Linda Maye Adams


Linda Maye Adams was probably the least likely person to be in the Army—even the Army thought so! She was an enlisted soldier and served for twelve years and was one of the women who deployed to Desert Storm. But she’d much prefer her adventures to be in books. She is the author of the military-based GALCOM Universe series, including the novels Crying Planet and Lonely Planet. She’s also received three honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest and an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock Magazine’s contest. Linda is a native of Los Angeles, California, and currently lives in Northern Virginia. Find out more about Linda Maye Adams on her website at

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I write, really, like I read. I get an idea and start writing. Setting and character, and then I follow the story to see where it goes. No outline, no planning of any kind. It's a messy process for me because the ideas don't come in order, so I'm constantly moving around in my story, making adjustments here at there. Kind of like shaking out the wrinkles.
How do you approach cover design?
The first thing I think about is walking into Border's Bookstore. They had this table out front with a pile of new releases in paperwork, all genres. So I'd sift through, looking for a cover that caught my eye. It's got to say something about the genre and the book, and look like it would belong on that table. So I have all of that in mind when I search for an image. But I also look for ones that will represent me and who I am, and ones that won't take a lot of work to turn into a cover.
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Where to find Linda Maye Adams online

Where to buy in print


Stain of Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Stone mage Margaret Day thought the faces of the automatons gave her nightmares. But what the Know-Nothings did to the construction of the Washington Monument makes the nightmares seem tame. A haunted stone, deep within the monument, tainted with evil. Can she fight the evil? A page-turning story of dark secrets.
Ghost Ship
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,750. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A spaceship appears out of nowhere…then disappears. Like it never existed. Hope Delgado, GALCOM’s only ghost expert, confronts the impossible. Can a spaceship be a ghost? Cryptic clues lead to the planet below. And a deadly secret in space threatens the lives of everyone on the S.C. Kangjun. Hope must solve the mystery before time runs out. A page-turning story in the GALCOM Universe series.
Ambush Cargo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ariah’s touch tells her stories. About objects, about people, about death. A tall ship arrives in port, carrying a story that no one wants to hear. Legacy of war? Or worse? Ariah must confront dark secrets to investigate. The answers may be deadly. A twisted fantasy short story of growing evil that keeps you turning pages.
Action Tales I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,980. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three tales of action and adventure: River Flight, an exciting story of a princess being chased that will keep you turning pages until the end. In Booby-Trap at Beaver River, a woman faces insurmountable obstacles to save the regiment in this chilling tale of adventure. In A Quartet of Clowns, Ilya must embrace her mother’s legacy before death takes her. A page turning fantasy story.
Digital Minimalism: Reduce Clutter on Your Computer Now
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Time management, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
If you feel constantly overwhelmed by the amount of files…if you waste time looking for files you know you saved somewhere… You’re not alone. I’ve been there. There had to be a better way! I’m not a productivity expert. But in this book, I’m going to share with you what I did to get my files in order and stop being overwhelmed.
Granny Logic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Nothing like having Granny on stakeout. Sidelined by a broken foot, private investigator Erin King must go on surveillance. Her body-building granny plays chauffeur. Add a thorny case of fraud and an impatient insurance company. And the bill collectors. With time running out, Erin needs answers, fast. But sometimes granny knows best.
Nothing Town
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A dying town trapped because of a time bubble. They blame Michelle Graham, descendant of the man who broke the town. She wants to leave. The family house refuses to let her go. Then past and present bleed together…horse-drawn wagons ride alongside cars. A timeline rupture? A twisted science fiction short story that keeps you turning the pages
The August Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sometimes ghosts can be too helpful. But Private Investigator Tibby Clarke just wants respect from her grandfather ghost. A routine case takes Tibby into the Washington DC suburbs…a strange place for a ghost partner with nineteenth century sensibilities. . But when the case turns deadly, her ghostly grandfather may be the only person standing between her and life and death.
Monkey River
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
On a mission to map Monkey River, Pap guards Ariana, one of the rare map-mages. Then Ariana’s magic finds something dangerous…a fleet of ships. Coming to attack? Pap and Ariana face insurmountable obstacles as race against time in this chilling tale of magic.
Blink of a Moment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The world stops for Trey Howard, like a camera rewinding and then starting up again. All he wants to is hide in his job as a janitor and pretend like he doesn't exist, like can't make the world blink. Then the government finds him, men who are not affected when the world blinks, and they want to talk to him...
Lady Pearl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Mage Najie has her hands full. She's never worked with her sword mate before, and he doesn't trust her or her map magic. But they have to learn to work together, and fast. They are running out of time to stop a killer before it kills and disappears again.
Watcher Ghost
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
Hope Delgado specializes in alien ghosts in space. But her latest mission to a space station is a challenge even for the woman who can talk to ghosts. Because this ghost isn't able to talk to her, and he's escalating his efforts into frightening attacks. Hope thinks he has a warning, but she is running out of time.
