Tom’s Angel is in the middle of a 5-day free download promotion. Get your copy today!
Three of my books are FREE today on Amazon!
Kiss Me Chloe–contemporary romance–Book One of the Kiss Me Series
Silver Lady–historical romance
Ask a Shadow to Dance–time travel romance
Next week, my new historical romance, Tom’s Angel, will be free from February 5-9. This book is the long-awaited sequel to Gabriel’s Heart, now available in e-book format from Harlequin Historicals under my pseudonym, Madeline George
I hope you enjoy these stories!
Hello! It’s been too long since I’ve stopped by LindaGeorge.net. I hope to visit more often this year. During my long silence, though, I’ve been busy writing new books! The covers for my two early 2014 releases are above. Let me tell you a little about each book.
My new historical romance, Tom’s Angel, will be available for purchase on Amazon this weekend! And there’s something really special about this book! It’s a sequel to a novel I published long ago for Harlequin Historiclas–Gabriel’s Heart, written under my pseudonym Madeline George. Gabriel’s Heart is currently available in e-book format from HH, so if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can still get it! There will be four novels in this series. I’ll let you know when to look for Will’s Lady and Bo’s Fancy.
Tom McCabe has been asked by his father to go to Ft. Worth to escort a young woman back to Denver. When Tom gets to the house where this young woman lives, he is shocked by its location. What kind of woman lives among prostitutes?
Rosalie Kincannon lives in the infamous Hell’s Half Acre, where “soiled doves” ply their trade in saloons and dance halls. Rosalie’s father, William, owns the Yellow Rose and relies on Rosalie to serve as nurse and midwife to the women who work there. The women call her “an angel to the soiled doves.”
Rosalie promised her mother she would never become one of the women she cares for, that she’d be a “proper lady.” But Rosalie has never had an opportunity to leave the Acre and pursue a life of her own with a husband and children.
When her father uses her as a bet in a card game—and loses—she is suddenly faced with being indentured to a vile man from Denver whose intentions toward her are anything but “proper.”
When Tom arrives at Rosalie’s door, he is shocked to find a lady whose life in the Acre is truly hell. He vows to find a way to release her from the indenture, so her dream of being a proper lady will be achieved. But there are other problems standing in his way that involve his father and his two brothers, Will and Bo and the McCabe Ranch he’s called home all his life.
Tom never dreamed he’d find the woman destined to share his life in Hell’s Half Acre. He had to come to hell to find an angel.
Cover design by Carrie Peters Spencer, CheekyCovers.com
COMING IN MARCH 2014
Kiss Me, Lynn
This is the second novel in the Kiss Me Series that began with Kiss Me, Chloe last April. This novel is special to me because the setting is (surprise!) Machu Picchu! The novel is doubly special because our wonderful tour guide, Alex Vereau, gave me permission to use his name, his photo, and bits and pieces of stories he told us about his career as a guide. That’s Alex on the cover, above a photo I took of Machu Picchu with bromeliads blooming in the foreground. I’ll be telling you more as the book’s release gets closer. My goal, while telling you Alex and Lynn’s story, is to give you a feeling of what it’s like to be at Machu Picchu, the sacred city of the Inca.
I promised photos of our amazing trip to Machu Picchu last July and I promise they’ll be posted soon! We took more than 2000 photos during the twelve days we toured Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and Machu Picchu and it’s taken months to get them cropped and labeled and put in order. At last, I’ll be able to share them with you. They’ll be posted sometime next week, so please check back to get a glimpse of our amazing experience of walking where the Inca walked, seeing what the Inca saw, and feeling their presence in the only place the Spanish didn’t find and destroy. Machu Picchu has been named one of the Wonders of the World. After being there, I agree with that designation 100%
SILVER LADY is now available through Amazon in Kindle format, priced at $2.99. But over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, it will be FREE! This book was originally published by Five-Star Expressions in 2007 in hard cover for $26.95. As you can imagine, it sold primarily to libraries. I’m thrilled to be able to offer the book now in e-book format through Amazon Kindle! This is a sensuous historical romance, set in Colorado in the mid-1880s during the silver boom days. I hope you’ll get your FREE copy this weekend! If you like the book, I’d appreciate your posting a review on Amazon.
