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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Juggling Life, Genres, Series and Marketing--Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston will be the guest speaker at the next SJ SinC meeting.

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.

Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 39 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.

She currently writes the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.

Where: Yosemite Falls Restaurant Ashlan, West side of 99

When: Saturday, Aug 1, 2015.

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It has been a while since we caught up with Linda O. Johnston. The last time she visited us she was in the middle of writing her Pet Rescue mysteries. In the last year she has started two new series. This is everyone’s chance to get in at the beginning – you can watch the characters develop and bloom as they are replanted into new careers, lives and loves.

Lost Under A Ladder (A Superstitious Mystery #1) features Rory Chasen and Pluckie (a mixed breed rescue dog). Rory is a skeptic but becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about superstition when her fiancé is killed after walking under a ladder. She visits the small Gold Country town of Destiny where every business has a link to some superstition (Knock-On-Wood Furniture, Falling Star Gallery, and Rainbow Inn) to find out the truth. Is there something to the old practices that insure good or bad fortune?

Taking an exploratory walk around the town, Rory finds Martha, owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique, in a semiconscious state. Rory has experience managing a pet store and allows herself to be drawn into keeping the business running until Martha recovers. Soon after a local bookshop owner is found dead and Martha is the number one suspect.

Will Rory and Pluckie find the killer before their luck runs out? Read the Book and learn the answer!
Johnston does a nice job plotting her books. Her current and previous cozy series have a protagonist with a rescue dog. I freely admit that I start thinking about wanting to have a dog again – she makes the girl and her dog relationship almost irresistible. Don’t tell the cats I said that!

--by Terrel Byrd

And look up Linda at or on Facebook. She loves to hear from readers and would be happy to friend you

Yosemite Falls Restaurant On Ashlan, West side of 99 EARLY START at 10:00 am
SATURDAY Aug 1, 2015. – Please come early by 9:45 am so we can start on time.
Members $15 Visitors $20

**NOTE: We will be served a choice of Patty Melt Burger, Crispy Chicken Salad or Spaghetti & Meatballs with Bread


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