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KISS ME, LYNN—-FREE DOWNLOAD May 1-5

Kiss Me, Lynn, by Linda George

KISS ME, LYNN, the second book in the Kiss Me Series by Linda George, is FREE on Amazon.com from May 1-5!

http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Lynn-ebook/dp/B00JUU72BQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398968342&sr=1-1&keywords=Kiss+Me%2C+Lynn+Linda+George

 

Below are photos from Linda’s tour of Peru–Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and Machu Picchu–that will give the reader a unique insight to the places visited by Lynn and Alex in the book.

3 KISS ME, LYNN Photos–Cusco continued

We stayed at the Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel.  Unbelievable place!

Fountains, gardens, and what a view!  The front desk.  Notice the ever-present urn of coca tea on the right!  The "hall" outside our room!

Maras was fascinating.  These depressions were used to develop seeds for different altitudes.

Sacred Valley--Maras

Ollantaytambo was the only place where the invading Spanish were turned back by the Inca guarding the Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley--Ollantaytambo for real 2

We took the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, also called Aguas Calientes.

We arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes  Looking the other way  Walking from the train station to our hotel

Machu Picchu!!!!

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I hope you’ve enjoy this very brief tour!  I also hope you enjoy the tour with Alex and Lynn!

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2 KISS ME, LYNN Photos From Peru–Cusco!

We flew from Lima to Cusco.

The Andes  Coming into Cusco  Looking down on a portion of Cusco

Cusco was completely different from Lima, mainly because there was SUNSHINE instead of 100% cloud cover, the traffic was much more reasonable, and the city matched our expectations of what Peru would look like!

Above our part of town, showing yet another church and more tile roofs  Another example of the Spanish colonial architecture  Cusco--mountainside homes  One of Cusco's narrow streets, and the neighborhood on the hill above

We stayed at the Picoaga Hotel, with its beautiful courtyard and walkways overlooking the courtyard.  This is where Alex and Lynn danced.

The courtyard of our Cusco hotel  The hallway outside our room  Two kids admiring the fountain and fresh flowers in the courtyard  Another view of the courtyard from our room door

This is the corner room where Lynn and Sharon stayed, on the second floor.

Our courtyard again

That evening, we went to the Museo del Pisco, a couple of blocks from the hotel and across the plaza.  There, we made our own Pisco Sours then went downstairs to the big booth, and had some wonderful tapas, which included shrimp that were absolutely delicious!  Lynn went crazy over them, too!

Perfecting our shaker technique  Sampling the cuisine in the basement of El Museo de Pisco, along with our host Andrew Flowerdew.

The Coricancha.

The colonade surrounding the courtyard inside the Church of Santo Domingo, built atop the ruins of the Inca temple, Coricancha (Golden Courtyard)

Sacsahuaman.  Incredible Inca stonework!

Cusco--Sacsahuaman 3  Closer still  Cusco--Sacsahuaman 1

Qenko–Bird and Animal Sanctuary.  Linda with alpacas, a gorgeous bird, and an Andean condor about to stretch his wings!

Linda, feeding hungry llamas and alpacas  Linda, with a macaw, at the bird sanctuary  A reserve employee, Roy, and friend

The Caballos de Paso–“Dancing Horses.”

Part of the horse show we watched during our buffet lunch at Posada Tunupa

 

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KISS ME, LYNN Photos from Peru!

12. Larco Museum

      I promised in Kiss Me, Lynn to post photos from our tour of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and Machu Picchu in my blog so readers can see the places toured in the book.  Let’s start with Lima!

We flew into Lima and stayed at the Casa Andina Hotel.  Here’s the lobby:

1. Lobby of Casa Andina Miraflores--Lima    Part of Lima hotel lobby

This is the view from our room, which Lynn and Sharon see their first morning in Lima:

2, The fabulous view from our Lima hotel room.  Just kidding!

First stop in Lima was Pachacamac, and the Pyramid of the Sun.  There are the Peruvian dogs dressed in sweaters, to keep them warm during the winter.