I’m hard at work on the second novel in the Kiss Me Series. KISS ME, CINDY stars the same Cindy from KISS ME, CHLOE. The setting is the Antiques Weekend in Round Top, Texas, and the surrounding towns, that occurs twice a year. That’s where Cindy will meet Matthew who attends the show looking for a cutting horse saddle. Matthew knows nothing about antiques, and Cindy knows nothing about cutting horses, so finding common ground is a challenge for both of them. An antique bench outside an antiques shop ends up being really important for their budding relationship. I’ll post more information–and the stunning cover designed by Carrie Peters Spencer of Cheeky Covers (Carrie designed the covers for KISS ME, CHLOE and SILVER LADY, too!)–later in the summer, closer to the publication date.
Being able to write, polish, then publish my novels on my own timetable has been a wonderful experience for me. I’m able to get books to my readers much sooner than if I went through a traditional publisher. The big romance publishers are acquiring titles now for 5-6 years from now! That’s a long time to wait for a book from an author you enjoy reading. I’m happy to bring you two novels from the Kiss Me Series this year, along with two of my previously published novels–SILVER LADY, and, coming in July, ASK A SHADOW TO DANCE.
ASK A SHADOW TO DANCE is a sensuous time-travel romance set in Memphis in present day and 1885. It has an intriguing premise! I promise you’ll enjoy this venture into moving from the past to the present and back again all through the story! I can’t wait to show you the new cover for this book, too!
Thanks to those who wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed KISS ME, CHLOE. There’s no greater joy for an author than hearing from readers who enjoyed the book!
I promise more posts will be added to this blog, now that I’ve gotten past several non-writing tasks that took up an enormous amount of my writing time. I never knew coordinating a Job Fair could be so time-consuming! Now, I can focus on writing more romantic stories I hope you’ll love!
The 5-day free download promotion is over and I have to say I’ve been blown away by the response! About 3500 readers took advantage of the 5-day free download promotion and downloaded the book. Since the end of the promotion, close to 300 more readers have bought the book.
When the reviews for Kiss Me, Chloe started coming in, I couldn’t believe what some readers said. Here are a few of their comments that made me feel all warm and fuzzy:
Best love story ever!
By Jessica Bowers
“Kiss Me, Chloe” is a sweet story about finding true love when you least expect it….
“This book was so enchanting the way these two are brought together and the trials they are put through to show them it is meant to be. The author really depicted a picture with her words, describing the wonderful views of Ouray, and the wonderful people that the characters came to know. It is a romantic story with realistic views on true love and how two people can be brought together by destiny. This book had me pulled in from the first page. The story is silly at the right moment and will have you rooting for Kyle to win Chloe’s heart. “Kiss Me, Chloe” is a must read for anyone who believes in true love.
Loved this book. . .
I absolutely loved this book. It was a sweet romance story that showed some of the struggles one would have after a bad relationship. Some of the fears that Chloe had were real and kept her from wanting to repeat those same mistakes again. I loved how patient Kyle was and how he continually showed her all the little ways he cared like just listening to her and being concerned for her well-being.
I can’t I wait for more in the series. I hope I won’t have to wait long!
An absolute delight!
By Charlotte B.
This is a delightful book. It’s a sweet romance set in one of my favorite places, Ouray, Colorado. Fond memories of my trips to that part of Colorado came to mind while reading this book. The places that Chloe travels through to get to Ouray come alive as she makes her way to her new life. The characters are intelligent. The dialogue is smart and funny. You won’t find any graphic language or sex in this novel which is a breath of fresh air in this day and age. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my 17 yea- old granddaughter. I look forward to reading the next book in the Kiss Me series.
This is a heartwarming story of reassessing and reinventing. Chloe has chosen to step out of her city—and her comfort zone—and away from the dregs of an unhealthy relationship. She learns that a real relationship is one in which the hopes and dreams of BOTH partners are valued. Strong characters, a believable story, and a beautiful setting. Great work, Linda George
Kiss Me, Chloe is a sweet romance.
When Chloe finally realizes her workaholic, always-putting-off-marriage-until-the-next-promotion, high school sweetheart is not the same guy she fell in love with, she begins a journey to find herself. While trying to be perfect to please Greg, she has somehow lost herself. She packed her things and left hot and humid Houston, Texas for the cool peaks of Colorado to reevaluate her life. Kiss Me, Chloe is set in Ouray, Colorado, which is one of my favorite places. The characters are believable, down-to-earth people. The reader can connect each one with someone they have known. I love the fact that the romance is sweet and wholesome, rather than hot and steamy. While feelings of desire surface, it doesn’t make you blush to think someone could be reading over your shoulder.
