Saturday, September 20, 2014

Procrastination—Income Tax Woes

Are you one of those people who get behind in getting your income tax ready, file and extension, and then panic when October 15th is quickly approaching? I'm describing myself as this is the second time I've done this, and woo is me, I don't wanna do it!

Actually, we turned in all of our income in April, so all I'm working on is our expenses—actually, my writing expenses. So, in truth, it shouldn't take me long. It involves sitting myself down and avoiding all those other distractions, like Facebook, for one.

At least I don't have to deal with vintage office equipment. I did learn to type on one very similar to this, though. If I find it, I'll add the picture of the vintage adding machine.

So, I guess I better close and get busy!

Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Linda LaRoque's Musings: World Blog Tour

I'm honored to be invited to this World Blog Tour by Jody Day. Her debut novel, Washout Express, was released by Harborlight Books which is part of the Pelican Group. Jody writes inspirational romance, devotionals, poems, and articles that encourage folks to look at life through love colored glasses. Visit Jody at her blog at  http://jodysdevotionaljournal.blogspot.com.

This blog tour answers four questions:

1. What am I working on?

At present I'm working on a novella to be part of a boxed set. I can't tell you much about it as the theme is being kept quiet for now. I just finished a Women's Inspirational Fiction, Shattered Vows, that I'm shopping with several publishers. It's the first Inspirational for me and I'm rather proud of it. It took a lot out of me emotionally and I hope it will mean as much to readers as it does to me.

Seems I've been genre hopping, but I'm ready to get back to my major love, Western Historical Romances, most of which are time travels. However, a Contemporary Western Romance sounds appealing to me right now too.

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

I'd say that mine differ in that my heroine and hero are adults who are established in their careers. The stories revolve around conflicts that life throws their way—divorce, death of a spouse, infidelity, loss of a parent, and/or a secret that's been hidden away being revealed. Many of my couples are already married and face issues unusual for young dating couples.

3. Why do I write what I do?

That's a tough question, but I guess I'd have to say I write what I like to read. And I read a variety of genres which has led me to write in several genres—Western Contemporary Romance, Western Historical Time Travel Romance, Futuristic Romantic Suspense, a Contemporary Suspense, and a Women's Inspirational. I enjoy research so the stories I write usually require a bit. For example, I love native American lore and while writing Flames on the Sky, I visited New Mexico, Chaco Canyon, and the Zuni Reservation. Some of the travel was after the book was written, but it gave me the opportunity to see if I'd gotten details right from facts obtained from the Internet.

4. How does my writing process work?

Unfortunately I'm a procrastinator. Since I'm retired, I don't stick to a set routine. I get up in the mornings and while having my coffee, check my emails and take care of daily obligations that deal with promotion. Often it's not until after noon when I start on my WIP. I seem to be able to do my best writing at night. If a story is falling together quickly and smoothly, I may work for hours, afraid that if I don't I'll forget something.

I do not use an outline or any type of plotting device. I get an idea in my head, decide where I'm going to take it and what the conflicts will be, and start writing. Some of my best scenes have just dropped in my lap when I needed them. For example, the endings of both My Heart Will Find Yours and Birdie's Nest, and several of the novellas in A Time of Their Own worked that way. A Time of Their Own is available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel and other online book stores.


I've selected several authors to tag, but won't post their names until tomorrow. So, please check back.

I'm pleased to have Judith Leger, Debra Jupe, and Ciara Gold join the World Blog Tour.

Judith and I have been friends forever, but we've never met in person. We started out in an online critique group probably 9-10 years ago and have stayed in touch ever since. She lives in Louisiana, so is almost a Texan and one of the sweetest people I know. Plus, she writes great stories. I'll let he tell you about those. Judith's blog is http://judithleger.blogspot.com

Debra and I met at our local chapter Heart of Texas RWA. She hadn't written much when she joined, but she hit the ground running and now has one published, one waiting for a publication date, and another one contracted. And she most likely has another one in the works. I hope I haven't missed any Deb. I'm sure she'll share details with you readers. Deb's blog is http://debrajupe.wordpress.com/

Ciara is another one of my online friends, but she lives here in Texas so we've met on several occasions. We've shared a table at several books signings and she invited me to attend a small town celebration and signing that is known for being a stop for the Orphan Trains. She wrote the play about the Orphan Train that local high school students performed. Like myself, she loves to write Western Historical but has ventured into other genres as I have. She writes about dragons, vikings, and children who were passengers on the Orphan Trains. Her blog is http://ciaragold.blogspot.com/

Thank you all for stopping by. Please check out Judith, Debra, and Ciara's blogs.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda
www.lindalaroque

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Time of Their Own is Out! And it's on Sale. Three novellas for $2.50


And I let the day slip by me!

The Wild Rose Press has published my three western historical time travel novellas into an anthology titled A Time of Their Own. Diana Carlile designed the beautiful cover that depicts the small town of Prairie, Texas. And today A Time of Their Own is on sale at The Wild Rose Press for $2.50. I don't know how long the sale will last so grab your copy today.

