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Linda's favorite quote is...
- "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov
All About Linda Ingmanson
Linda Ingmanson has been with Samhain Publishing from its inception. The most rewarding part of her work is developing positive, long-lasting relationships with her authors. She’s a fan of all kinds of fiction, mainly science fiction, fantasy and, of course, romance. Her favorite stories include dark heroes, smart but sensitive heroines, a sense of humor and action-packed plots.
She is always on the lookout for Red Hot romances of all stripes (traditional, m/m, BDSM, ménage), space opera (think Star Wars or Firefly), epic fantasy and urban fantasy. She has a soft spot for medievals and regencies, but any book that pushes the envelope is welcome as long as it is well written, emotionally gripping and memorable.
A lifelong New Englander, Linda lives in a small town with her husband, children and a personal zoo that includes dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, a parakeet, a fish and an iguana. As if tending her real-world menagerie wasn’t enough, she spends her spare time adding virtual creatures to it in Farmville.
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Posts from Linda
By Linda Ingmanson On Nov 26 2012, 8:31 am
Two lovers passionately embrace on the back of a rearing stallion… A lonely woman in a gothic gown walks the moors… A grim-looking man stands beside a snarling wolf, backlit by the rising moon… Any of these could describe the images on a romance novel cover. Now that we’re firmly entrenched in the digital age, book covers have taken on a new important. While scanning through Amazon, a reader might be stopped by a stunning cover…or might pass a book by because the cover was bland, too cluttered or too generic
We have a fabulous art department at Samhain, and I’m always blown away by what the artists create based on only a blurb and a description by the author. The artists haven’t read the book or communicated with the author, and yet their vision is often pitch-perfect in translating the story’s tone. I can remember the early days of digital publishing, when Poser images were hot, or photos were obviously cut and pasted onto backgrounds. Now some covers are true works of art. Haven’t we come a long way?
It would be too hard to narrow down my absolute favorites, but I will admit to being partial to a couple you can find on the Samhain website. I loved the cover for Silver, by Darcy Abriel. The heroine was part human, part machine – a “humanotic.” I’m sure Kanaxa, the cover artist, had to have been wondering how she could convey that when she got that request, but the cover ended up stunning. Another favorite was for Marie-Nicole Ryan’s Western romance, Taming Talia. I loved the rich color palette chosen by the artist, Angie Waters. On the flip side is a stunning black-and-white cover for JL Merrow’s Pressure Head, another one created by Kanaxa and a reader favorite. And let me tell you, these covers look just as awesome on a paperback!
So what kind of cover catches your eye?
By Linda Ingmanson On Aug 19 2012, 10:21 pm
Pop quiz! Do you know what a nixie is? How about a kelpie? What part of a pistol is the muzzle, and which is the barrel? Did Civil War-era doctor’s offices have exam tables? You might think an editor’s job is all about fixing grammar and punctuation, but we also have to fact-check, and sometimes [...]
By Linda Ingmanson On May 28 2012, 9:00 am
It’s almost summertime, and you know what that means! Beach reading! Every year around this time, my personal reading preference shifts from more gently paced romances and biographies to thrillers and action novels. Maybe it’s the hot sun shining and the breeze winging through the window that makes me think of distant places I wish [...]
By Linda Ingmanson On Mar 5 2012, 9:51 am
Many years ago – more years than I like to think about – when I was first getting started in this crazy publishing business and working on my first book, I would go with my friends to conferences and listen raptly to the editors from Harlequin, Berkeley, Kensington etc. (hate to say, digital publishers were [...]
By Linda Ingmanson On Nov 14 2011, 9:00 am
Recently, my family and I got to do a little time traveling, back to the days before electricity, thanks to a freak October snowstorm. There’s a saying about New England – if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. Well, even for us Yankees, this particular storm delivered a nasty shock. It wasn’t [...]
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