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Kathleen YBarbo

Author Bio:

Kathleen Y’Barbo is a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than one hundred books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan,certified paralegal, and graduate of Texas A&M's Mays School of Business, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Student and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.

When she’s not spinning modern day tales about her wacky Southern relatives, Kathleen inserts an ancestor or two into her historical and mystery novels as well. She also writes (mostly) relative-free cozy mystery novels for Guideposts Books.

Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and one very adorable Londoner.

To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at www.kathleenybarbo.com.

Books by Author

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The Black Midnight

Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen…

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The Chisholm Trail Bride

Stubborn Hearts Clash on a Cattle Drive Eliza Gentry’s pursuit of marriage to the son of her family’s sworn enemy has cost her greatly. Furious at his daughter’s choices, her father sends her off with the cattle drive heading toward Fort Worth and the Barnhart ranch, but under the watchful eye…

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Crinoline Cowboys

A Cowboy of Her Own by Patty Smith Hall Bookish southern belle Madalyn Turner knows what she wants—to be a cowboy and own a Texas ranch. But books are far different from real life and soon she realizes she needs help. Josephine’s Dream by Cynthia Hickey An inexperience Southern belle and a ranching…

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Cameo Courtships

In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the "Victoria Cameo" to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance…

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The Alamo Bride

Will Ellis Lose All at the Alamo? Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the…

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My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas

Dodging bullets takes a simple missing person case to a new level as Jonah Cahill, a Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter, form a tentative truce in Galveston, Texas, 1880. Are they on to a much bigger story when their best witness is suddenly kidnapped?

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The Pirate Bride

Can a former privateer and a determined heiress find lost treasure in 1725?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

 Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing
The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont…

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The Mail-Order Brides Collection

Nine advertisements for brides lead to inconvenient complications in romance. Traveling west alone on a promise of marriage, each woman has her reasons to accept a husband sight unseen. Some are fleeing poverty or abuse while others simply seek hope for a brighter future.

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Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age

Journey along in nine historical romances with those whose lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new…

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The Secret Admirer Romance Collection: Can Concealed Love Be Revealed in 9 Historical Novellas?

Shy expressions of love lead to nine historical romances. Declaring one’s love can be hard—even risky—especially when faced with some of life’s greatest challenges. Separated by class, time, distance, and more, some loves must remain secret until the time is right. Instead, notes of affection,…

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The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying "I Do"

Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life.…

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The Boy Next Door: Inspirational Romance Anthology

These five women aren’t looking for love, but they might find it closer than they think…maybe even right next door. The Chef Next Door by Lenora Worth The whole world saw Alice get fired on network TV. Now she has to go home and face her high school crush, the boy next door. Brice wants Alice in…

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The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Marrying For All the Right Reasons

9 historical romance novellas where love comes to the most eligible bachelor in town.

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The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land

Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature the homesteaders are placed in…

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Their Unexpected Love (Love Inspired\Second Time Around)

Opposites Attract  Widowed contractor Logan Burkett knows exactly what troublemaking teens need: discipline. A former rabble-rouser, Logan had his life turned around by firm guidance and hard work. But try telling that to Pippa Gallagher. The softhearted event planner runs a skate park ministry for…

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Sadie's Secret (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker)

From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes Sadie's Secret, the third book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. These historical novels capture the romance of the South mingled with adventure and laced with secret identities and hidden agendas. Louisiana, 1890--Sarah Louise "Sadie"…

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Millie's Treasure (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker)

From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes Millie's Treasure, the second book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, a new set of novels involving romance, adventure, and hidden identity. Memphis 1890--Bookish heiress Millie Jean Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept…

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Flora's Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker) book 1

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 fiancés 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…

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Daddy's Little Matchmakers

Wanted: Wife And Mother Veterinarian Eric Wilson is confounded by the classified ad his three young daughters have placed. The handsome widower is not in the market for a bride! But when the story of his little matchmakers hits the papers, would-be brides start swamping his waiting room. Despite them…

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The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage…

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A Riverwalk Christmas

A vivid setting, rich in cultural history, Christmastime along the San Antonio Riverwalk is a delightful setting for four modern romances. Ecko finally meets the right kind of guy, but can he trust her motives? Valerie hires an old flame to revive her business, but will he stick around? Gabriela has…

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Wild West Christmas

Charlsey Ames can ride, rope, and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds herself attracted to accountant Harold Miller III, a citified tenderfoot. Will he ever see the gentle woman beneath the coating of trail dust. Sharp-shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Major…

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Sugar and Grits

Berta, Dottie Jean, Sassy, and Sue Ellen are all settled in their ways and pursuing their dreams. In these four separate stories, whether single or widowed, young or pushing fifty years, content in the home or running a business, God will throw an unexpected surprise at these strong and capable women.…

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Brothers Of The Outlaw Trail

Historical Romance: Set in the historic Wild West, each of the compelling stories in this collection features one of a band of outlaw brothers, who seek faith in God and true love amid much struggle. Can Reuben Wilson free himself from the mountain of regret he feels for turning his younger brothers…

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Bayou Brides

Four generations return to a cabin in Cajun country to discover their family’s secrets of love and redemption. After Capucine Louet is exiled from Nova Scotia and heads for Bayou Teche, she’s given a journal while passing through New York City and reconciles with God as she writes. Josee Broussard…

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The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper

Gilded Age romance collides with Wild West adventure! New York socialite Eugenia Cooper longs to enjoy one last escapade before she marries banker Chandler Dodd. Opportunity knocks, and she heads for rough-and-tumble Colorado. When she takes the job as governess for silver baron Daniel Beck’s daughter,…

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Beloved Counterfeit

When the less-than-reputable Ruby O’Shea washes up on the shores of Fairweather Key, she’s determined to bury her past and make a new life for herself and her three nieces. But doing so will entail secrecy and deception. Is that any way to start anew? When Micah Take, a wrecker, widower and soon-to-be…

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Beloved Captive

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Beloved Castaway

Isabelle Gayerre, fleeing a life of servitude, refuses to be owned by anyone, yet soon finds her heart in danger of being possessed by the godless Captain Josiah Carter. Can Isabelle trust him to help her escape new Orleans without losing her heart?

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Cajun Hearts

Three Louisiana women discover that home is where the heart is! Major Ezra Landry thinks Sophia’s up to something when she comes to live with his grandmother. Bliss Denison’s accident destroys her career. Can Bobby help her find new promise? And architect Lise Gentry plans to revitalize downtown,…

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Alaska Brides

Trek Alaska’s frontier with three women who have faith, strength—and little need for a husband! Meredith refuses to be a man’s maid and cook. Fiona only wants to enroll in medical school. And Amy has declined multiple proposals for “protection.” Can they find love with a friendly neighbor,…

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Bayou Brides

Four generations return to a cabin in Cajun country to discover their family’s secrets of love and redemption. After Capucine Louet is exiled from Nova Scotia and heads for Bayou Teche, she’s given a journal while passing through New York City and reconciles with God as she writes. Josee Broussard…

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Louisiana Brides

A love of the Louisiana bayou makes three women yearn for love and family in their own Cajun country, but circumstances and relationships seem to pull them away. Clothilde's plans to go to school in New Orleans might change after young Theo steals her heart. Angeline's beau dreams of becoming a medical…

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Anna Finch and the Hired Gun

Despite her father’s attempts to marry her off, Anna Finch dreams of becoming a reporter. A chance encounter with legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday gives her the opportunity of a lifetime, but a Pinkerton agent named Jeb Sanders is about to ruin everything. Though he was hired by her father to keep…


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