Finding Freedom by Lynn Burke

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO 

 

FINDING FREEDOM & LYNN BURKE!

 

 

Finding Freedom

Found by Fate 2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Release Date: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Keywords: Erotic, Romance, Contemporary, Menage, Novella, Series

 

 

Tessa’s life beneath the strict rules of her parents’ cultish church leaves her longing for independence. Her boring, small-town checkout lane job barely covers the bills, let alone fulfill her wants and desires.

 

Until the weekly visits of god-like Trent and Brody have her dreaming of a Tessa sandwich with both sensual men as her bread.

 

 

Fantasies may be a pastime of the wicked, but when Trent asks her on a date—with both him and Brody—Tessa decides to take a chance, knowing the purity of her soul is at stake. Will these two men be her ticket to freedom – or her one way trip to eternal damnation?

 

 

Excerpt

 

Towel wrapped around me, I peeked out the bathroom door into Trent’s dimly lit bedroom. A T-shirt and shorts lay on his massive, king-sized bed.

 

I tugged the shorts up my damp legs, but couldn’t get them over my bum. More tears pricked as I cursed my too-much body. Trent’s shirt hung to the middle of my thighs. It would have to do.

 

Trent lounged beside the blazing fire pit. The sound of trickling water drew my attention to the right. Brody stood beneath the outdoor shower, his round, bite-able backside flooding my mouth with drool.

 

Tearing my gaze off him, I ambled over toward Trent. He patted the couch beside him, and taking care not to reveal my too-much, naked bottom half, I settled on the cushion and allowed myself another peek at Brody.

 

“Hot, isn’t he?”

 

Trent’s low, murmured words whipped my head around. “What?”

 

“Brody.” He continued to stare at his friend, a smirk on his lips, lust in his eyes. “Just look at that ass.”

 

Unable to help myself, I did as told while trying to wrap my mind around what Trent had said—and the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

 

“What do you think, Tessa?”

 

I swallowed and laced my fingers together in my lap. “I think he’s beautiful.”

 

Trent made a sound of appreciation in his throat as Brody turned, closed his eyes, and tipped his head back, running his hands through his hair.

 

My focus zoned in on his long, flaccid penis. Cock, my whore-mind whispered. I laced my fingers tighter and forced my attention on Trent.

 

He met my gaze and grinned. “Quite the temptation, isn’t he?”

 

“Enough to make me burn in hell,” I admitted with a whisper.

 

 

What people are saying about this title:

 

“This book is hot!!! The passion between these three is off the charts sexy!! I mean what girl wouldn’t want two men lusting after her?? I need more!!” – Alpha Book Club

 

“I loved the interaction between the heroine and her two sexy guys.” – London Saint James

 

“Wish I could be the cheese in this sandwich – 5 stars” – Goodreads Review

 

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Goodreads Link:

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About Lynn Burke:

Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

Her current work, the Risso Familly Novellas, revolves around four siblings from Boston’s North End.

Lynn Burke’s Links:

Website: http://www.authorlynnburke.com/index.html

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Oh What Should I Achieve This Year?

20160101_223545.jpgBeyond the divorce I’ve been trying to achieve for three years now, I sit in quiet contemplation on the many unfinished projects I have. This includes the rewrites of the novels I had with the defunct Breathless Press. In truth, I’m in no hurry on that. I have other fish to fry. My mind is constantly spinning with new and exciting ideas.

This is why artists go insane.

My list is in no way a resolution. I’ve always had a goal of writing like mad in the first part of the year and then pursuing other interests until NaNo comes around. Of course I’m looking forward to another Drawlloween as well. That was a great way to purge out any writerly ticks and have a fresh mind for NaNo. Yes, I failed last year. The character I was writing is the most difficult to portray. Think about it and the society we live in and then toss in a character that loathes technology, memes, and anything to do with television. Those little cultural slips just don’t cut it and made progress slow.

So, we’ll start with the works in progress I have listed at the bottom of this site. This are my must finish items.

Tangled in Time, Beowulf Hollow Series, Book 3, Naughty Fairytales Trilogy.

This one has been on the shelf for over a year now. I started it during my 2014 NaNo run. The reason I haven’t finished Tangled in Time is because I keep hedging on the characters. How much should I show of the past to show how it relates to the present? I also have some cultural things I do not want to screw up and sometimes research is hard to come by. This will definitely be the longest Naughty Fairytale I’ve created. My hope is that the first three books in this series can be bundled together in a print form. We’ll see. I have to finish it first.

