My Favorite Book? 2018 #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge

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The #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge is back for 2018, and this week’s question is what is the “Favorite thing I’ve written, and why”. Yikes, asking an author this question is like asking a parent which is your favorite child.

Tova #bookqw graphicThat isn’t to say that we authors don’t have favorites among our book babies. For instance, Tova’s Dragon really is my favorite of all the novellas I’ve written. That story was a gift from the muse that came to me in the middle of the night. Luckily, I had the good sense to crawl out of bed, go into the living room, grab a pencil and yellow pad, and write it down. There’s no trusting middle-of-the-night memory!

As for my three historical novels, each one is special in one way or the other.

Rogue's Hostage thumbnailRogue’s Hostage starts in Western Pennsylvania where I grew up, and ends in old Quebec, a favorite destination I traveled to with my DH. It’s also my first historical romance novel, the one that wouldn’t leave me until I’d finally sold it. It took me three years to research and write the book, and nine years to sell it. But Jacques and Mara just would not let me rest until their book saw the light of day!

Lady Elinor thumbnailLady Elinor’s Escape, my sweet Regency romance, is special because I fell in love with the Regency subgenre, but hadn’t thought I could summon the voice. When I discovered that I could do so, I happily wrote a reverse Cinderella story set in one of my favorite cities in the whole world: London. In 2003, and again in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit London and see some of the places where Lady Elinor and her hero Stephen Chaplin lived and loved. I’m hoping to add some sequels to Elinor and Stephen’s story, though when I’ll find the time, I do not know!

Lily and the Gambler coverMy Western romance, Lily and the Gambler, also holds a special place in my heart because the idea came to me when my husband and I traveled to California’s Gold Country. I fell in love with the area around Grass Valley, which has a large Cornish population. Back in the 1850’s, Cornish miners were brought in to work the gold mines, which were deep vein mining, meaning they had to tunnel under ground. The Cornish had lots of experience tunneling down to mine tin, and the mines were played out. My Cornish heroine was born, as was the carefree gambler who tries to steal her heart.

I participated in the blog challenge sporadically last year, and I make no promises that I will manage 52 weekly Friday blogs this year. If things go as planned, there will be weeks I’m off traveling, and I know there will be weeks when I’m simply to busy to squeeze in another blog. All I can say is I’ll do my best in the challenge as I make the jump from 2017 to 2018.

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Happy New Year to all!

Linda McLaughlin / Lyndi Lamont

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Linda’s LOL Funny #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge

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It’s Week 18 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge and the prompt is “What makes me laugh out loud?”

Where shall I start? I do love to laugh, sometimes inappropriately. I frequently find irony and satire quite amusing, which means I sometimes laugh out loud when politicians spew some nonsense I know they don’t mean or is incorrect. But I won’t go there today, though I will admit to being an avid fan of The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Real Time with Bill Maher. I still miss Jon Stewart.

I don’t watch a lot of the current sit coms, but love The Big Bang Theory. The show never fails to make me laugh out loud, even the repeats. I like that the show is so smart as well as funny with quality writing and acting. My husband was a physicist, and I sometimes see glimpses of him in the characters, particularly Leonard, and before I met him I briefly hung out with a bunch of guys who remind me even more of our geeky foursome, complete with Ren Faire costumes.

12 clues of ChristmasI also enjoy humorous novels, esp. the fluffier mysteries or Regency romances. No matter how many times I read Georgette Heyer, I find myself laughing out loud. My current favorite mystery series is the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. The books are just hilarious, and I found The Twelve Clues of Christmas to be particularly clever as well as funny.

Funny quotes make me laugh, also. The other day I started talking about the series Dallas with the receptionist at the dentist’s office and she quoted J. R. Ewing:

“Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.”

Though I laughed, I was aware how true that quote seems to be nowadays.

What makes you laugh?


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