A new release!

Happy Book Birthday, SWEET SUMMER’S KISS.

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I’m celebrating the release of my second Love at the Chocolate Shop book! Release Day is always filled with butterflies in the tummy. Will readers like it? Did I cross every T and dot every I? What if they hate my characters or don’t get my humor?

You’d think after 40-some books I’d be past this, but no…it’s still the same. Until that first review comes in and then…there’s champagne.

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I don’t expect everyone to love every book I write, but I do appreciate the generous reviews from readers who truly felt a connection to the story. This makes me over-the-top happy.

So, thank you, kind readers for taking the time to share your feelings. And in case you missed my newsletter, our Love at the Chocolate Shop series is almost done! I can’t believe my book is #10 out of the 12. In case you missed any, here they are.

#1 – October 2016
Melt My Heart, Cowboy
by C.J. Carmichael
#2 – November 2016
A Thankful Heart
by Melissa McClone

 

#3 – December 2016
Montana Secret Santa
by Debra Salonen
#4 – January 2017
The Chocolate Cure
by Roxanne Snopek
#5 – February 2017
The Valentine Quest
by Melissa McClone
#6 – March 2017
Charmed By Chocolate
by Steena Holmes
#7 – April 2017
The Chocolate Comeback
by Roxanne Snopek
#8 – May 2017
The Chocolate Touch
by Melissa McClone
#9 – June 2017
Sweet Home Cowboy
by Marin Thomas
#10 – July 2017
Sweet Summer’s Kiss
by Debra Salonen
#11 – August 2017
Captured By Chocolate
by Steena Holmes
#12 – September 2017
Sweet Dreams Baby
by C.J. Carmichael

HAPPY READING!

DEB

 

#whatlovetasteslike

That’s the hashtag for Tule Publishing’s new “Love at the Chocolate Shop” series, which launched yesterday with the release of MELT MY HEART, COWBOY by C.J. Carmichael. melt-my-heart-cowboy This is a lovely, sweet romance with a focus on family and being open to new possibilities. There’s a secondary character–the hero’s sister who has developmental challenges on the Autism scale–that touched my heart.

When my hubby and I were visiting our old home town, we recalled a man in our neighborhood named Lee. Lee was probably ten or more years older than us, but his mind was…”different.” He didn’t understand things like personal boundaries and social graces. He was very sharp where certain things were concerned (remember Dustin Hoffman in Rainman?) and completely oblivious about things we took for granted. He once flew to Chicago, wandered around the airport for four hours and flew back home, where his worried parents were waiting for him. A triumph and complete success in his mind. He boasted about “visiting Chicago” for months. We went to college, moved away and completely lost track of Lee. His parents were old (well, everyone over 25 was old to us back then) and I never heard mention of siblings or other family. As we drove past Lee’s family’s house, we shared our memories of him–both funny and poignant in hindsight.

I wished I’d been a bigger, kinder person to Lee. I wish I’d been more like Rosie Linn in C.J.’s book. Do you have a “Lee” in your life? I’d love to hear.

You can read the first chapter of MELT MY HEART, COWBOY here: start reading for free.

I’m so excited to have a book in this line-up. Don’t you love the covers?! chocolate-four-covers I know I mentioned the Facebook Release Party last week, but here’s the schedule. I’d love to hang out with you on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 3-8 PM (Pacific). You’ll have to join the Main Street Marietta private group to participate–and be eligible for all the great prizes–but you’re not obligation to remain in it once the party is over. chocolate-shop-party-times-jpg Have a great autumnal weekend–and stay safe Floridians and all those in Hurricane Matthew’s path.

Deb

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San Diego & RWA–what a great combination!

Hi, All,

I’m a bit late posting today because I’m in San Diego for #RWA16, along with a whole bunch of writer friends, business professionals and publishers.

Normally, I’m inside the conference hotel for the entire time–unless we’re in NYC where we splurge on Broadway musicals. ;-) But this is beautiful, amazing, inviting San Diego with its perfect weather, blue skies, bustling harbor and gorgeous skyline. If I’m not attending some interesting workshop or eating–the food!!!–I’m sitting on my 20th floor balcony gazing at the view.

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San Diego view from day Deb Salonen

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Parked out back you’ll find a few yachts. I’m going to have to sell an awful lot of books to afford one of these.

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Our hotel is in the background.

Our hotel is in the background.

But the best part of any conference is re-connecting with old friends, like Jeannie Watt and Roz Fox

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Roz Fox signing

And yesterday at the luncheon we were treated to an insightful and moving keynote speech from Beverly Jenkins.

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One of my favorite quotes from her speech: “Karma is only a bitch if you are.”

There’s a lot going on at all times, and I’m going to be glad when it’s over so I can slink back to my quiet writer’s cave, but tomorrow I will get to hang out with TTQ and Pat Potter for a bit. And I’m looking forward to the RITAs where my amazing friend C.J. Carmichael is up for an award.

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Signing off from beautiful downtown San Diego,

Deb

 

The Merry-Go-Round called “Free”

Who gets dizzy on a Merry-Go-Round?

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Me? Not usually. But when I think about the sensation of going around and around, doing the same thing over and over, I get a little queasy.

Probably because I’ve been riding the promo merry-go-round all week.

