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NOW AVAILABLE: Exclusive Society of Masters t-shirts and stickers! They’re available in 126 different styles for men & women (short sleeve, long sleeve, hoodies, etc.).

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For more information on The Society of Masters, the shared world project for Jack L. Pyke’s Don’t… series and Lynn Kelling’s Deliver Us series, including buy links and the official timeline/reading order list, CLICK HERE.

NEW RELEASE: Threshold – A Society of Masters Anthology

SoMThreshold_CvrPRTThreshold – A Society of Masters Anthology – has been released!! It contains 7 M/M erotic romance stories and novellas, which are prequels or give insight into my Deliver Us series and Whatever the Cost. All of these stories are part of the world of the Society of Masters.

Threshold is a good introduction to this world for those who are new to it, and, at the same time, expands it for those have read the novels. Though these stories are short, they pack a punch and are not for the faint of heart! They’re intense, hot, incredibly dark at times, bittersweet, and romantic.

Click here for links to buy or more information on each story within the anthology…

If you have questions about Threshold, comments you’d like to share, or are curious about what’s up next, join me for my author chat Monday, Sept. 15, 8-10 EST.

 

Author Chat – Sept. 15 8-10 pm EST

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I’m doing my very first author chat on Monday, Sept. 15 from 8-10 EST. Stop by, say hi and join in the conversation! We’ll be talking about my upcoming release, Threshold, which comes out this Tuesday, as well as the next book in the Deliver Us series, and my two other upcoming releases – Arctic Absolution and Song of the Lonesome Cowboy. Bring your questions or comments about the books! I’d love to see you there :)

Guest Post & Giveaway by Author Jack L. Pyke: Breakdown Behind the Scene

Please help me in welcoming the brilliantly talented Jack L. Pyke, whose latest erotic thriller, Breakdown, is released today! Breakdown is the third novel in the Don’t series and part of the Society of Masters shared world project. Disclaimer: My character, Trace, from Deliver Us, appears in Breakdown but I receive no financial gain from its sale, I just get to have a whole lot of fun seeing how Ms. Pyke handles him… Scroll down for giveaway information!

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Breakdown_CvrPDF-260x400Hi, Lynn, thank you for allowing me to borrow your blog and for allowing me to look at a little insight behind Breakdown.

Hand on heart, I honestly didn’t think much could top the psychological stresses of Antidote: all the isolation from society, torture, and attempts to ‘cure’ a disability, along with a harsh look at the very brutal corrective-rape culture. The level of mental deconstruction that Jack Harrison went through wasn’t something that could have an easy fix, and Antidote (even Don’t… in a way) looked very much into the cause and effect of psychological reconditioning, or more how Jan’s, Gray’s, and Jack’s lives were slowly broken down through it. Those two novels dealt largely with mind games, but the settings weren’t fixed, allowing room for Jack to walk away when life became too much.

The one issue that really niggled, and that needed further explanation in my eyes, was the rehabilitation of someone who has been through such physical, sexual, and mental levels of abuse, and in a place where they couldn’t run and hide. With how Gray knew he needed distance for Jack to heal, it didn’t seem right that the reader missed that important part of Jack’s life, where Jack’s darkness is at its worst when he’s forced to face the fallout.

I’ve got to admit here, though, I almost—almost—bit off more than I could chew with Breakdown.

The setting in Breakdown shifts to Jack’s time in a psychiatric unit. Even without the complication of being attached to the Master’s Circle and hidden behind government walls, a psychiatric unit isn’t an easy location to pin down. Here the old “Write what you know, research what you don’t” comes firmly into play. Looking into treatments, recreational plans, and just the general day-to-day living inside a psychiatric unit took so much research, and generally pushed me outside of my comfort zones as a writer. But every author has their private sources, and the ones I came into contact with (from both the staff and patient side of those in a psychiatric unit), they’ll forever hold my sanity in their hands. I’ve never been more humbled than when I was given real insight into a working psychiatric unit.

