Birthday Ruminations by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz #mgtab

I hit a milestone birthday last week and I’ve been pondering some birthday ruminations about how I’ve lived my life. Have I achieved success? Have I helped others? Am I living with purpose? Have I learned from my struggles? Have I been true to my deepest values? Yeah. Deep birthday ruminations, right?

I’ve spent a large part of my life writing romance novels. Now, I realize that I’ll never save the world with my writing. But I do feel that my happily-ever-after stories have the ability to lift spirits, warm hearts, and put smiles on faces.

I remember a fan letter that arrived in the spring of 1995 written by a woman who lived in Oklahoma City at the time. She explained that she had lost eleven friends and family members in the horrible bombing. I had a book published by Harlequin that same month and the woman said that she had gotten lost in one chapter of my book each night for ten nights. She thanked me for giving her a respite from her grief. That letter made me cry.

Creating characters and inventing stories has brought me a great deal of happiness. Will my books change the world? No. But I hope they’ve offered readers a bit of joy. In fact, if my life were a book, I think I’d like the title to be A Little Joy Every Day.

If your life were a book, what would your title be?

Birthday Ruminations

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The Human Condition and Sisterhood

There’s something to be said about a sense of belonging, whether it’s with your loving partner, or a group of ladies with like-minded interests, who’re the best friends ever. So, I’ll try to make this post short and sweet.

Regarding The Authors’ Billboard and Our Sisterhood: We applaud each other’s triumphs (and there are many), offer heartfelt comfort and empathy when we’re experiencing life’s downward slides or chaos and, as a community, we all have each other’s backs.

About Social Media: I’ve met some darn fine people over the course of my journey through social media, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say so. My dearest hope is I will have the honor of meeting all of you individually someday. So, let’s start planning!

About the human condition, in particularly my man: I am That Person who was glad to see 2018 depart. I’d hoped 2019 would bring less sorrow and more joy for my hubby, but it doesn’t look too promising. Even so, I’m extremely grateful how my sisterhood has supported my man and me during these last trying months.

So! What DOES Zippity-Doo-Dah really look like? Here’s a sample of the awesome sets The Authors’ Billboard has created for our fans, with many more to come this year. It would take me way too long to list them all, so please enjoy a titillating taste of what’s in store for you.

Available for Pre-Order Now! A Night She’ll Remember.

Look Out!

Lives change as passions flare when nine USA Today Bestselling Authors share tales of intrigue, hints of suspense and new romance guaranteed to keep you reading.
Second chances, broken engagements, accidents, misled information and opposites attract are just some of what you’ll find within the passion-filled pages of A Night She’ll Remember.
Jacquie Biggar — Skating on Thin Ice — Will a killer accomplish the greatest hat trick of his career?
Cynthia Cooke – All Bets Are On — The stakes are high, the odds are stacked against them but for the these two, winning is everything.
Leanne Banks- Princess in His Bed – Searching for her lost brother, a princess finds a soulmate and mentor in the strong-willed Wyoming rancher.
Susan Jean Ricci – Speeding into Love: Book Three of The Triplets Trilogy — Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva planned her Miami getaway, but the handsome state trooper was a stickler to duty.
Mona Risk — Can’t Forget You — Can they forgive each other, live in the present and create a new future?
Jen Talty — His Deadly Past – An Injured NY State Trooper. A Physical Therapist. A Destination Wedding. And one deadly lie
Stacy Eaton – Tempt Me Too — That first love never Fades…
Patrice Wilton — Wedding Blues — What should be her happiest day might turn into her greatest heartache.
Taylor Lee — Ruby — Chloe Harper, Code Name Ruby, didn’t know how to explain her association with Noah Walker, the stunning black undercover agent. Particularly to Stuart, her unwitting fiancé.
Stephanie Queen — Already Gone — If Dr. Vicky didn’t save the cartel leader’s lousy life, he’d make sure her family suffered.

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Speeding Into Love: Book Three of The Triplets Trilogy – Coming Soon, so Please Stay Tuned.

How about some Winter Love to warm you up? Grab some hot chocolate and give this set a gander:

Sweet and Sassy in the Snow: Find Your Winter Romance!

Spirit me away from icy loneliness, shelter me with warm hugs, and cover me with soft kisses!

Find forgotten (or new) passions in this box set of winter and snow-themed romances by award winning novelists. From Navy aviators to bad boy escorts, lawyers and park rangers to exotic dancers, join our troupe as they battle betrayals and kidnappers, strong emotions and challenging weather to survive and find comfort in each other’s arms.

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Oh, by the way, my five star rated Romantic Suspense Story, EVASION: Do No Harm has just been uploaded to Kindle Unlimited – Free or Just 99 Cents!

As the daughter of a Native American chief, Remi soon has to rely on ancestral instinct to save herself.
In the public eye, her marriage to Dr. Marshall Wagner is one to be envied, but their intimate life is a farce –
her husband is enjoying forbidden sexual adventures elsewhere.
Turnabout is foul play. With Marshall’s dark secret about to be exposed, Remi’s life is endangered.
When she’s abducted by one of his enemies, watch out for Remi as she digs deep to assure her survival – she’s about to become a real a badass.

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One last thing and so important: Please be sure to check out our Authors’ Billboard Monthly Contests for free ebooks, gift cards, and paperbacks. March is going to offer another Rafflecopter, so don’t miss out!

Sweet dreams and thanks for checking in!

The #Blogging World is Alive and Well @jacqbiggar #Reading

Blogging is alive and well.

I’m surprised by how many writers feel they’re wasting time by building connections within the writing community. Where do they think book reviewers hang out?

As a reader, I’ve found many fantastic new reads thanks to the reviews I’ve read on blogging sites.

