Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Deb Stover

Dear Readers: The story of the Mulligans' first Christmas in Caisleán Dubh has been available free at my website since before the original release of Mulligan Magic. This story takes place between Mulligan Stew and Mulligan Magic, and is told from young Jacob Mulligan's point of view. I have decided to send the story directly to you as a holiday greeting this year as I work on the third book in the series titled Mulligan Secret. Young Jacob has become a teenager in Secret, so I'm starting to get ideas that a future book may very well bring a story of his very own. Perhaps with young Erin...? ☺
May you have a joyous and healthy Christmas and a fabulous New Year. And may all your days include a bit of magic.... Love, Deb

"Mulligan Christmas" by Deb Stover

For the first Christmas Eve in over a century, lights and laughter and love filled Caisleán Dubh. The downstairs and second floor renovations were now complete, and the work on the tower would begin soon. The Mulligans had packed up their belongings and moved into the family quarters in the castle two weeks before Christmas.
Jacob Samuel Mulligan understood miracles. His great-granny had always said, "Life is one big, fat miracle."
Back in Tennessee, he'd always had his mama and great-granny. Then Granny had died and they'd come to live in Ireland with his daddy's family. Mama had fallen in love with and married Uncle Riley, then opened her own restaurant called Mulligan Stew here in the castle. He'd never seen her so happy, and it made his young heart swell and press against his throat.
He wouldn't cry--only babies cried and he was a big boy now. Besides, he had no reason to cry. His mama was the smartest and prettiest mama in the whole world. Last Christmas Eve, they'd celebrated in their trailer with a tiny aluminum tree Granny had bought at the Red Shield Store. Every year for as long as Jacob could remember, Granny had placed her special star on top of that little tree, and every year Mama had cried and hugged Granny and Jacob. She always said she was the luckiest woman in the world to have them in her life.
And this year they were having Christmas in a castle! A real castle! Another big, fat miracle...
Too excited to sleep, Jacob slipped out of his new bedroom with its high ceiling and long windows, and down the curving stone staircase to the main floor. There in front of the massive windows overlooking the sea stood the biggest Christmas tree he'd ever seen. Uncle Riley had left the lights on tonight and they twinkled against the polished marble floor and the windows behind it. Wrapped packages peered out from beneath the branches, tempting and teasing, but Jacob didn't pause to shake or ponder their contents now.
He was a boy with a mission.
Silently, he padded barefoot across the cool floor to gaze up at the lush green branches and sparkling ornaments. Swallowing the lump in his throat, he reached into the pocket of his robe and withdrew an old sock that didn't have a mate. From inside the sock, he withdrew the slightly bent tin star his great-granny had placed on that ugly little tree back in Tennessee every year. He'd tucked it into this sock when he and Mama came to Ireland.
The tree was so beautiful--so perfect. And this crooked star with its tattered tinsel wouldn't look right on it. For weeks, he'd thought about asking permission to put it on the tree, but he'd kept quiet. Now, staring at it here beneath the light of the world's greatest Christmas tree, he hesitated.
"My daddy made this star with a hammer and a piece of tin before I was born, and my mama glued the sparklies to it," Granny had said every year. "It was the only ornament we could afford, and it helps me remember who I am and where I come from."
The wise old woman's words played through Jacob's mind and he gave an emphatic nod. Granny was still part of them, and her star belonged on this tree. He reached upward with it clutched between his thumb and forefinger, wishing he were tall enough to reach the very top.
Then, suddenly, a pair of strong hands gripped him around the waist and hoisted him higher. Unafraid, Jacob hung the star near the top of the tree beside the angel his aunt Maggie and Mamóhad placed there. The lights twinkled beside the star and Jacob could have sworn he heard his great-granny sigh in satisfaction.
Safely on the floor again, Jacob turned to look up into his new daddy's twinkling blue eyes. "Thank you, Uncle Riley."
Uncle Riley grinned his special crooked grin and hugged Jacob. "'Twas already a fine tree, but now it's perfect."
"Perfect," Mama echoed as she knelt in front of Jacob. "I'm so glad you remembered."
A tear rolled down Bridget Mulligan's cheek and Jacob reached out to capture it on the tip of his finger. "Look, it's a heart diamond," he said, remembering all the times Granny had called his little-boy-tears heart diamonds.
Uncle Riley knelt beside her and more heart diamonds rolled down Mama's cheeks. She gathered Jacob and his new daddy into her arms and said, "I'm the luckiest woman in the world to have you both in my life."
Uncle Riley looped his strong arms around Jacob and Mama and said, "'Tis the only place I ever want to be--here with you and Jacob."
"Merry Christmas!" Jacob shouted, his voice echoing off the high, domed ceiling. His parents laughed and hugged him, then they all rose and stepped back to gaze up at the glittering tree with its lonely tin star packed with more than one lifetime of memories.
Great-Granny was right. Life was one big, fat miracle and Jacob couldn't imagine it any other way.
Copyright Deb Stover, All Rights Reserved. For more information, please contact the author via the Internet.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

