Wednesday, December 28, 2011

THE UNLIKEY WIFE coming January 2012

Whoo hoo. I'm so excited! My latest book, The Unlikely Wife, will be released next month, January 2012.

The arrival of Michael Bowen’s bride, married sight unseen
by proxy, sends the rancher reeling. With her trousers,
cowboy hat and rifle, she looks like a female outlaw—not
the genteel lady he corresponded with for months. He’s
been hoodwinked into marriage with the wrong woman!

Selina Farleigh Bowen loved Michael’s letters, even if she
couldn’t read them herself. A friend read them to her,
and wrote her replies—but apparently that “friend” left
things out, like Michael’s dream of a wife who was nothing
like her. Selina won’t change who she is, not even for the
man she loves. Yet time might show Michael the true
value of his unlikely wife.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time....

See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
New York Times bestseller, A Log Cabin Christmas, available now
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012) Groom Wanted (Aug 2012)
Christmas Belles of Georgia
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Missing my mom

Was watching a Christmas special and they were talking about family and how important they are ,and I started missing my mom and crying. I found more pictures of her and thought I'd post a few more.
Hope you all don't mind. *smiling*
My mom and dad. (My dad passed away November 9, 1979)

My brother Slim (Dennis) and my mom.

Mom was in a fashion show. She loved to assessorize.

My mom's parents, who were Germans from Russia.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving memories and more....

This year I'm not doing anything for Thanksgiving. Didn't fix a turkey dinner or anything, and sent hubby to his parent’s house.  I wanted, no needed, to be alone, to mourn the loss of my mother without restraint.

This morning, my sister and I went to my mom's house to gather the last of her things. Seeing her house empty, knowing after 42 years of her living there the place would soon be sold, that it would no longer be her home, and that I would no longer drive over there to drop in and say hi, hit me hard.

Saying goodbye is excruciatingly painful. I wept for a long time.

Later on, I got to thinking about the first Thanksgiving dinner I prepared twenty-seven years ago. I lived in a small town where absolutely nothing was open on Thanksgiving Day. I made the dressing, stuffed the turkey, and did everything one does to prepare the bird for baking. The last thing I needed to do was to place the foil on top before sliding it into the oven. Only problem was...I didn't have any. Panicked, I darted to the phone and quickly dialed. When the party on the other end picked up, I didn't say hello or anything, I just blurted, "Mom, I don't have aluminum foil! What do I do?"
"That you, Deb?"
"Yes, it's me, Mom. What do I do?"
"What do you need foil for?"
"I don't know. You always used it."
"Doesn't your roaster lid fit?"
"Then use it," Mom calmly replied.
"But you always put aluminum foil on top of the turkey."
"Yes, but that’s only because the turkey was so big the roaster lid didn't fit."
Boy did I feel stupid.
We laughed over that one for years.

If you have a similar Thanksgiving story to share, I’d love to hear it.

Here are some pictures of my mom for you to see:

This is my mom and dad.

Me and my mom many years ago.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by.


Until next time…

See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
New York Times bestseller, A Log Cabin Christmas, available now
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012) Groom Wanted (Aug 2012)
Christmas Belles of Georgia
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To win an autographed copy of...THE UNLIKELY WIFE...please join me at....

Before I tell you where to join me at, let me start out by wishing you all a very happy, happy Thanksgiving Day!!!

And now, please join me at one of my favorite author's blog - Trish Perry - for a chance to win an autographed copy of my newest release The Unlikely Wife (January 2012) which is the sequel to The Unexpected Bride.

You can read all about my latest release at Trish's blog. While you're there, check out Trish Perry's books. You won't be sorry. *smiling*

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
New York Times bestseller, A Log Cabin Christmas, available now
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012) Groom Wanted (Aug 2012)
Christmas Belles of Georgia
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Living in a Log Cabin

By: Debra Ullrick

For several years I lived in an original homestead cabin on a ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The ceiling was only six-foot four-inches high. Back then they built the ceilings low for heating purposes. Trust me, it worked. Talk about a warm…no…make that a sweltering house. Amazing how one small wood-burning stove kept us nice and toasty even in the below zero temperatures. That same practical ceiling also created a challenge for my 6’2” husband who wore a cowboy hat all the time. But he managed to cope. 

I, however, struggled at times. Especially when frogs hopped across the carpet, or when I stepped on a stink bug who’d slipped inside through the broken chinking, or when I battled the many mice who inhabited the place. At first it was hard dealing with all the challenges, but then I grew to love the place and oftentimes wondered about the people who had lived there. What they were like. Where they came from. How they survived the harsh winters, and wishing the walls could talk.

