Linda The Writer

2009 was a turning point in Linda Boltman’s life. Her two children had just graduated from college when she was laid off from her job, putting a sudden halt to a long, professional career. It seemed the perfect time to keep a promise she had made to herself decades before. Reaching into her bucket list to pursue two life-long dreams, Linda took up college classes in writing and watercolor. This changed her life.

She returned to the psychological thrillers and romance novels she loved growing up to write Man in the Moon. Jigsaw Press picked up her first novel and Man in the Moon was released July, 2011 in both paperback and eBook on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Smashwords, offering 10 formats, such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple, Diesel and Kobo.

Thypical of her Type A, ADHD personality, at the same time Linda started watercolor painting and three months later won 2nd place in the student division at the Del Mar Fair. She won 2nd place in the advanced division the following year and in December, 2011 her artwork had a 2-page feature spread in IdeaGems Magazine (www.ideagems.com).

Her stories and poems have been published in every almost edition of IdeaGems Magazine, Adventures of the Average Woman and Tough Lit Magazine since October, 2010 in both their magazine and eBook form in both the U.S. and England. Her story, The Captivewas accepted by San Diego Writer's Ink for their yearly anthology as one of San Diego's finest writers. Other of Linda's stories and articles have been published in Grand Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine and The San Diego Reader.

Since releasing Man in the Moon, Linda has gone on to publish eight other eBooks on smashwords.com including, The Sheriff, Lover's Leap, The Copper Box, The Valet of Darkshire Manor, The Captive, Moon Pies, Plum Loco, and The Christmas Challenge.

Now an empty nester, Linda incorporates her colorful life-long experiences into her hobbies of traveling, writing, painting and photography while taking every opportunity she can to be with her two grown children, David and Erin.

Man in the Moon

Man in the Moon
A psychological thriller by Linda Boltman

Man in the Moon is a tightly written, fictional, fast-paced thriller.

When a young computer genius out of the small town of Elroy, Wisconsin discovers a way to modify data from the Human Genome Project to create the perfect DNA, a double agent whose allegiance has always gone to the highest bidder is lured out of semi-retirement by the opportunity of a lifetime. Now this aging professional, once at the top of his game, will again meet his CIA nemesis in a fast-changing world populated by a much younger, and smarter, generation.

To get his hands on the greatest discovery the scientific world has ever known, he's going to have to up his game. But years of solitude, paranoia, isolated stakeouts and endless hotel rooms have taken their toll. As he wrestles with the knowledge that he is losing his professional edge, and maybe his grip on reality, the most difficult decisions of his life begin with a mysterious third player who would dare try to beat two old lions to the kill.

Man in the Moon was released by Jigsaw Press July, 2011. The book is available in both paperback and eBook at Amazon.com / Kindle, Barnes and Noble / Nook and Ingraham’s, and Smashwords.com offers 10 other formats, such as Sony, Apple, Diesel and Kobo. I hope to have an audio version shortly thereafter for my sight-impaired friends.

"Man in the Moon" has been released on Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Smashwords and is available in either paperback or in eBook for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions and others.

A sample reading of the book is available on all of the websites, so even if you don’t buy my book, read the sample. I'd love any reviews or comments you might wish to add to their site. It will get other people to order it and buy it!

If you want to buy either paperback or eBook, here are links to the websites below. (note: enter the author's name Linda Boltman in the search field and all of my eBooks will be listed).

Smashwords – provides almost any type of eBook format / make sure you take a look at the bottom of the page for a sample reading and the various formats available:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69580

(Note: enter Linda Boltman in the Smashwords search field for other eBooks by Linda)

Barnes & Noble – offers Nook and paperback:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/man-in-the-moon-linda-boltman/1104017233?ean=9781934340004&itm=6&usri=man%2bin%2bthe%2bmoon

(Note: enter Linda Boltman in the Barnes & Noble search field for other eBooks by Linda)

Amazon.com – provides either paperback or Kindle eBook:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1934340006/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&qid=1309433260&sr=1-1&condition=all

(Just a note – if you enter Linda Boltman in the search field, several other of my publications in IdeaGems, Tough Lit Magazine and Adventures of the Average Woman will come up)

I want to thank everyone for their interest and continued support over the past several months. I certainly hope you enjoy reading my book and look forward to your comments.

