Linda Marie Kelly enjoys trying new things and strives to keep her life a continuous classroom of exciting learning opportunities. She scampered along life from a childhood where she could milk a cow and drive a tractor, to a Colorado mountaintop where she honeymooned as a Fire Lockout, to a plush office where, as a CFP, she helped clients become financially independent; her biggest joy along the journey was to help others succeed at whatever they were doing.
A world traveler, both for business and pleasure, Linda was dismayed at the books available at the airport bookstores. “When I traveled for my career, I spent a lot of time sitting in airports and on planes. Since I prefer to do my heavy reading in the quiet of my home, I was always looking for some light reading that was true to life and not watered-down. The available books were either too ‘pure’ to reflect true life, or too disgusting! I expected sex and violence to be mentioned – yet did not want my reading to be overly explicit in details when describing, for instance, a passionate bedroom scene. Please leave a few details for my mind to add; after all, I have an imagination and prefer to use it. Unfortunately, that type of book was hard to find. Equally exasperating to me was some of the book covers; covers so disgusting that I didn’t want anyone to see me reading such a book, least they thing I was lacking in intelligence. Thus was born my new adventure; writing!”
“My books are written for adults and contain adult situations; yet, I believe those situations are written with class and not vulgarity; I realize that I creep right up to the line, but I try not to step over it.
Even my inspirational books contain true to life experiences; I can only hope that the modern readers of inspirational romances are ready for a story that is not just another ‘Pollyanna’ whitewashed version of life.”
“As not all my books are inspirational, I ask that my readers carefully read the novels’ description before purchasing a particular book. If you enjoy my books, please tell your friends, and if you have time, write a review; I appreciate and read them all.”
Linda Marie and her husband, John, split their time between the great state of Texas and their beautiful ranch in the Ozark Mountains, which they share with their two dogs, many deer, turkey, bobcats, and a mountain lion; there are elk and black bears in the surrounding woodlands. They have crystal clear water running beside their home and bubbling out of their springs. It is a land that proclaims the beauty of God's marvelous creations.
They both worked at demanding careers, and retired early to pursue their dreams. Their only child, Melissa Niebuhr, is a librarian. She and her husband, Roger, live in Texas. Melissa inherited her love of reading and her gift of creativity from her parents; she is her mother's biggest critic. One of her greatest thrills in life is opening up the world of reading to a child. All three love history and have spent many hours as docents at an old Texas plantation, where dressing for the part – they brought history alive for visitors of all ages.
That love of history has influenced the book “Before the Sun Comes Up”, a 2014 Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The novel is the first book in the series “Run for Your Life”. It is a drama and romance concerning the powers of good and evil at the beginning of the Civil War. It is historically correct in not only dress, customs, and objects – but also in the violently vicious behavior that rained down on those with both black and white skin, and especially on women.
Book two of the series, “Beware the Devils Disciples”, continues the dangerous saga as war breaks out and lives hang in the balance.
“No Greater Love”, and the sequel “Dare to Love Again”, are inspirational contemporary romance novels.