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All About Donna MacMeans

For the first four months of the year, I’m a mild-mannered certified public accountant with a small tax practice. But come April 16th, I rip off the green eyeshade and transform into an impassioned writer of sexy historical romance novels, paranormals and romantic suspense. I live in Central Ohio with my wonderful husband of many, many years. My two adult children live close by with visiting dogs, fish, and even a pet snail named Killer. When I’m not knee deep in tax returns, or typing away on another manuscript, I’m active in several writing organizations. Every now and then, I break out my acrylic paints or pastels for a different creative venue, but of the two, I find writing to be not quite as messy. I love to cook (but hate to clean up). My desserts have a reputation of always incorporating chocolate and alcohol in some intoxicating fashion.

I started writing fiction in 1996. Although I loved to read historical romance, the thought of research was too intimidating for me to attempt. I wrote two contemporary romantic suspense novels – one of which was eventually published by Samhain publications under the pen name Donna Richards (it’s about a CPA, go figure).

My third manuscript, The Education of Mrs. Brimley, won the coveted Golden Heart medallion for Best Long Historical Manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America ® in 2006. Penguin Books, Berkley Sensation imprint, purchased that book and launched my published author career.

My books have been translated in Japanese, Dutch, and Norwegian. They’ve won multiple awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, the Aspen Gold and More Than Magic. They’ve been finalists for the Maggies, the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism, and Book Buyers Best. I’ve presented workshops to various chapters of RWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Prize winner for the Last Temptation

And the prize goes to……. CATSLADY! Please send your contact information to Robin Giana at and she’ll get your book and tote out to you immediately.

The Eyes Have It with Robin Giana

Hello, All!  I’m so happy to again be a guest on The Romance Bandits blog!  My second medical romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon, The Last Temptation of Dr. Dalton, was just released on April 1st.  You can see my North American cover here, and a number of people have commented on how gorgeous the model’s eyes are.  She’s beautiful all around, but it is true that her eyes really capture your attention, don’t you think? I pondered why her eyes are so compelling, other than their obvious attractiveness.  Was it their color?  The smile in them?  The shape?  Then
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Wouldn’t it be cool if….

I was reading the other day in my favorite newspaper (those who follow this blog know what paper that is ) and I noticed two articles that I thought had ramifications to books of the future.  Now neither of these articles was about publishing per se, but still…  The first article was about developers designing custom scents to encourage buyers to warm up to a home.  Not a new idea.  I remember that one real estate agent suggested that I bake cookies right before prospective buyers looked at my house.  They wanted the yummy fresh-baked-cookie smell to invoke yummy thoughts
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