What is your greatest temptation:
In women: (chuckles) Apparently, tall blonde fillies from Virginia. I didn’t know that until Becca McQuaid waltzed into my life. Needless to say, women who love horses have a very definite advantage.
If that is the case, then why isn’t she with you?
Becca is beautiful, rich…and spoiled. That isn’t the problem. In fact, I could use a few pence to restock the family fortune. I have the castle, so to speak, the title, and the status that comes with those. Becca is shopping for a title to go with her money and she is determined to buy my horse. I’m not willing to sell either. Game over.
In food: I suppose my childhood dictated my taste in food. Our cook prepared traditional English dishes. I’m quite partial to lamb, mint jelly, peas and roasted potatoes, but Yorkshire pudding is high on my list of favorites as well.
In clothes: I spend most of my days—and some nights—in riding gear. To keep us both fit, I work Gambler’s Choice every day with Sundays off for rest, so, I wear riding breeches, mostly beige, with a polo shirt or sweater in cooler weather. I must whisper in confidence that I enjoy donning my tuxedo.
What is your greatest weakness (example: like mine cars)? Horses, hands down. I’m an avid 3-day eventer and extremely competitive by nature. I relish the preciseness of dressage but the thills of the cross-country phase really get the adrenaline flowing.
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? A sterling gray BMW Z3 roadster. When they hit the market, they were called Land Sharks because of the long hood. I find the lines and the performance spot-on.
Your dream home - mountains or ocean? I’m quite content in my little village in Somerset, UK.
I sense a story in your relationship with Becca. How did you meet her?
At an event hosted by my neighbor, but quite prestigious. Becca was horse shopping. The problem became…she set her mind and very strong will on my stallion. As circumstances would have it, I suffered an accident—but that is the story of the book, aptly titled Gambler’s Choice, not only my horse’s name but also a class in a horse show, singularly appropriate in our contest. In the class, riders ride to the clock, only those with clean rounds (no faults) go on to the next one. The fences are raised with each round, jumping higher and racing time, until the final pair is left to take the blue ribbon.
Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
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