Monday, February 04, 2013

Kathleen Y'Barbo - Flora's Wish

It's my pleasure to welcome Kathleen Y’Barbo to Ink Dots this week. Kathleen's the author of over 40 novels with more than 1 million copies in print in the United States and abroad. A former literary publicist, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times magazine. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen has four grown children, seven bonus children, and her very own hero in combat boots. 

From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes a brand-new series of romance, adventure, and hidden identity. 

Flora's Wish - May 1887 Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as Fatal Flora, a woman whose previous four fiance’s died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. She's confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.

Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence? Will Lucas catch the elusive Mr. Tucker?

And, more importantly, will Lucas survive if he pursues Flora's heart?

An engaging story of how God can move circumstances to bring love, joy, and lasting fulfillment to the most hopeless heart.


Oh, I like the sound of this heroine. I just love her name - Flora Brimm. Let's find out a little more about her creator, Kathleen Y'Barbo, and some of her secrets. 


If I could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be...wherever I could get all four of my grown children to congregate at the same time. When my boys were very little, we visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney via ferry past the Opera House and the magnificent bridge. I would love to take them there again along with my daughter and revisit that memory.

One thing I enjoyed today is...It's still early here, so I'll say that I enjoyed very much waking up next to my husband. We've only been married a little over two years, and God was very gracious in bringing us together after an absence of 35 years. So every day that I wake up next to him is not only a blessing but evidence that God does love me very much.

A secret pleasure of mine is... Bubble baths! I love to soak in a steaming tub of bubbles and read.

A moment that changed my life is...Oh so many! When I gave my life to Jesus, when my children were born, and when I married Robert all come to mind.

Sundays are for... Family and worship. I love being able to get my weekly infusion of the Gospel. It just sets the tone for the week to come, as does spending the remainder of the day with the man I love. We might go for a long drive or just grab books and read, but it's always something worth waiting for.

When I was a child I wanted to...spend all my free time reading. I still do!

I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but...if given the chance, I would move to Australia in a heartbeat. I absolutely loved my visits there when my family and I lived in nearby (sort of) Jakarta, and I would love to return and stay longer. The only problem would be deciding where to live! Oh, that's easy, Kathleen! You'd come to Melbourne, where I live. Can't get better than here :o)


I have a copy of Flora's Wish for one lucky Ink Dot's friend. If you'd like to be in the draw, please leave a comment below and I'll announce the winner on Friday. Tell us about your favourite zoo experience. Like Kathleen, I've been to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, as well as Melbourne's zoo right here in my hometown. A favourite stop is the Butterfly House, but the most memorable moment was watching young lions rumble, claw each other and draw blood. So much drama... How about you?