Almost Friday! Phishers are nasty phreaks who should be phlogged

This close…I came THIS close…to handing over all my pertinent information, including my social and a credit card to a bogus scam posing as Netflix.

I’m pretty darn savvy about these phishing scams, but this one played to the truth, which is what sucked me in. The credit card that I have on file with Netflix is about to expire, so this email struck me as real.

(I removed all the links, including the one I clicked on. )

[!!] Your account is on hold.
Update your account to get back to watching
We’re having some trouble with your current billing information. We’ll try again, but in the meantime you may want to update your payment details.
Need help? We are here if you need it. Visit the Help Center or contact us now.
Your friends at Netflix
2/14/2018 5:08:49 PM

What do you do if you get one these?

Forward it to: (This is a real link to the real Netflix.)

I can’t tell you how violated, embarrassed and angry this made me feel.

Be careful, my friends. The phrauds are out there, waiting to suck you in.


What a deal!

I just found out KOBO has a 50% off sale going for three days only.

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Personally, I love KOBO. Great reader service and super deals. Download the app for free and see for yourself. (I read my Kobo books on my iPad.)

Here’s the KOBO connection for my books, in case you missed any. Great way to fill in the gaps. Click on the cover.

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And this means my BIG SKY MAVERICKS  are 1/2 price, too.

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Happy shopping, my friends! If you’re anything like me, you can’t pass up a deal.


Deb’s summer fun: contest, music & cover REVEAL!

Summer has arrived!



Let there be BOOKS, MUSIC and FUN!

BREAKING Book NEWS: Cowgirl, Come Home” (my first new, full-length romance from Tule Press) will be released on July 18. Here’s a sneak peek at my cover.


I am sooo excited. My editor loved this story! I can’t wait for you all-my loyal readers and friends–to read it.

And I have more exciting news. There will be three spin-offs from this book. My “Big Sky Mavericks” trilogy is tentatively set to release in August, October and December.

Color me giddy!

BREAKING Contest NEWS: my June “Sounds of Summer” contest prize is a Bem (pronounced Beam) Music Cube.  

71XoVMf9clL._SL1500_-1(Bem wireless bluetooth speakers for your MP3 player, iPad, phone, etc. — a $100 value!)

I bought this little guy and loved it so much, I decided to offer one as a prize on my website contest. Click HERE to sign up.


So…what are you doing for FUN this summer?

* Traveling? (I’ll be at RWA in San Antonio in July 22-26.)

* Reading? Check out these great pool-side reads from Tule’s new Holiday imprint, which is launching on  Tuesday, June 17, with a party on Facebook. There will be great prizes to win, and you can hang out with some of the Tule authors. I’ll be there at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.


* Shopping? It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, right? To get you in the mood, here’s a great Christmas bundle currently on sale (99¢ thru 6/8):

“The Cowboys of Copper Mountain”


This 4-book bundle is filled with extras, including GREAT recipes and my sweet short story, A Hundred Years or More. I’m so proud! If you hurry, you can register to win one of these excellent prize packages, including a $50 gift card at Amazon.


* Listening to music? Maybe if you win the Bem, you’ll download some of the tunes from my “Cowgirl, Come Home” playlist. I hope to post this on my website in the very near future.

What are you listening to? I’d love to know. Maybe it’s something my next hero, Austen Zabrinski, will be playing on his iPod.


A Merry Little Something Extra!

I hope this holiday season is filling your life with wonderful surprises!


I decided to play Santa myself–no secret. Here’s your chance to pick up a FREE book.

I added A Hundred Years or More  my sweet love story (One reader told me she reads it every few months…”Just because I like a good cry.”)– to my 5-star holiday romance: My Christmas Angel. 

(Check out my new cover from the amazing Rogenna Brewer.)

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Here’s a snippet from My Christmas Angel:

…Lunch with Dickie? It sounded like a title to another book. Mystery? Fantasy? Romance? She was both tempted and terrified. So many of her dreams had turned out far different from what she’d imagined. Her marriage, for one. “I’ve thought about you often over the years, Dickie. I have so many questions. Is your mother still alive? What do you do for a living? Are you married? Do you have kids? Where did–“

He interrupted her with a good-natured, “Whoa. I tried speed dating once and even it was slower than this. Are you sure you’re an editor and not a police interrogator?”

He knew what she did for a living.

As did anyone who read her published bio.

“I’d planned to cover all this at lunch tomorrow. Would you settle for a condensed synopsis tonight?”

A little editor humor. Clever and smart. She’d always been a sucker for quick-witted men. “Yes.”

