Interview with Linda Rae Sande

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sense of accomplishment! Spending hours in front of a computer can be very unproductive – Facebook, Pinterest, blogs – but using some of that time to create a story means I have something to show for it. Life is short, and I don't want to look back and think that I wasted a good deal of it in cyberspace. When someone is entertained by my stories, all the better.
What do your fans mean to you?
An ego boost! Seriously, I so appreciate the feedback I get from my readers – good and bad – because it means they're reading and relating to my stories. And I love meeting them at conventions and book fairs and hearing about which characters are their favorite (and not so favorite).
Who are your favorite authors?
For Regencies, Eloisa James, Lorraine Heath, Sarah MacLean, Diana Gabaldon and Madeline Hunter are just a few. I was a science fiction fan first, though, so Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke are my favorites in that genre.
Do you remember the first novel you ever wrote?
Yes, and I came across it recently. I wrote it when I was in my twenties, so it was done using a typewriter. Even though it's set in the classic Star Trek universe, its storyline could easily work in another setting.
What is your writing process?
Although I start with two characters and a rough outline, I tend to be more of a "pantster" than a "planner" when I write. I rarely start at the beginning – and I don't write the chapters in the order they will be in the book. I tend to write what interests me the most at that moment. Later, when I have most of the story written, I write the "connective tissue" and stitch everything together in InDesign.
My favorite place to write is a downtown cantina where I can set up my iPad and keyboard and enjoy a drink while I write about 2000 words in an evening. I'm usually so involved in the story, I barely notice the other patrons.
What are you working on next?
Another Regency set in Grandy's world. This one will concentrate on the relationship between Lady Evangeline Everly and Lord Jeffrey Althorpe (Baron Sommers). I introduced them in "The Widowed Countess" as background characters, but I couldn't use that book to tell their story as two other couples were already featured. (My books always have two sets of couples so there's double the romance for the reader.)
How do you approach cover design?
Because I write Regency series, I know that all my covers need to have the same look and feel. The positioning and fonts of the title, author name and series name have to be consistent so that readers can easily identify the books by their appearance. Once I found a source for the images (RomanceNovelCovers.com), I hired Karen Gee at KGee Designs to do the rest.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Regency romances and Entertainment Weekly.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook has been a great tool for advertising my books, not only because it's affordable, but because it has the necessary metrics to show the effectiveness of ads and the ability to target ads to very specific audiences. There is a Facebook page for each of my books, and the ads come right from the posts on those pages. I haven't been at this long enough to have street teams or a dedicated admin to handle book releases, but my sister has been a huge help in sharing my book posts with her friends.
I occasionally run ads in online magazines, on romance websites and in convention books to reach the audience that may not be on Facebook, but I have no way to easily track sales that might result from those ads.
Describe your desk
Besides messy? My desk is the corner of an L-shaped counter with cabinets above and drawers to the left and right. The counter to the right is eight feet long and about six inches higher than the one on which my iMac sits. Because I'm left-handed, the remaining surface to my left (about two feet) is where I take notes as I do research and includes a box of tissues, a container of pens, a two-tiered file holder (which is overflowing with papers), Post-it notes, a digital camera and my iPad. A printer and a router sit behind the iMac. On the wall to my left (and under the upper cabinets) is a cork board where I hang up the character sheets for each book. Next to that is a wall calendar. To help with some of the paperwork, I'm about to install a wall-mount file holder above the printer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was cleaning my bedroom when "My Fair Lady" came on the television. After watching the movie for a few minutes, I remembered it was based on the play "Pygmillion", a story that's been adapted to the screen in other movies like "Pretty Woman" and "She's All That". I started wondering why it's always the woman who has to be reformed. I figured it was time to change up the story so that it's a man – in this case, a groom in the household's stables – who the aristocratic daughter tutors to be a gentleman. That way, I could use the title, "My Fair Groom", to work in two ways – a reference to the man's position, and to him being the groom in their eventual wedding. The twist in the story is that, as the estranged son of an earl, the young man is already a gentleman. He thinks learning to bow and dance and behave like a gentleman will be easy. Of course, he finds it more difficult than he expects. The book was fun to write and, despite its length, only took about six months to write.
Published 2014-01-03.
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Books by This Author

The Vision of a Viscountess
Series: The Widowers of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,640. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When archaeologist Jasper, Viscount Henley, is caught kissing Marianne, he marries her despite knowing she's nearly blind. Determined to show his new bride the wonders of the Roman world as part of his next expedition—their wedding trip to Sicily—Jasper will do whatever it takes for her to see more clearly, even if his own vision is clouded by a revelation.
