posted on April 17, 2019 by Linda O. Johnston

Mixed Emotions

What do you do when something in your life seems both wonderful and not so wonderful?  Me?  I enjoy all that I can about it.  That’s mixed emotions to me.

So what is giving me mixed emotions?  Well, May is quickly approaching.  I’m excited about that.  Why?  Well, I’m having another mystery published: For a Good Paws, the fifth of my Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink.  But it’s also a cause for mixed emotions, since it will be my last in the series, my last book for Midnight Ink, which is closing.

It’s also the last mystery I’m under contract for.  Do I intend to write more mysteries in the future?  Yes!  But can I tell you what they’ll be?  No, except that, considering what’s important to me in my writing now, any new stories will contain dogs.

Or at least the mysteries will.  I haven’t stopped writing, of course, but I can’t concentrate on mysteries right now since I’m under contract for four new Harlequin Romantic Suspense novels–and yes, I’m excited about that, too. The first couple, I’m delighted to say, will be part of the long-running Colton continuity series for HRS.  I don’t plot those on my own, and dogs won’t be a huge factor in them.  But the stories will nevertheless be full of romance and suspense, of course.   No mixed emotions in me about that.  I love both!

The second couple of books will be in a new spinoff from my K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for HRS.  And guess what.  They’ll definitely include dogs.

Meanwhile, I’d believed that I wouldn’t have any additional Harlequin Nocturnes, their paranormal romance line, published.  But I do!  It’s not a new book, but my last Nocturne, Visionary Wolf, part of my Alpha Force series about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, will be republished in a two-in-one with Code Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom.  It will be a June release.

Yes, now two of the publishers or lines I’ve been writing for are going away.  That’s part of the publishing business.  It’s happened to me before.  Nothing necessarily lasts forever.   And that can definitely give a writer mixed emotions.

But I still find it fun to be a writer.  This just adds to the creativity factor.  No more Nocturnes, no more Midnight Ink books.  So what’s next?  More Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

And in the future?  That remains to be seen–and I’ll definitely see it.  Will I have mixed emotions then?  That depends on what happens, of course.

What gives you mixed emotions?

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as a paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. And all her current stories involve dogs.

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