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Publication Order of Pax Books

Playing for Time (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine Madness (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honeymoon Hotel (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All We Know of Heaven (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rocky Hill Holiday Books

Mrs. Scrooge (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bundle Of Joy (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just In Time (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Annie's Gift (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wilde Books

Operation: Husband (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Operation: Baby (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shelter Rock Cove Books

A Soft Place to Fall (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girls of Summer (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Idle Point, Maine Books

At Last (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someone Like You (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sugar Maple Books

Casting Spells (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Laced with Magic (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spun By Sorcery (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charmed (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spells & Stitches (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enchanted (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enraptured (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enthralled - The Decision (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Billionaire Lovers Books

Her Bad Boy Billionaire Lover (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess and the Billionaire (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Home Front Books

Where or When (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Men: Made in America Books

Nobody's Baby (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Close to Home Books

Mother Knows Best (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sail Away (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Century of American Dreams Books

Sentimental Journey (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger in Paradise (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Born in the USA Series Books

Daddy's Girl (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dangerous To Love USA Series Books

The Reluctant Bride (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Paradise Point Books

Shore Lights (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chances Are (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jersey Strong Books

Maybe This Time (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleeping Alone (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Around (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day We Met (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Like Heaven (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Desserts (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Time Travel Trilogy Books

Somewhere in Time (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomorrow and Always (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destinys Child (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Love Changes (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweetest Of Debts (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Safe Place (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starfire (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Promises In The Night (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Edge of Forever (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shooting Star (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Harmony (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Lover (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire's Lady (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One and Only (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Pleasures (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forever in Time (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We'll Always Have Paris (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

I Do, I Do . . . Again (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marrying Man (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year the Cat Saved Christmas (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Second Time Around (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Safe Haven Books

The Message (By: Stella Cameron) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Measure of Deceit (By: Caroline Burnes) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Gentle the Dawn (By: Lindsay McKenna) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life Line (By: Rebecca York) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Currents (By: Caroline Burnes) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reluctant Bride (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hired Hand (By: Elizabeth Bevarly) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Heat (By: Patricia Rosemoor) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Prince (By: Muriel Jensen) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tempting Faith (By: Susan Mallery) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Haven in His Arms (By: Phyllis Halldorson) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Odd Man Out (By: B.J. Daniels) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
True Lies (By: Ingrid Weaver) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Midnight Hour (By: Alicia Scott) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caitlin's Guardian Angel (By: Marie Ferrarella) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
His Friend's Wife (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badlands Bride (By: Cheryl St. John) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Suitable Bodyguard / The Bodyguard (By: Kathryn Shay) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marrying Kind (By: Beverly Bird) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Only Child (By: Carolyn McSparren) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Renegade's Redemption (By: Lindsay Longford) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunset Promises (By: Carla Cassidy) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amnesiac Bride (By: Marie Ferrarella) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Sender (By: Merline Lovelace) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clay Yeager's Redemption (By: Justine Davis) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keeping Annie Safe (By: Beverly Barton) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her Private Bodyguard (By: Gayle Wilson) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inadmissible Passion (By: Ann Voss Peterson) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Good Man (By: Julie Miller) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets and Lies (By: Maggie Shayne) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Memories of Megan (By: Rita Herron) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Touch Me In The Dark (By: Patricia Rosemoor) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of More Than Men Books

A Wish...and a Kiss (By: Margaret St. George) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neptune's Bride (By: ) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forever Always (By: Rebecca Flanders) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cinderman (By: Anne Stuart) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kissed by the Sea (By: Rebecca Flanders) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Invisible Groom (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Baby Maker (By: Jule McBride) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Little Something Extra (By: Pam McCutcheon) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red-Hot Ranchman (By: Victoria Pade) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adam's Kiss (By: Mindy Neff) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just One Touch (By: ) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Touch Me Not (By: Julie Kistler) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dark and Stormy Night (By: Anne Stuart) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Cast of Characters(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

An American writer hailing from New York, the author of romance and contemporary fiction Barbara Bretton is a world renowned writer with many of her readers coming from a diverse and expansive background. Knowing her market well, she has managed to amass herself a following over the years throughout her career that would be the envy of any up-and-coming novelist hoping to make a break into the industry. Focusing largely on romance, she has been able to transform the genre into something new and original, creating her own niche in the process, building something different, as she subverts the cliches and conventions of the genre.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1950 on the 25th of June, Barbara Bretton was born and raised in the vicinity of New York City, just on the outskirts, where she grew up with a strong passion for both reading and writing. Focusing on both reading and writing throughout her childhood, she held a love of the written word that would inform her adult writing career that was to follow. Taking the time out to follow it up in her spare time, it was always more of a hobby for her, as she would fully take it up later on in life at the age of thirty-one years old.

