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Barri's Latest Publications

A Second Splendor

Julie Anderson is not happy when her ex-husband comes to town early to attend their daughter Sharon's wedding. He brings with him a host of bad memories and that same old attitude. Max has always been more trouble than she can handle. He has broken her heart in the past - not once, but twice.

Max returns home hoping for one last chance to make things right with Julie. He is caught in a double bind when he encounters the unstable circumstances surrounding his daughter's coming marriage. She is set to marry Dan Garner, the son of Julie's business partner, but he suspects her heart belongs to Brett Morrison, the former man in her life. The situation begs for his intervention. He intrudes with the best of intentions. When he does all hell breaks loose.

Buy it today from Desert Breeze Publishing

Buy it today from Desert Breeze Publishing
Honky Tonk Cowboy

In 1966, Sarah Scott is paroled from federal prison with one thought in mind: to put her shameful past behind her, and once more gain control of her life.

She meets Blake Hamilton, ex-rodeo cowboy turned nightclub owner. The chemistry between this unlikely pair is explosive and instantaneous. A chance meeting leads to passionate encounter that blossoms into a tempestuous affair.

Blake’s family disapproves of Sarah. Her few friends dislike Blake. Sarah wants forever. Blake lives only for today.

Common sense tells Sarah her affair with Blake will end in heartbreak. When did passion ever listen to common sense?


On-the-run Quinn Gallagher agrees to become Hector Perez's hired gun. When an ambush takes Hector's life, Quinn becomes the sole protector of a fiery Mexican woman who thwarts his every attempt to defend her from a very real and present danger.

Rosa Perez's father's death leaves her with a host of problems: a dangerous secret, an ongoing family feud, a pursuing villain, and an overbearing aunt. She also inherits a new business partner. Quinn Gallagher has little respect for her abilities to manage her general store or her life. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Rosa is determined to find a way to control her property and her future.

Buy it today from Desert Breeze Publishing

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Chapter and Verse

Chapter and Verse has one theme -- love. Poetry is the language of love. Since human beings first discovered words, men and women have composed lyrical love poems about love's enchantment, love's mystery, love's drama, love's ecstasy, and love's pain.

The poems in Chapter and Verse were inspired by the poet's search for truth coupled with her pursuit of a personal reality. Truth once revealed can be recognized and accepted. Reality's markers are never fixed or sure. What points to reality today, may by tomorrow be no more than a broken milestone covered by a tangled growth of illusions.

These two abstractions share the same landscape. Their landmarks are different. Truth's signs point to the ageless verities of an outer world. They consistently appear to guide us toward external actualities of life. The search for reality requires a constant pursuit of meaning through that wild and untamed territory of the inner self.

The name Chapter and Verse was chosen because many poems in the book contain allusions to or imagery relating to, scenes and incidents that are derived from biblical events and actions.

These poems have their roots in the poet's long and sometimes tempestuous marriage to her husband, Herb, whom she readily admits is the love of her life.

What Will Suffice

The subject matter of these one-hundred poems is diverse and varied with vivid and recognizable impressions, originality of diction, and variance in tone. Each poem has a life of its own. The theme is the common thread of humanity that speaks to the heart through many forms, melodious language, and personal emotions. The author's devotion to craftsmanship lends immediacy and expressiveness to a wide variety of charming and introspective poetic images.

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