99 Cent Sale!

The 20th Anniversary Edition of my first book is now on sale for 99 Cents at all major ebook retailers.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shades of Rose

Today my first book has been officially reissued. The 40% off coupon has been extended through September 1st. Please use Coupon code MJ69P. Shades of Rose is available for all readers. Please visit http://www.debstover.com/books.html for links.

I hope you enjoy visiting these old and dear friends of mine. Happy reading!

May all your days include a bit of magic....

Shades of Rose by Deb Stover

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Special Price!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Twenty Years

I can hardly believe it's been 20 years since my first book was published by Kensington. Shades of Rose was part of the Denise Little Presents imprint, and I was the happiest writer in the world. My editor--the amazing Denise Little--was a goddess, and I signed contracts with Kensington for 8 more novels over the next few years.

This book has a very special place in my heart for many reasons. I set the story in the Ozark Mountains where my father was raised and where we vacationed often when I was a child. The fictional town of Dogwood is actually beneath what is now Tablerock Reservoir. It was interesting to take a present-day character and place him in a time before the Army Corps of Engineers came through and built the dam that changed the landscape--and many lives--forever.   

Shades of Rose is about justice and retribution, which I'm told is a common theme in my books, but it's also about family. Dylan Marshall lands in the late 1800s face-to-face with his great-great-grandparents.

This was really a lot of fun, as you can imagine. Dylan has a mission--one thrust upon him, but one he must accept, because of the kind of man he is. He stumbles upon a skeleton sealed in a cellar in his time with several bags of gold. A strange vortex grips him and when it releases him, he discovers the skeleton is now a vibrant young woman named Rose. He has come back in time to prevent  her murder.

Shades of Rose has never been available in ebook or mobi format--there was almost no such thing as digital publishing in 1995. It is now available for pre-order, and I'm offering a 40% discount coupon to anyone who pre-orders through Smashwords before the 8/30/2015 release date. Feel free to share the coupon code (MJ69P) with friends and family. The book is also available to pre-order through iBooks and Barnes & Noble. However, the coupon will be applicable at Smashwords

I hope you enjoy my first book. It's been quite an experience for me to become reaquainted with these characters after twenty years and as many books and novellas later. They're just as special to me now as they were then. It's like visiting family I haven't seen for twenty years!

Happy reading, and may all your days include a bit of magic!
              Love, Deb

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 99 Cent Special

A MOMENT IN TIME is the 99 cent special for the month of lovers. This book is part romance, part coming of age, part adventure, part romp, and all fun.

Alone in a Rocky Mountain cabin, hairdresser Jackie Clarke wonders if a bad hair day can get any worse when smooth-talking lover "Blade" makes off with her car, her cash, and her dignity. Just when things can't possibly get any worse, they do. A blizzard strands her in an abandoned ghost town, then a blazing inferno and a lewd painting thrust her back to 1891, where she is mistaken for a a famous saloon singer. When she lands in the arms of a miner with a heart of gold, her bad hair day may become a dream come true. Maybe...

Please share, and you'll find chapter one, reviews, plus links to all online booksellers at http://www.debstover.com/time.html

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Villains We Love to Hate!

What would make you sell your soul to the devil? Find out what makes a Natchez, Mississippi Detective do just that in Chapter 1 of THE BARGAIN. Special 99 cent sale in all e-book formats in January 2015 (also available in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble at a higher price).

Once I met Slick Dawson, I had to finish this book, because this little monster would have haunted me the rest of my life if I hadn't. Find out why, and please share.

Something I learned early in my writing career is that the antagonist (villain) in a novel must be as multi-dimensional as the protagonists. In other words, he/she must be a worthy adversary with weaknesses along with strengths and goals, motivation & conflict.


Who is your favorite villain and why? I hope you’ll take a moment to meet Slick if you haven’t already. 

Happy reading, and may all your days include a bit of magic!

Read Ch 1 & find all buy links here!