“Okay. First, my mother died of breast cancer when I was fourteen. We might have had her longer if she’d had health insurance, but the working poor usually don’t. Her death sealed my fate, in a way.”

Abby didn’t know what that meant, but she mumbled, “I’m so sorry.”

“Me, too. I loved her very much. Luckily, Latisha and her husband took me in. He’s a successful plastic surgeon…retired, now. They lived in White Plains at the time, and both their children attended a private school. Latisha enrolled me, too. I call this my second life-changing gift. I studied hard, earned some scholarships and wound up at Harvard.”

“Wow,” she exclaimed. “Good for you, Dickie—I mean, Richard.”

“Dickie,” he repeated, his tone wistful. “No one has called me that for a long time. What about you, Abigail? What little I know is from your online bio and the paragraph in the back of your book. Congratulations, by the way. I’m honored to know a real live author.”

“A one-book-wonder kind of author,” she corrected. “I’m an editor by trade and inclination. My Christmas Angel was a fluke. A memory that stayed in my head until I finally put it on paper and set it free.” Embarrassment heated her cheeks. “I was at the right place at the right time. I take it you’ve read the book?”

“Yes. Last month at Thanksgiving. My niece bought a copy for her daughter and couldn’t help noticing some similarities to the story I tell of my most memorable Christmas.” He laughed. “Actually, her exact words were, ‘Uncle Richard, some lady stole your story. You should sue her.'”

The thought had crossed Abby’s mind, too, but her publisher had assured her nobody could copyright an idea. “You remembered that night? Enough to tell people about it?”

“Yes, although my version is a little different. My hardworking mom couldn’t afford to pass up the tips at the local diner on Christmas Eve, so, even though it was my sixth birthday, she sent me off with a Good Samaritan white social worker to celebrate with strangers at a strange house.”

“Oh, my,” Abby said. “I never thought how scared you must have been.”

“I wasn’t scared. Not after I met you.”


“You. A little girl with long braids and a big heart who gave me a gift that changed my life.”

She swallowed hard. “I hate to break this to you, Dickie, but I didn’t give you that bear. My mother did.”

“I know, Abigail. I wasn’t stupid, just poor. And I could see how much you wanted it, which, not surprisingly, made it all the more special. As I tell my grandnieces and nephews, that bear was the first gift I ever received from someone outside my immediate family. It became my most treasured possession. I slept with it every night until I went to college. It went with me, then, too, but never left my drawer.”

“Wise choice.”

“I thought so.”

There was a slight pause. She sensed he was choosing his words with care. “I still have him, of course. On a shelf in my office. He’s a little worse for wear, but obviously well-loved and when I look at him I’m reminded of your true gift.”

Abby couldn’t find the breath to ask.

“That night, you saw me, Abigail. Not some poor little black kid your father tolerated and your mother felt an obligation to feed. For the first time in my life, I felt special. Unique. In your eyes, I was a Christmas angel. If you and God believed that, then anything in the world was possible. Can you imagine what a gift unfettered hope could be for a child from the projects?”

Her throat was tight with unshed tears. “No,” she whispered, intending to set the record straight. How could he possibly attribute his grace and goodness to her when he’d shared those gifts with her–not the other way around?

Merry, merry, my dear ones!


A Veteran’s Day/Birthday Gift



Today’s Veteran’s Day! And my birthday!

When I was born, the holiday was called Armistice Day. My mother claims I was born at the stroke of midnight and the doctor gave her the choice of making my birthday the 10th or the 11th of November. She chose the 11th because she was a Federal Employee (rural mail carrier) and knew she’d always have my birthday off.

I’m pleased and honored to share my special day with a very special group of people, including three men I hold most dear:

Reuben Robson, 1945
Reuben Robson, 1945

My father, Reuben E. Robson, who served with honor and distinction as an Army Staff Sargent in Europe in WWII.

My uncle, Burney Bagby, who suffered burns and permanent damage to his lungs when his Navy ship was torpedoed and caught fire in the Pacific.

And my father-in-law, Milt Salonen, who served in the Merchant Marines, transporting vital cargo and soldiers across the Atlantic.

Milt Salonen, 89 – summer 2013

Their sacrifice was shared by their families who carried on at home without them for months–even years–at a time.

A lot has transpired since WWII, and I could name a long list of friends, family members and acquaintances who have served in the military, but, instead, I will give my thanks for their service and share some gifts in their honor.

First, this brand new Warrior Series Box Set from the amazing Laura Taylor. Four complete novels, on sale in honor of Veteran’s Day, only 99¢.


