Meet The Author Moment With Linn B. Halton / @LinnBHalton / @writebrainedny / #LLm

Good morning! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment. Today we’re welcoming Linn B. Halton!

The Interview

Linn new left 300dpi[AC] Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?  

[LH]: At the moment, after having four new books launch in seven months, I’m afraid the only reading I do is proof checking! When I do get time to read, then chick lit/women’s contemporary is my favourite genre and as I mix with a lot of exciting new authors, my Kindle is packed with a long to-be-read list!

My all-time favourite ‘truly inspirational’ author would be Sergeanne Golon and the Angelique series – very hard to get hold of copies these days. As a young teen I read and re-read this series, falling in love with the setting, the history and the passionate romance. Very much ‘closed door’, but passionate all the same!

Ian Fleming, Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë – all authors who dominated my reading list as an avid young adult reader. Then Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Cathy Kelly, Candace Bushnell – to name just a few.

[AC]: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

[LH]: I love my Kindle and it’s like a third arm. BUT if I love, love, love a book, then I buy it in paperback too, as I know I’ll read it again and again.

[AC]: What book(s) are you reading at present?

[LH]: I’m just proofing the paperback for my own Quintessentially Yours – if you can call that ‘reading’ ha! Ha! Seriously, my Kindle TBR list is calling, but reading time for me is in the evening and at the moment I’m using my ‘reading time’ to write. Launching a new book means a busy promotional programme and having launched four – well, you can imagine!! So although my day job is writing, most of that is taken up with the other things associated with being an author and I write into the wee hours, then start again between 6am-9am. Then it’s on the computer and the day flies doing guest posts, social media and emails.

[AC]: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

[LH]: I have books with four different publishers and that means four different editors. I also have two self-pubbed books that I proofed myself. Going forward I doubt I’ll have time to self-publish anything else, but it is fun to be in charge of the whole process, although I now prefer the input of an editor who can see the story from another perspective! It helps me to grow as a writer.

[AC]: Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

[LH]: No and yes. I tend to edit as I go, writing maybe fifty pages and then going over them until I’m really happy and then moving on until the manuscript is complete. Then I have a spreadsheet of things I tend to say repetitively/my common errors, which I go through in detail. I record the number of times I use key words (favourites that can become annoying to the reader) and I do a word count on these. So I know on average how many times in say 85,000 I’m comfortable using a particular word. If I go over that count, then I tend to do a cutting-out exercise. At that point I then send it to my Kindle for a read-through and to correct errors I’ve missed – typos, or repeat words used too closely together eg ‘before’ might appear three times in a paragraph and I’d amend that. I make those corrections and then put it away for at least 3 months before reading it again with a fresh set of eyes. One more check for typos etc and the war with commas, then it’s ready to send to an editor!

Read on to learn about Linn’s books!

Author: Linn B. Halton
Under The Stars

Under The Stars

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? More info →
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A Cottage In The Country

A Cottage In The Country

Can Maddie Brooks become that ‘fifty-and-fabulous’ woman of her dreams? More info →
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Quintessentially Yours

Quintessentially Yours

Is there any truth to last year’s rumours of an affair between the pair? If not, then why is Katherine visiting Mark in secret? Will James be able to resist the advances of his seductive colleague? Will the tangled trio be able to avoid scandal in the stars? More info →
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Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
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Never Alone

Never Alone

Life is all about the choices we make… More info →
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Touched By the Light

Touched By the Light

Mya finds it hard to believe that she has just died. She clearly remembers being in a lot of pain and a sense of panic going on around her, then nothing but a bright, comforting light and the pain quickly being replaced by a state of calm and tranquillity. But what now? More info →
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Falling, Angels Among Us, The Complete Series

Falling, Angels Among Us, The Complete Series

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Series: Angels Among Us, Book 4
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
This is the complete Angels Among Us Series. It contains bonus chapters taking the series beyond 'The End' of the first three novellas (Falling, Forbidden and Forever). More info →
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The Restaurant @ The Mill

