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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.


Bandita Booty – No Comfort for the Lost and Fly Swatters

Hi all – Between vacations and the RWA conference, this post sort of got lost – but Nancy has informed me that she has chosen PISSENLIT for a copy of No Comfort for the Lost.  Pissenlit, please go to Nancy Herriman’s website at http://www.nancyherriman.com and give her your contact information.  She’ll send a copy of the book right out. LOUISA CORNELL – I took my fly swatter to conference but I didn’t see you  (of course, there were several thousand people there and I was running like a rooster with their head cut off).  Could you drop into my website at
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Road Trip to Missouri!

Last month we talked about family reunions and this month I’m reporting back on mine . At the end of June, my husband and I packed up the car and left Ohio in the midst of a rainstorm to end to sunny Missouri.  The sun is important as we haven’t seen much of it since we returned to Ohio (sigh).  It’s been way too rainy here. Our first stop, the iconic St. Louis arch.  I didn’t realize you could go to the top of the arch, but you can!  (They are remaking and landscaping the park beneath the arch –
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Writing the Mystery Series with a dash of Romance

Join me in welcoming my friend, Nancy Herriman, for a return visit to the lair.  You may recall Nancy from her inspirational historicals but she’s changed gears and now writes historical mysteries.  Her latest is absolutely brilliant, but I’ll let her tell you. I have to admit that I’ve always loved mystery series that feature a heroine and a dashing hero to share sleuthing duties. To me, the burgeoning romance always provides extra opportunities for tension. Given how many mystery series seem to have a romance element in them, I can’t be alone in my affection for the trope. So,
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