I had my book launch today and you can watch it here:
“Waking Up to the Life Left in Me”
After my husband died from cancer, I wrote a book of essays and poetry that followed my journey of loss and grief then subsequent growth and acceptance over those first five years.
Reducing WE to me was not easy, and I’m shocked I did it. But I did with the help of faith, family, and friends.
Grieving, Growing, greenlighting
Writing has saved my spirit from a crushing blow. Faith, family, and friends are my three other constants—a trinity of lighted candles illuminating the way.
This is my journey through five years of turning WE into me—a collection of 55 essays and poems. I hope that sharing it will help someone along the way.
What’s different about this five-year mark? Now that my life has grown and expanded beyond the confines of that one horrific point in time, I’ve discovered that even though my grief is always there, my world has become bigger. My life has outpaced the grief so that it is just a part of my world now not the whole thing.
The release is scheduled for 14February22 in time for what would have been our 35th Valentine’s.
Lyn presents us with the broad landscape of her grief at losing her soulmate—it is a vibrant tapestry of love, loss and learning how to start anew. Although the beautiful prose and poems contain deep and raw sorrow, my overall sense after reading this book was one of true hope and the joys of relishing the small but beautiful nuances of everyday experiences. Angela Reeves, beta reader
Lyn is a talented writer of both poetry and prose. Although poetry is not my go-to reading, I found this easy to understand. Her poems and essays show her journey through grief and getting back to living. It tugs at the heart. Linda Whitelock, beta reader
Lyn has translated her journey into lovely poetry and prose. Her journey is filled with love and laughter, sorrow and joy, and all the nuances in between. I invite you to spend some time with her journey—your life will be enriched. Rebecca Evans, beta reader
Lyn, you are a talented writer and poet, drawing us into your life and journey of grief. From your deep sorrow to living with hope, I was walking beside you along the way. An honour to read your story and poems. Maria Belanic, beta reader
Keywords: poetry, essays, death, grieving, spiritual growth, greenlighting my life, loss
ISBN e-book 978-0-9809267-3-6 Price $5.00; # pages 136
ISBN paperback 978-1-989630-22-8 Price $13.00; # pages 140
Reading level: Grade 8+; Age range: adults over 18 years of age
“Murder on Belcut Mountain”
The book has been written, the editing done, and it has been released on Amazon worldwide. If you would like to attend the book release on zoom, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link. Thank you. https://www.amazon.ca/Murder-Belcut-Mountain-McClintock-Mystery-ebook/dp/B09KP6ZQTG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lyn+ayre&qid=1636328966&sr=8-1
Here are three 5-minute readings from the book launch on November 6, 2021
New Book Release
What if a woman is murdered in a desperate attempt to shut her up, but then she is immediately stabbed eight times with her own carving knife by a different perp, who also takes a hank of her blonde hair as a trophy? What if this is not the first time he’s done this? What if this has happened all over the United States and Canada, and no one knows, because his victims’ details are in files in cold case boxes in some warehouse? What if he leaves no forensic evidence as a clue to his identity?
Police Detectives Iain McClintock and Susan Miller have a murder to solve. During the investigation, they discover a serial killer who’s insidious and prolific. Trained as a person who is supposed to help people, and hidden among the general population of the city, this sociopath operates in the most beguiling of ways to lure his victims into a lethal trap with no chance of escape. Can these detectives, McClintock and Miller, capture this person before another victim meets a gruesome end?
It can’t all be murder and mayhem, can it? I love to write romance, too. So, during all of this, the love story deepens between Iain McClintock and his wife, Rosie, who’s just been diagnosed with MS. And, a love buds between Susan Miller and George O’Donnell. Susan and George’s love story develops in book II of the series – Murder at River’s Bend.
