Such mixed emotions this evening…. So sad for the devastation in Newtown CT – unfathomable grief….

“What kind of person takes the lives of 20 little children…?” Brian Williams

So, so, so sad….

Maybe that is the sadness I feel…

And elation over another success in my journey. I published and am doing a FREE WEEKEND DOWNLOAD on my latest book – Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under! See the page on my blog for more info.

And maybe I’m feeling sad because I can’t wrap my head around the holidays this year… I keep making an attempt, but all I feel is sad. Maybe it’s because Christmas was my mom’s birthday and some years it hurts more, and I miss her more than others… She would have been 72 this year and I miss being able to share that with her.

Maybe it’s because I’m not done Christmas shopping and I am having a hard time thinking about any of it…

Maybe it’s the moon….  maybe I just don’t know, but I feel like I’m on a roller coaster this week and I’m not feeling the WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

And maybe… it will pass…. soon….

Maybe I’ll write more later 🙂

See the changes to other pages in the blog….


Love, Barbara





I am back! What a month November was! over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo! (and someday a story about ‘the face in the mirror’). December is always jam-packed! Just wanted to stop in to give a few updates….

Rock and Roll Never Forgets is moving, but not as much as I would like to see. Exploring taking it to Kindle Select and by-passing the other eReader outlets because I got way more “traffic” on Kindle exclusively – different ways to promote it… We’ll see, but I am getting things in place so that when I make my decision it will be quick.
I keep learning!

Still seeing LOTS of movement on Sweet Surrender and every bad review is balanced by a good one! That’s what life is all about – right??? BALANCE! My word for the day, along with HOPE and BELIEVE!

I submitted and am waiting the final OK  to proceed with Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (Thank you Dawn Zattau and Jeff Manalo for your help – I NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT YOU!!!). I don’t know if I will make it in time for Christmas on Kindle but I am TRYING! I will keep you posted! Here’s the blurb:

A reunion after twenty years and you realize that people change, in many ways… but do they really?  
Amanda Pierson is a forty-something independent woman. She’s attractive, strong-willed, and smart; a business woman who is good at what she does, and gets what she needs. She’s on a path that works, content to follow where it leads…  
A trip back to her hometown to visit a friend changes her direction, when out of the blue a ‘cowboy’ named Brian causes chaos in the life she thought she wanted. She travels down memory-lane remembering the good, the bad, and the ugly, to see where her heart leads, and finds that a dirt road leads her home.

I appreciate every one of you who take the time to read this and believe in me. I appreciate all of you who TAKE A CHANCE and give a new writer a try, and I hope, if you read Sweet Surrender, that you see improvement and growth with Rock and Roll and then, even MORE with Boots!

I think that’s enough for now! I will be READING for a while – I have a backlog! ha ha!

Love, Barbara

Live YOUR dream! #nanowrimo

I’ve been busy – losing my mind typing words, thinking of words, looking up words, reading words, searching for different words… It’s MADNESS!

NaNoWriMo is a SICKNESS… And I signed up for it one more time. I am currently at a word count of 35,558 of 50,000… What was I thinking?

Oh wait! I know the answer to this! I WANT TO CONTINUE TO LEARN, for each word I type to inch me closer to one word – BETTER! I want to be better, and as crazy as this is, I LOVE IT!

This is my second year and as I skim back over the words this year I see BETTER! I hope you do too…

Gene shared this article with me today – he’s my favorite encourager! (I have several, but he’s my favorite!)

Before you read on – let ME encourage YOU – if you have a story in your head – WRITE IT!!

Love, Barbara


By Kara Robart | for Book Business

As an intern here at NAPCO (the parent company of Book Business and Publishing Executive), I am constantly exposed to new, exciting things happening in the publishing industry. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article celebrating this year’s kickoff of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In that article, I challenged all you publishers to one month of literary abandon in which you (yes, you!) could become authors yourselves. I wanted to take a minute to check in on your progress, and to share my own NaNoWriMo experience with you. That’s right, you are currently reading the words of another first-time WriMo.

NaNoWriMo—in which participants pledge to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November—is probably one of the crazier things I’ve signed up to do. First of all, before this month, I had not done anything to indicate that I had any latent talent that would enable me to be a novelist. As an English major at a liberal arts college, I’m used to writing papers, sure, but those papers usually cap off at around 10 or 15 pages; 50,000 words come out to around 200 pages. Additionally, the only creative writing class I’ve ever taken is creative non-fiction—not exactly something to qualify me to write a novel.

But I decided to take a stab at it, and guess what? I’m doing alright.

