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.”

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From our hearts to yours – Merry Christmas!

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**This image is a photo of a treasured Christmas village my dad made from stain glass in his early retirement. Every year it decorates my dining room and reminds me of how lucky I’ve been to have had such a talented and gentle man as my father.

For me and my family, this is the season that we go all out, spend way too much money and have one heck of a lot of fun. It’s our time to say – the hell with everything – let’s celebrate. We’re all here and we’re all happy and healthy.

Only this year, there’s one of us who isn’t doing very well and that’s been making me feel so sad… until I called him today. Then my 93 year-old dad, who was taken to the hospital a week ago, cracked silly jokes, argued with me that he wasn’t being cheeky, he was just feeling so much better than he’d felt over the last few days when we’d begun to fear the worst.

WOW!! I can’t tell you the relief I felt. I wanted to jump up and down and yell hallelujah – Johnny’s back!!!  (That’s actually his name  🙂

So now – with a heart full of gladness and a spirit ready to enjoy the coming season – I want to wish you all the same happiness I feel.

In case we don’t tell you enough – the girls and I here at the Billboard – love and appreciate you, our readers and friends. We write our posts to entertain you and put out our books in box sets so you can enjoy our work at a reasonable price. Just like you, we all have families with ups and downs and good times and bad. We’re women with kind hearts who want you to know that we REALLY enjoy having you stop by and read our blogs. And when you leave a comment, it makes our day.

From our hearts to yours – have the best Christmas ever, surrounded by family and friends, love and warmth and… happiness.

May all your dreams come true in 2018!

Hugs,

Mimi

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.”

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Happy Thanksgiving from your friends on the Billboard!! #mgtab

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~Happy Thanksgiving ~

 

This year on the Authors’ Billboard, we have much to be thankful for.

When a group of 30 authors continuously work together, like and respect each other, that’s a truly beautiful thing and something to be proud of.

Over the last year, we’ve managed to support each other in an unprecedented manner, I mean when one of us asks for help, it’s forthcoming. Of course not by all – every time – but enough of the girls kick in so we know someone is always listening and… they care.

Our group, collectively, has put out a huge number of Box sets this year – please visit our Author’s book page on this website – and you’ll see what I mean. I’m particularly proud of our Christmas collections, and by the comments the readers have left on Amazon, they’re well received and enjoyed.

Many of the girls take their turn to write a blog post each month, to share with you special interests they have, giving you a glimpse into their lives, their hearts and their worlds. These posts are fun to read and I look forward to a new one being released most days.

We’ve also built a strong community newsletter – please sign on if you haven’t already done so. We try very hard to provide goodies every Friday that include free books and those on sale. We know how much people depend on authors to be generous and, in turn, we believe our readers pay us back by buying books when their favorite writer releases something new.

In today’s fast-paced, cutthroat world, it’s a lovely thing to be a part of such a warm and delightful gang of ladies who have realized that thirty hard-working souls can have a far longer reach than one solitary person trying to make her way alone.

So – I’m thankful! For the lovely ladies of the Billboard and the folks who support us.

I hope you all have a truly wonderful, family-filled, fun-filled, (and turkey-filled) Thanksgiving weekend.

Hugs,

Mimi                      

P.S. By the way…

We’re having a little shindig on our Facebook page – a Christmas Bash for whoever wants to join us. Believe me, we have a lot of fun at these parties and all the many authors involved have numerous, fantastic Giveaways for the folks who participate. (Eg: A beautiful new Kindle, two $25 Amazon Gift certificates, free paperbacks, etc, etc.) So…please go here and sign in that you’ll be joining us and we’ll look forward to seeing your on Nov 29th and/or 30th. Invite your friends, too 🙂

 

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.”

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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.

 

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.”

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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.

 

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.”

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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 :-))

 

 

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.”

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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.

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.”

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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.

 

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.”

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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…

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.”

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