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Jun 1 2015 11:00am

Blueprints: Exclusive Excerpt

Barbara Delinsky

Blueprints: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky

Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show's audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline's fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn't come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband's death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there's Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Get a sneak peek at  Barbara Delinsky 's Blueprints (available June 9, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Caroline showered, put on dark green jeans with a sleeveless blouse in a matching green and orange plaid, and took care to tack her hair up in a way that might survive a helmet, because she was sure that despite her objections Dean would be on the bike—and she wouldn’t refuse it. She needed an escape, maybe even needed danger or risk. He must have known that, which possibly explained why he had kissed her at that moment, in that way. The kiss was actually better than expected, not because she didn’t find Dean physically appealing, but because she had always found kisses either too tame, as in closed-mouth and dull, or a slobbering mess. Dean’s kiss had fallen somewhere in the middle—aggressive enough without invading. She hadn’t felt violated. And as for being too short, that was perhaps why it had been good—as in, quitting while he was ahead.

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May 20 2013 1:30pm

Sweet Salt Air: Exclusive Excerpt

Barbara Delinsky

Sweet Salt Air by Barbara DelinskyOn Quinnipeague, hearts open under the summer stars and secrets float in the Sweet Salt Air...

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole’s coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.

But what both women don’t know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.

Get a sneak peek of Barbara Delinsky’s Sweet Salt Air (available June 18, 2013) with an excerpt from Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter One

Quinnipeague lay eleven miles from the mainland. With a year-round population of nearly three hundred, it was serviced by a daily mail boat that carried groceries and a handful of passengers, but no cars. Since Charlotte had one of those for the first time in her life, she proudly booked the ferry, boarding in Rockland on a Tuesday, which was one of only three days each week when its captain cruised past Vinalhaven to islands like Quinnipeague. Nicole had offered air­fare to speed up the trip, but Charlotte flew everywhere else in life. This summer was to be different.

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Mar 27 2013 11:00am

The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story

Barbara Delinsky

The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky

Our exclusive limited release of Barbara Delinsky’s The Right Wrong Number has ended! But don’t worry, there will be more short stories and novellas to come. Meanwhile, look for the The Right Wrong Number e-book, out April 4, 2012, as well as the next full-length novel, Sweet Salt Air, out June 18, 2013!

Carly Kelly has just been presented with a life-changing business opportunity for tiny nursery and flower store, Plant People. But she only has four days to decide, which means she will most likely have to cancel her weekend trip away. She dials her friends to let them know, and excitedly launches into a speech about the opportunity. But when she pauses, a sexy, inquisitive stranger is on the other end, and he’s eager to hear about her store, her passions and her life. She’s dialed the wrong number—- and the man on the other end, with his deep voice, his charming jokes and his excellent advice, is a surprise she never expected…

Will this wrong number turn out to be right man for Carly?

Plus, be sure and check out all of our other great original stories in our short-story collection!

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May 25 2012 9:02am

Author Barbara Delinsky on Fifty (50) Shades of Grey

Three top romance blogs, one big idea! Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance@Random, and USA Today’s Happy Ever After join together to offer exclusive content and giveaways. Watch for our logo to appear monthly to begin the round robin—you’ll want to visit us all to read and win. Hugs from R@R, HEA, and H&H!

May’s Round Robin Theme: The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

The June giveaway has ended—congratulations to winners SoxChic and T Fine.

On HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, author Barbara Delinsky examines the Fifty phenomenon and asks, does Fifty Shades of Grey help us understand what women really want? Giveaway: Book #1, Fifty Shades of Grey

On USA Today’s Happy Ever After, your favorite authors (Julie James, Cynthia Eden, Allison Brennnan, Elizabeth Lowell and lots more!) recommend some HOT reads to feed your post-Fifty Shades jones. Giveaway: Book #2, Fifty Shades Darker

On RomanceatRandom.com, Janet Webb goes in depth with the third book in the series and explains why you won’t want to stop after the first two books. Giveaway: Book #3, Fifty Shades Freed

Today Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to have Barbara Delinsky as a featured guest. Barbara began her career writing category romance, and some of those earliest books are being reprinted now, including The Forever Instinct, which H&H has recently covered. Barbara’s latest book is Escape, which has just been released in paperback. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and today she’s sharing what struck her when reading E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy. Thanks for joining us, Barbara!

A Barbara Delinsky take on the Fifty Shades phenomenon …

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