New Book Alert – ONCE YOU’RE MINE is now out!

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  • Sarah DeLong
  • Shelley Kellerman
  • Penny Sannes
  • Yvonne Moncovich
  • Rebecca Rookey

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It's not just a series of fires heating up San Francisco, it's also the sparks flying between firefighter Dylan Callaway and investigative journalist Tori Hayden in my new book ONCE YOU'RE MINE!

Tori makes an impulsive move to follow a man into a deserted building. As an intrepid journalist, she follows the story wherever it might go. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the building blows up, and she narrowly escapes with her life. First on the scene is Dylan Callaway, who is not only a sexy and fearless firefighter but also her brother's best friend.

Back in the day, the four-year age difference between them was too much. But now, it feels just right… But Tori isn't sure Dylan will ever see her as anything but the annoying, impulsive girl who used to follow him around and ask him endless questions. And Dylan isn't sure that Tori won't turn his life completely upside down. But not only is love calling…so is danger.

A twisting mystery leads them to places they never expected to go, and their adventure includes the unraveling of some very old family secrets.

I can't wait for you to read the newest book in the Callaway Cousins. I think Tori and Dylan are one of my favorite couples, and I hope you love them as much as I do. If you haven't started reading this series, don't worry, you can jump in anywhere. Each book is a fully-developed story. But if you want to read the earlier novels, be sure to pick up: IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER, TENDER IS THE NIGHT, TAKE ME HOME (novella) and CLOSER TO YOU.

As I was writing the book, I was thinking about my childhood. Like Tori, I had a big brother, and he had some friends that were definitely fantasy-worthy, but, of course, none of them ever looked at me like that. Sometimes I wonder what happened to those guys… And like Tori, I wonder what would they think of me now?

What about you? Have you ever met up with a childhood crush? How did that go?


Tell us your story in the comments below, and to celebrate my new book, we'll be picking FIVE lucky winners to receive a Barbara Freethy Books tote bag filled with books! Winners will be picked May 1st, so don't wait too long to play!
Elizabeth. Rainbirf says April 25, 2017

I was told by a psychic I would meet my husband soon she described him
What he worked at everything about
Him His sister wax with me at the time and recognised him immediately
We are now heading towards our 60th
Anniversary after many happy years
3 children 8 grandchildren Elizabeth’s

Janet Merritt says April 25, 2017

I met up with a guy that I had a crush on in middle school at our thirtieth class reunion. After a couple of years of dating, we have now been married for three years and have six children between the two of us; three boys and three girls! Kind of like our own Brady Bunch!

Ashley Saunders says April 25, 2017

I had a crush on quite a few of my brothers friends since he is five years older than I am. The one that I remember the most was his best friend that he had in grade nine. He would come over to our house a lot and he always acknowledged me, unlike some of my brothers other friends. He even let me hold his hand as we went trick-or-treating the one year. Fast forward to a few years ago and he was the best man at my brothers wedding. I hadn’t seen him in quite a few years and he made a comment on how beautiful and grown up I was. We were able to catch up and the crush from my childhood was definitely gone, but it was nice to see him again!

Mindy Saenz says April 25, 2017

It was my high school crush and I didn’t actually meet up with him. Just heard about this through a mutual friend. I had asked him to a girl’s choice dance in high school and it was the same day as his sister’s wedding so I had to pick him up late at the reception and so we couldn’t go with any of our friends and I was shy and had a hard time keeping the conversation going by myself. We even had to eat after the dance instead of before because of the reception so we were once again on our own. A few years after he was having lunch with a group of mutual acquaintances and used our date as his worst date ever. Needless to say one of the people in the group told me about it and I was mortified. Maybe talking about it 20 years later would have been OK, but we all still ran into each other. I didn’t think so highly of him after that.

Sarah DeLong says April 25, 2017

My hubby and I have known each other since middle school. It wasn’t until he was a senior and I a sophomore that I really started crushing on him. We’ve been together 25 years now.

Gail says April 25, 2017

My first cruse was in the second grade and I did meet up with him years later but I was married at the time and there was really nothing there just a kid crush.

Michelle says April 25, 2017

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years

Ashlee says April 25, 2017

I moved away from my childhood crush but we “went steady” long distance…. until I found out he was also going steady with a girl from our hometown… so that ended that! Haha – definitely not the happily ever after I was hoping for!!

Barbara Tobey says April 25, 2017

He came on too strong and since I am married I quickly shut him down. He politely cooled down.

Shelley Kellerman says April 25, 2017

I tunes is telling me it come out May 16 not today. Please help

Carol Luciano says April 25, 2017

I had a major crush on a friends brother when I was 16. for over a year. Then I moved and 25 years later we ran into each other. He never knew I had a crush on him. Thank goodness. He was definitely not the 20 year old I remembered. But it was that 20 year old who was my first crush.

