Today we welcome
Linda Hoover to my blog. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Share your blurb.
the tagline if you want to use it.
Julia wants to marry for love… But
her father’s secret condemns her to a love-less marriage.
In 1880 Boston, Julia Phillips’s
father betroths her to wealthy Lucien Harris to cover up a tragic secret. She
has no interest in Lucien, but Jacob Anderson, a kind jewelry store clerk has
captured her attention. Can she put off Lucien long enough to convince her
parents to accept a man who isn’t in the upper-class?
works with his uncle in Boston, but plans to buy land for a farm in Iowa when
he has enough money. When Julia walks into their store his priorities change.
Their mutual attraction grows into love, and he wants to be the man she
marries. But how can he with so little money?
feels increasing pressure from Lucien to pretend she’s happy about the upcoming
wedding. Then, she discovers the arranged marriage is based on blackmail. Her
family will be ruined if she doesn’t comply.
Will God make a way for Jacob and
Julia to have their heart’s desire?
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love Christmas
music! There are so many songs I enjoy, but I’ll narrow it down to two. Mary
Did You Know and Carol of the
What are you reading right now?
The Order of the Flaming
Sword by Jeanine Hart-Hipshir
It’s a YA
allegory. The Light represents God and Soot represents Satan. A group of teens
and preteens are on a mission to help make sure evil doesn’t win. It kept me up
late reading last night.
be your dream vacation?
I’d like to tour England, Ireland, Germany, Italy
How do you choose your settings
for each book?
I think about where the story would most likely take place. In my first
book, Mountain Prophecy, a lot of the characters were superstitious, so it made
sense for it to be set in an area where that’s known to be common., the
I knew I wanted my second book, Lighter Than Air, to be in England at a
country estate, within a reasonable buggy ride from a city and in a fairly
temperate climate. Maps, books and Google were a big help in finding just the
For Heart’s Desire, I researched
historic places and found 1880 Boston to be a big city with everything I
needed. I could show the differences in social classes as well as it having an
abundance of activities my characters could take part in. My family vacationed
there in June 2019. I loved seeing the places where my characters lived and
Will we know what happens to your character after
the end of the book?
Yes, I tie up loose ends for the most part. Heart’s Desire is the first
book in the series, so you can expect to see more of the main characters in the
you like to write? Can you share a picture?
This is my happy place. 😊
How do you handle distractions?
Distractions usually come in the form of family members coming into my
office to sit and chat. I’ll talk for a few minutes then kindly tell them I
need to get back to work. Maybe it would help if I didn’t have any chairs in
here, other than mine. They might not want to stand around too long. 😊
What’s on the horizon for
you? What will you be writing next?
have several projects. The first is a short story to give to readers who sign
up for my newsletter. Before the middle of January, I’ll be working on book 2
of the Heart’s Desire series. I’d also like to have a Christmas book ready by
Share your bio and links.
Linda lives in west central Ohio with her husband,
daughters, grandson, two cats and a dog. She earned a degree in psychology from
Anderson University where she learned the voices in her head were actually
characters from stories waiting to be told.
Linda recently retired from the county’s public library
system. It was the perfect place to indulge her love of young adult and
Christian fiction. It was also a good place to build a long “To Read” list.
These days she enjoys being a fulltime author in her home office, despite
interruptions from family members and pets. Linda is a member of American
Christian Fiction Writers.
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Heart’s Desire is available in print and Kindle at Amazon.
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