Linda Rondeau — Author Spotlight

Today I’m excited to welcome Linda Ronadeau for an author spotlight. Read through to the end to find out how to enter to win a copy of her Christmas novelette “Snow on Bald Mountain”.

Award winning author, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God becomes our best future. A veteran social worker, Linda now resides in Hagerstown, Maryland. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Goodreads.

Author Interview Questions:

  • What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

1. I was a social worker in my other life. The experience was not without challenges. While visiting one family, the little girl asked me if I’d like to see her pet. “Of course,” I said. “I love furry friends.” I expected to see a cuddly kitten or a snuggling puppy. I struggled not to gag when she put her pet rat on my lap. The things Social Workers endure to engage with their clients.

2. I love to golf. But, I think my brother tops the list of fanatic golfers. While visiting one day, he wanted to play nine holes on my home golf course. A fog had set in that morning … so thick I could only see a foot ahead of the golf cart. My brother insisted we play anyway. Fortunately, I was very familiar with the course. Watching the trajectory of the ball, I was able to find the shot every time. Familiarity does have its advantages.

3. I met my husband doing Community Theater. Over the course of our thirty years at North Franklin Theater Group, I’ve played such roles as an elderly, cigar-smoking criminologist, a transsexual murder suspect, a cowgirl criminal masquerading as a German baroness, a western missionary with a hidden past, the wronged mistress of mysterious English estate, a southern mom, and a Jewish mom … to name a few. I even scared the audience with my rendition of the Wicked Witch from the West. Those were fun years. I think that experience taught me how to develop believable but eccentric characters.

  •  What can your readers expect from you next?

Hosea’s Heart will be released in the spring or early winter … the story of a minister who has spent the last fifteen years in search of his drug-addicted, run-away wife. About give up the chase, especially after he meets the alluring Cynthia Prescott, his equal in every way, he finds his wife at a hospital where he serves as a chaplain. Not only is she terminally ill, she is a key witness in the trial of a notorious drug lord … her former lover. She asks for her husband’s forgiveness. Can he, after all she’s put him through?

In addition, I am working on an Adirondack suspense series set in the High Peaks area of the scenic mountain range.

I also will be working on a pre-quell to my newest release, The Fifteenth Article, as well as series of shorter stories based on the characters introduced in these two books.

  • What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

The greatest help a reader can be, besides word of mouth advertising, is to write a review. Two or three sentences is sufficient.

Readers can also help by donating a copy to their church library. You can also write the author. Fan mail is always appreciated.

  • Now you’ve written a romance, which do you like better, cozy mysteries, mystery/suspense or romance?

Mysteries. I love the puzzle process. Besides, there’s always an element of romance in my books. Writing a straight romance—or at least as much of a romance as Barter is, was very difficult for me, a lot harder than I ever believed it would be. I now have an even greater respect and admiration for romance writers.

Readers, leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a copy of “The Fifteenth Article”.

About The Fifteenth Article

In a post-apocalyptic era, factions compete for control of a global government gone amuck. The President Elect of United Earth, fearful of separatist movements, desires to add a Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitutional Government’s Articles of Constitution that would make defection, past and present a crime punishable by death without benefit of trial. As the cry for freedom crescendos, Ahmed Fared, Rowland’s Second-elect, fears a civil war—one that would usher in a third dark age and calls upon the God of the Ages to once more intervene in the affairs of men.

 

The Fifteenth Article

Prologue

Eternal Pathways Euthanasia Services/America Prime

A small box—but a large inheritance.

Governor Devereux handed the gift to his Second, a man esteemed as much a friend as an honest politician. Fared held the case close to his heart—a heart Devereux had learned to trust over the many years they’d been friends.

Tears streaked Fared’s cheeks. “Is there no other way?”

Devereux found comfort in those tears. At least someone in America Prime, besides his daughter, would mourn him. If only Congress had passed the mantle to this man instead of Edwin Rowlands, a reptilian of the worst order.

Comfort, especially by this dear friend, was welcomed. Devereux whispered a prayer for courage, strength to follow the Maker’s plan in these troubled times. “This is my choice, my friend. I give my life freely. Please don’t grieve for me.” He pulled the Arabian hulk into an embrace and whispered in his ear. “Keep this gift safe. The fate of the world may very well depend upon it.”

He released his grasp and clapped Fared twice on the shoulders. “I have also left you my Renoir. Promise me you’ll safeguard it.”

Fared’s face portrayed a shroud of compassion, a symbolic burial cloth, a pittance of formality to a meaningless ritual, an offering gravely appreciated. Rowlands might have been given the office, but Fared carried the burden.

The caretaker motioned all was ready. Was he? One last breath for courage wrought from the direst of necessities, Devereux walked into Chamber Nine.

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