And we’re off…

Hubby and I are leaving for South Dakota in the morning. It’s been two years since I’ve been back. I’m really looking forward to a taste of autumn.

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Plus, it’s been a crazy busy month for me so far.

Wednesday was release day for my new Black Hills Rendezvous book: BLACK HILLS NATIVE SON. This book always tugs on my heart. It came to me one night as I closed my eyes and a voice said, “There’s an old black woman who lives in my head.” As you might imagine, that caught my attention. I tried to ignore it, but I HAD to find out more so I went to my office and wrote–just wrote. I was too tired to think, so what came out was quite a story. One I knew belonged to Char Jones, a member of the Wine, Women, & Words book club. And once I met Eli, I was seriously hooked.

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Here are the links, chickadee:

NOOK: http://littl.ink/BHNSBN 
Amazon: http://littl.ink/BHNSAZ 
KOBO: http://littl.ink/BHNSKOBO 
iBOOKS: http://littl.ink/BHNSiBook 
GooglePlay: http://littl.ink/BHNSPlay
AmazonUK: http://littl.ink/BHNSAZUK
AmazonCA: http://littl.ink/BHNSAZCA
AmazonAU: http://littl.ink/BHNSAZAU

Yesterday, I turned in my manuscript for my next Tule Publishing book. I’m super excited about MONTANA SECRET SANTA because it’s part of a 12-book series with 5 fabulous, celebrated and successful authors: C.J. Carmichael (who’s 2015 Tule Christmas book just sold to Hallmark!), Melissa McClone, Roxanne Snopek, Steena Holmes, and me. Here are the first three covers. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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SAVE THE DATE : Oct 12, from 4-7 PM (Pacific) to join us for a Launch Party in the Main St. Marietta Facebook group. You’ll need to join the group to attend, but feel free to leave after the event! Click here to go to the group. There will be prizes!

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I may not have the best wifi during my stay in South Dakota, so if I’m not here blogging here next Friday, you’ll know why. But hopefully I’ll be here to share some great fall photos.

Happy reading, my friends.

Deb

Where will your summer reading take you?

I need a hammock.

Seriously.

By Pactola Lake in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

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It’s on my bucket list, but, alas, I don’t see it happening this summer because my big excursion will be to San Diego for RWA. The conference will be exciting, interesting, and fun because I get to reconnect with a lot of friends, but business travel is much less relaxing than swinging in a hammock with my Kindle. Sigh.

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I was tickled today to discover that Amazon has all five of my Black Hills titles grouped together on one page. BHRENDEZVOUS  

On June 14, I’m releasing BLACK HILLS WHITE KNIGHT, Book 6 in my Black Hills Rendezvous series. Cover reveal coming soon on my newsletter. Are you signed up?

So, two questions: do you have a hammock? If so, describe the setting. I’m so jealous.

And second, what are you reading? I’m finishing up my book club read: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Deb

Do you believe love conquers all?

That’s one of the questions I was given by ManyBooks, a new promotional site I decided to try to get the word out about my Black Hills Rendezvous series and my free book: Black Hills Baby.

It’s a really great question. Really great. Especially for a romance author. I mean, if not, then why am I doing what I’m doing? But writing stories allows you to have some control over the actions of the characters, which is far different from watching someone you love trying to make sense of a so-called love that is not healthy. Possessiveness, verbal abuse, mind games and power struggles are not any part of what I define as love, no matter how much the person using the term tries to make you believe it.

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Here’s what I wrote:

Do you believe that love conquers all? Why?

Define: “love”. I’ve seen people do really rotten things in the name of love. In my opinion, a committed relationship is a living, breathing entity that takes work, compromise and a certain degree of selflessness to stay vital. But, if you’re willing to work for it, love is everything romance novels make it out to be, so my answer is: of course.

Read the whole interview HERE.

So, tell me…do you believe?

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

Deb

Ah, the lovely rains! Guess who will be pulling weeds this weekend?

Ah, the lovely rains! Guess who will be pulling weeds this weekend?

New again

So this happened: I got the right backs to a bunch of my previously published books. These are books that sold well and reviewed well in print, but found NO audience in digital. (Not surprising because they were more or less dumped into the market with no support along with a million or so other titles.) I’m so excited to have a chance to rebrand these books and hopefully reach a new audience. But that means starting from scratch–review-wise. If any of you, my faithful readers, are so inclined, I would gladly send you a review copy for FREE. Please email me. I’ve refreshed the text and made a few changes so I think you’ll enjoy this fun, heartfelt story.

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I shared this fun “first kiss” scene on my FIRST KISS: TUESDAY blog, in case you missed it.

“Does the cabin have DSL? I’d like to check my email.”

She stopped and turned around. Her eyes-–an unusual shade of golden brown that could have sold a fortune in contact lenses if it could be duplicated-–opened wide a moment before she burst into laughter. “Sorry. I guess I should have sent you a picture of the place before you came. My dad ran power to the cabin when Gran was living with us, but there’s no phone. Or TV. We don’t get cable. Some people in town have satellite, but it’s never been high on my list of priorities.” She looked a little worried. “Are you going to be able to handle that?”

He shifted the strap that was biting into his flesh on his shoulder. “Of course. I just assumed that since you reached me via the Internet, I’d be able to do the same.”

“Oh, you can. In the house. I have a desktop computer. In my bedroom,” she added softly. “I…um…I’ll see about moving it to a more central place – the dining room would probably work — so you can use it, too.”

She’s a prude. Suddenly, he felt an overwhelming need to test his theory. That’s what his character would do, he was sure of it. So, he slipped the strap from his shoulder, let the heavy leather bag drop to the ground, and cleared the distance between them.

She stared at him, questioningly, mouth slightly agape.

“You can leave it where it is,” he said, removing his sunglasses so they were looking straight into each other’s eyes. “After all, we’re going to be sharing genetic material. That should entitle me to at least see the inside of your bedroom, shouldn’t it?”

Her bottom lip moved up and down, but no words came out. For the pure hell of it, he leaned in and kissed her. Neither of them closed their eyes, so he could read her instant shock. But she didn’t pull back or react in any other outward response.

That lack of reaction never happened when he kissed a woman. He’d been kissing women long enough and often enough in front of other people to know that he was damn good at it. She should be swooning. Unless he’d lost his touch.

Determined to trigger a reaction, he pulled her against him and tilted his head. This time he did close his eyes. He felt the thudding of her heartbeat that was outpacing his.

His brief moment of satisfaction was lost, though, when she let out a tiny moan, followed quickly by a sharp, “What the hell are you doing?”

She pushed on his shoulders with a strength that surprised him. He stepped back, and promptly tripped over his carry-on bag. He went down gracelessly and hard.

A pain shot down his leg and straight up his spine. “I think I’ve broken my coccyx.”

“Good. Then it will save me kicking it.”

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As you might be able to tell from this snippet, the road to their HEA is paved with obstacles, including a dinosaur named Seymour (as in See-more). This is an 8-book series. BH BILLIONAIRE  and BAD BOY follow in coming weeks.

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Please email me at DebSalonen@gmail.com, if you’d like a FREE review copy.

Wishing you a lovely weekend in preparation for new week’s big V-day celebration.

Deb