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In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

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Midnight Lover
by Barbara Bretton
Sworn enemies by day . . . passionate lovers by nightThe cowboy moved so quickly Caroline didn't have time to think, much less react. One moment he was standing there looking at her across the blazing hot Nevada street, the next moment, she was in his arms. Her protests were stopped as he bent his head toward her. A complete stranger, a...
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Stranger in Paradise : Home Front
by Barbara Bretton
Before they became The Greatest Generation, they were young men and women in love . . . Book 2 in Barbara Bretton's beloved Home Front Series about the Wilson and Weaver families of New York. The year is 1953 and London is throwing the party of the century. Even though the ravages of World War II are still visible throughout the...
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Annie's Gift: A Rocky Hill Holiday Novella (Rocky Hill Romance Book 5)
by Barbara Bretton
A heartwarming new Rocky Hill Holiday novella from bestselling author Barbara Bretton Everyone knows Christmas is a time for family but not for Harry Barnes. If he had his way, he would close his eyes and not open them again until January second when all the fuss was over. Once upon a time he had loved the season but that was a long...
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Casting Spells: The Sugar Maple Chronicles - Book 1
by Barbara Bretton
Welcome to Sugar Maple Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries we...
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Sentimental Journey : Home Front
by Barbara Bretton
Before they became The Greatest Generation, they were young men and women in love . . .The first book in Barbara Bretton's beloved Home Front Series It's June 1943. From New York to California, families gather to send their sons and husbands, friends and lovers off to war. The attack on Pearl Harbor seems a long time ago as America...
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Spells & Stitches: The Sugar Maple Chronicles - Book 4
by Barbara Bretton
Welcome back to Sugar Maple. Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries...
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At Last : The Idle Point Stories (The Idle Point, Maine Stories Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
He was her anchor. She was his home. The idle Point, Maine Stories - Book 1Gracie Taylor fell in love with Noah Chase on the first day of kindergarten. Gracie was the girl from the wrong side of town. Noah was the town's golden boy. Their families had been at loggerheads since the death of Gracie's mother years ago and as they grew up...
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Laced With Magic: The Sugar Maple Chronicles - Book 2
by Barbara Bretton
Welcome back to Sugar Maple! Knit shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise—including the trolls, selkies, and spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But then out of nowhere Luke's ex-wife suddenly shows up...
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Second Harmony: A Classic Romance - Book 3
by Barbara Bretton
He was the bad boy with the raging heart The storm brought them together, but will love keep them apart? He was the bad boy with the raging heart She was the good girl with the big dreams Now he is a master stonecutter with a broken marriage and a son he would move heaven and earth to keep safe from harm, while she is a success...
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Spun by Sorcery: The Sugar Maple Chronicles - Book 3
by Barbara Bretton
Welcome back to Sugar Maple! Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries...
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Shore Lights (Paradise Point NJ - Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
There's nothing more dangerous to a woman's heart than a man who is single, loves his kid, and doesn't kiss and tell . . . The first book in USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton's acclaimed Paradise Point series Maddy Bainbridge left her Jersey Shore home town right after high school, determined to put as many miles as...
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A Soft Place to Fall : Shelter Rock Cove
by Barbara Bretton
Another USA Today bestselling title from Barbara BrettonWelcome to Shelter Rock CoveThe first time they met, his dog trashed her car.The second time they met, she set fire to her bathroom.The third time they met, they fell in love.Annie Galloway isn't looking to fall in love again. Sam Butler doesn't want a home and family of his own.Too...
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Somewhere in Time: The Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy
by Barbara Bretton
Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award - Best Historical Time TravelCrosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy - Book 1Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last foreverWho knew she'd have to sail across two centuries to find it?When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was...
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Playing for Time (The PAX Series Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
With PAX, the password is danger.Falling in love was easyStaying alive? That's a whole other story . . . Ryder is an undercover operative for PAX, a worldwide antiterrorist agency that flies beneath the radarJoanna is a Hollywood makeup artist whose magic turns fantasy into reality on a daily basisHe's a spy looking to come in from the...
