Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Protected by the Warrior

Allow me to do a little bragging!

Protected by the Warrior

And allow me to share this story with you!
When Clara became a midwife, she vowed to preserve life above all. She'll keep that vow, even if it means defying a Norman baron by hiding a Saxon slave and her child. Yet when the ruthless lord threatens Clara's village—and her life—she's forced to rely on another Norman to keep her safe. 
Kenneth D'Entremont is a soldier, one who takes lives instead of healing them. Clara despairs of finding any common ground with him. But when he begins guarding her, she learns to see him in a new light. His care and compassion make her feel safe…even loved. Can she bring herself to put her secrets, and her heart, under the protection of the warrior?

Here is an excerpt from a humorous part in the story.  (Where Kenneth has slipped and fallen.)

Clara gasped. She could see the moon reflected in Kenneth’s eyes, wide between his swift blinks of stunned shock. She hurried over to him. “Are you all right?”

He groaned as he tested each limb and found them all working. “Aye. I’m not badly hurt. What was that thing?”

“A cat, I think. At night, they slip into the village from the keep to prowl.” Then, ensuring that he could see her intense expression as clearly as possible in the moonlight, she leaned close and planted her hands on either side of his shoulders. “Since you are unhurt, allow me to continue our conversation. You may believe you have the wisdom of God at your disposal, sir, but rest assured, I believe the same. Only time will tell whose wisdom prevails, but I have the advantage. Only I know where Rowena is and I plan to keep it that way.”

When she realized her proximity, she pushed away from him, and watched, ready to help as he stood. “I also have the advantage of being able to awaken on the morrow without any aches and pains. But do not worry. I have an excellent tea should you require something to ease your soreness. And I’d be happy to make it for you.”

With that, she spun and marched into the hut, going straight through the small main room and into the tiny bedchamber.

Brindi bounced back onto the pallet and under the covers. “You should be asleep,” she told the girl sharply.

“You and Kenneth made a lot of noise. And I can’t sleep without you. You usually come to bed at the same time I do.”

“You were on your own for a month, Brindi.” But what she said was true when they were together. In Colchester, the days were busy, but the nights were quiet, each person still too concerned with staying out of the Norman soldiers’ ways. Sometimes, though, after Brindi had fallen asleep, Clara would slip out and visit Rowena. The trip into the woods was dangerous, but not too far. All she’d had to do was follow a small stream upward to its bend and step into the thicket a few feet. A small, man-made warren, probably used to hide a thief at one time, had been Rowena’s temporary home after the baby was born.

When Clara had discovered that she was to come to Little Dunmow, she’d moved Rowena to a hut she’d discovered, deep in the woods that skirted a small, nearly depleted peat bog. `Twas why Rowena was so reluctant to have a fire there, for sometimes a Saxon would pilfer the scraps of peat for fuel.

After that moment of silent thought, Brindi spoke. “Shouldn’t you pray for forgiveness for tripping Kenneth?”

“I did not trip him! A stray cat darted out of our garden and he slipped on the flagstones.”

“He could have died.”

Clara groaned. “No, he couldn’t have. People don’t die from falling, unless they are very old.”

“He could have hit his head and then died. You should have prayed for God to forgive you.”

“He didn’t die. He’s fine and `twas his slippery shoes on the wet stones that caused his fall, not me.”

“You made him jump up. You were arguing with him.”

“Like you are arguing with me?” Clara sighed. “I will pray, but sometimes we have to fight for what we believe in. And you shouldn’t have been listening at the door. Now go to sleep.”

Brindi didn’t answer. Shortly after, Kenneth entered and prepared the table to be his bed. Clara refused to surrender to her curiosity and peer through the hearth to see if he was limping. She’d find out in the morning if his fall had left any ill effects.

Still, Brindi was right about one thing. She should pray for forgiveness. For she surely had lost her temper with the man and hadn’t really felt sorry for his fall.

Lord, forgive me. Keep Rowena safe. Help me find the best place for her and the babe.

She huddled deeper into the bedclothes. But Kenneth’s occasional groans were too much for her curiosity. She twisted about and peered over the dying fire.

He was limping. And rubbing his head. Clara bit her lip. She should check him out. Her aunt had told her of one old man who’d fallen and cracked his head open, only to die in his sleep.

She should check his head and see if he had any broken bones.

She sat up, and Brindi opened her eyes.

“Get to sleep, Brindi.”

“Are you going to see if his brains are falling out?” the girl whispered.

“I’m sure his brains are fine. I will check him for broken bones. But if you don’t get to sleep right now, I will have you doing all the chores tomorrow.”

With that threat, Brindi flopped over on her side and fell silent. Clara pulled on her cyrtel and hastily tied up the belt and neck. Kenneth had already seen her hair, so her spare wimple wasn’t necessary. She shoved back the curtain and stepped into the light of the main room. “Let me see your head.”

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

USA Today list!!

I am proud to announce that the anthology in which I am involved has hit the USA Today bestsellers' list!  We're at #136! I am so proud to be working with an awesome group of writers as what we have. Thank you, all.

Second Chances

You can see for yourself here:
 USA Today

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My review from Romantic Times

Romantic Times has reviewed my latest historical and given it 4 Stars! To those of you who don't know the rating system, here it is:

4 1/2 Gold: Phenomenal. In a class by itself.
4 1/2: Fantastic. A keeper.
4: Compelling. A page-turner.
3: Enjoyable. A pleasant read.
2: Problematic. May struggle to finish.
1: Severely Flawed. Pass on this one.

