As a child, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about characters having exciting adventures in places far away. Upon reaching a landmark birthday, she decided to write one of those romances she loved so much. Easier said than done. Perseverance paid out and twelve years later, she received her first call from a publisher and a confession story was published. Now Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor, and many have a tie to her previous home of Texas.
With interests as widespread as baking, crocheting, watching dog agility matches, and reading thrillers by Swedish authors, Linda is the mother to 4 adult children and grammie to 2 granddaughters. She currently lives in the southern California mountains with her husband of almost 36 years and their two much-loved dogs.
Single mother Farah Mayhew has her life under control--barely. When her car breaks down, she’s forced to accept help from a Texas charmer. She likes things done her way, but garage owner Gil Fremont has his own ideas about everything. Divorcée Farah Mayhew is determined to make her own way, but will she relinquish control when Gil Fremont races to the rescue and sweeps into her life?
Healer Fantine Pomeroy and five children, aged five to eleven years, are the only survivors of an orphanage fire. She vows to transport them safely to another orphanage, and then she can return to her music studies. But she soon discovers the task may be more than she can handle.
Bounty hunter Pete Andrews is beaten after delivering his last bounty. Unsure if robbery or retaliation is the motive, he sets out to lay low and make a visit to his brother in Morgan’s Crossing. Unable to leave them on their own, he promises to get the woman and children safely to the next town. When he suspects his old life has followed him and threatens the group who has become dear, he vows to protect them. But will that be enough?
Dependable Cadence Wills yearns for excitement. The owner of a yarn business, she is pulled in every direction by her demanding family. Haunting dulcimer notes draw her to a practice for the musical festival, and she spies an intriguing stranger.
Musician Rafe Frasco is a rover, bouncing from one competition to the next. Interest ignites at his first glance at the woman who is enthralled by his music. He is drawn to Cadence whose heart seems big enough to encompass everyone within her reach.
A fantastic opportunity for Rafe presents Cadence with a major problem—is she strong enough to negotiate the business deal that will take him away…maybe forever?
Ex-vaudevillian Dorrie Sullivan is restless, looking for a new occupation. A community dance is just what the citizens of Morgan's Crossing needs, and she has the expertise to host it. From the first night, things have a way of not going as planned, but Dorrie vows to persevere. Even when a mysterious stranger who moved into the shop next door drives her to distraction.
Devastated emotionally and physically by the past winter, trapper Valerik Andrusha travels to Morgan's Crossing seeking refuge with his brother. Instead, Valerik meets the vivacious neighbor who has a knack for drawing him from his depression.
The dances are a success and to help Dorrie, Valerik fights past his reserved nature and shares his musical talents. Although she's drawn to Valerik's kindness, Dorrie can't open her heart to a man she thinks won’t stick around. When the summer ends, the pair must make tough decisions about where their futures lie--together or apart.
After losing half his cattle herd in the Great Blizzard of 1886, rancher Konrad Windsor needs a way to keep his cattle contained. Tomboy Anora Huxley, age 24, daughter and granddaughter of sheep ranchers, trains the Australian Shepherds and Kelpies that run the family’s herd. What Konrad doesn’t need is for Anora to tell him how to run his operation while in the middle of the mercantile.
At later encounters, the pair learns they have common interests and draw closer. A threat to Anora’s ranch is overheard, and Konrad rides out with a warning, and a crew, to offer protection. Through the tense situation, they share confidences. Although torn about honoring her grandfather’s dislike of cattlemen and listening to her own heart about Konrad’s request to court her, Anora’s heart is swayed by Konrad’s grand gesture at the Christmas Eve church bazaar and is compelled to obey his silent signals.
Helping injured cowboy Torin Quaid drive mustangs north provides a way for vaudevillian Nola York to earn a train ticket east—and get one step closer to her goal of auditioning for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West stage production. The temporary marriage is solely for propriety’s sake. Until disaster strikes, and the two must rely on each other—emotionally and physically—to safely reach Torin’s ranch. Will a marriage of convenience turn into more on a trail drive through Montana Territory?
October 1886--Seamstress Cinnia York wants more than performing with a traveling vaudeville troupe—she wants to put down roots. The day after the troupe arrives in tiny Morgan’s Crossing, the manager takes all the money and leaves town. By opening a dressmaker shop, Cinnia hopes to make the home she’s always wanted, but Nola, the older sister who has made the decisions for the orphaned sisters, disagrees.
Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is living in hiding as Nic Andrews until the patent on his family’s tanning process is approved. Although he’s under a mandate to keep a low profile, he’s intrigued by the red-haired performer. Controversy arises when miners claim they paid the manager for private appointments with the female performers. Will Nicolai defy his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?
Relocating to Texas has lessened Clari Rochester’s health problems, and she yearns for adventure. And she spots it outside her family’s mercantile when a quiet, but compelling, cowboy rescues a small child. Trevor Driscoll is the type of hero she’s come to admire through her love of books, and the type of man she secretly pens in her dime novels. But they’ve never had a real conversation. Trevor knows the logging accident that left him with only eight fingers limits his options, but he’s learned to manage. Until he rescues a fine lady from a runaway horse, spends the afternoon transporting her to safety, and gets a glimpse of what he’s always wanted. How will he respond to the unique present this special woman bestows?
