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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.

 

You “Reach” Me

Do you have authors that you love? You’re so obsessed with their work that you’ll read anything they write? These authors are my Saturday-night-dates and my all-nighters. And they are the only guys occupying my bed these days–by choice!

#1 is Lee Child #2 Daniel Silva #3 David Baldacci #4, Russell Blake. I could go on but you can see I have a type.

I published my first novella JET-Exposed, fan-fiction for Kindle Worlds in 2015. I have four novellas now based on the USA Today Bestselling author, Russell Blake ‘s JET Series  One of my first reviewers wrote:

Lynda Filler: “The author’s style is reminiscent of Clive Cussler, Lee Childs or Baldacci.” Her words motivate and inspire me to do a better job with each book that I write. 
I answer questions on Quora. The number one question to show up on my page every other day is: How do I become a good writer? And the answer is: READ! And of course, WRITE. Read anything that appeals to you. I inhale my books. They become part of my writing DNA. I write what I love to read. And when I can’t write, I get that craving… like something’s missing in my life.
I started the latest Jack Reacher (#22) last night. I will finish it today. Usually, I go right through it in a day. But I wanted to savor this one. It’s his best Reacher yet! Others may not agree. But I’m sure you never think of highlighting a fast-paced mystery/suspense book…but this one is all (kindle) marked up. The Midnight Line does all the things I love. It addresses a serious social issue: the opioid epidemic. And another cause, obviously close to Lee Child’s heart–what happens to our veterans when they return from war zones and get out of the military?
This novel reached out to me, grabbed my heart and had me in tears. There’s something so much deeper than mere entertainment going on this novel.
It’s the best Reacher yet!

 

LEI Crime KindleWorld Toby Neal

 

The Road to San Pancho:  Ruggedly handsome, ripped and sun-bronzed Jared Stevens, a firefighter on vacation with surfboard in tow, happens upon Peace along the interstate, pulled over with apparent car troubles and being accosted by two drunk and disorderly roadies looking for more than just a good time.

Teary-eyed and heart torn, Peace steps away from life in coastal California on a dangerous quest that takes her down ominous highways to the eventual coastal splendor of San Pancho, Mexico. Suffering the heartache of the recent passing of her beloved mother, Peace is determined to find the father she never knew.

Together with her newfound friend Jared, who she would affectionately nickname ‘Rock’, their travels take them deep into the breathtaking, rugged beauty of mountainous, lush coastal Mexico with its radical tumbling surf, perfect for their passion of surfing the waves. Peace begins to experience life and new discoveries she never would have imagined possible.

Could her Mexican father possibly be found in this place of seeming paradise yet teaming with the omnipresent dark elements of drug cartels and related violence and corruption, murder and informants working with the DEA and CIA?

Peace finds solace in the stroking of a green-eyed dolphin pendant hanging from a necklace her mother had worn a lifetime long. Tearful memories drive her determination to press on. What perils would await them on The Road to San Pancho? What purpose brought her and Jared together on the open highway to a Mexican border beyond the distant, sun-drenched horizon before them?

Behind the scenes:

Award Winning USA Best Selling Author, Toby Neal added her LEI Crime Series to the Kindle World Family of Fan Fiction in 2015. If you are unfamiliar with the series, check out Toby Neal at Amazon books.

I was thrilled to be invited to write into the series after my first foray into fan-fic with JET, based on USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author Russell Blake. The Lei Crime Series is set in Hawaii. As fan-fic writers, we could choose any character or series of characters, from the original series, to write about. I chose the “ruggedly handsome” surfer-playboy firefighter Jared Stevens. But his current life was in California. Instead of sending him to Hawaii, I chose to bring him on an adventure to Mexico. The ROAD to SAN PANCHO is the first novella in the series  ($1.99) and NARCO ORPHANS is the 2nd in the series.

 

 

 

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!

From Paris With Love…

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Yes, I love the Parisian Architecture

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Full Moon night walk

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Yes, it’s a tree!

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JET-Displaced

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Why is Harry Potter by JKRowlings so successful?

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How do you plot? Or do you? When I wrote my first novella, JET-Exposed fanfiction for Russell Blake’s JET  series I followed his direction and plotted. I use an Excel spread sheet and then refer back for each subsequent JET story when plotting the next.

I discovered this screenshot of JK Rowling‘s method amongst over 10,000 photos. I have no idea where I found it but could be on one of the news sites. Credit goes to some amazing author who shared this. I hope it inspires.

I’ve recently come across a book recommended by Toby Neal USA Today Best Selling Author, who loves and uses the methods described in Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books For Faster Better Writing. by Libbie Hawker. I will definitely incorporate her ideas into my plotting. https://goo.gl/ASBJAK

When JKR wrote the first Harry Potter book she used a typewriter. This one above is the handwritten plotting for her fifth book. I wonder if she’s moved to a computer yet. Either way, she’s written the most compelling stories so there’s something to be gained by plotting. Do you agree?