Debbie Macomber – Entertaining Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

Stories, Love & Hope

I’ve always loved to tell stories.  Even as a young kid I went to sleep making up stories in Sweet Tomorrowsmy head, and almost always they were love stories.  Later, as a teenager when I babysat, I entertained my young charges by making up stories that included them as the hero and the heroine.  I gave them funny and clever names and characteristics so they knew it was them.

I married when I was still a teenager and dreamed of writing stories of my own one day.  However, with four young babies I was more than comfortable putting off this dream.  And when you look at my life there were plenty of reasons to do so.

I never did well in school because I’m dyslexic and so I didn’t learn to read until I was in the 5th grade.

I had no college background and am fortunate to have graduated from high school.

Still, I dreamed and talked a lot about writing books and my husband encouraged these dreams.

After there was a death in our family—a cousin I was close to who died of leukemia—I had to accept that life holds no guarantees.  It was my husband, Wayne, who took me to the office supply store and helped me choose a typewriter and paper so I could start Girls Guidewriting.

This may not sound like the most romantic of dates, but this was love in its purest form, and it was love that I was determined to write about.

Love conquers hate.  Love is as necessary as the air we breathe.  I made it my goal, from the first book I wrote, to make sure love was an integral part of each book.  My stories aren’t going to change the world; that isn’t my goal as an author.

It’s to entertain, uplift, encourage and inspire hope.   And I’m proud to be given the opportunity to do so.

 

Debbie recommends:

Amy Harmon    –    authoramyharmon.com     (at Amazon)   –   author of MAKING FACES   (which blew Debbie away)

Rachel Hauck        rachelhauck.com      (at Amazon)

(See Rachel’s RARM 2016 post here.)

Sheila Roberts        sheilasplace.com        (at Amazon)


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

A couple of years ago my husband and I purchased a juke box and filled it with our favorite “oldies but goodies” music.   Some nights we’d put on the music, sit and sing along or dance together.  Wayne likes the music nice and loud and I’m sure it bleeds out into the neighborhood.  It’s romantic and fun to share these special moments with Wayne.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

This isn’t romance in the most common form, but it is with a male.  My dog, Bogie, a Shih Tzu, is the love of my life.  Over the years we’ve had any number of dogs and they’ve bonded with one of the kids or to my husband.  Bogie, however, chose me.  His mother died when he was two weeks old and he needed a maternal figure and there I was.  He is almost constantly at my side and offers me affection and acceptance.  It’s not the traditional love and romance story, but in some ways it’s even better.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Because my husband and I have chosen to live in Washington state and Florida, (living near each of the United States coasts) I would be inclined to say the most romantic sound to me is that of the surf.  There is a comfort in being by the water, a familiarity that draws me in.  There is nothing quite like the feel of sand under my feet, being buffeted by the wind and listening to the roar of the waves as they roll onto the beach.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

My favorite romantic couple is my parents, who have been gone for over a decade now.  They married during WWII and were together for over 60 years.  My mother traveled by train from Yakima, WA to Macon, GA to marry my dad before he shipped overseas.  He was gone three years, during which time he was captured and held as a POW until the end of the war.  Theirs is a beautiful story of love, devotion and partnership.

Tell us about your dream date. 

My dream date is sitting at home in front of the fireplace, nestled close to my husband’s side while we share a glass of exquisite French wine.   It’s snowing outside and each of us would be reading a book while Bogie is sitting at my side with his head propped against my thigh.

 

Debbie is generously giving away an autographed copy of SWEET TOMORROWS and THE WORLD OF DEBBIE MACOMBER:  Come Home to Color (adult coloring book) plus a set of pencils or pens – one set each to three lucky US readers (apologies to US friends).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST August 31, 2016.   Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

 


Debbie MacomberDebbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town in which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

Learn more:

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  • Linda Henderson

    There should be more love and less hate in the world, it would certainly be a better place. I’ve loved your books for years. Some of my favorites are your Navy series, loved them all. I had that whole set on my keeper shelves but since I lost all my books in the tornado here in 2011 I haven’t managed to replace a lot of them yet. I will though, I love re-reading them. Thank you for all the years of reading romance enjoyment.

    • Debbie Macomber

      Linda,

      How awful to lose your precious books in a tornado. I am so sorry that happened to you.

  • catslady

    I loved hearing your story. Love and hope makes the world go round!

    • Debbie Macomber

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • mariannewestrich

    Love the office supply trip! My husband recently bought me a desk for my writing. Nothing formal, but stories just for me. He knew how much I enjoy my quiet time and wanted to give me a place to call my own while creating my stories.

    • Debbie Macomber

      Treasure that man! Now write your heart out. When I first started writing it was at the kitchen table on a typewriter that got moved for meal times. Those were the days!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post. Wishing you and your husband (and Bogie!) much joy together.

  • Sally Schmidt

    Just discovered this site, how could I have missed it. Romance can be everywhere if you just stop and look. We have been married 47 years. We were separated for a year and a half once for my husband’s military assignment. When he returned he had a box of video tapes (yes, it was a while ago) with all of Cary Grant’s movies, plus my others favorites like Planet of the Apes 😉 and classic horror films. He had recorded them all for me. One of my best gifts ever, and I watched them until they all nearly wore out.