Sand Dollar Wishes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 520. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Every day, Diana Ralston makes her daily visit to Morro Rock, and to the beach there, hoping to find the past for her future. But time is running out, and all that she finds makes her feel like her world is going to stay broken.
Strands of Blackmail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Sometimes returning home brings back good memories, or bad ones. For Shari Kendell, it's finding answers to the questions her grandmother's death left. Actors always live in their own world, but Shari is surprised and what she didn't know. Who was blackmailing her grandmother, and why?
10 Fantasy Stories I
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,720. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ten exciting tales of magic, including: Devil Winds Stranded by war, fire mage Neyan waits for the devil winds to complete one last desperate mission: kill the enemy Then Captain Jabell rides into town. Different from the others, he makes Neyan see the man, not the enemy. For the first time, she questions her mission. But she must break the chains of this endless war…can she? A twisted tale.
Women at War: Stories and Poems
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Desert Storm war veteran Linda Maye Adams shows the diversity of what war is like for the women who deploy in this collection of short stories and poetry. War seldom ends when the fighting stops. From the moment of arrival to war, to when the battle starts, and even after the soldier returns home, this collection centers on voices we rarely hear.
First Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » General
Fear is something Private Carolyn Mendez can't admit to. Yet, as she arrives in Saudi Arabia, for Desert Storm, deploying to war, it's all she can think about. All she has is herself, and even that is scary.
5 Futuristic Women
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Five stories of futuristic women, from an artist who makes a first contact in "Sky Hair," to the private who finds herself in hot water after aliens eat her officer in "Rejected by Aliens." In "New Robot Smell," a female soldier has to choose between the military and her life. In "Theater Ship," actors defend a planet from an alien invasion.
New Robot Smell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Technology is taking over the military. To help money, robots now perform many of the duties like cooking. Private First Class Rachel Drake wonders what the next steps will be. She doesn't like the answers she is getting. She thinks they will be replacing soldiers with robots soon. But that's far from what the truth will be, and far more dangerous.
Alien Traps
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On the journey to adulthood, Lily Chun left herself behind. Does the child who set out boxes to trap aliens exist anymore? A dream of aliens draws Lily Chu to the California desert. Hoping to see a UFO. Plain silliness, her family says. So she must take a leap of faith. Then another woman arrives. Like her. Looking for aliens. A heartwarming science fiction short story.
Crying Planet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Recruited for her ability to see ghosts, Hope Delgado’s first mission into space may be her last. Alien ghosts infest a planet, threatening to destroy it. But can Hope communicate with alien ghosts? She faces distrust from the S.C. Kangjun’s skipper and his crew. Her only friend: The ghost of the dead first skipper. With the odds stacked against Hope, if she fails, a planet dies.
Men From the Horizon
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Men visit Rewa's island with monstrous automatons and promises--and the ability to help her walk normally again. They just want to farm the sugar cane fields for Rewa and her people. If one farmer agrees, everyone will agree. The decision hangs on what Rewa does. And no matter what her decision Rewa makes, it will cost her.
Baby Dolls & Aliens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
It's the summer of 1976, when California is hot and dry, and Jenny is watching her mother wither away with the heat. Jenny tries to retreat to her backyard on a imaginary safari or a journey on the prairie. But even dolls on adventures aren't enough when the world is unraveling around her.
Theater Ship
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Actress Catherine Mason is old enough that Hollywood no longer wants her, so she performs theater in space for the soldiers. But it's dangerous duty for the actors. As they land on a military post, Catherine discovers the aliens are watching. She's about to give the performance of her life, if not her life.
Rejected by Aliens
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
First contact missions with new alien races are always dangerous. But Private Gaynelle never thought that the aliens would eat her officer, and she'd be the one in charge. Now she has to figure out how to communicate with the aliens. But why they rejected her as a meal will terrify her.
The Scientist's Widow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Ana Santiago has one of those murder cases that she can’t let go. A neuroscientist with promising research. Did his wife do it? Why does she tow around a cooler every day? Is his remains in the cooler? Ana wants answers, but learning the truth may be more than she wants.
5 Fantasy Heroines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Five page turning stories, including: A Quartet of Clowns With the fog comes death. Illya must embrace her mother’s legacy before death takes her. A chilling fantasy short story. River Flight A princess turned soldier, Juliette faces a treacherous race up a river, into an ambush. An exciting story that will keep you turning pages. Heroines face insurmountable obstacles in these 5 tales.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Vampire hunter Abby feels like she’s all washed up. Approaching fifty, she’s been derided by her fellow hunters. The gym is the last place she should be. But she has a mission, and it might be the last things she does.
Healer's Tent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Magic and muzzle loaders blaze on the battlefield. Healer Nalani gets the aftermath—the injuries, the complaints, and the people needing help. But even though she’s in the rear, she’s finding she’s not immune to war either. Who helps the healer?
Words of Rain and Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Shadow Folk attacks when it rains. Only Irinia can hear their voices. But the village seer refuses to listen to her. Women can’t be seers. She must earn the trust of the village, and fast. Because the rain brings death. A twisted tale of jealousy to keep you turning pages.
