Friday, June 4, 2021

Author Linda Weaver Clarke: Chat and Giveaway!

It is a joy to welcome author Linda Weaver Clark to 'Gina's World of Good.' Linda has written 32 books and she is working on new ones right now. This remarkable author visits today to chat about her motto in life, 'Never too late to dream', and her Willow Valley Series of historical mystery romances. Linda has generously offered to give away an ebook of One Last Dance as a gift to everyone who comments. 

Talking About Willow Valley

Never Too Late To Dream

I believe it’s never too late to accomplish one’s dreams. Some people have a bucket list that has daring things to do or something they longed to do for years. It is never too late and you are never too old to do something you have longed to do. 

After raising six daughters and believing it is never too late to dream, I decided to go back to college. It was a scary thing to do and I don’t know why I was so worried. At the age of 50, I graduated from college with a Theatre and Arts Degree. After that, I performed for a concert series. It was unbelievably fun and enjoyable until I got reflux and lost my voice. Feeling discouraged, I didn’t know what to do with my life. But . . . when one door is closed, God opens another door for you to walk through. And that was exactly what He did for me. 

An interest in writing engulfed me. So I went to the library and studied every book available about writing. I wanted to write family friendly stories for all ages. So I sat down and wrote a few books until I was brave enough to send one to a publisher. At the age of 56, I became a published author and won an award for my first book, which surprised and delighted me. After writing five historical romances, I wrote 12 cozy mysteries and then wrote three swashbuckling romances. Since I was a fan of Robin Hood, Zorro, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, I couldn’t help it. I even wrote some non-fiction and a children’s book. Being an author has been an interesting path to travel. The most recent series that I just completed is a historical mystery romance series set in the 1830s. It is called A Willow Valley Historical Romance. Each romance has a mystery to solve. 

One Last Dance is the first book in this series, which will keep you guessing until the end of the book. When Felicity meets their charming new neighbor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom, a precious treasure found in her attic, her life takes a new turn. 

“This book has my favorite genres: historical, romance and mystery. Although I enjoyed the romance, what I liked most was the mystery. Intrigue and suspense kept me hooked and I loved the air of mystery behind a few of the characters. It kept me guessing to the end, and of course it had a sweet, happy ending. This is one of my favorite books by Linda Weaver Clarke.” –Inishowen Cailin, Book Reviewer 

Angel’s Serenade is the second book in this series. Each day as Emmeline practices the piano, she doesn’t know the new doctor in town secretly sits on his porch to listen to her music. As Emmeline gets to know the charming doctor, they become intrigued by her neighbor’s mysterious behavior. Will they discover his secret? And who is the leader of the River Pirates, who is causing so much havoc? 

“Clarke has created a sweet romance that will warm the heart, and it’s wrapped up in fascinating yesteryear details of courting, medical practice and river pirates. I highly recommend the book to those who enjoy sweet romance with a bit of mystery.” –Author Gail Pallotta 

In A Pleasant Rivalry, Angelica is surprised when she finds out that an old school chum has returned to Willow Valley. Since she writes articles for the Chronicle and Simon owns the Willow Valley News, they just happen to be rivals. The competition is on. Who will be the first to discover the identity of the jewel thief or the arsonist? To her surprise, Angelica realizes she is losing her heart to her rival.

“I loved this book! It was a great historical read and full of surprises. I totally didn't expect what happened… to happen. The time period was an interesting one and I love how the author intertwines historical events into the story. It was a new and refreshing tale.” –Sunnie Reviews Book 

Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. This book is a collection of six holiday stories, something that I hadn’t done before. What were the holidays like at Willow Valley in 1840? While writing this book, I learned to appreciate our holidays. 

“This book contains six short stories of different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The characters and the book carry Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining stories!” --Sunnie Reviews Book 

I soon realized that writing short stories was a pleasure and quite fun. So I decided to try it once again. So I wrote the fifth and last book in this series called Tales of Willow Valley. It is a collection of five “Love Stories.” 

“If you are in the mood for some sweet, clean, historical, romantic short stories then look no further. I enjoyed each story and how the women are not sitting back waiting on a man, but are take-charge women that start their own businesses, aren’t afraid to face ruffians, and encourage women to fight for their rights. It is amazing what you can learn when an author does research into events in the past to make sure their works are as authentic as possible.” –Story Book Reviews 

As of today, I am the author of 32 books and 28 Audible audiobooks. 

You can order any of my books from Amazon and Audible Audiobooks at my websites below. 

Linda’s Website:        

Monday, November 30, 2020

Welcome, Author Larry Hammersley!


