Terry R Barca


I’m an author who lives and works in the Dandenong Ranges, on the eastern edge of Melbourne Australia.
I take one day at a time but occasionally I’m attacked by several days at once.
My amazing wife and I have lived in The Hills for forty-three years.
My favourite colour is green and so is my favourite car.
I started my working life as a Primary School Teacher in the early 1970s.
Since then I have been a stained glass craftsman, furniture restorer, restorer of Player Pianos and music rolls, author (twenty one books so far, seventeen audiobooks, another on the way), photographer, basketball trading card manufacturer, basketball coach, basketball player, basketball referee, part-time shop assistant, newspaper columnist, homeschool dad, husband, father, grandfather, and a few other bits and pieces, and not in this order.
I’m fascinated by people, but I prefer the company of dogs.
I’m not frightened of dying, but sometimes life scares the hell out of me.
I think that birds are cool but I don’t believe that they spend any time thinking about me, even though I give them lots of stale bread, and the occasional pizza crust........ ungrateful bastards!

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's easy. I don't have a choice.......I have to write! If too much time goes by without putting pen to paper, I feel 'twitchy'. Apart from that, I must say that I enjoy the reaction of my readers. 'SCHOOME' was my first published book and it was a labour of love. It was not only a retelling of our adventure, it was the book we wished we had read before we started our adventure.
As for my fiction writing: I love to get get feedback from my readers. It is hard to write everyday without the knowledge that people are going to read and enjoy what you write.
What do your fans mean to you?
In my world 'fans' are people who like the way I write, and they keep coming back for more........ so they means a lot..... no fans [readers], no reason to write. God bless them one and all!
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Author Terry R Barca
The first book in the KEEPER OF SECRETS series.

Gone Like Smoke Through A Keyhole -- bonus story
A bonus audio story, just for you.

No Through Road -- Book Trailer
Book trailer for the book No Through Road

Slightly Spooky Stories

Dot, Dot, Dot ...
Book Trailer for the collection of erotic tales, Dot, Dot, Dot ...

Red Wheelbarrow
Book Trailer for the short story collection RED WHEELBARROW

The Road Leads Home
Book Trailer for THE ROAD LEADS HOME

Secrets Kept
Book Two in the Keeper Of Secrets series -- SECRETS KEPT

Eating out of my hand
One of my readers eating out of my hand


Sam and Scarlett
Sam and Scarlett found each other in their middle years. They are partners in life and they share the adventures that come their way.
Keeper Of Secrets
Daisy was a spy during World War Two. Her granddaughter, Susan, discovers her journals and is inspired to begin a secret life of her own. Both women are assisted by the mysterious Keeper Of Secrets.
Keeper Of Secrets
Price: $3.99 USD.
Secrets Kept
Price: $3.99 USD.
I write short stories and from time to time I gather them together.


