Beauty is Coming!

It’s coming, it’s coming! My first historical romance in ages is finally finished and ready! Edits are done, cover art is complete and … yup, it’s coming to all online vendors on October 7! I am so happy. I feel like I’ve been in such a slump for so long, but now that it is over, I am getting on with getting on! And I’m so glad you’ve stuck with me on this journey and can now enjoy this new, sweet romance.

Rosalie Sanders is almost 18 and dreams of having her own family someday. While ready to find a husband, there are no prospects in her hometown. She loves to read and by chance, comes upon an ad in the local paper from a rancher in Wyoming. She doesn’t mean to get caught up in the whole ‘mail order bride’ business, but she is intrigued enough to send him a letter. To her delight, he responds with one of his own, and the two strike up a friendship and then a relationship.

Daniel Ward is a rancher who was disfigured by a horrific fire when he was a child. He never dreams he’ll find someone who’ll accept him because of the way he looks, so when he begins corresponding with a young woman, he’s thrilled.  Perhaps he has finally found someone who will care for him, and not his appearance.

When the two eventually decide to meet, both are met with fears for the future. He worries that she will discover how ugly he is, and turn away from him. The test for Rosalie though, will be if she can look past the scars and let her heart lead the way.

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Slightly Staked

So I’ve had this little humorous fantasy floating around in my head for ages, but in all honesty, never really got serious about writing it. My husband kept telling me to just do it, instead of telling him about it. So… I did! This is not a romance in any shape or form, but is a fun little novella that I’m proud to announce will be out in about a week. This might become the beginning of a little series of fun stories, and you’ll note I’m writing it under a separate pen name to keep it apart from my romances. Set in my own home town, here is the set up:

Welcome to Climax, where the people are friendly, the location is rustic, and things can get a little quirky.

Lina Harker has discovered her grandmother’s secret. She used to be a vampire. Now, Lina’s greatest fear is that a remnant of that vampire DNA is lurking in her cells, waiting to reactivate. Yes, Dracula’s lineage had been destroyed, but the ‘what if’s are too much to imagine.

Doggedly following the trail of two families that escaped the Van Helsing purge, she discovers that ‘X’ leads to Climax, Canada. She has her stakes, garlic and holy water ready, but when she arrives, nothing is as she expects.

Are vampires really living in Climax or has she completely lost her mind? She’d better figure it out before she sprouts a pair of fangs and a taste for O Positive. And before she stakes another innocent shop keeper.

Whatcha think? Let me know!

Ellie

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No More Writer’s Block

Oh man, did I ever have some writer’s burnout. I really think that was my problem, more than ‘block’. I mean, I could come up with all sorts of ideas, but I simply couldn’t get them out. I think that’s finally over. No, I know it’s finally over.

Write now (see what I did there?), I’ve actually got three things I’m seriously working on. One being the vampire story that I mentioned a while back. I really want to finish it because it’s a lot of fun, but it stalled on me for a while. Then there’s the other highlander story–tentatively called Highland Barbarian. At the moment though, neither of those are what is speaking to me the most.

I’ve been working on a new western romance! It’s a mail order bride kinda story, and I’m calling it Beauty and the Cowboy Beast. It’s all about a couple who find love by mail.

Rosalie is a young woman ready to leave her parents’ home and find a husband to build a life with. Daniel is a rancher who has been disfigured by a horrific fire and never dreams he’ll ever find someone who’ll accept him. By chance, they begin corresponding and it isn’t long before they decide it’s time to meet. The test for Rosalie though, will be if she can look passed the scars and let her heart lead the way.

I am so excited to have something new coming! The words are flowing, the storyline is all plotted and it’s almost writing itself. Shouldn’t be much longer.

Until next time,

Ellie

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Soiled Dove is Done!

My goal had been to have Soiled Dove, the next (and probably last) in my Calico Brides series, out for release on the 17th. But then several of my writer friends reminded me that it was the silly season–AKA Christmas–and as such, things can get bogged down at the various stores, and so it might not get out as planned. Ugh. What’s a writerly girl to do? Well, first of all, she finishes the darn book, gets the edits done and then, and only then, can she freak out over the release date. 