                                Author Larry Hammersley

What a joy to welcome Larry to the "World"! Larry has graciously offered to gift two

versions of "Saving Clay" to selected visitors to this blog visit. Thank you, Larry!

A bit about the author:

Larry has been married to Sue "coming up on 58 years on December 29" 

and has eight grandchildren.  Congratulations!!!

*He has a BS in chemistry from Purdue, and MS in chemistry from Indiana 

University.  He enjoys writing science fiction and clean romance.  

*He has several short stories at Amazon, Smashwords, and Wild Rose Press.

*He enjoys writing, amateur radio, woodworking, building musical jewelry 
boxes,  walking for exercise, and is active in the local Oolitic, Indiana Church of Christ.       

Here's a look at some of Larry's wonderful books


Saving Clay  

Saving Clay is a long novel and required lots of research into

foreign lands and the parts of shrubs that have flowers, leaves,

etc. that could be used for medicinal purposes.  Clay’s education

is a college degree in biochemistry which enables him to recover

the natural chemicals.

Julianne has a degree in international relations and becomes

an ambassador at largebringing peace world-wide.  Her and

Clay meet at a young age when Julianne saves Clay’s life.  The

old prophetess, Lana, tells Julianne when and where to be to

save Clay. Clay’s trips to Alaska, Australia, Pakistan and

Nikumaroro Island are detailed where he heals people.  Because

Clay and Julianne travel world-wide they cannot be together

very often.  Julianne becomes a target for an arms dealer

and his terrorists because of her success at bringing peace.

Clay’s final trip is to Nikumaroro where a storm sweeps

the island and everyone but Clay escapes.  He is stranded

there with little hope of being rescued.  Will he ever

see Julianne again?


Buck's Wake Up Call


Buck thought he had a special relationship with Carrie in high

school.  She cared not for anyone else in school but for Buck.  She

graduated a year before Buck and moved away.  It seemed their

bond was strong when she gave him her prized possessions.  When

Buck located her out east after she quit writing, she was engaged

to someone else.

Sally had been in love with Buck all through grade and high

school.  Buck tried to convince Sally he was over Carrie.  She

was only partly in belief of that.  When she was accepted at

the University of Rhode Island for her writing skills a young

English professor won her heart.

Buck thought it was just as well because he had a strict advisor,

Dr. Bancroft, at Purdue for his chemistry degree and he expected

all his chemistry majors to make an A in each of their chemistry

classes and a B in non-chemistry courses.  Buck  had to

concentrate.  He graduated and his advisor suggested he be

interviewed by Eve, a former student of his.  She had started her

own company analyzing minerals.  Eve hired Buck.

Buck initially fought not to judge Eve’s looks as a “Plain Jane”.  He

soon changed his mind and found beneath her exterior a

beautiful woman not only in looks but character as well.  Buck

not only enjoyed working for Eve and analyzing mineral samples

but recognized she was sincere in what she said and done.  She

could be depended upon, trustworthy and Buck fell for her. 

Higher Mission: Excerpt

The big tire of the rover startled him as it ground to a halt beside him.

Cramer felt a moment of relief until he turned to face a blaster leveled

at his mid-section. The helmeted figure of the pirate motioned

ngrily for him to get into their rover. Cramer didn’t have to be told

twice. The blaster could kill with its high energy beam and it would

be a tossup as to which would take his life first—the decompression

of his suit or the blaster beam frying his guts. It was obvious these

men didn’t intend to rescue him by picking him up. They

rode in silence until he noticed the attenuator reading on his receiver

blink to a seven. The crater and building complex appeared ahead.

“This is Dirk. We have a member of your crew. We’ll deliver him

safely if you give us the storage tank with the blind fish,” Dirk

said into his suit mike.

“No deal,” the answer came over Cramer’s receiver as well. He

recognized Sanchez’s voice.

“Then we’ll kill him,” Dirk replied, no hesitation, no uncertainty,

no bluffing in his voice.

Cramer sank to deep despair, picturing the proverbial plug

nickel of higher worth than his life. He confirmed that

feeling as he spotted on top of the main building a large canon

swiveled in their direction, its spherical energy storage chamber

behind the ribbed barrel glowing bright red.

Simultaneously, the rover driver jumped out his door

and Dirk reached across in front of Cramer for the

passenger side handle, but Cramer beat him to it. He opened

the door and leaped for the snowy surface just as

the canon emitted a scarlet beam in their direction.

The blast exploded the pirate’s rover into a thousand

pieces, the debris striking Cramer and sending him

tumbling in space away from the blast. During his

somersaulting, he spotted Dirk flying above him,

frozen entrails trailing his lifeless body. Cramer couldn’t

see the other man among the tiny pieces of metal and

plastic from the exploded rover.