Dark Angel Pizza
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,380. Language: Australian English. Published: August 1, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Fantasy » General
An abusive boyfriend is found dead, and the Melbourne police officers sent to investigate find that this is anything but an ordinary case.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
What if it was possible for you to see into your future? What if it was not as simple as seeing? What if you had to choose between a series of possible futures? Would you? Would you want To? How would you deal with all the possible consequences? Madame Olga could help you. That is if you can find her.
3 Secrets: a Three Book Bundle
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 97,550. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
For the first time, you can read all three of the KEEPER OF SECRETS books in the one super-sized edition. Just this side of one hundred thousand words tell the stories of two women divided by two generations.
Fly Away Home
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,530. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
An Australian flyer home on leave in Melbourne meets a mysterious young woman at a dance. Captain Smith is determined to enjoy his brief time away from the war in England and Molly, the girl he meets that first night has almost given up on finding a man to spend her life with.
You Must Remember This
Series: Sam and Scarlett. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,220. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Sam loves Scarlett, or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. After the bloke in the stolen car slammed into Sam at a Tee intersection, everything changed. A head injury, a stay in hospital followed by a stint in rehab and Sam is no closer to regaining all his memories. His distant past is clearer than his recent present, and Scarlett belongs to now.
Boris and the Rising Sun Hotel
Series: Sam and Scarlett, Book 3 · Keeper Of Secrets. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Boris is more than just a bit part player in Susan Smith’s adventurous life — Boris has a life of his own.
Slightly Spooky Stories Too
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,220. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Three years in the making. The follow up to the non-award winning SLIGHTLY SPOOKY STORIES is a collection of stories that leave you wondering.
Secrets Kept
Series: Keeper Of Secrets. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,730. Language: Australian English. Published: July 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
More than two years in the making. The sequel to KEEPER OF SECRETS. The continuing adventures of Daisy and her granddaughter Susan. Daisy's diaries inspire Susan to lead a secret life of adventure. Money, danger and a sense of freedom drive Susan. Daisy became a spy because her country needed her -- Susan steals secrets because she wants to.
The Road Leads Home
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,280. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
You may want to judge me — find me wanting, but I need love just like you do. I’m a woman of means but money does not guarantee that the heart is satisfied and there is no happiness unless the heart is full.
No Through Road
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Wendi Radin wants to know how famous husband died and she believes that a newspaper columnist can find the truth. William Fox has a past marked by one shining moment - he’s the one who found those kids when no one else could.
Dot, Dot, Dot ...
Series: Anthology. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 29,390. Language: Australian English. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies
Blurb for DOT, DOT, DOT … 'DOT, DOT, DOT … erotic encounters', includes two novellas — READ ALL ABOUT IT and UNEXPECTED, plus eleven short stories (including a line of stories about the characters Sam and Scarlett). Real people have real love lives — no holds barred. Intimate and explicit. Erotic and revealing. Genuine encounters.
Bullet To The Heart -- Sam Bennett's Case Files
Series: Sam and Scarlett, Book 2 · Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,490. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Mystery and adventure won't leave Sam alone. He tried to retire -- his Scarlett needs him, but we don't always get what we want -- sometimes we get what we need, but with a bit of luck, we never get what we deserve.
Keeper Of Secrets
Series: Keeper Of Secrets. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,030. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Susan, a bereaved daughter, stumbles upon her grandmother’s journals. Stories, hidden from the family, of adventures, spies, a mysterious discarded toy, lost loves and revenge flash before her eyes sparking a desire to escape her ordinary life.
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,430. Language: Australian English. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Adventure » General
Rufus is an observer of life, his own, quadruped and human. He loves his life and he knows his place in the world. From solving a murder to confronting a crab, from time with good friends to saving a life, Rufus is the kind of person you would like to spend some time with.
Red Wheelbarrow
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,730. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
47 stories and no two stories are alike. Detectives, housewives, bartenders, widows, girls with record players and scientists all vie for your attention. These stories are the perfect length for reading on a train or sitting under a tree. Short stories are my strong suit and I'll keep writing them as long as you keep enjoying them.
Book Bundle: Loyal and True - Passerby
Series: Anthology. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,110. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
To celebrate the upcoming release of Book 3 in this series of anthologies (Red Wheelbarrow), I am offering this box set of Book 1 (Loyal and True) and Book 2 (Passerby) at a greatly reduced price; a 38% discount. 77 stories and a total of 57,000 words. All stories are perfect for reading on trains, trams and buses, as well as when sitting under a tree or in front of an open fire.
Slightly Spooky Stories
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,420. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mysteries that might just leave you wondering. You will never think about a person who works at a big hotel in the same way again. An AK47 and a banana will take on new meaning. If you ever get to stand on that bridge in Paris, at midnight, you will understand.
Trust: What it Feels Like to be a Medium
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 40,800. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A Medium makes a connection between the Spirit world and the Earth plane. Sounds simple, doesn't it. It isn't, but it can be intriguing. This book tells how I and my colleagues make that connection. If you have ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a Medium, then this is the book for you.
Loyal and True
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,190. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
29 stand alone stories whizz you through conversations, collisions and convergence. Magpies battle with dermatologists, an old man forms a friendship with a grateful bird. The owner of a diner falls asleep behind the counter while a writer obsesses over a box of pencils. Terry takes you on a ride that last as long as it takes to fry and egg and at the end of each ride you will want to know more.
Series: Anthology. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,480. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
PASSERBY is an anthology of short stories and is Book 2 in the series. This collection concentrates on stories that demanded a sequel and in some cases, a third part.
The Long Weekend.
Series: Sam and Scarlett, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Melbourne’s finest old hotel, wine, whisky, cafes, restaurants, fashion, daggers, policemen, beautiful cars, and a mature couple, Sam and Scarlett, very much in love, all play their part in an adventure that unfolds over a LONG WEEKEND.
SCHOOME: An Adventure In Homeschooling.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,390. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
Our Homeschooling adventure from beginning to end, and beyond. Lots of adventures and practical advice based on our experiences.

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Smashwords book reviews by Terry R Barca

  • Murder is Handy on June 24, 2019

    Murder is Handy by Sharon McGregor I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. It avoids the cliches of the tradition ‘whodunit’ and wisely concentrates on building characters, especially the main character. She’s a woman who has returned to the small town where she grew up. There are minor references to the book that started the series, and we get to know all the characters and what drives their lives in this tight community. I have come to love what we call ‘Rural Crime’ novels, here in Australia and one of my friends and fellow writer, Sandi Wallace has done very well in this genre. A small town is a small town in any part of the world. This book is set in Canada, but it could be anywhere in the English speaking world. Dogs play an interesting roll in revealing character, and it is a dog that sets the story rolling in the opening chapter. The author applies a gentle touch and creates a vibrant atmosphere despite the central event being a murder. I was doing what a lot of readers do during the opening sentences, guessing where this story was going. I was surprised by what happened (pleasantly so), and I was hooked. A few words about the book cover: I was wading through the masses of ‘new releases’ (mostly romances!), and it was easy to skip through the generic covers until I noticed the excellent design for Murder is Handy. So it seems that covers are important. I like that the main character is on the edge of the investigation, almost reluctant at times, even though she is in a relationship with the local policeman. I like the authors ‘gentle’ style. Nothing is left out, and the murderer is slowly revealed, as it would be in real life. The ending worked well, and when it was finished, I was left with the feeling that I had gotten to know these people and I cared about them. Terry R Barca