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

16 Inspiring Quotes

We hope these inspiring quotes will motivate you, encourage you, cheer you, and lift you to a higher place.

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” ~Diane Von Furstenberg

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” ~Will Rogers

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” ~Jim Rohn

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller

Inspiring Quotes

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” ~Isabel Allende

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” ~Anne Lamott

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” ~Dr. Seuss

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” ~Dolly Parton

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” ~Louise Hay

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” ~Sonia Sotomayor

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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4 Tips to Get Organized in the New Year by @Donna_Fasano

Get OrganizedA brand new year always gives me a hopeful feeling. A chance to get on the right track. To get organized. And to declutter, clear out, rethink, and reorganize—my home, my work space, my mind, my life. It’s good to re-evaluate how and why we do the things we do or keep the things we keep. Whether it’s a full remodel job (I’m planning a DIY storage system for my walk-in closet) or just a small sprucing up of a room, a desk, or an exercise and diet routine, it’s great to start the New Year with a sense of accomplishment. Here are 4 tips to help you get organized in 2022.

Reassess your daily routine

What’s the best time to rise and shine? Which hours of the day are you most productive in your work? Do normal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) eating times work best for you? Or do you tend to eat off-schedule? Are you giving yourself enough down time? How’s your exercise routine going? Are you getting enough sleep? The answers to these questions will help you reassess and reorganize your daily routine.

Keep everything in its place

Stand in the middle of any room in your home and take a look around. If your gaze lands on objects you haven’t used in a while, seriously consider getting rid of them. (You don’t have to throw them away. Donate usable items to thrift stores.) While inspecting the room, do you see items out of place? Decluttering and keeping my things where they belong always, always makes me more productive.

Make lists

I love making a daily list of things I want to get done. Checking off those “things to do” always has me feeling that I’ve spent my time wisely.

Focus on one task at a time

Let’s face it, sometimes we all have to multi-task. But I find that I do a better job if I take a deep, cleansing breath and focus on one task at a time. Focusing my energy means I will get a job done in less time. Plus, when I do one thing at a time, I find the task is completed at a higher standard than it would be if I’m trying to do several things at once.

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The first three books in my Ocean City Boardwalk Series feature 3 women who live and work in the seaside town of Ocean City, Maryland. Young widow Sara Carson, serious-minded Heather Phillips, and wild-child Cathy Whitley have been friends since grade school. Follow these enterprising woman as they face hardship, life trials, and tense relationships. Life by the ocean isn’t just fun in the sun—love is waiting on those sandy shores!

These books are available:  Amazon  *  Barnes and Noble  *  Kobo  *  iTunes

The eBook version of Book one is reasonably priced at $1.99 at all stores. All 3 books are available in paperback:  Amazon  *  Barnes and Noble.


Ocean City Boardwalk

Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Sweet Potato SoupI love soup on chilly winter evenings. This Sweet Potato Soup recipe is a real winner. The earthy aroma of the sage and garlic will fill your kitchen and have everyone coming in to see what’s cooking. Everyone will love the creamy, savory, and slightly sweet taste of this soup that’s filled chucks of ham and sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, which are important for brain and nervous system health. They’re also a good source of potassium and magnesium which help regulate blood pressure and improve heart health.

 

Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb fully-cooked ham, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large leek, cleaned well and sliced thin (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 can chicken broth (about 14 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small can evaporated milk (about 5 ounces)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  1. Put the oil in a pot and fry the ham cubes, stirring constantly, until slightly crispy on the edges (about 5 minutes). Then remove the ham from the pot.
  2. Add the leeks and cook until slightly wilted. Add the sweet potatoes, garlic, sage, chicken broth, water, and evaporated milk. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Place half the soup into a blender (secure the lid by placing a kitchen towel over the top to prevent splatters) and then puree until smooth. Return to the soup pot and add the ham. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl with sour cream and sliced scallions. Enjoy!

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This month I’ve reduced the price of all 3 of my Christmas books. Today, I’m featuring AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS. It’s the story of how one little girl brings together her widower daddy and her favorite pediatric nurse.

An Almost Perfect Christmas

 

3 DIY Facial Mask Recipes for an At-Home Spa Day

Face Mask RecipesThe hectic holiday season is upon us. Please don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are 3 easy, DIY Facial Mask Recipes that will make you feel less stressed and very pampered. All three recipes require simply, easy-to-find ingredients. A quick trip to the grocery store and you’ll have everything you need to indulge in a little self care. And that is something we could all use more of, right?

Easy Papaya Mask

What you will need:

  • 1 Ripe Papaya
  • Warm Water

Cut a slice from the papaya and remove the seeds and the fruit. Save the fruit for a snack; the pulp of the papaya fruit contains two enzymes, papain and chymopapain. (Both enzymes digest proteins, meaning they can help with digestion and reduce inflammation. Papain is an ingredient in some over-the-counter digestive supplements to help with minor upset stomach.) Rub the inside of the peel on your clean face, focusing on the area around and under the eyes (crow’s feet), around the mouth (smile lines), and the forehead (frown lines). Don’t forget your neck and the backs of your hands. Let the fruit juice to sit on your skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool, clear water. Gently pat the skin dry.

 

Easy Yogurt Mask

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, plain, unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Yogurt contains lactic acid which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and tightens skin and shrinks pores. Olive oil soften and hydrates skin. Mix together the yogurt and the oil. Smooth onto face, neck, and the back of hands. Let the mask sit on skin for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm, clear water. Pat dry.

Soothing Honey Mask

What you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Honey is a humectant which means it helps the skin retain moisture. It’s also an anti-bacterial that will has healing properties. Apple cider vinegar balances the skin’s pH and sooths damaged skin. This is a good mask for adult acne. Mix together the honey and the vinegar. Smooth over face. Allow mask to sit on face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool, clear water. Gently pat dry.

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I have reduced the price of all three of my Christmas stories for the month of December. I hope you’ll take a look. Oh, and YOU could give me a wonderful gift this holiday season… if you’ve read my Christmas stories and you’ve enjoyed them, please take a moment to leave a review. Good reviews help new readers find my books. Thank you! And HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours!

GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST is available for:

Kindle  *  Nook  *  Kobo

Grown-Up Christmas List

AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS is available for:

Kindle

An Almost Perfect Christmas

HER MR. MIRACLE is available for:

Kindle

Her Mr Miracle