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Series Conclusion

The final book in the Cattlemen Crime Club series, TEXAS SHOWDOWN, is now available everywhere books are sold. The e-Book releases October 1st.

A New Contract with Harlequin

Barb has signed on to write a new six-book series for Harlequin Intrigue. Rushing Creek Ranchers is scheduled for release in 2019.

 

Texas Witness Hits Bestseller List

 Barb is thrilled to announce that Texas Witness hit #23 on Publishers Weekly Bestseller List for mass market paperbacks.

Tuesday Talk Time…The Big Move

This summer, we took on a big project—a move. We’d been tossing around the idea for a while but ideas for what our next house would look like fell flat. We attended Open Houses in search of inspiration but left deflated instead of inspired. Our current house with two stories and a room for just about everything we could imagine (a yoga room, a movie room, etc.) seemed…empty. After a little soul searching, we figured out why.

The kids were growing up and busy with their schedules (translation: never home). John and I felt like there was an enormous amount of space in between us—he in the movie room upstairs and me in my office on the opposite side of the house. The dogs happily trotted in between but their paw prints echoed in the empty space.

With kids spread out in age we’d gotten used to a full house almost all the time. Kids. Friends. Activities. There was rarely a dull moment and we loved it.

But things change.

Rattling around in the house served as a constant reminder that our kids were growing up and soon to leave. We already felt like empty nesters.

And then something clicked.

We should be celebrating not sad.

We decided to do just that—celebrate. And that meant making changes in order to live life more on our terms. We sat down and discussed what our ideal life would look like if it was (at least mostly) centered around us.

For me, a saltwater pool would be nice and much less time spent in the car. I also wanted a place with easy upkeep since we have two large dogs. Our last home had incredible wood floors but I cringed with every scrape. An easy-to-care-for but beautiful space for a small garden also topped my list.

For John, an easier commute to work was a priority. He thought it would be nice to try living in a one-story for a change. He, too, wanted a nice outdoor space but a pool was optional for him. Another requirement was a comfortable place to watch and enjoy his football games in the fall/winter months. 

Once we nailed our wish list and decided to go for it we put our house on the market. It sold in a matter of days (over asking price). Score! But we were also buying in the same city, same market. We found a house with everything on our wish list, fell in love and made a bid. That night, we found out there were multiple offers. We revised our bid and hoped for the best. When our realtor called to say we got the house we were filled with exhilaration and relief. Double score!

And then we had to switch gears into move-mode.

With the school year ending and the dance year ending—oh and did I mention that our middle son was graduating from high school at the same time?—plus a 10-day trip to New York on the schedule, to say life was hectic is an understatement. I had exactly seven days to pack, move and get settled in a new place.

We used a terrific moving company. The crew was amazing! And the whole family pulled together to make it happen. The oldest was in the process of moving into his first real apartment, so he was able to use furniture/decorations/dishes we had no room for in the new house.

Life clicked and everything fell into place for a smooth (albeit exhausting) transition.

After unpacking what felt like endless boxes, I had to dig deep in order to pack a suitcase for New York City almost immediately after the move. But New York is my city.

And after months (and months) of living in flux, I had a new place to call home.

Can you relate? How does change affect you? Did you make big changes when your kids grew up?

TEXAS WITNESS has a back cover blurb

I’m thrilled to share the news that TEXAS WITNESS, book 5 in the Cattlemen Crime Club series releasing in mass market on August 22nd, now has a back cover blurb. Check it out:

Six foot two of raw masculinity is her best witness protection

Face-to-face with the woman who jilted him, Colin O’Brien tells himself he’s over her. What the charming rancher doesn’t know is that the man Melissa Roark Rancic married has forced her—and her infant daughter—to live a charade of love. And now, about to testify to his criminal deeds, she’s shaken by rekindled feelings for Colin and scared that he’ll discover her child is his.

Though angry, Colin vows to protect Melissa from her vengeful ex…while safeguarding his own heart. But once he steps up, he can’t step away. No danger can keep Colin from the woman he never stopped loving.

Cover coming soon!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

While most people celebrate the day by drinking green beer and worrying about getting pinched for not wearing said color, St. Patrick’s Day holds a different meaning for me. It’s the day I became a mother.

Happy Birthday, Brandon!   

 

This picture is from his senior year of high school on a trip to Cancun (he’s on the left). Being his mother has always been an adventure! He’s spirited, intelligent and interesting to talk to. I worked it out with his doctor years ago that all his good qualities come from me and the others…well, those are from Dad. LOL.  

In a couple of months, he’ll graduate with a PhD in Physics. There’s a job lined up, too. I couldn’t be prouder of him.

So, while everyone else toasts with green ale today we’ll have a quieter celebration. One that marks our firstborn’s entry into the world. 

Wishing you all of the many wonderful things that an Irish blessing will bring. Happiness, joy, love, and laughter, may your day be content and may you smile happily ever after! –Anonymous

Now it’s your turn. What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you?

Cattlemen Crime Club Book 6 Has a Title!

The Cattlemen Crime Club Book 6 has a new name. TEXAS SHOWDOWN releases in the fall of this year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and HELLO 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

May I be among the first to wish you many blessings in 2017! Since I’m Scottish on my mother’s side (and have the red hair to prove it—LOL!), I’d like to offer the following toast:

May the hill rise behind you,
And may the mountain be always over the crest;
And may the God that you believe in
Hold you in the palm of his hand.

With a whole new year in front of us, I always take time to think about what I’d like to accomplish. As such, I enjoy making a few Resolutions.

For 2017, a few of mine are:
– See an off-Broadway play
– Take better care of my hair (it used to be so thick!)
– Find a really great hairstyle that works with my hair (it’s going to be the year of my hair—LOL)
– Notice something every day that brings me joy and take time to think about it every morning to set the tone for the day

I always think of a guiding word for the year. For the next twelve months, I’ll work toward enjoyment of all the wonderful things in my life (and there are many!). I love how the word joy is sandwiched in the middle of those letters. It reminds me that joy is everywhere if we look for it.
May your 2017 be joyful and blessed!

Now it’s your turn. Tell me if you make Resolutions and share one if you’d like. Have you ever used a word to guide your thoughts for the year? If so, I’d love to know yours.

ONE TOUGH TEXAN Now Available in U.S. Bookstores

ONE TOUGH TEXAN, book three in the Cattlemen Crime Club miniseries, is now available where all Harlequin print books are sold in the United States.

Small-town Texas with high-stakes risks

Alice Green lives with ghosts. A rogue cop whose mistake led to the loss of a young girl’s parents, Alice is haunted by the decisions that halted her sterling career. And now the same girl who lost her parents has been abducted. And Alice will stop at nothing to find her.

Joshua O’Brien doesn’t want to tell his brothers—fellow inheritors of his deceased parents’ ranch—that he has bigger plans. Applying to work for the FBI brings the possibility of an exciting and illustrious career. But when he meets Alice, whose beauty is only surpassed by her brain, it doesn’t take long for things to heat up. And while helping her crack a case might save a life…it could also cost him his own.

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Cattlemen Crime Club Book 5 Has a Title

Book 5 in Barb’s popular Cattlemen Crime Club miniseries now has a title. TEXAS WITNESS is scheduled for release September, 2017. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

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