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The roller-coaster of life

The roller-coaster of life

What a roller-coaster couple of weeks. First I was in a minor car accident (the other driver drifted over the median strip onto the wrong side of the road) so I am currently without my trusty car while it is in for repairs. A few hours after that I was on a plane to New Zealand with my youngest daughter, where we spent five days on a whirlwind mini-break.

On our return I was devastated to realize that it was finally time to say goodbye to one of our fur babies, who was losing her hard-fought battle with cancer.

I feel a little shell-shocked, to tell the truth. As you can imagine, not much writing has been done (well, none actually) and for now, I’m just trying to take some time out to process everything before stepping back in to the always frenetic pace of “ordinary life”.

I thought I’d share a few pics of our New Zealand trip – taken on a tour of the West Coast near Auckland – because this really was a peaceful, haunting and utterly beautiful location.

The waterfall at KareKare and the beach at Piha might be recognizable to some from the movie, The Piano, or the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (am I showing my age?), or perhaps the more recent Taylor Swift clip for Out of the Woods.

New Zealand certainly provided a wonderful mini-break and gave us some much-needed “time out”.

Miss Cleo in the sunI finish today’s post with a photo of Cleo, our ginger cat who fought so hard right up to the end. We love you, Miss Cleo. Rest in peace, gorgeous girl.

Taking time out to heal

Taking time out to heal

Kitten coming out of boxI’ve been hibernating. Hiding away in my little box, so to speak. The accident last year that seriously damaged my arm & hand, coupled with pending house renovations, two surgeries and recovery for one of my daughters, plus on top of that a skin cancer diagnosis (the same type Hugh Jackman has been treated for – not the most serious kind, thank goodness!), has really knocked me around. Not just physically, but emotionally, too.

I kept wanting to write but when I sat down with my trusty laptop, nothing happened. I felt my anxiety levels rising and panic threatening at the edges of my mind. I tried dictation software to assist with my injured hand, and even a plain old pen and writing pad in an attempt to get back to basics.

Nothing.

So… just before Christmas, I decided to give myself time off everything bar the essentials (i.e. family/kid duties & day job), and just… take time out to heal.

The interesting thing about it is that as soon as I gave myself permission not to write, I immediately felt the elusive pull of it once again. The characters started making themselves known in my head (not the crazy voices, just my story characters, I promise!). And now, I think I might be ready to climb back out of the box and start to tease out some of those stories.

Anticipation – something I haven’t felt in ages – is there every time I think about getting back to writing.

I’m trying not to make any writing-related promises or commitments this year, beyond one. I will write when I want to write. Hopefully that freedom from inner pressure will ultimately result in more words on the page, not less. But if not, so be it!

I wish each of you this year the freedom to make healthy choices; to give yourself permission to do what feels right, not what you think you should or shouldn’t do at any given moment.

Photo credit: © Azaliya | Dreamstime.com

 

A brief writing hiatus

A brief writing hiatus

Hi folks, I just wanted to stop by the blog and let you know I’m taking a brief hiatus from writing after an accident last week. I tripped over while doing the weekly grocery shopping and fractured my arm, among some other not-so-awesome injuries.

I should be back on board in a few weeks, but for now, the Oct 15th planned “re-release” of Educating Ethan is on hold until later in the year.

Typing with one hand is definitely doable, but rather painstaking, I have to admit!

Here’s a little snippet from Educating Ethan to whet your appetite in the meantime (and no, this one isn’t erotic, just sexy!):

Educating Ethan Cover - Jennifer LynneShe gestured Ethan into the room and offered the tray of rolls, then poured lemonade into two frosted glasses and added a sprig of mint from her stash of fresh herbs on the windowsill. So what if her hands weren’t one hundred percent steady? He’d never notice. His eyes were clearly on the food. “I do a lot of my food preparation here, experimenting with new recipes, that sort of thing, so I need a big work area. This was originally two rooms, which I had knocked through into one. It’s the heart of my business, and I guess my home as well.”

It was hard to maintain eye contact as she spoke, with his magnificent chest bare to the world, the pinkish brown nipples puckered slightly in the air-conditioned room, and the faint sprinkling of dark hair that led downwards in an enticing line like a persistent arrow directing her wayward gaze. And her wayward gaze complied, whether she wanted it to or not, noting the curve of those thighs and the implicit strength in the coiled muscles as he moved forward to reach for another roll. She glanced only briefly this time but still he knew. She could tell in the amused curl of his lips as they lifted and the knowing way he slanted his eyes at her. So much for using food and drink to distract his attention.

He’s too young, she reminded herself. And he sure as hell won’t be thinking of me that way. He probably misses his mother’s cooking.

