Book Talk: Open Mic Night at the End of the World

Posted October 20, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Open Mic Night at the End of the WorldOpen Mic Night at the End of the World by Jessica Meyers
Pages: 120

The end of the world was supposed to come with zombies attached, or maybe a flying meteor, but Dell finds that the reality is much less exciting—and infinitely lonelier.

In the wake of a virus that decimated the population, the place she calls home has turned into a ghost town. She hasn’t talked to anyone but her cat in weeks and finding an unopened bag of chips while looting the local grocery store is the only thrill she’s feeling.

There must be other survivors out there. But finding them means leaving behind her carefully organized stock of canned goods and burgeoning gnome collection.

Open Mic Night at the End of the World by Jessica Meyers is a post-apocalyptic novella that’s… unlike any post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read. I think On the Edge of Gone comes closest in terms of feel and atmosphere and even then it’s actually nothing like that.

Disclaimer: I know the author from Twitter and was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

CWs: mentions of death, mentions of suicidal ideation, brief scene of animal related violence: character interrupts fighting dogs and is bitten, runs away. Also descriptions of anxiety.

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Book Talk: A Courtship of Dragons

Posted October 17, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: A Courtship of DragonsA Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher
Series: Dragonlands #1.5
Pages: 193

Friends and lovers have always come easily to Estenarven kin Boulderforce, until Mastekh. For the first time in over three hundred years, Estenarven has found a dragon that matters. Now all he has to do is convince him.

Mastekh kin Rainstorm doesn’t expect much from life; he mostly wants to be left alone. Until Estenarven leaves a gift on his pillow. For the first time someone is paying attention to Mastekh, but can this shy, downtrodden dragon ever learn to trust another – and himself – enough to give in to life, joy... and maybe even love?

Warning! This M/M romantic side-adventure contains a watery dragon with no confidence and a stone-stubborn Boulderforce with confidence enough for two. May also contain an interfering Starshine, a slightly perplexed Blazeborn and kissing. Enjoy!

Also in this series: Blazing Dawn
Also by this author: Orion's Kiss, Sing to Me, Unbound & Free

A Courtship of Dragons was, once upon a time, intended to be a short romance novelette set between Becca Lusher’s Blazing Dawn and Storm Rising. It follows the courtship of Khennik’s two aides: Estenarven and Mastekh.

Standard Frienship Bias disclaimer applies: Becca is a very good friend and I may be biased.

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Book Talk: Not Even Close

Posted October 12, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Not Even Close by Lisa Oliver

Dear Author,
I turned thirty this year and I have yet to have my first kiss, much less a relationship with someone. I have yet to find someone that I connect with enough to be that open. I hear terms like gray-sexual and demi-sexual thrown around and figure I’ll just be alone. No one wants to take the time to get to know me; they just want to hop right in bed.

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A black and white photograph just showing two men, who look very similar, their mouths almost joined as they come in for a kiss.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Not Even Close by Lisa Oliver was brought to my attention… ages ago as being an m/m romance with a demisexual protagonist. Obviously that had my interest immediately. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone.

TW: amisia, homomisia, slutshaming, implications that abuse is part of a health relationship, sexual coercion

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Book Talk: Fourth World

Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Fourth WorldFourth World by Lyssa Chiavari
Series: Iamos #1
Pages: 336

Life on Mars isn't all it's cracked up to be when you're Isaak Contreras. Ever since his dad disappeared two years ago, Isaak's been struggling to keep up in school, and he never seems to be able to live up to his mom's high expectations. But everything changes when he finds an ancient coin among his missing father's possessions. The coin makes him a target of both the Martian colonial government and a crazed scientist with a vendetta—and it leads him to a girl from another time named Nadin, who believes that Isaak might just hold the key to saving both their worlds. That is, if they can survive long enough to use it...

Also by this author: Seven Years among Dragons, Cheerleaders from Planet X

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to reading Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari. Fourth World has been on my radar for, gosh, I don’t know how long as featuring not one but TWO asexual spectrum protagonists in a YA scifi novel, and one of them is demisexual.

Yeah, I don’t know how it took me ages to pick it up either. But pick it up I did and now I am here to natter about it! Let’s get to it! After some content warnings.

CW: Ablist language, aromisic language, acemisic language (called out), racism (called out), non-consensual kissing.

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Freebie Weeks! And writerly updates! Oh my!

Posted October 9, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments

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This is a supershort news update of sorts.

Freebie Short Story Weeks

From today (October 9th) to October 13th Changeling’s Time is available on Amazon for free. So if you’ve been wanting to try out more of my short works for free, now’s your chance!

Next week October 16th to October 20th, To Sleep for a Season will get its free promo week too. So if you like Changeling’s Time, hold tight and you’ll be able to get both these short stories for free!

Come meet my little alien critters that are kind of like a cross between a bat, a dinosaur and a sugar-glider as they deal with family and grief, faith and xenophobia, and also natural catastrophes!

I’m superproud of these stories. I think they’re some of my best works, so I hope that if you decide to download and read them, you’ll also consider leaving a short review for them. That would mean so, so much. <3

Please note! I’m experimenting with KDP Select again, so for the foreseeable future, these short stories will be Amazon-exclusive.

Writing Updates

Because I realise I haven’t announced it here yet: I’ve finished the first polishing round of DemiPrincess and have sent the story off to betas for commentary. Yes, I have finally finished that darned book that took me almost a year longer than I’d expected. (I’m still upset about that.)

This means that I’m very close to being able to start on book 2. It is actually within my reach to try and work on the thing in November! :O Okay, I probably won’t because I want to focus on a novelette idea, but I’M GETTING CLOSER THIS IS SO EXCITING. OMG!

