I’m EM Lynley, author of gay mystery and romance. If you like some spice in your mystery and a little extra thrill in your romance, you’ll probably like my books.
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November update: I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year! I’ll try to post progress reports once a week and share more about the story. It’s about a marine helicopter pilot and a Washington DC journalist. It’s got a little bit of Scandal, West Wing and my own experiences working for the White House.
USA Today Love and Lust Recommendation “read this highly recommended re-issue of a tale with classic elements that turn a predictable story on its head.” – Becky Condit/USA Today The year is 2009… Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells was my first published novel. It came out in February of that year. I had just gotten laid off from my job as a wine buyer for a large retail chain, and having this book start selling was really important validation for me. If you’ve ever been part of a big layoff (1/3 of our company) you know how demoralizing...read more
Hate writing blurbs for your book? Join the club. But, there is a magic formula for writing blurbs and I’m going to show it to you. In fact, I’ll show you several “fill in the blank” templates if you need them, as well as discuss why each element is crucial to selling your book. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, the book “blurb” or description is the second most powerful tool to sell your book. (A knockout cover is #1). We’ve all been there. We’ve finished the book, edited it, got it ready to publish, and now we face the...read more
One of the most joyful experiences as an author (for me, at least) is knowing my book has the perfect cover. It’s not as easy as you might think. I’m not an artist and I generally have a difficult time conveying my vision to the cover artist. So I was absolutely delighted to discover this gorgeous photograph on Deviant Art. It perfectly illustrates my main character Jeremy Linden (my deceptively attractive geek) and the precise tone of Dirty Dining. In fact, Jeremy spends a lot of time in those little white shorts, until he takes them...read more
It’s amazing to realize the Delectable Series has eight stories, including the two bonus editions. Though each one is a standalone, there are a few characters who cross into other stories briefly. I’m thinking it might be time for more interaction between the couples. What characters would you like to see meet in a future story? Who would you like to know more about? Leave a comment with your “dream scenario” for a cross over or an aspect of food and/or wine that you’d love to read about. I’ll choose a winner to get their...read more
Polynesian Sun, Sugar-sand Beaches and Sex: this is one Christmas Bonus you deserve! (#newrelease #mmromance)
Under the Polynesian sun, business turns to pleasure. This is one Christmas Bonus you deserve to give yourself this year. I’m thrilled to announce the release of the brand new 2nd edition of A Christmas Bonus (35k novella) What happens when business turns pleasurable? Alec Compton’s dream job at a Wall Street investment firm is on the line if he can’t close a make-or-break takeover deal by the end of the year. The buyer is none other than world-renowned billionaire and corporate raider Brant Linton, recently named one of the...read more
Chances are you like at least three! Treat yourself to something hot and sweet this holiday season. And if you’ve already read Gingerbread Palace, please pick up a copy of “An Extra Helping” to support LGBT foster kids. Sparks fly when a sexy chef meets a firefighter with a secret Who wouldn’t fall for Alex Bancroft, a chef who creates an amazing gingerbread house each year to auction off for an organization that helps LGBT foster kids? When Alex’s bakery burns down right before Christmas, the firefighters of Station...read more
It’s been pouring here in Northern California. We’re in a drought situation, so we really need it, but it’s no fun driving in the rain. I love hearing the rain on the roof when I’m snug and warm at home. Of course extreme weather can offer some nice opportunities for romance. I have a scene in Rarer Than Rubies where the main characters are stuck in a little hut during a monsoon rain. Talk about setting the mood. It worked perfectly for Trent and Reed–it was their first time together, way back when. In Snow Job,...read more
Strong. Sexy. Sizzling. There’s nothing like a man in uniform, and thirteen of today’s hottest gay romance authors are celebrating military heroes and the men brave enough to love them. These brand-new novellas feature all branches of the service and offer something for every reader. Almost 300,000 never before published words! Grab your military men NOW, because this amazing bundle is only available until December 31! Amazon US Amazon Worldwide UK, CA, FR, DE, JP, AU, and just about everywhere), iTunes, All Romance...read more
I got a lot of entries for the title contest for Precious Gems Series book 4. Thanks to everyone who submitted a name. After brainstorming with beta readers, I’ve got some new options and selected the most relevant of the entries from the blog and Facebook. (Expect an email if you won a prize) So, now it’s time to vote. And there is a giveaway here too. First, vote in the poll. Then, leave a comment telling me which title you like best. I’ll randomly select at least one commenter to win an e-book from my backlist. Read the blurb, then...read more
It’s the end of September. You’ve got about a month until NaNoWriMo starts. Seems like plenty of time, right? Some of you are wondering why I’m already talking about NaNo when it doesn’t even start until November 1. Because writing and finishing a book takes more than just the 30 days you’re planning to spend working on it during November. If this is your first time considering doing NaNoWriMo, or you’ve tried before and didn’t quite make your 50k, stay tuned because I’ll be sharing with you my tips, advice and some tricks to help you be...read more