From stir-crazy to spring beauty + an exclusive offer and a “thank you” prize

Are you going stir crazy?

After two weeks of sheltering at home, I was.

I know…what a baby! I do walk every day, but I don’t leave our small subdivision, and it felt like the walls were closing in on me.

So, we took an old-fashioned “Sunday Drive” to Bagby, a town that once existed on the Merced River.

We drove back roads that wandered past mining endeavors long forgotten, save for a “Stonehenge” of footings and meandering Chinese fences built by immigrant workers. There wasn’t a lot of water in the river yet (awaiting snow melt), but the wild flowers were a bright and happy surprise, although it wasn’t sunny enough for the poppies to open).

Our short drive helped remind me there’s a bigger world out there. Life goes on in a seasonal manner, whether or not we’re there to see it. I’m glad I got to see it—and share it.

In a gesture of solidarity, I’m making all the books in my Debra Salonen Bookstore HALF PRICE for the entire month of April: DEB’S BOOKSTORE.

Pick the title of your choice, then use this code to save 50% on the price: QJNULFD1HI

And, as a “Reader Thank You,”  I will announce one Property Sisters of Montana Grand Prize winner in my May 21/23 newsletter. (I’m still adding new items to the prize, including a print copy of MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE.) The winning name will be randomly drawn from responses to Q&As through Mother’s Day and will also include anyone who leaves a review for MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE or MEET ME IN MONTANA on any of the usual sales channels.

(Prize includes a tool pouch like the ones worn by the McCall sisters in the series, various hand tools including a hammer, tape measure, adaptable screw driver, utility knife, gloves, carpenter’s pencil, marking pen and MORE. Additionally, there will be a $25 Gift Card TBD (I originally thought Lowes or Home Depot, but I will let the winner choose—Amazon is also an option. Winning name will be announced in my newsletter. If winner fails to contact me within a week from the announcement (Thursday-Thursday), an alternate name will be drawn until we have a winner.)

I hope you’re all well and taking care of your health in this very scary time.

Read well and often!


Live on all platforms!

MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE – Book I in the Property Sisters of Montana series released wide yesterday (with one small glitch where NOOK readers were concerned, but that’s been fixed!!!). Buy from your favorite vendor: HERE.

I’m a huge fan of HGTV shows. They’re my go-to “binge while hiding out from a virus” pick. I also live with a 4th-generation general contractor, so, believe me, I’ve earned my remodeling chops. In fact, flipping an old house with my family was the inspiration behind the Property Sisters of Montana storyline. “Diamond” Jim McCall’s daughters grew up in the biz–and couldn’t wait to hang up their tool aprons for college. But Ruby, Amber and Jade put family above all else and each brings new skills to the mix when they return to help their parents avoid bankruptcy.

If you enjoy reading second chance at love stories, I hope you’ll fall in love with Ruby and Boone. Too young to appreciate what they felt for each other the first time around, they reconnect in Marietta, Montana, when they agree to rehab an old ranch house. Hammers and hardhats are all they need to feel an old, familiar spark. Will they or won’t they put aside old hurts to try again?

In these challenging times, please be considerate of others.

You’re invited…

Please join me for a short, but action-packed “Release Party” at the Tule BookClub Facebook group on St. Patty’s Day at 3:00 (Pacific). There will be door prizes. I can’t wait to share my new book: MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE – Book I in the Property Sisters of Montana series.

Is she restoring “this old house” or reimagining her future with the man she left behind?
Available at all vendors 3/17/2020!