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Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage competition!

I’m celebrating the launch of ‘Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage‘ with a competition!

‘The perfect Christmas read to touch the heart’ Bestselling author Christie Barlow

The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elena James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.

Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.

Read chapter 1 here:


Harper Impulse love books … and this gorgeous book bag is up for grabs, together with a signed copy of my summer 2017 best seller, The Secrets of Villa Rosso. Also a part of the prize are two, limited edition USB memory sticks.


If you would like to be the lucky winner then simply head over to my Facebook page.

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The lucky winner will receive:

Rules: International; anyone can enter and no purchase necessary. The competition closes midnight GMT Saturday 4 Nov 2017. The winner will be announced on my competition page on Monday 6 November 2017.

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The Secrets of Villa Rosso launch competition!

Thank you to everyone who entered via Facebook, Twitter and email – here are the winners!!

Please email your full postal address to:

In celebration of the launch of
The Secrets of Villa Rosso
published by Harper Impulse


I will be picking some very lucky winners (a random draw  will take place on 2 Aug 2017) who will each receive one of these LIMITED EDITION USB MEMORY DIRECT
8gb Card-Tab Custom Flash Drives

On  the reverse of the card is a memory stick where you can save all of your amazing holiday photos – because some places stay with you forever!


UK only competition

TWITTER: Tweet me a photo of your special ‘holiday place to remember’ including @LinnBHalton and #TheSecretsofVillaRosso

Facebook: Add a photo of your special ‘holiday place to remember’ under the pinned post entitled ‘COMPETITION’ on my LinnBHaltonAuthor page and share the post on your timeline

Reviews: Tweet me a link to your review and 3 lucky winners will receive a limited edition mug + a USB stick; include @LinnBHalton and #TheSecretsofVillaRosso; if you aren’t on social media email me a link to your review at:

All prizes must be claimed by 9 August 2017; after that date an alternative winner will be chosen
Anyone can enter (but this is a UK only competition); competition runs from 21 July 2017 – 31 July 2017 inclusive
Prize winners will be announced here on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Some places stay with you forever…

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

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Paperback release date UK ~ 5 October 2017

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The Secrets of Villa Rosso: Escape to Italy for a summer romance to remember

Every author loves the cover reveal stage in the lengthy journey towards publishing a new title.  It means release day is coming and another book baby is about to be born!

The Secrets of Villa Rosso  began probably three years ago when, out of the blue, a question popped into my head – Is it possible to have two soul mates?  The question stayed with me until the story was finally written.  But in between I wrote two other books as this was not an easy story to tell. And it was the most difficult ending I have ever had to handle.

It’s a story  of mystery and intrigue set amongst the olive groves in Castrovillari, a town in the foothills of Calabria, Southern Italy.

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.



Choosing the setting for this story was easy; Italy is one of my favourite travel destinations. The warmth of the people, the beautiful sunshine and the olives … oh, and the pasta and the coffee and the Italian gelateria. What’s not to love? It’s a mix of vibrancy and rural charm – in equal measure. From the mountains, to the beaches – from the swathes of olive groves to the bustling city vibes of Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan …

The heart of Max Jackson‘s story is about one man’s fight to keep a community alive and thriving, despite the effects of the disastrous harvest. With so many people living off the land, as the manager of the local olive oil refinery he comes up with a way of expanding all of their interests to give them a second income. It’s a responsibility he takes very personally.

When Ellie first meets Max, her life is turned upside down because arriving at Villa Rosso feels like going home. How can that be when she’s never been to Italy before? She has been happily married to her soul mate, Josh, for nineteen years and has two gorgeous daughters. Her life is complete and her part-time job as an interior designer allows her to spread her wings a little and prepare for the day when they will eventually leave home. When she unexpectedly has to step into her boss’s shoes to fly out to look at the artisan goods Max’s new venture is producing, she has no idea what lies ahead.

The question really is:   Is it possible to have two soul mates?

For Ellie, this thought threatens to rip her life, and her heart, apart …

TRY BEFORE YOU bUY – click HERE to read Chapter 1 + an excerpt!