The Restaurant @ The Mill

Age, relationships, and careers – we all appear to be so very different. Yet beneath the exterior facade we show to the world at large, is that really the case? The things we bury deep inside; the worries and fears we are unable to verbalise, and the hand fate takes in our lives. Sometimes we fail to recognise in each other that innermost struggle and yet it exists for all of us. More info →
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Being a Sceptic Is Oh So Easy

Being a Sceptic Is Oh So Easy

This is the true story of my personal journey, where I can now say that I believe in life after death. It began with unusual experiences I had in houses I have lived in or visited, some with over 200 years of history. Then the loss of beloved family members triggered new and unexpected psychic connections. It would also make me take a fresh look at what I had so conveniently filed away as unexplained or imagined, and the jigsaw began to take shape. More info →
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Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Enjoy this free festive treat from the HarperImpulse authors this Christmas! More info →
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Meet The Author Moment With Bonnie Trachtenberg / @writebrainedny / @RobertsoKing / #LLm

Good morning! Today on our Meet The Author Moment, we’re featuring Bonnie Trachtenberg!

The Interview

Bonnie-59r[AC]: Why do you write?

[BT]: I write because I’m a passionate person and it’s so important for me to express myself. Writing seems to be my main God-given gift—or at least the one that comes most naturally.

[AC]: What do you absolutely need at your desk while writing?

[BT]: A cold bottle of my favorite Zero Vitamin Water: acai-blueberry-pomegranate

[AC]: Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured? 

[BT]: After a long hiatus due to chronic fatigue and marketing burnout, I’m back to working on my book. However, I do find it so easy to procrastinate (especially if I’m imprudent enough to sign on to Facebook!) Therefore, as of late, I’ve been doing only the chores I absolutely have to do first thing in the morning and then forcing myself to sit down in front of the computer (with my book draft open!) early in the day when my mind is still relatively fresh.

[AC]: What is the hardest thing about writing?

[BT]: For me, the hardest thing is just getting started on it each day. I suppose the thought of how difficult and sometimes overwhelming it can be to write a novel sometimes makes me want to avoid it entirely. Once I get past that and into the flow of the book, I’m usually somewhat productive. 

[AC]: What is the easiest thing about writing?

[BT]: The easiest thing is that you can do it anywhere: at home, at Starbucks, at the library, or even at a hotel on vacation. My laptop is pleasantly mobile, but even when I don’t have it with me, I always carry a notebook and pen, or use the “notes” app on my iPhone for brainstorming.

Don’t forget to check out Bonnie’s books!

Author: Bonnie Trachtenberg
Wedlocked

Wedlocked

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic-stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she's just pledged to love for the rest of her life. More info →
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Neurotically Yours

Neurotically Yours

Witty, poignant, and immensely engaging, this romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel features sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a story that pulls you in and never lets you go. More info →
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The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking

The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking

This witty and concise how-to book from best-selling author Bonnie Trachtenberg teaches you everything you’ll need to know to turn your humdrum existence into a lifestyle others will envy. So delude your way to a happy life—with help from an expert. More info →
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Bonnie Trachtenberg Is Wedlocked / @writebrainedny / #LLm

Good morning! Today we’re featuring our own Bonnie Trachtenberg. Read on to enjoy an excerpt from Bonnie’s novel, Wedlocked.

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I used to think the term “temporary insanity” was just a dubious courtroom plea. I found out the hard way that I was wrong. When you’re fraught with this condition, it’s kind of like meandering in a thick fog—only you’re too bemused to even realize you’re lost. Then, when it finally lifts, you feel you’ve awakened from a horrible nightmare—the kind that makes you relieved you’d never really do anything so stupid. Except you did.

Well, it’s taken almost a year for the enormity of it all to sink in. Looking back, I wish I had just heeded the numerous, glaring signs. Let’s start with the weather. How often did we get a 105-degree day on Long Island? Although never reported by the meteorologists, I now know the reason for this anomaly: the fires of hell were attempting to engulf my picture perfect wedding in a dramatic, raging inferno. Just a subtle reminder that I’d sold my soul and was on borrowed time.

As we were announced into a resplendent ballroom filled with enthusiastic guests, it was as if a UFO had plucked me out of my should-be life, only to plop me down in some sort of bizarre alternate universe. For it had been less than a year earlier that I was this close to seeing my dreams of fame, fortune, and romance come to fruition, when they exploded in my face like a cruel joke.

