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Rescue Me

July 2017
On Sale: July 4, 2017
Featuring: Megan Anderson; Craig Williams
ISBN: 1492650838
EAN: 9781492650836
Kindle: B01N39EXGJ
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Also by Debbie Burns:
Sit, Stay, Love, April 2018
A New Leash on Love, July 2017


Describe A NEW LEASH ON LOVE in 6 words:

Second chance love and cuddly canines.

Favorite thing to munch on while you write:

Dark chocolate is a favorite pick-me up if words are flowing and Iím late for a meal. Mostly at my desk, I savor mugs of good tea and a scented candle or my essential oil diffuser, and save the munchies for my writing breaks.

Something you wonít find out about characters from reading the book:

Craig had a petless childhood. Early in the story, he isnít sure he wants to or would be good at connecting with animals. However, when he was nine, he bottle-fed an orphaned young squirrel. After nursing it back to health and releasing it into the woods behind his parentsí house, he spent that summer drawing sketches of the squirrels that visited his motherís birdfeeder.

The first dog Megan ever rescued was long before she worked for the High Grove Animal Shelter. When she was just seven, she and her mom came across a shy little beagle that had lost its way. Meganís hand-drawn ďfoundĒ signs helped him find his way home.

If you had to pick ONE line from A New Leash on Love as your favorite, what would it be and why?

Thatís a tough one, but I think it would be:

Theyíd gone from a family of five to a family of four to not even a family at all.

This line helped me to really sympathize with how unanchored Craig was feeling early in the story. He has lost a child and his family is remolding into something new and undefined. His armor is to appear callous and indifferent, but inside, he cares immensely.

Tell us about your rescue dogs.

Where to begin? Hazel and Nala are both black and white medium-sized dogs. On walks with them, Iíve been asked several times if they are siblings. The truth is not only are they six years apart, they are polar opposites! Hazel is a border collie mix with an all-business attitude. Without sheep to herd, she contents herself with herding Nala and our dauntless Maine Coon/tabby cat. Hazel is definitely the boss of the house though Nala is too busy playing to notice. Nala LOVES people and is up for a game of catch any time. A DNA test showed Nalaís a mixture of several dogs, from Bassett hound to Neapolitan Mastiff, and some odd ones in between!

We rescued them both as puppies and while they had rough starts (Hazelís litter was dumped in a bag on the side of the road and Nala was surrendered to a high-kill shelter at just four weeks of age), they were fortunate to be taken in by caring rescue organizations that work tirelessly to give as many homeless animals second chances as possible.

Whatís the last book you read?

Iím a bit of an eclectic reader. The last romance I read was THE BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR by Sonali Dev. I loved the insight into Indian culture and Sonali Dev is a wonderful writer. Before that, it was THE KITCHEN HOUSE, also a great read.

What are your favorite contemporary romances?

Thatís a tough question. Iím a sucker for good love stories and enjoy them across several genres. Contemporary love stories that pop into mind as all-time favorites include ME BEFORE YOU, THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, The Hunger Games trilogy (because it was the love triangle that kept me picking up the next book, not the evil Capital), and far too many to name by the modern masters like Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

What are you working on next?

Right now, Iím in the editing stage of the second book in the Rescue Me series, as well as in the drafting stages of book three. Iím a pantster at heart, so I donít create chapter outlines. Before I sit down to write, though, I always have a good feel of where the book is (hopefully) going, as well as a strong sense of characterization for the main characters. Iíve had a few recent ďah haĒ thoughts regarding book three in terms of plot and character connections that have me eager to sit down and start writing it. And although those first chapters are sometimes daunting, my favorite activity is the drafting of a new story. So perhaps not surprisingly once I start writing, I tend to ignore my life to do list. To help keep my stress level down while Iím writing that first draft (and ignoring everything except my kids and pets), my aim is always to start with a clean, organized, and stocked full of groceries home.

About Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns
Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.

Rescue Me


A NEW LEASH ON LOVE by Debbie Burns

Rescue Me
A New
Leash on Love

First in a fresh contemporary romance series from award-winning debut author Debbie Burns.

Every heart has a forever home.

Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She'll do anything for them―even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who's in way over his head. She'll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy's human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned.

When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn't expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it's not just animals Megan is adept at saving―she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything...even lead to their forever home.

Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: July 4, 2017, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492650836 / eISBN: 9781492650843]


Are you a rescuer? Or what's your favorite rescue story? Win a copy of A NEW LEASH ON LOVE




14 comments posted.

Re: Introducing Debbie Burns

I love dogs, I have two of our three dogs next yo me on the bed right now.
Our oldest was rescued when someone left him and his litter mates in the
car during a hot Texas summer and that summer broke a lot of record
(Leanna Hiner 4:27pm July 12)

I am a rescuer... my family has adopted a nice variety of pets through the years... dogs, cats, lizards, birds, rodents, etc... I have even saved a few... a dove with a broken wing and an injured baby lizard...
(Colleen Conklin 6:49pm July 12)

My daughter has a rescue dog. Taz fit right into the family. I take care of their dogs when they are gone.
(Leona Olson 2:44pm July 13)

I am a dog lover. I have a Jack Russel Terrier named Sadie
who has become my world! She goes everywhere with me and
has so much energy. There is never a dull moment at my
house with Sadie!
(Becky Kinard 3:02pm July 13)

Every animal I've owned is/was r rescue-including the gecko.
Cows, horses, cats and all my wonderful dogs!
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:57pm July 13)

I don't do rescue but I love animals. I currently have 2 dogs. One is a Terrier mix who just had her 19yr birthday. She is currently slowing down with her age. We also had her sister who just recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I think "Regella" misses her as much as we do. She is very depressed right now though we try to show her a lot of attention. She just wants to sleep. It's so sad. Our other dog is Tobias (Toby) who is a 8yr. old Chihuahua mix. He developed diabetes 1 1/2 yrs. ago. He is doing well now but has to get Insulin 2x/day. They are both very special to me and definitely are part of our family.
(Phyllis (Ginger) Heruska 6:02pm July 13)

All of our family pets have been rescue animals. Right now
we have Alex the fluffy grey cat and Ricky the sparky rat
(Nancy Krueger 6:18pm July 14)

No, I haven't rescued any animals, but hope to be able to
(Tanja Dancy 10:38pm July 14)

I do rescue them. My cats are rescue and I knew someone
else would want a kitten and rescued the kitten for them.
(Debra Guyette 5:41am July 15)

Yes we have nothing but rescue dogs.
(Ron Frampton 2:14pm July 16)

I love books like this, we have a rescure dog he'll be 3 years old next month he's the best
(Penney Wilfort 8:41pm July 16)

I have one rescue pup (and one other).
(Nicole Davis 9:14pm July 16)

We plan to get a rescue pup someday! Sounds like an
awesome book!
(Maria Proctor 11:36am July 17)

Someone threw an adorable white dog away and she has become our neighborhood pet. At least five of us tend to her. One neighbor took her to the vet and had her spade. Another baths her and another neighbor and I provide food and water. She spends a good portion of the day visiting me. One elderly gentleman walks down the street each day and she follows him. She has been given at least two names and the little dog answers to both. Other than the five of us, this little dog stays away from other people. I think she knows we love her.
(Anna Speed 12:26pm July 17)

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