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January 23, 2014

Barb Han: Release Day for Rancher Rescue


I remember the day I got 'the call' vividly. It was the first Monday of Spring Break, March 11, 2013. I spent the day working while my children enjoyed their day off. My college son was home for the week and brought his girlfriend, so the house was full of games, running, and laughter. And nervous energy, too. My agent had told me the Friday before that an editor had good news about my manuscript. I hoped for a sale but decided it was most likely a friendly Revise and Resubmit invitation.

As the day wore on and the phone remained silent, tension grew. By two thirty, I was a bundle of nerves. My oldest suggested we get out of the house and go to an arcade to get my mind off the clock, which felt like it was ticking louder with each passing minute. We piled in the car. Halfway to our destination, my cell phone rang. I made an immediate right turn into a parking lot, and then answered.

My agent delivered the news, I'd sold to Harlequin Intrigue! I don't remember much else about our conversation, except that there was total silence inside the car while we spoke. Until I ended the call. Then, shouts erupted and tears slid down my face.

Just as they did yesterday when I walked into Barnes and Noble and saw that very book on the shelf. My book. There were tears on that day, too. And lots of joy.



Blurb:
When a little boy goes missing, rancher Caleb Snow steps in to help…and winds up falling for the child’s beautiful—but mysterious—aunt in Barb Han’s Rancher Rescue

Getting tangled up with another woman in crisis is the last thing rancher Caleb Snow needs. The handsome cowboy has been badly burned too many times. But this one feels different—Katherine Harper is injured and reeling after an ambush in which her nephew was kidnapped. Caleb wants nothing more than to protect the beautiful, headstrong woman and help her find the missing child. If only he could ignore the feelings she stirs in him.

But as they search together, it’s clear someone wants Katherine dead. Soon the two are running for their lives, dodging bullets, not knowing who to trust…or if they’ll survive long enough to bring a little boy home.


And an excerpt:

Desperation had the muscles in her face rigid as she stood in front of him, moving closer. A red heat climbed up her neck.

“I can’t let you lie.” He smiled. “Besides, you’re no good at it. And the evidence will clear us.”

Defiance shot from her glare. Her stubborn streak reared its head again. “You don’t get to decide.”

Her gaze was fiery hot. Her body vibrated with intensity as she stalked toward him.

He readied himself for the argument that was sure to come, but she pressed a kiss to his lips instead, shocking the hell out of him.

“There’s been enough fighting for one day. I need something else from you.”

He locked onto her gaze. “Are you sure this is a good idea?”

“No. Not at all. But I need to do it anyway.”

Now it's your turn. Tell me about one of your special life moments...



24 comments:

Sylvia said...

Congratulations Barb on your first release. The first sale is so much fun. I have a plaque hanging in my office that reminds me of that day. May 7, 1998 -- Love's Last Gamble, which was later changed to A Hero's Heart. I hope you have something in your office to remind you of that day.

Barb Han said...

What a great idea, Sylvia. My daughter made us stop off at Barnes and Noble again after carpool so she could see and take a pic. Maybe I should frame it? Love your title, Love's Last Gamble. And that you remember the exact day!

Anonymous said...

That sounds so exciting, I couldn't imagine how nervous I would be! I cant wait to read the book!!

RoseAnn DeFranco said...

So exciting, Barb! Congrats to you. Love your story about the call, and loved Ranger Rescue as well. This is just the start of something big.

Barb Han said...

Thank you so much. I'm pretty sure this is hitting my personal highlight reel. :-) I hope you enjoy the story.

Barb Han said...

Hi, RoseAnn! Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. The call is definitely a highlight!! Thank you so much for your support.

Jerrie Alexander said...

Yes, you should frame the picture. You should celebrate and shed a few tears of joy, too! You deserve this. You and the book are awesome. That's a great combo!

I remember tears holding my first print book. That was the time I really believed!

Enjoy!!

Barb Han said...

I remember talking to you when you had your first book in your hands, Jerrie. Such an amazing moment! Thank you so much for your support. You've made this journey even more fun.

chris keniston said...

how fun for you - I'm afraid my favorite life stories have so little to do with my writing - lol.

I suppose the most unexpected was the time I got to ride in the cockpit of a 727 from South America to JFK airport- not so much fun when I realized the pilots didn't understand the control towers instructions! lol

Barb Han said...

Ohmygosh, Chris. That sounds crazy scary! I'm going to have to hear the rest of this story some day very soon! Drinks, anyone? LOL

chris keniston said...

Only when I noticed the Pan Am (yes it was that long ago) 747 turning in our direction - LOL

Barb Han said...

Oh holy nightmare, Chris! My heart is racing just thinking about it. So happy you survived!!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Barb! I love your story and am so happy for you. I hang a picture of every cover in my office and you know what? The wall is getting a little crowded. It's a great feeling.

As for the best moment in most recent times.... When #1 son came in my office and said he had something to show me. An engagement ring. Even now, I get teary eyed. Hugs.

Michelle Miles said...

So happy for you my friend! Congrats again on all your success! I have my copy waiting for your autograph :)

darkwriter said...

Hi Barb, Congratulations on your first sale to Harlequin. How wonderful.
And you're book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it.

Barb Han said...

Hi Vicki. Wow, now that's a moment! I can only imagine how it feels when your son shows you an engagement ring. What a moment!!

I love that you hang all your covers on the wall. I do that, too. :-)

Barb Han said...

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for your support. I'd be honored to sign your book! I just found out print copies have sold out on Amazon. I'm sure they'll get more.

Barb Han said...

Hi Darkwriter! Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy my rancher. Good luck with your writing!

Phyllis said...

Hi Barb,
Great post. I don't have a special moment regarding my writing except putting THE END on the manuscript.

Personally, My wedding day was my biggest best highlight.

The worse 'special moment' was me being held hostage back in my cop days. It was special because I wasn't hurt.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Congrats on your release, Barb!! So happy for you! Can't wait to read it!

Melissa Keir said...

Congrats Barb. The book sounds wonderful and so exciting. It is a wonderful feeling and you should savor it!

Barb Han said...

THE END are two of my favorite words, Phyllis. I love that your wedding day is your best personal moment and I'm so glad you're OKAY. A hostage situation must've been scary even to a trained cop!

Barb Han said...

Hi Karilyn! Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy Caleb. :-)

Barb Han said...

Thank you, Melissa. It's been an amazing week.