The WARRIOR SERIES is a Boxed Set of 4 Complete Military Romances by 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner, 2-Time MAGGIE Award Winner, RWA RITA Finalist, and International Best-Selling romance writer Laura Taylor. Each novel in the Warrior Series features a sassy, strong-willed heroine and a determined, alpha male, military hero. The result? Soul-mates meet, sparks fly, passion flares, and their lives are forever changed! offer some reading gifts: great stories at only 99¢.

“As a life-long member of the military family, the WARRIOR SERIES is my personal tribute to all warriors, past and present.” ~Laura Taylor

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: The WARRIOR SERIES is priced at $ .99 (normal price: $4.99) at Amazon. Click HERE.


And, second, the delightful five-author holiday anthology, CELEBRATE!, which I am fortunate to be part of, includes a military story about a broken loner in command of the USS Enterprise and the woman who can either save him or cost him his command: One Star-Spangled Night by Navy veteran Rogenna Brewer.


When an aptitude test labeled her suited for librarian or clergy, Rogenna Brewer joined the Navy. Ever the rebel, she landed in the chaplain’s office where duties included operating the base library. She’s served Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel in such exotic locales as Midway Island and the Pentagon. Navy SEALs are among her favorite heroes, but not the only military and civilian heroes and heroines this romance author chooses to write about.

“From Navy Vet to Romance Novelist. Not just a job, thirteen years of Navy SEAL research.”


You can pick up One Star-Spangled Night for just 99¢ HERE and help support a Vet–or you can buy CELEBRATE! for 99¢ HERE and support Rogenna and four of her writing friends (including me)! Either way, it’s a win-win.

Happy reading, my friends. May the coming year be good to us all!

Deb, the birthday girl 🙂





Five reasons to love October

Do you have a favorite month? Please, don’t say December. That’s too easy. I’ve given this some semi-serious thought and I pick: October.

Here are MY 5 reasons why:

#1 – My anniversary is October 19th.


Math is not my strong point, but, yes, it was quite a few years ago. I was blond. My mother sewed my pale blue wedding dress–and all the bride’s maids full-length gowns, too. What a woman!

If you promise not to be scandalized, I’ll share one silly memory of that day…or rather the morning after.

We were married in Brookings, South Dakota, which is a very popular destination for pheasant hunters. Opening day of pheasant hunting season happened to coincide with my wedding day. Given young men’s predilections for decorating the bridal getaway car, it probably shouldn’t have surprised us when we exited the Holiday Inn Bridal Suite the next morning to see our MGB adorned with streamers, cans, and…yes…prophylactics.  One even encased the antenna. I still shake my head imaging the laughter this evoked amongst the hunters that morning.

#2 – My sister Jan was born on Oct 26, 1936.

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We lost her to cancer four years ago, so I am dedicating this blog to her–and to my friend Linda Barrett, who has bravely written a memoir about her TWO battles with breast cancer. If you know anyone dealing with the hateful demon, please forward them the links to this beautiful, redemptive, hopeful love story written by a two-time survivor.


Createspace (print)     Amazon   iTunes   BN(Nook)

#3 – Sierra Art Trails is this weekend (Mariposa County, California).


I realize this is a local event, but I’m sure you have similar venues that celebrate the creative spirit in your area. Once a year, local artists open their studio doors to patrons. Writers are not included in this particular venue for the simple fact that watching a writer work would be BORING (my dogs complain all the time), but I know how good it feels when someone acknowledges your hard work with a kind word and/or actually buys what you produce. 

So, let’s celebrate ART this month!

#4 – Halloween/Fall Festival


Our grassroots charter school holds a Fall Festival on the last weekend before Halloween. Students/parents/ grandparents wear costumes, play games, walk in circles to win cakes and goodies. We laugh a lot and enjoy all that is good about Halloween. Winter is coming, people. (Why, yes, I am a Game Thrones groupie. How ever did you guess?) Let’s have some fun while we can.

#5 – I get my breasts squished.

images-2Just do it. For yourself. For the people who love you and want to keep you around a bit longer. October is a great month to schedule your annual exam because…well, how could ever forget with all this pink around?

Wishing you all a very happy October!


Due date! 8 tips to birthing a book

Pilfered from Goodreads:

 “Q: When is the perfect time?

   A: Who can say, but probably somewhere between haste and delay – and it’s usually most wise to start today.” 

― Rasheed Ogunlaru


You’ve eaten right, labored long hours in massive discomfort, and your nine months (weeks, days, years) are finally over. Your book is ready to be born.

And guess what? Unlike with busy hospitals, doctors who plan golf vacations on your due date, and insistent reproductive calendars, you get to pick the day/date your new book appears in the world.