I am currently 25,000 words into a novel that somehow manages to excite me and annoy me in equal measure. I’m pretty sure that means things are going well. I write (approximately) 1,667 words each day and I am on track to finish by November 30. Slow and steady.

Now, for some bright and shiny stars, NaNoWriMo is the start of a career as a professional author; more than 90 NaNo novels have been published, and several have made the New York Times Bestsellers list. Of course, I’m not saying I’ll be one of them. Currently, my characters are disjointed, my storyline seems hopelessly confusing, and I have a couple plot holes a mile wide. But lots of first drafts are awful. And history has shown that some of those awful first NaNo drafts go on to be revised into complete, coherent manuscripts, on their way to publication.

By the end of November, I don’t expect to have a masterpiece. I don’t even expect to have something I’m willing to let another human read (except maybe my mom). But I will—fingers crossed—have 50,000 words that didn’t exist before; 50,000 words that I wrote. And that’s pretty cool.

NaNoWriMo is a time to lock up your inner editor, drink lots of coffee, occasionally fight the urge to rip out all your hair, and to let the words flow without concern for what happens when December hits. So, if you missed out on NaNoWriMo this year, think about giving it a shot when November 2013 rolls around (unless, of course, the apocalypse has happened by then, in which case, never mind). You can even try writing a novel during the month of December instead, or even starting tomorrow. There’s nothing magical about the month of November; the point of NaNoWriMo is putting a story to paper, and that’s something that anyone can do, at any time.

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OakLeaf Relay For Life FUNdraiser event

I wanted to write this morning to tell you about a BEAUTIFUL event last evening and say some THANK YOUS to friends old and new.

My friends came together last night for my first ever BOOK CLUB as a FUNdraiser for OakLeaf (FL) Relay For Life 2013, and I am happy to tell you that we raised $155.00 in the fight against cancer. I’ve been touched by cancer in many ways and this cause has a special meaning to me. I want to thank Jennifer, Donna and Paula for a wonderful meal that went with some of the story line in the book, as well as BEAUTIFUL, and SPECIAL decorations. I also want to thank those who attended and helped make the evening a success, Lynda, Patty, Ashley. Jennifer, Chrissy, Lynne, Rhonda, Tessa, Robin and Crista. (I think I’ve got everyone.)

I’ve never attended a BOOK CLUB before so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but we talked, laughed and shared thoughts on Rock and Roll Never Forgets. I got some very valuable feedback and I think we all enjoyed learning how Andy and Bethy came in to my life. Thinking back on the experience I would have asked more questions, but for some reason I was nervous about it. (I am not the flaming “E” (extrovert) personality that people assume… 🙂 ha!)

I don’t want to give anything away here for someone who may read this who has not finished the book, but I loved the questions on names and how I chose them, (and I SWEAR that Andy came to me in the middle of the night!) I loved that we talked about how some of the story came about, sharing with you some of the “places” where the story came from and how it evolved. It’s been a piece of my heart for so long, but I wish now I’d anticipated the questions better so that I was more prepared. LESSONS LEARNED for next time….

One thing that I did ask the group was about the cover of the book. It was important to my cover designer (Jeff Manalo) as well as ME that the cover accomplished what we wanted. Everyone said they “got it” as they read the story and someone (forgive me for not remembering) said that they found that they flipped to the back of the book as the read – exactly what we hoped for!  (HEADS UP JEFF – they asked if book two will have the same memory board idea – we got some thinking to do my friend! ha ha ha!)

This has been such a special experience and I am so glad that we did it to SUPPORT RELAY. I’m posting some pictures so that you can see what a beautiful evening it was!

I want to update a few thoughts here – the next book (shooting for Christmas) Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under will NOT be book two. This is a quick read, stand alone so that I can continue to learn my craft. The second book in the Rock and Roll Trilogy, When I Look to the Sky,  will hopefully be ready for publishing in the February 2013 timeframe. Also, I am only going to update the blog when I have something important to share. I will post little messages and updates on the FB author page, so LIKE me there for updates.

Thank you for believing in me and following me on my journey!

Love, Barbara



hey… hey… hey….

Just a head’s up!

In honor of NaNoWrimo, and the one year anniversary of MY JOURNEY! I have a gift coming soon… AND I’m doing this to help promote Rock and Roll Never Forgets (because the distribution package we used this time is UNCHARTED Territory….) Sweet Surrender will be available for another FREE DOWNLOAD on Nov 1st – Nov 3rd. Please fell free to share this and I will repost again, sooner to the FREE PROMO.

Remember: Nov 1 – Nov 3rd…


Love, Barbara