Thanks!

Linda Boltman

(Now officially an internationally published author)

The Sheriff

The Sheriff
A book by Linda Boltman

I just published The Sheriff, a psychological thriller set in the Midwest. The surprise ending is both shocking and tender. The teaser reads:

Otis is a tough old bird. A product of an abusive father and a mother who never provided any love or affection, he’s grown up a loner. Circumstances have placed him in difficult situations, even as a child. As a result, he’s become somewhat hardened, a characteristic that has served him well as a Sheriff.

Deciding Otis could us some help, the City Council hires Freddie, a young man fresh out of the Police Academy. Idealistic and sensitive, Freddie is shocked by Otis's cavalier attitude, especially over the tragic death of a well-loved farmer, Clarence Rasmussen. Determined to be the best Deputy he can be, Freddie's decisions change Otis's life in the most unimaginable way.

Download a copy of The Sheriff on www.smashwords.com .

The Captive

The Captive
A psychological thriller by Linda Boltman
The Captive is a fictional, fast-paced thriller complete at about 900 words.

This dark short story focuses on the thought process and will to live of a kidnapped young girl who refuses to become a victim. The tension as she awaits the return of her captor culminates in a surprise ending. It lends itself to a quick, but intense read.

In February The Captive was selected for San Diego Writer's Ink Anthology, Vol 4 as one of San Diego's finest writers. I was honored to read my piece during their February 14th Press Release Party.

Download a free eBook copy of The Captive on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89245 .

The Copper Box

The Copper Box
A science fiction thriller by Linda Boltman
The Copper Box is a sci-fi thriller.

While excavating a new business site, heavy equipment operator Doug Stone hits something with his backhoe bucket. Dr. Alicia Evans from the University is called in and during excavation, discovers that this unusual copper box has a mysterious and nefarious history. Irrevocably drawn to the box by a power he can’t explain, Doug stays late that night to lock up and once alone, hurries back to the box. A strange power compels him towards two strange keys which open the box. Initially disappointed at finding a black onyx stone, Doug soon finds that this stone contains properties like no other. Once touched, it passes on a piece of itself; something that only rare stones possess – eternal life. But once blessed with this new power, the recipient soon finds that never having to worry about time again may not be a blessing at all.

Download an eBook copy of The Copper Box on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89234.

The Valet of Darkshire Manor

The Valet of Darkshire Manor
A psychological thriller by Linda Boltman

The Valet of Darkshire Manor is a psychological thriller.

The advertisement simply stated, “Wanted – valet for large household. Must love animals.” Desperate for a job, Edwin Thorpe responded and was immediately accepted. A train ticket arrived within a week for the evening departure to Darkshire the following Friday. There were no further instructions. Now he stood at the train depot, a small satchel in hand, about to be greeted by two very strange men in long, dark capes.

Edwin had been a valet for almost forty years now, trained by his father’s cousin in the art of caring for the rich, yet in all the years he had been a valet, never had so little been asked of him. He had never been privy to such an unusual employer. Parties went on until early dawn, Lord Darkshire and his Russian Wolfhounds went hunting late at night, and staff spoke in low whispers. All in all, Edwin Thorpe wasn’t quite certain what to make of it.

Download a free eBook copy of The Valet of Darkshire Manoron Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113684

Lover's Leap

Lover's Leap
A psychological thriller by Linda Boltman
Lover’s Leap is a fictional, fast-paced psychological thriller.

This dark story takes place over one weekend, when a young, college woman is thrown into an unimaginable situation. Caught in the wreckage of a car accident in a remote area, the heroine must overcome the death of her fiancé and pursuit by the crazed man responsible. Bleeding and growing weaker, the next few days will not only test her will to survive, but it will challenge her mental stability as she is held captive in the car with her dead fiancé. Put in the darkest of situations, the heroine faces insurmountable odds and must delve deep within herself to overcome the greatest of odds to persevere and survive.

Download an eBook copy of Lover's Leap on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89188.

