My Books, Novel, Writing

Announcing a new romance novel!

I’m excited to announce the release of Building Love, the first book in a new series, Edgewater Novels. Set in a fictitious neighborhood in my birth city—Indianapolis, Indiana—this one introduces Brigid Carlotta Maria Siobhán Marino. If you can’t tell by her name, she’s half Irish and half Italian. She tends bar in a centuries-old tavern, which is where she meets the charming, confident, and sexy Alex Conner. Brigid has a strong sense of loyalty, which means she’s seriously reluctant to make changes. But Alex is a man determined to challenge that. It’s available in print and ebook.
Building Love cover

No one questions Brigid Marino’s loyalty. She’s lived her entire life in Edgewater, kept the same best friend since childhood, dated the same guy for years, and her beloved father’s tavern is the only place she’s ever worked. Brigid likes her life exactly as it is—perfect.

But an urban developer’s sudden arrival threatens to change everything about Edgewater—and disrupt Brigid’s perfect life. Her family’s business is at risk, and—after handsome and confident Alex Conner walks into her bar—so is her comfortable, long-term relationship. Falling for Alex’s charm, Brigid’s loyalties are put to the test as he tempts her to rethink her idea of perfection.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading Building Love. And I’d be ever so grateful if you leave your thoughts on the book in a review on Amazon and Goodreads and anywhere else readers might see it. If you have friends who would enjoy the read, please spread the word. Post a selfie of you reading the book to Facebook or Instagram if that’s your thing.

 

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My Books, Writing

My two extreme sides on sale this week!

High Tea & Flip-Flops cover

My publisher has put novels from my two extreme sides on sale this week. Written by my light side, you can get the first ebook in my romantic comedy series, High Tea & Flip-Flops, on sale for only $.99 at Amazon.com though July 13th.

And written from my dark side, which loves Stephen King’s work, my first horror/thriller ebook, Forever, is on sale for only $.99 at Amazon.com through July 12th.

Enjoy!

Linda
My Books, Publish, Writing

The Hot List

tea_nomYes, I’m talking about Kindle Scout again! If you’ve missed my previous appeals for help in winning a publishing contract through this program and would like to know what the heck I’m talking about, read this.

My campaign for High Tea & Flip Flops is nearing the end—only four more days to go. So far, my book has been on the Hot List more days than not, but I need your help to keep it on the list for the big finish.

Reasons why you should nominate High Tea & Flip Flops:

  1. You love romantic comedy.
  2. You love getting a free book, which you will if Kindle Scout publishes it.
  3. You know I try always to support my fellow authors.
  4. You’ve learned something from my blog.
  5. You admire my perseverance in trying to get my writing out to the public.

Reasons why you should not nominate High Tea & Flip Flops:

  1. You think I’m a terrible writer.

But wait, you say, what if I don’t like reading romantic comedy? So what? Even if it’s not a book you’d like to read, but you think it’s worthy of being published, nominate it. If it shows up on your Kindle, give it to a friend or family member who will enjoy reading it.

So,  if you haven’t nominated High Tea & Flip Flops, may I ask why?

If you have already nominated my book, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And may I suggest you tell a friend to nominate it too? Here’s the link to my campaign page: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3QR8C2LJAU1XU

Linda

Inspiration, Television, Writing

Laughter and Love in the Writing Room

I’m struggling a bit with the first draft of one of the books I’m writing this year. The story is meant to be lighter in tone than those I’ve written previously, which means I have to stop myself from delving too deeply into the dark side of my characters. But I entertain myself exploring that off page.

The main character in this novel is Chelsea, who’s twenty-three but having a hard time moving into adulthood. I’m long past that age. At twenty-three, I was married and the mother of two. So even if I could remember my thoughts and feelings back then, they would bear little resemblance to hers.

New_Girl_Intertitle

But I know how to research. I’ve done a good portion of that by reading books and watching movies and TV series featuring characters who are young, single, and funny—and looking for love, of course. Life is all about our relationships.

You might recognize the photo accompanying this post. I’ve recently discovered New Girl. Yes, I know it’s been on the air for three seasons, but I don’t watch much TV and when I do it’s usually drama. Yes, I know the characters in New Girl are in their thirties, but they’re still single and immature and funny. And the show is many years more current than Friends.

Via Netflix, I watch a couple of episodes a night before I fall asleep. So far, that hasn’t inspired any dreams directly related to my book’s plot, but I’m sure my Muse is paying attention.  Plus, laughter is good medicine, which helps with my chronic pain.  And that describes what I’m writing—a little light pushing back the darkness.

I wish you a week filled with laughter and love.

Linda

Craft, Editing, Revision, Writing

Did I Really Write That?

Once upon a time, I decided to finally keep the promise I’d made to myself many times in my life: I’d write a novel. The year was 1999. At that time, most of the books I read were written by Stephen King or Maeve Binchy, so I guess it’s logical that I set out to write a character-driven paranormal story. I started writing in September and finished in the spring of 2000.

Somewhere during those months, I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) not because I was writing a romance, but because they were the only writing group I could find in my area. After that I did start calling it a paranormal romance and even entered the first three chapters in a national contest. The judges’ comments were unanimous: This is not a romance!

Okay then. I revised it to straight horror … or paranormal … or whatever you call a novel about reincarnation and an evil spirit.

And now, fourteen years later, I’m revising that novel again. In the intervening years, I pulled up that file and played at revision, but never got very far before real life called me away. So, when I pulled it up again this year, the beginning chapters seemed in pretty good shape. I even blogged at the beginning of this month that I’d looked through it and found the writing quality not as bad as I’d feared.

I just didn’t look far enough or read closely enough.

About halfway through, I hit the chapters that hadn’t been touched since 2000. Oh my, was I in love with dialogue tags back then. I used them for about sixty percent of the lines … in a conversation between only two people! And some of those tags were “telling” ones: “he growled” or “he huffed” or “she begged.” But even when I used plain old said, often I tacked on an adverb: “he said angrily” or “she said brightly” instead of making the dialogue and action do the work.

But the worst error, the one that really made me cringe, is in a love scene. No, I didn’t use silly euphemisms for body parts, though I did make the mistake of having the main character, a construction worker, use unlikely flowery language. But most egregious is the messy point of view. Though I’ve used three viewpoints in this novel, those are confined to one per scene or chapter (third person limited.) But in this love scene, the POV ping pongs from his to hers throughout (omniscient.)

Fortunately, I’d found only an occasional POV slip in all the previous chapters. But this scene … wow! Now, I have to decide from which character’s viewpoint the scene is best told and get to editing. The most rewarding thing about this revision is catching these mistakes. I’ve learned a lot about the craft in fourteen years … and I’m still learning.

When you look back at your older work, whatever that is, do you see progress—or were you great from the beginning?

 

Linda