Strong Women!

I’m the brunette in red, my mom (white hair) is next to me, her mother on the end. The others are three of my five daughters.

I know, it was just Fathers Day, but I was reared by a single mother.,,in the 60s!
My mother divorced in 1962, tried a stepfather for us, then when that ended horribly, decided she’d do it by herself. Now, that might not sound like such a big thing, but fifty years ago, it was.
First off, just being a divorced woman was a horrible stigma as was being in a family without a father. I swear, there were many kids whose mothers wouldn’t let me play with them because my mother wasn’t married. Divorced woman automatically meant ‘loose’ or ‘slutty’ woman to some folks.
And what a challenge! Even if there had been welfare (and there might have been), we weren’t on it. My mother groomed dogs, cleaned hotel rooms, did whatever she could to scrape together enough so we had food and a safe place to live. Eventually, she got a job as an accounting clerk. She and a young man had identical job titles and responsibilities, but he made twice as much money. When she asked her boss about it, he said a man was the head of the family and needed it. She reminded him that the co-worker wasn’t even married and that she had four kids! “Well, he could have them one day…”
I can’t remember what she did at that point. She couldn’t leave until she had another job, so she probably sucked it down. I know she did wind up changing employers down the road. Still, she always made less than men.
All four of us turned out fine, too. Even though my youngest brother was physically and mentally handicapped, he graduated from high school. Other brother served in the Army and Reserves and went to college on the GI Bill, graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Older sister married well and, after ten years of working and going to school part time while rearing two high-achieving children, also earned a bachelor’s degree. No trouble with the law for any of us or our kids, either!
Well, I didn’t graduate from college, but I did manage to get USA Today Bestselling Author status a couple times and establish a successful business, starting out with nothing but chutzpah and tenacity…and a great role model.
Not bad for kids of a divorced woman. Correction. A strong woman!
Do strong woman stories inspire you? Check out Invincible – Strong and Fearless box set. Inspiring stories for women (and men) of all ages.

 

The Complete NY State Trooper Series AND a New Release!

For a limited time, I’m offering the complete NY State Trooper Series as a collection for only .99. The first book in the series: In Two Weeks is the first book I’ve ever wrote and it was also the first book that I ever published back in 2007. It was originally published with Triskelion and was titled Right In Front of You. Sadly, only days after release, the publisher went bankrupt.

That was my first lesson in resilience in publishing.

I have had to reinvent myself a couple of time and just as soon as I think I’ve got it covered, something in publishing changes, and I find myself having to adjust my plans.

But there is one thing that has never changed and that is the reader. Without the reader, I don’t exist. I’m constantly trying to give back to my readers. That’s why I put the NY State Trooper Boxset together. When I worked with NY Times Bestselling Bob Mayer at Cool Gus Publishing, we ran on the philosophy that backlist isn’t backlist to readers who haven’t read it before. Wow. That’s a mouthful, isn’t?

One of the things I often do in my books is use a setting that I’m intimately familiar with. In the NY State Trooper Series, I set all the books in Lake George, NY (except the latest novella). In the first book, our heroine lives in the cottage house that my family rented when I was a young girl. Her brother owns the local pub that was in our backyard. In Dark Water I have our heroine living in a trailer park up in Hauge, NY where I’ve been many times. Deadly Secrets is set in the village of Lake George and I have the heroine living in a row of houses that my family rented when I was a teenager. Murder in Paradise Bay, well, I have a dead body in Paradise Bay, a bay in Lake George that my family often hung out in. But also, the heroine’s family home is model after a big white house on Assembly point that friends of ours used to live in. I sort of take a detour in the next book To Protect His Own because our hero and heroine live on a farm not far from Lake George. This farm is not based on any farm that I know of. But as we move on to Deadly Seduction I take us back to the village of Lake George and to a restaurant that I used to love to go to when I was a kid. I put an apartment over the top that in real life doesn’t exist. Hey. It’s fiction. Finally, in When a Stranger Calls, I bring us back to the original location of the first book. Only, the house our heroine lives in was an old abandoned cottage when I was a girl and the mobile home the hero lives in was actually my next door neighbor, only in the book I moved it to a different street.

Recently, I wrote a novella that I set in Florida, but it’s about a NY State Trooper. The title is His Deadly Past. It is included in the complete boxset.

Last up, I have a new release coming up on June 11th that is up for pre-order. I’m super exicted about this novella. It’s the 4th book in the Out of the Wild series. It’s titled: Rough Edge. I hope you’ll check it out!

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.

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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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Sweet dreams and thanks for checking in!