Author Donna Fasano Introduces Her Latest Sweet Romance

 

The Merry-Go-Round

by Donna Fasano

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 2, 2009

 

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.

 

 

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently writing two projects at once. I’ve never done this before, and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I’m writing a Christmas Novella entitled Almost Perfect Christmas, the story of man who enlists the help of a woman in giving his daughter a perfect Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, his little girl has every intention of playing an angelic matchmaker. The other project is the first book of a 3-book series called Following His Heart, the story of a man who is eerily drawn to a woman, and after they fall in love, they discover what brought them together, and it just might tear them apart. Yes, the description is vague, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. I’m chuckling as I type this. Both books are contemporary romance novels and are due out this fall.

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile? 

I just finished Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. I’m currently reading Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour. On my TBR pile you’ll find A Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger, Creatus by Carmen DeSousa, The Neighbor by Dean Koontz, Three Junes by Julia Glass, One Way or Another by Elaine Raco Chase…should I go on?

What flavor is your writing style?

I always tell people I write cotton candy for the mind. Think back to when you were a kid and you took a bite of that delectable confection. What did you do? You smiled. That’s what I’m going for in my romance novels.

Was writing always the first thing you wanted to do in life?

No, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I met and fell in love with my husband. We married and began raising a family. It wasn’t until my children started school that I started writing.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? 

I believe there’s a lot of me in my protagonists. I write about women who are strong, yet vulnerable. My main characters and my secondary characters have flaws and make mistakes (don’t we all?), but then most of them do all they can to learn, grow and become better people.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

One piece of advice I often give to writers is to READ. Don’t just read in the genre in which you write. Read everything. And then figure out what you liked and what you didn’t…and then think about why. Reading and analyzing the writing of talented people can help you perfect your own skills.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

I bow down to readers! I am so appreciative that they spend their hard-earned money on my books and then take the time to read my stories. I am so blessed to have a job I love, and I wouldn’t have this job if there weren’t readers who love romance novels.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I came to writing through my love of reading. I spent many a Saturday as a kid in the local library. I loved books, but I never imagined I would ever write one. My husband gets the credit for my becoming a writer. When my children started school and I decided to find a part-time job, he looked around at the piles of romance novels in our home and said, “You’ve read a lot of those. Why don’t you try writing one?” So, you see. It’s all his fault.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Not my latest book, but one of my titles—Where’s Stanley?—features an ending that I didn’t come up with. I handed in the completed manuscript, and my editor suggested a different ending. I wasn’t happy, but I did as she asked. Personally, I think the book suffered for it, but readers seem to enjoy it.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

Old Yeller, Sounder, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird…how can people read these books and not be influenced? There are so many titles that inspired me and moved me, molded and shaped me, there isn’t time to name them all. The characters in these wonderful books help young readers to decide what kind of individual they want to be.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? 

There was a time when I’d have said no. I have a plant-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-the-words-will-come attitude. But I did suffer writer’s block while my dad was battling cancer. It’s difficult to write feel-good happily-ever-after when your beloved father is dying.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

I do, yes. I equate an outline with a road made; how do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a map? I might write the first chapter or two on the fly, but I always take the time to plan out where I want the story to go. Now that’s not to say that the characters are going to stay on the straight and narrow. They decide to veer off the highway every now and then, and that’s when I have to do a quick reroute.

Have you ever disliked something you wrote? 

I’ve never published anything that I disliked. I have started projects that haven’t seen the light of day, either because I couldn’t figure out where to take the story, or I couldn’t make the protagonist sympathetic or likable. It’s a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I just set the story aside and hope I can someday come up with a solution.

 

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction books that have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Look for Ehefrau auf Zeit (German Edition) due out September 16th, published by Amazon Crossing, and the first novel of the brand new 3-book Ocean City Boardwalk Series called Following His Heart, due to be released at the end of October.

 

 

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Mrs. Elizabeth Fry, A Quaker Who Changed Lives

Elizabeth Fry
My upcoming book, Honor, features a Quaker heroine of that name who is fired with a desire to benefit the lives of others. She was not alone in her time.

Quakers are not as unusual or distinctive now as they were in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then the Quakers were at the forefront of social reforms that most of us take for granted now. Elizabeth Fry made a difference in the lives of thousands. Here is a video that introduces her and her Quaker faith.

If you’d like to learn more about Elizabeth Fry and her faith, click here.

Elizabeth Fry’s memory was honored in 2005 by her being depicted on the British five pound note.
5 lb note

Here’s another source of information on the life of Elizabeth Fry.

What would you like to be remembered for? And what do you think others said about Mrs. Fry going to prisons instead of staying home and tending to her family?–Lyn

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Lyn Interviews Author Leann Harris

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Today it’s my pleasure to interview Author Leann Harris who has written for Love Inspired Romance and is now branching out with something new. Here’s Leann:

Tell us a little about your writing and your real life.

