Linda Howard

Linda Howard is an award-winning author of over 50 romantic suspense novels.

She currently lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F. Howington, and two golden retrievers. She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

Book List in Order: 55 titles


  • A battle-hardened warrior will risk himself to help the woman he loves escape from deadly enemies in this thrilling, edge-of-your-seat novel of romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard. Levi Butcher is ...



  • A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard. For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he's a...



  • From Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill. SHADOW WOMAN Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she ...



  • In this captivating novel of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive -- and avoid becoming w...



  • In this thrilling novel of romantic suspense, Linda Howard cordially invites us to an elaborate wedding -- one in which rings will never be exchanged, kisses will never be shared, and the bride will never see the light of day, because a killer has be...



  • On holiday leave from the service, Gabriel McQueen is sent into a brewing ice storm to make sure that his father's distant neighbor, Lolly Helton, who has--fallen out of contact, is safe and sound. It's a trip that Gabriel would rather not make, give...



  • It’s true what they say: Money changes everything. And in Linda Howard’s red-hot novel Burn, the changes come fast, furious, and filled with the kind of sexy suspense, heart-stopping romance, beautiful people, and risky business guaranteed to giv...



  • A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau decides it's time to ditch notorious drug lord Rafael Salinas, but not before stealing a mountain of his cash to finance her escape. Salinas dispatches a cold-blooded assass...



  • A mysterious plane crash . . . a dangerous trek through the Idaho wilderness . . . a smoldering attraction . . . and a deadly game of cat and mouse. In her latest tour de force of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard blen...







  • ITS TIME TO DISCOVER THE RAINTREE TRILOGY Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers an...



  • Blair Mallory has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver's identity remains a mystery, his or h...



  • For breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance, bestselling author Linda Howard never misses a beat -- and her thrilling new novel will have your heart racing. In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the ou...



  • In 1985, a time capsule was buried under the front lawn of a small-town county courthouse, to be reopened in 2085. But just twenty years later, in the dead of night, the capsule is dug up and its contents stolen. That same night, one of the contribut...



  • Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving up-scale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on Blair, imitating her style and dress. Matters ...



  • Efficient and unapologetic, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law. Now Lily is playing a deadly, unauthorized game, seeking her own ...



  • Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people's lives, Milla Edge finds lost children--all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla b...



  • Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinctive qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also ...



  • BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.... On her thirty-fourth birthday, Daisy Minor decides to make over her entire life. The small-town librarian has had it with her boring clothes, her ordinary looks, and nearly a decade without so much as a date. It's ...



  • What would make the perfect man? That's the delicious topic heating up the proceedings at a certain table of professional women at their favorite restaurant, Ernie's, tonight: Mr. Perfect. What qualities would he have? Would he be tall, da...







  • HIS ONLY CHANCE Undercover agent Chance Mackenzie knew that the best way to capture an elusive terrorist was to use the man's daughter as bait, so he cleverly seduced Sunny Miller and set out to discover her father's whereabouts. Sunny's own innoc...



  • John Medina, the CIA's legendary Black Ops specialist, works in the shadows of the government's deadliest missions. And no one knows the dangers of getting close to him better than does communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, Niema and h...



  • in Under the Boardwalk

    Sheriff Jackson Brody knows folks get a little crazy under a full moon. But on the trail of a searching murder mystery, it's the lawman himself who succumbs to the spell of a beautiful, mysterious stranger....



  • A talented painter in her early thirties, Paris Sweeney has achieved enviable success: her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery, and her popularity is at an all-time high. Life is good, and Sweeney, as she prefers to be called, is content...



  • Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from the father she has barely seen since his return from the Viet Nam War over twenty years ago. Unwilling to deal wi...



  • in Upon a Midnight Clear

    In the midst of an Idaho blizzard, Hope Bradshaw offers shelter to a stranger--and an instant, hungry passion flares between them. When a radio bulletin warns of a dangerous escaped convict, her blood runs cold: has desire blinded her to the risks of...



  • A scholar specializing in ancient manuscripts, Grace St. John never imagined that a cache of fragile, old documents she discovered was the missing link to a lost Celtic treasure. But as soon as she deciphers the intriguing legend of the Knights of th...



  • in Christmas Kisses

    Meet Maris MacKenzie. . . and the handsome stranger she woke up to find in her bed! Unfortunately, she had no memory of Alex MacNeil. . . the previous day. . . or the prize Thoroughbred she had apparently stolen....



  • Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishi...



