Pre-Orders, Free Downloads, and Signed Paperbacks, Oh My!

 

It’s an exciting week here for me.

After YEARS of blood, sweat, and ignoring my family (YEARS), History is finally and irrevocably set for publication this Friday, Dec 15th.

It’s long. It’s dramatic. It uses the word vagina at least three times. Tim says and does embarrassing things at least four times. It’s hopefully just what fans of Stella and Howie want, except for all of those bits in between that make fans send me emails that say things like “what are you doing?? ARGGHH!”

Anyway, it’s available for pre-order at a dirt-low price, and the price will go up dramatically after publication so if you think you might read it, snag it now!

In celebration of History’s release, I’ve made Chemistry temporarily free in online stores, I’ve discounted the paperback price, and I’ve listed three signed copies on Goodreads as a giveaway!

So if you enjoyed Chemistry, please tell your friends that they can snag it for free. And if you want to win a signed copy, you can enter the giveaway below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Chemistry by C.L. Lynch

Chemistry

by C.L. Lynch

Giveaway ends January 10, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

How long is your favourite book?

When I finished the final draft of History and ran the wordcount, I nearly jumped out of my chair with celebration.

IT WAS UNDER 200,000 words!

I mean, barely, but still. So what if it’s 199,682 words long? That’s still <200,000 words.

I was deeply relieved, because for a while there it had bloated to a monstrous 220,000 words!

Even in its newer, slimmer version, History is a beast of a book. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I’m not sure. My fellow authors say, “No one will read all of that! Why not split it into two?”

I thought about that. But I couldn’t do it.

First of all, there is a story arc to History, and cutting it in half wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t even be ending on a cliffhanger. It would just be literally stopping the story half way through and asking people for more money. I have no interest in bilking people so they can find out what happens next. I could end the book on a cliffhanger, but there are really only two good places to do that, and one is only 60,000 words in, which would really be more of a novella than a novel, and the other would be over 150,000 words in, which means the ending would be a novella. Plus, I’d be ending on a cliffhanger which a lot of people despise with a passion.

I mean, how many of you read the end of Catching Fire and wanted to throw the book across the room?

So. I wrote a long book. But is that really such a bad thing? Let’s try to turn this word count into something meaningful.

History is longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but shorter than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

It’s longer than any of the Lord of the Rings books (which amazes me because I feel like Return of the King was the longest book EVERRRR but maybe it just felt that way reading it) but it’s shorter than any of George R R Martin’s  A Song of Ice and Fire books (probably because I don’t spend five pages describing banners on a battlefield. I mean, the books are gripping but then THAT happens and it’s like COME ON, GEORGE).

It’s longer than any of the Twilight books but it’s shorter than the Outlander books.

It’s longer than Jane Eyre but shorter than Middlemarch.

It’s longer than Great Expectations but shorter than Moby Dick.

Do you know what I realized, when I started comparing my book to other books?

That word count doesn’t matter to me, as a reader. So many other factors come into the perceived “length” of a book. Like, I would consider Order of the Phoenix to be a faster read than Great Expectations, wouldn’t you? And Moby Dick might be shorter than A Game of Thrones, but I know which book I would blast through faster.

So my book is long.

That doesn’t mean that it’s too long. Only my readers can tell me that. And if people start complaining that it’s too long and they DNF it, then that’s on me. Not because I wrote a long book, but because I wrote a book that felt more like Moby Dick than Outlander or Order of the Phoenix.  

So I’m okay with the length, as long as it keeps people turning pages.

… But I’m still really happy to have it under 200,000 words.

 

Want to read HISTORY for free? Here’s how…

Hi everyone! For a limited time only, I am collecting members for my Advance Review Team. If you read and enjoyed Chemistry, and are looking forward to the sequel, then this is a way you can read it earlier than anyone else, and for FREE!

Oh, and you’ll have a chance to win a signed paperback copy.

The only entry requirement is that you must have already read and left a review for Chemistry. You have until the day I send the book out to my street team to leave that review if you haven’t already. I’ll be sending History out for Advance Review in just a couple of weeks.

Want to know more? Click here.

