Taking Care Life Update & Top 20 of 2017 at Diverse Reader

I have cool news to share, but first I’d like to do some real talk about my personal life. The older I get, the more I realize how seldom we talk about the things that really matter. I’m going to try to change that because I truly believe the more we share of ourselves, the more it brings us all closer together, and the world needs a lot more of that right now.
I was raised to devalue myself and to put “taking care of myself” dead last on the ol’ cosmic priority list. In my toxic family, these were the only things I was allowed to care about:

  1. Other people’s needs
  2. Responsibilities
  3. Obsessing over other people’s expectations

I’ve since consciously reorganized my priority list to:

  1. Myself
  2. Loved ones & friends
  3. Responsibilities

But the thing is, I spent 37 years living by that first list, and it’s had some undeniable effects on my health and happiness. When you spend so long setting yourself on fire to keep other people warm, you wind up with a lot of burn scars (that never should have been there). Mine have been catching up with me, so I’ve been taking lots of extra time to just RELAX and enjoy life. I meditate every day now. I’m giving acupuncture a try (with hubby! My needle-phobic daughter is horrified). I pay attention to signals my body gives me. I don’t waste any more time on the past or the future, because right now is all that really matters. I spend more time talking to the people I love, listening to what they have to say, and doing things I enjoy. If you relate at ALL to any of this, I wholeheartedly encourage you to re-prioritize your own list, STAT.

You can’t make other people happy if they’re choosing misery. There are a lot of people in this world who let fear and ego fuel them, and we can’t save them from that without their cooperation. But you can choose to do whatever is in your power to make yourself happier. Because happiness is a choice. You usually have to let a lot of shit go before you find it, but it’s there, waiting. It’s not something you discover out in the wide world. You will never find it out there. It’s inside of you. I promise. It’s easy to forget how beautiful this world and the people in it can be, and how lucky we are to have the chance to be here, right now, together, and try to make a difference and lift each other up. I’m making the time to remind myself of that.

Anyway, this all means I’ve spent less time writing, and a lot less time on social media. I *have* been editing like a maniac, working on two books at the same time (Life From Nothing and Hush are both coming your way soon), and I have hope to get back to writing soon (Twin Ties #4, baby! Word count’s almost at 60k!)

COOL NEWS: 

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Becoming Kerry has just been named as one of Erin’s Top 20 of 2017 over at Diverse Reader! This book maybe more than any other I’ve written contains real pieces of my heart and soul, so I can’t overstate how rewarding it is to have others see value in it. I’m really grateful for the honor and motivation.

Becoming Kerry Story Page & Buy Link >>

The latest (working) blurbs for Life From Nothing & Hush:

HUSH:
Rune Tooby is a smartass rebel and closeted member of motorcycle gang, The Born Soldiers, who enjoyed casual sex and less-than-legal employment before a pickup truck filled with homophobic white supremacists intentionally rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to move forward as someone who is deaf and doesn’t speak presents challenges that quickly overwhelm Rune’s ability to cope, sending him to humbly ask for help from the only place left in which he trusts completely—the rich and powerful Dominants of Manse who once trained him in the arts of BDSM. While Rune desperately searches for simple human connection and kindness, cocky day trader and Dom Oliver Hughes lives a life of indulgent luxury that has left him feeling adrift, unneeded, and without purpose, mostly because his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, is happily married with kids, a demanding career as a cardiologist, and little time or attention for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the men of Manse, it’s just the beginning of the wild ride that carries away everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair, leading them on a path filled with constant communication challenges, rage-filled vengeance, painfully unearthed secrets, Rune’s total willingness to put himself in harm’s way to aid those in need, and Oliver’s horror at having to endure Rune’s quest, or face losing him forever. (MMM)

Life From Nothing:
Driven from home by the terror of living with abusive parents, eighteen-year-old Eris Traylor finally has a taste of freedom. Used to being judged for his piercings, small stature, ethnicity, sexuality, and state of near-constant desperation, his expectations are set low. After being homeless for two years, Eris winds up in a juvenile detention facility, but upon his release is welcomed into a spot at Rolling Hills Farm—a refuge for neglected or homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults. Certain his parents will track him down yet again, Eris fears his time at his new home will be cut all-too-short and necessitate yet another mad dash for his life. While getting his first taste of what it’s like to live a somewhat-normal life amongst other gay young men, Eris focuses on using his street smarts and well-honed instincts to seduce thirty-nine-year-old, tall, dark and handsome stable master, Jude Southwood, and secure his protection. But though Eris is certain his survival depends on luring in someone strong like Jude, suspicious, secretive, and seemingly-straight-laced housemate Quinn Cannon has no doubt Eris will bring only danger and chaos to the fragile peace of their home. (MMM)

Thanks to my readers for your support and kindness, this past year and always. I’m sending each one of you all of the hugs, love, and good vibes you can handle. I’m really looking forward to what 2018 has in store!

Becoming Kerry is on 2 Favorites of 2017 Lists!