Plum Loco

Plum Loco
A humorous and heartwarming story by Linda Boltman
Plum Loco is a humorous, heartwarming story about a single woman's quest to replace her favorite red plum tree after firefighters are forced to cut it down in an attempt to save her home during the San Diego Witch Creek Fire of 2007. Grateful for the firefighter's extreme efforts to save her house, she is devastated at the loss of the three. She had nurtured and loved it since it was a sapling and it had grown into a beautiful twelve-foot tree that was a haven for butterflies and hummingbirds. Lost without it, the author goes on a quest to find a replacement. The resulting story is her journey to bring the red plum home.

Plum Loco was accepted and published by GreenPrints Magazine in September, 2011. Download a free eBook copy of Plum Loco on smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92553

Moon Pies

Moon Pies
A heartwarming and funny look at first love by Linda Boltman

Moon Pies is a humorous look back at a first true love.

There’s no way a woman from a small farm town in northern Illinois can be prepared when her future mother and father-in-law reach down and spit chew into a Campbell’s soup can. But when my boyfriend, Rick invited me to join him for a drive to the hills of Georgia for a family reunion, chewing tobacco was only the start of many surprises. I didn’t anticipate, however, that I would be the cause for the family being run out of town.

Moon Pies was first published in IdeaGems Magazine's Adventures for the Average Woman in Apriil, 2011. Download a copy of Moon Pies on smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/90093

The Christmas Challenge

The Christmas Challenge
A warm hearted story of family by Linda Boltman
The Christmas Challenge is a warm-hearted look at a family Christmas.

Trying to recreate a family tradition when my Grandpa Shorty took me with him to cut down and carry home the family Christmas tree, proved more difficult than I thought. Each year my children and I would traipse out to our local tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree, deck it with ribbons and bows as identifiers, then come back to cut it down in time for Christmas. Each year our Christmas tree got taller and wider. Our family tradition culminated in the Christmas my friends and family still refer to as the year of the “Mother Lode Tree”.

Download a free eBook copy of The Christmas Challenge on smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113700

Works in Progress

Look for my books, Man in the Moon, The Sheriff, The Copper Box, Lover's Leap, The Valet of Darkshire Manor, The Captive, Plum Loco, The Christmas Challenge, Moon Pies and my soon-to-be-released book,Tales from a Twisted Mind Volume I, a collection of short stories due to be released before the end of 2013. As usual, these are all psychological thrillers with a slight "twist" at the end for a delightful, unexpected surprise. The "teaser" reads:

Do you want a short, intense story that will capture and hold your attention, but leave you re-thinking the ending several times after the story has finished? Have you only got a few minutes to read during lunch hour or while on a cross-country flight? Are you constantly interrupted and barely have time to get “into” a book? Then A Series of Twisted Tales is the answer, with psychological thrillers from 625 to over 3,000 words.

Here’s what’s in store for you:

The courage of a kidnapped young girl is tested, but her strong will to live will not allow her to become a victim. This dark story of sustained suspense focuses on the thought process of this young woman as she awaits the return of her captor and culminates in a surprise ending. The Captive was selected by San Diego Writer’s Ink Anthology, Vol 4 as one of San Diego’s finest writers. (The Captive – 884 Words)

A blue lake glistens in the sun, a cool breeze blows the scent of pine and a white crane glides effortlessly through the air. Some people find peace in familiar places, away from all their problems, close to nature. For some, this scene is more than perfection. (The White Crane – 712 words)

Carrie Saunders’ typical day as an ambitious, New York criminal attorney was about to change when her last appointment of the day shows up at her office. His simple question, “Do you know who Sal Giamano is?” makes her heart quicken and immediately turns her life upside down.(The Move to Cedar Springs - 2,755 words)

“I can hear a high-pitched screech; the sound of rubber sliding recklessly on hot, steamy asphalt; the acrid smell of burning tires and brake pads rising up from their path. The car is spinning, whirling, spiraling out of control. Nothing will come into focus. I feel the unyielding strength of the steering wheel beneath my clenched hands. My body is rigid, sensing the danger I am in, anticipating a bad ending. I have no power over the consequences. The intense sound of metal twisting and tearing, crumpling into a fraction of its original state echoes in my ears. I feel no pain. I feel nothing.” (Voice in the Dark – 876 words)

