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I love turning the blog over to my favorite authors and today, it belongs to my buddy and fellow Tule author, Debra Salonen!
Former award-winning newspaper journalist Debra Salonen 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. Debra 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 Debra connected to the real world.
A Backlist Book Is New to Someone Who Hasn’t Read It
Hello, friends-who-read, and thanks to our lovely hostess, Nan, for the invitation.
In case you’re asking yourself Debra Who??, I haven’t had a new Tule release in two years because I’ve been involved with a group of writer pals working to introduce our backlist books to new readers.
One friend had really good results by combining multiple authors’ individual titles that shared a common trope. (I don’t know when this word became so popular, but most readers seem to know it means a common and recognizable plot element, such as cowboys, small towns, marriage of convenience, secret baby, etc.)
Because our books are full-length romance novels, size matters. 😉 She found the best way to deliver a box set of this size was through Kindle Direct Publishing. I was skeptical, but, to my happy surprise, the experiment worked. New, avid readers found and read my books…and went looking for more. (Even titles that weren’t in the group box sets.)
So, when Tule Publishing invited its authors to a Writer’s Retreat in San Juan Capistrano this past summer, I hopped a southbound Amtrak train (I live near Yosemite National Park in the middle of the state) with the idea of offering my Big Sky Mavericks connected series and three spin-off stories using this format.
And my nine-book box set WITH LOVE, MONTANA – Big Sky Mavericks and Friends went live last week!
The title fits because I loved Montana even before Jane Porter invited me to write a story for Tule’s Montana Born line ten years ago. My first visit was a quick side-trip during a college stay in Yellowstone. My next…many years later when my husband and I were asked to help ferry our two youngest granddaughters home from a month-long visit with their paternal aunt, uncle, and cousins in western Montana.
Naturally, our trip included a stop in Livingston–the town Jane loosely used as a prototype for Marietta—the town we all know and love.
Since we had the girls, we didn’t do as much exploring as I would have liked, and we couldn’t find the Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop anywhere, so we settled for ice cream instead. 😉
This past summer we made another Montana trip – this time to Glacier National Park – before picking up the girls. What a glorious feast for the eyes!
We were fortunate to book a boat ride on Lake McDonald. And, I really can’t explain how thrilled I was to use an image of this gorgeous lake as the background of my new cover. Here’s a video I tried to shoot from the boat. The wind carried my narration away much of the time, but… https://youtu.be/s1E1Sc35h0E
Did I mention the #newrelease price of the box set is only 99¢? (And those of you who belong to Kindle Unlimited can add it to your library for free). Here’s a link to check it out
I have two questions for you and will happily award one responder a $10 Amazon gift card in a random drawing.
1. Do you enjoy reading box sets?
2. If you’ve ever visited Montana, where would you recommend we go next?
Until next time…Deb