Strong Women In Fiction Giveaway

Strong Women in Fiction, a collaboration of women authors whose works feature strong female lead characters, is excited to bring you the 2017 Strong Women in Fiction Giveaway Hop from November 1 at 12:00 am EST to November 15 at 11:59 pm EST.

From November 1st to the 15th, you can check out over 30 different giveaways, all of which involve strong women in fiction. Giveaway items include books featuring strong female characters (like Stella Blunt!), artwork depicting strong women, or prizes that in some way support female authors.

Any questions?

What do you mean by ‘strong’?

A strong heroine can be physically strong (*cough*Stella*cough*), emotionally strong, in a position of power, capable of stupendous magic, whatever. There are lots of ways for women to be powerful, and we celebrate them all.

How do I enter?

Each author has their own giveaway. Some are as simple as clicking the link and collecting the prize – in my case, a free download of Chemistry, the first in the Stella Blunt series.

“Stella is no Bella” – School Library Journal

“Stella is not an easy character to like, which is why it’s so great to see her lowering her guard and learning to trust.” IndieReader Discovery Awards (Winner for Humor 2017)

“…overflowing with wit… a fast-moving and very fun zombie blood-fest that challenges ideas about femininity and teenage love.”

So check out the linky below and hop over to each author’s site, and you can enter whichever giveaways strike your fancy. Enter one, none, or all!

 

The Amazing Paperback Giveaway – Enter Now!

Imagine walking to your mailbox and finding package after package containing awesome new books to read. A grand total of twelve of them, in fact. And one of them is Chemistry!

Now is your chance to win all twelve paperbacks, and there are SIXTY FIVE ways to enter.

RULES:

U.S. Residents Only can enter (as a Canadian, this makes me sad, but the majority have spoken).
One winner with receive all twelve books. Each author is responsible for sending their book to the winner.
One winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the contest.
Contest dates: 9/1/17 – 9/22/17

Good luck!

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“Award-Winning Author” has a certain ring to it!

I’ve received some pretty great emails in my life. If you have ever emailed me to rave about how much you loved my book, your email is on that list. But the day that I got the email from Amy Edelman of IndieReader, I was having a pretty low day. You know the kind of day – the kind where everything seems particularly difficult. The kind of day that makes you feel beaten-down and maybe a little sorry for yourself.

I was going through my emails, deleting the spam (the number of emails authors get offering to ‘market’ or ‘review’ their work for whopping amounts of money is truly depressing) when I read the words “Congratulations!  It is our pleasure to inform you that your book won in the Humor category for the 2017 IRDAs!”

Whoa, wut.

I re-read that email a bajillion times checking to see if I had misread it. Nope. Winner. Not grand prize winner of the whole shebang, but honestly, I don’t expect to take major prizes with a zombie romance full of swear words. Howie isn’t THAT adorable.

But yeah – it isn’t a mistake, it’s for real. Chemistry is officially an award winning book. IndieReader’s Discovery Awards are judged by publishers and Kirkus reviewers. Each book is read by two judges. In order for a book to be a category winner, it must get a minimum of 4 stars from both of the judges. If no book achieves that, they just don’t announce a winner for that category.

So it really means something that Chemistry won. It means two random people with presumably high standards read and liked my body-positive, feminist, angry zombie romance. That’s pretty surprising.

The award was announced at BookCon in New York on Saturday. I couldn’t attend because I’m poor and New York is on the other side of the continent and is NOT cheap to visit. But it still means something that someone in New York said my name in the contect of the word “award”. I like that combination a lot.

So, yeah. Whenever I’m having a bad day I can remind myself that I am now an award-winning author. BOOM, baby. Who’s changing this toddler’s diaper? It’s just C.L. Lynch, the award-winning author. Who washed these dishes? Only an award-winning author. Okay, so my husband does the dish washing in our family. And the laundry. But you get the idea.

To celebrate, I’m giving away the first three chapters of Chemistry in an instafreebie giveaway, so if you know anyone who might like it, send them the link! https://www.instafreebie.com/free/doT2B

My Main Character is Ableist – My Response to a Call-Out That Never Happened

When my book, Chemistry, first came out I wasn’t sure what kind of reception I would get.

