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Linda O. Johnston | I Love Writing...


... 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 posted here in January I had two books about to be published, both in February: OODLES OF POODLES, a Pet Rescue Mystery, and UNDERCOVER WOLF, a Harlequin Nocturne that was part of my Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military force of shapeshifters.

Now, here we are in January 2014. This month saw the publication of TEACUP TURBULENCE, my fifth Pet Rescue Mystery.

In TEACUP TURBULENCE the series protagonist Lauren Vancouver hears about a puppy mill rescue of teacup-size dogs in the midwest. Because there is a demand for little pups in L.A. thanks to a special ad campaign featuring them, Lauren finds a way to get the rescues moved to the West Coast by some very special people who pick up homeless animals from areas where their sort isn't being adopted quickly, and move them to locations where people welcome them with open arms... and homes. I fortunately did not make this up. A bunch of real organizations actually do this, using both private planes and cars. Private planes are the vehicles of choice in TEACUP TURBULENCE. And of course, since it's a cozy mystery, there's a murder involved that Lauren Vancouver has to solve.

attractionLast month, December 2013, was when my latest Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel COVERT ATTRACTION was published. COVERT ATTRACTION features a fictional non-witness protection program in which the beautiful and brave heroine hasn't enough evidence to present in court to convict people guilty of murder in the pharmaceuticals industry but her speaking up to stop them endangers her life. She's given a new identity--and winds up having to work closely with the sexy guy sent in by that program to gather the evidence that she was unable to collect.

And 2014 will continue to be busy! I'll have two more Alpha Force Harlequin Nocturnes published: UNTAMED WOLF in June, and LOYAL WOLF in August. And then, in October, my first Superstition Mystery for Midnight Ink will be available: LOST UNDER A LADDER.

I mentioned how pleased I was about my genre-juggling during my last Fresh Fiction post. I'm so happy about it that I've put together a panel for the Romance Writers of America National Conference of 2014, to take place in July in San Antonio, Texas.

Am I writing now? Of course! I'm plotting and planning and blog posting and working on proposals... and about to buckle down and write another book.

Which all works well for me since... yes, I love to write!

Linda will be giving away a copy of COVERT ATTRACTION as well as a copy of TEACUP TURBULENCE, each to one commenter whose name will be selected in a random drawing.

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 published more short stories, plus 35 romance and mystery novels, including Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.

Linda's Pet Rescue Mysteries, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, feature Lauren Vancouver, a determined pet rescuer and mystery solver who runs a no-kill shelter. And watch for Linda's new Superstition Mystery Series from Midnight Ink.

Visit Linda at her website: www.LindaOJohnston.com, and friend her on Facebook.




47 comments posted.

Re: Linda O. Johnston | I Love Writing...

Both of your books sound great! I really enjoy reading mysteries and suspense books.
(Kathy Morrison 1:45am January 27, 2014)

I am intrigued by these books.
(Melanie Backus 5:05am January 27, 2014)

Ahh, what a better way to spend a cold, cold miserably frigid day than to being snuggled up reading a nice mystery and suspense book....and it includes peoples best friends....need to read these book
(C Culp 6:01am January 27, 2014)

Congrats on both books!
(Pam Howell 6:17am January 27, 2014)

I love reading mysteries and seeing one involving dogs! Must
read! TU for the contest!
(Linda Townsend 8:29am January 27, 2014)

I also love a good mystery and can't wait to read these books!! Thanks!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:08am January 27, 2014)

I'm amazed at how your mind works to come up with so many great ideas, but I'm also glad that you've come up with these ideas to be able to write such great books!! Your Teacup Turbulence cover is to die for!! I'm in love with the cover, and know that I'll love the story as well, even though it's sad how people can treat dogs so inhumane!! Covert Attraction sounds good, too, and sounds like a book that can be ripped from today's headlines!! I'll be looking forward to your upcoming books as well. Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:19am January 27, 2014)

All your books sound great. I've never ready ANY ... so even if I am not a lucky winner, I already feel I've won to have discovered a "new" author. But I thank you for this chance to win. And I'll be getting your books to read because they sound ... well, like my cup of tea.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:49am January 27, 2014)

The mystery sounds good.
(Sandy Giden 11:30am January 27, 2014)

I have not read your Pet Rescue Mystery series yet, but I have to say that is a truly adorable book cover! Enjoy your books... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 11:45am January 27, 2014)

Your books are captivating and very special. I would enjoy
The Pet Rescue Mystery series very much for the wonderful
dogs which add so much dimension to the stories. Best wishes
and much success and happiness.
(Sharon Berger 12:06pm January 27, 2014)

Your books sound great. I would enjoy reading them. Love your cover.
(Susan Clickner 1:33pm January 27, 2014)

I wish I had born with that talent. Alas I read, not write. Lol. Congrats!
(Vicki Hancock 2:04pm January 27, 2014)

