Linda Rettstatt

Biography

Linda Rettstatt is a best-selling and award-winning author of Women’s Fiction and Mainstream Contemporary Romance. In March of 2012 her novel, LOVE, SAM, won the prestigious EPIC eBook Award for Mainstream Fiction. And in April, 2016, LADIES IN WAITING won the EPIC eBook Award for Contemporary Fiction. Rettstatt grew up in the small town of Brownsville in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but now lives and works in NW Mississippi.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I sit down, turn on the laptop...and write. There's not much of a process for me. I write whenever and wherever I can. But I write every day!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my grandfather reading the book Black Beauty to me when I was a child. We both loved that story. And when I learned to read, I read the story to him. I think that was when fiction captivated my imagination.
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Where to find Linda Rettstatt online


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Books

A Kiss for Christmas: A Ladies in Waiting Epilogue Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Liv has been divorced for almost two years. When her ex-husband was arrested for securities fraud, the fall was hard and fast. Liv has worked as author Nick Belasco's assistant for a year. She gets stuck with him in Cape May when she delivers a harhard drive he needs and a nor'easter blows in. No power, a fireplace, and a secluded cottage set the scene for Nick and Liv to face their attraction.
Love, Finally...A Ladies in Waiting Epilogue Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
What happens after Liv, Andi, Markie, Julia, and Cee Cee—the ladies of Ladies in Waiting—leave the women's retreat? Julia Lane was a hard-nosed prosecuting attorney in Philadelphia. She was married to her career and her belief in justice, until one case backfires in her face. A change of career and a rural farmhouse help Julia loosen up and let go in order to be open to happiness.
Upon a Midnight Clear: A Nosy Nuns Mystery (Volume 3)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A mysterious stranger appears at St. Malachi's in time for Christmas Eve--a ghost from one sister's past. Sr. Gabriel, the nosier nun, makes it her mission to reconcile that past.
Can I Get a Witness?: A Nosy Nuns Mystery (Volume 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,990. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When Racine Booker witnesses a brutal murder the night before Halloween, she takes refuge at St. Malachi’s Convent. The Nosy Nuns—Sisters Mary Jo and Gabriel--insert themselves into the investigation, creating a headache for Detective Cass Meade and putting everyone in danger.
Father, Where Art Thou?: A Nosy Nuns Mystery (Volume 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Sisters Mary Jo Brunetto and Gabriel Schmidtzer stumble upon an apparent crime scene in the middle of the night. There's blood on the handrail from the church and a priest is missing. The sisters play amateur sleuths as they try to solve the mystery.
Ghost Walk
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,490. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
They say the past cannot be changed. Nick Barton learns it cannot be easily silenced, either. His home town is a ghost town, in many ways, and the founders of Clarkston aren’t giving up the ghost just yet. They have a plan to revive Clarkston. They’ve just been waiting for Nick to set it in motion.
The Game
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,450. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Sports
J.C. Wylde, World Series winning pitcher for the Long Beach Herons, suffers a devastating injury that may end his professional baseball career.. Caroline Cleary, the star quarterback for the Sandusky She-Devils women's football team, is on top of her game. When J.C. returns home to Lakeport, Ohio to recuperate, he and Caroline are thrown into a new game neither one is prepared to play.
Next Time I'm Gonna Dance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,740. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Facing possible death forces Emmie Steele to examine her life. She has plenty she could regret--like her choice in a husband. She's surprised to discover her greatest regret is that she never learned to dance. Now as she faces breast cancer for the second time, Emmie learns to dance with both her feet and her heart.
Rescued...Too
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,440. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After serving as her sister's Maid of Honor, Kellie Ramsey is ready for a new chapter in her own life. The only thing louder than the wedding bells in her head is the ticking of her biological clock. The problem--the guy she's been dating is not the one. Two men come into her life. Is there another rescue in the making?
Shooting Into the Sun
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,360. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Never shoot into the sun--a rule photographer Rylee Morgan learned early in life. Rules have always kept Rylee on course, kept her safe. Those walls Rylee constructed to protect herself now threaten to keep out any chance of happiness. Taking risks with her photography is one thing. Risking her heart is quite another.
Love, Sam
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,960. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sam Preston is the one person in whom Trish Garrity has found the acceptance she’s yearned for since childhood. When leukemia claims Sam only six years into their relationship, Trish is shattered. She’s guided through her grief and back into life by the letters Sam left behind—letters with instructions that push Trish past her comfort zone. *Won the 2012 EPIC eBook Award - Mainstream Fiction.
