Iím Linda O. Johnston. Welcome to my website!
Mystery, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and moreÖ Iíve a lot of interests, and the variety spills over into my writing. So does my obsession with dogs!
The good thing is that I write a lot of books. The bad thing is that I donít always update my website in a timely manner. But hereís how things are in mid-2023.
My next two novels will both be published in November 2023.
One of them is CRY WOLF, the second Alaska Untamed Mystery for Crooked Lane Books under my first pseudonym, Lark O. Jensen. The first in the series, BEAR WITNESS, was published in 2022. They involve a naturalist who gives tours in AlaskaÖ and solves mysteries. And yes, she has a dog.
My other November release will be CSI COLTON AND THE WITNESS for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, part of their vast Colton series and the eleventh in this yearís Coltons of New York mini-series. Iíve already had four books published in the various Colton series.
I also write a lot more books these days for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. My most recent, UNDERCOVER COWBOY DEFENDER, was the third book in my Shelter of Secrets series for HRS. It was published in March 2023. And it has dogs in it! So do the others in the series: HER UNDERCOVER REFUGE, published in August 2021, and GUARDIAN K-9 ON CALL, published in May 2022, and there are more to come.
Iíve written other stories for Harlequin, too, including paranormal romance for their Nocturne line, but that series has ended. Iíve had over 30 books published by Harlequin.
I also wrote mysteries for Midnight Ink, including the Barkery & Biscuits series.
There were five in that series. And BITE THE BISCUIT, my first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, was a finalist in the fiction category for the 2016 Dog Writers Association of Americaís annual Maxwell Awards! By the way, all five stories are now available as audio books from Blackstone. I have also written The Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink. But unfortunately Midnight Ink has ended.
Iíve written other mysteries with dogs in them for Berkley Prime Crime: the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries and the spinoff Pet Rescue Mysteries. Some of them are now available as ebooks and audio books, with more to come.
Plus, some of my older romances have been republished in e-format. They included ONCE A CAVALIER, a time travel romance that features my favorites: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!
So whatís your reading pleasure? A good story with a satisfying ending? Mine, tooóand thatís what I like to write, no matter what the genre or subgenre. Oh, and dogs appear often, of course.
Dogs? Did you hear me say dogs? Did you catch all my references to them above?
Iíve loved dogs since I was a child, and once upon a time thought Iíd grow up to be a veterinarian, not a writer. But then I learned Iíd have to cut animals open, even to save their lives. Veterinarian? Not me, though I absolutely admire them. Oh, and Iíve also been a lawyer and a journalist.
But Iíve been owned by dogs for a very long timeóand I particularly fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels when I saw one on someoneís lap in the Underground on my first trip to London. I came home and had to look hard to find one since they were pretty rare in the U.S. in those days. But I did find one: Pandaemonium, called ďPandaĒ for short. Iíve had Cavaliers ever since, including my current ones: Cari and Roxie.
Though my favorites are Cavaliers, I love all dogs. Iím a dogaholic. A cynophilist!
And so, yes, I also love to include dogs, including rescue dogs, in my writing and do so whenever I can.
Come visit me at the Killer Hobbies blog. I blog there every Wednesday, often about pets although they’re family, not hobbies. I additionally blog and chat at Writerspace, on the sixth of each month at A Slice of Orange, and every few months at The Writers in Residence. I'm also active on Facebook. Please come friend me there!
Linda O. Johnston