Added to this, Jack’s BDSM lifestyle plays a very important part in the portrayal of state of mind, with Breakdown going back to the origins of an eighteen-year-old Switch who’s trying very much to fight a rising submissive side. Antidote looked at twisting Jack’s reality of BDSM, but Breakdown looks into how Jack runs with the idea that he has to be forced into submission in order to justify his enjoyment in submission. This then allowed Gray’s hard influence on Jack to come in, and at a time when Jack is going down very dark paths in his youth, it’s the one part I’ve really loved, and I mean loved, tackling.

This in no way leaves Jan out of the picture. This series is written in a way that looks into how healing occurs at different times with different people, and also how sometimes people get missed and lost in the crossfire. But for Breakdown itself, I wanted to give a sense of pure isolation for both Jack and Jan at this point, how that isolation is needed to help bridge the distance that Vince has forced between them. Which is why Jack’s point of view comes in purely with Breakdown. Don’t and Antidote used a mix of Jan’s and Jack’s, but that didn’t give me the isolated feel that was needed to help the healing process.

Throughout this series, it’s been hard not to play favourites with these three men. They all bring such a different flavour to the series, with the dynamics of each one revealed at different bursts through each novel. Gray will always intrigue me the most. He’s such an easily drawn man in one hand: he gets the job done despite the technique used, but there’s a deeper and very dark element that almost depicts how he revels in a side that twists Jack’s nightmares, only Gray has the control and will to feed and control it. I like to play with flaws, and Gray comes with so many when it comes to Jack. Knowing how words get spoken to hurt in the heat of the moment, I wanted that coldness, just that downright drive to take someone down when someone gets too close, regardless of who it was. But with Gray, there’s that deep history with Jack that Breakdown brings to light, and, hopefully, his motivations, drives, and intensity are understood a little more.

As for where the end of Breakdown leaves Jan, Jack, and Gray as it moves into the final novel…. it’s not going to be an easy finish for them. There’s an element at work throughout the series that still wants to see them struggle and fall, and they’re pushing for it at every turn. Strong international help from Lynn Kelling’s Trace, Gabe, and Dare from the Deliver Us series helps to pull them to their feet, but Gray Matters will get to see just how dark Jan, Jack, and Gray are when it comes to the final threats against them as a triad.

Or, and not forgetting Martin, how all the mind games have been mere foreplay.

Thanks very much for having me today, Lynn. It’s been really good getting to talk about Breakdown.

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GIVEAWAY

Jack L. Pyke is giving away a FREE ebook copy of Breakdown! For your chance to win, just leave a comment below. A winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

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Threshold – A Lynn Kelling Anthology

SoMThreshold_CvrPRTI’m thrilled to announce that Threshold, a collection of short stories within the Society of Masters, will be released September 9! It will contain these short stories (featuring characters from Deliver Us and Whatever the Cost):

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF THRESHOLD, NOW!

Though they may be short, these stories are dark, dirty and not for the faint of heart. Before Liam and Jacen struggle to break free of life as prostitutes working for their employer, The Company, in Whatever the Cost, they had different names and sinister enemies. Jacen was Travis Saxon, a farm boy with a devil living next door. Liam was Avery Williams, a near homeless teenager aged out of the foster care system, trying to survive the challenges of poverty.

Expected Lies, Divine Surrender and Never Happened all take place before the events of Deliver Us. It’s prom night for high school seniors, Darrek and Kyle, in Expected Lies. Ben meets a troubled teen named Kyle Roth looking for just the right Master to tame him in Divine Surrender. Gabriel and Ben’s relationship is not without its complications in Never Happened. Pleasures of Paradise takes place after Deliver Us but before From Temptation. Gabriel and Darrek celebrate their two year anniversary with a months-long trip to a tropical island in the Florida Keys catering to the Masters and slaves of the BDSM community.

