News & Notes
Sat., Dec. 2, 2023 - Casnovia Old School Santa Days! Barbara will be there with books and Cherry Point favorites.
Friday, Nov. 17, 2023
Check out Forever Books in St. Joseph, Michigan. Barbara will be signing books from 5-8 pm.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023
Barbara will be signing books at the Flying Bear Books & Creperie in Newaygo, Michigan, from 11-1.
June 9, 2023
The Katherine MacLoed series continues with book #9 available today! Barbara received shipment of her most recent book in the Katherine MacLeod series, "Checkered Pasts." It is now available at Cherry Point Market (in person or by shipping), and will be in the bookstores listed below in the next week.
May 15, 2023
Come By Here, Barbara's 8th book in the Katherine MacLeod series, has placed as a Finalist in both the General Fiction and Regional Fiction categories of the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Barbara recently participated in a career series at Shelby High School with several other local authors.
Barbara will be at Forever Books in St. Joseph, Michigan on Sat., April 29. Please stop by and say hi if you are in the area.
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.
The Katherine MacLeod/
Cloud Cottage series
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 first book in the popular 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.
It's the season for festivities! In the glittering, exciting city of Chicago, and on the serene, snowy shore of Lake Michigan, the MacLeod Clan gathers to celebrate the end of the year holidays. Katherine MacLeod and her tightly-knit family are filled with the joy of good food, crackling fireplaces, friends old and new, and beloved traditions. But Katherine's mysterious sightings lead her to delve deeply into the traditions of the earliest Anishinaabe residents of her lakeshore homeland. Surprising discoveries lead her to make some significant decisions.
Come By Here
Katherine MacLeod's mysterious gift for intuiting the past once again plays a significant role in her life, and the life of a new friend. The West Michigan frontier is the setting for a story involving the Underground Railroad and the early settlers of the lumbering era. A young couple must face choices of humanity, survival, and freedom. Their dilemma brings both drama and a deepening relationship.
Home. It’s a word that resonates with many meanings. For the scattered but still closely-knit MacLeod Clan, their ancestral cottage on Lake Michigan is the home they all carry in their hearts. Katherine MacLeod keeps those home fires burning, but a summer with her grand-nephew, who resents living abroad with his parents, and memories of itinerant workers on her family’s farm, reveal a different perspective on the place and people one considers home – however checkered their pasts may be.
Barbara's books are available at the following bookstores and by emailing Barbara directly.
Round Lake Bookstore, Charlevoix
Melody's Lane, Cheboygan
The Bookstore, Frankfort
Cottage Bookstore, Glen Arbor
The Bookman, Grand Haven
Schuler Books, Grand Rapids
Tip'n the Mitten, Grayling
Leelanau Books, Leland
Book Mark, Ludington
Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinac City
The Landing Gull Gifts, Mackinac Island
Happy Owl Bookshop, Manistee
The Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague
Storybook Village, Pentwater
Forever Books, St. Joseph
Island Books & Crafts, Sault Ste. Marie
Horizons Book Store, Traverse City