allowed to publish in a year, and even how to promote them; I went indie because I love the freedom of it. Sure, it’s hard sometimes, because you don’t have a publisher behind you to plug your book and push your sales — but the freedom is totally worth it and what I like about the hard work is that once it pays off… well. That just feels damn awesome.

Anyway, I’m going off topic here: For these reasons I have removed my books from KDP’s program last week and published them again on Smashwords. I can now happily announce that both the Kissing Monsters series and Insomnia Saga ebooks are again available on Amazon and Kobo, Barnes&Noble, and of course Smashwords.

 

I hope my decision of last summer hasn’t affected any of my readers negatively, making it harder for you to obtain my books. If I did, I apologize! As an author dreaming of sharing her stories with readers from all over the world, I keep looking for more effective ways to promote my books. I thought this could be it, and hey, maybe after some time it would have helped, but there were simply too many restrictions.

 

The pages of the Insomnia Saga and Kissing Monsters series have been updated and the links to the stores have been added to the information column on the right (or if you’re on your tablet, underneath)! I still have to add Barnes&Noble to the list, but it tends to take some time for ebooks to show up there. Soon, though!

I hope you’ll all understand 🙂 Have a lovely day! ❤️

 

— Lynn

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