With Craig’s hand gripping mine, and the Starbright Orchestra’s lead singer channeling Frank Sinatra, the glorious, Gatsby-esque room that had so enchanted me, began spinning even faster than my shell-shocked, post-nuptial brain. What some brides know is that when you find yourself sashaying down the aisle on what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, things can sometimes turn bafflingly surreal. Sensing something’s terribly amiss, you chalk it up to jitters, refusing to acknowledge a most unpleasant fact: the man standing before you in white tie and tails is far from the soul mate you hoped for.

If I could have seen this truth in real time, I like to think I would have mustered the courage to make a mad bolt from the chapel. But I was thirty-six—trampled, lost, and romantically bankrupt—so the only thing running away that day was the train I was riding, and I kept my seat, although I was destined to wreck.

Incidentally, my theatrical background helped in my resolve to commit matrimonial suicide. As I entered the chapel, my thespian tendencies kicked in like an Ethel Merman-infused survival mechanism, ensuring I’d focus only on my given lines, blocking, and manic desire to please my audience. After all, as Ethel sang, “the show must go on”—and somehow, ironically, I was finally the star. My name is Rebecca Ross; welcome to my wedding day.



Wedlocked

Wedlocked

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic-stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she's just pledged to love for the rest of her life. More info →
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Bonnie’s Café Order

Bonnie’s favorite café treat? A decaf iced cappuccino. Yum! Here are some instructions on how to make your own cappuccino at home.


Bonnie’s Music

What inspired Wedlock? The song, “Almost Like Being in Love” by Natalie Cole. Have a listen!

Neurotic Promises To Keep Over a Café Mocha / @writebrainedny / @patricia_sands

Hello and welcome to the first post in our brand-new Author’s Café! Today we’re excited to feature two great reads from two of our featured authors, Patricia Sands and Bonnie Trachtenberg. Take a look at the first title in today’s post!

Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew? More info →
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Excerpt From Promises To Keep

In the walled courtyard where he had parked, Philippe held the car door open for her. It was a courtesy that seemed to be second nature to him, and Kat appreciated it every time. Then he went to unlock the gate. On his way back to the car, he paused and plucked a folded paper from behind the wiper on the driver’s side. His jaw tightened and he quickly looked around the courtyard. He scrunched the paper and shoved it into the pocket of his jeans before sliding heavily into his seat. Kat had never seen him angry before.

“What was that?” she asked.

“Rien du tout. Nothing, nothing at all,” he answered abruptly.

Putting her hand on his arm, Katherine repeated her question. “I saw the look on your face. It looked like it was something, not nothing.”

Philippe exhaled loudly before he covered her hand with his and lifted it to his lips. “Sorry, Minou. It’s nothing to worry about, and I’m sorry I spoke so sharply.”

“But –”

He squeezed her hand, but he looked pained and his voice had an unfamiliar edge to it. “Seriously, we don’t need to talk about it. It’s just some business from a long time ago that I thought was finished …”

A hush hung in the air. Then Philippe started the engine and they drove off.

Torn between wanting to know what was bothering him but not wanting to push, Katherine stayed quiet as Philippe navigated the town’s narrow streets and drove them into the countryside.

She had learned years earlier, after being scolded and humiliated by James, that she needed to stay out of some matters. Her throat tightened at the memory. His verbal attacks had felt physical, like a kick in the stomach, and completely foreign to her. She had not experienced or witnessed anything like it before she married him. It had crushed her.

Now she struggled to banish those painful memories. She looked straight ahead, taking some deep breaths but saying nothing, until she knew exactly what it was she wanted to say.

She turned to Philippe and touched his cheek lightly. “You know I’m here if you want to talk about it.”

He nodded, staring intently at the road. “Frankly, I hope we never have to talk about it. It’s something that should not be part of our life together. I’m sorry you saw this.”

After a moment, he glanced at her and tried to smile. “I will make it go away, I promise.”