Living there had piqued my interest in the history of Grand County where I lived on ranches for over 28 years. I contacted the historical society and acquired many books about Grand County. The house described in my story, A Grand County Christmas, stemmed from an actual cabin in that area. To make it more interesting, I combined the details of that cabin with a couple of other homesteads there, along with their history and some of the interesting cultures of the people who settled in that area. The more I wrote, the more I knew that I wanted to incorporate my own family’s heritage into the story, which was Germans from Russia. I’m so glad I did. 

My 87 year old mom, who answered my many questions about our heritage, passed away two weeks ago. When, A Grand County Christmas, was completed, my prayer was that my mom would live long enough to read my story. God answered that prayer.

Is there any homestead or cabin you've visited that you wish the walls could talk?

Please leave a comment to be entered to win the Free Copy of "A Log Cabin Christmas." 

If you are participating in the blog hop, please visit Jane Kirkpatrick’s  Words of Encouragement, where she will be discussing Bible quilt blocks in her Courting Quilt story.

Contest details weblink:
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

My mother's passing

Hi faithful followers. I'm sorry I've not been posting lately.

My 87 year old mother was in the hospital for two weeks and we didn't know if she would make it or not. She didn't. She went on to be with the Lord a week ago today. (October 30, 2011)

Things have been hectic and extremely emotional to say the least. And now we are going through her things while my sister from Kansas is out here. It's been really difficult doing that. We have a long ways to go still so my visits here will be brief.

However, I will be posting a special blog on Nov 16th, so please stop by and join me then.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Until next time....

See ya ~ ~ ~

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Log Cabin Christmas ~ #34 ~ New York Times Bestsellers list!!


A Log Cabin Christmas made the New York Times Bestseller list  for September 2011.

How kewl is that??? When I float down from cloud 777, I'll let you know.

Okay, I've got to go breathe now. *smiling*

God bless you and yours,

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The joy of the Lord is my strength

I'm so glad I have Jesus in my life. His joy is my strength to make it through whatever comes my way. Today, after putting Him first, I sat down to work on my MS. My deadline is November 1st. The closer that deadline comes, the more I start to I going to be able to meet my deadline? Then I remember that this isn't my story, it's His. He knows what I need, how much time I have to do it in, and He has the answer. I'm so glad I don't have to stress over it. He has a plan, and He is working out that plan. Knowing that, I can rest in Him and His timing and His wisdom. That thought alone brings great joy into my life and strengthens me for whatever comes my way...even a super tight deadline.

I love you, Lord.

Until next time...

See ya  ~ ~ ~

Friday, September 09, 2011

WIN! WIN! WIN! Today!

Hi Everyone.

Hop on over to for a fun interview and for a chance to win a copy of
A Log Cabin Christmas or Christmas Belles of Georgia.

Hope to see you there.

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~


Saturday, August 27, 2011



Robin won a copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia and Bella won a copy of A Log Cabin Christmas.

Robin and Bella, to collect your prize, please email your address to christianromancewriter [at] gmail [dot]com

As soon as I get them, I will send the books off. Please note: Because you didn't leave your contact information, if I don't hear back from you by August 31st, I will pick new winners.

Thank you everyone who entered to win.

God bless you all.

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings of modern commercialism where the true meaning of the day shines through. And treasure this exclusive collection of nine Christmas romances penned by some of Christian fiction’s best-selling authors.

Quadruplets adopted at birth receive letters to claim their inheritance—and the family they never knew. Holly feels betrayed by the news, while Carol prays for a loving family. Starr thinks it’s a hoax, and Noelle needs a break from a hopeless situation. But each will receive the gift of love at Christmas.

If you'd like to win a free copy of A Log Cabin Christmas and Christmas Belles of Georgia, leave a comment. However, there is a catch to this drawing. You must be willing to be an influcencer for these awesome books. An influencer is someone who is willing to promote the book, by telling their friends, family, or writing a positive review, etc. If that's you, then leave your name along with your contact information and I will add your name to the drawing.

Good luck!

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Friday, August 19, 2011

Whoo hoo! Yippee skippy!

I'm so excited. I got my author copies today. The A Log Cabin Christmas cover and antique looking paper are striking! The Christmas Belles of Georgia cover is beautiful too!

