Monday, December 12

The Word Wranglers welcome Linda LaRoque

Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

Born in Ice

This futuristic romantic suspense story grew from a dream, one of a woman frozen in a block of ice and found by fishermen from an undersea world. She’s taken to their home and with the help of advanced medical technology, she recovers. In time she learns she must learn to fit into their social system, one different from what she’s known.


Pulled from an icy grave…into a world of doubt and danger.

Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter's whereabouts is unknown. The year is 2155. A man's soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger. But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.

Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage ship. He's determined she'll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter, but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that threatens.

My editor for Champagne Books has graciously given permission for me to post the Prologue and Chapter One of Born in Ice, so for 10 days I’ll be sharing another installment.

Chapter One – installment 9

Thirty minutes later the vehicle was aboard and secured to the deck
alongside their submersible. Brock jogged back up top and stopped beside
Luke. “Keep several men on the lookout for at least another hour.”

“Roger, sir.”

Hopefully the pirates had given up and turned back. Just in case,
they’d remain on alert. The results could spell disaster if outsiders, especially
Rafael and his bunch, located their secured dock.

After checking the controls, Brock left the deck and trotted toward
sick bay. Before he reached the open door, he heard Pepe grousing. “This is
stupid. I’m fine. Let me up from here.”

Digger, jaw rigid, stormed from the room. Brock held out his arms to
avoid a collision.

“If the kid doesn’t shut up,” Luke muttered, “I’m gonna pop him in
the jaw.”

Brock grinned, turned and headed back in the direction he’d come.
The kid would be fine. Brock had other issues to worry about.
~ * ~
Eight hours later, Retriever entered the heavily guarded cove near
Refuge. Powered doors, camouflaged with dense foliage, swung open. Brock
eased his boat into the well-lit passageway. The tunnel was hidden from
view. His men and a few citizens of Refuge knew of its existence. The bay
door closed, and lights lit their way, winking off behind them as they traveled
forward a half mile to reach their dock and well-sealed workshop. Located
under a rock encrusted mountain, a freight lift carried crew and cargo up into
a garage in Refuge. The grotto was the dock’s only access.

A vehicle waited to transport a now asleep Pepe to the hospital. He’d
succumbed to the pain and asked for more pain medicine.

While their docking crew secured the craft, Brock, Digger, Luke, and
Jonas used a winch to lift and move the vehicle onto the platform. With a
high pressure water hose, they knocked away the chunks of ice that had kept
the Excursion afloat. Silent, each with his own thoughts, they stood and
studied the vehicle they’d salvaged. What would they find inside?

Tune in tomorrow for installment 10. I’ll be on Julianne D.’s blog at

Please leave a comment today to be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Way Back, my time travel set in the 1930s oil fields of Texas. Your name will also be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for my blog tour—a KINDLE. A name will be draw at the end of my tour on December 16th.

I also have a release contest going. Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at with Born in Ice in the subject line. Your name will be added to the drawing for this rhinestone frog pin. For each of my releases I try to find a piece of jewelry significant to the story. After reading Born in Ice you’ll understand why I chose this frog.

Thank you, Liz, for having me here today, and thank you readers for stopping by. Good luck in all the give-a-ways!

Happy Reading and Writing!



  1. We're glad to have you here today, Linda. Sounds as though exciting stuff is going on during your holidays!

  2. Hi, Linda! Very interesting premise -a nd I loved the excerpt. Thanks for sharing - and good luck with your release. :)

  3. Wow, what a great idea! I liked it a lot. And, as a rider, I'm glad you got back on the horse, even if it took you a few years!

  4. LOVE the premise for Born in Ice! Congratulations Linda:)

  5. Congrats Linda. The book sounds fabulous. Loved your excerpt.

  6. Linda,
    Loved the excerpt and love how you're doing installment nibbles on different blogs. What a great idea.
    Best of luck. It reads like a winner.

  7. Can't wait to read more. :-)


    BTW, I finished A Law of Her Own and loved it!!!

  8. Hi Liz, Thank you for having me. I apologize for being late. Made a flying trip to visit a relative in the hospital yesterday and had the dates mixed up.

  9. Thank you, Kristina. It's a different type story for me and I enjoyed writing it.

  10. D'Ann,
    LOL, yeah, I finally did but wouldn't really consider myself a rider. If the horse bolted I'd panic and probably get hurt.

  11. Kenzie, Thank you for your comment and stopping by!

  12. Hi Linda, I don't think I ever mentioned the cover but Born in Ice has a beautiful cover! I love the clarity of it. Have a great day :)

  13. Shawn, Margie, and Sarah,

    Thank you all for stopping by and your kind comments.

  14. Great installment, Linda. I have really enjoyed them.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  15. Born in Ice has been on my TBR list, I am hopeful to get it for Christmas :)

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas !


  16. Thank you, Na. I love the cover. Trisha FitzGerald is the cover artist. She always does a wonderful job!

  17. Tracey and Kym,

    Thank you ladies! Merry Christmas to you!

  18. I agree about the cover for Born In Ice. Really ties together the story line. Thanks for the excerpt, Linda.

  19. Hey, Anna. Thanks for stopping by and for the cover comment.

  20. Fantastic excerpt as always, Linda. Only a few more of these teasers left.

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