Barbara T. Cerny


Author Barbara T. Cerny has garnered NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® BOOK AWARDS FINALIST 2015, A READER’S FAVORITE® 2015 AWARDS FINALIST, four A Reader’s Favorite 5 Star ratings, and an INDIE READER APPROVED seal as judged by top industry professionals— not as merely a great indie book— but as great book, period. Named by Novel Writing Festival 2017 best of ADVENTURE Novel Stories from around the world, and Book Viral SHORT LIST of authors for the 2017 Millennium Book Award

Barb grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. She is presently working on novels number seven, eight, and nine. When not writing, Ms. Cerny works as an information technology specialist and supervisor for the US Air Force. She lives with her loving husband, their two active teenagers, and three needy cats. The cats patiently watch her write and listen to her intently as she discusses plot lines with them.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to write your first book?
I have wanted to write since the second grade. I was always coming up with stories to tell my friends at lunch or on the bus rides to/from school. I wrote through high school - on the journalism team, in creative writing class, on the teen page for the city newspaper.
My first story, Of Angels and Orphans, rolled around in my head for nearly thirty years. Life eventually got in the way and writing was shoved to the side. “Someday, I will write…” You know how it goes.
Well, that someday came in the most unusual way. I am a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves, a twenty-two year veteran in our military. And I, like hundreds of thousands before me, was called up by my country to serve in Southwest Asia (SWA) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
I left behind two small children, aged eight and five, and a husband, who overnight became chief, cook, bottle washer, mom and dad. I bless him every day for the sacrifices he made to keep the home fires burning. He took the brunt of the deployment, not me. I love him with all my being: my heart, my mind, my body, my soul. My love for him is where my ability to write about the love between my two main characters is born.
In SWA, I worked six days a week, twelve to thirteen hour days for twelve straight months. My day off was sometimes a day off, sometimes only six-to-eight hours of work. I lived Groundhog Day for three hundred sixty-five days.
But I had time on my hands. No kids, no responsibilities outside the mission, no cleaning the bathrooms, no cooking or grocery shopping. I just had to make my bunk and take the bus to work. I lived in an open bay barracks with forty-eight of my favorite friends, walking three buildings to a shower/toilet trailer in 115º heat.
When I first arrived, I read voraciously, downing four-five novels in a week. In January 2006, I was able to take a four-day break to Qatar and lay around reading seven novels. I read two romance novels in those four days, a genre I rarely read as I like Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, and their brand of book best.
So there I was, reading a romance novel and wondering why I was reading other people’s books when I had Of Angels and Orphans still wandering around in my mind.
So I started to write. I wrote on my days off. I wrote on my evenings I wasn’t dancing - I taught ballroom and country dance lessons for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines on my camp. I wrote when my boss went on leave, I wrote when my boss went on business travel. From the first week in February to the first weekend in June, I wrote that book that I had dreamed up so long ago.
Since I had written it in my head, every activity planned to the nth degree, it flowed very quickly. I wrote the meeting between Nate and Audra first and the two whippings, the wedding day, then the wagon train, then the final sword fight between Audra and her brother as they had been detailed greatly in my mind over the years. The rest filled in fast without problem.
Bottom line, deployment gave me the time I had pushed aside for almost three decades so I guess I have to say, “Thank you, Uncle Sam!” for giving me the chance to actually put the life of Audra Markham and Nathaniel Abbot on paper.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I love to write descriptions (remember the four-page description of the dress Scarlett O’Hara wore in the first chapter of Gone With the Wind? Okay, I am not THAT bad). Dialogue is very hard for me and I struggle with it and have to really concentrate on it. The editor working on my fifth novel is constantly telling me to rewrite descriptive paragraphs into dialogue (she is diabolical to say the least). I would be perfectly happy to write everything in a description. However, knowing that would drive away my readers, dialogue and I have come to a truce of sorts. I love research and I love history. I pepper every novel with historical facts woven with the story. My readers always comment positively on the historical journey I take them on while telling my story.
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Where to find Barbara T. Cerny online

Where to buy in print


Magic Thief of Gavalos
Because of Hestia’s unspeakable betrayal, Zeus unwittingly creates his own mortal enemy and sets the path to his own destruction. Second book in the acclaimed Palidine Series.


The Walled Cat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 110,460. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A house that whispers. A petrified cat. Two bodies in the basement. A creep for a neighbor and a murder mystery 70 years in the making
The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,330. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Branan Lachlan is transformed by the devil, betrayed by God, and made to battle demons with naught but his Scottish wit… A Reader’s Favorite – 5 Star rating
Mara: A Georgian Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 113,750. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Coming of age
The clean and sweet version of 'Of Angels and Orphans' A poor little rich girl meets an orphan boy and their friendship soars. Mara tells the romantic yet realistic tale of an overweight, neglected, posh young girl who befriends a poor, courageous orphan and his three friends.
Magic Thief of Gavalos
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 155,780. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seventeen years have passed on Earth and Amorgos calls Pierre and Elise Tonnelier once again. Through their children’s antics, they find themselves back to a place they never wanted to be. Amorgos is bereft of magic and Elise, as the Redeemer, finds herself reluctantly leading the races to save their world as she finds herself trying to save her marriage. Sequel to Shield of the Palidine.
Shield of the Palidine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,430. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Accidently discovering a portal between Earth and Amorgos, Pierre and Elise find themselves surrounded by frightful creatures from beyond their imagination. Shield of the Palidine chronicles the journey of spoiled Princess Elise to the true Redeemer, of Pierre, a cooper, to a warrior of immense abilities, and their unbridled love, despite all the tensions of class, bigotry, and intolerance.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,920. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Tressa leaves her home of Dublin, Ireland, for the unknown shores of New York City. There, she finds work in the powerful Langley family as a nurse-maid to a baby girl. Ethan, crippled in a riding accident that left him bound to a wheel chair, has spent the last few years in his room escaping the truth. As his brother brings the family to ruin, Tressa and Ethan must save the family and their love.
Grays Hill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,280. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
After her father committed suicide rather than face his mounting gambling debts, Oksana Wallingford knows she will have to work to live. She finds a position as nanny for the Duke of Essex. Oksana and Rafe's personalities are like oil and water. However, what begins as mutual hate slowly begins to change into something more. But what future can they have when Rafe has sworn off marriage for good?
Of Angels and Orphans
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 120,340. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Audra and Nate: two lost souls that cannot find their place in the word suddenly find a place in each other’s hearts. Follow the lives of Audra and Nate as they grow from loyal childhood companions to inseparable young lovers, struggling through the perils of their own lives and facing difficult decisions that threaten to keep them apart.

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Smashwords book reviews by Barbara T. Cerny

  • Shepherd's Quest: The Broken Key #1 on March 22, 2016

    This book brought back MANY memories of college and D&D playing. That is its charm and its downfall. Brian Pratt must be a dungeon master as his tales read like my last campaign 30 years ago. It was a fun ride down memory lane. However, the story is repetitive (really, how many traps and chests do you have to open?) The writing is simplistic and he goes from past to present tense too often. A professional genre editor is in store, Mr. Pratt, to make this truly the epic it has the bones to become.
  • Reckless Nights in Rome on March 22, 2016

    Good writing and nice story.
  • Rose of Hope on March 22, 2016

    What an epic read! Holy Smoke - the research that went into this novel is very impressive. I was there in the heat of the story. The opening is awesome.