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Tomorrow & Always: The Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy
by Barbara Bretton
Timeless Lovers from Different WorldsCrosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy - Book 2Shannon Whitney didn't believe she had a future until Andrew McVie crash-lands his time-traveling hot air balloon in her backyard one summer afternoon and changes her life forever.He is a Revolutionary War patriotShe is an independent modern womanTheir paths...
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Charmed: A Sugar Maple short story (The Sugar Maple Chronicles)
by Barbara Bretton
Can you keep a secret?Growing up in Sugar Maple, Vermont, knit shop owner and sorceress-in-training Chloe Hobbs learned to keep a secret before she learned to tie her shoes. When your town is home to werewolves, vampires, trolls, sprites, and everything else the real world is told doesn't exist, you learn quickly how to hide in plain...
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A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream
by Barbara Bretton
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton shares forty easy-to-prepare recipes that range from Almost Perfect Pad Thai to Atlantic City Zuppa, from Lake Tung Ting Shrimp to Cape May Clam Chowder with humorous and heartwarming takes on the writer's life peppered throughout. REVISED November 2011.
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Girls of Summer: Shelter Rock Cove
by Barbara Bretton
Just try to keep a secret in Shelter Rock CoveShelter Rock Cove - Book 2In the grand scheme of things, it really wasn’t such a terrible mistake. People slept with the wrong people every day of the week and somehow the world managed to keep on turning. Ellen and Hall had been good friends and co-workers before last night, and there was...
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Chances Are : Paradise Point (Paradise Point NJ Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
Who knew finding the love of your life would be the easy part?Three weeks to the day after Maddy Bainbridge announced her engagement to Aidan O'Malley, she found herself stripped and held hostage in the bridal department of the Short Hills Saks in front of her family, her future in-laws, and a PBS research assistant named Crystal whose...
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Someone Like You : The Idle Point Books (The Idle Point, Maine Stories Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
Two sisters, one unforgettable family legacyThe idle Point, Maine Stories - Book 2They were the daughters of music legends, the unforgettable Mark and Mimi Doyle, whose love story had been played out in the pages of Rolling Stone complete with quotes from Dylan and Baez. Folk rock’s forever couple. Who would have guessed forever would...
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Maybe This Time (Jersey Strong Book 6)
by Barbara Bretton
USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton brings you a love story you'll never forget They had never stopped loving each other. Six years had passed since Christine walked out on Joe. Six years of wondering why they had been lucky in so many things, but not the one thing that really mattered. But now there she was, back in the...
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The Day We Met (Jersey Strong Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
Was it a fling . . . or was it forever? Another unforgettable love story from USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton It's 7:08 on the morning of Maggy O'Brien's thirty-fifth birthday and she's driving carpool in her pajamas and bunny slippers. She can't remember the last time she shaved her legs. She's hasn't slept past dawn since...
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Bundle of Joy: Rocky Hill Romance (A Rocky Hill Romance Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
One Man + One Woman + One Night = One Big SurpriseRocky Hill Romance - Book 2Everyone in town knew Caroline and Charlie just weren't meant for each other. Like oil and water or chalk and cheese, the ex-Navy cook and the beautiful shop owner were a bad match, and although the small New Jersey town was filled with inveterate matchmakers...
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Just Like Heaven (Jersey Strong Book 3)
by Barbara Bretton
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 forces her to pull into the...
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The Princess and the Billionaire : Billionaire Lovers - Book 2
by Barbara Bretton
A match made in heaven? It's only a matter of time . . . Billionaire Lovers - Book 2A runaway princess looking to start a new life in New York City A golden boy billionaire who likes his life just the way it is She grew up in a castle high in the French Alps He was born in Queens She cut her teeth on caviar and champagne He loves Big...
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Once Around (Jersey Strong Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
A USA Today bestseller from award-winning author Barbara Bretton Sometimes a woman has to lose everything she ever wanted before she discovers what she really needs. All Molly Chamberlain had ever wanted was a home of her own. Children to cherish. A man who would love her and be there for her through good times and bad. Ten years...
