Interview and Giveaway with Author Debby Lee!

Giveaway with Debby Lee

I’m excited to have fellow author, Debby Lee, as my special guest this week. Debby has graciously agreed to share a bit about herself and offer a signed copy of The Underground Railroad Brides Collection to one lucky winner!

First, here’s the official synopsis for The Underground Railroad Brides Collection:

Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina to above the Mason-Dixon Line in Indiana and Pennsylvania, they work within the network known as the Underground Railroad.

Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey
Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil
Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman
The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy
Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall
Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes
The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee
The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera
Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller

There is hope for the future when people come together to fight evil, and when men and women find love in the midst of great challenges. And through it all, faith is the key to victory in these stories from nine inspiring Christian authors.

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The collection is available everywhere books are sold, including your local bookstore, Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and Barnes & Noble. It is available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and ebook formats.

Below is the official trailer:

Now on to the interview. Hi Debby, thank you for being my guest. When did you first begin writing?


Thank you for having me! I began writing as a child, in my diary, and short stories for school. I received a diary from my grandmother every year for Christmas, so I guess you could say she pointed me in the direction of becoming a writer.

Ooh, I love the diary connection and your grandmother’s important role in inspiring you to become a writer. So…what is your favorite genre to   write and read?

My favorite genre to write, and read, is Christian historical romance. I love researching different time periods in history, especially the Old West. I read a fair amount of books each year and nearly half of what I read is historical Christian romance. And did I mention that I love watching historical period dramas like Outlander and The Tudors? I guess you can just call me a history nerd.

History is fascinating and so important to know. Let’s switch gears and talk about the Underground Railroad Brides Collection. Tell my readers a bit about your inspiration behind your novella.

My inspiration behind the Underground Railroad Brides collection began years ago as a 4-in1 collection. I had the idea of a particular house that went from the building phase, through the Civil War, and into modern times. It was initially rejected because Barbour was in the process of switching to 9-in-1 novella collections. Undeterred, I reworked the proposal and resubmitted it. The end result, the book we’re talking up today.

I love that you didn’t give up! What a testimony to new writers. I understand that you also have a new book that was recently released. Can you tell us about that book?

My latest release with Barbour Publishing is The Miss Adventure Brides Collection, about seven daring damsels who don’t let the norms of their day hold them back from adventure. My novella in this collection is titled Along the Yellowstone River. My hero in is a fur trapper and the heroine is a Scottish healer.

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Ooh, sounds interesting! I love the Barbour novella collections, and The MissAdventure Brides Collection is definitely one I’ll be putting on my TBR list.

Now, back to The Underground Railroad Brides…Tell us about your novella included in that collection.

My novella in this collection is titled The Winter Quilt and features a cast of characters I invented myself. I gave the heroine and her family the last name Martin, after Martin Luther King. I derived the hero as a carpenter, like Jesus. I also added a few true-to-life historical figures, such as Levi Coffin.

Love that you created your hero to be a carpenter like Jesus! Debby, can you tell us where we can find you on social media?

Absolutely! My links are as follows:

As I mentioned earlier, readers will have a chance to win an autographed copy of The Underground Railroad Brides Collection. Can you share with us how they enter to win?

Yes. Is there someone who worked on the Underground Railroad whom you respect or admire? If so, who are they and why do you respect or admire them? Leave a comment below in the comment section and be entered to win a signed copy of The Underground Railroad Brides.

There you have it, blog readers! Leave a comment below in answer to Debby’s questions for a chance to win. The giveaway expires on December 31, 2018 at midnight Pacific time. Please, only United States entries. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

Debby and I can’t wait to read your comments!




the big day is here!

When an author pens a novel or a novella, it can seem like an eternity before the book is released. But there is much work to be done behind the scenes during that time frame…

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Finish writing the book;

Get a sneak-peak at the cover artwork (one of the most exciting things!);

Receive edits and make any changes;

Read through the final copy for any last-minute corrections;

Stalk the UPS man waiting to receive author copies (another super-exciting event!); and,

Celebrate the day the book is released to the masses (the most exciting!)

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Just a couple of days ago, my novella Freedom’s Flight, became a reality. Included in the fabulous new Barbour Collection, The Underground Railroad Brides Collection, I was joined by eight other authors, as we told stories of those seeking to escape slavery and those assisting them on their way to freedom.

One of the things from a reader point-of-view that I love most about Barbour Collections is that the novellas are short enough to devour in a sitting – even if your time is limited.

From an author point-of-view, I love the camaraderie between authors, as we seek to pen novellas that will combine to make an anthology that readers will savor and desire to read again and again. And most importantly, produce a product that glorifies God. For that is the ultimate purpose for any Christian writer.

Check out the official book trailer:

Here is a tidbit about the stories and their authors that you’ll find in this collection:

Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey 
Schenectady, New York—1851
Emma Trebor desires to reconcile with her husband, but he is hiding something from her. How could she know the investigator she hires is secretly a bounty hunter and her husband is his target?

Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil
Madison, Indiana—1850
Deeply involved in the abolitionist movement, Edith Applegate struggles to reconcile her desire to help bring people out of bondage and her growing affection for a former Southern slave owner.

Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman
Savannah, Georgia—1860
Charlotte Kimbrel, a Southern Belle, has been smuggling slaves. Captain Zachery Browne’s ship sails slaves to freedom. Hostilities between the states are developing. Will Charlotte successfully travel the Underground Railroad by sea?

The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—1859
Grieving over her beau’s unjustified death, Ruth—a recently manumitted slave who is illiterate—assists her upper-class boss as an abolitionist. Can she heal from the pain of slavery and learn to love again?

Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall
Abbeville, South Carolina—1857
Underground conductor Hudson Wallace is surprised when Jorgine Emerson asks him to transport her slaves to freedom, but is it a trap? Can Jorgine’s deep conviction win Hudson over?

Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes
East Towson, Maryland—1850
Winnie is hiding a secret—Hiram, a fugitive. Their lives cross at an Underground Railroad station. Can they overcome danger and find freedom in love?

The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee
Newport, Indiana—1840
Relocated to an unfamiliar town, Coral Martin yearns for stability. Carpenter Josiah Williamson helps her find meaning working on the Underground Railroad. Will their love survive when forces threaten to tear them apart forever?

The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera
Jersey City, New Jersey—1851
Budding abolitionist, Annie Morrison, discovers the man she’s fallen in love with may be a slave catcher in disguise.

Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller
When she discovers the handsome Reverend Matthias Sorenson assisting runaway slaves, can Annalise Van Houten convince him to allow her to help? Or will mistrust prove fatal for all involved?

If this novel sounds like an awesome read…it is!

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection is available at your favorite local bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.




Exciting Book News!

When she discovers the handsome Reverend Matthias Sorenson assisting runaway slaves, can Annalise Van Houten convince him to allow her to help? Or will mistrust prove fatal for all involved?

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I am super excited to announce that my latest novella Freedom’s Flight is set to be released June 1! I join eight other fabulous authors in Barbour’s latest novella collection: The Underground Railroad Brides Collection.

And good news! It’s already available for pre-order at Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstore.

I love Barbour novella collections because they include so many different voices all with a common theme. The Underground Railroad Collection is no different. All set prior to the Civil War, heroes and heroines come together to help this within the bonds of slavery.

Check out the official trailer for The Underground Railroad Brides Collection here.