Veronica’s #WritersDiary, Catalina #Quarantine!

Be still my #lockdown heart! (well, not too still now, 2020, #Justsayin…) We’re off to Catalina for a #quarantine adventure this week, spending a few days away from home for the first time since March. I’ve packed my masks and hand sanitizer, tennies and water shoes (the beaches in Catalina are extremely rocky which allows the water to be crystal clear, but wreaks havoc on the soles of your feet) and sunhats galore (we are in the midst of an August heatwave that has everyone in summer meltdown).

It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that this may be our first (and perhaps only) trip since #quarantine began, but hey, I plan on enjoying every second of our island adventure while I can! This past week in California, we’ve had rolling blackouts, fire tornados (Firenado movies, coming soon!), earthquake outbursts (is the San Andreas gearing up for a #2020 shake, rattle and roll?) and flash flood warnings in the midst of a drought…can’t make it up.

So for now, I plan on walking the trails, zipping around in our island golf cart to see the sights and views, and relish the ocean breezes on my face. It’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

Hearth Fires cover with ouija board background

Hearth Fires is available for pre-order!

So excited, we’ll be releasing Hearth Fires this #LaborDayWeekend (Sept 7th)! You can pre-order your copy here:

Hearth Fires marketing and promo, a #writer’s work is never done!

A big shoutout to Morgan Wright for our fabulous Hearth Fires scary tale teaser trailer↑ (turn up the sound and have a listen) and book cover animation↓! She’s has many new packages available and is now offering a wide range of animations to help you promote and market your books. In addition to these for Hearth Fires, I’m having new ones made up for my series books too (including teasers and book reviews)–coming soon! Highly recommended, @WritingCommunity! Check out her services here:

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#AmReading #AmReviewing

Sizzling, steamy romance this week from the writers of Twitter…

Author Shanna Swenson, Abundance Legacy: The Abundance Series: Book 5, 5 STARS

Rudely dumped and still seething in Houston, NASA astrophysicist and engineer, Dr. Savannah Kinsen takes her frustration out on a handsome cowboy she briefly encounters in a bid to purchase a charming rocking horse before she returns home. Barbs are traded and sparks fly, but little do they know their futures are about to meet up again, this time in a honkytonk hangout in Abundance.

Vanna (Savvy) and Austin have an unplanned, steamy encounter that leaves them both breathless–until their romp in the hay encounter is interrupted by her dad, Jack, who also happens to be Austin’s boss. It’s not Austin’s first visit to the hayloft and Jack does not want his daughter involved with the perceived playboy trainer. Family tensions, break-ups and make-ups, ne’er-do-wells, mayoral aspirations, lethal conflicts and a horrendous twister take Vanna and Austin’s relationship on a roller coaster ride. Will their love survive? Or will career, events and family pressures put an end to their romance?

Author Swenson’s Abundance romance series is one I have had the pleasure to enjoy for a few years now. I love the characters and the chance to watch them grow and develop in each book. Every read in the series is like a family reunion of sorts, and is a delight to catch up with the characters you’ve come to know. I’ve truly enjoyed my reading jaunts to Abundance–land of mystery, romance and steamy encounters that intertwine the residents’ and visitors’ lives. This final book in the series is highly recommended–if you’re in the mood for breathtaking romance, Texas style, Abundance is the place to be!


Next up in the #reading queue:


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It’s our 13th #BOOKEM chat today at 1:45pm EDT!

Woot, woot, it’s our 13th show today and I’m on deck; Lucky 13 and the Bat Lady! I’ll be in my full bat finest as I talk about my stories in the Hearth Fires collection; Author Sheila Patel’s Magic Vodka Wardrobe series, and dish a few words on Catalina. Join me for a bit of #Halloween in August fun!

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The #website is coming, the #website is coming!

Stay tuned–the data is migrating and I hope to make my ‘official’ website debut very soon! Thanks again for the fabulous technical and production skills of Bibiana Krall–you can take a sneak peek here (some sections are still under construction):

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Oh baby! Double Trouble is going strong–order your copy here⇓ (Gemma and Rikkhe approve 🙂 )


Author: My American Almost Royal Cousin Series by Veronica Cline Barton

Hi, I'm Veronica, writer of books in the My American Almost Royal Cousin Series now on Amazon! I'm a lover of all things royal, in castles, wearing marvelous boots! My series gives readers of cozy British mysteries an American twist! Explore the world of a period drama TV series being made on a glamorous British estate. My heroine Gemma has her work cut out for her, dealing with mysteries, murder, intrigue and a little romance. Enjoy!

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