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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.

Feats of Strength and Bandita Booty

AND the answer is…. Which so many of you correctly guessed… I can rip a phone book in half. Yes.  It’s true.  I learned while I worked for Proctor and Gamble at their Winton Hill campus in Cincinnati back in the 70s.  I was young, single, slim with long blonde hair.  P&G was on a movement to put women in traditionally male positions, so they put me on the shipping/receiving dock in the Administrative building.  Not much freight moves in and out of an Administrative building – just magazines for the library (which I confisicated sometimes before adding to the
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Rust City Book Con

Last weekend I had a great time at the Rust City Book Con in Troy, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The con was put together by the very enthusiastic and energetic blogger, Jackie of Literary Escapism. While this was the first year for the event, I’m sure it will grow.  However, as first year events go, this was a very intimate and enjoyable conference.  I met a number of new writers that I’ve put on my “must read” list.  But let me take you through it. I shared a room and a ride with Lita Lawson, a new
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Booty!! Prizes for Two Days

I hope you don’t mind me combining the prize announcement for two blogs days in one post.  I’m lazy.  I admit it. 🙂 The winners to a digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT from the release day are: HELEN and HEATHERCM and for the San Diego post with the press question – A digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT for pure determination and effort goes to: COLLEEN C. AMY CONLEY and LANEY4 The best way for me to get the prizes to you is for you to send me your email.  If you could send it to, I can
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