Donna Fasano

About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

How You Can Help A Single Mom by @DonnaFaz

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Did you know that one-quarter to one-third of all families in the world are headed by single mothers? In the past, death of a spouse had been the biggest factor. But today the reasons have become much more varied and complicated. Increased rates of divorce and non-marital childbearing, changes in cultural trends, as well as an increase in positions for women in the workplace, and the list goes on. Furthermore, it is estimated that fifty percent of children born today will spend some portion of their childhood in a single-parent household. Would you like to know how you can help a single mom?

Because support is one thing that every parent needs, that’s exactly how you can help a single mom: by offering your help. If you know a single mother, consider reaching out to her with offers of:

  1. A listening ear—Everyone needs to vent emotionally every now and then.
  2. Babysitting—A night to relax away from the kids can do a single mom good!
  3. Taxi Service—There’s no way for a mom to be in two places at once. Consider offering transportation to school or sports practice. This is especially easy if your child attends the same school or is on the same team.
  4. Uplifting—Good deed don’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Bake a cake, send a card, offer a smile, invite her over for dinner, cook dinner for her, help with lawn care (planting flowers in the spring, pulling weeds in the summer), or any other pick-me-up that you can think of.

While stress does take its toll on the emotions and on the health, you can help by reaching out today to a single mom you know.

How You Can Help A Single MomOn sale Feb 27th through March 5th: FALLING FOR A SINGLE MOM – Two Sweet Romance stories for just 99¢. “Fun, Flirty Romances! 5 Stars!”

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A Family Forever and a Cookie Recipe @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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A Family ForeverWhen the weather is cold and blustery, I love the smell of warm cookies fresh out of the oven. These cookies, rich with molasses, cinnamon, and ginger, are scrumptious and perfect with tea and a good book! And have I got a good book for you–the first book in my A Family Forever Series… but first, let’s make the cookies.

Marvelous Molasses Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
¾ cup butter, softened
⅓ cup molasses
1 egg
2 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375º.

Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add molasses and egg, and beat to incorporate. Stir in the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake until just set, between 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen mouthwatering cookies.

Now that the cookies are baked, brew yourself a cup of hot tea and snuggle up with my latest sweet romance novel, A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER. This is the first book of my A Family Forever Series. Available in these fine stores:

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Book 2 of the series, MADE IN PARADISE, will be out soon!

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The Single Daddy Club Box Set 99¢ by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Men VS Women ~ Must We Battle?

Earlier this year, I published a 2-book bundle and I entitled the duo FALLING FOR A SINGLE MOM. When I promoted the bundle, I received messages on both my blog site and on Twitter from a man who lives in Scotland. He seemed to be annoyed that my books featured single women as protagonists.

“Why are they single? What about single dads?”

I considered ignoring him because, in this day and age, you never know how these kinds of internet conversations can go. Sometimes, they can blow up in your face. But the question was hanging out there on my blog comments, so I decided to offer a short, lighthearted answer.

I let the guy know that my protagonists were single because the characters hadn’t yet met the love of their lives, and I went on to assure him that I had written a series called THE SINGLE DADDY CLUB Box Set, which features three single dads. He immediately sent me a private message, apologizing for trying to start an argument. I thought that was very nice of him.

Thank goodness I am an equal opportunity romance writer! I am happy to say that the man from Scotland is still my friend on Twitter. 🙂The Single Daddy Club Box Set

If he happens to see this post, I’d like to alert him (and all admirers of sexy single dads) that THE SINGLE DADDY CLUB BOX SET is on sale for just 99¢ ($7 off the regular cover price). Readers can find the bundle at these fine stores:

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Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s be careful out there.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Spinach Artichoke DipHave you been invited to a holiday party? Here’s an all-time favorite dish that is sure to please everyone. Spinach Artichoke Dip is delicious and easy to prepare. This dip can be served hot out of the oven or at room temperature.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 4-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, patted dry
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cream together the mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Chop the artichokes and stir into the cheese mixture.
  4. Add spinach, onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Transfer dip to a shallow baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Serve the spinach artichoke dip with crusty bread, pita chips, or crackers.

Once you try this Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, you’ll see for yourself that it’s a real crowd-pleaser. Please stop back and let us know if your friends and family liked it!

a beautiful stranger

taking love in stride

An Almost Perfect Christmas

 

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NOOK Press Presents – A Collection of Handpicked Titles

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Nook Press PresentsEditors from NOOK Press have handpicked what they’ve called “the best books from emerging authors and new voices.” The collection consists of 60 exciting titles meant to ignite your holiday reading. Check out the list to find some new favorites: NOOK Press Presents.

Yesterday, I was happily overwhelmed to learn that my new release—GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST—was chosen by the editors. This story features a woman on the run. I don’t normally add suspense elements to my books, so this was a fun book to write. The story also has a light “angelic” paranormal twist that, I hope, will give readers a happy holiday feel.

Other authors who made it onto the NOOK Press Presents list are Barbara Freethy, Belle Andre, Maggie Shayne, and Debbie Macomber, just to mention a few. I hope you’ll take a few moments to look through this amazing list of titles.

Find NOOK Press on Facebook here.

Have you been wanting a NOOK eReader? Or are you interested in buying a NOOK as a holiday gift? Your friends and family who are avid readers would love to find a NOOK eReader under the tree! Find more information here.

Can’t afford an eReader? Barnes & Noble offers a FREE NOOK app, as well, that allows you to buy and read ebooks without purchasing an eReader. Read eBooks anywhere you go on your phone or table. You can download to your phone, tablet, or computer. More information here.