So I got it all finished a couple of days ago, spent yesterday doing one final read through before sending it off for formatting. Once formatted, it was to be sent out to the stores. What I didn’t expect, was that it all happened so quickly overnight, and I woke to live listings this morning! I’ll try to keep the book page store links up to date as soon as I see live stuff, but in the meantime, the best place to check for your favorite store is http://books2read.com/u/4jDVnl

So now what’s on my to do pile? Well, I’ve got Highlander Barbarian to finish, as well as a paranormal mystery series. Oh, and there’s a fun urban fantasy I’m working on with vampires and vampire hunters and stuff. That one is totally a comedy, with some adventure thrown in, because… well… vampires. 

But I think I’m going to take a few days off first.  If you’ve got ideas for me though, I’m happy to listen. Find me on Twitter (my almost second home) or Facebook. I’m happy to yack back at you!

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Even A Soiled Dove Can Clean Up

Wow, when books talk to you, they really talk to you! At least mine do. I’d been busy working on Highland Barbarian, almost to the half way point when Ginnie started talking to me. You remember Ginnie? She’s one of Lil’s saloon girls from Under a Calico Moon. Well, the lusty brunette has been whispering in my ear for days now, wanting… no demanding that her story be told. Despite what people think, she isn’t a whore, and doesn’t want to be remembered that way just because she happens to like men. Besides, they are more of a ‘means to an end’ for her anyway. She’s been so insistent that I’ve written about 15 thousand words in less than a week. I’m two third’s of the way through this story, and if the pace keeps up, we just may see the first draft before the end of the month. I’m not holding my breath, because the day job often interferes with my writing plans, but it IS definitely possible.

This is Ginnie’s story. She wants everyone to know that even a soiled dove can clean up with the help of one stubborn cowboy.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

New Calico Book Coming Soon

Okay, not really soon, but sooner than I thought. I’m already at about 15k into a 50k word novel, and it’s moving along really well.

This one is Ginnie’s story. You may remember Ginnie, she’s one of Lil’s girls. She’s got a lot of spirit, so I figured it was time to find her someone to love. Enter Joe Spencer. Totally smitten and determined to woo her away from the saloon. But can he do it? He’s up for the challenge of trying to sweet talk Ginnie away from her life as a saloon girl, and he’s got less than a week to do it. I’m betting on love, because face it, those Calico people are tough and feisty. They just need a partner to keep them on their toes! Soiled Dove should be ready in a couple of monthsFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Excerpt-Beyond The Moors

Unable to put a friend’s disappearance to rest, Jenna Morgan sets out to discover the truth. Instead of a simple hike through a familiar path on the outskirts of town, her journey takes her through unknown territory, opening up in a field in eleventh century Scotland. Forced to join a medieval hunting party, her destiny takes a sharp turn once they cross the moors into highland territory.

When an ill lowlander is brought to his keep, Laird Richard Mathieson takes one look at the lovely blonde and knows he’s found his future wife. Winning her heart is another matter as she staunchly refuses to accept that he is not her missing friend. But it’s the highland way to take a bride when gifted by the Almighty God, and she is truly a gift from the heavens.

With obstacles at every turn, including the determined laird and a savage warrior who wants to claim her for his own, survival in ancient times is a lot more difficult than Jenna ever imagined. After a fierce attack, she must decide whether to return to her own time or give up everything she holds dear to stay with the love she has found in the past.

EXCERPT

“You can’t keep me here.” She sat up at the side of the bed, still clutching the furs to cover her nakedness. Her eyes darted around the chamber.

Richard’s gaze followed the line of her legs to where they disappeared beneath the bedclothes. He licked his lips as their eyes met. “Aye, I can. Ye’ll get back into that bed and rest until morning, or we’ll be embarking on another type of activity tonight.”

Her eyes widened, resembling a frightened doe. “N… no, you can’t.”

He chuckled. “I am laird of this keep. I can and I will make ye stay.” He waved a hand toward the chamber door. “If ye think ye can get to the door before I do, ye be welcome to try. I don’t mind a wee bit o’ sport, but there is no doubt who the winner will be. You are not going anywhere this night.”

She pushed a strand of blonde hair away from her face and eyed the door, then returned her gaze to Richard. “That’s kidnapping.”

“Aye, it is,” he said simply.

