Debra Parmley

Lillian's fiance convinces the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. When he disappears, every eye turns to Lillian. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. Carl is deeply indebted to Kingston, owner of the saloon and small town criminal. When Nick discovers Lillian she's strung up over a mine shaft and the rope is breaking. He saves her, tends to her wounds and teaches her to shoot. When his horse trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to save Nick.

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Reviews for Dangerous Ties

"This is a gritty, no-holds-barred story that doesn’t flinch from the truth of what humans can be capable of -- both tremendous evil and tremendous good... This is a strong story with strong characters that stay with you. It’s not a warm and fuzzy story, but it’s compelling and truthful. I’m glad I read it, and kudos to the author for not taking the easy road."

Renee Wilde

"Dangerous Ties by Debra Parmley is truly a ride off into the sunset type, western historical romance... This is a good story with lots of action and chemistry. I think if you like a traditional, historical romance, you will love this book."

Gennie -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Rating = 3.5 Stars

"The moment I read the first paragraph I knew this was going to be a great read... I would recommend this to just about anyone. Not too heavy on the "western" front, it would even appeal to romance readers who aren't necessarily fans of westerns. Definitely worth the time!"

Sarah's Point of View
Rating = 4 Stars

"Parmley engages the reader right from the get-go by putting the heroine in a precarious position, forcing them to turn the pages to find out what will happen next. The author's writing style is crisp and easy to read. She uses a good economy of words to paint vivid pictures in the readers mind. The dialogue adds a nice, subtle touch to the authenticity of the story... The story is sweet for romance readers with Nick and Lillian exchanging a kiss or two. Overall, "Dangerous Ties," has the perfect blend of romance and suspense, making this story a great escape to another time and place."

Stephanie Burkhart, Author of The Green Rose and Victorian Scoundrel


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About Debra Parmley

Originally from Ohio, Debra now lives in Tennessee, just outside Memphis. She has lived in six states and traveled extensively. Her experience includes work as a city recycling co-ordinator, bank head teller, selling advertising for a weekly newspaper, work as a dance instructor and work as an independent travel consultant. Ms. Parmley holds a BA in English from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She is the author of two western historical romances, A Desperate Journey, which was an American Title II manuscript and Dangerous Ties. Her first contemporary romance, Aboard the Wishing Star, will be released in Oct, 2012 and her 1920's romance will be released in April 2013. It is with infinite love and gratitude that she gives thanks for this opportunity to fulfill her dream of sharing her stories with readers all over the world. One of her greatest joys is to hear from her readers.


Also by Debra Parmley

A Desperate Journey, Samhain 2008, reviewed by Margo Arthur of The Romance Studio


An Interview with Debra Parmley
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Dangerous Ties.

DP: Where did you get the idea for this emotionally-engaging story?

Thank you for this interview. I'm excited to be here at TRS!

It's good to hear you say the story is emotionally engaging. Thank you!

Dangerous Ties grew out of the realization that some of our modern day troubles with banking have something in common with banking problems in the Wild West. Bankers could print money, which sometimes wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. I spent some time working in banking in the 80's and there are issues I've stayed aware of since that time. From those realizations, one day I saw Lillian, left to face the angry townsfolk by her no good banker finance who absconds with the towns gold. Her story grew from there.

HH: What do you like best about Lillian and why do you think readers will relate to her?

DP: I like the fact she doesn't give up when life beats her down and she is still good to the townsfolk despite the way they treat her. She doesn't allow external things that happen to her to change the good hearted woman she is. I think anyone who has been unjustly accused will relate to Lillian.

HH: What do you like best about Nick and why will readers love him?

DP: I like the tenderness Nick shows toward Lillian when she is wounded and believe this shows his best side.

HH: What sort of research did you do to bring this stunning story to life?

DP: This is my second western historical romance and both are set in the 1860's, so I used some of the research I had done for the first novel, but the research I did specifically for Dangerous Ties was hands on. A friend who does Civil War reenactment taught me how to shoot black powder pistols and shotguns. We were out in a field in Mississippi in the heat of August. The heat, the sweat, the smoke, the weight and feel and sound of those guns beat any amount of research I could have done. Experience is the best teacher. I came home and rewrote all the gun scenes.

HH: What makes you story stand out amongst fierce competition?

DP: Dangerous Ties has a fairly unique start with Lillian strung up over a mineshaft and the rope breaking. A unique and a strong start make a story stand out.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

DP: Lucky readers can watch the book a day give away here at TRS for a chance to win a copy of my first book, A Desperate Journey on August 30th!

My third novel, Aboard the Wishing Star will be released Oct 21, 2012. This is my first contemporary romance and it's set aboard a cruise ship. There will be a release party here on TRS for Aboard the Wishing Star.

Also in October 2012 I'm taking part in Lucy Monroe's Online Reader Retreat Oct. 8th to 12th which is going to be lots of fun with online parties, games and prizes.

I have a recipe from one of the dishes served on the cruise ship in Aboard the Wishing Star in the free cookbook Desert Breeze is releasing in November 2012.

For readers who like historical romance I'll have a fourth book out in April 2013. Trapping the Butterfly is set in 1920's Hot Springs and yes there are gangsters.

HH: How long have you been a writer and what keeps you writing?

DP: I've been a writer since I was in elementary school making up poems, but I didn't become serious about it until I went to college for an English Lit degree. For a few years I wrote poetry and short stories and then I switched over to fiction, specifically romance. I write because I love it. It's a unique kind of joy, creating a story. That's what keeps me going when the career gets bumpy. 

HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?

DP: My goals are to write as many books as possible between now and the end of 2013. I want to learn what my pace is so I'll know how many books to reasonably contract for in the future while juggling those deadlines. Alternating between genres, for instance this year I'll have had one historical release and one contemporary and then the one out after that next year is a historical. Once I know a reasonable pace for me I can plan farther out.

One change is that in 2013 I'll be attending smaller reader based conferences rather than the big ones because I enjoy meeting readers and it is harder to do that at the large conferences. I like to hear from my readers. It's one of my greatest joys.

HH: What do you enjoy reading?

DP: I'm a voracious reader and I read widely across genres, from romance to mystery to fantasy to literary fiction to poetry and nonfiction.

HH: What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?

DP: I'm most looking forward to visiting my father for his 79th birthday in Oct. He's aging fast and the only thing he's asked me for is another ride in my convertible. I'm thinking a ride through the country to the dairy farm that serves ice cream would make good memories for us both. =)

HH: Thank you!


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