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

Domestic Abuse by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz #mgtab

When I write stories, sometimes secondary characters crop up out of the blue. This happened in my latest holiday novella, HER MR. MIRACLE. Adam, the hero of the story, is a kind, compassionate, and giving man. When a victim of domestic abuse shows up on his doorstep, he does not hesitate to offer her a safe haven. “Tracy” turned out to be an interesting secondary character in the book, and her actions during her short appearance in the story completely surprised me… even though I probably shouldn’t have been surprised. I can’t offer any more details that might spoil the story for readers. However, I did want to offer up some information I discovered during my research on domestic abuse.

Did you know there is a National Domestic Abuse Hotline? I didn’t know. I’m going to provide the information here just in case you or someone you know might ever need it:

Let’s start with the website: https://www.thehotline.org/

This website is filled with valuable information. You can find answers to questions such as: What is Abuse? Why do people abuse? Why do people stay in abusive relationships? You can also learn about healthy relationships and setting boundaries. There is also a list of resources. Someone is always available to chat online; all you need to do is click “chat now.”

If you fear your internet activity might be monitored, you can call the hotline:

1−800−799−7233

TTY: 1−800−787−3224

As I said, “Tracy” is a secondary character who showed up unannounced in my story, but she made me go out and do a little research that I wanted to pass on to you.

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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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Favorite Holiday Recipes Cookbook Free for Kindle, Nook, Kobo

Twenty-six authors from Authors’ Billboard have put together a cookbook to celebrate our new release, LOVE, CHRISTMAS – MOVIES YOU LOVE (The Holiday Series, Book 2). FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES cookbook was edited by author Rebecca York and contains 26 delicious recipes. The images are just beautiful. And the best news yet? FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES cookbook is FREE!

Here is just one of the recipes included in the book:

Christmas Eve Lasagna, from HER MR. MIRACLE, by Donna Fasano

Family is all important to Adam Rone—and so is tradition. That’s why the rag-tag family he’s assembled spends Christmas Eve together, laughing and making memories. Now, Veronica Clark, on the other hand, couldn’t give two hoots about tradition. In fact, she’s running from her family as hard as she can. But she’s stranded in Adam’s town, and this miraculous man intends to help her. Looks like she might just tumble nose over toes in love with HER MR. MIRACLE.

Makes 12 servings

9 lasagna noodlesFavorite Holiday Recipes Cookbook
1 lb. ground mild Italian sausage
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
2 6-oz cans tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsps sugar
3 Tbsps plus 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced, divided
1 Tbsp dried basil leaves
3/4 tsp fennel seed
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 15-oz container ricotta cheese
1 large egg, beaten
4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain. Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook sausage, beef, and onion over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until meat is brown, breaking meat into crumbles. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Drain off fat.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, sugar, 3 tablespoons parsley, basil, fennel, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg, 1/4 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Preheat oven 350° F. Assemble lasagna: Spread 2 cups meat sauce to coat the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Layer with 3 noodles. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture evenly over noodles. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan evenly over ricotta. Repeat layers twice more. Top with remaining sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Dish will be full.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 minutes or until bubbly around the sides and golden on top. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Cover and leftovers and store in the refrigerator. Will keep for 5 days.

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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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Toe-Curling Blueberry Muffins #Recipe @DonnaFaz

Toe-Curling Blueberry MuffinBecause September has arrived with its cooler temperatures, we can turn on the oven and begin baking again. (Baking is a favorite pastime of mine!) I’m using this recipe for Toe-Curling Blueberry Muffins in a new novella I am currently writing. The recipe will be included in the book, but I just couldn’t wait so I’m posting it here. Blueberry muffins with crumble topping are my favorite. These are easy to make. If you decide to give this recipe a try, I hope you’ll let me know if they make your toes curl!

Toe-Curling Blueberry Muffins

Makes 8 large muffins

For the muffin batter:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

For the topping:

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, softened

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. To make muffin batter: combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, milk, and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix. Gently stir in the blueberry just until they are well distributed. Do not mash the fruit.
  3. To make topping: in a small bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add the softened butter and stir with a fork until all ingredients are combined. Topping will be crumbly.
  4. Fill the muffing tins to the top with batter and top each muffin with a heaping tablespoon of topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.

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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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Rich Decadent Cocoa Brownies #Recipe by @DonnaFaz

Rich Decadent Cocoa BrowniesI somehow ended up with 3 open containers of cocoa in my pantry and I was looking for a recipe to use up some of it. I found a brownie recipe at Epecurious.com that looked interesting and I did a little fiddling. (I’ll bet you’re not surprised.) The result is rich decadent cocoa brownies that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving.

Rich Decadent Cocoa Brownies

10 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the melted butter, the white and brown sugars, and the cocoa. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until eggs are well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Add flour and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over beat. Stir in walnuts. Batter will thick.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared 8 inch square baking pan and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

As you can see in the pictures, I’ve drizzled my rich decadent cocoa brownies with store bought caramel sauce, but these brownies would also be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (They’re also delicious all on their own. Just ask my husband, who got up in the middle of the night for several more rich decadent cocoa brownies.)

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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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