Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Love for Sale by Linda Nightingale ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Linda Nightingale author of Love for Sale.

Linda Nightingale will be awarding a sterling Silver and genuine turquoise earrings valued at $45 as well as Author-signed swag (US/Canada ONLY, a international winner will receive a choice of one digital book of Linda’s) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Love For Sale

by Linda Nightingale

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

A very long time ago, in another century (1990s), I read the Anne Rice novel The Vampire Lestat. That book inspired me to pick up my pen again after not having written anything since my teens. Sinners’ Opera, then called The Vampyre Effect, was the first book I wrote. I loved the hero and followed him everywhere—to parties, concerts, but not the bathroom—and the manuscript grew to over 1,000 words. Needless to say, it had to be trimmed considerably before I could submit it. But, yes, Anne Rice was my inspiration to begin writing again.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

Anything—a song, a movie or TV show—can trigger my muse. In truth, the ideas just come to me. I dreamed about one book I’ve yet to write. In answering a question below, I tell about my pantster writing technique.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

That I simply love handsome men with long blond hair and blue eyes…not in my bio! I’d love to live by the ocean. The sound of the waves inspires me to write, and I could look at the ocean for hours quite contently. I almost bought a condo in Galveston, but the deal fell through. It had sliding glass doors onto a deck in the bedroom and living room which overlooked the Gulf.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I am currently polishing the sequel to Love For Sale. I’ve tentatively titled the book Love For A Song, but if it is accepted, the publisher, of course, may change the title. The sequel is Daniel’s story (another of the androids). Then I have begun a novel called Royal Secrets about a prince of a small principality and the U.S. Ambassador’s daughter. When I’ve finished both of these, I guess I’ll go back and finish my centaur tale. (No pun intended)

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would be Isabeau Gervase in Sinners’ Opera because Morgan D’Arcy, the hero, has loved her since the day she was born, and she is equally in love with him. Morgan is a concert pianist, an English lord…and a vampire. Their love affair is forbidden, but Morgan never abides by the rules.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I am not a member of a critique group because I tend to see them more as a detriment than as a benefit. I do work with two other authors, each of us reading and critiquing the other’s work, and this is very helpful. When I tried a critique group, I found them nit-picky, and, in some instances, they didn’t necessarily know what they were talking about. Sorry, critique groups—ah, one of my soapboxes.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work?

The first book I submitted was the second book I had written. Cardinal Desires won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award in Mainstream. One of the judges was very encouraging and referred me to her agent. Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step? Deborah Smith, a wonderful author, was the one who encouraged me to submit Cardinal Desires, and even introduced me to her publisher.

8. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just start writing. Usually, I begin with one character who tells me the story. Then other characters take the stage and give me their side of the tale. I wish I were organized enough to outline, but I left organization behind when I retired last year to write full-time. I also write blogs for an advertising agency part-time.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I do indeed! I am a dyed-in-the wool horse lover. Once upon a time, I bred, trained, and showed Andalusian horses. They are magnificent with arched neck, long and flowing manes and tails, and beautiful gaits. The international association published a poster that says, “This horse will change your life.” It’s true. I have horses in almost every book and use what I learned about them when I write. I prepared a PowerPoint presentation as a proposal to a convention to host a panel called, “How to Write a Horse.” Unfortunately, they didn’t pick up the idea.

  1. Have you started your next project?

Gambler’s Choice will soon be released by The Wild Rose Press. This book is about the equestrian set. I’d love to tell you about it. Of course, since I am a horse lover, I really enjoyed writing it. May I share the blurb?

Becca McQuaid goes to England in search of the perfect horse. Instead, she meets the darkly mysterious Austen Heath, Baron of Hampton. She’s determined to buy his prize stallion. He’s equally determined not to sell. The rivals are thrown together by an accident that threatens Austen’s riding career.

Becca is wealthy and irresistible, but Austen believes she’s shopping for an aristocratic title. Marriage is not on Austen’s agenda. After a disastrous romantic affair, then the disappearance of his childhood friend Julia, he’s avoided relationships. When Julia’s body is discovered on his property, he becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Soon, the killer begins stalking Becca. Will the danger drive them apart or draw them closer together?

Thank you for having me as your guest. I enjoyed the interview.

BLURB:

March Morgan still believes in true love, but her faith in finding her soul mate is slowly vanishing. She’s been married but never in love. So, it is a miracle to find that fantasy exists on the last page of a glossy women’s journal. Mayfair Electronics, Ltd., in black and white, offers Love for Sale. The London firm has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from human. She flies to England and meets the man she has been searching for her entire life.

Christian requires no programming to love March at first sight. He’s handsome, cultured…absolutely perfect…and a little different from the other androids. He has an unexpected independent streak.

March signs on the dotted line, buying her dream man. They return to Houston, but soon her past and his future threaten their Happily Ever After—indeed their lives.

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EXCERPT:

At a light touch on her shoulder, she spun. He stood inches from her, the airspace between them electric charged. “Liz was here, and in my bedroom! Why? Were you doing her in my bed?”

“No.” He had the decency to look stunned, his eyes widening and darkening. “She was teaching me to dance. The closet doors are mirrors.”

March resisted the urge to slap his perfect face. “Why? You aren’t going to be a stripper.”

He shrugged. “You don’t trust me.”

“I don’t trust her.” March’s face felt hard and cold. God, how she hated the emotions seething in her. She was almost physically ill.

“She cannot tempt me.” He shook his head slowly, his eyes glittering blue. “Don’t you understand I am attuned to you alone?”

“You weren’t supposed to be able to get angry.” She was unraveling, like a ball of yarn thrown across a room. “You did.”

Her heart shattered as he turned and walked away. Grief winded her. At the door, he glanced over his shoulder, again shaking his head. He was stunningly handsome, looked sad and hurt, but there was no apology in his intense gaze. Hands fisted at her sides, she tried to control the storm of fear, anger, resentment and pain.

“Where the hell are you going?” Her voice came brusque, short.

“For a walk to let you think and cool down.” Light and shadow chiseled his face, and her breaking heart skipped a beat. “I am not going to Liz. I have learned all I need to know from her. I shall never see her again.”

“You can’t walk out. It is impossible for you. You are faulty in some circuit somewhere. I’m going to return you.”

The most beautiful man in the world froze with his hand on the door. “Please don’t. This is a misunderstanding.” He blew out a long breath. “However, if that is what you want, I must advise you that Mayfair Electronics, 21 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT will accept return of a flawed unit for a full refund.”

“Stop! You sound like a robot.” Her fisted hands struck the air.

He didn’t flinch. “I am a robot. That’s why this is an inane conversation.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Something of a gypsy (actually nothing quite so romantic!) born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award.   She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lnightingale

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaNightingaleAuthor

Buy Link: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6268

Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit my blog for a free continuing vampire story.

Blog: https://lindanightingale.wordpress.com/ – Lots of interesting guests & prizes

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Linda Nightingale will be awarding a sterling Silver and genuine turquoise earrings valued at $45 as well as Author-signed swag (US/Canada ONLY, a international winner will receive a choice of one digital book of Linda’s) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1172″>Enter to win a pair of Sterling Silver and genuine turquoise earrings – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

 

 

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3 comments on “Love for Sale by Linda Nightingale ~ Presented by Christine

  1. nitethyme
    August 31, 2015

    Sorry I’m a bit late stopping by to thank you for hosting and doing such a great job of presentation. Linda

  2. nitethyme
    August 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on Musings … Bianca Swan.

  3. bn100
    August 31, 2015

    nice interview

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