I taught until I had babies. When they started school and I was home alone, the desire to write sprang up in me. It was aided when my husband brought home a TI pc, which used DOS, and WordStar. God gave me stories and although I have a mild form of dyslexia, I knew I had to write.

That reminded me of my dh’s first purchase of a PC–yes, it was DOS and was made by ZENITH!  Can you imagine?

2-Was there a time in your life when you think God challenged you to become stronger? Please share.

I could start with having babies, for which I was totally unprepared. I remember crying on the way home from the hospital, because now I was supposed to know how to care for this child. It was natural, wasn’t it? I was totally clueless. I felt I did such a rotten job at being a mother, and I feared I’d ruin my daughter’s life. One day when I was praying God brought to mind the verse in Joel 2:25–And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.
With those words, God reassured me my mistakes with my daughter were healed. She wouldn’t be scarred for life and I was freed of guilt. Both child and mother were whole.

3-What is special about your most recent book to you?

When this spy story occurred to me, God said the book wouldn’t sell immediately. There was a perfect time for it and it wasn’t when I wrote it. After my battle with cancer, God brought people into my life to put the book out as an ebook–the cover artist, and the formatter. I got the message now was the time. It was a healing exercise to read the story, do some rewrites and let my brain, after the radiation, form new pathways in my head. Heaven pushed and I walked through the door. “–Leann

Last Lie
To purchase, click here. The Last Lie: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

The Last Lie Blurb
When Catherine Lyons comes home from college she discovers her family has disappeared, vanished, leaving her alone. Fifteen years later when Catherine is on vacation in France, she sees her father getting on a bus, but he’s had a stroke. When she tries to talk to him, the nurse taking care of him won’t allow it. Cat shows up at the clinic the next day, but the people there claim to know nothing of the man. This time Cat isn’t going to give up. Cat learns the name of the nurse she talked to earlier and goes to her apartment and finds her dead.

Colin Montrose is with MI-6 and doesn’t know who this woman is who has stumbled into his operation, but he wants to know.  He follows Cat and asks if she murdered the woman. Before she can answer, they hear police sirens and flee. Together, Cat and Colin chase after Cat’s father, trying to discover the truth behind her life and her parent’s lives

Online:

www.leannharris.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorLeannHarris?ref=hl

So have you ever been asked to wait on something? Are you good at waiting?–Lyn

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Lyn Interviews Book Blogger Parchment Girl

I ran across book blogger Parchment Girl’s blog and thought it would be of interest to my readers. She hasn’t reviewed any of my books but I’m not going to take that personally!

If you’d like to see what Kate Scott, otherwise known as Parchment Girl looks like, here’s the link to my pinterest page.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250301691765166484/

Here’s Kate:

1-Who are your favorite authors?

There are so many, but here are just a few: Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Carolyn Weber, Lauren F. Winner, Jan Karon, and David McCullough.

I read all of those except for a few. Do not know Carolyn Weber, and Lauren F. Winner. Have to look them up!

2-What kind of book is the one you look for in bookstores and online?

I look for books that I think I’ll enjoy and learn from. It’s as simple as that.

3-What prompted you to start a book blogging site?

I love reading and analyzing what I read. Book blogging seemed like a natural extension of that.

4-Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a twenty-something writer from Boston currently living in the Richmond area. I’m a regular Book Riot contributor and love nothing more than a quiet evening with a good book or movie and a nice hot cup of tea.”–Kate

Well, I had to look up Book Riot and discovered this interesting article. An artist found discarded romance books and made lovely dresses from them. Here’s the link. You won’t believe it!–Lyn

Online:

http://parchmentgirl.com/

On Twitter @parchmentgirl37

https://www.facebook.com/theparchmentgirl

This is my last book blogger interview. I’ve found the interviews interesting–how about you?

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Author Tracy Higley & Her Adventures in Cairo (Egypt, not Illinois!)

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My guest today is author Tracy Higley who is a writer who loves exotic settings for her stories and the opportunities to research those! Here’s Tracy:

Traveling to research my novels has been terrific fun!

I’ve been to Greece, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Italy, and Egypt (some of them several times), in hot pursuit of adventure. Here’s my adventures in Cairo.

One of my favorite memories is of a long night in Cairo.

My husband and I took the
subway to visit an American family living outside the city. After a lovely evening we boarded the subway at about midnight and took it to the last stop, deep in Cairo. From there we tried to flag a bus to our hotel. (In Egypt the “buses” are just vans that fly by. You step out and wave to get them to stop, then ask if they’re going where you want to go.) Many buses later, we still hadn’t found the right one.

