Special Feature: Under The Stars by Linn B. Halton / @LinnBHalton / #LLm

Hello all! Welcome to another Special Feature day here on at the LLm Author’s Café! Today’s post highlights Under The Stars from our fabulous Linn B. Halton!

Under The Stars

Under The Stars

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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
ASIN: B00XYS8PDO
For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance. The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?
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About the Book

For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.

With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope.

When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else. None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?

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Excerpt From Under The Stars

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So far, I’ve had seven disastrous dates, all of which started with promising email exchanges and ended virtually the moment we met face to face. My gut instinct told me instantly that it wasn’t going to be worth the effort involved, but I felt I had to try it. My old friend, Rich, says I scare men away. I met him when I was at University, and he’s been happily married to Georgia for twenty years. He says I’m too proactive, too much of a perfectionist and too well-organized. Men, he says, don’t like that in a woman—I come across as being too self-sufficient. His theory is that I need to learn to act needy.

Funny he should say that because Mark Ainsley-Thomas has been saying something very similar lately. Not in those exact words, but the gist is the same—I need to learn to need other people. Today’s contribution is quite clear.

Gemini: Monday’s Daily Forecast by Mark Ainsley-Thomas

Now is not the time to overthink things, remember that actions speak louder than words. Your usual ability to think clearly is being hampered by the events around you, and while we all have to accept this may happen from time to time, you do need to push forward. Doing nothing is not an option. Isolating yourself from others is also not an option, you need to make an effort and you’ll be glad you did. Try to see past the stars and you will begin to see things from a different perspective. A day to take care of you.

Well, I did see stars when I hit the floor this morning, and I did get to see a very different perspective I hadn’t enjoyed before.
Hmm. I pull up my forecast for the year on the screen to read again, in case I missed anything the first half a dozen times I’ve read it to date.

Gemini: Your Forecast for the Coming Year by Mark Ainsley-Thomas

We all look forward to the start of a New Year, in some ways it can feel like wiping the slate clean and a chance to start all over again. You will indeed feel like this year is a new start, but are you prepared to be open and receptive to what is ahead? That is going to be the challenge for you throughout most of the year and while, on balance, it promises many things, it will be a year when contentious issues arise. Not only in the way things are presented to you and how you handle them, but in terms of a level of aggression aimed at you, arising mainly through a misunderstanding. You will need to put aside old ideas and re-think some of the fundamental beliefs that have become almost a ritual to you. The year will start with a bang and you won’t be disappointed with the way it ends.

Oh, I love the way he phrases his thoughts and advice. He’s so…so…wise and reassuring. He always manages to imply a level of optimism, even when his words are delivering a message that is, in essence, a little worrying. Aggression for instance, what does he mean? Still, he’s right about the year starting with a bang; I just didn’t think that meant I would end up losing my job.

Reading his words is a comfort, though, and reassures me that my little world isn’t about to totally fall apart. Before long my fingers are flying over the keyboard, and I have a title that will hopefully intrigue the readers and make them want to pluck my book from the shelf.