Poor Sal. All he wanted was to take a long-anticipated trip to Las Vegas. Instead, he finds himself behind the wheel of a large motor home, bound for the Grand Canyon. His eyes glaze over as he stares at the white lines of the blacktop road, the nagging voice of his wife ringing in his ears. In forty-five years of marriage, he’d never gotten to do what he wanted to do. Mile after mile, the only thought that runs through Sal’s mind is, Just kill me, God! (The Grand Canyon Trip – 625 words)

A light snow was falling as Charlie Peterson made his way down Main Street. His heavy boots crunched in the wet snow. He pulled his jacket collar high around his neck and shoved his hands into his pockets. The meeting was his last chance. He’d hung every expectation on that thirty-minute encounter. Now he’d run out of ideas...and hope. No job, a wife with Alzheimer’s and a work injury that had almost put them financially under. Life wasn’t fair. (The Job – 3,050 words)

A small girl waits in the dark for the familiar shuffle of feet on the cold, wood floor as he makes his way to her bedroom. Slowly, methodically, he comes every night, the hallow, black eyes leaning over her body, staring into her soul. When will the nightmare end? Will she find the courage to face her fear and put an end to her night terror? (Night Terrors – 806 words)

Involuntarily reaching up to touch the stubble under her cap, stripped of her finery and driven though Paris in an open cart, Marie Antoinette stood proudly at the back of the tumbrel, grasping the wooden slats for strength. Whatever frock she wore, she was still their Queen. The chimes from Notre Dame broke her reverie and she caught the last sights of her city on her way to the quillotine Noon of her last day. What sights, sounds and smells shall be her last? Whose shall be the final face she looks upon? (Sorry, I Lost My Head – 613 words)

I am currently working on a futuristic novel of Nobles versus Darklings, in the Battle for Gray Tower. After the world is shattered by two life-changing events, civilization is divided into two major factions: the Nobles and the Darklings. As the Darklings run out of food and become more desperate and agressive, word comes back from Noble scouts that they are planning an attack on Gray Tower and will be storming the compound for the food and supplies held within. Someone needs to go outside the walls for more ammunition and supplies so that the people of Gray Tower can protect themselves.

Kate, Marcus, Paige and Sam volunteer for this extremely dangerous mission. The last few scouts who ventured out never returned. The story focuses on their journey out of the compound and into the world of the Darklings. Watch for it to come out this year.

I have several other stories in the production, including:

AN UNASSUMING MAN

For Henry Ridler, life is a series of deliberate ruts. For thirty years his routine has never changed. Every day he sits in the back corner of a small basement office, lit only by a flickering incandescent light, with everything neatly in place. He eats the same lunch every day at 12:00 and has the same snack, prepared the same way, every day at 3:15. His lifestyle and his job fit neatly within his OCD behavior. But when a young, brash, insensitive manager is hired to oversee him, Henry’s world comes crashing down. Steve Sheidman taunts Henry relentlessly, pushing his buttons like no one else ever has. For Steve it’s a game, but he has no idea the deadly impact his cruel behavior has on this seemingly mild mannered man.

THE UNPRETENTIOUS HERO

Milton J. Smidley looks exactly as his name implies. A bald, middle aged man, now a little bit older and bit heavier than during his prime, Milton sports a pair of black horned rimmed glasses that consistently perch on the end of his nose. Only five-foot-four, he walks like a duck in a hurry, his feet waddling outwards, his neck thrust forward ahead of his gait. Yet strangely enough, in reality, Milton is never in a hurry.

You see, Milton is not in a particular rush to get anywhere. His life’s hours come in a slow succession of consistency. Like a clock whose second hand clicks from one second to the other in uniformity, Milton’s minutes click from day to day. He hadn’t wished his life to be so, life just sort of happened. Comfortable in the rut he has created, his daily routine changes little. For the most part, he’s never been an interesting human being, even as a child. On August 10, 2008, that all changed.

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