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DECEMBER 2019 Writing Update: releasing JODI COLLINS, finishing NOCTURNE, and merry Christmas

DECEMBER 2019 Writing Update: releasing JODI COLLINS, finishing NOCTURNE, and merry Christmas

Dear Sleepwalkers,

It is time to say goodbye to December, and what a month it has been.

I don’t know about you guys, but every year, instead of slowing down, I tend to channel some extra “fuel” to power through the last month — just to get all those last things done, just to do something extra, all so I can take a deep breath at the end and look back at the year feeling like I really accomplished something.

Well, this year has been the same… but am I happy will all that I’ve done this last month of the year? Read on!

 

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• New release: The Insomnia Files, File #1: JODI COLLINS

This month I released my very first international publication — a prequel especially written for first-time Insomnia Saga readers, a short story about the series’ main protagonist, Jodi Collins.

It was really exciting, for I’ve been looking forward to this for months, maybe even a year, and I already wrote this short story back in July, so it was awesome to finally see it turn into an actual eBook 🙂

In case you’ve missed it — The Insomnia Files, File #1: JODI COLLINS is available as a free eBook! You can find the download link you prefer and more information about the story right here.

Did you know that the story actually takes place on Christmas Eve? So, if you haven’t read it already, perhaps you should tonight! 😉

 

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• Editing: INSOMNIA

This month my team and I finished another round of editing INSOMNIA, the first book in the Insomnia Saga, which will be published February 11th 2020!

I’m really enjoying the editing process, but, to be honest, I don’t mind that we’re taking a few weeks off for now 😉 We’ll be back for the last round in January, but during the holidays we’re taking it easy!

 

• Writing: the last chapters of NOCTURNE

If you’ve been following me on either this blog or social media, you probably haven’t missed the fact that I’ve been working on the second installment of the Insomnia Saga, NOCTURNE, ever since September.

Working on this book has been awesome, but like I said in my writing update back in November, it’s been a bit of a “bumpy ride”, since I couldn’t work on it full time. I rewrote the first book, INSOMNIA, halfway the writing process, gave my site a huge makeover and update, had to do some work for the publication of JODI COLLINS as well as the promotion of it, and I also had to edit the manuscript of INSOMNIA…

So, actually, I never expected to be able to finish NOCTURNE before the end of the year.

Yet, somehow, I did!

I’m not sure how I did it, to be honest — but like I said on social media last week, when inspiration strikes, it strikes hard, and that somehow gave me this amazing writing-boost 😀 I wrote about 16 chapters in two weeks, and last Thursday I finished the project.

Finishing a novel always is the greatest feeling. I swear, it’s magic. And the same goes for finishing NOCTURNE, because really, this book was intense. It’s kind of hard to talk about it—or not talk about it—, since INSOMNIA hasn’t even been released yet, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. However, I can safely say that I’ve learned a lot from writing this book, along with my characters who also learned some valuable lessons themselves, and despite the very dark, sinister themes of this book, I had loads of fun writing every single sentence 😉

I already sent out a message on social media, but I just want to say it again: The last day writing this book has been especially fun thanks to all the encouraging messages I got from readers and fellow writers all over the world, while I was furiously typing away on my laptop; it was awesome to hear from you all! Thank you 🙂

 

• Sit back and relax: it’s almost Christmas!

After all this hard work, I’ve decided to take a break for a couple of weeks, just to replenish my energy, read some books, play video games… well, to simply do all those fun and lazy things you sometimes just really need to do, right?

Also, tomorrow it’s Christmas! I want to wish you all a merry Christmas; I hope you have a lovely time, no matter however and with whoever you spend it.

 

With this, I’m going to end my last writing update of 2019.

Coming up next week however, is a blog post in which I’ll look back at this year and give an overview of all the things I’ve done, learned, and accomplished this last twelve months, and with the start of the new year I’ll also share a post in which I’m going to tell you about what bookish things you can expect from me in 2020 😀 I hope to see you here on my blog!

But until then…

Have a happy Christmas. Sit back and relax. Read a book (may I suggest my Insomnia Saga short story? …VERY subtle, right?). Enjoy life. Celebrate winter. (Or take notes like a maniac for your next project, as I’ll probably be doing :P)

Feel free to leave a message; I love hearing from you!

 

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BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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NOVEMBER 2019 Writing Update: Insomnia Saga, changes, new horizons

NOVEMBER 2019 Writing Update: Insomnia Saga, changes, new horizons

Dear Sleepwalkers,

For two years I’ve been writing these monthly updates — and to be honest, it feels rather strange to write my first one in English now 😉

However, nothing has changed really; life’s been busy, as always, and this month has been a particularly exciting one. So without further ado, let me tell you about all the things I’ve been up to in November!

 

• Insomnia Saga writing: NOCTURNE

NOCTURNE is the second book in the Insomnia Saga series. I started working on this project back in September, but in October I had to take a break from it to do some crazy (but awesome; it was so much fun!) editing on the first book, INSOMNIA.

