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

Bacon Zucchini Fritters ~ #Recipes for #Foodies @DonnaFaz

I’ve had one of those days today. You know the ones, where you’re feeling creative in the kitchen. I pulled some ingredients out of my refrigerator and pantry, and I wondered what I could make with them. I had bacon, a zucchini, Locatelli cheese, eggs, flour, you get the picture. I came up with this recipe for Bacon Zucchini Fritters and it’s so delicious I decided to write it down. When you write it down, you know it’s good.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters Bacon Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients:

5 strips of bacon, fried crisp, drained, chopped
3 cups zucchini, grated (leave the skin on)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced (slice a little extra for garnish)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, or to taste
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients, except the oil, until well incorporated.

  1. Heat a frying pan on high until it’s hot, add oil to the pan, and then turn the pan down to medium heat. You want the oil almost to the smoking point.

  1. Use an ice cream scoop (a large spoon works too) to portion out the batter and fry in batches for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side until golden. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.

  1. I served these fritters as a side dish, garnished with thinly sliced scallions and a dollop of sour cream.

Serves 3-4

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Cooking In All Directions

This is just one of the recipes you’ll find in my Cooking In All Directions cookbook, a collection of 75 recipes that I have posted on my blog. The cookbook is available in these ebook outlets:

Kindle ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ iBooks

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Also this month, I’m offering my Second Chance Valentine for just 99¢ – that’s a $2 savings off the regular price. Here’s more information about the story:

As teens, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180 pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

This book contains bonus recipes from Joe’s Place!

This book is available for Kindle readers

As an Amazon, Nook, and Apple affiliate, I earn a couple of pennies on qualifying purchases when you use the links I have posted here.

 

15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions

Many people will make New Year resolutions to ring in 2020, but we seldom keep our promises for very long. Reevaluating your life is hard stuff! Here’s a list of New Year resolutions that will make you feel better, physically and mentally. These suggestions aren’t that difficult and are sure to make you feel happier about who you are.   

  1. Practice anonymous random acts of kindness.
  2. Make at least one person smile each day.
  3. Read at least one book each month. (Don’t forget to review it. The author will SMILE! See resolution #2.)
  4. Go someplace you’ve never been.
  5. Be kinder to yourself.
  6. Be kinder to others.
  7. Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
  8. Take the stairs. It’s good for you.
  9. Let go of old hurts and grudges.
  10. Forgive.
  11. Try a new hobby.
  12. Donate all clothing you haven’t worn in a year.
  13. Start and end each day consciously feeling happy and grateful.
  14. Buy less plastic. It’s bad for our planet.
  15. Stay in touch with the people who matter.

What New Year resolutions would you add to the list?

Jan 99¢ Sale!

TWO HEARTS IN WINTER is book 2 of The Ocean City Boardwalk Series. The book is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes iBooks.

15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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