Welcome to my website. If you’re looking for lighthearted, contemporary romances featuring compelling personal issues, you’ve found the right place. This is also now the spot for cozy mystery. Craks in a Marriage, first in the Mah Jongg Mystery series, came out February 6, 2018. I decided to keep Barbara Barrett as the pen name for my mysteries, thinking this would be less confusing to readers. This website will carry information about both.
I have also just entered the world of indie publishing. The UnderWright Productions series follows both the personal relationship of Jordan Wright and Bart Underwood as well as the evolution of their TV production company. Each new book will be named after one of their shows. Don’t Toy with Me launched July 12. Change Up came on September 20. And Love in the Third Act was released in November. Two more books are planned for 2018.
I already have also published two other series, “The Matchmaking Motor Coach” and “Sullivan’s Creek.” There are three books in each. “The Matchmaking Motor Coach” series features three brothers, the McKennas, who customize luxury motor coaches in Burlington, Iowa, my hometown. The first book, The Sleepover Clause, is about the youngest brother, Mitch, a wannabe attorney, and Aubrey Carpenter, an interior decorator on the run from Los Angeles following a disastrous remodeling project. The second book, Seduction on Wheels, revolves around Jenna, Aubrey’s half-sister, who shows up to reclaim her fourteen-year-old daughter, who has run away from home to join her aunt. The hero in this story is the oldest brother, Graham, Gray, who has avoided serious commitments with women since a college affair turned sour. The third book, Keeping it Casual, focuses on the middle brother, Geoff, as he struggles to accommodate long-term love with his multiple sclerosis
The “Sullivan’s Creek” series is also set in Iowa, only closer to my summer home in the central part of the state. Sullivan’s Creek is a high-end, green residential development. The first book, Saved by the Salsa, follows the creation of the design plan for the project and the two architects with completely different styles, Lacey Rogers and Jack Dalton, who are teamed up to produce it. Tough Enough to Tango, moves ahead to the construction phase, where the temporary head of the general contractor company, Shae Harriman, finds herself constantly at odds with the developer. Book 3, Not Your Mama’s Mambo, deals with the sales stage and the interior design of the home of one of the partners.
Why titles featuring dances? The Salsa actually plays a major part in bringing Lacey and Jack together in the first book. After that, I decided to keep the dance reference going and then was challenged with how to bring it into the story concept. Plus, I’m a huge fan of “Dancing with the Stars.”
My other two books are stand-alone single titles. And He Cooks Too was recently selected by Amazon to be part of their Encore program. It takes place in New York City on a local cable cooking show. Driven to Matrimony, my only romantic comedy to date, takes place on a fictional island off the coast of South Carolina where the daughter of a fifty-something movie star and the father of a twenty-something film student converge to break up the May-December marital plans.
I was also privileged to be asked by fellow contemporary romance writer, Roxanne St. Claire, to be part of her Amazon Kindle World of Barefoot Bay. Paradise by Design was published in October of 2016. I’ll be adding another novella to this world in July 2018.
For more information, including buy links for all these books, check out the individual pages for each book on this website.
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