My first contact with Barbour Publishing was in March 1989. I'd seen an advertisement saying they were starting to consider Christian fiction. Their only fiction at the time was a few Grace Livingston Hill titles. Most of my 48 accepted/published books at the time were in that category. I asked if they would be interested in reprinting some of my out of print Moody Press titles.
The Calling of Elizabeth Courtland coupled with Honor Bound launched the inspirational Romance Reader 2-in-1 flip books. Sales took off like Superman. I did several more including my first westerns: Voices in the Desert with its sequel, Echoes in the Valley.
In 1992 Barbour asked permission to change four previously accepted titles from flip books to launch the Heartsong Presents line with A Torch for Trinity (#1) and Wildflower Harvest (#2). They found an enthusiastic, waiting audience. The next month brought the sequels: Candleshine and Desert Rose. As they say, the rest is history. Dozens more titles followed: historical, Biblical and contemporary fiction; YA and gift books.
After being chosen Favorite and/or 2nd Favorite Author several times, Barbour named Tracie Peterson and me as the first members of their Hall of Fame.
Now I have just completed and submitted the third title in an exciting historical series. Book One, Romance Rides the Range, has just been issued. Romance Rides the River is scheduled for fall 2010 publication. Romance at Rainbow's End neatly ties up the trilogy and is scheduled for release in January 2011.
Each title is unique yet allows readers (and me--smile) to discover what comes next in the lives of the original characters. Many must ride tangled and dangerous trails before discovering there is no way to real happiness except through Christ.
It's a long way from my initial contact with Barbour to having 140+ "Books You Can Trust," that have sold six million copies and are touching lives. God has led me every step of the way. I thank God for calling my attention to a small, inconspicuous advertisement that brought me to Barbour and then Heartsong.