Saturday I will be in the Author Spotlight at Story Finds and am also part of the release party at TRS. Stop by for drawings for books.

Here are short blurbs for the three novellas.

A Law of Her Own

 Lawyer Charity Dawson finds herself in 1888 in the middle of a murder trial. Turner Reardon is on trial for killing his mistress. He's innocent and Charity can prove it, but her testimony is thrown out and he's sentenced to hang. She has only one chance to save his life and find the real killer.

A Marshal of Her Own 

Dessa Wade rents a cabin rumored to have "strange doings" going on and ends up in 1890 in the company of bank robbers. Before Marshal Cole Jeffers can prove her innocence, Zeke Faraday kidnaps her. Cole will risk all to save her and make her his own—only if she'll commit to the past.

A Love of His Own

Bull Dawson learns his daughter's fate and will join her in 1892 or die trying. Shunned for her past, Widow Dipsey Thackson scratches out a living farming until her evil brother-in-law arrives. Her dilemma will take more than a knowledge of the law, but Bull vows to protect her and her boy.

If you haven't read these, I hope you'll pick up a copy,

Many thanks!

Linda

Linda LaRoque
~Romance with a Twist in Time~
http://www.lindalaroque.com
http://www.lindlaroqueauthor.blogspot.com



Friday, July 4, 2014

Continued—The Gift of the Gab—Our trip to Ireland



Day 5 of Ireland Trip
—Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Centre—a beautiful part of Ireland showcased in two movies, "Ryan''s Daughter" and "Far and Away." The scenery is wonderful. 

We stopped at a lady's house known as "Old Mary." Her home overlooked the peninsula and there were old ruins and one of the Christian monastic beehive huts. (You can see one to the right of the house.) Their exact date of being built is not known, but it is believed they were tied to the Early Christian Period. Mary charges two euros to walk the land around her home and tour the ruins. She uses the money to visit her daughter in the states once a year.
Dingle Peninsula







Blasket Islands






Blasket Islands can be seen from the peninsula and have an interesting history. Two miles from land, they were inhabited until 1953. Check out this website to read the history of the inhabitants.
http://www.kerryholiday.co.uk/blaskets.html

After a lunch of fish and chips, we had time to shop and sample Murphey's Ice cream shop. I had Bailey's Coffee and Cream. Delish! Our guide said they had an oatmeal flavor that was very popular. I took a sample and it was very good, but coffee is my favorite.

The Yankee Clipper

Day 6 of our Ireland Trip—We visited the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and toured the Yankee Clipper, a flying boat that made trips from Europe to the States and other countries. I was amazed, didn't know such a mode of travel existed in the 1930s and early 1940s. It was here the first true Irish Coffee originated. After our tour, we learned the correct method (see earlier posting on recipe) and were treated to a glass. Google Foynes Flying Boat Museum and take a tour by viewing the pictures. They even had a honeymoon suite.
Irish Coffee—Cheers
Larry in the Pilots chair of the Yankee Clipper







After a scenic drive through Limerick to Ennis, we checked into The Temple Gate Hotel and at 2:30 departed for the Cliffs of Moher, a majestic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. What beauty nature bestows on us. It's hard to imagine spots such as this exist.


We ended our tour with a banquet at Knappogue Castle with a fun medieval-style banquet. The lords and ladies, in full period dress, served and entertained us with spoofs, song, and dance.

We boarded our bus for home at 9:00 the next morning. It was much smoother sailing on our return trip.

Unfortunately, the few pictures we got at the castle were not good or nonexistent, but I'm getting some from a friend and will fill in as soon as possible.
Larry wearing his Tam
It was a wonderful trip, one of a lifetime, and now I want to see northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. I know—want, want want!
 

For a recipe to make authentic Irish Coffee, visit

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

Friday, June 27, 2014

Do You Have the Gift of the Gab? Our Trip to Ireland



I've always wanted to visit Ireland and when the opportunity arose to go with a group of people I know, I couldn't resist. It wasn't hard to talk Larry into it, though he hates long flights. Actually, I'm not crazy about them either but we managed once we finally boarded a plane.

Excited and ready to fly.
Waiting.

We ran into a few snags, however. Our plane to Dulles was delayed several times due to weather and because there were 39 in our group, no other flight or airlines had that many seats available. So, we were put up by the airlines in a beautiful hotel and given food vouchers.

Finally on a plane.
The next morning we cheerfully headed out to catch our flight. We'd been rerouted to Newark. We arrived in Newark in good spirits. The air of good humor didn't last long. Our flight was delayed time and time again. Of course, the bad weather played a huge factor. We didn't even have a plane at the gate. The pilot and stewardesses were also waiting. When our plane finally pulled up to the tarmac, the place exploded with cheers and whistles. I couldn't help but notice the grins on the pilot's faces. Within a  short time, we were taking off. And the plane was huge and not full which allowed many people to lay down across three, others curled up in two.
Our first sight of Ireland.

