Ballad Beauty 
Romance Lives Forever welcomes Lauren Linwood, historical
western romance author.

About the Author

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain
her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as
a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense
desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense
novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist
and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family.
An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga
with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as
soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

Interview with Lauren Linwood

Why did you write this
I’d written five previous historical romances, but I’d never
mined the gold in my native state of Texas! I decided it was time to feature a hero
who lived here, and the first thing that came to mind was a Texas Ranger. They helped
tamed Texas from the wild land that it was. My twist? My hero is the son of an infamous
outlaw and chose to become a lawman because of what he’d seen in his childhood.
He knows exactly what his daddy is, but the heroine he falls for has no idea that
her father is also an outlaw—and partner-in-crime to the hero’s daddy!
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Since I was a history teacher for many years, I enjoy authors
who combine pieces of history within thrillers. Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and
Brad Meltzer are some of the best at this.
Who is your favorite character
from fiction (not including your own)?
Hands down, it’s Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s
a hero in every sense of the word, and I admire his moral core and what a great
father he is to his two children.
What are you working on
at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve dipped my toe into the romantic
suspense pond after releasing six historicals. Leave Yesterday Behind will be released
in June. I have another medieval historical, A Knight for Kallen, coming out in
the fall, and early in 2016 my second romantic suspense, Illusions of Death, will
appear. I’ve just finished another western which I’m letting ferment a bit before
I send it off to my editor, and I’m 25 chapters into another romantic suspense that’s
set in Dallas.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives
a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has
no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives
to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and
rendezvous with him in Nevada.
Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because
his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is
killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to
justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous
prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.
As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah
knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should
the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah
makes will change their lives forever.

About the Book

Title: Ballad Beauty
Genre: western historical romance
Author: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level: PG13

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