Becoming-Kerry-Lynn-KellingI’m so happy to share that Becoming Kerry made the list for Kazza’s Favorites of 2017 over at On Top Down Under Book Reviews!! I’m so honored by the inclusion and thrilled to see my beloved genderqueer romance recognized in such amazing company. Huge thanks to Kazza for the inclusion!

Becoming Kerry was also included on Ana’s Top Books of 2017 over at Gay Book Reviews (thank you, Ana!!)

Here’s what Kazza had to say about Becoming Kerry:

“Poignant and bold and addicting best sums up Becoming Kerry. Lynn Kelling writes some of the most memorable main characters of anyone I’ve ever read. I never forget her MCs, even her secondary characters pop, because they all leave an indelible mark on me in one way or another. Here’s a story where you put it down and know that here are two characters who were meant to be together. Kerry and Ewyn. Ewyn and Kerry – sections of a perfect circle. In typical Lynn Kelling style, these MCs have to work for it, Ewyn feels the loss of his brother every day and Kerry is coming into the person they need to be to feel comfortable. It’s emotive and it’s dramatic and it’s just right.” – Kazza, On Top Down Under Book Reviews

Becoming Kerry – 2017 Rainbow Awards Runner-Up for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance

12348067_1174925609208186_43252085009555681_nHow cool is this?? Becoming Kerry has been awarded 3rd place in the Best Transgender Contemporary Romance category of the 2017 Rainbow Awards!! 

I struggle to convey how rewarding and inspiring it is to be recognized in such esteemed company by such wonderful people. Becoming Kerry was a labor of love, which went through many incarnations in the editing process, and frustrated me to no end for a while there. But telling Kerry’s story was way too important for me to give up so easily. It means the world to see the story appreciated in such a phenomenal way, and it really helps drive me on creatively to keep trusting my muse, even when it leads me through a minefield! Huge, heartfelt thanks to the judges, and to the FFP editing team which helped me so much along the way.

Bare gets 2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention Award

12144751_1152051578162256_5457885689979025011_nI’m so honored to report that Bare has gotten an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rainbow Awards!!! The judge had this to say:

1) The sharp writing and intriguing characters kept me engaged from beginning to end.
2) Exciting, compelling, emotional. It has everything I love in a story! This is definitely an enjoyable read and I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more of Kelling’s stories.

Thank you so much to them!! I’m using this as fuel as I continue writing the 4th installment of the Twin Ties series (told exclusively from the Popovic point of view AND 2 years in the future – I’m at over 51k words now), and work on editing Life From Nothing and Hush. It’s great incentive to keep trusting my instincts as I work to share my stories with my lovely readers. *hugs all around*

On Top Down Under Book Reviews Blog Versary Post & Signed Paperback Giveaway

I’m so excited to share with you a post on Why I Write Romance that’s part of the Blog Versary celebration at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. This post captures a lot of the way I’ve been approaching things in writing and in life lately, especially given the current tumultuous nature of our literal and political climates here in the US. Please click through to give it a read and enter the exciting giveawaythe winner will receive an autographed paperback of their choice from any book in my entire back catalogue!

Thanks to On Top Down Under Book Reviews for inviting me to be a part of the celebration & happy blog versary to them!

Read the post and enter to win!

National Coming Out Day Celebration at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter

Becoming-Kerry-Lynn-KellingHelp celebrate National Coming Out Day with some kick-ass MM book recommendations from Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter! Becoming Kerry is featured here for Kerry’s journey coming out as genderqueer, but check out all of the other incredible features too.

Enter to win the giveaway for a chance to win one of the books listed! Huge thanks to Kimmers for inviting me to participate with such an esteemed bunch of authors <3

Part 1 | Part 2

In Other News: The manuscript for Hush (Prequel to Bare, MMM BDSM) has been submitted to ForbiddenFiction! Yay for finishing stuff! Stay posted for more information about this story about how Rune, Oliver & Jackson came together. Oh, and Adam will be there too (being deliciously dirty, of course)!

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bare & Arctic Restitution

12144751_1152051578162256_5457885689979025011_nHoly cats! I was thrilled to wake up this rainy Monday morning to see both Bare and Arctic Restitution have received Honorable Mentions in the 2017 Rainbow Awards!! Here’s what the judges had to say about each…

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The sharp writing and intriguing characters kept me engaged from beginning to end. 

Arctic Restitution

ArcticRestitution_CvrPDFfix21) I am so lucky to have read the two previous books before reading Arctic Restitution. I loved Jaye from the get go, hated Cash to the point I wanted to scratch his eyes out. The entire series puts you into an emotional rollercoaster when at some times you’re flying high, and at some, you’re a puddle of goo with snot running down your nose. At times you’re all excited (after the first book) and with sexual tension, then you’re filled with fear for Jaye and what is happening to him at a particular moment.  Out of the three books, Caged Jaye and Arctic Restitution were my two favorites. There were so many times when I wanted to pull Jaye out of the story and give him a hug, keep him safe from the gangs and the ghost monsters. I really liked him and from the beginning was rooting for him, for his safety, his sanity. I also enjoyed and appreciated the Note at the end of the book. It gives you a view of the characters as the author perceived them. That was quite thoughtful. I really enjoyed reading this series and have to give Lynn a huge thank you for the feels and especially her generosity. Keep on writing, Lynn!
2) I was totally hooked by this gritty, raw, honest, and engrossing book

