Guest & Contest: Linda Kage

Writing Color

Color is kind of a big thing in my newest young adult story, The Color of Grace, hence the whole reason I put “color” in the title!

Grace, my heroine, likes to take pictures and is into photography. She sees different colors from a different perspective, all tidied up into neat framed shots.  But when she has to transfer to a new school, the colors in her life morph and explode, bleeding outside the lines of her neat, orderly world.  She begins to see others and herself from an entirely different hue.

So in honor of my color theme, I created a little cross-word puzzle you can play where all the answers are a color attributed to a quote in my story!

If you’d like a print-out of the puzzle to actually write on, here’s the link for that:


  1. “It’s left me feeling wrinkled and old, a sheet of white paper that had been exposed to too much pain and faded to _____.”
  2. “Crisp autumn, ripe citrus, red calmed down but not as bright as yellow. Energy, and warmth, the sun I needed so badly to shine, a soothing balm to ease my troubled life.”
  3. “I feel like I should be ______. Neutral and as dull as oatmeal.”
  4. “A mystical kind of blue, intensified and immediate.”
  5. “Does no one care how cold it is, freezing like snow and ice?”
  6. “I’ve had oily darkness gunked to my fingers, like I’ve been sticking my hands in dark places they don’t belong.”


  1. “It’s supposed to be a practical, natural color. Earth. Wood. Stone. It’s true to its environment, never changing, oh-so reliable.”
  2. “Hot red mixed with cold blue, leaving me swirling somewhere in the mystical in-between.”
  3. “A new bud on a spring tree, awakened to the world and beginning to grow or a baby puppy, learning to walk through tall grass.”
  4. “She’s deceitful like a pretty lemon tart.”
  5. “He’s made me dirty like the clay packed into my home ground.”
  6. “Like the deepest part of the sea with all those billions of water droplets pressing down on top of me.”
  7. “A carnation for a new baby or a rose for the beau you just discovered.”


The answers are all obvious to me (since I created them!!) but if you get stuck on a color and need a cheat sheet, you can find a little (or a lot of ) help here:

Good luck!  Oh, and if puzzles aren’t your thing (I’m actually a Sudoku girl myself), then how about a giveaway? Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a paperback (US/Canada) or ebook (international) copy of The Color of Grace by me (I’m Linda Kage, by the way), and tell us what color you think best describes you.


About Linda:
Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, toddler daughter, and their nine cuckoo clocks. She works a day job in the acquisitions department of a university library and feels her life has been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing’s always been a major part of her world, and she’s thrilled to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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17 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Linda Kage

  1. Okay, so I tried to do the puzzle again this morning without looking at the blocks, and I actually mixed up purple and indigo. I’m so embarrassed!! Hope you have better luck than I did!

  2. Beckey says:

    Blue would be the best choice I am cool, chilled out type of parent that is loyal…

    Thanks for the great contest (printing out the crossword puzzle for my daughters, 12 & 16 who like reading y/a book)

  3. JoAnne says:

    I feel I can be represented by different colors at different times of day or even periods in my life.
    I think I would be most represented by browns and blues.

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