Keep on going

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Whatever your dreams and goals, keep on going.

When I started my author business in the summer of 2015, I had no idea it would grow to 14 publications in 4 genres, Poetry, Action Novellas, Contemporary Fiction, and Memoir. I have at least six more books occupying space in my mind and my heart. How will I ever have the time to get it all done?

I’m sure I’m not the only author, business person, entrepreneur, artist, student, or mother, asking herself this same question. How do we find the time to get it all done? And furthermore, how to do we handle the failure of not getting it all done?

I know Mark Zuckerberg is not a great name this week to bring into the conversation on Success, but in a way, he represents the reality of the journey to success. It will never ever be a straight upward line. There will always be ups and downs, goals reached, others not, disappointments and wins. That’s life.

So this month I set the sales bar for my books higher yet again. No, I didn’t quite make it–off by 5%–but it was my best month ever since I started monitoring my journey. One of my goals though was to have one or all of my JET books in the top twenty at Amazon. JET-Reborn hit #12! So goal achieved. Goals need to be measurable and we need to be accountable for them to be goals. So last summer I started being more organized about how I was going to reach where I knew I wanted to go. It’s been fun. And no matter whether I reach the monthly goal or not, I set the bar higher each month. And I keep on going.

Let me share Mark’s list from Evan Carmichael  

The top 10 rules of success by Mark Zuckerberg.

  1. JUST START
  2. TAKE RISKS
  3. KEEP ON GOING
  4. BE PREPARED TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD
  5. HAVE HEROES
  6. DELIVER VALUE
  7. WORK IN A TEAM
  8. BELIEVE IN YOUR MISSION
  9. HELP OTHERS TO FIND THEIR PURPOSE
  10. REMEMBER WHERE YOU STARTED.

I have two favorites. One, Keep on Going…even in LOVE The Beat Goes On I quote The Little Engine That Could. If you don’t know that children’s book, look it up! And the second is Believe in your Mission. I would go a step further and say, write out your own personal mission statement. What are you trying to achieve, why, and how. It will help to keep your eye on the prize, to keep you focused on your goals.

Have an amazing week and whatever you do, do it with #LOVE and #PASSION.

 

 

What would you do?

 

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1. What is your idea of success?

Sometimes your failure–for trying–is better than someone else’s success in staying where he/she is. There’s nothing sadder than hearing an older person say: “I wish I had…” “I should have tried…” “I always wanted to…” “Why didn’t I… when I had the opportunity?”

2. It’s okay to crawl and crawl some more…

This one is particularly hard for me. I come from the generation of women who believed we could have it all. And then we found out that having it all meant not all things worked out. Marriages failed, businesses went bankrupt and children didn’t always fill that void in your heart for being needed and loved. But still, we tried and for that, we have no regrets.

Wanting something and not giving up, often times means we have to crawl or take baby steps when in reality we want to LEAP!

3. Know you will have setbacks… and do it anyway.

I’ve done many things in my life. Most have been somewhat within my control. Choosing to put my writing out there took courage. I remember the first reviews of my first novella, JET. I had a troll. I didn’t even know what that was. Let me explain. It’s someone who reviews your work and leaves hurtful remarks, and what he/she hopes will derail your current and future efforts. He hated my story so much that he actually bought the second in the series so he could hate on that one too! Hah, that’s when I caught on. I kept writing them anyways! I believed in my work and my fans love them and ask for more! They’re successful Kindle World novellas. Amazon sees the fans reactions and reviews and promotes them. And I get lost in JET’s world when I write them.

JET-DISPLACED is 4th in the Series and JET-Reborn (will be out in two weeks) now published!

4. Be open to criticism.

I cringed when I received criticism for one of my books. Now as I continue to become a better writer, I’m grateful for comments that rang true to me–even if I didn’t want to hear them at the time. Reviews have helped me grow and encouraged me beyond measure. Without the great reviews I receive, I would stop publishing. It’s not easy to break through in 2018. It requires an attitude of “this is what I was born to do, and I will continue, even if no one buys a single book.”

5. Find those who have succeeded in your field and don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.

Authors can be the most gracious or the nastiest friends you can have. Search out the ones and the groups who are friendly and encouraging. And remember, we are all so busy that we can’t always do the things you request but we can point you in the right direction.  For me, that amazing group has been #RRBC. The members are caring, supportive and talented. They don’t talk their talk, they just DO IT!

6. If you want it bad enough, remember…

The story goes that Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, presented his concept/sauce/chicken and was rejected one thousand and nine times before he received a yes!

