Celebrating a long (100 years) life! Plus, some awesome free books!

I’m leaving for the funeral of a sweet man we called “Grandpa Paul” (to distinguish him from my hubby, Paul). Paul Sears, my dear sister-in-law’s father, was a class act. Smart, witty, interested in everything and everyone around him. He was also a wonderful listener. (Is that a lost art, I wonder?)

He lived well and celebrated his 100th birthday a few months ago, but his body was worn out. He passed away with his family around him, and today he will be buried in the Sacramento Valley National Veteran’s Cemetery.

Goodbye, dear man. You will be remembered most fondly.

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Devoted Dad and Grandparent passed away peacefully, May 17, 2017 at UC Davis Medical Center. He lived to be 100 years, 1 month and 28 days old. Born on the first day of Spring, March 20, 1917 in Beverly, MA. to Everett Wm. Sears and Caroline M. (Leonard) Sears, raised by his father and loving step mother Blanche S. (Vaughn) Sears from a young age after his mother died from illness. He was pre-ceded in death by his brothers Everett, Walter and Earnest Sears. Paul was very proud of his Sears family history which dated back to the 1500′s in Plymouth, MA. Paul attended high school in Wenham, MA. and Palmer Chiropractic School in St. Louis, MO. While in St Louis his schooling was interrupted by WWII when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served and was stationed in Trinadad, the port of Spain. His rank was that of Master Sergeant. Paul moved to California after Honorable Discharge. The majority of his career post military was spent in the grocery business initially working for Safeway until he became the owner of The Wayside Grocery Store in Rio Linda, CA where he met his bride while she was looking to purchase a Christmas tree. Paul fell in love with and married Roslyn Welliver (deceased) in 1959. After leaving the Wayside Grocery Store he went to work for Circle K Corp and retired after 25 years of performing supervision and management. At that time Paul held the Circle K record for being their longest employee. The last store that he managed was located in Elk Grove, CA. Paul’s hobbies in his retirement years consisted of jotting down ideas for inventions on 3X5 cards and the study of natural healing & nutrition. He was incredibly intelligent and enjoyed sharing his knowledge. He loved family first of all and had a quirky sense of humor that kept us all laughing even up through the last hours. He will be deeply missed. Paul is survived by 5 children; Paul Sears (Denise), Karryn Salonen (Dave), Vickie Gammill (Andy), Kathy Price (Ray, deceased) and Cindy Johnson. Paul is grandfather to 10 grandchildren; Shawn, Cheryl (deceased), Lori, Bill, Ricky B, Cindi, Ricky U, Derek, Carson and Camey, as well as 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. It will be a magnificent reunion in heaven some day! 

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Also, I wanted to share this great giveaway. Available for a short time only, so grab and read for FREE! Click on the image to be taken to the download page.

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Black Hills Rancher is FREE only at Instafreebie! Thank you, Rodeo Knights!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. Happy reading!

Deb

 

It’s a “twin” thing!

Question: do you know anyone who is a twin? Are you a twin?

I am fascinated by birth order in general and it often plays a factor in my characters’ personalities. My two current Black Hills Rendezvous releases, BLACK HILLS RANCHER and BLACK HILLS STRANGER, feature the Bouchard twins–Jessie and Remy.

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They are best friends, but as different as two people can be. I felt comfortable creating this dichotomy because my twin nieces, Leslie and Laura, are beautiful, accomplished young women who are best friends, but also very different. I love this about them and wanted to celebrate this uniqueness in my story.

First-born Jessie is an extreme athlete, a risk-taker, someone who meets every challenge head on–even when it comes to falling in love with someone who really needs a woman more like Remy in his life.

JESSIE’s favorite meme:

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Sweet, kind, generous Remy would fix the world if she could. When her first love needs her help to find his missing daughter, she wants to say no, but how can she–helping others is what she does best?

Dreamer, worrier, caregiver REMY’s favorite meme:

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If you liked connected stories, you can’t get much more connected than twins.

Click on the book covers below to buy from any vendor.

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Happy reading and have a GREAT weekend!

Deb

 

Releasing a new book is a process! But it never gets old!

The butterflies arrive first. They settle in my belly from the moment I wake up on “Release Day” until every link is checked and the book is announced in my newsletter and fluttering about on social media, hopefully finding the readers who have been eagerly waiting to read it.

Slowly, very slowly, as every item on my Bullet List gets marked off, the panic recedes and a smidgen of euphoria blows the butterflies away…until next time.

That’s my process for a self-published new release.

But I remember feeling similar panic when I opened the first print copy sent by my publisher. Did they spell my name right? Does the back jacket copy match the book? Does my cover art work? Is the blurb too vague? Will readers love it or hate it?

These days I’m stressing about a wide array of technical questions–in addition to all of the above:

1. Is the book live at all vendors?

2. Did I remember to upload the right copy?

3. Did I make that final change my copy editor mentioned?

4. Is the first chapter of the next book in the back matter? Do the buy links work?

5. Will readers love it or hate it? (Some things never change.)

Only time–and reviews–will answer the last question, but the rest is all on me, and believe me, my fingers will be crossed from now until early Tuesday morning. 

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But here’s one up-side of self-publishing: I can offer discounted books any time I want, and since the heroines of BLACK HILLS RANCHER and BLACK HILLS STRANGER are twin sisters, I figured readers would appreciate being able to buy BLACK HILLS RANCHER for just 99¢ before STRANGER releases on Tuesday! Who doesn’t love a bargain? And these twins have some pretty interesting stories to tell. ;-)

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HAPPY READING, MY FRIENDS,

DEB

PS: I highly recommend seeing the movie HIDDEN FIGURES! I loved it!