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Spotlight on Linda Lee Kane & Death on The Vine

This week our Spotlight on Author is on: Linda Lee Kane. She has a new book out, Death on The Vine

Linda L. Kane MA in Education, PPS, School Psychologist, and Learning Disability Specialist, is the author of Death on the Vine, Chilled to the Bones and The Black Madonna. She lives with her husband, three dogs, one bird, and eight horses in California. 

The sky is bigger, the ground harder, the freshly grown produce amazing, and the people diversified where I live in sunny, make it very sunny, Fresno, California.
                We moved here with little to no expectations except to move back to our hometown of Huntington Beach within 5 years. Thirty-nine years later we have grown to love our home in the San Joaquin Valley, the people, and the opportunities that were afforded us. I was able to receive a masters’ degree and work at a local college.
                Today I write and edit, paint, play with my two grandchildren, my three dogs, ride my Saddlebred horses and drive my Hackney pony and enjoy life to the fullest.

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Never give up, never give in. When I retired people told me that I would be bored. I wouldn't be happy. They couldn't have been more wrong. I write, I paint, I teach, I ride horses and compete in events, and I get to experience wonderful times with family, and friends.

Reservations: 

I don't think I have any. The world is open for new things, new experiences, enjoy every moment, live life to the fullest.

Remarkables: 

People told me that I couldn't write, sure I made many mistakes along the way, but I took classes, I read books, and I never gave up on myself.  At age forty I began riding horses, they are the most incredible creatures but they are huge. I can't tell you how many times I fell off and got hurt. I never gave up and now I compete in American Saddlebred Competitions.


Death on the Vine




Just before high school graduation, Daisy Murphy returns home from a football game and finds her mother standing over her abusive boyfriend’s body—holding a bloody hammer. In the aftermath, Daisy flees her home and eventually establishes a new life as an expert winemaker in the Central Valley of California. But as hard as she tries to get away from her past, the effects of that horrible night travel with her. 

Detective Jake Frisco has unearthed a murder at the vineyard where Daisy is employed as the winery’s expert winemaker. It doesn’t take long to discover that Daisy is haunted by her past and carries a heavy burden. It seems that possible involvement in an unsolved murder is part of her life’s baggage. Does this put Daisy at the top of the suspect’s list? Can he put aside his growing feelings for her and follow the leads in the case, even if they take him straight to her as the murderer?

Can Daisy finally face her past and trust that the truth she offers the Detective will be enough to save her? Will she find the courage to ask for a future beyond the sorrow of her youth—a future filled with love and self-worth?

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23 comments:

  1. Thank you William. I did quite a bit of research on the wine industry and was amazed at the amount of wine that is stolen and forged. It's quite a racquet and lots of money to be made. And with money comes Murder. If you like mysteries and want to know more about wine. Also I've written a blog on my website: www.lindaleekane.com more about the wine industry in The Central Valley of California. Check it out.

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  2. Nice interview and the book sounds good.

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    1. Thank you Christine. I think with every book you write a bit of your own history comes out on the pages. It certainly did in my case. Many of the places that are mentioned I've either lived or at the very least visited. Oakhurst and Coarsegold near Yosemite play a big part in the book and the people are incredible, the sites beautiful, and the food ( especially Ernas Eldebarry is phenomenal)

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  3. Hi Linda. So happy to meet you. (My sister's name is Linda too.) Congratulations on your latest novel. It sounds exciting. I hope all works out for Daisy. I enjoyed reading about your life. You do stay busy. We had horses for awhile, but not anymore. Horses are beautiful animals, and I miss them. I'm a retired school teacher too and stay very busy. Forget what some people believe about retirees having nothing to do. Best of luck with your writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Beverly. I do enjoy writing. I can research a country, a place, or a time and be there. When you read my book you'll find adventure, mystery, and yes, horses. I have American Saddlebreds that I compete with but I also have a quarter horse, an Arabian, and an Irish Warmblood.

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  4. Thank you so much. Love the handle, very creative.

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  5. Ooh, this sounds like a great read and the cover is perfect.
    Painting, writing, and having eight horses. Life is good.

    Lo', Nas.

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    1. Hi Sandra, I think you'll have a lot of fun reading the book. There is murder, and that of course is pretty serious but there is a lot of tongue and cheek humor. I especially like the lady who owns an antique store in Oakhurst...she is feisty.

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  6. Great answers. We know a lot of people who were so bored by the retired life, they threw themselves back into the work force. My hubby and I are more like you. We've been enjoying retirement for almost 16 years, and we haven't been at ALL bored. My hubby says he doesn't know how he found time to WORK!

    Good luck with your new book. It sounds super! :)

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  7. Hi Susan,
    I am not bored at all and I'm having so much fun doing the things I really wanted to be doing. I even learned a lot about the wine industry and began taking classes at Fresno State in the enology department. Great class..you drink wine!

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  8. Brilliant replies!!!

    i loved and found them so inspirational!!!

    book sounds AMAZING and INTERESTING!!!

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    1. I enjoyed writing the book. There's a little bit of me in Death on the Vine, some of my own history, knowledge I've gained over the years, and areas I've either lived or live by. It's a fun read, exciting, and thrusts you, the reader right into the story.

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  9. A really good post...I so enjoyed reading!
    The interview was so interesting...and the book sounds really intriguing.
    Many thanks for sharing...☺☺

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    1. Hi Ygraine, your name is intriguing. Would love to use it in my next book. I hope you'll pick up the book, maybe you'll want to visit all the places that are mentioned in the book and take a wine tour. I might start with the Cru Winery.

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    2. Wow...I feel so honoured that you would consider using my name in your next book!
      I was named after King Arthur's mother...

      Have a great weekend! :))

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    3. King Arthur's mother? That is fantastic. Yes, I love your name and yes, it's going in my next book.

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  10. Sounds like she has some great hobbies!

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  11. Hi Lisa. Two Bears Farm? Intriguing..do you have a farm? Daisy has some hobbies...mostly surviving.

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  12. Ohhh, this book sounds great. Off to Amazon to add to my TBR!

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  13. Hi Tara,
    I enjoyed writing Death on the Vine. It has all the locals I'm dpfamiliar with and some dark humor. I think you'll like the cranky antique dealer. I've met her, maybe you will know some one like her.

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  14. HI there,

    I just got back from a horse show in Arizona. Didn't do as well as I would have liked, next time I'll get it right. Did I let you know that in a few parts of my book I write about my horses? You'll catch several of there names thoughout the book. The babysitter's name is one of my female horses. I just flew in and need to get out and check my horses.

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