Working Heroines

My heroines have guts. They are all career women who struggle and succeed. But their world is not centered around work only. They often carry a heavy load on their own. Single mother, or a woman hiding a physical handicap, or even one trudging despite an emotional turmoil, they often represent the strong modern women around us.

Once upon a time, I was the career woman who had to struggle to succeed in a man’s world for thirty years. And I made it. But I was lucky to have a supporting husband at my side. My heroines are alone and will find love after their long battle.

Three heart-warming Christmas stories in the Love You Doc Series.


When novice skier Gabriella Levano finds herself stuck on a dangerous slope, volunteer ski patroller Dr. Nathan Dutton guides her safely down the hill and offers her lessons to improve her skills. Spending time together on the slopes, Nathan and Gabriella are attracted to each other. An orthopedic surgeon, Nathan promises to fix an old injury to her knee that afflicts her with pain and gives her a limp. Gabriella is afraid to let him examine her. So many men have mocked her in the past. So many doctors have assured her she may end up in a wheelchair if anyone touches the injured nerves of her knee. Can she trust Nathan with her love and her knee?


LOVE IN THE ER: Book 2 of Love You Doc Series.

Following a traumatic experience as an ER attending physician, Dr. Sophia Dixon vows never to set foot in that department again. After completing a new residency, she applies for a position in Internal Medicine (IM). When she receives an offer at St. Emmanuel Hospital, not in IM as she hoped, but in the ER, her first reaction is to refuse. Yet she badly needs money to support herself and her three-year-old daughter, help her mother, repair her parents’ crumbling house, and…

Dr. Ryan Todd is the perfect boss, professional and courteous, and Sophia easily adjusts to her new job. While multiplying their effort in the ER, Ryan and Sophia get closer. Over the next few months, they exchange passionate kisses and Sophia often ends the night in Ryan’s arms at his condo. A no-commitment situation that suits them both. But she doesn’t share the pain and the secrets of her past.

When the truth comes out, Ryan is frustrated by her lack of trust and her continuous guilt feelings. Yet he doesn’t hesitate to brave a hurricane for her sake. Will Sophia ever be able to redeem herself and reach a closure?

A COMPLETE FAMILY is Book 1 of Love You Doc Series.

Nurse Melody has an adorable four-year-old girl, a protective German shepherd, a meddling neighbor-nanny. But Dr. Aidan wants to give her a complete family.

Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish by Nancy Radke

I like writing stories with some humor in them, often using animals such as the dog,
Brat, in Avalanche Puppy. My book, Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish, in the Dear Santa set centers around Percival, a mule that won’t stay in his corral. The owner of the mule, Zsuzsa, writes a letter to Santa asking for a strong man who will fix her fences. Percival discovers the horses at a neighboring ranch and always ends up visiting there. Since that ranch is owned by two handsome cowboys, Glen and Kevin, the mule becomes the link to bring Kevin and Zsuzsa together. Glen has his romance told in my next story, which will be a short one in our New Year’s Shorts set.

I’ve always owned horses, not mules, but my father, a wheat and cattle rancher, used
four horses and thirty-six mules to pull his combine and other farm equipment, back
in the time before tractors. His favorite riding animal was a white mule, which he
preferred over the horses. I wrote about another mule, one called General Wheezer, in my book, The Quietest Woman in the South. That mule was lethal at both ends, but put a small child on him, and he was the perfect babysitter.

The Dear Santa set contains 18 brand new novellas by your favorite authors. Here’s a short video overview.

My romances are always clean and wholesome, although if there are villains, I do kill them off in various ways. I usually write one novel and three novellas a year. Look for my books under my name and also in many of the Authors’ Billboard sets.

What would the holiday season be without a party? We are holding a Facebook Party with lots of gifts at our ABB Party Place. Be sure to preorder the Dear Santa set so that you’ll have it this month.


“Love, Christmas” Blog Post #1 by Mimi Barbour #mgtab


Today it’s my pleasure to be the first to write a blog about my novella, Frosty the Snowman… one of the twenty brand new novellas in the “Love, Christmas” collection.

This book is dedicated to my winner in our earlier Christmas Carol Contest: Stacie Williams. Congratulations, Stacie. I’ll be sending your book to you on Oct 18th – as soon as it’s released.

You’ll probably notice on the cover that we wrote Snowpup over Snowman in the title. There’s a very good reason why I chose to do that. You see, in this story, Frosty is a Samoyed puppy, a cute little menace who is instrumental in making life for our hero and heroine very difficult. Stranded in the Alaskan wilderness – being forced to land the small plane because of a storm – the two strangers naturally have to rely on each other. Little Frosty makes life much more challenging and they suffer because of his naughtiness. But he also earns their affection, while at the same time; they discover just how perfect they are for each other.

Now I chose the title, Frosty the Snowman, because I’m a lover of Samoyeds and years ago, living with my husband in the Yukon, he surprised me with a Samoyed puppy for my birthday. We called her Pegi. She was wonderful, loved by everyone in the mining camp where we lived and worked, especially the children. Just like Frosty in the story, Pegi would push her snout into the fresh snow and end up with it heaped on her face and her fluffy white body would be covered. When we’d laugh, she’d lift her head, flash us that adorable Samoyed grin and we’d joke about her being our little snow pup.

When it came time for me to write a new story for the collection and I was to select a Christmas carol, I’ll admit to having an ulterior motive in choosing this song. Last year, I wrote a trilogy called Holiday Heartwarmers. At the beginning, 3 Samoyed puppies were abandoned in a box, in a park. As each little bundle of mischief escaped, they found their new family and like furry little cupids working magic, each of the couples who adopted them found romance.


So… once I’d decided to write another puppy story, you can see why changing the trilogy into a series – so I could make Frosty the Snowman Holiday Heartwarmers Book #4 – just seemed to make a lot of sense.


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