Novels by Linda M. James
Surrounded by Stories
I was fortunate to be surrounded by stories as a child growing up in Wales. It is an ever amazing process to discover real characters with flaws who come alive within an intriguing plot. I can’t wait to breathe life into some new characters in future novel.
The Invisible Piper
A historical novel set in WWII
“Linda M James writes real and touching characters going through exciting, testing times during WWII; if you’re interested in the past, you’ll love this book.” – Maggie Gee, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature
England. 1941. The book opens with a dramatic question: does Rob Adams, a 20 year Spitfire pilot who is parachuting out of a burning Spitfire survive? We have to wait until the climax at the end of the book to discover the truth. In flashback, we explore Rob’s home life; his life in the RAF and the people he learns to love: Kate, his best friend’s sister and a ten year old boy, Charlie.
Charlie, a 10 year old London evacuee, brings with him a traumatic background, a perceptive personality and a disarming ability to make people care about him deeply. He totally changes Rob’s family’s perception of themselves and the world.
I am fascinated by history and research is so important when writing about historical events. (So important that I went to Los Angeles to take my Private Pilot’s Licence so I could experience what it’s like to fly a plane.)
Tempting the Stars
A historical novel set in WWII
The amazing story of one man’s struggle to survive in a world which judges us by how we look.
In “Tempting the Stars”, the exciting and poignant sequel to The Invisible Piper, we meet young Rob Adams again; now disfigured by fire after baling out of his Spitfire. But Rob is lucky; he is sent to one of the best hospitals in war-torn Britain – the Queen Victoria in East Grinstead. Here he meets the famous ‘Guinea Pigs’; a group of men who were patients of the famous surgeon Archie McIndoe.
Rob is also lucky because he has many people who love him: his devoted parents, his beautiful girlfriend Kate, his school-friend Colin and the lion-hearted 11 year-old Charlie Slater who has to overcome many problems of his own.
At first Rob can’t see any future, but as Aldous Huxley once said ‘it is not how we cope with success that makes us strong, but how we cope with failure’
The Day of the Swans
A psychological thriller
Finalist in the People’s Book Prize, 2012
If memories give you your identity, what happens if someone gives you new ones and makes you believe them?
The relationship between Stefan, a charismatic stalker, and Anna, a clinical psychologist is both intriguing and erotic. When Stefan tells her that she’s his long-lost sister she believes she’s treating a highly delusional man. But after she discovers that her parents have been lying to her, Stefan invades not only Anna’s life, but her dreams as well. Who is telling the truth?
“The Day of the Swans” can be bought from all good book shops and from the following online suppliers:
Some reviews from the People’s Book Prize website:
“Great novel: easy to read, gripping, great atmosphere, unexpected finale. Excellent read!”
“I really enjoyed reading this book. The subject matter appeals to me and I was interested to learn more about cognitive behaviour therapy. I became involved with the characters and I could not put the book down. It was gripping and the ending did not disappoint. Well done!”
“This is a fantastic book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. Having had some experience with cognitive behaviour therapy it is extremely believable and had me on the edge of my seat as each page turned.”
“The cover grabbed my attention on the publisher’s website. The gorgeous image just had to sit on my shelf. And was more than pleasantly surprised with the read. Loved getting to know the characters and hiding behind widely-splayed fingers when I just knew they were getting themselves into strife. Congrats to the writer. Didn’t see the ending coming. Recommended for a great winter weekend read.”
“Great read, I couldn’t put it down.”
You can find more reviews on the People’s Book Prize website.
A Fatal Facade
A crime thriller
Nominated for the Amazon Book Prize 2015
Who can say they have never done anything wrong?
“A gripping novel which will keep you reading late into the night as you discover all the secrets ex-DCI Jack Bradley uncovers. Some are more deadly than others! Make this the next book you read!” – Peter Owen Jones, TV Broadcaster & Author
“A Fatal Facade” is a crime thriller that focuses on the lives of four people who become involved with Paolo Cellini, a 30 year old wealthy Art Dealer who is killed in his marbled bathroom in Chelsea.
Each person is linked to Cellini in unusual ways: his lover, Bianca Vella, a Maltese night-club singer who worships him; Rico Batas, his Filipino night-club manager who hates him; his other lover, Angelica Logan, a woman with many terrible secrets and Jack Bradley, an ex-DCI, who needs to redeem himself to his family and his colleagues by discovering the truth about the life and death of Cellini. But Jack is stunned by the secrets he unearths.
“A Fatal Facade” can be bought from all good book shops and from the following online suppliers: