Author Archives: Odessa Lynne

Getting through tough times

Hopefully, this will be the last post I have to write about delays for a long while. My father did pass away, but I’m doing okay. I just need a little time for things to settle around me before I can tackle all the things that have been put off. I didn’t finish the episode I mentioned in my last update nor get to restart my final proofreading, but I expect I’ll be able to do that soon.

Thank you so much for your patience and well wishes during these tough times. I’ve really appreciated all of it.

6/14 – My aunt passed away this morning (she went into hospice the day before my dad last week), and my dad’s funeral is tomorrow. I am feeling okay, at the moment. It’s been rough this week, but I have a lot of emotional support (I have an awesome sister) and I am doing okay.

Tomorrow will be a lot to handle, especially having the funeral in this record-breaking heat, but I think Dad would want me to get my book out as soon as I can afterward, so I will be turning to that as soon as I can once I have made it through this week. He definitely knew how much writing stories means to me. He was a reader, and although he never read any of my books, I know he was proud of me for writing them.

Update on delays

There’s a whole lot of stress in my life right now, but I’m working on my writing today regardless! First up, I have a half finished episode of Mage in Love so I’m going to go ahead with it first since I figure I can finish it and get it up today. Then, I am going to restart my final proofread for Of Relations and Ships which I bailed on when things got really bad because I just couldn’t concentrate on anything other than my real life at that point.

Unfortunately, I do have to restart that proofread from page one because it will be easy to miss things if I don’t and it’s been so long since I have looked at it, and I always try to put out the best book I can. :) I have to be the last one to go over my books before they go out, always. I can’t let them go out any other way. This will take me a couple of days, probably. I’m not gonna sugar-coat this, my dad is in bad shape and if he passes in the next week or has another incident in the hospital, it will take longer. That’s just the way it is.

I appreciate any and all well-wishes, and if you want to help out in any way, I will be eternally grateful for any Ko-fi or Patreon support or purchases through Laterpress or Smashwords (places where I get more of the money, faster). Google Play is a good third, and Barnes and Noble another good option. Amazon, Kobo, and Apple are fine also, but pay from those sales can take many months to make its way to me. Thank you so much if you do buy my books or support my writing!

How to read a story on Laterpress on a phone

At the moment, you can get my Mage in Love story by the chapter/episode on Laterpress (direct link!), but if you want to read on the browser on your phone or a smaller tablet, when you first drop in to a chapter, you might think something is wrong with the text because you can’t scroll.

I hear that’s going to be an option in the near future, but for the moment, the way it works is to swipe the text to the side to turn the page or touch the right side of the screen on the text, like you would an ebook in a lot of e-reading apps.

Not gonna lie, the first time I tried to read a chapter of my own story to test it out, I thought things were broken. They weren’t. It’s just that I’m so used to scrolling on a phone that I didn’t realize reading on Laterpress was more book-like. :)

Delays

First, I’d like to say I’m sorry for all the delays this year! I had planned to get things off to a strong start with a few releases and keep up the momentum. Then a bunch of family emergencies happened, and I’ve really just been avoiding anything that causes me any kind of stress at all.

It’s resolving now, for the most part. So tomorrow I’m going to sit down and take stock and see if I can just pick it all back up where I was when I stopped everything and start this year over. I’ll post an update in a few days and hopefully I’ll have good news about a release or two. :)

Quick Update

I got sick after my family’s Christmas party and everything kind of fell to the wayside. I’m finally feeling a bit better, and I’m going to get the book up this week. I’m really sorry for the delay!

I’ve been so careful to avoid getting sick with Covid that I think I forgot for just a little while that Covid isn’t the only thing you can catch at a family gathering around the holidays when children are around. Anyway, I started to feel better last week, but my energy levels have just been the worst and I ended up having to give myself just a bit more time to get enough energy to do anything remotely productive.

I’ll go back and update the release date post with the correct release date after I get the book up, since I’m going to do it as quickly as I can this week, but I’m not sure if that’ll be tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday. I’m running out of energy fairly quickly the last few days so I need to give myself a little leeway.

Of Relations and Ships Has a Release Date!

Book cover image for Of Relations and Ships (New Canton Republic, book 7)
Blane wanted a monster to call his own. But the monster that wants him might be more of a monster than even Blane’s ready for…

Of Relations and Ships will be releasing a little later than I wanted, but I’ll be putting it up on December 27th! It’ll be going up on all the usual places.

