Good morning! We had rain last night—our first after a long, hot, dry, smoky summer. The trees are smiling…and so am I.
I’m also super excited to announce the birth of a new series: West Coast Happily-Ever-After.
This collection of contemporary stand-alone romance novels is set in the American west. From the Oregon coast to the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Central Valley of California–and a few other unique destinations, you’ll meet heroes and heroines who know who they are and what they want out of life. But who wants to make that journey alone? Given the right person…the right timing…maybe a helpful dog that knows every human deserves to live happily ever after and you’ve got yourself a love story. Because on the West Coast, happily-ever-after is state-of-the-heart.
Book 1 – HER FOREVER COWBOY – now available for preorder through iBOOKS, releases wide 11/1/17.
A bull rider and a New York executive walk into a Nevada B&B…
Single mom Anne Fraser has sacrificed plenty to get ahead in the world of corporate hotel management. Just ask her eight-year-old daughter, Zoey. When her stepfather asks Anne to fill her late mother’s shoes at the Silver Rose Guest Ranch, Anne can’t say no. Even if the job includes sharing the reins with the man whose kiss she’s never forgotten.
Will Cavanaugh planned to be the top bull rider in the country. He’s come close in his fifteen-year career, but now an injury has him sidelined for the summer. He answers his grandfather’s plea for help but soon realizes he’s facing a new dilemma. Could one summer with Anne and her daughter possibly be enough? Or is it just the beginning?
Battered and a bit disillusioned by life, Will and Anne return to the Silver Rose to repay old debts. To fall in love again. But, just for the summer.
Or, maybe…for a lifetime.
READ MORE HERE: HER FOREVER COWBOY
WHO LIKES FINDING NEW AUTHORS AND READING FREE BOOKS?
I’m also very pleased to share this fun offer from BookSweeps. I’ve teamed up with 45+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet & Mild Small Town Contemporary Romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
You can win my novel, SWEET SUMMER’S KISS, plus books from authors like Barbara McMahon, Tara Taylor Quinn and Nancy Robards Thompson.
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT to enter the giveaway!!!
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Good luck, and enjoy! Deb
Happy Book Birthday, SWEET SUMMER’S KISS.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;-)
HAPPY READING, MY FRIENDS,
PS: I highly recommend seeing the movie HIDDEN FIGURES! I loved it!
TGIF takes on new meaning when it’s the first of the new year, doesn’t it? So fresh. So hopeful. So…wow, that week went fast!!! Is the whole year going to be like this?
New stuff abounds in Debland.
Rain up the wazoo–and boy, did our wazoo need it! They’re saying another storm is coming. I can’t wait! Although the down side when you get a lot of rain in one fell swoop is flooding and parts of Yosemite National Park have been closed just in case this next storm is as strong as predicted.
Yesterday, I got a new header for my Facebook and newsletter from the very talented Sharlene Martin-Moore.
And I’ll be sharing a new cover reveal in my newsletter on Sunday. Are you signed up? I’m doing a monthly giveaway in 2017. Here’s January’s gift. I love supporting fellow artists, including my talented photographer friend, Jackie Maxwell of JaxImages. Her calendars are just gorgeous. NEWSLETTER
I’m back to work on my next book–no rest for the writer types. Have a great weekend, my friends.
I must admit–it’s tempting to go shopping for some excellent, money-saving deals, but the stress of standing in line with a great deal of humanity, just doesn’t work for me.
Here’s my alternative: hiking in Yosemite National Park.
And when I get home, I will be sitting by the fire and reading…for FREE. Please join me–and help spread the word. Who doesn’t love FREE?
Also, I’d like to invite you to Tule Publishing’s Holiday Party on Facebook next Thursday, December 1. Please drop by for some good cheer, book talk with lots of authors and prizes galore. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1876161522604220/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1479676749575422
I’ll be there off and on all day, celebrating the release of my new Love at the Chocolate Shop title, MONTANA SECRET SANTA, which just received a wonderful review from Library Journal.
Here’s the review: Salonen, Debra. Montana Secret Santa. Tule. (Love at the Chocolate Shop, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 168p. ebk. ISBN 9781945879029. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Temporarily back in Marietta, MT, to dog-sit while his parents are away, brainy tech millionaire Jonah Andrews has no plans to stay—until classy advertising expert Krista Martin is knocked off her feet by one of his wayward charges. Railroaded into chairing the town’s wish- granting Secret Santa Society, Jonah is totally out of his depth. Then Krista reluctantly ends up on the board as well, and she proves to be just the lifeline he needs. A brilliant but socially clue- less hero and a career-focused heroine struggle to keep their growing attraction on the casual side and eventually find their goals and lifestyles aren’t as far apart as they seemed. Who could resist a lovable canine trio or a hero who invents something just for you? VERDICT Sweet, affecting, and just plain fun, this holiday charmer is a delightful addition to the series and a perfect companion to a mug of hot chocolate and a crackling fire. Salonen (Black Hills Rancher) lives in South Dakota.
(For the record: I lived in South Dakota. I’m a California girl now. )
Whatever your plans for the day, I hope they turn out great!!!
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. 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?! 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. Have a great autumnal weekend–and stay safe Floridians and all those in Hurricane Matthew’s path.
We all need to disappear now and then. Be somewhere else. Be somebody else. Books are a much healthier alternative than some means of escape, wouldn’t you agree?
But how do you pick which book to read when there are a zillion or so choices out there?
Reviews can help. Word of mouth is still the most powerful advertising money can’t buy. (For everything else, there’s BookBub.)
My newest book released on Tuesday. So far, I have two reviews — one from a reader in the UK and one from Australia. (I love this so much.) I’d like to share them because Amazon doesn’t co-mingle reviews between its stores.
