The Perfect Storm and other small miracles

Sometimes, the galaxy spins on its axis, or black hole or whatever, and all the stars align. The moon gleams in a cloudless sky, and turns night to day. Double-rainbows paint a rainy palette. You hit every green light on the way to work.

And sometimes a book that had no chance, finally gets its moment.

CJ Barry Author

I wrote Body Master many years ago as part of an anthology that didn’t quite gel.  I loved it, but the time simply was not right. There were other books to write, other contracts to fulfill, and years passed. When I found it in my files one day, my passion for that story was re-ignited for these two people—one human woman and one alien shapeshifter—walking down the streets of Manhattan on a mission that neither one of them wanted.  This was a story that needed to be told, but it would take a miracle.
Enter Fate.  I was given an agent who had faith in me, an editor and house that I’d always wanted to work for, and a market ripe for a story for the ages.

NYC with its amazing microcosm of humanity and underground labyrinth was the perfect setting. Seneca and Max with their ingrained and well-earned distrust for each other and shared loss were the perfect characters. Government secrets, hidden agendas, murderous intent, and betrayal was the perfect plot.

Body Master is the perfect storm.  It may never happen again, but for this miracle, I am grateful.


About the Book

Body Master cover art

Seneca Thomas is an agent with XCEL, a secret government taskforce charged with capturing the dangerous shapeshifters that have infiltrated New York City, passing for humans. Her Native American heritage gives her a special gift–the ability to see the shapeshifters for what they are.But when her partner is killed in the line of duty, Seneca finds herself teamed up with Max Dempsey–a shapeshifter. And when the pair discover a growing army of shifters gathering beneath the city, Seneca will have no choice but to trust the one man she shouldn’t.

Find out more about Body Master and read Chapter One




How to get your hands on a copy

Berkley Trade Sensation
August 3, 2010
Paranormal Romance
ISBN-10:  042523455X
ISBN-13:  978-0425234556


About the Author

C.J. grew up reading science fiction novels, comic books, and her brother’s Cracked magazines. In high school, a creative writing teacher told her she should be a writer, but she decided to go to college instead. In college, a writing professor told her she should be a writer, but she decided to be a computer programmer instead. A husband, a cat and two kids later, an adult education teacher told her she should be a writer. She finally gave in, and after selling the first novel she ever wrote, decided that all those teachers were right. Seven novels later, she continues to bring her unique blend of high adventure and sizzling romance to her novels. C.J has won numerous awards for her novels, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.



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18 Responses to The Perfect Storm and other small miracles

  1. Kammie

    Enjoyed the chapter on your story very much!! It sounds really good!

  2. CJ Barry

    Thank you, everyone! It’s really nice to be back. 🙂 No UN books planned as of this time, but hey, I never expected to write a shifter series either. If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen.

    Have a lovely day all!


  3. Debby

    Congrats on the release. I have read several of them and this one looks to be wonderful. I hope you keep ’em coming!

  4. catslady

    Congrats on your release. I enjoyed the trailer and going to check your site for more info because this sounds so interesting!!

  5. Valerie

    Wow, life my throw us curve balls sometimes, but it also throws us so many little miracles.

    Congrats!! Looks like a great story! It will be going on my wishlist.

    in Germany

  6. Sherry Haut

    I really wantto read this book. I’m also hoping there will b more UN books.

  7. Lisa

    Wow like the sound of your new book will have to fine this one. Thanks to RJ I now know about the book.
    PS. Welcome Back CJ Barry!!

  8. kimmie lange

    Congrats on the new release. Your UN series is a great series and I can’t wait to read this. Will there be more?

  9. CJ

    Thanks, Jane! The Body series is actually a combination of CJ Barry futuristic and Samantha Graves contemporary, so I think I’ve found the best of both worlds. 🙂 I don’t have any SG books planned at this time, but you never know!

  10. Jane

    Hi CJ,
    Congrats on the new release. I love your Samantha Graves books. Are you just concentrating on the Body series or will there be a Samantha Graves book in the near future?

  11. CJ

    Thanks, Pam! That series will always be special to me. My first books. 🙂

  12. Pam P

    Love the UN series, too, CJ. Guess it was meant for you to happen across that file at the right time again.

  13. CJ

    Thanks, Chris!

  14. Chris Mead

    I am so glad that fate stepped in and gave your book that extra little shove that it needed to come out in to the publishing world!

    Best wishes for many sales and an abundance of readers!

    Chris M

  15. CJ

    Thanks, Cynthia! It really was a small miracle. 🙂

  16. Cynthia

    I’m so looking forward to reading this one Sam (yeah, yeah I know hard habit to break). Hoping to pick it up when I’m near a real bookstore this weekend.

    Thrilled the fates aligned to make it possible for this story to see the light of day.

  17. CJ

    Thank you, PamK! This new series is a combination of the UN series and my contemporary romantic suspense adventures under Samantha Graves. I combined what I loved from both worlds.

  18. Pamk

    Love your Un series and am looking forward to reading this one.

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