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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Taking Time to Recharge #MFRWauthor 52-Week #Blog Challenge

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It’s Week 33 of the #MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge and this week’s prompt is What I Do To Recharge.

Since I no longer have a day job, I have the luxury of taking evenings off, most of the time. I’ve found that if I write (or think too much about my current WIP) that I don’t sleep well. Since I sometimes don’t sleep well anyway for no apparent reason, I prefer a relaxing evening in front of the boob tube. Since we already blogged earlier this year about binge watching, I won’t go into specifics, but I will admit to binge watching the last season of Once Upon a Time this summer, since I managed to miss it during the year. I still love that show.

Lately I’ve been taking little breaks from my computer sessions to use the exercise wind bike my mother-in-law left me. A little exercise gets the heart going and shakes out the kinks a bit. It’s really not good to sit for too long at a time.

And once a month I get to sit for a pedicure and get my feet and lower legs massaged. Aaahhh, so relaxing. For the next month my toenails will be periwinkle blue.

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What do you do to recharge?

Linda

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