This month, however, I could finally return to my manuscript. The book is divided into six parts, and I finished writing part 3 last week. Then, however, I had some other work to do again, so I’ve been forced to take a break once more. Working on NOCTURNE is pretty challenging — it’s not that the book is that hard to write (it flows nicely actually, and I’m absolutely loving the process), but I’ve got so many other writing-related things to do, that I simply don’t have the time to work on it full-time.

 

• From Dutch to English; updating the site

The reason why I had to stop writing last week, is that it was (finally!) time to update my site! I decided I wanted to debut internationally a full year ago — it was October 2018, for those who’d like to know 😉 — and it kind of exhilarated as well as terrified me that the time had come at last to start working toward this goal.

Anyway, since you’re reading this you are already here—still, I’d like to welcome you one more time 😀

In case you missed it and you’d like to read a bit more about me, my books, and upcoming releases, I wrote and shared a blog post last week to introduce myself! You can read it here.

 

 

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• Upcoming releases: Insomnia Saga

With the site-update, I also announced the upcoming Insomnia Saga releases!

December this year I’ll be releasing a prequel to INSOMNIA called The Insomnia Files: FILE #1: JODI COLLINS, which is a short story about the series’ heroine, Jodi Collins. It’ll be available as a FREE eBook download on December 10th!

Early 2020, INSOMNIA — the first book of the Insomnia Saga — will be released. INSOMNIA will be available in both print edition and eBook February 11th 2020.

To find out more, check out the Insomnia Saga page!

 

 

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• FILE #1: JODI COLLINS eBook + teaser trailer COMING SOON

This week I’m still too busy to write, because my team and I are working hard on the short story’s release next month; yesterday we finished making the eBook, and today we’ll be working on the teaser trailer, which will be on YouTube in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait to share it with you guys 😀

 

Well, I think it’s time to wrap this up. I expect December to be a bit… well, calmer, I suppose? I’m  hoping that I’ll have some time to write on NOCTURNE. Actually, at the beginning of November, I even said at social media that it was my goal to finish writing the manuscript by the end of this month.

Guess I was a bit too enthusiastic there.

Right now, I’m not even sure whether I’ll be able to finish it before the end of this year, with the short story release, some editing I still have to do, AND the holidays! I’m so excited about Christmas! We’re going to decorate the house this Saturday, so consider me hyped! 😉

I love Christmas. I know I write freaky stories about pretty dark stuff, but I just love this time of the year — it’s so cozy and magical, isn’t it? Glistening things and tiny lights everywhere! What’s not to love?!

 

Are you looking forward to Christmas? And what do you like to read during this time of the year? Leave a message!

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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Hi. I’m Lynn Robin. Welcome to my wicked mind :)

Hi. I’m Lynn Robin. Welcome to my wicked mind :)

Hello new readers and old readers, and welcome to my blog!

Well, for the new readers here, I’ll introduce myself first!:

My name is Lynn Robin, I’m an author of Dark Fantasy Upper Young Adult books, and I was raised in the historical city of Leiden in the Netherlands. It’s a bit of a cliché maybe, but I’ve been making up stories ever since I was a little girl—and as soon as I was taught how to write, I began writing those stories down and never stopped. Although I started out like any other kid, writing sweet sugary tales about talking animals in forests (yep, I did that), it didn’t take long before I started to develop an interest in darker stories, filled with witchcraft, monsters, and magic… which turned  into quite the obsession 😛

Somewhere in my teenage years I realized I wanted to be a published author someday, and after I turned 19 I started to pursue this dream. It took several years for my stories before they were turned into actual books, but in 2017 my dream finally came true: I debuted with my Dutch series “de Schimmenwereld Serie” (the Phantom World series), containing six books about ghosts, angels, demons, music, dance, and art. The first three installments were released in 2017, book 4 and 5 in 2018, and the sixth and last was published July 2019.

So… yeah, like I said, my dream to become a published author came true; but dreams are things that tend to grow and become bigger without you even realizing it, and I soon found out that publishing my works just for Dutch readers wasn’t enough for me — I want to share my stories with people all over the world.

This is why I decided to start writing in English instead, and publish my books internationally from now on 🙂

 

• About my books: Dark Fantasy Upper Young Adult

I’d like to explain something about the genre I write in…

I call it Dark Fantasy because I tend to add horror-like elements to my book, though horror sounds a bit too heavy for me. My fantasy stories are a little bit gritty, sometimes even a bit spooky and creepy, mostly about dark, nightmarish creatures that I would probably run from myself if I ever got to meet them in real life. (So let’s hope I never will. Though I fancy myself quite a fast runner, so maybe I’ll be fine.)

Also, I’d like to add that my books are Upper Young Adult—meaning that my characters are, most of the time, no younger than 17, and that the ages of my main characters can even reach to early twenties. I didn’t go for New Adult, since, even though I absolutely love a bit of slow-burning, broody romance, in my stories it’s just an extra story line and not the main thing everything revolves around… and well, in my experience, when most people think of NA, they tend to think of erotic romance.

So. There you have it: Dark Fantasy Upper Young Adult 🙂

 

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• Introducing the INSOMNIA SAGA

I’m planning to release my Dutch series “de Schimmenwereld Serie” as the Phantom World series internationally in the near future, but first I’m going to debut in English with another series I’ve been working on for a couple of years now: the Insomnia Saga.

