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Deborah Smith


USA (1955 - )

aka Leigh Bridger, Jackie Leigh, Jacquelyn Lennox

DEBORAH SMITH is a national-bestselling, award-winning author of thirty-one romance, women's fiction, and general list fiction novels. Her 1996 novel, A Place to Call Home, made the New York Times bestseller list. There are currently more than 2 million copies of her books in print. Smith has described these novels as "big, romantic, southern family stories."Smith fell in love with reading and writing at a tender age, and pursued her early dream of being a journalist by attending the University of Georgia and majoring in radio, TV, and film. Uninspired by writing for newspapers and technical journals following her graduation from UGA in 1979, Deborah set out to become a romance novelist--a genre in which she could write the "wild stories" that her heart kept calling her to tell.

Following two long years of writing and rejection, Deborah's first novel, Second Chance at Love, was published by Berkley Books in 1986. Twenty-one romance novels later, Deborah wrote her first "mainstream women's fiction" novel- the latest offering from Smith in this genre being Sweet Hush.

In addition to being an accomplished writer, Deborah is a partner in and the editorial director for BelleBooks, a small southern press whose first book, Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, was published in May 2000. In January 2002, BelleBooks launched Deborah's southern contemporary fantasy series, WaterLilies, with Alice at Heart, a book described as "stunningly beautiful" by the Romantic Times.Deborah, a sixth-generation native Georgian, currently resides high in the north Georgia mountains with her husband, Hank, a Georgia Tech engineer. Their family includes four cats, three dogs, and more giant goldfish than she cares to count.
 
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Deborah Smith recommends
Evermore
Evermore (1993)
Modean Moon
" Unforgettable...one of the most innovative and endearing stories I've ever read."

In the Midnight Rain (2000)
Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind
"A magnificent story as warm and rich as a Southern night."

The Other Woman (2001)
Patricia Kay
"If you love LaVyrle Spencer, you'll love Patricia Kay."

I Think I Love You (2002)
Stephanie Bond
"The new queen of romantic comedy."

Losing the Moon (2004)
Patti Callahan Henry
"Henry joins the ranks of Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy with this debut novel... "
The Color of Light
The Color of Light (2005)
Karen White
"A story as rich as a coastal summer... dark secrets, heartache, a magnificent South Carolina setting, and a great love story."
Sunrise
Sunrise (2008)
Jacquelyn Cook
"Jacquelyn Cook tells warm & wonderful stories."
The Vampire's Revenge
The Vampire's Revenge (2009)
(Savannah Vampire, book 5)
Raven Hart
"Fans of the early Anita Blake books will love this series."

The Tables of Joy (2010)
Jessica Barksdale Inclán
"An exquisitely poignant look at the heart of a troubled family."

Down by the River (2014)
(Smoky Mountain, book 6)
Lin Stepp
"A charming portrait of the smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life."



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