Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Romantic Trip from Today into Yesterday

Welcome from Denver, Colorado, and the Romance Writers of America  convention, where I will be spending the next few days with romance writers from all around the country. Actually there are some here from various parts of the world as well.  This is a huge convention, but it's a good way to see what the latest trends are in romance reading and writing and I will get an opportunity to find some new books to read and some new authors to bring to you.

Today's guest in My Writing Corner is Linda Bennett Pennell, from Houston, where she lives with her husband and an adorable German Pointer. She says she has been in love with the past for as long as she can remember. Anything with a history, whether it's majestic or shabby draws her in, she says. 

She attributes that love of history to being part of a large extended family that spans several generations and long summers spent on her grandmother's porch or long winter evenings gathered around the fire place. In both instances the time was filled with stories set in the American South.  And naturally those stories found their way into her work.

Linda says her writing has allowed her to re-invent herself with mental wanderings and doesn't that inspire all other writers as we all say, "let's pretend?"  Her latest book is  Miami Days, Havanna Nights.

Sometimes our biggest debts have nothing to do with money.

1926. When seventeen-year-old Sam Ackerman witnesses a mob hit, he is hustled out of New York under the protection of Moshe Toblinsky, A.K.A., the mob’s bookkeeper. Arriving in Miami with no money, no friends, and no place to hide, Sam’s only choice is to do as the gangster demands. Forced into bootlegging, Sam’s misery is compounded when he falls in love. Amazingly, the beautiful, devout Rebecca wants only him, but he cannot give her the life she deserves. When Prohibition ends, Sam begs the mobster to set him free. The price? A debt, as Toblinsky puts it, of friendship. A debt that will one day come due.
Present Day. History of American Crime professor Liz Reams has it all - early success, a tantalizing lead on new info about Moshe Toblinsky, and a wonderful man to love. Life is perfect. So what’s keeping her from accepting her guy’s marriage proposals? Confronting a long-standing personal debt sets her on a journey of self-discovery. While she delves ever deeper into Sam’s and Toblinsky’s relationship, her understanding of her own relationships increases as well, but the revelations come at a price. The emotional and physical dangers of her dual journeys may prove too big to handle.
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Here are Linda's other books:

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel from Soul Mate Publishing

Confederado do Norte from Soul Mate Publishing

When War Came Home from real Cypress Press

Casablanca: Appointment at Dawn from the Wild Rose Press

Miami Days, Havana Nights from Soul Mate Publishing

 She can be reached at:

Twitter:  @LindaPennell

Buy link for Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel:

Buy link for Confederado do Norte:

Buy ink for When War Came Home:

Buy link for Casablanca: Appointment at Dawn:  

Thank you Linda, for being my guest. Questions or comments for Linda?


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