Roses and Reading

In my part of the world, it’s spring. The first of my roses to bloom this year was my Don Juan climber. I love its deep red blooms and lovely fragrance. With all the neglect I’ve given my roses in the last few years, ever since I started writing seriously, it’s a wonder they bloom at all. I appreciate their persistence.

I’m always energized by our spring weather … well, I’m energized until I realize how much work I should be doing in the house and garden. I’d always rather be writing, but sometimes other things pester me for attention. So, now that it’s warm enough again to have my windows open, I need to do more painting to complete the kitchen makeover I started last fall. And my office needs a major clearing out, which is probably the hardest job of all because I find too many books and papers to distract me. And then, of course, they spark ideas that beg me to sit back down at the keyboard.

I guess I’ll have to be as persistent as my roses.

Kindle Deals …

Kindle Press has put Love & Liability on sale during April for only $.99. If you haven’t read it yet, now is the time to buy it. And they’re also slashing the price of Forever to $.99 for one week starting tomorrow, Saturday, April 7. So now is the perfect time to add one romantic comedy and one supernatural thriller to your Kindle or Kindle App for less than $2!

And that’s not all …

If you’d like a FREE book, I have one of those for you too! The Silence in Noise is my collection of seventeen short stories. You can read brief descriptions of each story here. I’m giving away copies because I need more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so I hope you’ll enjoy reading the stories and feel moved to let others know.

Starting today, April 5, you can get a copy of The Silence in Noise absolutely free! This offer ends at midnight (EST) on April 10, so don’t delay. Download your copy today.

I wish you love and light and beautiful moments for yourself.
Linda

Let me tell you a story about …

For over seven years, I’ve been a published novelist, but I also write short stories. And now I’d like to tell some of those stories to you. My new book, The Silence In Noise and Other Stories, is a collection of short fiction. The stories range from one to twenty pages and offer fascinating, poignant, and often dark glimpses of ordinary people in critical moments.

  • Balance: After tragedy strikes a close-knit family, a grieving father’s inability to cope leads to a horrifying resolution.
  • Straightening the Curves: Nicole made a bad choice when she married Russell. Yet when she finally leaves him, it’s to his family she runs.
  • Unspeakable Words: A young woman receives soul-shattering news.
  • A Beautiful Man: James is only a small-time con artist until he meets the wealthy Ann. You’d think he’d be satisfied with his new Manhattan lifestyle, but James has a wandering eye and a greedy heart.
  • A Heart Next to Mine: Jesse fled a dreaded future underground in the coal mines, but two decades later, he’s a solitary man, emotionally buried just as deeply.
  • Meditation: A cynical woman rejects the possibility that something good is happening to her.
  • My Name is Amy Walls: When Amy awakens one Sunday morning to a terrifying new world, her struggle to survive begins.
  • Ambition: Kelly Jean is determined to get out of Mossy Creek. Unfortunately, her boyfriend doesn’t much care for her plan.
  • Act in Haste: Stan sees himself as a stand-up guy, but a strange encounter late one night leads to a different judgment.
  • Blood Relation: Janine is a tormented mother who lashes out with tragic consequences.
  • Existence: In the near future, strict governmental rules severely impact the life of a teen.
  • Better Left Alone: Newly divorced, Teresa succumbs to temptation when her teen heartthrob, claiming to have never forgotten her, reaches out.
  • Perchance to Dream: All is not as it seems when Nina prefers to spend her time dreaming of a man who is not her husband.
  • Secrets and Shadows: An unusual shadow embodies a child’s fears.
  • The Tisserand Phenomenon: The secret to phenomenal success for one New England family’s business lies deeper than anyone imagines.
  • Sight Unseen: Elise’s decision to meet a man she’s known only online ends in surprise.
  • The Silence in Noise: Beth’s drive to be the perfect mother has devastating repercussions.

IN OTHER NEWS
The Kindle version of my romantic comedy Love & Liability is on sale the whole month of December for only $.99! This is book 2 in my High Tea & Flip-Flops series “starring” Chelsea & Jeremy. I’m working on the last of that trilogy now.

If you celebrate a holiday this time of year, I wish you a wonderful one!

Don’t you love a good book sale?

In my part of the world, it’s summer, which I remember from years past as being a particularly good time for reading—if for no other reason than to escape the bustle of having four sons and their friends out of school and underfoot all day.

But then, when is reading not a great way to spend the day? Nowadays, many of us read on electronic devices all or part of the time, so news of a great ebook sale is always good news. Kindle Press is having a one-week sale—July 5-11—on books in all genres. And the price is only 99-cents at Amazon.com!

Sale my books

Three of my books are in this sale: High Tea & Flip-Flops, Love & Liability, and Forever. So, if you’ve been meaning to read them—now is the time!

And if you’re a romance fan particularly, check out this page that highlights some great ones in this sale. There you’ll find all the beautiful covers, descriptions, and buy links for romances in many sub-genres. And if you find yourself excited to read them all … at this price, how can you resist?

July Romance Sale

So if you’d like to have dozens of getaways for less than a buck each, go fill up your reading schedule for the season!

Linda

The Joy and Terror of a Book Release

When I first decided to write with an aim toward publication, I followed dozens of writing blogs. Common advice, at that time, was “Don’t expect to make any money until you have at least ten books published.” As of today, I’m halfway to that goal. Love & Liability is my fifth published novel.

Love & Liability

Some authors hit the motherlode with their first book, of course, just as some authors publish far more than ten books and never make much money. At my age and lack of speed writing, I may never get ten books written and published. So the odds of me making a living at writing are slim to none. But then, that’s partly my fault.

I’m not a business woman. I don’t “write to the market,” which means writing whatever type of book that’s bestselling at the moment. Unless luck strikes you, that’s the only way to make money writing fiction. You must be able and willing to change genres—or sub-genres, at least—as often as it takes to satisfy the whim of the gods. And, in this case, readers are the gods.

Also, you need to write lightning fast, publishing several books a year. My first novel, The Brevity of Roses, released in March 2011. It’s now May 2017, and I’ve just seen the release of my fifth. See a problem?

So, why do I persist in writing? Though I’m serious and conscientious with my work, and though this retiree absolutely appreciates every dollar earned, writing is not primarily a business venture for me. Writing is partly therapy—it keeps my brain nimble and engaged. It’s partly vanity—it boosts my self-esteem when people read and enjoy my words. But mostly, I write because I have a need to create.

I’ve expressed my creative nature in many ways during my life, usually in multiple ways during each period, but for the last few years, I’ve concentrated on creating with words. I can’t describe the thrill and satisfaction of making a whole new world come to life—literary-ly. 🙂

If you’ve written a novel, you know it’s not easy. You know you will alternately love and hate your work as it progresses. But eventually, when it’s done and polished and ready to share with others, you’ll be proud of it. And then comes release day. Your creation is in the hands of strangers. You can barely breathe, waiting to learn if those strangers appreciate your vision, your skill, your determination. Only a small percentage will ever let you know, personally or publicly, but that doesn’t stop you from looking forward to the next creation in words.

That’s the joy and terror of the next few weeks for me. I’ll be watching my sales stats obsessively. I’ll be thrilling at good reviews and deflating at bad ones. But I’ll continue working because I love it. I have a few more worlds to put into words.

Linda