Behind the Books

Reader Mail

May 1, 2018

Our office receives hundreds of letters a month in reader mail. Debbie takes time each morning to read every letter and this particular letter, our entire staff loved so much. When Heidi, our office mail guru, opened this letter and it was placed in front of Debbie she said “I enjoy seeing my novels span the generations and become a tradition in a home and family.” It is true! We hold reader events throughout the year with speaking engagements and our bi-annual reader retreat and we are always amazed by the generational adoration of Debbie’s books. Often started as something passed down, or as a Christmas tradition.

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    Cody Husley
    May 10, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Thank You Mrs. Macomber for your stories ! My name is Cody and I am 54 years old. I admire you a great deal ! I want to go to college so bad and learn as much as I can. I enjoy reading and I do it everyday ! I know you are busy ,but please can you give me some advice how not give up on my learning . Thank you ma’am !

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    Connie Schmucki
    May 12, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Hi, I always enjoyed reading your books and I own many of them. My latest I read is The Navy Brides. How come you changed so much and write in this book so much about sex. I had to check several times the front cover to make sure that the book author is you Debbie Macomber. I am not used to read books like this one and was completely surprised. I believe it should have a warning for it. I loved the story line on both the Navy Brides and Navy Blues. But honestly the sex scenes are too much and too many. If this is the new trend I will warn my friends and definitely will not buy any books of yours any more. Really too bad, since all the other ones I truly enjoyed reading it. I don’t understand why you have to start this, Connie Schmucki

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    Jeanette Coval
    May 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    This was truly a beautiful thank you from one of your readers. I absolutely loved reading it and loved the photo of she and her “Grammie”. Thank you for sharing it with your fans.

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    Judy Worley
    May 18, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Debbie:
    Thank you for writing the book, “Any Dream Will Do”. It was beautiful, inspiring, and I enjoyed reading about the unconditional love we have for all mankind. It encouraged me to love the homeless, and think about their needs more!
    I loved your Rose Harbor Series, it was incredibly uplifting and once again, your gift of describing the character’s emotions so realistically really touched my heart. I can’t thank you enough for all of the good quality books, and the wonderful time I have reading them. I am one of your biggest fans and believers!

    God Bless you,
    Judy Worley

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    Nan Karkosky
    May 22, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    A friend and I enjoyed a Christmas time Meet the Author event at your tea shop in Port Orchard. It was so much fun. You were so genuine and took time to speak with each person there as well as pose for pictures. A great time was had by all.

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    GLORIANA NICKOLIS
    May 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Luv the pic of you and Mum! Keep up the awesome work. You truly have been Blessed by our Father in Heaven, God’s blessings, Gloriana Nickolis

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    BONNIE McDonald
    May 22, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Dear Debbie,
    I”ve read everything you’ve written.I especially loved the Blossom street series and the Cedar Cove series. I am a retired nurse on a fixed income so have to rely on the library for my books. Fortunately St. Louis County has a wonderful Library system and always has your newest books available.I’ve been a Fan Ambassador for years and always enjoy your Emails. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and healthy Summer,
    Bonnie McDonald R.N.

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    Irene French
    May 22, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Sweet memories are treasures to tuck away

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    Wendy Gnau
    May 22, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    A beautiful letter from Jessica. I love the “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” photo she enclosed as well. Thank you for sharing Jessica’s letter.

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    Linda
    May 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I really needed to read about my morning routine…I’m taking your advice about writing in my journals, including the prayer one. Some how God got left out of my morning routine. Beginning tomorrow He will be included.
    Thank you for your inspiration.
    Linda

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    Jean Krach
    May 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    U love all of your books and recommended them to my friends

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    mardele miller
    May 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    So sweet

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    KD
    May 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I am breathlessly waiting for ‘Cottage by the Sea’ to release! So love the writing that makes me feel like a cup of tea is ready and a good visit from a valued friend is just around the corner. Thank you for your years of dedication to your books.

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    Nancy
    May 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Very nice that u respond to your readers.

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    Melinda Jean Wilson
    May 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I look firward to Cottage By the Sea and Starting the morning positively. I have my ownnroutine with my precious dog, Ruger, coffee, sunrise, devotionals, prayer and Bible reading. I want to know what others do.

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    Darlene
    May 22, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    That is so cute.

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    Michelle Earnshw
    May 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    That is so funny! LOL I love it!

