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Audiobook Now Available

Looking for Redfeather

Looking for Redfeather, a coming-of-age-on-the-road novel (and tongue-in-cheek homage to Jack Kerouac) is now out as an audiobook, read by actor Aaron Landon! Great listening for your next road trip!


WaterGhostsRevised33492851_Cover Proof.5183264-page-0Here it is, the cover the professional design team came up with, based on my suggestions, and targeting a young adult audience.

I really appreciate my writer friends who critiqued the novel and provided me with feedback, pre-publication. Writing is not nearly as solitary as it seems; writers learn from one another and we help one another succeed. We’re not competing for readers — readers can consume far more than any one author can produce. It takes a reader a few days to read what it takes us six months to six years (and sometimes more) to write! Writers inspire one another. We teach, mentor, critique, endorse and support other writers whose work we admire.

Forthcoming reviews and other author endorsements will be added to the front matter of the book in the next edition.  We will have some paperback ARCs available for reviewers very shortly, as well as mobi and pdf files, so please contact us if you’re interested in doing a review.

Water Ghosts, to be published by Old Salt Press, next month — and we’ll be at the BEA next month in New York! Look for Water Ghosts and Looking for Redfeather at Foreword Reviews booth #453.

The back text:

I see things other people don’t see; I hear things other people don’t hear.

Fifteen-year-old James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese junk, operated as adventure-therapy for troubled teens.  Once at sea, James believes the ship is being taken over by the spirits of courtiers who fled the Imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty, more than 600 years ago, and sailing to its doom.

Water Ghosts is a spine-chilling tale where fantasy and reality spin out of control. – Margaret Muir, The Black Thread.

When you’ve read Water Ghosts, expect to be haunted. – Seymour Hamilton, author of the Astreya Trilogy.

A tale of personal growth hammered out by the timeless ocean. – Joe Follansbee, author of Bet: Stowaway Daughter.


Linda Collison has sailed thousands of nautical miles with her husband, Bob Russell, aboard their 36’ sloop, Topaz. She worked for over a decade as a registered nurse in Emergency, Critical Care, and in-patient psychiatric care. Star-Crossed, her first novel, was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age – 2007.


spotlightspring.fwLooking for Redfeather (Fiction House, Ltd.) has been named the Spring recipient of Literary Fiction Book Review’s Spotlight Award. A full review and author interview will follow.

Literary fiction has always been my favorite form of literature. I love the imagery well-crafted words create; I read to find human experience revealed in a character’s thoughts, emotions, and observations. For me, a good novel isn’t so much about what happens — it’s about who it happens to, and how it changes them, or how it changes those around them. Literary fiction is also about setting and the power it has to shape our lives. When I read a good novel I feel connected not only with the characters but with the author. I hope to connect with others through my stories.

If you ever wanted to run away from home, I think we might connect through Redfeather. There are no zombies, no shoot-outs, no bodies in the trunk (only stolen wine and a little weed. Oh, and LaRoux and Ramie’s guitars.) But there is action, adventure, heartbreak, love, and friendship. Although it’s about teens, I believe mature readers will best appreciate its subtleties.

I recently adapted Looking for Redfeather for the stage and I put together a sound track on Spotify. The one song that isn’t available commercially is Outlaw Trail, written by Matt Campbell (my youngest son) and performed by Red Whiskey Blue. To hear this song, check out our book trailer on YouTube.

Looking for Redfeather is also available as an Audible audiobook, read by actor/singer Aaron Landon (plays Pesto on Disney’s hit series Crash and Bernstein.)

The novel was a Foreword Reviews finalist for Indie Book of the Year 2013.

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Looking For Redfeather; A Contemporary Novel About Three Runaway Teens in the American West. It’s not Jack Kerouac’s road trip!

What is the purpose of a book cover?  What does each of these say to the potential reader? Which do you like, and why?

A special thanks to Seymour Hamilton, author of the Astreya Trilogy, Margaret Muir, author of many books including The Black Thread, Uncanny, and Under Admiralty Orders; the Oliver Quintrell Series, and V.E. Ulett, author of Blackwell’s Adventures.  I am greatly appreciative to them for their comments and suggestions on cover design.  Thanks to my husband Bob Russell, and to graphic designer Albert Roberts.  I get by with a little help from my friends!

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Albert Roberts’ original design is my favorite. But does it lead the reader to believe the main character is female?  Does the photograph convey the right tone and setting?

Cover design by Albert Roberts

Cover design by Albert Roberts

Thanks for your comments.

The rights to all photos shown purchased from Big Stock Photos

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