March 27, 2015

Lauren Linwood's Ballad Beauty @LaurenLinwood #cowboys #RLFblog

Ballad Beauty 
Romance Lives Forever welcomes Lauren Linwood, historical western romance author.

About the Author

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

Interview with Lauren Linwood

Why did you write this book?
I'd written five previous historical romances, but I'd never mined the gold in my native state of Texas! I decided it was time to feature a hero who lived here, and the first thing that came to mind was a Texas Ranger. They helped tamed Texas from the wild land that it was. My twist? My hero is the son of an infamous outlaw and chose to become a lawman because of what he'd seen in his childhood. He knows exactly what his daddy is, but the heroine he falls for has no idea that her father is also an outlaw—and partner-in-crime to the hero's daddy!
What is your favorite genre to read?
Since I was a history teacher for many years, I enjoy authors who combine pieces of history within thrillers. Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Brad Meltzer are some of the best at this.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Hands down, it's Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He's a hero in every sense of the word, and I admire his moral core and what a great father he is to his two children.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm pleased to announce that I've dipped my toe into the romantic suspense pond after releasing six historicals. Leave Yesterday Behind will be released in June. I have another medieval historical, A Knight for Kallen, coming out in the fall, and early in 2016 my second romantic suspense, Illusions of Death, will appear. I've just finished another western which I'm letting ferment a bit before I send it off to my editor, and I'm 25 chapters into another romantic suspense that's set in Dallas.
Please tell us about your latest book.
After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he's become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.
Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam's longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny's escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father's location.
As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny's love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.

About the Book

Title: Ballad Beauty
Genre: western historical romance
Author: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level: PG13

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  1. Welcome back! Love seeing your new books, Lauren.

  2. I always enjoy stopping by RLF, Kayelle! You have such amazing, supportive readers!


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