It’s an action-packed Dark Fantasy Upper Young Adult (yes) series, set in a fictional modern world, where people can wield actual Light as a weapon, which they use to fight demons called the Nightprowlers—mankind’s greatest enemy.

This is the blurb of the first book in the Insomnia Saga, INSOMNIA:

 

I caught my reflection in the mirror and looked at the girl staring back at me. Long, brown hair, falling over thin shoulders; tanned skin; green eyes; arms wrapped in bandages, hiding scars.

And at once, I was able to see what everybody else saw.

I had become the monster of fairytales. A creature that was feared, and had to be locked away forever.

 

Jodi Collins is a Sleepwalker.

An outcast. A pariah.

Five years ago, she was attacked by a creature darker than shadows, a demon without a face, a monster hungry for her body: a Nightprowler.

A nightmare that comes to life as soon as the sun sets, drenching the world in darkness.

When a Nightprowler attacks you, two things can happen: it will either claim your body to use as a host, or it will mark you as a Sleepwalker.

Sleepwalkers are feared and despised, believed to conspire with the Nightprowlers and threaten mankind.

Stigmatized by the telltale scars of the Night, Jodi and her parents were forced to move to the slums of Reid, where the alleys are filled with vagrants during the day, and Nightprowlers during the night. No school or employer would have her.

And her parents blamed her for destroying their life.

Now seventeen years old, Jodi is working for the Summoners—the worldwide army that has been battling the Nightprowlers for centuries—who hire her to defeat a Nightprowler that lures countless of victims into its castle while disguising itself as a human; a Nightprowler too dangerous for an average human to fight. It seems like it can only be defeated by another creature of the dark: a Sleepwalker.

Unable to refuse this mission and the money it will earn her, Jodi sets out to find the Nightprowler—but not on her own.

Help comes in the form of the arrogant Kay Somnus, a young Summoner disgusted by Sleepwalkers. And yet, they have to find a way to combine their forces and exorcize this Nightprowler.

Jodi’s future depends on this mission—but what does Kay expect to gain from it?

 

A castle of darkness and storms, filled with whispers and skulls.

Secrets will be revealed. Lives will be changed.

Neither Jodi nor Kay will ever be the same.

 

INSOMNIA (Insomnia Saga #1) will be released on February 11th, 2020.

 

 

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• But first: an INSOMNIA SAGA free short story

To celebrate this upcoming publication, I’ll first release an Insomnia Saga short story, which will be available as a FREE eBook download! I’d love for my readers to meet and get to know the Insomnia Saga‘s heroine, Jodi Collins.

This short story takes place 4 years prior to INSOMNIA, and it’s about Jodi defeating her very first Nightprowler when she was just 13 years old, by overcoming her fears and choosing to be strong.

Why don’t you read the blurb?

 

“Don’t make a sound,” I whisper.

Peering through the shelves, I can’t take my eyes off the giant on the other side. It’s a creature with an oval-shaped head, a slender body, elongated arms, hands with pointy fingers, and long legs with which it takes big, silent steps.

Like a two-legged spider, hunting for its prey.

 

For first-time Insomnia Saga readers

 

A Nightprowler marked her and covered her in scars that will forever stigmatize her as an outcast:

A Sleepwalker.

A year after the attack, thirteen-year old Jodi Collins starts working for the Summoners to keep herself and her parents alive in this new, brutal life of discrimination and hate.

The Summoners are a worldwide army that have been fighting the Nightprowlers for centuries—and by working for them, Jodi will be forced to fight these creatures responsible for ruining her future.

On a dark, wintery night, Jodi is sent on a mission to find a young missing boy. The clock is ticking—if she’s too late, he will end up the same as her.

 

A toy store. A maze of dolls and monsters.

A world where light and darkness collide.

 

Jodi has to prove herself and overcome her greatest fear:

confronting the demons of the Night. And fight them.

 

[This short story takes place four years prior to the first book in the series, INSOMNIA.]

 

 

The Insomnia Files, File#1: JODI COLLINS (Insomnia Saga #0.1) will be released on December 10th, 2019, and will be available as a FREE eBook.

 

  • The eBook will also contain a sample of the first few chapters of INSOMNIA!

 


ALSO, CHECK OUT THE INSOMNIA SAGA PAGE!


 

• Great to meet you!

Many more book releases are on the way (2020 is going to be crazy!), but these first two I can already share… and I think you can tell, but I’m really excited about this 😀

If you’d like to stay on top of my releases, then please subscribe to my blog (scroll all the way up, then check out the right-hand corner!). On this blog I’ll also share monthly writing updates, regularly give you a look behind the scenes, an occasional short story, and many other cool things!

With this I’m going to wrap up this blog post. I just want to say that it’s great to meet you, and, if you were already one of my followers and readers: thank you so much for reading this and coming along with me on the next chapter of my journey as an author! And if you’re new: Welcome, and I hope you’ll enjoy your stay—and my stories 😉

If you have any questions or just have something fun to say (I love that), please feel free to leave a comment below!

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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