We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.” Stephen King’s Carrie sells 1 million in the first year alone.

“Frenetic and scrambled prose.” Viking Press disagree and publish one of the most influential novels of all time. Since 1957 it has regularly sold at least 60,000 copies every year. Which has seen On The Road by Jack Kerouac, become a multi-million best-seller.

31 publishers in a row turn down The Thomas Berryman Number. It wins the Edgar for Best Novel becoming a best-seller for James Patterson. An author with 19 consecutive number #1′s on the New York Times best-seller list and sales of 220 million

16 literary agencies and 12 publishers reject A Time To Kill. Its modest print run of 5000 quickly sells out, as it goes on to become a best-seller for its author: John GrishamCombined sales of 250 million.

7. Regrets are worse than never taking the chance.

When my children were babies, I remember reading a story to them called The Little Engine That Could (1906 original story). It’s a children’s book with the graphics of a little engine trying to make its way up a hill. It’s so small and the hill is so large, and the poor little engine is so tiny. It’s impossible, says everyone. But the little engine kept saying “I think I can…I think I can…” and chugged along slowly and methodically. When I crested the hill, it chugged out the worlds: “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could!”

So this Sunday morning I write this blog first, for me, and second, for YOU!

Don’t give up. The world is waiting to hear from you!

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Action and Sex?

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I love 2018 already!

My readers have spoken. The first books to download into Kindles today were my JET series and Lie to Me an exposé on sex for money. 

You want more action and lots of sex? I’m up for the challenge.

Let’s start 2018 with a cover reveal. JET-Reborn will be added to 4 novellas in the JET series. I’m super excited about this story.

Will she finally settle down with Hannah in Paris, France? Being an ex-assassin for the Mossad is not an easy career to walk away from. Jet’s making changes in her life and she starts them in Cape Town, South Africa.  JET-Reborn will have you hopping from Cape Town to Paris, London and Doha, Qatar. The action is non-stop! 

And while you’re waiting, you can catch up by starting with JET-Exposed, the first in series based on Russell Blake’s highly successful and popular Jet! $1.99 download on your Kindle App.

Enjoy the ride!

And thanks for reading. 2017 was my best year yet!

All I can say…

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Gratitude

I’m so grateful for all of you! I released Lie To Me an exposé on sex for money, a spicy novel slightly outside my comfort zone. And you loved it! My review from Readers’ Favorite validated the work. But more important, the emails I received and notes from fans made my heart sing. It’s always about the emotion for me. If I can evoke emotion or present entertainment mixed with thought-provoking content, I’ve delivered what I set out to do.

I love your constant support. YOU inspire me to continue on this amazing journey. So let me bring you up to date on what I’m working on. I’m writing the next in the series JET 5! No title yet but it will be exciting! When I write JET, I get lost in her process and her life. This is by far my most entertaining spy/action/suspense work to date and I have Russell Blake to thank for inviting me to write into his world!

I’m also working on something very close to my heart. But at the moment, I can’t share. Why? I’m uncertain how to present the life of my friend a Navy SEAL. Will I novelize it? Or will it be a memoir? Not sure yet. But I will keep you posted. There is no doubt in my mind that you will want to read it.

I also have Book 3 “in the Sun” series per/co/lat/ing… Mia’s alone as you know from VANISHED in the SUN. Carlos has been pulled back in… I can’t say more or I might spoil the series for you. And Mia finds herself on the run… Yes, exciting, thrilling and edgy because that’s how that girl rolls!

So I share with you today a wonderful visual. Take a need. I choose Courage and mix it up with Beauty and Passion while I plot my way through JET’s life. Her dedication to Hannah is the essence of all motherhood. And in her determination to keep her young daughter safe, she fights cartels, ISIS, greed, and terrorism. I believe she’s on her way to London, but shh, she doesn’t know it yet! She never disappoints.

Have an amazing holiday season! And thank you for being part of my journey.

 

JET-Displaced Rocks!

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“Another great thriller in Lynda Filler’s additions to the Jet series.” E Finn

“A story filled with action, danger, and heart-wrenching consequences. Definitely recommended. Well done!” Sabrina Jean

“Their story will bring tears to your eyes and leave an everlasting impression on your heart. People can be so good. I hope to see Jet/Maya come together with this family again.” Melissa Sanchez

 

Have I told you lately how much I love writing this series? Book 4 has been amazing! JET, Maya, and the Raven Group want to thank you for being a part of their fictional world. The more you buy, the more I write. But let’s be honest, I continue to write this series because it’s so much fun!