Know what these reviews, along with all the others, made me want to do? The happy dance, of course. But more than that, these readers (and all the others) who took time to tell me how much they enjoyed the book made me want to get busy immediately writing the second book in the Kiss Me Series, which will be Kiss Me, Cindy. And after that will be Kiss Me, Margaret. Then Kiss me, Fran. I won’t be able to write them fast enough!
Many thanks to everyone who read Kiss Me, Chloe and to those who said they can’t wait to read the next book in the series, I’m going to do my best to get it published by August instead of October. You’ve inspired me! I promise I won’t make you wait too long for another story from the Kiss Me Series.
Kiss Me, Chloe
by Linda George
will be FREE for download
from Amazon for 5 days
Chloe Lewellyn has set aside her hopes and dreams long enough. All she wants now is to escape from Houston, and from Greg, whose career will always come first. She wants a new life, and, in time, a new love who will put her first in his life and allow her to be the person she wants to be.
Kyle Stanton spies her sitting alone in a crowded restaurant in Albuquerque. Somehow, he knows from the moment he sees her sad expression that this woman, whose heart has been shattered, holds the key to the happiness that has eluded him. How can he convince her to give love another chance? The answer lies in the Rocky Mountains. . . .
Linda George and her husband, Charles, have had more than 70 books published, fiction and nonfiction, for children, teens, and adults. Linda is focusing on romance fiction again, and plans to publish 4 more books this year, and 3 more next year. Two of her previously-published romances, which came out in hard cover for $26.95, will be released for Kindle in June and August, and both will be FREE for 5 days.
Kiss Me, Chloe is the first book in the Kiss Me Series of sweet, contemporary romances by Linda George.
To get your FREE copy, click on the link below, which will take you to Amazon where you can download the book to your Kindle, iPad, computer (using the Kindle app for PC or MAC) or other readers.
This promotional period will last only 5 days! Get your FREE copy of Kiss Me, Chloe beginning Saturday, April 20!
All my life, I’ve talked aloud to myself (when I’m alone). Whenever I realize I’m doing it–usually practicing what I’m going to say when I call someone with a specific reason for the call, or talking to someone specific, saying what I’d LOVE to say, but know I never will. I’ve always wondered why I feel the need to do this, and now I know why.
It’s dialogue. And I’m practicing writing dialogue, just as though I were writing it on a piece of paper or my computer screen. All that jabbering aloud when I’m driving or sitting on the back porch, reading (I often realize I’ve started reading aloud, simply because the writing is so good I want to hear it aloud as well as in my mind), or working in my garden is simply my mind writing dialogue. Most of it, I’ll never use in a book, of course, but it’s still practice for writing dialogue between two characters.
When I write, I use this same technique, but in a slightly different way. I see everything I’m writing about in my mind, like a movie, and I write down what I hear and see, layer by layer. Dialogue is almost always the first layer, with descriptions, action, foreshadowing of future events and such being added in other layers. But dialogue is the heart of the story because people are the heart of the story.
I once had an idea for a novel where a man witnessed the death of his friend, then had to tell his friend’s wife about his death. But he couldn’t bring himself to tell her, so he said nothing. My goal was for him to remain silent for the first 100 pages of the book. What a challenge that would be! I would have to convey his thoughts, feelings, and expressions without using dialogue at all. There would be inner dialogue, of course–his thoughts expressed as he would’ve said them aloud (introspection), but what he needed to tell her could not be said straight out. But she’d know why he was there and what he couldn’t tell her, just from his expressions, the way his eyes filled with tears whenever she mentioned her husband’s name, and how, she sensed, that he, too loved her. I’ll definitely have to think about writing that book someday–Miranda’s Tears.
I was sitting outside, reading, when I started talking aloud to the character in the book. That’s when I realized I was practicing dialogue again. And it made me very happy. Because it’s behavior I suspect all writers exhibit from time to time.
Hello, everyone! Mercy but it’s been a busy two weeks! I put the finishing touches on Kiss Me, Chloe, sent it to my pre-publication readers for proofing and reviewing, entered changes (typos, etc) and PUBLISHED the book on my birthday, April 10, just as I’ve been planning to do for months! The reviews will be appearing over the course of this next week. If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, I’ll appreciate your putting a review on the book’s page on Amazon. The link to that page is on this website, along with the cover and the description. And this past week, our six-year-old grandson, Joey, was here during his spring break from Kindergarten in New Mexico. Talk about a busy week! In between bike rides and movies and trips to the park, I was working on Kiss Me, Chloe. No matter what else is happening, writers keep writing.
