E.E. Burke's Best of the West featuring USA Today Bestselling Author Barb Han

Barb Han sneaks out of her writer's cave to join us on GLIAS as my Best of the West guest. Check out her latest release in the Mason Ridge series and meet the master storyteller behind these great books!

A Texas bodyguard never thought he'd see Melanie Dixon again—or learn he was the father of her little boy… 

A shotgun blast shatters the night and Dawson Hill foils a ruthless stalker. Now the fearless bodyguard is committed to protecting Melanie Dixon—the alluring woman who left him two years ago without a word. Not only is he surprised she's back in Mason Ridge, Dawson is doubly stunned to learn they have a son.

Now the three of them are on the run, and Dawson is determined to protect the baby boy he never knew he could love so much. With his passion for Melanie reigniting like Texas wildfire even as he struggles to forgive her deception, a madman closes in. A madman who threatens the family Dawson never dreamed would be within reach.


     Melanie’s pulse raced, her heart hammering on her rib cage as she started toward her son. This cannot be happening.
     Her entire world was crashing down around her and it was hard to breathe. One look at Dawson and it was clear that he’d put two and two together. Her secret was out in the open.
    She examined Dawson’s reaction as panic welled inside her.
    Pure unadulterated anger fired through his eyes when he glared at her. Melanie placed the shotgun on the cushion of the wicker sofa as she raced toward her son, who was crying and still half-asleep, with her arms open. “It’s okay, baby.”
    “We’re going to talk,” Dawson said in a low growl that sent a chill racing down her spine.
Returning to Mason Ridge had been the worst of bad ideas.

Meet Barb

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Barb Han lives in Texas-her true north-with her adventurous family, a spunky golden retriever/poodle mix, and too many books (if there is such a thing). She loves romance novels, thriller movies, and cooking. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, swimming and skiing. 

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Now let's get to know Barb a little better...

E.E.: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Barb: I listen to thunderstorms while I write. Is that weird? There's something about the feeling of being huddled in a dark cave with the steady beat of rain all around me and the occasional crack of thunder that spurs my creatively.

E.E.: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
I used to drink coffee but now I'm all-tea, all-the-time. LOL. I'm hooked on iced chai tea lattes at the moment and I prefer the ones I make at home over the ones I buy at Starbucks (although, those are great, too!). 

E.E.: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
Barb: My TBR pile feels more like a mountain right now...so I'll grab the first five books that I see. 
SEIZED by Elizabeth Heither (I love this profiler series!)
NEVERSEEN, Keeper of the Lost Cities series, by Shannon Messenger
SNOW ANGEL COVE by RaeAnne Thayne
UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan
As you can tell I'm an eclectic reader. 

E.E.: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
Barb: Action Adventure all the way!

E.E.: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Barb: It's a tie between Gladiator and Breakfast at Tiffany's. I know, those two go together about as well as sugar and pepper. But they probably make more sense when you know that I write Romantic Suspense. 

E.E.: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
Barb: My husband always seems to knows what to say to coax a smile out of me, even on the worst days. And, because of it, I often include that as part of the deeper connection between my hero and heroine as a nod to him. 

E.E.: If you could interview one person who would it be?
Barb: Wow, great question! This is harder than I thought it would be and the more I think about it the longer my list grows. So, just one, huh? All right, I'll go with...Sandra Brown. I adore her!

E.E.: What has surprised you the most about being published?
Barb: I'd have to say the support and generosity from readers has been the most surprising (and amazing) part of the journey. I feel incredibly blessed. 

E.E.: Okay, last question. Be honest, when reading, do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
Barb: Um, yeah!

Thank you so much for the great interview, E.E.!

Question for readers: Now, I want to hear from you. Tell me which is better...cowboys or military heroes?

Giveaway:  I'll give away 3 autographed print copies of TEXAS PREY (book 1 in the Mason Ridge miniseries) and I'll ship anywhere (including overseas).

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  1. I really like them both. I like a variety of heroes.

    1. Hi Tammy! Variety is the spice of life!

  2. I love both too, but maybe cownoys just a touch more. LOVE the cover.

    1. There is something about a hot cowboy that makes me swoon, Mary! Thank you so much. Harlequin's Art dept did such a fantastic job!!

  3. I love both cowboys and military heroes... each has their own that makes them special! Thanks for sharing today!

    1. It's too difficult for me to choose one over the other, too, Colleen. It's like asking if I want M&Ms or KitKat...um--both, please!

  4. I love both,they each have there own set of problems and joys,but that sexy look is always there.....

    1. I do love that sexy look, Bethany. You are so right they they each have unique problems and joys. I think honor unites them because they both operate by a code. You know?

  5. Great to have you back on the blog, Barb! I know you're keeping busy. Any chance you'll be at RWA San Diego??

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! Sadly, I won't be in San Diego this summer. Will miss seeing you at the party!

  6. I love both I love all kinds of heroes so I really don't have a preference

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  10. That's a hard one! I think there's all kinds of heroes and each one is great for different reasons. =)

    1. Sorry it keeps posting my comment, I'm not sure why. I tried to delete the extra ones, haha! Hopefully you can still see my comment. =)

    2. Sorry it keeps posting my comment, I'm not sure why. I tried to delete the extra ones, haha! Hopefully you can still see my comment. =)