Over twenty-five years ago, after a decade of life as a “single-again,” author Linda W. Yezak rediscovered God’s love and forgiveness when He allowed her a second chance at marital happiness. She is now living her greatest romance with her husband in a forest in East Texas. After such an amazing blessing, she chooses to trumpet God’s gift of second chances in the books she writes. Linda’s novels are heart-warming hallmarks of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
Linda, welcome to our Saturday Interview and congratulations on your new release.
How long have you been writing?
Linda: As with most authors, I can say I started writing when I could first hold a crayon, and started story-telling before that. But I didn’t take it up seriously until 1997. Actually I was just piddling then. My father had just passed away, Mom was a new widow, and I had an ailment the doctors hadn’t put a name to yet. But when I finally finished that first (awful) novel in 2007—the same year I joined ChristianWriters.com—I got the writing bug for sure and for certain.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
Linda: Romantic comedy and lighthearted women’s fiction fit me best, though I’d love to write something serious, and I’d love to delve into historical. Actually, I’d like to play around in several different genres. That may happen eventually.
For now, Give the Lady a Ride, The Final Ride, and my stand-alone, The Cat Lady’s Secret are all lighthearted and fun. The Simulacrum, a conspiracy thriller I co-wrote with a friend, is one of my sidetracks away from my usual genres, as is “Slider,” the short-story that won an honorable mention in The Saturday Evening Post‘s Great American Fiction contest in 2016. I’m finding that short-stories satisfy my desire to branch out for now.
What are some of the references you used while researching your book?
Linda: When I wrote Give the Lady a Ride, I watched Professional Bull Riding videos over and over, studying the actions of the cowboys in the chutes and the movements of both rider and bull on the arena floor to help me create authentic experiences for my readers. I found a rodeo ranch and interviewed the owner, who was at one time a professional bull rider. He invited me to watch them “buck the babies,” and that entire experience landed in the first novel. Along with that, I also attended a cattle auction, and observed the action there—another experience that I included.
So, everything I put in Give the Lady a Ride was thoroughly researched, and much of that research found its way into my new release, The Final Ride.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Linda: I love the exchanges between Aunt Adele and Patricia. Adele’s primary purpose for living is to bring Patricia back to Manhattan, and the tricks she has up her sleeve are priceless! I have to admit to being “in the zone” when I wrote those scenes, and I think the readers will be able to tell how much fun I had writing them.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Linda: In October, I have a novella, Skydiving to Love, coming out in a collection with Pamela S. Meyers, Jessica Ferguson, and Angela Breidenbach. The name of the set is “The Bucket List Dare,” and each of us send our characters out for some wild experiences.
I’m also working on Book 3 of the Circle Bar Ranch series, Ride to the Altar. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I have another ranch series in mind, but I love the Circle Bar group so much, that I may keep going with them for a while.
I hope you’ll read on for more information about Linda’s delightful Circle Bar Ranch series. I’ve read both books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
The Final Ride
Patricia Talbert is a high-class social coordinator from New York.
He thinks she’s too polished.
She thinks he’s insane.
Opposites aren’t quick to attract when the lady who enters the cowboy’s world is on a mission to sell the ranch. But a box of letters changes her mission-letters of unshakable faith and a love deeper than anything she’s ever experienced.
Soon she finds his integrity appealing. Her spunk draws him in. He has the faith she craves; she may be the love he longs for. But faith and love aren’t achieved in a single weekend.
To buy time to explore the possibilities between them, she issues a challenge: “Teach me to ride bulls.”
From here on, they’re in for the ride of their lives.
Sweet Christian romance on a ranch, complete with cowboys, cattle, and rodeo fun!
With her duties for her best friend’s wedding finally behind her, Patricia Talbert looks forward to discovering what “normal” will look like at her new home in Texas. She owns a ranch now, is in love with its foreman, and is ready to assume her duties. Discovering what those duties entail isn’t an easy feat for a displaced socialite from Manhattan.
But when her aunt Adele arrives on a mission to bring her back to New York by hook or by crook, Patricia’s primary duty is to deflect the bumbling and bullish attempts–until one of Adele’s tricks takes her by surprise.
All of Talon Carlson’s dreams for the Circle Bar Ranch are coming true, along with another dream he never expected to be fulfilled–a chance to love again. Patricia is everything he ever wanted and more, but he made a promise to her not to ride bulls again, a promise he may have to break.
His desire for a better end to his riding career is intensified by vicious rumors about why he quit. If he rides again, he may provide the ammunition Adele needs to make Patricia leave. If he doesn’t, he’ll prove the gossips right.
Patricia or Talon. Which one will take The Final Ride?
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