Life is a journey and this is mine...
Happened On Maple Street
is my true life love story. While parts in the middle are fictionalized
to protect others, the love story is true.
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I was a victim.
I told no one for almost thirty years. And one day, a voice from the
past came to rescue me.
was written in collarboration with my husband, Tim Barney.
Harlequin Books celebrates the women whose compassion makes a difference in
their communities with the More Than Words
Women, and their charitable organizations, are nominated and voted upon and
each year the winners are honored with fictional stories emulating their
work written by Harlequin Bestselling authors. The authors donate
their talent and proceeds from the sales of the books go to the charities.
I was honored to be chosen to contribute to this great program and even more
honored to highlight the work of Sandra Ramos, the founder of America's
first domestic violence shelter.
I was alone in a hotel suite, traveling on business when I was struck with
the need to write this book.
Based on my parent's life together, incorporating the key moments from a
daughter's perspective, this is a love story that speaks a truth straight
from my heart.
With a considerable age difference between them, as well as familial and
church abandonement, my parents life together did not start out easy.
It didn't become easy, either. But they endured. More
importantly, their love endured.
My brother and I are the benefactors.
My editor called and asked if I'd like to write a story about a woman who
had a late in life preganancy as part of a mother's day celebration.
Shortly after I accepted the invitation, my brother called to tell me that
he and his wife, both over forty, were unexpectedly expecting.
As I wrote, I was one step ahead of them at every turn. I'd research.
Then they'd call.
I'm very fond of this story.
I ADORE my nephew!
I created a town in my beloved Arizona. It's my town. Exactly
what I'd want a town to be. I'm in with the mayor and all of the
powers that be. To date, I've written thirteen books set in Shelter
Valley for Harlequin's Superromance Line.
Sheltered in His Arms is a Shelter Valley Story
that is a bit longer. It was a Harlequin Special Release to celebrate
and highlight Shelter Valley.
It's the life story of a great grandson and namesake of the town's founder,
Sam Montford. Another great-grandson, Sam's cousin, is
the hero of The Moment of Truth, a 2013
Tomorrow's Baby was almost before it's time!
It's also a Shelter Valley Story! (There are fifteen to date with more
The story is not actually set in Shelter Valley, but tells the story of the
birth of a little girl who grows up to become a member of the town's
As the world changed, so did I!
I wrote a short story for this anthology, The Good Girl.
It is my first, digital first project!
This book, a compilation of four short stories, is
Click on the cover to download and begin reading!
I hope you'll get hooked on The Good Girl!
It's a side street to my What Happened in Comfort Cove
series that is 2013 nomination for a Reviewer's Choice award!
Occasionally Harlequin Books publishes multi-author continuity series.
By publisher invitation only twelve authors collaborate on an overall thread
and then all twelve create and write their own individual story to fit the
thread. We have to stay in close touch with each other as we
incorporate aspects from each other's books to make the whole thread come
together. To solve the mystery. Or save the jewelry.
Cassidy's Kids is part of the Maitland
All twelve are available by clicking on the book cover to the left.
This is Book One of a Twelve Author, year long collaboration offered by
A cross between the old sitcom, Newhart, and a daytime soap opera, this
series has been a hit for several years.
His Brother's Bride received a five star review!
Read one or all twelve Cooper's Corner Stories!
Another twelve author collaborative continuity series!
The series: Trueblood Texas
The Rancher's Bride recieved a reviewer's choice
nomination for best continuity series.
Texas ranchers and babies are romance cliche's, but this book does them ttq
style. A woman has to choose between marrying the love of her life or
raising the child she had in secret. Another man's child.
A spin-off of the
Trueblood Christmas is a
collection of three brand new novellas featuring