As an author, I follow blogs like Writers in the Storm and Story Empire to learn my craft. I’ve also learned the blogging community is open and friendly- always happy to welcome newcomers into their midst.

It’s a good way to build SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your website, too! By commenting on other blogs, you’ll soon find your own stats will grow, along with your connections, so… win-win 🙂

A good way to do this is to make use of the WordPress Reader- you can find this on the top left of your website.

You can choose the posts you follow or do a search for those you’re interested in. I even follow the local news stations from there!

 

 

One of the best benefits to blogging are the friends you can make from all over the world. I’ve met people from South Africa, Sicily, England, France, the U.S and Canada. And the amazing thing is- we all love books!

One such friend recently read my new release, Skating on Thin Ice, and posted an amazing review. Here it is- in part from Staci Troilo’s awesome blog:

When a romantic suspense (one of my favorite genres) set in the hockey world (one of my favorite past times) was released by one of my favorite authors (Jacquie Biggar), I had to bump it in the queue. And like Letang’s slapshot through a goalie’s five-hole, I blazed through it. Here are my thoughts:


★★★★★ She Shoots and Scores!

Jacquie Biggar has done it again. I have yet another new book boyfriend—Mac Wanowski, captain of the Victoria WarHawks hockey team.

Mac is the perfect guy—a body that won’t quit, a quick wit to match, intelligent, chivalrous, and just damaged enough to tug your heartstrings without wanting to bash him over the head for his stupidity. (Well, not too often, anyway.)

Sam is his perfect match—strong, smart, quick-tempered, sassy, big-hearted. And she has a past with true heartache and a present with secrets that make her just a little mysterious.

If they gave a Stanley Cup to authors, Biggar would deserve one for this story.

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Blurb:

Sam Walters has made a deal with the devil.

In order to win a much-needed contract as physical therapist to one of the NHL’s leading hockey teams, Sam must delay the recovery of their sniper, Mac Wanowski. The trouble is, the more she gets to know the taciturn hockey player, the more she aches to help him.

Mac ‘The Hammer’ Wanowski chased the Stanley Cup dream for too many years. Last time he was close it had cost him his wife. As injuries continue to plague the team, Mac works to catch a killer and keep the woman he’s come to love from the hands of a madman.

Hockey can be a dangerous sport, especially when millions of dollars are at stake.

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As you can see, the blogging community is a valuable resource. One you, as a writer, cannot afford to ignore!

 

You can also read Skating on Thin Ice in an upcoming anthology published by authors from The Authors’ Billboard- A Night She’ll Remember

Available March 31st!

Lives change as passions flare when nine USA Today Bestselling Authors share tales of intrigue, hints of suspense and new romance guaranteed to keep you reading.

Second chances, broken engagements, accidents, misled information and opposites attract are just some of what you’ll find within the passion-filled pages of A Night She’ll Remember.

 

Be sure to check out our Authors’ Billboard Monthly Contests for free ebooks, gift cards, and paperbacks.

When Authors Chat It Up

The jokes on social media that January 2019 seems like it’s never going to end are plentiful, but happily there’s a positive light here at Mimi’s Gang, just a few days away.

The heads up: We at The Authors’ Billboard have been ultra-busy brainstorming since the Holidays for 2019, planning entertaining anthologies with happily-ever-after’s and super cool contests designed with our readership in mind.

Our new anthology SWEET AND SASSY IN THE SNOW: Find Your Winter Romance! is on pre-order status NOW, and goes live January 31 – a set you’ll eagerly look forward to reading. Free on Kindle Unlimited or just 99 cents.

What’s it about?

Spirit me away from icy loneliness, shelter me with warm hugs, and cover me with soft kisses. From Navy aviators to bad boy escorts, lawyers and park rangers to exotic dancers, join our troupe as they battle betrayals and kidnappers, strong emotions and challenging weather to survive and find comfort in each other’s arms. Sweet and Sassy in the Snow: Find Your Winter Romance!

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Sassy-Snow-Winter-Romance-ebook/dp/B07MQS5K5K

My story for this anthology is called DRIFTING INTO LOVE: The Triplets Trilogy, and the first of a new three story set I’m working on for other anthologies, and also available as stand alones.

What’s it about?

After a precocious pooch wanders into Zoey’s yard during a blizzard, she discovers an unconscious forest ranger hurt in a snowmobile accident. After a successful struggle back to her cabin, the two are stranded with no cell service, and only each other’s company to pass the time until help arrives.
Will placing trust in the handsome stranger provide the solace Zoey seeks once her secrets are revealed? Does confronting the past together enable the young woman to reconnect with the family she hasn’t seen in a decade?

Exclusively on Amazon:

Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/Drifting-Into-Love-Triplets-Triology-ebook/dp/B07N5LXB63

As for me, marking my personal goals for 2019 after the Holidays were lost in the zero zone – “My muse took a hike, it was riding its bike – I thought it left town, hadn’t felt it around.”

Then, after chatting it up with the other ladies in our group, I felt rejuvenated. Long story short, there’s something to be said for being associated with a collection of caring, enthusiastic ladies with similar aspirations in mind. SUffice to say, I am blessed!

Speaking of hearts, please keep in mind we have several romance anthologies available containing full length books and novellas from NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling authors for Valentine’s Day!

Exclusively on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0792GQPM8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7

Unforgettable Valentine

Exclusively on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Valentine-Hearts-Love-Unforgettables-ebook/dp/B0797ZPS36

One more thing: Did you know we’re running a giveaway? Are you interested in winning gift cards, print books, or free eBooks? To find out more details on this month’s contest, click here! https://authorsbillboard.com/

Good Luck, Ladies!