Friday, October 11, 2013

A Very Warm Welcome to Linda Wood Rondeau!

It's my great pleasure to welcome Linda to our blog today! She has been such an inspiration and encouragement to me, and I love her dearly as a friend. Welcome, Linda. Make sure you  comment for a chance to win her book!

Now, read on to find out a little more about her:

Is there a story behind your book, Days of Vines and Roses?
One day I was mowing my lawn and noticed it was infested with weeds. I thought, why do I bother. The yard needs to be ripped up, reseeded, and start over. I thought how many marriages are like that…staying together either for financial reasons but have lost their vitality. Henry and Sylvia’s story began unfolding as I thought how hard Satan fights against the last building block of a healthy society…our homes.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I will have eight titles out by the end of the year. And I am expected to market every one of these. It’s impossible. And the worry over my responsibilities interrupts my creative process. I have learned I must pray before I begin my work day. I ask God to help me achieve what needs to be done just for that day. That helps to free my mind up to work on new projects.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I think in some ways I am like Sylvia. I love the fictional world and find I am easily brought into my characters’ worlds. Fortunately, I have a very understanding husband who doesn’t mind my mental wanderings.

What is your strangest habit? 
My husband says it’s my need for symmetry. If a color is in the room I have to have it again somewhere else. He thinks it’s funny that I have to arrange the coffee pot at an angle that compliments the angle that the microwave is at.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Children and pets or people just being themselves. .

What is your favorite season of the year? 
When I lived in northern New York, my favorite season was fall. There is nothing more picturesque than the Adirondack Mountains bejeweled in autumn colors. Now that I live in Florida, my favorite season is spring when everything is waking up from winter and magnolia blooms spot the landscape.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I was a social worker for thirty years. My stories are about reconciliation, forgiveness, and recovery from the dark places in our lives. Days of Vines and Roses is about regeneration. Like the decaying roses in their Connecticut home, Henry and Sylvia must work through the issues that have kept them separated for the past fifteen years, including the demonic forces that have taken root in their house. It will take a power greater than their human efforts. That power is found in the Lord.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I love nature and find that a day on the beach, a walk in one of the nature parks, or a trip to the zoo is just the lift I need. When I see the variety our Creator has enriched us with, I am reminded how much He loves us. When I see how He cares for the creatures of His earth, I am reminded how much more love He has lavished on us. When I see the power and vastness of the ocean, I am humbled before the God who created the tides.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do  (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).

This verse reminds me that God has a purpose for our lives and will equip us according to His good pleasure to fulfill that purpose.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have two books coming out either late fall or early winter:

Songs in the Valley is a modern day telling of Hosea. A minister is reunited with his runaway wife only to discover she is terminally ill.

Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street:  A visitor is coming for Christmas to the home of Colin O’Donnell—his mother’s long lost cousin. Perhaps now he will finally learn the connection between her disappearance and his father’s though they happened decades apart. .

To buy the book:

About the author:
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.
These books are also available in ebook format along with her other ebooks by Helping Hands Press: I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses. Songs in the Valley and a new Christmas book, Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street, is scheduled for release this fall by Helping Hands Press.
Readers may visit her web site at or email her at  or find her on Facebook, Twitter,, and Goodreads.

Connect with Linda here:

Back in the Daze

This Daily Grind:  A devotional blog based on the author’s newspaper column of the same name. 
Geezer Guys and Gals is a multi-author blog written for and by seniors

Linda is giving away a copy of Vines and RosesThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


sam said...

An interesting plot about marriages holding together for financial reasons. Many hold together for their children, and some because of a business partnership. Sad epitaph of our society. Love to win and read your book. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

This story sounds very interesting. I would love to read it. I don't have the experience of a good marriage myself. I had a few bad ones and made the choice to go it alone after that. Not a wrong choice for me. But it would have been nice.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

If this is a print book I would love a chance to win it.
I have seen it on several blogs before Would be nice to be able to read and share it. Thanks for that chance.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Library Lady said...

I very much enjoyed Linda's first book, "The Other Side of Darkness" and looking forward to reading this one even if I don't win.
Janet E.

sm said...

Will be interested to see how your book spices up and revitalizes a marriage. Love to win and read it. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

squiresj said...

Would love to win, read and review the book.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Somehow, I think this was posted a week early. I am interested in reading this book. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Yes, by a blogger glitch this went live even though Carole pre-posted it correctly. So you get more time to make sure and leave a comment! And the other half of the spotlight is ready to go on the proper date.

Patricia Bradley said...

Loved learning more about Linda. Would love to win her book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Boos Mum said...

This book sounds very good. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...
Would love a book. Keep writing for us gals who need a break from daily hum drum! ;)

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh....sounds like a book date! Tea, book and goodie, all snuggled in a cozy nook....

bonton said...

Enjoyed your interview, Linda, & learning more about you, your books, & writing!

Love books with dysfunctional characters, & would love to read Days Of Vines And Roses - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Linda Marie Finn said...

I would love to read your book, it has been trying to have a good marriage. I am married but this was my third time, but DH is mentally ill.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

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