Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Story Behind LADY OF THE STARS

Lady of the Stars was the first story I had published.

In 2007, a new ebook publisher, The Wild Rose Press, ran a contest for time travel stories. They promised a free critique by an editor to everyone who entered. So, I wrote a time travel about a 21st century astronomer heroine who goes back to the Regency to meet the hero. The story is a science fiction romance (I like astronomy) although, at the time, I didn't know the genre existed. I also came up with a twist that I've never seen elsewhere. The twist includes the book's title, which does not refer to the heroine's profession, but explaining the title's meaning will give the story away.

I didn't win the contest, but they said they would accept the story if I made some changes. I made the changes, and after two more tries, they took the story. If you want all the gory details, you can read them here.

The Wild Rose Press published Lady of the Stars in 2009. The story was an EPIC E-Book Competition finalist in Science Fiction Romance in 2010, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, and was The Romance Reviews Finalist for Best in Historical Fantasy/Paranormal in 2011.

As the years went on, I thought of things I wanted to add to the story. When I pulled the book from the publisher last year, I added everything that had simmered in the back of my mind for so long. And, although the original book still read well, I rewrote the entire story--I write better now than I did then. :)

The writing took some four months. The latest version is 50% longer than the original, (now 34,000 words to the original 21,000) with some holes plugged, some Point of View (POV) errors fixed, the telling, especially at the end which was mostly telling, converted to showing and the removal of a lot of "he thought, he heard, he saw". And all at the same price as the original.

Lady of the Stars, Regency time travel mainstream romance

Available at

Amazon: http://getbook.at/Lady1

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1RQXiKl

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1VCZvHo

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Pl3FVG

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607960
All formats are available on Smashwords.


Thank you, all,
Linda



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Review: TOO HOT TO HANDEL by Sheri Cobb South


At last, at last, at last! Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, makes up her mind about John Pickett!

A rash of robberies have plagued London’s Drury Theater, and the Bow Street Runners, including John Pickett, are on hand at the latest performance in an attempt to apprehend the criminal.

But the theater catches fire, the jewels used as bait are stolen, and John, after rescuing Julia, is struck down, leaving Julia to care for him as well as solve the mystery.

This is Julia’s story. She finally comes into her own, tossing aside all the flimsy societal barriers to her and John’s future. Seeing her stand up to the hypocritical, pompous fool of her husband’s brother, the new baron, as well as her former mother-in-law is a real treat. And then there is the mystery, which threatens the happy ending we’re all rooting for.

Even unconscious most of the time, John is still the kind of hero I love. His adoration of Julia shows through during the few times he wakes from his coma, as he’s more concerned about her than about himself.

The final scene, where we find out who the villain really is, is a cliffhanger, with Julia and John at the evildoer’s mercy, and John willing to do anything to protect her.

Treat yourself and read this book. And even, better, Ms. South says there’s more to come!

Thank you all,
Linda
ARC provided by the author

Friday, March 4, 2016

LADY OF THE STARS Release Day!

The new, rewritten and expanded LADY OF THE STARS, my Regency time travel romance, is here!

Available at Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords. Links below.

BLURB:

EPIC EBooks Award Finalist in Science Fiction Romance
The Romance Reviews Finalist for Best in Historical Fantasy/Paranormal
4 Stars from RT Book Reviews

Legends are fun, but not real. Or are they?

Facts rule twenty-first century astronomer Caroline’s life. And then she steps through that gazebo’s back doorway into Regency England, where she meets a man she knows she’ll never see again. But time travel, though improbable, is a scientific fact.

In mathematician Richard’s world, there’s no such thing as time travel.  Until a woman who claims she’s from the future demolishes his view of reality.

But legends certainly aren’t real. Richard can love Caroline, unconcerned by his family legend. Until the legend takes control of his life, and Caroline’s, too.

A mainstream Regency time travel romance with science fiction elements. 34,000 words. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten.

EXCERPT:

Caroline followed her host into the kitchen.

He advanced to the banked fire.

Fire? Where were the stove and refrigerator? And all the chrome and stainless steel of the ultramodern kitchen where she had breakfasted this morning? This kitchen contained a scarred wood trestle table surrounded by several chairs. Pots and pans hung on wall racks, the shiny metal reflecting the dim firelight. A cupboard stood against the far wall, next to a sink with a pump.

A pump?

With shaking hands, she set the lantern on the table. Then she pulled out one of the chairs and sagged into the seat.

She was in trouble, very deep trouble.

