The Quiet Child by Debra Salonen
(Sisters of the Silver Dollar)

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Meet The Four Radonovic Sisters. Their Gypsy Mother Has A Prophecy For Each Of Her Daughters…

Alex's prophecy: A child's laughter can heal a wounded heart, but first you have to heal the child.

Alex Radonovic isn't particularly looking forward to Christmas. Her sisters have all found their soul mates—even her mother has a romantic interest. Only Alex is alone. Until her ex-fiancé arrives with a preposterous suggestion. He wants Alex to help his son. Her first reaction is to refuse—after all, the child is proof of Mark's betrayal. But her heart goes out to the sad little boy. Could this be the meaning behind her mother's prediction? If she helps little Braden, will she finally be able to forgive his father?

Maybe this Christmas will be different from all the others.

 

About Debra Salonen

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Debra Salonen wrote her first screenplay at age 11 for the television series Flipper. The plot involved the older brother's romantic interest in a young girl, presumably Debra. The story - like Debra's showbiz career - never evolved past the "what if?" stage, but Debra's addiction to writing has never faltered."I've always found a way to incorporate writing into any job I happened to hold at the time...well, except for my stint as a flaxseed counter in college," she said dryly. "Don't ask - it wasn't pretty."As an aide in a preschool, she went from distributing milk and cookies to writing the monthly newsletter. Her stringer work for a local newspaper turned into a full-time position as a feature writer and assistant editor. Salonen says that exposure to human-interest stories fed her writer's soul, laying the groundwork for a wealth of imaginary characters and situations."Modern fiction provides the medium to touch people's lives. If your characters are real, in the sense they face real problems and possess real hopes, wants, needs and flaws, people can identify with them. My stories are about imperfect people who must learn life's lessons, heal old wounds and find inner forgiveness before they can truly love another person. I think these are universal themes most people, men and women, can relate to."Salonen, who lives in the foothills near Yosemite, credits the support of her family with a hand in her success. "My ivory tower is on the second floor of our house. My son recently used an extension ladder to hang a wind-chime outside my window to encourage the creative spirits to stop by for a visit."She also recognizes the value of networking and associating with fellow writers. "The first hurdle you face as a writer is admitting you are one - like any other addiction.""I'm thrilled by the validation publication provides, but I also feel a sense of accomplishment for all those people who have helped me learn my craft and encouraged me to believe in myself. Writing is a team effort directed by life experience, associations, imagination, and spiritual connectedness," Salonen said.Salonen is currently at work on two new projects for the Superromance line. Her Flipper screenplay is on the shelf collecting dust - right where it belongs.
 
Published February 15, 2013 by Harlequin American Romance. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Book Review ... The Quiet Child by Debra Salonen (4) is an emotional story that
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