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Beth Barany is an American award winning author of young adult adventure fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction mysteries.

Inspired by living overseas in France and Quebec, Beth enjoys coming up with mystical stories of romance, mystery, and adventure that encourage women and girls to be at the steering wheel of their own lives.

She also loves walking her neighborhood, gardening on her patio, traveling and watching movies with her husband.

Beth currently lives in Oakland, California with her author husband, Ezra Barany, a piano and more than a thousand books.

Whenever she isn’t writing or playing, Beth manages her own company which is aimed at coaching, teaching and helping novelists to market and publish their books.

More about Beth Barany

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy / SF, Mystery, Paranormal , Romance, Young Adult

United States


Non Series

  • Writing Romance: The Ultimate Guide on Craft, Creation and Industry Connections (2008)


  1. When I Was There: Life At Berkeley (2010)
  2. Autumn's Kiss: Eight Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances (2014)

Writer's Fun Zone

  1. Overcome Writer's Block (2011)
  2. The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book (2013)
  3. Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers (2013)
  4. Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It! (2018)
  5. 7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pantsers (2020)

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

  1. Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (2011)
  2. Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (2014)
  3. Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa (2016)

Janey McCallister Mystery Books

  1. Into The Black (2020)
  2. Lured By Light (2020)
  3. Gone Green (2021)
  4. Red Running Deep (2021)


  1. Touchstone of Love: A Time Travel Romance (2014)
  2. A Christmas Fling: A Christmas Elf Romance (2013)
  3. Parisian Amour: A Fairy Tale Romance (2014)
  4. A Labyrinth of Love and Roses: A Fairy Tale Romance (2014)
  5. A Cupcake Christmas: A Christmas Elf Romance (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Writing Romance: The Ultimate Guide on Craft, Creation and Industry Connections

Writing Romance--The Ultimate Guide on Craft, Creation and Industry Connections.

  * 50 Inspiring Articles.

    The process, craft and business of writing by some of your favorite published romance authors, as well as a few of the industry's leading editors and agents.

  * A Complete Resource List.

    RWA chapters, SFA-RWA member authors, and RWA-approved publishers and literary agents.

  * Success Secrets.

    How to craft a compelling story, find a great agent, and more!

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0615202617
Publisher: SFA-RWA Publishing


When I Was There: Life At Berkeley

From the 1960s to the 21st century, this anthology contains personal stories of life as a Cal student: heart-warming, humorous, and heart-wrenching. Incoming freshmen, students, and alumni get to see Cal as it was, and is today.

Written entirely by Cal alumni authors, part-nostalgic, part-pride, and part-wonderment, When I Was There celebrates the many facets of the U.C. Berkeley experience.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0578056166
Publisher: Rebus Films Inc
Autumn's Kiss: Eight Contemporary & Historical Sweet Romances

Eight sweet stories of love. Eight great authors. Eight ways to celebrate Autumn.

Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a big city businessman - Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono. Contemporary.

CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George. Contemporary.

THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman. Contemporary.

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany. Paranormal/Time Travel.

A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical.

RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack. Historical.

SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary.

THE WITCHING WELL. KristyTate. Time Travel.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00O5D6LEM
Publisher: Open Book Romances

Writer's Fun Zone

Overcome Writer's Block

Do you wonder where all your good ideas went?

Is sitting down to write a painful process?

You can break through your writer's block and ignite your creativity today! This unique writing guide will show you how!

This writing guide was written for writers and artists of all kinds, as well as business professionals and entrepreneurs.

Unique Approach to Writers Block

This guide offers a unique approach to writers block. Since I believe we are all creative, and the writing tool is a great way of thinking through problems, the way through writers block is a multi-pronged approach, with writing exercises, finding your passion exercises, and some good old fashioned goal setting thrown in there for good measure.

Tools to Spark Your Writing Today!

This 45-page writing guide is chock full of tips, tricks, inspirational and motivational tools to spark your writing today. Derived from many sources, including the author's writing experiences, this writing guide is rich with advice. Whether you are a writer in fiction or nonfiction looking for ways to keep the creative juices flowing, or you are a professional looking to bring in new ways of looking at old problems, this writing guide, Overcome Writer's Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Ignite Your Creativity, is designed for you.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B004LGTJMY
Publisher: Writer's Fun Zone Publishing
The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book

Do you have a book inside you that can't find its way out? Are you having trouble even getting started on your book writing journey? 

The Writer's Adventure Guide helps you step off into the unknown of a writing project and see it through to its destination--from the first exciting flash of an idea to that dark moment when you think you'll never write a decent paragraph again.

This guide gives you tips and tools for keeping an eye on your inner landscape so you can achieve your goal of writing a book.

In 12 clear, organized steps, find out how you can:

* Build confidence in your writing instincts.