    • Debbie Macomber

      Sally,

      Every once in a while Wayne will do something amazingly thoughtful and take me completely by surprise. Love is more than words. It’s the little things and the big things too. It’s making me a cup of coffee in the morning before his own and remembering my birthday. It’s turning back the covers on the bed and feeding Bogie when I forget. It looks like we were fortunate enough to marry good men.

    • Thank you so much Sally! So glad you found it. :o)

      You’re one of Debbie’s winners. 🙂 <3 Please either respond to this or send me an email at bobbiwrites@att.net – I need your email address to send to Debbie so you can get your package. If you send an email, please put Debbie Macomber winner in the header.

      Congratulations!

      And I simply love this comment. xoxo

  • Doris Marie

    I love Debbie Macomber’s books and would love to win. I have been married to my soul mate for over 36 years so I do know romance is alive and well. Thank you writing such a wonderful post. Happy Wednesday to Debbie and Wayne and especially Bogie.

    • Debbie Macomber

      Doris Marie,

      Thank you for your kind words; they are much appreciated. Happy Wednesday to you too.

  • Sue G.

    I still to this day love your Cedar Cove series…I have every one in paperback sitting pretty on my shelf. You write such wonderful characters, that are not quite perfect, but they really stick with you. One of these days I’d love to travel up your way and check out the area you write about. It just sounds adorable!

  • Lynn Russell

    Debbie, I love your books, and I tbink I have read most of them except for the last two or three. You always leave readers in that “feel good” place. I lost my husband to a brain aneurysm after 26 years of marriage when we were both 45 years old. I am blessed to have a wonderful companion and partner in my life for the past 20 years. Very unexpected since he is 20 years younger. I don’t know why this combination happened, but God has truly blessed me with amother loving and caring man. He has supported me through iillness and been my biggest supporter. Love and romance are around for us even when we aren’t looking. Thank you for your inspiration.
    Lynn Russell

  • Ann Mettert

    I love Debbie M’s books. 😀
    I met her a a signing once. It was a box store and the line went on forever. It probably snaked through every inch of the store. I got lucky and wasn’t too far back. But still…. There was one man by himself. His wife was working and he went and stood in line for her books and autograph. All of us around him were impressed. Debbie insisted on introducing him to the crowd and said it was a sign of true love. He seemed to be proud and embarrassed by it all. She was so sweet and gracious to everyone.

  • Connie Saunders

    I am a retired librarian and Debbie’ s books were always put on order as soon as we received notice of a new title. Needless to say, Debbie is a favorite!!

  • Connie

    Debbie is one of my favorites. I first discovered her by reading one of the Cedar Cove Christmas stories. I have been a fan since then. The Blossom Street and Rose Harbor series are also favorites.

  • Molly

    I love Debbie’s books. I first discovered her when I read a girls guide to moving on.

  • Debbie Fuller

    I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t read your books yet but I’m looking forward to reading them. Thank you for posting and the author recommendations.

  • Diane Sallans

    I’ve been reading Debbie’s books for years – they make me happy, and they also make you think about the situations others may have to cope with.

    • Hi Diane! :o)

      You’re one of Debbie’s winners. :o) xoxo

      Please either respond to this or send me an email at bobbiwrites@att.net – I need your email address to send to Debbie so you can get your package. If you send an email, please put Debbie Macomber winner in the header.

      Congratulations!

      And I simply love this comment. xoxo

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I had no idea Debbie was dyslexic. What an accomplishment to have written so many inspiring and romantic books!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I have read many of your books and enjoyed the messages I have found in them. You are a role model to so many who have come after you. Thank you for all you do for the community and the romance world.

  • Nicole Marie

    I love your book! This was a great post, it was fun to read 🙂

  • rachelhauck

    Debbie, such a fantastic post. You know, I never new that about Bogie. That makes him all the more special. Our pets really capture our hearts! Rachel

  • Lisa Hutson

    Gosh, what wonderful inspiring information on your parents. Did they write their story down?
    I also have an encouraging husband. Mine isn’t writing but photography. He has never complained about money spent on it. Back when we were young and had no no no extra money, he never complained about the money for film, flash cubes, developing, etc.

  • Ellen

    My husband and I like to sit in front of the fire reading, too. Quiet dates can be very special. Debbie, thanks for providing so many great romances over the years. (I’ve spent many, many happy hours reading your stories,)

  • Pamby50

    I love the juke box! Some of the best music comes from when we were younger. He plays it so loud that the neighbors would hear it. Thank you for writing so many wonderful romance books over the years. One of my favorite series is your Navy one.

  • rebecca moe

    I’m with you on your romantic sound–I love the ocean. I could just sit and listen to (and watch) it all day long.

    Love your juke box! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    first off I’ve read you for ages… then my mom got hooked when I lent her a book by you… now she has 2 book cases (not shelves mind you) of books by you….shes addicted….. Love Juke Boxes and friends have them reconditioned in their homes and hubbys friend does that for a living…

  • Kristine R

    Debbie Macomber always writes the sweetest books that give hope to many

  • Mary McCoy

    Everyone needs a Bogie…. have you ever knit a doggie sweater for Bogie?