She learned to read at a young age in self-defense – her older siblings were keeping secrets by spelling. Once she realized her first two goals were unlikely to come to fruition (jockey or first woman football coach at Notre Dame), she focused on writing. In a fit of practicality, she received a BA in English Composition, then a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University. Then she became a sportswriter, back in the day when women were a rarity in the sports department.
Sportswriting is great training for a novelist – dialogue, character, motivation, conflict, goals – they’re all there. Plus, you don’t have to get up early.
Patricia slept in while working for the Rockford (Ill.) Register-Star, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and Washington Post. After going part-time at the Post to write novels, she moved out of sports to edit all kinds of articles for the Post’s news service.
Her books have topped bestseller lists, been translated into 20-some languages and been honored with a number of awards, including the Golden Leaf, Rising Star, and RT Career Achievement, and RITA finalist. Patricia is a past-president of Novelists, Inc., as well as a long-time member of the Washington Romance Writers and Authors Guild.
After twenty-plus years at the Post, she left to write full-time, settling in Northern Kentucky. In addition to writing, she reads, gardens, teaches writing courses and spends an inordinate amount of time at the dog park with her collie Kalli.
To learn more about Patricia’s books, visit her website www.PatriciaMcLinn.com, including a section on the Winter Olympics, the setting for her novel The Games. For more on all her books, including a printable booklist, click here.
Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.
Lisa Currick was once as bright and open as the sunny Bur Marigold wildflower of her native Wyoming. That’s how New York City Detective Shane Garrison has remembered her since she figured in his first investigation eight years ago. But when he arrives in her hometown determined to resolve the final element of that case, he discovers the girl he’s remembered has become a very different woman.
When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening the blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Small-town lawyer Taylor Anne Larsen faces the challenge of doing the same for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of ranch foreman Cal Ruskoff.
Eleanor Thatcher refuses to be charmed by the twinkling eyes and lilting brogue of the Irish balladeer she hires to strum up business for her restaurant. She’s far too practical to fall for a fantasy spinner like Cahill McCrea. Yes, his commanding presence weaves a tantalizing, arousing spell, but bitter reality has taught Eleanor that dreamers drift on, leaving only heartache.
Ten years ago, Kalli left her rodeo bull-rider husband Walker Riley, unable to bear her terrible fear for him. Or the fear that she might love him too much.
Charming Paul Monroe has the Peter Pan thing down pat. Which is fine, unless your job is to keep his Chicago business running smoothly . . . and all that charm–and sexiness–is aimed at you.
Michael Dickinson is delighted to be best man at his friend’s wedding — but there’s one complication. Tris Donlin is a bridesmaid. He’s wanted her for longer than he cares to remember, but to her, he’s just good old Michael.
Grady Roberts has never been the marrying kind — and he still isn’t. But after watching his best friends walk down the aisle and start families, flipping through his little black book suddenly seems boring …
Carolyn Trent’s logically mapped journey to becoming the perfect professor of English was hijacked the day she became academic advisor to the Ashton University men’s basketball team. The hijacker was C.J. Draper, the team’s infuriating, irreverent and sexy new coach.
To Wyoming ranch foreman Tucker Gates, the only good owner for the Double Bar X was an absentee one. That’s how it had been for ten years. And then came divorcee Jenny Peters. Bringing her two whining, spoiled kids and her city-bred fairy-tale views of life – and love – in the West.
VRW HOLT finalist
A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than her heart – her family.
Jessa’s been a stranger to love for so long … Now, because she will not abandon a boy in trouble, she’s tied to this intense, stubborn man who arouses her in ways she’s never known… and who could break her completely.
For his teenage son, Wyoming rancher Dax will do anything – even become a role model in the dating department. Enter the perfect stranger: an Easterner, visiting for just two weeks. But soon Hannah becomes the greatest danger of all to a stubbornly solitary heart.
While following a story in distant Santa Estella, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner finds herself in the middle of a vicious hurricane … and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks virtually no English.
Rachel Terhune was like no widow woman Nick Dusaq had seen before. He should have kept riding once he did see her. But he’d already signed on at her Wyoming ranch, and it had suited his other plans perfectly.
Medals can be won, careers can be made, hearts can be lost.
From the pomp of Opening Ceremonies to the good-byes of Closing Ceremonies, join three remarkable women during the Winter Olympics.
Let The Games begin!