**2006 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST NEW AUTHOR**
Deborah spent twenty years helping her grandfather, a retired British Historian, sort, restore and rewrite the history of their family in Scotland and England. That's where she came across the basis for her historical novel, A RESTLESS KNIGHT, set in the year before the rising of William Wallace. She was working on pages for the history of her family in the late 1200s, and thought it the perfect basis for a marvelous Historical Romance.
Currently she is residing in Kentucky, but often still spends part of the year in Britain. She was resident historian at WAXING POETIC (1999-2001). She also had a joint company with artist Carmon Deyo called CLAN RAVEN LTD. She wrote tales of Pict-Celt lore or tales from her family; Carmon turns them into the most beautiful jewelry in silver and gold. Their joint effort 'THE THREE FACES OF THE GODDESS', a highly original look at the Pict-Celt Goddesses, won awards and impressed Barnes and Noble enough to sponsor a month-long show in Texas of the works in September 2000, launched with a cocktail party. They hope someday to compile the works into a book (when life stops intruding!).
She is a reviewer for Paranormal Romance Reviews and their hostess of The Haunt@PNR; also reviews for The Best Reviews, Sensual Romance Reviews and Rambles.com, a Celtic e-magazine. She was member of RIO Reviewers International Organization, and served as their Award of Excellence Chair (2003-2005), and was assistant editor of their monthly newsletter. She served as 2nd Vice President of Hearts Through History (2004-2005), an online RWA Chapter, and was also their Web Chair (2003-2005) and was editor of their monthly newsletter The Bard Scroll (2003-5). A member of RWA,History Fiction Writers of Britain, EPIC, E-Span and IWOFA.
Her Debut novel - A RESTLESS KNIGHT (Kensington, July 2005) was the first of the Dragons of Challon series. Currently it's in a third print and being translated in Germany, Brazil, Russia and Japan as is the second in the series, IN HER BED (August 2006). Both were Reviewer's Choice Award Winners. There are more in the series to come: ONE SNOWY KNIGHT (October 2009), REDEMPTION (2010) and YIELD TO THE KNIGHT, followed by at least three more novels.
THE INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLE (December 2005) was the first book for Dorchester's LoveSpell, in the Sisters of Colford Hall series. RIDING THE THUNDER (October 2006) is second, a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Winner 2007 and Winner of The Beacon Award for Best Single Title 2008. A WOLF in WOLF'S CLOTHING is coming June 2009, with four more sisters in the works.
She has numerous short stories and novellas and picked up 2 P.E.A.R.L Awards, a RIO Award of Excellence win; Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist in 2006; CAPA Finalist; and 2 LARS Award Wins amongst her many awards. Her anthology, CAT O' NINE TALES, contains nine novellas and short stories, and half of the royalties are donated to AlleyCats.org.
She is lucky to have Monika Wolmarans as her proofreader and webmistress, and is partners with her in Purple Rain Designs http://purpleraindesigns.co.uk , which produce bookscovers, bookmarks and other designs geared to the author's needs. She loves the history of Scotland and England, ballet, web design, writing, reading books, watching movies, cats, dancing till dawn, B-Horror films, and collecting swords. In her spare she designs book covers and creates her own video trailers.
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