Listen to the Authors You Love to Read

With the new year, I’ve ushered in something new for my book-loving fans. I’ve started a podcast called Authors Love Readers, a weekly conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. I will interview fellow writers about books and life and quirky, fun things. I’ve gathered questions from readers, adding them to the many, many, many I always have. I’d love to have more interview ideas from readers, so if you have some to contribute, just send them to Patricia McLinn, authors love readers, authors podcast, readers podcast, writer interviews, writing discussion, book talk, amreading, itunesThe podcasts started in January, and the first three episodes featured Judith Arnold (romance), Patricia Lewin (suspense) and Barbara McMahon (romance). It’s no coincidence that these women also have participated in group book projects with me such as The Inheritance and Rodeo Knights. Next up is Laura Resnick, who writes urban fantasy that combines comedy, mystery and romance. On future podcast authors will include Linda Cardillo and Emilie Richards (women’s fiction), Victoria Thompson (historical mysteries) and Lisa Hughey (romantic suspense/paranormal).

As you can see, we cover lots of genres and all kinds of books. Since you like books and reading, I think you’ll love Authors Love Readers.

Behind the Curtain in The Big Thrill

international thriller writers, the big thrill, itw magazine, mystery writers, mystery authors, author interview, author Q&A, cozy mystery, cozy mysteries, patricia mclinn, caught dead in wyomingHappy New Year, everyone!

Britain-based Charlie.Cochrane, a contributing editor for the International Thriller Writers magazine, The Big Thrill, and an author herself (Cambridge Fellows and Lindenshaw mysteries), interviewed me for The Big Thrill’s new January issue. We talk about BACK STORY (Book 6 of my cozy mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming), characters from Caught Dead and my other books, consumer scams and a murder plot inspired by my recent cruise. Thanks, Charlie, that was fun. Here’s a sample exchange:

Q: If you were in a tight corner and had to rely on one of your characters to save you, which would it be and why?

A: Either Grif (Col. John Griffin, Army, ret.) or Elizabeth “E.M.” Margaret Danniher. Grif is the protagonist of my romance novel At the Heart’s Command. He is smart, tough, honorable, and perhaps a shade too reliable for his own good (at least at the start of the book). Elizabeth is the main sleuth in my Caught Dead in Wyoming series. She might not rescue me as a kickass ninja, but she’d find exactly the rescuers I needed. She knows how to find out things or people and she would never, ever give up.

Winter Winds Bring Back The Games

olympics olympic games, winter games, sports fiction, olympics romance,As of Thanksgiving weekend, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, were just 75 days away. The Winter Games have always been must-see TV for me. I’ll be binge-watching from Feb. 9 through the closing ceremony on Feb. 25. NBC promises an unprecedented 2,400-plus hours of coverage on its channels (also including NBCSN, CNBC and USA),, the NBC Sports app and other platforms. And since I’m a burner of midnight oil, I’m happy for the live late-night broadcasts across the U.S. for the first time.

PyeongChang ski area at night in this 2010 photo. South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics in February. ( photo/Korean Culture and Information Service)

Prime time will present high-profile events like figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding and short-track speedskating. Sports such as these figure prominently in my sports romance, THE GAMES, which follows the hopes and dreams of a downhill skier, a figure skating coach and a biathlete. THE GAMES is a rare stand-alone novel in my catalog, and I’ve devoted extra pages here to 2018 Winter Olympics information, from TV listings to sports explainers to Olympic lore and fun facts — and links, lots of links.

For me, and NBC, it’s all about the stories. “The Olympics command America’s attention for 18 days unlike anything else because of the athletes and their stories,” NBC official Jim Bell stated in a recent release. “There will be familiar names – like Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Shaun White. There will be new faces – like Chloe Kim and Nathan Chen. And there will be unforgettable stories, like the Nigerian bobsled team and, we anticipate, the North Korean figure skating pairs team.”

Let The Games begin!

Back Story Moves to the Front

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery,
plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.”

-‐ Emilie Richards, USA Today Bestselling Author

BACK STORY, Book 6 of my Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series with humor and a hint of romance, released in October, and I quickly followed it with a second edition to address a glitch in the first uploaded book. If you pre-ordered Back Story and downloaded the book on or soon after release day, make sure you opt in for updates on your stored book. I appreciate your patience with this!

Now a little Back Story preview: The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a notoriously slow news week. Not this year, not for Elizabeth Danniher of KWMT-TV. After 25 years in prison, Dean Isaacs has returned to Sherman, Wyoming, and nobody knows why.

The release of the convicted murderer ensures it won’t be happy holidays for a number of people in Back Story. A debatable accident, a scam and two long-ago deaths swirl together with professional jealousies, family secrets and hot debate over the “lost” Battle of Cottonwood County. Elizabeth, her KWMT colleagues and her investigative cohorts race to solve old and new mysteries before the New Year scatters their suspects for good.

Wait, there’s more! Book 7, COLD OPEN, can now be pre-ordered on iBooks, Kobo, and GooglePlay. (Amazon rules mean Kindle won’t happen until later in 2018. I’ll let you know as soon as I can put it up there, too.)