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Favorite Christmas Cookies

Do you love Christmas cookies? Here’s a FREE cookbook for you! FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIES is filled with recipes from some of your favorite authors! You’ll find everything from Almond Crescents, Coffee Pecan Delights, and Swedish Teacake Cookies to Rocks, Butterscotch Brownies and Scottish Shortbread, plus many more delectable recipes!

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Happy Holidays!

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Fried Green Tomatoes #Recipe by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Fried Green TomatoesIt’s harvest time in the garden; time to pluck the last of the fresh veggies from the vine. And that mean gathering the last few tomatoes, be they plump and ripe, or hard and green. My mother used to wrap green tomatoes in newspaper and place them loosely in a cardboard box that she stored in the basement for use all through the autumn months. Here’s my recipe for fried green tomatoes. If you’ve never eaten them, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 large green tomatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup all purpose flour
½ tablespoon granulated onion powder
½ tablespoon granulated garlic powder
Large pinch of cayenne pepper
2 eggs
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Slice tomatoes into ¼ inch slices.Fried Green Tomatoes

Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a skillet.

Dry/wet/dry method:

In one bowl, stir together the flour, onion and garlic powders, and the cayenne pepper.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs until well scrambled.

Put the panko bread crumbs into a third bowl.

Dip the tomato slices into the flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs (get it… dry/wet/dry).

Fry the slices until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes on each side.

Drain on paper towels.

Enjoy!

Fried green tomatoes taste like nothing else I’ve ever eaten. The coating is crunchy and spicy, and the inside is firm but moist and has a slightly sour taste. Very delicious!

*New Release

I have gathered together all the recipes I’ve posted on my blog and published them in a new cookbook, Cooking In All Directions. I hope you’ll look for it.

Lemon Pepper Avocado Spread, Quinoa Salad, Italian Sausage and Kale Soup, Donna’s Carbonara, Bacon Zucchini Fritters, and Lemon Ricotta Pie are just a few of the mouth-watering recipes you’ll find in this easy-to-follow cookbook. The active Table of Contents allows you to locate any recipe quickly.

Stuffed with seventy-five delicious, unpretentious recipes, Cooking In All Directions will call to the heart of any amateur cook or food lover.

What are some of your favorite fall foods?

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Grown-Up Christmas List / LOVE, CHRISTMAS Bundle by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Grown-Up Christmas ListOne of my very favorite holiday traditions is to turn on Christmas tunes and do my holiday baking. My family loves cookies, so I make many batches each year. I give most of them away, but I keep several different kinds so that family and friends can enjoy them through Christmas and New Year’s Day.

One of my favorite holiday songs to listen to while baking is Grown-Up Christmas List by Amy Grant. Yes, it’s years old, but I still love listening to it. Every time I hear it, I think of all the smells that permeate my kitchen—warm vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses—and I’m filled with happiness.

I’d like to share one of my favorite cookie recipes.

These cookies are rich, buttery, and flavorful. Cinnamon and ginger team up with molasses to make these delectable bites the perfect accompaniment to hot tea, coffee, or cider.

Marvelous Molasses Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated white sugar (for dipping)

Heat oven to 375º.

Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add molasses and egg, and beat to incorporate. Stir in the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip tops in granulated white sugar. Place balls, sugar side up, onto lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until just set, between 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen mouth-watering cookies.

I hope you’ll look for LOVE, CHRISTMAS, a bundle of all-new holiday stories based on beloved holiday songs. That’s where you can find my Christmas story, GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST.

Join our Launch Party on Oct 17th and 18th on Facebook. There will be fun and games and prizes. See you there!

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How to Fall Asleep – 7 #LifeHacks That Work @DonnaFaz

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How To Fall Asleep

My lil’ sweet pea, Astrid

Come on, admit it. All of us have trouble falling asleep sometimes. I searched the internet to find some LifeHacks on how to fall asleep. (What’s a LifeHack? It’s a strategy or technique that helps to more efficiently manage one’s time and daily activities.) So here are some proven methods of how to fall asleep.

Set a Formal Bedtime –

Hey, you give your school-aged children a set bedtime; do the same for yourself. A set bedtime helps your brain manage its melatonin and serotonin, and also helps balance your circadian rhythm.

Keep your Bedroom Cool –

When you sleep, your body temperature drops. Allowing cool (not cold!) to circulate gives you the opportunity to snuggle up and not become so hot that you wake up. This is proven science!

Drink Warm Milk –

Psychologists have speculated that drinking warm milk before bed promotes falling asleep. Choosing milk over an alcoholic choice will also have you feeling better in the morning, too.

Eat Some Turkey Before Bed –

Turkey is rich in tryptophan, a chemical that induces drowsiness and sleepiness. Think about it… don’t you want to take a nap after that Thanksgiving feast?

Cut Out Caffeine –

I can’t drink caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda) after twelve o’clock noon or my sleep in disrupted. Your tolerance may vary, but cutting the caffeine by a specific time each day will help you fall asleep faster.

Buy Some Blackout Curtains –

Light seeping through the window can disturb your sleep. Invest in blackout curtains. They’re a great way to keep your room dark and help you sleep better.

Read A Good Book –

This is probably my favorite tip! I read every night before falling asleep. Incorporating reading into your sleep routine helps your body and mind relax so that falling asleep is easier.

So there are my LifeHacks on how to fall asleep. What tips would you add? Please leave a comment below! Thanks!

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