Category Archives: Writing Stories

What’s Next? An Update

I wasn’t sure when I started Mason’s Regret if it would be the next book I ended up finishing because I’m really bad about working on more than one book at a time (or good, however you look at it!), but I can say pretty confidently now that it is the one that’ll be next.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, and I can say this: it has not gone exactly how I thought it’d go because Mason has been AWESOME. :D Maybe I shouldn’t say that about my own character, but if you expect objectivity from me about my guys, you’re dreaming. ;)

I can’t wait to share this book when it’s done. :D

I can’t make promises about a delivery date but what I said in my last post still holds true. I’m really thinking it might be ready in just another month or so.

Then, it’ll be on to Of Love and Zembores and Taken with Tony. It’ll be a competition to see which one gets done first, for sure. The King’s Deception can’t be left out, but I’ll be honest, it’s going really slowly for me for reasons I can’t quite nail down.

And I’m definitely going to get to more R’H’ani Chronicles stories. I have Mateo’s story, One to Tame, in the works right now, but it’s also going really slowly for reasons I haven’t figured out.

I gotta admit, I’m a mood writer. If I’m not in the right headspace for a story, I find it really difficult to get going on it. On the flip side, if I’m there, a book can go really fast (for me). (Let’s face it, fast for me is still pretty slow.)

Anyway, I hope this update is helpful. I don’t know if anyone really wants to know these things or not, but I love to talk about my books, so there. :D

Cam’s Fortune Is Coming This Month

I don’t have the exact date settled for the release of Cam’s Fortune, but it is coming out this month. November. Only a few months after I’d hoped to have it ready but… I can’t regret it because I’ve loved writing this book! Cam is another favorite and I can’t believe how many imaginary people I’m now in love with. ;)

It’s only going to get worse, because I already love Gerald and Luis and Egan and Mason and Olly and Reed and Ethan and so many others and most of those stories are just floaters in my eye. But hey, if you want me to stop writing these books, send me twenty million USD in big bills and I’ll think about it (while I write the next book). ;) Otherwise, I’m just going to keep writing. There are so many stories left to tell in this world!

All joking aside, I’m very sorry if you prefer books that aren’t an integral part of a larger series, because I don’t think I can write those kinds of books.

This doesn’t even feel long enough to be a post. :o Here it is anyway!

I Finally Have a Tentative Title for Another Wolves’ Heat Book

Can a book title be a spoiler? If you think so, you might want to skip this post, because I mention several. I’ll leave a bit of extra space so you don’t see anything you don’t want to see. :)

I’ve been playing around with this title for nearly six months to be honest and I keep coming back to this one: Gerald’s Lot.

Gerald is a piece of work, for sure, but he has secrets galore and he’s not at all who he appears to be to everyone else. I absolutely LOVE Gerald and I think his story is going to be so much fun to write. You’ll get more hints about him in the upcoming Cam’s Fortune. (I’m still aiming for late August! I’m going to try my best to have it out then but sometimes my ability to gauge the passage of time isn’t so great.) :D

I also have another title I’m leaning toward: Mason’s Regret. (As a reminder, Mason was one of the twins in Ian’s Choice (Ian kicked his butt, lol), and he’s also Matthew’s cousin.) :D He also has a mate—and if you’ve read all the books in the series to date, you’ve met him and you don’t even know it, because this is one pairing that did not work out so well at the end of the previous heat season (Ian’s Choice and Devon’s Gamble).

I’m not 100% committed to these yet, but writing about them here has made me realize just how badly I want to write these stories. :D

For this series, for some reason, I have to have titles first. It and my Hend & Yurt series. The titles give me the motivation to write the story, but I have no idea why.

