Category Archives: Barbara’s books


Send to KindleI’m thrilled to share the first pre-publication reviews of A DANGEROUS FICTION, coming out on July 27 with Viking Books. I wish I could quote the whole reviews, but for copyright reasons I don’t think I can.  I … Continue reading

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Two Cover Reveals

Send to KindlePrint books have tragically short lives, much shorter than butterflies.  They are born, they appear for a short while in bookstores, and a few weeks later, unsold copies are sent back to the publisher. Eventually unsold stock is … Continue reading

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Are Writers Too Accessible?

Send to KindleLike most writers, I was a voracious reader as a kid. Naturally I had favorite authors, though they never heard it from me. In those days, before PCs and the Internet, the only way to contact an author … Continue reading

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CAFE NEVO Gets a New Life, and Other Amazing News

Send to Kindle  A brief note to all my readers: Lots of wonderful stuff has been happening these past months, including preparations for Viking’s publication of A DANGEROUS FICTION and, almost as exciting,  the reissuing of several previous books that … Continue reading

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Behind the Curtains: What Publishers Really Do

Send to KindleAn awful lot of what publishers do for books, they do behind the scenes and prior to publication. Viking/Penguin  is going to publish A DANGEROUS FICTION in late July, and they are gearing up in all sorts of … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: On Series and Stand-Alone Novels

Send to Kindle  Writing novels is like having a series of intense love affairs that never end in marriage; therefore, I am well acquainted with breakups. I don’t mean characters breaking up with each other, but rather characters leaving me … Continue reading

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Send to KindleThere are a few big milestones in the publication of a book. Selling it is the first, of course–getting that fateful phone call from one’s agent.  The next is finishing the final edit–letting the book go at last. … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

Send to Kindle  The three most important things about property, agents will tell you, are location, location, and location. It occurred to me recently, for reasons I’ll get into in a moment, that this adage applies not only to real … Continue reading

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