* Forge a clear path from inspiration to completion.

* Learn how to write the book while living your active life.

* Delight in the creative adventure, both its ups and downs.

* Complete your novel or nonfiction book.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0982344255
Publisher: Barany Publishing
Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers

In this easy-to-read guide, written by a shy writer, novelist and teacher, Beth Barany, you'll find the confidence and encouragement to step into social media and the how-to steps on what to say, how to find your followers, and how to present yourself in 140 characters or less.

With a focus on Twitter, the author takes you through the principles you need to understand to make this medium useful to your writing career.

Chapters cover such topics as how to:

-- Set up your Twitter profile

-- Get comfortable with Twitter

-- Craft messages to get your potential readers curious

-- Build your network on Twitter

-- Use special tools like hashtags and chats

-- Get examples of what other writers say on Twitter

-- Make best use of your Twitter time

-- Use Twitter to build your author career even before you're published

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1489508102
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It!

This book will help you get excited to plan your novel. The tools shared here are designed to spark your muse and give you confidence when you sit down to write your story. Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It! is for organic writers and pansters who want a roadmap to follow, so that they can let their creativity loose.

Plan your novel, write with confidence, and have fun doing it!

We know that you have other activities in your life besides writing, and that writing your novels is important to you. How can you manage your writing and still meet your other obligations?

Well, you can, in small, manageable bite-sized pieces. Each lesson in this book can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes.

You can plan your novel in a way that fits into your life. We know, because we’ve done it, multiple times!

Based on the popular course, Plan Your Novel: 30-Day Writing Challenge, this book is organized into 4 sections, so that you can do the exercises over a one-month period.

If you're planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or Camp NaNo, this course will get you ready and give you everything you need to write a novel in 30 days.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1944841218
Publisher: Barany Publishing
7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pantsers

Stuck on how to get started?

Do you wonder how to write a novel while you’re also busy with other commitments? Do you wonder how to find time to write?

7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pantsers is designed for the writer with a life, and for the writer who likes writing by the seat of their pants, but wants a little bit of direction.

In this book, you’ll uncover:

Short exercises in doable in small, manageable bite-sized pieces; each chapter can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes

Exercises on character development and story and world building

A unique way to develop conflict in your story for Pantsers.

A simple tool to design your plot.

You can plan your novel in a way that fits into your life. We know, because we've done it, many times.

Welcome to this 7-lesson series on preparing or planning your novel for Nanowrimo (or anytime).

For experienced writers or ambitious new writers who want to plan their novel in an organic or step-by-step way, so that on Nov. 1st you can start writing it alongside the NaNoWriMo community.

With 7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pansters, you’ll be able to:

Plan your novel.

Step into a sense of satisfaction and creative accomplishment.

Get excited for NaNoWriMo.

Believe that you can write a novel.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B08HV8QNH8
Publisher: Writer's Fun Zone Publishing

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

"She's a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her fame…and it was much too high."

Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve, can't face the thought of another kill.

She's lost family, friends and home on her rocky road to fame.

But when the young warrior is summoned by a King to retrieve the Dragon Stone from the last dragon in existence, she can't refuse--her mentor lies dying, and the healing stone is all that can save him.

This quest will be her most harrowing of all, for it means facing mysterious assassins, the dreaded choppy sea, and all with a misfit band -- a young witch, a jester and a surly knight. And at journey's end, someone must die …the dragon, or Henrietta.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0983296041
Publisher: Firewolf Books
Henrietta and the Dragon Stone

"What if all those you loved were threatened by a force you couldn't see or fight?"

Henrietta the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her village for a heroes’ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer rides after her and her Dragon Stone, and aims to destroy everyone she cares about.

Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone and keep her loved ones safe, especially her more-than-friend, and her stalwart bodyguard, before the sorcerer destroys her and everything in his path?

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1481840897
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa

In the biggest challenge of her life, Henrietta the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve must lead her people into a battle that may end life as they know it. For they face no ordinary army, but the dark forces of a powerful sorcerer bent on overtaking all five kingdoms. And unless she can rescue her dauntless knight Franc, she must do it without his support.

Franc will follow Henrietta anywhere. But on a mission to find allies among the Horse People, he is kidnapped and taken by minions of the evil sorcerer Eyvindir. Will he find the strength and courage to survive, and fight again at Henrietta's side?

Paulette, the young fire witch, must stand trial for a murder committed out of desperation. In despair at her imprisonment by forces acting against her dearest friend, Jaxter, she escapes and flees to the frigid, forbidden land of Varangia to find a witch powerful enough to help her finally master fire. But what must she give up to gain the power to aid her friends?

Jaxter, now a king, must come to terms with the heavy responsibilities of ruling the Oro Islands, newly emerged from over 75 years of evil rule. This means doing right, even when it means going against ancient customs and protocols. Worse, the marauding Varangians press at his borders. He must find a way to defend his home, or none of them will survive.

