DEBBY MAYNE BOOKS Author and speaker Debby Mayne grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her comfort foods are as diverse as her interests. You might find her eating sushi while reading a cozy mystery novel or fried catfish while watching a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game. She and her husband of almost 35 years have two beautiful grown daughters, two amazing sons-in-law, and two precious granddaughters. Debby has published more than 40 books and novellas, more than 1,000 short stories and articles, and a slew of devotions for busy women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She writes women’s fiction and romances under her married name Debby Mayne and mysteries under her maiden name Deborah Tisdale. She and her husband Wally currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.
When widowed Erica Johnson finds herself face-to-face with her high school sweetheart during the holidays, she has to fight hard to resist the temptation to get involved with him again. After all, she has to protect her son’s heart. Andrew Blakeman knows he made a huge mistake by leaving Erica years ago, and now he wants to make things right. With Christmas coming soon, he pulls out all the stops to make things right. Will these two determined people ever find happiness in love again? AMAZON
Professor Stephanie Patton is a tenured professor at the small, private LaLonde College on the West Coast of Florida. Armand Faust, Crown Prince of the small country of Charlamada near France, is a visiting professor for two semesters. The instant Armand spots Stephanie walking across campus, he’s compelled to get to know her. His friend Edward, the president of the college, advises him to look elsewhere because Stephanie keeps everyone at arm’s length. Armand has never let anything or anyone intimidate him, and he’s not about to change. Armand and Stephanie both have secrets that threaten to keep them apart. Is it possible for this prince and the professor to find common ground? AMAZON
Each year, one of the city council members takes a turn coordinating the Mooreville Annual Founder’s Day Parade. It’s a small-town event featuring the high school band, floats with all the town dignitaries and pageant winners, organizations’ floats, and a puppy parade. Although one of her ancestors founded the town, Emily has never participated in the parade. A local businessman encourages her to join in the fun after she adopts Hank, a Great Dane puppy. But first, Hank needs some training.
Brice Johnson likes animals, but he doesn’t have time for a pet since he’s so busy with his hardware store and the city council. However, his heart melts when Hank takes a liking to him and follows him everywhere. It doesn’t hurt that Hank’s owner is one of the sweetest women he’s ever known but someone he hasn’t gotten to know until Hank came along. Is it possible that Hank might have a puppy plan to get these two people together? AMAZON
Widowed Brandon Woodall’s daughter Olivia wants a mommy and a kitten, in that order, more than anything. Kindergarten teacher Melissa Hewitt is lonely but has given up on falling in love, so she goes to the shelter to adopt a couple of kittens. Melissa and Olivia bond over the kittens, while Brandon falls madly in love with the schoolteacher. By the time she tries to back away, it’s too late. Can Melissa resist her feelings for the man who has invaded her mind and her heart? Can Brandon resist the stunning teacher who has a big heart and a couple of kittens his daughter has fallen in love with? AMAZON
After saving a little boy from a fire at the neighboring ranch, Luke has to deal with his growing feelings for the boy’s widowed mother Angela. Until now, Luke didn’t know what his purpose in life was, while Angela never dreamed she’d ever find love again after losing her husband in a logging accident. However, as Angela helps Luke as he heals from the fire, she discovers a different kind of flame in her heart. Will these two people let down their guard and submit to the special connection they share? AMAZON
Ready for some rest and relaxation at the end of the school year, seventh grade teacher Autumn Spencer gets on a cruise ship, hoping it’ll whisk her away to Paradise so she can clear her mind. Instead, she encounters nosy fellow passengers who won’t leave her alone, more drama than she sees in her hormonal students … and a couple of attempted murders. No matter what she does to avoid the crazies, she keeps getting thrown right smack dab into the middle of all the action. AMAZON
As Ruby and Antonio get ready for their 10-year high school reunion, some of their old feelings rise to the surface. Ruby had a crush on him throughout high school, but he was always with Marla who showered him with homemade gifts, including cupcakes, cookies, and sweaters that she knitted for him. How can Ruby who doesn’t have a domestic bone in her body ever compete with that? Maybe she should take up knitting. It can’t be too hard, can it?
What Antonio sees in Ruby is a beautiful woman who makes everyone around her smile. Back in high school, he never got the nerve to ask her out because she always seemed too refined for someone like him. But now that he owns a chain of restaurants, he feels that he has more to offer someone like her. All he has to do is convince her—and her parents—that he’s good enough for her. Is this possible, considering the fact that her old boyfriend seems to still be in the picture? AMAZON
Harmony Smith has taken over her aunt and uncle’s women’s fashion business, and she has little time for anything else. Blake Wyndham is the founder and CEO of an athletic gear company that requires long hours and all of his attention. One Sunday afternoon, they’re the only two people on the high-rise office-building elevator when it gets stuck. And they’re stranded for hours. Their instant attraction grows by the minute, so when they elevator doors finally open, Blake makes it his mission to get to know her better.
