I am canceling today’s Sexy Fail post to share with you some extremely sad news. A friend & fellow romance author, Beverly Barton, passed away very suddenly this past week, & I am still in shock.
Those of you who may have met Beverly somewhere along the way know how wonderful she was. Those of you who never had the privilege, believe me when I tell you that she was the sweetest, kindest woman I think I’ve ever met. And that’s on top of being an amazingly talented author!
When I was thinking of signing with Agent Extraordinaire, Beverly took the time to chat with me about him, because he was her agent, too.
When I first sold to Harlequin, Beverly told me everything she knew about them, because she’d written for them, too. (Intimate Moments, Desire, even some single titles.)
When I got the offer from Kensington to write paranormals for Brava, I turned to Beverly because she was also writing for them (her fabulous, bestselling romantic suspenses) & we would soon share Editor B, as well.
In fact, her newest title with Kensington, Dead by Morning, is scheduled to release on Tuesday, April 26th.
Beverly was just always there, happy to chat & share.
She was also such a bright spot at RWA National every year. I couldn’t wait to see her smiling face & hear that soft Southern drawl of hers.
I still simply cannot believe she’s gone. I can’t believe I’m never going to see her again or talk with her again. And she’ll never get the chance to visit us here in The Dungeon—which, yes, was in the works. She would have been a fabulous guest, too.
The romance community will certainly never be the same without her in it. But then, neither will the world.
We love you, Beverly. Rest in peace.
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She will be missed. I love her romantic suspense novels.
On April 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm
She will, Jane, so very much. Her books will live on forever, but that’s not quite the same as having her here, y’know? :crying
On April 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Laura J. says:
Although I have never read any of her books, I have only heard great things about her and her books. A very sad loss.
On April 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm
You have no idea, Laura. :crying
And I know you don’t read RomSusp, but she did some marvelous IMs & Desires before moving into the scarier stuff. If you get the chance, read her. She would love it. :cupcake
On April 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Bailey Stewart says:
Wonderful tribute Heidi .. how everyone would want to be remembered …
On April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm
I remember reading my first Beverly Barton book when I was 16. I was strictly a historical reader until then but reading Guarding Jeannie changed that. I went on a RS binge and discovered, through trial and error, that not many authors could combine emotion and suspense with the same touch Ms. Barton had. She will be missed 🙁
On April 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm
I am still in shock. She came into my life about 18 years ago and we had some memorable times together. Thanks for writing such a fitting tribute.
On April 24, 2011 at 1:39 am
Beautiful Tribute Heidi!!
On April 24, 2011 at 8:59 am
Beautifully said, Heidi–thank you.
On April 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm