A Holiday gift for fans of Whisperings Paranormal Mystery

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-holiday-lights-fog-image1627372My holiday gift for Whisperings fans, The Midnight Choir, a Whisperings short story, is free on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd and Inktera. Hopefully, it will soon also be free on International Amazon sites. This little story was first published here on my web site, but the new version includes additional material. I hope you enjoy it.

(Disclaimer: Although I have set the price as zero, Amazon can and often does charge for “free” books on some of their international sites. I have no control over this.)

Time has rushed by so quickly. The end of another year, when people look back and reflect on what the year brought into their lives. As  for me, the body is getting old and has forced me to acknowledge it has limitations, but the brain still works. I have family. I have friends who have stuck by me for years and new friends I’ve met online and in person. I can picture events which still make me smile when I remember them. As for the writing – as always it’s been fun, exasperating, stressful, tiring, and exhilarating.

On the writing side, Baelfleur, the sequel to Downside Rain was published in November. Tiff Takes on Halloween, a Whisperings short story, was published in October. I tried it on Amazon’s Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited as an experiment. All the KU borrows were nice but at the end of the day, being exclusive to one publishing platform doesn’t sit well with me, so the little story will also appear on Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd and Inktera when the Kindle Select period expires in January. And while I’m thinking of it, a shout out to Kindle Select staff who have always responded to my questions/problems promptly. Believe me, if you had to work with support staff at some of the other publishing platforms, you’d appreciate the guys and gals who staff Kindle Select.

I almost forgot to say – last week I reached a personal milestone with the sale of my 75,000 e-book.

In January I found out my Scottie dog Duncan has cancer. The discovery resulted in me rushing to England in April and deciding to write a seventh Whisperings Paranormal Mystery.

Why did my dog having cancer make me rush to England? And why did it prompt me to write another Whisperings book?

Well, I wanted to go to England to see my 91 year-old mum. Husband and I planned to go later in the year, but I didn’t know how long Duncan had with us. His excellent vet estimated six months to a year. I decided on chemotherapy treatment for him, but chemo destroys the immune system which meant he couldn’t be put at risk for infection by having him in a kennel while husband and I took a trip. In fact, he can’t be with other dogs at all, or have his annual immunizations and rabies shots, and we watch him carefully during walks to make sure he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t.

I didn’t want husband to have to deal with Duncan getting sick, and of course I wanted to be with Duncan when the time came,  so I whipped off to England earlier than planned and husband cared for Duncan while I was gone.

As for Whisperings. I said in my post To Be Or Not To Be that I didn’t know whether or not I’d write another Whisperings after A Conspiracy of Demons, and I didn’t have any plans to. But an odd thing happened when I learned Duncan has incurable cancer. I love my little dog and the news devastated me. I sat down at my computer and piled the whole thing on Tiff’s shoulders. I wrote about her discovering her Scottie Mac had cancer, her grief, and how she imagined the time to come when she would have to help him on his way.

At the end of the little piece, a bullet came out of nowhere.

I was pretty surprised. That wasn’t supposed to happen! I thought about it and before I knew it, I had an outline for Whisperings Paranormal Mystery book seven: Dark Demon Rising. I put it aside while I finished writing Baelfleur and the short stories but I’ll jump back on it after Christmas.

If you’re wondering about Duncan, he’s still with us and still going strong almost a year after the diagnosis.

So although 2014 began unhappily, it turned out to be a pretty good year. I hope 2015 brings good things, to me and to you. Happy Christmas, may the day be merry and bright, filled with love and good cheer.

 

 

8 responses to “A Holiday gift for fans of Whisperings Paranormal Mystery

  1. Have a great 2015 my dear. Congratulations on 75,00o ebooks, and much love to you all, ESPECIALLY Duncan. xx

  2. Oh, Linda… BIG, BIG, HUGS! I will keep you and yours and especially Duncan in my prayers.

    And congratulations on the 75,000 books! What a milestone! And I am so excited about a new Whisperings (story and book)!

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas. Here’s to blessings yet to come. :)

    • Glinda, how nice to see you here!!! Thanks for stopping by. And thank you for your warm wishes. They are appreciated, as much as I appreciate you. :)

      I hope you have a very merry Christmas and 2015 is a great year for you.

  3. This new short story in the Whispering series is most probably the best Christmas gift I could receive! Between Anne Rice’s “Prince Lestat” and “The Midnight Choir” I am going to have some lovely nights reading while the candles burn and the music plays.
    Thank you so very much Linda for putting a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.

    • Tamera, I am honored you mention my little story in the same sentence as Anne’s Rice’s Prince Lestat. I actually have Prince Lestat on my nightstand and look forward to reading it over the holidays. And thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Knowing that I bring enjoyment to readers is the best Christmas gift I can receive.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

      Linda

      • I fully intend to have a wonderful Christmas! I have the best Christmas gifts BOOKS! I have a friend who has finished reading Prince Lestat so I told her to read Whisperings. I also told her she could read the first one free on Kindle. She has no idea the wonderful tales she is about to hear. I did tell her I was consumed by the series and the best part they were in her price range!! I still remember how Whisperings series kept me transfixed for a week or so! I read close to 1 a day until the series was finished! I am hoping my friend has the same experience. Have lovely holidays!

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