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In the Author Spotlight & Contest

Linda LaRoque

CONTEST: Linda will give away and ecopy of her time travel romance set in 1880s Waco, Texas, My Heart Will Find Yours. Just leave a commet to be entered in the drawing. Good luck! 

AL: Hi Linda! Thanks for being in the “Author Spotlight” this week.

Linda: Thank you for having me here, Ann, and giving me the opportunity to talk about my newest release.

AL: So, tell us what’s happening with you.

Linda: My husband and I just returned from west Texas where I attended a writer’s retreat. While there, a fire erupted west of Marfa where we’d spent Thursday night and by Saturday the blaze, due to high winds, was out of hand. Sunday morning we learned 25 homes in the Ft. Davis area were destroyed. As we left Alpine, we noticed another fire and drove toward home with smoke in our rearview mirror. There are other fires around Texas. We’re so dry here and desperately need rain.

AL: Please share with us about a current or upcoming release.

Linda: A Way Back, my time travel set in 1930s oil fields of Texas, was released in January 2011 by Champagne Books.

AL: What other works are you deep into?

Linda: I just finished a sequel to A Law of her Own, a time travel set in 1888 Prairie in the Texas Panhandle. It’s called A Marshall of Her Own. Investigative reporter Dessa Wade journeys to Fredericksburg, Texas to investigate the disappearance of a young lawyer. Dessa is thrust back in time to 1890 and into the camp of the Faraday gang. This manuscript is being considered by a publisher as we speak.

I’m in the middle of a romantic suspense set along Route 66 in New Mexico. It’s been a new adventure for me and a real learning experience.

AL: What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?

Linda: A dream about a woman frozen in an iceberg.

AL: Why are Western Romances so close to your heart?

Linda: I love Texas and other areas in the mid-west. From an early age I watched westerns on television and at the movies and often wondered what it would be like to live in that era. What would I be—farmer’s wife or a dance hall girl? Of course, I didn’t have a clue what a dance hall girl really did for a living. I enjoy reliving the old west through my writing.

AL: What do you feel is the most important thing that a first-time author should know?

Linda: Be patient, keep writing, learning, and submitting your work. Don’t give up.

AL: It’s time to get personal! What would people be surprised to know about you?

Linda: Hmm, I don’t know. Oh, I do too. I was dragged from a horse when a teenager and didn’t get on one again for thirty-five years.

AL: If I asked your best friend what type of person you are, what would he or she tell me?

Linda: That I’m loyal and easy going.

AL: What type of music do you relax to?

Linda: Classical.

AL: In your next life, if you came back as a critter, what would it be?

Linda: A horse or dog.

AL: Can you share some of your plans for 2011 and beyond?

Linda: I would love to visit Ireland, Scotland, and England plus several states in the west. As far as writing, I’d like to write another Route 66 romantic suspense and another Prairie, Texas time travel.

AL: Please share a favorite quote(s) with us.

Linda: "Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness."

AL: Thanks so much for sharing with us, Linda.

Linda: Thank you, Ann. It’s been a pleasure to be here and share my work.

AL: If you’d like to find out more about Linda please visit:




Amber Mathis, a Wall Street investment banker, returns to her office after burying her mother. Distraught, tired of the rat race, she's determined to make a career change. In the elevator she falls and rises to find herself in a vintage lift. The date is February 25, 1930, and a man stands on the window ledge ready to jump.

Wellman Hathaway, owner and CEO of Hathaway Bank in New York struggles to pay his depositors half their losses. A woman claiming to be from 2009 appears in his office and involves him in a scheme that forces them into marriage. With Amber's knowledge of the financial history of the 1930s, they travel to the oil fields of Texas to recoup Wellman's funds.

Two people from different centuries are thrown together to survive a difficult time. Will they find more than A Way Back to prosperity?


Do it her mind screamed. In one swift move she locked her arms around his waist, pulled, and dropped to the floor. She cringed at the loud crack when his head hit the window sash as he fell back landing on top of her.

They both remained still for a moment. The air knocked out of her, she managed to gasp out, “Could you move? You’re squashing me.”

He rolled and her head bounced on the floor as she changed positions from trying to rise to flat on her back. Long arms held hers above her head and muscled legs kept her body from moving. Striking gray eyes pierced hers, examining every inch of her. Her face flushed at the intrusion and she struggled to get him off. He applied more pressure and she stilled.

A lock of blonde hair fell over his forehead, a patrician nose flared in anger, as his square jaw tightened. He ground out, “Who the hell are you and why’d you try to knock my head off?”

REMEMBER: Linda will give away and ecopy of her time travel romance set in 1880s Waco, Texas, My Heart Will Find Yours. Just leave a commet to be entered in the drawing. Good luck!


Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Ann. Just an added note, that story about a woman frozen in ice has received a contract. BORN IN ICE has a projected release date of December 2011 with Champagne Books. Woot!

Rachel Firasek said...

I love the cover of this book, but I'm really anxious to read your Born on Ice novel. Woo-Hoo, congrats on you, Ms. LaRoque. :)

Victoria Roder said...

Great interview. A Way Back sounds intriguing! Wishing you success.

Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, Rachel and Victoria. I appreciate you stopping by.

Jennifer Jakes said...

I love Westerns and I love time-travel back to those wild and woolly days! Putting you on my TBR list!
Great post, ladies!

Allison Knight said...

Very interesting. Did the horse drag you, or were you dragged off a horse you shouldn't have been on? I'm curious.

Great interview and I love that cover.

Linda LaRoque said...

Wonderful, Jennifer. I appreciate you stopping by.

Haha, Allison. My girlfriend was riding behind. A car came along in the road and scared us. She kicked the horse in the flanks, he started bucking, I looked behind me and saw her fly through the air, feet and arms in front of her. In the process she'd dragged me lose and I fell in the dirt road. We had no business on the horse, especially in the road.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Sounds like such a fabulous book, and the cover is down right lovely.

SJOwens said...

I loved your characters in this book and look forward to your upcoming releases!

Anonymous said...

An iceberg dream AND a contract! Way to go!
Joy Held
Writer Wellness, A Writer's Path to Health and Creativity

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Angelica and Zi,
Thanks for stopping by.

Susan, so glad you enjoyed it.

Haha, yep, Joy. What a combination.

P.L. Parker said...

Love the cover and Born on Ice sounds terrific!

Sandy said...

I loved the excerpt, Linda. Born In Ice sounds intriguing.

lastnerve said...

Linda, I LOVED A Way Back and am so excited to read the sequel! I love Champagne books and this one was a PERFECT fit with that company. You know I love all your stuff and you seem to be a busy girl.

Happy Easter


Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, PL. Trisha FitzGerald is a wonderful artist.

BORN IN ICE is a completely different take for me PL and Sandy. I hope it will be well received.

Hi Val. Champagne is a great company and I'm thrilled they took on this futuristic story. Thank you for your kind comments.

Happy Easter all!

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Jeannie Barber said...

Linda, being a Texas girl, your creative talent teases my imagination, too. What a wonderful plot you've devised. I'd be thrilled to win your ecopy! Most of all though, I loved your interview and learning your have a Texas muse to help you...right! BTW...I'm reposting bc it wanted to post it from my work...oh well, I'll try again. Sincerely, Jeannie Barber