Linda Howard is a writer of Romance that was born Linda S. Howington in 1950 in Alabama. The best-selling author began life as an avid reader. She distinctly remembers becoming infatuated with Gone with the Wind, though her love for reading did not immediately drive her to write professionally.
Order of Western Ladies Series
Order of Patterson-Cannon Family Series
Order of Blair Mallory Series
Order of Spencer-Nyle Co Series
|3||Bluebird Winter (Short Story)||1987|
Order of Mackenzie Family Series
|6||A Game of Chance||2000|
|7||Mackenzie's Magic & Overload||2008|
Order of CIA Spies Series
Order of Rescues/Kell Sabin Series
Order of Vampire Series
Order of The Men from Battle Ridge Series
Order of Linda Howard Standalone Novels
|1||All That Glitters||1982|
|2||An Independent Wife||1982|
|3||Against the Rules||1983|
|4||Come Lie with Me||1984|
|5||Tears of the Renegade||1985|
|6||The Cutting Edge||1985|
|7||The Way Home (Short Story)||1991|
|8||Overload (Short Story)||1993|
|9||Heart of Fire||1993|
|11||Lake of Dreams (Short Story)||1995|
|12||After the Night||1995|
|13||Shades of Twilight||1996|
|14||Son of the Morning||1997|
|15||Upon a Midnight Clear||1997|
|16||Now You See Her||1998|
|19||Strangers in the Night||2001|
|20||Strangers in the Night||2001|
|21||Dying To Please||2002|
|22||Cry No More||2003|
|24||Cover of Night||2006|
|25||Up Close and Dangerous||2007|
|29||Veil of Night||2010|
|35||The Woman Left Behind||2017|
It is worth noting that Linda began writing when she was nine. However, her efforts were never meant to pave the way for a professional career in publishing, which is why the author spent the next twenty-one years writing stories for her own personal enjoyment before she eventually took that difficult step of submitting her first manuscript for publication.
The mother of three stepchildren and a trio of grandchildren attributes her writing success and, in particular, her ability to produce engaging romance to her experience in the workforce. After dropping out of community college, Linda Howard landed a job at a trucking company.
The situation availed her access to a myriad of individuals, building her understanding of people in general; she was especially enamored by the men and everything she came to understand about their nature and their habits.
Linda Howard met her husband at the same trucking company at which she was working. He eventually moved on to bass fishing and she too decided to quit to focus on her writing. Even though she is best known for romance, Linda Howard has experimented with every genre of fiction one can think of, this including fantasy, adventure and science fiction.
Though, the author has always given horror a wide berth and she has never expressed any interest in pursuing the genre, admitting on a number of occasions that those sorts of stories give her nightmares. A Charter member of Romance Writers of America, Linda Howard’s success can be imputed to her love for writing.
She is one of those authors that would keep writing even if her books were not being published. She lives for the craft.
Linda Howard Awards
Linda Howard has been writing novels professionally since 1982 and she has been rewarded financially and critically for her literary efforts; she has also won accolades for her work, with the most prominent being a Romance Writers of America Career Achievement Award in 2005.
Linda Howard Books into Movies/TV
Loving Evangeline is a short story from Linda that was released in 1994. The story was adapted into a 95-minute movie in 1999 directed by Timothy Bond and starring Nick Mancuso, Shari Belfonte and Kelly Rowan. The movie followed the exploits of Evangeline Shaw, a woman who is suspected of the murder of her husband, and his brother’s attempts investigating the crime lead to romantic intrigue between the two.
Best Linda Howard Books
Since she began writing in the 1980s, Linda has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the arena of romance, with some of the best books from the author’s bibliography including:
Mr. Perfect: Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends were just having fun, concocting a list of all the attributes that would constitute the perfect man. The conversation was tongue-in-cheek, nothing worth killing over. But that was before the checklist spread along email lines to become an overnight sensation, and one of the four friends ended up dead.
With a murderer on the prowl, Jaine gets help from an unpredictable police officer in order to determine the identity of the killer.
Mr. Perfect is a blend of romance and mystery. The story kicks off with four friends who meet for lunch and decide, for one reason or another, to make a list of all the attributes the perfect man would have.
Their list finds its way into the public arena and the four friends find that they have garnered the ire of a psychopath that is offended by the requirements the women collected. His idea of punishing the women is to commit a little bit of murder.
After the Night: Faith Devlin always had a thing for the golden boy of her small town in Prescott, Louisiana. It didn’t matter that he had a few unpleasant words for her the day he lost his wealthy and attractive parents.
Gray Rouillard had dug his way into Faith’s heart and he refused to let go.
Gray Rouillard never thought much of Faith, too busy misusing his family money and raising hell wherever he went. TO Gray, Faith Devlin was merely the girl he would use all his power to ruin.
This Linda Howard novel explores the lives of two disparate souls that cannot quench their passion for one another.