Stella Blunt – for those who haven’t read my book – is not always an easy person to like. She swears, she’s permanently in a rage about something or other, and she can’t take a compliment. I knew my heroine was what they call an “unlikeable” heroine. I knew I was taking a risk in letting her go out into the world.

My hope was that people could see past all of that. Stella has her good points, after all. She is passionate, she is intelligent, she solves her own problems, and she desperately wants to be a better person. Though she constantly berates everyone and everything, she doesn’t spare herself, either.

I open the book with a scene that immediately presents and confronts Stella’s flaws, so I hope that it’s clear that Stella will be growing and changing throughout the series. She takes the first steps toward change in Chemistry and there will be more growth and change in History.

To my relief, the vast majority of readers love Stella, either because they admire her spunk and sass, or because they identify with her raging insecurities, or both.

But every now and then, Stella meets a reader who can’t stand her, and that’s fair.

My negative reviews almost all focus on Stella’s faults – her foul language, her tendency to overreact to just about everything, and her inability to handle a difficult situation with any amount of serenity or grace. And that’s okay.

But you know what my negative reviews don’t mention?

The fact that Stella is ableist as fuck.

That’s right – Stella is ableist but that’s not what bothers the people who dislike her. They care more about her bad language than they do about the fact that she repeatedly uses words like “crazy” and “insane” as insults. They care more about her continually-raised voice than about the fact that she spends half the book trying to decide whether she wants to date someone who may or may not have physical and mental health issues.

Now, if you’re a Stella fan and you feel the need to rush to her defense – please don’t. It’s okay to love Stella. I want you to love Stella. I love Stella. But we don’t always have to love the things she says and does. Stella is a work in progress – we know this about her. She has some flaws. She has a lot of flaws. And that’s okay. But we also need to acknowledge those flaws.

If you think Stella isn’t ableist, then please go read up on ableism before you say so.

The worst part is that she doesn’t even really know that she’s ableist. Stella is keenly aware of many of her own faults. She struggles to suppress her intellectual snobbery, and she works hard to control her irascible temper – although she generally fails. But she considers her “should I date him even though he has a disease” mental debate to be completely okay. She doesn’t think twice about slinging around words like “crazy”.

I’ve been bracing myself from the beginning for a reviewer to see this and call out my book for ableism. I’ve thought about how I would respond, and how I would reassure people that Stella has already taken the first steps to overcoming her ableism, but that most of the work will happen in History.

But I’m starting to think that it isn’t going to happen. So I’ve decided to just put it out there now.

Hi. My name is C.L. Lynch and my main character is ableist.

It’s the casual kind of ableism that you’re likely to find in most teenagers who have never been forced to confront their own prejudices and privilege. It’s the kind of ableism-invisibility that most people have unconsciously – the kind that only disabled people notice. But I want you to know that I didn’t do it unconsciously. Her ableism is part of her character journey, and it will be addressed heavily in History.

Please understand that my book itself is meant to be anti-ableism. As someone who suffers from mental health issues, loves someone with a disability and has worked with some amazing and admirable people with disabilities, I revile ableism and deliberately set out to address it.

Chemistry contradicts common paranormal romance tropes by presenting Howie Mullins’s undead-ness as a disability as opposed to a superpower. He doesn’t sparkle. He isn’t super fast and super powerful. He is clumsy and has trouble learning new things. He has a lack of emotional prosody in his voice due to brain damage. He also (as we learn later on) suffers from intrusive thoughts and a certain amount of anxiety. But he is a person worth loving and fighting for.

Sure, I could have made Stella be some sort of wonderful human who naturally overlooked all of these issues and saw the person underneath right away, but that would make her too to much of a Mary Sue. Ableism is one of the most overlooked kinds of privilege/prejudice and the fact is that most teenagers and even adults evince it in one way or another. I wanted to start with a heavily flawed character who goes on a journey, and ableism just seemed to come naturally to Stella.

While Chemistry sets the foundation for Stella’s personal growth, History will go into it in much more depth, as foreshadowed by my bonus novella, With You. Howie will get to tell you his side of things – he isn’t the saint that he appears to be – and he will have his own character journey to go through as he comes to terms with who he is, and Stella will need to do the same.

I promise.

Down with ableism.

Love,

C.L. Lynch

The Black Witch, Or, Damnit, Now I Can’t Read Tamora Pierce!?

