When First They Met (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series have won thousands of fans, thanks to her signature blend of heartfelt romance, delightful humor, and warm wisdom. Now, in this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Macomber shares a sneak peek into her new series set in Cedar Cove, which features Jo Marie, before she becomes the owner of the beloved Rose Harbor Inn.
 
From the moment Jo Marie sits next to Paul ...
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When First They Met (Short Story)

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Overview

Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series have won thousands of fans, thanks to her signature blend of heartfelt romance, delightful humor, and warm wisdom. Now, in this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Macomber shares a sneak peek into her new series set in Cedar Cove, which features Jo Marie, before she becomes the owner of the beloved Rose Harbor Inn.
 
From the moment Jo Marie sits next to Paul inside the Seattle Seahawks’ stadium, she feels a spark. Paul’s striking blue eyes and kind smile tell her that he’s someone special—different from any man she’s met before. When they strike up a conversation, Jo Marie and Paul realize how much they have in common, yet there’s one thing keeping them from a fairy-tale ending: Paul is in the military and will ship out of Seattle within the next six weeks. As Jo Marie wonders if she should once again open her heart, she decides that, no matter the stakes, she can’t forgo her chance at true love.
 
Includes a heartwarming excerpt from The Inn at Rose Harbor, the upcoming first novel in Debbie Macomber’s new series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345539366
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Series: Rose Harbor
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 17
  • Sales rank: 8,038
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, the author of A Turn in the Road, 1105 Yakima Street, Hannah’s List, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Seven of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle (2009) and Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010) were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. This prolific author has more than 160 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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 June 18, 2012

    Anonymous June 18, 2012

    I am new to ordering books and I didn't realize just how short a short story would be! I am a huge Macomber fan and I will be purchasing The Inn at Rose Harbor but wish I hadn't spent the money on this.

    26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    When first they met

    27 pages!

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Short

    Totally not worth the .99 paid, its like paying to see a movie preview

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    To the anonymous readers who "one starred" the short s

    To the anonymous readers who "one starred" the short story, didn't you enjoy it, short as it is? Those of us who love Debbie Macomber and buy her books buy a good read, and all the hope in the world of romance. I live on the most limited of incomes, yet I don't begrudge 99 cents for 27 pages. I can't even buy a cup of coffee for 99 cents, and the coffee, while momentarily tasty, gives me no lasting pleasure. I agree with sand7s: five stars, and I can't wait to get the book! Go Debbie, and thanks for all the pleasure and happiness you have brought to me over the years. Your pages are worth every penny of my 99 cents! Your forever fan, DanicahDH

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good short story. I loved the characters and can't wait to

    Very good short story. I loved the characters and can't wait to read more.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    A very short story leading up to Debbie's latest read....Recomme

    A very short story leading up to Debbie's latest read....Recommend Highly!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    N LATEST Latest Ddebb Latest Debbie Macomber Book A booj K Latest Debbiie Maccomber book

    Looks good Fun easy read Yummy recipes too

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Redflight

    Nice!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Macomber

    This sneak preview was typical Macomber . I am so looking forward to this new series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended.

    A sweet story that must be ready before you read Rose Harbor Inn. Only 27 pages, but it is a prelude Rose Harbor Inn, and is a "feel good" read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    !

    To the poster about role playing...for your information this is a place to leave book reviews. I do not want to have to go through dozens of posts of your silly immature roleplaying games. That does not belong here. If someone does not have access to a computer then they should not 'play'. I still say anyone that does that must be a kid. No self respecting adult would pretend to be a cat. Grow up and play your games somewhere else,

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Warrior Tribe Tweens Rule B & N

    Why would an author subject himself/herself to the indignity of these comments written by 12 year olds? Shame on Barnes and Noble for allowing this to continue. You know it is happening. Clean up your act.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Don't even need to order short story. I love Debbies books on Ce

    Don't even need to order short story. I love Debbies books on Cedar Cove have read all of them and know right now I want the new series. Keep cedar Cove alive...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

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    2 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Great story of true love. The sequel was just as great a read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Disapointed

    This story is only 20 some pages and just gets you started. It is more like an introduction to the nexr series. The series will be great but paying for advertising or getting your hope up about a expensive book is wrong.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Very good

    A great preview for her followup book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Sunshadow's Story

    Sunshadow prowled along the AquaClan border. "Come on, Sunshadow." She meowed to herself. Next thing she had the squirrel she had been stalking in her jaws. "Prey!" She purred. "Thank you." Vinestorm hung from a tree with her catch in his mouth. "Vinestorm!" She meowed in exasperation to her best friend. "Come on, let's share." He meowed, his eyes sparkling. They bent down to eat the squirrel. Suddenly a strange sensation washed over Sunshadow and she huddled closer to her friend. He purred. "I feel wierd, Vinestorm. I think wer're being wa-" a paw clamped over her mouth. Vinestorm snarled at something behind his friend. "Kill the spare." A hiss sounded.
    A paw flashed out and swiped Vinestorm's throat. He fell, dead. "No!" Sunshadow bit her way free and stood in front of her friend. She was facing three huge toms. Vinestorm's starry scent washed over her. "Run." ••••••••••••Sunshadow stood next to a tom named Foxfire, waiting for something she couldn't place. It had been about a year since Fogstorm died. Often memories would wash over her, overtake her, fill her. "Come on, Foxfire. " a prissy voice meowed. "Dazzlestorm." Foxfire meowed. "Back off, Sunb.itch." Dazzlestorm meowed. Sunshadow inflated like a balloon. Another she, Jewelsong, raked a claw down Sunshadow's nose. She stumbled. Foxfire walked away. "Hey! Leave her alone!" A voice rang out. A tom with a reverse tiger pelt stood on the slope. "Go r@pe a melon." He slashed Dazzlestorm away. "Are you alright? I 'm Hawkspring by the way." He put in. "Th-thank you. I'm Sunshadow." Sunshadow meowed. "Oh, so you wanna play rough, Hawkspring?" Dazzlestorm got up. He slashed her away. "Come on, Sunshadow." He meowed, smiling. "Kay." She purred. ((You like? Please review!))

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Vert good

    I like the hawk part

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Typical Debbie Macomber..awfully short

    A nice enough story, to set up her new book, but SO short..it should've been free.
    I got the sample of the new book but decided not to bother with it.
    Is probably worth it if you are a huge fan, or for back story for the new book..pretty disappointing, actually.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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