Truth in the Valley of Nothing – a poem about the power of realization and determination

Truth in the Valley of Nothing

Truth is a brick

its weight threatens

to smash the frosted glass bubble

of the cowards who reign

over their monochromatic kingdom

Those cowards never looked back to see

the blood soaking the ground

when they stomped the opposition

They were satisfied with the bowing they saw before them

But behind their backs

the blood ran together and cracked the glass

providing an escape

into the deep, dark unknown

The valley of truth

might look like a desert

with all life and hope

burned into sand and ash

but in the distance

everything grows

Life springs from seeds left

by those who stumbled and kept walking

through the same valley

long before

because they saw nothing

and couldn’t leave nothing behind

Keep walking

and always leave light and life

when you can spare them

because someone is alone

stumbling in the dark

not far behind

by Christina Lynn Lambert


For everyone out there trying to survive and trying to thrive in the face of difficulty, keep walking, keep moving. You may be the inspiration someone needs to make it to the next day or hour or minute.



Reverse harem summer romance Babe by Angel Lawson and Melissa Adams is now available for preorder!

Stand-alone, reverse harem summer romance by Angel Lawson and Melissa Adams
Release October 1st
“If they get through the summer without completely screwing up, I’ll pay you double.” These words change my life forever. I’ve lived on Tidewater my whole life but not in the picture-perfect, oceanfront, mansions on The Bend. No, I’m a girl from Backwater, the other half of the island, where we live working for them, the SuP, the Summer People. We don’t throw lavish parties, we work them. We don’t have yachts, our time on the water is spent mostly on surfboards.
I’m a Backwater girl, a ‘Babe,’ who’s destined to live her whole life on this tiny strip of marsh unless I can get to graduate school and change my fate. But things never come easy to someone like me. My scholarship falls apart and working another summer at the bar won’t pay tuition. That’s why I have no choice but to take a job looking after a mansion on The Bend and its four occupants. Hayes, Archer, Wade, and Raines are the incarnation of SuP: rich, entitled, spoiled, selfish, reckless. So reckless that in addition to cooking and cleaning, my job is to keep them out of trouble. An impossible task, especially when they decide I’m the kind of trouble they want to get into. When the stakes will get as high as the tides of our small island, will I lose it all?
Babe is a New Adult, Reverse Harem, Contemporary, Steamy, Romance — with Angel Lawson.
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Babe: Enemies to Lovers Contemporary Romance: Tidewater Beach

Under Water – my latest poem

Under Water

One day

but not today

Still quiet

On delay

Time slogs through jelly

No other way

but to wait like fire under water

Don’t let hope fray

Burn the line straight through

to some day

by Christina Lynn Lambert


The little frog sitting on the windowsill inspired my latest poem. Mr. Frog looks a little burnt out at having to wait for whatever he’s waiting for. Sometimes it’s hell trying to wade through the setbacks and annoyances life dishes out. Sometimes the only thing we can do is nothing, other times, a marathon effort is required just to stay afloat and not get pulled under. Whatever the day brings, I hope everyone finds their way to where they want to be.

MMA romance Unbroken by Aaron Speer is free for a limited time!

For 4 days in Honour of the Summer of Romance Book Fair Unbroken by Aaron L Speer is #FREE #everyonewins
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When Ava Beckinsale’s parents discover their daughter’s attraction to women, they decide a radical medical treatment is the only way to fix her.
When Ava finds out what’s really happening during her sessions with the doctor, she runs to the only friend she has left, a retired MMA fighter.
With his help, Ava will reach for the only thing that hasn’t been stripped away: her dream of forging her own career in MMA.
Where the only things that matter are the strength of your character, the size of your heart and whether you have the courage to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.
Despite everything she’s endured, her true test will begin in the Cage. To conquer it, and everything life will throw at her, she’ll have to learn: sometimes your biggest opponent is yourself.
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Paranormal Romance – Tiger’s Last Chance – on sale for a limited time!

In the strange town of Great Oaks, VA, the road to love is full of surprises.

Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures book 3) will be on sale for the month of August, 2020!

While working a case, Sean Whitman is tortured for information, drugged, and bitten against his will by a shape shifter. The fallout leaves him jobless, friendless, and dumped by his girlfriend. Needing a fresh start, he leaves town and opens a private investigation business. Learning to live life sober isn’t easy, but he makes it to the two year mark.

