I’m Linda O. Johnston. Welcome to my website!
Mystery, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and more… I’ve 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 I don’t always update my website in a timely manner. But here’s how things are in early 2022.
I write a lot these days for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. My next novel will be published in April 2022: GUARDIAN K-9 ON CALL, the second in my Shelter of Secrets miniseries, which is a spin-off of my K-9 Ranch Rescue series. The first, HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE, was published in August 2021, and there are more to come. They all have dogs in them.
I also have another book coming out this year in the HRS vast Colton series, the tenth in their new Coltons of Colorado series that began in February 2022. I’ve already had three books published in the Colton series, also with more to come.
I’ve written other stories for Harlequin, too, including paranormal romance for their Nocturne line, but that series has ended. I’ve had over 30 books published by Harlequin.
I also write mysteries. In May 2022—yes, another one this year—my first Alaska Untamed Mystery, BEAR WITNESS, will be published—under my very first pseudonym, Lark O. Jensen. There will be more of them, and they involve a naturalist who gives tours in Alaska… and solves mysteries. And yes, she has a dog.
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 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. But unfortunately Midnight Ink has ended.
I’ve 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, 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 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 on the sixth of each month at A Slice of Orange. And I’m also active on Facebook. Please come friend me there!
Linda O. Johnston