Interview with Author Debby Lee and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so pleased to introduce you to Debby Lee. Debby hails from Toledo, Washington, a city I spent a good portion of my childhood driving passed as my family traveled between our home in Ft. Lewis, Washington, and my parents’ hometown in Oregon. I LOVE the Pacific Northwest. It is truly, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth. Debby also had a crush on Shaun Cassidy, so she and I are in the same club there was well. :) I am so exited to welcome her here and hope that you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Debby is giving away an ebook of Butterflies are Free for one reader, so check out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

DebbyLeepicforBarbour[1]Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.

The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.

As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.

During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day.

Tell us about your current release.
Take a journey back to the days of Volkswagen Beetles, bell-bottom jeans, and running barefoot through the summer grass, and find romance in these four sweet hippie-themed novelettes.
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Lena Thumble hopes to sing at Woodstock, but her parents’ venomous disapproval stands in the way, and then her boyfriend gets drafted.

Butterflies are Beautiful
Gabby Keller is eager to go with her new boyfriend to a classmate’s wedding, but the cruelty she experiences due to her physical disabilities threatens her plans.

Christmas Butterflies
Misty Spain joins forces with a local police officer to help a young child in need, but danger lurks close behind.

Butterflies of Valor
Anna Michaels spent a tense thirteen months waiting for her fiance to come home from Vietnam, but she never anticipated how much he would change while serving his country.

 

Undaunted by the challenges they face, these free spirited women risk everything to make their dreams come true, but will they find love along the way, or lose everything they hold dear?

 

Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? I was a freshman in high school the day President Reagan was shot. I remember the day well. A somber mood permeated the atmosphere. My peers held little hope for his survival. That possibility frightened me. I never thought I’d see a president die in office. My heart ached for the other victims of the terrible butterfliesordeal, but I breathed a sigh of relief when the President recovered.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?  Shaun Cassidy. What can I say, I’ve always thought blonds were cute.

Have you always wanted to write a book? I wrote my first book because I wanted to say, while on my death bed, that I wrote a book. At that point it wasn’t all about getting published. Whether it be the next greatest American novel, unpublishable trash or somewhere in between, I simply wanted to accomplish the feat of writing a book. Writing my first novel was such a learning experience. It took me four years of tenacious and sometimes frustrating work, but I grew as a person. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to keep writing.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’ve always been more of a panster, but I’m learning the hard way, that there’s less revisions to do if I actually take some time to think about where my characters are going before I grab them by the hand and leap off the deep end. Simple plotting methods that allow for some flexibility work best for me.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? There’s a little bit of me in each female character I’ve written. I think my favorite one tends to be Gabby Keller in Butterflies are Beautiful, one of the novelettes in this anthology. I believe everyone, at one time or another has felt inferior and like they didn’t measure up. I’ve certainly had moments like that. The character, Gabby, suffers from physical disabilities. I felt it would be too trite to heal her handicap and have her live happily ever after. Instead I gave her the courage to accept her scars and find beauty, in her uniqueness. And I gave her the middle name Theresa, after Mother Theresa. This was so I would remember, while writing the story, that one doesn’t have to look like a super model to be beautiful. It was a challenging, but emotionally rewarding, story to write.

You can find Debby Lee at her website :  www.booksbydebbylee.com

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Temperance’s Trial Now Available for Pre-Order

v01-tempePart 1 of the Virtues and Valor series will release on September 15th! Pre-order it on Amazon by clicking this link today!

The Third Reich Seeks to Extract the Information She Alone Knows

MARIE GILBERT and her elder brother flee from Vichy France after the Gestapo arrest her father for suspicion of aiding Jewish children to escape the oncoming fascist front. Once in London, Marie is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.

Known only by her code name, TEMPERANCE, she is trained to operate a wireless radio and returns to her beloved France. With a new identity, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters but unwillingly attracts the attention and apparent adoration of a handsome but ruthless Nazi officer, Oberleutnant LEOPOLD SCHÄFER.

As the H-hour to execute their daring mission draws ever closer, Marie plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the unrelenting and merciless young Lieutenant Schäfer and the Nazi soldiers under his command.

TEMPERANCE’S TRIAL is part one of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

Seven valorous women — different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds — come together as a team called the Virtues.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.

Part 1 of the Virtues and Valor series will release on September 15th! Pre-order it on Amazon by clicking this link today!
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Today’s Word of Promise

galatiansMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today I listened to the entire book of Galatians.

The part that stood out to me in that passage is this:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

I’m focusing today on the verb “IS”. Do you know what “IS” is? Well, sure, it’s a lot of things. But for this specific post, it’s SINGULAR. That’s right, the verses do not say that the fruits of the Spirit are. What they say is that the fruit of the Spirit is. That means that if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you can count on a well of love, joy, peace, longsuffering (read: patience), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

They’re right there for you. One big singular package just ready for you to unopen it and embrace it.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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Celebrate Romance with My Most Romantic Book Yet!

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August is ‘Romance Awareness Month’.