After the violent elimination of a sinister group intent on a cyber theft of 50 billion dollars in JET-ULTIMATUM, the ex-Mossad assassin JET and her four-year-old daughter Hannah hide out in an idyllic Raven Group safe house in a remote beach town on the Bay of Banderas in Mexico.

Until she receives a message: Get out now!”

Once again, Luke Raven comes to the rescue and enlists the help of the beautiful and cunning Eurasian Israeli operative JET on a mission to meet with her old friends, the new President of France and his wife Simone. Europe is in the throes of a major humanitarian crisis that undermines the safety and stability of the Western world. The Raven Group and a consortium of wealthy philanthropies have an audacious plan to help. But while they are distracted by the refugee catastrophe, a brilliant Syrian biologist disappears from a private lab at a famous foundation in Seattle, Washington. A plot is revealed to engineer the ultimate bio-weapon, and the race is on to find the virulent prototype before it reaches a megalomaniac in the Middle East.

Jet’s simple mission turns critical when intercepted messages from the Serbian/Hungarian border hold the final clue to this terrifying turn of events. From Mexico to the United States, to France, Serbia, Hungary and Syria, JET rules!

JET-DISPLACED Jet #4 New Release!!

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Lynda Filler sets the international stage for book 4 JET-Displaced in her latest action thriller ‘JET’ KW series based on NY Times/USA Best Selling author Russell Blake

After the violent elimination of a sinister group intent on a cyber theft of 50 billion dollars in JET-ULTIMATUM, the ex-Mossad assassin JET and her four-year-old daughter Hannah hide out in an idyllic Raven Group safe house in a remote beach town on the Bay of Banderas in Mexico.

Until she receives a message: Get out now!

Once again, Luke Raven comes to the rescue, and enlists the help of the beautiful and cunning Eurasian Israeli operative JET on a mission to meet with her old friends, the new President of France and his wife Simone. Europe is in the throes of a major humanitarian crisis that undermines the safety and stability of the Western world. The Raven Group and a consortium of wealthy philanthropies have an audacious plan to help. But while they are distracted by the refugee catastrophe, a brilliant Syrian biologist disappears from a private lab at a famous foundation in Seattle, Washington. A plot is revealed to engineer the ultimate bio-weapon; and the race is on to find the virulent prototype before it reaches a megalomaniac in the Middle East.

Jet’s simple mission turns critical when intercepted messages from the Serbian/Hungarian border hold the final clue to this terrifying turn of events. From Mexico, to the United States, to France, Serbia, Hungary and Syria, JET rules!

 

It’s Not That Easy To Ignore

 

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Who would have thought that writing an action/suspense novella would take me on a personal journey through the hell that refugees are facing around the world today. In my research for this issue, I took the map of the Middle East and followed the various routes Syrian refugees are taking to escape their war-torn country. Crisis centers are set up all over the world but are totally inadequate. The governments in Europe and the Middle East are challenged on how to handle the incredible surge of people.

The first photo breaks my heart. The second photo of the Serbian/Hungarian border makes me angry. This is where “Rasha” ends her journey in complete despair. The Hungarian government has closed its borders to refugees passing through. Instead they are constructing a secondary highly fortified fence and refuse to allow anyone to pass through their country even on the way to somewhere else. This is in complete defiance of the UN Refugee Convention of 1951 and the 1967 Protocol that says:

States are responsible for protecting the fundamental human rights of their citizens. When they are unable or unwilling to do so – often for political reasons or based on discrimination – individuals may suffer such serious violations of their human rights that they have to leave their homes, their families and their communities to find sanctuary in another country. Since, by definition, refugees are not protected by their own governments, the international community steps in to ensure they are safe and protected.

In my new novella JET-Displaced, the Raven Group once again tackles the serious issues that face the USA and the world today. In the first three novellas the Raven Group with the help of JET, fought the Mexican cartels, stopped a human trafficking ring, exposed Chinese hacking, annihilated a Hong Kong Triad, blew up an ISIS plan to steal 50 billion dollars and overall kept the United States of America safe from those who threaten it’s people.

In a traumatic turn of events JET and her daughter escape an idyllic safe house in Mexico and find themselves on the run once again. The Raven Group comes to their rescue with strings attached. Jet must travel to Paris to present an audacious plan to solve an international crisis brewing on French soil. In the meantime Luke Raven uncovers a plot for a WMD developed in Seattle; and a simple trip to Paris turns in a precarious direction requiring JET’s indomitable skills to save an entire nation before it’s too late.  

JET-Displaced, book 4 in JETKW Lynda Filler based on the NYT/USA Best Selling Author Russell Blake JET Series.

