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About Debbie

Writer/College Professor/Mom/Wife - not necessarily in that order.

Only 3 Days Left–Summer Reading Sale

summer-readingOnly three more days to get all my books at a discount on Amazon!

Until Wednesday, June 25th, you can download my books at a discounted price of 99¢.

Click the titles below to be taken directly to the Amazon sale page.

Turning Point:

In public, Belle is heralded as the devoted daughter who gave up her own dreams to keep her mother’s alive, but in private she hides a dark secret from the world–until she hires Landon, a young man who refuses to let her hide anything, and Belle’s public and private lives collide with catastrophic consequences. Just when life left her with nothing, he gave her everything to live for.

Changing Hands:

Sadie gave her son up for adoption to give him his best chance—even though it broke her heart. Hayden is now all grown up and needing answers. Armed with only a postmark and an old letter, he sets out on a journey to find his birthmother. From beginning to end, you are drawn to the reunion of mother and child. The events that take place keep you turning pages. Just how do you find your mother? Should you attempt to seek out your child? And do you really want to know?

One Wish:

If you could go back in time and change one decision, what would it be?  This is the opportunity Claire is given with after saving the life of an old woman. A chance that some of us only dream of: the opportunity to go back in time and change her life.

Her Second Act:

In a split second, Drew made a decision that changed her life. She turned away from the man she loved into the arms of the wrong person. Now she has a chance to go back and change it all. Will she have the strength to face her mistakes and fix them? Or will it be her undoing?

Deepest Corner of the Heart:

Laura seemed to have it all, but longed for the one thing life wouldn’t give her. Adrianna had lost everything, except for the one thing that truly mattered.

The Sacrifice (FREE on Kindle!)

Duty. Honor. These are the words Casey Atwood lives by and then he meets Sahar who changes everything.

Happy reading!

Summer Sale!

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Just in time for summer reading–all my books are on sale on Amazon!

For the next week (June 18 – 25) you can download my books at a discounted price of 99 cents.

Click the titles below to be taken directly to the Amazon sale page.

Turning Point:

In public, Belle is heralded as the devoted daughter who gave up her own dreams to keep her mother’s alive, but in private she hides a dark secret from the world–until she hires Landon, a young man who refuses to let her hide anything, and Belle’s public and private lives collide with catastrophic consequences. Just when life left her with nothing, he gave her everything to live for.

Changing Hands:

Sadie gave her son up for adoption to give him his best chance—even though it broke her heart. Hayden is now all grown up and needing answers. Armed with only a postmark and an old letter, he sets out on a journey to find his birthmother. From beginning to end, you are drawn to the reunion of mother and child. The events that take place keep you turning pages. Just how do you find your mother? Should you attempt to seek out your child? And do you really want to know?

One Wish:

If you could go back in time and change one decision, what would it be?  This is the opportunity Claire is given with after saving the life of an old woman. A chance that some of us only dream of: the opportunity to go back in time and change her life.

Her Second Act:

In a split second, Drew made a decision that changed her life. She turned away from the man she loved into the arms of the wrong person. Now she has a chance to go back and change it all. Will she have the strength to face her mistakes and fix them? Or will it be her undoing?

Deepest Corner of the Heart:

Laura seemed to have it all, but longed for the one thing life wouldn’t give her. Adrianna had lost everything, except for the one thing that truly mattered.

 

Happy reading!

Our Unfinished Business

Our Unfinished Business Half CoverComing Summer 2014!

Would you raise your sister’s child? What about the child of the person you hate most in the world? When those two people are one in the same, then what?

When Sophie Blackwood gets a call in the middle of night that her sister, Jasmine, and brother-in-law, Alex, are dead, she finds she is utterly indifferent. The sisters had been on the outs for well over twenty years.

Sophie spent her entire childhood in her older sister’s shadow. Growing up, Jasmine got everything she ever wanted—not because she deserved it—but because she was the loudest voice in the room. Jasmine was loved while Sophie was forgotten. Sophie hated her for it then, and still does today.

But, in a cruel twist, Sophie learns at the reading of her sister’s will that she has been named her niece Madeline’s guardian. Her sister’s request leaves Sophie reeling. Why on earth would Jasmine leave Madeline in her care? It makes no sense…or does it?