She took a deep, steadying breath. “Careful, Ethan. They’re really hot.”

There. A mother would say something like that. Wouldn’t she?

“But delicious.” His eyes crinkled at the corners as he chewed and swallowed. He looked adorably young. She moved around to the other side of the island and gripped its edges. Now she couldn’t see anything below his hips. Much safer.

“What’s it called?” He spoke around the food, and for a moment, she wasn’t quite sure to what he was referring.

It’s called lust. Or maybe cradle snatching? “Umm…”

“Your catering company. What’s it called?”

“Oh!” Tension released from her shoulders as they ventured into a familiar topic of conversation. Work she could deal with. “Simply Delicious.”

“How very…appropriate.”

 

Curious about a romance author’s #cats …um, I mean desk? @JenniLynnAuthor

Curious about a romance author’s #cats …um, I mean desk? @JenniLynnAuthor

Hi folks. I haven’t been here at the blog for a bit because that pesky thing called “real life” (a.k.a. doing more hours in the day job) got in the way. But I did manage to show off my writing space recently over at AusRomToday. If you’d like to see where I pen much of my work – including my erotic romance series, Gods of Love – please head on over to have a look at the photos of my desk.

If you’d rather just stay here, I’m sharing some cat pics today. These are our three fur babies – they keep me company when the muse strikes – and only occasionally get in the way of the keyboard!

Bobby - he eats paper. In fact, he eats everything! Cheeky but so friendly.
Bobby – he eats paper. In fact, he eats everything! Cheeky, crazy, but so friendly, with the loudest purr I’ve ever heard.
Meika - timid and sweet. Hides from everyone bar the family.
Meika – timid and sweet. Hides from everyone, then appears out of nowhere. We’re thinking teleporting ability?

 

Cleo - the elderly matriarch. Our old ginger girl.
Cleo – the elderly matriarch. Our old ginger girl. She has a nice soft bed but prefers our scratchy wood basket.

 

Season’s greetings and a resolution for 2014

Season’s greetings and a resolution for 2014

Christmas baubles at beachHi all, I’ve been a little scarce on the blog lately since I started a new day job a few weeks ago. It has been a huge learning curve, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it – and best of all, the new work schedule allows plenty of time for writing on a regular basis!

I just wanted to stop by and thank all of you for following my blog this year, and to wish each and every one of you all the best for 2014.

My plans and resolutions for the New Year are mostly writing-related. DEMON OF ENVY and ICE QUEEN are almost ready for edits, LEGACY OF THE OUTLAW – a contemporary romance and my first novel-length work – is in edits right now, and I’ve received an invitation to join an erotic romance anthology with an awesome group of authors.

So that’s at least four new releases for 2014 if all goes according to plan. I can’t wait – especially now that my day job allows time to write!

Happy holidays from Melbourne, Australia, where we are about to celebrate Christmas in the (hopefully not too extreme) summer heat 🙂

Do you have plans, hopes or dreams for 2014 that you’d like to share here? Please comment on the post and let me know.

Sharing our anniversary pics

Sharing our anniversary pics

There’s been so much promo since the launch of my latest book, Immortal Seduction (Gods of Love), with not one but two blog tours, that today I thought I’d bring something a little different to the blog. I wanted to slow the pace a touch, so I’m going to share a few pics from our anniversary weekend away a couple of months ago.

20130811_151411No, not those kind of pics! Peaceful scenery pics. Wineries, hills…and alpacas!

It was our first wedding anniversary in August (winter here in Melbourne). With teenagers and young adult kids to ferry around, plus busy day jobs and my writing, we were both keen for a little slice of tranquility and space to just chill, and remember that even though we ain’t that young, we are still essentially newly-weds.

We got that in spades at the gorgeous Stony Creek Cottages in Red Hill. The view from our cottage windows included rolling green hills, grazing cows, plus a pony and 20130812_162324alpaca who were right outside the door. It was the perfect place to unwind, looking out at this view while curled up in front of a cozy wood burner to stave off the winter cold.

Being a coffee addict (most authors are, I’ve discovered!) it was advantageous to find a place offering good organic coffee right across the road, and we definitely took advantage of that.20130811_145156

As it was the Mornington Peninsula, we had to visit the beach – though being winter it really blew a gale, I must say, and we couldn’t really get any photos there.

Last stop was a 20130812_144735winery (well, we went to several, actually), with views out toward Phillip Island and some cute little ducks to keep us company while we drank…and ate…and ate some more.

Only two days away, but it was a lovely short break, and one I hope we can repeat very soon.20130812_135953

Autumn in the air – new look website and blog!

Autumn in the air – new look website and blog!

