Barbara Brett


Barbara Brett’s lively and colorful publishing career includes stints as a proofreader for Esquire magazine and as the meat-and-poultry editor of a trade magazine. For several years she was the editor of, consecutively, True Romance and True Confessions magazines, the nation’s leading confession publications. During this time, she began writing mainstream novels, and after the publication of two of them, she was named vice president and publisher of Thomas Bouregy & Company, where she oversaw Avalon Books, the company’s hardcover fiction line for libraries, and Airmont Classics, its softcover reprints of the classics. Many of the writers she worked with over the years have gone on to great success and even bestsellerdom. In 1993, Barbara left Bouregy to establish her own publishing company, Brett Books, devoted to hardcover inspirational nonfiction. The first book she published was the international bestseller Where Angels Walk by Joan Wester Anderson, which was on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year and has sold over two million copies. She has been interviewed in the media and has lectured on writing and publishing around the country.

Barbara is the author of Between Two Eternities and Love After Hours, originally published by Avon Books, and Sizzle, originally published by Zebra. With her husband, Hy, she wrote the critically acclaimed mystery novel Promises to Keep, originally published by Harper & Row, and a Mystery Guild main selection. Time constraints forced her to give up her writing after first joining Bouregy and later running her own company. No longer willing to make that sacrifice, she has now closed her company to return to what has always been her first love—writing. First on her agenda, however, is joining the e-book revolution with the publication of her earlier novels here on Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up? How did this influence your writing?
I’m one of those rare birds, a native New Yorker. I was born in Manhattan, lived for a little while in Queens, but grew up in the Bronx. When my husband and I married, we lived for a few years in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, but we moved to our beloved Brooklyn when we were expecting our first child, and we have been here ever since. I love New York City, and it plays a big part in the background of most of my books because my characters love it too and take the reader along with them to all the exciting and intriguing places they visit as their stories unfold.
When did you first start writing?
Probably as soon as I could pick up a pencil and actually put words together on a piece of paper. As a little kid, I used to entertain friends with stories I made up, and I was usually the one who came up with the scenarios for our games of make-believe. My love of writing led me to a career in editing. I started at the bottom as a proofreader, then became a magazine editor, then a book editor, and, eventually, I had my own independent publishing company where I published inspirational nonfiction. You may have heard of the New York Times bestseller WHERE ANGELS WALK by Joan Wester Anderson. That was one of the books I discovered and published. Before I had my own company, I was able to sandwich in some writing of my own. My short stories were published in women’s magazines, and I had three mainstream novels published by big publishing houses. Then my husband, Hy Brett, and I collaborated on a mystery that was a Mystery Guild main selection. The responsibilities of running my company meant giving up my own writing. Recently, though, as the big publishers got even more powerful through mergers and acquisitions, it became harder and harder to compete with them and I closed my company. Now, at last, I have time for my first love, writing.
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Where to buy in print


Secret Agenda: Who's Castrating the Wolves of Wall Street?
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 147,360. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
They are the most powerful men in America: billionaires born to privilege and linked by their membership in the nation's most elite fraternity, always snatching what they want. But as they gear up for their biggest takeover of all—the presidency of the United States—they discover to their horror that someone else has a secret agenda too. One by one, they are being castrated by an unknown attacker.
Sizzle: Where the Boardroom Meets the Bedroom
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 141,870. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
“[A] battle fraught with...the dirtiest of tricks...the stuff that destroys marriages, people, lives.... Sizzle through the summer with SIZZLE.”—The Salem News
Between Two Eternities
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,190. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Married ten years, Robert and Marcie are more in love than ever. With two adorable children and successful careers, they have everything to live for. But a terrible secret is breaking Robert’s heart: he knows that Marcie is about to die.... Intensely romantic and unforgettable, this is the story of a man, a woman, and the breathless romance that comes to mean more than life itself.

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Smashwords book reviews by Barbara Brett

  • Marilyn, The Prequel on July 07, 2013

    Though she died more than a half century ago, Marilyn Monroe remains a love goddess around the world. Her star shines brighter than ever. Piles of books have been written about her and the mystery of her death. But none has been able to shine a light that penetrates through the ever-deepening mystery of her birth and her beginnings. Until now. In her unique and mesmerizing novel, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL: A Mother’s Struggle to Save the Life of the Future Goddess, author Jean S. Arbeiter delves deep into the mystery of Marilyn’s birth and early years. Narrated by Gladys Monroe, Marilyn’s free-spirited yet star-crossed mother, this page-turner transports the reader from a clairvoyant’s awesome prediction that Gladys will one day bring into the world a child destined for fame and glory through the sensational circumstances that led to that birth. We are taken on an exciting, whirlwind tour of the glory days of Hollywood, with its star-struck flappers, wild parties, drugs, sex, and revivalist preachers. And we are witness to one of the most exotic and erotic love affairs of the 1920s—that of Gladys and sexy movie legend Rudolph Valentino. But illicit love has its price, and suspense soars as Gladys must flee those who would destroy her and the precious child she carries in her womb. Written with warmth, perception, and wit, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL opens a window on a world and time that might have been lost forever. And it explores a love that readers will never forget. “The truth is,” Gladys tells us toward the heartrending end, “none of us can imagine the sacrifices love may demand. We can only hope to endure them.” For the sake of her child, the future Marilyn Monroe, Gladys endures them with a passion and fearlessness that will long warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Barbara Brett