First published in her teens, Barbara Dan admits to enjoying a variation of life experiences, including working as an actress, model, night club comedienne, comedy writer, puppeteer, theatrical producer in Hollywood, screenwriter, publicist, real estate saleswoman, hands-on-builder of houses, escrow officer, co-teacher of couples communication workshops with her late husband, family counselor John Dan.
Other hats she has worn include publisher, editor, adjunct college professor, and—by far her biggest joy and challenge—being mother to four grown children and grandma to five very lively grandchildren and recently to three great-grandbabies.
Hobbies: gardening, cooking, oil painting, quilting. She is a voracious reader on many subjects, loves to haunt old graveyards and historic sites. Many of her characters are inspired by family genaeology charts! But the most outrageous ones come straight from her overactive imagination.
Her historical western, SILENT ANGEL, won the Colorado Romance Writers' award for Best Historical Novel (1992). She is a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West. Many of her books are available in paperback as well as eBook.
Even though she has degrees in Theatre Arts and Advanced Accounting, and an M.A. in Humanities (emphasis: literature) from Cal State University, she insists that real life is far better preparation for writing than academia! (A good sense of humor also helps.)
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One foggy September morning Captain Bruce MacGregor sails boldly past the British warships blocking New London harbor, to bring news of Lydia Master's husband's death at sea. The scandalously hot attraction she feels for the man prompts her to pick a quarrel, but Bruce is not about to get chased off by this beautiful young shrew. Instead he sets out to charm the lady...
Stranded and flat broke in Virginia City, Irish playboy-actor, Peter O'Rourke, decides he may need to get a real job. Kate McGillacutty and her father get in a heated argument. He wants some sensible male grandkids to leave his fortune to. When Kate suggests marrying one of the men passed out in front of the Bucket of Blood Saloon, he calls her bluff. A hilarious battle of the sexes ensues.
Chasing the Brass Ring to Success
Every year thousands of talented young actors, singers, dancers, musicians and artists make their pilgrimage to fame and glory via the bright lights of Broadway. In this tell-all story of her life as a young actress in New York and later as “Hollywood’s Youngest, Sexiest Producer, writer Barbara Dan pulls no punches as she describes the many pitfalls one can encounter on the road to success.
Family, Friends and Lovers
The humorous mishaps of Giselle McKissack, 45 year old widow struggling to put her daughter through college. When her car breaks down, she accepts a job bellydancing at the 50th birthday party of widower and old friend Brian Haggerty. When they become romantically involved, they find themselves constantly at the beckon call of their children, grandkids, and aging parents. A fun tale for all ages.
Power to Choose
In this timely book, family therapist John Dan and his wife Barbara Dan share the stories of men and women who found themselves in circumstances over which, seemingly, they had little or no control, and show how they discovered the strength to move forward, using the unlimited spiritual resources of their faith.
Survival Strategies for the Holidays
Recapture the joy of Christmas with family and friends. Working Moms and Dads are really strapped for quality time with family. Here are methods that will help you take better care of yourself and use your time for what really counts. Shopping tips, time management, fun gift ideas, 30 day menu plan and mouth watering recipes that make every day festive, without turning you into a kitchen slave.
Lady in Pink Tights
On special assignment to capture a gang of gold robbers in Deadwood, South Dakota, Pinkerton detective John McBain goes undercover, posing as personal bodyguard to musical star Miss Nellie Armstrong. When the feisty redhead insists on joining forces with him to retrieve the gold stolen from her theatrical troupe, McBain finds his investigation and, indeed, his sanity turned upside down!
Trouble in Paradise
Everyone at her lavish wedding is caught by surprise when Blair Somers calls a halt to the proceedings because her fiance and maid of honor have been having an affair behind her back. Leaving the church, she bumps into Chris Gallagher, who is investigating several suspicious fires in commercial buildings.They fly to
Cancun, Mexico, and soon the case heats up: fraud, arson and murder!
Fair Winds to Muscovy
Swashbuckling romantic adventure on the high seas! After a dangerous journey across the storm-tossed Atlantic to England, Rosalyn Morgan and Fair Winds’ captain Grant Watermann travel to Russia during the Streltsy Guard revolt against Peter the Great. Fleeing Russia, trapped and facing certain death, Rosalyn finally breaks down and admits her love. [Sequel to Book I Fair Winds to Jamaica]
Fair Winds to Jamaica
A tale of swashbuckling romantic adventure on the high seas! In Book I, Fair Winds to Jamaica, unwilling bride Rosalyn Morgan escapes the marriage mill in Boston, only to encounter Pirates in the Caribbean and a slave uprising in Jamaica. She and rougish "Fair Winds" captain Grant Watermann fight a passionate attraction neither can deny. The adventure continues in Book II, Fair Winds to Muscovy.
Following the savage murders of her family on the Oregon Trail, Jennifer Keating is found barely clinging to life by Fort Laramie's 2nd Cavalry. Alone and destitute, Jenny is determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Making her task even more difficult is her inability to speak, due to the trauma and shock of her ordeal. Rancher Matt McCaleb falls in love with her.
Searching for her abolitionist father, who has been captured by Lee's men in Virginia, Dr. Sarah has to resort to dressing as a male in order to get accepted into the Union Army Medical Corps. During the battle at Spotsylvania she serves with Dr. Gabe McKissack, a prominent New York surgeon who soon sees through her disguise.
The Outcast: The Long Road Back
Following a scandalous divorce, Alex MacLachlan, third son of a prominent New York banker, finds himself socially ostracized by family and friends. Heartsick, he wanders the world, until one day he comes ashore, thousands of miles from home, in the small rural town of Salem, Oregon. An alcoholic at age 26, Alex is befriended by the local doctor and his beautiful daughter Emily.
A Bold Wager
When Persia Montello bets against the high-strung racehorse her late father bred but could never win a race with, she had every expectation of rescuing herself from poverty. But Lord Wildemere, the horse's new owner, must have had a few tricks up his sleeve, because the horse streaks to the finish line, beating all the competition. Persia loses her bet, and much more.
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