An Egyptian woman took pity on us

and explained in broken English that we needed to take a bus to another location to catch the one we wanted. She kindly traveled with us and flagged down the correct bus at the next stop.

My husband jumped into the van, already jammed with Egyptian men, and then another man hopped in behind him, leaving no seats for me. They started to slide the door closed and leave without me! The woman who had been helping us yelled and beat on the van door until they stopped and the last man gave me his seat. He wasn’t about to wait, however, and instead got into the van after me and stood hanging over me while we took off.

Several minutes later it occurred to me that I was

in a van packed with about fifteen Egyptian men, none of whom seemed to speak English, driving through the slums of Cairo, in the middle of the night, with no idea if I was actually on the right bus or not. I’ll admit, the thought “I’m going to die in Cairo” crossed my mind!

But awhile later we saw a street we recognized and did some of our own yelling. (“Hilton! Hilton!) The bus screeched to a stop on the highway, slid its doors open and tossed us out. We high-fived each other in the parking lot, somewhat astonished that we had made it!

Awakening by Tracy L Higley

To purchase, click here. Awakening

In my new book

That night was only one of my adventures in Egypt, but in my new book, Awakening, the main character, Kallie, has even better adventures than mine! Seven years ago she woke in a New York City museum – badly injured and with no memory of her past.

Now she’s fought to become an expert in Greek culture, but hallucinations and lost moments of time have her questioning her sanity. Against her therapist’s advice, Kallie agrees to join a wealthy philanthropist’s quest for a lost artifact, and as the two follow clues across the globe, from the hot sands of Egypt to the romantic floating city of Venice, their business partnership becomes much more. But the mission has turned deadly and Kallie’s journaling is revealing a story that might be better left untold.”–Tracy

Tracy is much more adventurous than I am and her book sounds amazing.

QUESTION: Have you ever had an experience on one or your trips?

 

Online:

www.TracyHigley.com
Facebook.com/tracyhigley
Twitter @TLHigley

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Lyn Reviews NYTimes Best-selling Author Francine Rivers’ Bridge to Haven

Bridge to HavenBridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Francine Rivers has done it again–KEPT ME AWAKE AT NIGHT! Bridge to Haven is riveting reading–just as riveting as Redeeming Love and Leota’s Garden my two favorite Francine Rivers’ novels thusfar.

It’s very easy to see why Francine has become a New York Times best-selling author. Her heroine Abra is orphaned and left under a bridge. Fortunately God leads Pastor Zeke to the spot where he quickly tucks Abra close to his heart where she stays the rest of her life.

But no life can be lived without pain and loss. Abra is no exception. Some parts of Bridge to Haven were hard for me to read, kind of like in my own childhood when I watched my brother do things, I knew were going to get him into all kinds of trouble.

I identified most with Joshua, Pastor Zeke’s son, who is forced to do the same with Abra.

But don’t worry, the ending won’t make you wish you hadn’t read the book. God’s children always have hope and redemption just waiting for them.

To purchase, click here. Bridge to Haven

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Lyn Interviews Author Donita K Paul

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My guest today is Author Donita K Paul. She has been my guest before and I’m glad to host her again. Here’s Donita.

1-Share one fun or interesting fact about your life or books.
I used to get in trouble as a child for lying. My parents had me headed the right direction through a lot of hard work on their part. Then I became a Christian, and the Holy Spirit polished up the will to be truthful. When I was in my 40s, I was waylaid by a particular nasty virus and couldn’t work a nine to five job. My mother said, “Why don’t you try writing? You’ve always wanted to.” Thus my mother, at long last, gave me permission to lie. Well, in truth, to create fiction. And God has blessed my endeavors with readers who actually enjoy my tale-spinning.

2-Why do you write?

It may be that I am a control freak. My characters are at my mercy for what happens in their lives and how they will respond. In the pages of a book, I can make it rain, steer the police to the criminal, fix fantastic gourmet food, and erase any phase of the plot that doesn’t turn out as I want it to. However, I think more likely, I write because as I’m exploring characters and plots, I learn more intimately what I believe about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is always teaching me.

3-In what ways does your heroine show strength? And where does she draw this strength?

Ida is perhaps the most grounded Christian character I have ever developed. She worships God, depends on Him, and seeks His will. She isn’t without fault. She’s rather proud and blind to her own disobedience. Her strength is in her acceptance of her situation and ultimately that leads her to the acceptance and repentance of the wild winds in her spirit.”–Donita
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To purchase, click here.Taming the Wild Wind

Blurb: Ida has always gone her own way like a gentle breeze, drifting through social barriers as if they weren’t even there. Like the breeze, her comings and goings are hard to keep track of, and her family assumes Ida’s activities are the same as the other society debutantes of Pittsburgh. When she responds to the wilder wind of the Oklahoma prairie, she recognizes the untamed quality in her personality. She also comes to realize that even the wild wind has a Master. She submits to the hand of her Creator, her loving Heavenly Father, and allows Him to tame her willful nature.

