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November 28, 2018

I'm thrilled to announce that I am very close to being able to reveal the cover of my next Harper's Glen novel, And Then There Was You. I've seen a preliminary draft of the cover and it's beautiful! I can't wait to share it with you.

And Then There Was You is the 2nd in my Harper's Glen series of contemporary romantic suspense novels that began with Killing Her Softly. I'm working on book #3 in the series and already have an idea for book #4. But this got me to thinking.

Do you like to read multiple books in a series? 

In this case, there is overlap of characters and they are all set in the same small town. While each story has a distinct story and new central characters, there are continuing themes and familiar faces in each. In the case of And Then There Was You, the main characters are Marnie Edwards and Scott Randall. Scott was introduced in Killing Her Softly. In Book #3, which is yet to be titled, the main male character is Chris Hoy, who was introduced in And Then There Was You.

How...

September 26, 2018

My 2nd novel, Killing Her Softly, was released in audio-book format last week. I'm very excited, as I think audio-books open a world to another category of reader, and the more readers and books in the world, the better. What do you think?

I love audio-books and usually have one going at all times, in addition to an e-book on my phone, and even perhaps a paperback or hardcover "paper" book as well. I have a 25-minute commute to work each day, which isn't a lot compared to many people, but I don't want to waste my time listening to random music on the radio, and I detest talk radio, so I almost never drive without an audio-book. In fact, if I don't happen to have a current book I'm listening to, I keep all the Harry Potter audio-books on my Audible account and download the next one to listen to, just in case.

Certainly, I have favorite narrators - such as the incredible Jim Dale - but usually I'm there for the story more than the performance. If I can get my monthly book club books in aud...

July 13, 2018

I have free codes available to anyone who would like to review the audio-book of On The Homefront.

Audible has eliminated these free codes for authors not exclusive to them, so these have to go quickly.

Anyone interested? Please email me and I'll send you a code, then just review On The Homefront on Amazon, Audible, &/or Goodreads.

I hope you enjoy it!

Barb

July 3, 2018

I've decided to start posting about some of the remarkable women of history I find in my research. I will post some here, but many more can be found on my Facebook page as well.

Lois Gunden

(United States)

In 1941, twenty-six year old Lois Gunden, an American French teacher from Goshen, Indiana, came to work with the Mennonite Central Committee in southern France. Far from her home, she would become the rescuer of children of a different nationality, religion and background.

Gunden joined the Mennonite organization Secours Mennonite aux Enfants in Lyon, and was sent to establish a children’s home in Canet Plage, on the seaside of Mediterranean. The children’s center became a safe haven for Spanish refugee children as well as for Jewish children, smuggled out of the nearby internment camp of Rivesaltes. One such child was Ginette (Drucker) Kalish (b. 1930), from Paris. In July 1942 Ginette’s father was deported to Auschwitz, but Ginette and her mother managed to hide from the police. They f...

February 20, 2018

I'm now well into year 2 of my life as a published author. At this time last year, I had sold one book and was working with my editor on preparing it for publication, as well as editing my 2nd book and preparing to send it to my publisher as well. Now I have 2 published novels, including one in audio-book format, have recently sent my third book to my editor, and am researching my 4th. In addition, I've learned a lot, including how much I don't know, about the business of writing, publishing, research, and self-promotion.

I mailed my first 2 books off for various reviews and contests and am happy to report that Killing Her Softly is short-listed for the CLUE Book Awards. The CLUE Book Awards recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Thrillers, Suspense, & Investigative Fiction. The CLUE Book Awards is a division of Chanticleer International Novel Writing Competitions. https://www.chantireviews.com/2018/02/09/clue-book-awards-2017-short-list-for-thriller-fictio...

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