Debbie Macomber

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Debbie Macomber
Born (1948-10-22) October 22, 1948 (age 66)
Yakima, Washington, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1983 - Present
Genre romance, women's fiction

Debbie Macomber (born October 22, 1948 in Yakima, Washington) is a best-selling American author of over 150 romance novels and contemporary women's fiction. Over 170 million copies of her books are in print throughout the world,[1] and four have become made-for-TV-movies.[2] Macomber was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005[3] and has been awarded both a Romance Writers of America RITA and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.[4]


Breaking into Publishing[edit]

Although Debbie Macomber is dyslexic and has only a high school education, she was determined to be a writer.[5] A stay-at-home mother raising four small children, Macomber nonetheless found the time to sit in her kitchen in front of a rented typewriter and work on developing her first few manuscripts.[6] For five years she continued to write despite many rejections from publishers, finally turning to freelance magazine work to help her family make ends meet.[5]

With money that she saved from her freelance articles, Macomber attended a romance writer's conference, where one of her manuscripts was selected to be publicly critiqued by an editor from Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. The editor tore apart her novel and recommended that she throw it away. Undaunted, Macomber scraped together $10 to mail the same novel, Heartsong, to Harlequin's rival, Silhouette Books. Silhouette bought the book, which became the first romance novel to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly.[5]


Although Heartsong was the first of her manuscripts to sell, Starlight was the first of her novels to be published. It became #128 of the Silhouette Special Edition category romance line (which is now owned by Harlequin).[7] Macomber continued to write category romances for Silhouette, and later Harlequin. In 1988, Harlequin asked Macomber to write a series of interconnected stories, which became known as the Navy series. Before long, she was selling "huge" numbers of books, usually 150,000 copies of each of her novels, and she was releasing two or three titles per year. By 1994, Harlequin launched the Mira Books imprint to help their category romance authors transition to the single title market, and Macomber began releasing single-title novels. Her first hardcover was released in 2001.[7]

In 2002, Macomber realized that she was having more difficulty identifying with a 25-year-old heroine, and that she wanted to write books focusing more on women and their friendships. Thursdays at Eight was her first departure from the traditional romance novel and into contemporary women's fiction.[5]

Since 1986, in most years Macomber has released a Christmas-themed book or novella. For several years, these novels were part of the Angel series, following the antics of angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. Macomber, who loves Christmas, says that she writes Christmas books as well because "Every woman I know has a picture of the perfect Christmas in her mind, the same way we do romance. Reality rarely lives up to our expectations, so the best we can do is delve into a fantasy."[8]

In general, Macomber's novels focus on delivering the message of the story and do not include detailed descriptive passages. Her heroines tend to be optimists, and the "stories are resolved in a manner that leaves the reader with a feeling of hope and happy expectation."[8] Many of the novels take place in small, rural town, with her Cedar Cove series loosely based on her own hometown.[9] Because of her Christian beliefs, Macomber does not include overly explicit sexual details in her books, although they do contain some sensuality.[10]

Over 170 million copies of her books are in print throughout the world.[1] This Matter of Marriage, became a made-for-TV-movie in 1998.[2] In 2009, Hallmark Channel broadcast "Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle," their top-watched movie of the year. The next year Hallmark Channel aired "Call Me Mrs. Miracle," based on Debbie's novel of the same name, and it was the channel's highest rated movie of 2010. In 2011, Hallmark Channel premiered "Trading Christmas," based on Debbie's novel "When Christmas Comes" (released in 2004).

Debbie also now writes inspirational non-fiction. Her second cookbook, "Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook," and her second children's book, "The Yippy, Yappy Yorkie in the Green Doggy Sweater" (written with Mary Lou Carney), was released at the end of 2011. There is also a Debbie Macomber line of knitting pattern books from Leisure Arts and she owns her own yarn store, A Good Yarn, in Port Orchard, Washington.

In July 2013, the Hallmark Channel began airing its first-ever original, scripted series based on her Cedar Cove book series. She is also the series developer and executive producer.[11]


Macomber is a three-time winner of the B. Dalton Award,[4] and the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance (2005, for 44 Cranberry Point).[3] She has been awarded the Romantic Times Magazine Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and has won a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, the romance novelist's equivalent of an Academy Award, for The Christmas Basket. Her novels have regularly appeared on the Waldenbooks and USAToday bestseller lists and have also earned spots on the New York Times Bestseller List. On September 6, 2007 she made Harlequin Enterprises history, by pulling off the rarest of triple plays—having her new novel, 74 Seaside Avenue, appear at the #1 position for paperback fiction on the New York Times, USAToday and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. These three highly respected bestseller lists are considered the bellwethers for a book's performance in the United States.[4]

She threw out the first pitch in a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field in 2007. The Romance Writers of America presented Debbie with their prestigious Nora Roberts.

