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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Merry and Bright
A Novel
By (author): Debbie Macomber
9780399181245 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Romance / Contemporary Oct 09, 2018
$9.50 CAD
Active 4.15 x 6.88 x 0.58 in 224 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
Christmas is the season of the heart, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

Story Locale: Seattle, WA

Publication History: Ballantine HC (10/17)


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of If Not for You, Twelve Days of Christmas, Sweet Tomorrows, and the Cedar Cove series.

AUTHOR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: Debbie stays engaged with her fans through social media; she and her husband are on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet; and she speaks regularly with readers at various events throughout the year.

AUTHOR CHARITY WORK: Debbie was named World Vision’s international spokesperson for its Knit for Kids charity initiative.

CROSS SELL: An excerpt from Debbie’s new hardcover, Alaskan Holiday (10/18), will be featured.

DEBBIE MACOMBER is a leading voice in women’s fiction, with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Ten of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books.

Author Residence: Port Orchard, WA/Vero Beach, FL

Author Hometown: Yakima, WA

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“Warm and sweet as Christmas cookies, this new Debbie Macomber romance is sure to be a hit this holiday season.”Bookreporter

“Heartfelt, cheerful…Readers looking for a light and sweet holiday treat will find it here.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Debbie Macomber
“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”Chicago Tribune
“The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”The Sacramento Bee
“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters…. When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”BookPage

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