In the Spirit
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,740. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Author Jessica Windsor has a serious case of writer’s block. How can she write a romance novel with a broken heart? Andrew McCabe’s spirit has lingered for two years in the mountain cabin waiting for justice so he can pass to the hereafter. Ben Gearing is haunted in his own way by a past he can’t change and can’t forget. All three need to be released for their spirits to be free.
Smooth Sailing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,500. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When recently-divorced Edie Montgomery discovers the cruise she's been booked on is called the Meet Your Mature Match cruise, she wants to grab her luggage and run. Widower Adam Armstrong is kicking himself for taking on the assignment of reviewing a cruise catering to the over-fifty crowd. Romance and love aren't only reserved for the young.
Wake-Up Call
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,750. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She's a city girl with her own agenda and it does not include a man. He's a cowboy with a plan that requires her professional help, but he's had it with women. Candace and Griff are both in for a Wake-Up Call.
A Falling Star
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,430. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
With his acting career crumbling faster than the small town he left years ago, Spence Parker returns home to hide out from the media in the midst of a scandal, only to come face-to-face with his past. Valerie Marks didn't put her life on hold and wait for Spence's return. But finding him on a familiar street corner stirs up old memories and long-lost feelings.
Reinventing Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,530. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
You can go home again but, as M.J. Rich learns, you can’t expect things to remain as you left them. M.J. promises Brady Cameron an experience of a family Christmas he'll never forget. Unfortunately, she's right. It's one she'll never forget, either. But both M.J. and Brady learn to look beyond the tinsel and lights to find the true meaning of Christmas—even if they have to reinvent Christmas.
After the Fall
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,820. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » General
Love and faith are fragile, hearts and spirits easily broken. But everyone deserves a second chance.
Act of Contrition
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,080. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Why did she survive? The question haunts Jenny Barnes even after she retreats to her cottage on the coast of Maine. She is seeking a place to grieve and to escape the guilt that eats at her. Instead of the solitude she anticipates, Jenny comes face to face with her past.
Unconditional
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,310. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Sometimes love asks more of us than we believe we have to give. “Unconditional is an important story about love, redemption, family and the amazing power of forgiveness. The heart and love can expand endlessly and these characters are setting the pace.” ~ Kris Radish, Bestselling Author of A Grand Day to Get Lost
Renting To Own
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,580. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Renting to own not only describes Lily Champion’s rental arrangement, it describes her life. But Lily’s learned that sometimes when the ground shifts beneath you, it moves you to where you need to be.
Ladies In Waiting
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,120. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Five very different women, each carrying her own secret, meet on the Jersey shore for a retreat: Embracing the New You: Reinventing Yourself After Fifty. A story about change, self-acceptance, and sisterhood. *Won the 2016 EPIC eBook Award for Contemporary Fiction.
The Real Thing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,640. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
As their marriage teeters on the edge of disaster, Jane and Mitch Devereaux realize that sometimes love can be found in a most unexpected place -- right where you left it.
Flight Of Fancie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,260. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
“We have to talk.” Four words no bride wants to hear two days before her fairytale wedding. Instead of saying ‘I told you so,’ Fancie Hollensby’s bridesmaids take her away on a non-honeymoon. She realizes how much of herself she gave away to an undeserving man who had never truly loved her. She needs to rediscover the real Fancie, but isn't sure she knows who she is.
Rescued
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,730. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alex Ramsey's passion is now poured into animal rescue and the shelter she built in Cade's Point, Mississippi. Up and coming chef, Evan Whiting, lost everything over bad crab meat served in his restaurant. He retreats to his inherited home in Mississippi to start over. Sparks fly the moment their paths cross. And, then, there's Walter...
Protection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,850. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Jake Garber is a new man after being placed in the witness protection program pending a Federal child-trafficking case in which he’s a witness. Shannon Chase is the identity stolen by a young woman escaping her past to protect her child. A foggy night, a hairpin turn, and a car crash throw Jake and Shannon into one another’s lives where each struggles to protect a secret.

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