About Debra


Debra Parmley

Debra is a multi genre hybrid author born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Springfield, OH. She has lived just outside Memphis, TN since 1997. 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. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college. She holds a BA in English Literature.

Debra Parmley enjoys spreading love, one story at a time.

Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after.

A hybrid author, Debra writes in many genres. Western historical romance, contemporary romance, fairy tale romance, futuristic romance and 1920’s romance. Damsel in distress stories are some of her favorites and you will find this theme in many of her stories. Her westerns have been described as gritty.

Debra enjoys writing, reading, playing a medieval lady in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and her luggage often carried home folk tales from the countries visited.

Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each card, letter and email is a treasured gift, like finding a perfect shell upon the beach.

You can also listen to her live Internet radio show “Book Lights – shining a light on good books!” at 8:30pm EST on Tuesday evenings at Readersentertainment.com

Western Historical Romance:

A Desperate Journey, Debra’s first novel, set in 1867 along the Chisholm Trail, was a finalist in the Bobbi Smith Creative Writing Challenge. Not long after it was a finalist in the American Title II contest. For those not familiar with the contest, she describes it as similar to the American Idol contest, but for authors. Put on by Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times Magazine, the prize was a publishing contract. Readers voted online and two out of ten authors were eliminated each month. Debra made it up to the second round and shortly afterward signed with an agent. A Desperate Journey was published a year later by Samhain Publishing. A Desperate Journey will be re-released in 2016 through Belo Dia Publishing.

Dangerous Ties, Debra’s first novella, published in eBook and in print, was a finalist in the 2013 RONE awards in the Historical Novella category. Dangerous Ties was re-released through Belo Dia Publishing in July 2015.

Isabella, Bride of Ohio, is book #17 in the American Mail-Order Brides series and can also be read as a stand alone book. Isabella is written with co-author Robert Arrow.

Historical Romance set in the 1920’s:

Butterflies Fly Free Series:

Trapping the Butterfly, Book One, is a 1920’s NA romance set in Hot Springs, AR. Trapping the Butterfly was a finalist in the 2014 RONE awards in the historical category and won a RONE for best historical cover. Trapping the Butterfly was re-released through Belo Dia Publishing in July 2015 with a new cover. Trapping the Butterfly is the first book in the Butterflies Fly Free series.

Dancing Butterfly, Book Two will be released in 2016.

 Contemporary Romance:

Aboard The Wishing Star is available in print and in eBook through Belo Dia Publishing.

Check Out is available in print and in eBook through Belo Dia Publishing.

Vague Directions, is a 99 cent lunchbox short, published by Boroughs Publishing in ebook.

Jenna’s Christmas, is a holiday story published by DCL Publications in eBook.

Fairy Tale Romance:

The Twelve Stitches of Christmas 99 cent lunchbox short through Boroughs Publishing Group. The Twelve Stitches of Christmas is written with co-author Robert Arrow.

Sci-Fi Romance:

Hunger Roads Trilogy:

A Change of Scenery, was published by Sweet Cravings Publishing, Jan. 6, 2015 in ebook as a 55 page short story. The expanded edition, more than twice as long,  A Change of Scenery, Book One launches the Hunger Roads Trilogy and will be released fall 2016.


Her first short story ever published, Vampire From Memphis, published in the anthology More Monsters From Memphis, was a finalist in the Darrell Awards for best Mid-South short story.

Debra’s Poetry:

Debra’s first poetry anthology, Twilight Dips, was released in eBook and in print June 2013.


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