.Here's a little more about Linda:
Author Linda Weaver Clarke grew up among the rugged, majestic mountains of southern Idaho. She is the author of 22 books: historical romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. She has also traveled throughout the United States giving lectures on writing techniques. All her books are family friendly. She lives in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains.
Welcome to my blog, Linda. What is your newest book about?
In this swashbuckling romance, The Fox of Cordovia, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.
Where did you get your inspiration for this series?
All three books in this series are love stories set in the late 1700s. The Rebel Series was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. It’s a theme that is dear to me. Liberty is something that I cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. The miracles that happened during that war made me realize that God was watching over us. When I read the stories of the American Revolution, my heart swells with gratitude for those loyal patriots. When I look at our flag and pledge allegiance to it, tears well up in my eyes. When I listen to The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless the U.S.A., I get choked up. Especially when it’s sung by a choir.
I had the idea of a country that had to fight for its liberty and the idea stayed in my mind for a long time until I created this story.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
When I did some research about the “waltz,” I was surprised by what I found. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances. The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”
In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats and said that it was a “shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding.” Haha. It finally became fashionable when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it.
What intrigues you most about writing these stories?
I absolutely love writing stories that are page-turners, which have some mystery and suspense. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another and have a strong belief in God. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on the other. I also like strong women characters in a story.
Stories set in the 1700s and 1800s are so fascinating to me. It’s during a time when men defended a lady’s honor and treated women with respect. The women, on the other hand, were not pansies by any means. They knew their rights and demanded respect. My great, great grandmother lived back then and she was brave and independent. I love the fact that people fought for what they believed in and wanted to be free.
Tell us a bit about your other books in The Rebel Series.
The Rebels of Cordovia is book one in this series. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?
The Highwayman of Cordovia is book two. With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?
How did you get started in this genre?
After writing my ancestors’ biographies, I turned to historical fiction. You could say that my ancestors were the inspiration for getting me started. After writing several historical romances, I wrote some cozy mysteries but came back to period romance after a while. I love writing about days long past.
Let’s get personal for a moment: Please share with us the most daring thing you’ve ever done.
The most daring thing I have ever done was to do a road-trip in a mini-van with my four daughters and husband across the U.S., from Utah to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a daring idea because I would have to be the main driver since my husband has dry eyes and isn’t able to drive long distances. We made several stops along the way that my daughters had previously requested to see. It took us 11 days round trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We even took a swamp tour down the bayou in Louisiana.
To learn more about this author and read sample chapters, visit her website at . You’ll find all her books at this site.
Here are two book trailers to watch, so you can understand what these books are about.
The Rebels of Cordovia
The Highwayman of Cordovia
Thank you so much for visiting “Gina’s World of Good”, Linda! I wish you many sales!!
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