Becky and I became friends when we were writing for Kensington/Zebra's Precious Gems Romance line. This was back-in-the-day when Fabio and John DeSalvo (who appeared on my book cover!) were the undisputed top male models.
Hi - my name is Becky, and I've been a romance addict since grade school. Honestly. Way back then, I found dated, but never outdated, romantic suspense novels by an author named Emilie Loring. Even though she died before I was born, her family continued to publish her work. I read and loved every one of her books. They were my first "keepers." Her stories were my introduction into a world that would become a lifelong (healthy!) addiction as well as the basis for my writing career.
Another of my loves is western romance. If I can find western suspense, all the better. The best advice I was given as an aspiring author was write what you love to read. I've spent the last few decades following that advice. All of my books are contemporary romances. Most of them have a western theme and a good many of them have elements of mystery or suspense. Despite that declaration, the main focus of all my books is the developing relationship between the hero and heroine.
My latest series, BRIDLETON, incorporates everything I love most about the romance genre. There's a family dynasty, a Texas ranching community, three siblings who adore each other despite their differences, and the perfect mate for each of the Bartell heirs. The titles are ANDREA'S HOMECOMING, CHEY'S COWBOY and ZACK'S RANCH.
Are you a romance addict, too? If so, what author/authors influenced your reading preferences?
If you'd like a complimentary digital copy for a sample of my work, feel free to contact me at: write@BeckyBarker.com
Becky thank you for blogging at Dishin' It Out! Readers, please visit Becky's links and download her Western Romances. Don't be shy, share and tweet our blogs with your friends too!
Next week (Friday) our guest blogger is IB Nosey, the Official Unofficial reporter. All of my readers know IB is my Cyber-Crush. Don't miss out on the fun! IB is quite a lady's man--it must be his plaid jacket. Or perhaps, it's the way he handle's that microphone!