Pre-order now ~ release date 21 july 2017:



Paperback release date UK ~ 5 October 2017


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Excited, Exhausted … but Very, Very Happy!

When a writer goes quiet for a while there is always a jolly good reason … and I have been very quiet since the first of January! That means head down and so focused that most days my fingers have been flying over the keyboard from the moment I open my eyes, until very late in the day. Which is fine, because I love what I do, but there are only so many times you can open the door to the postman still in your PJs, when it’s an afternoon delivery. Or stand in the kitchen preparing dinner in night attire.

And too busy, even, to celebrate some really wonderful news – I know, awful isn’t it? But the end is in sight with my various deadlines and I’m almost at the point at which I can sit back and breathe. So I’m popping my head up to say ‘hello world’, once more! And I’m giving myself a few hours off to celebrate and, finally, share the news with friends, family and my lovely readers – many of whom are now firm friends, too.

Well, they do say GOOD NEWS comes in threes…

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I have signed with Sara Keane from the Keane Kataria Literary Agency!

Being a writer means wearing many hats these days and everyone in the business knows how fast the day flies by and how many balls you have to juggle.  I love writing and I love designing graphics to show off my book covers … but reading a contract is not my forte. So just knowing that someone with as much experience as Sara has, is in my corner, is a truly wonderful boost. And I can utter a huge sigh of relief.



And now we are on to ‘Book News’ and a NEW BOOK ALERT! It’s coming … 21 July 2017 … and I’m whisking my readers away to Castrovillari, in southern Italy.  If you can’t afford a holiday this year, then let me take you there – virtually in THE SECRETS OF VILLA ROSSO.

I’ve been working hard with my awesome editor, the very fabulous Charlotte Ledger, at HARPER IMPULSE. With structural edits done and line edits on my desk as I blog, the next stage is the cover design.  This cosy mystery/drama with a twist will have you sniffing the air, to smell those wonderful Oleander blossoms:


Mystery and intrigue set amongst the olive groves in the foothills of Calabria, Southern Italy. As Ellie uncovers the truth about the disappearance of the Ormanni family’s daughter, Aletta, her heart becomes entangled as her life is split into two.

I’ll be talking more about this story in my next Newsletter.


And even more  ‘Book News’ with another NEW BOOK ALERT! It’s coming … 3 November 2017.  I’ve recently finished structural and line edits with (how shall I describe her this time … well, she’s just the best) Charlotte Ledger, at HARPER IMPULSE. If you enjoyed ‘A Cottage in the Country’ then ‘CHRISTMAS AT BAY TREE COTTAGE’ is coming!


Elana James and her young daughter, Maya, are facing their second Christmas since the tragic death of husband and father, Niall. With Bay Tree cottage only half-renovated a local builder, Luke Stevenson, comes to the rescue. But he, too, has family dilemmas threatening to unravel his festive celebrations. But it’s a time of wonderment and anything can happen when there’s a little Christmas magic in the air.

Yes, there will be a little wine tonight and there are flowers as a part of my brief celebration, before I get back to those line edits. And there is a little more news …

I’ve also been busy on another book project and today I sent the first draft off to my agent (sorry, had to slip that in …) Sara. It’s always a fingernail-biting time when you submit a new book baby to anyone. Will they like it, or not? Will it grab them, or send them to sleep? It’s a book that has demanded my full attention as I had to get the story out of my head and down on paper. Hence the PJs becoming my dress of choice – or undress, of choice. But to do anything obsessively means everything else has to wait. And as for housework …

I’m now awaiting, with eager anticipation, covers for my two, 2017 releases with Harper Impulse. That’s always an exciting time and a good excuse for yet another celebration. And in between  I’ll be busy talking to reviewers and planning book tours for July and November. I also have another story in my head that needs to be looking back at me from my computer screen, to stop me dreaming about it!

My New Year’s resolution was to make 2017 a year where my feet didn’t touch the ground – I wanted to be busy, happy and feel I’d continued to up the bar. Well, three months in and I’ve made a good start, but you’ll have to watch this space as nine months is a long time. I wonder how many books I can write?

