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Yes... I know it's been a long time since I last posted. But I'm going to come right out and say it - I have a hard time thinking of what to write in these blog posts. I don't want it to turn into an advertisement to buy my books. We all get enough of all that thrown at us in the form of emails and social media posts.


And now we have Christmas only a few weeks away! Santa isn't the only one out there who is making a list - suddenly there is so much to do!


I've also found I'm spending a lot more time writing my actual books. Now that I am working on book 9 (yeah, who would've thought I'd get to this point?) everything is more complicated. I feel like I've created a village - with a large cast of characters. That keeps getting bigger and bigger with each book. And most of them still want to have their say, and let you know what's happening in their lives.


After all, they're in love, and everything is new and exciting. So, they want to share what's going on.


So... Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May, Book 9, is the latest in the series. I must say, it's one of my favorites. But then again, with each book I finish, I find it becomes my latest favorite. Maybe this is because I feel like I've become a better writer over time. Practice makes perfect, right?


Not that I'm perfect. No, I have a long way to go...


But, back to Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May. If you've been keeping up with the series, you've already been introduced to Stephanie and know a little about her. You've also briefly met Evan, Jack, and Noah. With the group made up of such different personalities, it's safe to say things are going to get pretty interesting. And as with all the other books, the chemistry is contagious, with alway enough humor to keep the story interesting!




An excerpt from the book:


She chattered on, unable to stop. “It doesn’t help that I’m not used to wearing heels this high. So, when I do, I have to learn how to walk in them all over again. I’ve grown too comfortable wearing my work clogs. Or tennis shoes. For work, those are the best choice.”

His silence, along with the closed expression on his face, had her falling silent. But she got it. It was bad enough he had to come to her rescue. And now he was expected to listen to her lecture on the importance of the proper footwear?

This is when the events of the night finally caught up to her. On the verge of tears, she watched as he unlocked the passenger door of his car.

The door opened, he turned to her. Huddled deep in his jacket, her eyes were closed, her face scrunched up as though she was trying not to cry.

She looked absolutely miserable.

And just like that, something gave way inside of him, a tenderness washing over him. That he was responsible for her distress was the last thing he wanted to happen.

You need to fix this.

He moved closer.

A smile tugging the corner of his mouth, he brushed his thumb over her cheek, sending her lashes flying open. “Hmm… If I’m not mistaken, on a night not too long ago and in a parking lot very similar to this, uneven and filled with potholes, I recall sharing a dance with a woman wearing these same shoes.”

He nodded down at her feet. “This was after she claimed she couldn’t dance. But I soon found out how wrong she was. She was a beautiful dancer. The memory of that dance is one I’ll keep forever.”

Now, as a woman who loved shoes—but then again, what woman doesn’t—Stephanie zeroed right in on this.

He remembers your shoes?

A smile curving her lips, she searched his face. “You remember my shoes?”

He smiled, moving even closer. “Ah… there is so much I remember about that night. That it came at a time I was in such need of hope in my life made it even more memorable.”

He shook his head. “It was a night every man dreams of… a chance encounter with a beautiful woman. You might say it was magical… enough to make one believe in fairytales.”

Her lips parted, Stephanie stared at him. Yes, she would agree. Indeed, it had been an evening of magic. But she didn’t understand… if this is how he remembered that night, why didn’t he call her?

She shook her head. “I’m not sure if I–”

At the loud crunch of gravel, they both turned to watch a car pull into the parking lot, the headlights passing over them like searchlights in the night.

Evan moved to shield her from the blinding light before he smiled down at her. “Whoa… I think this is a sign we should leave. Come on, let’s get out of here.”


*****


As with all the other books in the series, Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May is available in both paperback and ebook through your favorite online or independent bookstores (For links, click on the book cover above). You can also click on the collage photo below for the Amazon link for the series.


Also, check out bookshop.org - a fantastic way to buy a book (or maybe more) from the series and support independent bookstores (and indie authors) at the same time.


An update - I am currently working on Book 9. Not quite at the finish line yet, but the story is coming together. Decided on the month and the cover is in the works. Hopefully, it will make a debut in the near future. At least this is the plan...

And I haven't forgotten about my other series, Holidays in White Oaks Valley. I have a plan in my head for what the plot will be.


Enjoy the holiday and remember to take some time for yourself in all the hustle and bustle of the season. And remember, books make wonderful gifts. Especially books with happy endings!


Linda


P. S. Please feel free to comment on any of the blog posts. Or leave a message or review for the book of your choice. I'd love to hear from you!

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Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Hi!

My wish to you is a year full of love and happiness - a year that will be special enough to make you forget all about the year we just had. If anything, I like to think we have all become stronger than we thought we were and are now ready to take on just about anything!


I will keep on writing, as I hope you will keep on reading. I have already started working on book 8.


In the meantime, if you can, show me some love! Vote for my "Cover of the Month" contest entry. Every single vote will help!

Go to the link below and with one click to the 'vote' button? You'll be done!

Thanks!


Link to vote: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/10619/


P.S. https://a.co/6bvLy5z - this link will take you to a preview of the book - enjoy!



Take care,

Linda


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Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Hello, Autumn!


Are you like me? Having a hard time believing it is already September? But what a year it has been up until now! And, even though time has almost slowed down to a standstill, at the same time, it feels as though the days and months have flown by.

Go figure...

All and all, it has been quite a change for all of us.

But I like to think things can only get better. Seriously, how could it get much worse, right?


But I bring you tidings of great news! September's Moonlight Serenade, the 7th book of the season - yes, the 7th - is now available!

I love the cover Tracey and I collaborated on. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. When you spend so much time with your main characters as you write, you begin to picture them in your mind. And this is how I envisioned both Darcey and Jason.

Amazon - paperback and ebook

https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B0798SF1WG?

Universal Book link - both paperback and ebook

https://www.draft2digital.com/book/609150


I had started on this book sometime back in January. Just minding my own business... a story in mind, writing away and things going pretty well, pretty normal. But then our world as we know it went crazy. Leaving all of us in some kind of limbo.


You'd think with all the extra time available and tucked away in the house, this would be the perfect scenario for a writer, right?


Wrong...


I think this was because like everyone else, I was suddenly so focused on not only what was happening everywhere around us but also worrying about what this meant for the future. I certainly didn't have that romance/happy ending vibe going on inside. And I definitely didn't want to carry any doom and gloom over into the book.

So, it was touch and go for a while. I was all over the place, chapters started with nowhere to go and not a clue of how to tie them all together.

But eventually, as I've found in my past writing, everything began to flow into place and September's Moonlight Surrender was born.


A little secret here... I almost broke down and changed the month to October, if only to gain more time, but since I already had a storyline tucked in the back of my mind for that month, I held strong.

In the end, I do believe the book - beginning with the chemistry between Jason and Darcey, their storyline, and my style of writing - is the best I've done so far. Maybe it takes seven books to have this happen? Or maybe I actually wrote it in the right place and at the right time.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading Darcey and Jason's story. It's a sweet one.

And of course, always with the promise of a happy ending.


Also, for those of you who may not have seen this, I'd like to share. The cover of - An Unexpected June - came in third place in a British sponsored book cover contest! I'm thrilled because I really like my cover designer, Tracey of Soxsational Covers. She is located in Australia, which can be a little bit of a hassle at times with the fourteen-hour time difference. But we make it work. After seven covers, we sort of get each other.



Take care and as always, happy reading!

Linda


Any writers out there? If so, please feel free to contact me or leave comments. I'd love to hear how you're doing.

And to everyone else? This invitation goes out to you, too!




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