I *love* romance. So, I guess it makes sense that I write romance.

cover-front_9781939603128_640Looking through all 8 of my published romance novels, I believe that my most romantic is An Aria for Nick. Nick is such a deep character who has suffered so much in life that you just find yourself rooting for Aria and him to be together so that maybe some of his demons will quiet. As a reviewer said, the romance is sigh-worthy. So, to celebrate Romance Awareness Month, I put An Aria for Nick on sale for just $0.99. That’s a $4 savings.

An Aria for Nick can be purchased in e-book format at Christian book online retailer Deeper Shopping. An Aria for Nick is also available at the following booksellers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google Play Bookstore, Smashwords.

The Back Cover:

The Only Man Who Can Save Her Life Has Been Dead for a Decade.

Raised in a loving home, Aria Suarez dreamed of becoming a professional pianist happily married to her high school crush. After the only boy who ever caught her eye dies a hero’s death and her wrist is shattered along with her future plans, she turns her brilliant musical mind to nuclear engineering and solving mysteries of science.

Abandoned to an abusive father at five, Nick Williams grew up dreaming of escape; of enlisting in the Army and leaving his wretched life behind; of proving himself worthy of the girl he loves. But the crucible of combat offers only the escape of death.

A decade later, Aria uncovers a nuclear plot that threatens the heart of our very nation. Sinister forces surround and threaten her when, out of nowhere, the man who reportedly died so many years before returns as if from the grave — intent on protecting her.

Has God finally joined them together?

Or is Aria doomed to mourn Nick twice?

Excerpt from the Book:

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NICK woke with a start, his pulse pounding. On the outside, he did nothing more than open his eyes, but inside he waged a war with fear and panic. He forced his pulse back to normal and got his bearings. Aria’s place. He looked at his watch. Six-thirty. He’d slept for about half an hour.

The room was filled with a soft orange glow from the setting sun coming through the window facing west and the entire home was filled with the aroma of cooking meat. From the direction of the kitchen, he could hear Aria
humming a hymn.

A wave of longing washed over him, leaving him feeling weak and scared. He clenched his hands as he fought it while he cursed himself. This was not for him. A normal life in a little bungalow on the Willamette River was something he could never have. After the things he’d done, it was something he didn’t deserve. The dream had just left him feeling vulnerable.

He stood and stretched, then went to the phone. He started to engage the receiver, but changed his mind. Tomorrow would be soon enough to return to the world. For now, he wanted to shut it off.

He walked toward the kitchen and leaned against the doorway, watching Aria while she was unaware of it. She moved around the kitchen, chopping vegetables, stirring something on the stove, moving around the room but never
looking behind her. She had to get a little stool out to stand on so she could reach something on a high shelf. Nick was reminded just how small she was.

He thought of his old man and how he’d put his hands on her, had broken her wrist and killed her future. Suddenly, Nick felt a white burn of righteous indignation re-ignite somewhere in his chest. He battled the desire to go to
Columbus, Georgia; to reacquaint himself with his father as a grown man and discuss the variable forces involved in breaking the wrist of a petite blonde woman.

Shaking his head to rid himself of the darkness, of the pain of his past, he crossed his arms and leaned his hip against the bar. She stepped off the stool and turned, jumping a little when she saw him.

“You move very quietly,” she said.

He raised an eyebrow. “One of the reasons I’m still alive.”

She nervously shifted her feet. “Hungry?” she asked.

He was hungry. A raw, burning hunger that spread through his whole body. What he craved, he couldn’t take. Time had done nothing to dim the want, and what had once been a boy’s crush was now a man’s longing. On the inside he
began a battle with himself that he hoped he would have the stamina to continue fighting. On the outside, he stayed leaning against the bar with his arms crossed, giving the appearance of total ease.

“Starving,” he said smoothly.“Good,” Aria said, moving to the stove. She opened the oven door. “How do
you like your steak?”
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Suspense Gets a Facelift & 99 Cent Sale!

Hello!

Wow, what a crazy summer!

When I scheduled my massive summer traveling, I had no idea how consuming that would be. I have the month of August off, but September and October will be just as busy as the last few months have been. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the end of this season.

School starts back for us on Tuesday! So, for the next 2 weeks, I’ll have some semblance of a normal schedule return.

One thing I did this summer was have the Song of Suspense Series covers re-done! I’m SO thrilled with the final product! Victoria at Romance-Covers.com did a phenomenal job!

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To celebrate, An Aria for Nick is just 99 cents in ebook form!

An Aria for Nick can be purchased in e-book format at Christian book online retailer Deeper Shopping.

An Aria for Nick is also available at the following booksellers:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, Lulu, All Romance eBooks, You Heart Books, Libirio

- See more at: http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/book-samples/song-of-suspense-2-an-aria-for-nick/#sthash.wQmNZ0xp.dpuf

An Aria for Nick can be purchased in e-book format at Christian book online retailer Deeper Shopping.

An Aria for Nick is also available at the following booksellers:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, Lulu, All Romance eBooks,

- See more at: http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/book-samples/song-of-suspense-2-an-aria-for-nick/#sthash.wQmNZ0xp.dpuf

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