Since I write romance, I think most of my readers will appreciate my guest today, Linda Bolton – author of Take 2 and Incantation. I’ve had the privelege of knowing Linda for three years now, and it’s amazing how many similarities we share. In some aspects we are very much soul sistas.
Here’s a little teaser to get you interested in her latest release – Incantation.
Is the hand quicker than the heart?
Christina is a Dallas entertainment reporter wanting to do a story with more substance, when she is sent to Las Vegas to write a promotional article for a magician. Her love life is as dry as the Vegas desert.
Tristen is more than a magician, he’s an entertainer. He’s handsome and can get any woman he wants. Vegas hasn’t seen magical talent like Tristen’s before, no one has. He has Las Vegas under his spell, will Christina fall under his spell too?
From Master Koda Select Publishing
Where Do I Get My Ideas
I’m often asked where my ideas for books, my answer is everywhere! Contemporary romance affords me the ability to look at the people around me and embellish a story. The series I’m working on lets each book stand alone or can be read together. Incantation is the story of a magician and a journalist. Tristen, the magician, is based off a famous magician where I’ve taken true life and gave it a twist. Christina, the journalist, is based off one of my closest friends. (Yes, she knows she’s a character.) I’ve taken some of her experiences and put them in a new setting. If you’d like to be a character in a book, be friends with an author. I have friends and co-workers asking to be in my books. Their wish is my command, although it’s anyone’s guess whether they’ll end up heroes or villains. The voices in my head make that decision.
At five fifteen, Christina walked in to Barney’s, the blinds closed to keep out the glaring setting sun. She stopped just a few feet in to let her eyes adjust and see where her small crowd would be sitting. In a few seconds she heard her name and arms waving at the end of the bar.
Nancy had managed to get eight of their girlfriends together for a good-bye.
“So tell us about this new job! Nancy said there was a guy?” Glenda asked.
Karen made it but was fashionably late. She was redhead, petite and could get any man she wanted. At forty-four she’d been married twice and was working on a third. Out of all of her husbands, number three was the best catch: wealthy, good looking, doted on Karen and all her whims. Christina had known Karen from college, briefly being roommates for part of a semester. Karen spent the better part of her dating time stealing everyone else’s boyfriends. When Christina moved to Dallas, Karen saw her byline in D Magazine and contacted her.
They had always gotten along well but since reconnecting in Dallas, Christina had noticed there was something off in their relationship. When Christina had invited Karen to meet up, Karen only came when she had news to share. If nothing special was going on with her, she would find an excuse not to meet. Christina had been surprised she showed up to happy hour since this evening was clearly about her and no one would be particularly interested in anything happening with Karen.
Christina enjoyed her cranberry vodka drink as she told her friends about her new job and Tristen. The gals were all gathered at a table and some were on their second drink by the time Karen arrived. Christina had been in the middle of her story about the night she saw blood for the first time on Tristen when Karen walked up.
“Hi everyone, sorry I’m late. Ted wanted to give me a present ‘just cuz’ before I left. See?!” She announced as she waved her right hand for everyone to see. A large pink diamond jutted out of a cocktail setting on her right ring finger.
As if it had been planned, the women all commented, ‘Oh’ at the same time and then Nancy quickly added, “Christina, finish the story!” All eyes were back on Christina.
The night continued on with Karen trying to cut in to each tale Christina told. By the end of the evening, a couple of the women finally gave in and let Karen tell them about her new jewelry and her wonderful husband, all the while feigning attention. She was finally glad to have someone’s attention and held them captive as long as she could.
Christina drank her last cranberry vodka for the night and listened to her friends congratulate her on her new beginnings. She felt like it was happening to someone else. Nothing like this had ever happened to her. It felt so surreal.
Karen, this excerpt doesn’t show you in a favorable light. Is this really how you are?
Oh, of course not. I’m a nice person and care about my friends but, let’s face it, my ring is beautiful. Don’t you think? (she waves her hand at me, flaunting the rather large pink diamond)
Aren’t you happy for Christina and her new life?
Oh yes, I am. If it’s really true. You see, I think its a bit exaggerated. I plan to drop by and check it all out. It’s going to be a surprise. (she winks at me mischievously)
Oh, well, I’m sure Christina and Tristen will be glad to see you.
I know he’ll be glad to see me. Look at all this (she points to her figure), who wouldn’t be?
So, Karen, this is your third marriage?
Yes, the other two just couldn’t keep up with me. I need certain things to keep up this look (she smiles and bats her eyelashes). It’s not free, you know.
Karen, will we see more of you after your surprise visit to Vegas?
Oh, you never know. I may pop by Christina’s again….you’ll have to read and see.
About Linda Bolton
Incantation is Linda Bolton’s second novel. She is currently working on additional romance novels, as well as dabbling in other genres, to be released in the near future. When she’s not writing, Linda is GiGi to her granddaughter Z, and working full-time. She spends everyday with a cup or three of coffee and tossing ideas around.
Where else you can find Linda Bolton
I want to know more! Does a boyfriend stealing friend get your blood boiling as well? Surely Tristan won’t fall for Karen’s charm.
Write on my friends, write on and enjoy your summer reads!