Remember, I got 4 stars! 

by Barbara Phinney

And here is the review:

Genre: Series, Love Inspired Historical, Current Series Imprints

RT Rating
PROTECTED BY THE WARRIOR (4) by Barbara Phinney: Midwife Clara lands in hot water when news reaches Dunmow of why she was sent there. Yet she is determined to protect the girl and her baby who sought Clara’s help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Kenneth d’Entremont believes they should be with the child’s father, Lord Taurin. Clara refuses to let that happen, knowing the girl will be killed. However, when Lord Taurin arrives in Dunmow, Kenneth finds himself following Clara’s example, hiding her wards from this evil lord. This sequel to Bound to the Warrior is action packed. It presents a fine window into this time period and is peppered with interesting characters.
Reviewed By: Susan Mobley

It's also available in nook here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

 There's a new place in town to get books. Don't you love the name?

Keep a special eye out for this book:

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ahh! The Rules!

Please welcome my guest today, Lois Winston. I had the pleasure of working with Lois on Romance Super Bundle and now on Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances. This gal is a fount of knowledge and I'm thrilled to have her drop by today. (btw, I'm reading one of her stories now, and am loving it!)

Take it away, Lois!

Do you remember The Rules

It was first publish in 1995 (the full title was The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider.) The book generated a lot of controversy because its premise was that women should be more like the women of past generations, “easy to be with but hard to get,” never pursuing men but instead letting the men pursue them. Although the book was derided as anti-feminist, it sold millions of copies.

One of those copies was purchased by a friend of mine. Mary and her husband had recently divorced, and she was on a desperate quest to find a replacement mate. On a trip to Barnes & Noble I watched as she purchased an armload of how-to-snag-a-man books. She proceeded to read them all, but The Rules became her bible.

Watching Mary’s dating exploits as a devoted “Rules Girl” gave me the idea for Hooking Mr. Right, first published under my Emma Carlyle pen name.

Can a butt-ugly alley cat named Cupid bring together two people driven apart by secrets and lies?

After writing a doctoral thesis that exposed fraud in the pop-psychology genre, thirty-two year old professor Althea Chandler has to sacrifice her professional integrity to save her family from financial disaster. She secretly becomes best-selling romance guru Dr. Trulee Lovejoy, a self-proclaimed expert on how to catch a man, even though Thea’s a miserable failure when it comes to relationships—especially those with the opposite sex.

Burned by a failed marriage, Luke Bennett finds himself pursued by Dr. Lovejoy toting women after a gossip columnist dubs him New York’s most eligible bachelor. When he at first mistakes Thea for one of the women out to snare him, sparks fly, but the two soon find themselves battling sparks of a less hostile nature, thanks in part to an alley cat named Cupid.

Luke believes he’s finally found an honest woman. Unfortunately, Thea is anything but honest. She’s got more secrets than the CIA and a desperate gossip columnist out to expose her. Cupid definitely has his work cut out for him.

Hooking Mr. Right is also now part of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances, eleven romances by eleven award-winning and bestselling authors. 

Besides me, you’ll find fabulous stories by authors Dale Mayer, Donna Marie Rogers, Stacey Joy Netzel, Amy Gamet, Edie Ramer, Pamela Fryer, Georgina Lee, Kate Kelly, Wendy Ely, and Lyndi Lamont–nearly half a million words and 2000 pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who’ll do anything for a second chance at love.

Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances Buy Links


Lois Wiston
Here's a little bit about Lois:
Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, Follow everyone on Twitter:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Capes and Fog of many different varieties

Well, it's been a while, but I have a great excuse! I've been busy getting another book up and out there, and also participating in another wonderful anthology and even crossing over to the African continent!
But more on that part later.
Right now, I want to tell you about Cape of Secrets. It's my newest book. Well, actually, it's Georgina Lee's newest book, and what a minx she is! She's really called on her inner vixen with this one. While Barbara Phinney is the more demure, sensible writer, Georgina Lee is sensual, funny, gutsy and yes, sometimes a little bad.
And so is Cape of Secrets.

Now, you can check it out here  in
Cape of Secrets
and here in Canada: (It is, after all, set in Canada)
Cape of Secrets
or here, for you Nook fans:
Cape of Secrets
and Barnes and Noble fans, hang in there, it's on its way. But it is at Smashwords,
Cape of Secrets

But if you really like bargains, it's part of a new anthology called Romance Super Bundle II Second Chances for only 99 cents! This is a set of 11 great authors doing what great authors do best. Write Great Stories!
You see, it's all about second chances. We don't always get them, but when we realize we have them, we know we must act. And in Cape of Secrets, taking that second chance could cost a few people their lives!

or at Barnes and Noble:

So what does Cape of Secrets have to do with the African Continent? Plenty. Take a look at Cape of Secrets' cover. That's the actual place on which my book is based. It's on the Bay of Fundy, on Canada's east cost. It was a lovely day when I took the picture. But a world away, at the bottom of Africa, there is another cape. This one is a city. Cape Town, and its infamous Table Mountain. Though it has days like I saw with my cover, there are days it's shrouded in fog so thick you could walk off the edge an never know it.
Like the day we visited it. I said to my daughter, who traveled with me, "We could be standing on the edge of the Bay of Fundy, and never know it."

Yes, believe it or not, this is on the way up to Table Mountain. Do you see the cables?

Anyone up for a little hike? What's over the edge, I wonder?

Fog is the same the world over. Mysterious, soupy, chilling, so moist you can taste it on your tongue, and perfect fodder for a wild writer like Georgina Lee. Cape of Secrets has plenty of fog in it too, and yes, you could walk off the edge and never know it there, too.