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This book has been a revelation to me. In fact, the whole series has worked its spell. I’m writing the fourth and final book for the series now called Sweet Endings and I’ll admit that it’s been bursts of magic mixed in with a hell of a lot of hard work.

Every once in a while, an author begins a new story, and as soon as it starts, the character takes over. This happened to me. I pictured this girl in my mind, a librarian whose personality had to be that of a shy, scared, insecure miss who did nothing when she watches some mob members kill her twin.

After that incident, she changes into a person who feels such revulsion for her behavior that nothing matters except that she seeks revenge for the death of her brother. How can she live with herself if she doesn’t?


But how can she – a weak woman who’s never stood up for herself – make it happen?

That’s when the magic starts…

Sweet Retaliation

Book #1

The Mob Tracker Series


Mimi Barbour

NYT & USAT best-selling, award winning author!


Chapter One

What the hell was she doing following her brother, especially at night? Cassidy Santino didn’t do darkness. Not in the slums of a city like Las Vegas when, molasses thick, it threatened and terrified.

Gagging, sweating, she’d reached the end of her backbone. Thoughts of giving up and retreating gobbled up the small amount of bravery still hanging on by a thread, making her hesitate. Then worry for her twin, Raoul, kicked in.

Biting her lip, she eased forward so she could see around the rickety fence into the semi-lit alley behind a big warehouse. A group of men milled about in a circle. Two of them were head-to-head in a heated discussion. Adrenalin kicked in when she saw her brother step out of the circle.

Raoul’s shoulders were hunched in the same way he’d hold himself when their father had intimidated him as a boy. She watched him flinch and start to turn away. Then the man he’d been arguing with let out a bellow, backhanded him across the face and shoved hard. Before she could get her bewildered brain to accept the incident, Raoul went down and the other men crowded in and began kicking him.

No! Stop!

Her mind screamed the words, but her voice didn’t connect. It froze. When she opened her mouth fear struck her mute. Though she tried to release her rage, to force sound past the blockage in her throat, not even a peep escaped. She’d never felt so useless in all her sad, ineffectual years. Forcing her limbs to move, she fell forward onto her knees but couldn’t get her leg muscles to function.

Infuriating seconds ticked by as she watched the men work her brother over like he was a soccer ball, rather than a human being.

God! Please…

Movement, shuffling, a voice called out from another direction. “Police. Stop what you’re doing and back away. Get your hands up. Do it now!”

Thank you, Lord! Confidence arrived with the authorities, and Cassi felt a flood of energy. Springing to her feet, she started forward. Before she went two steps, one of the assailants stepped over to Raoul, extended his arm and a gunshot changed the rest of her life. She heard her twin grunt and saw his body jerk.


Fear vanished under her instinctive urgency to get to Raoul. She ran. To help him, save him, give up her life for him. He was all she had in the world, the only one who mattered.

Blinded by grief, unaware of the loud gunplay going on around her, she fell to her knees next to his lifeless form. Before she had a chance to understand the danger, a man dashed out, swept her to the side and covered her with his own body.

“Keep down.” Rough, his hands hurting, he pushed her head under his chest while she wiggled to get back to Raoul. “Stop it. You’ll get us both killed.” His voice, hard and angry, drew her attention. She shook away from his hand and looked at him, trying to explain that the injured man was her brother and he needed help. When their eyes met, the bit of light from the building’s illumination revealed his face.

Deep blue eyes, encircled with a dark outer ring of pure determination, penetrated for an instant, an order clear and visible that only a man in command could produce. Compelled to obey, but overridden by her need to get to Raoul, she kept pushing at him, until she felt him jerk and heard his grunt of pain.

One of those monsters had shot her rescuer. Disbelief overwhelmed and in seconds the relentless fear returned. Imprisoned and helpless, the horror of the moment clawed at her sanity. Surrendering to its magnetic lure, darkness claimed her and she knew no more.

*** Sweet Retaliation is book #1 in the Mob Tracker Series.

Other books in this series are:

Book #2 – Sweet Justice – available here – AMAZON  KOBO  B&N  APPLE

Book #3 – Sweet Resolution – AMAZON  KOBO  B&N  APPLE

Book #4 Sweet Endings – to be released Nov 2017




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If you can believe it, I didn’t start off being a lover of romance (although I’ve always wanted my fiction to end happily unless I was reading horror). I thought romance was ‘mommy porn’ and never gave it a chance. Even though I used to read 2-3 books a week before becoming a writer, it was mostly mystery, horror, or fantasy genres.

