Local author Linda Heavner Gerald is on a roll.

Local author Linda Heavner Gerald is on a roll.

After only a year and a half of writing, Gerald is preparing to release her fifth published book, “Till Heaven Then Forever,” in March.

The new novel explores themes of paradise, pain and discovers what the phrase “life is too short” really means.

“Till Heaven Then Forever” features a couple who lives in the Bahamas believes they have it all, but after a void begins to form they set out on a new adventure, end up traveling through Gulf County and ultimately end up in a very familiar location: Cape San Blas.

Gerald said that she enjoyed writing about places that she knew very well and even featured additional landmarks like the Port Inn and Joe Mama’s restaurant.

Even though the book falls into the romance category, Gerald said that the material is clean and includes the religious overtones that readers may expect from her.

“I always try to include God in my books,” said Gerald. “He’s given me a gift that I love.”

The turn to romance may come as a surprise to Gerald’s regular readers since her previous works fall into the mystery and thriller genres, but the author was careful to not alienate her audience.

“This book is for everyone,” said Gerald. “It’s told from a man’s point of view.

“It’s very concise and the perfect read.”

Though the book will officially be published on March 11 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, copies are currently available for purchase at the No Name Café in Port St. Joe along with her other titles “Beaufort Betrayal,” “Rosemary Beach,” and her children’s book, “Dusty the Island Dog.”


To promote “Till Heaven Then Forever,” Gerald will hold a book signing from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1 at Dockside Sea Food and Raw Bar in Port St. Joe. The book will also be available for purchase through online retailers including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.