Escape blurb: Marriage, new names and a fresh start have helped Liam and Jacen Timothy leave their old lives behind. Now safer and deeply in love, Liam persuades Jacen to share part of his past he never has been able to before. Many years earlier and while home on break from college, Jacen, formerly Travis Saxon, was in a car accident which broke both of his legs. Travis thought he had finally escaped the man who preyed upon him since he was a young boy. Recovering at his family’s farm from his injuries, caring for Dennis, his seriously injured younger brother, Travis is unable to run when his predator, a neighbor named Brian Andrews, comes and seeks him out. Blackmail and threats move Travis to cooperate, for the sake of helpless, beloved Dennis. As Travis is consumed by a truly terrible, horribly familiar nightmare, it’s his instincts and knack for survival against all odds that reveals to him, at long last, the way out. (M/M)

Trick and Truth blurb: Avery Williams needs to be someone else. Anyone else would be an escape from the harsh reality facing him. Tonight, that someone is Jimmy, his roommate, who goes dancing at the gay clubs in the city. As Jimmy, Avery finds what he needs—sex with a stranger who pays handsomely for the privilege. But once the fantasy has ended, all that’s left is the painful, unavoidable truth waiting at home. (M/M)

Between Here and There blurb: Ever the tease, Avery Williams leads his lover, Timothy, on a chase that brings them to Ben Franklin bridge spanning the Delaware River. Behind them is Camden and their daily struggle to stay off the streets. Before them is the vibrant, elusive promise of the future. Trapped between, Avery lets himself be caught by the boy who owns his heart. Dreams and demons alike lie in wait as Avery gives Timothy yet another piece of himself in the hopes that it will somehow save them both. (M/M)

Expected Lies blurb: As Darrek reluctantly prepares for prom night, Kyle watches on with amusement. Darrek is frustrated with Kyle’s lack of interest in bringing a girl to the prom and staying by his side, but Kyle is unphased by his best friend’s increasingly strange emotional responses. Kyle has plans of his own that involve far less fancy clothing—far less clothing at all, really. Little does he know the extent of Darrek’s determination to get what he wants. (M/M)

Divine Surrender blurb: When Ben Knox discovers a clean-cut, blond, apparently-straight teenager named Kyle Roth in his office, looking for a professional Dominant, instinct draws him in. Since the exceedingly particular Kyle has already passed on fellow Dominants-for-hire, Gabriel and Trace, Ben digs down beneath first impressions to expose Kyle’s true motivations. Reassured by Ben’s straightforward approach, Kyle demonstrates his willingness to obey and, quickly, their contract is signed. But, skillful as Kyle is at masquerading as the person the world expects him to be out of self-preservation, Ben has plenty of experience dealing with bruised souls. Kyle’s bruises, though, go deep and the vulnerable darkness that Kyle tries to hide lures Ben in and takes them both farther than either is prepared to go.  (M/M)

Never Happened blurb: For Gabriel Hunter, a professional Dominant, avoiding real intimacy is paramount. Even the cautious love he has for his closest friend—fellow Dominant Ben Knox—is a potential source of further pain. Ben knows all about the shadows in Gabriel’s past. Every once in a while, when the opportunity presents itself, Ben can’t resist giving Gabriel a sample of what he’s been missing. (M/M)

Pleasures of Paradise blurb: To celebrate their two year anniversary, Gabriel Hunter and Darrek Grealey escape to a tropical island in the Florida Keys catering only to Masters and slaves of the BDSM community. The types of gifts Darrek and Gabriel give each other during the trip are vastly different, testing them both even as they fall deeper in love, rediscovering the pleasures of the power dynamic which first caused them to fall in love. As the end of their trip draws near, Gabriel plans a surprise for Darrek unlike anything he’s previously faced. Darrek is forced to choose between his instinct to doubt himself and the chance to trust Gabriel in ways he’s never dreamed possible. (M/M)

Lonesome Cowboy, Arctic Absolution & Loving the Master

Some of the things that have been keeping me busy lately are my novels Song of the Lonesome Cowboy, Arctic Absolution, and Loving the Master. I’m currently working on edits for Song of the Lonesome Cowboy, and Arctic Absolution should be coming back my way any day now too. I wrote these two books about a year ago, and I’ve been really eager to get to this point of getting them ready for release.

Song of the Lonesome Cowboy is a very dark, twisted story about a sweet country singer who has spent years lying to his best friends and band members about the predatory, powerful man stalking and threatening him. There’s a heartwarming love story woven in there, too, and the balance of dark and light has made this story a deliciously guilty pleasure of mine for a while.

