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Rumors aren't the only thing that will stir when Abigail returns to Boone County, Texas.

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From Loss to Love: A Pilot and an Artist's Colliding Worlds

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Caffeine and Commitments: Stirring Up Love in San Francisco

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"Her biggest fan �has a fatal obsession."

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Bloodlines and Boardrooms: A Paranormal Romance of Power and Passion

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A new, action-packed adventure that blends science-fiction technology and magical fantasy elements with a touch of historical romance.

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Blogging at Fresh Fiction

Linda O. Johnston | Superstitions
October 31, 2014
Are you superstitious? My fingers are crossed that you are, and that you admit it to yourself. And that you'd like to learn  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | My New Superstition Mysteries Begin
October 6, 2014
... which I hope is good luck for both my readers and me! Thanks for inviting me to blog here again, Fresh Fiction. Since I last  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | I Love Writing...
January 27, 2014
... which is a good thing since it keeps me busy! Thanks for inviting me to blog here again, Fresh Fiction. Last year when I guest  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | Double the Fun!
January 22, 2013
The first month of 2013 is nearing its end--and I have two books being published in February! I'm not sure how that happened  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | Anticipating the New Year
December 31, 2011
Can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of the new year? I can... even though 2011 went really fast for me. So here  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | Animals and Mystery Update
February 28, 2011
I last blogged at Fresh Fiction last September--about Animals, Novels and Me. I’m  Read More...

Linda O. Johnston | Animals, Novels, and Me
September 16, 2010
Anyone who has been reading my novels lately may see a theme there. I’m currently writing both cozy mysteries and paranormal romances--two fun  Read More...

Pseudonym: Lark O. Jensen.

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories published, plus 58 novels, including mysteries and romance.

Linda's latest release is UNDERCOVER COWBOY DEFENDER, the fourth of her Shelter of Secrets stories for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. The shelter of secrets is a very special pet shelter where it appears like homeless people are hired to take care of the animals—but the people are actually persons in danger taken in for their own protection. These stories are a spin-off from Linda’s K-9 Ranch Rescue stories for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and the stories in that series, which contained dogs, have been reprinted under new formats and sometimes new titles that show the dogs on the covers more—including THE SOLDIER’S K-9 MISSION. Linda also writes stories in the long-standing Coltons series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and will have a story in this year’s Coltons New York series: CSI COLTON AND THE WITNESS, to be published in November.

Linda’s current mystery series is Alaska Untamed, published by Crooked Lane Books, which she writes under her first pseudonym, Lark O. Jensen. The first book, BEAR WITNESS, was published in 2022, and the second, CRY WOLF, will be a November 2023 release.

Linda has also written several other mystery series, including the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery and Biscuits series for Midnight Ink, and the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries and its spin-off series, the Pet Rescue Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.

Linda also wrote paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, as well as time travel romances.

Linda is a former transactional lawyer who loved writing contracts as well as fiction, but her law license is officially inactive now so she can write full time. She appears often at writing conferences and libraries, where she speaks about writing romance and mystery, especially those involving dogs. Linda is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles chapter, and Orange County Romance Writers. 

And whenever possible, Linda’s stories include dogs.

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Pet Rescue Mysteries | Calling / Reborn | Barkery & Biscuits | The Coltons of New York


CSI Colton and the Witness, December 2023
The Coltons of New York #11
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Soldier's K-9 Mission, May 2023
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Shielding Colton's Witness, November 2022
The Coltons of Colorado #10
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Guardian K-9 on Call, May 2022
Shelter of Secrets # 2
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Trained to Protect, January 2022
K-9 Ranch Rescue #2
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Uncovering Colton's Family Secret, November 2021
The Coltons of Grave Gulch #10
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Her Undercover Refuge, August 2021
Shelter of Secrets #1
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Colton First Responder, February 2020
The Coltons of Mustang Valley #4
Paperback / e-Book
Pick and Chews, May 2018
Barkery & Biscu#4
Paperback / e-Book
To Catch a Treat, May 2016
Bite the Biscuit, May 2015
A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery
Lost Under a Ladder, October 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Loyal Wolf, August 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Untamed Wolf, May 2014
Alpha Force #5
Paperback / e-Book
Teacup Turbulence, January 2014
Pet Rescue #5
Paperback / e-Book
Covert Attraction, December 2013
Paperback / e-Book
Read Humane Hounds Abound, May 2013
Paperback (reprint)
Oodles Of Poodles, February 2013
Pet Rescue #4
Paperback / e-Book
Undercover Wolf, February 2013
Paperback / e-Book
Hounds Abound, April 2012
Pet Rescue Mystery #3
Paperback / e-Book
The More the Terrier, October 2011
A Pet Rescue Mystery #2
Paperback / e-Book
Guardian Wolf, August 2011
Alpha Force
Beaglemania, March 2011
Pet Rescue #1
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Alaskan Wolf, December 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Feline Fatale, July 2010
Kendra Ballantine, Pet-Sitter
Howl Deadly, December 2009
Pet-Sitter #8
Awakening The Beast, October 2009
The Calling #9
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Back To Life, June 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Never Say Sty, April 2009
Pet-Sitter #7
Alpha Wolf, January 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Double Dog Dare, June 2008
Pet-Sitter #6
The Fright of the Iguana, October 2007
Pet-Sitter #5
Meow is for Murder, February 2007
Pet-Sitter #4
Fine-Feathered Death, May 2006
Pet-Sitter #3
Sit, Stay, Slay, January 2006
Pet-Sitter #1
Nothing To Fear But Ferrets, August 2005
Pet-sitter #2
Not a Moment Too Soon, November 2004
Lawful Engagement, July 2004
Guardian of Her Heart, February 2004
Special Agent Nanny, September 2003
Colorado Confidential
Tommy's Mom, November 2002
Operation: Reunited, March 2002
The Ballad of Jack O'Dair, October 2000
Winter Wonderland, October 1999
Time of Your Life Series




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