Taking in inspiration from the world around her around her, it was her experiences that would greatly inform both her and her work, building it into her material. Whilst she started to become more formally educated in the craft at thirty-one when she would start to take it up full-time, she always held a keen passion for it throughout her life. This is something that never went away, especially as she started to elaborate on it later on, with her writing career finally coming to fruition upon the debut of her initial novel.

Having had a number of experience prior to becoming an author, it was these life experiences that she was able to put into her work, giving a sense of grounded realism unlike any other. Knowing what her readers wanted as well has been one of her key attributes too, as she provides her audience with more of what they’re looking for. Whilst there is a populist dimension to her work, though, she has also attracted the attention of many a critic and reviewer over the years as well, with many also singing her praises.

Still writing to this very day, she has a lot more to come yet as she continues to write from her home living near Princeton in New Jersey. Spending a lot of time with her husband in Maine too, she constantly manages to come up with new ideas that help inform her next up-and-coming novel. With a lot more to come, she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, as her writing career carries on into the foreseeable future for some time to come.

Writing Career

Sending out her first manuscript on the 21st of February in 1982, she soon received a response telling her that she was going to be published and the rest is history. Bringing out ‘Love Changes’ in 1983 through the Harlequin romance publishing label she was soon well on her way to becoming a fully fledged romance novelist. Creating a number of other novels after that, along with a collection of series and franchises, she went on to become one of the most prolific authors in the industry to date.

With over eight separate franchises so far, along with a number of different stand-alone books as well, she definitely has an extensive backlog of work. Bringing out series such as her PAX line of books that transpose the romantic genre against that of the anti-terrorist agency, combining both suspense and romance. Alongside this there’s also other series including her ‘Rocky Hill Holiday’ series of novels, set around the location as well as thematically following the seasonal holidays for each title in the series.

Winning awards over the years as well, she has also managed to garner a huge amount of critical acclaim as well as her commercial success. Receiving recognition for her various contributions to the genre and the art-form, she has managed to amass herself a huge amount of positive attention over the years. This has allowed her to not only become highly regarded by both her peers and contemporaries alike, but has also helped her achieve commercial success as well.

Over the years she has also seen a number of her articles being published throughout a variety of highly prestigious publications as well. With outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Home News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Romantic Times, Herald News and the Somerset Gazette publishing her work she has gone on to become one of the most prolific authors to date. Not only that, but she has also starred on NPR on the Susan Stamberg Show, another highly regarded media appearance, leading to her becoming a highly regarded author and writer.

With a lot more more to come yet, she will continue to write and publish her work at a regular and consistent rate, something which her many fans have come to appreciate over the years. Maintaining a presence in the industry, she keeps up a lot of other hobbies as well, such as knitting, as she ensures that her personal life informs her professional work and vice-versa. It’s this balance that makes sure that there’s plenty more novels planned on the horizon, thus ensuring that her career will grow from strength-to-strength for some time yet.

Destiny’s Child

Originally published in 1995 on the 1st of August, this was first brought out through the Mira Books publishing label, a title that was released during the early stages of Bretton’s career. Marking the third and final title in the ongoing Time Travel Trilogy, it combines elements of fantasy to illuminate its more romantic underpinnings. A creative and interesting title, it brings the narrative of the previous two to a close, giving the entire trilogy a sense of closure, with a franchise that really helped establish many of her big ideas.

Featuring the story of Dakota this time it sees her not exactly understanding men in great detail, as she soon finds herself pitted up against Patrick Devane. An angry and extremely stubborn man the two of them initially clash, something which infuriates him as nobody has ever challenged him before. Not only that he’s never allowed a woman to get close to him during the course of his life, not even his daughter, something which Dakota is dismayed by as she feels the young girl needs a family. Will she overcome his barriers? Can they make an item? What will become of destiny’s child?

Spun By Sorcery

Initially released through the Berkley publishing house this time, it was released on the 2nd of November in 2010 to an already eager audience. Marking the third title in the ongoing ‘Sugar Maple’ series of novels, it really works at bringing and incorporating the many elements from the previous novels and making them work in a new setting. Alongside this it also manages to provide a number of twists and turns as well, something which keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seats and guessing right until the very end.

Starting out with Chloe looking to settle down with her husband to be Luke Mackenzie, she was hoping to make a life for herself in the town of Sugar Maple. That’s going to be difficult, though, especially when the town and everyone in it has disappeared completely off the map nowhere to be found. Entering the scene is her old friend Janice with her cat in tow as, despite Chloe’s best efforts with her ‘Book of Spells’, she can’t find anything, but that’s going to all change as they head back to Salem. Will they find where Sugar Maple has disappeared to? Can they uncover the truth? What exactly has been spun by sorcery?

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