September 15, 2015

Bloggerversary Guest Post + Giveaway w/ Linda O. Johnston

at 9/15/2015 01:00:00 AM
Hello folks! It's that time of year again! Yup, it's bloggerversary time! This year we'll do things a little differently. For the next 7 days, I will be featuring an author and a giveaway. Each giveaway will last for about 2 weeks, so be sure to check out my blog everyday to see who's next! Today, we want to introduce you to Linda O. Johnston! *applause*

Writing, Dogs and Me
by Linda O. Johnston
That's a howl, if you couldn't tell.  A wolf's howl.  That's because my latest release is CANADIAN WOLF, the seventh book in my Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, which are paranormal romances.
Alpha Force is a covert military unit of shapeshifters, not all werewolves but most are.  They also have cover dogs so if anyone happens to see them in shifted form they'll hopefully just think they've seen the dog who's the pet of the nice military guy or girl.  In this case, CANADIAN WOLF, the heroine happens to be the shapeshifter.
And, yes, the series is nice and romantic and sexy for humans, with the hero and heroine all hot for one another despite their conflicts and differences.
Here's what CANADIAN WOLF is about:

         Sergeant Major Owen Dewirter lives every day with the guilt of having let a shifter hurt one of his own.  Now he must work beside Alpha Force newcomer Selena Jennay to train a new covert unit of shifters for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and stop a rash of serial kidnappings.  Can Owen ignore his prejudices--and fantasies--about this sexy new partner and do his job?

Oh, and by the way, if you happen not to be into shapeshifters and would rather read about real dogs, I also write a couple of mystery series featuring dogs.  Next month my second Superstition Mystery KNOCK ON WOOD will be released by Midnight Ink.  And yes, it features dogs since my protagonist manages a pet boutique and happens to own a lucky black and white dog.  I also write the Barkery & Biscuits mysteries where my vet tech protagonist also owns a barkery and bakery.
In case you can't tell, I love dogs.  I've always loved dogs, and right now they provide a major inspiration to my writing.
CANADIAN WOLF is actually my 40th published novel.  Yes, I've been at this for a while and started getting fiction published while I was a practicing attorney.  Now, my law license is officially inactive and I'm a full-time writer. 
Are there more stories to come?  Absolutely!  And many of them involve dogs.

Check out Linda's Barkery and Biscuits mystery series.

Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery's owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery's opening party, she badmouths Carrie's homemade dog biscuits, insisting she'll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn't do it before she's collared for murder.

About Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories and novellas published, plus, by the end of 2015, she will have had forty-one novels published, including mysteries and romance. 

Linda currently writes two cozy mystery series for Midnight Ink, the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries, both featuring dogs. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, which was a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. And yes, they involved dogs, too.

Linda additionally writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters--and all the werewolves also have cover dogs. Linda also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, including a miniseries about a non-witness protection program.

Linda, a currently inactive transactional attorney, now writes fiction full-time. She is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, as well as International Thriller Writers.

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Prize: eCopy of Bite the Biscuit by Lidna O. Johnston or a $25 Amazon gift card.

Rules: One winner possible. You have to be a resident of the USA. No international entries. This giveaway starts on 9/15/15 and ends on 9/29/15. You can pick to win either the ebook or the gift card, but not both. The winner will be announced on 9/30. The winner will have 5 days to respond to my email or forfeits the prize. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Jane on September 15, 2015 at 12:07 PM said...

I do enjoy cozy mysteries, so "Bite the Biscuit" does sound like something I would pick up.

Glenda on September 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM said...

I would read it. I love stories with animals and cozy mysteries are fun. :-)

Happy Bloggerversary!!

Linda O. Johnston on September 15, 2015 at 6:09 PM said...

Glad you entered, Jane and Glenda! Since I also write Superstition Mysteries, my fingers are crossed for both of you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway book sounds great

Unknown on September 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM said...

I do dabble in cozies, and BITE THE BISCUIT does sound like one I'd enjoy, though I'd also be interested in Ms. Johnston's PNR titles. Thanks for the intro to her work!


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