Monday, January 02, 2012

DADDY'S LITTLE MATCHMAKERS - Kathleen Y'Barbo - Free Book

I'm thrilled to feature this new series from one of my favorite authors, Kathleen Y'Barbo. Welcome, Kathleen. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
My husband Robert was a huge help in bringing this book to completion. From the beginning, he listened while I plotted. Later he read chapters and marked up the pages. Now he acts as head cheerleader and publicist as he gets the word out about the new release.

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
A few upcoming speaking engagements include the Tulsa chapter of RWA, the Oklahoma Writers Association, and a keynote address and workshops for the Inspirational Writers Alive in Houston. Full details on these and the rest of my upcoming events can be found on my website at

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
Funny you should ask since I did just that in 2011 when I moved from Houston to Tulsa after my marriage.

And all of us, your friends, were so happy for you and Bobby. If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Never let the devil steal the joy of writing from you. Once lost, that spark of wonder when words hit the page or ideas come to mind is hard to recover. Yes, writing is a business, but when it becomes more about the business than the love of allowing the Lord to use your gifts then look out.

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I’m torn between worship music from my favorites such as Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, and Third Day or a rockin’ Motown theme. How about both? :D

I'd sure book on that cruise. Tell us about the featured book.
Veterinarian Eric Wilson is confounded by the classified ad his three young daughters have placed. The handsome widower is not in the market for a bride! But when the story of his little matchmakers hits the papers, would-be brides start swamping his waiting room. Despite them all, Eric finds himself drawn to the temp worker at the classifieds office: adorable free spirit Amy Spencer. Amy's been running for a while, and it's time she planted roots. Together, can Amy and Eric realize that trusting in God's plan is the sweetest surrender of all?

Please give us the first page of the book.
(Readers, this is coming soon. Please check back for it.)

Where can we find you on the Internet?

My web page at is the best way to contact me. I also have links for readers to sign up for my newsletter or find me on Facebook and Twitter. I love interacting with readers and often run impromptu contests so be sure and check out my social media sites.

Happy New Year to you, Kathleen. Thanks for helping me start the year with a bang.

Readers, here's a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Daddy's Little Matchmakers (Love Inspired)

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Coolestmommy said...

What a sweet story! Thanks for the chance to win.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Kathleen Y'Barbo said...

I'm so excited that my dear friend Lena has allowed me to begin the new year on her blog! Lena didn't ask this, but I'm looking toward 2012 with the word Decisions foremost in my mind. Did the Lord give you a word? If so, will you share?

Rebecca said...

Oh this looks amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.

I am from Oklahoma

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Kathleen, I'll join you in this. I have a dear friend, who is a missionary. We both seek a word for the new year and share them to see if they connect.

My word this year is rest. God wants us to rest in him and let him fight our battles.

Rita's is choices, which is very close to your word, Kathleen. We felt that if we seek him in our choices, then we can rest in what he is doing.

Sounds like an exciting year to me.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Sounds like an interesting book, everyone likes to play matchmaker at sometime or other I think. And who better to pick out a wife than the children who she will be a mother to.

I live in FL.


Della Lemoine said...

Kathleen, this is your longtime friend, Della, from our school days. I enjoyed your interview with Lena.
I will have to say that I was given two words. (I've never been a person of few Before my "word(s)" are revealed, let me say that I feel very proud to know you and admire you very much. I plan to read as much as possible in 2012 and Kathleen Y'Barbo will definitely be in that reading!
I am finally writing the historical fiction that I have dreamed of for the past twenty years. I am very green in all areas of writing, except for the inspiration part. I am planning to hand my creation to my sister, a caring, yet critical writer/editor when I say The End.
Thank-you, Kathleen for the encouragement and direction you gave to me a year or so ago. God does bless us with what we need and He does work through His children. Ultimately, your advice became my word(s) from God...
and the words are DO IT! <3

Lourdes said...

I would choose both for music also :-)Book sounds great would so love to win.

Lourdes from Long Island,NY

Linda Kish said...

The title makes me smile. I'd love to read the book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of "Daddy's Little Matchmakers". Kathleen is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with her.

Judy B from Indiana

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed reading the interview with Kathleen; she sounds like a woman I'd like to know. I'd love to win a copy of her book, "Daddy's Little Matchmakers."


Jo said...

This was a great interview and would love to read the book.


Lane Hill House said...

Hi, I am a Kathleen and I graduated from Will Rogers in Tulsa ~*~ many years ago. There were 901 in our graduating class.

Kathleen Y'Barbo said...

Let's see if you can remember how to rest, Lena. You've got more energy than the Energizer Bunny!

Della!!! Thank you for that sweet post and the update. I'm so excited for you! Getting started is the hardest part, and with your passion for the subject, I know you're going to fly through this book and start another before 2012 ends! Keep me posted, girl!!

Kathleen Y'Barbo said...

I know where Will Rogers HS is, Kathleen. So glad to meet you!

Mary Preston said...

I know I would enjoy reading DADDY'S LITTLE MATCHMAKERS. The cover is so joyous.

Mary P


Kristie said...

God's plan has perfect timing. I have to try to remember that. He has a reason for everything, both good and bad. Now If He would only clue me in. *LOL* I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy 2012!

Patty said...

I need these kids to be my matchmaker!
Would love to win a copy of this book.

Patty in SC

Unknown said...

i always look for your interviews, Lena. You have a great way of bringing out interesting facts about the author. It makes me feel i know them. Thanks. Thanks too, for the opportunity to win this book from Kathleen Y'Barbo.

Marianne from Arizona


Unknown said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Please enter me.

Krista from Gresham, OR

apple blossom said...

nice book I love love inspired books. thanks for chance to win

I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Rebecca said...

Awww! I loove the premise of this book. It's so sweet! Please include me in teh drawing. I'd love to see how this story turns out!
Rebecca from NC

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Kathleen, Great interview. I love this title and can't wait to read. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

I am a Georgian by birth and have lived here all 68 (almost 69)yrs.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Looks interesting!!
Please enter me in the drawing.
God Bless,
Sarah Richmond

Bethany said...

Sounds like a fun book! I'm in Ohio :)

Merry said...

Oh, this sounds so cute, I love matchmakers young and old!
Merry in TX

Joanna Richmond said...

looks and sounds very interesting I would love to read it enter me in the drawing Thanks for the chance
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book it sounds like a great story! Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

rubynreba said...

Cute title - I'd love to read this!
Beth from Iowa

Cíntia Mara said...

This title is funny, and the book seems to be too. I like it!

cynthia said...

This sounds like a fun read. I can't wait to read it. :) Thank you also for the advice for aspiring novelists. It's so true. You need to make sure you don't lose that love of writing.

I live in California.

Faith's Grandma? said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, would love to win it.....Faith's Grandma/Ohio

Bakersdozen said...

Kathleen is one of my favorite authors. I want to win! But, good luck to everyone. I live in S. CA.