NEW YEAR, NEW RELEASE, NEW DEAL

I hope you all have something to celebrate at the beginning of this new year. I certainly do with the January 8th publication of ANIMAL ATTRACTION (Kindred Souls Book 2). To celebrate, I’ve arranged a 99c sale for Book 1, ANIMAL INSTINCTS, normally selling for $3.99 — a new deal for those of you who haven’t yet read the beginning of this thrilling new paranormal romance series.The Kindred are shapeshifting predators of various sorts with a very unusual origin story. The Lazares are the premiere family of black panther shifters. Cezar Lazare runs the clan and the casino boat where they work/live with its “by invitation only” cloaked lower decks. There, magic reigns. His three children – Luc, Nuala and Nik – try to embrace their heritage while trying not to be seduced by love. Their partners are not of their clan. They are all “something else,” which raises the stakes of the stories.

Readers ask how I got the idea for this series. It was a long process, which started with reading other paranormal romance series and then building my own world different from anything I’ve read. And then there are the animals. I’m a cat person. I’m a “big cat” person, as well.

I’ve volunteered at Lincoln Park Zoo for more than a decade. For years I was stationed across from the lion house. The big cats across from me were tigers, including a mother and her cubs. That started a love affair for me. I would walk to their outside area and watch mom teach her cubs to swim. Or keep them afloat. Walking around the house, I would reach the puma enclosure with its two sisters, who always seemed to be asleep. So I would whistle to them. Softly, of course, so that one of the mountain lions would get up and pace her enclosure before me. Of course those memories made me want to write about big cats, both shifters and the zoo kind.

If you haven’t read ANIMAL INSTINCTS, I invite you to do so while it’s on sale. And if you have read it, ANIMAL ATTRACTION is on pre-order and will be published in the next few days.


ANIMAL INSTINCTS

Half-human, half-Kindred, Luc Lazare doesn’t want more complications in his life. He’s focused on protecting his shapeshifting family and love is the last distraction he needs.

Skye Cross has the ability to talk to animals. Her most recent animal rescue mission–stopping an alleged dog fight–actually involved shifters in a primal battle. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers both unsettle and intrigue her. Skye quickly finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed, while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust.

Coming from two different worlds, can Luc and Skye overcome the obstacles fated to keep them apart?

Available now for 99c

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ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Detective Ethan Grainger is horrified when a public official is found dead in the park, killed by an animal. Fearing it’s a shifter kill and heads for The Ark, where he seeks out Nuala Lazare, a Kindred pregnant by Ethan’s late partner Shade. He’d come to terms with Chicago’s supernatural underground, but because Nuala holds him responsible for Shade’s death—and because he is attracted to her—he’s avoided her until now.

Ethan is the last man Nuala wants to see, and she has enough to deal with being near term, realizing her fatherless child will be a half-breed like her brother Luc, who experienced tremendous prejudice and guilt while growing up. She plans to move from The Ark to live like a human for her daughter.

Ethan must keep Shade’s child from being corrupted by the criminal element of the Kindred Lazare clan. Which means he must get close to Nuala—not an easy task. As they get to know each other, their attraction becomes unbearable. Will Ethan keep his loyalty to his murdered partner or succumb to Nuala’s irresistible temptation?

Publication date January 8!

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Back on Track in January

I don’t know about you, but after a month of holiday temptations, I’m feeling like a blimp. Time to tighten my belt and get back on my normal eating plan.

I discovered my strategy of choice a few years ago when I read an article about a British physician, Dr. Michael Mosley, who was enthusiastic about the 2-day-a-week diet. It’s also known as the 5-2 diet or the Fast Diet (and has been featured on NPR).  You basically enjoy your customary eating pattern five days a week. The other two, you cut down to 500 calories if you are a woman or 600 if you are a man.

It’s simple, and it works.  I admit it’s a little hard to get used to only 500 calories. But it’s only for a day at a time. If you’re craving a corned beef sandwich or a chicken drumstick, you can have it the next day.

When I say I’m returning to the diet, I never totally abandoned it. But some weeks in December, it’s pretty hard to find two days when you’re not eating Christmas cookies and candy or going to parties. So yeah, I’ve let my willpower slip a little. But now that we’re into the new year, I’m back on the wagon. Lunch today will be a big salad with fat-free dressing, low-calorie vegetables and a little meat.  Dinner will be homemade vegetable soup.

You probably know that if I get enthusiastic about food, I start designing recipes.  When I first encountered the 5-2 diet, I wanted to figure out what I could make that would taste good but still fit into the plan. My friend Nancy Baggett, an excellent cookbook author, was also interested. She does a lot of baking, and the 5-2 helps keep her weight down while sampling the goodies she creates.

