Saturday, December 10, 2011

Come meet a fabulous author

Today Linda LaRoque is visiting. Her books are getting rave reviews.
She's also awarding prizes and possibly a new Kindle to one lucky
commentor, so meet Linda.

Born in Ice
This futuristic romantic suspense story grew from a dream, one of a woman frozen in a block of ice and found by fishermen from an undersea world. She’s taken to their home and with the help of advanced medical technology, she recovers. In time she learns she must learn to fit into their social system, one different from what she’s known.

Pulled from an icy grave…into a world of doubt and danger.

Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter's whereabouts is unknown. The year is 2155. A man's soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger. But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.

Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage ship. He's determined she'll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter, but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that threatens.

My editor for Champagne Books has graciously given permission for me to post the Prologue and Chapter One of Born in Ice, so for 10 days I’ll be sharing another installment.

Chapter One – installment 6

“Shit,” growled Brock. Probably that damned rogue Rafael. Not that
the Cuban was the only pirate to roam these waters, but this particular one
took excessive joy in stealing from him. Brock didn’t doubt for a minute that Rafael would shoot him in the back without an ounce of remorse. Rafael’s hatred, a festering sore, grew worse each time they met on the water. The man blamed him for taking Marta from him and for her death.
One day Brock would have to kill his nemesis. Today might be the

His well-seasoned crew scrambled to battle stations. Arms were
manned, ready for word from him. Pepe had one tow chain attached and
dragged the additional one Brock tossed over to add extra security.
Brock yelled into the intercom. “Prepare to cast off.”

Shots zinged overhead sending shards of ice into the air. Brock’s
men returned fire as Pepe dodged, stumbled, and went down to his knees.
Brock’s heart jumped into his throat. Damn, not the boy.

He jumped across the small expanse of water. The berg wobbled
threatening to toss him into the icy sea. He braced to maintain his footing,
and then grabbed Pepe by the seat of his suit and the scruff of his neck. Two crewmen stood at the rail ready to catch the nearly unconscious young man.

With a heave, he tossed him to the waiting crew members.
An explosion burst on the port side sending water thirty feet into the
air, rocking the craft and the ice floe. He almost pitched head first into the water. Damn, that was too close. Pushing off from the ice, he made the jump across to the craft. “Cast off. Put a hole in the motherfucker, Digger.”

Thirty seconds later, the shell hit the pirate vessel. It burst into a ball
of fire. Brock didn’t find pleasure in killing, but if Retriever was overtaken, he doubted Rafael or any other buccaneer would spare their lives. Hell, pirating was a dangerous profession.

Brock picked up the intercom mike. “All speed ahead, Luke. Get us
out of here.”

“Aye-aye, sir,” boomed from the exterior speakers.

The engines roared to life as Luke accelerated. Brock gripped the rail
to brace himself as they shot forward. Three crafts were in pursuit.
Within seconds, Retriever had pulled ahead and was out of the line
of fire of the pirates. His superior craft had no difficulty out distancing their attackers. The buccaneer’s outdated weapons couldn’t compare to what his craft carried, but he wasn’t taking any chances. Retriever was his pride and joy. He thanked his lucky stars his father had the foresight to purchase the salvage ship with his grandfather’s ill-gotten gains. The Callahans had once been pirates, but no more.

Buy the book from Champagne Books here
or from Amazon here

Tomorrow I’ll be on Holly Hunt’s blog at with installment 7.

Please leave a comment today to be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Way Back, my time travel set in the 1930s oil fields of Texas. Your name will also be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for my blog tour—a KINDLE. A name will be draw at the end of my tour on December 16th.
I also have a release contest going. Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at with Born in Ice in the subject line. Your name will be added to the drawing for this rhinestone frog pin.For each of my releases I try to find a piece of jewelry significant to the story. After reading Born in Ice you’ll understand why I chose this frog.

Thank you, Allison, for having me here today, and thank you readers for stopping by. Good luck in all the give-a-ways!

Happy Reading and Writing!
Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.



Na said...

Thank you for sharing all these great installments, Linda. I am now awaiting part 7. It must be so cold for them out there, I feel like offering them a cup of hot chocolate :)

Linda LaRoque said...

You're welcome, Na. I'm glad you are. Yes, I bet hot chocolate would be welcome.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh im going to have to back up and read this all together

J.A. Garland said...

Yes, thank you for all the installments, makes me feel privledged!

Linda LaRoque said...

Oh, please do, Jennifer! If you need the schedule it's on my blog at

Linda LaRoque said...

You're welcome, J.A. Thank you for stopping by!

Rita Bay said...

Hey Linda,
Lost you yesterday. But since I'm buying the book, that's OK. Love the story. Rita Bay

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Rita, You haven't missed anything. I was on Jennifer Jakes blog yesterday but she loves historical so wanted A Marshal of Her Own. So glad you're going to get Born in Ice!

marybelle said...

Keep the installments coming I'm loving them thank you.


booklover0226 said...

Another great installment, Linda. I look forward in reading this.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Kathryn Merkel said...

Oh, the suspense is building for sure. Can't wait to read more.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at