Mimi Barbour

About Mimi Barbour

Mimi is a New York Times, USA Today & Award-winning Best-selling author who’s sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series include: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at it's best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest - Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor. Mimi's an author who's been heard to say: "I'm a story-teller who loves to write uplifting stories about romance and adventure. Add in some time travel, maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities."  View website

We found the nicest way to please our readers – Authors’ Billboard #mgtab

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Authors are always looking for ways to please our readers and… new avenues to sell our books, especially our back list. Most of those older, yet still wonderful stories had their time in the limelight and then faded, which is a horrible shame.

So… the ladies at Authors’ Billboard have come up with a fabulous way to combine those two purposes that we think will delight our fans. We’ve formed groups of anywhere from 6 to 9 writers and started box collections.

***We decided to keep them exclusive to Amazon where each of these fabulous sets are priced at only 99 cents. And… because they are in the Kindle Unlimited program, those buyers will get them free.

First we separated them in genres like Historical Romance: Rebels, Rogues and Romantics 

Or Contemporary Romance: Unforgettable Romances, Sweet and Sassy and Kiss Me, Thrill me


 Or Romantic Suspense: Risky Encounters and Love on the Edge

Even Paranormal Romance: Mystic Lovers

And then we each chose work that would fit those sets. Because some of us have a lot of product, we were able to add our creations in more than one collection. For instance, I have written over 40 books and was happy to join in with several of these bundles. We have other prolific writers with the billboard who make my inventory look puny. Rebecca York and Carole Mortimer’s accomplishments put mine to shame – they’ve both been honored with RWA awards for their incredible achievements. It’s mind-blowing how many amazing stories have been conceived in the minds of these talented women?

As a group… our aim is to get this wonderful work out to as many people as possible. Make it affordable so everyone can enjoy these seasoned novels. And hopefully find new readers who like our writing and will come back for more.

 

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Exciting News about a new website you need to see to BELIEVE! #mgtab

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You know when you move to a new house and everything is different, new to you and kinda fun because it’s a change? Well… that’s how I feel about what I’ve recently been working on.

I finally had my website BELIEVE redone and it’s so much more functional and ahh…chic than the old set-up. In fact on my old blog, Twitter had closed my tweet button down and it was darn annoying. After a number of months trying everything both I and my extremely knowledgeable assistant, Barb Drozdowich, knew to do, we gave up and the new website went from being a “maybe someday” to becoming a reality.

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta stop banging her head on the keyboard. I swear, if you look close enough, you’ll see letters engraved in my wrinkles. And… I know, there’s a faint bluish tinge to the walls in my office :-)))

So come and visit, see the new banner reworked and check out my book’s page and find the freebies at the top. Please accept these gifts and know that I’m happy to share my novels with my friends.

Of course, these aren’t the only accomplishments I can claim. I’ve also written the first two installments of my new Mob Tracker Series, Sweet Retaliation Book #1 is now available in all stores and Book #2 Sweet Justice is also available everywhere on pre-order.

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Cassidy Santino, watches a bullet rip the life from her brother and can do nothing to stop the vicious mob murder. Overflowing with a raging need for revenge, she dreams of making the killers pay. The problem is changing from a naïve, over-protected librarian to a woman who can dwell in the same Vegas nightclub that’s a hangout for the gang members. Her skills as a boxer, learned from years of fun sparring with her brother, helps somewhat. Now if only she can get that sweet fantasy, Detective Trace McGuire, to back off from his protective shadowing so she can put her plans in action.

Detective Trace McGuire’s sick mom is breaking his heart and filling his spare time, he sure as hell doesn’t need another responsibility in his crazy busy world. Weirdly, Cassidy Santino has wormed her way into his head and won’t be shook loose. He knows as the new bartender at the Lipstick Club, she’s become invested in the seedy place and fears the underworld will eat her alive. Then he sees her fight and wonders if they’ll survive her.

 

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Giveaways – are they worth it? Do the subscribers play fair? #mgtab

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Recently, I’ve been very involved in this form of marketing and have watched my newsletter subscriber list bloom in leaps and bounds.

