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

Reusable Shopping Bags Around the World by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz

Years ago, I traveled to the south of France with my husband. We visited Antibes, Nice, Menton, La Grande-Motte, Montpellier, and other lovely little towns along the Mediterranean Sea. I have visited several towns and cities in Italy, and I’ve also visited the UK and Brussels, Belgium. One of the things that struck me on these travels was that everyone brought their own reusable shopping bags when they went to buy groceries. I wondered why we didn’t do that in the US. So when I returned home from that very first trip, I started taking reusable shopping bags with me to the grocery store. Back then, cashiers didn’t like it when customers brought their own bags to the store because it slowed them down. I can’t tell you how many annoyed looks I received back then. But I’m happy to say, this attitude is changing!

Reusable Shopping Bags

I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico last month. (I rode an aerial tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains. What a stunningly beautiful place! Please see the picture above.) I learned that the stores in Albuquerque charge 10¢ for each bag that is provided by the grocery story. I was very pleased that businesses in the south west are strongly encouraging customers to bring in their own reusable shopping bags. I am hoping businesses all over the country will soon do the same.

Did you know that there are some reusable shopping bags that are made of recycled soda bottles? I love these bags I found on Amazon. You can even find light-weight reusable produce bags. How do you feel about recycling, renewing, reusing? Would you consider bringing your own reusable bags when you go shopping?

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Christmas is coming! To celebrate, I’ve put all three of my Christmas books on sale for 99¢ each. These heartwarming stories are sure to fill you with the spirit of Christmas. The Kindle prices are good worldwide and the links below should take you to your area Kindle Store. Happy Holidays!

Her Mr. Miracle

An Almost Perfect Christmas  

Grown-Up Christmas List

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The Black Bear Brothers Series by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz

“We are the land … that is the fundamental idea embedded in Native American life. The Earth is the mind of the people as we are the mind of the earth. The land is not really the place (separate from ourselves) where we act out the drama of our isolate destinies. It is not a means of survival, a setting for our affairs … It is rather a part of our being, dynamic, significant, real. It is our self …”  ~ Paula Gunn Allen, Laguna Pueblo (found in We Are The Land: Native American Views of Nature)

I have always been enamored by the attitudes of the Native American peoples regarding nature. And although there are many different Native American cultures with many different views on nature, there is at least one commonality.

  • Nature deserves reverence and respect.

My fascination with Native American life and culture subsequently led me to write a series of contemporary romance novels called the Black Bear Brothers. I set the books on a fictitious reservation and I’ve even made up a tribe called the Kolheek so that I didn’t offend anyone by “getting it wrong.” This series is a tribute to my love of Native American life and culture, and I hope readers will enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

About the Black Bear Brothers series:

Makwa men are solid, trustworthy, and above reproach. Mat. Dakota. Chay.

Three men successfully making their way in the world… until each is hit with an unexpected tragedy that sends him reeling. Mat receives an overwhelming responsibility. Dakota is struck by a shocking betrayal. And Chay experiences a nightmarish crisis.

One by one, the men return to Misty Glen Reservation—the place they were raised by their shaman grandfather. Home… where the story begins.

The Black Bear Brothers Series:

An Honorable Man, Book 1:  Kindle   Paperback
Woman of His Heart, Book 2:  Kindle (coming soon in Paperback)
Healing Chay, Book 3:  Kindle (coming soon in Paperback)

The Black Bear Brothers Series

 

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

This cake is rich, moist, and chocolaty. I recently baked this Sour Cream Fudge Cake for a special occasion, filling it with Nutella and frosting it with vanilla butter cream icing. Everyone loved it! Give it a try.

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Ingredients

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

For the cake:

  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup Nutella

For the butter cream frosting:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Spray two 8 or 9 inch round pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sour cream, milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined, scraping the bowl occasionally, about 3 minute. Pour evenly into pans.
  3. Bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 28 to 32 min. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire rack. Cool completely! If you don’t let the cake cool before assembling it, the Nutella will melt and you’ll have a mess on your hands.
  4. For the frosting: Beat the butter with electric mixing until fluffy. Add confectioner sugar, sour cream, and vanilla, and beat until combined, fluffy, and of spreading consistency.
  5. Place one cake layer on a plate. Spread Nutella over it. Top with second layer, and then cover sides and top with butter cream frosting.

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This month, I am offering my book HER FAKE ROMANCE for just 99¢ for Kindle readers—a $3 savings off the regular price! Julia, the protagonist in the book, is a caterer and this Sour Cream Fudge Cake is something she might bake. Here are a few reviews for the book:

“I loved the emotional build-up with just the right amount of sexual tension.” ~Kindle Reader

“…strong characters, heated passion.” ~Romantic Times

“The author’s style was pure delight, fun and funky. Modern and very entertaining. I never would have thought that a fake romance could be so funny and emotional at the same time. HJ Top Pick!”  ~HarlequinJunkie.com

About the book:

“Mom, get a life!”

Her teenage daughter’s words are daunting. True, struggling single mom Julia Jones hasn’t had a date in over a decade, but she could still catch a man–if she needed to! So Julia, who claims not to want a husband, finds herself entangled in a fake romance.

Ryan Shane is tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome. And he just so happens to need a no-strings date himself. Their plan is perfectly thought out. Until a conveniently staged good-night kiss turns into very inconvenient passion…

This book contains bonus material that includes several delicious recipes! Grab this deal in the Kindle Store.

Happy Eating and Happy Reading!

Farro Salad is Healthy and Delicious

I’ve heard farro called an “ancient” grain which means it has been cultivated for thousands of years. My first attempt at using farro failed miserably. I bought a type of small-grained farro that had a very earthy taste. I didn’t like it at all. But I decided to try again and I have to say, this Farro Salad is healthy and delicious!

I bought a large-grain farro described on the package as pearled (pictured below). Once cooked, the grains are plump, moist, and chewy. I would compare them to old-fashioned barley. Pearled farro is perfect for this easy summer salad because the farro absorbs the dressing, which makes for a very flavorful dish.

Summer Farro Salad

2 1/4 cups vegetable broth (or water)

1 cup pearled farro, rinsed and drained

1 cup celery, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh tomato, cut in small cubes

1 cup fresh zucchini, cut in small cubes

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely minced

1 teaspoon Salad Supreme (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup Robusto Italian Salad Dressing

  1. Prepare the farro: in a medium sized pot, heat the water to boiling and add the farro. Turn down the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until farro is cooked through but still toothsome (chewy). Do not overcook. Cool completely.
  2. Add cooled farro, celery, tomato, zucchini, and parsley to a large bowl. Sprinkle the Salad Supreme, salt, and pepper over everything. Pour on the dressing and stir to combine. Chill and serve. (As the salad sits, the farro will absorb the dressing. Add more dressing, as desired.)

Feel free to swap out any of the vegetables for those you prefer. If you don’t like raw zucchini, use cucumber instead. Not a fan of celery, use broccoli or cauliflower or black olives… whatever you like. This farro salad is healthy and delicious. It’s a versatile, nutritious summer side dish that’s out-of-the-ordinary. And who doesn’t like out-of-the-ordinary?

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I’m offering a 3-book bundle for 60% off the regular price. A FAMILY FOREVER usually sells for $7.99. During August, the bundle will be available for just $1.99. This boxed set includes one marriage-of-convenience, one secret child, and one fantasy romance. Grab this box of beach reads before you go on vacation!

Farro Salad is Healthy and Delicious

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