A woman named Laurie Forest wrote a book so now I can’t read Tamora Pierce anymore.

Let me back up.

In case you’ve missed the uproar over The Black Witch, here’s some background on it. Since I have not read the book, I strongly encourage you to visit reviews like this one for more details including direct quotes.

The Black Witch is a very long book that takes place in a fantasy world which is filled with every kind of bigotry – racism against the various fantasy races, sexism, homophobia, ableism, you name it. The main character embodies and embraces all of these bigotries and doesn’t even start to rethink things until a good 350 pages in, and apparently, even in the last 100 pages, she’s still not totally convinced that it’s bad to be a raging bigot.

Now, even if the various subjects of these bigotries weren’t already tired of being bit players in a white protagonist’s redemption arc, even if the whole fantasy-racism-as-allegory-for-real-world-racism wasn’t used in basically every fantasy book already, and even if the whole “bigot gets woke” storyline wasn’t already very, very, VERY trite, this book would still be problematic.

Because even if the concept of a bigoted character realizing that they’re an asshole was a BRAND NEW IDEA… who wants to read 350 pages of assholery first? I mean, if you are content to just sit back and discover this amazing fantasy world where people are bigots, wow how original, and it doesn’t bother you to read hundreds of thousands of words containing repeated hatred and vitriol… then I feel like maybe it’s because you still need to read this kind of story line because you still kind of identify with bigots.

I mean, I wrote Stella Blunt so I’m all for unlikeable heroines.

Stella is angry, sweary, has intimacy issues, and let’s face it – she’s a little ableist. But jeez, it’s stated in, like, the second paragraph of my book that her behaviour is seen as inappropriate and in need of adjustment. And considering that there are people who have closed my book in the first chapter just because the MC swears in the presence of her parents, I am impressed that people can read 350 pages of bigotry and not get sick of it and throw that book in the DNF pile.

Aside: it’s also interesting to me that reviews of my book often call out Stella’s foul language, but so far no one has called out her ableism. And by interesting, I mean a little depressing. But maybe that’s because Chemistry doesn’t really address her ableism, which is the casual ableism of the average seventeen-year-old girl who calls everything crazy and insane. That lesson is coming up in History. Anyway, I digress…

What, you’re all wondering, does this have to do with Tamora Pierce? 

Oh, let me tell you.

So.

People are leaving one star reviews on The Black Witch, warning people about the over-done story line featuring hundreds and hundreds of pages filled with bigotry, all of which are somehow excused by the trite “but it turns out that’s bad!” message of the book.

One of the reviews was from someone who hadn’t read the book herself, but wanted to warn her followers off of the book, based off of very detailed reviews (including photos of pages from the book) such as the one I linked to above.

Tamora Pierce, THE Tamora Pierce, commented on this review. She criticized the reviewer for reviewing a book she hadn’t read, and then said “before I say a word about this book, I’m going to read it myself.”

Now, let’s set aside the fact that you shouldn’t have to suffer through an incredibly long book just to be entitled to say whether you like books featuring all kinds of slurs, bigoted protagonists and hackneyed redemption arcs, and that the whole “bigotry is bad” lesson is a lesson that we really shouldn’t need or get excited over any more. Never mind that reviewers are perfectly well allowed to say that based on the content of a book, they plan to give it a miss.

The REALLY big question mark over Pierce’s lecture comes from the cover of The Black Witch. Here’s a photo of it.

Now here’s a closer up picture.

 

Closer…

…So… She’s going to read The Black Witch before she pronounces an opinion, but her opinion is already written right on the cover of the book??

This was swiftly pointed out to her, and she responded with basically, “oh yeah, I did read it, I forgot. My bad.”

More specifically, she said:

When I re-read the book, I will post a complete review (I read it to gift it a quote some time ago and obviously forgot that I had done so, but I thought highly of it to give it a quote).

Uh… you absolutely loved it but you somehow forgot that you read it? And now you need to re-read it before you can decide whether 350 pages of racist/homophobic/ableist slurs before the redemption arc even starts is good or not?

And while we’re on that, what makes it a “whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy”?

I’d ask Tamora Pierce, but obviously she can’t remember.