I’m still stumped on a title for the upcoming New Canton Republic book, but I figure something will eventually come to me! For those books, I’ve never had a title before I was almost done with the story. I will say I really like where this story has gone so far! I just wish I had any idea what to call it so I could post a title for it on the site. :)

I want to also mention the new page here on the site called “Gift.” I’ve put up coupon codes that will get you free copies of the first two stories in the R’H’ani Chronicles. :D I love that little series, and since I’ll be putting out more stories in it soon, I wanted to give anyone who hadn’t read it a chance to try it. The first story really doesn’t do the series justice in my opinion. The world is so much more complex than the first one has the chance to show but the second one does a much better job with that. The third story is one of my personal favorites, but the fourth is a close second. I also happen to adore the fifth and six too! Really, I just love them all. :D I cannot be objective about my stories, sorry. ;)

My next Wolves’ Heat Book Will Be Salvadore’s Luck and Then There’s That Gay for You Story I Might Write

I have to admit that Salvadore has really surprised me! He’s a bit different than my other guys, I think, but not so much that I don’t just adore him, the same as the rest.

Sal’s possibly just a bit more damaged, IMO, and he needs someone very patient! The problem is, heat season isn’t exactly a time when any of my wolves have a lot of patience to spare. So … there’s some conflict there, of a most delicious kind, IMO. ;)

I’ve been having so much fun with Sal’s story. I really hope that excitement comes through in the book.

I’m not exactly sure when Salvadore’s Luck will be ready, but I’m still hoping for a late 2014 or early 2015 release. I don’t believe it’ll be out any later than early Feb. I can’t promise that, but I’m pretty confident. :)

I want to write all the stories. In my world, everyone deserves love and I want them to have it! I’d love to release faster so I can write all the stories I want to write, but … they come as they come and I have to abide by the demands of my muse!

I don’t think The King’s Gambit is going to be delayed much longer. It’s just that Geran’s a little more complicated than he led me to believe when I started this one and so the story’s been a bit different than I expected—and taken me a lot longer to write than I expected, even though it’s still not a really long story, not like the Wolves’ Heat books or the New Canton Republic books.

Also, I have another possible story in the works that’s been bugging me for the last few months, a contemporary “I’m gonna thwart my asshole granddad who thinks he can control my life by making me marry somebody so I can claim my inheritance but I’ll show that homophobic old bastard by marrying my gay best friend instead” story. :D Oops.

Here’s an excerpt of the beginning I sketched out a month or so ago. (It’s very rough!)

Copyright © 2014 by Odessa Lynne

Dayton Royce stared across the desk at the executor of his dead grandfather’s will while acid burned its way up his esophagus.

Through gritted teeth he finally said, “For how long?”

“One year and three days.”

Such an odd number. But his grandfather wouldn’t have liked the roundness of one year, nor the oddness of three hundred and sixty-five days, so one year and three days it was.

Son of a bitch. He clenched the arms of the chair just a little tighter, his fingers biting into the padded leather that covered half of the sleek wood.

“And I don’t get a penny until I do?”

“You do not.” Calvin L. Richardson sounded bored.

Dayton admitted that maybe he should have stopped repeatedly asking the same couple of questions about ten minutes ago.

Calvin Richardson raised the stack of papers and tapped the edge sharply against the top of his desk, effectively neatening the papers and signaling his intent to move the meeting along.

Dayton leaned forward in the chair, dropping one elbow to his knee for support. “And there’s no way I can get out of this if I want any of that money?”

Richardson’s sigh fluttered the edges of the paper in his hands. “Mr. Royce, your grandfather didn’t want you to have a way out and he used every legal tool at his disposal—which was considerable—to make sure you had to abide by the terms of his will before you could inherit the assets he left for you, including his significant fortune. If you want those assets, you’re going to have to marry someone and stay married for one year and three days, no exceptions.”

Dayton fisted his hand. “I hate that dead son of a bitch.”

Richardson’s expression didn’t waver. “I have an appointment scheduled, and I’m already going to be late. Have a good day, Mr. Royce. Come see me once you have a marriage certificate.”

