Debbie Macomber

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Debbie Macomber
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Debbie Macomber at a 2016 book signing
Born (1948-10-22) October 22, 1948 (age 70)
Yakima, Washington, United States
Occupation Novelist
Period1983 - Present
Genre romance, women's fiction

Debbie Macomber (born October 22, 1948 in Yakima, Washington) is an American author of romance novels and contemporary women's fiction. Six of her novels have become made-for-TV movies and her Cedar Cove series of novel was adapted into the television series of the same name. [1] Macomber was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005 [2] and has been awarded both a RITA Award and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America. [3]

Yakima, Washington City in Washington, United States

Yakima is a city in and the county seat of Yakima County, Washington, and the state's eleventh-largest city by population. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 91,067 and a metropolitan population of 243,231. The unincorporated suburban areas of West Valley and Terrace Heights are considered a part of greater Yakima.

<i>Cedar Cove</i> (TV series) TV series

Cedar Cove is an American-Canadian drama television series on the Hallmark Channel that aired for three seasons from July 20, 2013, to September 26, 2015. Based on author Debbie Macomber's book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focused on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart's professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her. It was the network's first-ever original scripted series.

The Quill Award was an American literary award that ran for three years in 2005-2007. It was a "consumer-driven award created to inspire reading while promoting literacy." The Quills Foundation, the organization behind the Quill Award, was supported by a number of notable media corporations, including Reed Business Information, then parent of Publishers Weekly, and NBC Universal Television Stations, along with Parade Magazine, Borders, Barnes & Noble and the American Booksellers Association.



Early career

Macomber is dyslexic and has only a high school education. Determined to be a writer, [4] she sat in her kitchen in front of a rented typewriter to develop her first few manuscripts, while raising four children. [5] After five years and many rejections from publishers, she turned to freelance magazine work. [4]

Dyslexia neurological condition, developmental or acquired

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn.

Macomber attended a romance writer's conference, where one of her manuscripts was selected to be publicly critiqued by an editor from Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. The editor tore apart her novel and recommended that she throw it away. Undaunted, Macomber spent $10 to mail the same novel, Heartsong, to Harlequin's rival, Silhouette Books. Silhouette bought the book, which became the first romance novel to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly. [4]


Starlight was the first of her novels to be published, as part of the Silhouette Special Edition romance line, now owned by Harlequin. [6] Macomber continued to write romances for Silhouette, and later Harlequin. In 1988, Harlequin asked Macomber to write a series of interconnected stories, which became known as the Navy series. Before long, she was releasing two or three titles per year. By 1994, Macomber began releasing single-title novels. Her first hardcover was released in 2001. [6]

In 2002, Macomber realized that she wanted to write books focusing more on women and their friendships. Thursdays at Eight was her first departure from the traditional romance novel into contemporary women's fiction. [4]

In most years since 1986, Macomber has released a Christmas-themed book or novella. [7]

Christmas holiday originating in Christianity, usually celebrated on December 25 (in the Gregorian or Julian calendars)

Christmas is an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.

Macomber's novels focus on delivering the message of the story and do not include detailed descriptive passages. Her heroines tend to be optimists, and the "stories are resolved in a manner that leaves the reader with a feeling of hope and happy expectation." [7] Many novels take place in small, rural towns, with her Cedar Cove series loosely based on her own hometown, Port Orchard, Washington. [8] Because of her Christian beliefs, Macomber does not include explicit sexual details in her books, although they do contain sensuality. [9]

Over 170 million copies of her books are in print throughout the world. [10] This Matter of Marriage became a made-for-TV-movie in 1998. [1] Five of Macomber's novels have been made into Hallmark television movies: Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, Trading Christmas (based on Macomber's novel When Christmas Comes), Mr. Miracle and Dashing Through the Snow.

Macomber also now writes inspirational nonfiction, including cookbooks and children's books. Macomber owns a yarn store in Port Orchard, Washington, and there is a Debbie Macomber line of knitting pattern books.

In July 2013, the Hallmark Channel began airing its first-ever original, scripted series based on her Cedar Cove book series. Macomber is the series developer and executive producer. [11]


Macomber is a three-time winner of the B. Dalton Award, [3] and the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance (2005, for 44 Cranberry Point). [2] She has been awarded the Romantic Times Magazine Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and has won a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, for The Christmas Basket.

She threw out the first pitch in a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field in 2007.


Macomber is a volunteer mentor for young people, and is active in fundraising for battered women's shelters and for literacy and medical research.[ citation needed ] She is a national board member for Warm-Up America, [6] and was appointed an ambassador for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America national office in 1997. [3]

Macomber and her husband, Wayne, raised four children and have grandchildren. They live in Port Orchard, Washington.