For those of you who haven’t actually joined in multi-author giveaways, this is what happens:

Coordinators like Ryan Zee or Authors Cross Promotion organize a special event, which can be based on certain genres of romance like “A Suspense Giveaway” or a specific date like “A Valentine’s Giveaway” and then they advertise to their list of authors for those who want to sign on.

Those of us who decide to be involved will sign up with a book we’re willing to give copies of to a certain number of winners (usually 3) and pay a fee that can differ from individual organizers. This money is collected and put towards the prizes: see here. In the Giveaway I’m now signed up with, there are fabulous prizes to be won.

Also – the authors must agree to share the Giveaway on their social media and even more important – to their personal newsletter subscribers. This is the unique way that we can link with other author’s subscribers and give us a further reach to readers.

And this is how it works: the contest entrants must sign up their e-mail addresses in order to win one of the prizes. In some cases, to get more chances to win, they will agree for their addresses to be passed out to all of the authors involved in the Giveaway. The problem is – many are only interested in winning a prize and not keeping up an ongoing relationship with the author.

When it’s over, the coordinators send out the prizes, they send the book winner’s names to the authors (usually 3 free books are gifted by all authors) and then they share the exclusive list of e-mail addresses.

Over the last six month, I have gained thousands of new subscribers. This is good – right?

Well… yes. In a way, it is good. But only if the subscribers are truly interested in receiving the author’s newsletters, want to follow the author and best of all – like reading their books. If not, when they get besieged by all the newsletters they might delete them without opening them which is a negative benefit.

You see, on most of the Newsletter providers like Mail chimp for example – my provider – I must pay a monthly payment depending on the numbers of people on my lists. Up to 500 it’s free. From then on, the price rises:

 

So… unless my new subscribers, are truly interested enough in my newsletters so that they open them and maybe even interact by buying one of my special offers on books that I always price low or give away for free, I’m paying a lot of money every month to be allocated to the junk mail or worse yet – to spam.

NO!!!!

So… does that mean I should quit trying to grow my newsletter?

NO!!!

An author’s newsletter is her own special link with her readers.

What I try and do is this. I don’t inundate my subscribers with constant newsletters that have nothing to offer. I watch for other giveaways from different organisers that they might want to sign up for – with good prizes. I always include either a fabulous sale on a book they might feel is a great buy – Like the Hotshot Lover’s multi-author collection for 99 cents when my book alone – Special Agent Booker – currently sells for $3.99.

Or I set up an Instafreebie and give them the chance at a free book just from me and only given to my subscribers as a special gift for them. Soon, I will include a gift certificate prize one of them will win each month too. But not until I make sure that my lists are full of only those who will open my e-mails and who want to be included.

And that’s another post – coming soon! – How to clear out your newsletters – separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak :-))

 

 

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The best darn cake you’ll ever be complimented on! #mgtab

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This cake has been in my recipe box for years and I dug it out this Christmas to make it for my family. Wow! It went over so well that I had to pass out the recipe. This cake is so moist and delicious that you will be congratulated by everyone who you serve it to.

Carrot Cake – Moist

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon

4 cups grated carrots

1 ½ cups chopped walnuts

Method:

Beat sugar and eggs well, add oil, mix well. Then mix dry ingredients together. Grate carrots and chop nuts. Then add altogether.

Bake at 325 oven in a 11×7 or for a thinner cake 13×9 for 1 hour and check ( will probably need another 5 or 10 mins if you use the smaller pan). If baked in 9” layer pans, will need approx. 40 mins. Do not overbake. Touch top to see if ready.

Frosting:

½ cup butter (room temp)

1 tsp vanilla

1 – 8 oz pkg of Philadelphia cream cheese

3 cups icing sugar

Beat altogether until creamy

Store leftover.

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Happy New Year! Why I totally love these three words! #mgtab @mimisgang1

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It’s because – they’re a promise.

Think about it.

If the last year has been full of disappointments or difficulties…

If you’ve lost a loved one or suffered distress…

If it seems that the bad times are never-ending…

These three words promise you a new beginning – a chance that your luck will turn. And if you’ve been one of the fortunate people, then it could be better.

Happy is the blessing we all use without really thinking about what it means. It’s the wish we all share that the future will be wonderful. We say it unconsciously but the meaning is quite beautiful.

