Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Author Spotlight - Linda Mims

I am so excited to help you get to know this debut author.  Meet Linda Mims, a retired educator turned author.  That alone is reason for me to adore her. :-) Her novel will be the reason that you love her.  So, without further delay, here is a little information about Linda.

Linda Mims started creating tales in her head as a child. At age 12, she knew she was onto something when she sold a story to her grandmother for a quarter, but it was her dad’s more practical advice, to get a good education and find a real job, that she followed.
After retiring from her “real job” as an educator, Linda began her writing career as an indie author. The tale of The Neon Houses was born out of a careless comment that people had lost interest in reading. The joke was that decades from now we’d need to hold reading nights in neighborhood parks for citizens who wouldn’t be able to read.
Linda rolled that idea around in her head until it turned into a whole society of have-nots. Once the idea got rolling, she worked nonstop until she’d finished the first draft. Writing is now her real job!
LindaMims resides in a small suburban town 30 miles outside of Chicago, IL where she likes to cook, garden, and blog, sometimes simultaneously. She is married to her long-time love, has two grown daughters and one bossy, bichon-pom, Alexis.

I have downloaded The Neon Houses and can't wait to read it to review it for you all, but in the meantime, check out this review from another incredible author:

By Mary Schmidt on January 26, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

By the middle of chapter one, I knew this book was different from mainstream futuristic novels. Mims’ wove a true unique read with an interesting plot and characters. I didn’t expect a chilling murder at the beginning, but this novel demands action and is quite gripping. A future Chicago and Gang Territory, those with money, and those who live in the ghetto – drug/crime lords, growing up on the street, and more makes this book believable, as I can visually see this entire novel in my brain. A book that garners this kind of a reaction from me garners five stars, especially when it is well-written. Mim’s characters spring to life in a futuristic socioeconomic environment and gave me pause to wonder just what Earth will be like in the late 2000’s. Well done Ms. Mims.

This book should be moved to the top of your list of TBRs. The cover alone is phenomenal! Here is the synopsis of the book:

Dr. Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel hears her young friend—twenty-year-old Zarah Fisher—screaming for her life. However Zarah is miles away!
Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath because Noel has a secret! It’s a secret that not even her husband Richard knows.
As the Deputy Chief of Schools of Gang Territory, Noel has perfected her life. She is a solid, middle-class citizen from New Chicago, Incorporated. New Chicago and Gang Territory have become vastly different societies since the early Urban Wars. Now, year 2087 finds New Chicago’s military-trained police determined to enforce laws that keep “gang people” out.
Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective, has been warned to stay away from this case and he urges Noel to let it go. But a new killing involves Noel’s younger cousin and her boyfriend and links Noel to it in a startling way.
Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? Or … could he be the killer?
Check out this awesome book trailer for more information: https://youtu.be/_JrglVENUOs

While you are at it, follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/boom_lyn

The tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.


  1. Linda, I'm just loving it! Have fun! Thanks, Yvette!

  2. This one sounds so unique and that cover rocks.
    It's on my TBR!
    Wishing you the best on tour, Linda.
    Yvette, thanks for hosting on your lovely blog :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by, MaeClair! Glad you like the cover.

    2. Thank you, Mae. I've got it on my TBR as well. :-)

  3. The cover is absolutely awesome! I'm enjoying this tour, and I'm looking forward to reading the book. I'm headed to Amazon now to pick up my copy.
    Yvette, thanks for hosting Linda today.

  4. Please pick up the book and let me know what you think, Rhani! Thanks!

  5. Congrats, Linda, on this wonderful review. I'm looking forward to it, indeed!
    Thanks for hosting, Yvette, as always. :)

  6. So great to see you here Natalie! Thanks a bunch!💐

  7. Like Mary Schmidt said, I didn't expect to get a murder right at the beginning of the read. The writing is so vivid that I actually felt the victim's thoughts and pain right to the end when she experiences flashes of lightening flashes (I think) before she expires. It was just too real. That's a good writer! I will give you my thoughts when I finish.

    Congratulations Linda!

    1. I am laughing at your description, Shirley. That's exactly what I was going for. Thanks for that encouragement. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Thanks for joining the tour today!

    2. Now, I really want to read it. Thanks for the sneak peak, Shirley. :-)

  8. Yvette, It was a pleasure to be hosted on your blog today. I wish you all the best with your book, Chronicles of the Diasodz. Thank you.

  9. Half way through. Love your plotline, characters and most of all those flying suits. Linda, please send info for your book tour at my place (paguthrie.blogspot.com) tomorrow.

  10. Linda, the story of how you came to make writing your present job, is very similar to mine. I too am a retired teacher, who decided to make writing her next job in retirement. :) Isn't that great? It keeps one busy, and the mind alert! Good luck with your tour, and thank you, Yvette for hosing her.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Joy! :-)

    2. Hi Joy! I've written to you numerous times since this post, but I just wanted to respond here as well! THANKS!


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