Between Black and White
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 900. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Returning home from Desert Storm, Mary doesn’t recognize the place she grew up. Or her father. But it’s her that’s changed, too much. Can she find herself in the past, or is who she was gone forever?
Sky Hair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Her confidence shattered by death, Pitarra escapes to an artist’s retreat on the planet Demory II. She hopes to rekindle her creativity and paint again. But her fellow artists jeer at Pitarra’s failures. Facing the possibility her creativity may never return, she makes a daily trek to her secret spot. Hoping for a miracle. A heartwarming science fiction story about loss and hope.
A Quartet of Clowns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
With the fog comes death Ilya smells it coming. The last time? Her mother, a clown, died. Now the circus arrives, hunting what lurks in the fog. Ilya must embrace her mother’s legacy before death takes her. A chilling fantasy short story that keeps you turning pages. Honorable mention recipient in the Writers of the Future contest.
Dance of the Wind Chimes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Every year, water sprites visit Lynn’s family’s swimming pool, drawn by the ancestral bloodlines. But now her grandmother can no longer manage for herself. Lynn must take up the family obligation. Half-Korean, Lynn wonders if the water sprites will accept her. A heartwarming tale that will change Lynn’s fate forever.
Cartographer of Fortunes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Superheroing—not easy for a heroine stuck with the name of Map Girl. Relegated to the carnival, Map Girl uses her skills to tell fortunes. But when another hero needs a favor, Map Girl jumps in to help. But it comes at a price of intimate betrayal. Map Girl’s own fate may be changed forever. A page-turning tale of dark secrets we all keep.
Rogue God
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,470. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Beneath the island beauty lurks deadly magic. Magic booby-traps waiting years to kill, and worse. Like making monsters Anton Keymas, member of the Vai, a magical Special Forces, launches on his most perilous mission. Two soldiers missing. Probably dead. Keymas may not be able to stop the killing spree. A twisted fantasy of magic and monsters that takes you on a roller-coaster ride.
Foggy Paws
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Inspirational
Dogs always know. Deep in grief over her grandfather’s death, Jennifer Day finds a friend in a black Labrador named Candy Cane. Candy Cane gives her courage when she needs it and it transforms her life. A heartwarming story of grief and loss.
Devil Winds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Stranded by war, fire mage Neyan waits for the devil winds to complete one last desperate mission: kill the enemy Then Captain Jabell rides into town. Different from the others, he makes Neyan see the man, not the enemy. For the first time, she questions her mission. But she must break the chains of this endless war…can she? A dark, twisted tale of betrayal from Linda Maye Adams.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Private Penelope Prescott wants respect. One of the women recruited to fill war losses, she gets no respect from her fellow soldiers. But now her regiment is fleeing enemy forces and a booby-trap lays in their path. The regiment’s survival rests on her. She faces insurmountable obstacles to save the regiment in this chilling tale of adventure.
Soldier, Storyteller: A Woman Soldier Goes to War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,480. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Within twenty-four hours, he controlled the entire country. Five days later, the United States was deploying soldiers and had named the military operation Desert Shield. This would be the largest deployment of women at the time. Soldier, Storyteller is a rare inside look at war from a woman’s perspective and answers "What was it like?"
Pantser’s Guide to Writing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
For writers who don’t outline—called pantsers—it’s hard finding anything on how to write that doesn’t involve outlining. Author Linda Maye Adams, a pantser writer, cuts through some of the myths and may save you wasted time looking for solutions. In this guide, Linda Maye Adams addresses the issues that derail pantsers and also provides tips to make the writing process easier.
Layers: A Desert Storm Veteran and September 11
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » Essays
On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever when four planes crashed, including one that struck the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Linda Maye Adams describes the events of the day in Washington DC from a Desert Storm veteran’s perspective. This story moves chronologically through what happened and how it impacted the people who lived in that area, capturing the emotion of an unforgettable day.
Curse of the Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
The nightmares never stop. Not since Edward Wight purchased the painting haunted by the artist. It watches. It intrudes on his dreams. It tells him to die. His only chance? Maz, a sculpturer with crazy inventions. Can she help him before time runs out? A twisted tale of dark secrets and growing evil.
Writer's Guide 2: Military Culture
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Are you having problems developing your military character in your story? You want to make your character sound real. But all that military jargon—it’s so intimidating! Get the inside scoop on what it’s like being in the military with this exciting writing guide. Never have wooden military characters again! .
River Flight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A princess turned soldier, Boatman Juliette faces her greatest challenge. Her father, dead. Her uncle, plotting against her. She must make a treacherous race up a river to reach the palace. The enemy waits, ready for an ambush. An exciting story that will keep you turning pages until the end.
The Sea Listens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Voices ride the fog, in from the sea. Real? Or magic? Meredith tries to find answers. Her grandfather dead, walked into the sea. Did the voices call to him? What do they want? Now they call to Meredith. Haunted by the loss, Meredith takes a journey of discovery in this heartwarming tale.

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