Dayton ground his teeth together and pushed himself up out of the chair. He didn’t bother offering Richardson a handshake on his way out. Richardson didn’t seem to care.

* * *

“We could … uh, marry, you know.”

Dayton stared at Alex, wondering where the hell that suggestion had come from.

“Okay, never mind. Bad idea,” Alex said.

Dayton’s heart thudded in his chest and his mouth went dry.

“There’ll be questions,” he said, then had to stop and clear his throat before continuing. “A fucking deposition where I have to swear to tell the truth and then they’re going to ask about consummation.”

Alex’s blue eyes seemed to darken. “Oh.”

“Yeah.” Dayton rubbed his hand on his thigh, trying to force away the twisty feeling in his stomach. “Whoever I pick, there’ll be sex, because I’m not losing this inheritance over a fuck.”

“I can’t believe—“

Dayton interrupted Alex. “You’d fuck anybody for sixty-three million in assets and cash, and you know it, so don’t act indignant that I’m willing.”

Alex grinned, but didn’t actually say anything. He didn’t have to.

Dayton smacked the outside of Alex’s thigh. He started to push to his feet.

“I’d fuck you.”

Dayton froze and then dropped back to the sofa, meeting Alex’s blue-eyed gaze with a strong sense of shock. “What?”

“You need to find someone you trust if you’re going to do this without getting stuck in a real marriage, right? Not even a prenup will save you if your bride finds out you’re using her to get your hands on your inheritance, or if it does, I’m sure it’s going to cost you going in. And how will you keep it a secret if she knows what’s really going on?” Alex snorted. “There’s not a girl you’ve dated that you can trust not to screw you over given half the opportunity because your taste in women is—”

“Yeah, yeah,” Dayton interrupted. “But I’m not sure I’m ready to do gay sex just to—”

“Ah,” Alex said, a knowing look on his face.

“I’m not afraid of gay sex, goddammit.”

“Then what’s the problem?”

“I—” But Dayton stopped.

What the fuck was the problem? If he could trust anybody to not marry him for his money, it’d be Alex. He would trust Alex with his life. And when the time came, Alex would divorce him without a complaint once Dayton had met the terms of his grandfather’s will. They would still be best friends. Of course they would.

No complications.

Nothing but a couple of fucks between them so that he could pass a lie detector test—because if he married a man instead of a woman some dick was going to demand proof that he was entitled to that money. Very likely Calvin Richardson himself.

And God above, what better way to make his homophobic bastard of a grandfather roll over in his grave than to do exactly what he said and marry—but a man instead of a woman.

A fitting revenge.

Alex was staring at him with curious eyes. Alex’s patience was one of the things that made their friendship work so well, because Dayton didn’t have a patient bone in his body.

A couple of fucks. No big deal at all. How hard could it—

He coughed, the sudden flash of memory catching him off guard. He knew what Alex’s dick looked like, even though he’d never seen him hard. Alex wouldn’t have to be a grower to have a dick that put half the people Dayton knew to shame.

What the hell was he thinking about Alex’s dick for?

“If you’re not attracted to men, you’re not going to want to be the one doing the fucking,” Alex said matter-of-factly. “So we should just decide now that I’ll be the one in the lead.”

“Oh, hell no,” Dayton said. “I’ve seen your dick. I’m supposed to let you put that up my—”

“Sixty-three million,” Alex said.

“My ass is sacred ground!”

“Your ass is kind of cute.”

“You are an asshole. I don’t even know why I like you.”

“Because I put up with you.”

Dayton exhaled loudly and raked his hands through his hair. “You do.”

“You don’t have many real friends.”

“I don’t.”

“And I will never screw you—”

Dayton raised his eyebrows high.

“—over.” Alex laughed. “Now who’s being the dick?”

“Tony is going to shit a brick when he hears we’re getting married.”

Alex’s grin widened. “Yeah. That thought did cross my mind.”

