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First New Book of the Year! by Linda O. Johnston

February 6, 2020 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , , ,

My first new book of 2020 is a February release.  It’s Colton First Responder, a Harlequin Romantic Suspense book.

Yes, it’s one book in the HRS long-lived series about the Colton family, which is large and has family members living in branches all over the country. A Colton is a hero or heroine in each of the books in that series, so it contains a lot of highly romantic members. And of course they’re romantic suspense books, so those Coltons keep getting involved in relationships… and suspense, including murders.

It’s my second Colton book, and I don’t have any more planned, although that could change.  Meanwhile, I will have more HRS books coming out, though I don’t know if any will be published this year.  So Colton First Responder may not only be my first book of the year, but also possibly the only one.

COLTON FIRST RESPONDER (The Coltons of Mustang Valley)
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I mentioned last month that I wouldn’t be going to many, if any, conferences this year, although I attended four last year. The one I wasn’t sure about when I wrote my last blog post here was the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Since then, I’ve made up my mind—I’m not going. There has been a lot of controversy in RWA lately, and I’m hopeful things will eventually be worked out enough for the organization to survive. But because of the controversies, Harlequin will not be attending the conference, hence my decision not to, either.

Despite all the stuff that’s going on, I have renewed my membership in RWA and my local chapters. I’ve been a member for a long time, and hope to keep it all going.

How about you? How is your year going so far? Looking forward to anything in particular soon?

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Happy New Year!

January 6, 2020 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , ,

I know it’s the sixth of the month and you’re probably tired of hearing Happy New Year, but it is my first post here on A Slice of Orange for 2020. I could also say Happy New Decade, although I know that the new decade probably starts in 2021 instead, but I like the idea of 2020 being the new beginning.


So what’s up this year? For me, I’ll have at least one more Harlequin Romantic Suspense book, Colton First Responder, published in February. I’m working on two more HRS books but I don’t know when their publication dates will be. And so far, I don’t have any more cozy mysteries in the hopper, after the demise of my most recent publisher, Midnight Ink, but I do have some ideas I’m working on.


Last year, I attended four or five writing conferences. This year? I’m not sure how many I’ll attend–but the possibility exists of none. Sigh. I enjoy them but two of those I went to last year that are local are held every other year. Others? Well, I might jump in but there are reasons I may not–such as I may not attend Malice Domestic since I’m not currently writing a cozy mystery, nor do I have any recent ones to promote. Maybe the Romance Writers of America, though.


So how about you? What are you up to this year? More writing? More reading? More traveling or attending conferences? More enjoyable things?
Have fun no matter what you do!


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A New Month . . . and Missing the Old

December 6, 2019 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , , , ,

November is over. That’s notable in many ways, including that we’re now in the final month of this year.


And for me, one of the notable matters is that I’m no longer Author of the Month on A Slice of Orange!


I was so delighted to have had that honor last month. The blog website mentioned it with wonderful graphics showing quite a few of my books. I saw it posted several times on Facebook, and I posted it myself, as well.
It was a good month for it to happen. I had a new book released then: Colton 911: Caught in the Crossfire, a Harlequin Romantic Suspense book. As I mentioned here last month, it was my first book in the HRS long-lived series about the Colton family, which is large and has family members living in branches all over the country. A Colton is a hero or heroine in each of the books in that series, so it contains lot of highly romantic members.


And now? Well, my next Colton book will be a February 2020 release: Colton First Responder.


Anyway, thank you so much to A Slice of Orange, and to Marianne Donley, for the delightful recognition. I loved being Author of the Month!


Some of Linda’s Romantic Suspense Novels

COLTON 911: CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

COVERT ALLIANCE

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COVERT ALLIANCE

SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

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SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

TRAINED TO PROTECT

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TRAINED TO PROTECT
COLTON FIRST RESPONDER (The Coltons of Mustang Valley)
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New Harlequin Romantic Suspense Book! by Linda O. Johnston

November 6, 2019 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , , ,

I’m excited to say that this November is the month for release of my latest Harlequin Romantic Suspense book. I love them all, of course, but this one has a special twist to it.


