Linda Acaster


An award-winning writer and novelist living in Yorkshire (England, UK), Linda Acaster is the author of six novels, a fiction-writer's resource, and over 100 articles & short stories ranging from Horror to Crime to Literary. See links below.

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The Paintings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
For Kristin Jeffries it was supposed to be an afternoon’s appointment to assess a group of paintings. The client was supposed to be their owner. The paintings were supposed to be signed. So why was police tape hanging from the apartment’s door? "...the whole subtle sense of something sinister is very well done..." The Paintings - a 17,500 word novella
The Bull At The Gate: Book 2
Series: Torc of Moonlight, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,420. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Book 2: 'Torc of Moonlight' trilogy. Nick has moved to York, a mediaeval city where Viking re-enactments thrill the tourists. When a colleague vanishes the police start asking awkward questions about Alice. But York was once a Roman colonia that garrisoned the Ninth Legion and the Sixth Victrix, and the stains of older, sacrificial, deaths lay buried deep in modern cellars, desperate for escape.
Reading a Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,900. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
“Reading A Writer’s Mind” shows the detailed thinking behind the writing of ten stories across a range of genres and using different modes of delivery. From the initial idea, through the story itself, to a commentary explaining the decisions made during the writing, this book offers a unique insight into one writer’s creative process, laying a path to follow and showing the tools to use.
Contribution To Mankind and other stories of the Dark
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A collection of stories dripped from a bloodied pen (20,000 words): * selling a shop isn't easy, especially when it's haunted * a sight-seeing detour not in the brochure * a hypnotist's cabaret frees more than inhibitions * an off-planet deployment, or a laboratory rat-run? * sink estate joyriders; who's carrying the card? Plus a 20,000 word extract from paranormal thriller "Torc of Moonlight"
Torc of Moonlight : Book One
Series: Torc of Moonlight. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,320. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Occult
When student Nick becomes obsessed with Alice and her determination to find the shrine of a forgotten Celtic water goddess, he comes to realise that history isn’t as quietly buried beneath his feet as he’d believed - and it always repeats itself. Denying coincidences could get them both killed. A multi-layered story of passion, betrayal and Celtic revenge. 'The Bull At The Gate' Book 2 out now.
Beneath The Shining Mountains
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,060. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
1830s Northern Plains, among the Apsaroke/Crow people. Moon Hawk yearns for Winter Man, but why would a man with so many lovers want to take a wife? Her wry challenge to his virility captures Winter Man's attention and starts a game of tease and spar that leads to devastating consequences. A story of honour among rival warrior societies, and one woman's determination to wed the man of her dreams.
Hostage of the Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,670. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
1066: the Welsh Marches. Rhodri ap Hywel sweeps down the valley to reclaim stolen lands, taking the Saxon Lady Dena as his battle hostage. But who is more barbaric: a man who protects his people by the strength of his sword-arm, or Dena’s kin who swear fealty to a canon of lies and refuse to pay her ransom? Dare she place her life in the hands of a warrior-knight shielding secrets of his own?

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  • Save My Soul (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Book 2) on April 12, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first novel I've read of Zoe Winters. Loved the wisecracks, and the ambient humour made me smile. The supporting characters are finely drawn, and the twists in the plot/storyline kept me intrigued. Both the sex and love scenes (there is a difference) read as integral parts of the story, as they should, and not as add-ons. Perhaps this is why I didn't see the end coming at all. If you've never read Paranormal Romance, this is a good one with plenty of story, well conveyed.
  • Starlight on May 17, 2011

    Thoroughly enjoyed this and was sorry when it finished as, despite buying it as a short story, I would have been very happy to have stayed with it for the long haul. I can only hope that the author decides to give Ulf and his fellow villagers a novel-length outing. The story is set in southern Britain during the time of Viking raids. "Starlight" covers the aftermath of one such raid. I particularly liked the way the author used the language. The characters were not modern thinking people dressed up, and the narrative reflected this, giving a sense of claustrophobia. Highly recommended. I'm becoming a fan so I can keep an eye on Peter Orchard's future writing.
  • But, Baby, It's Cold Outside on Dec. 12, 2011

    This feel-good festive story is ideal for a Smartphone/Kindle fillip in an annoying day as it is destined to leave you with a wry smile. However, don’t let the title lull you into thinking of a similarly titled song. It’s not quite that straightforward. I loved the narrator’s arch tone, as icy as the path investigated in sockless boots and very little else. And the interloping visitor… but to say more would give the game away. Heck, the story’s free. Find out for yourself!