  • HER HERO Barrie Lovejoy needed a savior. The terrorist group holding her hostage surely wouldn't tolerate her silence much longer. Instead they would silence her-forever. Then out of the darkness he arrived. Grizzled and dangerous, he led Barrie f...







  • SHE RETURNED TO UNCOVER OLD SECRETS...AND NEW DESIRES -- FAITH DEVLIN -- A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, r...



  • Marlie Keen was trying to lead a quiet, ordinary life. She thought the knowing--the clairvoyance that allowed her to witness crimes as they happened--had been destroyed in the nightmare of her past. Then one night it returned with a vengeance, and sh...



  • in Everlasting Love

    Thea Marlow had encountered her soulmate in the depths of her owverpowering, frightening dreams. Now, on the shores of a country lake, the stranger comes to her in the flesh-and lures her into a timeless love....



  • UNDER SUSPICION Robert Cannon: Somebody was out to destroy his life's work--and that somebody was going to pay .... Evangeline Shaw: She seemed the very picture of small-town innocence--but he knew better .... There was no doubt that the wom...



  • A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like a myth, but archaeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. ...



  • in Silhouette Summer Sizzlers 1993

    Blackout! The entire Southeast was without power ~ but there was still more than enough electricity between Elizabeth Major and Tom Quinlan! They were stranded together in a Dallas high rise for the duration ~ and setting off enough sparks to light u...



  • SHE WAS A LADY DOCTOR...HE WAS A DESPERATE OUTLAW. ONLY HER HEALING TOUCH COULD IGNITE HIS HEART'S HIDDEN PASSION. Annie Parker came to Silver Mesa, Arizona, because it was the only place she'd found where folks thought a woman doctor was better t...



  • HE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST, AND HELL WOULD FREEZE OVER BEFORE HE LET DOWN HIS COUNTRY -- EVEN FOR LOVE Joe "Breed" Mackenzie -- Colonel, U.S. Air Force. Responsible for Night Wing, revolutionary test plane with top-secret weapons system. Pers...



  • DESIRE CAME LIKE A WILDFIRE TO THE COLORADO HILLS . . . TO CLAIM A WOMAN'S PROPERTY AND HER HEART For five years after her father died, lithe, beautiful Dee Swann held onto Angel Creek valley and her independence. The homestead was hers, and she v...



  • in To Mother With Love

    Anne Sharp had never expected in a million years that she would get an indecent proposal from the man who was also her boss. But when wealthy Saxon Malone has asked her to be either his mistress or secretary, Anne chose the former because she knows t...







  • IN THE SAVAGE NEW MEXICO TERRITORY, LOVE COULD REDEEM... OR DESTROY Victoria Waverly was a noble daughter of the war-ruined South, sold in marriage to a ruthless Western rancher. Only honor and pride could help her endure her painful role as wife ...



  • WIFE WANTED... Reese Duncan lost half his ranch and all his dreams to his ex-wife, so when it came time for a family he did the logical thing: he advertised for a bride. She had to be willing to work, to bear his children and to settle for lovemak...



  • SOMETIMES LIFE's TOUGHEST LESSONS HAVE THE GENTLEST TEACHERS.... A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons -- from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give.... Mary Elizabeth Pot...



  • You don't argue with the FBI. So when they summoned Jay Granger to identify her gravely injured, heavily bandaged ex-husband, she agreed to keep a bedside vigil. Strangely, even unconscious, Steve Crossfield wasn't at all like the husband she reme...



  • in Silhouette Christmas Stories 1987

    Kathleen Fields had to reach the clinic, but a Christmas blizzard left her stranded without hope for her life - or her unborn baby's. Then Derek Taliferro arrived with his doctor's skill, his caring heart. Together they brought Kathleen's child into ...



  • BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE... The ranch she'd inherited was nearly bankrupt, and now Michelle discovered that she was also deeply in debt to John Rafferty, the tough-talking, hard-loving rancher who'd fascinated her since their first meeting ...



  • KELL SABIN WAS IN TROUBLE He knew it the minute the other boat drew near, the minute he heard the crack of rifle fire over water. Wounded and desperate, he flung himself into the Gulf and headed for shore. Rachel Jones wasn't looking for troub...



  • Claire Westerbrook couldn't believe it. She had met a man like no other, a man who might very well be the man. He was sexy, witty, charming - and a total imposter. He was Max Conroy, and he had a job to do. His first interest wasn't in Claire; it ...



  • PRISCILLA JANE HAMILTON GREER Was she a society girl in over her head, or part of an espionage ring that could compromise U.S. interests for years to come? The only certainty was that she was a captive in Costa Rica, and her very wealthy, very wel...



