Sooner or Later [NOOK Book]

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Dear Jack,

I may be a rough, tough solider of fortune but I've me my match!

I'm in Central America on a no-win job and regretting every minute. A woman named Letty Madden hired me to find her missing brother. I'd figured this prim and proper Texas postmistress would run and hide when I named my price: one night. I was wrong.

I swear the woman is my punishment for never giving...

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Sooner or Later

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Overview

Dear Jack,

I may be a rough, tough solider of fortune but I've me my match!

I'm in Central America on a no-win job and regretting every minute. A woman named Letty Madden hired me to find her missing brother. I'd figured this prim and proper Texas postmistress would run and hide when I named my price: one night. I was wrong.

I swear the woman is my punishment for never giving a damn about anyone. She's as stubborn as a mule and soft and sweet . . . and hell, buddy, I'm in big trouble. Getting out alive is the least of my problems.

Murphy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061752551
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 37,688
  • 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you won't be disappointed - a must read!

    Outstanding book!! I couldn't put the book down!! It's the 2nd book in the Deliverance Company Series. I have read all 3 books in the series Someday Soon, Sooner or Later, and The Sooner The Better, and they are all FABULOUS!! Debbie Macomber is such a talented author. Every book I read of hers I absolutely love!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    It Delivers!

    As soon as you start reading, you are hooked! I could not put this one down and I read well into the night! This book delivers humor, romance, adventure, suspense, and realism. I loved it! This book, along with the whole series (Someday Soon, Moon Over Water), would make a great movie! The mercenaries definately have my vote. I have shared these books with family and friends and even the men love them! It appears at times that these books are written from a man's perspective, which makes the characters so real. Even though Murphy is rough around the edges, you can't help but love him and hate him at the same time! This series definately delivers and it has tons of action! I can read the whole series over and over! Thank you Debbie!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    W

    This was somewhat different from any of Debbies other books. I really enjoyed it. It was sad but a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    great book

    i would definetly reccomend this book, and the rest of the series.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    nail bite

    made me cry then laugh then cry again

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    A good quick read

    A good quick read that leaves you smiling.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Adventuresome...yet bothersome

    Like the description I had read about the book, the main character, Murphy, presents our heroine with an "indecent proposal." It couldn't be more accurate. I found it offensive (so did Letty, our female lead) and much of the rest of his behavior in the book to be so as well. Throughout the book I kept thinking, "Get rid of that jerk, Letty!." But no, of course in the end he miraculously reforms and changes his ways and wins the girl...as usual. A plot running parallel to this revolves around a colleague of Murphy's with a romantic storyline much more appealing, realistic, and suspenseful. Overall, it was a somewhat enjoyable read, full of adventure, and Murphy's jerk-like attitude kept me on my toes.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    AMAZING BOOK MUST GET!!!!

    I have to say I love Debbie's book Someday Soon and when I found out it was a serious let me just say I went crazy. Took me less than a day to read the 2nd and 3rd! I also read extremly fast. I cried at the end it just put me out but is still.an amazing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Not at all a Debbie Macomber style book

    I enjoyed this book. Figures I'd pi ck the middle of a trio to start. I will read the other two, also, looking forward to reading them.

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