Yea! We're in Dublin!
We were met by our CIE Tours bus driver at the airport and shuttled to our hotel. There we were met by our guide, a lovely Irish lass named Subina. She must have kissed the Blarney stone as she definitely has the gift of the gab. Very knowledgeable of the area, she kept us entertained with local folklore, jokes, and of course, history. 

Me in front of the Davenport
Day one of Ireland trip. Arrived at our hotel (Davenport Hotel)—a lovely historic facility. We were greeted with a full Irish breakfast. Since we'd lost a full day, we had to see a lot in a shorter period of time. After a brief break and we were back on the bus traveling through the fashionable shopping areas of Grafton and Nassau. Saw Dublin's famous elegant Georgian squares and caught a glimpse of the figures of the Famine Memorial. Toured parts of Dublin Castle. Returned to hotel for a welcome dinner. 
Dublin Castle

Our room at the Davenport
It's interesting to note that none of the hotels we stayed in were air-conditioned, however, we were always comfortable. If too warm, we asked for a fan and slept wonderfully!

The famous Guinness!
Day two of our tour. We visited the Irish National Stud and saw some of the finest stallions and learned about breeding. It's interesting to note that they do not do any artificial insemination as feel it weakens the strain. So, you can imagine how much the stud fee costs for these animals. If the mare doesn't get pregnant, there is no fee. On the grounds at the stud farm they had Japanese Gardens to portray life from birth to death. That afternoon we visited Guinness and enjoyed a pint. Burp! Worst stuff I've tasted in a while. That evening we went to Taylor's Three Rock Pub for dinner and a lively show with traditional Irish music, dancing, and story-telling. We were served Irish Coffee which could become a favorite for me. A jigger of whisky, hot coffee, and whipped cream.Yummy! 
Our guide.
Retired race horses used only for stud.
Listening to our guide.
Day three—Waterford Crystal and Kinsale Walk. At Waterford Crystal we watched master craftspeople blow and cut glass, saw examples of the many trophies they'd made for events, and elegant pieces kept for display. We checked into our hotel, the Actons Hotel and then joined a local guide at the harbor to learn the history of the harbor town. I've included pictures of the narrow, but colorful streets. We decided you had to be healthy and in good shape to live in Ireland as everything is on a hill.

Day four of our trip to Ireland—Blarney Castle. No, I didn't kiss the Blarney Stone as couldn't have hiked up the narrow curved stairway, plus I already have the gift of the gab. But I did take a peek in the dungeon. Nasty place and very damp. Before boarding our bus, I made a run through the Blarney Woollen Mills and purchased a few items. Next stop was Killarney where we enjoyed a relaxing Killarney Jaunting Car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. I loved the jaunting car and talking with our driver. During the summer months he drives visitors around and during the off season he farms. Interesting man and so informed about the area. We stopped to take a short tour of Ross Castle before returning to town. After fish and chips at a local pub, we stopped at the South Pole Inn in Annascaul for a drink. My first taste of Irish Cider, but not my last!  

 
Ross Castle

Larry & I with jaunting car horse Bob.

I tried to make the diagrams large enough so if you click on them you can see the detail and read the descriptions.

We had a wonderful but fun four days. In the next day or two I'll post about our last two days.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

Saturday, June 7, 2014

We're Headed to Ireland—Any tips for us?



We've always wanted to visit Ireland, well, at least I have. Larry is going more or less because I've talked about it for years. I'm excited, but, gee, I never knew so much was involved in flying across the pond. Our suitcase can't be bigger than 30x20x10 and can't weight more than 50 pounds. Do you think our bathroom scale will be accurate enough?

I have some of those Space Bags so those will help. We bought our converter and adaptor plugs, our passports are handy. The travel agency gave us a backpack to put all of our carry on stuff in and I'm hoping my Mac will fit and not be too heavy. If so, I just may have to take two carry ons.

Deciding on what shoes to wear is going to be critical. One pair is comfortable one day, and not on the next. I have my compression socks so whichever pair I wear, they help some.

If you have any hints for this first trip across the pond, please leave them in a comment.

I hope you're reading lots of good books this summer. I have.

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Revised Novella with A New Cover—A Law of Her Own

I'm grateful to my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, for allowing me to revise A Law of Her Own and have a new cover. Not that anything was wrong with the first one, but the 2nd and 3rd story's covers were entirely different in style and now they look like a set.

Some of my readers complained the novella was too short, and that they wanted to hear how Charity Wade, a 21st century New York lawyer, adjusted to the confines of life in the 19th century.

All three novellas are set in Prairie, Texas located in the Panhandle Plains of Texas in and around 1890.

Here are the covers in the order they were written and published.


                   

These three novellas will be out as an anthology in both ebook and paperback on July 9, 2014. Woot! I am excited as this is something I've wanted for a long time.


Here is the cover for the Anthology that will include all three novellas.

I hope if you've not read these, you'll order copies from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Or, wait until July and order them as a set in either ebook or paper. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com