Diane D Long says April 25, 2017

I love all your books and look forward to reading Once You’re Mine. I have read all the Calloway novels and several more of your books. Would love to win some more to read!

Myrna Cannon says April 25, 2017

I love your books. The stories allow me to live out some great fantasies and get away from everyday life for awhile. Keep them coming. Can’t wait to see the new books in the Lightning Strikes series too!!

Maria Sutton says April 25, 2017

I ran into one of my high school boyfriends a long way from home. My husband and I and our 2 daughters were vacationing in Naples, Florida. One evening we went out to dinner and one of the waiters was my high school boyfriend. Turns out, he and his brother moved to Florida to spend the days surfing. Was a little awkward. He came over and said hi, we caught up for a few minutes and that was it. Small world.

Karen M. says April 25, 2017

Fortunately I have never met up with a former childhood crush. It probably would have been very awkward, at least for me.

Yvonne says April 25, 2017

I moved away so the chances of meetingany of my crushes are slim to none but, I have a wonderful awesome husband that I met through chance snd its worked out fantastically

Dorothy says April 25, 2017

Well he wasn’t my childhood crush but my early 20s crush. We went together for about 3 months. I again started talking to him again after 12 years. We have been together almost 7 years now, been married for almost 4 years and happy as can be. We weren’t ready then we both had to grow. We weren’t ready then but we sure were when we meet again.

Rhonda Gothier says April 25, 2017

I regret not continuing my relationship with my first love. I sure would now! Missed opportunity. I never really had any super crushes. I did like a few guys but that was high school…lol

Kathy Henry says April 25, 2017

Mine is of the opposite way. When I was in grade 12, my friends younger brother, by about 4 years, and I would flirt. It wasn’t till years later at our towns homecoming, when I saw him again he told me I was his first love.

Lisa Rushing says April 25, 2017

Unfortunately after two failed marriages I don’t have a great story to tell. BUT….I’m only 45 so maybe there’s hope for me yet!! Lol

Jenny Hartzheim says April 25, 2017

I met my husband in summer school. The summer between our junior and senior years. We have been together for 25 years!

Amanda T. says April 25, 2017

I haven’t run into a childhood crush again, unluckily I’ve only run into exes… Some are better run-ins than others. The serious relationships are always the hardest to deal with after.

Margie says April 25, 2017

I met my first love when he was dating my girlfriend. They broke up and I snagged him, married him and was married to the love of my life for38 years and 51 weeks before he passed away.

Theresa N says April 25, 2017

No I haven’t ran in to an old crushes. Would be interesting to.

Laurie Newkirk says April 25, 2017

After reaching all day, I am headed to the park, with my blanket, a Subway sub, a diet Coke, and my new Callaway book! May be a night of reading under the stars, I won’t stop until the end!!

    Laurie Newkirk says April 25, 2017

    Not reaching. Lol

Peggy Hawkins says April 25, 2017

I married the love of my life in 1959. We will be married 58 years August 2017. We have two beautiful daughters and three fabulous grandchildren.

Penny Sannes says April 25, 2017

When back in my hometown for a high school reunion found none of my old crushes available and knew one had passed away. My sister had better luck and started dating one of hers. But he lived there and she lived a thousand miles away. After a few trips for each, neither wanted to move permanently so their dating ended.

Teresa Reitnauer says April 25, 2017

I met my first love a few years ago. It was a first love for both of us. He didn’t treat me the best back in HS, but he apologized when we met up . it was strange seeing him again but nice to catch up.

Nancy Jeschke says April 25, 2017

I am the oldest-so no big brother’s here but I had a first boyfriend-we went out with each other for almost 2 years and he cheated and dumped me. After he wanted to get back together with me (um, NO!) His mother loved me- she was a nurse and ended up coming from another hospital to work in my hospital after I graduated from nursing school-I worked in L&D so did she. His father was a nurse anesthetist and did the sections. His father’s girlfriend- that became his step-mother worked out on OB! During his mom’s retirement party, he came up to me and of course I am married with two teenager daughters-he STILL won’t commit to marriage not because he didn’t love the girl he was with but because he didn’t want the party of a wedding. I tried to tell him it is ONE day of his life (like our prom) but sadly he didn’t want to listen. At least I am happy-I always felt bad for his mom…always told her to take my girls as her ‘pre-grandchildren’ until she got real ones. But she wanted to hold off…she held off too long.

Melissa says April 25, 2017

I saw one of my school crushes not so long ago. Boy was I glad I never acted on my feelings lol! I have no idea what I saw in him. He was obnoxious and rude to the other women I was with.