Wow. Heady, right? Is tomorrow too soon?

But, wait, let’s discuss this.

For instance, did you know that movies release on weekends and box office is busy counting the money on Monday, which is the day those box office results show up? So, maybe you don’t want to compete with all the hoopla surrounding the new Thor (be still my heart) installment, right?


And in the music industry new records “drop” on Tuesday. So, maybe you want to avoid all the hoopla around Lady Gaga’s new hit single.

So, what about Wednesday? Or, to be safe…Thursday?

I’ve never timed anything as intently, but I’m giving this a try with my new release, Are We There Yet? is out TODAY, Thursday, September 12th.


So, you’ve picked your release day, now what?

Here’s my list of 8 bases to cover. I’m sure there are many, many more. Please, feel free to share your ideas, your favorites, your must-do list.

1.  Blog – if you post on Monday, you’ll take advantage of Twitter’s #Mondayblogs feed (and hopefully shares from Triberr). I was too busy inputting line edit changes, so this is my blog…a few days late. Include BUY LINKS, if they’re ready:

All-Romance eBooks       Amazon     BN         CreateSpace   (Give yourself lots of time for iTunes.)

2.  Newsletter – prep for day of release with easy-peasy buy links. My pal Lisa Mondello, who just reached #80 on the USA Today Bestseller list, says: “You want to grab that impulse buyer so links need to be live.”  Write it, schedule it and let it go.

 3.  Announce to Facebook,  Twitter and the world with a Bitly link to your website’s buy page so you can use Bitly analytics to track clicks. Lisa also recommends doing several less expensive FB boosts, instead of a more expense ad. For example,  I intend to try three $15 boosts throughout the next couple of days.

 4.  Make your cover front and center on your website and include some interesting background info on the book–a little extra reward for people who take the time to visit and check you out. (Mine includes a snippet from the book, as does my newsletter.)

 5.  Post your covers (e- and print) to Pinterest.

 6.  Take advantage of FB’s new contest options to giveaway copies.

 7.  Look into setting up a giveaway on Goodreads. (Still looking into this, but you’ll need a print book to do it. FYI.)

 8. Look into spreading the news/cover at: Julie Kenner’s Hump Day Reads and Lauren Royal’s Friday Freebies (She also includes 99 cents books.) WorldLitCafe will do ads and tweet. If you have a budget for paid ads, there are some great places–like BookBub, Kindle Fire Department, and Awesome Romance Novels–especially for linked books. And, don’t forget about your network of writer pals. I’m fortunate to belong to several authors groups. We all know how hard self-publishing is and want to see everyone do well in this business.

Not all of these efforts have to be done on your release day, thank goodness. My friend and top-selling author Day LeClair advises, “Spread out your efforts over a couple of weeks–Amazon distrusts one-day spikes and weights against them, but if you can show sustained results, that helps with your standing.”

Whew….right? And you thought writing the book was a lot of work, let’s compare delivery pains. 😉

Happy writing, publishing and…reading!


A Season to Love

I’m a four seasons kind of girl, and Autumn is MY fave.

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My mom in 1998 enjoying the aspens of Lake Tahoe at age 85.

Back-to-school. Chilly nights. Harvest moons. Frost on the pumpkins. Even, football.

(Oh, my Niners, I still love you, I do. Don’t disappoint me again.)





And September is one of my favorite months. I gave birth to my first baby on September 11 (long before evil tattooed that date on our collective consciousness).

All grown up and driving a school bus!
All grown up and driving a school bus!

And, now, I have a new reason to celebrate. September 12 is the release date for my new book, ARE WE THERE YET?  It will be available both in Print ($8.99) and all eBook formats ($3.79). PRE-ORDER HERE.


One woman’s funny, quirky, risqué journey of self-discovery on the road to love.

         She may be over the hill by some standards, but 50-something divorcee Judy Banger knows she’s sick and tired of plodding along the same old road to retirement. She joins a gym and charts a new course in search of a healthier, happier, more adventurous Judy. But the road less traveled is not without hazards, speed bumps and detours. Her first attempt to re-ignite her sex life winds up with a 911 call. 

        Add Judy’s platinumdigger BFF, a sue-happy lawyer, a carpenter with a Mrs. Robinson fixation, and a young cop who thinks Judy is in need of sex addiction therapy, and Judy’s ready to burn the map, give up her exercise class and move in with her hypercritical mother…until she meets Judge Wilson “Wiley” Canby. Wiley embodies the sexy fire and smoldering angst of every romance hero Judy ever imagined all in one perfect package. Too bad Judy’s never considered herself romance heroine material. And to make matters worse, their first meeting involves a black lace bustier, fishnet stockings and a whip named Gerald. 

