About Mimi Barbour

NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She also has many single titles and a huge number of box sets - her own and multi-author collections. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She's been known to say: "If I can steal a booklover's attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I've done my job." **Visit her blogs at http://mimibarbour.com / http://Authorsbillboard.com **Sign up for her monthly newsletter at http://mimibarbour.com Her reviews are numerous and incredibly positive: "Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints." ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller

Fictional stories based on real people…!

The Undercover FBI Series – At this time there are 7 standalone books to the series, with the 8th in the pipeline.

I started writing these books back in April of 2014, and I came up with the idea when a friend of mine had built his own plane and took me for a ride. All I could think about was how cool it would be to have a character who could fly her own plane.

The FBI connection came soon after when I decided I wanted to write a series about kick-ass characters and not be restrained by their gender. I mean, there are as many strong, cagey, classy women in law enforcement as there are men…. Right?

After I started writing Special Agent Francesca, book #1, I’d found my niche. It was fun… pure unadulterated fun to let my imagination roam while I forced her into conflict after conflict that would test her mettle. Since I love humor, it seeped through. Many of my Amazon and Goodread reviews have mentioned that the book is enjoyable for that reason.

After I wrote the first book, my hubby asked me to write the next one with a male protagonist, and he suggested I call the agent Finnegan. Just the name sparked all kinds of fun situations and it became my Christmas book for that year. This time, I added a secondary character called Joker who was Finnegan’s Irish, New York bar-owner father. (It was the name my husband always used for his own Dad.)

That’s when I realized the beauty of having people I know being slipped into my fictional stories. Turns out, The Joker became a favorite – if most of the reviews are to be believed.

Since then, almost every book in the series has a character from my own life and it’s been a hoot to take the best from those I love and let the world see them as I do. (Special Agent Charli – the character Poppa John is a dead-ringer for my beloved pops. He’s funny, adorable and smart – just like the real Poppa John used to be. So many of his high jinks are factual which made it very enjoyable to write.)

My latest in the series – Special Agent Rylee – is also unique because my favorite niece brainstormed the plot with me. I wanted to set the story on a Caribbean Cruise, and she took it a step further, demanding a stowaway. Ha! I added two, one based on her own kitty. I wonder… did she recognize a few of the heroine’s sweeter peculiarities based on her own behavior?

The book in the pipeline is one I’ve been plotting in my head for some time. I lost my best friend – the only man I’ve ever wanted – last year, and his book will be tender-sweet to write. My guy was a hell of a character in life, so it’s going to be a real challenge to make Special Agent Murphy realistic with the many facets to his personality that the man I lived with for over 50 years was so respected for. But it will be done…

Mimi Barbour, Author

Amazon author page: http://bit.ly/MimiBarbourAmazon 

My website: http://www.mimibarbour.com/

Or follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MimiBarbour

Or on Facebook:  Mimi Barbour Fan page

or

Write to me anytime. I love to hear from my readers… xo

mailto:mimibarbour66@gmail.com

 

No! It can’t be 2019 already?! Seriously?? Where did the time go! #mgtab @mimisgang1

Okay – someone smack me on the side of the head. It’s New Year ’s Day for 2019 and I honestly don’t know what happened to the last few months of 2018.

Have you ever had a year like that?

It’s mind-warping.

I used to hate the days when I was younger that seem to go on forever, but I’d sure like a few of them now.  You know those days where the time went by so slowly that you filled them in with frivolous things like reading a book, going for long walks or talking on the phone to as many friend’s who’d answer when they saw your name on their caller ID.

Nowadays, if I force myself to do some of those things, I’m finding myself in a rush, walking double time and skimming the book pages rather than letting each word sink in.

To make things even worse, I allow guilt to attack because I haven’t called people for so long they probably won’t recognise my voice. And… because so much time has passed, I can’t stand the thought of that tiny tone of sarcasm when they go on about how long it’s been since they’ve heard back from you – even though they left a number of messages…. awww just shoot me now!

So – it’s time to instigate some changes, to live every day, stringing things out for as long as it’s possible. I’m thinking that when we slow down, so will the clocks. When we stop thinking we need to rush around, maybe we’ll have moments of boredom, moments when we can fill in with special pastimes like lunch with a friend, joining new groups to follow interests we’ve always set aside or maybe to finish a lot of projects that are decorated with cobwebs all over the bags.

What a fantastic idea!!

It would be so sweet to get to the end of week without saying, OMG it’s already Friday???

My wish to all of you wonderful friends is to have your inner clocks slow down. To live every day to the fullest! To fill yourself with so enjoyment in life that once the end of the week arrives, you will think I can’t believe how much I accomplished, my days were filled and I loved every long minute.

I also want to take this moment to thank you for supporting our wonderful authors here at the Authors’ Billboard. We will never forget your unbelievable kindness.

Big hugs and lots of loving wishes,

Happy New Year!

XO

Mimi

 

Goodies everywhere! How fair is that? Maybe I found a cure… uhhh nope! #mgtab

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Christmas is over and that awful ho-hum is upon us. All the hustle and bustle to get everything ready for the big day is gone, the presents have been opened and the fabulous food is just added pounds on thighs that are now feeling a teensy bit ashamed of the overload (speaking personally here….. gulp!)

Even the holiday company has departed with hugs and big kisses, thank yous for their lovely gifts and a heartwarming, see-you-soon good-bye. It leaves the house rather empty.

Wrong!

It leaves all the rest of the food they brought with them and wouldn’t take home….

Seriously??!!

You’re killing me here. I swear my intentions were to dump that Red Velvet chocolate yule log in the garbage before I made an arse out of myself by eating a goodly portion of it.

That old adage about waiting to lose weight until January 1st as one’s aspiration for a New Year goal is playing in my head with every cookie, handful of nuts and Turtle I’ve eaten. I’ll need two Fit Bits – one for each arm – if I keep this up.

So, I’m figuring to take a garbage bag with me as I raid the cupboards, fridges and freezers to rid myself of all this temptation.

It’s a blasted good idea.

And I’m thinking I should get busy.

Hold it – what if company drops by tomorrow?

OMG – what if my kids surprise me and come home on for the New Year holiday, expecting their treats?

Hell, what if I just sew my lips together….

🙂

From the ladies at the Author’s Billboard to all of our friends – a Christmas wish to you! #mgtab @mimisgang1

As the world knows, Christmas is the time to be with family and friends and to relish their companionship and love. Every year, I look forward to this season like a child who still believes in Santa Claus.

And though, in my own family, we’ve had two very sad events happen in 2018, I can still say with truth and a few tears, I will bless this holiday that’s bringing my family to me. We’ll enjoy some good laughs, wonderful food, fun gifts and… make every minute count that we’re together.

Another true blessing I, and the other authors at the Billboard have, are each other. It has been an honor and a privilege working with this group of amazing, intelligent women. We care about each other and are always willing to step up to help anyone in need with advice, support and kind words. In fact, we’ve worked together so well that we’ve made a huge success of this website; our numerous multi-author box collections and each of our separate careers have become more successful because of this karma. It’s wonderful!

And so this Christmas, I give my thanks for the gifts I’ve already received and have left Santa a very short list:

Right on the top is that you all have a VERY merry Christmas.

Hugs,

Mimi