  • Brett Rutland was Carter Engineering's top troubleshooter, so it was only logical for him to be sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett was a hard man, he had to be, in his line of work, so it hit him like a sledgehammer wh...







  • BLACK SHEEP'S RETURN... The world stopped for Susan Blackstone when she looked across the crowded room and saw the stranger, and then her heart stopped when she learned his name. He was Cord Blackstone, the family black sheep, and her own cousin b...



  • Sarah Harper had loved Rome Matthews silently for years. She had seen him marry her best friend, then lose his wife and sons in a tragic accident. When, years later, he turned to her for comfort and made her his wife, she felt that her world was at l...



  • COME LIE WITH ME and be my love. How Dione Kelley longed to hear those words. But Blake Remington could never speak them to her. An accident had left him unable to walk, and her therapy had made him whole again. She had given him back the strengt...



  • SHE WAS THE PRIZE HE HAD ALWAYS SOUGHT... At seventeen Cathryn Ashe had fought Rule Jackson and lost her innocence, then fled to the anonymity of the city. At twenty-five she was back, sure of herself and her newfound independence and ready to cha...



  • AN INDEPENDENT WIFE... ...and determined to stay that way--that was Sallie Jerome Baines. Her husband Rhydon Baines had broken her heart and once, she had vowed, was enough. Then fate brought them together again, and the new Sallie fell for Rhy...



  • Jessica Stanton --otherwise known as The Black Widow-- had once been a wife in a marriage rocked by scandal. But in Nikolas Constantino's arms she found a peace she had never thought she would know. His lips told her of the delights that were to foll...


Complete Series List in Order

Blair Mallory

1) To Die For (Jan-2005)
2) Drop Dead Gorgeous (Dec-2006)

CIA's Spies

1) Kill and Tell (Jan-1998)
2) All the Queen's Men (Aug-1999)
3) Kiss Me While I Sleep (Jul-2004)

GO-Teams

1) Troublemaker (May-2016)
2) The Woman Left Behind (Mar-2018)

Mackenzies

1) Mackenzie's Mountain (Apr-1989)
2) Mackenzie's Mission (Sep-1992)
3) Mackenzie's Pleasure (Feb-1996)
4) Mackenzie's Magic (Nov-1996)
5) A Game of Chance (Aug-2000)

Patterson-Cannon

1) Duncan's Bride (Sep-1990)
2) Loving Evangeline (Dec-1994)

Rescues

1) Midnight Rainbow (Feb-1986)
2) Diamond Bay (Feb-1987)
3) Heartbreaker (Aug-1987)
4) White Lies (May-1988)

Spencer-Nyle Co.

1) Sarah's Child (Apr-1985)
2) Almost Forever (Aug-1986)
3) Bluebird Winter (Nov-1987)

Western Ladies

1) A Lady of the West (Sep-1990)
2) Angel Creek (Nov-1991)
3) The Touch of Fire (Oct-1992)

Multi-Author Series List

American Hero

1) Mackenzie's Mission (Sep-1992)
27) Loving Evangeline (Dec-1994)

Raintree

1) Inferno (May-2007)

Award-Winning Books by Linda Howard

After the Night
1997 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Romance with Best Spicy Love Scene
Cry No More
2003 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Heroine
2003 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
2003 All About Romance Reader Award -- Most-Hanky Read
2003 All About Romance Reader Award -- Strongest Heroine
Death Angel
2008 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
Dream Man
1995 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romance Cover
1995 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure
1996 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romance Cover
1999 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
Drop Dead Gorgeous
2006 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
2006 All About Romance Reader Award -- Most Annoying Lead Character
A Game of Chance
2000 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Series Romance
Kill and Tell
1998 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure
Kiss Me While I Sleep
2004 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
2004 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Villain
2004 All About Romance Reader Award -- Strongest Heroine
Mackenzie's Mission
1993 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Series W.I.S.H. Hero
Mackenzie's Mountain
1994 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
1995 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
1996 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
1999 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
2000 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
2001 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
2002 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
2003 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Series Romance
Midnight Rainbow
1986 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Silhouette Intimate Moments
Mr. Perfect
2000 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
2000 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Around Romance
2000 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure
2000 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Romantic Intrigue
Open Season
2001 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure
Sarah's Child
1995 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
Son of the Morning
1997 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romantic Suspense
1997 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Adventure
1997 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Time-Travel
To Die For
2005 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Heroine
2005 All About Romance Reader Award -- Most Annoying Lead Character
The Touch of Fire
1993 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Sensual Historical Romance
Up Close and Dangerous
2007 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Cabin/Road Romance