Libbie: Bride of Arizona is forty-eighth in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.
On her own for the first time, tomboyish Libbie Van Eycken accepts a mail-order proposal and travels across country to find a place to call her own. Arizona rancher Dell Stirling needs a wife but didn’t count on the eccentric creature that brings chaos in her wake.
Can they overcome cultural clashes and unrealistic expectations to create a real marriage?
Widow Vevina Bernhard sees mysterious lights at night and believes her Texas ranch Shady Oaks is haunted. She needs protection for herself and her 4-year old son but the town’s sheriff offers no help. Ex-Texas Ranger Kell Hawksen hires on as a farrier while hoping to collect the bounty by staying in the area and tracking a stagecoach robber. On Samhain, fire erupts and Vevina and Kell battle both the danger and the depth of their feelings.
NOTE: this is a 18,000 word novella of clean historical romance
Aleen MacRae blames the lure of the sea for breaking apart her family and then her engagement. When her interest is caught by a man she sees both in person and in a dream, she resists—afraid to believe in her aunt’s prediction that her future is tied to the sea.
Braden Williams is on the hunt for treasure buried centuries earlier by Rhode Island pirates. His search brings him to the property where Aleen lives. Collaboration on genealogy research draws them closer, and Braden steers her toward his true passion—sailing.
Attending a party with Braden’s family lets her glimpse what she’s been missing. An unexpected discovery before her date with Braden at the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital forces a decision. Will Aleen play things safe or accept what this free-spirited man offers?
Divorce made them gun shy about relationships but can emails entice them to reveal the secrets of their lonely hearts?
Divorced Clover Damone and her college-aged daughter Hayley travel to Dorado, Texas to handle the estate of a recently deceased relative. On the hunt for a grocery store, they visit Sugar & Spice Bakery and leave with a mysterious gift—specially decorated gingerbread men cookies. Being in the farmhouse brings up memories of happy childhood visits. Everywhere Clover looks are items that display her great-aunt and uncle’s enduring love for one another. If only she could find a love like that…
Rancher Wade Pallaton comes to the rescue of two females in distress…in the paint aisle of a home improvement store. One look at the older woman sparks his interest, one he thought had died with his bitter divorce a decade earlier. Seeing a flyer for the Lasso-A-Heart dating service makes him register and post a profile. Maybe love is just a click away.
Sugar & Spice Bakery series
Book 1, Gingerbread Wishes
Book 2, When Lonely Hearts Meet
Tora Hammond can’t wait to sell the family bakery run by generations of Hammond women and seek excitement outside of Dorado, Texas. Widower Jordan Dawson, the town’s star quarterback from a decade ago, returns to his hometown with plans to develop a sporting goods store. He also hopes a small town Christmas will cheer up his five-year-old daughter, Jenna, still recovering from the loss of her mother. Will the spark of interest Tora sees in Ryan’s eyes be the excitement she’s looking for?
Didi Pierpont needs an in-depth interview with a rodeo participant at the Northern Texas Regional Championships. Problem is, most of the entrants remember her from her beauty pageant days and don’t take her seriously. Right before a calf-roping event, she lines up an interview with a striking Native American cowboy. But the calf is uncooperative, and Chay Red Fox is wheeled out on a stretcher. What’s an ace reporter to do but volunteer to watch him for symptoms of a concussion?
Chay’s cocky attitude is his defense against the allure of this nosy, but sexy reporter. He doesn’t think his soul can take another hit from a woman. But she hangs tighter than a bull rider, forcing him to question his determination to protect his privacy and his heart.
The more Didi learns about this intriguing man, the more her heart melts. Can she keep her journalistic distance, or will she succumb to the man who has her tied in knots?
Jessimay “Jazzy” Morgan boards a westbound stagecoach, intent on building a respectable future with the money earned in Miss Veronica’s Pleasure Emporium. Polite society is more taxing than she’d imagined, especially when her first thoughts of a handsome stranger center on the fee she’d likely get. When she finds him in her boardinghouse room, she can’t resist a little playacting. During a sexy night with the marshal, her needs are tenderly considered and she loses a little bit of her heart. The next day, the stagecoach is robbed and the women kidnapped. Jazzy is crushed at leaving a beaten Slade behind. Planning an escape against huge odds is tough, but confessing her past to a respectable man like Slade is almost impossible.
Boarding a westbound stage in San Antonio, US Marshal Slade Thomas realizes three of the female passengers resemble the wanted poster for a bank robber. The audacious behavior of one woman draws his attention and his suspicions lead him to search her room. When she returns, he can’t resist her playful nature and a rousing night of passion ensues. The next day on the stagecoach neither knows what to say to the other. Then bandits attack, steal the valuables and the women, leaving the marshal badly injured. When Slade tracks down the kidnapped women, he must choose between capturing the bandit and saving Jazzy. A choice between his duty and his heart.
Jessa Landers has a crush on her teens' swim coach but is hoping no one notices. On her own following her husband's death three years ago, she's managing her life and enjoys her freedom--except for those long, lonely evenings when she craves the company of an attentive man.
