Barbara Longley (barblongley on QT) has signed with agent Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.
I am currently published through Carina Press, and I am seeking representation for current and future works of romance fiction. FAR FROM PERFECT is a contemporary, small-town romance with military elements complete at 88,000 words.
Shortly after nineteen-year-old Ceejay Lovejoy discovered she was pregnant, her boyfriend stole the money she’d saved for nursing school and took off to places unknown—with her car. Abandoned by her drug addicted mother when she was three, and with no knowledge of who her father is, Ceejay wonders what it is about her that makes leaving so easy. All she wants is a fresh start for herself and her daughter as far from the small town of Perfect, Indiana as she can possibly get. Only in a place where no one knows her history can she reinvent herself and build a new life.
Noah Langford barely survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that took his leg and left him badly burned on his left side. He’s released from the VA hospital just in time for his stepbrother’s funeral—another blow to his fractured soul. Visions of the dead haunt his dreams, while flashbacks and anxiety steal his days. He’s lost all direction in his life and can’t remember why he went to war. While going through his stepbrother’s belongings, Noah finds an envelope containing money and a letter written to Ceejay. He has a new mission: Find Ceejay Lovejoy and his stepbrother’s child. A grandchild would go a long way toward healing his stepmother’s broken heart. Once he meets Ceejay and her daughter, he doesn’t want to jeopardize his chance to get to know them. Ceejay is a puzzle he’s determined to solve, so he keeps his connection with his stepbrother to himself.
Noah and Ceejay are drawn to each other, and a fragile bond begins to form—until Noah’s stepmother arrives uninvited, and Noah’s connection with the man who broke Ceejay’s heart is revealed. She wants nothing to do with Noah or his family. Determined to end the cycle of abandonment in Ceejay’s life, Noah remains steadfast, hoping he can rebuild the trust between them. Tragedy strikes, setting off a chain of events that challenges the young couple to their limits. Ceejay and Noah truly want to find their way back to each other, but with his stepbrother in their past, can they have a future?
FAR FROM PERFECT is the first book in a planned series. My debut novel, HEART OF THE DRUID LAIRD was released through Carina Press in September, 2011. I write paranormal and contemporary romance. Thank you for considering FAR FROM PERFECT.