Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


My guest today is bright and vivacious Linda LaRoque, author of MARSHAL OF HER OWN. she's consented to answer a few questions for me so y'all can learn a bit about her. And she's brought along a blurb of her new book. Make sure you leave a comment to be eligible to enter the drawing for a lovely antique typewriter pin.

Linda, tell us what your life is like away from the computer? Tell us something about your household. Jazzie, my cat, wants to know if you have any kitty-pusses.

I taught school for 30 years but my husband and I now are both retired. We go when we want, either on trips or to see our daughter and grandson, but are always anxious to return home. We have a little Wal-Mart dog named Molly. She’s part fox-terrier and part Chihuahua and isn’t a good traveler, so we either have to kennel her or our son comes over to dog sit. Tell Jazzie we almost had a kitty once but Molly didn’t play nice and we gave him to a young girl whose cat had disappeared.

What is your writing schedule like?

To be honest, I don’t have a schedule. I write when the mood strikes me and lately have been able to get more done when I write on a tablet and we’re traveling or when I visit Starbucks. There is something about using a pencil. I don’t know, maybe I concentrate better.

Do you enter writing contests? If so, has this been a positive experience for you?

I have but don’t do so often. I’ve had both good and bad experiences—you know two great scores and then one low one that knocks me out of the competition. Personally, I believe that anyone who judges a contest should have some type of training. Being a Pro member is nice, but taking RWA’s judge’s training makes, in my opinion, should be required.

Do you ever dream of writing in a different genre?

I do write different genres. I started out writing contemporary western romances, branched out into time travels, have a futuristic romantic suspense coming out Dec. 5th and am in the process of writing a romantic suspense.

How do you research your storylines or locations? 

Since most of my settings are in my back yard—Texas and New Mexico, I’m familiar with the area. Whenever possible though, I travel to areas I don’t know well. For Flames on the Sky we traveled to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. For my current work-in-progress, we traveled to the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico and along Route 66.

What part of the writing process brings you the most pleasure? The most angst?

The part I enjoy the most is the ideas that pop into my head, the way the characters speak to me at the oddest moments in a story helping to mesh the plot together. The part I enjoy least is editing, looking for all those echoes, ly words, etc.

What is one of your most embarrassing or laughable moments?

At RWA Nationals in Reno I accidently dropped by drivers’ license with my hotel key into the key card box. When it came time to check in to the airlines, I didn’t have it. I had to use my Sam’s card as a photo idea and go through extra security. You can imagine the men going through all the paperback books I’d picked up with the scantily clad women and bare chested men. And, you’ve hear the expression, “Spread ‘um.” 

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a romantic suspense set along old Route 66 in New Mexico. Hopefully it will turn into a series.

I've waited as long as I can, because I do love cowboys, past and present. Tell us about your current release…or soon to be release. I admit to having serious cover envy.

A Marshal of Her Own – Blurb:

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?

Tomorrow, on Nov. 24th I’ll be on Nancy Jardine’s blog at talking about the invention of writing utensils.

Happy Reading and Writing!
Linda LaRoque

Writing Romance With a Twist in Time


Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Vonnie! Thank you for hosting me today. I'm thrilled to be here and look forward to getting to know your readers.

Vonnie Davis said...

I'm thrilled you're here, too. I'm at my son's in Maryland for a few days, and his internet is acting wonky this morning. I'll confess to being frantic until I got his router to cooperate with my laptop. But you're live now, at last, and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Just love your cover!

Michael Murphy said...

Linda, my Texas friend. Looks like another winner. Can't wait to read it.

Linda LaRoque said...

Oh, enjoy! Do understand the router situation. Been there. I love the cover too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Calisa Rhose said...

Happy release day, Linda!

Wonderfully informative interview ladies.

Linda LaRoque said...

Hey, Michael! Thanks for stopping by. I must admit, I love writing these short time travels.

Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, Calisa! I'm thrilled it's here.

Kimberley said...

What a great interview. I love leaning a little bit of "behind the scene". I look forward to reading A Marshal of Her Own!

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Susan JP Owens said...

Linda, I learn something new about you everytime:) Can't wait to read your book!

Patty W said...

I am tickled to see such a well put together interview! Love Linda's writing! Great job! A certain 'must read'.

