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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.

Booty Prize from Charming the Professor

Can I just say that I love you guys!  Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting on my awesome cover.  I don’t think a better set of readers exist anywhere in the world!  So I’m giving away 10 prizes.  Granted the prize is a short story that I’ll be emailing to you – but you’ll be the first to read it, so that’s something  The Moor’s Tear is a prequel to Charming the Professor so I’m hoping you’ll be curious enough to want to read the novel.  Let me know. The winners are: Fichen,   Ki,   Heathercm,
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Bandita Booty from Ursula LeCoeur

Hi All – Thanks for visiting with Ursula DeCouer last week.  She’s selected someone leaving a comment to receive a copy of the Devious Duchess and that winner is… Ki Congratulations!  If you go to Ursula’s website at and leave your contact information. Thanks Everyone for joining us for the day!    

Opium, New Orleans and Hard Work!

Back in the lair today and loving it. What makes a hero? He’s got to be sensitive, handsome, good with children and animals and, you know, mind-bogglingly rich. Having a title doesn’t hurt, either. Duke, Earl, Count, Viscount—any and all will do—especially if the hero is generous with his tenants while he improves life on the estate, making it even more profitable. However, when you write historical fiction set in New Orleans in the 1880s, as we do (mother/daughter writing team Ursula LeCoeur), our hero can’t be a duke or an earl. American men, even if their families were wealthy,
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