Her fans often call themselves MacHombres


Macomber is a volunteer mentor for young people, and is active in fundraising for battered women's shelters and for literacy and medical research. She is also a national board member for Warm-Up America,[7] and was appointed an ambassador for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America national office in 1997.[4]

Debbie and her husband, Wayne, raised four children and have numerous grandchildren. They live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida. When not writing, she enjoys knitting, traveling with Wayne and putting on Grandma Camps for her grandchildren, for whom she has built a four-star tree house behind her home in Port Orchard.

On August 9, 2011, Debbie's youngest son, Dale Wayne Macomber was declared dead (age 36) in Port Orchard, Washington. He was a husband and father.[12]


Single Novels[edit]

  • Starlight (1983)
  • Girl Like Janet (1984)
  • Undercover Dreamer (1984)
  • Heartsong (1984)
  • That Wintry Feeling (1984)
  • Thanksgiving Prayer (1984)
  • Gift of Christmas (1984)
  • Borrowed Dreams: Alaska (1985)
  • Love Thy Neighbor (1985)
  • Adam's Image (1985)
  • Promise Me Forever (1985)
  • Laughter in the Rain (1985)
  • The Trouble with Caasi (1985)
  • A Friend or Two (1985)
  • Christmas Masquerade (1985)
  • Let It Snow (1986)
  • The Matchmakers (1986)
  • Reflections of Yesterday (1986)
  • Shadow Chasing (1986)
  • Yesterday's Hero (1986)
  • White Lace and Promises (1986)
  • Jury of His Peers (1986)
  • Yesterday Once More (1986)
  • Friends and Then Some (1986)
  • All Things Considered (1987)
  • Love by Degree (1987)
  • Sugar and Spice (1987)
  • Mail-Order Bride (1987)
  • No Competition (1987)
  • Love 'N' Marriage (1987)
  • Husband Required (1987)
  • Any Sunday (1988)
  • The Playboy and the Widow (1988)
  • Denim and Diamonds (1989)
  • Yours and Mine (1989)
  • Almost an Angel (1989)
  • For All My Tomorrows (1989)
  • The Way to a Man's Heart (1989)
  • Country Bride (1990)
  • Fallen Angel (1990)
  • A Little Bit Country (1990)
  • Rainy Day Kisses (1990)
  • The Courtship of Carol Sommars (1990)
  • First Comes Marriage (1991)
  • Here Comes Trouble (1991)
  • Stolen Kisses (1991)
  • Father's Day (1991)
  • The Forgetful Bride (1991)
  • The Man You'll Marry (1992)
  • My Hero (1992)
  • Lone Star Lovin' (1993)
  • Ready for Romance (1993)
  • Morning Comes Softly, Harper 1993/2006
  • One Night, Harper 1994
  • Family Affair (1994)
  • This Matter of Marriage, MIRA Books 1997/2003
  • Three Brides, No Groom ,Silhouette Books 1997
  • Montana MIRA Books, 1998
  • Can This Be Christmas?, MIRA Books 1998
  • Thursdays at Eight, MIRA Books 2001
  • Between Friends, MIRA Books 2002
  • The Christmas Basket, MIRA Books 2002
  • Changing Habits, MIRA Books 2003
  • The Snow Bride , MIRA Books 2003
  • When Christmas Comes, (Christmas gift edition hardcover) MIRA Books November 2004
  • There's Something About Christmas, MIRA Books November 2005
  • The Perfect Christmas, MIRA Books October 2009
  • Starry Night, Ballantine Books 2013
  • Mr. Miracle, Ballantine Books 2014
  • Last One Home, Ballantine Books 2015

Legendary Lovers Series[edit]

  1. Cindy and the Prince, Silhouette Books 1988
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful, Silhouette Books 1988
  3. Almost Paradise, Silhouette Books 1988
  • Legendary Lovers, Silhouette Books 1995 (Reissue of Cindy and the Prince, Some Kind of Wonderful & Almost Paradise)

