Coming soon: Cover Reveal for Autumn’s Kiss: Ten Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances

This is for the cover reveal sign up for this collection of 10 sweet romance short stories, releasing October 25th. Heat rating is sweet so no advisory is needed. All necessary materials will be sent out one week before the reveal. If you sign up, I will send an email reminder 48 hours before the post is supposed to go live. Do not post the reveal before October 25th. On pre-order here:

Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.
Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper – Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

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I write kick ass heroine fantasy stories. Why?

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction Contest
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction Contest

I write kick ass heroine fantasy stories. Why, you may wonder…


I loved fairy tales and folk tales, but when I was a kid I never saw any adventure stories about strong girls and young women. So that’s what I write about. I write what I wish I could have read when I was young.

More about my fantasy here.


We need role models.


I want to be the hero I’m waiting for.

If not me, who?
If not now, when?

"If I am not for myself, who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" -- Hillel the Elder
“If I am not for myself, who is for me? And being for my own self, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?” — Hillel the Elder


I chose fiction to be my art and love first and foremost stories about strong young women. Read an excerpt about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer here.


Kick ass heroines make the rules and rock. Here’s seven posts I wrote on the characteristics of bad ass or kick ass heroines and their archetypes.

Which kick ass heroines do you like? Comment below. Thanks!

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Why I Like Watching Sports

Stanford women's basketball spring 2014
Stanford women’s basketball spring 2014 c. Beth Barany All Rights Reserved

I love watching the excellence of the human body. I love watching the clarity in the athletes’ eyes. I love watching the strategy, focus, and endurance.

A friend brought me to the Stanford women’s basketball this past spring. I really enjoyed watching the game live. Next on my list is a live professional league basketball game, women and mens’.

I played drums in high school and college for a few years, so have seen plenty of live high school and college football games.

I especially love viewing sports movies based on a true story.

Most recently, I enjoyed Kevin Costner’s film, DRAFT DAY.

DRAFT DAY with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner
DRAFT DAY with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner

I like watching football, soccer, basketball, track and field, tennis, rugby.

I’m not into watching golf, baseball, swimming, diving.

Which sports do you love watching and why?

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Meet My Character: Sarah Redman from Parisian Amour

Meet My Character Blog Hop Monday: Sarah Redman
Meet My Character Blog Hop Monday: Sarah Redman

Hi and Welcome to the Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop! This week I’m going to introduce you to Sarah Redman, the heroine of Parisian Amour, my third novella in the series. (The four novellas are listed in order here.)

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Sarah is the hero, or if you like heroine, of Parisian Amour. She’s fictional, sprung from my fertile imagination.

When and where is the story set?

The story is set in one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris, France, in contemporary times during a stormy December.

What should we know about her?

Sarah is a serious, hard-working, professional woman guy. She loves the outdoors, hanging out with her girlfriends, and going on survivalist trips and tested herself against the environment. In other words, one of her hobbies is going on adventures.

What messes up her life?

She’s bored and wants a change and thinks that change will be a new job in Paris. But that job falls through and her life changes.

What is the main conflict? 

close-up-sarah-waldmanIn Parisian, Amour, Sarah gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man, Josh Kleine, who attracts her more than she wants to admit. And she doesn’t believe in love, thinks the attraction is a distraction to finding their way out, and doesn’t want to admit to anything paranormal happening.


What is the personal goal of the character? 

She wants an adventure, but one she can understand.

Where can we read more about it? 

Check out an excerpt here. You can purchase the novella from these vendors:

Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes


ABOUT Parisian Amour

“A Hallmark-type romance with a twist of magic!”

What if a dragon lived under the city of Paris?

Parisian Amour by Beth BaranySarah Redman, a bank project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit.

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales?

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

***A short novel. This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words.***

Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.


Visit the other authors on today’s Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop

Now here are 4 wonderful writers you should know as part of the Meet My Character Monday Blog Hop:

  1. Emily  Gatrell
  2. Jennifer Reynolds
  3. Dawn Singh
  4. Ashlei D Hawley
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Read Henrietta The Dragon Slayer for Free on Wattpad

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction ContestNews: I’m loading Henrietta The Dragon Slayer one chapter at a time at Wattpad. Two chapters have been loaded so far. Check them out here.

You don’t need to create an account to read people’s stories there. But you do need to create a free account if you want weekly updates when I load a new chapter.

If you don’t want to wait for the weekly updates, you can always purchase the book in print or in ebook format.

As you may know, book 2, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone is out now, and I’m working on preparing book 3 right now — clarifying characters, setting up the conflicts, expanding the world.


Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?


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Thank You Notes Fridays, Inspired by Jimmy Fallon (Friday, Oct. 10, 2014)

Thank You Notes a la Jimmy Fallon

Cue melodic piano music…

“Thank you for Vlogtober —  a place to stretch my video wings.”

