Sunday, November 27, 2011

Author, Linda LaRoque

Hi Everyone,

Welcome my good friend Texas author, Linda LaRoque. 

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

Briefly take us on the journey with you – when did you start writing and what hurdles did you have to overcome to get published? I started writing seriously in 1991-92. I've always been an avid reader and after finishing a book made the comment to my husband, "I think I could write one of these books." He said, "Well, why don't you?" I took up the gauntlet and started When the Ocotillo Bloom. Since I was teaching school at the time, it took several years to finish the story. After probably 5 rewrites, many workshops and critiques, it was published by Wings Press in 2007. Do the math. That's 15 years.

What’s been the greatest contributing factor to achieving your goal of publication? Determination.

What has surprised you the most about being a published author? The amount of work involved.

How do you come up with your story ideas? Some evolve from dreams, others ideas are triggered by stories on the history and science channels, or those I hear from friends. Every once in a while one just pops into my head.

Do you have a favorite author? Yes, there are too many to list and have varied depending on my age. Though I love to read romance, I also enjoy mysteries and suspense.

Tell us a little bit about your next book? Will it be a romantic suspense or some other genre? The book I'm working on is a romantic suspense set along old Route 66 in New Mexico. My husband and I have driven the entire old Mother Road, except for a few small stretches that we hope to catch soon.

What did you do when you got the call? You know the one saying they wanted it. Grin. I couldn't celebrate too much as my husband was in the hospital 26 miles away and we couldn't go out. Of course I did email all my friends, relatives, and my mentor.

Would you like to tell us about your release? How did you come up with the idea? A Marshal of Her Own, a short time travel set in 1890s Texas, is a sequel to A Law of Her Own. I had so much fun writing the first story, I decided to write the second, which has led to the third, A Love of His Own. It's under contract with The Wild Rose Press but I don't have a release date yet.

Could you give us a blurb and an excerpt of your story (just a short one)? I'm sure my readers would love to read a little of your story.

A Marshal of Her Own – Blurb and Excerpt
Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer, Charity Dawson, disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, she is caught in the mystery that surrounds the cabin and finds herself in 1890 in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.

Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw, but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.
Dessa stood still and watched as they conversed. Something stank to high heaven about this entire situation. Why were the cops chasing robbers on horseback? It’s not like Fredericksburg was that isolated. She glanced at the captured men. The boy moaned, and she made a step to go over and help him. The Marshal spun, and the expression in his eye froze her in place.
 “He needs first aid.”
 “He’s fine. The Doc will tend to him when we get to the jail.”
  “You could at least call 911 and let them patch him up for you.” She nodded to the man lying so still with his eyes closed. “Your other prisoner doesn’t look so good. He’s going to die on you if you don’t start CPR or get him some help.”
 “Lady, no one is going to hear a yell from out here. Never heard of any 911 or CPR.” He propped the hand not holding the shotgun on his hip and threw her a disgusted look. “Are you blind? That man is dead, shot through the heart.”
Her head swam for a moment, and she struggled not to give in to the sensation and faint. She drew in deep gulps of air. “Well...well..., what about the coroner and the meat wagon, not to mention the CSI folks? If you don’t get them to record the scene, how are you going to cover your butt? The authorities might say you shot him in cold blood.”
He looked at her like she’d sprouted an extra head. “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about woman. No one will question my authority. I’m the law in this county. Now, be quiet, or I’m going to gag you.”
A Marshal of Her Own will be available now at The Wild Rose Press,, Barnes and and other online book stores. It is the sequel to A Law of Her Own available at The Wild Rose Press,, and Barnes and and other online book stores. I’m awaiting a release date for A Love of His Own, the third story in the Prairie, Texas series.
My release contest for A Marshal of Her Own began November 9th. I’ll be giving away this vintage rhinestone typewriter pin. To enter the drawing, go to my website or blog and sign up for my newsletter. Don’t forget to verify your email address. If you already receive it, email me at with A Marshal of Her Own contest in the subject line. Contest ends December 15, 2011.
 Leave me a comment or ask a question today and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Law of Her Own.
Also, today’s blog post is part of 2 blog tours—this one for A Marshal of Her Own and starting December 4th, one for Born in Ice. Follow along each day and leave a comment to be entered into the grand prize drawing and learn about my Born in Ice contest.
The Blog Tour schedule will be posted on my blog and website. It will last 25 days and the Grand Prize is a Kindle. Leave a comment each day and your name will be entered 25 times. Pretty good odds, huh?
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Sandy!
Tomorrow, Nov. 28th I’ll be on Celia Yeary’s blog at talking about A Little History on Feed Sacks.
Happy Reading and Writing!
Linda LaRoque
Writing Romance With a Twist in Time
It's always a pleasure to have you visit, Linda.  I hope all those who read your post will try your books out.  I have enjoyed many of them myself. 
Until next Sunday have a good week everyone.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Are You Most Thankful For?

We have just a few days left before we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It's a day that we give thanks for whatever we are thankful for. 

I'm thankful to have a husband and family who love me. I'm grateful I'm not living on the streets instead I have a house to live in, especially during the cold of winter and heat of summer.  I'm blessed to have food to eat and not to know what hunger is like.    

Last but not least, I'm thankful to be born and to live in America.  I could not have achieved what I have here in any other country.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best always,
Sandra K. Marshall
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Remember Our Veterans Every Day

Hi Everyone,

This past Friday, we celebrated Veterans Day.  This one day a year everyone comes together to support our men and women who served in our armed services. 

It's not enough.  We must support them every single day of their lives.  So many of our military come home in body bags, without their limbs, with brain damage and they can't return to their old selves.  Some of these men and women don't have the support of their families; all they have is the V.A., and if they let them down then there may be no one to help them. 

For those soldiers who return home after killing and seeing friends blown up; it's almost impossible to return to normalcy without support somewhere.  Some end up homeless and never find their way back. 

The men and women who do return home seemingly unscathed will never be able to forget the events they participated in or watched unfold before their very eyes.  They may talk about these events or not, but those events will be remembered even though they try to forget. 

Today and every day here is a URL to go to and click on their button to help feed our veterans.  All you have to do to get a reminder every day is ask for it.  My good friends, Joe Hobbs and Sherri Ferguson do this faithfully every day, and I thank you for it.  Joe was very handsome in his uniform as a young man.

Thank you to all of those who serve our country.  You and your families give so much, and I appreciate all you do.


Sandra K. Marshall

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sometimes Life Throws You a Scare

Hi Everyone,

Over a week ago, my husband had a colonoscopy done.  A spot was found, and the doctor took multiple biopsies.  In face, he nearly scraped the whole thing off.  It was scary for us because the doctor said it could be colon cancer, or it might be an ulcer.  The doctor took hubby off of aspirins in case it was an ulcer.

The doctor wanted a closer look at the area, so he ordered a CT scan with dye.  This showed a spot on his lung, but we aren't too worried about it.  This week, we found out the biopsy came back negative.  We were thrilled to learn it wasn't cancer.  He does have to have another colonscopy in a couple months to make sure he has healed inside. 

Thank you for listening to my story.  I just had to share because it ended so well.

Sandy AKA Sandra K. Marshall