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Mrs. Scrooge : Rocky Hill Romance (A Rocky Hill Romance Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
A heartwarming holiday story about second chancesRocky Hill Romance - Book 1Single mother Samantha Dean doesn't have time for Christmas. Or romance, for that matter. She is weeks away from opening her own catering business, the most important part of her plan to provide her certified genius daughter Patty with all the wonderful things...
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The Marrying Man
by Barbara Bretton
**A 25,000 word novella from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton (previously published by Harlequin Books)Cat O'Leary Zaslow is a best-selling mystery writer. (She's also the single mother of five kids under twelve.) Riley McKendrick is a famous efficiency expert who once whipped the White House into shape. (He's also an...
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Fire's Lady
by Barbara Bretton
A sizzling historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton Beautiful, young Alexandra Glenn has been sent across the ocean to East Hampton to help restore the early paintings of renowned American Impressionist Andrew Lowell. Her excitement at the prospect of working with the aging master is quickly dimmed when...
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All We Know of Heaven (The PAX Series Book 4)
by Barbara Bretton
Their love was forged in fire The PAX Series - Book 4 He would overwhelm a woman. Flynn knew that loving him and being loved by him would be an all-consuming passion. There would be no room for reason; there would be no halfway measures. He would demand everything from the woman he wanted, heart and soul and body.... “You...
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Just Desserts (Jersey Strong Book 4)
by Barbara Bretton
Hayley had sworn off bad boys until Finn Rafferty set out to win her heart... Hayley Maitland Goldstein knew all about how those things worked. First a girl giggled, then she sighed, and the next thing you knew she was in Vegas taking her wedding vows in front of a red-haired Elvis with an overbite. You knew you had made a bad choice...
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Shooting Star: A Classic Romance - Book 1
by Barbara Bretton
A passionate love story from USA Today bestselling author Barbara BrettonThey met in Japan on the night of fireworks and celebration, when the ancestors visited their earthly homes and then followed the stars back to the heavens. Two Americans alone in a strange land, drawn together by magic and mystery and -- love? Impossible! Katie...
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A Wedding in Paris: We'll Always Have Paris\Something Borrowed, Something Blue\Picture Perfect
by Barbara Bretton
We'll Always Have Paris by Barbara Bretton After twenty-eight years of marriage, Kate and Ryan Donovan called it quits. Two years later at their daughter's wedding, they're seeing each other in a whole new light—the City of Light, where romance beckons around every corner…. Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Marie Ferrarella Maid...
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The Year the Cat Saved Christmas - a novella: Rocky Hill Romance
by Barbara Bretton
Christmas used to be the happiest time of the year in the big house on the hill. But this year when the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Day, it will all be over. Can Sebastian, a wily Maine Coon cat, find a way to bring his people back home or will this holiday be their last?Previously published as "Home for the Holidays" in Penguin...
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Just In Time - a novella: Rocky Hill Romance (A Rocky Hill Romance Book 3)
by Barbara Bretton
3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Baby!A Rocky Hill Romance Holiday NovellaKate O’Callaghan was the girl next door. Tony Marino was the boy who wanted to see the world.She yearned for a home with a white picket fence.He wanted to live out of a backpack and never wake up in the same place twice.Their teenage marriage didn’t stand a chance.But...
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Where or When : A Pearl Harbor Romance (Home Front Book 3)
by Barbara Bretton
She was everything he'd ever wanted . . . He was everything she'd dreamed of.It is 1941 and Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu is as close to paradise as you were likely to get. Golden sunshine, sweet ocean breezes, secluded beaches made for romance. Pearl is a dream come true for Rick Byrne. A poor kid from the south side of Chicago...
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The Reluctant Bride
by Barbara Bretton
Another exciting historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton Molly Hughes will do anything to save the Pemberton Arms . . .Even marry the man who's trying to steal it away.The last thing Englishman Nicholas St. George wanted was a rundown seaside hotel in America. But when his stepfather Jonathan dies, Nicolas...
