Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ Her General in Gray by Linda Nightingale

Please welcome Linda Nightingale author of Her General in Gray.

Linda Nightingale will be awarding Black Diamond Earrings and an eBook of Her General in Gray (International Giveaway) to one winner via rafflecopter, and a second winner will receive a digital choice of one of the author’s backlist during the tour.

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Her General in Gray

by Linda Nightingale

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I read The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice and thought ‘I can do that’. Well, I couldn’t. Not instantly become an author anyway. I had written poems and short stories full of teenage angst when I was younger. None of those sterling works prepared me in the least to write a book. Some 10 years of studying, critiquing, contesting and learning later, my first novel Gemini Rising was published. It’s a very controversial dark fantasy that I never expected would be published.

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

 

For Her General in Gray, I wanted to write a ghost story for a submissions call from The Wild Rose Press (my usual publisher). I then sat at my computer and waited for the first character to begin talking. That initial character starts the story, and other characters add their POVs on the tale to the tale being told. With Her General, in an unusual move, the heroine Autumn Hartley began with the hero stepping in second. Normally, I begin with the hero.

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

 

I am a person who needs to be ruled by a passion. Before I surrendered to writing, I was an avid horsewoman—living and breathing my dream of becoming a skillful rider trained in the classical French style, riding high school horses in the classical high school movements: passage, piaffe, levade and even the flashy capriole. I bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian horse for many years, but never quite attained my dream of being a Grand Prix performer. I still love horses, but, as you can see my passion now is writing. I wonder what will be next!

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

I have another release in April. The Cowboys of Clark’s Folly, Texas is an anthology set in a made-up town in Texas. I’m the only one of the 3 who actually lives in Texas. The others live in Georgia! The other authors are Mary Marvella, M.J. Flournoy, and erotic romance writer Carol Shaughnessy. Here’s the pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSCV32L At this very moment, I’m going over the preliminary galley for Gylded Wings, a dark fantasy for the Black Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. GW is told in first person from Lucifer’s POV. It is not a demonic or scary book. It’s about redemption. I’m also writing the sequel to my book about androids, Love For Sale. The sequel is Life for Sale.

 

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

 

I’d have to choose Morgan D’Arcy from Sinners’ Opera and Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody. Morgan is an English lord, a classical pianist and a vampire. I’d leave out the vampire bit. But he is charming, handsome, wealthy and lives in London with a castle in Devon. I’d like being beautiful, wealthy, living in London and being able to play the piano as if I’d sold my soul to the Devil!

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

 

I don’t belong to a critique group, per se. Another The Wild Rose Press author, Beth Trissel, and I read over and comment on each other’s work. This is a tremendous help to me. With the internet, it’s quite easy to exchange work from Virginia to Texas. I dislike critique groups as a whole. Sometimes, ‘criticism’ becomes the operative word and encouragement goes by the wayside.

7. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

Author and friend Toni Sweeney persuaded me to polish Gemini Rising , my controversial dark fantasy, and send it to Canadian publisher Double Dragon Publishing. Not expecting anything but a rejection, I was elated and completely surprised when I received an offer of a contract within two weeks of submission! In November, Gemini Rising will be rereleased as Gemini Unveiled by Class Act Books. It’s still just as controversial.

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

 

I don’t outline the books. I just start writing. I’m not that organized now that I retired. But then I never was a planner when it came to writing. I’m never surprised when a book takes a sudden turn because I hadn’t planned another one.

9. 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’m a member of the Houston Miata Club, and my books always feature some hot car or another. I love cars and wish I’d studied auto mechanics instead of becoming a legal assistant.

 

  1. Have you started your next project? Yes, I’m writing the sequel to Love For Sale (The Wild Rose Press). LFS stars sentient androids indistinguishable from human, programmed to love. The sequel is Life For Sale and continues Christian’s (the android) and March’s story.

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show? I’ll answer this one with a resounding I hate them all. ‘Nuf said. My favorite TV shows are Lucifer, Poldark, Humans, Lethal Weapon and Game of Thrones. Oh and sigh, sigh—Outlander!

Cover_Her General in Gray

 

BLURB:

 

Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

 

John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.

 

After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

“You are not there.” Autumn dropped her book and leapt to her feet, shaking her fist at the apparition standing beside the fireplace.

 

The frolicking blaze shone through the whatever-he-was lounging by the hearth, his arm stretched along the mantel. A ceramic clock beside his hand chimed the hour—seven golden notes. Tall candles in brass candlesticks flickered in an eerie fire dance. He appeared to be a Civil War soldier of the South, his opaque uniform gray with a nasty red-stained hole near the heart. Double rows of gold buttons decorated the coat. Three gold stars and a wreath on the collar glittered in the firelight. No blood spilled from the apparition. Except for his wound, he looked perfectly healthy—for a dead man! He nodded and bowed elegantly…as much so as his lost society had been, regardless of the strong backs supporting that way of life.

 

“Oh, but I am, Miss Hartley.” He straightened, longish hair gently curling over his face.

A chill raced over her, but she suppressed the tremor of apprehension. Autumn swallowed hard and adjusted her white cotton blouse. “I don’t believe in ghosts. You’re not welcome here. I bought this house and am struggling to pay for it. Get your Halloween self out of my living room.”

 

He smiled. “It’s not Halloween, and we share this house. It was mine, you know, and still is. I’m willing to share it with you—even if you are a Yankee. After all, the conflict is over, and I’ll hold no grudge against the Northern aggressors. Even though the South will never surrender.”

 

“Northern aggressors?” She inhaled sharply, the vanilla scent of the candles on the dining room table drifting into the living room. Everything about Allen Hall was beautiful. She loved the house. But this conversation with an arrogant spirit solidified defiance. “And, for your information, the South did surrender.”

 

“A point of history.” He shrugged and gave her a condescending glance. “No more.”

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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 and the SARA Merritt.   She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Miata Club, and enjoys events with that 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

Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4839311.Linda_Nightingale

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lbnightingale1/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Nightingale/e/B005OSOJ0U

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Linda Nightingale will be awarding Black Diamond Earrings and an eBook of Her General in Gray (International Giveaway) to one winner via rafflecopter, and a second winner will receive a digital choice of one of the author’s backlist during the tour.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2212

 

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5 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Her General in Gray by Linda Nightingale

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Linda Nightingale
    April 20, 2017

    Thank you, Christine, for such a nice welcome. The layout is beautiful, but when I was scrolling down, I ran into that life-sized picture of me and almost printed it to scare the crows from my garden!

    • achristay
      April 20, 2017

      I did some research and managed to make it smaller. Hope this is better.

  3. Pingback: Christine Presents ~ Her General in Gray by Linda Nightingale | Linda Nightingale

  4. Bea LaRocca
    May 6, 2017

    Oh my! Ghost stories are my favorite and the civil war era was such a tumultuous and poignant period of our American history. I have to read this book! Congrats on the book and the tour and thank you for sharing your words with us!

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