What's between the covers

a sampling of what you can expect in each book

Workbook for Caretakers of End-Stage Alcoholics

Within these pages you will find a means of tracking the health and history of the end-stage alcoholic in your care. When entering a medica

Use this book as a tool to help you in your journey through the impossible and frustrating world of end-stage alcoholism.

The Immortal Alcoholic's Wife

This book is about what I have found to be true during the experience of surviving my husband’s alcoholism. No two drunks are the same. My experience may not be the same as anyone else. But, this book is generated from my own personal experience of living with a person who has been an alcoholic for more than 40 years. I will only attest to what has transpired over my lifetime with the alcoholic that has directly affected me. I will explain how my childhood experiences groomed me to be the perfect little homemaker and caretaker. What I write here will be bare-naked honesty.

The Immortal Life of Riley -- Sequel to the Immortal Alcoholic's Wife

Riley Riley has knocked on death’s door more than nine times. Each time the door opens but he does not pass to the other side. That’s why he is dubbed the “Immortal Alcoholic.”

This book is a sequel to The Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife. It was not written to re-hash the information that can be found in IA’s Wife. What you WILL find in this book is information about Riley that you may not be able to find anywhere else. It is not so much of a “story” as it is a “journal” of the events of Riley’s life.

Surviving the Chaos

Alcoholism is sneaky. The disease progresses slowly until you end up feeling that you are at a point of no return. It’s all very innocent. You stick with the alcoholic because he really “isn’t that bad yet” and suddenly you realize that things are far worse than you imagined. It’s the Frog Soup syndrome.

That Reminds Me

A Collection of short stories based on growing up in the 1950s-60s in a small rural farming community in Central California.

Peanut's Walk

Out the door she went into the cool but sunny morning. At the end of the driveway, Peanut turned right and walked right down the middle of her side of the road. Sycamore Avenue was a street that had Sycamore trees planted right down the middle. Cars can, and did, pass over from side to side of the road as they wished. Often it was to avoid the kids doing exactly what Peanut was doing – walking down the middle of one side of the road.

Huh? ABC's of Understanding Woman

The book every woman wants her man to read. A light-hearted but direct and honest communication to men about what women mean when they say something... anything.


Women dress for the occasion and not for the day. If she says she has nothing to wear she means that everything in her closet that would be appropriate for that occasion has already been worn to a different, but similar, occasion. She doesn’t want to be seen twice by the same people in the same outfit. So… she has nothing to wear.


It may sound really cool to have multiple women in your stable at one time, but the complications can be incredible. You must be able to remember conversations with each woman, know their likes and dislikes and treat each one as though they were the only one. It is time-consuming to be in multiple relationships. It is also expensive.

That’s true even if they know about each other. No woman wants you to tell her that you have a date with LuluBelle on Friday evening.

Refer to “Open Relationships”.

Interview With Author

Linda Bartee Doyne


1.  Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!

I’m Linda Bartee Doyne aka The Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife


I’ve written five books concerning alcoholism and two that are not alcohol-related:

The Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife – My journey from childhood through being an alcoholic’s wife

The Immortal Life of Riley – Sequel to The Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife. Focus is more on my alcoholic husband, his life and his addiction to alcohol.

Workbook for Caretakers of End-Stage Alcoholics – Explanations of the biological disease created by alcoholism. Forms and worksheets to track the disease and aid in communicating with the medical community

Surviving the Chaos – How to survive and thrive in life in the chaos of alcoholism.

Postings – A compilation of postings from Immortal Alcoholic blog.

That Reminds Me – Short stories centered around growing up in the central California agricultural region during the 1950s-60s.

HUH? The ABC’s of Understanding Women – A simple fun booklet that every woman wants her man to read.

2.  What is/are the real-life story(ies) behind your book(s)?

My husband’s drinking became a concern near the end of his Navy career. I separated from him shortly after he retired. 15+/- years later, he was very ill from the alcoholism and needed care. I took him back into my home to give him a soft place to die. I was told he had less than a few weeks to live. But he didn’t die. For the next ten years I was his sole caregiver.

3.  What inspires/inspired your creativity?

I’m inspired by other people’s journeys as well as my own life. Everyone has a story to tell even if they don’t think they do. All of us has something that is uniquely ours.

4.  How do you deal with creative block?

I use a free writing technique which means I just write anything that pops into my head. Sometimes I will write about the neighbor’s yard or the weather. Once I start in one direction, my mind will take me off into a different direction which opens my imagination.

5.  How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them?

I accept that not everyone likes me. That’s OK because other people DO like me. I believe the world would be an awfully boring if we all agreed on everything.

6.  What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?

BEST – Having people enjoy reading what I write

WORST – Recounting the painful times in my life, such as, my son’s death.

SURPRISING – Sometimes I read back what I have written after a significant amount of time and I am surprised that I actually wrote some of the things that I have written. It’s like… OMG… I really wrote that??

7.  Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?

I write for both personal satisfaction AND to serve my readers. I find it satisfying when my readers tell me that my books have helped them through difficult times. My books on topics other than alcoholism are written purely to satisfy my need to write. The ABC’s of Understanding Women was written in response to a challenge from a male friend.

8.  What role do emotions play in creativity?

For me, emotions play a huge part in my creativity. I must be able to “feel” the words that go into my books. If I can’t do that, the book simply becomes an instruction manual.

9.  What are your plans for future books?

The future will bring more volumes of Postings from the Immortal Alcoholic blog. I’m in the process of writing When the Fat Lady Sings which will detail my life after the passing of my alcoholic husband. It isn’t what I thought it would be. There will also be some fun stuff coming up… a romance novel very loosely based on a couple’s real story.  Also, in the works are more “ABC’s” books on things that make on difference in the world on any level.

10.  Tell us some quirky facts about yourself

I have a second writing persona as Outrageous Suzy Q who has no filters. Suzy Q doesn’t care about being politically correct or who she offends. She only writes blog posts on my website, but a book may be popping up at some time.

I don’t care for “chick flicks.” I don’t like tear-jerkers such as Steel Magnolia’s or Titanic. I will watch them once but only once. I prefer action, mystery and crime dramas.