30-second teaser for “Murder on Belcut Mountain”
I enjoyed reading Murder on Belcut Mountain, written by Lyn E. Ayre. This book was the first murder mystery that I’ve read in a while. From the beginning to the end, the story caught and held my attention. I couldn’t put the book down! Well done, Lyn! Congratulations!! Nancy McNeil, beta reader
Lyn has done a great job hooking the reader on the first page. I wanted to continue reading to find out what was going to happen next. She established right away that (Detective) Iain McClintock is someone people respect and look up to. He is imposing and runs a tight ship. He knows he can trust his charges to do their duties. (Detective) Susan Miller is presented as competent, experienced, knowing her job well, and on a par with McClintock.
Lyn’s portrayal of the killer and his mental illness is believable and chilling. I don’t know what would be going through the mind of a serial killer (and don’t want to). She seems to have captured the essence. I didn’t need to stretch to find him realistic.
There is always something going on that pushes the story toward the climax. She’s done a very good job in plot, characterization, and setting.
Gary S. Lea, beta reader
While my husband and I were in line waiting, a thirty-something blonde woman came in, and the first thing that popped into my head was—I hope (the serial killer) doesn’t see her. That’s how much your book made an impression on me. Marie Lyon, beta reader
I wanted to go onto the next chapter each time. The antagonist was such a sneaky, clever person, and I would have liked to have seen him dash back into that building and get blown up, because, even in maximum security, I feel his presence will still be around. Bev Gyori, beta reader
Strong Female Characters: a reading https://fb.watch/9MTKocomhg/
Timestamp for my part is 46:27 a portion of Chapter 20 “Murder on Belcut Mountain”. There are several other wonderful writers reading from their books before and after me. You might be able to fulfill your winter reading book ideas in one fell swoop. Enjoy. I’ve just written and posted a blog about Strong Female Characters at https://lynayre.com if you want to have a read. Love Lyn
“Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole” —a memoir that reads like a novel.
Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole is about triumph over a chaotic childhood, abusive relationships, and chronic illness. It was written for people who want to know how to find and use a faith in a Higher Power to overcome and integrate a variety of life’s traumatic events such as recovery from various addictions, obsessions, and paralyzing fears, survival of rape, and abuse, chronic conditions such as Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis, grieving and loss due to the death of their loved ones. It was written for people who want to live a life full of passion, purpose, challenge, and peace. People just like me and you.
Writing has helped me to weave all of the threads of my life into the tapestry of me. I am unique, as we all are. My story will resonate with many who struggle to overcome their demons and find a way to let their own Light shine. I used the keys of faith, hope, and willingness to unlock my hidden spiritual potential. Spirit’s Grace is available to everyone if we will only tap into it. Living the ‘good life’ is a choice we can make every day.
Is available worldwide in all popular formats on Amazon. The e-book is still the correct pricing. Somehow, the price for the paperback is bloated but you can order it directly from me.
Order your signed copy now. Email email@example.com. for a signed copy. Let me know your address, pay the shipping and book by e-transfer and I’ll mail it out.
252 pages; 2018; ISBN 278-5255-3441-6 $25.00 + shipping
“This courageous story of personal and spiritual survival in the face of huge challenges is told in an intimate voice that holds nothing back from the reader. In places harrowing to read, it is difficult to put down.” Eileen Kernaghan, author of nine books including ‘Sophie, in Shadow’
“This personal memoir spans the vast array of human emotions, as Lyn chronicles her life-long search for a deeper spiritual connection. Her story will resonate with those who long to find peace while faced with incredible challenges.” Pauline Neck, author of ‘Removing the Sting’ and ‘Discovering the Goodness of God’
‘Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole’ is a raw and honest memoir. Lyn Ayre walks her readers through her personal struggle with abuse, addiction, and health. This is one woman’s journey of healing and overcoming her fear.” Farida Somjee, author of ‘The Beggar’s Dance’
“A great read! The author relates the extraordinary and ordinary events of her life as if she is conversing with the reader. The result is uplifting. The message is that life is to be experienced on life’s terms-both good and bad, happy and sad. Loved it!” Constance Bygrave, PhD, Assistant Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University
A good read, particularly for people with chronic pain. Lyn Ayre’s memoir reflects her search for peace within her soul and (I believe) her belief that for the spirit to be whole it must find balance. Lyn’s book will have a message for many. A very interesting and thought-provoking read.” Marilyn E.