Legendary Lovers Series

  1. Cindy and the Prince, Silhouette Books 1988
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful, Silhouette Books 1988
  3. Almost Paradise, Silhouette Books 1988
  1. Navy Wife, Silhouette Books 1988/2003
  2. Navy Blues, Silhouette Books 1989/2003
  3. Navy Brat, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
  4. Navy Woman, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
  5. Navy Baby, HQN Books 1991/2005
  6. Navy Husband, Silhouette Special Edition 2005

The Manning Sisters Series

  1. The Cowboy’s Lady, Silhouette Special Edition 1990
  2. The Sheriff Takes A Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1990

Those Manning Men Series

  1. Marriage of Inconvenience, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
  2. Stand-In Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
  3. Bride on the Loose, Silhouette Special Edition 1992

Orchard Valley Trilogy

  1. Valerie, Harlequin 1992
  2. Stephanie, Harlequin 1992
  3. Norah, Harlequin 1993
  4. Lone Star Lovin', Harlequin 1993

From This Day Forward

  1. Groom Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
  2. Bride Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
  3. Marriage Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993

Angel Series

  1. A Season of Angels , Harper/Avon 1993
  2. The Trouble With Angels, Harper/Avon 1994
  3. Touched By Angels, Harper/Avon 1995
  4. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, MIRA Books 1999
  5. Those Christmas Angels, Harlequin SuperRomance 2003
  6. Where Angels Go, Mira Books, 2007
  7. Angels at the Table, Ballantine, 2012

That Special Woman Series Multi-Author

Midnight Sons Series

  1. Brides For Brothers, Harlequin Romance 1995
  2. Marriage Risk, Harlequin Romance 1995
  3. Daddy's Little Helper, Harlequin Romance 1995
  4. Because of the Baby, Harlequin Romance 1996
  5. Falling For Him, Harlequin Romance 1996
  6. Ending In Marriage, Harlequin Romance 1996
  7. Mail Order Marriages, Harlequin Romance 2000
  8. Family Men, Harlequin Romance 2000
  9. The Last Two Bachelors, Harlequin Romance 2000
  10. Born In A Small Town, Harlequin SuperRomance 2000

Deliverance Company Series

  1. Someday Soon, Harper/Avon 1995
  2. Sooner or Later, Harper/Avon 1996
  3. Moon Over Water / The Sooner the Better, MIRA Books 1999/2003

Heart of Texas Series

  1. Lonesome Cowboy, Harlequin Romance 1998
  2. Texas Two-Step, Harlequin Romance 1998
  3. Caroline's Child, Harlequin Romance 1998
  4. Dr. Texas, Harlequin Romance 1998
  5. Nell's Cowboy, Harlequin Romance 1998
  6. Lone Star Baby, Harlequin Romance 1998
  7. Promise, Texas, MIRA Books 1999
  8. Return to Promise, MIRA Books 2000

Dakota Series

  1. Dakota Born, MIRA Books 2000
  2. Dakota Home, MIRA Books 2000
  3. Always Dakota, MIRA Books 2001
  4. Buffalo Valley, MIRA Books 2001

Cedar Cove

These series take place in the fictional community of Cedar Cove.

Cedar Cove Series

  1. 16 Lighthouse Road, MIRA Books 2001
  2. 204 Rosewood Lane, MIRA Books 2002
  3. 311 Pelican Court, MIRA Books 2003
  4. 44 Cranberry Point, MIRA Books 2004
  5. 50 Harbor Street, MIRA Books 2005
  6. 6 Rainier Drive, MIRA Books 2006
  7. 74 Seaside Avenue, MIRA Books 2007
  8. 8 Sandpiper Way, MIRA Books 2008
  9. 92 Pacific Boulevard (MIRA Books, September 2009)
  10. 1022 Evergreen Place Fall 2010
  11. 1105 Yakima Street MIRA Books 2011
  12. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane MIRA Books 2011
  • A Cedar Cove Christmas MIRA Books October 2008
  • "Christmas in Cedar Cove" MIRA Books 2010 (Omnibus: 5-B Poppy Lane, 2006 and A Cedar Cove Christmas, 2008)

Rose Harbor Series

  • This series takes place in Cedar Cove with a new cast of characters but with returning favorites from the original series.
  1. When First They Met, 2012 (e-book and included in the mass-market paperback version of The Inn At Rose Harbor)
  2. The Inn At Rose Harbor, 2012 (em Português: A Pousada Rose Harbor)
  3. Lost and Found in Cedar Cove, 2013 (e-book)
  4. Rose Harbor in Bloom, 2013
  5. Love Letters, 2014
  6. Falling for Her, 2015 (e-book)
  7. Silver Linings, 2015
  8. Sweet Tomorrows, August 2, 2016

The Blossom Street Series

  1. The Shop on Blossom Street, MIRA Books 2004/2005
  2. A Good Yarn, MIRA Books 2005/2006
  3. Susannah's Garden, MIRA Books May 2006
  4. Christmas Letters, Mira Books October 2006
  5. Back on Blossom Street, MIRA Books 2007
  6. Twenty Wishes, MIRA Books 2008
  7. Summer on Blossom Street, May 2009
  8. Hannah's List, April 2010
  9. A Turn in the Road, April 2011
  10. Starting Now, April 2013
  11. Blossom Street Brides, March 2014

New Beginnings

  1. Last One Home, Ballantine Books (March 2015)
  2. A Girl's Guide to Moving On, Ballantine Books (February 2016)
  3. If Not For You, Ballantine Books (February 2017)

Stand-alone novels


Anthologies in collaboration



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