Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Birdie's Nest - My Western Historical Time Travel Is on Amazon for .99 May 1, 2013

I'm thrilled to announce Birdie's Nest is up for sale. Well, actually it's in review tonight but should be
on sale for .99 Thursday morning of May 1st. On the 2nd it will go back up to $4.99 so get your copy tomorrow!



Texas Ranger, Birdie Braxton boards the Brazos Belle to attend a costume party, gets tossed into the Brazos and when she's pulled from the river she's told the year is 1890. She can't accept that fact… until she looks across the river to see Birdie’s Nest, her ancestral home, no longer exists.

Tad Lockhart is a content man—a prosperous rancher with a ladylove in Waco. He's not interested in marriage and family, yet… until he pulls an unconscious woman from the Brazos who insists she's a Texas Ranger from the year 2012.

As romance blooms between Tad and Birdie, she struggles to earn enough money to build Birdie’s Nest, and Tad strives to mold Birdie into a Victorian lady suitable to be his wife. Can Birdie give up dabbling in police work and other unladylike pursuits yet stay true to herself? When faced with an indiscretion from Tad's past, is Birdie's love strong enough to support her man and be the woman he needs?

Thank you for reading and writing! Please, if you're so inclined, leave a short review.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On the Road Again - Fort Stockton and Houston

My husband and I lived in Fort Stockton for five years. We'd still be there today if his job hadn't been
too stressful. The climate, the people and the terrain are beautiful. I taught school there for four years and must stay they were some of my happiest 30 teaching years.

Paisano Pete greets you as you enter the downtown area.

We moved away in February of 2002. Of course back then we didn't have E-readers. Cell phones were available but they certainly were not smart phones, ones you could read books on. We still have Larry's old bag phone somewhere. During the summers, I spent many hours in the Fort Stockton Library browsing and checking out their new books.

On Facebook, a teaching friend from Fort Stockton and renewed our acquaintance and I learned about their writer's group the Critique Cafe. Ideas progressed and I was invited to speak to their group. Their meetings are held in the conference room of the library and I felt right at home. As part of the engagement, I offered to critique 10 pages from each member. What fun to see their different interests and styles.

We left Fort Stockton on Tuesday morning, just in time to pick up Molly. As usual she was excited to see us.

The following Friday I drove to Houston for the Houston Indie Book Festival. Thank goodness for OnStar or I'd still be looking for the hotel where we'd booked a room. I was born in Houston, but that is my only claim on the town. I'd much rather drive in Dallas.

It's a pretty big event held at Menil Park under the overhangs at the Menil Museum. It's a great place as if it rains most everyone can stay dry. The weather was beautiful except for a cool breeze and there was a big turnout. I sold several books, traded for one and met some interesting people.

Here is a young woman in costume for the children's book she wrote. I can't read the title but obviously it's about butterflies. Many children attended the event and had room to run and play on the beautiful lawn as well as take a look at books for their age group.

Fellow author Ciara Gold and I shared a table and represented our publisher Champagne Group Books. Several people were interested in the new drop card, a method of buying an Ebook at a book signing. The customer buys the card, goes to the website on back, enters the customer code and downloads the format they prefer--Kindle, Nook, or etc.

 Later at the hotel Ciara and I had a fun time sharing story ideas and enjoying a wonderful dinner in the hotel of crab cakes, dinner salad and dessert. Yum! 

I may have a negative attitude about Houston traffic, but it wouldn't let it keep me home if I had the chance to attend the Indie Festival again.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Reading and Writing!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Champagne Group Books will be represented at the Houston Indie Book Festival

If you're in the Houston area, come and visit with Ciara Gold and myself. Jamie writes both historical westerns and fantasy/sci-fi. I write contemporary westerns, time travel and futuristic stories. Come sit a spell and visit! We'd love to see you.

The Sixth Annual Houston Indie Book Fest Celebrates Small Presses, Magazines, and Independent Bookstores in Houston, Austin, and beyond.

[Houston, TX] – Celebrate the sixth annual Houston Indie Book Festival along with dozens of locally- and nationally-distributed literary journals, local booksellers, publishers, small presses, literary organizations, and writers at Menil Park on Saturday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Founded through collaboration between NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast in 2008, this year’s festival is sponsored by Gulf Coast and The Menil Community Arts Festival. The event functions as a spotlight on the writers, artists, journals, presses, independent bookstores, and organizations that are committed to preserving and promoting the arts and humanities within Houston, Austin, Louisiana, and the entire Gulf Coast region.

The festival is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to correspond with the Menil Community Arts Festival, allowing visitors to enjoy a wide variety of panels, workshops, outdoor art exhibits, tours of the Menil, live music, food trucks, and more. In addition, Inprint and Gulf Coast will host a reading every hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring University of Houston students Sophie Klahr, Adam Peterson, and Austin Tremblay; nationally-recognized Houston writer and graphic novelist Mat Johnson; Austin-based poets Derrick Brown and Jason Bayani; and a special performance by BooTown Theater.

Since its inception, the festival has grown from a small gathering of local bookstores and journals to a full-scale regional event. In 2012, over seventy vendors from all over the Gulf Coast area exhibited to over 2,500 people throughout the course of the day.

More information about the Houston Indie Book Festival may be found online at www.indiebookfest.org.

The Houston Indie Book Festival is supported by New Leaf Real Estate, the Sicardi Gallery, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Texas Tea. 

I hope to see you there.

Linda LaRoque

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Love of His Own - A Five Angel Review

Today I received this wonderful review for A Love of His Own, the third story in my western time travels. Oh man, I'd love to write another series set in Prairie, Texas but guess I better stop while on a high note.

Thank you Linda L for the review. And I promise folks I AM NOT the Linda L who does book reviews.

"Linda LaRogue tells a story that explodes in the pages. She molds characters and fashions them to give the reader genuine people in places that feel absolutely real. This reader loves how she intensifies each story and makes it better than the last, pulling the audience in with every visual aspect."

If you haven't read this series, I hope you'll pick it up--A Law of Her Own, A Marshal of Her Own and A Love of His Own. Available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com and B&N.com/

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading and Writing!