Devin and the Playboy

This one is some m/m/f goodness. My issue with finishing is that my brain wants to jump to that Happily Ever After part and won’t concentrate on the here and now. I’m not even halfway to the word count I projected this one to be. Still, it’s a skeleton work ripe to expand so skipping to the end won’t be a sinful act. The interplay of the three characters is what I love the most about this work. It’s ripe with sexual tension and an ending I hope keeps readers guessing. A hard task indeed.

An Outlaw in Her Bed

Outlaw is one of novels I had with Breathless Press. I’m in the process of expanding with more backstory and reintroducing a character that was fleeting in the beginning. In the original I had made the male character very much a virgin with bed activities. Alas, this is not the case in the rewrite. This one is promised to Roane and will very much be different from the original–and I mean vastly changed from the two companies that held the right to publish previously.

Another work on my mind is one set in Roman times featuring gladiators. Watching Spartacus has spurred these thoughts. Yet the task at hand are the three listed. I hope to get to a couple of writing retreats where distractions are better kept at bay.

For me this year, it’s about finding happiness. That will always be what drives me.

Writing in a World That’s Lost its Decorum

I’ve probably rehashed some of these points in one form or another but hey, some of it bears repeating. My last year wasn’t as productive as I wanted it to be in writing. Whether I’ve gotten complacent or my focus is shit remains to be debated. I did have publications, as noted on the side of my blog yet I had the potential to do so much more.

If you haven’t noticed by now, the internet is full of anonymity and vitriol. While I can’t profess to be a saint in such matters, I can say I owned up to anything I might have said. Perhaps it’s my age or just because I’ve been through a metric ton of crap and just don’t have time for the bullshit. Like memes that misquote people, for example. I’ll call people out on that with facts more so than calling them a fuck puppet.

First order of business is the tact of reviews. I’ve had my personal up and downs with this, and I’m not talking as an author on this one. Sarcasm that might be a little too turned up, my time before being published consisted of beyond snarky reviews. I couldn’t turn my brain off to any fault I perceived. So each review pinpointed those. Could I say maybe the lackluster life I had been leading played a part? Maybe but that makes it an excuse, right? I knew what I was doing and could have walked away yet I didn’t. The sad fact is when reading mainstream, they have a formula for a story and stick to it. Happy endings are overrated but that’s for another time.

Now I’m an author and on the receiving end of bad reviews. While not pinpointing the specifics like I endeavored to do, they stab at things that have nothing to do with the story and that bites a little. I learned to ignore them, and inform my publishers that I’d prefer my books do not go to those places. I’m all for an honest review. It’s the vague passive-aggressive reviews that seem more like a vendetta than honesty. Eh, I’m getting of track. Point being, a review site should give a review and not a few stars because they’re in the business of reviews. Hate it? Speak it or, in my opinion, you lose credibility. Readers should keep posting reviews and remember it’s about the book, not the author. For fuck’s sake, know what you’re getting into. Erotic romance, for example, is going to have raw raunchy sex. Don’t get all puritan when you read it.

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Another elephant in the room is jealousy. Should authors sharpen their claws and go after their own kind? My simple answer is no to that. I’m not even talking about inter genre hissy fits that do happen. People that don’t write romance dismissing it, though romance is the number one genre, because they don’t think the writers have anything remotely resembling a plot. Get over yourselves. No one genre is better than the next. Take it from someone that reads just about ever one out there. Stop hiding behind the ‘anonymous’ tag too. Things can be tracked on the internet more than you know. Less asshat, more honest chat-chat.

Sometimes I’m flabbergasted at the amount of reviews new books get when I scramble sometimes for one. I want to cry and pitch a fit because even with free copies going out, I’m not seeing a return on investment so to speak. In reality, I got to suck it up because sales matter. Someone’s reading my book or is going to and if my life is hectic, imagine what someone else’s might be. For the most part, the free readers are honest and that’s great. Secretly, I love the readers of a purchased copy. For me, their review has a little more credence.  My suspicious nature lends to that.

Lastly, the mother of all woes–marketing your book. Spamapolooza. The flood gates of social media open wide. With so many groups on Facebook and whatnot, how are you going to make any dent or get noticed? I belong to a few and honestly? It’s too much to even keep up with and I’ve left a lot of them. With so many scrolling across the screen, I wonder if it’s effective. Even Twitter gets away from me. My smartphone doesn’t make me much smarter for social media. I cringe at the word “buy”. Sure I want someone to purchase my book but I don’t want to spam the shit out of their feed, email, or any other means of communication. Truly if I could give any advice, I’d say back off. Think of it as game requests on Facebook. Some love it, some don’t. I blissfully ignore them.

Writing is a full time job with barely a part time job pay for some. Let’s be a little more thoughtful to each other because, as I’ve shown in the past, I’ll call that shit out.