This week I'm spotlighting an author I enjoy reading and whom I've had the pleasure of attending a book signing with as of last year: Linda Swift.
Linda is a successful romance author with years of experience and lots of great books. She writes Southern based romantic fiction, but also includes Historicals in her repertoire. I've read the majority of her books, my favorites being CIRCLE OF LOVE and LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY. If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks, I think you'd enjoy Linda's books.
This past week I had the opportunity to read her novelette, RESURRECTION. It's a frightening look at mental health facilities and the desperation we feel when no one but ourselves can see the truth. Here's the blurb:
Charlotte Timberlake, an enterprising newspaper reporter, wants to write a book comparing past and present treatment for mental illness and persuades a doctor friend to have her admitted to a state hospital as a patient. When unforeseen events make it impossible for her to leave, she begins to exhibit symptoms of the illness she faked. Unable to convince those in charge, her children, or ex-husband that she doesn't belong here. Charlotte soon realizes it is up to her to find a means of escaping the nightmare of her self-condemned prison. In her drugged state, will she be able to carry out her daring plan?
I really enjoyed this story. For me it was a "page turner," as I was overwhelmed with the idea of being trapped in a hospital; of being powerless. I felt Charlotte's frustration and was desperate for her to find her way out of her predicament. RESURRECTION is quite a thought provoking piece, and it's easy to read in just one or two days.
My autographed print copy of RESURRECTION is up for grabs if you'd like to give a Linda Swift novel a read. First person to comment on today's post gets the prize. I'll be happy to send you the book as long as you leave your contact info.
Linda Swift divides her time between her native state of Kentucky and Florida. She is an award winning author of published poetry, articles, short stories, and a TV play. Her first two books were published by Kensington. She has 11 ebooks (also in print) and four short stories available from six publishers.
In her other life, she earned an Education Specialist Degree from Murray State University with post-graduate work from U. of Alabama and was a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist in the public schools in three states. She credits her husband and adult children for providing encouragement and technical support necessary for survival in the cyberspace world.
Linda is the only non-musical member in her family of professional musicians.
Linda's very informative website is here.
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A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese lyric poem having a fixed three-line form of 5-7-5 syllables. Within the confines of this narrow scope, the poet seeks to imprint images on the reader's mind and heart.
These word pictures are not meant for "doing" but for "being." They offer a closer look at nature's quiet beauty; forsythia buds opening, a bean field in summer, wild geese in flight, an icy-winged snowbird. And make you smile at a fat toad eating fried bugs or a bushy-tailed squirrel sitting in a bird feeder. Within these pages you can smell lilac-scented rain; hear the hum of a waterfall; see autumn's bright bonfire; feel ice needles stinging. These haiku are intended to lead you to a greater appreciation of serenity and self.