First, one of my books was included in Tule’s 10-author Father’s Day Romance Collection. It opened at 99¢ for a short time, so the authors involved got on the bandwagon to share the news. Here’s my contribution to the hoopla.

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This is exciting–and good business, believe it or not. For a low investment, a reader can buy 10 full-length books, which can be a great introduction to a new-to-you author. (At least, that’s the standard school of thought.)

Personally, I love the cover and the other super-accomplished authors, and was thrilled to be invited to the party.

My second big deal this week started yesterday when my second Big Sky Mavericks book, MONTANA COWBOY, went Free.

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Free, you say? What’s in it for the author?

Very good question. General wisdom suggests free is only beneficial when you have a connected series to take up the slack. If a reader reads your free book and likes your characters and setting and style, she might buy the rest of the books, so the cost of free is spread across 3-4 titles. One hopes.

But to make the most of FREE, you need to get the word out to the general masses beyond your usual circle of influence–and that’s where the merry-go-round speeds up and life gets a little crazy. There are literally hundreds of online sites, newsletters, blogs, and Facebook groups willing to hawk your book for you…for a price.

So, you set a budget, ask for advice even knowing what worked last week might be a bust this week, and you cross all fingers and toes…and wait for your sales numbers and ranking to come in.

Can I be honest? My head feels like it’s going to explode. And, the worst part? It’s damn hard to write when your fingers, toes and eyes are crossed. I’m seriously thinking about pulling an Ernest Hemingway. ;-)

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So, anyway, that’s been my week. We know what I’ll be doing all weekend…not drinking so I can make my deadline. Wish me luck.

Deb

PS: In case you’re interested in grabbing the bundle while it’s cheap, here’s the link: FATHER.

And my FREEBIE is available on all platforms. If you already read it, but want to see the new ending (Subject of a future blog), I suggest you grab it on another platform. GooglePlay is super easy, I’ve heard. Here are the links:

Smashwords- http://bit.ly/1QrfILY
iTunes - http://apple.co/1cEUsFp
GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/MtCowboyGP
KOBO - http://bit.ly/MyCowboyKOBO
Kindle - http://bit.ly/MtCowboy
and BN coming soon!

Deb

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The need for speed…reading!

Today is the last Friday of May. When I was a kid, this meant three glorious months of summer vacation was about to begin.

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Things have changed.

My grandchildren will be in school for another couple of weeks. My daughter, the school bus driver, will be ferrying students hither and yon on field trips galore.

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I can honestly say I don’t remember ever taking a field trip in elementary school. The first time I rode a school bus was at the end of sixth grade when we were transported to the High School, which was also home to our Junior High (7th and 8th grades). My heart beats a little bit faster recalling those dark hallways, formidable staircases and miles of lockers. The place seemed huge and very scary. Luckily, I had a whole summer to forget about my fears and have fun.

Or so I thought.

To my surprise, my mother signed me up for a Speed Reading Course that started the first week of June. Believe me, I was less than thrilled by the prospect, but the teacher was a woman my mother respected and I wasn’t given a choice. In hindsight, this was the BEST thing my mother ever did for me.

I’d always loved to read and my favorite hangout was the library, but I was easily distracted and often failed to finish a book before it was due back at the library. My reading ability was nothing to brag about. I’d never really thought about the content or in any way tried to measure what I retained from the books I read. This class changed how I looked at the written word, how my brain recognized words, sentences and patterns, and it tested my memory and retention. It also taught me how to ace tests with the least amount of effort. ;-)

The course was ahead of its time in a pre-computer age. I don’t remember what the program was called or how much is cost, but I went five mornings a week to a classroom at the college and by the time the course was completed, I was a different person.

Apparently, my mom wasn't the only parent advocating the teaching of Speed Reading.

Apparently, my mom wasn’t the only parent advocating the teaching of Speed Reading.

Speed-reading basically amounts to skimming for content. This is a very handy tool for a student. My grades went up, accordingly. I read a lot of books that summer and never stopped–until I became a published author. Sigh. I still read fast, but far fewer books than I would like.

Regardless of the final tally, I start out every summer with a Reading List, which seems to grow exponentially.

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Here’s the current line-up on my Kindle. If you’re interested, click on the title to see the author’s page or buy link:

Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Folker (just finished last night and loved it)

The Taken by Linda Style (reading now)

Forgotten by CJ Carmichael (next up)

It’s You by Jane Porter

Vanish by Nicola Marsh (YA, free)

Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry

Where There’s A Will by Katherine Garbera and Eve Gaddy

A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala

What’s on your reading list for summer? Are you a fast reader or slow? Either way, you’re a reader, which means YOU ROCK!

Deb

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Purple Friday

Remember when romance was called “Purple Prose”?

According to Wikipedia, the phrase refers to literary criticism. “Purple prose is written prose that is so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw excessive attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It may also employ certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader’s response.”

People who wanted to knock romance–yes, there are those non-believers out there–said romance novels were too emotional, too cliche, too predictable.

Bah humbug, I say. Instead of joining in the Black Friday frenzy, I thought I’d offer you some intelligent choices that don’t require rubbing elbows with the masses at your favorite Big Box store.

Great buys! Delightful books!

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Free read on my website!

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Now, if you’re a die-hard Black Friday shopper, I wish you all the best. I’m doing what I do best–read.

See you next week when I’ll be talking about holiday decorations and Pinterest.

Deb