What’s up with Linda Cassidy Lewis?

Do you have long, quiet periods where nothing much is going on followed by bursts of activity? It seems to work that way in my life. Also, that sort of describes spring where I live, except that this year we had an abundant rainy season preceding the burst of bloom occurring now. I’m in the midst of a burst of spring activity too, so I thought it would be a good time to let you know what’s going on in my wonderful world of writing.

First, The Brevity of Roses and An Illusion of Trust, books 1 and 2 in my women’s fiction series The Bay of Dreams, got a facelift. I’ll be writing Book 3 this year. This week, the cover of my supernatural suspense novel Forever was also updated.

    

Next, the lovely Darlene Foster, author and world adventurer, interviewed me. She’s a Canadian, now living in Spain, who incorporates her adventures into her middle-grade fiction Amanda series. You can learn more about Darlene and read my interview on her blog. If you’re into learning more about me, check out my other interviews.

Then, Amazon took the stage. I got word that Kindle Press will be publishing my humorous romance Love & Liability! This is the second book in my High Tea & Flip-Flops Series. They haven’t given me the publication date yet, but I expect it will be sometime in early April. (Amazon moves quickly in their publishing divisions.) When it’s scheduled, you’ll hear me shouting the date.

As you may know, Kindle Press is also the publisher of two of my other ebooks—High Tea & Flip-Flops and Forever. And since the two-year anniversary of the Scout program is coming up, they’ve decided to celebrate that by putting all their publications on sale. The sale will run from March 20 through April 3, and all Kindle Scout books will be priced at only $.99 … yes, 99-cents! Mark your calendar now!

Also, beginning in April, Forever will be part of the Amazon Prime Reading program, which means that if you’re a Prime member, you could read it absolutely free.

Is anything exciting happening in your life?

Linda

‘Tis the Season for Rain

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It appears our rainy season has begun here in the central valley of California, but we’re still in the midst of a severe drought, so we’re always hoping for more rain. Time to buy more sweet ground chocolate and another bottle of cream whiskey for Irish hot chocolate. Or maybe I’ll try making my own cream liqueur … and I might try some in homemade chai latte. I do love tasty ways to warm up cold, rainy days, don’t you?

As you know I’ve been writing the sequel to High Tea & Flip-Flops. This one didn’t come easy. There was more than one time I was tempted to set it aside and work on another book. But I’m happy that I persevered because I’m excited about it now. A fellow author sent me her feedback on the first draft, and I finished that round of edits. Now the manuscript is in the hands of another trusted author friend. When the manuscript is totally polished, I’ll probably enter it for a Kindle Scout campaign.

I can’t tell you the title of the sequel yet because I don’t have one … at least I don’t think I do. Usually, a title comes to me before I finish the first draft, but that didn’t happen this time. One came to me in the middle of the night, but as you probably know, what seems brilliant when you’re half asleep often loses some of its luster in the daylight. All I know is that the title will contain an ampersand–Something & Something.

My romantic comedy High Tea & Flip-Flops will be getting a new look. I wanted the covers of HT&FF and its sequel to be similar, and I’m sick of the black silhouette cover, so now I’ll have two shiny new covers. Here’s that cover, but I can’t reveal the cover for the sequel until it’s titled.

winter-solstice-kindle-cover-copyIn October, as a side project, I wrote a short story to be included in an anthology titled Winter Solstice. This is a collection of stories written by Kindle Press authors from the worlds of their KP novels, and to introduce you to our writing, we’ve made the digital version of this book absolutely FREE!!

In my story, Chelsea Does Christmas, Chelsea attempts to make Jeremy feel at home on their first big holiday together. There are some humorous hiccups in her plan, of course. Please get your copy today and, as always, a review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated by us authors.

May your day be filled with a joy for life!

Linda

Kick Off Fall Swap Meet … Win Big!

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The fabulous Elana Johnson has organized a Kindle Unlimited Swap Meet for a group of equally fabulous authors. At this swap meet, you’ll discover 26 great new books that are FREE on Kindle Unlimited. (Two of them are mine.) If you’re not already a KU member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial and read as many books as you want— for FREE! And if you prefer to buy, note that many of the books are sale-priced up to 70% off this month!

There’s a book—or several—for you to choose from in romance, mystery, thriller/suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, or literary. And as a bonus, you get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to two of the participating authors and the books they have available in the Swap Meet.

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TeresR-photoTeresa Roman writes contemporary and paranormal romance for adults and young adults.

Her bio says: “If it was possible to be born with a book in her hands, that’s how Teresa Roman would’ve entered this world. Her passion for reading is what inspired her to become a writer. She loves the way stories can take you to another time and place.”

Teresa currently lives in beautiful Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and a dog named Parker that her son convinced them to adopt. When she’s not at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing, or with her head buried in another book. If you’d like to find out more about her, she can be found at Teresa Roman Writes  where you can also sign up for her newsletter to receive exclusive book release information.

Back to Us, a 2015 Kindle Scout winner!

Back to Us:  Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She’s vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.

But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?

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abby_greenwoodAbby Greenwood’s books combine paranormal adventure with murder, mystery, and mayhem … with a healthy dose of humor.

Her bio says: I am originally from Staffordshire in England. I now live in New York after moving here with my husband Ron, almost five years ago. We now live in a wonderful brownstone in Brooklyn with our sixteen year old daughter, Alexandra. I have always wanted to be a writer, and actually penned my first story at the age of ten after devouring books from the time I learned to read. Much to my embarrassment now, my first favourite author was in fact Enid Blyton, but as I approached my teens, I progressed onto the likes of Jackie Collins and Harold Robbins. Visit my website for a chat – Abby Greenwood Author

Dark Hearts, a 2016 Kindle Scout winner!

