Gifts of Skye,
the sixth book in the Katherine MacLeod/Cloud Cottage series, is now available.
Breaking literary news:
April 10, 2019
Winners announced in the 23rd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Still Waters by Barbara E. Bull wins Bronze in the Great Lakes Region category.
In 2018, Barbara received a Silver Medal in the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, Great Lakes Region, for her third novel in the Cloud Cottage series, Whispers on the Wind.
What do a donkey, a lamb, Bethlehem and an apple have in common? A little boy named Benjamin. He lived a long time ago in a land far away, but like a child today, one morning he awakens very excited. He knew it was a special day. He did not know how special or that something wonderful would happen. This is the story of Benjamin, his special day, the gifts he receives and the gifts he gives—but an apple is the star of the story.
The Katherine MacLeod series
Cloud Cottage is set on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of a lush fruit belt, but it could be anywhere and anytime that families gather year after year, generation after generation. The MacLeod family is steeped in their Scottish heritage and the traditions of a wonderful cottage built by their ancestor in the 19th century. Barbara has created an atmosphere of sandy beaches, fruit orchards, wooded paths, and sparkling water to set her story of a family and a mystery that involve the Civil War, a shipwreck, and hidden treasure.
Gray Clouds, Blue Skye
Barbara's second novel follows Katherine MacLeod, a retired educator, who now lives full time in her nearly 150-year-old family cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. Katherine revels in the solitude and majestic beauty of her home and the lake during all seasons. However, the Alzheimer's journey of a cherished aunt, who is disturbed by puzzling fears, becomes a mystery that disrupts the tranquility of Katherine's life. The dark days are brightened by a rekindled flame with a long-ago summer love, and by an energetic, intelligent dog - Blue Skye.
Whispers on the Wind
"My name is Marie LeClerc, but you can call me Abigail." The voice carries Katherine MacLeod over three centuries from Puritan New England to the land of the Mohawk, tracing a tale of tragedy, faith, perseverance, and family love. Rich in historical detail and frontier adventure, the saga of the MacLeod Clan and Cloud Cottage continues in the 21st century. Bonding over the rituals of beach life and deep connections with the natural world, the family draws close together, grounding Katherine as she struggles to understand the eerie experience drawing her into the 18th century.
Another member of the MacLeod Clan is the focus of Barbara's fourth Katherine MacLeod novel. The enigmatic Uncle Gus takes center stage in a tale of gangsters and bootleggers juxtaposed with the rhythms of farm life and teenage love. The Prohibition-era history of Oceana County's Lake Michigan shoreline is interwoven in a suspenseful story that solves several mysteries for the tight-knit MacLeod Clan.
Paths to Peace
Once again, the past comes to haunt Katherine MacLeod. The deep cultural and societal changes of the 1960s and ‘70s, which are still resonating in our world today, had profound effects on Katherine’s personal life in her formative years. In this book, she discovers that the past is present, and long-suppressed pain can lead to emotional catharsis and surprising developments. As always, her closely knit MacLeod Clan is there to help her through the crisis.
Gifts of Skye
The MacLeods go to Scotland! Returning to their clan roots on the beautiful Isle of Skye, Katherine MacLeod and her extended family discover not only rugged, dramatic landscapes and picturesque castles and cottages, but answers to enduring family mysteries, including the tale of the ancestor who arrived on the shore of Lake Michigan in the 19th century. From the medieval majesty of Edinburgh, to the mystical, clouded island of Skye, the family makes a journey both physical and spiritual, growing closer and deepening their Scottish heritage.
Barbara's books are available
at the following
and by emailing Barbara directly.
Schuler Books, Grand Rapids
Purple Tree Books & Coffee, Cheboygan
Horizons Book Store, Traverse City
Leelanau Books, Leland
The Bookman, Grand Haven
The Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague
Storybook Village, Pentwater
Book Mark, Ludington
The Bookstore, Frankfort
Cottage Bookstore, Glen Arbor