He felt his own suit losing pressure. The self-sealing

mechanism kicked in and barely managed to handle

the small leak. He lost consciousness as his oxygen

pack provided him its last gasp of air. At the point

of blackout, he saw Europa’s icy surface coming

up to meet him. His whole life seemed to flash

before him like the time on Earth when he fell into

the old fishing hole and almost drown forty years ago.

The last image burnt into his mind before oblivion

struck was Cindy’s face in the Martian hospital.

Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge is a novel I have had and revised several times down through the years.  I self-published it when a publisher required extensive changes for acceptance.

The story involves star ship captain, and widower, Jim Hansen, who seeks a cure for his ill daughter, Patty.  That leads him to three planets to find a cure.  He must battle aliens and overcome deceptions that put him and Patty in danger.  He falls in love with Leah, a Mizarian woman, but her people forbid the marriage of an earthman and Mizarian woman.  Leah falls sick and Hansen takes her to a planet located at the end of the universe for a cure.  Will he ever overcome the ban against him and Leah from being married?

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Linda Weaver Clarke: Books To Lift Your Spirits


Short Stories to Lift Your Spirits

Tales of Willow Valley and Holidays in Willow Valley are full-length books filled with short stories that have been released for the holidays. Historical Romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. The romance draws the reader into a world of wonder, but the mystery keeps you turning the pages.

What was romance like in the 19th century? Suko’s Notebook wrote, “Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?” Set in the 1800s, each of the Willow Valley stories has humor, adventure, romance, and mystery.

After reading Tales of Willow Valley, Author Gail Pallotta wrote: “Ms. Clarke brings us five love stories based on the lives of real people and true events. The heroines are brave, spunky women who attract their suitors with their independence and ability to cope with the perils of the day as well as their beauty. Getting lost in the historical detail and excellent characterization, I felt I was with the characters in yesteryear times. The struggles of the heroines and the chivalry of the heroes who won their hearts touched mine and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend these stories for those who enjoy history, people facing and overcoming difficulties and romantic scenes.”

These short stories were inspired by the experience of Clarke’s ancestors. Linda Weaver Clarke said, “What if I gave my great grandparent’s experience to a fictional character, how would it turn out? As I did this, each story blossomed before my eyes and I was delighted with the outcome.”

In Tales of Willow Valley, you will read five short stories.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: When Thomas finds out that the proprietor of Hannah’s Hot Chocolate Shop is struggling, he comes up with a brilliant idea. Will she agree to such an unconventional plan?

Leave or Perish: When Jonathan watches Serenity chase off thieves with a sword in her hand, he becomes intrigued with her. How will he win her heart?

                          A Broom in her Hand: When Laura reports that a thief snuck into her home, William finds out that she chased the intruder off with a broom, but he soon learns the man’s invasion is much bigger than he realizes.

Deception: When Peter accepted the job of writing letters to a young lady on behalf of his employer, he soon realizes he is falling in love with Pauline.

A Cry for Help: When Joshua is sent with a message for Mary, the note says that she must go on a dangerous quest and he is determined to accompany her.

                     When Sunnie Reviews read Tales of Willow Valley, she wrote: “The stories are refreshing tales of good people working through life as do we today. The title of one of the stories gives me hope for the struggles we are going through now:  The Light at the End of the Tunnel.  God is always watching out for us and there are good things yet to come. I found these happy stories just what I needed in these trying days.”

                       Happy Holidays! It’s time to enjoy some holiday stories. Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. The inspiration for these stories was based on true experiences. You will read six short stories: The Valentine Bandit, St. Paddy’s Day, April Fools Pranks, The Daring Escape, All Hallows Eve, An Unforgettable Christmas. These stories have humor with a surprise ending. This book was just released by Audible Audiobooks.

                     What were the holidays like in the 1840s? How will Emmeline and Felicity celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do Sam and Josie believe in leprechauns and the pot of gold when St. Patrick’s Day comes around? Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out first hand. Angelica’s eyes are opened when she is challenged on Independence Day. When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. How about Christmas? Will Willow Valley accept these traditions? Find out as you share their experiences.

Sunny Reviews wrote: “This book contains six short stories of various characters and different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The book carries Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining stories and I hope you will take the time to read them!”


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                    Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives in the red desert hills of southern Utah. She is the author of 30 books: Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Swashbuckling Romance, Historical Mystery Romance, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. Linda works at the Family Search Center where she helps people find their ancestors so they can learn about their heritage.


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Thank you so much for visiting, Linda! And readers, thank you for stopping in to the 'World'. Be sure to find me as a guest on November 12 at Martha Reynolds Writes, where I will be giving away two books, In Good Faith and Act of Faith. Find me November 12 @