Jackson Price is a successful songwriter who paid his fair share of dues. A decade ago, while rambling through the Pacific Northwest, he had a fling with the vibrant Jasmine Blackwood. As fun as Jasmine was, it was her little sister Sophie who captured Jackson’s thoughts—and became the inspiration for his first hit song.

He attends Jasmine’s funeral, praying it might be a chance to see Sophie again. But even as he reconnects with Sophie, he also meets Madeline and is drawn to the fantasy of an instant family—the wife and daughter he’s always dreamed of having. Even so, he can’t ignore how familiar it all is to him.

OUR UNFINISHED BUSINESS explores the questions: How do you define the word family? What if the right thing to do isn’t the right thing for you to do? And how do you allow yourself to love again when all you’ve ever experienced is hurt and betrayal?

Deepest Corner of the Heart–Available Now!

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Laura Hart is a devoted wife who wants nothing more than to become a mother and raise a family with her husband. But nature and fate have other plans…

Into Laura’s life walks Adrianna, a young mother in a new country, a refugee of a war that took her parents and her first love. The two women are drawn to one another–kindred spirits of a shared pain. Can their new friendship help heal old wounds and move past life-shattering loss?

DEEPEST CORNER OF THE HEART, Book One of the Hartstrings Quartet is available now. Happy reading!

 

Her Second Act

Her Second Act HalfHi everyone,

I made the choice to re-release “To Hamlet, With Love” under the new title of “Her Second Act.” Apparently Shakespeare scares some people and to be honest, the book wasn’t selling all that well. 🙂

Just so you know, there is no Shakespeare in this book. It is the story of a playwright who walks away from her dream because of a broken heart. This decision is the first step in a host of poor decisions that take her to rock bottom. We first meet Drew when she is finding her way back–she realizes early on that in order to move forward she must face her past and go back and change that one decision in order to live her dreams.

It’s a great story and I hope you all will give it another chance!

Deepest Corner of the Heart

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Hey everyone,

My next novel, DEEPEST CORNER OF THE HEART, will be out this Spring. For those of you who love book series, this is the one for you–or at least the first one in a four book series.

As the publication date gets a bit more set in stone, I will keep you all up to date. In the meantime, don’t forget that TO HAMLET, WITH LOVE should be able to keep you warm until the spring thaw. 🙂 After all, who doesn’t love a man named Stetson?

Much love to you all!

 

Thanksgiving Holiday Specials

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In honor of Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday, four of my books will be free to download on Kindle from Thursday, November 28th through Saturday, November 30th.

During this time, you will be able to download:

  • Turning Point
  • The Sacrifice
  • Changing Hands
  • One Wish

Click here to download these books for FREE! And don’t forget, TO HAMLET, WITH LOVE is out now!

I would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a very happy holiday.

The Story Behind Hamlet

Hamlet Full Book Cover HalfHi everyone,

Next week, TO HAMLET, WITH LOVE, will be out on Kindle and paperback. Before the official release, I felt the need to write this post explaining the story behind it. As with CHANGING HANDS, I wrote from my own experiences and feelings.

So far in my life, I’ve been through very two very dark times. The first was in the mid- to late 90’s when I struggled with anxiety and panic disorder. The other was the past two years. I am not going to share any personal details but late last fall, I didn’t expect to be alive in the New Year, certainly not now a whole year later. I don’t say that to be overly dramatic, it is truly how I felt. I feel truly blessed to be healthy and almost entirely recovered now.

That being said, when I came through this very dark period–because I am a writer–I wanted to write about it. To work through it, as is my process. In doing so, I decided to travel back to that other very difficult time and use that as my setting.

Smack dab in the middle of the mid-90’s, I attended Portland State University. I had been in the dark for so long and walking into Lincoln Hall was like turning on a light. It woke me up. It gave me hope. I became part of a community of people that I will cherish always. One of my biggest regrets is walking away from all of that before I finished my degree in Theater Arts. The tough times just got too tough and I gave up.

In essence, I wanted to give my character Drew the chance that I never took. I wanted her to go back and finish what I didn’t. I also wanted to shine a light on the Portland Theater scene because it is amazing and creative and life-fulfilling.

Lastly, while my life has also been touched by substance abuse, I have never been an addict. I have watched several people I love struggle with addiction and it is heart wrenching. I hope that I was a source of support as strong as Drew’s best friend Abby.

My diatribe is over. 🙂 I hope you enjoy TO HAMLET, WITH LOVE. It is a work very close to my heart.