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As you may remember from an earlier Q&A when you helped me name my book that is part of Cupid to the Rescue, my book is called: HER COWBOY VALENTINE. It introduces my Cowboys of Prospect Creek series. I’m so happy to share my cover reveal for this book, too. It makes my heart smile.


“What happens in the barn, stays in the barn.”

Her Valentine’s Day getaway goes from bad to redonkulous—

Paige Jackson lost two years of her life to grief. Finally ready for a fresh start, she jumps at the chance to housesit for an old family friend in Prospect Creek, California. Surprise! Aunt Betty’s Refuge nurtures abandoned and neglected animals, not city girls who lost their mojo. Before Paige can do an about face, Betty’s foster son--former rodeo champion TJ Huey delivers a pregnant and abused donkey to Paige’s care. Is it the sweet little donkey he’s calling “Miss Valentine” that persuades her to stay…or the kind and handsome cowboy?

February 14 is just another day…until his good deed turns into a golden opportunity—

TJ’s brush with fame and success nearly killed him. Rebuilding his life and keeping an eye on his old foster mom’s flea bit pet sanctuary has finally leached some of the bitterness from his soul. When he nearly pancakes a donkey on the road to Prospect Creek, he rushes the traumatized creature to the only home he’s ever known, forgetting that Betty hired an old friend’s daughter from L.A. to fill in. The newcomer’s Jag and designer threads shout, “Go back.” But Paige Jackson’s brave determination to help the little jenny jumpstarts a part of his heart that shut down a long time ago.

Welcome to Prospect Creek, where neither cowboy nor city gal is immune to the matchmaking skills of a rescue donkey named Miss Valentine.

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Release Date: January 5, 2021

As I may have mentioned – okay, whined about – I’ve been intently focused on finishing a very challenging revision of Book 3 in the Property Sisters of Montana series, ALL THE STARS IN MONTANA.

Happily, my editor talked me off the ball of anguish on the cutting room floor, but not before I swore I’d never pick a twenty-five year old creative as a heroine again. (Sorry, Jade, this mess was my fault, not yours.)

Here are two examples of what I’m talking about, but please remember, these snippets won’t, thankfully, appear in the new rendition of my book, which I now love.

Jade doesn’t like Cinderella. Go figure.

       “I can’t see that happening. You don’t look like the Cinderella type, although I’m sure people have told you otherwise.”
       Jade made a snarly face. “No one who really knows me. My sisters like to tell people that I refused to step foot in Cinderella’s castle when our parents took us to Disneyland because I couldn’t respect anyone who had mice for friends.”
       He laughed. “Mice, I can tolerate, but I never believed in fairytales.”
       Her head cocked to one side and she seemed to study him in the low light.  “And yet your childhood reads like something right out of a storybook. Only child of wealthy parents who died young leaving you in the care of your beloved grandmother who took you on travels around the world and left you her estate in…Zurich?”
       “Oops. Wrong continent. Sorry.”
       He reached deep into his pants pocket to touch the coin he knew he’d find there. A nickel. He always carried one. A stupid superstition he blamed on his grandmother. “Carry some bit of money with you every day, Zachary. Even just a nickel. You never know when someone will judge as being poor, but you’re not poor if you’ve got money in your pocket. Don’t you forget it.”
       “Well, as a writer, you can probably guess that some of the gloss of my bio is to deflect against the poignant loss of being orphaned at a young age.” Sixteen is young, right? “My grandmother did her best.” Not true. “But a part of me will always wonder what my life would have been like if I’d been raised by two loving parents.” Absolute truth with a slight variation: my wealthy parents were really an addict mom, a no-name father, and my grandmother once called me her daughter’s biggest mistake. Money? Zip. World travel? Only via pages of books in the public library. But other than that…
       She dipped her chin with obvious chagrin. “Of course. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have made light of that. I never knew my paternal grandparents, and Mom’s dad died young and her mother was pretty far gone with Alzheimer’s by the time I knew her.”
       He handed her his nickel. “Here. Make a wish.”

Yes, Zach isn’t who people think he is. But, trust me, you’re going to love him.

And Jade, as much as I’ve groused about her flighty ways (as a character), I love her wit.

       “You can call me Zach. Since we’ve kissed.”
       She gave him a light shoulder bump. “That was a mistake, remember? You apologized.”
       “I take back the apology.”
       “Doesn’t work that way. You know what they say, ‘Words once spoken can come back to haunt you on a cold winter’s night.’”
       “Hmm. Pretty sure that’s not how it goes.”
       “I know. I like to put my own spin on aphorisms. It’s my superpower.”
       “Really. I did not know that. I’ll try to be more careful in the future.”


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Release Date: September 21, 2020

Last week’s Q&A was: Do you enjoy reading anthologies? (Naturally I’m hoping this is a resounding YES, too, but I’m really curious to know if NO, why not? No judgment, just wondering from a marketing standpoint.)

Very interesting turnout. Most of you answered: Yes. But it was good to hear about what turns some readers off when it comes to anthologies—especially the cliffhangers for each book! That wouldn’t work for me, either.

My two randomly selected winners this week are:

Karen H – Yes
Glenda Martillotti – Yes

(Karen and Glenda congrats. Please email me your pick of either a $5 Starbucks or a $5 Amazon gift card.)


This week’s Q&A: Have you ever rescued or adopted an animal/family pet? Yes or No?

(Two winners will be chosen by random drawing to receive either a $5 Starbucks gift card or a $5 Amazon gift card. Please reply the usual ways: email or on my DebraSalonenAuthor Facebook page.)

Happy reading,


Next week: a real life rescued donkey, Habitat for Humanity house build update, and vote on Jade’s wedding dress.



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