Starting in 2012, Debbie Macomber will publish six books with Ballantine Bantam Dell, including a new series set in her hometown of Port Orchard, Washington. Macomber has previously published with Mira Books, an imprint of Harlequin.

Macomber is beloved for her series such as Cedar Cove and Blossom Street; according to a press release from Random House [PDF], 130 million copies of her books are in print worldwide and four of her novels have debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In July, Macomber received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America.

Macomber writes about down-to-earth, optimistic people in small towns, and her stories have heartwarming messages. Her Christmas tales are especially popular. Although Macomber will have a new editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell, I suspect this recipe of story elements will not change!

If you're a fan of Macomber, do you have any concerns about the author moving to a new publisher? Are you hoping the move will introduce Macomber to even more readers? In a press release, Macomber said she is looking forward to a new stage in her career, "full of fresh ideas and exciting opportunities to bring [her] stories to the widest possible audience."

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