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An Excerpt and a Giveaway with Author Debra Salonen


Today, I’m welcoming my fellow Tule author, Debra Salonen, who’s going to share an excerpt from her new release, A Match Made in Vegas. And there’s a giveaway, so be sure to comment for a chance to win a fun prize. Your comments are moderated, but trust me, they’ll all show up as I get in to check them, so comment to enter and we’ll draw a name on Friday, November 9.

A former award-winning newspaper journalist Debra is a nationally bestselling author with 26 published novels for Harlequin’s Superromance and American lines and one single title release for Harlequin Signature. Several of her titles were nominated for “Best Superromance,” including UNTIL HE MET RACHEL, which took home that honor in 2010. She was named Romantic Times Reviewer’s Career Achievement “Series Storyteller of the Year” in 2006. Debra lives in the foothills near Yosemite National Park in California with her husband and two dogs. Luckily, her two children and three grandchildren live close by to keep her connected to the real world. Take it away, Debra…

Who’s ready for Christmas? Not me.

I was in Lowe’s yesterday and their seasonal area exploded in red and green overnight. My first thought was: did I miss Thanksgiving?

As you may have guessed, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone wrapping up A MATCH MADE IN VEGAS, which coincidentally is a holiday romance.

I love to write—and read–Christmas stories! Is your holiday reading dance card full? If not, I hope you’ll give this second-chance-at-love story about two people who made mistakes in the past but are willing to put their hearts on the line for the sake of a troubled little boy.

Here’s a short scene that tugged on my heartstrings while I was writing it:

About forty minutes later they left Alexa’s with two giant boxes of Christmas decorations in the back of the truck.

Braden was so excited he could barely sit still.

“T-tr-tree? A b-b-big one?”

The more excited he got, the more pronounced his stutter became, but Mark had learned not to correct him. For the most part, he understood what Braden was trying to say, so why draw attention to his problem—especially on a special night like this?

“Mom and I always get our trees from the Boy Scouts. The lot is a couple of miles down on Charleston Boulevard. Shall we try there first?”

“Sure. Why not?”

“J-jingle b-bells,” Braden called out from the backseat. Mark glanced at Alexa, who leaned forward and turned up the volume on the radio. The kid certainly had acute hearing. Mark hadn’t even realized there was music playing.

He found himself tapping his toe as Braden and Alexa harmonized to a country-western version of “Jingle Bell Rock.” His smile grew as he realized that this was exactly the kind of holiday memory he’d hoped to create for his son, but it wouldn’t have been the same without Alexa.

Just at that moment, she looked at him and touched his arm. With a quick look toward the backseat, she put one finger to her lips and pointed toward Braden.

Mark cocked his head and listened.

To his utter shock, the little boy sang the entire refrain…without stuttering.

“What the—” he exclaimed.

The singing stopped.

Alexa shifted in her seat and said, “You sing really nicely, Braden. Good job.” Then she quickly turned and pointed toward a cheerfully lit tree lot. “There it is. I hope they still have some good ones.”

Mark wanted to ask her about his son’s temporary cure, but he didn’t get the chance. Moments later, Alexa and Braden, hand in hand, disappeared into a forest of dark green spruce and pines. To Mark’s surprise, the place was packed with shoppers. He’d figured he was the last person in town to buy his tree. Not so, apparently, but the stock was going fast. There was a long line at the checkout counter.

“Alexa? Braden?”

“We’re over here,” a familiar voice answered.

He found them examining a shoulder-high, candle-shaped tree that looked healthy and smelled great. ”This variety is my personal favorite, but I can never remember what it’s called. White spruce?” Mark found a tag, but the black scrawl only gave the price, not the kind. “Doesn’t matter what it is. I like it. How ’bout you, Bray? Is this the tree for us?”

Braden nodded exuberantly.

“Okay, then.” Mark rubbed his hands together and picked it up.

Do you have a favorite holiday novel you’ve read more than once? Please include the title, if your answer is yes, but even a “no” will be entered in a drawing for a free download another holiday title of mine: MONTANA SECRET SANTA, and I will send the winner a bookmark and recipe card from the Love at the Chocolate Shop series, as well.

Happy reading and have a merry, merry November.








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“An Excerpt and a Giveaway with Author Debra Salonen”

  1. Avatar November 8th, 2018 at 2:17 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you for being here today, Deb, so glad to have you!

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