Linda Joy Singleton

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I started writing at 8 years old and when I speak to kids at schools or libraries I show them the stories I wrote as a child. I loved mystery series like Judy Bolton and Nancy Drew, and my DREAM was to write a series of my own. This happened when My Sister the Ghost was published by Avon books in 1994.

Since then I’ve been fortunate to write other series like The Seer, Dead Girl trilogy, Strange Encounters, Regeneration and Curious Cat Spy Club. I recently added a mini mystery to the Curious Cat Spy Club series titled Dog Rescue Time Warp which has a surprise ending.

I love hearing from fans and always write back. And I’ll send a spy activity packet to anyone that asks. Email link at www.LindaJoySingleton.com

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Linda Joy Singleton After going through a very dry spell in 2013, my career is rising in amazing ways. And I feel so grateful to writing friends who never stopped…moreAfter going through a very dry spell in 2013, my career is rising in amazing ways. And I feel so grateful to writing friends who never stopped encouraging me (even after losing an agent and publisher), and also to Albert Whitman Books who published my first picture book, SNOW DOG SAND DOG 2014 and continues to publish the CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB animal mysteries.

In 2016 I will have four books published! Amazing, isn't it? I can hardly believe my good fortune.
1. CASH KAT, a picture book that teaches counting money when cleaning up a park becomes a treasure hunt for Kat and her grandmother.
FEB 2016, Arbordale.
2. CCSC #3: KELSEY THE SPY - Kelsey's secret notebook is stolen.
APRIL 1, 2016, Albert Whitman & Company.
3. CCSC #4. SECRET OF THE SHADOW BANDIT-Moving to a cottage by a castle, Kelsey discovers a mysterious animal, a tree house & castle mystery.
OCT 1, 2016, Albert Whitman & Company.
4. MEMORY GIRL--On an island where no one ever ages or dies naturally and memories are transferred from the dead to living youths, Jennza questions her identity and risks immortality to save the killer she loves.
CBAY Books, Fall 2016(less)
Linda Joy Singleton I just finished writing CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB #3 which I've titled KELSEY THE SPY because the plot parallels a favorite childhood book, HARRIET THE…moreI just finished writing CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB #3 which I've titled KELSEY THE SPY because the plot parallels a favorite childhood book, HARRIET THE SPY. It's also about Albert, a 130 year old Aldabra tortoise, which was fascinating to research. CCSC #3 is all about secrets: hidden secrets, stolen secrets and revealed secrets. It's always intrigued me how you can meeet someone who seems very ordinary, only to be surprised when they reveal their secret selves. Many secrets will be revealed in the 3rd CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB. (less)
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Secrets revealed.....

In my new midgrade mystery series, CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB, 3 kids who would never normally be friends rescue 3 kittens from a dumpster and create a club to solve mysteries and help animals.

Animals are rescued, mysteries are solved and secrets are collected.

KELSEY IS A COLLECTOR OF SECRETS.

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Description: DEAD GIRL IN LOVE is the 3rd book in the DEAD GIRL trilogy and this time Amber lands in the body of her best friend Alyce. Should be an easy assignment for a Temp Lifer, but a Dark Lifer is stalking Amber and he won't stop until he possesses her soul.
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“Let me get this straight," Eli said, as if trying to be calm even though I could tell he was upset. "Instead of returning to your own body, you swapped with my sister?"

"Yes."

"So while I was waiting for you to wake up, holding your hand and saying...well, things I would never say to my sister...it was her and not you?"

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message 22: by Linda

Linda My new series, CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB, is about 3 kids that are nothing alike who rescue 3 kittens then form a club to solve animal mysteries. I'm currently researching & writing #3, about stolen secrets and a tortoise.


message 21: by Linda

Linda Hi1

Nice to meet you here. That's great you have some of my books. I've had lots of fun writing series. My most popular is The Seer series. I'm working on a new series now for middle-graders called Curious Cat Spy Club. The first one comes out in March. I'll post the cover soon when I'm allowed to.


Florence Dupuis Hey!
Thank you so much for accepting the friend request! It's so cool that you care about your fans. You are the first author here who actually accepted me, and fast at that. It mens the world too me. I actually own 12 or 13 of your books, and I love them all. Read them since I was a little girl :)Great authors make great childhood.


message 19: by Linda

Linda Careers rise and dip, and lately mine has been rising.

