Happy First Friday of 2017!

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.

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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

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I’m back to work on my next book–no rest for the writer types. Have a great weekend, my friends.

Happy reading!

Deb

Where in the world is Deb Salonen?

Remember last Friday when I said I was going to South Dakota for a taste of Autumn?

Got it. And brrr…it’s colder than I remember. ;-)

We arrived in Sioux Falls on a warm, beautiful night of a full moon.

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The next morning, we stopped in my old hometown of Brookings for a trip down memory lane. The place has really changed. Even my beloved Carnegie library where I spent every Saturday morning as a child has evolved into a home for art.

deb-salonen-trip-down-memory-lane-to-the-library Then we headed north on the Interstate, which provided an author-type all sorts of interesting images like giant wind generator propeller blades (I don’t get out much remember). It’s good to know somebody is benefitting from all this wind. ;-)

deb-salonen-the-things-you-see-on-the-highway I thought this photo would make a good “Where In The World Is Deb Salonen?” image. Eastern South Dakota isn’t as flat you thought, I bet.

where-in-thw-world-is-deb-salonen My new office faces Lake Poinsett. The views are everchanging—just like the weather. So far, I’ve seen the water as smooth as glass, pink sunsets, puffy white clouds, fog and mist that obscured the other side of the lake and whitecaps that remind me of the Central Coast of California. (Just hoping it doesn’t snow before I leave.)

twilight-in-sd-is-inspiringand-then-the-clouds-moved-in But for a girl from parched California, here is a sound that is music to my ears.

Happy Friday, my friends, wherever you are. If you haven’t signed up for my NEWSLETTER, I have more pics PLUS a new giveaway coming out on Sunday.

Signing off from South Dakota,

Deb

PS: I’ve gotten tons of writing done, too. CALEB’S CHRISTMAS WISH is uploaded and ready to go when I get back home!

 

In case you missed the FREE bookmark offer…

I hate to appear redundant, but I realize not everybody is signed up for my newsletter or following me on Facebook, so here’s the deal: I’d love to send you a free bookmark, if you’re interested.

Here’s the gist from my newsletter:

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Last week, I was part of the huge Romance Writers of America Literacy Book Signing in San Diego. Connecting with readers –and other authors — never gets old. I came home with some fantastic books to read and a few copies of my own print books to giveaway.

Email your “snail mail” address (anywhere in the world works for me) to debsalonen@gmail.com and I’ll send you one of my cool new bookmarks, PLUS, I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win one of my print books, either: BLACK HILLS BABY or MONTANA MIRACLE.

I’ll be doing the drawing next week, along with my new COVER REVEAL, so please feel free to sign up: HERE. Or, if you’re tired of newsletters–I do understand–email me your address and I’ll send you a bookmark. No strings attached. debsalonen@gmail.com

Quick before I melt…Deb

PS: this is me, surviving the heat while having fun connecting with readers who requested bookmarks. I sent out close to 300.

Bookmarks rock author Deb Salonen

Breaking News!

In case you missed my exciting news in an earlier blog: For the first time in my writing career, I am self-publishing my latest series!

This is fun and exciting. I can put out books as often as I like, rather than waiting for a publisher to set a schedule, and write what I want, instead of what the publisher expects. A very freeing experience, but also a ton of work. I would never self-publish a novel without first hiring a cover designer and a veteran editor to critique and help me craft each book into my best work yet. I also hire someone to correct spelling and punctuation errors.

The series is set in the fictitious town of Guff’s Lake, Oregon, in the heart of the Rogue Valley. Twelve month and 12 of the hottest firefighters ever, each appearing  on a different month on a firefighter calendar. This is why I call this series,  Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys.

All books will be stand-alone books, which means you can read them in any order.

Now for the breaking news:

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The first two books of the series are out now!!

Meet Mr. January, the first hero featured in my Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys series. Now available in print and ebook format! I loved writing this book and am having so much fun with the series.

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Senior Firefighter Adam Healey is a man with a mission: get promoted to lieutenant at the Guff’s Lake Fire Department. It’s time, but more important, the promotion will finally earn him the respect of his dying father. Single mom Samantha Everett’s deadbeat ex has left her to fend for herself, and she’s working hard to support her young son with her baking business. Neither Adam nor Samantha is looking for a relationship. But love has a way of surprising people…

Meet Mr. February,  starring in book two of Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys Available in print and ebook format!

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Rafe Donato is a senior firefighter well aware that loving a woman can destroy a man. He will never trust any female with his heart. Jillian Metzger is a talented potter whose biological clock is ticking. Ready to fall in love, get married and start a family, Jillian wants what Rafe cannot give.

Mr. January and Mr. February are available from Kindle in print and ebook formats, and from Nook, iBooks and Kobo . For links to buy, visit http://www.annroth.net/ebooks.html. To stay in the know on future breaking news, sign up for my newsletter: "</p

Currently, I am hard at work on Mr. March. I’m not the fastest writer on the block, but I’m making good progress.

Happy reading, and thanks for letting me share this exciting news.

Until next time,
Ann
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It’s Almost Time for… Winter Solstice

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From the cold days to the festive mood that fills the very air, I love this time of year. One of my favorite days is Winter Solstice–the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. This year, Winter Solstice falls on December 21. After that, we can look forward to the return of the light as the days slowly begin to lengthen.

My husband and I like to usher out the darkness and welcome in the light with a Winter Solstice party. We started this annual event about 10 years ago, and we always have such a good time.

Our party this year will be on Saturday night. We invite a whole host of friends from all walks of life, including families with kids. Before long, the dining room table is laden with food. Guests bring side dishes and desserts, and we provide a hot, delicious Honey Baked Ham, hot mulled wine, and other goodies to delight everyone.

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Honey Baked Ham

Such lovely smells! (And oh, that ham bone makes the best split soup in the universe. I’m already salivating. But I digress…)

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Hot Mulled Wine in Punch Bowl

We also light a crackling fire in the fireplace and enjoy the evening for as long as it lasts.

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People tell us they enjoy the respite from the Christmas frenzy and the chance to catch up with friends, and so do we.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of the darkest days of the year than with family, friends, food and drink.

Until next time and wishing you the merriest of merries,

Ann

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