BREAKING NEWS! “Seeds of Evidence” has won a HOLT Medallion for Best Book by a Virginia Author, as well as an Award of Merit from Virginia Romance Writers! READ the press release:
Abingdon Press Author Wins HOLT Medallion
Fiction Author Linda J. White Wins for Novel on Human Trafficking
NASHVILLE, TN – Seeds of Evidence (9781426735424, $14.99) by Abingdon Press author Linda J. White was honored with a HOLT Medallion this weekend, winning the title of “Best Book by a Virginia Author.” The novel also received an Award of Merit in the Romantic Suspense category. White, who is also the author of Words of Conviction and Bloody Point, has received acclaim from fellow authors and readers who have regarded her winning novel as “a perfect blend of suspense and romance” and “a thrilling and ultimately satisfying read.”
Not like your typical inspirational novel, Seeds of Evidence tackles one of the toughest issues appearing in the headlines today: human trafficking. The novel follows FBI Agent Kit McGovern and D.C. cop David O’Connor as they investigate a young boy’s murder with only the smallest of clues—tomato seeds and acorns found in the boy’s pockets. Kit traces the plant DNA to a huge farm where the horrors of trafficking are revealed and the investigation becomes a fight for both mercy and justice.
Winners and merit recipients of the 19th Annual HOLT Medallion competition were announced at the regular meeting of the Virginia Romance Writers on Saturday, June 14, 2014. White received the news the following day.
“I am so honored to receive the prestigious Holt Medallion for Seeds of Evidence,” says White. “The book is near to my heart for its setting—my grandparents’ home in Chincoteague, Virginia—and its theme of human trafficking. I’m grateful to the Virginia Romance Writers for the recognition and the opportunity to bring more attention to this critical issue through a romantic thriller.”
“Linda J. White is a stellar new voice in romantic suspense,” says Ramona Richards, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Abingdon Fiction. “We’re honored to have her on our fiction list and thrilled that the Holt Medallion judges have recognized her with not one but two honors. She has a long and distinguished career ahead.”
Richards continues: “We’re also delighted to see Deborah Raney on the winners list, as we have recently signed her for a five-book series, the first of which, Home to Chicory Lane, will launch in August. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to both of the fabulous authors.”
For a history of the award and to see the entire list of HOLT winners and merit recipients, click here.
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Honors for Seeds of Evidence:
Linda J. White writes FBI thrillers from her home in rural Virginia. Her husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Mother of three grown children, Linda is also a national-award winning journalist and a women’s ministry speaker. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with Keira, her Sheltie, reading a book, or dreaming of the beach.
Recovering from knee surgery, Linda J. White woke up in the middle of the night with a thought: What if…?
The thought became a theme, a plot formed, characters emerged and populated a setting, and a year later, a book was born.
Well, sort of. Like most writers, Linda discovered that there’s a craft to be learned and an art to writing that takes a lifetime to grow into. That first book has never been published, nor have its two sequels, but she persisted and eventually, Book #4 became “Bloody Point,” followed by “Seeds of Evidence” and “Words of Conviction.”
Linda writes FBI thrillers from her home in Virginia near the FBI Academy, where her husband worked for over 27 years. He was a video producer/director, making creative training products for the Bureau. Linda and her children found their way into many of these dramatic shows, in roles such as “Screaming Girl” and “Son with a Gun.”
So perhaps it was natural that Linda’s writing focus became FBI thrillers. “Mystery/suspense portrays the dark world we live in,” she says, “but always infiltrated by God’s grace and love.”
Today Linda, a former journalist and mother of three grown children, continues to spin suspenseful stories. Linda’s latest release, “Words of Conviction” from Abingdon Press, centers on the emerging science of forensic psycholinguistics—the study of language in criminal cases. “One of my best friends, Dr. Sharon Smith, was the Bureau’s only psycholinguist before she retired,” Linda reports. “I am astonished at her ability to pull information out of the way people use words.” From the gender of the writer of a note to deception in a suspect’s speech, analyzing words can provide crucial information to investigators.
So, in “Words of Conviction,” when powerful Senator Bruce Grable’s five-year-old daughter, Zoe, is snatched from her room, Special Agent Mackenzie Graham must use her training in psycholinguistics to track the kidnapper. Teaming up with Special Agent John Crowfeather, a Navajo trying to run from his troubled past, and Agent Scott Hansbrough, Kenzie fights fear and the clock to try to find the little girl.
“I’m very grateful,” Linda says, “for all of the experts over the years who have helped me make my books authentic. My goal is to keep folks up all night reading, to give them a great story and a picture of God’s grace.”
“Words of Conviction” is now in bookstores.
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
Twice a recipient of the Amy Award, Linda has numerous state and national awards for her work as an editorial writer. Her 2013 release, “Seeds of Evidence,” is a finalist for the Romance Writers of America “Readers Choice” Awards.
Words of Conviction
“Plunge into the inner workings of an FBI investigation with Linda J. White’s adrenaline-soaked story of Capitol Hill corruption and family intrigue. The pages just flutter away as the words hold all the answers.
–Michael J. Reynolds, author of the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland series
Seeds of Evidence
White’s latest is a well-crafted story with the themes of justice and mercy running throughout. Good pacing linked with a solid plot, excellent writing and a strong main character make this a worthy read, all leading to a conclusion that will not disappoint. It’s a bona-fide mystery that will keep you turning the pages.
**** RT Book Reviews
“As I read Seeds of Evidence I found myself wanted to jump into the pages and live out the story alongside Kit and David. With a perfect blend of suspense and romance, this is a thrilling and ultimately satisfying read!”
–Ann Tatlock, Christy award-winning author of Promises to Keep.
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