Linda Rettstatt


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


Sarah's Second Act
Pre-release—available November 1, 2020. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,900. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Actress Sarah Slater survives a tragic fall off a cliff in the Rockies and two years of surgeries to repair the damages to her face. The unseen damage still hasn't healed, however, and she heads home to Edisto Island, SC and to her Aunt Maddie for space to breathe, to sink her feet into familiar sand, and remember who she used to be.
Chloe's Choice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,340. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
April Hanover is not looking for another relationship. She’s still reeling from the last one that left her feeling used and ashamed. Mike Grainger has finally settled into his role as a single parent to his daughter, Chloe. He’s not seeing another marriage in his immediate future. Both April and Mike soon learn you should never underestimate the determination of a five-year-old.
Running in Place
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,970. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Callie Regan has commitment issues. She’s learned that the best way to confront a problem is to keep moving. Permanence has not been a factor in her life. She thinks she’s found the stability she seeks. Still, she can’t quite say ‘yes.’ The solution—move. And she does. To rural Mississippi. She's running place, and she discovers she's not alone.
Falling for Mr. Christmas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,500. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Cassidy Milford doesn’t believe in fate or love at first sight. Blake Hargrove is still hurting from a brutal break-up while he was deployed to Iraq. But Blake just can’t help himself when a situation demands a hero. Cass can’t deny the feelings she has for the fireman who came to her rescue while wearing a Santa suit.
Quiet Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
What if you had longed for a respite—some quiet time—and your wish was granted but in the most horrific way? A tragic accident leaves Lainey in a coma. But she hears everything going on around her--the fear, the anguish, the love--but she can't respond. And she can't even scream, "I'm here! I'm still right here."
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,210. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shifting tides lead Christine Landers and Kevin Rembert to Tybee Island on the Georgia coast. A beached dolphin provides them each with a metaphor for their current life situations. Can they shake off their pasts, sink their feet into the sand, and open a new chapter? And can they do it together?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,810. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A recurring nightmare prompts Claire Hutchings to explore her past. What she first finds are missing pieces in the story of her family and in who she has thought herself to be. Digging deeper, she uncovers a long-buried but well-intentioned lie that has the power to completely unravel her life.
The Promise Tree (A Second Chance Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,570. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Trudi and Wynn were childhood playmates, then high school sweethearts who became lovers. It all ended when each went their own way for college. Now, thirty years later, Trudi is the divorced mother of two adult daughters; Wynn is widowed and the father of a grown son. Circumstances bring Trudi and Wynn back home where they meet once again in their sacred childhood spot—under The Promise Tree.
The Restoration of Abby Walker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,540. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
After her marriage and her life blow up in her face, Abby Mulgrew is starting over. She reclaims her maiden name of Walker and starts an antiques business. She is soon aware of the parallels between restoring antiques and restoring her life, all the while preserving the patina--the essence that comes with age and cannot be duplicated.
And the Truth Will Set You Free
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,690. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Every journey begins with one step--even those we don't choose. When Kate Reynolds' life is turned inside out with a forced early retirement, she has a decision to make. She chooses the path of her dream, but not without a measure of fear and doubt. No one ever said change would be easy, as Kate learns. It is also rewarding.
Let There Be Light: A Nosy Nuns Mystery (Book 4)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The sisters at St. Malachi's convent are offered the use of a beach house on the Jersey Shore at the close of the school year. Everyone can use a vacation, and the nuns are no exception. What could possibly go wrong? With the Nosy Nuns--just about anything.
The Year I Lost My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,190. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Beth Rutledge's family thinks she's lost her mind. Beth learns one thing as she explores turning fifty: Sometimes you have to lose something in order to reclaim it. Sometimes you have to trust the love that holds the seams of your life together and stretch it to a new limit. Sometimes you just have to lose your mind…and follow your heart.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,930. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Author Amanda McDonnell finds herself stranded in a small Texas town that’s not even on the map. She is soon confronted by a mystery and caught up in an impossible fantasy. Former book characters are there and demanding she write their happy ever afters. In the midst of trying to understand the impossible, Amanda finds the one man wit
Finding Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,300. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Janet DeMarco has finally had it. She's feeling underestimated, unappreciated, and unfulfilled--too many 'uns' in her life. She needs to make a few changes, take a step back from her life. She needs to find Hope.
Dark Horse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,650. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Braxton Hicks is a rough-edged, arrogant horseman whose mother named him for false labor pains. Brax is struggling to rebuild his family stables in Lexington. Savannah 'Vanna' Marbury is a private investigator whose search for a stolen black thoroughbred colt brings her to Kentucky horse country. She has one dark horse to locate. The other one, she just might be able to tame.
Long Walk, Short Pier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,080. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Blaire Copeland is told she’s going through ‘the change.’ Between hot flashes and mood swings, she tries to figure out what she’s changing into. She heads south to Eventide, her family home on Isle of Hope, Georgia, to reflect on what it might mean to change and to take a long walk off a short pier. Where will she land?
Gone to the Dogs (A Second Chance Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,910. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When Emily Price drops everything to help her best friend recover from a sky-diving accident, her biggest challenge is Daisy, a twelve pound terrier mix, and stepping in to run Beach Dawgs Spa & Resort, her friend’s business. Emily tells everyone she is not a dog person, but no one seems to be listening--least of all Daisy. Then there's Noah....
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: $2.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 31!) 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: $2.99 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.
Price: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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. (Free until Oct. 31!) 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 and his forever Ben Gearing is haunted in his own way by a past he can’t change, can’t forget, and can't escape.
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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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.
Price: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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.
Price: $2.99 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...
Price: $2.99 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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