Sad news from the romance world: author Beverly Barton passed away suddenly this morning. Barton was the author of over 55 novels published by Harlequin , Kensington, and Open Road Media. The Open Road videos of Barton are really wonderful footage, particularly the moment where she describes most Southerners as storytellers. Isn’t that the truth, ma’am.
Barton was a longstanding member of the romance community known for her support and enthusiasm, grace and style.
Barton has a book coming out just next week titled Dead By Morning. I did question whether to link to it given the chilling effect of the title, but when I went to Barton’s site the first thing she had written on her home page is that she was so excited for 2011, because 2010 had been such a great year for her. I hope her fans will make a point to find her book to make her wish for a successful 2011 come true, even if she is not here to celebrate it.
My condolences to her family, friends, and the many, many readers who adored her books.