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About Debra

Photo by Marco Holloway Nov. 2018

“Every day we are alive is a beautiful day.” – Debra Parmley

Debra Parmley is a multi-genre author who has been traditionally and Indie published and now has her own boutique press, Belo Dia Publishing Incorporated. Belo Dia is a “Beautiful Day,” in Portuguese.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and adopted at the age of one year, she was raised in Springfield, Ohio. She has lived just outside Memphis, TN for the past 23 years. Now a new chapter of her life is beginning as she and her husband are selling their home to travel the U.S.A. in a motorhome, where she will write tales of travel and adventure.

Debra attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. While attending college her poetry was published in literary journals and she has a BA in English Literature.

Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after. Naturally drawn to romance, she has focused on writing romance in many sub-genres. Damsel in distress stories are favorites and you will find this theme in many of her stories. Debra enjoys spreading love, one story at a time.

Debra loves travel and adventure as much as she likes action and adventure in her stories.

Her first novels were western historical romances, often described as gritty, and always included a damsel in distress and a gunfight. They are A Desperate Journey; Dangerous Ties; and Deadly Adversaries. A western box set Desperate, Dangerous and Deadly, contains her first three westerns. Isabella, Bride of Ohio is a Victorian-era mail order bride story, but still contains a sweet damsel and a bad man determined to harm her, because it wouldn’t be a Debra Parmley historical western romance without those elements.

In Debra’s historical Butterflies Fly Free series she writes about flappers in the 1920’s and each book focuses on a different flapper and on the woman’s freedom or lack of freedom along with romance. Trapping the Butterfly is book one. Dancing Butterfly is book two. Book three, Exotic Butterfly, will be out in 2021

An Air Force veteran’s wife, veterans hold a special place in Debra’s heart. She writes military romantic suspense. She is a contributor to the Brotherhood Protectors World with Montana MarineDefensive Instructor; Marine Protector; Blind Trust; and A Triple C Ranch Christmas Wedding. Montana Delta Rescue will release Oct 13, 2020. She is a contributor to the Special Forces Operation Alpha World with Protecting Pippa; Split Screen Scream; and Protecting Zarifah. Her contemporary romances with a military hero are Aboard the Wishing Star, and Check Out. Two-Step New Steps, her short story in the Wounded Heroes anthology is the follow up to Check Out and will be expanded into a novella.

Her futuristic dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Roads, features a SEAL hero. Book one, A Change of Scenery, is available but is being rewritten.  Down a Back Road, book two will release in 2020. Into the Convergence Zone, the last book in the trilogy will release in 2021.

Her fairy tale short stories are The Twelve Stitches of Christmas; and The Sweetest Day, in the Hansel and Gretel anthology. Vague Directions was previously published as a short story but is being made into a novella for release in 2020.

Debra loves to travel. She used to run a travel agency and has set foot in over thirteen countries. She escorted a group through Scotland up into the highlands, and has stayed in over the water huts in Tahiti and Moorea, and dined on the beach on Bora Bora while watching Tahitian fire dancers. She walked the plank of a pirate ship off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean and kayaked through the mangroves in the dark of night in Puerto Rico to see bioluminescence in the water. In Turkey, she convinced her husband to take the bus to Ephesus to visit the farmers market though no one they met the entire day spoke English and they did not speak Turkish. To Debra, life is a grand adventure.

Her books often include things she has seen and learned on her travels. Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Cards, letters, and messages are treasured gifts, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.

Debra believes that every day we are alive is a beautiful day and you will often hear her say it.

Debra signing her first book at Burkes Book Store in Memphis, TN 2009                                             Photo by Monica Parks