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Barbara Goss
Barbara Goss
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    Historical Romance Romance Western Romance Christian Fiction
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 41
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: 6 February
  • Member Since: Jul 2017
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BIOGRAPHY

Amazon best selling author, Barbara Goss, lives in Western New York and to date has written 43 Christian/Clean Romance books, mostly westerns. She enjoys crossword puzzles, penny slots, reading, swimming, and her two cats, but not necessarily in that order. She tries to write exciting stories with a bit of God's word spread within, without dominating the story.

Barbara began writing in 1988 and her first book, Forbidden Legacy, won first prize for fiction at a Christian Writers Convention in Titusville, Florida in 1989. This won her a book contract with Publishers: Fleming Revell and later Baker Books. She wrote four books for them under contract. She then took a few years off to work full time as a secretary to the county hospital and the local school system.

Barbara's greatest influence in writing is the 100 books written by Grace Livingston Hill. As a Christian writer, she weaves a bit of godliness into the romance and adventure yet her books are always clean. Barbara is well on her way to catching up to Ms. Livingston.

She is now turning her wonderful ebooks into Audiobooks. Look for them on Amazon.

My website: http://www.barbaragossbooks.com/
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Barbara Goss Books

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A Bride for Wyatt (The Proxy Christmas Series)by Barbara GossPublish: Nov 29, 2019
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The Marshal's Missionby Barbara GossPublish: Aug 14, 2019Historical Romance
Delightfully Deluded (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 3)
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Delightfully Deluded (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 3)by Barbara GossPublish: Oct 15, 2017Series: Mail Order MisdeliveryHistorical Romance
Sunshine in the Rain
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Sunshine in the Rainby Barbara GossPublish: Nov 27, 2016Historical Romance
Dan McCall's Bride (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 1)
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Dan McCall's Bride (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 1)by Barbara GossPublish: Jul 23, 2017Series: Mail Order Misdelivery
Forbidden Legacy
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Forbidden Legacyby Barbara GossPublish: Nov 21, 2016
Stolen Heritage
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Stolen Heritageby Barbara GossPublish: Feb 05, 2015
Dangerous Illusions (Hearts of Hays Book 1)
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Dangerous Illusions (Hearts of Hays Book 1)by Barbara GossPublish: Feb 14, 2015Series: Hearts of Hays
The Reckless Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 2)
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The Reckless Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 2)by Barbara GossPublish: Mar 22, 2017Series: Heroes of Hays
Looking for Love (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 2)
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Looking for Love (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 2)by Barbara GossPublish: Sep 07, 2017Series: Mail Order Misdelivery
Shadow of Second Chances: Shadow Series~ Book 6 (The Shadow Series)
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Shadow of Second Chances: Shadow Series~ Book 6 (The Shadow Series)by Barbara GossPublish: Aug 08, 2016Series: The Shadow Series
Shadow of Faith: Book 7 of the Shadow Series
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Shadow of Faith: Book 7 of the Shadow Seriesby Barbara GossPublish: Aug 01, 2016Series: The Shadow Series
Silent Love
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Silent Loveby Barbara GossPublish: Feb 27, 2015
Shadow of Regret: Book 3 ~ Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)
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Shadow of Regret: Book 3 ~ Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)by Barbara GossPublish: Jun 06, 2016Series: The Shadow Series
Shadow of Love: Love Changes Everything! (The Shadow Series Book 5)
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Shadow of Love: Love Changes Everything! (The Shadow Series Book 5)by Barbara GossPublish: Jul 11, 2016Series: The Shadow Series
Shadow of Deceit: Book 2 ~ Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)
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Shadow of Deceit: Book 2 ~ Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)by Barbara GossPublish: May 20, 2016Series: The Shadow Series
Shadow of Hope: Book 4 - Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)
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Shadow of Hope: Book 4 - Shadow Series (The Shadow Series)by Barbara GossPublish: Jul 02, 2016Series: The Shadow SeriesWestern Romance
Shadow of Shame: Book 1 of the Shadow series
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Shadow of Shame: Book 1 of the Shadow seriesby Barbara GossPublish: May 09, 2016Series: The Shadow SeriesWestern Romance
The Guilty Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 1)
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The Guilty Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 1)by Barbara GossPublish: Jan 13, 2017Series: Heroes of HaysWestern Romance
The Shotgun Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 3)