We wrote our first healthy-eating cookbook in the early eighties. With our years of experience, we were convinced we could develop a wide range of low-cal dishes that were palate pleasing and easy to make. Our seventy-five recipes in the 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook include everything from soups, salads, sandwiches, and main dishes to side dishes, breakfast foods, and desserts. They all have 200 or fewer calories per serving, and they taste as good as they look in the book’s full-color pictures. We’ve also got daily menus and snack suggestions. Here’s one of our favorite main-dish soups. In fact, this recipe would fit into just about any low-cal / low-carb diet.

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Tex-Mex Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup

Think of this hearty ground beef and bean soup as a cross between chili and mixed vegetable soup. It makes a hearty lunch or dinner entrée. For extra zip, top each serving with a little more salsa and a few fresh cilantro sprigs.

Makes 4 140-calorie servings, about 2 1/4 cups each.

4 oz extra-lean ground beef

6 cups fat-free beef broth or bouillon

1 cup mild bottled salsa

2 cups coarsely shredded green cabbage

1 cup chopped sweet green pepper

1/2 cup kidney beans

3/4 cup frozen corn kernels

1/2 tsp each chili powder and ground cumin, or to taste

  1. In a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, stirring constantly until lightly browned all over, about 6 minutes. If it begins to stick to the pan, stir in a little broth.
  2. Add broth and salsa, then vegetables and seasonings.
  3. 3. Cook at a low boil, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes until flavors are well blended and soup has cooked down slightly.

Soup will keep refrigerated for 2 or 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

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Our primary goal was to create dishes that taste good, because when you’re enjoying what you’re eating, you’re more satisfied. If you’d like to give the 5-2 diet a try, the 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook is on sale for $1.99 until January 18.

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And if you’d like to talk about January diets, I’d love to hear your strategies.

Nancy Baggett’s latest cookbook is The Art of Cooking with Lavender.

 

Brand New Novella in The Collective Order series!

I never thought I’d ever write a book with any kind of paranormal element, even though I enjoy watching movies and reading books such as True Blood. My latest release, THE LOST SOUL dives into remote viewing, telepathy, visions, and other psychic abilities.

This is one of the few series I’ve written where it’s a good idea to read them in order and because of that I’m offering the first book for free. This offers ends tonight at midnight EST.  I’m also offering the second book for .99 through the 7th of this month.

I got the idea for this series when I was talking to a friend of mine about my days at Camp Chingachgook and a group called: the Order. This was a special group of campers and staff members who have a strong bond with the traditions of Chingachgook. While I was talking some of the traditions and the stories we used to tell around the camp fire. I knew the series would include psychic abilities, but I wanted to create a legacy of some kind.

So, I came up with a prophecy about four quadruplet boys, separated at birth, who will meet and fall in love with four special sisters and they will form The Collective Order, the most powerful group of psychics. The goal of this group will be to protect psychics and make sure that these skills are used only for good. Now, yes, that is a far cry from my days at camp, but that is where the concept started.

And what was really fun is in the first book, THE LOST SISTER, I use the setting of Camp Chingachgook for part of the story. That was so much fun to write. I can close my eyes and be back at camp, seeing and remembering every detail! Setting is so important to me. I almost always write about places I’ve been or lived.

I hope you’ll give this series a try!

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Native American Wisdom – #Inspiration To Live An Ideal

Native American WisdomI have always been enamored by Native American wisdom. How can a person not be utterly impressed by a quote like this:

“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are. But rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.” ~Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

It isn’t surprising that I ended up writing a book with a Native American hero. I loved creating a second-chance love story for Tyne Whitlock and Lucas Silver Hawk. However, the character in the book most mentioned by reviewers isn’t the hero but Uncle Jasper, a wizened elder who offers plenty of Native American wisdom to the other characters in the book.

I’m very proud of RECLAIM MY HEART. And I’m really happy to let readers know that Montlake Romance is offering the Kindle ebook for just 99¢ this month. That’s a $3.00 savings off the regular price. I hope you’ll take advantage of the savings. This book has 314 reviews with a 4.5 out of 5 star average. Happy Reading!

What readers are saying about RECLAIM MY HEART:

“Donna Fasano is a keen observer of human nature and creates characters that ring true to life.” ~BigAl from Books and Pals Review Blog, 5 stars

“…didn’t want the book to end.” Kindle Reader, 5 stars

“I have to admit, I fell for Uncle Jasper. I loved his gentle wisdom and story-telling to make points which helped the characters accept their past decisions and learn from them.” Kindle Reader, 5 stars

“Beautiful story!” Kindle Reader, 5 stars

“Uncle Jasper was amazing!” Kindle Reader, 5 stars

Find RECLAIM MY HEART in the Kindle Store.

Available at regular price in paperback and as an audiobook.