Boy! Am I excited! It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for. For the first time I’m sharing the cover of my new novel, The Neon Houses. It’s the first in a series that I’ve subtitled A Kennedy Circle Mystery. The series features my heroine, Joy Noel Kennedy, and a cast of characters that I hope you’ll come to like. This dystopian tale is available for pre-order right now on Amazon, and will be ready for download on December 9. Take a moment to study the cover. Then, examine the blurb! Let me know what you think—good or bad.


Now for the description

While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. Noel recognizes the frantic pleas as those of the young woman she mentors—Zarah Fisher.

Noel knows the exact moment that Zarah is murdered because she has a secret! A secret that has prevented Noel from being honest with anyone outside the immediate circle of others like her. Not even her husband Richard, better known as Dickie, knows what she really is.

Noel has perfected a life as a solid, middle-class New Chicago citizen. As the Deputy Chief of Schools in the home ruled province of Gang Territory, Noel has made it her mission to provide a better life for her students and their families. Now she must decide whether to step outside her comfort zone and fight to garner the attention of New Chicago law enforcement for this devalued individual.

New Chicago, Incorporated and Gang Territory have become two vastly different societies since the Urban Wars and the year 2087 finds New Chicago’s police department a military trained force determined to keep “gang people” out. Noel’s husband’s boss, the mayor of New Chicago, and her friend Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective aren’t interested in this case and they urge Noel to let it go.

Just when she decides to relax and let the GT police handle Zarah Fisher’s murder, Earl Gibbs, a family friend and newly announced mayoral candidate is killed in the same manner as Zarah. This new murder involves Noel’s young cousin Charlize and her friend Shaquille. It links Noel to  Charlize in a startling, freakish way.

Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? They’ve managed to coexist in GT by pretending that the other doesn’t exist. Can she reach out to him—or—could he be the killer?

The Neon Houses—available for Kindle December 9th. Pre-order your copy now by going to

Also*** Don’t forget to visit Rave Reviews Book Club’s Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party!  MY TRAILER REVEAL IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28th!





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Educator, Author, Blogger, and supporter of Independent Writers. One mystery novel, The Neon Houses, Find me on Twitter @boom_lyn.


  1. Love, lo9ve, love the cover Linda! 😀 The blurb’s a little on the long side, but sets up the storyline nicely with just enough to catch your attention and curiosity without giving away any spoilers 😉

    1. Hi Jan! The cover is nice and I agree that the description is a bit long. I will shorten it before the Dec. release date. Thanks. I appreciate your critique. 😮

  2. Your cover is amazing, Linda. The storyline of The Neon Houses is so intriguing, I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations…

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