Linda L Barton


Linda L Barton is a Multi-Genre Author. Publishing her first book in 2011, Linda started out by writing Dark Thrillers. Since then she has branched out by writing YA Fantasy, Women’s Romantic Fiction, and even Children’s Books under the name Nana Barton.

One of the high points of Linda’s writing career was when Next Move, You're Dead: The Trilogy Bundle was chosen as 1 of 100 pre-loaded Kindle Fire ebooks given away in the 2013 Emmy Awards VIP Swag Bags to over 600 of those in attendance at the awards that evening.
Linda is also the Founder of Deadly Reads, Deadly Reads Author Services, and Host of the Deadly Reads Radio Podcast on Youtube.

Linda is also blessed to be married to a wonderful man, Bob for more than 30 years. Bob is her writing muse and has created several of the plots for her books. Together they have a daughter and son, as well as 5 beautiful grandchildren; all of whom are the joy of their lives.
Linda never thought she would become a published author, but now she cannot imagine doing anything else.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Dang, that's a difficult question. I know that authors all have their special rituals for writing. Some listen to their favorite head-banger music, while others need something soft and soothing playing in the back ground. Some have boards hanging on the wall, with plot notes attached all over the place, and others need a complete plot layout to work from. Now, I'm not that organized. While I do have a word document with simple notes and characters names, for the most part, I write by the seat of my pants. I tried doing the plot outlines, but the voices NEVER behave. If you ever want to think that you have gone completely insane, try having an argument with a character in your mind if you are trying to take it in a direction that it doesn't want to go...been there, done that.

Therefore, I have surrendered to the characters as they tell me THEIR story. I write what they tell me, and I never try to force them to a place where they do not want to go. I have often wondered if people who have multiple personalities are just authors who never knew it. LOL

I have to laugh when people learn that I'm an author, and then act as though I have some mystical power with the written word. I tell them that everyone has a writer inside of them, they just have to listen to the voices. Therefore, if you want to know my writing process, it's as simple as sitting in my chair, wearing my comfortable slippers, and typing on my worn-out laptop. Nothing fancy or complex; just a woman who loves to share the stories swirling around in her mind.
How do you approach cover design?
Aside from choosing a title, deciding on a cover design is one of the most difficult parts of writing a book. Since most people are visual beings, the quality of a book cover can determine whether a potential reader, while searching through the thousands of books available today will pause long enough to give your book a second look. I always try to have a cover that is not only eye-catching, but captures the spirit of the story. There is no reason to spend months writing a book, pouring your heart and soul into it, only to wrap it in a boring and unimaginative cover. I used to have my covers designed, but I have been making my own lately. I enjoy creating the perfect image to represent my book to the reading public.
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Where to find Linda L Barton online



A Time of War: A Christmas Novella
Price: Free! Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Surviving the invasion of Normandy at Omaha beach, Nick soon learns the painful price of war and the loss of loved ones. Years later, Nick meets Marie, the new Activity Director in the facility where he lives. This meeting begins a journey that will teach them both to treasure life and its possibilities. A Time of War is a sweet little Novella that will have you crying tears of sadness and joy.
Hellfire's Judgment
Price: Free! Words: 67,940. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
After the acquittal of the man who raped his granddaughter, Clay Jefferies finds himself forced to protect his family in the only way he knows how. If you kill the man who brutally raped your granddaughter, is it murder or justice?
Return to Walandra: The Dragon's Blood Key - Book 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,630. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The adventure continues when Cassy is forced to return to Walandra and battle the evil Alona once and for all. As she prepares to go into battle, Cassy learns the truth of her heritage and how her bloodline will give her the power needed to be victorious in the coming war against Alona and her Demlins in the Land of Shadows. Prepare for the exciting conclusion.
Heart Ties: Love Never Dies Novella
Price: Free! Words: 19,110. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Death. Is it the end or merely a new beginning? From a child, Shane felt as though at one time he had been someone else. His dreams haunted him with the memories of a different life and his death. Is there more than this life? Do our souls move on, or does our life-force cease to exist? Sometimes our souls touch and we find ourselves drawn to each other. This is a special gift. This is Heart Ties.
Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift
Price: Free! Words: 28,240. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Sometimes life doesn't go in the direction we've planned for ourselves. Away in Medical School, Molly believed her life was on track. That was until she returned home for Christmas and learned her life was nothing she had always believed. As this surprising journey unfolds, Molly not only learns how to put aside the pain of her past but she finally learns how to say goodbye.
Flight 437: The Nightmare Begins
Price: Free! Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Every day, thousands of people board an airplane without a second thought. However, sometimes, life has different plans. Flight 437 is such a story. On a flight from Paris, France to New York City, the crew and passengers find themselves trapped on a flight none of them expected. As events unfold, they soon realize they are no longer headed to their intended destination, but somewhere unknown.
Boding Evil
Price: Free! Words: 29,340. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Evil lurks in the small town of Greer Springs, lying in wait for its next victim. Excited to fulfill a lifelong dream, nothing could have prepared Gene Mason for the horrors his family faced when they moved into a house with a dark and deadly past. Many of the situations portrayed in this story were inspired by actual events told to the author. Includes bonus story - Sacrificing Souls
The Dragons Blood Key: Legend of the Dragon's Blood Key - Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 64,390. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Swept away to a magical realm, Cassy finds herself fighting an ancient war against the Evil Queen Alona. As Cassy embarks on her quest to lift the curse cast by Queen Alona and save the Kingdom of Walandra, she soon learns her true destiny. Sometimes the hero comes in a form least expected. This is the first installment of the Legend of The Dragon's Blood Key.
Liberty Betrayed
Price: Free! Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Pulled from the nightly news, Liberty Betrayed follows the residents of a small fictional Texas town as it faces the Federal Government’s desire to appease those who want to surrender to the influx of Illegal Immigrants surging over our southern border.
Erebus - The Final Installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back and ready to play another game in the final installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. However, this time he added a new twist. Erebus has kidnapped John, and it's up to Mac and Tom to rescue him before time is up. Each move takes them closer to solving the mystery of Erebus, but will they succeed before they are all destroyed.
A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back to play another game in the dark, psychological thriller, A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. This time he has chosen Detective Lucinda Mackey. Mac has always lived by a certain code, but she never anticipated the mysterious caller who would force her to play in his game of life and death. Will Mac survive, or will she become another victim of The Game?
Next Move, You're Dead - Book 1 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,330. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Homicide Detective John Cooper begins to receive telephone calls from a mysterious caller claiming to know facts of the current cases he is working on. With each call, .John find himself pulled deeper into a game of death, where he begins to question everything that he has ever believed about his life. If you enjoy a villain that you will LOVE to HATE then Next Move, You’re Dead is for you.
Pure Justice - No Escape, Paid in Blood
Price: Free! Words: 50,820. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Someone you care for is murdered and those guilty beat the system...what would you do? Ted Braxton decided to see that those who escape paying for their crimes pay for their evil deed in blood. Ted was trained in the art of killing. He was good at it, and he enjoyed it. This is the story of two men on opposite sides of the law, but with the same goal - Pure Justice. *Contains graphic violence*

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  • Twin Mischief: The Good Curse on Nov. 17, 2014

    Twin Mischief is the debut book by Carrie Vaught, and is a pure delight. It's a fun story of two little princesses who find themselves swept away on an adventure, and it also has several beautifully done illustrations throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for reading time with your little ones, or the child who loves to read for themselves.