4. Temple of the Sun--Pachacamac  3. Temple of the Sun--Pachacamac  5. Lima--Pachacamac--dogs in sweaters

Here are some photos of the city of Caral, where there are eight pyramids older than the pyramids on the Giza Plateau in Egypt:

More stonework--probably the foundation for a small pyramid temple  7. Two of Caral's pyramids.  The plastic covers current archaeological digs.    8. Looking toward the peak of La Huanca, from one of the corners of the pyramid Close-up of restored stonework in amphitheater

 

This is the restaurant at Barranca that won the contest for “best ceviche.”  You’ll see the television in the corner with the loop of the owner receiving the award.  The restaurant was right on the coast.

9. Lima--Barranca--table and tv  10. A view of the Pacific Ocean from Barranco  11. Barranca, on the Pacific Coast

 

This is the Larco Museum, where Lynn and Sharon and the group had lunch before touring the pre-Inca artifcats:

12.  Larco Museum   13. Incredible bougainveillas at the entrance to the Larco complex  14.  Looking across the garden from the museum entrance toward the restaurant  15. Connie Lamm in the Larco garden  16. Yet another view of this incredible display!

Here are some of the thousands of vessels housed in the museum:

Just a few of the thousands of Moche pots that have been unearthed  Moche pots depicting agricultural products like gourds

This is a kipu–a counting device used by the Inca to count livestock, crops, and even people:

Quipu--the string and knot accounting system that pre-dated the Inca

 

From Lima, we flew to Cusco!

 

 

TOM’S ANGEL–FREE!

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Tom’s Angel is in the middle of a 5-day free download promotion. Get your copy today!

THREE FREE BOOKS January 30 – February 1

Three of my books are FREE today on Amazon!

Kiss Me Chloe–contemporary romance–Book One of the Kiss Me Series

Silver Lady–historical romance

Ask a Shadow to Dance–time travel romance

Next week, my new historical romance, Tom’s Angel, will be free from February 5-9.  This book is the long-awaited sequel to Gabriel’s Heart, now available in e-book format from Harlequin Historicals under my pseudonym, Madeline George

I hope you enjoy these stories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILVER LADY is available now and will be FREE this weekend!

Silver Lady, historical romance by Linda George

SILVER LADY is now available through Amazon in Kindle format, priced at $2.99. But over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, it will be FREE! This book was originally published by Five-Star Expressions in 2007 in hard cover for $26.95. As you can imagine, it sold primarily to libraries. I’m thrilled to be able to offer the book now in e-book format through Amazon Kindle! This is a sensuous historical romance, set in Colorado in the mid-1880s during the silver boom days. I hope you’ll get your FREE copy this weekend! If you like the book, I’d appreciate your posting a review on Amazon.

I’m hard at work on the second novel in the Kiss Me Series. KISS ME, CINDY stars the same Cindy from KISS ME, CHLOE. The setting is the Antiques Weekend in Round Top, Texas, and the surrounding towns, that occurs twice a year. That’s where Cindy will meet Matthew who attends the show looking for a cutting horse saddle. Matthew knows nothing about antiques, and Cindy knows nothing about cutting horses, so finding common ground is a challenge for both of them. An antique bench outside an antiques shop ends up being really important for their budding relationship. I’ll post more information–and the stunning cover designed by Carrie Peters Spencer of Cheeky Covers (Carrie designed the covers for KISS ME, CHLOE and SILVER LADY, too!)–later in the summer, closer to the publication date.

Being able to write, polish, then publish my novels on my own timetable has been a wonderful experience for me. I’m able to get books to my readers much sooner than if I went through a traditional publisher. The big romance publishers are acquiring titles now for 5-6 years from now! That’s a long time to wait for a book from an author you enjoy reading. I’m happy to bring you two novels from the Kiss Me Series this year, along with two of my previously published novels–SILVER LADY, and, coming in July, ASK A SHADOW TO DANCE.

ASK A SHADOW TO DANCE is a sensuous time-travel romance set in Memphis in present day and 1885. It has an intriguing premise! I promise you’ll enjoy this venture into moving from the past to the present and back again all through the story! I can’t wait to show you the new cover for this book, too!

Thanks to those who wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed KISS ME, CHLOE. There’s no greater joy for an author than hearing from readers who enjoyed the book!

