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

Live Your Dreams Through Goal-setting by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Live Your Dream Through Goal-SettingGoal-setting propels us forward in life. It’s the fuel that makes dreams come true.

That might sound hokey, but it’s true. Envisioning a desire and setting out a plan to get there will make all the difference in a life well-lived. Setting goals helps us to focus. It also helps us avoid procrastination and motivates us to take action.

There are professional goals and personal goals. Both are invaluable.

Because I’m a writer, my professional goals are pretty clear. In the broad sense, I want to continue to create stories and characters that entertain readers. In a more narrow sense, I want to publish the 2 stories I am currently working on within in the next month. Setting deadlines is a great way to keep motivation strong and make forward momentum measurable.

When it comes to my personal goals, my dreams are a little more fluid. I want to travel. Experiencing new things sounds very exciting to me. Another huge goal of mine is meeting interesting people.

Do you make goals for yourself? Also, is spending time planning ways to make your dreams come true important to you? Whether you’re a good goal-setter or not, imagining a new and exciting future is not only inspiring, it’s lots of fun!

Please share some of your goals in the comment section. It doesn’t matter how ordinary or how “wild and crazy” they might be. Also, what are your thoughts on goal-setting? Is it important to you? Why or why not?

An Accidental FamilyIn An Accidental Family, Robin and Jonas have a goal: to do anything it takes to care for their nephew. These two people are like water and oil, but one sweet little boy will force them to see each other differently.

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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.

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Head to the Mountains for Romance by @DonnaFaz

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My husband and I share a love of the outdoors. Early in our marriage, we enjoyed renting a cabin at Herrington Manor State Park and spent vacations in the mountains during different seasons of the year. Although cabin 18 (our favorite!) was rustic, it did have the necessary amenities—an indoor bathroom and kitchen. And there was mountain laurel everywhere!

Some of our favorite activities were picnicking on the edge of the lake and hiking up to the top of the mountain. One day, we happened upon an old grave site. Shafts of sunlight trickled through the high, leafy tree tops and silence permeated the air, giving the spot a truly seraphic feel. Most of all, we enjoyed nightfall, when we would head out to the meadow, spread out a blanket and lie on our backs to take in the glorious show. The stars of the Milky Way are a stunning sight to behold. Especially so, far away from the city lights.

The time I spent in the park left an indelible mark on me. It was here that the idea for MOUNTAIN LAUREL was born. Michael Walker is a rugged forest ranger (of course!). And Laurel Morgan is a young woman who, well, is doing the best she can. Here’s more about the story:

So what if Laurel Morgan hasn’t had a date in years? Her dysfunctional family makes creating a private life next to impossible. But if all it will take to convince her teenage sister to turn her life around is to go on a few dates and have some fun, it’s a bet she can beat. And before she can change her mind, rugged forest ranger Michael Walker agrees to play the part of her ardent admirer.

Laurel is stunned by Michael’s convincing acting abilities. Whenever her sister’s watching, Laurel finds herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promises a performance that will win her the wager, but when the curtain closes, will she lose the only man she will ever love?

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Donna Fasano is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose books have sold over 4 million copies worldwide. She’s the recipient of a Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award as well as a three-time winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion. If you enjoy the writing styles of Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber, Barbara Freethy, and RaeAnne Thayne, you will enjoy Donna Fasano’s upbeat and romantic stories.

Mountain Laurel takes place in the hills of Western Maryland.

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.

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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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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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

 

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.

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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!

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.

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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?

Cooking In All Directions

 

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.

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