 

 

Neurotically Yours

Neurotically Yours

Witty, poignant, and immensely engaging, this romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel features sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a story that pulls you in and never lets you go. More info →
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Excerpt From Neurotically Yours

“You wanted to see me?” she asked.“Yes. Please close the door and have a seat.”Something in his formal tone told her this had nothing to do with outdated dairy products. She waited for him to open his mouth and breathe some fire her way, but instead, he opened a folder that sat waiting on his desk and shuffled through the stack of papers inside. It didn’t take long for Dara to realize the folder contained a collection of her printed columns.He pursed his flaky lips and narrowed his eyes as he looked at her.“I’ve read over your columns, Dara, and I’m very concerned.”

“Really? Why would they concern you?”

“I’ve never seen an advice columnist let loose on her readers the way you do. You’ve been writing this column for, what, almost eight years?”

Dara nodded slowly.

“I understand that a column will progress along with the columnist over a period of time. It’s only natural—but in your case…”

“Yes?”

“Well, I find the progression quite disturbing.”

“Disturbing?” she echoed with surprise.

“Well,” he said, mustering professionalism, “early on, your column was more like a pep talk, more hopeful. That’s good. That’s what people want to hear, but lately…”

The Beast tapped his bony fingers on his desk while sighing.

“You can get to the point, Bob,” she said with some irreverence. The change in tone brought out the editor she was starting to know and hate.

“Telling people they’re better off on their own is not the best romantic advice.”

“It is if they’re dating a creep.”

“Last month you suggested that a forty-eight-year-old woman,” he shuffled through the file so he could quote her accurately, “‘would be better off with goldfish for company than the pathetic stream of misfits polluting her dating waters.’”

“Well, it’s true,” Dara defended matter-of-factly.

He pulled out another page with a huff and started reading. “And from March, you told Stymied in Santa Monica that, and I quote again, ‘Couples therapy would be a waste of time considering your fiancé’s obvious obsession with killing small, defenseless animals.’”

Bob looked sternly at Dara. “So he’s a hunter,” he said with annoyance. “Lots of people are hunters. That doesn’t disqualify such a person from couples therapy—or good relationships.”

“It does when the person does it every weekend instead of paying some modicum of attention to his fiancée. My God, they’re not even married yet, and he’s totally ignoring her, not to mention murdering innocent wildlife.”

“Well,” Bob added as he pulled Exhibit C from the pile, “at least you’re an equal opportunity offender. You told this man that his girlfriend was ‘clearly a narcissist who will play nice until she sinks her claws deep enough into your skin to hold you down and eat you alive.’ Then you quoted lyrics from a Hall and Oates song, ‘Maneater.’”

“Yes,” Dara commented coolly, “I’ve seen it happen many times with women like that.”

“You told him to ‘get over his hard-on for bitches unless he wants a life of pain and misery.’”

She nodded with assuredness. “Sound advice.”

The Beast huffed at her again and began to raise his voice, “First of all, you can’t diagnose someone with a personality disorder when you’ve never even met her.”

“Oh, come on, it’s so obvious though—” she started.

“And, second, if he breaks up with her after reading this, we could have a lawsuit on our hands!”

“We have a disclaimer, remember? This is only for entertainment purposes, blah, blah, blah—”

“That doesn’t mean someone won’t start trouble anyway! We live in a very litigious state.”

The Beast tried to calm himself with a deep breath.

“Dara, your column is way too… depressing.”

 

 

Recipe of the Day

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Patricia shared that she and her daughter love a good Café Mocha. Well, ask and you shall receive! Check out this great recipe for making your very own delish treat at home.

  • Combine 1 tablespoon warm water and 2 tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder.
  • Mix until it turns to the consistency of syrup.
  • Add 2 tables of the syrup mixture into an 8 ounce coffee cup.
  • Add a shot espresso or dark-roast coffee.
  • Fill the rest of your cup with steamed milk.
  • Add your favorite whipped cream to finish it off.

Music of the Day

Patricia Sands says…

“I discovered this while writing The Promise of Provence and Katherine refers to it in Promises To Keep as she plays it while she drives. I love this song and play it constantly when I am writing so I am thrilled to share it with you.”

 

 

Bonnie is inspired by The Beatles. The song In My Life is featured frequently in the book.

 

 

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