One day, I picked up a Jayne Ann Krentz book from a hurt book table for $5. I thought it was a mystery… That’s how I entered the world of romantic suspense, and dang if I didn’t wish I’d found it sooner! Mystery and a happily ever after? You can’t beat that combination!!

I couldn’t come up with money fast enough to buy my next ‘fix’ and realized the reason my writing efforts weren’t going well was because I WASN’T a fantasy writer (which is what I’d been trying). My life was destined for the wonderful world of romance! I couldn’t be happier, and I’m so glad I joined this awesome group and was able to see the magic that you all see in romance novels!

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Love, Romance and Disabilities

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Sickness isn’t romantic. No one wants to start off wanting the worst in For Better or Worst.

But people get sick, they become injured, they change. Can you remember the last book or movie you watched where the hero and herione weren’t in perfect health, if not slightly superhuman?

Unless of course, you’ve watched a disease of the week movie, as one friend described them. And in that case the disability or injury IS the whole movie – or book. Sometimes – often for me – that’s not the type of book or movie I really want to watch.

And as both a reader and writer there’s a part of me that says so what? I read for entertainment, for escape and I like perfect, shiny people. I want to live vicariously in a perfect body. Sometimes escapism is just what the doctor ordered and I don’t have a problem with that.

Given how prevalent in our society these issues are though, it’s amazing I cant’t think of one where the main character has fibromyalgia for instance, or diabetes, arthritis or maybe asthma. And I can see where a character could have these diseases and still be highly functioning.

It could definitely throw a wrench into their crime-fighting abilities. What about a hero who has asthma that’s under control and he NEVER needs his rescue inhaler? And where is it? Not on him. Talk about ratcheting up the tension!

And if a romance heroine has chronic fatigue how is the hero going to react? She looks just like everyone else. Why can’t she do a simple little thing like stop by his place after work and walk the dog? How is she going to react? What will she tell him and when of her illness?

And when she does how will he react? If he dumps her I’m not going to like him. I just watched a Keith Urban video on FB with his wife, Nicole Kidman. Their love for each other shone through in his song The Fighter and a character who reacted the way he does would melt anyone’s heart, mine for sure.

Death Of An Officer

RCMP funeral

RCMP funeral

On April 5th of this year, Const. Sarah Beckett, 32, died while on duty.

Earlier this week thousands came out for a regimental funeral, lining the roads along the procession route to a funeral in the West Shore Q arena. Red suited RCMP officers accompanied the black hearse, with a riderless horse, signifying a fallen police officer, walking ahead of the hearse, while an officer carrying her hat, walked behind.

Candle light vigils have been held in her honor and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences along with Premier Christie Clark, who also attended the funeral. Over 2,000 law enforcement officers, along with first responders, attended along with thousands from the general public.

I knew her. Not well, but by sight. When I came in the day she died one of the nurses asked me if I knew her and I didn’t know. She said I would because she’d been in many times. And as soon as I saw a photograph of her, I did.

She leaves behind a husband and two young children. My heart breaks for them. Yesterday they were a normal family and today a gaping hole has opened up in front of them. Family and friends will step forward to help, to fill the gaps.

But how do you replace a mother? How do you replace a wife? It’s not possible. They will have to find a way around their grief and to a new life, minus one.

None of the people I hear talking about her, are talking about her gun shooting skills or take down of dangerous criminals. Instead I hear people talking of her kindness and compassion.

She saw herself as both a mother and an RCMP officer. For that reason she moved a little faster when there was a call about a child, felt compelled to do more.

One young mother is remembering Sarah Beckett’s help in locating her young son when he went missing from his school. It was not a case of a child abducted, but a case of a child running away from school and towards his home, when things got a bit too much for him one day.

It was the mother in her, as much as the officer, that responded, coaxing the young boy out of his hiding place and talking to him about safety when she found him.

The people I’ve talked to, who knew her, all talk about her kindness, her ability to handle difficult situations with tact and humanity, so that even when she was asking someone to move along or telling them they couldn’t do what they wished to, they still felt valued.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulsen, praised her saying, “she was outraged by injustice and fought to make it right. She had no time for complacency and didn’t abide it. She had a knack for interviews and it followed a gift for engaging people. She was, in short, the archetypal modern Mountie. We will miss her.”

She will be missed. The world needs more Sarah Becketts.


The fourth in my Death By Chocolate Series, Soul Mates is out and available on Amazon.

Soul Mates CoverLove, romance and happily ever after. Isn’t that what we all want? The question is how far will someone go to get it? What happens when someone takes advantage? One of Maxine’s best friends, Tanya, has decided to open a dating service? What could possibly go wrong?