Deborah Bedford was born on 1958 in Texas, USA and earned her degree in journalism and marketing from Texas A&M University. Immediately after graduation, she accepted editorship of Evergreen Today, a weekly newspaper based in the small mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado. While serving as editor there, she worked 70 or 80 hours each week, writing stories and cut-lines, sports and features, chasing fire trucks and checking police reports, taking pictures, editing, laying out pages, opaquing the negatives, stacking papers into vending machines and taking out the quarters.

It was long before she began to dream of returning to her first love, fiction writing. For her birthday in the summer of 1984, her husband, Jack, bought her a copy of the 1984 Writers' Market, and she began to meticulously send letters to every publisher listed in the book. Rejection letters flowed back by the handfuls. She has also kept the letter from Harlequin Books she received, which invited her to submit a complete manuscript but warned her that Harlequin did not want books about cowboys, airline pilots, guest ranches or Texans. Deborah laughs now when she tells the story. Her manuscript was the story of "a woman who marries an airline pilot in Texas. Then, when he dies in a plane crash, she runs away to a guest ranch and falls in love with a cowboy." When she showed her husband, Jack, the letter, he said, "Honey, you've managed to write a manuscript that has everything in it they don't want." Harlequin bought the manuscript five short weeks after she submitted it. At that time, her editor told her, "This book isn't a romance, but we're going to publish it, anyway." When Debbi Bedford's first book, Touch the Sky, was released by the Harlequin Superromance line, its sales topped every Harlequin record for a first-time author. It earned rave reviews and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award. During the next seven years, she published six more books for the Harlequin Superromance series and a historical novel, Blessing, before signing a contract with HarperCollins Publishers. This paved the way for her to move on to write mass-market mainstream women's fiction, where her work garnered numerous awards and appeared on the USA TODAY bestseller list.

Book List in Order: 22 titles

  • Two bestselling novelists combine their creativity and skill in two stories united by the story jar, a place for memories and mementoes that honor and encourage mothers. In Bedfords The Hair Ribbons, a mothers love and strength is passed down to a da...


  • New York Times bestselling author Deborah Bedford sweeps readers into this compelling drama with her trademark style of beautiful, lyrical writing. Since her divorce from Eric, Hilary has done everything she can to control life for herself and her so...


  • FOR A CHILD'S SAKE A child lay gravely ill, his parents praying for a miracle. But on opposite sides of the hospital bed. Jennie and Michael Stratton's marriage had fallen apart, leaving them both devastated and alone. Yet now, as Michael sat holdin...


  • Climbing the corporate ladder had been Emily Lattrell's way to forget her troubled childhood. Her alcoholic mother's rejection of her had made Emily determined to protect her heart. But after meeting Philip Manning, she did the unthinkable--she quit ...


  • As a boy growing up in the sixties, Sam Tibbits always treasured the summer vacations he spent at Piddock Beach, exploring the sand and sea as only boys can. It was here he first met Aubrey, a local girl who became his childhood confidante...and late...


  • David and Abby Treasure seem to have everything together: a perfect marriage, a perfect son, and a perfect life. But one simple phone call turns their world upside down. Years ago, David had an affair outside of his marriage, and though he never knew...



  • Lydia "Lyddie" Porter has waited a long time to be happy. She loves everything about being a school counselor at Shadrach High School, and she loves everything about teacher Charlie Stains. Lydia truly believes that God answered her prayers when big-...


  • Every summer visitors come to Bea Bartling's home in Ash Hollow, Nebraska, to see the historic yellow rosebush that had been a famous trail marker for wagons on their way west. And every night Bea prays she will find a special face among those at her...






  • in The Story Jar

    Three mothers' stories...three miracles of God While cleaning in a tiny old church, Beth Williams finds a gallon- sized mason jar filled with an odd assortment of items. "It's the Story Jar," explains Mrs. Halley, the newly widowed pastor's wife. ...


  • A tall, handsome drifter appears in the rural Wyoming town of Meredith Trichak, illuminating her loveless life but filling her with a fear of the unknown. A CHANCE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS He appears during the harvest dance, a tall, lean stranger fa...


  • in Homecoming

    Wyoming innkeeper Anna Burden returns home after the accident that stole her memory to discover shattering truths - and the healing power of love....


  • HOSTAGE The only thing left to escaped convict Ben Peshall is the daughter who has lived long years without him. He is determined to keep her safe, even if protecting her means holding at gunpoint a solitary woman whose mountain cabin offers them ...


  • ONCE SHE LEFT HIM. BUT NEVER DID SHE FORGET HIM. Growing up in a small Wyoming town, Sarah Hayden knew two things: that she loved Jimmy Roice more than anything in the world, and that one day she would leave stifling Star Valley--and therefore Ji...


  • Marrying the ex-marine who knows her only through her letters, Lisa Jo anticipates a rocky time when Johnny discovers that she is not the woman he thinks she is, and Johnny finds himself fighting for a future he never knew he wanted. Reissue....


  • Her Secret Was Out... Uley Kirkland was in a pickle. Nobody in Tin Cup, Colorado, knew that beneath her cloth cap and mining togs, she was all woman. Nobody except Aaron Brown, the handsome newcomer who, thanks to her, was now locked up in the tow...


  • Every bride and groom believes the vows exchanged on their wedding day will hold them together forever. But, as the years pass, busy lives may extinguish the passion of those vows. Sometimes it takes a near tragedy to rekindle the love . . . and the ...


  • THERE WAS TOO MUCH AT STAKE Monica Albright knew when she volunteered to be a Big Sister to fourteen-year-old, pregnant Ann Small that she had to give the motherless teenager support, love and most important, her undivided attention. But Richar...


  • There were boundaries around Daniel's heart Jamie Forrester had come to the Texas-Mexican border town with a head full of dreams, determined to help the youngsters she taught find a brighter future. But some children were illegals, and Jamie fo...


  • SHE BELIEVED NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Shannon Eberle's stubborn dreams had catapulted her to the height of fame and fortune in New York City. But when the lights went out on Broadway, she found herself in darkness, longing for the bright starry night...


  • NOTHING WOULD EVER BE THE SAME Everyone in Dallas thought award-winning advertising copywriter Emily Lattrell had it all. And modestly, Emily had to agree. Then the boyishly handsome and wildly successful Philip Manning walked into a brainstorm...


  • WHAT SHE WANTED MOST SHE FEARED MOST Drawing strength from her beloved Colorado Rockies, Lindsay could almost forget how much she'd lost. She'd risked everything to make Kendall her husband, only to lose him in a fiery plane crash. Kend...