Will Henrietta and her friends be able to stop the ruthless sorcerer from obliterating her, claiming the Dragon Stone, and ruling over the Five Kingdoms?

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1944841065
Publisher: Firewolf Books

Janey McCallister Mystery Books

Into The Black

"She wanted to make her mark. How hard could it be?"

In 2130, at Bijoux de L’Etoile, a high-end casino orbiting Earth, you can get anything you desire.

Newly-hired as an investigator, Janey McCallister wants to solve her first big case—the theft of a priceless gem.

When her case of theft escalates to murder and points to the seedy underbelly of world affairs, Janey has to rely on her new team and trust the mysterious insurance investigator, Orlando Valdez—before a killer escapes into the black.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1944841300
Publisher: Firewolf Books
Lured By Light

"At Bijoux de L’Etoile, the high-end casino orbiting Earth, anything can happen."

It’s a quiet day for L’Étoile lead investigator, Janey McCallister, until a young woman runs screaming past the blackjack tables. She looks like a victim of abuse, but when her boyfriend turns up dead the next day, she becomes the prime suspect.

Determined to investigate every angle, Janey searches for clues and uncovers a world of high-priced escorts and human trafficking—a world just like the one that took the life of her best friend long ago.

When Orlando Valdez, inspector for Sol Unified Planets, shows up with a new suspect, Janey isn’t sure she can trust the mercurial man who stopped returning her calls. But as the threats escalate and she unravels a deeper conspiracy, Janey and her team will need all the help they can get. If they fail, it could be the end of everyone on L’Étoile.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1944841317
Publisher: Firewolf Books
Gone Green

"L’Étoile’s lead investigator Janey McCallister faces her hardest case yet."

On the eve of the hotel space station’s twentieth anniversary celebration, criminals rob the casino’s vault and kill one security guard. Janey teams up with Orlando Valdez, a sexy undercover cop for the Sol Unified Planets, to hunt down those responsible.

Since the casino has only a day’s worth of cash on hand, she must solve the complex plot behind the robbery before the theft creates a mass panic and puts L’Étoile out of business—and before the killer strikes again.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1944841379
Publisher: Barany Publishing
Red Running Deep

On edge and desperately tired, Investigator Janey McCallister wants nothing more than to take bereavement leave to grieve a terrible personal loss. But when the high-end hotel-casino space station Bijoux de L’Étoile is struck by three locked-room murders, she must take the lead.

When the murders turn out to be related to a top-secret case Sol Unified Planets inspector Orlando Valdez is investigating, Janey questions her entire purpose for working at the hotel.

Can she overcome her need to control every situation and work with others to solve the case, or is Orlando using her for his own ends like he has before?

Janey finds herself knee deep in blood and heartache, running red and ragged toward a man and a case that might destroy her career.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2021
Publisher: Firewolf Books


Touchstone of Love: A Time Travel Romance

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HPU9RX4
Publisher: Firewolf Books
A Christmas Fling: A Christmas Elf Romance

"What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?"

Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial district with no time for love, will her innocent Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?

Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the vivacious secret

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00H8GPVKS
Publisher: Firewolf Books
Parisian Amour: A Fairy Tale Romance

"What if a dragon lived under the city of Paris?"

Sarah Redman, a bank project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit.

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales?

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00KLLLI3G
Publisher: Firewolf Books
A Labyrinth of Love and Roses: A Fairy Tale Romance

"What if what you wanted got in the way of your destiny?"

French MBA grad Lili Grenault needs to succeed at her last pitch meeting to fund her international green tech business. But her grandmother tells her to drop everything, find her one true love, and embrace her magical legacy by Beltane, in one week, or chaos and failure in her life will ensue.

San Francisco investor Brett Barnaby wants to find his great-grandfather's gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of World War I. Family legend says that purpose, greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when he finds that grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to local Lily Grenault for help.

Can these two independent freethinkers work together to prevent chaos from triumphing and find love in time in the labyrinth of roses?

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00NEX4Z5Q
Publisher: Firewolf Books
A Cupcake Christmas: A Christmas Elf Romance

"What if you risked losing your baking legacy by cooking up a love truly special?"

Florian MacMillian needs a final job to complete his baking resume—preferably a job where he’s unlikely to blow things up with his unruly magic—before returning to the North Pole and taking his rightful place as Master Baker to all the elves.

Kate Delore desperately needs help in her fast-growing cupcake business. Florian is a perfect fit, so she brings him on as baker. For a short time, Florian is happily up to his elbows in batter, and Kate’s business is booming.

But when things heat up between them, Florian wonders if he should risk his legacy to cook up something truly special.

Author: Beth Barany
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0989500470
Publisher: Firewolf Books