New is my favorite part of this salutation. If your last year sucked, this new year has the potential to be superior – maybe even the best year of your life. It’s your opportunity to start over, to make a resolution and be a finer version of who you might be. Everyone has this opportunity. It’s free to all of God’s creatures no matter your background. It’s yours to make of it what you want. A chance….

Year just reminds you that time matters. Don’t waste a second of this precious 364 days. Why? Because – soon it will be over. Before you know it, we will be getting ready for Christmas of 2017.

So my friends – let this year shine – that’s my wish for you.

This year of 2017 – let us all shine.

 

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Peace on Earth starts in each of our hearts! #mgtab

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As this Christmas season rolls around, most years I’ve posted the same blog about how people rush through their lives and don’t take time or make the effort to stop and see the beauty around them.

And it’s still true today. We’re in such a hurry to go nowhere that’s really so important that we are putting ourselves in grave danger. Between the stresses of such an existence to the pure exhausting routine, we create unhealthy bodies, minds that don’t get enough downtime or nourishment and our spirits suffer greatly – as do our relationships.

And when I say we – I mean it. As a very busy author, this kind of routine has been steadily increasing for me and many of my frenzied friends.

So… here’s my challenge – not only to you but to myself – take time this holiday to really look around at the people in your lives. Appreciate them and their roles. Give them tenderness and an extra compliment and watch their whole attitudes lighten as they relax into your warmth and feel so much better about themselves.

Then reorganize your routine in your daily life and make sure to leave those hours where you can sit and watch some of your favorite programs on television. Or work on hobbies that you love. Be with your kids to just be… play with them, take them on walks so you can enjoy sharing and even more important – listening. Make a special treat for your husband or boyfriend so he knows you spent the time doing something just to please him.

Thank whoever you believe in – be it God or Buddha or Mohammed or just the universe that you are living lives where you are blessed in having a roof over your head, fortunate to have food in your belly and lucky that you have people to love and who love you.

Give thanks that you’re not one of those poor souls in OUR world who are suffering untold horrors because of a man’s evilness. I often ask myself – how can one person (in every situation of immoral actions it comes down to one powerful person’s screwed-up priorities) endanger the lives of so many of our precious brothers and sisters around the world.

My wish for you is that this Christmas will bless you with joy and peace… and so much love that it will overflow to those nearest you.

Merry, merry Christmas to all our friends here at Authors’ Billboard…

Happy Holidays…

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My #free gift to you this holiday season! #mgtab

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I have recently found a new website called Instafreebie where an author can set up a book to be given to his/her readers and fans without actually having to make it free on Amazon, Kobo and the other venues.

I love this because it means that I can single out some of my friends and followers and give them a special Christmas treat with very little effort.

There’ve been many times I’ve wanted to make this type of gesture but if the book is sold everywhere, it can be a battle trying to make sure it becomes free for the days you particularly want it to be.

And I required this to happen, because I wanted to surprise you all with a gift for the season and I needed it to be available for no cost to you.

So… please take the time to download it to your eReaders, phones or tablets and enjoy the spirit of the holidays in this wonderful story.

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SNOW PUP

Holiday Heartwarmers Series

Book #2

In this delightful Christmas love story, Deputy Shawna Mallory finds Billy McCrae – a runaway boy sleeping in a mound of snow with an anxious puppy guarding him. He’s a sad child surviving a terrible existence until she puts a stop to it and becomes his foster parent. She’s drawn to the snarky kid and just wants his life to be happier, his and the stray mutt who won’t leave his side. Not that the boy cares about the dog… or her. Then she meets his father, the one who abandoned the boy when he was five.

John Reid McCrae wants only one thing in his life to make it worth living. Years ago he’d lost his son to a bitter wife and now his goal is to get Billy back. He’ll do whatever it takes, no matter who gets hurt. Until he meets the town’s stunning deputy. Can he put his needs ahead of her happiness?

 

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Mimi’s homemade perogies – easy to make and totally scrumptious! #mgtab

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Does your family have that traditional dish that you just have to serve for every special occasion? Mine does. It’s the best comfort food in the world. So many people have fallen in love with these dumplings that the stores sell a huge variety nowadays. But we make them from scratch. And trust me – if you’ve ever tasted the homemade ones done the way my Polish grandma and my Dad taught me, you’d see the difference immediately. They’re not doughy and heavy… just the opposite.

