Writing The Rollercoaster
With a grant from the city of Burlington, Lynda launched Writing the Rollercoaster – Stories of Riding Out the Pandemic in Burlington. Giving people a way to tell their stories, make sense of what they were going through and share it with others. With help from fellow author Sylvia McNicoll, 80 stories written by children, teens, young adults, parents, singles and seniors were chosen for the collection. Tales that will make you laugh, cry and sometimes shake your head and say “whaaaat?”
Harvey Kendal has a deep and abiding faith in the power of rabbits’ feet, four leaf clovers and anything else believed to bring luck to a man. As a rule, Luck finds the devotion of humans tedious, but this Harvey fellow is in a class by himself. And damned if his wife isn’t one of those rare mortals who sees gods and magical creatures as they truly are. Cupid and the Fates can be a lot of fun when they’re drunk. It’s just a shame the wife isn’t smarter. Luck has plans for Harvey, and Pam would do well to stay out of his way.
"Lynda is the master of quirky characters and compelling plots in slightly sinister tales. With Harvey’s Boots, she kicks you into an entirely different world and holds you there, spellbound."
- Sylvia McNicoll, award winning Canadian author
The Oldest Living Thing in the Building
When people think of hiking the Grand Canyon, they usually imagine fabulous vistas or flora and fauna. Lynda’s first thought? Airlift rescues. But you’re only as old as you feel, right? And when had she ever been smart enough to turn down a challenge.
Find out how that turned out in her latest story, The Oldest Living Thing in The Building, part of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul collection, Age Is Just A Number.
When In Texas
Jenna Scott loves the open road, solo camping and feeding people. A self-taught chef and lifelong vegetarian, she can't wait to open her first restaurant and prove that you can make friends with salad. But in Clifton Texas?
Rancher and retailer, Alex Barclay, knows Texans live for steak and brisket. But kale and quinoa? Not so much. While the vegetarian is about as cute as a woman can get, she's also more than naïve about her business prospects in Clifton. But unlike a lot of folks in town, Alex believes she has the right to fail anywhere she likes.
"When Dreaming Big means serving veggies to cattle people, passion triumphs... hilariously!"
- Five Stars, Sylvia McNicoll, Author
Just the Way You Aren't
A moment of madness was all Sunny Anderson expected when she donned a glittering mask and a fabulous gown to crash the gala at Manhattan's newest boutique hotel. But when the mysterious beauty in his arms disappears, leaving behind a pair of earrings, the hotel's project manager Michael Wolfe knows exactly how Prince Charming felt. If only he realized that the woman he's searching for is the same one painting his penthouse suite!
"Wonderful story! Poignant,charming,endearing and sexy. Family you can relate to. Laugh out load humor."
- Cindy (Amazon.com)
If I were a teenager, this would be a coming of age story. But having celebrated my fifty-fifth birthday yesterday - complete with champagne, cake, and more candles than anyone wants to see in one place - I suppose this is more a coming of old age story. The tale of a woman well aware that the best is no longer yet to come. Proud that all the years of canoeing and weight training and green tea have given her firm arms, a straight back and a heart so strong the little darling will probably beat for years and years to come. I am also officially a Junior Senior now, entitling me to a free coffee refill at Donut King and a ten percent discount on power tools this week at the hardware store on Sherbourne. Pity I swore off coffee twenty years ago and already have a shed full of tools courtesy of Jack Hoyle - the man who finished renovating my second floor bedroom yesterday, and shared it with me last night after the party.
"Simmons exhibits an exquisitely deft understanding of the extraordinary difficulties that unite a family, and her portrayals of the three women, told in alternating first-person chapters, enable satisfying connections with each."
- Publisher's Weekly
Charmed I'm Sure
One minute Maxine Hedley is the happy bride-to-be heading back home to introduce her fiancé Peter to her eccentric mother, the next she's the girl who gets dumped on the phone. And it doesn't help a thing that her teenage crush, Sam O'Neal, heard the whole thing. When a mysterious woman hands her a love charm guaranteed to bring the right man to her, and her best friend arrives with a plan to get Peter back, Max is confident jumps in with both feet. She's confident that everything will work out fine. All Sam has to do is stay away. And all she has to do is want him to.
"She has a way with words"
- Romance Communications
If Rachel Banks had known that putting a piece of wedding cake under her pillow would conjure up her dream guy in the form of her new neighbor, Mark Robison, she'd have stuffed that cake into her mouth instead. Mark knows Rachel is not the kind of woman who's just looking for a bit of fun, yet there's something about the incurable romantic that just keeps drawing him back. Will Mark and Rachel last? Or is their relationship destined to be a fleeting summer romance?
"Set in sunny Florida, Perfect Fit follows Rachel, a wedding dress maker, and Mark a cameraman. Mark is in town for his sister's wedding and Rachel is making the dress. They are attracted to each other but Rachel isn't interested in a summer fling. Rachel is stubborn and Mark is a workaholic with a bad track record with women (a fiance that moved out after he ran off to get footage rather than meet her parents). Perfect Fit is such a fun read! It's funny and cute, and Rachel is such an identifiable character. I highly recommend it!
- Rebecca (Amazon.com)
Everyone wants an eccentric uncle to leave them something interesting in his will. But when Uncle Albert dies, he leaves his nephew Reid with instructions to take his ashes to Seaport and scatter them in a very specific way. Albert expects Reid to make the trip with his wife Vicky, but Reid and Vicky are separated. When she agrees to go, Reid has one last chance to change her mind. And as the old man himself might have said, sometimes all love needs is a road trip, a rubber chicken and a touch of magic.
"... Love, Albert had me at hello. From the moment that I started reading, I was captivated by Simmons' well written prose and character descriptions. I felt like she had the perfect amount of plot and portrayal without being too wordy and drawn out. Early on, I found myself rooting for Reid. Simmons' did an incredible job at sprinkling mystery throughout the book while holding true to her character development. ..."
- Kate (Amazon.com)
Getting Rid of Rosie
"Stop right there. I am not buying into this."
"Buying into what?"
"You, the t-shirt, this whole thing. You're obviously an illusion."
"You think you're imagining me?"
"Yes, although I can't for the life of me come up with a single reason why."
Rosie propped her butt on the railing and smiled. "Good old, Sammy. Still as thick as a plank. It's nice to know some things don't change."
"Getting rid of Rosie is a great read! I couldn't put it down. Needless to say chores got put aside as I rushed to find out what happened, then was sad that I'd finished the book. I wanted more. Great job goes out to Lynda Simmons. I laughed, I cried and thoroughly enjoyed the humor, the outstanding dialogue and exciting story lines. I loved all the colorful characters. This is a must read book. I highly recommend it."
- Suzanne (Amazon.com)