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Noah Langford narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that killed five of his men and took his leg, leaving him haunted by flashbacks and riddled with guilt. When his stepbrother Matt dies in a car accident, the loss feels like the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul. But then he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned years earlier, and suddenly Noah has a new mission…
Ceejay Lovejoy was nineteen and pregnant when her boyfriend walked out, disappearing from her life just like her parents did. Since that day, Ceejay has devoted herself to giving her daughter a better life, avoiding any man who could threaten that security—until the day Noah Langford shows up on her doorstep. His gentle spirit has an unexpected effect on Ceejay’s guarded heart, tempting her to take one last chance on love. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them…and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.
CAT: How often to you get lost in a story?
BARBARA: Very frequently! I read almost every night before I close my eyes. Sometimes what I’m reading (usually romance) keeps me up way past my bedtime.
CAT: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
BARBARA: I love contemporary and paranormal romance.
CAT: What’s the first book you remember reading?
BARBARA: I learned to read with Dick and Jane books. Remember those? But the very first book that *trapped* me was Misty of Chincoteague, then National Velvet, and The Black Stallion. After I grew out of my horse phase, I moved on to the paranormals of my day, like The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
CAT: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
BARBARA: I like Cinderella, the Disney version. I used to put it on for my daughter all the time when she was little, so I could watch it.
CAT: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
BARBARA: Without a doubt it’s Yosemite Sam. Any of you remember him? The handlebar mustache and his curmudgeon-like personality, yeah, Yosemite Sam is definitely my favorite cartoon character. I’d date him. Is that weird?
CAT: What turns you off like nothing else? Procrastination.
BARBARA: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release? Not so much for FAR FROM PERFECT, but for the second book in the trilogy, THE DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES, Eli Young Band’s “War on a Desperate Man” is the song that inspired the creation my main character, Ryan Malloy.
CAT: Where do you read and how often?
BARBARA: Either in my living room in “mom’s” chair, or in bed.
CAT: What was the first story you remember writing?
BARBARA: This is embarrassing. Long, long, long ago, I wrote a riveting tale entitled WOOLY WILLARD, CATERPILLAR. It was about a confused caterpillar who knew he was supposed to do something, but didn’t know what it was. It turns out he was supposed to build a cocoon and morph into a butterfly. It was a page-turner, I tell ya. I think I still have the original somewhere. My mom saved it.
CAT: Who’s your favorite villain?
BARBARA: Lex Luther, or any villain who really believes he’s doing what needs to be done.
CAT: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
BARBARA: Please, please, please read my books! Is that too much? OK, the kindest most generous thing a reader can ever do for a writer whose work they like: Tell a few friends.
CAT: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
BARBARA: Yes, and what I listen to depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes Country Western, sometimes Celtic, sometimes R&B, or pop.
CAT: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
BARBARA: I’d be a visual artist, or I’d keep my day job as a teacher.
CAT: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
BARBARA: SMILE. Next I call a writer friend and make plans for a dinner out including wine.
CAT: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
BARBARA: I’d be a noble during the Renaissance period.
CAT: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
BARBARA: I do read reviews, and they don’t influence my writing, but they certainly influence my mood. The truth is, after you’ve read a bunch of reviews, you realize what really bugs one reader isn’t even noticed by the next. Like all things, it’s subjective. You can’t please everyone, so you just have to stay true to your own vision and write from the heart.
BARBARA’S QUESTION FOR YOU:
As a reader, what do you see trending recently in the kind of books you read? What do you want to read?
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