Today I’ve got Multi-Published Author, Lauren Linwood who’ll answer our burning question and let us know about her new release…Written in the Cards.
Let’s find out about Lauren…
Do you have a pet?
Jake the Wonder Dog is a pound puppy and one of the most loving pets we’ve ever had. Every single time anyone comes home or over to visit, he runs to the door to meet them—then turns and races to his favorite chair, which we call The Greeting Chair.
He jumps in it and faces them expectantly, waiting for the new arrival to come say hello to him in his special spot.
Once a proper greeting has occurred, then he goes from bouncing off the walls frenetic to as chill as they come.
Ahhh, I want a wonder dog!
What is your favorite childhood TV show and what do you remember fondly about it?
Growing up, I loved The Dick Van Dyke Show.
It came on in syndication at 5:30, and I’d watch it with my brother and sister while my mom cooked dinner. We knew every episode just a few seconds in and could even say lines word for word. We’d set the table between commercials. When it ended, my dad walked in the door like clockwork, home from his day at the office, and we’d gather as a family and eat dinner and share our day.
What is your favorite decade and why?
I am a child of the 70s! I went to middle school, high school, and college during that decade. I still think it was a golden age of movies (think both Godfathers, Chinatown, Dog Day Afternoon, The Sting, Star Wars, Rocky, Young Frankenstein).
I’ll always love the classic music (The Eagles, Elton John, The Beatles, Al Green, The Commodores, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, The BeeGees, Fleetwood Mac).
I love the Bee Gees!!! Rockin’ out while I write this. 🙂
Coming of age while news events such as Vietnam, Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis occurred sparked my interest in the history happening around me, and it helped influence my decision to become a history teacher.
Picture of me in my drill team uniform my senior year of high school. I’m a lieutenant in it.
Such a great picture of you!
Now, let’s find out all about Written in the Cards.
Civil War veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her in an Indian attack, Ben becomes a gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge.
Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie interviews him for her next story. Sparks fly as they wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?
“Stay close to me,” Ben warned. “The streets are full of devilry. You’ve come to a dangerous place, Maggie.”
He offered her his arm, and she slipped her hand through the crook. She knew he was right. Cowboys raced horses down the streets of Abilene, letting off steam after coming off the long drive. Fistfights broke out at scattered intervals. Drunken men staggered along, some passing out and falling along the street, where they were generally ignored. Maggie drew a little closer to Ben and smiled.
All these details would make for a wonderful narrative in her upcoming book.
And Ben would make for a marvelous hero. The minute she saw him, she knew he would be her next cover, whether she interviewed him or not. He looked like the perfect hero. She couldn’t wait to put ink to paper and capture his essence.
As they walked, her heart fluttered more rapidly. It differed from when she woke from a nightmare in a panic or when a situation seemed to close in on her. Those heart palpitations brought a strong nausea. These flutters brought an intoxicating sweetness, as excitement built within her.
All at once, she realized the truth. She was attracted to Ben Morgan. It made her wonder what it would be like to kiss this handsome cowboy. Now that would definitely be worth pursuing. She might want to write about romance one day. It only made sense to experience a true kiss. And she thought Ben Morgan would make a viable candidate.
Maggie wondered if she would be able to pull off kissing him. Maybe if she got a few drinks in him. At the end of their interview. She could thank him and move in for a swift kiss. That would be the ultimate in research.
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As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.
Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.
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