I’ve wanted the perfect romantic cover with just a hint of suspense for my novel, My Everything, for the longest time. Got it!
Security consultant Ben McCall is alone. His wife and unborn child are dead, victims of an assassination attempt meant for someone else. He blames himself. Grieving, he disappears, dead to almost everyone and everything from his past. When his best friend is in danger Ben resurfaces, only to find his friend isn’t the target of a murderer, he is.
Grace Adams is one of the walking wounded. A pain specialist who treats cancer patients, she’s lost her new husband to leukemia. One night she finds herself incapacitated by a severe headache. From out of nowhere a man comes to her aid. He’s the man she fell in love with years before, Ben McCall. As the passion between them reignites, Grace too becomes a target of the madman who stalks Ben.
Now it’s not just their rekindled love at stake, it’s their very lives.
What did I do this weekend? Apparently I spent a way too much time clenching my teeth because my TMJ, which I haven’t felt in years, really flared up. I think I was channeling Sheldon Cooper–
Yeah, that’s me…
Okay, all the news that’s fit to print! Speaking of print…
Come Back To Me and One Foot In Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse, will literally be out in print this week. If, (big if), I can get the books uploaded to Createspace without, in addition to turning my face into a frozen mask, going bald due to hair-tearing. I’ll keep you apprised of my progress.
I made terrific progress on my YA over the weekend (which is not really YA but I have no idea how to classify it other than to call it YA). Working title? Caleb Wiseman. It’s another one of them dream-inspired stories like Captured and My Everything.
Speaking of dreams– mine have been really weird and vivid. Dreams of catastrophes, talking horses, birds in my kitchen, dead relatives. Tom Stronach got a cameo in one.
Oh! I’m working on a cookbook. This is gonna take some time, maybe a lifetime. Who knows?
In the meantime I’m sending you to several thought-provoking blog posts.
“Stolen moments are two words that come to mind when I think of the love story between Mari and Ekkatt. I loved watching and reading as Ekktatt’s entire existence as a transporter comes into question – especially when he thinks of Mari. Their life together is dangerous – they could be recaptured at any time. But the most important fact that stands out is the fact that despite differences and preconceptions, these two loving people fell in love. That is what made Captured a tender and well told romance.” — Natalie S., Romance Junkies
“Julia Rachel Barrett has created a complex sci-fi romance that I adored. Her sense of humor was priceless! The sex scenes were hot, but the developing romance took the prize in Captured. I highly encourage you to take this journey…to lose yourself in a different world. Captured is a sci-fi romance you don’t want to miss out on. I want more from Julia Rachel Barrett!” –LynnMarie, Happily Ever After Reviews
“What makes this book so special? I loved that the characters felt this huge attraction to each other even before they met. I think we all know that situation when you hear the voice of someone and start thinking about what he or she will look like. All in all Beauty and the Feast was a wonderful book to give your mind a rest from a stressy time. I couldn’t put it down and I enjoyed not only the steamy part but also all the food. Be aware that this book will make you hungry and not only in the literal way. *wink*” — Susi, The Geeky Bookworm
“Eva Raines the ‘heroine’ of the book is not exactly the damsel in distress waiting to be rescued, rather she is street wise, independent and happy to wait for Mr Right rather than settling for Mr Right-now. On top of all that she is a chef extraordinaire infact that is how she meets the gorgeous and charming Gabe. The back stories for both characters are compelling and make you care about them where it could very easily have become stereotyped. The sex scenes are graphic but built up wonderfully of layered sensuality tied in with the the food references which add an extra dimension. I would say if you reach this point on the bus then put it down and wait until you get home to read more as it is likely a flush will colour your cheeks and you will subconsciously find yourself licking your lips.” — Scribblings of an Aspiring Author
“I read each of these books separately, and all I can say is that I wrote Ms. Barrett and told her to write faster – `cause they’re just that good. I’ve been lobbying for a fourth.:)” — Scott R.
“I adore reading about former lovers finding each other again. Ben and Grace were special. Grace was strong, stubborn (almost too much) and beautiful. She kept in touch with Ben’s family even when he left her without an explanation. Ben, for all of his secrets, desired the warmth and companionship of a wife, one to come home to and that scared him especially when his first wife was killed. The fact that a madman is trying to get to Grace makes Ben bonkers and I didn’t even suspect the identity of the bad guy until the very end.” — Joyfully Reviewed
The first time I laid eyes on Shemar Moore was when he starred on The Young and the Restless. He played bad boy Malcolm Winters. My mom’s a big Y&R fan. I was visiting her one summer and this guy stepped onto the set. My mouth fell open. I think I drooled.
“Who is that gorgeous hunk ‘o’ man?”
“Oh, that’s Malcolm Winters.” She tsk-tsked. “He’s having an affair with his brother’s wife and he got her pregnant but he doesn’t know the baby is his. I don’t like him.”
“Who cares? He’s pure eye candy. Nummy num numssssssss.”
He’s now on some cop show… I don’t know which one because the only sort of cop show I watch is Person of Interest. I just like to look at pictures of Shemar Moore because he is so dang pretty.