Both your books sound really great. Enjoy reading mysteries.
(Jean Patton 2:24pm January 27, 2014)

I love reading mysteries. Sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win
(Linda Hall 2:46pm January 27, 2014)

We had a teacup chihuahua when our kids were little, and we loved that dog! If I had to rescue a bunch of teacup dogs, I'd probably have to keep a few. :)
(Sandy Fielder 2:55pm January 27, 2014)

Both your books sound like I'd like to try them---but I'm an animal lover, so Teacup Turbulence sounds particularly interesting.
(Sue Farrell 3:07pm January 27, 2014)

Thanks to all of you for commenting and the wonderful things
you've said about my stories! I wish every one of you luck
in the drawing.
(Linda O, Johnston 4:24pm January 27, 2014)

Have fun in San Antonio.
Your books sound great and very different.
Appreciate the chance to win.
(Leona Olson 4:26pm January 27, 2014)

Both books sound great. The cover on Teacup Turbulence is just adorable and I absolutely love it! I love dogs, and I have to read this little mystery for sure!
(Linda Luinstra 7:25pm January 27, 2014)

Your books sound great. I am a huge pet lover and hope to own enough land someday to be able to support my pet habit better. I have yearned to write grants for no kill shelters, but sadly, my grants were geared more toward housing, drug and alcohol programs, or youth programs. I did work with prison animal programs (Wild Horse gentling and puppy training and adoption). It is so wonderful to see an author that also has a deep love for animals and shows that love through her books. I visited your site and sent you a friend request on Facebook. Thank you for this chance to win your work.
(Michelle Willms 8:30pm January 27, 2014)

Love the cover with all the dogs and the airplane. Very cute.
(Barbara Wells 8:31pm January 27, 2014)

Love your books especially The Pet Rescue Mystery series.
(Kai Wong 8:56pm January 27, 2014)

Cant wait to read it and I know it will be good. I have yet
to get one from the authors here that are not good...
(Tina Ullrich 8:57pm January 27, 2014)

Have enjoyed the pet series. Did not know about other type. Have to check
it out.
(Barbara Tobey 9:32pm January 27, 2014)

Teacup Turbulence. Sounds adorable!!
(Lisa Hutson 11:33pm January 27, 2014)

Hello Linda,how are you? Bye the way,Linda is also my sister's name,and
the spelling is also the same! Anyhow,I think it is great that you love
animal's so much,that as a writer,it inspires you to write books about them!
Keep on writing! You go girl...!
(Elizabeth Calligan 11:46pm January 27, 2014)

Both of these books sound great and I would love to win!
(Britney Adams 1:01am January 28, 2014)

I'm looking forward to catching up with both books.
(Mary Preston 3:52am January 28, 2014)

the y sounds really good thanks so much cant wait to read
(Denise Smith 8:06am January 28, 2014)

These sound great! Thanks for your contest!
(Linda Townsend 9:05am January 28, 2014)

Congratulations on the two new books!
(Maureen Emmons 9:26am January 28, 2014)

They sound like great books.
(Rita Wray 10:08am January 28, 2014)

I'm an animal lover, so I'd love these!
(Richard Proctor 10:28am January 28, 2014)

They sound like great books! I'd love to win them!
(Maria Proctor 10:40am January 28, 2014)

Both look great.
(Kent Cook 11:15am January 28, 2014)

Both books sound interesting.
(Anna Speed 11:32am January 28, 2014)

My friend's daughter write a blog for Orphans of the Storm in the Chicagoland area. You would appreciate it. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Susan Coster 2:12pm January 28, 2014)

Mystery is my favorite genre!
(Denise Austin 2:32pm January 28, 2014)

Wow. Both books sound really good. I didn't realize you
wrote romantic suspense as well.
(Kim Matlock 3:35pm January 28, 2014)

wow you sound very busy with some books that sound very good.
(Larena Hubble 4:04pm January 28, 2014)

Both books look like they would be great entertainment for these cold polar vortex days! Thanks for the giveaway.
(Vennie Martinisi 4:25pm January 28, 2014)

These books sound really good just the thing to read on the
stay in house snow days.
(Jeri Dickinson 5:15pm January 28, 2014)

They sound great. I would love to win.
(Debra Bechard 5:42pm January 28, 2014)

Both of your books sound great and would love to read these with all of our extremely cold winter days. There's nothing better than having some good books on hand.
(Rich Cook 6:33pm January 28, 2014)

Living with four dogs,your rescue mystries sound like sometimes I could enjoy.
(Sheila True 9:10pm January 28, 2014)

Linda, I've confirmed win three times but you must not have it. Rec'd another confirmation requested. Pat Moore, 2316 Magna Carta PL, SW Huntsville, AL 35803
(Pat Moore 6:35pm February 14, 2014)

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