If you want to see for yourself, I’m sharing my instructions. Since there’s never been a recipe for these in our family, I hope you’ll forgive the way I’ve written it. Just pretend I’m with you in the room and telling these directions to you in person 🙂

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Try them and see if you can have this special dish on your table over the holidays. I’d love to know how they turn out… so please come back and share the results.

Mimi’s Homemade Perogies

Filling:

Boil 4 med potatoes with salt. When they’re ready, drain the water and let them sit for a minute to release the steam. (Important or you’ll have a mushy mess.)

Shred (old style) gold cheddar cheese and have it ready to add to the potatoes – while the potatoes are still hot, mash in the cheese with a bit of butter and salt and pepper. Use lots of cheese and do the old taste test. If it’s flavourful – it’s ready.

Let the cheese mixture cool! (I put mine in the fridge) If you don’t, you’ll be sorry when you go to fill the perogies. (Trust me they’ll stick)

Dough:

In a medium size bowl and put a couple of heaping cups of flour. Add salt.

Run the hot water and have a quart of milk nearby.

Run some water over the flour and then add again as much milk. Stir – just a little – to see how the consistency is. Preferably, the dough should be sticky. Keep adding more liquids (as much milk as water) so that when you stir the mixture, it’s quite wet.  (this is the secret to a good dough…you should have it sticky when you put it on a floured counter and little by little you’ll add more flour until it feels like you know the dough should feel.

Secret to good dough!! YOU CAN NEVER USE TOO MUCH FLOUR!!!

Cut the dough into quarters and roll each part out separately. Use lots of flour. I will emphasize…USE LOTS OF FLOUR and your dough will roll out really thin, (you want nice thin dough so don’t be afraid to roll it as much as necessary. I use an empty tin can (small size) to cut out rounds and I fill them quite full. Fold one side to the other and pinch, making sure they’re sealed. Then place the perogies on a floured cookie sheet and sprinkling lots of flour, make layers using wax paper.

Freeze now, or boil.

When they’re fresh, they only take a minute to get to the top of a pot of boiling, salted water. Only cook them another minute.  2 minutes total. Do not overcook! (When they’re frozen, they do take a bit longer.)

Strain and put them in a buttered bowl.

Topping:

In a small dish, microwave butter until it melts. Roll out salted soda crackers and add the crumbs to the butter and stir. Use this to coat the boiled perogies. (If there happens to be any leftovers, they fry up beautifully the next day.)

Then… with a glass of DIET coke, enjoy the treat!

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Fillings I’ve made:

 Sauerkraut drained well with a few spoonfuls of mashed potato to give it the consistency you need. I always serve these perogies with bacon (cut into smaller pieces) & onions fried with the butter.

Cottage cheese and again some mashed potatoes for consistency. Make sure it’s a dried cheese or drain really well. Add lots of salt and pepper and if you like, you can add some fried onions cut small. My trick is to make the salted soda cracker and butter crumbs and add in some to this mixture as well as on the top of the boiled perogies.

Blueberries – wash and dry well and sprinkle with flour and sugar. Fill the perogies and fold over like as usual but then take two corners and pinch together to make them stronger. Top with melted butter once they’re boiled. Then sprinkled with sugar when they’re ready to eat.

Blue plums. I cut these into halves or if they’re larger ones, into quarters. I sprinkle with flour and sugar, form them as usual and then squeeze the two corners together for strength. Boil and then top with melted butter. When served, keep the sugar bowl handy. Some people make a type of sweetened cream sauce for the fruit perogies… we never have.

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Another treat I have for you is a FREE copy of my wonderful Christmas novella called Snow Pup. This story is Book #2 in the Holiday Heartwarmer Series and a delightful read to put you in the mood for the season.

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In this delightful Christmas love story, Deputy Shawna Mallory finds Billy McCrae – a runaway boy sleeping in a mound of snow with an anxious puppy guarding him. He’s a sad child surviving a terrible existence until she puts a stop to it and becomes his foster parent. She’s drawn to the snarky kid and just wants his life to be happier, his and the stray mutt who won’t leave his side. Not that the boy cares about the dog… or her. Then she meets his father, the one who abandoned the boy when he was five. How is it possible for her to be attracted? 
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