I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ten Things with Debra E. Marvin...and a Giveaway!

Welcome Debra E. Marvin to Tea and a Good Book! Today we're celebrating Deb's Christmas novella, learning Ten Things about Deb, and she's offering a giveaway!

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She'd like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she's currently stuck on.

Debra E. Marvin

Her first release, Desert Duet, is part of the O Little Town of Christmas Collection! Scroll down for the scoop, but here's a hint: it's a charming Christmas read set in the 1930s, Arizona, full of humor and holiday cheer. And she's giving away a copy of the ebook to one randomly chosen commenter!

But first, Deb's sharing Ten Things with us.

  1. I rarely go to the movies, but if I like the movie enough, I'll go multiple times to see it (Jane Eyre, Austenland...3 times each)
  2. I love to make things and do artsy things (full, zippered fleece snowsuit for my dog, for example)
  3. I drive a truck-- stickshift and barn boots but no rifle.
  4. I visited the area of my Christmas novella, Desert Duet, even though I've been to Arizona at least ten or fifteen times.
  5. I had three children in four years and then waited patiently for grandchildren.
  6. I've never been to Oklahoma but I love the musical
  7. I'm struggling to think of ten things
  8. I had a Welsh pony when I was a kid
  9. I think that when people you love die, you miss them more as time goes by, instead of less.
  10. I worry that I'll want to take naps in Heaven.


Here's the scoop on Deb's book:

Merry Christmas from Humbug. Wish You Were Here! 

It’s 1933 in the good old US of A. In the midst of drought, the Depression, and gangsters on the lam, America finds solace in Hollywood's Golden Age. 

Ex-pilot Eugene Tanner, determined to pen the lyrics for the movie industry's first "Best Song" award, books a rushed December stay at the remote Humbug Creek Guest Ranch (A Gold Mine of a Getaway!) Where better to find inspiration for an epic Western, than amid all that trail dust and burnt coffee? 

Thea Knight gives up her short holiday break from the studio’s costume department to play cowgirl hostess at her family’s struggling guest ranch. But instead of helping their witty and handsome guest, she becomes his biggest distraction. Old flames and past regrets take a backseat when the pair become embroiled in a ghost town mystery marring Humbug, Arizona’s rustic Christmas. Thankfully, the cowgirl is as fast with her Winchester as she is with her comebacks. 

Thank you, Deb!

Don't forget to leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST Dec 18, 2015, to win the e-book of Deb's novella! Please include your email in your comment. Void where prohibited.

Find Deb!

Inkwell Inspirations Blog
Pinterest @debraemarvin
Facebook debra e marvin

Purchase Desert Duet here!


Debra E. Marvin said...

Thanks, Susie! What fun to have a real giveaway and send Desert Duet to one of your readers😁

Susanne Dietze said...

I am so glad you're here, Deb! I LOVE Desert Duet and can't wait to share it with everyone! Congratulations on your FIRST RELEASE!!!

Debra E. Marvin said...

I managed to keep Hugh Jackman out of the conversation until now. He did a fine job in the stage production of Oklahoma.

Susanne Dietze said...


DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

Oooooh! Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman? Sign me up! :D

Congratulations on your book, Deb! I hope you sell a million. Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Christmas mystery in Arizona, can't wait.

Jeannie Fernaays said...

Very nice Deb! Congratulations!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm glad to see there's a few in line for the giveaway!

Susanne Dietze said...

DeAnna, I hope she sells a million, too! Thanks for coming by.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Anonymous! I think you'll love the story. You're entered into the drawing!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Jeannie! So glad you could visit. Deb's story is fabulous!

Karen Lange said...

Susie, thanks so much for the intro to Debra! I had to smile when she mentioned struggling over thinking of ten things. We don't often think about ourselves that way, do we? But it sure is fun to get to know someone that way!

Blessings to both of you,

Debra E. Marvin said...

Thanks Karen! This took some work. It was like being asked about your favorite food.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Karen! I'm delighted you can get to know Debra. It's always interesting and fun to learn about someone through their list of ten things.

You're entered into the giveaway! Thanks for coming by.

Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks to all who entered and helped us celebrate Deb's new release! The randomly chosen winner is...Karen!

Congratulations, Karen! I'll be in touch!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks so much to both of you! This is a wonderful surprise! :)