Most people think that Harmony hasn’t had a romantic relationship because she’s focused on business, but the truth is, she’s self-conscious and concerned about her weight. She doesn’t feel that she’s lovable since she carries a few extra pounds, which is one of the things Blake likes about her. He’d stopped dating women who couldn’t enjoy a great meal and hold a decent conversation.
As he gets to know this beautiful, smart woman, he thinks he might have found someone special—someone he could do things with, enjoy delicious dinners with, and hold stimulating conversations that make him think. But there’s that one issue that stands in their way, and it’s her reluctance to let go of her fears and assumptions of what men want. AMAZON
Jill Hargrove loves collecting antiques, so much so that she’s used her inheritance to start her own business-the Junktique Shoppe. But she’s learning that owning a business is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when she discovers major structural problems in her building. Ed Mathis specializes in restoring old homes, but he’s between jobs. When he learns of a new entrepreneur in town who could use some help, he arrives expecting to do minor handiwork. What he finds is a fascinating woman whose heart is in as much of a shambles as her building. Can God use a broken-down building, a strong Christian community, and Ed’s precocious twin daughters to bring them together? AMAZON
News anchor Carrie Marshall and hardware store owner Jonathan Hanks are going about their daily lives, when Jonathan’s 7-year-old son Evan decides it’s time to play matchmaker after seeing her on TV. It’s not easy, but he’s pretty crafty at coming up with a plan. Jonathan sees through it right away, but it takes Carrie a little longer to realize what’s happening. After both of the adults know what’s going on, is there any chance of them falling for his plan … and falling in love? AMAZON
Is it possible for a southern belle to ever trust a man who deceives her in order to get her to work for him? Sunny lets her thoughts be known in some uniquely southern ways in this romantic comedy.
After finding out the identity of her boss, Sunny Tatum worries that she won’t ever be able to trust him. For New Yorker and restaurant owner Dante Romero to try to pass himself off as a “Bubba” is more of a stretch than she can handle since she doesn’t see that he has an ounce of grits running through his veins. However, the attraction is there, and it’s something she can’t deny. But when she learns something about her mother’s health, life gets complicated, and he has an opportunity to prove himself. The only problem is, he’s worried too. They both fight the love that blooms between them. Can he rise to the occasion and be the man she needs at this difficult time? AMAZON
What is a southern belle supposed to do when a slick NYC attorney turns all his attention to her, even though she plans to go back home as soon as her aunt gets better? Bethann often forgets to see the humor in this romantic comedy.
Bethann Russell loses her job, so when her elderly great-aunt needs help, she’s the most logical family member to move up to New York to be the caretaker. When attorney Judd Baxter arrives to help Bethann’s aunt with her legal affairs, the attraction between him and Bethann is obvious. As Bethann gets to know Judd, she discovers some things about him that make her wonder if he’s sincere. And even though she isn’t sure she trusts him, that flutter of love grabs hold of her and won’t let go. Are his career sacrifices enough to let her know that he’s a man of honor? AMAZON
There are times when situations teeter on the line between family drama and romantic comedy. Charlene’s feelings are tested so much that she isn’t sure whether she’s falling in love or losing her mind.
What happens when a beautiful, smart, driven southern belle meets a handsome, equally driven man who suffers from PTSD? Charlene Pickford finds herself in a pickle after landing the job of her dreams in New York City. Her boss Alan might be attractive, but when it becomes obvious that he’s hiding some deep, obviously very dark secret, she feels an overwhelming urge to flee to keep from falling in love with a guy who is so obviously wrong for her. Or is it too late?
She could go back to Georgia to help her parents—even though they’ve made it clear that they don’t want her hovering. Or she can stick around and see what happens with her career and her feelings for Alan. Decisions, decisions, decisions! AMAZON
Stephanie is about to get married to someone who swept her off her feet in college. However, once the music starts playing she realizes that if she goes through with it, she’ll be making the biggest mistake in her life.
Derrick calls himself a Christian, but he is more interested in what his family’s money can buy than his faith. So she changes her mind and leaves the church with her old high school best friend Alyssa.
Her parents are furious, but there are a couple of people—her best friend Alyssa and her high school crush Brandon Walker—who understand. Alyssa saves her from messing up her life, and Brandon becomes her sounding board. They used to hang out together as friends before she left for college, and now they see each other in a completely different light. Will they remain friends, or will romance take over? AMAZON