I promise more posts will be added to this blog, now that I’ve gotten past several non-writing tasks that took up an enormous amount of my writing time. I never knew coordinating a Job Fair could be so time-consuming! Now, I can focus on writing more romantic stories I hope you’ll love!

What a Thrill!

The 5-day free download promotion is over and I have to say I’ve been blown away by the response!  About 3500 readers took advantage of the 5-day free download promotion and downloaded the book.  Since the end of the promotion, close to 300 more readers have bought the book. 

When the reviews for Kiss Me, Chloe started coming in, I couldn’t believe what some readers said.  Here are a few of their comments that made me feel all warm and fuzzy:

Best love story ever!

By Jessica Bowers
Ariesgrlreview.com

“Kiss Me, Chloe” is a sweet story about finding true love when you least expect it….

“This book was so enchanting the way these two are brought together and the trials they are put through to show them it is meant to be. The author really depicted a picture with her words, describing the wonderful views of Ouray, and the wonderful people that the characters came to know. It is a romantic story with realistic views on true love and how two people can be brought together by destiny. This book had me pulled in from the first page. The story is silly at the right moment and will have you rooting for Kyle to win Chloe’s heart. “Kiss Me, Chloe” is a must read for anyone who believes in true love.


Loved this book. . .

By GumboMom  

I absolutely loved this book. It was a sweet romance story that showed some of the struggles one would have after a bad relationship. Some of the fears that Chloe had were real and kept her from wanting to repeat those same mistakes again. I loved how patient Kyle was and how he continually showed her all the little ways he cared like just listening to her and being concerned for her well-being.

I can’t I wait for more in the series. I hope I won’t have to wait long!

An absolute delight!

By Charlotte B.

This is a delightful book. It’s a sweet romance set in one of my favorite places, Ouray, Colorado. Fond memories of my trips to that part of Colorado came to mind while reading this book. The places that Chloe travels through to get to Ouray come alive as she makes her way to her new life. The characters are intelligent. The dialogue is smart and funny. You won’t find any graphic language or sex in this novel which is a breath of fresh air in this day and age. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my 17 yea- old granddaughter. I look forward to reading the next book in the Kiss Me series.

Re-inventing

By Sheila K. Wyborny

This is a heartwarming story of reassessing and reinventing. Chloe has chosen to step out of her city—and her comfort zone—and away from the dregs of an unhealthy relationship. She learns that a real relationship is one in which the hopes and dreams of BOTH partners are valued. Strong characters, a believable story, and a beautiful setting. Great work, Linda George

Kiss Me, Chloe is a sweet romance.

By Allison Williams

When Chloe finally realizes her workaholic, always-putting-off-marriage-until-the-next-promotion, high school sweetheart is not the same guy she fell in love with, she begins a journey to find herself. While trying to be perfect to please Greg, she has somehow lost herself. She packed her things and left hot and humid Houston, Texas for the cool peaks of Colorado to reevaluate her life. Kiss Me, Chloe is set in Ouray, Colorado, which is one of my favorite places. The characters are believable, down-to-earth people. The reader can connect each one with someone they have known. I love the fact that the romance is sweet and wholesome, rather than hot and steamy. While feelings of desire surface, it doesn’t make you blush to think someone could be reading over your shoulder.

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Know what these reviews, along with all the others, made me want to do?  The happy dance, of course.  But more than that, these readers (and all the others) who took time to tell me how much they enjoyed the book made me want to get busy immediately writing the second book in the Kiss Me Series, which will be Kiss Me, Cindy.  And after that will be Kiss Me, Margaret.  Then Kiss me, Fran.  I won’t be able to write them fast enough!

Many thanks to everyone who read Kiss Me, Chloe and to those who said they can’t wait to read the next book in the series, I’m going to do my best to get it published by August instead of October.  You’ve inspired me!  I promise I won’t make you wait too long for another story from the Kiss Me Series.

Kiss Me, Chloe is FREE for 5 Days!!!

FREE BOOK!!!!

Kiss Me, Chloe, by Linda George

Kiss Me, Chloe
by Linda George
will be FREE for download
from Amazon for 5 days
(April 20-24).

