I am pleased to open my virtual doors today for another fab author & member of RRBC. Please welcome Linda Mims! Linda is off on a blog tour, beginning today, with 4WillsPublishing.
Even more exciting is there will be giveaways throughout her tour, so be sure to visit each stop… Share, comment, promote!
Introduction to The Neon Houses
The Neon Houses was politically motivated. It was a story that begged to be told, but told to who? The choice was whether to write for a Young Adult, New Adult, or Adult audience. While deciding, I wrote what I felt, and let the characters have their way. When it was mostly done, I found that, unbeknownst to me, my characters had been cursing and having a small amount of sex. Oh, my!
I reasoned that both might be okay because, if the teen pregnancy rate in America is any indication, I’d only be offending the publishers. I’d taught in public high school and the mouths on those kids could stand a good swathing out with soap. I didn’t worry about offending publishers because isn’t it a boon that indie writers don’t have to do that.
Still, I struggled with who this book was for until the very end. To stay true to myself and my message, those profane words uttered by my villain had to stay because they were authentic to his character. I went through and cleaned up his language as much as possible, and ran it past my beta readers. They all agreed that what was left wasn’t sensationalism.
Why did I do all that? I could’ve just written the darn book and called it a day. Yes, but it was important to me that young and old readers received the message I had tucked inside this paranormal mystery. It was a message that warned that whole societies will be lost due to poor education, no education, and failure to break generational curses of poverty, failure, and discontent.
In today’s world, politicians toss around blame for America’s ills. Most of the it lands on the parents and the children while very little lands on the lawmakers. However, cuts to education and social programs are made carelessly, and sometimes willy-nilly. Already, lawlessness, joblessness, and chaos are rearing their ugly heads. Certain children in America don’t expect to live until they reach 21 years of age, and people are moving on with their lives like this is okay. I’m moving on like this is okay!
The fictional world of The Neon Houses speaks to the aftermath of this decline. Not as the lecture that I’m sure this piece is sounding like, but as a story that is entertaining, somewhat humorous, and only a little biting. Gang Territory is not a dark portrayal of gloom and doom. It is what it is, and our heroine, Dr. Noel Kennedy is more concerned about the plight of Gang People than they are.
The story is mostly about murder, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable because people listen to hard truths when they’re being entertained.
Linda Mims started creating tales in her head as a child. At age 12, she knew she was onto something when she sold a story to her grandmother for a quarter, but it was her dad’s more practical advice, to get a good education and find a real job, that she followed.
After retiring from her “real job” as an educator, Linda began her writing career as an indie author. The tale of The Neon Houses was born out of a careless comment that people had lost interest in reading. The joke was that decades from now we’d need to hold reading nights in neighborhood parks for citizens who wouldn’t be able to read.
Linda rolled that idea around in her head until it turned into a whole society of have-nots. Once the idea got rolling, she worked nonstop until she’d finished the first draft. Writing is now her real job!
Linda Mims resides in a small suburban town 30 miles outside of Chicago, IL where she likes to cook, garden, and blog, sometimes simultaneously. She is married to her long-time love, has two grown daughters and one bossy, bichon-pom, Alexis.
Dr. Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel hears her young friend—twenty-year-old Zarah Fisher—screaming for her life. However Zarah is miles away!
Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath because Noel has a secret! It’s a secret that not even her husband Richard knows.
As the Deputy Chief of Schools of Gang Territory, Noel has perfected her life. She is a solid, middle-class citizen from New Chicago, Incorporated. New Chicago and Gang Territory have become vastly different societies since the early Urban Wars. Now, year 2087 finds New Chicago’s military-trained police determined to enforce laws that keep “gang people” out.
Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective, has been warned to stay away from this case and he urges Noel to let it go. But a new killing involves Noel’s younger cousin and her boyfriend and links Noel to it in a startling way.
Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? Or … could he be the killer?
“The tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”
We so appreciate you stopping by today. Don’t forget to visit the other blog hosts during Linda’s 4WillsPublishing blog tour.
Until next time, lovelies…………Happy Reading & Reviewing!!!