Tag Archives: Lauren Linwood

My New Goal in Life: Rock Leopard Velour Pants

One of my greatest pleasures in life is my morning walk. It’s Me Time. I only answer to me. I walk as long as I wish (or as long as my schedule that day will allow). I listen to music. … Continue reading

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When You Simply Have to Give in to Your Characters

As an author, I’ve tried both pantsing and planning when getting ready to start a new novel. I’ve figured out that pantsing—author-speak for flying by the seat of your pants—doesn’t work for me. If I don’t have any firm direction … Continue reading

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Dime Novels–the 19th Century Harry Potter

When I began writing Written in the Cards, my latest western historical romance, I decided to have my heroine be the author of dime novels. These cheap paperbacks flourished during the 19th century, as increased mechanization made printing them easy. … Continue reading

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Dedicating My Novel – This Time It’s To My Own Daughter

Today is my 4th published book’s birthday! I’m starting to enjoy this whole release day stuff. Written in the Cards is the story of Maggie Rutherford and Ben Morgan, both Yankees who have made their way west. Maggie is from … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Me – I’m One Year Old!

Yes, it’s true—I’m officially one. A single digit. No, not me The Person. Me—The Author. It was May 2013 when I published my 1st historical romance, Music For My Soul.  I’d met my editor, Debby Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing, … Continue reading

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Pen Names—For Me . . . and My Heroine!

    Many writers choose to use a pen name when they become published authors. By now, everyone knows that Samuel Clemens became more famous writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Mark Twain, while Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was … Continue reading

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I Only Vote Early—Never Late!

Growing up, my dad drilled into me the importance of being on time. I’m sure it’s because he was in the military, starting with JROTC in high school. The military is highly conscious of time, and so was my dad. … Continue reading

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Pets Make For Better People

Yesterday was National Sibling Day. I almost posted a picture of my first dog, Ray. He was my brother and constant companion for the first 6 years of my life. I talked to him and played with him. He was … Continue reading

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March Madness . . . and the Madness of Giving Birth

I could identify every Dallas Cowboy by name and number by the time I was 6. Being the first-born child, my dad didn’t exactly know what to do with a girl. So he taught me about the things he thought … Continue reading

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Feeling Like One of the Cool Kids

I was never one of the cool kids growing up. You know the kind I’m talking about. Pretty. Popular. The ones that always dressed well in the latest fashions. Knew the right slang catch phrases before everyone else did. Hung … Continue reading

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Loving Me Some Peanut Butter

As I turn the calendar from February to March, escaping winter is on my mind. I know—I live in Texas—so my Northern friends tell me I don’t really understand what winter is. Winter in Texas ranges from today’s high of … Continue reading

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Character Interview with Jed Stone

Today I give a little insight into Jed Stone, the hero from A Game of Chance. This character interview originally appeared on historical romance author Collette Cameron’s Blue Rose Romance blog, Divine Encounters with Love. I’m here today with one of … Continue reading

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A Special Valentine’s Day With My Own Hero

Lots of people make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Okay—not lots of people—just lots of women. For many guys, Valentine’s Day isn’t even on their radar until they start picking up on hints from their Significant Other or … Continue reading

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Lauren Linwood – In a Nutshell!

It’s easier to get to know authors now than in the pre-Internet days. Most authors aim to have a media presence, and readers can find out lots about them via these sources. I share random things right here on my Write … Continue reading

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Happy B-Day, Facebook!

Today is the 10th anniversary of something that has revolutionized our world. Yes, Facebook is now 10 years old. Mark Zuckerberg launched this social media site from his Harvard dorm room, and it has changed the habits of people everywhere … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Didn’t Know About Before I Became a Published Author

Ignorance is bliss . . . especially to a non-pubbed writer! Once I signed a contract for my debut, a medieval historical romance called Music For My Soul, I faced trial by fire as I gingerly placed my big toe into … Continue reading

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Feeling Icky in a Modern World

Even though I was a history teacher, I’m not one of those who longed to go back to the past. First of all, you can’t change the past—just look at Stephen King’s protagonist in 11/23/1963 and the heap of trouble … Continue reading

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I’m Luckier Than I Thought

There are lucky people in this world. And then there are those like me. I’m the one who never finds a parking place right in front of where I’m going. If I go to a company picnic, my name is … Continue reading

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The King & I Have Something in Common

Rock ‘n roll fans know that today is a watershed day in history—the anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock ‘n Roll. Today is also a landmark for me—the birth of my baby. No, not an … Continue reading

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Resolutions—Make ‘Em or Break ‘Em?

We’re three days into 2014 now, and I’ll bet half of you have already broken a New Year’s Resolution that you made. The other half? You didn’t bother to make any—because you knew you’d break them! I used to make … Continue reading

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Fist Fights . . . and Santa Claus

As a teacher, I broke up my fair share of fist fights. They usually occurred during a passing period, near the end of the year, as the weather heated up and tempers tended to flair with impatience. Half my friends … Continue reading

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It’s Magic and Amazing . . . and My New Best Friend

I don’t like hot weather. At all. The older I get, the less I can tolerate the heat. Living in Texas, summers are hot. I’m always hoping one of those lottery tickets my husband buys will be a winner so … Continue reading

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My Blog-A-Thon with Soul Mate Publishing

SMP:  Lauren, welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourself, such as: your family, where you live, pets, favorite color, favorite film, favorite book, favorite scent. Lauren:  I’m a native Texan who loves to walk in the morning and … Continue reading

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Sink Your Teeth into This Exchange (Or Maybe Slide a Spoon Instead)

When the holidays roll around, I seem to get invites to a lot of Christmas Cookie Exchanges. When these first became the rage years and years ago, I thought it was a great idea. Bake a dozen (or maybe two … Continue reading

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Reading Habits – Yours and Mine!

I was sad today when I read that The Goddesses Blog would end this coming weekend. It’s a group of romance writers who blog about all kinds of things. To celebrate bringing their blogging adventure to an end, they asked … Continue reading

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The Bright Side? I Got More Walking In!

I’m pretty much a rules follower. I figure rules exist to keep order in society—be it at a pre-school, church, a cafeteria line, or when Congress meets. Well, maybe Congress hasn’t gotten the memo on that—although I’m pretty sure they … Continue reading

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November 19th – Celebrating the Gettysburg Address (and my husband!)

November 19th is a special day to me. First and foremost, it’s my husband’s birthday. Although he’s very low-key and doesn’t make a big deal about his birthday, it’s special to me. Each year we’re together and celebrate this event … Continue reading

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Where Did Our Thanksgiving Really Come From?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’ve always thought it was a time to reflect on what I’m thankful for. Of course, being the former history teacher and current historical romance writer, I like to look back at the … Continue reading

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Bingeing . . . It’s the New American Addiction

When most people hear the word bingeing, certain images come to mind. It might be some poor girl scarfing down everything in her refrigerator and freezer, only to bow before the Porcelain God soon after and return it all in … Continue reading

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Interview at My Nook, Books, & More

I had a lovely visit today with Kathy from My Nook, Books, & More. Here is our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m a movie buff who loves everything from The Usual Suspects to Pretty Woman. I … Continue reading

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Putting the History into Historical Romance

Here’s a guest post I did for The Reading Cafe. They are true book lovers, and I cherish their friendship: I’ll admit it. I’m a nerd. I was the girl who liked school. Really liked it. The priority for most … Continue reading

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I Only Get Lucky When I Howl At The Moon

Some people are born lucky. Some acquire luck. Then there are those of us like me . . . The Unlucky. Yes, I pick the wrong line to check out at Target. Always choose the wrong line at the bank … Continue reading

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The Long & Short of Lauren Linwood

I did a guest interview with Long & Short Reviews today, and they asked some incredible questions. I think my favorite one is what I would want to have with me on a deserted island! I also share what pen … Continue reading

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Character Interview for Outlaw Muse

Here’s an interview my characters did today on author Cheryl Yeko’s website. Even though I closed the cover on writing their story, it was fun to “hear” them talk about one other in a new light: Tell us about the … Continue reading

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Cough Syrup and Kingsolver . . . They’re Good For You

When I was young and prone to a terrible, racking cough, my mom would pull out the most awful tasting, blue-green prescription medicine. She wasn’t one to buy into the “spoonful of sugar making the medicine go down” theory. In … Continue reading

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Tending the Grass – Or Your Novel – It’s Pretty Much the Same Thing

We decided last year to re-sod our lawn. We’d lived in our house for many years and hadn’t liked the grass the builder installed (not our choice). After so many seasons of the hot Texas sun, the yard desperately needed … Continue reading

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Do I Have White Coat Syndrome?

