Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of , where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. She taught secondary English and science for several years in a Christian school before home schooling her daughter successfully through high school. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance, and was a double finalist in the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
1. When I was little, I bore an uncanny resemblance to Shirley Temple.
2. I never button my coat or wear a scarf.
3. I have a degree in electrical engineering that I never used.
4. I homeschooled my daughter from third grade all the way through high school.
5. My TV crushes are/were Simon Templer, Spock, Remington Steele, and Monk.
6. My beverage of choice is a 50/50 mix of cranberry juice and ginger ale.
7. As a teen, I accidentally sneezed soup out my nose at a missionary.
8. I clean my house while wearing my pajamas.
9. When I was a child I asked for a cat. They told me I could have a pet tree instead. I fell for it. My pet maple lived to be about 15 before it got some spotted disease and had to be cut down. I cried. I still get attached to trees.
10. I sleep best when the temperature in the room is below sixty degrees.
Here's a peek at Barbara's book,Gold, Frankincense, and Murder:
High school geometry teacher, Donna Russell likes her life well-ordered and logical, even if it is a tad solitary at times. But when a charming co-worker at the local food bank disappears just before Christmas, Donna is left with more questions than solutions.
After the missing man's neighbor, muscle-bound EMT Sam Holton, volunteers as Donna's crime-fighting sidekick, sparks fly between them. Donna wonders if Sam can be trusted, or if he's trying to throw an unknown into her calculations—and her life.
And when police recover a body from the icy , Donna is faced with the most frustrating equation of all: can murder plus mayhem ever equal romance?
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Thanks for visiting us, Barbara! I'm looking forward to losing myself in this mystery this Christmas!