Arctic Absolution is one of my more straightforward love stories, though of course it has its dark, disturbing elements as well. Thirty-two-year-old Dixon Rowe is an Alaska State Trooper who intercepts a robbery in progress one evening at the local general store where he first encounters the perpetrator, Jaye Jarson, a twenty-one ex-con and former gang member. The more Dixon tries to do the right thing by Jaye, who has been isolated, freezing and starving in a small cabin on the edge of the wilderness, the more dangerous things become for both of them as Jaye’s survival instincts and Dixon’s past with his violent ex instantly clash. This story is one I’ve often gone back to re-read just for pleasure in my downtime and I’m beyond excited to share it!

And, finally, Loving the Master is a prequel to Bound by Lies and part of the Society of Masters universe, but also a standalone story about how billionaire Dom, David Davenport, fell in love with an awkward, near-homeless waiter named Shea Whittier. I just finished writing the first draft and have submitted it for publication with Forbidden Fiction.

Next up on my radar is writing the 4th book in the Forgive Us series, and the 4th book in the Twin Ties series.

June Prism Recommended Read

PBA_Recommended_ReadMy Brother’s Lover AND Forgive Us have been chosen as two of Prism Book Alliance’s June Recommended Reads! Click here to enter the giveaway!

Huge thanks and much gratitude to the lovely folks at Prism for selecting my books.

My Brother’s Lover (Twin Ties 1) Buy Links:
Fantastic Fiction, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords

Twin Affairs (Twin Ties 2) Buy Links (NOTE: This book has been banned from Amazon for being too hot! You can buy the ebook through all other vendors):
Fantastic Fiction, Amazon (paperback only), Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords

Forgive Us (Deliver Us 3) Buy Links (Note: Deliver Us & From Temptation are the preceding books in the series): Fantastic Fiction, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords

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Triple Paperback Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of my three novels – Forgive Us, My Brother’s Lover, & Twin AffairsI’m giving away signed paperbacks through Goodreads. Two copies of Forgive Us are up for grabs, and one copy of each Twin Ties book. Hop on over to Goodreads to enter –>

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Forgive Us by Lynn Kelling

Forgive Us

by Lynn Kelling

Giveaway ends July 02, 2014.

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My Brother's Lover by Lynn Kelling

 

My Brother’s Lover

 

by Lynn Kelling

 

Giveaway ends July 02, 2014.

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Twin Affairs by Lynn Kelling

Twin Affairs

by Lynn Kelling

Giveaway ends July 02, 2014.

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For yet ANOTHER chance to win a free book (your choice of any of my ebooks), check out my interview with FFP and leave a comment here. Drawing on June 15th.

Love Affair with a Lover Affair

There’s a love affair that occurs between a romance writer and their story, and it echoes the romance itself. I’m at that point with my current writing project, Song of the Lonesome Cowboy, where I’m fully emotionally invested in the characters and the trials they endure. Even when I’m at work, running errands, or trying to sleep, part of me is still living there, in the book. I’m inside the skin of the characters and can’t quite disengage when I’m expected to.

It’s intoxicating and kind of a mind fuck, like when you first fall for someone. They’re all you can think about, fuel for daydreams and distraction. No one else quite understands why you’re acting so crazy, either, because they don’t see how wonderful the object of your affection is. The writer’s passion goes beyond the investments a reader places in characters they love, because the writer has the power to lessen or magnify the pain or pleasure of these fictional humans under their control, whereas the reader is forced to take things as they come, whether they like it or not. But, the catch is when you torment your MC, you’re also tormenting yourself. Sure, you get to play God and conjure a little universe all your own, but that universe is inside you. Destroy it and you’re the only one who gets hit with the shrapnel.

Writers are cruel lovers when it comes to their creations. There would be no story if we didn’t torture the ones we love, at least a little bit. When our characters are least expecting it, we push them right into the middle of their biggest nightmare. Then it’s our job to get them back out, somehow. It makes sense, then, that we’d be uneasy when forced to walk away, attending to real life for a while if, in the meantime, our inner world is in chaos, our fictional lovers trapped in a hell of our own making.