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Promises in the Night: A Classic Romance - Book 2
by Barbara Bretton
In the heart of the night promises are made . . . and hearts are broken.Another Classic Romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara BrettonSometimes a smile is all it takes to change a man’s life. From the moment TV shrink Alex Jakobs saw former ballerina Larkin Walker, he knew nothing would ever be the same. She stole his...
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Sail Away: A Classic Romance - Book 5
by Barbara Bretton
He was the right man . . . but it was the wrong time.Another Classic Romance from Barbara BrettonDiana Travis is the woman behind the wildly popular help column Mother Knows Best. The last few years have been a blur of hard work and no social life, so when her sister Paula offers her a month's free stay in a posh East Hampton...
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Destiny's Child: The Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy
by Barbara Bretton
It's not every day a woman goes traveling through time Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy - Book 3 Dakota Wylie is a wisecracking, unemployed, overweight psychic librarian from Princeton. Patrick Devane is an angry, hard-headed spy with a six-year-old daughter who hears voices. The only thing they have in common is New Jersey But...
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The Edge of Forever: A Classic Romance - Book 4
by Barbara Bretton
The Edge of Forever, an award-winning Harlequin American, available for the first time in e-book form.OPPOSITES ATTRACT . . .But can a night of passion turn into a love that lasts forever?Meg Lindstrom is a struggling photographer who drives a limo to make ends meet. Joe Alessio is a best-selling author of fiery historical romances who...
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Honeymoon Hotel (The PAX Series Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
PAX: share the adventure!Originally published in print by Harlequin AmericanHe's her competition. She's the love of his life. Maggie Douglass is a former spy turned innkeeper. John Adams Tyler is a rocker turned major mogul. Between them they own 317 bedrooms in the honeymoon paradise called the Pocono Mountains.So why can't they...
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A Fine Madness (The PAX Series Book 3)
by Barbara Bretton
(Formerly published in print by Harlequin American.)Because it's a dangerous world and heroes are in short supply.Third in the series of books featuring the PAX anti-terrorist organization, a collection of scholars and outlaws, renegades and geek geniuses, who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the world safe.Max Brody owns a...
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I Do, I Do . . . Again
by Barbara Bretton
**A 25,000 word novella from USA Today bestselling author Barbara BrettonSunny Talbot and Robert Holland were high school sweethearts whose teenage marriage quickly fell apart in the face of real life.When a chance meeting brings them together again years later, they quickly discover that the passion they once shared burns hotter than...
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Sleeping Alone (Jersey Strong Book 5)
by Barbara Bretton
An unforgettable story of love and redemption by USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara BrettonA rundown cottage in a down-on-its-luck town on the storm-battered Jersey Shore. A mid-century rust bucket masquerading as a car. And if she's lucky, a job waiting tables in a diner that's seen better days. Alexandra Curry’s new life doesn't...
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Daddy's Girl (Bachelor Fathers)
by Barbara Bretton
Another heartwarming romance from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton Hunter Phillips didn’t think of himself as a family guy . . . at least not until his newborn niece Daisy came into his life. If you’d told him last year that his life would revolve around diapers and formula, he would have laughed out loud. But eight...
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The Bride Came C.O.D. (Bachelor Fathers)
by Barbara Bretton
A heartwarming love story from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton Marrying a man she didn't know wasn't the craziest thing Lexi Marsden had ever heard of. Jumping out of airplanes was crazy. Swimming with sharks was crazy. Running with the bulls, eating goldfish, and walking through Central Park at midnight were all...
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Home Front Trilogy - Three Novels of Love, War, and Family
by Barbara Bretton
Before they became The Greatest Generation, they were young men and women in love . . . Three heartwarming, award-winning romances from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton Where or When It is 1941 and Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu is as close to paradise as you were likely to get. Golden sunshine, sweet ocean breezes...
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Operation: Baby (The Wilde Sisters)
by Barbara Bretton
From USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton What do you say to a naked Scotsman? It’s not like Samantha Wilde has never seen a naked man before, even if it has been a long time between sightings. But the last thing she expected when she boarded the two-seater plane was to find a tall, dark, and naked pilot changing his...
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