His back to her, her host busied himself at the fireplace. He placed the candelabrum on the mantel above the hearth and then drew aside the fire screen. Dropping onto his haunches, he pulled several logs from the nearby basket and then arranged the wood into a neat pile on the smoldering embers. Almost at once, the flames blazed to full, roaring life.

Silhouetted before the light, he straightened and then replaced the screen. He removed his hat, and, with a flick of his wrist, tossed the headgear onto the table.

Her jaw dropped. Good heavens, the aggravating man was gorgeous. Tall and lean, his broad shoulders tapered to narrow hips and long legs. But where had he found that outlandish outfit? He wore a top hat, out here in the middle of nowhere. His shirt collar was turned up and held in place with a huge white tie. And his waist-length, double-breasted jacket had tails, like an orchestra conductor’s. Muddy black boots with the tops turned down came up to his knees. Skintight trousers, or were those breeches—of all things?—emphasized every well-formed muscle.

Now, if his face matched his form...

She shook herself. What was she thinking? She hadn’t felt anything for any man in a long while. Not since...

Finally, he turned, the candle and firelight for the first time revealing his face.

She gasped. Had she seen a ghost through the gazebo’s rear entry? “Richard?”

Puzzlement spread over those chiseled features she now saw only in her memories. “How do you know my name?”
 

Available at

Amazon: http://getbook.at/Lady1

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1RQXiKl

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1VCZvHo

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Pl3FVG

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607960
All formats are available on Smashwords.


Thank you, all,
Linda

Monday, January 18, 2016

LADY OF THE STARS Available for Preorder

Lady of the Stars, my Regency time travel novella, rewritten and expanded, is now available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo. Links below. Release day is March 4, 2016.


BLURB:

EPIC EBooks Award Finalist in Science Fiction Romance
The Romance Reviews Finalist for Best in Historical Fantasy/Paranormal

Legends are fun, but not real. Or are they?

Facts rule twenty-first century astronomer Caroline’s life. And then she steps through that gazebo’s back doorway into Regency England, where she meets a man she knows she’ll never see again. But time travel, though improbable, is a scientific fact.

In mathematician Richard’s world, there’s no such thing as time travel.  Until a woman who claims she’s from the future demolishes his view of reality.

But legends certainly aren’t real. Richard can love Caroline, unconcerned by his family legend. Until the legend takes control of his life, and Caroline’s, too.

A mainstream Regency time travel romance novella with science fiction elements. 34,000 words. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten.


EXCERPT:


Caroline followed her host into the kitchen.

He advanced to the banked fire.

Fire? Where were the stove and refrigerator? And all the chrome and stainless steel of the ultramodern kitchen where she had breakfasted this morning? This kitchen contained a scarred wood trestle table surrounded by several chairs. Pots and pans hung on wall racks, the shiny metal reflecting the dim firelight. A cupboard stood against the far wall, next to a sink with a pump.

A pump?

With shaking hands, she set the lantern on the table. Then she pulled out one of the chairs and sagged into the seat.

She was in trouble, very deep trouble.

His back to her, her host busied himself at the fireplace. He placed the candelabrum on the mantel above the hearth and then drew aside the fire screen. Dropping onto his haunches, he pulled several logs from the nearby basket and then arranged the wood into a neat pile on the smoldering embers. Almost at once, the flames blazed to full, roaring life.

Silhouetted before the light, he straightened and then replaced the screen. He removed his hat, and, with a flick of his wrist, tossed the headgear onto the table.

Her jaw dropped. Good heavens, the aggravating man was gorgeous. Tall and lean, his broad shoulders tapered to narrow hips and long legs. But where had he found that outlandish outfit? He wore a top hat, out here in the middle of nowhere. His shirt collar was turned up and held in place with a huge white tie. And his waist-length, double-breasted jacket had tails, like an orchestra conductor’s. Muddy black boots with the tops turned down came up to his knees. Skintight trousers, or were those breeches—of all things?—emphasized every well-formed muscle.

Now, if his face matched his form...

She shook herself. What was she thinking? She hadn’t felt anything for any man in a long while. Not since...

Finally, he turned, the candle and firelight for the first time revealing his face.

She gasped. Had she seen a ghost through the gazebo’s rear entry? “Richard?”

Puzzlement spread over those chiseled features she now saw only in her memories. “How do you know my name?”


Available at :

Amazon: http://getbook.at/Lady1

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1RQXiKl

iBooks: http://apple.co/1n92xrV

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Pl3FVG

Thank you all,
Linda