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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.


March Coming Attractions

Finally March!  Can spring be far behind?  I sure hope not! Welcome to the first month of the new, laid-back Lair.  As you can see, we’ll be around from time to time, and we’ll also have guests on occasion.     Bandita Jeanne Adams will be in the Lair on March 8th to talk about Spring Books, Springboks, Reeboks and Heading Into Bloom Time (just kidding about the Springboks.  Wanted to see if you were paying attention!)  She’ll also be giving away a copy of her WWII Novella, Behind Enemy Lines.       On March 17, celebrate St. Patrick’s
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Morgan Malone’s bandit booty

Hi all – In case you missed it, Morgan posted this as the last comment of the day: “I hope you all take a chance on Katarina and Cocktales. I drew names out of a hat and Helen wins Cocktales and Amy wins Katarina. Please email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your email address and I’ll send you digital copies.” There you have it .  Thanks to all who came out on the blog to visit.  Stay warm – or dry :). See you in March!


Some Like It Sizzling!

Strap yourself in.  I’m introducing you to a new debut author Morgan Malone who I have known for a number of years…and she writes HOT!  She released TWO new books this month.  I hope you join me in welcoming Morgan Malone to the lair.   Here’s Morgan: I have been a reader my entire life. I remember reading Dr. Seuss as a very young girl. My elementary school librarian gave me a copy of Farmer Boy when I was in third grade and I was hooked on every book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My mother let me read her
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