She says her “Dark Hearts” series of paranormal crime thriller books have consistently hit the top five Amazon paid bestseller lists in Crime Thriller Fiction, and can be read and enjoyed in any order. (Although to get the best from my series read them in order.) You can check out the entire series on my Amazon author page.

Dark Hearts:  LAPD Detective Kate Monroe’s parents are brutally murdered by werewolves, who are now accepted by most as part of mainstream society. She has no choice but to accept them and accept that her attitudes toward them are best kept under wraps.

Kate is strong willed and outspoken – two qualities that often put her at odds with her bosses within the LAPD. There is one thing that Kate lives for, it’s her job. Working as a homicide detective is what she loves. It’s who she is. It defines her. 

Someone is killing shifters in the city, and as the body count continues to rise, Kate and Brennan, her new shapeshifter partner, must find a way to work together as the city tears itself apart out of fear and bigotry – the very same things Kate and Brennan are struggling to overcome.

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Okay then, go check out ALL the books in the Swap Meet this month. And while you’re there, be sure to click that big green banner for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. You can enter by helping to spread the word about these great Kindle Unlimited books.

Go forth and find a great book!

Linda

Two Bucks or a Penny Less

Everyone loves a sale, right? And a fabulous sale is when you can buy a book for two bucks or a penny less. My ebook publisher, Kindle Press, cycles their titles through a promotion schedule. This month, both my Kindle Scout winners are on month-long sales in the US Amazon store. High Tea & Flip-Flops will be priced at $2 and Forever will be priced at $1.99 for the whole month of September.

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Read the full preview of High Tea & Flip-Flops.

Chelsea can’t stop thinking about her handsome upstairs neighbor. Jeremy, a suave and secretive, man with a British accent, is the opposite of her usual California surfer type. When drawn together by fate and a pizza, they make a pair that’s hilarious, sexy, and worth cheering for.

 

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Read the full preview of Forever.

Tom doesn’t usually keep secrets from his wife, Julie, but he keeps one when Annie is thrust into his life and he sees flashes of a past life with her. And that secret endangers their lives because a dark entity, who’s waited two centuries to exact revenge, has made them pawns in a demented game.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go book shopping!

Linda

Writing to Be Someone Else

Recently, I’ve read several interviews with Anne Tyler. She’s been called an “invisible literary superstar” because of her habit of living a very private life in Baltimore and giving few interviews in past years. But for now, she’s gone public, promoting her latest novel, A Spool of Blue Thread.

spool_tylerA Spool of Blue Thread is her twentieth published novel. I’m reading it now, and I’ve read all nineteen others, most more than once. Anne Tyler has been my silent mentor in my own writing. I study the seeming simplicity of her prose becoming both inspired and intimidated.

She writes about human relationships, usually revolving around whole families. I write about human relationships too (note the motto of this blog) because … well, nothing is more interesting to me.

I’d like to share a quote from the first interview I read this month:

I began writing with the idea that I wanted to know what it would be like to be somebody else, and that’s never changed.

I can’t tell you how much I relate to those words. I’m happy to be me. I’ve not had a life free of trouble and care, but then few of us do. My life experiences have made me who I am, and that’s mostly a good thing. But life experiences are also limited by circumstance. Imagination is not.

Abundant imagination is one thing I was blessed with. I suspect most fiction writers would say the same. From childhood, not only have we delighted in our own make-believe, but we’ve enhanced that with a constant stream of books filled with the make-believe of others.

Of course we don’t read only fiction. We also read non-fiction to learn about people and places and events. We stuff our heads with facts which, of course, fuel our imaginations—and our curiosity. We question, we observe, we wonder.

We write.

In my novels, I’ve written to know what it would be like to be a middle-aged widow hiding from life; a young man desperately seeking self-identity; and a street-tough young woman afraid to believe she’s worthy of love. More recently, I’ve been writing to find out what it’s like to be a young wife caught between her heart’s desire and her sense of obligation to her abusive, addicted husband; a middle-aged man caught in a plan of revenge set in motion two centuries earlier; and a quirky young woman who rediscovers self-confidence by pretending to be someone else.

Who do you write to be?

Linda

I’m Back and Wishing You and Me a Happy New Year

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to start a new year. If you’re subscribed to this blog or follow me on Facebook or other social media, you may have noticed I disappeared about five weeks ago. Though I hadn’t planned such a break, it came as a relief. Let’s just say 2013 was not my most successful year and I’d had enough of it.

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Please, accept my apology if I missed saying Congratulations or Happy Birthday on Facebook. And I’m sorry I wasn’t around to wish you a Merry Christmas. Today, I’m still under the influence of a beastly cold, but otherwise I’m mostly re-energized. And, since I also took a five-week break from writing, I’m anxious to get back to work, and I entered the WFWA Write-A-Thin Challenge to give me a boost.

What did I do while I wasn’t writing or blogging or socializing on Facebook? I read, of course. During the second week of December, I read two novels and a short story collection! Maybe that’s no big deal to you, but I think the last time I read books that quickly I was in third grade. I’d forgotten how fast the pages add up when you have few distractions. In all, I read five books, abandoned a couple of others after a chapter or two, and then started the one I’m still reading.

Then it was time to put normal life aside to prepare for family Christmas visits. Our out-of-state sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren came to town. We had our usual Christmas Eve Syrian feast and though one granddaughter came late due to work, as you can see from the image above, she made it into our annual family photo by magic. (Otherwise known as Photoshop.) We had a lovely holiday. I’m blessed to have such a wonderful family.

I have many hopes for this year, but my main goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy balance in my life. What’s your main goal for 2014?