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Here’s a little about me. Before becoming an author, I trained at the National Theatre School of Canada and went on to enjoy a twenty-year acting career playing diverse characters from Shakespearean heroines on stage to starring roles in daytime TV dramas and Disney made-for-TV movies.

It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction. My seven-book “Thornleigh Saga” series is set in 16th-century England and follows a middle-class family’s rise through three generations and three tumultuous Tudor reigns.

My acclaimed thrillers include three written under my penname Stephen Kyle.

Over half a million copies of my novels have been sold world-wide.

My new novel of suspense is THE MAN FROM SPIRIT CREEK. I hope you’ll love it!

My husband and I live in Guelph, a university city in southern Ontario where we enjoy its riverside walks, vibrant arts community, and good-neighborliness.

“A haunting thriller…Kyle keeps the cinematic action scenes and nail-biting suspense rolling throughout.”

– Publishers Weekly on The Experiment

“Riveting Tudor drama”

– USA Today on The Queen’s Exiles

“A classic historical novel – sweeping, gritty and realistic.”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Lady

“Riveting, adventurous…superb!”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Gamble

“Wonderfully intelligent, highly readable, and thoroughly entertaining.”

– New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham on After Shock

“A heart-stopping thriller…Kyle is a master at her craft.”

– RT Book Reviews on The Queen’s Exiles

New Release!

I’m delighted to announce the release of THE MAN FROM SPIRIT CREEK, previously published as “Entrapped” and now with a beautiful new look. Enjoy this close-to-home novel of suspense! Available in paperback and e-book – and, NEW! – audiobook. The audiobook is FREE with a 30-day trial!

Description & Reviews

“A stunning thriller. Lost sleep as I couldn’t put this one down.” – Amazon review

When Liv Gardner arrives in the rural town of Spirit Creek, Alberta, she has nothing but her old car and a temporary job as paralegal with the local attorney. But Liv’s down-market persona is a ruse. She is actually in-house counsel of Falcon Oil, a small oil and gas company she co-owns with her fiancé, CEO Mickey Havelock – and they are facing financial ruin.

Their assets are concentrated around Spirit Creek where farmer Tom Wainwright, convinced that lethal “sour” gas killed his wife, is sabotaging Falcon’s rigs. But Wainwright is clever at hiding his tracks and the police have no evidence to charge him. With the sabotage forcing Falcon toward bankruptcy, Liv has come undercover to befriend Wainwright – and entrap him.

But Liv never dreamed she’d become torn between saving the company she and Mickey built and her feelings for the very man whose sabotage is ruining them.

On a rain-swept night, Spirit Creek is stunned when one of their own is murdered. The evidence does more than point to Tom Wainwright . . . it shatters Liv’s world.

“Impossible to put down. Liv arrives in Spirit Creek as an undercover oil executive. . . then risks all she has to make sure the wrong man is not found guilty of murder.” – BookSirens

“A page turner that will have you wishing you didn’t have to put it down for your real life.” – Goodreads

“Full of twists that kept me wanting more. . . a mix of thriller, romance, and redemption.” – BookSirens

An irresistible corporate thriller…A highly recommended must read.” – Amazon international review

The Thornleigh Saga

Writing as Stephen Kyle

For Writers

“Page-Turner is the quintessential book for writing that break-out novel”
– Goodreads review

Synopsis & Reviews

“Kyle knows her stuff. She breaks down both the art and the craft of writing in a way that is entertaining and easy to understand.”— #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

What makes a page-turner? What mysterious literary essence holds a reader so hard they feel they must keep reading? And then tell friends, “I couldn’t put it down!” And what do literary agents and publishers really look for in a manuscript?

Internationally-acclaimed author and story coach Barbara Kyle reveals the answers in Page-Turner with insights into the essentials of story structure, the power of “deep character,” the art of crafting dialogue, mastering point of view, and more . . . plus practical advice on how to query agents and get published.

Page-Turner shows how to create the kind of novel that brings offers from publishers and praise from readers. For emerging writers who want to break in, and published authors who want to produce a breakout book, Page-Turner is an indispensable guide.

“Brings alive almost every tough issue a writer of fiction must confront . . . friendly and fun to read.”— Albert Zuckerman, founder of Writers House literary agency

PageTurner is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook