Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Behind The Book -- The Countess and the Cowboy



Even while writing Under His Spell, I knew that Letitia needed her own book. Someone with the sass, incredible energy and more than a little snark more than deserved it. It didn’t take anything to convince my editor since she agreed Letitia should have her own happy ever after.
And what better character to be thrown totally out of her comfort zone than a socialite whose idea of roughing it is staying in a 4 star hotel.
From the beginning, Letitia was fun to write. She was funny. She was sassy. She loved her creature comforts, but she showed an ability to adapt.
Even in Under His Spell I knew I didn’t want a snobby sister who looked down her nose at her brother moving into a house with an interesting history and a licentious ghost who loved to spy on the ladies. She teased her brother, adored the woman he fell in love with and enjoyed being the wacky aunt willing to spoil two children who adored her back.
Even in moving to a falling down ranch in Wyoming didn’t dampen her spirits. She pulled up her lacy La Perla panties and looked for ways to make her new property turn a profit. She ignored chipped nail polish, sore muscles and did what was needed.
No wonder Tyler Barnes fell in love with her. What man wouldn’t?
I believe I created a fun heroine I’d hope the readers would enjoy.
I hope you feel the same.
Enjoy The Countess and the Cowboy and if you haven’t read it yet, please look for Under His Spell where Letitia makes her first appearance.
The Countess and the Cowboy will be available for Nook, iBooks, etc. in a couple weeks. Under His Spell is now available in the other stores.
Linda

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Behind the Book -- Under His Spell



Under His Spell was one of my first dips into the paranormal genre and what better way to start.

I was in what I called my crazy mode. Book ideas flowing through my imagination were all woo woo, ghosts, things that go bump in the night, on my!
I wrote up the three ideas and sent them to my agent at the time. Her response? “You’re killing me!” This was the late 80s and paranormal wasn’t as strong as it is now. Luckily, my editor loved the ideas and said one especially was perfect for Harlequin American Romance’s Calendar of Romance.
First was a psychic dreaming of a murder, but she dreamed of the murder in reverse allowing her not to see the killer until near the end of the book. That was In Her Dreams, which is out now.
Another was I felt was a fun book about a woman waking up after celebrating her 30th birthday to find her parents returned from the dead and staying until she found the right man.  That was Free Spirits, which is out now.
Then there was a book about Caroline and Ryan, two young siblings in Salem, MA, who want a dad for Holly, their mom, so she’ll be happy again. And Ryan’s fervent wish for a puppy. Their wish is so strong they pay $3 to their mom’s best friend’s con artist son to cast a spell in a meadow at midnight during the Summer Solstice. Little do they expect to see a man in black walk out of the fog! Or for that man to be so intrigued when he hears their request that he follows up to find their mom, a descendant of one of the convicted witches of Olde Salem, just might be the perfect woman for him.
There’s a lot of gossip in Salem. Who is Jack, the man in black who the townfolk love to gossip about. What does he do for a living and what about the mysterious woman living with him who he says is his sister? A woman whose arrogant cat’s fur is the same color as her hair and always wears a collar the same color as her clothing, yet few have seen the two at the same time.
There’s Holly, a divorced mom dealing with a deadbeat ex, two kids she loves with all her heart, a job she loves but an overbearing boss who makes her life miserable, a best friend who wishes she could see Jack’s aura, but for some reason he doesn’t have one.
There’s Jack, who bought the haunted house on the outskirts of town, a popular horror author in Europe who’s looking to break into the US market.
And there’s love and magic. Kids doing what it takes to see their mom happy again.
Even casting a spell in a foggy meadow at midnight.
I wanted to write a book that had all the above and more. I’m so happy I accomplished it.  
I hope you enjoy Under His Spell and will look for Countess and the Cowboy, Jack’s sister’s story, that will be released on the 21st.

 Linda

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Hell



Shopping. 
 
Many men would rather poke their eyes out with a stick and Nick, Jazz's vampire honey, is no different as you can see.

"Have a wonderful Christmas!" one perky clerk chirped at him as he passed by while her eyes told him she'd love him to unwrap her anytime.

"Only fourteen shopping days left!" Another had to chime in as she presented him with a smile that had way more holiday cheer in it than was necessary.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!

I saw Santa kissing Santa Claus.

All I want for Christmas is ---

"Give me any time period than this one," Nick growled, literally, as he prowled the mall from hell. He really should have chosen the Magick Mall for his gift shopping needs, but since they don't have a Nordstrom, Sephora or Victoria's Secret, he was screwed and doomed to shop at the mall that offered all three and more since he doubted Jazz would appreciate receiving a check or even gift cards. Not to mention reloading her Starbucks card wouldn't go over too big either. No, he had to vampire up and do this thing.

He hadn't celebrated the holidays in decades and couldn't remember if he and Jazz ever had, but he vowed he'd do what it took to do it this year, even if he began to think a stake through the heart wouldn't be all that bad after all. 

And what idiots are at a mall at eleven o'clock at night?! Other than him, that is. And all for those holiday bargains. The late night shopping hours were great for him since he was a vampire, although he could venture out during the day when it was cloudy. But we're talking sunny California and lately, December was more like July. Hence, his showing up now.

He hated shopping. He tended to order his clothing on line and have them delivered. But he doubted that Jazz would appreciate the personal touch, although he did find something for Krebs on line and even an elegant dog bed for Fluff and Puff that he knew they'd enjoy reclining on when they were on Jazz's feet. He even picked up a few DVDs for Irma's collection.

Now was the most difficult, yet interesting, shopping chore ahead of him.
"Would you like to try our new perfume, Midnight Madness, for your lady's pleasure?" One clerk asked, holding out a crystal bottle.

He reared back and just barely kept his fangs hidden. No way he could tell her he could smell that one and more.
"No thanks, but I may be back." He knew Jazz loved different perfumes to wear according to her mood and that one should work for her.

And what did Nick learn? That Sephora held more smelly stuff than his enhanced senses could handle. That he could see why Jazz spent a small fortune on skin and body products and he REALLY WANTED THE HADES OUT OF THERE.

Victoria's Secret was another hellish trek as overeager clerks were only too happy to assist him and he didn't think it was because they were thinking of sales. Not when he kept finding notes with names and phone numbers tucked into his jacket pocket. He winced at the grand total, but the idea of Jazz modeling the colorful silk chemises and thongs he picked up helped soothe the pain.
By the time Nick left the noise and mayhem of the mall and walked out to his Jeep Wrangler, he experienced something he hadn't felt in centuries.

He had the headache of all headaches and the knowledge the way things were going he'd be doing this again on Jazz's birthday.