“If I didn’t know Lyn in person, I wouldn’t believe that this was a true story. I would have said, ‘No, it’s impossible for someone to have gone through so much and still come out of it with a positive outlook’. Lyn is a true survivor, and ‘Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole’ is a testament to her inner strength. I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in two nights.” Erik D. author of, ‘Death in Halfmoon Bay’.
After reading Lyn’s book, I am amazed that she survived and fought for the life she has now. It takes a lot of courage and determination. Gisela W. author of nine books including, “Beyond the Stone Arch”.
“I have just finished reading ‘Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole’. I had many tears while reading it, my God, this woman has been through so much stuff in her life, it is truly inspirational that she managed to come through all of it and be whole, and sane, and loving and giving and alive. Lyn Ayre tells her own story of a life filled with tragedies and struggles and how she overcame them and was able to heal. Her story gave me hope. A Very worthwhile read.” Robin L.
“I finished it in a day and a half; couldn’t put it down. Amazing.” Gerry W.
“No story that I can recall has made me laugh, cry and feel my heart bloom with love over and over throughout the book. It’s truly a heart-warming miracle to see where someone can come from and what they can then achieve spiritually. I treasured this memoir and in some ways, I’m certain there are parts to re-read to gain strength as certain tragedies or issues arise in my own life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever experienced a painful past and feels deep down there is the possibility to heal from it. Lyn eloquently shows us how.” Suzy L.
“This book is full of hope and joy and shows a clear-cut path to wellness. There are a lot of great tips to survivors of assault, addiction, and chronic illness.” Alana B
“Fragments of a Shattered Soul Made Whole is a compelling memoir that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Fragments is raw and honest. Author Lyn Ayre boldly shares her trauma, her sorrows and fears, and her difficult journey in navigating her early life growing up in New Westminster and the surrounding area in the 1950s/60s. She was brought up in a home filled with love, but with dark secrets. The author compassionately shares how she healed from her past traumas and went on to forgive those who harmed her, either intentionally or unintentionally. This is a great book for anyone on the healing path. Lyn is so aware and her story can only help those seeking to reach a similar place in their life. A powerful book that will give you strength. Really enjoyed this!” Melanie Cossey, author of ‘A Peculiar Curiosity’ (I’ve amalgamated two reviews that Melanie did for the book.)
“This is a great book for anyone who is or has been dealing with these difficult subjects. Lyn Ayre has written about her troubled childhood and early life and has come out the other end well adjusted. I look forward to her next book.” Valerie S
I was privileged to be a part of this project for the Share Society in the Tri-Cities area.
Everyone has had a New Beginning at some time in their life: birth, death, leaving home, or creating a new one in a strange land, finding love for the first time, losing a long-time love, and starting over. In this book, you’ll find many ways humans, and animals, experience transition and change as told by BC writers who vary in age, background, gender, and religion. What they have in common is their strength and ability to thrive during their New Beginnings.
This book is a collection of short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction from thirty BC authors. The cover was derived from a painting I did called, “Highlights”.
All proceeds will be donated to a local charity, SHARE Family and Community Services.
Claire MacLean, the CEO of SHARE says, “We are deeply grateful to Erik and his wonderful co-authors for their beautiful words, and for their support of the SHARE Society.”
This book is available worldwide on Amazon and in all popular formats.
New Beginnings: A Collection of Creative Writing from BC Authors eBook : D’Souza, Erik, Conn, Heather, Somjee, Farida, Woldenga, Gisela, Ayre, Lyn, Gyori, Beverly Ann, Holland, Eileen, Kook, Taewon, Anderson, Cam, MacLean, Claire: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store