My first picture book, SNOW DOG SAND DOG, came out from Albert Whitman in March. I sold a midgrade mystery series to Whitman called CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB (2015). And my 2nd picture book, CA$H KAT comes out from Arbordale in 2015.

For fans of THE SEER and DEAD GIRL, there are YA books in my future too. Two small publishers have offered contracts for a science fiction YA and also a lighter magical Cinderella-meets-dogs romance. Stay tuned!

And check www.lindajoysingleton.com for covers & updates.


message 18: by Linda

Linda More than anything, Ally wanted a dog, but dogs made her ACHOO!
So she built a SNOW DOG....

My picture book SNOW DOG, SAND DOG inspires kids (especially those dealing with allergies) to find creative ways to achieve their dreams. And it's all about season dogs: Snow Dog, Flower Dog, Sand Dog and Leaf Dog.

Paws to read a dog book to your favorite child: SNOW DOG, SAND DOG by Linda Joy Singleton, published by Albert Whitman/2014.

And stay tuned for news of my 2nd picture book sale: CA$H KAT.


message 17: by Linda

Linda SNOW DOG, SAND DOG has already gotten good reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. I'm so excited!
So I'm giving away a copy of Goodreads.
SNOW DOG, SAND DOG is all about dogs!!
Published by Albert Whitman and illustrated by Jess Golden.(less) "


message 16: by Linda (last edited Mar 02, 2014 06:37AM)

Linda My first ever picture book, SNOW DOG, SAND DOG is out!

In celebration of my new book about a little girl with allergies who finds a creative way to get four dogs of her own, I'm offering a giveaway on Goodreads for a copy of SNOW DOG, SAND DOG. I hope you'll enter!!!


message 15: by Linda

Linda I will be speaking at Sacramento Surburban Writers on Sept 9th at 7:30 on synopses and writing challenges.


message 14: by Linda

Linda AUTHOR SIGNING EVENT!!
Author appearance, June 29, 2013 02:01PM —
SACRAMENTO - AVID READER BOOKSTORE, 1600 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818 Neighborhoods: Downtown, Land Park, Sacramento, CA, US
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Author event Linda Joy Singleton (and other authors) will be at The Avid Reader


message 13: by Linda

Linda For THE SEER fans - If you missed the short story about Dominic's secret past, how he and a dog rescued each other, it's now up on my website www.lindajoysingleton.com for everyone to read.


message 12: by Linda

Linda http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12...

BURIED: A GOTH GIRL MYSTERY is a who-dun-it mystery with a vigilante who rights the wrongs at school and a mysterious grave.

I'm giving away a free copy in December at the above link. GOod luck!!

Oh, and check out my website www.lindajoysingleton.com where there's a link to a FREE short story Dark Lifer's Revenge.


message 11: by Beth

Beth Hi Linda,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books, A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, Deadly Currents, and my upcoming May release, Wicked Eddies, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for free mystery books, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ .
- Beth


message 10: by Erin

Erin Jamison Thanks for the friendship. Check out my upcoming audio interview tomorrow at 6:30 PST at http://internetvoicesradio.com.


message 9: by Linda

Linda If you're still a fan, I recently made some fan packets which I'm sending out to special fans.

Email me at ljscheer@yahoo.com with a mailing address if you'd like one.

Linda Joy Singleton


Brittany Hello!
Thank you so much for the add.
You may not remember me, but a few years ago I wrote to you about your Seer Series and you actually wrote back!! I was a huge fan and tore right through them and I'm still a fan today. :) Thank you for being such a down to earth author that I can truly admire.
- Brittany


Keyanah Hi, Linda! Thanks for the add!


message 4: by Linda

Linda Janeen-san wrote: "What, exactly, is Dead Girl Walking about? Please respond."

DEAD GIRL WALKING is about 17 year old Amber who has such a bad sense of direction that after a near-death experience, she makes a wrong turn and lands in the wrong body -- of a popular, gorgeous, rich girl who just attempted suicide. Then Amber races against time to return to her real body before it's too late. THis is romantic, funny and a little mysterious, too.


Janeen-san What, exactly, is Dead Girl Walking about? Please respond.


Bradley Hello Linda, I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hey Linda and thanks for the add. You have an impressive website with all your works! You've been writing all your life! I wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
Blessings,
Jeannie


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