For me, the hardest part comes when the story is almost finished. It’s slipped from your hands, given over to proofreaders and a production team to be packaged, polished, and made ready to be given away. It feels like the ultimate betrayal as we break up with our temporary obsessions. I’m still struggling with the ability to completely let the characters go when I’m expected to. There’s always a piece of me in there, left behind, lost in the love affair. To give up control, let others claim the characters for their own, then pass judgment on them, can be heartbreaking in the same way as seeing an ex with a new lover, or letting your children go off into a world which you know will hurt them.

I mostly write in the 3rd person tense, from multiple points of view. That’s just what’s worked for me. With Song of the Lonesome Cowboy, I’m writing in 1st person from one character’s point of view. Maybe I’m crazy, but I feel like it’s been even harder this time around. The main character, Tucker, whose voice I’m speaking with and whose most personal, awful, wonderful moments I’m making less sacred by displaying them to the world, haunts me. He’s a gay country music star who’s expected to perform and sell himself in a certain way to the crowds through his music. He’s a poet and a sensitive soul, but his journey is all about violations of trust, coercion and learning how to be himself while under scrutiny by prejudiced people whose instincts are to scorn him. It’s made me so protective of him. Sometimes he surprises me, too, by indulging in moments of bravery when my heart would have him take a safer route.

I’m definitely in love with Tucker. I’m doing my best to do him justice and hopefully, soon, when it’s time to let him go, there will be nothing in my heart but bittersweet pride in how far he’s come, and hope that others will treat him with respect and love him too, just as much as I do.

NEW RELEASES: Divine Surrender & Antidote

DivineSurrender_CvrMEDDivine Surrender and Antidote have just been released! Divine Surrender (novella) is a prequel to Deliver Us about how Ben and Kyle first met, and became Master and slave.

Divine Surrender link to buy, read an excerpt, check out content labels, or find links to all of the other works in the Deliver Us series and Society of Masters >>

Blurb: When Ben Knox discovers a clean-cut, blond, apparently-straight teenager named Kyle Roth in his office, looking for a professional Dominant, instinct draws him in. Since the exceedingly particular Kyle has already passed on fellow Dominants-for-hire, Gabriel and Trace, Ben digs down beneath first impressions to expose Kyle’s true motivations. Reassured by Ben’s straightforward approach, Kyle demonstrates his willingness to obey and, quickly, their contract is signed. But, skillful as Kyle is at masquerading as the person the world expects him to be out of self-preservation, Ben has plenty of experience dealing with bruised souls. Kyle’s bruises, though, go deep and the vulnerable darkness that Kyle tries to hide lures Ben in and takes them both farther than either is prepared to go. (M/M)

Antidote_CvrMEDAntidote is NOW AVAILABLE! Jack L. Pyke’s brilliant sequel to Don’t… is ready for the taking. Forgive Us weaves into Antidote‘s story, following Jack, Gray and Jan tale before and after their visit to the U.S. It’s not for the faint of heart but, as a lover of dark and emotional stories, I can safely say it has left a deeper impact on me than most books I’ve read. The characters live and breathe and you’ll be fighting for them every step of the way.

Antidote links to buy, read an excerpt, check out content labels, or find links to all of the works in the Society of Masters shared world >>

As a disclaimer, Ms. Pyke and I receive no financial gain from the sale of each other’s books. We are merely lending characters to one another in order to create a more decadent merged world.

Blurb: Videos of Jack having sex with a man who mutilated teenagers for fun should have stayed dead and buried, just like the man who filmed them. Yet when footage of Jack’s past starts appearing on Internet porn sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head.

At first, the videos merely unsettle Jack’s fire and ice world of Gray Raoul’s BDSM kink and Jan Richards’ gentle, vanilla touch. But when the videos get more extreme, even Gray turns his back on Jack, isolating him from the full protection of the Masters’ Circle. Jack soon finds himself at the mercy of a group of men set on altering Jack’s perceptions of BDSM— and himself—as brutally as possible.

Jack’s sex life is now on camera for a whole new audience. (M/M+)

Check out Jack’s interview with FFP for a chance to win a free copy of Don’t or Antidote >>

Check out my interview with FFP for a chance to win a free copy of your choice of one of my books >>