 

Book Description:
Chloe Lewellyn has set aside her hopes and dreams long enough. All she wants now is to escape from Houston, and from Greg, whose career will always come first. She wants a new life, and, in time, a new love who will put her first in his life and allow her to be the person she wants to be.

Kyle Stanton spies her sitting alone in a crowded restaurant in Albuquerque. Somehow, he knows from the moment he sees her sad expression that this woman, whose heart has been shattered, holds the key to the happiness that has eluded him. How can he convince her to give love another chance? The answer lies in the Rocky Mountains. . . .

Linda George and her husband, Charles, have had more than 70 books published, fiction and nonfiction, for children, teens, and adults.  Linda is focusing on romance fiction again, and plans to publish 4 more books this year, and 3 more next year.  Two of her previously-published romances, which came out in hard cover for $26.95, will be released for Kindle in June and August, and both will be FREE for 5 days.

Kiss Me, Chloe  is the first book in the Kiss Me Series of sweet, contemporary romances by Linda George.

To get your FREE copy, click on the link below, which will take you to Amazon where you can download the book to your Kindle, iPad, computer (using the Kindle app for PC or MAC) or other readers.

http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Chloe-ebook/dp/B00CB7NHC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366339890&sr=8-1&keywords=Kiss+Me%2C+Chloe

This promotional period will last only 5 days!  Get your FREE copy of Kiss Me, Chloe beginning Saturday, April 20!

Kiss Me, Chloe for Sale on Amazon!

Hello, everyone!  Mercy but it’s been a busy two weeks!  I put the finishing touches on Kiss Me, Chloe, sent it to my pre-publication readers for proofing and reviewing, entered changes (typos, etc) and PUBLISHED the book on my birthday, April 10, just as I’ve been planning to do for months!  The reviews will be appearing over the course of this next week.  If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, I’ll appreciate your putting a review on the book’s page on Amazon.  The link to that page is on this website, along with the cover and the description.  And this past week, our six-year-old grandson, Joey, was here during his spring break from Kindergarten in New Mexico.  Talk about a busy week!  In between bike rides and movies and trips to the park, I was working on Kiss Me, Chloe.  No matter what else is happening, writers keep writing.

By Tuesday, I knew it was time to stop writing, though.  It’s something all writers know and something we all incorporate into the writing of our books.  The writer is too close to the book to be completely objective.  And, the writer is too close to catch all the picky errors!  In “Kiss Me, Chloe” I had her putting on tennis shoes, then later that day kicking off her sandals!  Two of my readers noticed and let me know so I could correct that picky little error and get a corrected version of the book on Amazon.

My proofreaders also catch little typos that I haven’t caught, even though I’ve read the book over and over during the writing.  I get caught up in the story and my eyes skim over those typos, time after time.

I write my books in layers.  When I’m writing the first draft, I get the story written without worrying about typos, inconsistencies, description, or anything other than getting the beginning, middle, and end of the story finished.  Then, comes the real writing.  Layer by layer, I go through and insert descriptions, emotional reactions, additional dialogue, and subplots.  By the time I start polishing, and seeing the final draft in my mind, I’ve probably added ten layers to that first draft.  The final book is much richer and more finely written than the first.

That’s what separates a professional writer from a casual writer.  Rewriting.  I might spend an hour on a few paragraphs, or maybe only a few minutes correcting inconsistencies, like the tennis shoes turning into sandals!  Other times, I may decide to revise the plot completely.  I may add a new character, or a new piece of action that will enable my readers to know the characters better and to think of them as real people.

There’s also a reality that all writers are familiar with.  The book is never really finished.  No matter how many times I reread what I’ve written, I’ll find changes to make.  When I realize that the changes I’m making are putting the words back to where they were two changes ago, it’s time to stop tinkering and declare the book finished.  For the time being, anyway.  Then, my pre-publication readers take over the proofing process.  I make the changes those readers find–but I try not to reread the whole book, or I’ll start tinkering again.

Yes, it takes months to write a 60,000-word book.  But it’s worth every minute I spend to know that the story I’ve told seems like a slice of real life to my readers.

I hope you’ll check out the Amazon page for Kiss Me, Chloe.  If it sounds like a book you’d like, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Click here to order Kiss Me, Chloe.  http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Chloe-ebook/dp/B00CB7NHC8