Family Affair + The Bet [NOOK Book]

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Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious ...

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Family Affair + The Bet

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Overview

Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo.

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seems terribly upset about it.

But things aren't always what they appear. Jack's "girlfriend" isreally his sister—and his intentions toward Lacey are quite honorable (though she's not sure about Dog). And out of the blue, Lacey is discovering the tender joy of falling in love all over again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062235053
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: eBook Original
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 62,319
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Disappointing, horrible mess!

    I wish I had taken the time to read all the reviews instead of just relying on the authors name and the star count. This was the biggest waste of time and money. Horribly written, and grammatical and spelling errors abounded. I ended up skimming the first book repeating "you've got to be kidding me" in my head. The "plot" was ridiculous and not even plausible. I didnt even make it past the second page of the second book. Horrible buy! I wish I could get my money back! If there was an option for NO stars, I'd have chosen it!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Disappointing

    Usually, I love Debbie Macomber's books but this is the publisher's attempt to capitalize on her popularity. Her portion of the book is about 80 pages and the story is weak and not well developed. It was a waste of money and time.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    light-hearted.

    this is a two-fer. one a lighthearted romance between neighbors. she thinks he is arguing with his lady love about moving into his apartment, when in fact it is his sister. love blooms.
    the other is another of debbie's light hearted romances as only debbie can write them.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    No

    If i were you i would not wast your money on that. Get a good book that will last you a while. This one wont last you to long and just nothing good with the book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Sweet and yet refreshing. allows reader to dream

    Sweet and yet refreshing. allows reader to dream

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Another success.

    Each story went quickly allowing for short reads. As alwasys, simple and sweet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    I'M NUMBER ONE!!!!! :)

    :)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    To firestrike

    I didnt but i sawthe proff you imposterd me she said with tears in her eyes - blue eyes

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Good as Always

    As always....Debbie Macomber is great. Light, entertaining reading. Love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Anonymous

    This book is so slurpy. It seems there is a handful of authors, including McComber who always follow the same predicable.storyline. Throw in a little drama and bingo out comes a book.
    Not my cup of tea.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Recommend

    This story line was short and sweet. The characters were true to life on happenings in their lives. You could almost visualize how people meet and struggle through changes in your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Jade to Ryan

    Im on babe

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Ryan

    Here

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Jade

    Here

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    don't know

    Have not read it yet.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    she is truly a woman's author

    i read all of debbie macomber books..can't wait for another one to come out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    The best book yet

    Da bomb asome crazygood great so good i can't put it in words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Firestrike to all

    I can't believe you blue eyes...you said that you didn't believe the rumors! I was coming to beg you to come back, but you made your choice.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Snowkot

    Blue eyes make hi mstop touching me in result one pweaae make hi mstop

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    Enjoyable read

    Another lovely story from Debbie. Nice surprise to get a second story

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