Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Visit me at Sweethearts of the West

At Sweethearts of the West today I've blogged on a Little Bit of History on Forensic Science. I hope you'll stop by and leave me a comment.


Many thanks,


Saturday, February 8, 2014

We have a Valentine Winner!

Congratulations, Michelle Bauer. You are the winner of the silver plate Hershey Kiss Necklace shown in the post below. I will have it in the mail to you on Monday.



Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day—Today is the Day I'll Draw a Winner

For this lovely silver plated candy kiss necklace and chain. To be entered, go to my website and browse my short stories/novellas. Tell me the name of the one that takes place in Carlisle, UK.

Email the answer to linda@lindalaroque.com or leave your answer in the comments below. I'll announce the winner tomorrow.

Good luck!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's a Candy Kiss Valentine's Day—It's Time for a Contest

While shopping the other day, I found this necklace and decided it was time for a contest. And since Valentine's Day is coming up next, this would make the perfect gift for someone. Or for yourself.

Here's how to enter the drawing. Go to my website and find the answer to this question. Which of my short stories/novellas is set in Carlisle, UK. Leave your answer in a comment below along with your email address so I can get in touch with you. A winner will be picked on Friday, February 7, 2014.

The kiss and chain are silver plated. The box is 2 x 2 1/4 inches. Hopefully that will give you some perspective as to the size of the kiss. It's more sparkly than the picture shows.

I hope you'll enter. Don't forget to leave your email address with your comment.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading and Writing!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Babette James - Surprised by a Story

Welcome Babette and thank you for being here today. I'm always interested in how other writers come up with ideas for their stories, so I asked Babette to share with us how she got the idea for her newest release, Summertime Dream. Sounds like mental breaks are just the ticket for you, Babette. I may give it a try.

Surprised by a Story

Summertime Dream is the second novel in my River series, which began with Clear As Day. Christopher and Margie appear in Clear As Day as friends of my hero and heroine, Nate and Kay, but they were already married and happily in love, and I had no intentions of giving them their own story or writing a prequel. Best laid plans…

I was taking a little mental break from writing the next novel in this series, and was playing around with some scraps of scenes. I had in mind a very green, steamy hot July 4th day at a picnic ground in a town park. I’d been wanting to learn to write short and writing a short story around a Fourth of July picnic, something very sentimental and traditional, and completely separate from my River series sounded like a fun project.

The viewpoint of my heroine was already in the first scene, frustrated with her family and yearning for change, yet loving her small town traditions. Then my hero walked into the scene and I discovered that he was in town because he’d unexpectedly inherited a house. Beyond that I hadn’t a clue who these two would be, not even names, but her yearning for change and his unexpected house were simmering in the back of my mind as I was pondering some back story information for the new River novel. Christopher and Margie were only secondary characters and I hadn’t gone into depth with their prior lives much beyond Christopher’s long friendship with Nate, Dave, and Lloyd, and how his marriage to Margie had surprised all his friends.

As some of the backstory was gelling for the new novel, the idea hit me: these Fourth of July scenes could be perfect for a happy little short story or short novella of how Christopher and Margie first met and married the summer before the events in Clear As Day. I thought, why not put their names into the story, work with the details I knew about them from Clear As Day, and play with the idea? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Oh, my. The story took off like a firecracker and Christopher and Margie completely surprised me with their story. My sweet happy couple had shadows in their pasts and problems to resolve and had far more to tell than a short tale of their courtship. I absolutely loved writing their novel and watching the two learn what they needed in their lives as they dealt with the house, her family, the mystery of Christopher’s grandmother, and fell headlong into love.

I’ve never been happier to have been surprised by a story.


The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?


Margie touched his shoulder and had him turn away from the mess to focus on the view toward the river.

Here the picturesque natural beauty of the property began: the land sloped gently down past the ancient summer house and purple martin houses to the reedy pond where a duck flew in and landed with a quack, and stretched on through weedy tangles of wild blackberry and rogue saplings to the ancient apple and plum trees sagging with unripe fruit, and beyond to the river invisible in the distance, marking where the Engberg’s farm began on the far bank.

Appreciation softened his tense face.

“Beautiful, isn’t it? I fell so in love with this place when I was little and dreamed I’d live in a house like this someday.” Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford. It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration...” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back...” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out a unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

Thinking faded as feeling soared. His gentle touch sweet and fascinating, his lips warm and firm played over hers, unhurried in his caresses and enticing brushes. He laced his fingers into her hair, cradling her head in his hand. He tenderly nipped her lip and licked at her mouth, inviting her rather than taking.

She sighed, delighting in this lovely, reckless rush. Yes. Yes. Yes. Forget that they had just met. She could want again.

Gripping his shoulder, she accepted the heady invitation, and the kiss deepened into perfect.

Come fall in love at the river:

Summertime Dream is available on Amazon: http://viewBook.at/SummertimeDream

“Summertime Dream is a perfect glass of Lemonade on a hot day. Simple, elegant and beautifully written. I enjoyed each scene. Loved the chemistry between the characters and the house. Great story!” ~ Deborah Diez

Clear As Day, (★★★★½ RT Book Reviews, ★★★★★ Top Pick The Romance Reviews) is available at:

And at all other eBook retailers

About the Author:
Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

You can find Babette at:

Website: http://babettejames.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BabetteJames

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/babette.james

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BabetteJamesAuthor

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B007KDJWV8

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/babettejames

Please leave Babette a comment and take a look at her links. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Welcome Bess McBride and her Boxed set Series

I'm happy to have Bess McBride on my blog today. Bess, I've read A Train Though Time and loved it, but haven't read the other two books in the series. Thanks for offering all three in the boxed set at a splendid price. Beth is giving away one boxed set today so leave her a comment to be in the drawing.