I'm going to have a giveaway for a free copy of each one to someone who is willing to be an influencer for them. Just so you know, an influencer is someone who agrees to promote your book. If that's you, leave a comment, telling me why you would like to read them, or which one you would like to read, and I'll add your name to the drawing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Monday, August 08, 2011

Soul Surfer movie

If you haven't watched the movie Soul Surfer, based on a true story of a shark attack who lived to tell about it, then you've got to see it. I've watched it twice already. So-o-o inspirational and encouraging. Plus, it's a great family movie. No swear words, sex scenes or anything. About time Hollywood got it right. *smiling*

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~


Sunday, August 07, 2011

I'm a Twitterin'! Yippee!

Okay, so don't laugh, but my dear friend Staci Stallings told me how to Twitter. And, I must I ever feel stupid. It's so easy a child could do it. THANKS, STAC! I luv ya, girl!!!

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Debra, who really would rather be known from this moment on as Debi. That is how I spelled my name all through school and up until someone suggested I use Debra on all my books. Debra is how my mother addressed me when I was in trouble. I so prefer Debi. *smiling*

Twitter - ing

Yep, you read it right. Twittering. I signed up for Twitter. And now I just have to figure out how to do it. Since I'm a hands on learner, that's going to be difficult without help. But ... with the grace of God, hopefully He'll be merciful to me and send someone to walk me through the process, cuz the only thing that's twittering right now is me heart just thinking about how to do it. *smiling*

To show you how ignorant I am of the thing, I'm not even sure what my ID is on Twitter. If it's under my name or the nickname I normally use. Sigh. All this technology is hard on the brain. Especially this one. hehe

Well, until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~


Thursday, August 04, 2011

More additions ~ YAY~

Well, I finally got a few pictures up and also a Contact and Guestbook page.

Now, if I could just get in the habit of blogging. If there is something you'd like to hear about on my blog, please let me know, okay?

God bless you and yours.

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012)
A Log Cabin Christmas, Christmas Belles of Georgia (Sept 2011)
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

New Website

Well, I've been playing around with website ideas, tried a few hosting companies, and decided I liked my blog the best. So, please bear with me, it is still under construction. I will be adding a contact page, photos, links, and hopefully a guestbook page.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fireman Dad, by Betsy St. Amant, is a fantastic read. I love macho firemen and Jacob Greene is definitely that and much more. Sparks fly between him and Marissa Hawthorne, enough to ignite a blazing fire. But she keeps her distance from him, and he has no idea why or what is holding her back since she seems to care for him too. His questions are soon answered when he discovers several major obstacles—obstacles that may force him to stop their fiery romance from ever igniting. Want to know what they are? Nope. Not tellin’. Read the book to find out.

Against her better judgment, Marissa takes on client Jacob. Something about him lures her to him and for the first time in years she’s ready to start dating. But when she finds out what he does for a living, she quickly douses the flames of romance between them. Doesn’t matter how good looking and kind hearted he is. One dead fireman was enough.

Will Jacob and his cookie bouquet be able to tear down the fortress wall Marissa has built around her heart? Sorry. Not tellin’. Read the book to find out. It will be money WELL spent.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...

See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012)
A Log Cabin Christmas, Christmas Belles of Georgia (Sept 2011)
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Well, today is the day after our monsoon weather. When those tornado sirens went off yesterday I thought my heart was going to stop beating.

My beautiful flowers took quite a beating and twigs and branches are now littered throughout my yard, but... my husband and I are safe and God is good. No tornado. Whew!
Who would have ever thought I'd go through a monsoon in Colorado? Not I, that's for sure. We just don't have them here in Colorado. Not that I ever remember anyway. This is the first one I've been through. Well, that is not entirely true. We had one last week and it, too, was horrific. The only difference between this one and that one was this time we had hail the size of quarters and one of the tall cement bear statues in my yard got pitted. :-( 

Oh, and I've never seen such lightning like that before either. One strike after another, followed by super loud booms and rattling windows. The only other time I saw lightning like that was when I lived on the ranch in the mountains. Up there, we saw and felt the effect of a large lightning bolt and the boom was immediate. It had struck in the horse lot directly behind our house and killed two of the ranch horses. Scared the liver out of us adn broke our hearts.

I sure hope I don't have to go through anymore of these kind of storms. Not sure my heart can take them. *grin*

Anyway, just wanted to write that God is good and that He kept my family safe.

Thought I would attach a few pictures for you to see.

