I've known that I wanted to write the Lindy Johnson Series since I was 16 years old. Events transpired in my life and I saw an injustice. I knew I would want to write about it once I had the ability to voice what needed to be said. Now in no way am I saying that Casket & Conspiracies is a true story, it's not. But the theme behind it was something I saw and made a promise that I would voice that pain. The other parts of the story fell in line as my life progressed. Unlike other books I've written, The Lindy Johnson Series has been at the back of my mind for a couple decades, slowly building until now.
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Lindy Johnson, private investigator, has always had the insatiable desire to solve puzzles. Her incredible ability to read and profile people is only matched by her total inability to maintain personal relationships. Between the disease she fights daily, and the danger she constantly dives into, isolation is not something that bothers her-- at least it used to be that way. When her Aunt Stella asks her to look into yet another one of her strange conspiracies, Lindy finds herself wrapped up in a mystery that could cost her life. Can she see through the fog of deception to learn what is real and what is false? Complicated by emotions she has avoided, and help from an unlikely source, can she unwind the web of lies before it is too late?
Who will love it?
I'll be the first to admit that Lindy isn't for everyone. Where most people thoroughly enjoy my Sentry 6 duo, Lindy has been a love it or hate it series. Lindy has MS, and it's made her build walls around herself as a protection she thinks she needs. The series will follow Lindy as she grows and changes. That means, she's flawed to a fault in the beginning. If you have a hard time with people who are far from perfect, if you think people should show grace even when their life falls apart, if you think it's silly to dwell on past mistakes, this might not be the best series for you. If you like watching a story of change, if you believe in second chances, rising above the challenges you have been dealt, and picking yourself up even when you were the one to trip in the first place, then this might be a story you'll love. In this first book she makes mistakes, so many mistakes, but she's learning and she's growing. Stick with her and you'll see her blossom like a flower in the midst of her adversities. Lindy is far from perfect, but I haven't met a perfect person yet, and that's why I love her.
Saddles & Sabotage
Saddles & Sabotage has roots in my summer I spent at Red's Meadow Pack Ranch working as a store girl and a DRG (day ride girl) Rainbow Falls and back, three times a day. While the Rockin' B is certainly not based off Red's, and none of the characters overlap with reality in any way, I'm sure the atmosphere bled in through my finger tips. That was a lovely time in my life of self discovery and remembering who I was. Perhaps that's why I sent Lindy on a journey to remember her life before she was diagnosed. It's hard not to get buried beneath the expectations of the world and the layers heaped on our shoulders by circumstance. This book is all about seeing Lindy in a whole new light. In Caskets & Conspiracies Lindy shows her pride, but Saddles & Sabotage show her vulnerability.
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One choice throws Lindy Johnson’s world into turmoil. Her desperate attempt to find the answers long since hidden has a price she never anticipated. With her life on unsteady ground, she has no choice but to try to pick up the pieces and start again. When Ryder Billings’ mother calls him with distressing news about the family ranch, he knows there is only one person who can solve this mystery. Hoping to mend a broken relationship, Lindy goes undercover on the Billings’ family dude ranch where tensions run thick and betrayal goes back generations. Hikers are dying in the woods, but is it man or animal causing the wounds? With the owners hiding evidence in order to keep the ranch afloat in trying times, Lindy must maintain her cover in order to find the truth. Is this simply sabotage to bring the ranch to its knees, or something far more sinister? With complications cropping up in their relationship, will Ryder ever trust Lindy again? Does she have room in her heart to fall in love, or will the case always come first? Does Lindy have the strength to make it out of this alive? Or will the wrong choice be her last?
Who will love it?
If Caskets & Conspiracies left you wanting more, then you'll enjoy continuing the action with Lindy in this book. Saddles & Sabotage has a darker feel, but still remains true to clean romance with no graphic scenes, though there is mild violence and blood. It's a great juxtaposition of beautiful scenery, majestic horses, and a charming ranch, all contrasted against a serial killer with dark secrets. This book picks up just hours after Caskets & Conspiracies, and follows Lindy as she continues her work to set her world right. But it's too easy too lose yourself in undercover work. For Lindy, the lure of a normal life might be too much to resist.
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Sparrows & Sacrifice
Originally, three was going to be the end of the series. We'll come back to that though. I knew how I wanted the book to end, so it was just a matter of reverse engineering the whole plot line. Easier said than done. Because of where I left Lindy in the last book, I needed to address her psychological issues and not brush them aside. I hate that in movies and books where it looks like a person can heal from a psychological wound as easy as someone would heal from a paper cut. This book too a ton of research, not just for the issues Lindy faced, but for the setting as well. I watched documentaries, read profiles, spent a great deal of time immersing myself in whatever I could find on the subject. I wanted the fear, danger and anxiety to be palpable and real through the whole book. As the characters started to lose their grip on reality, I wanted the reader to fall with them, even if it was just a little.
This book starts to really build Lindy back up after her experience at the ranch. SHe doesn't see it, but this are her first steps on a path to make herself into a new, better person.
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I lied to protect him...
Still in recovery, physically and mentally, Lindy Johnson is haunted by her decisions, both the words she said and the actions she didn't take. With her world in ruin, she has no choice but to press on with her work. Chief Saunders has a case for her- his daughter is missing.
Six months ago Tasha Saunders and her boyfriend, Rico joined an eco-positive community deep in the Cascade Mountains. There was no sign of them until RIco's body turned up in a back alley in Seattle with evidence of foul play. With not much to go on but a scrap of paper jammed into his shoe with the chief's name and number, Lindy must infiltrate Eden's Haven and bring Tasha home.
Fearing for her safety, Uncle Shane sends Lindy with a partner, but partners have never been one of Lindy's strong points. Heading into the wilderness of Northern Washington, and still struggling with her past, Lindy must learn to trust again if she's going to survive. After the trauma she's faced, will she work with her partner and do the job she's always loved? Can Lindy find Tasha before they all fall victim to the same fate as Rico? Or will they vanish like everyone else who's dared to search out Eden's Haven?
Who Will Like It?
Of course Lindy fans will love this book. It does end with the start to the next mystery, so brace yourself there. My original ending made my beta readers mad, so be glad it's been changed. There are elements of abuse at different parts in this book. If that's a trigger for you, then I don't suggest reading this book. There is a fair amount of suspense and danger as well. If those both you, this may not be a great idea. If you like heart pounding mysteries with dangerous elements, then read on.