Coach Rick Grant loves his job as high school teacher and volunteer swim coach. But being surrounded by other people's families has him yearning for a romantic connection of his own. His attraction to Jessa has grown with each swim match, and he's finally ready to make his move.
Rick is spontaneous, energetic, and years younger. When he declares his obvious romantic interest, his take-charge attitude pushes the boundaries of Jessa's controlled world. Will she protect the balance of her family life, or take a second chance on love?
Easterner Ciara Morrissey travels west to honor a sacred promise to her mother and locate her fortune-seeking father. Three years of acting as caretaker to her grandparents and mother until their deaths has created a thirst in Ciara to see what the wide world has to offer.
Sheriff Quinn Riley has been tracking the Irish charlatan who swindled half the population of Bull City, Wyoming. He's determined to stick close to the opinionated woman who arrived on the runaway stagecoach. Within only a few hours, she's got the town in an uproar by making inquires about his prime suspect. He's duty-bound to keep her safe, even when being close to the green-eyed beauty sets off a stampede in his heart.
Widow Celina Innes, a dress shop owner in the small 1886 mining town of Aspen, Colorado, struggles to run her shop and live down her late husband’s bad choices for the sake of her four-year old daughter, Keena. She made the mistake of following after one man’s dream of striking it rich and has sworn not to do it again. Co-owner of Toussaint’s General Store, Mikel, watches this proud woman run a successful business but wishes he could make her life a little easier. He has to be contented by slipping treats to the child in hopes of pleasing her mama. When illness strikes the child, Celina turns to Mikel for help and they work together all night to get past the crisis, deepening their friendship. But when the crisis is over, Mikel disappears from Aspen and Celina learns he is seeking to increase his stores. How could she have been so wrong about the man? Can a woman sworn to put down roots and a man looking for more riches find happiness?
Every Thanksgiving, Franzi Mueller returns to her hometown, Freedom Valley, to help with a musical show put on at the veteran's hospital. After a decade of living in Houston, Franzi starts feeling nostalgic for the sense of community of her small Texas town. Too bad Mama has decided to play matchmaker and keeps pushing together Franzi and her ex-high school beau, Dietz Reinhardt. Local hardware store owner Dietz can see that her big city clothing designer job has worn Franzi down and he's doing what he can to ease her load. Circumstances throw them together at every turn, and every glance and each touch ignites the old sparks. Can Franzi find what her creative spirit needs in Freedom Valley? Is time running out on this second chance for Dietz to win over her heart?
New Year’s Eve cruise……festive atmosphere…magical starry sky. Can wishes on a diamond-bright star bring together two lonely souls? Brant Mackay reacts as any firefighter would at a woman teetering on the ship’s railing—he pulls her to safety. But Callista Quinlan doesn’t need saving—she has to toss her late husband’s ashes overboard and get on with her life. A life that doesn’t involve living with a risk-taker.
From the moment Brant’s and Callista’s gazes connect, they’re intrigued and interest sparks. They make a pact to explore the ship’s entertainment—but only for one night. Before the night is over, Brant contemplates getting Callista to change her mind. Callista enjoys how well they get along until a shipboard disaster reveals Brant’s profession. Can she overcome her fear of danger to give their relationship a chance?
New in San Antonio, Ali Conrad is determined to find an intellectual man. When her dates turn out less than exciting, she emails her sister a list of ten wishes her fantasy man could provide. Her wishes start appearing, but anonymously. Ali caught apartment manager Cole Hayden's eye the day she rented the apartment. Through his computer support business, he spotted her wish list and hopes by fulfilling them he'll convince Ali to accept a date. But life keeps getting in the way and he's not present when the wishes arrive, and Ali assumes the wishes are coming from another man. How far will Cole go to convince Ali he's her secret admirer?
Mischief comes to Wayside Gap, Texas
A repentant ex-outlaw, Carnelian Wendell, visits her sister Amethyst, the cook on a Texas cattle ranch. The deaths of the bandit gang straighten out Carni's reckless ways and she's looking for a new life. Solitary rancher, Luc Tarrant, hesitates about adding this spoiled lady to his struggling ranch but soon discovers he can't resist her irrepressible spirit. A trip to town exposes Carni to the sheriff's curious eye and she is jailed for suspicion of train robbery. Luc develops a plan to spring her, but when the sheriff calls his bluff, Luc's plan backfires, leaving the couple with a decision that will change both their futures.
Newly arrived from Texas, illustrator Tara Henning is enthralled with the beautiful Irish countryside. Before she can put a pencil to her sketchpad, she must represent the American side of the family at a funeral and then fulfill an embarrassing family obligation. Horse breeder Keefe McMurray is intrigued by the American stranger, a blond beauty who stirs something inside him. He stays close by her side, guiding her through the country funeral and wake. When Tara's dreamings appear during the day and reveal confusing images, she suspects she's affected by the mystical Emerald Isle. By carrying out her great-aunt's wishes, Tara unknowingly replicates a long-standing family tradition. Will she acknowledge the McMurray legend and make a choice that links her future with Keefe's?