I’m Linda O. Johnston. Welcome to my website!
Mystery, romantic suspense and more… I’ve a lot of interests, and the variety spills over into my writing. So does my obsession with dogs!
I’ve been writing a lot lately for Harlequin. I have several new Harlequin Romantic Suspense books being published. That includes some in their vast Colton series, in which I’ve already had two books published. The next one will be a November 2021 release, UNCOVERING COLTON’S FAMILY SECRET, the tenth in their new Coltons of Grave Gulch miniseries. The other will be published in 2022, one of the Coltons of Colorado miniseries.
In addition to that new Colton book will be stories in a spinoff series from my K-9 Ranch Rescue series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense—the Shelter of Secrets series. The first is HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE, an August release, and the second will be GUARDIAN K-9 ON CALL. There will be several additional ones after that. The K-9 Ranch Rescue stories are SECOND CHANCE SOLDIER, published in March 2018, and the second, TRAINED TO PROTECT, published in October 2018. They of course have dogs in them. And so do the Shelter of Secrets stories.
I’ve written other stories for Harlequin, too, including paranormal romance for their Nocturne line, but that series has ended.
And by the way—I was recognized at the 2018 Romance Writers of America National Conference for having had 25 Harlequin books published! That was then… and I just recently was recognized for having had 30 Harlequin books published!
What else? I’ve written mysteries, too. And I’m delighted to say that my first mystery series, the Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter Mysteries, are currently in the process of being republished as eBooks! Visit the section under Books on this website to see what’s currently available. The first three were republished first, at a discount, and the rest will be out every few weeks. And watch for the Pet Rescue Mysteries next!
Upcoming is my first Alaska Untamed mystery, BEAR WITNESS, which will be published next May by Crooked Lane. And I’ll be using a pseudonym for the first time: Lark O. Jensen!
My most recent mysteries before that were the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink—and Midnight Ink has ended. There were five in that series.
And BITE THE BISCUIT, my first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, was a finalist in the fiction category for the 2016 Dog Writers Association of America’s annual Maxwell Awards! By the way, all five stories are now available as audio books from Blackstone.
I have also written The Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.
Plus, some of my older romances have been republished in e-format. They included ONCE A CAVALIER, a time travel romance that features my favorites: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!
So what’s your reading pleasure? A good story with a satisfying ending? Mine, too—and that’s what I like to write, no matter what the genre or subgenre. Oh, and dogs appear often, of course.
Dogs? Did you hear me say dogs? Did you catch all my references to them above?
I’ve loved dogs since I was a child, and once upon a time thought I’d grow up to be a veterinarian, not a writer. But then I learned I’d have to cut animals open, even to save their lives. Veterinarian? Not me, though I absolutely admire them.
But I’ve been owned by dogs for a very long time—and I particularly fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels when I saw one on someone’s lap in the Underground on my first trip to London. I came home and had to look hard to find one since they were pretty rare in the U.S. in those days. But I did find one: Pandaemonium, called “Panda” for short. I’ve had Cavaliers ever since, including my current one Cari.
Though my favorites are Cavaliers, I love all dogs. I’m a dogaholic. A cynophilist!
And so, yes, I also love to include dogs, including rescue dogs, in my writing and do so whenever I can.
Come visit me at the Killer Hobbies blog. I blog there every Wednesday, often about pets although they’re family, not hobbies. I additionally blog and chat at Writerspace. And I’m also active on Facebook. Please come friend me there!
Linda O. Johnston