When Detective Nikki Jackson with the Great Oaks, Virginia Police Department calls him, accusing him of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house, Sean can’t help but like the sound of her voice, despite her ridiculous accusations. He’s shocked when she calls him back with an apology then asks for his help as a consultant on a case. On the phone, her sweet, slightly Southern voice captivates him. In person, she’s unlike any other woman he’s encountered, and nearly impossible to resist. But could the sexy detective ever want a man like him?

After Nikki’s last dating disaster, the mountain lion shifter has sworn off men. Then she meets Sean, and with every second she spends around the tall, dark-eyed man, her resolve crumbles. But for some reason, despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sean seems determined to push her away.

An investigation into missing refugees leaves Nikki with more questions than answers. Her refusal to let the matter drop leads her to the discovery of a radical political group’s horrifying plot for dominance. Traitors are embedded within the very organizations meant to keep shifters safe. As the list of people she can trust dwindles, Nikki calls on Sean to help her unravel a web of deceit.

As Nikki and Sean fight for survival, his fear of losing her could become a reality. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?


Here’s a little excerpt from the story

For the briefest moment, Nikki felt the depth to which Sean might be capable of pushing her. His kiss was crushing and brutal. His tongue pushed past her lips and his grip in her hair tightened. If desire were a vine, it would have wrapped itself around her veins and encased her heart. The heat between them flooded her. There was a sweetness, too, in his kiss, and the sweetness made her burn hotter.

A polite cough from inside the waiting car put a quick end to things. Sean pulled away and met her gaze. No words, but she got the message. She wasn’t alone. Comfort and friendship; he’d probably meant the kiss to comfort her and had gotten carried away in the heat of the moment. He’d carried her away with him, and she wanted to take him so much further into the unknown.

With each second, each step towards the waiting car, she tried to find reasons and more reasons to ignore her growing attraction to Sean. The number one reason to forget about the kiss they’d shared—relationships were trouble. She had plenty of other amazing things in her life, including her career, her volunteer work, and her band, even though the band rarely played anywhere because the members had trouble aligning their schedules. She didn’t need a man. Besides, he was probably still messed up over Sydney. Also, he was a regular. Or mostly regular. Not to mention he lived over a thousand miles away in Texas. She should tell him the kiss was a mistake. One look at him and she couldn’t bring herself to say the words. The kiss they shared had been anything but a mistake.

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Also, Don’t miss books 1 and 2 of my Stranger Creatures series! Each story features imperfect but determined characters who find the courage to love and the strength to survive in a world where there are no guarantees.

Wolf’s Challenge is the first story in the series and features Derrick and Sydney’s story. When temptingly handsome, powerful shape shifter Derrick dares shy, single mom Sydney to take a chance with him, will she rise to the challenge or will she run for safety, leaving him in the dust?


Sydney sat in the conference room at Brass Cat Advertising, sipping her coffee and wishing the caramel latte could take her to an alternate reality. One where Derrick Porter wasn’t sitting in front of her. His presence had caught her off guard. She took another sip of her coffee and tried not to stare stupidly, but holy chocolate-covered cherries, the man was hot.

Dark hair and eyebrows made a striking contrast against his strong bone structure and fair skin. His lips, good grief. They looked so soft. His long, lean body fit nicely in a suit. The material stretched over his broad shoulders and came in at the waist. He probably had amazing six-pack abs.

When they’d met Saturday in running group, it hadn’t merely been the fog coupled with Sydney’s exhaustion and two-year streak of celibacy that made Derrick appear so handsome. Even under the bright lights of the conference room, he was gorgeous. What rotten luck that she couldn’t seem to get away from him.

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Bear’s Edge (Stranger Creatures book 2)

A boss can’t date her employee—simple as that. No matter how much Shayla wants to unravel a few of Grant’s mysteries and take her friendship with the shy, sarcastic man to the next level, she’s determined to keep her fantasies of him to herself.

After bear shifter Grant lost his girlfriend and three best friends in a fire, he did his best to shut himself off from everyone around him. Falling for Shayla wasn’t part of his plan, but after a kiss that leaves them both speechless and hungry for more, Grant can’t keep his desire for his boss under wraps any longer.

When things between the two of them get hotter than he could have imagined, Grant wonders if some of his darker desires will be too much for Shayla or will she embrace the needs he’s kept hidden for so long?

An obnoxious reporter and Shayla’s bitter ex have teamed up to chase down conspiracy theories that could destroy Shayla’s business and worse, put her life in danger. To find their happily ever after, Shayla and Grant will have to trust in each other and find a way to crush all the obstacles standing in their way.


