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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.


Historical Readers – Go Forth and Multiply!

He-he-he.  Nice title for a blog, no? Romance Writers of America offers a contest every year for published authors  called the RITA (not to be confused with that glass of frozen yuminess called “the Maragrita” ).  While in the past, the contest rules limited the number of finalists to eight or ten – forget which, in 2014 the contest rules said any manuscript that reached a very, very high number of points would be a finalist.  This year in San Antonio there were seventeen finalists – seventeen really excellent historical romances! And yet… The news from the marketplace says historical
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Mega Booty Giveaway !!!

Thanks everyone who visited the blog last Saturday.  I found another copy of the Lorraine Heath’s novel so I have SIX prizes to hand out.  If your name appears below, please send me your contact information by going to www.DonnaMacMeans.com and sending me an email. The two Sabrina Jeffries bundles which include a copy of How the Scoundral Seduces and When the Rogue Returns go to: Deb Meredith  Rita Wray Two copies of Lorraine Heath’s  When the Duke Was Wicked go to: Saralee Rae Latte Two copies of Stephanie Evanovich’s The Sweet Spot go to: Jane Tee Congratulations to the
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More brain, more romance!

My husband and I went to see the movie Lucy yesterday.  It was an interesting movie that really didn’t have a solid ending.  The premises is that we only use 10% of our brains – which is more than all the other animals except dolphins.  They use 12% of their brains.  Anyway, Lucy accidentally takes a drug that allows her to utilize 100% of her brain.  I thought it was interesting that the higher percentage of brain utilization, the more removed and less emotional Lucy became. This sort-of bothers me.  Does the higher utilization of one’s brain truly mean that
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