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-autumn-falling-leaves-image27307823It’s autumn here in Melbourne, and as usual around this time of year I get the urge to rearrange the furniture in our main living area at home. Same thing happens in spring. My family members always look at each other and roll their eyes, but invariably, when I’m done they seem to like the change.

So too with my combined website and blog. Every now and then I feel the need to freshen it up a bit. Yesterday, when I could really feel the autumn chill in the air, I managed to install a new theme – and a whole new look – without losing anything vital. For a non-technical person like me, that is somewhat of a miracle, let me tell you!

I wanted to create an uncluttered, simple and easy-to-read look. Because even though I write romance I’m not really into cutesy hearts and flowers.

JenniferLynne_Immortal Seduction CoverHopefully, I’ve managed to achieve my aim here at the blog. And now that I’ve de-cluttered the living room and my website, the next thing on my to-do list is to finish IMMORTAL SEDUCTION (GODS OF LOVE 4).

What’s on your to-do list for autumn or spring? Please share!

Want to read GODS OF LOVE (1-3)? Find out more HERE.

Reflecting on a year of highs and lows – Jennifer Lynne

Reflecting on a year of highs and lows – Jennifer Lynne

Whether you’re about to spend the festive season in sweltering summer heat (like me!), or are enjoying the cold of winter and the possibility of snow like so many of my overseas friends, one thing seems clear.

Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is about spending time with the people we love and being thankful for all that we have in our lives.

2012 has been filled with enormous highs and the lowest of lows for our family. On the one hand I’ve been lucky enough to have three books released in the past 12 months, with numerous award nominations and letters from fans saying they love my writing.

For an author there is no better accolade than a reader who says you got it just right. 🙂

On a personal note I married my long-time partner in August in a small and beautiful ceremony surrounded by my children, step-children and our families.

On the flip side, we’ve faced serious illness this year, including teen depression and suicidality, as well as heart disease for an older member of the family. Oh, and a small car accident thrown in for good measure.

There were many times this year when I didn’t think I had the strength to face each coming day. But you know what? I did. As a family we’re still struggling at times, but we’re getting there, and I am SO THANKFUL that I will get to spend Christmas 2012 surrounded by the people I love – my beautiful family who mean everything to me.

Best wishes to you

I extend the same best wishes to each and every one of you. Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, I hope that the coming year brings you good health, happiness and inner peace.

The blog in 2013

The blog will be quiet over the Christmas period, but will start back in 2013 with a bang. I’m participating in a Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop from 2nd Jan – with some wonderful prizes up for grabs including a $100 gift card from Eden Fantasys online  store!

Prolific romance author Kate Hill will be visiting on 4th Jan to talk about conflict and consummation and she has a contest giveaway, too!

Contemporary romance author Wendy Ely will be visiting on 10th Jan, so keep an eye out and help her feel welcome.

My next release, SEX CLUB SECRETS (GODS OF LOVE #3) will be out in January, so today I’ll leave you with a little excerpt (18+ ADULT-RATED) from this menage a trois erotic romance. Here is Kade, my bisexual hero, watching his best friend Ella with Anteros, god of requited/unrequited love:

He groaned.

Jesus, God, it was like his ultimate sexual fantasy right here, seeing the two halves of his craving come together in the one divine moment. Pure muscle, masculine strength and rock-hard cock on the one side, and the familiar softness and feminine beauty of the woman he wanted to love and cherish on the other.

She looked damn sexy as a blonde. The color change suited her, but he hadn’t got around to telling her that, yet.

His jeans grew tight around his groin.

A half-lidded look of sensual abandon softened her features and her head dropped in a dreamy fashion to one side as she began to shimmy her dress down. She peeled away the clothing from her shoulders, one slow inch at a time, to reveal pale skin with its faint smattering of freckles dusting the surface. There now was that slight hollow at her throat, the one he had almost kissed last week until he chickened out at the last moment.

There too, were her breasts, and they were even better than he’d imagined. Small and pert in shape, they were topped with long rosy nubs pointing right at him. So the little minx had not worn a bra this evening. She’d sat beside him all night, laughing and drinking her salt-encrusted margaritas, not letting on that the black velvet material of her dress must have been rubbing directly against those nipples all that time.

He leaned forward and touched the glass, spreading his fingers wide against the cool surface and wishing instead he could touch the heat of those crimson tips.

What would it feel like, to take one of Ella’s breasts into his mouth? What would she taste like? He ached to suckle on his friend, run his tongue over her skin, inhale her perfume and hear her moan in the way he’d been imagining in his dreams almost every night for the past few months.

PLATINUM PASSION (GODS OF LOVE #1) and APHRODITE CALLING (GODS OF LOVE #2) are out now.