Friday, October 13, 2017

Thank you Again!

A Touch of Texas Irish also won Book of the Month at InD'tale Creme Da La Cover Contest. It wouldn't have been possible without your votes. So again...Thank you!

Here is a excerpt:

Fort Stockton, Texas
"Pa, Pa, please take me with you. I'll be good. I promise." Sam Walker managed to reach the buckboard dragging his five-year-old son, wrapped around his leg, along with each step. He tossed his travel bag into the back and reached down to pick up his son.
Tad's arms locked around Sam's throat, choking him. The little tadpole was strong for his age. Sam pried one arm loose and held it down so he could look him in the eye. "Now, son, you know I can't. I have meetings to attend, and who'd look after you during the day?"
The boy pushed out his lower lip, dropped his head, but cast his beautiful blue eyes up. They were so much like Jane's. Sam's heart wrenched every time Tad swung them his way, especially when wanting something. "I'm big, Pa. I can take care of myself."
Sam ruffled the boy's blond hair. "I know you are son, but the hotel won't allow it." He widened his eyes and feigned an expression of horror. "Why, they might put me in jail."
Tad's eyes rounded. "Really?"
"Well, I don't know for sure, but they could. That's what I'd do to a man if he left his little boy alone all day."
Tad released a heavy sigh and hung his head. "All right. I sure don't want you to get in trouble."
Sam chucked him on the chin. "Anyway, I need time to find a surprise for you in Boston. How could I shop with you underfoot?"
Tad's mouth gaped. "A...A surprise"
Sam swallowed his chuckle. "You are going to behave for Aunt Ruth, right?"
"Yes, sir. And I'll do my chores and take a bath, too."
Sam set him on his feet. "All right then. That settles it." He leaned down and whispered in Tad's ear. "I think Aunt Ruth needs a surprise too. Don't tell—."

Before he could finish, Tad was running and yelled, "Aunt Rufe, guess what?" Sam guffawed. So much for surprises. Ruth smiled and waved. Her pretty face held something he couldn't quite put his finger on. Was it sadness? Maybe, but he didn't think so. The woman had become a thorn in his side of late with her attempts to draw him into a romantic relationship. He stared at the young woman. All Sam wanted from a relationship at this point was friendship, and she'd begun to care for him beyond that. Though her strength kept him going after Jane and their infant died, when he returned, he needed to distance himself from her.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thank you all!

Who voted for my cover in the contest. We won!!! And the prize is an one-quarter page ad in Indtel's Magazine. I'm thrilled. So again, thank you!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Asking for a Favor.

My The Wild Rose Press Release A Touch of Texas Irish is up for he Creme dé la Cover contest at InD'tale. Your vote would be much appreciated. Here is the link.

Thanks in advance!

Linda LaRoque

Sunday, June 25, 2017

RVing Life—The Shower from Hell

Don't get me wrong. I love RVing but there are a few things I'd rather do at home. One is taking a shower. I guess in one of those big Class A buses, it would be fine, but in our little class B, it's a chore. First, there is barely enough room to turn around in the bathroom and adjusting the water with the sprayer head isn't the easiest of chores. But, when you're washing your hair and the gray water tank is full and backing up in the stall, you've got a problem.

So, I holler for Larry. With flashlight in hand he heads outside to empty the gray water. Meanwhile, I'm afraid to turn on the water, shampoo is running into my eyes and burning, and I don't have anything to wipe my eyes with. So, I grab the little hand towel and smear the soap over my face making matters worse. I am one unhappy camper. Finally the gray water is emptying from the shower floor, and I can resume my shower.

Lesson learned—never get in the shower without checking the gray water level first. Beings we're a small RV, our gray water holding tank is only 12-15 gallons.

FYI—we have three tanks—one for fresh water, one for gray water, and one for black water.  Please note, the black doesn't mix with the gray. If it does, you've got real problems.

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love for you to leave a comment about your camping experiences

Happy Reading and Writing!