The Enigma of a Widow
Series: The Widows of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,840. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When a widow just out of mourning returns to her position as a operative with the Foreign Office, she's assigned to help another spy regain his abilities after his experience with the horrors of war. What she doesn't know is that he's been assigned to her for an entirely different reason. Deception and intrigue highlight this sensual tale of two spies with the same insane assignment—each other.
The Dream of a Duchess
Series: The Widowers of the Aristocracy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,840. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When Isabella believes she has witnessed her mother's murder at the hands of her father, she rides off to London in search of the Earl of Norwick, the man her mother always said she could go to in case of trouble. To keep her safe, Octavius, Duke of Huntington, agrees to hide Isabella in his country estate—and to allow her access to his stables and horses. But what about his heart?
The Brothers of the Aristocracy: Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 298,660. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Three RONE Award nominees make up this set. THE LOVE OF A RAKE features two rakes, two horses, and two not-so-marriage-minded women who just need a bit of horse sense. When brothers trade places, one is bound to fall in love in the name of the other in THE CARESS OF A COMMANDER. An explorer searches for a duke and finds ancient artifacts, pirates, and Aphrodite in THE EPIPHANY OF AN EXPLORER.
The Christmas of a Countess
Series: The Holidays of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,210. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When Grandby takes his bride to Northumberland for their first Christmas together, he’s hoping to spend the cold nights working on an heir for his earldom. Adele is looking forward to warm fires and a cozy library. When their valet and lady's maid are stuck at a coaching inn, the newlyweds must fend for themselves while the servants discover how much they have misjudged one another.
The Pride of a Gentleman
Series: The Cousins of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,820. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
First comes matchmaking. Then comes marriage. Then comes a baby carriage ... well, usually. Life in 1802 London throbs with great expectations and unlimited potential for four couples. Can best friends and family remain so when life doesn’t quite get it right? Are romance and marriage compatible, reconcilable? Perhaps, but only if they can overcome “The Pride of a Gentleman.”
The Secrets of a Viscount
Series: The Widows of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,350. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Godfrey has a secret he’d rather not tell anyone, including the woman he wants to marry. Now if he can quit offending his intended during his marriage proposals, Elise might just agree to marry him! Meanwhile, her niece's curiosity about the rating system used by the men at White's has one of them proposing to her—and they haven't even been introduced! Numbers rule in "The Secret of a Viscount."
The Sons of the Aristocracy: Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 315,680. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
A viscount's son struggles to meet a deadline to marry in TUESDAY NIGHTS. THE WIDOWED COUNTESS features twin brothers—one is a ghost—who love the same woman. An earl's daughter accepts a dare to teach the groom in the stables on how to be a gentleman, not knowing he's an earl's son in MY FAIR GROOM.
The Sisters of the Aristocracy: Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 283,890. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Including THE STORY OF A BARON, THE PASSION OF A MARQUESS, and THE DESIRE OF A LADY, this sensual book bundle delights with a book-within-a-book, a tale of shipwreck survivors on a deserted island, and the mostly-factual tales of her suitors that an illegitimate former maid tells her earl-of-a-brother.
The Gossip of an Earl
Series: The Widows of the Aristocracy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The secret editor of The Tattler is none other than the Earl of Fennington. He's in love with Lady Emelia, but he's forbidden from seeing her more than once a week. When she allows him to kiss her behind a hedgerow, she's suddenly the victim of blackmail—she has to provide gossip to the editor of The Tattler—or he'll print the news of their kiss! The odd effects of gossip abound in this Regency.
The Daughters of the Aristocracy: Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 330,300. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Two RONÉ Award nominees begin and end this set of Regency romances. In THE KISS OF A VISCOUNT, George experiences love at first sight, but Elizabeth has her sights on another. Lady Charlotte takes matters into her own hands to marry a scarred duke in THE GRACE OF A DUKE. In THE SEDUCTION OF AN EARL, Hannah agrees to marry an earl, despite knowing he loves another.
The Epiphany of an Explorer
Series: The Brothers of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,700. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
When a duke goes missing while searching for a Greek artifact, explorer Harold Tennison is on the hunt to find him—as well his very own version of Aphrodite. On his last visit, Lady Estelle, the duke’s daughter, left him so discombobulated, he could barely speak. He’ll have to learn far more about mythology, antiquities, and Greek goddesses than he bargained for if he’s to end up with Aphrodite.