“Thank you for women comedians who make me bend of with laughter, like Jan Hooks. (RIP)”

“Thank you for my cats, who purr their love and contentment.”

“Thank you for #MonthofCats my friend Nicole is creating. They make me smile every day.”

What are you thankful for?

Share in the comments below. Thanks!

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BLOG TOUR STOP: Diamond Heiress by Ruth Roberts

image of Diamond Heiress by Ruth Roberts
Diamond Heiress by Ruth Roberts

Today we feature a guest post by romance author, Ruth Roberts, during her blog tour for her book, Diamond Heiress.

Diamond Heiress by Ruth Roberts was released October 8th. It contains all the clean romance, glitz and glitter of the rich and famous you have come to expect from Ruth.

I hope you enjoy the except below.

Excerpt of Diamond Heiress

Nick and Brielle arrived at the Diamond Ball, held in the ballroom of Wakefield Castle, fashionably late. When their driver pulled up the winding driveway, a long line of limousines with passengers waiting to exit blocked the way. As each limo stopped at the red carpet, its glittering occupants alighted, assisted by a footman. Paparazzi lined the entrance, hoping to get a picture of some celebrity or of royalty. Tonight’s ball was a mixture of both. Nick and Brielle enjoyed champagne in the limousine while they waited their turn. Outwardly, she appeared very composed, but he sensed her unease. “You look beautiful tonight,” he said. “You also look nervous. Is there a reason?” She was accustomed to attending this type of function.

“I’m not nervous, just excited.” Her smile looked forced.

Nick raised a brow. He knew her well enough to realize there was something she wasn’t telling him.

Finally, their limousine pulled up to the front of the castle. A footman opened the door, and the moment Nick stepped out, cameras started flashing. He reached in for Brielle’s hand and helped her out. Cameras continued flashing until they reached the entrance. Once inside, Nick helped Brielle remove her shimmering white satin cape. She looked absolutely breathtaking in an ice blue silk gown that began as a halter top. The back plunged to her waist and ended in a swirl at her feet, fitting nicely to all her curves on the way down. On her neck, she wore an incredible twenty-five carat diamond necklace with a ten-carat diamond at the center. The long matching earrings caught the light as she moved. Diamonds encircled her wrist. Her large mahogany curls were held up by a string of diamonds twisted through them, a few curling tendrils falling at her nape and cheeks, softening her face. She was stunning, and Nick was rendered speechless by the sight of her. She looked like an angel.

Brielle nudged his arm. “Is something wrong?”

He wanted to sweep her into his arms and kiss her senseless, but couldn’t, because he’d rumple her gown and people entered behind them to check their coats. Instead, he held out his arm. “Shall we head into the ballroom, my kitten?”

They reached the landing of the large marble staircase leading into the ballroom. The sight below was magnificent. There were easily six hundred people already in attendance, men in tuxedos and women dripping with jewels wearing splendid gowns. Several large crystal chandeliers hung from the high ceiling. Full-length marble pillars designated the dance floor, where magnificent-looking couples waltzed. Waiters moved among the guests with trays of champagne and hors d’oeuvres. People laughed and talked, enjoying themselves. The sight was awe-inspiring.

Nick and Brielle descended the staircase, arm in arm. Across the room, a man couldn’t manage to tear his eyes off them, or rather, Brielle. Nick recognized him as Christophe Beauvais, a notorious playboy who also happened to be the son of Jean Luc Beauvais, founder of Beauvais Jewels, Santorini’s French rival. Christophe did not let his eyes wander from Brielle as they walked down the stairs.

Christophe raised his glass to Brielle in a silent toast. Brielle looked away quickly, but her step faltered, and he tightened his grip to keep her from falling.


Romance novelist Ruth Roberts lives in the Big D, where city life abounds but where the wide open spaces of Texas can be easily reached. Her books transport readers to the glittering life of high-society, while making the characters normal, fun people we would all like to have as friends. She loves reading, writing and Gilmore Girls. She and her teenage daughter call themselves the real life Gilmore Girls. Her very own romantic hero of twenty years is her greatest inspiration and support. She loves

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GUEST AUTHOR: Beyond Being a Ninja: Karen Haber Discusses Kayla John Reed, The Heroine of Woman Without A Shadow Series


Enjoy this guest post from author, Karen Haber, where she shares about her kickass heroine and being beyond a ninja!


When I was planning the Woman Without A Shadow series, I wanted to create a science fiction saga about a young girl who was smart, brave, resilient, and forced to become a warrior. Bottom line: I wanted to write about a character who could protect and save herself rather than wait to be saved.  I wanted her to be a hero – the hero – of her own life.