I mean, if she thinks that using fantasy races to teach allegorical lessons in bigotry is a new idea, then what rock has Tamora Pierce, a celebrated fantasy author, been under?

*cough*Narnia*cough*Middle Earth*cough*Harry Potter*cough*basically every fantasy book ever written*cough**sneeze**vomit*

I mean, The Black Witch sounds like Wicked all over again, except the protagonist is the racist bigot instead of the victim of the institutionalized bigotry of the world.

I don’t see how anyone could possibly respect Tamora Pierce after that little exchange. No matter which way I try to look at it, she comes off as either a liar or a bigot (or at least the kind of person who is sympathetic to bigotry and thinks that we still need long books about it and why it’s bad), or both.

And this sucks, because I really like some of Tamora Pierce’s books. I’m not a raving fan. I’ve read her Song of the Lioness series twice, I can only remember a few key scenes, and while I adore and read and re-read Terrier and Bloodhound, Mastiff made me want to throw things and kind of ruined the first two books for me a bit. But Tamora Pierce writes nice strong fantasy heroines, and especially in her later books, her world building is very enjoyable.

So all of this sucks.

And no, I’m  not going to read The Black Witch. Sorry, Tamora Pierce.

International Women’s Day: 25 Free Books Featuring “Nasty Women”

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and in celebration, I’ve arranged a multi-genre giveaway of twenty-five books featuring bad-ass heroines. Whether they’re magic users discovering their inner power, steampunk inventors disguised as men, or ruthless assassins, these women stand on their own two feet and get things done.

Browse the whole list or jump straight to your favourite genre to meet these kick-ass “nasty” women and collect the books that interest you for FREE!

YA and Romance are included under their sub-genres.

I have tagged LGBT Lit, Own Voices Lit etc.

Thriller/Crime

 

Science Fiction/Dystopian

 

Fantasy/Paranormal

 

Women’s Lit/Urban Fiction

 

*All authors involved in this giveaway have agreed to keep their books free for at least the next week, and some may keep their links active even longer, so if you’re late to the party don’t fret – give the links a try anyway!*

Thriller/Crime

Crime Thriller

A deadly assassin. A perpetual target. A double-cross she never saw coming… Leine eliminates terrorists for a living. After a routine assassination almost gets her killed, she chalks it up to a fluke. Her lover and fellow assassin, Carlos, has another idea altogether. Is their boss is setting them up for a fall?

The Heroine:

Leine Basso is no shrinking violet. Formerly an elite assassin for a shadow government agency, now she’s going after the lowest of the low: human traffickers, ivory poachers, cartel thugs, and pedophiles.

Crime Fiction

Four days before Thanksgiving, the dead body of a paralegal is found dumped on a residential street in Midtown Detroit. A receipt for two cups of coffee in the gutter near her body leads Detectives Zannos and Wong to the New Delhi Donut Shop. Questions arise – who killed her, and why did the murderer break her fingers and move her body?

The Heroine:

Detroit Detective Jill Zannos is a no-nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, a strange boyfriend, and mystic powers inherited from her Greek grandmother that enhances her crime solving success.

Science Fiction/Apocalyptic

Military Dystopian

In a world devastated by disease and ripped apart by a changing climate, countries struggle for control of resources while fighting to maintain order.

Even if it means fighting their own citizens.

The Heroine:

Arinna Prescot is a top notch military strategist and diplomat. Without her, Europe would fall to an enemy that succeeds in destroying much of the world.

Steampunk

Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone never cared much for boys. She’s too fixated on corsets or engines to give them much notice. But proper ladies don’t spend their days reinventing the steam engine, so Lady Ruth needs to create a new persona…
The Owl: Britain’s Greatest Inventor.

The Heroine:

Ruth is autistic and a brilliant inventor. She hates changes to her routine, strange foods, and dealing with people. But that
doesn’t mean that she’s not capable of thinking outside the box to solve her
problems. #OwnVoices

Science Fiction

A gambling debt gone wrong, and a pirate captain on the trail of her father’s killer. India “Indy” Jackson is in trouble with the Jovian Mafia, and desperate to close a black market deal for Helium Three. When her pilot disappears, she must find a way to handle the Mafia on her own.

