Linnea Sinclair (also published as Megan Sybil Baker) is an American author of Speculative Fiction combined with Romance. She has written Paranormal Romance, science-fiction romance, and fantasy romance.
Before becoming an author, Ms. Sinclair had worked as a journalist and as a private detective. Both professions have influenced her work. While still a private detective, she published her works under a pseudonym, but since giving up that profession, she has had her older works republished under her actual name.
The 2012 movie The Down Home Alien Blues is based on her novel The Down Home Zombie Blues.
Works by Linnea Sinclair:
- Command Performance (2002)
- Destiny's Game (2002)
- Dock Five universe:
- Gabriel's Ghost (2002)
- Shades of Dark (also published as Chasidah's Choice) (2008)
- Hope's Folly (2009)
- Rebels and Lovers (2010)
- The Down Home Zombie Blues (2007)
- Finders Keepers (2001)
- Games of Command (2007)
- Wintertide series:
- Wintertide (1999)
- An Accidental Goddess (a far-future sequel) (2002)
Tropes in her work:
- Above the Influence: In Gabriel's Ghost, Sully's high on some liquid courage and works up the nerve to kiss his long time crush. She resists because he's drunk; if he really wanted her surely he would have made a move when he was sober, therefore it's just the drugs and he'll regret it in the morning. Then he accidentally implies that he's looking for a one night stand, and she gets angry at the insult and walks away.
- Fake-Out Make-Out:
- In Games of Command, Branden's trying to blend in among Tasha's former coworkers when he spots several who know him personally. He tugs Tasha into an access corridor and starts kissing her to hide his face. Since the couple had gotten together a few days before and broken up a few hours before, Tasha is understandably confused.
- In Gabriel's Ghost, Sullivan, Chaz, and Ren are trying to pick the lock on a door in a public hallway. When they hear someone coming, Sullivan takes the chance to steal a kiss from Chaz, and silences her protests by claiming they need an excuse to be standing around in a hallway. The passerby laugh and tell them to get a room, and Ren apologizes claiming it's the couple's honeymoon.
- I Am One of Those, Too: In An Accidental Goddess, the time traveling protagonist claims to be visiting from another spaceport, which in her day didn't have a lot of traffic. Unfortunately, the woman sitting next to her at the bar is from there, and is suspicious when the protagonist doesn't recognize the name of a local bigshot. Fortunately, the protagonist is also telepathic, and can pull the relevant details out of the woman's mind.
- Kissing Under the Influence: In Gabriel's Ghost, Sully self-medicates his mental problems with honeylace. While
drunkfurred on liquid courage he works up the nerve to kiss his long time crush. She goes along with it at first, but eventually breaks away because she thinks he'll regret it in the morning.
- Master of the Mixed Message: In Games of Command, Kel-Paten is hopelessly in love with his subordinate officer Tasha Sebastian, who's Oblivious to Love. She jokingly tells him "I think I love you," when he completes a tricky bit of navigation. Later when she needs Kel-Paten distracted, Tasha leans in close to him and speaks softly, and agrees that walking through a fairground with him sounds like a wonderful idea. She's surprised how effective her very mild flirtation turns out to be.
- Precocious Crush: In Hope's Folly, Rya was 10 when her father brought one of his subordinate officers home for dinner. While Philip vaguely remembers her as an obnoxious little girl hellbent on bothering him, she remembers him as the ultra-cool friend of her father who took the time to teach her how to shoot properly. When they meet up, in her mid-20s and his late-40s, Rya's crush reignites and she pursues an Age-Gap Romance with him.
- Unwanted False Faith: In An Accidental Goddess, the heroine wakes up and discovers that (a) she's lost a few centuries somewhere and (b) she's been branded a major deity. Awwwkward....
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In Games of Command, Admiral Kel-Paten only calls his flag ship captain by her surname, Sebastian, as is professional. But when she suddenly falls ill, he addresses her as Tasha, revealing that his feelings for her are less than professional. After her condition has stabilized, he reverts to calling her Sebastian.