Watch for it. Coming to Amazon Kindle very soon

 

If God Brings You To It…

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It was one of those days…

I’m over it, barely, but I did lose a good day or two of productive thinking because of it.

We’re all artists, writers, poets, painters, photographers, readers, and imagineers, lovers-of-life, dreamers. And as such we have good and bad days, and some of us have fragile egos.

I sent work off to an editor. I waited excited by a story I needed to tell. In my defense I do have to say that when writing fiction I try to plot. I do. That’s the way my famous author-friends do it. But I have an amazing imagination. I truly live my stories. I go inside the heads of my people. I’m in the forest in Serbia or on a jet over the Atlantic, or blowing up a boat in the Pacific, or parkouring over rooftops in Paris. It’s why I write—to tell stories.

However this is what happens when I plot. I get surprises. Yes, my characters do something I wasn’t prepared for… or a new storyline takes me by surprise. And that’s my challenge…

She said it was a hot mess. Well, those weren’t her words exactly. She sent it back half-edited and told me to get back to work. This is my 12th work to be published. I’m not yet on any best-seller lists, but I have people who love my stories and email me wanting to know when the next JET is coming out. So I pushed through the sadness I felt and I allowed myself to learn from the critique. I accepted the harsh words and vowed to become better and better at telling my stories. I am dedicated to giving my readers the best experience they can possibly have.

But I have to tell you I was devastated. I wanted to take the manuscript and throw it away. Instead I sat down and started reading it and making corrections. And you know something? I LOVE this story. It’s close to my heart. It’s speaks to me. And I hope it will speak to you too.

We should be on Kindle by next weekend if not sooner. JET-Displaced book in my JET Kindle Worlds series.

“If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”

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Have I Told You I’m Obsessed?

 

A BILLIONAIRE, SEALs and a super sexy ex-Mossad Assassin!! A badass who gets the job done!! It doesn’t get better than that!

I LOVE Russell Blake’s JET series and my additions for JET Kindle World on Amazon. So much fun for $1.99.

Book 4 JET-Displaced coming out next week.  Start with novella 1 or mix it up. Enjoy.

 

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JET EXPOSED,   Book 1, a suspense thriller, uncovers a dark and dangerous world of high-level intrigue, passion, power and greed.

The US government is in the throes of cyberwarfare with China. Luke Raven, a high-tech billionaire, is the only man that can save America from the deadly fallout. Jet, a highly trained operative, returns from Kosovo to retrieve two hundred and fifty million dollars in diamonds safely stored in Uruguay. Spotted by a drug cartel, she is chased up the Pacific coast of Mexico where she is saved by ex-Navy Seal Zach, a member of ‘Raven’s Group’.
Luke and his team recruit Jet to help execute a dangerous, highly classified special operations mission that is crucial to national security…Jet completes the critical Team Profile. They take their high-paced adventure across the USA and over the ocean to Paris. The action culminates in Shanghai, China where an ultra-wealthy and ruthless business tycoon possesses highly sensitive information that would have catastrophic results in the wrong hands. But will they get there soon enough to secure the information from their enemies?

JET ABDUCTED, Book 2,   a gripping suspense thriller, is a roller coaster ride of cartel drug and human trafficking across tempestuous high seas off the coast of Mexico.

A ruthless Mexican drug cartel, notorious for their involvement in a world of illicit drug and human trafficking, is at the center of this action-packed drama where power, greed and immorality are the cornerstones of their global operations. In this fast-paced high-stakes thriller, a rash of abductions involving young female captives are ‘sold’ for extraordinary sums of money. They become the victims of extortion and manipulative leveraging in the pursuit of huge financial gains and unforeseen opportunity for revenge.
Among the terrified captives are the infant daughter of an ex-Mossad Special Op’s expert and a prominent Mexican judge’s beautiful and talented daughter recently crowned Queen of a state beauty pageant. Capturing broad regional and national media attention Allegra, the honoree, is a celebrity in the eyes and hearts of an adoring homeland peoples. Loved ones struggle to deal with the heart-wrenching circumstances fearing the worst possible outcome while keeping prayerful vigil as a crack rescue team assembles to plan a high-risk assault on the assailants and bring the young captives home to their families unharmed.
The panoramic beauty of coastal Mexico is in stark contrast to the dark, insidious corruption discreetly unfolding as cargo vessels leave port’s moorage in the stormy dark of night and tempest seas as the drama unfolds. A team of former US Seals embarks, armed with authority from the highest level, on what is perhaps their most treacherous mission ever as time, distance and threatening weather impose daunting obstacles that could allow the entire group of young captives to slip away, inaccessible, into the night and a life of servitude and abuse. For two captives in particular, failure of the mission was not an option.