Navy Series[edit]

  1. Navy Wife, Silhouette Books 1988/2003
  2. Navy Blues, Silhouette Books 1989/2003
  3. Navy Brat, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
  4. Navy Woman, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
  5. Navy Baby, HQN Books 1991/2005
  6. Navy Husband, Silhouette Special Edition 2005
  • Navy Brides (2005) (Omnibus: Navy Wife / Navy Blues / Navy Brat)
  • Navy Grooms (2005) (Omnibus: Navy Woman / Navy Baby / Navy Husband)
  • Navy Wife / Navy Blues (omnibus) (2006)

The Manning Sisters Series[edit]

  1. The Cowboy’s Lady, Silhouette Special Edition 1990
  2. The Sheriff Takes A Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1990

Those Manning Men Series[edit]

  1. Marriage of Inconvenience, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
  2. Stand-In Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
  3. Bride on the Loose, Silhouette Special Edition 1992

Orchard Valley Trilogy[edit]

  1. Valerie, Harlequin 1992
  2. Stephanie, Harlequin 1992
  3. Norah, Harlequin 1993
  • Orchard Valley, MIRA Books 1999 (Reissue of Valerie, Stephanie, & Norah)

From This Day Forward[edit]

  1. Groom Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
  2. Bride Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
  3. Marriage Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993

Angel Series[edit]

  1. A Season of Angels , Harper/Avon 1993
  2. The Trouble With Angels, Harper/Avon 1994
  3. Touched By Angels, Harper/Avon 1995
  4. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, MIRA Books 1999
  5. Those Christmas Angels, Harlequin SuperRomance 2003
  6. Where Angels Go, Mira Books, 2007
  7. Angels at the Table, Ballantine, 2012
  • Christmas Angels, Harper/Avon 1996/1998 (Reissue of Touched by Angels, The Trouble With Angels & A Season of Angels)
  • A Gift to Last, MIRA Books 2002 (Reissue of Can This Be Christmas? & Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy)
  • Angels Everywhere, Harper/Avon 2002 (Reissue of A Season of Angels & Touched By Angels)
  • Angels At Christmas, MIRA Books 2009 (Reissue of Those Christmas Angels & Where Angels Go)

That Special Woman Series Multi-Author[edit]

  • Hasty Wedding (1993)
  • Same Time, Next Year (1995)

Midnight Sons Series[edit]

  1. Brides For Brothers, Harlequin Romance 1995
  2. Marriage Risk, Harlequin Romance 1995
  3. Daddy's Little Helper, Harlequin Romance 1995
  4. Because of the Baby, Harlequin Romance 1996
  5. Falling For Him, Harlequin Romance 1996
  6. Ending In Marriage, Harlequin Romance 1996
  7. Mail Order Marriages, Harlequin Romance 2000
  8. Family Men, Harlequin Romance 2000
  9. The Last Two Bachelors, Harlequin Romance 2000
  10. Born In A Small Town, Harlequin SuperRomance 2000
  • Family Men (2000) (Omnibus: Daddy's Little Helper / Because of the Baby)
  • The Last Two Bachelors (2000) (Omnibus: Falling for Him / Ending in Marriage)
  • Mail-Order Marriages (2000) (Omnibus: Brides for Brothers / Marriage Risk)

Deliverance Company Series[edit]

  1. Someday Soon, Harper/Avon 1995
  2. Sooner or Later, Harper/Avon 1996
  3. Moon Over Water, MIRA Books 1999/2003

Heart of Texas Series[edit]

  1. Lonesome Cowboy, Harlequin Romance 1998
  2. Texas Two-Step, Harlequin Romance 1998
  3. Caroline's Child, Harlequin Romance 1998
  4. Dr. Texas, Harlequin Romance 1998
  5. Nell's Cowboy, Harlequin Romance 1998
  6. Lone Star Baby, Harlequin Romance 1998
  7. Promise, Texas, MIRA Books 1999
  8. Return to Promise, MIRA Books 2000
  • Heart of Texas Vol. 1: Lonesome Cowboy/Texas Two-Step (2007)
  • Heart of Texas Vol. 2: Caroline's Child / Dr. Texas (2007)
  • Heart of Texas Vol. 3: Nell's Cowboy/ Lone Star Baby (2008)

Dakota Series[edit]

  1. Dakota Born, MIRA Books 2000
  2. Dakota Home, MIRA Books 2000
  3. Always Dakota, MIRA Books 2001
  4. Buffalo Valley, MIRA Books 2001

