SPEAKER: Linda is a member of AWSA, and is available to speak to your organization, at your conference, or as part of a workshop.
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AGENT: Linda is a an agent with Hartline Literary Agency. She would love to represent that next great American novel! She will look at nonfiction, but she LOVES FICTION--historic, suspense, romance or all of the above.

AUTHOR: Linda writes romance in all categories, but what is her fave? Suspense, and not only suspense, but SUSPENSE SEALED WITH A KISS

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Jackie, Rick B, Renee B, Deb H, Marji L, Trina, Karla, Leslie!

I decided to send one of Kelli's ebooks to each of you!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another Suspense Sealed with a Kiss Giveaway!

If you’re the type who enjoys a tasty touch of romance with your suspense, then Kelli Hughett’s Red Zone should top your summer reading list!

…Marcy Farris nearly trips over a woman’s body when she should have been finding a seat in the bleachers. And while it brings back memories of her husband’s suicide, she wants nothing more than to move forward with her life.
…Jack Briggs, former NFL player, nurses an old injury as he contemplates life after football. Once he sees Marcy Farris, he realizes there could be if only she saw him as more than a has been.
…But it’s important to remember:
Sometimes, an athlete's biggest plays are made off the field.

Kelli weaves a tale of corruption…all for money. What else? And how hearts and bodies of athletes can be drawn into a web looking for its next victim.
What do a touchdown and a murder have in common? Red Zone, by Kelli Hughett.

Maybe you’d like to hear it from Jack Briggs himself:

So, Jack. I’m guessing this isn’t your first interview, but we haven’t seen your face on the cover of Sport’s Illustrated this year.
(Laughing) I’ve been keeping a low profile since my retirement. This is my first interview in about a year.
After a stellar NFL career as one of the league’s all-time hardest hitting linebackers, you’re in line for a spot in the NFL hall of fame. How’s the injury?
The knee? It’s as good as it’s gonna get, so the doctors tell me. If it weren’t for the knee injury, I’d still be playing.
Fans would love to see you on the field again. How’s retirement treating you?
Retirement? My body knows I’ve retired, but I’m not sure my heart’s got the message.
So you miss the game then?
Like holding my breath underwater. Football was breathing to me. I gave up everything for the game.
Your female fans haven’t cooled off since your retirement. We were keeping women out of the green room this morning. They’re still fond of the “Gentleman Linebacker.” Now that you’ve moved on from the league, will you have time for a love life?
(laughing) Love life? I’m not sure there is life at all after football.
So, if a relationship isn’t in your future, what’s ahead for Jack Briggs?
Your guess is as good as mine. I’m living in Loveland, Colorado now. Great views. Amazing community. Who knows? Maybe I’ll buy a car dealership. (winks)
(Laughing) I think we’ll hear more about #44 in the near future. With a face like yours, I’m sure the TV offers will be pouring in. Do you see a career in commentating?
Maybe. Anything that keeps me in the game. Football is in my blood.
To learn more about Jack Briggs (and his love life) Check out Kelli Hughett’s latest romantic suspense title, Red Zone. 
 And if I’m in a really good mood and we get some awesome comments, I might draw more than one!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It’s NOT FAIR! :(:(:(

My mother instilled in me a very strong sense of fair play and it has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks of my life.
I constantly whine about the fairness. In so many situations.
Why do athletes make a fortune when many of our young military families live on food stamps?
Why do some kids just naturally have athletic ability, and others are resigned to cleaning up the field following the game?
Why can celebrities write books (usually someone else writes it) and get published immediately just for name recognition?
And on and on and on…
The best bit of advice I ever received after my mom’s good words was: Life isn’t fair.
God doesn’t promise us the brass ring a thousand times. Shucks, He doesn’t guarantee we’ll ever catch it.
The same rule applies to authors. Life isn’t fair. The industry isn’t fair. Editors aren’t fair. Agents aren’t fair.
Do they set out to be ogres and meanies? No. Well, this one doesn’t as I'm sure most don't. But the fact is: every book doesn’t fit what I’m looking for. It might be the best book ever written, and I’ll spend the rest of my life kicking myself for not signing it, but the fact of the matter is I wasn’t looking for that particular type of book.
Which means one thing: someone else IS looking for that book.
Do the best writers become bestselling authors? Authors at all?
Not necessarily. But the prize goes to those who never give up.
You might fill dozens of book binders with rejections. You might be told “no” hundreds, yes, hundreds of time. You might get the most insignificant note scribbled on your query letter, or a short form letter to your email. And they all say “NO!”
BUT, IT ONLY TAKES ONE YES to turn things around.
Just one compared to all of the Nos.
Are you willing to keep writing? Are you willing to continue sending queries? Are you looking to see what they want sent? Are you waiting patiently to hear?