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The Shotgun Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 3)by Barbara GossPublish: Apr 24, 2017Series: Heroes of Hays
The Final Vow (Hearts of Hays Book 2)
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The Final Vow (Hearts of Hays Book 2)by Barbara GossPublish: Mar 18, 2015Series: Hearts of HaysWestern Romance
Mail Order Calamity: Book 4 ~ Kansas Brides Series
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Mail Order Calamity: Book 4 ~ Kansas Brides Seriesby Barbara GossPublish: Dec 20, 2016Series: Kansas BridesWestern Romance
Mail Order Vixen: Book 2 Kansas Brides
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Mail Order Vixen: Book 2 Kansas Bridesby Barbara GossPublish: Nov 09, 2016Series: Kansas BridesWestern Romance
The Romantic Ruse
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The Romantic Ruseby Barbara GossPublish: Sep 10, 2015
Mail Order Ruse: Book 3 Kansas Bride Series (Kansas Brides)
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Mail Order Ruse: Book 3 Kansas Bride Series (Kansas Brides)by Barbara GossPublish: Nov 25, 2016Series: Kansas Brides
Temptation by Moonlight
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Temptation by Moonlightby Barbara GossPublish: Jun 12, 2015Western Romance
Mail Order Mishap: Book 1 Kansas Brides
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Mail Order Mishap: Book 1 Kansas Bridesby Barbara GossPublish: Sep 26, 2016Series: Kansas Brides
The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story (Hearts of Hays Book 3)
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The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story (Hearts of Hays Book 3)by Barbara GossPublish: Apr 14, 2015Series: Hearts of Hays
The Housekeeper's Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 4)
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The Housekeeper's Proposal (Heroes of Hays Book 4)by Barbara GossPublish: Jun 25, 2017Series: Heroes of HaysWestern Romance
Ricochet Romance: Twin Brothers Find Love (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 4)
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Ricochet Romance: Twin Brothers Find Love (Mail Order Misdelivery Book 4)by Barbara GossPublish: Jan 24, 2018Series: Mail Order MisdeliveryWestern Romance
Mail Order Compromise (Kansas Brides Book 5)
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Mail Order Compromise (Kansas Brides Book 5)by Barbara GossPublish: Feb 06, 2017Series: Kansas BridesWestern Romance
The Trapper
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The Trapperby Barbara GossPublish: Nov 15, 2018Historical Romance
Lawfully Rescued: A Bounty Hunter Lawkeeper Romance (The Lawkeepers)
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Lawfully Rescued: A Bounty Hunter Lawkeeper Romance (The Lawkeepers)by Barbara GossPublish: Sep 11, 2018Historical Romance
A Bride for Nathan (The Proxy Brides Book 3)
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A Bride for Nathan (The Proxy Brides Book 3)by Barbara GossPublish: Oct 18, 2018Series: The Proxy Brides
Wanted: A Trusting Heart (Silverpines Book 12)
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Wanted: A Trusting Heart (Silverpines Book 12)by Barbara GossPublish: Aug 04, 2018Series: Silverpines Series
Wanted: Horse Breeder (Silverpines Book 2)
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Wanted: Horse Breeder (Silverpines Book 2)by Barbara GossPublish: Mar 27, 2018Series: Silverpines Series
A Bride for Travis (The Proxy Brides Book 10)
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A Bride for Travis (The Proxy Brides Book 10)by Barbara GossPublish: Jan 31, 2019Series: The Proxy BridesHistorical Romance
Hope (Prairie Roses Collection One Book 3)
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Hope (Prairie Roses Collection One Book 3)by Barbara GossPublish: May 04, 2019Series: Prairie Roses Collection OneHistorical Romance
The Secret Diary (Lockets and Lace Book 13)
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The Secret Diary (Lockets and Lace Book 13)by Barbara GossPublish: Apr 04, 2019Series: Lockets and LaceHistorical Romance
A Bride for Adam (The Proxy Brides Book 33)
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A Bride for Adam (The Proxy Brides Book 33)by Barbara GossPublish: Jan 08, 2020
A Bride for Logan (The Proxy Brides Book 18)
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A Bride for Logan (The Proxy Brides Book 18)by Barbara GossPublish: Jun 06, 2019Historical Romance

Barbara Goss interview On 28, Feb 2019

"A hundred books by Grace Livingston Hill were the inspiration for Barbara Goss to write Christian, sweet and wholesome romance books. According to her, the key to making a good, romantic story is a conflict of some sort. She has always loved western movies and television programs, and she admires the pioneers who left their cozy homes for the Oregon Trail. The biggest challenge in 1988 was research. The most difficult part of the writing process is coming up with unique storylines. The author has some exciting new projects coming out this spring."
Which book inspired you to begin writing? Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? 

A hundred books by Grace Livingston Hill were my inspiration to write Christian, sweet and wholesome romance books. Not all my books are Christian, some are just sweet and wholesome.

My most supportive person has been my husband, LeRoy, who complains a lot about the time I spend writing, but who also helps me tremendously.  I recently had spinal surgery and he converted a recliner into a comfortable desk chair by putting wheels on it and buying me a desk that would accommodate the chair.  Now I can type in a reclining position until my back heals.