Kim Perry says April 25, 2017

I have not met up with a childhood crush later in life. None of the guys I had crushes on came to our high school reunion and I’ve moved out of the area.

Gerry Hugle says April 25, 2017

My first and last my husband going on 52 yrs. come May11.

Melissa Cunningham says April 25, 2017

Love Barbara’s books!!!

Patt Hoban says April 26, 2017

I married a teenage crush & it didn’t work out. Now I am married to the most wonderful man there is & are celebrating 43 awesome years this May.

Rebecca Rookey says April 26, 2017

When I met up with my childhood crush years later it was at our alma matter for a hometown football game. He looked amazingly hot still!! Unfortunately for me he also had his beautiful wife and two adorable children with him. Can you say “awkward “!?!? One can always still dream though!!

Gail Pecht says April 26, 2017

My childhood crush still lives in my hometown . I used to see him when I went home to visit him. Now I’m not sure what I ever saw in him

Latifa Morrisette says April 26, 2017

Believe it or not but I’ve never had a childhood crush nor have I met up with one

Cindy says April 26, 2017

I met my husband when I was 13 when his brother married my cousin. We didn’t really click or interact much, even though we went to the same high school and lived withing 4 blocks of each other. It wasn’t until we hung out together after high school that we connected. After 9 years of dating he finally proposed during one of our fishing trip (Catch of the Day). We’ve been happily married for nearly 7 years and have a cute son together.

Georgine says April 26, 2017

No, I never met up with a childhood crush. I wish I had, because
I found out my crush pasted away too soon!

Mary Harp says April 26, 2017

I have never met up with my childhood crush. I moved away from my hometown and even though we go back to visit never see him. Not even sure if he is even there.

Yvonne Moncovich says April 26, 2017

I wish I’d met up with my childhood crush but it was the opposite. A friend of a long time boyfriend reconnected with me through Facebook. While I was visiting my home town we met up for lunch and I knew within 10 minutes it was a mistake!

Sandra Marlow says April 26, 2017

My childhood crush is from kindergarten – Bruce Brown! I have not seen him in the intervening 52 years, but I sure do think about him every once in a while. My oldest friend, who I also met in kindergarten, tells me that he is still in our area, but so far I’ve not been lucky to run into him. :(

Marjorie J Vaughn says April 26, 2017

I have read all of the Calloway Series and have enjoyed each one. Am looking forward to reading the newest release.

Marcia White says April 26, 2017

I met up with childhood crushes at my 50th high school class reunion. It was fun and friendly. We all went in different directions and are married with families.

Debbie Conley says April 26, 2017

Was really sweet on this one guy. Nothing came of it till I turned 20. We ran into each other, dated, and then got married.

Nicole arnold says April 26, 2017

My roommate pestered me non stop til I agreed to go on a date with him. 2 years later we married and planning for kids

Louetta Waters says April 26, 2017

I was married to my high school crush 25 years until he died and we had 2 beautiful children. Haven’t met anyone since to compare.

Kathleen Bylsma says April 26, 2017

I had a crush on a young man in my neighborhood, with the exotic name of Guy. He had no idea I existed and was in his 20s as opposed to my 13! Needless to say, nothing ever came of it. :)

Maude Moore says April 26, 2017

My crush came to visit me at the hospital after I had surgery. It was a nice visit and I have not seen him since.

Mel K. says April 26, 2017

I’ve never met up with a childhood crush in person. Once I spoke to one on the phone. But we lost touch. He passed in 2005 and I didn’t know until I called and spoke to his mom 5 months later. I was (and still am) devastated.

Nancy Luebke says April 26, 2017

No I haven’t.

Joye says April 26, 2017

Have yet to meet up with my childhood crush, however, I have seen quite a few of my classmates at my high school reunion. Of course, they were all married by then.

Jackie Wisherd says April 26, 2017

I have been to every one of my high school’s reunions and have talked to guys whom I liked very much in school. We have had pleasant conversations. No drama.

Mandy Haggard says April 26, 2017

Oh, my goodness. Yes, I did meet up with my childhood crush. I met him when I was fourteen, a freshman in high school, he was a Senior. I thought he was more than handsome and popular, he was genuinely a nice human being. Well, my senior year I ran into him at the local mall. By then I was 18 and he was 21. The first thing he says to me is ” How old are you? “. We hugged and chatted but when he didn’t ask me out I was bummed. But no sad ending here, I knew he still lived in my neighborhood. I tracked that boy down and left a note with my # on it. He called, we went out and the rest is history. We’ve been married now for 13 years.

Nikki H says April 26, 2017

Oh yeah, my older brother had lots and lots of pretty awesome friends! He ended up playing baseball in college and I eventually married one of his teammates! We’re celebrating 43 years of wedded bliss on May 4. :)

Janice Watts says April 26, 2017

Would love to win.

