Lin Martin


I don't claim to have ever done anything normal in my life. At age 19 l rode off on a motorcycle from the farm where I was raised in Pennsylvania. I finally returned to visit five years later with a husband twice my age. That marriage produced two wonderful sons and ended in divorce. Husband number 2, ten years younger than me, is still my good friend. I may have finally gotten it right with number 3. At least our ages are very similar!
Along the way, I have delved into jobs ranging from bar tending to shoe sales to factory work. When I tired of stocking salad bar at age 38, I started back to school. I never really planned on any particular career, but learning became so addictive that I plunged through more education than you could use to stuff a turkey. I'm a geomorphologist at heart - a person who loves knowing how the landscape is formed. I taught for a year with the University of Pa. system and then returned to Missouri to resolve the long distance relationship I'd had for so long with my current partner. Events led me to stay unemployed and I have used part of that time to engage in the writing that gives me pleasure. It is my hope that readers will enjoy my efforts too.
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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing might perhaps be a "gift" of mine. I say that not because I feel I'm particularly good at it, but because it is something that has sort of come to me, especially over the past seven years as I have played with the ideas in the Bornlord Saga. I call it a "gift" because first, it defines me; I like to write. Second, there is little real effort to it. I set the idea and the words burrow around in my head until they feel right and finally spill out. Then I correct them until they feel even more right. Words and paragraphs develop a flow in my mind, with a certain rhythm and pace. My more recent writing reflects much more of this flow than did my earlier works. As I reread the Bornlord books, which were not written in their published order, I can clearly see where stilted ideas and language grew into something worth sharing. That gives me great joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I see readers as friends, each with their own interests and yet all sharing the common things that mean we're human. We all want to be stimulated, entertained, made to think, to laugh, maybe to cry - just each of us in different quantities. Can one book answer all of that? No, but an author can try.
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The Bornlord Saga
Necessity forces a band of young sword fighters into leading their country's search to obtain a desperately needed medicine. The quest tests each of them individually and then throws them together among people much less conscious than their fellow Aldarans. To succeed in a land of bornlords, where people inherit power and position without earning it, the fighters must remain true to themselves. This action fantasy series explores the very real magic available to all of us when we are free to express ourselves openly.


Price: $2.99 USD.

Braving the Wall

Price: $2.99 USD.


Return to Tibernia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,950. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Prince Aleel's return journey from Aldar to the Kingdom is interrupted by Nomer attack. Aleel flees across the river into snake-infested marshes. Getting through the wetlands requires a unique answer, but what answers will help Aleel when he is arrested for accusing General Black of being a traitor? Aid comes from new friends and old, and from some pretty unexpected sources.
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 164,380. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Aldaran sword fighters sent to the Kingdom are drawn into helping the poor Dockside dwellers around them, only to find that fighting gang lords and giving a home to stray children are enough to draw the ire of the rulers. In this land of bornlords, where people inherit power and position rather than earning it, will the skills and self-confidence of the armsors be enough to let them succeed?
Braving the Wall
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,180. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A force of inexperienced armsors is given the task of guarding a critical station through Aldar's Winter. Despite the drain of their constant sword battles with the monstrous poldarks, their worst fights at times are with themselves, in their need to survive the tight barracks and bitter cold. The armsors shoulder on, using humor, grief, insane bravery and sheer determination.
Loss: Prequel to the Bornlord Saga
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: Free! Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Loss sets the action-filled Bornlord Saga in motion. An expedition returning to Aldar across the desolate grasslands meets a stranger who, unknown to the party, is fleeing the very people Aldar relies on for trade. His presence brings unexpected hardship, and the fighting abilities of the party members are tested beyond measure. Will they make it back to Aldar? What about Aldar's future?

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