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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.

Why I Love Romance

Last October, I attended a workshop where Susan Mallory challenged the participants to make a list of 50 reasons they write romance.  When times are tough, or if the author is having difficulty facing the blank page, they could pull out the list and remind themselves why they wanted to do this.  As someone who uses “what if” lists to advance a story’s plot, I know that as the list fills up it becomes harder and harder to come up with new reasons to love writing romance.  That’s when the “good stuff” happens. So I made my list.  I haven’t
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Erika Kelly Booty

Thanks everyone for coming out yesterday for Erika Kelly’s debut, You Really Got Me.  She’s selected two prize winners to receive a copy of her Rockstar debut.   Fedora Shannon Please visit Erika’s website at to send her your contact information.

Romance – It’s a Thing

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a friend from back in my prepublished days.  Back then, we despaired of ever being published.  Now, we’re both published by the same publisher.  Very Cool.  Here’s Erika Kelly with her new debut novel, You Really Got Me.  (And I defy you to read the blog without thinking of those opening five chords and the chorus of the Kinks record by the same name ) Thank you, Donna, and the rest of the Romance Bandits, for inviting me to share my release day with your readers! This is a momentous day for me,
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