Cedar Cove Series[edit]

For the 2013 television series based on the books, see Cedar Cove (TV series)
  1. 16 Lighthouse Road, MIRA Books 2001
  2. 204 Rosewood Lane, MIRA Books 2002
  3. 311 Pelican Court, MIRA Books 2003
  4. 44 Cranberry Point, MIRA Books 2004
  5. 50 Harbor Street, MIRA Books 2005
  6. 6 Rainier Drive, MIRA Books 2006
  7. 74 Seaside Avenue, MIRA Books 2007
  8. 8 Sandpiper Way, MIRA Books 2008
  9. 92 Pacific Boulevard (MIRA Books, September 2009)
  10. 1022 Evergreen Place Fall 2010
  11. 1105 Yakima Street MIRA Books 2011
  12. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane MIRA Books 2011
  • A Cedar Cove Christmas MIRA Books October 2008
  • "Christmas in Cedar Cove" MIRA Books 2010 (Omnibus: 5-B Poppy Lane, 2006 and A Cedar Cove Christmas, 2008)

The Blossom Street Series[edit]

  1. The Shop on Blossom Street, MIRA Books 2004/2005
  2. A Good Yarn, MIRA Books 2005/2006
  3. Susannah's Garden, MIRA Books May 2006
  4. Christmas Letters, Mira Books October 2006
  5. Back on Blossom Street, MIRA Books 2007
  6. Twenty Wishes, MIRA Books 2008
  7. Summer on Blossom Street, May 2009
  8. Hannah's List, April 2010
  9. A Turn in the Road, April 2011
  10. Starting Now, April 2013
  11. Blossom Street Brides, March 25, 2014

Rose Harbor Series - A Spin off of the Cedar Cove Series

  1. When First They Met, June 18, 2012
  2. 1 The Inn At Rose Harbor, 2012 (em Português: A Pousada Rose Harbor)
  3. 1.5 Lost and Found in Cedar Cove, July 15, 2013
  4. 2 Rose Harbor in Bloom, August 13, 2013


  • Christmas Treasures '86, Silhouette 1986
  • Christmas Treasures '91 Silhouette 1991
  • To Mother With Love, Silhouette 1993
  • Men in Uniform By Request, 1994
  • Three Mothers and a Cradle, Silhouette 1995
  • Christmas Angels: 3 Heavenly Romances 1996
  • Mothers & Daughters, Signet 1998
  • ’Tis the Season, “Christmas Masquerade” @ Silhouette 1999
  • Ready for Love, “Ready for Marriage”, “Ready for Romance”♦ MIRA Books 2001
  • Take 5, “Yesterday Once More”, “Adam's Image” ♦ Harlequin 2001
  • An Ideal Marriage?, “Father’s Day”, “First Comes Marriage”, “Here Comes Trouble” ♦ Harlequin 2001
  • Silhouette Christmas Collection, Midnight Clear, “Let It Snow” Silhouette 2001
  • Darling Daughters, "Yours and Mine", "Lone Star Lovin'" Harlequin Books 2002
  • Christmas Anthology, “A Gift To Last”, "Can This Be Christmas?", “Shirley, Goodness & Mercy” ♦ MIRA Books 2002
  • On A Snowy Night, "The Snow Bride" & "The Christmas Basket" MIRA Books November 2004
  • Home for the Holidays–More Than Words–Volume 2, “What Amanda Wants” Harlequin Books October 2005
  • Home for the Holidays, “When Christmas Comes” & “The Forgetful Bride” MIRA Books November 2005
  • Someday Soon & Sooner or Later, Avon Books June 2006
  • Glad Tidings, “There’s Something About Christmas" & “Here Comes Trouble” MIRA Books November 2006
  • Ready for Love, “Ready for Romance” & “Ready for Marriage” MIRA Books December 2006
  • Be My Valentine, “My Funny Valentine", “My Hero” MIRA Books January 2007
  • Small Town Christmas, “Return to Promise" & “Mail-Order Bride” MIRA Books 2008

Anthologies In Collaboration[edit]

Non fiction[edit]

  • Knit Along with Debbie Macomber (2005)
  • Knit Together (2007)
  • Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook (2009)
  • One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity (2009)
  • Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook


  • The Christmas Basket: 2003 Rita Awards Best Novel winner

See also[edit]

List of romantic novelists


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