Barb the Bad Blogger

It’s been a while since I updated this page, I know.  Life got a way from me for a while there.

To be honest, I stopped blogging because I wasn’t sure anyone was actually reading my posts. (Or my books for that matter.)  But then, Penny Watson posted a terrific blog about how she was writing for only twenty readers, and it struck a chord: I may not have a lot of readers.  Heck, I may only have one of you, but that one deserves an update now and then.

That said, I do update far more frequently, on my Facebook page.  If you haven’t “liked” me, and want to keep up with what’s going on, you might want to go give the page a click.  [fb_button]

Still, being active on Facebook is no excuse for ignoring my blog, so I’ve decided to go back to ‘regular’ blogging.  By ‘regular’, I really mean monthly, unless something super cool or interesting happens.  (Or I get bored or  have some random thought that won’t wait to be written about.  You get the idea.)

So, What’s New?

Well, in case you didn’t hear, I was elected to the RWA National Board of Directors, which is a tremendous honor, seeing as I’m seated at the table with some of the smartest, most talented romance writers around.  This is not a joke!   I’m pretty sure I’m the only one there who hasn’t hit a major list or has a Rita nomination under her belt.  We are talking the cream of the crop!  I am in awe every time I see these people.

Of course, since life has a way of balancing cool news with not-so-cool news, my mom fell and fractured her spine a week after my first board meeting.  This means in addition to writing and managing a new giant influx of email, I spent the winter crossing the state to help her out.

Now that I think about it, that’s another reason why I haven’t updated.  (I’m sure anyone who has a job, outside interested and elderly parents can relate.)

After a horribly public divorce, Louisa Harrison has escaped to Tuscany c-2And, I have a new Harlequin Romance out.  Saved by the CEO is Book 8 in the Vineyards of Calanetti continuity series that I did with authors like Susan Meier, Michelle Douglas, etc.  This might be the best continuity series you’ve never heard of.  Sadly, Harlequin Romance is frequently forgotten in the shadow of the bigger selling lines, like Presents and Intrigue.  Therefore, a lot of readers never even knew this series existed!  It’s deeply emotional collection of stories centered about the Tuscan town of Monte Calanetti.  We at Harlequin Romance specialize in stories that tug at your heartstrings.  I dare you to read all eight books and not cry at least once.  If, however, you’re not into series, Saved by the CEO, can be read as a stand alone. But, I’m willing to bet that once you read it, you’ll want to go back and grab the other seven titles.

(BTW, I recently gave away the entire continuity to one of my newsletter subscribers – which is a not-so-subtle suggestion that you subscribe before leaving the page.)  

What Else?

I’m currently wrapping up Book 2 of a new Harlequin Romance series.  The books center around a pair of royal siblings who find true love over Christmas.  Look for them in November and December 2016.

And I’m about to embark on a new non-Harlequin project.  I know, I threaten this every spring, but this time I really am.  This project is something that’s been in my head for a long time.  Tentatively called The Sadie McIntyre series, it’s about the adventures of a 40-something amateur sleuth who lives in the New England suburbs.  Think Stephanie Plum meets Jessica Fletcher meets Desperate Housewives.  My agent, the awesome Amanda, is shopping around the proposal as we speak!

Oh, and finally!  This website is getting a new look.  After seven years, the design was looking a little dated.  Therefore, in the next t couple weeks, look for something more modern and easier to navigate.  It’s being done by Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs.  I can’t wait.

Okay, I think we’re caught up now.  I promise the next blog post will be up much faster.  In the meantime, thanks for reading!


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1 Response to Barb the Bad Blogger

  1. Hi Barbara. I’m a very new author and have just e-published my first novel, Haven River. I really liked an article I found somewhere by you on writing in Deep POV which I’m trying to do. I’ve discovered that it’s a very hard thing to master but I think I’m getting there. I’ve just started blogging too and wondered whether it was a waste of time – not many comments on my blog. But my blog followers have been growing and I think that even if just one person reads my blog then that’s OK plus it means I’m still writing. I’ve read your blog even though I may not have left any comments (I now realise there is blog etiquette – one should leave a comment if she visits a blog. Hope your writing is going well – I look forward to your next blog!

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