I have a friend who is very health-conscious. She runs almost daily and lifts a few times a week. Her usual meals are steel-cut oats for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and either fish or chicken with veggies for dinner. … Continue reading

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Men Would Never Dream of Doing This

I have my WWE coming up soon – the annual Well-Woman Exam. And every year it always falls pretty soon after vacation. Why is that a problem? Oh, maybe because I love to eat! And when I go on vacay, … Continue reading

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I’m ALL About the Free

Every woman loves getting a bargain. I’m no exception to that rule. I love finding something on sale – be it a pullover sweater, a pair of shoes, or my favorite lipstick. And if I get a compliment on an … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Morrie? Nope. I’ll Take Tuesdays with Tim!

Every year I’d get the inevitable question from my students a few weeks into the school year. Are we your favorite class? 3rd period just knew they were more fun than 2nd  ever thought about being. 6th period believed they … Continue reading

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I Lived a Movie Line (Even If No One Was Watching)

Here’s a post I did for The Book Boost Blog recently, sharing my love of movies and famous movie lines: I’ve loved watching movies ever since I can remember. Growing up, my favorite time of year was summer. One reason? … Continue reading

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Tweeting…It Isn’t Just for the Birds

(This is a re-blog from my 1st regular outing on my Soul Mate Publishing website. Hope you enjoy!)  I’ve joined the SMP Authors who blog on our site and will be posting the first Friday of each month. So sit back … Continue reading

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Music IS for the Soul!

Here’s a guest blog I wrote for Coffee Time Romance about my debut release: Many people can mark events in their lives by music. Remember that certain song played at a school dance your sophomore year? How about a popular … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice … What a Difference a Year Makes

Last night I took Jake (the Wonder Dog) outside before bedtime so he could do his usual business. As he scoped out the perfect spot, I couldn’t help but look up and stare at the gorgeous moon of June 21. … Continue reading

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Rockin’ and Rollin’ on Roller Coasters … Or Maybe That’s My Writing Career

This is a guest blog I wrote that is appearing on author Melissa Ohnoutka’s Eat Read Rate June 22. A huge thanks to Melissa for hosting me! When I was eight, I discovered why I was placed on this earth. … Continue reading

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VBT Stops at It’s Raining Books

Day 4 of the VBT and my head is spinning from so many stops. I’m at It’s Raining Books Today, where they asked me to share 5 things about me. Hope it’s not TMI for you! FIVE THINGS ABOUT LAUREN … Continue reading

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My VBT Chat with Krystal Shannan

My 2nd tour stop today has me chatting with Krystal Shannan, author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You even get a new excerpt from MUSIC FOR MY SOUL, and Krystal talks a bit with Garrett and Madeleine about each other! … Continue reading

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Welcome to My World

Have 2 stops on the VBT this Wednesday. The 1st is with Judy Thomas at Welcome to My World, where I discuss my little writing nook. The Writer’s View Writers love to daydream. We build, tear down, and create new … Continue reading

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Guesting at Woody’s Favorite Books

Today’s stop at my VBT is Woody’s Favorite Books, where she asked me to discuss two authors and two books that influenced me. I also was able to include an excerpt from MUSIC FOR MY SOUL for her blog. Here … Continue reading

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Kicking off my VBT with Best-Selling Author Samantha Holt

For me today is a big get-your-feet-wet-day as a published author. I’m kicking off what the business calls a VBT – a virtual blog tour. This is where I have the opportunity to write guest blogs on other authors’ blogs. … Continue reading

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