By Tuesday, I knew it was time to stop writing, though. It’s something all writers know and something we all incorporate into the writing of our books. The writer is too close to the book to be completely objective. And, the writer is too close to catch all the picky errors! In “Kiss Me, Chloe” I had her putting on tennis shoes, then later that day kicking off her sandals! Two of my readers noticed and let me know so I could correct that picky little error and get a corrected version of the book on Amazon.
My proofreaders also catch little typos that I haven’t caught, even though I’ve read the book over and over during the writing. I get caught up in the story and my eyes skim over those typos, time after time.
I write my books in layers. When I’m writing the first draft, I get the story written without worrying about typos, inconsistencies, description, or anything other than getting the beginning, middle, and end of the story finished. Then, comes the real writing. Layer by layer, I go through and insert descriptions, emotional reactions, additional dialogue, and subplots. By the time I start polishing, and seeing the final draft in my mind, I’ve probably added ten layers to that first draft. The final book is much richer and more finely written than the first.
That’s what separates a professional writer from a casual writer. Rewriting. I might spend an hour on a few paragraphs, or maybe only a few minutes correcting inconsistencies, like the tennis shoes turning into sandals! Other times, I may decide to revise the plot completely. I may add a new character, or a new piece of action that will enable my readers to know the characters better and to think of them as real people.
There’s also a reality that all writers are familiar with. The book is never really finished. No matter how many times I reread what I’ve written, I’ll find changes to make. When I realize that the changes I’m making are putting the words back to where they were two changes ago, it’s time to stop tinkering and declare the book finished. For the time being, anyway. Then, my pre-publication readers take over the proofing process. I make the changes those readers find–but I try not to reread the whole book, or I’ll start tinkering again.
Yes, it takes months to write a 60,000-word book. But it’s worth every minute I spend to know that the story I’ve told seems like a slice of real life to my readers.
I hope you’ll check out the Amazon page for Kiss Me, Chloe. If it sounds like a book you’d like, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Click here to order Kiss Me, Chloe. http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-
While going through this book to polish and make the last tweakings, I realized I wasn’t happy with the ending. It just didn’t have the punch I wanted–the punch that I try to put into all my romances. It didn’t have enough PLOT.
The answer to this dilemma, of course, was to test the plot using the method I described in my book Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting, published by Crickhollow Books, which is available on Amazon: Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting
I pulled out my plotting boards, with the 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey on one board, and chapter numbers divided into the Three-Act Structure on the other. I went through the novel and wrote the key scenes on cards and placed them into the steps of the Hero’s Journey. Then, I moved all those cards to the Three-Act Structure board.
It was easy to see, once the cards were in the Three-Act Structure, that the plot had big holes in it! There simply wasn’t enough plot in the last quarter of the book–where the climax of the story occurs. I had to rewrite the last fourth of the book, inserting a subplot that would put Chloe into a position of having to choose between “the lesser of two evils.” This decision hits the reader as hard as it hits Chloe, and it casts doubt on what Chloe will have to do to make it all work out for the best.
This book uses a tried-and-true romance novel premise–one woman, two men. Chloe has to choose between Greg and Kyle. In the original version, Chloe–no matter who she chose–would’ve felt bad about rejecting the other man. That simply won’t work in a romance. And yet, there have to be good qualities in each man to create doubt in the reader’s mind about who she’s going to choose. By inserting a harrowing decision, which puts Chloe into the position of having to make her choice based entirely on love, I knew the reader would agonize along with her–wondering the whole time how it would work out, and hoping for the happy ending all romances are required to have.
That’s the magic of the Hero’s Journey combined with the Three-Act Structure, with the elements of the plot displayed on a board where it’s easy to see the gaps in the story–and how to fill those gaps.
I’m exceptionally pleased now with the ending of this book.
I think you’ll be pleased, too.
I’ve just finished reading (rereading, actually) THE SWARM by Frank Schatzing. A fascinating book, packed with scientific information, and “swarming” with possibilities that are sometimes shocking while other times fascinating and entirely understandable, from a certain point of view. Since the book is fiction and based on scientific facts, stretched almost to the breaking point at times, I’d have to call it science fiction. Sort of. It’s exceptionally long–more than 1000 pages–but worth every page. If you aren’t the type reader who relishes scientific fact mixed with fiction, you probably wouldn’t care for it. But if you love being pushed to the edge with “What if…” premises, you might just like this one. I recommend it.