Thursday, November 29, 2012

Setting the Scene Can Make All the Difference plus a GIVE AWAY!

The Pink Heart Society is pleased to welcome Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Linda Conrad, who will Set the Scene for her latest novella.

Finding unique plots and interesting characters is always a challenge.  Many times I start a new book or series with a setting instead of the plot, and I always choose a place that intrigues me.  I don’t believe it’s absolutely necessary to find a unique place, though on occasion that can be fun too.  But my favorite place to set a series is Texas.  Nothing so unique about that—except when seen through the eyes of the characters.
My newest series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense is called: Chance, Texas and most of the action in the series is set in that fictional place.
A CHANCE REUNION, a novella in the Chance, Texas series, is out now in the anthology: Christmas Confidential.  It’s Gage Chance’s story but I wanted to take him out of his home territory and put him somewhere where he could not control the outcome. 
And…I wanted to force Gage to face Christmas.  Christmas is not his favorite time of year but I wanted the setting for his story to take place in a ski resort town during the middle of a snowstorm.  That could not happen anywhere in Texas so I sent Gage to the California mountains.
Here’s what Gage thinks of that at the opening of the book:
            That danged statue of a reindeer sitting on the bar nearby grinned at nothing in particular and blinked its red nose in perpetual holiday cheer.
            Gage Chance didn’t know whether to ignore the too cute decoration or pull his weapon and blast the miserable cheery monstrosity right off its perch.  Christmas.  To quote a smarter man than he would ever be, “Humbug.”

            Downing the last of his long-neck, Gage dropped a few bills on the bar and slid off the stool.  Tired and frustrated, he was done—for the night—and with this trip.
As for me, I just love the holidays; the decorations, the scent of pine, the crisp cold air and the familiar music.  It all seems like magic.  But Gage Chance is definitely not thrilled.  He has a good reason for disliking the time of year; he lost his beloved wife on Christmas five years ago.  However, this Christmas he will have no choice.
Here’s the back of the book blurb about his story:

Who is the mysterious woman who looks so much like his dead wife?
Gage Chance doesn’t know, but he has to find out.  And when bullets begin to fly, he’ll risk his life to save hers and get to the bottom of things.  Will the truth be more than he can handle
So what do you think about the holidays?  Do you love it or hate all the fuss?  If you love it, what’s your favorite part?  And what do you think of Christmas stories? Every year I can’t wait for the new ones to arrive. How about you?
Share your answers in the comments section and tomorrow morning I’ll choose two people to receive an autographed copy of the book!
You can learn more about Linda Conrad and her books at and visit with her on Facebook at


  1. I like to read Christmas stories in the summer heat!

  2. Christmas isn't big in my family, we do decorate, bake goodies, watch movies and have a great time.
    But no massive parties or shopping stress, so I usually enjoy Christmas a lot.

    I absolutely love and keep Christmas stories. I read them during the season.

  3. I love all the build up to christmas, the decorations and shopping. the Christmas stories are fun to pick out each year with my niece. It amazes me how inventive authors can get with children stories.

  4. LOL, Chey. too funny. Maybe you should move to the southern hemisphere?

  5. I love the idea of no stress, Jo. And I do love Christmas stories! :)

  6. Hey, Avi J. How about 'adult' Christmas stories? Cause this one is very 'adult' ;)

  7. Congrats on the new release, Linda. I love the holiday season. There's something in the atmosphere that makes you grateful for your family and friends, but of course it's also the season for gift giving.

  8. What a nice thing to say, Jane! Thanks!!!! And Happy Holidays!

  9. Congrats! I like the holidays and the decorations.


  10. I love the holidays. I don't find them as busy/stressful as some other times of the year, probably because I pick up things here or there (usually on sale) before December. My favorite part is always visiting with family. Of course, the rye and coke we share isn't too shabby either, LOL (when I'm not the designated driver)!
    I love Christmas stories all year round. It's never a wrong time to believe in miracles or to share the love....

  11. Yikes! Due to a communications blunder on my part, I am just now choosing a comment winner. Picked by random drawing is bn100. Congrats!

    And thanks to all of you for commenting! Happy Holidays, everyone!