If you haven’t tried the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, SIGN OFF, which is free right now on all major retailers. All books also are available in paperback. Do you prefer to listen rather than read? You can buy SIGN OFF and LEFT HANGING audiobooks through Amazon, Audible and iTunes, both narrated by the wonderful Jane McLaughlin. And if you’re a regular Caught Dead listener, you’ll be happy to hear that Book 3, SHOOT FIRST, is now available at Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Nook and eStories.

mystery series, podcast, caught dead in wyoming, cozy mystery, author interview, writing processAuthor Alexandra Amor recently interviewed me for her It’s a Mystery Podcast, Episode 49, titled “A TV Journalist Who’s Trying to Avoid Being Caught Dead in Wyoming.” You can listen, read a transcript or download the podcast at her website, or see the interview on YouTube. In it, I talk about Elizabeth Danniher and other Caught Dead in Wyoming characters, and share a bit about my first novel and my unconventional writing process.

Catch a Bouquet of Wildflowers

wyoming wildflowers, cowboy romance, jacks heart, new family, single mom romance, opposites attract, contemporary women's fiction, western romance, small town romanceA new Wyoming Wildflowers story is here! A COWBOY WEDDING (Book 7) chronicles the big day for Jack and Val, whom you met in JACK’S HEART, Book 5 of the Wyoming Wildflowers series. There will be lots of goings-on at the Slash-C Ranch and in Knighton, Wyoming, plus visits by characters from the Bardville, Wyoming and A Place Called Home series, and even the Vances from THE RUNAWAY BRIDE (on sale for 99¢ through September only!). I’ve included a wedding party and guest list in A Cowboy Wedding to help sort out all the people. For more background on the Massachusetts side of the wedding party, check out A NEW WORLD, the prequel to Jack’s Heart. It’s going to be a huge party -– get your place at the reception table now!

Each of my Wyoming Wildflowers books is a stand-alone story, with no cliff-hangers. However, if you are new to Wyoming Wildflowers, A Cowboy Wedding is best read with a little introduction to the many friends and family attending Jack and Val’s ceremony. Start with ALMOST A BRIDE, the first story I wrote in this contemporary western series tied together by the unique characteristics — resilient, medicinal, cheerful, etc. — of certain wildflowers. You can download your free copy of Almost a Bride at your favorite ebook retailer here.

Ride the River: Jump In Now

RIDE THE RIVER: RODEO KNIGHTS is a new western romance, part of a very special continuation of the popular Rodeo Knights series, with all 10 titles released on June 20.
Love your sexy rodeo cowboys with a touch of suspense? You’re going to love this. Ready to jump in the water right now? A link to all your favorite ebook stores is at right.

Regina (Reggie) is hunting a bank robber by going undercover at the rodeo. On Day One, she encounters the guy she’d once thought was The One. Not only could he blow her cover, but she realizes he is also a prime suspect. An injury gone wrong derailed Chapin’s surge to the top of the rodeo world, but he’s not ready to call it quits. He’s been working his way back by competing as William C. Johnson. One word from Reggie would turn the spotlight he’s been avoiding right on him. They come to an uneasy truce, but those old feelings that might have gotten a new lease on life.

For a limited time, my fellow Rodeo Knights contributors and I have put together an Instafreebie giveaway page, where you can download the 2015 Rodeo Knights trilogy or other Rodeo Knights-related titles. You can find my Almost a Bride there or discover new authors at no cost to you! By the way, the Wyoming Wildflowers series includes a prequel, RODEO NIGHTS. Yep, that’s a different book, although look for a Kalli and Walker cameo in Ride the River, along with characters from my other books set in Wyoming. Don’t worry, I’ve included a handy map to help you keep track of all the intersections.

The Season for a New Series

WARM FRONT completes the rolling releases of three new books and one updated edition of my Seasons in a Small Town contemporary romance series set in Drago, Illinois. The series revolves around the good people of rural and solid-but-struggling Drago, from its schools to its police department, small farms and businesses to varsity sports teams. WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? (Book 1, Spring) and THE RIGHT BROTHER (Book 2, Summer) were released in March. I edited and updated FALLING FOR HER (Book 3, Autumn) and re-released it as a second edition in April. A brand-new book, the series finale Warm Front (Winter), came out in May. 

Things heat up in this winter tale of Quince, a Zeke-Tech executive, and Anne, a Drago widow trying to save the family farm. You’ve met both of them in other Seasons books, and I hope you enjoy their stories in Warm Front.

Marry Me: Bells Are Ringing

The Marry Me series, contemporary romances set in small-town Wisconsin, launched in late 2016 with the release of WEDDING OF THE CENTURY and THE UNEXPECTED WEDDING GUEST! The series is now complete with the 2017 release on Book 4, BABY BLUES AND WEDDING BELLS.

You’ve read about Steve Corbett’s brother Zach in the first Marry Me books. Now he’s here at the Corbett House doorstep with his notorious past and his sparkling blue eyes. But relief at knowing he’s okay after years of silence is complicated by what his return will mean to those in this tight-knit group. Especially to the little girl named Nell, who is still absorbing the news that her beloved Daddy isn’t her biological father. And that Zach is. Also what it will mean to Fran Dalton. Her brother, Rob, finds his soulmate well outside his comfort zone in Book 3, A MOST UNLIKELY WEDDING. In Book 4, quiet, contained Fran invites bad-boy Zach in to her home and her life. But not her heart – would she? Could she? Find out now at the retailer of your choice!






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