Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Linda Wood Rondeau

I'm tickled to welcome back Linda Wood Rondeau, award winning author and my dear friend! 

Is there a story behind A Christmas Prayer?
For six months, my husband and I were caregivers for our autistic grandson. What an eye opener. I wanted to write a book that would feature an autistic child to help garner appreciation for the difficult task caregivers and community services face in trying to meet the needs of these children. I also wanted to write a romance. The rest is A Christmas Prayer.

What’s the last thing you wrote? 
My last creative manuscript is a long short story, or mini-novel, entitled Jolly Angel. It should be released at the end of November. After an argument with her mother, a young woman relocates to a small Adirondack town where she meets her romantic interest, Joel Christmas. While humorous, the story demonstrates we may try to run from our mistakes, but they follow us wherever we go. Not until we surrender those poor choices to God does he weave them into the tapestry of our lives.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
I published a poem in my Middle School newspaper called: The Hardest Thing About School:

The hardest thing about school is waking in the morn
Half asleep and grumbling you rue the day you were born
When finally you’re dressed, down the stairs you run
To catch the bus that you just missed
While Mother says, “Have fun.”

Who is the most fun character you ever created?
I think it was actually my title character Jolly Angel. While her mistakes were horrendous and life-changing, I admired her courage in the face of adversity. 

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
Harlan Styles in The Other Side of Darkness. His progression from criminal to sinister murderer was difficult to write. I wanted him to repent. Reality is clear not everyone does.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?
I think Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street is my favorite plot. It is both historical and contemporary, although the contemporary scenes are set in 2000. It weaves the past of three women as past and present collide.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
There is a school of thought that says textile writing can be deeper and more lyrical. I use both. Generally, I write by hand for notes or ideas or scenes that are evolving.  I use the computer for most of my work. Mainly because I have such poor penmanship I can’t read my own writing!

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 

Where do you most like to write?  
I write in my office. Quiet and all my tools are there.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
My next book will be Songs in the Valley, probably released in December or early 2014. It is a modern day version of Hosea. A minister encounters his estranged wife and discovers she is dying of lung cancer. She is also a key witness against a notorious drug lord, her former lover. Can he find the grace to forgive her as he often preached a child of God should do?

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About Linda:
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.  Her next releases were her devotional book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses.

Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street and A Christmas Prayer have been released in time for the Christmas Season.

Songs in the Valley/ Helping Hands Press. Will be released in late 2013 or early 2014.

Connect with her at:

(This Daily Grind—Life can be a grin but God is in the mundane of living. (a multi-author devotional blog )

Geezer Guys and Gals 
  WRITTEN FOR SENIORS BY SENIORS a mini exposition of favorite scripture and quotes

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What Readers are saying:
Great read, especially around the holidays.
The characters and the storyline were very interesting.
This a a really wonderful story of love, acceptance and the challenges of caring for an autistic child. 

Reviews and Endorsements:
I loved, loved, loved this book. I have a friend with twin sons and a brother with a grandson who are autistic. Linda Rondeau gives readers an authentic, heart-wrenching autism story interwoven with a very sweet romance. It was a real page-turner for me.
Lena Nelson Dooley - multi-published, multi-award-winning author of Maggie's Journey, Mary's Blessing, and Catherine's Pursuit (McKenna's Daughters series)

A Christmas Prayer is a poignant and heartfelt romance that delves into the complexities of not only romantic love, but the love of family and love for a special needs child. The Christmas theme keeps the story warm and cozy; the romance will take your breath away. Richly drawn characters round out the story and will keep readers coming back for more. Add A Christmas Prayer to your must-read list this holiday season!
~Amazon bestselling author Christy Barritt, Hazardous Duty and The Good Girl.

I recommend "A Christmas Prayer" to you. A faith filled story with a quite a few interesting twists and turns. A charming hero, and a likable, relatable heroine. I really enjoyed seeing what life with an autistic child can be like, Gib taught me several things through this story and I am blessed because of it.

A charming story with faith lessons, well rounded characters, and one sweet child, "A Christmas Prayer" is just right to read with Christmas just around the corner.  Lucy Morgan-Jones

Linda is giving away a copy of A Christmas Prayer. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

Hello Carole and Linda. This sounds very interesting and would love to win it and read it. And, to share with others. Thanks and both of you have a very Merry Christmas. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for featuring this book and author. A Christmas Prayer looks like a good read and I would love to have it

Deb R. said...

I would like to read this book. cjajsmommy [at] gmail [dot] com

PriviesAndPrims said...

I've read a lot about autism on facebook, but never in a book. It will be interesting to learn more about it.

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sm said...

A Christmas Prayer sounds good and there doesn't seem to be much fiction on autism. I read one very good one by Jodi Picoult with autism and aspergers. Hope to win this book! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Emma said...

A Christmas Prayer sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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