Monday, March 24, 2014

Virtual Book Tour for Caught in the Crosshair by Barb Han

Welcome to my stop on author Barb Han’s Virtual Book Tour for Caught in the Crosshair, presented by Innovative Online Book Tours.  Please leave a comment or question for Barb to let her know you stopped by. 

Getting to Know the Author by Barb Han

Thank you so much for hosting me today. I thought we’d post a fun and quirky Q&A.

What types of books do you like to read?

I read pretty much everything with a happy ending, which must confuse the heck out of Amazon’s recommendation bot. I get the most bizarre recommendations. I find myself a bit more drawn to Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense recently, but I’m game for any great read. Isn’t there a lot of amazing YA out there right now? 

What food can't you live without?

I love food, so this is a tough question for me. If I had to pick one dish I couldn’t live without, it’d have to be my spaghetti. I use canned organic diced tomatoes and the trick to get the ‘tart’ taste out, aside from letting it simmer for at least an hour, is adding a teaspoon of sugar. Mmmm.

Are you more likely to wear a skirt or pants?

Pants, most definitely pants. Of the Yoga variety.

Do you prefer city or country?

City for everyday living and country for weekends. I love the energy and excitement of city life, not to mention the endless options for food and fun. I live near Dallas where there are museums and live theatre to enjoy. I’m close enough to the outskirts of town to be able to drive fifteen minutes to a horse ranch and go for a ride. You could say I want it all.   

What is your favorite snack? favorite candy?

My favorite snack is hummus with red pepper and pita chips. So good! My favorite candy is anything chocolate. There’s no bad I right? 

Caught in the Crosshair
By Barb Han

Publisher:  Barb Han
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 211 Pages

Buy Link:  Amazon

About the book: 

Lauren James had ignored the recent spate of calls from her brother.  After all, he was a big player linked to a major cartel, and he’d been dead to her for nearly a decade. Then she receives the one call she can’t ignore—her brother’s been kidnapped and will be killed if she doesn’t bring money. No matter how far gone her brother is, Lauren can’t turn her back on him completely. Deep down she’s always wanted to save him. Now, she’s forced into action because he’ll die otherwise.

Ex-Special Forces sniper Jaden Dean owns a private security firm and after losing his older brother to gang violence, needs to take down as many scum bags as he can—single-handedly if need be. And he was the best. Until he trusted the wrong woman on his last assignment and ended up nearly dead in the street.

On a tropical island with a hurricane brewing and dangerous men closing in, Lauren and Jaden will need to work together to survive and find her brother. The cartel seems to be one step ahead and Jaden’s operatives are being killed one-by-one. He will have to use all his specialized training and risk everything, including his heart, to outwit the deadly group and keep Lauren safe. Their magnetic attraction isn’t helping matters…because even a slight distraction might just get them both killed.


The ominous storm clouds that had been threatening thickened as a light sprinkle began. The heavy clouds blocked the sun, making it dark as night. The rain shooed tourists back into the hotel, their fists full of rainbow-colored drinks with chunks of pineapple stabbed by toothpicks and set on the rims of the glasses. 

Bryce took a step toward Jaden. His eyes bulged, and he made a sharp gasp to force air into his lungs. 

Another rush of adrenaline hit Jaden, popping him to his feet long before his brain had time to register what had happened.

Bryce’s large frame stumbled forward, wobbled, and then abruptly sat down. He slumped forward, the look of shock still on his face, as the African gray parrot on his chest turned blood red, and the dark liquid infected every other bird like a strain of H1N1. 


Bryce was dead.

A flash of anger had Jaden ready to unleash his rage on the asshole who did this. Did they shoot Lauren too? 

He caught sight of his asset struggling against a man slightly larger, but very much stronger than she, while clutching her suitcase. 

Where the hell was his backup? 

Cursing beneath his breath, knowing he was running out of time, Jaden had to act fast. The beach was too exposed. He couldn’t go barreling across it no matter how much his instinct told him he could take the kidnapper with ease. There were too many others covering this stretch of real estate.  

At least Jaden had his mark in sight, his own weapon, and the benefit of knowing what he was up against. Knowing your enemy and how many there were created a distinct advantage. 

He no longer had the element of surprise on his side. Not since Bryce. 

With Lauren thrashing around, Jaden couldn’t get a clean shot. One wrong thrash and there’d be a bullet between her eyes.

He needed her alive. 


Barb Han’s writing career spans 14 years and most media. Barb’s held positions ranging from Sports Reporter at her college newspaper to Opera newsletter editor to News and Feature Writer for a Fortune 100 company. Barb has penned hundreds of articles in both U.S. and international markets and holds a bachelor of arts in journalism. A member of Romance Writers of America, Barb has served as committee chair for her local chapter.


To download the first chapter, visit Barb's Web site at:


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today.

  2. Popping over from Facebook! Your spaghetti sounds awesome. I wouldn't want to live without chocolate. Or peanut butter. Those are two main ingredients for so many amazing things, it would be a shame to lose them.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jan K! You make excellent points! I would not want to live without chocolate or peanut butter, either. Throw in some wine and you have dinner. :-)

  3. Great interview, Barb. And I'm with you - I'm a city girl at heart but also love the country. :)

    I've read this book. It's excellent! I was on the edge of my seat.

    1. Thank you, Michelle Miles. You just made my day! I'm so torn. There are times when I just need space...and lots of it. But, I couldn't live that way all the time. I'd go crazy. I love food, convenience, shopping, art, people...and all the stuff that comes with city life. We're kindred spirits!

    2. I can't wait to read this - my review will actually post later this week:)

    3. Thank you so much, Maria D. I do hope you enjoy it. :-)

  4. Hi Barb!
    That's part of my hubby's grandmas secret spaghetti recipe too- but more than a teaspoon! She also made hers with a big chuck roast… I miss her cooking!

    I am currently having a love hate relationship with cheese. I love it, and it hates me… I so don't want to give up dairy completely, but I know i need to because it doesn't do my body good… Wah! This one makes me want to stomp my foot and pout like a baby. I'd give up chocolate before cheese if only I could….

    1. Hi, Kimberly Quinton! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll have to bring on more sugar next time and see what that does. Mmmmm. Oh, wow, a chuck roast. That sounds yummy!

      You and my daughter are kindred spirits on the cheese. Too much cheese loves no one. LOL.

  5. Hi, sweetie pie! You are right--there's no bad chocolate. Except fudge and bacon. Don't go there. Hugs.

    1. Hi, Vicki! I agree wholeheartedly. No fudge and bacon with my chocolate. Or maple syrup. Not even on a cupcake. LOL

  6. Please invite me for spaghetti!!! (Too bad you live so far away, Barb!) My mom used to can tomatoes and make it that way--so delish. My heart is racing from your excerpt…off to Amazon right now for more Jaden!!!

    1. I know, Miranda! I wish we lived closer. We would definitely celebrate YOUR NEW SALE!! CONGRATS!! I hope you enjoy Jaden! :-)

  7. I think I just cancelled out my comment. If you get two I'm not totally crazy.
    I loved this book, Barb. I was on the end of the seat the whole time.
    Your spaghetti sounds mm mmm good. I'd miss pizza margharita if it ever disappeared. Love cooked tomato.

    1. Hi, Robena! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. Pizza margharita sounds yummy! I don't think I've ever had it. I better try it, stat. I love cooked tomato, fresh-sliced tomato from the vine. Hey, maybe I can be the Bubba Gump for tomato. Cooked tomato. Sliced tomato. Vine Tomato. Fried green tomato. LOL