Grant the mystery man—a delicious mystery Shayla would like to unravel, piece by piece, layer by layer. Ah, but I can’t. I’m his boss. In a different lifetime, if we didn’t have the whole boss-employee obstacle going on…. No harm in looking, though, just a little, since he sat so close. She promised herself to keep her thoughts G-rated—okay, maybe PG-13. Grant had a talent with numbers and paid attention to detail. Also, he was a little shy and standoffish to a lot of people when it came to anything other than work. Shayla wondered where he sometimes went in his head, because, every now and then, his smile slipped from his face, just for a second, before being replaced with one a little harder. None of my business, she reminded herself.

She had really wanted to hug him this morning after seeing him so frustrated but decided it might be wiser and more appropriate to show him there were a few people on his side. Seeing him break things and try to be all strong and humorous about it made Shayla want to unravel the Grant mystery even more. It kind of hurt to watch him pretending to be fine, but all she could offer him was lunch and good conversation. Hopefully, Mr. Strong and Silent—Sydney called him that sometimes, although never to his face—knew Shayla and Sydney cared. And Shayla did care. Because he’s a friend. Just a friend.

Grant raised his soda in a toast. “To things not being worse,” he announced with a rueful half smile. “And, uh”—he cleared his throat—“to good company.” He nodded at Sydney, and when he met Shayla’s gaze, he held it. In his dark eyes, she saw hunger, wide-open desire, and about a million other things she couldn’t puzzle out. Grant looked at her that way sometimes, and she did her best to ignore it. He might have a small crush on her, or he could have a thing for petite, small-breasted girls possessing a great fashion sense.

Sydney broke the silence. “To good food and even better friends.” She clinked Grant’s glass, and Shayla came back to reality and smiled, pretending she wasn’t experiencing several different kinds of inappropriate thoughts and feelings for a sexy, complicated man who was her employee and also her friend. She needed to behave and remember things could never go any further than a panty-melting gaze.

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A little about me:

A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.

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Shattered Amethyst – a new steamy romance by Jane Blythe

💜 New release + FREEBIE + 99cent preorder 💜
Book four in the Broken Gems series, Shattered Amethyst, released today, and for a limited time book one, Cracked Sapphire is FREE everywhere, AND book five, Splintered Emerald, is only $0.99 to preorder! Now is the perfect time to meet the Hatcher sisters, oh and their sexy heroes!! 😉
💙 Cracked Sapphire (Broken Gems #1) –
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August Virtual Book Fair – 10 books you don’t want to miss!


Discover some exciting new novels in OTOH BOOKS’ August 2020 Virtual Book Fair featuring stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and romance genres! Beat the heat and immerse yourself in stories of shifters, witches, cowboys, tattoo artists and more!

To get to the virtual book fair, follow the link below. Happy reading!



Always Moving Forward – a new poem

Forward – Always

A flash in the dark

Gone fast and we’re stumbling

toward what could be

by Christina Lynn Lambert


When I wrote this haiku, I was thinking about those brief moments in time that inspire, that provide clarity and keep me sane.

Those moments, however short they are, become the reason to keep stumbling in the dark, moving forward – always.

Open the Gates and Walk Together. The End of Loneliness

Open the Gates


is the desert sun to dry up the flood

a breath

a moment

peace that restores


is the solitary walk along a never ending gate

always outside the gate

with no secret code to open the doors

and on the side of paradise

people walk by




but always out of reach

And loneliness subtly begs

for scraps of company and conversation

for anything

while people smile and nod

and just keep walking

by Christina Lynn Lambert


During the extreme quarantine of the recent virus pandemic, many people who have never felt alone found themselves stuck inside, away from those they loved, away from everyone in general. Video conferencing replaced human contact. Huggers had no one to hug. After a few days or weeks, the peaceful solitude devolved into pure and painful loneliness. For a while, many experienced a small fraction of the loneliness some people experience on a regular basis.

Painful shyness or difficulty with social cues creates a barrier for many people. They feel stuck and set apart from the world. People who experience this soul crushing loneliness and difficulty connecting with others didn’t flinch at the isolation of quarantine. Their wounds didn’t get deeper. Not those wounds anyway.

But maybe, when the world opens back up again safely, more people will take the time to spot those locked outside the gate and throw open the doors so everyone can walk together.