Reading…the great escape!

 

Oh! The places you'll go because...you READ!

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.

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 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.

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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!

Deb Salonen hiking Lewis Creek

Deb

PS: in case you’re interested in escaping into BLACK HILLS OUTCAST, here are the buy links. :-)

iBooks: http://littl.ink/+ryZ8
KOBO: http://littl.ink/BHOutcastKO 
Amazon: http://littl.ink/BHOutcastAZ 
BN: http://littl.ink/BHOutcastBN

Happy Mother’s Day (9 affordable ways to celebrate)

As I head off to the beach for some badly needed R&R, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day! I find the day particularly poignant because my dear mom suffered a health setback on Mother’s Day 2008 and passed away two days later. I still miss her so much.

Daisy B. Robson 1913-2008

Daisy B. Robson
1913-2008

 

Before I leave, I’d like to share 9 great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, if Mom’s idea of R&R (or yours) is relaxing with a heartwarming book. (This is exactly what I plan to do.)

My wonderful publisher, Tule Publishing, has created three special Mother’s Day gifts for Book Girls and their moms. I’m honored to be paired with two gifted author friends, Melissa McClone and Alissa Callen, in: MOTHER’S DAY IN MONTANA, which is offered exclusively to NOOK readers. Buy: HERE.

The other two Mother’s Day bundles are:

Mother’s Day Romance Bundle features CJ Carmichael, Rachael Johns & Kate Hewitt, and is available only at KOBO. I just purchased it: HERE.

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Exclusively at iBOOKS, check out this wonderful threesome: A Mother’s Day Romance Collection with Sarah Mayberry, Jane Porter & Kat Latham. Yours:HERE.

These are limited time releases. Enjoy! And Happy Mother’s Day!

A bit of dogwood beauty from my favorite place: Yosemite National Park. Spring 2016

 

All the best!

Deb

Lost in the mountains

I bet you think I was abducted by aliens?

Ran off with a sheik?

Holed up in the writer cave with bread and water?

Got lost–in thought–in the mountains?

Bingo!

For the past three weeks, I have been providing support for my contractor hubby as he worked on a remodeling job in the mountains about an hour and a half from our home. Too far to commute daily, so we rented a VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) spot that was a few minutes away from the job site. Luckily, the place has a kitchenette and most of the comforts of home–just not very dependable wifi, which has made blogging impossible.

But now that I’m back for a couple of weeks, I’d like to share a few pics from our great adventure.

I call this my Hobbit House.

A neigborhood Hobbit House.

 

Some spring flowers in the area.

Some spring flowers in the area.

We're right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

We’re right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

And in case you're curious, here's a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

And in case you’re curious, here’s a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

I’ve also been super busy uploading titles in my BLACK HILLS RENDEZVOUS series. Book IV is releasing next week (click on the image to go to my website).

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And I’m excited to tell you I’ve decided to make BLACK HILLS BABY, first in series, FREE! It’s already free at iTunes, but the other venues are a little slower to jump onboard. Also, I’m giving away a free short, sweet read to people who sign up for my newsletter.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Picture me doing laundry. LOL. Traveling is fun, but playing catch-up with life…not so much!

Deb

 

Spring: It’s Everywhere!

Spring is full-fledged now. Mother Nature is in her element, strutting her stuff and perfuming the air. Here are two photos from our front yard.

One of our pear trees with tulips.

One of our pear trees with tulips.

 Remember those orchard mason bees I talked about a few posts ago? They’ve been busy little, well, bees… We hope they pollinated both pear trees. I’ll let you know.

Partial view of the front yard, showing one of the rhodies, beginning to bloom.

Partial view of the front yard, showing one of the rhodies, beginning to bloom.

 Between or front and back yards, we have some 8 to 10 rhododendron bushes in several colors. This is one of the first to bloom. So lovely!

On a different note, I have just published Mr. January, the first book in my Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys series. 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…

Mr. January is available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Kobo. For links to buy, visit http://www.annroth.net/ebooks.html.

Until next time,
Ann
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A very good Friday, indeed!

Oh, happy day — a doubly “Good Friday” and first day of Passover!

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The Easter Holiday is one of my personal favorites. I have great memories of dressing up in all my newly purchased finery–hats and gloves were a must–to go to church. This photo of my granddaughter (she’s 11, now) is one of my most treasured.

Competitive egg dying is a more recent thing, but when my nephews showed up at Grandma’s, egg hunting became a contact sport. My daughter just asked me to pick up some Kool-Aid when I do my grocery shopping to dye the eggs. Kool-Aid? Who knew? (Pinterest.)

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This Sunday, several generations will gather at my brother’s and sister-in-law’s home to watch the “old” kids hide eggs and candy for “new” kids while the parents snap pics and the grandparents snap pics of their kids snapping pics.

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I will be taking the day to turn the “online” off, reconnect via “face time,” not Facebook, and stop to smell the spring flowers.

May you begin next week and the new month with hope renewed. Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Spring!

Deb

 

 

The Sweet Smell of Spring

Tomorrow is the official first day of spring. Here in Seattle, the air smells delicious! Currently our Daphne bushes are blooming. We have two different kinds, each with its own sweet smell.

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In a few weeks, The Daphne will shed their petals, and other flowering plants will perfume the air–freesia, lilacs, lily of the valley, azalea, peony, sweet peas, honeysuckle, lavender and a host of other flowers whose names I do not know.

Between the fragrant scents, the calls of mating birds and the greening trees, one can’t help but be happy. Even so, I tend to get caught up in whatever story I happen to be working on, to the point that nothing else matters. If I’m not careful, I can easily miss the joys of spring, and I don’t want to do that!

To prevent that from happening, I’m taking daily walks after lunch. (Except when it’s pouring outside.) Fresh air, exercise, staying in the here and now rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, and admiring Mother Nature–what’s not to like? I come back happy, refreshed and energized.

And Bonus: My midday mini-excursion often refills the creative well, so that I bring home new ideas for my current work-in-process. I love that!

Happy Spring, and  until next time,
Ann
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