Site Updates

Little Lion Lynnet’s now has a proper SSL certificate. Whoo! I’m also slowly closing up the comments on older posts. I find it quite hard to keep track of comments in multiple locations, so I’m slowly shifting the website over to be more informational than interactive. You can still leave comments on my Patreon, of course! That’s the main place to find me. I hope this won’t inconvenience anyone, but thank you so much for understanding. <3

And that’s it! That’s all the updates I’ve got for you today!

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September 2017 Round-up

Posted October 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Goals

News

Patreon

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Upcoming Plans October 2017

Posted October 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • 2 books with asexual characters

I Want to Edit:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Last month’s small goal worked really well, so I’m sticking with it this month. October should be a lot quieter unless I find a full-time dayjob (or a part-time one that pays decently), but September also turned out to be miles worse than I was anticipating, so I’m just… not going to predict what it’ll be like. I’m just… not.

Small goals, so I don’t risk aggravating the depression if I fail at job-searching again this month. Small goals, so I can keep feeling motivated and in some measure of control. And that is… honestly, basically everything that I have to say about October. It will be what it will be. I am, at the moment, too tired to think of anything that the month could hold. (Point in case: I keep thinking NaNoWriMo is this October and… well, it’s not. This is how much brain I have right now.)

*keels over and sleeps* But these goals I will attempt to reach!

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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision) – Marinamoon Final

Posted September 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu Marinamoon Final Cast Moments during the last on-stage song.

I AM TOTALLY NOT OUT OF SERA MYU MUSICALS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY LIES. LIES, I SAY.

Honestly, though, I am sad to wrap up the Sera Myu musicals. Here’re the final livetweets for the Marinamoon Final. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the changes made in this particular revision. I’ve had so much bad luck with the kaiteiban of these musicals and this, sadly, was no exception. So I did my best to just sit back and let myself get swept up in the energy of this musical and end my old!Myu viewings on a bang rather than a whisper.

That… didn’t quite work. But you know what? I’m thoroughly and entirely glad that I went through with the project to watch every single musical I could get my hands on and watched all of them. Even when the musicals didn’t thrill me as much as I’d hoped, I still enjoyed myself and now, months after the project began, I’m still kicking myself for not seeking these musicals out when I was younger and more likely to appreciate them the way that I knew I could have.

These musicals are… Well, I’ll be honest. The stories are a bit of a mixed bag, but the love and enthusiasm everyone has for them is delightful and make even the worst of the musicals a fun experience if you let yourself get caught up it in.

I don’t rightly remember what I was expecting of Sera Myu, short of hours upon hours of musicals that would cheer me up and remind me that there is good in the world still, and wowdid the musicals deliver on that front. I adore them. <3

And… yeah. Basically, that’s all I’ve got to say at the moment. I’ve just finished watching the Marinamoon Final as I write this and I’m still letting things sink in and settle. I just… I love Sera Myu. So much.

And thank you all for joining me on my wacky musical adventures as I’ve livetweeted them to the best of my abilities and putting up with my stream of all-caps and reaction moments and general tendency to SHOUT AT THE SCREEN even though I know perfectly well it doesn’t change a thing. I hope you’ve all have a fantastic time as well. And go watch the musicals if you haven’t already. They’ve brought so much cheer and goodness into my life. <3

Just <3 everyone. <3

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Goal Review September 2017

Posted September 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's GoalI Want to Read:

  •  2 books with asexual characters

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of editing

I am so, so glad that I set small goals this month because that means I smashed them. And September was unexpectedly busy that that smashing feels intensely satisfying. I feel actually and genuinely accomplished on top of utterly exhausted.

I didn’t edit nearly as much as I’d wanted to, being caught up in the maelstrom that is dayjob stuff and working on a fantastic semi-secret project with Claudie Arseneault. It was amazing to work on, but wow did it take a lot of hours. I really should’ve kept track. I’m pretty sure it accounts for a solid 40-hours or so.

Anyway! While I didn’t edit as much as I’d wanted to I did still double the number I was aiming for. GO ME! And I doubled the numner of books with ace spec characters I’ve read too. Go me again! I also betaread two manuscripts featuring ace-spec characters, so there’s that to account for as well. But, mostly, September has been a blur of social activities and obligations, creating amazingness and sorting out changes at dayjob that mean reorganising a lot of things and restructuring work efforts.

Oh, and in between all that is the annual week of not sleeping, so basically while I feel awesome for accomplishing so much more than I anticipated, I’m also kind of upset about how much more I could have done because I feel behind on literally everything and in these last days of September, as I write this in advance of when it’ll be published, I’m just desperately trying to tie up all loose ends and figure everything out, so that I’ll go into October with all my things in order. (Hahahahaha. Not going to happen. Hahahahahahaha.)

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Book Talk: The Trouble

Posted September 15, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The TroubleThe Trouble by Daria Defore
Pages: 186

Danny Kim is the frontman of a Seattle indie rock band. He's also struggling to graduate from college. After rudely hitting on a cute guy at one of his concerts, he gets in even deeper trouble when the guy proves to be the TA of his accounting class.

Though Jiyoon clearly would prefer never to see Danny again, a rough breakup brings them unexpectedly together and a tentative friendship forms. But Danny can barely keep his band afloat and pass all his classes, nevermind learn how to make time for what is rapidly becoming the most important person in his life.

The Trouble is a contemporary m/m aromantic comedy and erotica. I picked it up because Claudie read it and liked it a lot. I’d never heard of it before, but Danny is aromantic and mentions this several times explicitly and I’m so here for that. Not only that but all the main characters are queer and the three most important characters are Korean-American.

It was a really fun read. Danny is just the right balance between a jerk and a sweetheart and his relationship with Jiyoon is delightful.

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