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

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.

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