Until three years ago, Lynette worked as a teacher, running the English Department of a busy London comprehensive. Prior to that she spent several years living and teaching in Greece. She gave up teaching to focus on her writing and to date has published three contemporary romances: The Apple Tree, Wishful Thinking and Shopping for Love, as well as a romantic suspense, In Loving Hate. She has also collaborated (with her son) on a short science fiction story to herald a new anthology next year. Killing Jenna Crane - a psychological drama - will be released shortly.
Lynette lives with her family in an early Victorian cottage in a picturesque village on the Surrey/London borders. When she’s not writing, she loves catching up with friends and films, going to the theatre, reading, gardening and trying to keep the family’s quirky cat out of trouble.
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Killing Jenna Crane
The murder is fictional but the dark journey into a writer's mind is real. When an egotistical novelist meets his ideal woman, he agrees to kill off his popular heroine. Isolated and haunted by painful memories of a previous love, he battles the growing darkness in his soul when a secret is exposed, changing everything he once knew.
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
At six years old, Harrison Avery is already considered a prodigy and, in a world suspicious of intelligence, that places him in jeopardy. His parents live in fear of his extraordinary IQ being discovered - and will go to any lengths to hide it. But how do you disguise genius in a six year old when you are under constant surveillance?
Shopping for Love
Primary school teacher, Emma Bennett shops for an elderly neighbour, while software developer Greg Harper does the same for his aged grandfather. When two people shop out of love for others, it seems inevitable that they should find it for themselves. But jealousy, spite, greed and corruption attack from all sides, pushing the price of love far beyond their reach.
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Jess is a struggling lone parent, while Christian is a pop icon turned Hollywood star. Their lives could hardly be more different, yet fate wove them together. Can their unlikely love thrive or will the trappings of stardom unravel love's ties?
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Smashwords book reviews by Lynette Sofras
- Writer's Companion
on Oct. 18, 2011
In my opinion, The Writer’s Companion is wrongly named. It really should be called The Writer’s Best Friend. Since I acquired it, it has become my treasured possession, offering me comfort and solace in my lonely occupation of writing. It is filled with wit, wisdom and accessible advice - everything you would value in a true best friend.
But it isn’t only a best friend for writers! As a former English teacher I can see the enormous merits of the Companion for the teaching of so many aspects of the English curriculum at different levels. It’s as up to the minute as reference books come and therefore completely indispensable, not just for anyone wishing to write, but for those who teach the craft of writing to others.
The warm and lively writing style make it an entertaining read for any lover of language and will prevent it from being relegated to the neglected top or bottom shelves – you know, those dry tomes we buy, believing we should have something like that around, but seldom look at. This definitely deserves a place on the ‘most-useful’ shelf as you will want this friend at your fingertips whenever you write.
As an entertaining read or a useful reference guide, The Writer’s Best Friend, oops, I mean Writer's Companion is a must-have for anyone with an interest in writing. From planning your structure to that final polish and submission to publishers; mastering dialogue to perfecting those pesky POV problems, and every conceivable question of grammar - no aspect of the craft of writing goes unexplored in this comprehensive and easy to read guide. It would certainly make an invaluable gift to anyone with an interest in writing or teaching English or composition and it has my unreserved recommendation.
- A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming (Contemporary Romance)
on Dec. 05, 2012
I've never read a Western romance before so this was a new and interesting reading experience for me. From the first pages, I was drawn into this new world of cattle-ranching and found it thoroughly engrossing. The characters, especially single father Andy Coyote, were very well-drawn and endearing.
Andy's standing in society, thanks to his disreputable family and a certain lack of confidence caused by a learning disability, has always been dogged by difficulties, but his strength of character, his moral integrity and his quiet dignity make him one of the very best heroes I've come across. It's impossible not to fall a little bit in love with him and when he explains how, being penniless, he picked up scrap wood from the sawmill to carve and sand to smoothness in order to create a safe set of building bricks for his baby daughter's Christmas present, I felt my eyes misting over.
Who can possibly blame the beautiful and poised Caroline Coleman for falling in love with him? Home for Christmas, Caroline finds the demands of her grandmother's ranch in extreme weather conditions and the serious misfortunes that befall Andy thanks to the legacy of his family name, test the strength of her character to its limits.
I especially liked Caroline's wise old grandmamma, Miz Barbara for whom ranch life is everything but who understands life's true values and knows how to move with the times. Put these characters all together for a Snowy Christmas in Wyoming and you have an exciting, warm and romantic Christmas read - not to be missed!
- Listening To Crows
on Nov. 12, 2013
Crows: like swans, they mate for life, but while swans have become powerful literary symbols, the connotations of these rather fearful, black birds are quite different. Like Amanda, I failed to see the poetry or beauty of crows, until Corvid, Amanda's former fiancé pointed this out in his own special way. This poignant short story conveys a powerful message about loving, trusting and sharing. Beautifully told - I felt uplifted by it.
- I Don't Wanna Be an Orange Anymore
on Feb. 11, 2014
What a delightful book! Many years ago, I read a book titled 'Rumors of Peace', which resonated so strongly with me that I read it several times over and recommended it to all my friends. The simple fact that I remember it so vividly after 30+ years is testament to my enjoyment of it. 'I Don't Wanna Be an Orange Anymore' is reminiscent of that earlier book, and gave me just as much pleasure to read. Both titles concern young children trying to make sense of and find their place in a confusing world in small town America.
The year is 1942 and while the war rumbles on in Europe, nine year old Willie Watson has major battles of his own to fight. These include coping with the death of a classmate, avoiding the class bully, beefy Brucie Schultz, sitting through a lifetime of after-school detentions, fantasising about seeking revenge on his sly younger sister, ruminating on the unfairness of being the sole taker-out of garbage in his household and generally coping with all the other slings and arrows his young life throws at him. The sibling rivalry in particular touched a real nerve and frequently had me laughing out loud.
I'm not sure if this is genuinely autobiographical, but the authentic voice certainly makes it sound real. I loved the easy, flowing writing style and the wry humour abounding every page as the long-suffering Willie struggles through the fourth and fifth grades of elementary school and beyond. I will almost certainly revisit this endearing book and I suspect I shall also remember it well in years to come.