It’s my first in the long-running Colton series for HRS.


What’s that? Well, the Colton family has been around for many years as part of HRS. It’s large and has branches all over the country, and it seems that many of its members get involved as either heroes or heroines of romantic suspense stories, usually one a month.


My book is Colton 911: Caught in the Crossfire. In it, the hero, Casey Colton, is the family member. He’s also a Deputy Sheriff in Sur County, Arizona, the story’s setting. Casey is told to go help find some cattle rustlers who have stolen some very valuable black angus cows from the town selectman.

And who’s going to help him? The story’s heroine, Melody Hayworth, a ranch hand who works on the ranch from which the cattle were stolen.

You can guess how the two of them have to get along together during many days—and nights—alone on the cattle’s trail. And… well, it is a romance, after all, despite there being suspense in the story. They need to stay careful and professional and… well, help to take care of each other.

I’m also particularly excited this month to be the Author of the Month on A Slice of Orange.

Gee, this November is one fun month!


Linda’s Newest Harlequin Romantic Suspense Novel

COLTON 911: CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
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Writing Weather by Linda O. Johnston

October 6, 2019 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , , ,
Title Image with a pug laying on the floor

As I sit at my computer today writing this blog, I’m a little chilly—and loving it.  I like coolness a lot.  Even a bit of cold, although probably not the kind of cold some of you reading this experience in the winter.

Me?  I’m in Los Angeles, so the winters I experience these days are mild.  Sometimes rainy, but I haven’t seen snow in L.A. since around when I moved here a long time ago, and even then it was just a few unexpected flurries.

But weather in writing can take me all over the place.  These days, I mostly set my stories in Southern California, since it’s where I am, although I do come up with a lot of fictional towns, so I can always change the weather if I want to. 

Still, I was recently on an Alaskan cruise and loving it—in the summer.  And of course, my mind being what it is, I came up with a delightful story idea, a mystery series.  But I haven’t followed through yet.  And that is partially because I had a good sense of what I’d do with my characters in the Alaskan summer, but what would they do there in the winter?

Oh, yeah, I do have some ideas.  But whether I actually  finish plotting, and write something, isn’t certain yet.

But… weather.  My husband was on a trip to Ohio this week, visiting there in 90 degree weather while here, in L.A., the high was in the low 80s, with mornings and evenings cool.  So who can really predict how things will be in a particular location?  And, as a writer, I can always make things up as I mentioned before, at least on my computer.

Plus, weather doesn’t really make a difference as to whether I can write.  My office is indoors, and I can turn on the air conditioner or put on heavier clothes, as needed.

Anyway, Happy Fall, everyone.  I hope you are enjoying whatever weather is yours at the moment, and whatever is to come.

And, by the way, I’m looking forward to November.  Not for its weather, necessarily, but my next Harlequin Romantic Suspense book, and my first in the Colton continuity series, will be published:  Colton 911: Caught in the Crossfire.


A Selection of Linda’s Books

BAD TO THE BONE

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BAD TO THE BONE
COLTON 911: CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

COVERT ALLIANCE

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COVERT ALLIANCE

FOR A GOOD PAWS

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FOR A GOOD PAWS

PICK AND CHEWS

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PICK AND CHEWS

PROTECTOR WOLF

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PROTECTOR WOLF

SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

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SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER

TO CATCH A TREAT

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TO CATCH A TREAT

TRAINED TO PROTECT

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TRAINED TO PROTECT

UNLUCKY CHARMS

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UNLUCKY CHARMS

VISIONARY WOLF (Alpha Force)

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VISIONARY WOLF (Alpha Force)
COLTON FIRST RESPONDER (The Coltons of Mustang Valley)
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