Thank you so much to the judges and to all of my readers who give me such wonderful motivation to keep writing and working hard! Much love to everyone <3

Find out more about Bare at the story page >

Find out more about Arctic Restitution at the story page >

Becoming Kerry Review & Book News

Hey peeps, I’ve been swamped lately (in only good ways) but I missed posting this gorgeous review sooner. I’m here to correct the error with a much-deserved shout-out and also tell you about what I’m working on now…

~* 5 Stars for Becoming Kerry from Diverse Reader *~

“Lynn Kelling books aren’t for the faint of heart. Her dark, often erotic, romances are gritty and raw and intense. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I picked up Becoming Kerry, but by the end I was in absolute awe of Kelling’s beautiful story of becoming who you were always meant to be… Becoming Kerry is a truly stunning book that is at times brutally painful and then is sweepingly romantic and happy.” — Diverse Reader

Wow, this review really took my breath away and gave me a huge rush of inspiration to keep working hard on my current projects. I’m so thankful so such a gift and am grateful for the feedback from Diverse Reader.

In other news, I’m on the lookout for beta readers for some upcoming novels, so please send me a note if you’re interested!

As I’m preparing the manuscript for my Bare Prequel, Hush, staring Rune, Oliver, Jackson, Adam, David and many more, I’ve been working on writing two different novels. One is a post-apocalyptic, MM, arranged-marriage tale with some age difference and power play dynamics. It’s meant to be a sexy, fascinating twist on what women go through all over the world when they’re part of an arranged marriage, and all of the psychological gymnastics that take place.

Another is the 4th Twin Ties novel!! I’m so excited to be back with Evan, Brennan, Alek and Luka. This book is told from the Popovic point of view, which has been sorely lacking so far. I had one of those tough “writer’s challenges” where I knew I needed to trash about 15k words I’d written for this book in order to take it in a entirely different direction, but I’m happy to report that after doing so I’m 10k words along and going strong. This book takes place a year after the last, and will delve into Alek & Luka’s past, present and future. If you’re excited for it, let me know! It really gives me fuel to keep writing as fast as I can.

I’m helping celebrate On Top Down Under Book Review’s 5th Anniversary with a post on October 24. Stay posted for it and the unique giveaway that’ll go with it!! I’ve been tempted to offer up a signed paperback giveaway for the winner’s choice of any book in my back catalog, so please stop by and check it out.

Love and hugs for all,
Lynn

Coming Soon

bare-e1476088755370Hey everyone! Just a quick update to say I’m hard at work polishing the completed manuscript to a prequel novel to Bare, starring Rune, Oliver & Jackson. I’ve got more information on this project AND the blurb-in-progress for Life From Nothing (a standalone MMM novel that will be my next release) AND a list of other current works in progress posted on my Coming Soon page.

Shout out to my hubby and Officer Vargas (of Twin Ties fame—real dude, real character! Though not actually a cop, lol) who were the ones to help me realize the page needed an update 😉

End of Tour Recap

Becoming-Kerry-Lynn-KellingThe Becoming Kerry tour wrapped up on Friday with 2 posts—an exclusive DELETED SCENE from the book over at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, and a CHARACTER INTERVIEW with Ewyn and his mum, Erin at Wicked Reads.

Here are some awesome review that rolled in at the week’s end as well:

~* 5 STARS from Diverse Reader *~

“by the end I was in absolute awe of Kelling’s beautiful story of becoming who you were always meant to be. She has a way of writing characters who are larger than life but so real you can’t help but become completely engrossed in their stories.

Becoming Kerry is a truly stunning book that is at times brutally painful and then is sweepingly romantic and happy… Do yourself a favor and be sure to pick up this book. It’s inspiring, emotional, and will leave you with such a strong sense of peace and happiness.”

~* 5 HEARTS from Trio at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter *~

“Lynn Kelling always presents such beautifully complicated, muti-layered characters…
I really appreciate the message Kelling sends in about duality, the image we present to society and what we are willing to do to make ourselves happy. In the journey of finding ourselves, and deciding to be honest to our true nature, what are we willing to give up?
Kelling has created a thought provoking, powerful story that will stay with me for some time.”

~* 5 STARS from Shannan at Wicked Reads *~

Becoming Kerry is an angst filled, emotional ride. I absolutely loved this book.”

~* 5 STARS from Ruthie at Wicked Reads *~

“What an absolutely fabulous book. I devoured it from start to finish – and definitely plan on reading it again soon.”

Thanks so much to all of the blogs for hosting me this week and for the readers who came along for the ride! It was a lot of fun and it really energized me to get back to writing my current WIPs. I’ve already written about 4k words in just the past two days on my prequel spinoff novel to Bare with Rune, Oliver & Jackson! I’m at almost 59k words and nearing the end fast! My next release will be Life From Nothing, a stand-alone novel with a MMM love triangle. So excited to share it with you!