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BLACKFOOTâ€”Local author Linda Gatewood has completed her second book "Spring Promise," and is offering it to friends and family in the Blackfoot area before it is released to the general public.
"Spring Promises" is the the sequel to Gatewood's first book "Winter Secret" and the second of a four-book "Winter Secret" series, which some have compared to the popular "Born" book series.
"This is a pre-release of the book, a chance for all my friends and family to read it first" Gatewood explained. "The actual release date isn't until Aug. 6."
Described as a "romantic suspense" novel, "Spring Promises" tests the love and brings new adventures between characters Derek Flynn and Cynthia Morrison when an ancient map ends up in their hands and they seek to discover its secrets. The pursuit for ancient hidden gold and treasure is a lure that draws greedy men into dangerous situations, ultimately interfacing with the lives of Derek and Cynthia.
Gatewood, who has been compared to well known authors Mary Higgins Clark and Jason Wright, said she doesn't write books to become rich and famous but because she "has a true passion for writing."
"I wrote these books because I love to write. I want people to enjoy a good book and I am always so excited to hear what people think after they read my books," she said. "I have been content with books sales and even more pleased with the positive reviews my books have received."
Gatewood, who has had a career in real real estate and raised seven children, lives in rural Blackfoot where she is now able to write full time. She is currently working on the third book in the series, which she anticipates completing by Thanksgiving.
Gatewood's books are currently available at Stinkin' Cute Craftbook Store (formerly M & H Office Supply) in Blackfoot where she will have a book signing on May 18 from 1-3 p.m.
For more information or to read a synopsis on Gatewood's books go to www.lindagatewoodbooks.com.