Scenes & Moments

Writer Olivia James could never escape the characters in her mind. They gave her both comfort and toil. The stories that swirled within her soul fueled a determination that would blaze a trail through her many trials in life. Still, there were times that she looked for something, and longed for someone, to help her find peace and feel authentic in a world so disjointed from the one in her lingering thoughts. From a young girl in a summer's daze of daydreams and legs swaying from a treehouse in southwestern Virginia to the struggles and joys of a single mom, Olivia emerged like a character torn from a page of her own creation as a successful author traveling to New York and Hollywood. Undaunted, Olivia was fierce in the path she was taking to create the next great story. She wore wisdom and the scars of life's lesson like a badge of honor. Her words flowed through the bonds of strong women who had touched and inspired her, from the passions and loves she had known, and were part of a thread of hope to create the perfect fairytale ending. However, it would be the voice of one man who could calm her soul, quiet her mind, and take her on a journey far beyond her storied imagination.

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First Video Review of Scenes & Moments

An early reviewer had this to say about the new novel! It was wonderful to hear!! First posted on Amazon 1-8-21.


What are readers saying about Raspberries & Romeo Days?

  • I received my copy of Raspberries and Romeo Days yesterday! I finished it last night! Omg! it’s awesome! It brought back some painful memories but it also brought some peace, I’m sure that sounds strange ... I’m ready for the next one. ️Becky A., Virginia

  • I am an avid, active, reader. From newspapers and reports, editorials, to studies and government hearings; I don't watch TV.  I read. I read, at the very least, 3-4 books a week. I read everything from great fun reads, classics, autobiographies, to current best sellers. I sit on the porch and deck and am transported into a story where I learn something new. Here is a book I highly recommend. I usually finish a book in a day or two at most. I finished Raspberries and Romeo Days last night. Your book made me wonder, smile, chuckle, worry, reflect, cry, process, and then feel hopeful.  You beautifully showed your readers how our lives are interwoven, how systematic racism is prevalent, how fear is controlling, how trauma affects us, and how the human spirit can and will rise. You shared with your audience the strength of friendship and how we can change the lives of others through active behaviors and compassion. You showed us we may struggle to get wherever our "there" is. Read it in two sittings because I couldn't put it down. I am so proud to have you not only as a life-long friend and colleague, but now as an accomplished author whose voice is clear, strong, and honest. Well done... Lynn C., North Carolina

  • Just finished your book yesterday (with many tears) and although it didn’t hit home with me on a personal level, I know [people] who deal with similar situations in their did get to me and made me appreciate having the most amazing parents in the world. My childhood was filled with nothing but happy memories. I can’t imagine how a child could endure anything less. Makes me sad. Thanks for creating a great story! ️Amanda W., Virginia

  • I finished the book [Raspberries & Romeo Days] late last night... I cried as I read the last chapter... I saw myself so much in Rebecca and it made me so thankful that God gave me the strength and courage to walk away when I did for my girls. Each character in the book touched my heart in a different way!! You have such an amazing talent! I can't wait to read another one of your books!!  Ashley G., Virginia

  • I finished your AMAZING book. I am still gathering my thoughts, but here are a few: I will say that it is one of the best, if not THE best book, I have ever read. I see a lot of my self in Sophie at the end. I am truly amazed at how well you put things that I often feel, the over thinking, and over caring, the grave amount of empathy, the hopelessness, and then the hopefulness I feel into words the way you did with Sophie. I can’t wait to read the next book you release. Sabrina A., college student, Virginia

  • I just finished reading Raspberries & Romeo Days.  I absolutely loved it! The last bit was difficult to read through the I had to pause a few times to wipe my tears away. I actually yelled your name once...did you hear me or perhaps feel a chill?! Hahaha! I loved the story, and am so glad you shared it!  Thank you, and congratulations! Gina D., Roanoke, Virginia

  • I just started the book [Raspberries & Romeo Days] yesterday. I stayed up until 1 am because I couldn’t put it down! I’m halfway finished. Evie’s story is fascinating, and I’m very drawn to her character. The story line with her mother and William Sadler is very interesting! I can’t wait to see what happens with Sophie and her family. I want Rebecca to leave the dad! Each character has so much intrigue- even Aunt Hattie! The characters have kept me captivated. I connect to the plot and setting also. I feel like I grew up in Blue Creek! I live in Richmond now so many things you mention are relevant to me!...Thank you so much for this book! It’s truly fantastic work, and I’m enjoying every minute of it! Levi W., Richmond, Virginia

  • I do not have the words to describe this book properly.  It takes you to places in your mind that make you realize true friends may be few and far between, but are a necessity in life.  It’s about being there for one another and overcoming individual obstacles together. It’s love, laughter, heartache, and tears.  Debra Tabor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, and look forward to many more!
    Beckie P., Virginia

  • Just finished reading this amazing book by Debra Tabor, and I must say it did not disappoint!  Truly a great read that just grabs you and won't let you go.  I laughed, I cried, and, at times, I even yelled.  Definitely a must read! Cat M., Virginia


About the Author

I’ve always been passionate and deeply appreciative of stories, novels, screenplays, essays, and poetry. As a teacher, I love engaging with students about many aspects of literature. I especially enjoy talking about writing and the process. Now I am going to share some of my work - and this is a huge step for me. Like most people with creative interests, it is a daunting task to “put one’s self out there.” So here I go...After college, I enjoyed nine years in journalism and am in my 20th year teaching. I hold a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in English/History and another from Bluefield College in English Education. Let’s see where all this education, experience in life, and love of literature takes me.


Raspberries and Romeo Days

I am extremely proud and honored to share some of my book Raspberries and Romeo Days just published in June. I’m excited about bringing this work and another titled Scenes & Moments (January 2021) to a wider audience. I hope you enjoy this first novel.


“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf



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