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    Theresa E Kusznir
    May 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Spending time with your grandmother is always a good investment of time, kindness and love.

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    Lois Good
    May 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Fun!!

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    Betty Nicholas-Foster
    May 22, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Debbie I just love your books , they are so many that I have read . They constantly keep me coming back to see what going to happen next. I am going to sit down when I have a little bit of time and write you a letter . Thank you Betty.

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    Olivia Klupenger
    May 22, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    some of those letters are very funny. I loved Grandma got run over by the reindeer. Some people are so clever, And her Grandmother went right along with her. Good sense of humor.

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    Bonnie Ballard
    May 23, 2018 at 12:14 am

    What fun that must have been! It sounds like a fantastic relationship is enjoyed by all! <3

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    Vicki
    May 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I love your books I checked them out of the library.

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    Linda
    May 24, 2018 at 4:07 am

    I learn how to read when Inwas 41 years old I been reading your book all the time and love each one

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    Sharon
    May 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Fell in love with your writing back in the days of Blossom Street! Enjoyed the knitting patterns so much. Didn’t have a kindle then and raided every paperback I could find. Also enjoyed seeing your Hallmark movies Christmas reenactment! Such fun to see MsMarkle

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    BRYNDA S ROTH
    May 24, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    What a delightful Christmas card, full of worthy & e xciting adventures of life! I’m more than impressed with Debbie reading every bit of her fan mail! She’s just so awesome, a beautiful & caring person.
    And me, my grandchildren, my husband & a lot of our family love the “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer ” son g! In fact, I had bought a musical car with the characters of that song playing out the song! It is hilarious & we love it & have it out every Christmas!

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    Peggy
    May 26, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Debbie,

    Thanks for all your books. I was never much of a reader but now I just seem like I can’t get in enough time. It is really hard to put your books down. My mom and sister and I share the books. Your an inspiration to me.

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    Sue Cieslewicz
    June 15, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Debbie, I just want to thank you for having such a talent as you do for writing and making all of us readers so excited to have a new book of yours ready for us to read. I have read all of your books and I can’t wait for new ones to come out. You truly are very talented and an inspiration to me and many others. I hope your writing continues for many more years and many more books. Thank you!!!

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    Pat Maynard
    June 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Dear Debbie,
    I recently purchased the book Navy Brides. I was os surprised when I started reading. In fact I didn’t finish either story. I had to check twice to make sure you wrote it. Frankly, I was embarrassed . I am in my 70s and read a Lot of your books.At times I have to fast forward some of the reading, I can deal with that, but this one was not the case.

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      Heidi
      June 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Debbie was sorry to hear that you were disappointed in NAVY BRIDES. The books that are in this book were first published in 1998 and 1991 and was reissued this year.

      Most of Debbie’s fiction books are written for the secular market. Some of her earliest books have more sensuality in them, as that is what was requested of published authors at that time. Occasionally, in order to tell a believable story, characters could utter words you might not expect, but they are always “in character” and never used purely for shock value. In her writing, Debbie continues to show that actions have consequences. She has learned from her readers (and her own instincts) that what they want and what she loves to write are heartwarming stories about people we’d love to know. You can be assured that all her current books are more in line with what you’re accustomed to. I think her later releases and current books such as ANY DREAM WILL DO, IF NOT FOR YOU, the Rose Harbor series and the Cedar Cove series. Debbie never uses profanity in her personal life.

      Debbie writes three new books a year for Ballantine Books, Random House. Her older publisher (Harlequin, MIRA) owns the rights and routinely reissues them to capture the attention of readers who may not be familiar with her. They like to publish her older books in a 2-in-1 book format and give it a new title, plus add one of her older books to an anthology with other authors. The best thing to do is look at the copyright page and look when the books were first published. Debbie no longer writes for Harlequin, so if you see a new book coming out that is published from Harlequin, MIRA, it will be an old book.

      Debbie also puts out a monthly newsletter and will tell you about her brand new books. She does not promote her older ones unless they are being published as an eBook. Readers are trying to get the older ones for that format and Debbie owns the rights for them.

      2018 Publishing Schedule

      Hardcovers
      Debbie Macomber’s Table – 4/24/2018 it is a cookbook
      Cottage By The Sea – 8/7/2018
      Alaskan Holiday – 10/2/2018

      Warmest regards,

      Heidi Debbie’s Asst

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