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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Barbara Bretton





Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I'm Barbara Bretton and I write under my real name. I was one of the launch authors for Harlequin American. I've written dozens of category romances, a few historical romances, some mainstream, some non-fiction, paranormals, you name it, I've probably written it.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Because love can happen anywhere . . .

Even in New Jersey!

A beautiful morning in early spring. What could possibly go wrong?

Just returned from a buying trip in England, Kate French was jet-lagged and exhausted and running on fumes. She was already running late for an appointment but a wave of dizziness forced her to pull into the shopping mall parking lot in search of a quick fix of caffeine and protein.

When the pain first hit, she ignored it and continued racing across the parking lot toward the food court. But within moments she realized something was terribly wrong as her wobbly legs gave out and she dropped to the ground. The last thing she remembered as she started to fade away was the guy in the Grateful Dead T-shirt who held her in his arms and promised he'd never let her go.

Mark Kerry didn't think of himself as a hero but the story of a Good Samaritan who had saved a woman's life in the parking lot of the Princeton Promenade was attaining the status of suburban legend. Determined to return a stack of documents that had been left behind when the ambulance swept her away, he called in some favors and tracked her down at home one week later.

The moment Kate saw him again, the world and everyone in it disappeared. She knew his voice, the smell of his skin, the way his hands felt against her skin, the taste of his mouth, everything that mattered. All the things she would ever need to
know about him.

And then she took another look . . .

Are you a mom (or parent)?

Devoted pet parent. Life, unfortunately, decided children weren't in the cards for me. I dealt with infertility early in our marriage. An unexpected diagnosis of uterine cancer when I was 29 put an end to those dreams but led me toward new one. Sometimes you need to play the cards you're dealt. I was blessed with a husband I cherish and a career I love and that's plenty for one lifetime!

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Shh. Don't tell anyone but the answer is yes. They say every novelist's first book is autobiographical in some way and I can't argue that. Whenever I look back on number one, I feel my face flame with embarrassment as I realize just how much I borrowed from myself and my life. And the funny thing is nobody seemed to  notice!

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

That family (both of the blood and of the heart) is everything.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I will do almost anything for a laugh!

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I knit. I eavesdrop. A perfect day is when I can do both simultaneously.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Bertrice Small's Skye O'Malley books. No question. And I wish I'd written Robert B. Parker's Spenser series and Sue Grafton's Alphabet series. To be honest, I also wish I'd written every single Nancy Drew novel that I devoured during my childhood!

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I'd love to throw myself into a cozy mystery series about a tattooed, harp-playing South Jersey amateur sleuth. I've been playing with the idea for ages. Maybe it's time!

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I don't really have a favorite. It's kind of a "love the one you're with" floating situation. Although I have to admit a special connection with Chloe Hobbs from my Sugar Maple Chronicles series of knitting/paranormal mysteries - mainly because over the course of four books and one short story, I've spent more time with her than with any other character.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

A dozen of my titles are being produced for Audible.com and should be available for purchase this summer. This is a first for me and I'm so excited I can't think straight!

What book are you reading now?

Rough Magic, about the poet Sylvia Plath.

What is in your to read pile?

The real question is, what isn't? My Week with Marilyn - Colin Clark. Churchill Defiant - Barbara Leaming, The Good Rat - Jimmy Breslin, Deal Breaker - Harlan Coben, Faithfull - Marianne Faithfull, A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy and more.


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Books & Tales:


Just Like Heaven
Barbara Bretton

Genre: Contemporary romance/women's fiction

Publisher: Free Spirit Press
previously published in print by Berkley

ISBN: 9781301177493
ASIN: B00BH8FZVI

Number of pages: 320

Word Count: Approximately 90K

Book Description:

Because love can happen anywhere . . .

Even in New Jersey!

A beautiful morning in early spring. What could possibly go wrong?

Just returned from a buying trip in England, Kate French was jet-lagged and exhausted and running on fumes. She was already running late for an appointment but a wave of dizziness forced her to pull into the shopping mall parking lot in search of a quick fix of caffeine and protein.

When the pain first hit, she ignored it and continued racing across the parking lot toward the food court. But within moments she realized something was terribly wrong as her wobbly legs gave out and she dropped to the ground. The last thing she remembered as she started to fade away was the guy in the Grateful Dead T-shirt who held her in his arms and promised he'd never let her go.

Mark Kerry didn't think of himself as a hero but the story of a Good Samaritan who had saved a woman's life in the parking lot of the Princeton Promenade was attaining the status of suburban legend. Determined to return a stack of documents that had been left behind when the ambulance swept her away, he called in some favors and tracked her down at home one week later.

The moment Kate saw him again, the world and everyone in it disappeared. She knew his voice, the smell of his skin, the way his hands felt against her skin, the taste of his mouth, everything that mattered. All the things she would ever need to know about him.

And then she took another look . . .

PRAISE FOR JUST LIKE HEAVEN

*TOP PICK!* Bretton's lyrical writing enthralls from the first page as she immerses readers in a tale of romance and new beginnings. --Romantic Times

Bretton has few peers among contemporary romance novelists when it comes to combining escapist romance with everyday, messy reality. She’ll make you believe that love can happen anywhere – or make you grateful that you’ve been fortunate enough to find it.  --Susan Scribner, The Romance Reader

This one will keep you reading past your bedtime. --Elizabeth Darrach, BellaOnline

*STARRED REVIEW* Very few romance writers create characters as well developed and realistic as Bretton's. Her books pull you in and don't let you leave until the last word is read.  --Shelley Mosley, Booklist

About the Author:

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.







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