I have no idea if that one’s going to work, but if it sounds like something you might like to read, let me know! I’ll be much more likely to get around to it if other people are interested. Then again, I kind of need to know what happens—and how big a dick Tony is—and I won’t find out if I don’t write the book. ;)

My Backyard Inspiration for the Wolves’ Heat books

I’m not a good photographer and these pictures prove that, but this is my real life backyard and it’s definitely where I get my inspiration for the forest setting in the Wolves’ Heat books. Lots of oak, and brush, and very few pine, although if you go deeper into the woods, you’ll eventually run into some thick pine forest that’s almost impossible to walk through.

At the moment, the leaves are just starting to turn, but soon everything will be orange and yellow and red and brown. I’ll try to remember to take some photos then and post them.

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Photos © 2014 by Odessa Lynne.

Wolves’ Heat and the Central United States Earthquake Threat

If you’ve read my Wolves’ Heat series, you know that the stories occur on Earth but in the future, and because geology is never static, I had made the decision that sometime about thirty years before Ian’s birth (Ian’s Choice), there’d been a massive earthquake in the central United States. I referred to this quake in all three books of the series. Some of the aftereffects of that quake even come into play quite dramatically in the latest book, Brendan’s Fate.

Well, this bit of news came up in my reader today and I thought about my decision and felt a little thrill at the thought that I had chosen to include that as part of the history of my world.

A debate has swirled in recent years, fueled in part by past studies suggesting that continuing New Madrid seismic activity could be the tail end of a long-lived aftershock sequence following the 1811-1812 earthquakes. If modern activity is an aftershock sequence, the argument goes, then there is no evidence that stress is currently building in the zone. Instead, Page and Hough conclude that the current level of activity must be the signature of active, ongoing processes that continue to generate stress in the region –stress that we expect will eventually be released in future large earthquakes. In other words, the New Madrid Seismic Zone is not dead.

More at: Threat of Earthquakes Occurring in Central United States Still Alive

I bolded the part that I found most fascinating. Anyway, just thought I’d share because it seemed so interesting to me!

—Odessa

Working on Next Book

So, I’m currently working on my next book, working title “Magic,” just because I have no idea what I’m going to call this one yet. I’m really excited by the story and expect it to be completed soon. [This turned out to be Of Magic and Mating.]

I’m seriously enjoying writing the romance along with the fantasy and science fiction elements that make up this story.

Without giving too much away at this point, this has to be my favorite so far of all the stories I’ve written. There’s humor, action-adventure, romance (IMO, sexy, hot romance!) and the two heroes are just perfect for each other.

Once I complete this story (which I’m sure will lead to future stories set on this world I’ve created), I’m going to revisit the worlds from The King’s Guard and One for Himself.

The King’s Guard sequel will be a direct sequel and deal with the issues Leon and Geran are still facing, while the One for Himself sequel will actually be the story of someone else in the harems. :-) [That didn’t happen, which you’ll note if you picked up a copy of His One and Only. ;-) ]

I can’t say when they’ll be complete (yet) but I expect work to commence sooner rather than later.

If you’ve picked up any of my stories and enjoyed them, I’d be very grateful to have you post a review wherever you bought the books. I’m not currently doing any kind of promotion for my books because I thought writing more stories would be a much better use of my time!

[Edited: Anything in brackets was added later!]

How I Write

I write on a laptop, in Word, at a slow but sure pace that eventually gets me where I’m going.

I don’t rewrite much later, but as I’m going through a story, I find myself rereading constantly and tweaking for that perfect feeling I want as I read. I don’t care what words I use as long as the feeling comes through. Sometimes that’s harder to do than others. I can find myself rewriting a sentence twenty times, but not touch the 10 sentences around it once. Because my goal isn’t to rewrite, it’s simply to get my vision from my head to the page in as true a fashion as possible.

I don’t really think there’s much else to say on this topic because that’s about it. I just write and write and write and that’s how I practice and play all at the same time.