1. My bear statue. All that white is pits.

2. The hanging basket was full of beautiful blooms.

3. A picture of some of the branches/twigs dotting my yard.

4. That was daisies.

5. Those flowers used to stand up tall and beautiful, but now are droopy and broken.

6. A fun one. Underneath that bush is a little rabbit, sitting up on it's rump and cleaning itself after being drenched by the storm.

Thanks for stopping by.
Unitl next time...
See ya ~ ~ ~

Stories to Romance the Heart by author Debra Ullrick
The Unexpected Bride - Sequel is - The Unlikely Wife (Jan 2012)
A Log Cabin Christmas, Christmas Belles of Georgia (Sept 2011)
Dixie Hearts, The Bride Wore Coveralls - Sequel is - Déjà vu Bride

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Welcome to my blog.

Meet Anne Greene, author of, Masquerade Marriage.

ANNE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. She writes both historical and suspense novels. After falling in love with several countries and their people, Anne set a number of her books in exotic locations. She and her hero husband, Army Special Forces Colonel Larry Greene, have visited twenty-five countries, including three communist countries. A visit to Scotland resulted in her newest book release, Masquerade Marriage, published by White Rose Publishing. When she’s not deployed with her husband, Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Two of her four children live nearby. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. In 1990, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas, Dallas. Her highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. To learn more of Anne and to view pictures from her extensive travel, visit her at

Interesting note:
Anne Greene's heritage:

I’m Scotch-Irish on my paternal side and Dutch on my maternal side. However my genealogy goes back to Charlemagne, and from there back to Adam.

Tell us, Anne, how long have you been writing?

Masquerade Marriage is my second published book. I’ve been writing about ten years. Reading was my escape in my growing up years, and I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I graduated from the University of Texas cum laude with a degree in Literary Studies, but worked as a photographer and as a Real Estate Agent before diving in full-time to write. When I joined American Christian Romance Writers, the journey to writing got much easier. I have a wonderful critique group, and because of their annual conference, I’ve met many editors and agents. Finalling in writing contests gave me excellent feedback, plus got me my latest contract with White Rose Publishing. So, I recommend both contests and conferences.

What genre do you write and why?

I write in the Historical, Historical Romance, and Romantic Suspense genres. As a girl, I didn’t like history—until I read my first Historical novel. Then I was hooked. I know many people today don’t enjoy history, and my goal is to open up the glories of the past to them. History was modern life lived with all its heartache, joy, and excitement in a world very different from our own. I bring these different worlds into vivid, living color, and give a painless dose of history along the way. I write Romantic Suspense because I like to see good win over evil with fast action, surprises, and discover who did it and why.

What is the most illuminating thing you discovered in researching Masquerade Marriage?

I loved delving deep into Scottish history. I am both Scotch and English as are so many Americans. I know my American history, but my knowledge of Scottish history was spotty until I began researching for this period. I loved weaving the information I gleaned into the fabric of my story. So many heroic people lived during that tremulous time. I love reading and writing about courage. In fact, a reader can find that theme in every one of my books.

Do you identify with any of your characters?

Absolutely – I have to become one with each of my characters. Just as an actress takes on the character of each person she portrays, so a writer becomes the character in her drama.

Which character was the hardest to get right?

I don’t try to get my characters right. I become the character. She/he tells me what is happening inside and what she plans to do about it, and then I just let her/him do it. That’s what so much fun about writing. I live each journey, each adventure of each character.

What’s the take-away message you want the reader to find in Masquerade Marriage?

That God is in control. No matter how awful the circumstances in a person’s life, God doesn’t let anything happen to you outside of His perfect will.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Definitely join a writing group like American Christian Fiction Writers and Faith, Hope and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. They have classes, critique groups, and you get to meet other peculiar people like you are.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

In China I watched my dear husband eat a roasted Scorpion. In Korea I ate Kimchi, but didn’t eat the silk worm larva. Phew! In Australia, I didn’t eat Kangaroo burgers. In Viet Nam I ate some really good stuff and have no idea what it was.

If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?
I’d like to go back to being twenty-one. LOL.

What’s next?
I am working a sequel to Masquerade Marriage, as well as a number of other books. So just keep your eyes open for books written by Anne Greene.Let’s talk about other books you’ve written. I particularly like the sound of your sassy detective, please will you give us some teasers about these books?

