Saturday, August 12, 2017

Welcome Kathleen Y'Barbo! #Giveaway

Howdy y'all! It's me again--Crystal Barnes, and I'm super excited to have fellow Texan and superb author Kathleen Y'Barbo here with us today. I love hearing Kathleen's stories whether in person or in print, and I'm sure you'll enjoy this interview and giveaway today.

Welcome to Stitches Thru Time, Kathleen. Thanks so much for being here. For those of us who don't have the privilege of knowing you, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a 10th generation Texas and the author of more than 80 books with over two million copies of my books in print.

I've enjoyed so many of your inspirational historical romances. Speaking of the past, where did you get your love of history?

My earliest reading materials were historical novels. From the Pollyanna books that were handed down to my mom to the Little House novels I checked out from the library, I have always loved reading about times past.

You and me both, although I cut my teeth on Janette Oke books. 

Can you tell us about your newest release? What is your story about?

My newest release is a novella included in the Of Rags and Riches collection (Barbour Publishing, June 2017):

A Gift in Secret by Kathleen Y’Barbo - New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871

May Bolen offers Sam Austin a marriage of convenience. He will get to run the company that drove him into bankruptcy, and she will be free from her father’s rule to travel the world. But when Sam meets May, he knows the offer is too good to be true—or convenient—when hearts become tangled.

That sounds like a great read! Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

I knew who May was well before I knew what story I would give her. There’s something about a woman who will sacrifice everything for her family that appeals to me. As I sat down to plot the novella, I decided the best man for the job of falling in love with May was a man whose love for his family was just as strong. Then, of course, I had to add a conflict where if one of them got what they wanted, the other would lose out. Voila! A story began to take shape.

Sounds like the makings of a great tale, but on top of a great plot, I enjoy a good spiritual thread too. What do you hope folks will take away from your story?

I hope that readers will see that sometimes the Lord gives you what you need instead of what you thought you wanted. And, when He does, that thing you need may come in a way that you never expected. We serve a creative God, and once we figure out we cannot figure Him out, life generally goes a whole lot better.

Amen, Sister!

Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?

I love the scene where upper crust May marches herself down to the grungy New Orleans docks —a place unlike anywhere she’s ever been--to confront ship’s captain Sam Austin and tell him just exactly how things are going to happen. She’s just so darn cute as she’s trying to maintain her dignity while she’s dodging one obstacle after the other. And Sam is such a man’s man and hero…although he thinks she’s cute too. He just doesn’t plan to tell her so.

LOL! I can just picture the hilarity of that scene. I love it!

What do you plan to work on next?

I am writing an 18th century pirate story, also set in New Orleans, that pits a Spanish nobleman’s daughter and the man who’s secret past is no secret to her.

Oooo. Sounds interesting. :) I can't wait to hear more. I'm sure our readers will want to keep in touch. Where can they connect with you?

Readers can email me through my website at or find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?

I love to read! I used to sew, smock, and knit, but now that my kids are grown, I just don’t do those things anymore.

Well, now that's cool. I don't know much about smocking, but I do know something about reading. That's one of my favorite pastimes too. :) And speaking of reading, y'all, Kathleen has most graciously offered to give away a digital copy of Of Rags and Riches to one of this posts commenters. 

So let's chat! In the comments below, tell us... 

What do you think (as a reader) is essential to a great story? A great plot? Great characters? Interesting setting? Spiritual thread? 

The winner of Kathleen's Of Rags and Riches will be announced in the Weekly Wind-up post on Monday, August 21st, so be sure to check back and see if you've won.

Also, Don't forget every comment this month gets your name in the drawing for our Grand Birthday Prize and our Runner-Up Prizes giveaways as well!


  1. Characters that I can relate to, an interesting plot, and a strong spiritual thread make a great story for me.

    1. Those are definitely great selling points, MH. Does the setting matter to you? Or time frame, ie, historical vs contemporary?

  2. Interesting characters and a good plotlne are essential and I especially like if an author weaves a spiritual thread in the story. It sounds like Kathleen has done all of these!
    Thanks for this post and giveaway.

    1. Kathleen writes some great stories. I think you'd really enjoy them, Connie. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  3. I would say all of the above but the most important one is the Spiritual Thread running throughout the book. Not everyone who reads CF books are Christians.
    Janet E.

    1. I think a wonderfully woven spiritual thread is what can make a good book great.

  4. I think the spiritual thread is the most important, followed by great plot and characters. FishingjanATaolDOTcom

    1. I agree, Jan. A greatly woven spiritual thread is vital to good Christian Fiction. :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. I enjoy books where you are so caught up in the story, that the characters become like family members. I enjoy the spiritual aspect with scriptures that the characters use in their journey. This can provide readers with encouragement and maybe even bring someone to understand God's great love more.

    Thank you for featuring Kathleen Y'Barbo today. Wow, over 2 million books.

  6. I always love a great dialog that sucks me in. That usually keeps me turning the pages.

    1. Snappy dialogue is always fun to read. :)