 If this is the road to love, where’s the closest exit?


Throughout the month of September, I’ll be blogging about:

Road Trips–I’d love to hear your Best and/or Worst!

Bucket Lists–I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours–

and why I HEART Indie writing.


Instead of a month-long contest, I plan to do FOUR week-long contests. I’m also planning to try a Goodreads giveaway. Are you one of my Goodreads friends? Click here to join the fun.

More to come…





Cool Friends/Hot August Snippets – TEXAS SECRETS by Jean Brashear.



My August CONTEST opens up a whole lot more choices of great books to pick from, PLUS, you’ll still receive a $25 gift card from #Amazon, #BN or #iTunes.


To introduce you to these authors and their awesome books, I thought I’d give you “snippets” pulled straight from the stories.


Today’s awesome choice: Jean Brashear’s sexy cowboy romance TEXAS SECRETS. This book is one of the FIVE books bundled in On Fire Fiction’s LOVE ME SOME COWBOY.  So, if you pick that choice, you’ll get to read Jean’s book PLUS four other fab reads!


Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father’s life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed–by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved.

Rugged horseman Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he’s ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn’t want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days–or it will be lost to them both.



“Who are you? What are you doing on my ranch?”

Gray eyes went wary, studying him for a long moment that made Boone’s spine tingle with unease. Fringed with thick dark lashes, a striking black ring around the irises, her eyes softened.

“Are you Boone or Mitch?”

He stared at her. “I’m Boone,” he replied, frowning. “How do you know my name?”

She stuck out one slender hand to shake his, her eyes still soft. Too soft. Almost like an apology. “I’m Maddie Collins. Your father mentioned you in his letter.”

He forgot the extended hand. “What letter?” Boone had only gotten a telegram, and that only after Sam was dead and buried.

“You didn’t–?” Her eyes darted to the side, looking toward the house. “He didn’t…?”

“Didn’t what?” His stomach clenched. “Why are you here?”

The woman named Maddie swallowed, then straightened, shaking her dark brown hair back over her shoulders as if preparing herself. In the sunlight, it glowed hints of red like the sky’s warning of storms to come.

Then her next words wiped out all thoughts of silky dark hair and husky voices.

“Your father left the house to me.”

“He…what?” But even as he waited for her reply, he believed her, this stranger in too-bright gypsy colors who didn’t belong here. He’d been crazy to hope that anything might have changed between him and his father, that Sam had regretted abandoning his sons.

“I’m sorry. I–I thought you would already know.”

Her regrets didn’t help. At that moment, he knew only one thing. He wasn’t through losing things that mattered. He’d been a fool to think otherwise.

Even in death, the man who’d been barely a father still denied him the only place he’d ever thought of as home.

 A wounded hero–my personal fave! And nobody does wounded heroes as eloquently as Jean Brashear. Check her spectacular list of  books at!

Good luck to everyone who signs up for this CONTEST. I hope your friends are as COOL as mine, and your hot August nights are filled with fun and good books! Look for more Snippets all month long.



Age matters…not!

Welcome to my first ever My Sexy Saturday blog.

This is part of a Bog Hop. That means my blog is one of many, connected by a common link so you can read and read and read…and discover new authors. Each other has the option of sharing 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs they deem sexy.

Here’s the link to check out other super fun, super sexy blogs. MySexySaturday

And since my 4-book Screw Senility features a 54-year old heroine, looking for love in some unexpected places, I thought I’d give you a peek at Judy Banger’s love life. Warning: it’s complicated.  And naughty.

In this scene Judy Banger is seducing the contractor who came to remodel her bedroom and chase away the bad ju-ju after her last sexual partner kicked the bucket during/after coitus. Her new lover is nine years her junior. But who’s counting…?

Seven paragraphs…

“What the f*!# is that?”

“A French tickler.”

He let out a low guffaw. “I know what it is. I’ve just never seen one shaped like a devil’s head.” He picked it up, gingerly, examining the garish red, grinning horned figure, even waggling its protruding tongue back and forth. “It’s freaky. Where’d you get it?”

A stocking stuffer three years earlier from Pru sounded far too weird to share, so she shrugged. “A friend.”


She shook her head. “No. I’ve had it for a while. Been waiting for the right partner.”

He handed it back. Then, with a wide grin belying the devilish arch of his brow, he pointed to his groin. “Well, slap it on, darlin’. I’m your go-to guy.”

Yep, Judy Banger is full of surprises–4 books worth. Check ’em out here.