The Caress of a Commander
Series: The Brothers of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,640. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
After serving in the Navy, Will Slater returns to London, determined to find his lost love, Lady Barbara. His lookalike bastard brother, Stephen, is ready to navigate every aristocratic event necessary to gain acceptance. When Will leaves to look for Barbara, Stephen trades places with him, dazzling debutantes with his delectable kisses and good humor, all in his brother's name. What can go wrong?
The Love of a Rake
Series: The Brothers of the Aristocracy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,650. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
At thirty-five, Randall Roderick, Marquess of Reading, decides it's time to trade in his reputation as a rake for marriage. Constance is intrigued by the gentleman she thinks is a cit with a fascination for horse racing. Determined to find her inheritance and return to her horses, she’s not interested in marriage. Or is she? It may take a bit of horse sense for these two to get on the right track.
The Desire of a Lady
Series: The Sisters of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,810. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Regency
"What I cannot imagine is a life without Lily, for I do not believe it would be a life worth living." An illegitimate daughter of an earl, Lily was a maid until the Earl of Trenton claimed her as his sister. Courted by four aristocrats, she wonders if her dowry is the real attraction. William saved Lily from ruination years ago and wants her as his wife, but as a lowly clerk, can he win her hand?
The Passion of a Marquess
Series: The Sisters of the Aristocracy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,080. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A sensual tale of castaways and family secrets – and there be pirates!
The Promise of a Gentleman
Series: The Cousins of the Aristocracy. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 277,400. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Will the third time be the charm? In 1802 London, Emma Fitzsimmons is determined to fend for herself in life as well as love. Her banker has other plans for her future, though—marriage—as does her best friend. Given the options, should Emma consider the tall broker? Or the rake who isn't what he seems? What of her employer? Six can become three in this sensual tale of mismatchmaking at its finest.
The Story of a Baron
Series: The Sisters of the Aristocracy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,450. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Regency
A sensual tale of a baron, a book-within-a-book, and a bride-to-be. Lady Evangeline is about to buy the book, 'The Story of a Baron', when Baron Sommers appears with the same intention. With only the one copy available, they agree to read it together - despite the impropriety. When life begins to imitate art, though, Evangeline wonders about the true identity of the author, Anonymous.
My Fair Groom
Series: The Sons of the Aristocracy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,080. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When Lady Julia and her friend spy a handsome groom from a window, they decide he would make the perfect gentleman. Julia accepts the challenge to transform the man in time for a ball. Little does she know Alistair Comber is already a gentleman - the son of an earl works to make good on a promise he made to a dying soldier. He agrees to the plan - how hard can it be to learn how to dance and bow?
The Widowed Countess
Series: The Sons of the Aristocracy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,090. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The Earl of Norwick may have just died, but his ghost is paying nocturnal visits to his wife, Clarinda. She's pregnant and a bit worried about her late-husband's identical twin brother, Daniel, becoming the earl. He claims he was the one who courted her and that she married David merely to be his countess. But David is trying to set the record straight while insisting his death wasn't an accident.
Tuesday Nights
Series: The Sons of the Aristocracy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 131,240. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
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Olivia has felt affection for her father's business partner since the day Michael rescued her from a rake. Since he’s never shown a romantic interest in her, imagine her shock when he climbs into her bed one night! Discovered by her father, the two are forced to marry. Will a week be enough time for Michael to court Olivia? Or will he regret his last-minute efforts to get married? Time will tell!
The Seduction of an Earl
Series: The Daughters of the Aristocracy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,470. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Henry loves Sarah, the mother of his only son. But Sarah has refused his offers of marriage because she knew he would one day be an earl. Now that he is, he must find a wife who will tolerate Sarah and his son. Lady Hannah, who thinks men only love their mistresses and only wishes for a child of her own, is the perfect match for Henry. But what of her dog? Henry may have to learn some new tricks.
The Grace of a Duke
Series: The Daughters of the Aristocracy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,300. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The sole survivor of a fire that killed his family, Joshua inherits a dukedom. He is recovering from his burns when Lady Charlotte, who was betrothed to his late brother, arrives with the intention of marrying Joshua. Despite his feelings for her, the duke is reluctant to take a wife, sure his scars are too offensive. Meanwhile, her father has arranged a marriage to an earl. Whom will she marry?
The Kiss of a Viscount
Series: The Daughters of the Aristocracy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 109,660. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When George inherits a viscountcy and must find a wife, his mistress suggests the daughter of a marquess. But Lady Elizabeth is determined to marry the Earl of Trenton, even if his kiss is like those of her best friend’s dog! When she mentions the awful kiss at a ball, George innocently offers to demonstrate a proper kiss. Intrigued, Elizabeth accepts, thinking a kiss is just a kiss … or is it?