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Upcoming Releases

Canine Protection
Shelf of Secrets Book 4
August 20, 2024

Recent Releases

Bear Witness writing as Lark O. Jensen
An Alaska Untamed Mystery #1
Paperback release May 2024

CSI Colton and the Witness
The Coltons of New York #11
November 28, 2023

Also Available

The Soldier's K-9 Mission
April 2023

Previously published as Second Chance Soldier

Undercover Cowboy Defender Shelter of Secrets #3
March 2023

Iím Linda O. Johnston. Welcome to my website!

Mystery, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and moreÖ Iíve a lot of interests, and the variety spills over into my writing. So does my obsession with dogs!

The good thing is that I write a lot of books. The bad thing is that, as Iíve said before, I donít always update my website in a timely manner. But hereís how things are in mid-2024.

My next book to be published will be the fourth in my Shelter of Secrets series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense: CANINE PROTECTION, which will be available in August. Iím sure itís no surprise that dogs are important in it, as they are in all my Shelter of Secrets booksóand all my other books. Shelter of Secrets stories are about a very special shelter that seems to be about protecting animals needing new homesóbut it also takes in people in danger who need protection. Iíll have a fifth Shelter of Secrets story published next year.

The earlier books in the Shelter of Secrets series were HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE, published in August 2021, GUARDIAN K-9 ON CALL, published in May 2022, and UNDERCOVER COWBOY DEFENDER, published in March 2023.

Also, I had two other novels published in 2023.

One was CRY WOLF, the second Alaska Untamed Mystery for Crooked Lane Books under my first pseudonym, Lark O. Jensen. The first in the series, BEAR WITNESS, was published in 2022. They involve a naturalist who gives tours in AlaskaÖ and solves mysteries. And yes, she has a dog. Both of these books are available in hardback.

Oh, and by the way, both Alaska Untamed Mysteries are being republished in paperback form by Harlequinís Worldwide Mysteries. BEAR WITNESS will be available in May, and CRY WOLF will be available next year. Check the Worldwide Mysteries website.

My third 2023 release was CSI COLTON AND THE WITNESS for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, part of their vast Colton series and the eleventh in 2023ís Coltons of New York mini-series. Iíve already had four books published in the various Colton series.

Iíve written other stories for Harlequin, too, including paranormal romance for their Nocturne line, but that series has ended. Iíve had over 30 books published by Harlequin.

I also wrote mysteries for Midnight Ink, including the Barkery & Biscuits series.
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 Americaís 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. But unfortunately Midnight Ink has ended.

Iíve written other mysteries with dogs in them for Berkley Prime Crime: the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries and the spinoff Pet Rescue Mysteries. Some of them are now available as ebooks and audio books, with more to come.

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 whatís your reading pleasure? A good story with a satisfying ending? Mine, tooóand thatís 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?

Iíve loved dogs since I was a child, and once upon a time thought Iíd grow up to be a veterinarian, not a writer. But then I learned Iíd have to cut animals open, even to save their lives. Veterinarian? Not me, though I absolutely admire them. Oh, and Iíve also been a lawyer and a journalist.

But Iíve been owned by dogs for a very long timeóand I particularly fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels when I saw one on someoneís 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 ďPandaĒ for short. Iíve had Cavaliers ever since, including my current ones: Cari and Roxie.

Though my favorites are Cavaliers, I love all dogs. Iím 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 and provide author news at Writerspace, and blog every few months at The Writers in Residence. I'm also active on Facebook. Please come friend me there!

Happy reading,

Linda O. Johnston