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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Guest Blogger Linore Rose Burkard and Her One True Soldier


LINORE BURKARD creates Inspirational Romance to Warm the Soul. Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square and, The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from history. England from the past comes alive and happy endings are always possible!

by Linore Rose Burkard
Published by Lilliput Press


Is pop-singer Christine Hartman's fairy-tale success story about to end? When a man in camo literally falls across her path while she's on a routine walk on her private, posted retreat property, she knows danger is afoot. Yet she has no idea of what's coming, or why her life might depend on what she knows. Readers will find page-turning suspense, mystery and romance in this novelette that ends on Ms. Burkard's famously upbeat notes.

Readers, buy your copy of Her One True Soldier today!


Authors are (Imperfect) Mommies, Too!

Last spring, I was working on a book called Ship of Dreams.
My daughter called me from her High School one day.
"Mom, I missed the bus. Could you pick me up?"
"Okay, honey."
"But could you wait a few minutes, like, say, twenty to thirty minutes, and then get me?"
"Sure, honey."
I hung up with the happy reassurance that I had more time to go on writing the scene from my novel that was actually rather thrilling. It was a pivotal scene in the book. WELL...
About an hour later the phone rang.
"BETH! Oh my gosh! I'm sorry! I'm on my way!"
And thus goes the life of a writer. If she had wanted me to get her immediately I could have done that, no problemo.
But to let me get back into a pivotal scene of my current work-in-progress? Um. Problem.
A writer has to be LIVING the scene if she or he wants it to be believable. For me, I have to be living it in order to write it.
Once I had her in the car on the way home, my daughter looked at me with a miffed expression. "So, what happened?"
"Bethany," I explained patiently, "You have to understand. I was on the Titanic with more than 1,000 passengers who were going down!"
She looked at me for a moment, thinking, and slowly smiled. A little. "Okay, mom. I get it."
Thank goodness for understanding family.

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Thank you, Linore, for sharing with us today.

Reader Question: Could you remember to pick someone up from school while the Titanic is sinking? What has been your most memorable (or regrettable) "oops" regarding a family member or a friend?

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This week, the contest is open to anyone worldwide.


Linore Rose Burkard, Novelist said...


Thanks so much for having me on your blog this week. I can't wait to give one of your readers a copy of HER ONE TRUE SOLDIER. Remember, readers, you don't need a kindle to read a kindle ebook. Amazon offers free apps for your pc, mac, iphone or iPad. If you can enter this drawing, you can read the ebook. :)

Looking forward to your comments.


Debbie said...

Amber, my most memorable "oops" moment was crying so loud all the way through my BFF's wedding that people kept turning around looking at me and handing me tissues instead of keeping their eyes on the beautiful bride and groom. Whoops...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the kindle addition to your book and thanks Linore for your encouraging post. Hugs in Him...

apple blossom said...

I believe if there is a crisis going on it could be hard to remember to pick a child up from school. Your mind is elsewhere at the moment.

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Cheryl said...

What a great post. Even moms have those whoops moments. Last year, my life was a bit crazy and I forgot my daughter's birthday was coming up. I had to rush to the store the day before and get one of those better-than-getting-her-nothing types of gifts. I made up for it a few days later, but disappointing a child doesn't make you feel very good.

Wishing you the best,



Linore Rose Burkard, Novelist said...

Dear Debbie, Apple Blossom and Cheryl,

Thanks for sharing your "oops" moments. And it's true, we all have them, whether writers, moms or "BFFs." Thank God for his grace!

I'm glad you could stop by and add to the conversation.


Linore Rose Burkard, Novelist said...


We didn't get many comments so I decided I'd like to give all three of you a copy of my ebook, HER ONE TRUE SOLDIER.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come by and participate. If you enjoy the story, I'd be THRILLED if you leave a short review on Amazon. People don't seem to think of reviewing short stories, but they're still important to potential readers.

Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy it!



Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

How sweet of you to do this, Linore. Thank you! I'm sure the 3 ladies will enjoy your book.