The Heroine:

Snarky, snarky, unafraid and street smart, Indy is on the trail of her father’s killer, and she isn’t about to let anything stop her. She takes no prisoners in her deals and needs no man to help her.

Get FREE

Science Fiction Thriller

What if you woke up knowing how to do your job, but not your own name? What if you had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

What if you thought they were wrong?

The Heroine:

Em Fallon is the security chief and second in command of Dragonfire Station.  She’s also a master at knife-throwing and hand-to-hand combat! #LGBTQ

Science Fiction

The alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, languishes in a maximum-security prison. His life sentence should spell emotional freedom for the assassin, Zara Itani, but true to her contrary nature, she travels the solitary and hazardous path from hate to love even though it is far too late for her and Danyael.

The Heroine:

Zara Itani is an assassin: Practical, focused, determined and dangerous. Shes also cynical, borderline paranoid, and tends to shoot before asking questions–and that’s on a good day, after she’s had her coffee and put on her make-up.

Science Fiction

A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern into a mountainside. A severed arm plummets from the sky in Missouri. Could these catastrophes possibly be related? 

The Heroine:

Dacey Livingstone is a kick-ass geologist who wears a hat that reads, “Schist Happens”. She risks life and limb to uncover the secrets of the most dangerous objects ever to threaten our universe.

Fantasy/Paranormal

Lucia Ashta

YA Fantasy

Magic is dangerous. It can get you killed.
But magic is coming for Clara. She can choose the safe path, or she can claim her power and face all the dangers it comes with.

The Heroine:

Clara’s parents want to treat her like property and marry her off to a man she’s never met. But she won’t stand for that – Clara has better ideas.

Fantasy

Cianne Wyland leads a double life. No one in House Staerleigh would suspect that the meek woman on whom they heap their disdain is a
gatherer of secrets. But Cianne
 never expected to find evidence implicating her own father in a conspiracy. The only person she can turn to for help is Kila – a man who has no idea who she really is.

The Heroine:

Cianne is underestimated because of her lack of gods-given gifts. She uses this to her advantage, training herself to become a skilled fighter and acrobat, using her skills to collect their secrets and uncover the corruption at her House’s core.

Paranormal Romance

 Sanura Williams, psychology professor, is unprepared when Special Agent Assefa Berber enters her life, hunting a preternatural serial killer. In a world where all is not as it seems, Sanura and Assefa must battle the gods’ first creations – vile predators who threaten the safety of humans. 

The Heroine:

Sanura Williams is smart, sexy, and capable of harnessing the most dangerous element on the planet. She is the Fire Witch of Legend–blazing, raging, untamable. #WoC #OwnVoices

Paranormal Romance

 Being a socially awkward, sarcastic orphan wasn’t easy for Freya Snow, but it had nothing on demon attacks.
When she first discovers her magical heritage, Freya doesn’t realize that there is a far darker side to this new world, and powerful enemies are after her head.

The Heroine:

Freya’s always just a few sarcastic comments from picking herself back up and standing her ground, especially when her friends are in danger.
What’s the harm in a few minor (or major) stab wounds?

Paranormal Action/Adventure

Librarian. Assassin. Vampire. Raised to eat ethically, Amber dines only on delicious, cold-blooded killers. And then, she gets the perfect job offer: Assassin. She’d be paid to eat the world’s worst butchers. How ideal.
Until it isn’t.

The Heroine:

Amber Fang is a quick-witted vampire who uses her librarian research skills to hunt down killers Dexter-style and take them out… for dinner.

YA Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Seluna doesn’t know why she was admitted to an all-female insane asylum. She doesn’t know how she makes inanimate objects come to life. And she can’t figure out the reason for the sadistic experiments on girls here—many of whom are never heard from again.

The Heroine:

 Seluna isn’t about to accept the rigid stereotypes and punishments for women who “act out” in this Victorian England otherworld. She’ll have to use cunning and powers no one knows she has to discover why she was sent to Silver Hill.

YA Fantasy

In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse: A creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses.

The Heroines:

A girl with forbidden magic, a Water Priestess who defies her church to protect her, and a girl who helps them both: it’s a triad of strong women!