Thank you for dropping by; having visitors is like a hug for a writer and that means a lot!

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A Little Luck A Lot of Fate ~ book launch competition!


It doesn’t really matter whether or not you believe in fate, or destiny, but one thing I know for sure is that life holds surprises. You know what I mean: those times in your life when everything seems to come together and it takes you off in a direction that leaves you reeling. You can call it luck, coincidence, or whatever term makes you feel comfortable.

I’m celebrating my latest release and Kristi Danielson’s feet are firmly on the ground. She’s in control of her fate and doesn’t need anybody’s help … until the day she realises her life is, actually, a mess. Success, fame, a big house – she has it all, but all she has is her work. And what if she’s discovered? Being a renowned life coach her whole career is built upon people taking her advice to achieve that work/like balance. The balance they all think she has achieved so effortlessly, after all, her non-work persona never attracts bad press. How can it? She rarely sees her family, or her on-off boyfriend and love interest, Tom. Suddenly all of that success feels rather hollow.

But change can sometimes come from the least expected direction and when that happens, like it or not, it’s fate!

So why not join me in celebrating yet another book baby by entering the competition! I don’t need a tarot card reading to know that four lucky entrants will be winners!

The competition is open internationally and closes at noon on 26 November 2016 GMT; anyone can enter and you can enter as many times as you like.

Tweet: #ALittleLuckALotofFate by @LinnBHalton #booklaunch competition. Feelgood romance!


Go to my author page and share the pinned post linking to this launch post


Post a review and Tweet a link to it including #ALittleLuckALotofFate @LinnBHalton

FOUR winners will be announced on Facebook on my author page on Sunday  27 November 2016


Each of the four winners will receive a signed paperback copy of ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ (released 14 Oct 2016) and either a star, or a heart, wooden decoration.


Click here to read chapter 1 of A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate

Available from:



& various online ebook retailers

Good luck, thank you for visiting & entering … and hope you’ll come back again soon!


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Only YOU can make your dreams come true!



I’m celebrating the paperback launch of
A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love ~
with a competition!
This heart-warming read is about
never giving up on your dreams…

Any story that reflects real relationships is going to be full of life’s complications. After all, we each experience that every single day of our lives! But the moral of this story is based upon a true fact, that only YOU can make your dreams come true.

If you let ‘life happen’, rather than acknowledging when you are unhappy and doing something about it, then nothing changes.

In this story Katie feels responsible for so many people around her – Steve, her partner, and the people she employs in her bakery.

Steve believes he has Katie’s best interests at heart and wants to help her make her business a big success.

And then there is Adam. Adam has an elderly grandmother who dotes upon him and his daughter, but her health is failing. As a customer who pops into Katie’s bakery only a couple of times a year, they are little more than strangers and yet there is a sense of connection between them.

Over the course of  two Christmases and three birthdays their lives unfold and fate takes them on a journey of rediscovery.


A love story is seldom just that, as lives are intertwined and there will be heartache, loss and new beginnings.


This feelgood story is a reminder of what is important in life.

I have a very special bundle of three signed paperbacks for one lucky winner! The copy of A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love will be endorsed as a one-off ‘launch day’ prize making it unique!


The competition is open internationally and closes on Friday 21 Oct 2016 at midnight GMT; anyone can enter.
The winner (selected at random by a third party) will be announced on Facebook on my
author page on Saturday 22 Oct 2016.

*** THE WINNER IS: Adele @Kraftireader***

thank you to everyone who entered!

How to enter (as many times as you like) 

  1. Tweet: #ALittleSugarALotofLove by @LinnBHalton paperback release competition. Heart-warming romance!

2. Go to my author page and share the pinned post linking to this launch post.

3. Post a review and Tweet a link to it including #ALittleSugarALotofLove @LinnBHalton


Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!


Click here to read Chapter 1.

Available in eformat and paperback, online and in bookshops





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A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate ~ sometimes it’s all in the cards!

Have you ever wondered why a little karmic help

suddenly appears in your time of greatest need?

Then read on, as I unveil my latest contemporary romance due for release on 25th October 2016 and published by the wonderful Choc Lit!

In case you missed it yesterday. The gorgeous cover for A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate by @LinnBHalton.

Available on Amazon and other online platforms from launch day!


For Kristi Danielson a quarter-life crisis is the last thing she expected to happen. Fresh cracks are opening up in her life faster than she can paper over the old ones and if she doesn’t act fast, everything will fall apart.

‘I have succeeded in establishing a career that has not only been financially rewarding, but has allowed me to help an enormous amount of people. In doing so, I’ve become the darling of a whole host of celebrities. I have been acknowledged as one of the leading lifestyle coaches and my two self-help books have sold far and wide.

‘To the world it appears I have all of the trappings of success. The harsh reality is that I spend my time trying to cover the tracks of a life that has no balance. All I have is my work—there is nothing else. The upside is that I look squeaky-clean. There is no gossip about me because I don’t maintain non-work relationships, either with my family, or the opposite sex. I have Tom, but then he’s known me since we were at school together and our arrangement is reciprocal. We are friends with benefits.

‘When it comes to my own life, it’s held together with the emotional equivalent of string and blue tack. Simply put, I’m a fraud.’

What happens when you wake up one day and success isn’t enough? To whom does a life coach turn in their hour of need? Well, suddenly the voice is there in Kristi’s head and it pushes her in the direction of a tarot card reader. Patrick Blakeslee is well-known locally, but instead of answers, all Kristi is getting is more questions.

Will she ever be able to move on and find a life that makes her feel fulfilled? Will artist Tom, ever learn to stand on his own two feet? Will Patrick rid himself of his own demons and get over a cheating ex-wife who destroyed his confidence?

Sometimes people are strangely connected, passing like ships in the night—but touching each other’s lives and sometimes making a huge difference.

The truth is that I never meant to con anyone. As time passed I simply began to believe my own self-help mantra, that you can become whomsoever you choose to be. What I hadn’t grasped was that I turned into the exception that broke the rule. And in my line of work that’s the biggest sin of all.Kristi Danielson

Someone is helping Kristi, but whose voice is it and can the tarot cards really give her the clues she needs to regain control of her destiny?


“One particular line gave me goosebumps. I re-read this three times and every time it had the same effect on me”

Shona Lawrence, Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom


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Summer news, celebrations and books, books, books …

Celebrating the summer holidays with my …

Mr Sunshine‘hot off the press’ news 1-2-3! 

I might need to lie down on a sun lounger with an ice cold cocktail in my hand while I can, because it’s going to be one awesome autumn. And that means a summer of work, work, work … but it’s ALL fun!


14 October 2016A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love‘ is being released in paperback format by Choc Lit UK!

It’s available for pre-order NOW:


Life is often complicated and there’s a sort-of comfort in having a stranger with whom you can chat, but who isn’t a part of your daily life.

Sometimes a turning point centres around one single moment in time;

sometimes it takes two Christmases and three birthdays


And feeling very proud to see it featured in The Bookseller’s NEW TITLES: FICTION list for October

The Bookseller

A3ND the news gets even better …

with a working title of ‘Strangely Connected‘, I’ve just signed a contract for my next novel with Choc Lit UK and it’s currently going through edits ready for an autumn launch!


Kristi Danielson is a highly successful Life Coach whose Grab LIfe and Run With It TV series is in its fourth season in the UK. Her celebrated Twelve Steps to Finding YOU book is a runaway success and she’s at the peak of her career. But to whom does the celebrated life coach turn when it seems her life is falling apart around her? Well, to a tarot card reader, of course!

It’s not something Kristi ever considered until the idea was ‘put into her head’. Does the voice she hears signal the start of a quarter-life crisis, or is this simply burnout? Or maybe there’s another explanation …

Cast for Strangely Connected

I can promise competitions to celebrate the launch of both the paperback and the new novel, so keep an eye out for those!

And in the pipeline …

a heart-warming, full-length Christmas story,

and a bijou cottage where the sea breeze blows away the cobwebs
and allows Lisa to open up her heart …

Thanks for dropping by to share my news ~

it’s ALWAYS about the romance!