Because of the holidays, some retailers might have a bit of a delay making it available, but it should be available somewhere on the 27th. Amazon, almost certainly, and I suspect that’s where most of you will pick up the book anyway, so that’s good news. :)

I really wanted to get it out before the holidays started, but I just wasn’t able to get it ready in time. It’s possible it could be early, but with the holidays slowing everything down, it’s really not likely.

I hope this is good news for those of you who’ve been waiting for this book!

Also, the Wolves’ Heat short story, Devon and Kem Under the Mistletoe (a.k.a. Ian and Craig’s First Fight) is available and there is a new episode of Mage in Love! (Mage in Love will tie in to the New Canton Republic series … eventually. It might take a little while to get there, though.) :D

A Bunch of My Books are Discounted for the Smashwords End of Year Sale

My author page on the Smashwords site lists the books that have coupon codes attached to them for their end of year sale. The sale runs through the end of the year.

If you’ve been holding off buying any of my series, this is a great time to get a bunch of them at a big discount.

You could try the R’H’ani Chronicles, which had a new release last month, or my New Canton series, which is about to have a new release, or the Wolves’ Heat series, if you’re a hold out on that one, for which I just released a holiday short story. :-)

You could even try my M/F romance series under the name Lynne Sterley, if you wanted to see what I did with real werewolves. :D

New Wolves’ Heat Short Story Is Available!

Book cover image for Devon and Kem Under the Mistletoe (a.k.a. Ian and Craig's First Fight)

The Wolves’ Heat short story, Devon and Kem Under the Mistletoe (a.k.a. Ian and Craig’s First Fight), is available at Amazon and Google Play, and coming soon to more ebook retailers!

Return to the early days of Devon’s life with his new mate, Kem, in this Wolves’ Heat short story, where even a small misunderstanding can lead to trouble…

If you feel like revisiting Devon and Kem, or you like holiday stories, this is the story for you! :)

A Hint of Things to Come

Book cover image for Of Relations and Ships (New Canton Republic, book 7)
It’s Carlton’s little bro, Blane, who’s in for an adventure this time! :D (Carlton’s book was Of Mates and Barters, and Blane made a small appearance there.)

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s almost here! :D Of Relations and Ships is the longest New Canton Book I’ve written. But I think it’s a really fun story.

And a little something special is going to be out later this week. I’ve been thinking about writing a short story for the Wolves’ Heat series for a long while, and somehow, I’ve finally done it!

Book cover image for Devon and Kem Under the Mistletoe (a.k.a. Ian and Craig's First Fight) (A Wolves' Heat Short Story) by Odessa Lynne
Devon and Kem are celebrating the holidays! :D

Depending on whether or not there appears to be interest in these short stories, I might write a few more. I already have ideas … and titles, like Salvadore and Wolf Steal a Truck (a.k.a. Matthew and Ash Take a Ride) and Gerald and Tanis Make a Bet (a.k.a. Gerald Wins Even When He Loses). So, to be honest, I really hope there’s interest. :-)

Update! Devon and Kem Under the Mistletoe (a.k.a. Ian and Craig’s First Fight) is available now at Amazon and Google Play, and is coming soon to more ebook retailers.

More Episodes of Mage in Love are Available!

Jihu and Gaeru are having an adventure in Mage in Love

I have an ongoing story published on Kindle Vella.

Episode 3: “Third parties”, Episode 4: “Sell out”, and Episode 5: “No such luck” are available now!

In Mage in Love, Jihu makes a bargain with crafty (but hot) Gaeru to escape death. One bad decision leads to another and, soon, Jihu has only himself to blame for the trouble that follows…

Available at: Amazon

You can go read the first few chapters (episodes) for free on Kindle Vella. If you go read a chapter (the first three are free), and you like what you read, a thumbs up and a follow will let me know you liked it! :-)

In further news this weekend, I’ll be posting the cover for Of Relations and Ships in the next couple of days and expect to have the book up before the holidays set in. (And I haven’t told anyone yet, but there will be a tie-in with Mage in Love … eventually (it’s going to take some time)). :D But I have faith you’ll figure it all out eventually if you read Of Relations and Ships and Mage in Love both.