My sassy detective is a bit like the Janet Evanovich character, Stephanie Plum, except Holly Gardens is a Christian with a Christian world view, and she has two men deeply in love with her. She rescues both of them, but having been dumped at the altar by a third, is unwilling to risk her heart again. This is a first book in a series of mysteries that she and the two male detectives solve. Each contains the growing tension of which man will ultimately win Holly. Holly’s overriding passion is to be a light in the dark underbelly of society as she solves mysteries. She’s also out to find the culprit who murdered her detective father and painted him as a drug dealer. Each mystery she solves brings her a little closer to finding her father’s killer and taking the detective agency out of the red. The title is Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie.
I also have several other books you might find interesting on my website,

My books can be purchased at

Thank you, Anne.

And now...

Introduction to, Masquerade Marriage.


He was born to a clan of noted warriors and musicians. Yet to protect his loved ones and escape the dark fate of his brothers, he abandons his identity. Hiding from relentless soldiers who want him dead, he vows to protect the woman he loves more than life, more than freedom, more than Scotland. But his presence throws her into.


She weds a stranger to save his life. But do vows make a marriage? When does a marriage become a marriage? What if she holds a different love inside her heart?


Steeling himself against the pain, he condemns himself to a life of heartbreak without her. Wanting her desperately, knowing he can’t have her, he surrenders her and heads alone to certain death. Outlawed, with a price on his head, does she love him enough to give up castle, lands, and family, and risk the agony of surrendering her heart a second time?


Like a determined hero, the fugitive warrior strode through the door at the far end of the tiny stone kirk.

Megan’s eyes widened. Her clenched jaw relaxed. Some of her dread dissolved.

“Impressive.” Molly, Megan’s Irish maid, whispered from where they stood together in the vestibule.

He stopped in front of the hand-carved altar and half-turned toward her. Megan pulled in an uneven breath. This Highlander, wearing formal kilts, was no scrawny lad grown older, nor was he a big, hairy Scot with a bushy beard. The tall, strapping soldier stood with legs braced as if about to do battle.

Her heart skipped. Though she’d known Brody when she wore short skirts, this blond warrior was far more than she expected. Her pulse throbbed in her temples. Doubt niggled her brain. Brody was too tall, too obviously a Highlander. How could she hope to pass him off as a Lowland Laird? He appeared to have too big a chip on his shoulder to let her command him.

Brody’s thick sandy hair swept the collar of his linen shirt. Lace-trimmed cuffs matched the white jabot at his muscular throat. A silver broach clapsed his crimson and black tartan to his wide right shoulder. His Claymore, dirk, and thick sword belt startled her.

Megan suppressed a shudder. The English outlawed kilts. With his dress, Brody spat in the face of the English and further imperiled his life. Why?

His intense sapphire stare blazed a trail across the empty wooden pews toward her. His eyes made her feel dizzy as if she just danced a fast reel with a lively partner.

Molly grinned and handed Megan the bridal flowers.

What had she gotten herself into?


My only problem with this book was… I had to put it down when I didn’t want to! *smiling* I wanted to keep reading and reading and reading but deadlines kept me from doing so.

What I really loved about this book was the romantic tension between the hero and heroine. The blood and gore of the war I struggled with but only because I have a weak stomach. However, it is pertinent to the story and war never is a pretty sight.
Brody MacCaulay is a hunky Scotland warrior who is masculinity personified. And Megan MacMurry wasn’t some wimpy heroine who needed rescuing. Not that I have anything against heroines who need rescuing. I just enjoyed that Megan was a strong, fearless woman, who was willing to die for a cause.

What was this cause Megan was willing to die for? And why would she risk not only her life but her families as well? What induced Megan to marry a man she did not love when she was in love with another? Just who was this other gentleman Megan loved? And where was he, and why didn’t she marry him?
Deception abounds. But by whom? And why?
Brody harbors a secret. What is it, and is it a good one or a bad one?
What would cause someone to hide out in cold, damp caves? To travel at night with dangers lurking everywhere?
If you want to know the answers to these questions, then you have to read, Masquerade Marriage, to find out. You won’t be sorry. It’s an excellent read.
Anne Greene is a truly gifted and talented writer. Her attention to detail is exquisite. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Until next time...

See ya~ ~ ~

Debra Ullrick - Award winning author of stories that romance the heart.
The Unexpected Bride, Love Inspired Historical, coming May 2011
A Grand County Christmas/A Log Cabin Christmas, coming September 2011
Loving Stetson/Christmas Belles of Georgia, coming September 2011
The Bride Wore Coveralls, Déjà vu Bride, and Dixie Hearts available now.

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