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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!! Prizes for Two Days

I hope you don’t mind me combining the prize announcement for two blogs days in one post.  I’m lazy.  I admit it. 🙂 The winners to a digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT from the release day are: HELEN and HEATHERCM and for the San Diego post with the press question – A digital copy of IN A HEARTBEAT for pure determination and effort goes to: COLLEEN C. AMY CONLEY and LANEY4 The best way for me to get the prizes to you is for you to send me your email.  If you could send it to, I can
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Back from San Diago

Hi Everyone! Time for another Travelogue 🙂 .  I’m back from the RWA convention in San Diago and have to say, I had a blast!  We stayed at the beautiful Mariott Marquis which is right on the harbor.  I found this statue by the harbor.  I think the same statue is placed wherever there’s a naval base. 🙂 The temperature stayed in the low 70s with bright sun and few clouds.  Couldn’t ask for better weather. Perfect for kites.  Here’s two we saw flying side by side in a beautiful clear blue sky. My husband and I arrived three days
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In A Heartbeat Release Day!!!!

Today’s the day!  I’m releasing a newly acquired “old” release, IN A HEARTBEAT. A few months ago, I shared some of the challenges in updating this story from its 1990s origins, but I thought I’d tell you how this book actually came about. When I first started writing, I wrote a book I called The Flame of the Dragon. Don’t bother looking for it.  The manuscript is still gathering dust bunnies under my bed – but who knows?  One day I’ll drag that one out. It was a romantic suspense – woman in jeopardy book that once finished, finaled in
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