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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.


July Coming Attractions

I love July.  It’s hot, sticky with good outdoor eating and firework displays lighting the skies from every little burg and village.  We’ll have some fireworks in the blog as well.  July is the month for the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City.  I’m guessing we’ll be seeing some feedback on that.  Plus we have some guests to the lair.  So check on us often.     On July 14th, Nancy Herriman will be with us discussing the challenges of developing a love story over a number of books in an historical mystery series.   I’ll be
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Ah…Greece! And Robin Gianna

Hi guys.  I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend, Robin Gianna, back to the lair.  I normally try to put the authors photo right at the top of the blog, but I messed up.  However, as Robin is a frequent guest, and her photo is in the photo at the bottom of the blog about Delphi, I hope you’ll forgive me.  Besides, isn’t that a gorgeous cover!  Love that it incorporates blue as you can see from Robin’s photos – it’s appropriate.   With that, here’s Robin…) Hello, All! Thanks for having me back at the Romance Bandits! My husband likes
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Family Reunions

Do you do family reunions in your family?  Perhaps your family all live close by.  Every weekend is a family reunion  .  I envy you that. I’m one of five kids.  I remember family vacations in Maryland as being a time when my mom would pack up the car and we’d drive to some state park and set up camp.  That was the extent of our vacation.  The parks might be a state or two away, but otherwise the scenery was the same.  (For those not familiar, the yellow picture is the State of Maryland.) Once all of us kids
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