Historical Romance, Ghostly Mysteries
Linda Madl's work includes ten novels, nine novellas, several short stories, and nonfiction articles. The settings of her books are as varied as her own travels. England, Scotland, the Rockies, and the Kansas River banks have all served as locales for her historical romances. Her awards include two Romantic Times Readers' Choice finalists and the Desert Rose Golden Quill Award for Excellence finalist.
"When I see Linda Madl's name on a book, I know I'm in for a very rare treat!" writes an OLD BOOK BARN GAZETTE reviewer.
Her nonfiction work includes feature stories, book reviews, newsletters, and technical project profiles. She is active in professional and community organizations. Currently, she is at work on some ghost stories and her twelfth novel.
Besides a good story, she relishes chocolate, classical music, and a good bookstore or library. Born and raised in Kansas, Madl is a graduate of Paola High School and Baker University. She resides with her husband, dog, and parakeet in the Kansas Flint Hills. Family, friends, and travel fill her non-writing hours.
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|The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1|
Dragon Moon Press
Friendly. Useful. Current. Written by a collection of well-known authors for new authors, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1 covers a wide range of topics necessary for building your first paranormal novel.
Paranormal novels are found in all sections of the fiction bookstore. One of the most prevalent forms of fantasy masquerading as romances, mysteries, general fiction and urban fantasy, this guide has tips and topics specific to writing a variety of paranormal novels. With chapters on: Angels and Benevolent Spirits; Yes, Virginia, There are Ghosts; Fae, Fey, Faery, Fairy—A Quick Glance into the Abyss; A Map to the Charted “Unknown”; Love, Romance, Sex and...; ’Tis A Mystery; World-building Self-Editing.
Have fun with It How to Win Agents and Influence Editors; Dropped Eyes and Unattached Tentacles; Were, Oh Were; Vampires; Lesser Creatures of the Paranormal; Writing for Children and Young Adults; It’s Time to Travel; Marketing for Writers; A Hard, Honest Look at Critiquing Critique Groups; Another Experience; A League of Extraordinary Characters....
This guide will provide a solid path to completing that first novel by offering detailed help and reference material to get you writing.
Serafina's love is more powerful than death in this old-fashioned ghost story. A young man learns the truth about the importance of making his own choices when he witnesses the creation of his friend's masterpiece on a cold winter night on the high plains.
|Speak of Love|
Hardshell Word Factory
Honora, a duke's daughter, knows better than to expect her marriage to be a love match, but her uncles' choice of a vain, greedy widower won't do either. She has her welfare and the future of her sisters to think of. "I'd rather marry the devil himself," she tells them, and then she meets . . .
Brec McCloud, the mysterious new Laird of the Isle of Myst. He seeks a lady for his castle for his own dark reasons, and he is willing to give up much to win Lady Honora's hand in marriage.
One suitor rejected and war on the horizon, Honora is forced to accept his magical courtship and passionate attentions. Ultimately she accepts his proposal of marriage which sets her on a journey to the western isles and world of healers, pirates, and sinister superstitions.
At the Laird's ancestral home where she reigns as the lady of the castle, she discovers a kelpie, a fairy flag, a tale of murder and cruel betrayal. With a woman's special strength, she fights for her Laird as an enemy's lies threaten to tear them apart...before they can speak of love.
|Trespassing Time - Ghost Stories from the Prairie|
On the lonely trails of the windswept plains, desperate spirits wander across time burdened with the raw emotion of their unsettled lives.
Does the fog creeping up from the river bring vengeful ghosts seeking to settle an old score?
Are the fleeting shadows you see from the corner of your eye leading you to the horrors of the restless dead?
These sixteen compelling and spooky stories of love, legends and evil will challenge your sense of reality. Is the deserted church really the Gates of Hell? Can a murdered cat save a young woman's life? Will the friendship of two small children surmount even death? How far will a long-dead mother go to get back a precious charm bracelet? What is the prairie spirit that demands a terrible price from those who break the sod?
From a wind-tossed lake to a lonely abandoned cemetery; from a stone mansion to a barnstormer's plane, eerie specters await you as you dare to trespass time.
Awards: 2005 Foreword Magazine BOTY
|The Journey Home|
Paranormal stories about soldiers returning from war. Linda's story is entitled "Heart Crossings."
|One Night with a Rogue|
Tony Derrington's story. A first-class romance: engaging characters, heartfelt passion, and just a hint of humor. Another entertaining read from a talented author who knows her craft well. . . . Book Barn reviews
|Magically Delicious Kisses|
"The Orange Tree" A medieval tale about the healing nature of gardens--and love.
|Silk and Secrets|
A Gothic Romance-A complex resourceful young heroine unravels a tangled murder in this quietly compelling historical...BOOKLIST
|Bride and Groom|
The Bridal Cup-A Scottish lord and American woman doctor clash as old meets new, vengeance hinders healing, and love defies feuding...a delightful tale of a love that will not be denied...Book Barn reviews
|Brighter Than Gold|
An English gambler and an heiress to a played-out Colorado gold mine discover love and family are more important than gold.
Time Travel Tale - An Autumn Bouquet - Will time allow Jen's soulmate and hero from the frontier past to reach across the years and save her future too?
|The Scotsman's Bride|
A heartless Scots lord's evil plot flounders when he attemps to seduce the daredevil twin daughter of an Englishman. One of the Derrington's stories.
Tessa's Heart-Bounty hunter Sam Harper thought he didn't need anyone in his life until he found himself snowbound on the prairie with a troubled newspaper editor and her family.
|The Scotman's Lady|
A daring beauty trades places with her daredevil twin...To win her heart, a deceptive lord wages the greatest fight of his life. A Derrington tale. 1998 Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero Nomination. Ms. Madl's wit and humor are brilliant! Excellent!...Bell, Book, and Candle review.
|The Way to a Man's Heart|
Stories and recipes for those who love love and cooking. "Savory Comfort" If Rosemary's rich savory stew and kisses don't make her favorite steely frontiersman melt down and propose, what will?
|A Whisper of Violets|
The first Derrington story. Seduced bya traitorous sea captain's kiss, a reckless charmer risks all in a dangerous search for true love. "Full of twists and turns and delectable romance!" says Bell, Book and Candle reivews. A finalist in Golden Quill Reader's Choice Award of Excellence.
"The Christmas Pearls" - Set in 1815 New England--How could fate be so cruel as to tempt Sara with her sister's handsome bridegroom during the season of miracles? "Linda Madl gifts the reader with a jewel of a romance,"--Romantic Times.
In the days of the old South, Neilly arrives at Rosewood--too innocent to recognize the danger--too brave to fail to win the love of the plantation's disinherited rake. A bit of a ghost story.
An Old West angel story entitled "Heaven in His Touch"-A romance requires meddling from a cowboy angel when a rancher refuses to accept the best part of his bleak past.
Like many others, Sunny Lang and her brother Jeff were struggling to rebuild their lives and ranch after the devastation of the Civil War. When the tall, lean Cale McFarland arrived, they were happy to hire him as a hand. Yet Sunny sensed that handsome, war-scarred stranger wasn’t what he seemed to be, as she resisted the yearnings he stirred in her heart.
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