JET ULTIMATUM Book 3 is a roller coaster adventure of perilous circumstance and characters in the true spirit of this dynamic, high-stakes game of global hide and seek in a world of high-tech cyber hacking, intrigue, espionage and an insatiable thirst for power and wealth at any cost.

Prepare for an entanglement of counter economic cyber espionage in a race to put a stranglehold on dramatically escalating cyber crime which threatens to deflate the confidence of victim populations for the very security of their global economic and financial systems. Chinese government officials are engaged by their American counterparts in a relentless battle to thwart the criminal element’s unrelenting efforts to hack their way into the very systems designed to protect international financial institutions from crippling online attack of unprecedented magnitude.

The Raven Group is once again called upon to unveil the destructive players in this deadly game with the highest level of urgency and authority. The beautiful, cunning and dynamic ‘JET’ is enticed to come out of a quasi retirement life of ‘normalcy’ with infant daughter Hannah to rejoin forces with Luke’s elite Raven Group as a key player to combat the deadly consortium suspected of plotting an unprecedented attack on targeted global monetary systems.

Singapore sets the stage for this high-drama confrontation over fifty floors above bustling city streets, atop a prestigious hotel where fine dining mixes with deadly criminal intention and a consortium of three global crime lords execute financial piracy. This gripping action thriller has a tantalizing recipe wonderfully seasoned with brutal killer instinct, the sizzle of romance, human heartache, revenge, precision high-tech maneuvers and a race against the clock in the face of unstoppable human greed and an insatiable appetite for financial empire, deceit, control and the ultimate prize of $50 Billion at stake.

Ultimatums of dire consequence force the hand of the hardcore criminal element and JET seeks to exact her revenge.

When Raven Comes to Visit

I’m a big believer in signs and messages. After all I was given 6 months to live and was guided to Sedona, Az. for healing.

For the past six years Sand Hawks have been my totem animal. I live near the beach in Mexico and they’re quite common. But until a major event occurred in my life, I never noticed them.

I had a close friend, a Navy SEAL, who once served as Secret Service on Obama’s pre-election team. I called him my Warrior Man. He’d done all the things SEAL men do; but his heart was in South Sudan with the orphans and the displaced people. In the summer of 2011 when he retired, he followed his heart and went to live and serve amongst the refugees in Africa.

I found out about his death at midnight, November 2011. Supposedly he was fighting an incurable disease and lost the battle. I believe there was more to the story but I’ll never know. I never heard from him again. He left me a bodyguard. And he left me his journals in his will. He wanted me to understand his life and write about it. After more than a year, my bodyguard, who was Warrior Man’s best friend, refused to release the journals to me. Too much dangerous information for those still alive, including myself.

But my SEAL sent me Sand Hawks. The morning after he died they swooped down in my parking lot to introduce themselves. From that day forward, whenever something major was going on in my life, decisions, trouble, pain, the Sand Hawks would swirl above me. I remember laughing out loud at their appearance! Of course a warrior would send me hawks to let me know his spirit would always be with me. He’s been gone six years now. I think about him often. And treasure all our letters, and still stare at his photos and wonder about his life.

I tend to immortalize my lovers in my books. And that brings me to another very interesting man I call my Cowboy and mention briefly in LOVE The Beat Goes On. One day I will write that story too. Tthe timing is definitely not now.

In 2015 I wrote a novella called JET-Exposed based on the series by Russell Blake. In this book Jet meets up with Luke Raven, a billionaire techy/inventor/geek/warrior. Is he modeled after someone I know? Possibly. I like to leave my readers guessing.

I have no idea why I named him Raven. I wrote two JET books in 2015 and one in 2016 then went on to complete three novels. I love my JET series and my fans do too, so recently I decided to write a 4th. It will be out in July: JET-Displaced. It must be the right thing because a raven came to visit. Yes, he parked himself on the ledge on my patio and started talking to me. I was taken aback by his sharp voice and his change in pitch. Surprised and delighted.

He came back again the next day. Up close and personal. He waited to make sure I received his message. The Sand Hawks had moved on, and the Raven was now in charge.

When this totem appears in your life, amazing magic is imminent.

This beautiful black totem also brings messages of transition, change and healing because of its ability to cast light into the darkness.

When this happens, make sure that you are well grounded and have faith in your journey.

Raven magic will guide you through.