Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FLORA'S WISH - Kathleen Y'Barbo - One Free Book

Readers, Kathleen Y'Barbo is a long-time friend of mine, one of the writers who has cheered me on in my writing career and shared my sorrows and my joys.  Welcome back, Kathleen. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take? My future books will be taking a decidedly Southern turn. Flora’s Wish is the first in a Southern historical romance series that I’m very excited about. All three books in the series feature Southern settings –Natchez, Memphis, and New Orleans, for example—and Southern characters. Being a Southern girl myself, I’m thrilled to be able to bring a slice of my homeland to the rest of the world.

 What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them? On May 1, I’ll be part of an Inspirational Writing panel at the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City. August 3, I will be teaching two workshops at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in Houston, Texas. I am also teaching a Continuing Education Track called Reaching THE END and Pressing SEND at the ACFW National Conference in September in Indianapolis (September 12-16).

That's a busy schedule. Wish I could attend all of them to hear you. If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why? I would love to have a panel of authors who have been published for at least ten years—as many as we could fit in the room. From them, I would love to listen to a round-table discussion on what they did right, did wrong, and what they wish they’d done. Wouldn’t that be interesting? As to who would attend, there are FAR too many names to be listed, but I think Lena ought to be there, don’t you?

 That would be a fun, and a very valuable panel discussion for beginning authors to hear. I'd love to be a part of it. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations? VERY! I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be doing this writing life with like-minded individuals.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer? I currently serve as the president of Writers of Inspirational Novels (WIN), the Tulsa chapter of ACFW.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how? Though you’ve asked for five, I’m going to name a total of six. The obvious first answer is Jesus my Lord and savior. The other five are my husband Robert Turner and my children Joshua, Andrew, Jacob, and Hannah Y’Barbo who love me unconditionally.

 If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be? She loved

That would really fit. You're one of the most loving friends I have. Tell us about the featured book. Flora’s Wish is the first in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. When Flora Brimm finds herself with yet another missing fiancé, she begins to wonder if she will manage to fulfill the terms of her grandfather’s will in time to save Brimmfield from her awful cousin Winny who has vowed to sell it should he inherit. Determined to prove the aggravating Pinkerton who believes she’s in on the scam wrong, Flora soon realizes her agreement to cooperate with finding the crook Will Tucker just might land her an unexpected husband.

I know I'm going to love this series. Please share the first page of this book with us. 
May 1887
The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs 

The last thing Flora Brimm needed was to lose yet another fiancé. While there was no evidence to prove Will Tucker had met the same unfortunate demise as the other four, there was also no prospective groom in residence at the Crescent Hotel again this evening.

Instead, Flora stepped off the elevator toward the ballroom to make her entrance late and alone. She paused at the entrance to the room to take in the grand sweep of glittering chandeliers and the wide expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows that reflected the electric light back into the room. Oversized potted palms that climbed almost high enough to touch the ceiling hid the four corners of the space.

Though the ballroom was crowded with guests, she glanced around in hopes of finding the man she’d come to Eureka Springs to wed. The search was futile, of course, as tonight’s celebration of the Crescent’s first anniversary was a masked ball. Those who dared ignore the requirement were given a generic mask, white for the ladies and black for the gentlemen. And yet she hoped that somehow she might recognize him.
Or, perhaps, he would recognize her.

Flora waved off the liveried butler with the tray of white masks. At her grandmother’s insistence, a disguise of pale blue silk dotted with seed pearls had been created to match her gown. She tied the mask in place, and then touched Grandmama’s diamond choker with its half-dollar-sized aquamarine set into a butterfly shape. The heirloom weighed heavy against her throat, but it was lovely and so she would endure it for the evening. Tiny drop earrings with perfectly set pearls dangling among sparkles of diamonds, aquamarines, and sapphires completed the ensemble and caused Flora to smile. The earrings had been Mama’s favorite.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?

My website is www.kathleenybarbo.com . Readers can also find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kathleenybarbo or Facebook at www.facebook.com/kathleen.ybarbo

Thank you, Kathleen, for another interesting interview. I can hardly wait to read the book.

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Flora's Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker) - paperback
Flora's Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

Flora's Wish looks like a great book I would love to read.
Katie J. from Florida

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela from KY

Amy Campbell said...

Flora's Wish sounds interesting. I love the cover. Love the interview. Thank you for sharing.
Amy C

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the interview. Would love to win Flora's Wish.

Bonnie Jean

Melissa Jagears said...

I've stayed at the Crescent Hotel!

Jasmine A. said...

This book sounds like a fun read!
Jasmine in Montana

LadySaotome said...

Sounds like a very exciting book!

from the black hills of SD!

Norma S said...

Hi Kathleen,
Thank you and Lena for the chance to win your book. I like it where Flora is trying to fulfill her grandfather will. it sounds like an enjoyable book. God bless both of you.
Norma Stanforth

Norma S said...

Hi Kathleen and Lena I forgot to put the state i was from i am from Ohio i am so sorry.
Norma Stanforth

Hannah said...

I would love to win!
Hannah P

pol said...

Thanks for sharing today Kathleen, enjoyed the interview. this sounds like a wonderful story of Flora and I adore the cover...
You sound like a very busy woman.

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)
A Ga Reader

KayM said...

Thank you Lena and Kathleen for the interesting interview. I love Southern Historical Fiction! This one sounds very intriguing. I'm sure I'd enjoy reading Flora's Wish.

Mary Preston said...

FLORA'S WISH is a book I know I will enjoy. I'm also looking forward to the others in the series.

Mary P


tickmenot said...

What a surprise to see the story taking place in the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I spent the night at the Crescent Hotel a couple of times. I had a beautiful room in the corner.

The story line really got my attention--a poor girl who has already lost so many fiancées! I would love to win it.

Blessings from Kansas City!!

Patty said...

Sounds like a fun read. I wonder how she keep loosing all of these men? Look forward to finding this out=)

Patty in SC

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Bookishqueen said...

I would like to read this.

Rebekah TN

Marianne Barkman said...

The cover on the book makes me want to buy it! and the interview only intrigued me more! Thanks for that, and the chance to win, Lena and Kathleen.

Marianne from Northern Alberta

Sarah said...

Enter me!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond

Library Lady said...

We have Kathleen's books in the Church Library.
I would love to add her book, "Flora's Wish", to our collection.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, Tx

Pam K. said...

I enjoy the humor in Kathleen's books. I always know they will be fun to read. I'm happy to have the chance to win a copy of "Flora's Wish." Thanks.


rubynreba said...

I'd love to have a chance to win this book. Looks like a very good book.
Beth from IA

Patricia said...

Love this era! Sounds like a wonderful read.

Patricia from Southeast Texas

sharon m said...

Like the cover and like Southern Romance and wish I could win this book. Sharon, San Diego

Jorie said...

I love when someone is handed a will with a decree that is difficult to follow! Sounds like a wonderful new series, Southernly charming and a bit of a mystery thrown in! Love books like that! I enjoyed reading her interview as well, as I haven't come across her books as of yet.

Thanks for always offering free books to your blog readers.

Jorie said...


I forgot to add that! Sorry!

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Lourdes said...

Looking forward to reading this book. Always enjoy Kathleen's books.

Lourdes from Long Island, NY

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! I'd love to win. I'm in MN.

Deborah D said...

Love reading the first page and would love to read the entire book.

Deborah D from FL

holdenj said...

Excited to read Kathleens's new book, the southern historical sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.
Julie in MN

Liz R said...

Sounds like a really great read! Would love to win!

Liz R in Al

Merry said...

I enjoy Kathleen's books and would love a chance to win Flora's Wish. Thanks!