Online:

http://www.donitakpaul.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DonitaKPaul

Sounds like you were really born to be a storyteller, Donita. I know with my own son I would listen to his account of what happened at Kindergarten and then I’d ask–is this true or a story? He’d grin at me and say–usually-a story. I’d say–great story! I think it did the job. Thanks for being my guest today!–Lyn

 

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Lyn Reviews Award-Winning Author Robin Lee Hatcher’s A Promise Kept

A Promise KeptA Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Promise Kept is certainly not the first book I’ve read by Robin Lee Hatcher. Robin is a longtime friend but that has nothing to do with the fact–that I LOVED THIS BOOK!

The heroine is so honest in her emotions, so hurt by a love that went so wrong. Her moving into her great aunt Emma’s house in King’s Meadow, Idaho, changes her life in the same way that finding and reading Aunt Emma’s journal does.

The story of Aunt Emma’s love and life intertwined with Allison’s struggle to regain her equilibrium after her divorce make for a rich story. And the hero, her alcoholic husband, is believable as well. Well done, Ms. Hatcher! I loved the people of King’s Meadow and look forward to more stories there!

To purchase, click here. A Promise Kept

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Lyn Interviews Book Blogger Brooke Barenfanger

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My guest today is a young author and book blogger, Brooke Barenfanger. Here’s Brooke!

1-Who are your favorite authors?

Many are the names and short is the space I have to say them! I’m reading all the time and always am trying new authors. I would say a few of my favorites would be Laura Frantz(Courting Morrow Little and Love’s Reckoning are some of my favorites!), Karen Witemeyer (To Win Her Heart is my favorite of hers. I’m looking forward to reading her newest book, Blowing Off Steam, though), Francine Rivers (Redeeming Love), Tamera Alexander (A Beauty so Rare), BJ Hoff (Emerald Ballad series), Anne Elisabeth Stengl (I don’t read much Christian fantasy, but my goodness are her books good!) and Cathy Marie Hake(hasn’t written any new novels recently, but Bittersweet is my favorite of hers). These are some of my favorites, but certainly not all.

2-What kind of book is the one you look for in bookstores and online?

Christian romance/fiction and Christian fantasy. I rarely read anything from the secular world.

3-What prompted you to start a book blogging site?

I’m a beginning author myself and needed to start some type of platform for my book. I decided that a blog would be a good way to begin. One of the things I love to do most in the world (besides writing) is reading. Starting a book blogging site just made sense.

4-Tell us a bit about yourself.

Firstly, I want to glorify God and bring people closer to Him through my writings. I have published one book, The Blacksmith King, which can be purchased on Amazon and found on Goodreads. I have also written When Dreams Fail, which is my second novel and a sequel to The Blacksmith King. I am currently a freshman at Pensacola Christian College in Florida and am looking forward to my first year here. I am getting my major in Professional Writing. Presently, I am working on my third novel. Also, I publish a chapter weekly in a story called The Unimaginations of Meredith Windsor on my blog. The story is about a girl who can actually see into the spiritual realm. Most think she’s insane because of it. But then there are a few that believe her…
Hope that you check out my blog and read her story!

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, Lyn! I hope that everyone who reads this will enjoy it!”–Brooke

My pleasure, Brooke. I wish you success in your writing career. And am impressed by your hardwork.–Lyn

Visit Brooke’s blog at

http://brookesbookblog.weebly.com/blog

For more about Brooke’s book, click here.

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Lyn Reviews Irene Hannon’s Seaside Reunion

Seaside ReunionSeaside Reunion by Irene Hannon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I truly enjoyed Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon. The heroine Lindsey is sweet and vulnerable but not too sweet. She is able to push back when necessary. The hero Nick is the kind of guy who would be hard to ignore. To the world he is a successful war time newspaper reporter, but inside he’s still the boy who cherished Lindsey as his best friend during his brief stay at Starfish Bay. He and Lindsey share a love for the Point, a special promontory overlooking the ocean.

The Point becomes the point of a dispute over its future. I was afraid it was going to just be the story of another slick developer versus hometown woman protecting the environment. However, I persevered because I trusted Irene Hannon and I was not disappointed. My husband also read this book and truly enjoyed it. Afterwords, we even had a discussion about Touchstones in our own lives, a theme in this book. If you haven’t read and Irene Hannon novel, you are missing A good read.

Have you ever read and Irene Hannon novel?
Click here to purchase.Seaside Reunion (Love Inspired)

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PS: Leave a comment about a favorite vacation spot and enter a drawing for my lightly used copy of this book–Lyn

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