Stories Behind the Stories

First and foremost, while my most recent book, Until She Says Yes,  is completely fictional, it is inspired by true stories.

Until She Says Yes print

You only need to read the first few pages to learn about Kingsley Goddard proposing to Consuelo Vanderbilt. While it is NOT true that Consuelo Vanderbilt ever received a marriage proposal from Kingsley Goddard, since the man is completely fictional, it is true that she received a marriage proposal that her mother, Alva Vanderbilt forced her to refuse. Alva wanted her daughter to marry an English nobleman and eventually forced Consuelo to marry the Duke of Marlborough in 1895. According to Consuelo’s memoir, The Glitter and the Gold, it was a sad failure.  Based on this factual piece of history, I created a scene for my fictional hero, Kingsley.

And although Kingsley Goddard and his family are built from my imagination, there is a story told by Elizabeth Wharton Drexel Lehr in her memoir, King Lehr and the Gilded Age, on which my book is based. Apparently, Elizabeth witnessed Edith Gould dismiss her Italian governess, Anna Maria Lucci because Mrs. Gould had learned that her son was interested in the young woman. Signorina Lucci insisted that Mr. Kingdom did in fact love her, but she was sent away.

After reading Ms. Lehr’s memoir, I was inspired to write the story behind the story to find out what might have happened to those upstairs/downstairs lovers. I hope you’re inspired to find out too.

Until She Says Yes is available at Amazon.


Update to Glitches Happen.

I’m happy to report it only took ten days and some helpful instructions from the good folks at Amazon to get my stellar screw-up fixed. Thank you, publishing gods!!  If you look back to my blog  post on March 20, you’ll see the original error.

Now see how it should look:

Screenshot-2018-3-30 Until She Says Yes a Jules Vanderzeit novel - Kindle edition by Tricia Linden

Much better.

Good things come to those who wait, and play nice with Amazon. If you haven’t already gotten your copy while the glitch was still in place, no problem. Click this link: Until She Says Yes to get your copy today. This is the same great book it was when it was known as the book with two names. Enjoy it now, enjoy it always.

Happy reading.

Climb Higher

Since retiring from international banking, I work as a part-time Tour Guide in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Sometimes my job takes me to hotels located at the top of Nob Hill. To get there, I must traverse some of the steepest streets in a city full of hills. Cable Cars and buses can take me there, but sometimes I find I need to walk to get where I’m expected to be on time.

california street

As the incline increases, the only way to make it to the top is a slow and steady pace with one foot in front of the other. One step at a time. Don’t look back, don’t look up, just keep on going. Sometimes I may need to stop to catch my breath, (I am in my 6th decade!) but to get where I want to be, I know I need to keep going.

Sometimes I feel this way about my writing. Sometimes the going gets steep, but the only way to get where I want to be is to put one foot in front of the other – – – one more day of words on the page – – – one more blog post, one more tweet, one more facebook post to let my readers know I’m here. As I make this climb, I know it’s best not to take too much time looking back. That’s not the direction I want to go. And while I may not yet be able to see the top, I know I need to keep my head down and keep on taking the next step to get me where I want to go.

Enjoy always, T

Three reasons why I’m Not Good at Promotion

I have published 8 books in romance and am working on numbers 9 and 10. By now, you would think I’d be good at promotion. But I’m NOT. In fact, I kinda suck.

Promotion is actually two words – PRO, as in professional or progressive, and MOTION as to move or take action. Progressive Action. Yeah, not so good at either being progressive or taking action.

But I’m a good writer, or at least I think I am, as well as several people who have read my books and seem to agree. But to reach the next level of success I need Several More Readers (aka sales). Let’s be real here people, writers need to sell their books.

So, here are the top 3 reasons why I suck at promotion:

  1. Consistency. To be a good at promotion, the message needs to be consistent. A consistent branded message consistently repeated. My message?

    Timeless Romance with a Touch of Magic.

    Love is the greatest magic of them all.

    How many of you knew that? If only it there were more like you, the ones who knew.

  2. Easy Call To Action. For promotion to be successful, it needs to provide an easy access for the consumer – i.e. reader – to buy my books. This should be done with a single click that take the potential buyer directly to a place where they can buy my book(s), such as this one: Until You Love Me. Go ahead and click that link and see if it works.    Thanks  🙂
  3. Measurable Results. Good promotion should be measurable. This helps the promoter to know what works and what doesn’t and where to spend their advertising budget. Except I have nearly no advertising budget.

Which takes me back to number one about being consistent. And then number two about watching my sales records, which I don’t do nearly as often as I should. I rarely look at my sales data or worry about whether or not I sold XX number of books. Maybe I should, but that seems boring and often depressing.

I’d rather be writing.

Or hanging out with my friends on facebook. (honesty). Which all makes me suck at promotion. But hopefully, I’m still a good writer with entertaining stories to tell.

So IF you’re interested in timeless romance with a touch of magic, please buy and read my books, and I’ll keep writing.

Enjoy always. T

Until You Love Me.

Exciting days are here again. It’s time for another Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel.

November 1st is just around the corner, and with it comes the release of Until You Love Me, the third book in my Jules Vanderzeit series.



When the story begins, it’s November 11, 1893 during the gilded age of Manhattan. The holidays are fast approaching and Rebecca Wheland Jaffary has no desire to spend them surrounded by people she doesn’t love, or worse, whom she believes don’t love her. James Jaffary, her husband of four months, wants nothing to do with her, or so she thinks, and as far as she’s concerned, the feeling is mutual.

Frustrated, but not defeated, Rebecca schemes to return to her father’s house on Fifth Avenue, but he refuses her sanctuary. Desperate to come up with an alternate plan, she takes off for her father’s summer cottage on Long Island. However, once she arrives, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly, with a single misstep, everything she had thought important no longer matters.

Look for Until You Love Me – on sale November 1 – at major online booksellers.

Enjoy always, T