"Thanks for having me on your blog today, Linda. I got the idea for A Train Through Time, the first book in the Train Through Time series, when I worked for the National Park Service at Glacier National Park, Montana, for the summer in 2007. I've always had a fascination with trains, as do a lot of people, and the Great Northern Railway was integral to the building of the chalets and lodges in the park, as well as having the land set aside. Amtrak's Empire Builder stops near the West Glacier entrance, and I used to hear the train's whistle every day. I knew I had to write a story involving the train, and since time travel romances are my favorite read, I knew it had to be a time travel romance. I channeled my favorite movie, Somewhere in Time, mixed it up with Glacier National Park, the route of the Great Northern Railway's Oriental Limited (now styled as the Empire Builder for Amtrak), and the story began!

Readers asked for another book in the series and I wrote Together Forever Across Time and then A Smile in Time. They all involved time travel aboard the trains along with meeting a handsome man from the early 1900s and some happily ever after…after they figure out the time traveling thing! I'm currently finishing up the fourth book of the series, Finding You in Time which should be released soon. All the Train Through Time books are sweet romances."

Train Through Time Series Boxed Set Books 1-3

Together in one boxed set, the bestselling Train Through Time series:

Book 1: A Train Through Time
Book 2: Together Forever Across Time
Book 3: A Smile in Time

A TRAIN THROUGH TIME: College teacher Ellie Standish thinks she's on a sleek modern train heading to a conference on women's studies in Seattle, but she awakens from a night's doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era reenactors who refuse to come out of character. When the leader of the group—one handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain—finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie rejects any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream. She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to one smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever. Someday, she must wake up to reality, though Ellie no longer has any idea what reality is. She only knows that Robert must play an important part in her future. But how can he...if he's only a figment of her imagination or worse yet...a man who belongs to an era long past?

TOGETHER FOREVER ACROSS TIME: Stephen Sadler reluctantly attends the Seattle wedding of Robert Chamberlain to Ellie Standish, the woman who had captured his interest. There he says goodbye to the woman he thought he had fallen for. Only a few weeks later while traveling on a train, Stephen is confronted by the vision of a strange wild-haired woman in a pair of snug-fitting trousers called “jeans” who claims she doesn’t know where she is or how she came to be on his train—until she sees the date on the newspaper, that is.

Dani Douglas cannot travel through time! Her mother in Montana is ill, and she has to get back to her. But the crystal clear blue eyes of handsome Stephen Sadler hold her captive in 1901, and she doesn’t know how to leave him...perhaps forever.

Stephen realizes that Dani and Ellie have much in common, but where Ellie simply captured his interest, Dani has captured his imagination and his heart. Unlike Ellie though, Dani cannot stay, her mother is ill. Stephen doesn’t know how he can let her leave him...perhaps forever. As the train hurtles back and forth across the rails, Stephen and Dani struggle to find a way to be together forever across time.

A SMILE IN TIME: Annie St. John and her sister, Marie, decide that the three-day train ride from Chicago to Seattle to catch their Alaskan cruise was a bit too much, and they swear that next time, they’ll fly. But “a bit too much” doesn’t begin to describe what they find when they wake up from a short doze on their sleek modern train.

Over a hundred years before, Rory O’Rourke heads back to Seattle from a photo shoot in Montana on the Oriental Limited. When a young woman in tight clothing called "capris" falls into his arms, Rory finds his hands full with not one, but two young women who claim they must have traveled back in time. Rory scoffs at the idea, but his innate chivalry will not allow him to resist the pleas of the young women for help. 

You can find Bess on these links.

Thank you for blogging with us today, Bess.  Readers, I hope you'll leave Bess a comment.

Happy Reading and Writing!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

How About A Little Holiday Cheer—$25 B&N Gift Card

Coming December 1-January 1:  HOLIDAY CHEER and a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, as well as other prizes. Join twenty-nine authors as they talk about their holiday celebrations, share their romance novels and provide a yummy recipe.  Find it all on Anna Kathryn’s blog: http://aklanier.com/annas-blog/.
To be eligible for the $25 gift card and author prizes, just leave a comment on each blog post.  Authors will draw names from the comments the day following their post.  Anna Kathryn will draw a winner for the $25 gift card on or about Jan. 3, 2014.

Roni Denholtz
Wareeze Woodson
Bethany Averie
Celia Yeary
Andrea Downing
Anna Kathryn
Caroline Clemmons
Carra Copelin
Chrys Fey
Melissa Snark
Sky Purington
Marie Higgins
Renee Knowles
Linda LaRoque
Jenny Anderson
Cheryl Pierson
L. A. Kelley
Lyn Horner
J D Faver
Tara Manderino
Shauna Allen
Joan Reeves
Terri Rochenski
Anna Kathryn
No One
Sarah McNeal
Tanya Hanson
Loretta C. Rogers
Debra St. John
Charlene Raddon
Kathleen Rice Adams
Anna Kathryn

On December 14th, my drawing will be for an autographed paper copy of Born in Ice to a US resident only. If the winner is International, I'll send an copy.

I hope you'll take part and visit each site. 

Happy Reading and Writing!