I’m so excited to have Lauren Linwood on my blog today! She’s sharing a few Fun Facts with us about her writing and her latest release, Leave Yesterday Behind.
- Leave Yesterday Behind is my 1st published romantic suspense after writing and releasing six historical romances.
- My husband and I went to New Orleans on our honeymoon, so I loved being able to work in a day trip there for Nick & Callie.
- My next door neighbor’s dog was named Wolf, just like Callie’s dog.
- A former student of mine won the Cy Young award last year, just as Nick did during his pitching career.
- I’ve written a 2nd romantic suspense, Illusions of Death, which comes out in March 2016.
Want to know more about Leave Yesterday Behind? Here’s the blurb and cover.
Callie Chennault vaulted to fame on the nighttime soap Sumner Falls, but after a decade of playing the same role, she is ready for a new acting challenge. When Callie is attacked by a stalker on the streets of New York, she takes a leave of absence from the show and returns to her roots in Aurora, Louisiana, to heal both physically and emotionally and determine her next career move.
Former professional baseball pitcher Nick La Chappelle has also come to Aurora to lick his own wounds after a messy divorce. A Cy Young winner and one-time ESPN broadcaster, Nick longs for the quiet of a small town in order to write murder mysteries under a pen name.
Sparks fly when Callie believes Nick is taking advantage of her great-aunt’s hospitality, but they resolve their differences—and surprise themselves by falling in love. Their bond is tested when both Nick and Callie become the focus of a serial killer nicknamed Lipstick Larry. Can they outwit a murderer bent on seeing them dead and survive to build a lasting relationship?
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How about an excerpt?
A knife appeared, clutched in the stranger’s left hand. Callie’s heart beat erratically. Her words died in her throat.
“Don’t worry,” he said softly. “You know how to be Jessica whenever you want.”
Her palms grew damp. The lipstick he’d given her almost slipped from her hand.
“Jessica likes to be seen wearing this color. Put it on. Now.” His voice was quiet, but the underlying threat hung in the air all the same.
Callie brought a shaking hand to her mouth and realized the lid was still on. She removed it and twisted a few turns before she lifted the lipstick close again.
Oh, God, she was so nervous. She stroked color onto her upper lip and then across the bottom. Her hand slipped, though, and a searing red line jutted across her lower cheek.
“You made a mistake. Wipe it off. Do it again. It has to be perfect.” The tone was deadly.
“I’ll need some cold cream. Red stains pretty badly.” She gulped air, trying to calm herself. She couldn’t let this guy see how rattled she was. “And I know you want this to be perfect. So do I.”
“I can fix it.”
She watched him pull a tissue from his jacket pocket. He gave it a lick and then stroked it down her cheek to her jaw several times.
“That’s better,” he said, dreamily smiling as he inspected his work. “Now try again.”
Her eyes met his, and Callie prayed her hands would stop shaking enough for her to get it right.
About the Author
Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.
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