Saturday, November 17, 2012

Meet multi-published author Linda Nightingale

Hi Linda, and welcome. Please tell us a little about your writing adventure.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 

When I signed the contract for GEMINI RISING, which was released in print by Double Dragon Publishing, Inc.  The Wild Rose Press published Black Swan, a vampire short story, earlier in ebook, but I wanted to hold my book in my hands.  The day my book arrived I felt as if I were holding my new born child!

How many books have you written? 

I’ve written six:  2 vampire; 2 fallen angel and one about the horsy set—and then there is Gemini Rising—my first book released in print, by Dragon Publishing, Inc.  (Tag line:  Forbidden love.  One woman—one heart, one soul—only together can they be complete.)  In August of 2013, my paranormal romance, Sinners’ Opera, will be released by Double Dragon as well.

Which is your favourite? 

Each one of them is my favourite when I’m writing it.  It’s difficult to decide between I, LUCIFER, a dark fantasy, and SINNERS’ OPERA, the book of my heart.  My favourite hero is in Sinners’ Opera.  His name is Morgan D’Arcy.  He’s a concert pianist, an English lord and a vampire.

In which genre do you prefer to write and why? 

I write paranormal romance and dark fantasy.  Gemini Rising and I, Lucifer are both dark fantasies.  I write these two genres (which aren’t that dissimilar) because I love the extraordinary.  My heroes are usually the paranormal element in my stories.  I have only written one romance novel, GAMBLER’S CHOICE, where the hero was a normal, human man!

Can you give us some details about your upcoming release/s? 

I mentioned Sinners’ Opera already, but here’s the short synopsis:

For centuries, Morgan D’Arcy has cherished a dream—a race of immortal crossbreeds possessing vampire strength and human morals.  Ambition is not his only motivation.  Love is.  When Isabeau, his chosen bride, was a child, he appeared to her as an angel and watched over her.  As the Angel Gabriel predicted, Isabeau is now a brilliant geneticist.  She has come of age, and Morgan is ready to marry her.  However, many forces oppose them, not the least of which is Vampyre law.  Mating between the human and Vampyre is prohibited.  The offspring or DarkeChildren carry a dangerous gene that causes them to go insane at puberty.

An enemy from Morgan's distant past is stalking him. Paul D'Alembert seeks eye-for-an-eye justice, intending to kill Isabeau as once Morgan killed his beloved.   In fact, his enemies are rapidly closing in on them.  Will Morgan have time and an opportunity to make his dream come true—to sire a child on Isabeau?  Will he outsmart his enemies, protect her and escape death himself?  For the first time in eternity, the clock is ticking.

In January of 2014, DDP will release CARDINAL DESIRES, another vampire paranormal.  Here’s the quick synopsis of Cardinal:

How can Katy McCaully resist Sterling Fox?  At fifteen, she fell in love with a man in a painting, and he looks exactly like that Novgorodian knight.  Even though he's got the keys to her chemistry set, she mustn't succumb to his charms.  She's a forensic psychiatrist working with Scotland Yard.  He's a high-profile journalist who invades the underworld for a story or broadcasts live at the scene of the world's worst tragedies.  Police and media do not mix.  They are both trying to capture the same animalistic killer whom newspapers have dubbed The Vampire Slayer.  Modern London doesn't know that the Slayer has also killed four vampires.  Katy doesn't know that Sterling is a vampire until too late—after she's fallen in love with him.

When you are not writing, what are your hobbies, passions, etc?

I am a sports car enthusiast.  I like to participate in car events.  In fact, I went on a Texas Hill Country drive (snaky little curves) recently  I also enjoy symphony, theatre, reading, piano and movies.  Though I don’t own horses now, I will always love them.  For 13 years I bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian horses.

What historical person would you want to meet and why? 

Edward VIII.  He is such a romantic persona.  He abdicated the throne to marry “the woman he loved.”  Though he probably isn’t the epitome of the romance hero, I’d love to meet him—not to mention he was handsome, blond and blue-eyed—my fave!  If I did meet him, I couldn’t wear heels.  He was only 5’7.

Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.

My favourite cocktail is Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic with a twist of lime.
I love to wear wigs because I hate my baby-fine hair.
My horse laid his ears flat for relief when I sang to him.
My stallion Bonito was my soul mate, I think.
And that’s four, so the fifth fact is:  I can’t count!

Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of the US from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for thirteen years.
With Cardinal Desires, a vampire paranormal to be released in 2013 by Double Dragon Publishing, Linda won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award.  She works in the legal field and has two wonderful sons.  She loves Andalusian and Lusitano horses, her snappy little sports car and her parlor grand piano.  Visit her at for a free vampire story starring her favorite hero Morgan D’Arcy.
Also, check out Black Swan, a spicy vampire story, available from The Wild Rose Press.

Thank you for joining us today. Here's wishing you many sales



  1. Bravo, Linda! My vote for favorite character you've created: Morgan, of course. Vive Morgan...and Lucien...andgures in print.

  2. Sorry, Linda, my fingers got ahead of my brain. Those last three words are adventures in print. Mes apologies!

  3. Gemini Rising is a great novel, definitely different, and so very well-written. I look forward to the others, Linda.

  4. Thanks Tony-Paul and Toni! I appreciate your dropping by today. Morgan takes a secondary role in Tony-Paul's The Night Man Cometh. Definitely a novel worth reading!