Beyond The Moors, just a few more days for the special pre-orders discount. For the bookseller of your choice, go to: books2read.com/beyondthemoors

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Last Book Rebranded

I’ve finished re-doing the last of the books that still held my old pen name.  For those who didn’t know, or have forgotten, when I first started writing 20+ years ago, I was the only Jennifer Lynn writing. After a few years, I put my writing career on pause while I opened and ran a successful small publishing company. Then I sold the company a year ago to return to writing, and to my surprise, there were MANY Jennifer Lynn’s out there.  And a couple of them write stuff that I don’t (hard core erotica), so I think readers were getting confused. It wasn’t likely the other J Lynn’s would change their pen names, and since I was just getting back in the game, it made sense to make a switch.

Anyway, (yes I can be long winded sometimes) I’ve finished switching all the older books over to the new pen name, and took the opportunity to refresh the cover art and titles as well.  This last one was fairly successful in its previous version, so I suspect it will do just as well with the new scrubbery.

So, for those of you who have already bought Signed, Sealed and Delivered, don’t pick this one up again! Same story on the inside, just totally refreshed on the outside. Okay, not totally. The cover is similar, but I still like it. It’s now working its way through the bookstores but if you can’t find it and want it, because let’s face it, it’s a great story, click on the cover to go to the book page and see all the updated links.  And remember, ducking out on a blind date has never been sexier!

Until next time!

EllieFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Beyond The Moors-Preordering Live!

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Preordering is now available for Beyond The Moors! This is a great time to get it, because it is available at a huge discount until release day, May 6. Swing on over to your favorite retailer and pick up this highland time travel for the sweet deal of only 99 cents! Click on the cover to go to the book page for all the retailer links, or just search at your fave store. The price will go up May 6, so grab it while you can.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Breathing a big sigh of relief!

Oh my goodness, I’m finally breathing again. If you’ve been following along on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling so much with the last few chapters of my latest work-in-progress.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great story, and I’ve been wanting to write it for a couple of years now, but it’s been a challenge to get where I wanted the story to go. Especially so in the last couple of weeks. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes I either lose the drive or get impatient to move on to the next book, and almost give up. Say it isn’t so, you say! Almost finished and give up?  Yeah, sounds crazy, but I’d done stupider things in my writing career.

Anyway, while I was plotting away at how to finish this one, which is a highland time travel, by the way, I toyed with all sorts of names for it. Once Upon A Highlander, Highland Dreams, Her Highland Rogue, and so on and so on. Even had a few drafts of cover art completed. Today, after I finally typed ‘the end’ of the first draft, I looked those over and hated them all. Yes, I really did. Every single cover design and book title felt like it had been done before. So I went out and found a new cover design that I just love! It’s not the typical half naked highlander on the cover, in fact, there isn’t a highlander in sight. And the title, well as I was looking at the art, the title just came to me. And I’m proud to share it with you today. I absolutely love it, and I’m even more in love with the title.

A modern woman, an ancient highlander and a love that spans time itself.

Jenna Morgan sorely misses the friend who disappeared a year ago. With no trace of what happened to him, she refuses to believe he is dead and is unable to put his disappearance to rest. Determined to figure out what happened, Jenna takes to the woods, following the same path where Aidan had been last seen only to disappear herself and wind up in eleventh century Scotland.

When an ill lowlander is brought to his keep, Laird Richard Mathieson takes one look at the lovely blonde and knows he’s found his future wife. Winning her heart is another matter as she staunchly refuses to accept that he is not her missing friend. But it’s the highland way to take a bride when gifted by the Almighty God, and she is truly a gift from the heavens.

With obstacles at every turn, including the determined laird and a savage warrior who wants to claim her for his own, survival in ancient times is a lot more difficult than Jenna ever imagined. After a fierce battle that leaves one man dead, she must decide whether to return to her own time or give up everything she holds dear to stay with the love she has found in the past.

I’ve got at least another round of editing to go, but for me that’s the easy part. Getting the first draft down is where the blood ‘n guts comes from so this should be ready in a few weeks, if all goes well.

More to follow, but it will likely come out first via  KindleUnlimited and then make its way through the other vendors after the initial 3 month period is up.

Til next time,

EllieFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail