Today we have Linda O’Connor with us sharing some background on her new book, released January 14th, Perfectly Honest and how the story is based on real life, at least a little bit. Linda has also said she is willing to give away an e-book copy and a pair of earrings (pictured below) to one lucky commenter. Soooo, one lucky commenter will receive an e-book copy of Perfectly Honest and a pair of earrings. The giveaway runs today through Monday January 19th 12:00 p.m. EST.
We’ll get out of the way and say welcome to Linda.
Catherine and Donald – Thank you very much for having me on your Friday Features Blog series.
My medical career definitely influences my writing. I’m a doctor, live with a surgeon, hang out with physician friends, and have worked in a variety of medical settings. I can bring that background to my novels.
There were two parts in Perfectly Honest that specifically evolved from my medical experience. The first is when Mikaela helps deliver a baby in the middle of a hotel foyer. I’ve jumped in to provide medical care at church, on a plane, on the soccer field, at a beach, in an exercise class…medicine is rarely nine to five! The second scene is when Mikaela’s specialty eclipses Sam’s. My husband is a specialist and his specialty often garners more interest than mine when we meet someone new. Except once. One day, in the midst of a family doctor shortage, we were at the bank and the two women helping us were so excited that I was a family doctor that my husband’s specialty never came up. I had to chuckle when he mentioned that he noticed.
For me, the idea to write came after working with young adults. There were some basics I thought they should know – mental health symptoms, birth control myths, how to take ownership of their health. I thought hey, if David Chilton of The Wealthy Barber fame can dole out financial advice in a barbershop, maybe I could dole out medical advice in a romance novel. That’s how my first novel, She’s Not a Fan, was born. With each novel I’ve written, there’s something I want to teach and the trick is to incorporate it without the reader feeling like they’re being taught.
I’m really enjoying using my medical knowledge in a new way. I read for relaxation and I hope that others will laugh, relax, enjoy the stories I’ve written, and maybe learn something too!
You never know where your words will take you…
When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!
Buy Link Perfectly Honest: http://amzn.com/B00S77IW9O/
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/UGaav4ZLGeI
Linda has been writing romance novels for three years and sincerely thanks Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing for the ultimate encouragement to her writing – with the leap to publishing. She has many titles including Doctor, Mom, and proud Canadian, but “Linda O’Connor – hereinafter called the Author” is one of the sweetest.
Contemporary romantic comedies are her favorite novels to read and write. Linda balances writing with her work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). She also likes to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with her husband or dance every day.
Laugh every day. Love every minute.
Where to find Linda:
Visit Linda’s website: http://www.lindaoconnor.net/
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One lucky commenter will receive an e-book copy of Perfectly Honest and a pair of earrings. The giveaway runs today through Monday January 19th 12:00 p.m. EST.