AMAZONUK: Romance with a nice touch of humour, 18 May 2016 By Shelagh
This review is from: Black Hills Outcast: a Hollywood-meets-the-real-wild-west contemporary romance series (Black Hills Rendezvous Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
It’s no secret that I love Debra Salonen’s books And Black Hills Outcast is no exception. Offering a beautiful balance of humour and romance, this book was a real page turner for me. There were rolling on the floor funny moments (imagine dumping a box of sex toys at the feet of a man you’ve just met), some nice touches of passion and also a backstory dealing with the difficult issues of death and cancer. I thought these were handled with grace and dignity.
Guilt can do awful things to a person and Rufus Miller, hero of Black Hills Outcast, is dealing with a bucketload of it over the death of his brother Stephen. This is not recent death but rather one that occurred while both boys were teenagers, but that hasn’t stopped Rufus from feeling responsible. He and his guilt are hiding out in the Black Hills after a cancer scare ended his modelling career..
Rachel Grey has always been the model daughter, living up to her mother’s expectations with regard to both her career and her marriage until the moment she finds her husband cheating on her. Her divorce acts as the catalyst for Rachel to spread her wings and launch herself into a new career, much to her mother’s horror.
I loved the interaction between Rachel, bursting with creative ideas designed to promote Rufus and his wonderful Dreamhouses, and Rufus, keen to sell as many Dreamhouses as possible while preserving his privacy and anonymity. You could just tell that there was going to be friction there!
Black Hills Outcast is the latest book in the Black Hills Rendezvous series and if you’ve read the other books you’ll quickly feel at home in the quirky town of Sentinal Pass, however if you haven’t, don’t worry. This book stands alone very well. I loved reading it and have no qualms about recommending it.
#2 AmazonUK – MF
I think this is my favourite of the series! Rachel’s helpless honesty and frank responses made me laugh. Rufus’s whimsical but insightful creativity touched me – plus I like a man who steps up for his girl. There are some great visual moments too!
The vein of recognition of wishes and aspirations, hope and second chances, runs through the book in many different situations and the reason for Rufus’s solitude is the grit within the pearl of this book.
It wouldn’t be Black Hills without family, dogs, gossip, fun and some hot romance – plus a magical ending!
This is part of a series but you don’t have to have read them in sequence, Black Hills Outcast more than delivers on its own.
So, go ahead, make some author’s day–and maybe help someone who needs to leave the real world behind for a bit.
One last picture. I’ve been in the mountains writing this week, and I want to share our glorious spring with you. Have a great weekend, wherever you are!
PS: in case you’re interested in escaping into BLACK HILLS OUTCAST, here are the buy links.
APRIL 15TH – TAX DAY.
Poor April–opens with fools and half-way through sits the most-hated day of the year. So named by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/203562-the-worst-day-of-the-year-for-families
The man makes a good point.
“When over 90 percent of returns are done by professionals or tax software, that should be a wake-up call that our tax code is far too complex,” Brady said.
My accountant charged me $495 today–and because we signed the return online, I wound up printing the file myself–all 58 pages!!!
So, to make up for this, I have some good news to share–and even something for FREE.
First, my first-in-series BLACK HILLS BABY is free EVERYWHERE, including Amazon online stores in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Here are the links:
AU Store - http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01B9SJRV4
UK Store - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B9SJRV4
CA Store - http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01B9SJRV4
Amazon - http://littl.ink/+ZELD
iBooks - http://littl.ink/BHBabyFREE
BN - http://littl.ink/BHBabyFREEBN
KOBO - http://littl.ink/BHBabyKobo
Google Play - http://littl.ink/+w7p3
And, secondly, I have a new book releasing, too. BLACK HILLS BACHELOR, Bk IV in the Black Hills Rendezvous series, in out now. This is Mac’s story.
Do you like complicated heroes who don’t think they’re complicated? Single dad Mac McGannon is as real and down-into-the-earth as it comes. He’s a miner, after all. No storybook nothin’ for him. But he’s also the guy who rescues broken things–a dog nobody wants, a hawk that left a scar, his late wife who kept secrets she took to her grave. He has no intention of falling for a glamorous Hollywood star with a hidden past–rife with secrets that could impact everyone, including Mac and his little girl. My beta readers tell me it’s the connection between love and loss that really spoke to them in this book.
I don’t know about you guys, nothing makes me more inclined to disappear into a good book than Tax Day.
Happy reading, my friends.
I’m not here today.
Perhaps this will give you a clue to my location.
Yep. I’m in San Francisco, with 60+ Indie authors taking part in an UnCon.
What is an Uncon, you ask?
This is my first Uncon, so I can’t say for certain, but my hope is–and from what I heard attendees of previous Uncons say, it’s: practical, hands-on, in the trenches, tried and true, been-there-done-that information shared in an informal, organic group setting. No formal agenda–except for a couple of already-agreed upon industry speakers.
I’m excited and just a tiny bit nervous. I have some specific questions–mostly about how to save time on the PR side of this biz. And how to stay informed without spending three hours each morning reading emails/group posts.
But it’s not all work, of course. I’ll be hanging with my friends in San Francisco, for the weekend. How cool is that? Maybe, if we have time, I’ll take them to one of my favorite spots. We can meditate on our future success as we walk the labyrinth at Grace Catherdral. http://www.gracecathedral.org/visit/labyrinth/
I hope you have a lovely weekend. If the weather is still awful in your part of the world, I hope you can hunker down and curl up with a good book. I’d be happy to recommend my latest, which was released on Monday.
It’s only available at Amazon for the moment. The reviews are making me very happy. Here’s the link if you’re interested. MAVERICK
See you next week when we prepare to “spring ahead.” Again. Arguh!!!