Which is your favorite place to visit in Western New York? Do you take inspiration for your book setting from the places you have been to?

Niagara Falls!  It's a mere fifteen miles from our house.  We take guests to the area there all the time.  I have never visited the places I write about in my books.  Research on the Internet is my only source.  

Having written 30 Christian/Clean Romance books, what do you think makes a good romance story? Why do you mostly write westerns?

I'm now up to forty books!  The key to making a good, romantic story is conflict of some sort.  I need to create a different conflict for each book. 

I've always loved western movies and television programs, and I admire the pioneers who left their cozy homes for the Oregon Trail.

Apart from enjoying crossword puzzles, penny slots, reading, swimming, what else do you do on a Sunday morning? What are the names of your two cats? 

My husband and I watch a British sitcom called Coronation Street.  We tape all the weekly episodes and watch them on Sunday.  Because we live so close to Canada we're able to pick the show up through our cable.  

I really need to update my bio because Mandy passed away a year ago, but Molly is still with us and my constant writing companion.  She sometimes makes writing difficult because her favorite spot in on my lap and it makes typing extremely difficult.

Why do you add a bit of God's word spread within? How do you think your books will help those who read them? 

One reason is because back in the nineteenth century most of the people were extremely religious.  The times were perilous and people relied on God to survive.  Church on Sunday was a day to shed the overalls and aprons, and receive a good message as well as much-needed socializing with neighbors.  Also, because like me, I think readers need some reinforcement now and then about God, a reminder. 

I've received messages from a few readers who said that after reading one of my Shadow series books, they wanted to renew their relationship with God.  That's what makes a Christian writer rejoice. Not all my books have strong religious messages, but that series does. Some of my books just have Christian characters who pray during conflict.

What challenges did you face when you began writing in 1988? Did you expect your first book, Forbidden Legacy, to win first prize for fiction at a Christian Writers Convention in Titusville, Florida in 1989? 

The biggest challenge in 1988 was research.  I had to visit the library numerous times, take notes, as well as buy historical books.  Now, with the Internet, I pause my writing constantly to Google historical facts.  Another challenge was writing a book on a typewriter.  Every time I made a change, the whole book or chapter had to be redone and then I had to reprint the manuscript. 

I never expected Forbidden Legacy to win or that it would generate a publishing contract.  After my manuscript was rejected by all the Christian publishers via mail, I was about to quit writing.  Going to the writer's convention was a last-ditch effort.  I was surprised when three publishing company editors bid on the book.  Through that experience I realized that publishing houses don't read unsolicited manuscripts.  The same companies that rejected my book had bid for it.

What was your reaction on winning a book contract with Fleming Revell and later Baker Books? How was your experience of writing four books for them under contract?

As you can imagine, I was excited, yet thankful.  I knew God has His hands on this.  When I became a Christian and marveled at all He'd given me, I asked God, "What can I do for you?"  I felt it was writing for Him, but I had doubts when doors didn't seem to open for me.  Then, miraculously, it happened. 

Fleming Revell gave me only two months to write each book.  There were deadlines, and a bit of stress since I worked fulltime, as well. It was burdensome in that I had to mail the manuscript back and forth to them.  The company was easy to deal with and I enjoyed a friendship with my editor. I didn’t work with Baker Books, they did the second printings of the books and I had little interaction with them. They bought Fleming Revell.

Why did you decide to work full time as a secretary to the county hospital and the local school system? What motivated you to start writing again? 

I enjoyed writing, but I needed a steady income as well as a retirement plan.  At first, I was able to juggle both working and writing, but as the jobs often became stressful, I stopped writing.  However, at the hospital, I wrote and edited the hospital newsletter which earned me an award. 

When I retired, I asked for, and received the rights to my four books.  The manuscripts were no longer available so I had to convert the hardcover books to digital, which caused some minor problems, which I managed to fix.  I, then, uploaded them to Amazon and when they started to sell, it encouraged me to start writing again.  I enjoy the freedom as an Indie writer, and don't think I could ever go back to working with a publishing company.  When my book is done--it's done, and there isn't any pressure or stress.  There is no one to tell me what I can and can't write.  Being an Indie writer is the best way to go—at least it is for me.

What is the biggest challenge of turning your eBooks into Audiobooks?

My first attempt was a flop.  I'd never listened to an audiobook so I had no idea what a good narrator should sound like.  The biggest challenge was learning that a narrator doesn't just read the book, but he or she acts it out vocally. Narrating is an art.  After joining the audiobook communities, I learned so much, and every subsequent audiobook has been a success.  I think the biggest challenge is selecting the right narrator.  I take my characters into consideration when selecting a narrator. Are my characters tough?  Do any of my characters have an accent?  Are there more female or male characters? 