One of the best things about science fiction is the opportunity it provides for unique situations, settings, and characters. My protagonist, Kayla John Reed, faces all kinds of unusual challenges including alien creatures, space pirates, spies and conspiracies.

Writing a science fiction series about Kayla meant I could have her do all the things I’d always wanted to see girls do:  commanding spaceships, leading revolutions, being as tough – if not tougher – than the guys —  and smarter.  That was part of the fun of writing this series. But  a kickass heroine must be more than just a ninja. There’s more to her than physical prowess.

Kayla’s journey from orphaned miner to the leader of a revolutionary force begins with her heart not her fists. As her tale unfolds over the three books, she learns about herself, her strengths, and her feelings. With each book, I learned more about who she was, and that, in turn, influenced how I wrote about her. By the third book, I felt like Kayla John Reed was an old friend.

One of her defining characteristics is her courage. She’s not fearless, but she doesn’t allow it to control her, either.  She acknowledges it and moves forward. She meets every challenge head-on.

Kayla is self-sufficient.  She’s an orphan. No one will take care of her. She must take care of herself.

She’s physically strong.  If you’re going to be working in the mines, or working with on a spaceship, or leading revolutions, strength is a big asset.

One of the key elements to her strength is her resilience. The things that hurt her do not destroy her.

When we first meet her, she is already in a dangerous situation: working as a miner inside an unstable planetoid. She is accustomed to facing danger on a daily basis. The explosion that kills her parents and closes the mines on her home world propels her into a new life where she must be on guard at every moment. Her instincts are good and she protects herself by using her unique mind powers as well as her physical strength

She is confident, and certain of her rights.  When her parents die and her inheritance is challenged, she fights back. Kayla must bear the wounds of becoming an orphan and being forced to relinquish her birthright, flee for her life, and make a new community in a new place very different from where she began.

Kayla has unusual mind powers that enable her to affect the thoughts and emotions of others. She can use these powers in an aggressive way but also in a healing way. She accepts the responsibility that comes with her unusual mind powers. She is respectful of others and does not utilize her abililty to reach into other people’s minds and emotions unless she is in jeopardy, and then only reluctantly. She has a moral code.

Most important: She is a human being. She must be likeable. Not an invincible superwoman, but a growing, changing person able to adjust to whatever challenge she encounters. I kept this concept in mind as I wrote each day’s pages.

Writing about Kayla allowed me to explore what it means to be heroic. She didn’t choose to be a warrior. She is a hero because of her character, her determination, her strength, and resilience, her willingness to embrace change, and her response to the challenges that confront her. She doesn’t cling to the past. She moves forward. Sometimes, in order to move forward, she must move sideways, first.

She’s strong but human

That’s what makes her a kickass heroine.



Karen-0907 final webKaren Haber is the author of nine novels including the Woman Without A Shadow series: Woman Without A Shadow, The War Minstrels, Sister Blood, and The Mutant Season series,  available from ReAnimus Press.  She is the author of  Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, and co-author of Science of the X-Men. She is a Hugo Award nominee for Meditations on Middle Earth, an essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien. Her newest book, The Sweet Taste of Regret, a collection of short fiction, was just published by ReAnimus Press.

Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine , The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many anthologies. New stories will be appearing in the upcoming Unidentified Funny Objects 3  edited by Alex Shvartsman and in The Madness of Cthulhu edited by S.T. Joshi.  In her alternate persona  as an art journalist, she authored  Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, and Transitions: Todd Lockwood,  and reviews art books for Locus Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Robert Silverberg, and three venerable cats.





























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Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.

On pre-order now! AUTUMN’S KISS

Autumn’s Kiss: Ten Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances

Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.

Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper – Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary
For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?

CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.
For Thomas Martin, feelings don’t get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he’s determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel’s magic touch two more hearts?

THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary
Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina’s heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel
Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.

A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical
After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage… or she may lose everything.

THE LONELY SHOPKEEPER. Cindy Flores Martinez. Contemporary
Lately, Judy has been too busy for love. Running a small business in her hometown occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, a visitor from Scotland, it’s chemistry at first sight–and impossible. He’s not here to stay. She’s not willing to move. What will happen when they fall in love?

RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical
After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can’t remember who she is. She’s highborn, obviously, so it’s only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she’s a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.

SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary
For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father’s mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica’s worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.

VIKING FOR HIRE. Jo Grafford. Historical.
Branwyn O’Tyre is convinced her estranged brother plans to arrest her for witchcraft, so she drinks a protection potion before he arrives. A Viking sea captain, living under a curse, witnesses her magic and offers her an escape if only she will help him. The hitch? If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will be his forever.

THE WITCHING WELL. KristyTate. Time Travel
Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see–or kiss.

Buy now. You’ll get it on Oct. 25, 2014.

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