Linda LaRoque said...

I see you have a kitty, Kimberly. If Miss Molly would allow another pet in the house, we'd have one.

Susan, I can't imagine what you didn't already know.

Thank you, Patty! Vonnie did have good questions.

Lynne Marshall said...

Hi Linda - I just wanted to pop in and say I really got a kick out of your blurb and excerpt. Time travels are fun that way.

It sounds like you and your hubby are living the good life, and after 30 years as a teacher, you DESERVE it!

Shout out to Vonnie, too.

Nancy Jardine said...

Hi ladies,
able now to pop in and say hello-granddaughter got some seriously need priority time. Great post today! Have a nice day, both of you...and I love the cover too,Linda.

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed both the interview and the excerpt; both were great reads.

I'm adding A Marshal of Her Own to my must have list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Vonnie! Hi Linda, my Bandera friend. It's always so good to know more about you. And I love LOVE the cover and blurb. I just finished my final Hearts Crossing Ranch series book (#8) so am eager to take some time off (well, until the editing slog begins...) and read read read. So I'll be loading up Marshal of Her Own. Me likee cowboys, too.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tonya Renee Callihan said...


I have to say that I love the sound of this book. And I must admit you are a new author for me, I have yet to read any of your books. But I will be making a trip to to purchase in the near future. Good luck with you release and hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving :D

Linda LaRoque said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Lynn! It was fun to write.

Thank you on the cover, Nancy. I'm very pleased with it.

Thanks, Tracy D. I hope you enjoy it!

Yeah, Tanya, I like those cowboys too. Good luck with your new release!

Hi, Tonya. How exciting to find a new reader. This series has been fun to write.

desitheblonde said...

i like the jewelery and are you going to do t he series on t he book by taking the perosn out of the book and adding more to his or her family

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi, desitheblonde. I do add people but keep the original characters as secondary characters.

Did you read how to enter the drawing for the jewelry? Sign up for my newsletter on my website or blog.

Na said...

Hi Linda!Dessa sounds like she has quite an adventure on hand. When I think historical shoot-out I think danger and excitement. Bring it on! Thank you for the excerpt.


Golden Keyes Parsons said...

Hello, Crit Partner!

I trust the blog tour is a huge success. And Marshal of Her Own is such a good book!


Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks to all of you for popping into Vintage Vonnie today, especially since the day before Thanksgiving can be super busy. Perhaps that's a testament to Linda's charm and allure.

Linda, your series set on route 66 interests me. Do you recall the TV series with those 2 males cuties driving their corvette along Rt. 66? I loved it. I can imagaine a book series set along that highway would be quite captivating.

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Linda, what a great premise. This one sounds like a lot of fun! TBR just got longer.

Linda LaRoque said...

Hello, Na. Yes, Dessa lands right in the middle. I had fun writing her experiences.

Hi, Golden. We're starting out with a bang. Thank you for all your help!

Linda LaRoque said...

Oh yes, Vonnie, I remember the series but can't recall the name right now. It was a big hit.

Thanks, Mackenzie. You know how some stories can just evolve easily? This one did for me.

Leanne109 said...

What a wonderful interview Linda! I had no idea that you wrote so many genre, you are an author with many talents. Your friend and Fan

Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, Leanne, for your kind words! Thank you for stopping by!

Shelley Munro said...

Wow, reminder to self - hold tight to my drivers license! That does sound a little embarrassing. Congrats on your new release. The blurb really grabbed my attention.

marybelle said...

Your embarrassing moment could have taken a different turn. I don't think you will let that happen again. I wonder if this will provide some writing ideas.


Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, Shelley and Marybelle. It was embarrassing and stressful. Not something I want to repeat.

Sandy said...

Your excerpt had me laughing, Linda. What a predictament you put your heroine in. lol

desitheblonde said...

i m here again and then i love the book cover and would like to know you have book mark or the trading cards of them i would love t read
and blog on it for you

Nancy Jardine said...

Hello Linda
Your tour is moving along really well! Good luck!

Kathryn Merkel said...

Talk about a fish out of water, poor Dessa. I just love all the confusion on both sides of time travel books. Definately going on my books to buy list.

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