posted on March 9, 2017 by Linda O. Johnston

The Lions of March

by Linda O. Johnston

I’ve always enjoyed the expression “March comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb.” It’s supposed to be a reference to weather, although I’m enough of an animal lover that I visualize lions and lambs when I hear it.  I haven’t yet made a trip to our local zoo this year but I hope to soon–and see some lions and more.  I don’t think they have lambs there, though.

The weather aspect isn’t always true, depending on the year and where you live.  We did have some rain in early March here in Los Angeles, which is the weather here closest to the lion aspect–not as wild as a lot of places, though it was pretty fierce here at different times and locations this winter.  I’m not sure any more rain is forecast.  I recognize that there is still some pretty bad weather going on elsewhere in the country and certainly hope it improves fast, certainly by the end of the month.

Meantime, this year is progressing well.  I’m busy writing the fourth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery.  The third one, BAD TO THE BONE will be a May release, and it won’t be my only book published this year.  PROTECTOR WOLF, the eighth paranormal romance in my Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, will be come out in June.

I hope your year is fun so far–and if you still happen to be experiencing the lion-like weather of early March I hope you can hunker down at home and get in some reading time.  In fact, I hope you can do that even if your weather now is lamb-like!  Have an enjoyable March.


Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #3
May 8, 2017

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.

After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.


Alpha Force
June 6, 2017

What Happens Under a Full Moon…

When naturalist Maya Everton travels to Washington State, she is nearly attacked by a pack of wolves—until another wolf arrives to drive them off. Later, she discovers Lieutenant Ryan Blaiddinger shifting and realizes he is her mysterious protector. Ryan is a member of the elite unit of shapeshifters known as Alpha Force, whose mission is at cross-purposes with hersRAlpha Force30;

But as news of the attacks spreads in the small community, the scientist and soldier unite to protect area wolves from locals who will stop at nothing to decimate the perceived threat. And close together in the moonlit woods, they may not be able to resist their own natural instincts…

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes two mystery series for Midnight Ink involving dogs: the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries where the protagonist, a veterinary technician, owns a barkery and a bakery, and the Superstition Mysteries, where her protagonist runs a pet boutique. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime---also involving dogs. Linda additionally writes for Harlequin. She also writes the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries about shapeshifters---including canines---for Harlequin Nocturne.

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One thought on “The Lions of March”

  1. I always figure California weather is the result of someone tossing the days of the year into the air and then assembling them in no particular order. We have heat today. It was freezing a few days ago. But we did sort of enter March like a lion. Let us see if it leaves us like a lamb. Good luck with your newest editions. You have two great series (as well as your other books).

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