Fantasy

Hunted and desperate, Ella, former Luminess of the Blue Mountain Realm, must evade her pursuers and fulfill a mission given by the gods. She carries a strange, otherworldly device, the purpose of which she does not know. Her only aid is her sharp intelligence . . . that, and a devoted soldier named Rathan, who has sworn to protect her.

The Heroine:

Ella, the former ruler of her people is on the run from the man who deposed her. Her fierce will and independent spirit are enough to turn impossible odds into a harrowing flight through dangerous snow-covered woods.

C.L. Lynch

Zombie Rom-Com

Snarky, seventeen-year-old Stella Blunt doesn’t make friends easily. The only person in her new school who likes her is the shy geek in her Chemistry class. He loves her brains, but then again, he’s a zombie. Can Stella take on first love, or will she have to take it out with a chain saw?

The Heroine:

Stella is large, loud, and foul-mouthed with a big chip on her shoulder. She finds kung fu and witty banter easy – it’s learning how to trust other people that she finds hard.

Post Apocalyptic Romance

Kidnapping her was the worst mistake he ever made.
Dangerous outlaw, Lucius Wade, lives only for revenge. But when he kidnaps a girl in order to lure an old friend into a trap, he discovers that he may have bitten off more than he can chew…

The Heroine:

Riley Kincaid has learned how to stand on her own two feet in the brutal Wasteland she calls home, and she has no intention of being your standard “kidnapped damsel in distress”. She’s about to turn alpha hero kidnap tropes on their heads.

Children’s Fantasy/Dystopian

In 2067, a mysterious SOS is sent into space. Wise One and Kriaka Adi, leaders of their tribes, are battling against the evil Dragons. Princess Reena, the future Queen of a faraway planet, is dispatched to aid the last humans on Earth.

The Heroines:

This whole story is chock full of powerful women, from magic-using leaders to powerful extraterrestrials.

Paranormal Romance

Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins. The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare – a purpose.

The Heroine:

Nava Katz doesn’t take no for an answer. She’s a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess. When she finds herself in an all-male secret society, she has to challenge a lot of preconceived notions about what makes a hero.

 

Women’s Lit

High school outcast Cass uses the secrets her ghostly friends dig up to expose the lies and backstabbing between her fellow students. Then the popular student council V.P. discovers her secret and unexpectedly asks her for help. She’s surprised to find he’s not so bad—and he’s in more trouble than anyone else suspects. Is it time to give the living another chance?

The Heroine:

Cass takes “Mean Girls” to the next level, using her ghostly friends to reveal secrets that need to be told. She is comfortable with herself and doesn’t care what other people think.

 

Nelly has a mission—to make the Internet beautiful. After a failed presentation at the office, she turns to the world of hacking. When her lavish designs begin to appear on high-profile websites, the Internet starts to pay attention. Nelly’s work goes viral as the multitudes read political and social messages into her decorations. Is she headed for trouble?

The Heroine:

Nelly knows she is right, and when her ideas are laughed at, she charges ahead anyway… even if her off-kilter sense of style lands her in cyber trouble.

 

A romantic comedy about a woman who finds there is more to Belly dancing than a  costume and more to life than a partner.

The Heroine:

Sheryl is an overweight woman of thirty five. Her ego has been battered by a bad romance and an over-bearing mother, and for a while Sheryl drowns her sorrows in alcohol. But Sheryl has a talent for DIY, is as comfortable with a drill as she is with a whisky, and she can also belly dancing like a goddess.

With You – Bonus Story For Fans of “Chemistry”

As some of you already know, I’ve been working on making some bonus short stories about the characters in Chemistry. These include one about Howie as a child when he was first adopted by Morton Mullins, and the story of how Tim and Elaine Blunt first met.

Well, the first story is ready to be read, and if you’re impatiently waiting for me to publish History, this can help fill your time.

With You takes place between Chemistry and History. Told from Howie’s POV, With You will give you a unique insight into some of the events in History, and hints at what is to come.

As the new year approaches, Stella and Howie are driven to discuss the future, and Howie must make a choice between lying to Stella and facing the truth.

 

Also, if you have any friends who you think should read Chemistry, tell them that Chemistry is free in the kindle store today and tomorrow (Jan 13th and 14th)!