Friday, September 14, 2012

Spotlight On Linda Style

Presented by Connie Flynn 

Linda-Monument Valley AZ

Linda Style is the award-winning author of fifteen novels published by Harlequin Superromance.  She readily admits to being a travel junkie, a photoholic and a tennis fanatic.  And...she can be easily led astray when it comes to listening to live blues music in an intimate little bistro just about anywhere. She won't admit to having way too many pairs of shoes in her closet,  being addicted to  reality shows, or possessing the ability to eat a family-sized bag of Lay's potato chips in one sitting. 

With degrees in behavioral science and in journalism, Linda has worked in a number of jobs, but nothing is more rewarding than writing her stories or romance, suspense and intrigue. Her books--often described as emotional, fast-paced stories that keep you riveted to the page--have won several awards, including the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Orange Rose award for Best Book of the Year.  Linda was recently featured in a USA Today interview to talk about her last book, A SOLDIER'S SECRET. Her current book, PROTECTING THE WITNESS, from Harlequin’s Heartwarming line, is a September 2012 release, available in both print and digital format.

She's here today to talk about PROTECTING THE WITNESS.  

Thanks for the Spotlight invite, Connie, and the opportunity to talk briefly about my new release PROTECTING THE WITNESS, from the Harlequin Heartwarming line. The book is a reprint with several changes that make it perfect for the Heartwarming line and those who like family focused stories. 

As mentioned in my bio, I love to travel and meet people from different cultures and all walks of life, and that passion blends perfectly with doing research for my books. I believe authenticity in a novel is critical, so I always visit the settings I use and talk to people who work in the jobs I choose for my characters. In PROTECTING THE WITNESS, my heroine is a police detective, a woman working in a field that used to be mostly men. In addition, she’s Hispanic... and I decided to give her a job on the Houston Police Department’s Chicano Squad. Needless to say, I had a lot of research to do, and I couldn’t wait to get started. In the process, I met many wonderful people willing to share their lives and experiences. It was fascinating, and I hope readers find my heroine, Crista Santiago, and the people in her life fascinating as well.

She had vowed never to return to Houston's crime-riddled East End. But Detective Crista Santiago's promotion to the Chicano Squad has put her right back in the violence of the barrio. Determined to transfer out as fast as possible, Crista first has to prove herself by solving a series of drive-by shootings.

Crista has only one witness-four-year-old Samantha Del Rio. Protecting Samantha becomes Crista's number one priority, which means staying close to the little girl. And her widower father, Alex. But "staying close" soon changes into becoming part of the family. And the more attached Crista becomes to the girl and her father, the more she's afraid she's lost her edge.and her ability to protect the witness.

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Susan Vaughan said...

Linda, Crista sounds like a strong and compassionate heroine, and Alex and his little daughter perfect for her. I can't wait to read this book.

Linda Style said...

Hi Susan. Thanks for stopping by. I love to write strong (and compassionate) heroines, and Crista is one of my favorites. Alex, btw, is also one of my favorite heroes, so I'm happy that the story was chosen for the Heartwarming line. I hope you enjoye their journey.

Virginia Kelly said...

Sounds like a great read. I love the cover!

connieflynn said...

Hi Linda, Susan and Virginia
Good to see you here at Linda's spotlight. The cover is so sweet, isn't it. I just love it and it's good to share this event with Linda.

Sheila Seabrook said...

Linda, I read this book when Harlequin first published it and soved the story so much. Your characters also have so much depth, it's like I'm living the story with them. Congratulations on having the story published in the Heartwarming line!

Tina Swayzee McCright said...

Sounds wonderful! When will it be available in stores?