Linda LaRoque

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Two professional reviews for A Touch of Texas Irish

I'm excited about these reviews from Night Own Reviews and Long and Short Reviews.

"The pace is steady and it allows the reader to think about what the
 characters should do, according to the reader's thinking. That's 
what was so good about the book. You get to decide along the way,
what you think should happen and as you turn the pages, you find 
out if you're right. That place in your heart for Sam and Aileen 
gives an emotional air to the book. Grab a copy and find out what 
happens in Aileen's and Sam's marriage."

 by Long and Short Reviews
A Touch of Texas Irish by Linda LaRoque
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (217 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia
A death, a dreadful demand, and a deceptive departure took Aileen Lynch from her home in misty, green Ireland to the arid Fort Stockton area of Texas.
The reader is swept along with the emotional and physical turmoil of eighteen year old Aileen Lynch as she, with the help of the lawyer who controls her money, avoids marrying or being mistress to Brian MacAuley, the man her “Da” owes gambling debts to. She goes to America to stay with the lawyer’s relatives. Here she meets the widower Dr. Samuel Walker from Texas.
Her new life begins in what is to be a “marriage of convenience” to protect her and to give Walker’s young son Tad a mother. Good reading finding out how this works out. As Aileen works to win over Tad and to make a home that feels like it is hers, she has an adversary in Ruth, a relative of Samuel’s deceased wife, who had planned to be Samuel’s wife.
The gentle love story that threads its way through all the day to day activities is predictable but still a joy to read. The twists and turns of events and the shocking climax makes for “gotta finish this” kind of reading. There is a shocker that brackets the total story that stands out – if would be a spoiler if I told!
Linda La Roque’s smooth, straight-forward writing style is a pleasure to read. The research is thorough for the modes of travel in the late nineteenth century, for the attitudes of the people about the Irish, and many other details that make A Touch of Texas Irish seem real.
Enjoyable Reading!
Thanks for Reading. I hope you'll pick up a copy.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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An anthology of 8 sweet romances revolving around different modes of travel set in the old west .

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Happy Reading and Writing!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Back to RV-ing Again

When our children were younger, we bought a very small travel trailer and enjoyed it for several years. Once we had 5 people sleeping in it. The dinette made a great place to sit our son's port-a-crib, the gaucho folded out into a double bed and my mother and I slept there, and our daughter and her daddy slept on the fold down bed. It was tight but we managed. It had a closet for a port-a-potty and a small kitchen complete with oven.

After a few years, we graduated to a 21 foot trailer with a bathroom with tub, a kitchen, a booth, and two divans or as we called them gauchos, facing each other. A fold up table ran down between them and was nice to have company in. When we moved to Brownwood, we didn't have a place to park it so sold it. A few years later we bought a class C motor home with our neighbors and shared taking it out on trips.

Now, here we are in our 70s and the bug has bitten again, or I should say, it bit my husband. I know I'll enjoy it too, though. Our first night in it was spent at the dealership to learn all the ins and outs of our new Roadtrek Zion, a class B RV. It's a good thing we spent the night as there was so much to learn.

Here is our new baby.

As you can see, it's small, smaller than I wanted, but hopefully we'll learn to make do in the limited space. It is easy to park, especially in our driveway.
 The two gauchos will make down into 2 twin beds or a King size bed. A table fits about where I'm sitting. It has a nice size refrigerator and a tiny bathroom.

                                                                                                                                                      When taking a shower, you must be fast as there is no ventilation in the small space. To dry off, you have to step out into the shared space. So, it's important to have all the shades closed. 😀 Actually, I'm sure it's possible to dry off inside.

Though it's small, it has everything you need—heat, air, holding tanks, and it even has a generator under the hood.
And I love the awning.

To give you a little perspective on the size as compared to the class A motor homes, here we are sitting between a couple.

I hope you'll check back on occasion. I'm sure I'll be documenting our travels. We're going to Alpine and Big Bend country next month.

Happy Trails and Happy Reading and Writing!