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Lynn Molinaro says April 26, 2017

Love your books, full of suspense, romance, and intrique.

Sema Firestone says April 27, 2017

Unfortunately, I never met up with a childhood crush. It would have been interesting to see how they turned out.

Sharon Gerstel says April 27, 2017

When I was 10 I lived next door to Mark in Charleston, SC. My family moved away when we were 12, but returned to Charleston for vacation when we were 15, and stayed around the corner from Mark. We spent a week and half, had a crazy teenage crush on each other, but lost touch for 37 years when my family vacation was over. Fast forward 37 years and we find each other on Facebook, while he lives in NC and I live in NM. We fall madly in love in ten days over texts and phone calls, and after doing the long distance relationship thing for 8 months, I moved away from NM, after 42 years, to be with Mark! We now live happily ever after in Myrtle Beach, SC and feel like we are the luckiest people to have found this love after a teenage crush!

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Rosemary Leonard says April 27, 2017

Loved a young boy at 15, he lost his father and my parents took him in. As years passed and we both married and had children we never lost contact. Although the love never died he passed away my heart is broken. Forever Love.Thanks for your wonderful books.

marlene goodbrand says April 27, 2017

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susan woods says April 27, 2017

Would love to read your newest book (and any others too!).

Denise says April 27, 2017

My husband and I have known each other since I was 15 years old. Our best friends were dating. However, we really didn’t get to know each other until we both stood up at their wedding. We’ve been together ever since. 30 years and counting!

Loann post says April 27, 2017

Love all your books

Lynda says April 27, 2017

No I have never been able to reconnect with a childhood crush. Found out a few years ago he had died and I had not seen him since 1969.

Linda Scheschy says April 28, 2017

I grew up with the children of friends of my Dad. I had a crush on one, and another had a crush on me. The one I had a crush on took me to my Prom. He was/still is very sweet. There was no chemistry between us, but we still see each other on occasion, both happily married. The one that always crushed on me told me at his wedding that he always wanted to marry me…talk about uncomfortable! His wife must have known because she never liked me. Needless to say we do not see each other often.

Virginia Campbell says April 30, 2017

Book sounds great—plus great giveaway!!! Many years after graduating from high school, I had a chance meeting with one of “the boys” who had been considered a catch. He was still tall, smart, and good-looking, and to my great surprise, he recognized me right away. He even called me by my nickname! We spent some time and laughs together, and it felt good to connect with someone from the past. However, he had many serious issues which had brought him to where he was in the present, and he was struggling in more ways than one. His ups and downs were profound, and we have since lost touch. That first moment of recognition had its own special magic, though, and I still treasure the memory.

Hazel Newlands says April 30, 2017

I met my now-husband while working at the fairytale location in the Highlands of Scotland where Madonna stayed when she married Guy Ritchie – Skibo Castle. He was a driver and I worked in the accounts department. We’ve been happy together over ten years now.

Carlene says April 30, 2017

I haven’t met up with a childhood crush, but I knew the minute I met my husband that he was the man I was going to marry. We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this past January.

Anita H. says April 30, 2017

No, I never did end up meeting any of my crushes again. It’s probably better this way, just some nice memories to have about those school days!

Andra says April 30, 2017

Ran into old crush from high school while visiting my old neighborhood with my sister. We went in search of the old soda shop we used to frequent. To my surprise sitting in the first both was my high school crush. He recognized me, I was shocked. We started talking and it turns out he had a crush on me too. Who would have thought!

Margaret says April 30, 2017

When I was 5 or 6 my dad was helping a co-worker put windows in his house. I was there and when it was time to leave, (being in the habit of hugging everyone goodbye) I hugged everyone except there oldest son who was 9 or 10. He ran away and hid in the upstairs of the house. Years later in high school I met this boy again and we became fast friends. We married the year after I graduated and have been married ever since. We will celebrate 48 years on May 3.

Sandy X says April 30, 2017

I have not. I moved to a new city when I was in my fifth grade and never really went back to the city I grew up in.

Cherie says May 1, 2017

I have had the opportunity to talk to a couple of mine through Classmates and Facebook. It was not too awkward though, We have all moved on in life. It is always nice to catch up with old friends.

Tiffany Hall says May 1, 2017

My high school crush only knew me as a help on his English papers. We never dated in high school or had any kind of relationship. Almost a year after we graduated, we ended up talking and going on a four wheeler ride one night. That was the start of a relationship that turned into a marriage over 17 years ago and 5 kids.

Kona says May 2, 2017

I did meet up with my best friend. Turned out we were meant just to be best friends. 30+ years later we are still friends.

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