Linda Seed


Linda Seed, a former journalist, lives in Cambria, California, with her husband, art writer John Seed, and their children. Linda’s romances, including the Main Street Merchants series and the Delaneys of Cambria series, are set on California’s Central Coast.

Linda began writing novels early in life, authoring her first—a Breakfast Club–style saga of teenage angst—when she was seventeen. She came to the romance genre considerably later, deciding well into her forties that the world probably already had enough angst and needed stories of love and hope. Her debut novel, Moonstone Beach, was selected as a Barnes & Noble top pick.

Linda is a former journalist with more than fifteen years experience at newspapers including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Ventura County Star, and other publications.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the freedom of indie publishing. I love the fact that everything is in my hands—the story itself, the cover, the title. I can take the story in any direction I want without having to worry about someone else's idea of what's marketable. I also love the fact that I get a much larger royalty as an indie author than I would if I were traditionally published.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to get my books in the hands of more readers, more easily. I started my indie career exclusive to Amazon, but when I used Smashwords to distribute my books to more retailers, my sales immediately improved dramatically.
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Where to find Linda Seed online


The Delaneys of Cambria
The Delaney family has been a fixture on the breathtaking Central Coast of California for generations. Now, with the death of one of their own, a shocking revelation will change all of their lives and make them reevaluate everything they've known.
A Long, Cool Rain
Price: Free!
Loving the Storm
Price: $4.99 USD.
Searching for Sunshine
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Promise of Lightning
Price: $4.99 USD.
Main Street Merchants
Kate Bennet, Genevieve Porter, Rose Watkins, and Lacy Jordan are bound by friendship and by their mutual love of their home, the breathtaking beach town of Cambria, California. They have their work in the picturesque shops of Main Street, and they have each other. The only thing missing is love.
Moonstone Beach
Price: Free!
Fire and Glass
Price: $4.99 USD.
Nearly Wild
Price: $4.99 USD.


The Icing on the Cake
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,250. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Cassie has a sweet dream to open a bakery. For now, though, she's lacking a key ingredient—a kitchen. When the renters at a beach house in her care cancel their stay, leaving it empty and its top-of-the-line kitchen unused, who could blame her for seeing it as an opportunity? But Cassie’s unsavory plan starts to look like a mistake when the owner’s son shows up unannounced.
Loving Benny
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,150. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Benny's mired in a relationship with a man who doesn’t deserve her, and a recent discovery has her questioning all she knew about her parents’ marriage. When an incident with an endangered fish brings her into YouTuber Ike Fitzgerald’s life, he’s sure they’ll be able to tackle the challenges facing both of them—if only he can convince her that love doesn’t necessarily equal disaster.
The Russo Sisters: The Complete Four-Book Set
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 294,730. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Four sisters. Four fun, sexy romances full of family and friendship. One small coastal town you'll never want to leave. Read the complete four-book Russo Sisters series in one place, for one price.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,040. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Martina Russo’s interior design career has been coming along nicely, including a write-up in a regional magazine. When tech mogul Christopher Mills asks her to freshen up his historic Victorian mansion, she soon learns that he’s looking for a bigger renovation—one that will bring love and meaning to a life that’s in desperate need of repair.
First Crush
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,480. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bianca Russo is happy enough practicing pediatric medicine and dating a decent but dull gastroenterologist who’s her best bet to give her the marriage and children she craves. When TJ Davenport reenters Bianca’s life after almost two decades, the passion she felt for him when she was sixteen is more than a fond memory—it's a fire that reignites, threatening to burn down her sensible plans.
Saving Sofia
Price: Free! Words: 75,170. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After a participant on her Central Coast kayak tour nearly dies in an accident, Sofia Russo learns that he only signed up to get close to her. As their relationship develops, she begins to think he might not be the only one in need of rescue.
The Delaneys of Cambria: The Four-Book Boxed Set
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 302,200. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Read Linda Seed's The Delaneys of Cambria series in one place, for one price. The four-book boxed set includes the full-length novels A Long, Cool Rain, The Promise of Lightning, Loving the Storm, and Searching for Sunshine. Experience the contemporary romance series readers have called "compelling," "delicious" and "addictive."
Searching for Sunshine
Series: The Delaneys of Cambria. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,620. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Breanna Delaney always thinks of others before herself. If she can restore her ramshackle beach house to its former glory, it will be a step toward taking care of her own needs for a change. Jake Travis, hurt by a recent divorce, goes into his job as Breanna’s contractor expecting only a paycheck. But the more he works with her, the more he thinks he has the tools to repair both of their lives.
Loving the Storm
Series: The Delaneys of Cambria. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,700. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Liam's still suffering from his uncle’s death, a painful breakup, and an accident that left him with a persistent injury. When he meets Aria, he starts to feel things he hasn’t felt in a long time—like hope for the future. But Aria’s history has taught her that love is nothing but a fairy tale. If Liam’s going to earn her trust, he’s going to have to give her the one thing she’s always longed for.
The Promise of Lightning
Series: The Delaneys of Cambria. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,170. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Drew McCray has been feuding with his cousin Liam for years. Now, a wedding in which they’re both groomsmen is forcing the two of them together, for better or worse. Considering that Drew is falling hard for Liam's girl, it'll probably be worse.
A Long, Cool Rain
Series: The Delaneys of Cambria. Price: Free! Words: 81,950. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Colin Delaney’s wealthy family, a fixture on California's Central Coast for generations, is rocked by the death of Colin’s uncle, a major shareholder in the family fortune. Julia McCray knows that her brother, Drew, has been hiding something that’s been tearing him apart. The day Colin turns up on Julia’s doorstep, he reveals a secret that will throw both her world and his into turmoil.
Main Street Merchants Complete Series
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 303,080. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Read Linda Seed's complete Main Street Merchants series of romances, now in one box set. Best friends Kate, Genevieve, Rose, and Lacy each find love on the breathtaking Central Coast of California in these four full-size novels that readers have called "absolutely fantastic," "wonderful," and "funny and emotional."
Fire and Glass
Series: Main Street Merchants. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,230. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
It wasn't easy for Lacy Jordan to watch her friends get paired off one by one. That's how she ended up engaged to a man who looks good on paper, but whose stiff manner leaves Lacy cold. When glass artist Daniel Reed rescues Lacy from a dicey situation, she finds herself feeling things for him that she's never felt before. But Daniel's reluctance to commit may leave both of their hearts shattered.
Nearly Wild
Series: Main Street Merchants. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,460. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Rose Watkins wasn’t afraid to leave home and cross the country on her own at eighteen, she’s not afraid to stand up for herself against judgmental bullies, and she’s not afraid to chase her dreams. After a phony date with doctoral candidate Will Bachman—concocted to help him save his ego in front of an ex-girlfriend—Rose realizes that true love might be the scariest thing of all.
Like That Endless Cambria Sky
Series: Main Street Merchants. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,560. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Genevieve Porter's reputation in New York's art world was ruined by a corrupt dealer. Now, she has a second chance. But cattle rancher Ryan Delaney may prove to be a greater lure than success in the city. LIKE THAT ENDLESS CAMBRIA SKY is the second book in the Main Street Merchants series by Linda Seed. Read the novels readers have called “funny,” “delightful,” and “captivating."
Moonstone Beach
Series: Main Street Merchants. Price: Free! Words: 74,750. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
She’s a divorcee who’s still struggling to recover. He’s notorious for his reckless ways with women. What could possibly go wrong? MOONSTONE BEACH is the first book in the Main Street Merchants series by Linda Seed. Read the novel readers have called “funny,” “delightful,” and “captivating.”