Jodi Linton Guest Post

I’m so excited to have Jodi Linton here today. Jodi was my student years ago. Her writing always had so much voice. I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard she’d signed with Entangled Publishing! I can’t wait to read her Laney Briggs series starting in March.–MB


Cowgirl with red bootsI wanted to say, thank you Mary Beth, for having me on your blog!

I’m often asked how I came up with my series…

For the most part, the series started out with a brainstorming session with my husband. As I was in the middle of writing a manuscript (which will never see the light of day) I hit a wall and decided to trash the project until I could find my writing muse again. In the end, my husband suggested that I should write what I knew, and that was…Texas. My inner cheerleader wanted to shake her pom-poms when the name Laney Briggs popped into my head.

After that, it all sort of fell into place. I grew up in a small town, knew the language, and within days I knew who my protagonist would be.  When I was done I had myself a sassy female sheriff deputy whose sharp tongue could outwit any hunky cowboy.

I will be releasing with Ignite an Entangled Imprint in March 2014.

The Laney Briggs Series

  • PRETTY RECKLESS  debuting in March 2014
  • WATCHA GONNA DO WITH A COWBOY (A Laney Briggs Novella) July 2014
  • PRETTY SHAMELESS  October 2014


Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows the one rule of thumb, secrets only last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has a pretty sweet job as a deputy in her sleepy hometown of Pistol Rock, Texas. Everything’s fine and dandy until her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots in Pistol Rock’s first murder case. The troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and T-shirt straining muscles have always left Laney in hot water. As the body count starts to rise in her small town, Laney is forced to ask the lethal bad boy for help.

DSC_1321Jodi Linton lives and works in Texas, with her husband and two kids. Pretty Reckless is her first novel. She is currently at work on her next Laney Briggs adventure.

Visit Jodi’s Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Tumblr

5 responses to “Jodi Linton Guest Post

  1. Hi Jodi! Congratulations on your first release!!! It’s so exciting. Nothing is more thrilling for a writer who’s tried so hard and finally gets the break she’s been striving for. Your series has really hooked me. And that cover! Really great. Catches your eye. As one who lives and breathes western romance whether historical or contemporary, this is a book I’ll have to have. I’ve known Mary Beth for ages and she’s like a proud mama showing off her child. Again, congrats. Enjoy the ride.

  2. Hi Linda! And thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog post. The artwork is a promo ad from my agency. I won’t have a cover out until Spring 2014 when my series debuts. And yes, Mary Beth is wonderful. I had a lot of fun writing for the Rider Yearbook. Not only was it a wonderful experience, but Mary Beth taught me a lot. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Wishing you well, Jodi. Releasing the debut novel is so exciting. Thanks, Mary Beth for posting this.

  4. Thank you, Janet! And yes, releasing a debut novel is a whole different ballgame. But I’m loving the ride.

  5. I wanted to say thanks, Mary Beth, for hosting me today. It’s been a pleasure.

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