What inspired the story of "The Trapper?" What about this book are you most proud of? 

I wanted a tougher character than most of my previous heroes.  I wanted a rugged outdoorsman-type who could also be tender and romantic.  I feel I accomplished my mission in that the hero is rugged, has a secret which creates the conflict, but he can be a soft and gentle man when he falls in love. 

I'm proud of all my books, but this one is a bit different than the others.  I tried something new, and it worked. I don’t consider this my best story, but it ranks up there with the ones that are. The books I’m most proud of are my Shadow Series books.

If you could spend an entire day talking to any of your characters in The Proxy Brides series, who would it be and why? What would you talk about? 

I love that series.  What a romantic notion.  Imagine marrying someone you've never seen or met.  At first, as you can imagine, things don't go well, but all my books have a happily-ever-after, so eventually, things work out well for them.  My favorite character in that series is definitely Allison from A Bride for Nathan.  She suffers from anxiety and while I don't know what that feels like, someone very close to me does.  He shared with me the feelings he gets when he becomes anxious, as well as his experiences socially and how it makes him feel.  My heart went out to Ally, and Nathan was her perfect match since he'd lost his leg in the Civil War and together they worked around their handicaps which drew them closer.  If I could talk to Ally, I'd probably talk about anxiety and how Nathan helped her to overcome her fears. 

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

That’s a tough question. People don’t realize when they leave reviews that it isn’t an invitation to rant. A review should give a constructive account of the book and whether or not you liked it. Some even rant because the book didn’t download or they say the print was too big or small, and then rate it one star. I deal with poor reviews by visiting the Amazon pages of best sellers, and famous authors. Even they get negative reviews and that makes me feel better. Most of my reviews are from fans who've followed me for years and read every book I write.  I cherish those fans.

Being an Amazon best-selling author, what advice would you give to the young writers? 

Hire a good editor!  No one wants to read a book with typos, and grammatical errors since it distracts from the story.  Some writers are under the misunderstanding that they can edit their own work.  No matter how good a writer is at editing, they cannot edit their own book.  The writer, when proofreading their own book, knows what it should say, and they see that and not the mistakes.  All writers need an editor.  I think of myself as a storyteller and not an author.  I depend on my editor to make me an author. 

Can you tell us about your current projects? When can the readers expect your next book in print?

I have some exciting new projects coming out this spring.  I'm a part of two new multi-author series with some top writers.  The first is a wagon train series called the Prairie Roses Collection. All the books in this series are titled with the heroine's name.  My contribution to the series is a book called Hope, which follows Hope's life through the Oregon Trail and beyond.  This book will be released on Amazon on April 4th.  In May, my release is with the Lockets and Lace series.  This will be round two of this successful series with a multitude of impressive authors. My book for this series is titled, The Secret Diary.  The heroine in this story is an orphan who finds her mother's diary in an old trunk and it changes her life.  

As for books in print, I only converted one book of my 40 into print, and it wasn't worth the effort. Since I sell only on Amazon, most of my sales are for the eBooks.  Print books are worth the effort if you’re an author who makes public appearances, book signings and the like, which I don't do.  Maybe someday...

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? How has been your experience working with AllAuthor? 

The most difficult part of the writing process is coming up with unique storylines.  After writing 40 books, it's difficult to come up with a new, fresh story.  I don't want to produce same old, same old.  So, to me, this is the most difficult part of being an author.   I love being a member of AllAuthor. Every successful author needs a place to learn and improve. I especially love the services pages of AllAuthor. I still haven’t navigated the full site yet. There is so much to see and learn.

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      • Barbara Goss Barbara Goss 5 months ago
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      • Being published by a publisher was an ego-builder, but it didn't make me feel successful. I feel successful when a reader messages me that my story touched her heart, or how good the book was. That's success.
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      • Barbara Goss Barbara Goss 5 months ago
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      • Not to info dump. Show not tell. If you have a lot of back story to tell, do it slowly here and there and in conversation. I hate to pick up a book and the whole first chapter is back story. Not to get bogged down in too much detail. Unless it's pertinent to the story.... less detail. Now the do's, do jump inside your characters so you know what they'd say and do. Do use a professional editor. You might think because you were an A English student you can edit and maybe you can, but not your own work because your eyes will see what you want them too, and you won't cut a word out even if it's redundant. We writers love all our words.
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      • I wanted to give back to God for all He'd done for me. I've felt His help all along my journey. I started writing in 1988, was published by Fleming Revell, for two, two-book contracts. My books were in Christian book stores all over the country and Germany. They still appear used on Amazon under my maiden name: Barbara Masci.
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