Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Seekerville Welcomes Guest Birthday Blogger Donna Alward


It’s October 4 which means I’m here at Seekerville today to celebrate the official launch of my newest Harlequin Romance, HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART!

So grab a coffee and visit for a spell as I reveal some behind-the-scenes bits about the book, let you know some special plans going on for the month, give you an exclusive excerpt, and most off all a CHANCE TO WIN some great books!

I was chatting to a friend one day about the release date and she happened to mention that HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART is out during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wow, I thought, because the heroine, Meg, is a breast cancer survivor trying to rebuild her life after treatment. I knew I wanted to do something special to coincide with the many events going on to support breast cancer research and awareness. So…in that spirit, I’d like to invite you all to visit my blog at www.donnaalward.blogspot.com all this month where you can find ways you can help and support your local foundations, read some inspiring stories from some very special guests, and learn some new and interesting facts about breast cancer in 2011. It’s all about THINK PINK for the month.

I’d been wanting to write a cancer story for a while - I try not to shy away from real-life topics in my stories, instead choosing to show the positive happy endings out of adversity, you know? And I’m fairly sure everyone has been touched by cancer in some form. On a personal level, my grandmother had colon cancer and my step-dad was recently diagnosed with it as well (and his prognosis is excellent, thank goodness!). My father-in-law had prostate cancer. There is a fear that is built into the “C” word – even when the diagnosis and prognosis are excellent. Because it’s CANCER.

When I thought of Meg Briggs, I wondered what it would be like to be diagnosed at such a young age, and then come home to rebuild your life. How much would someone change? What would stay the same? Would she be fearless or afraid or a bit of both? Would she live for the moment and finally tell Clay that she loved him? Or would she hang back, uncertain?

Clay Gregory, for what it’s worth, was a complete pain in my patoot. He first showed up in ONE DANCE WITH THE COWBOY and I fell in love. He totally demanded his own story, but I could never find him the right woman. I tried. But those stories just didn’t pan out. FINALLY I figured out that it was Meg he was waiting for, and once I clued in to that tiny fact, it all fell into place. This story wasn’t easy to tell. Their relationship isn’t easy either. But it was worth it for me and I hope it is for you, too. Rumour has it you might want to keep a few tissues on hand for a few certain scenes…

It was really quite fun having Clay figure out that Meg was a woman rather than his best friend’s little sister. Look what happens…

“He made his way over to her and put on a smile. “I see you made it here just fine.”

“I came with Dad.” She smiled up at him and that same weird tightening happened again. “He’s gone off to talk stock.”

“Normally you’d be there with him.” Meg wasn’t the kind of girl who left the business to the men; she knew what she was about. It was one of the things he truly admired about her.

“Today’s not an ordinary day,” she replied, taking a sip of punch. His gaze caught on her lips as they touched the glass.

“It certainly isn’t,” he agreed, but his voice came out low and...dear Lord. Intimate. God. He was no better than Tom Walker with that silly, besotted look on his face. Clay cleared his throat but not before Meg’s eyes gleamed with mischief. Great. Bad enough he was reacting to her this way. But to have her notice made him feel ten times a fool.

Lily and Noah moved off to chat with other guests, leaving Meg and Clay alone. Clay made himself forget the way the dress fit her gentle curves and focused on the task at hand. “You seem to be managing okay. No awkward questions, I take it?”

“A few.” The flirtatious gleam he’d seen in her eye tempered. “I just keep reminding myself that people mean well. For the most part,” she amended, looking at a pair of grey-haired women who were standing by the punch bowl, heads together.

Clay felt a flare of irritation on her behalf, glad to be talking about old ladies rather than besotted young men. “Some people aren’t happy unless they’re criticizing or spreading doom and gloom.”

Meg lowered her head and he heard an indelicate snort. “Oh, you poor dear. I do hope you stay looking so well,” she said in a stage whisper.

“They actually said that?” He was appalled.

“Of course. They feed on the possibility of catastrophe,” she remarked lightly.

It was no laughing matter to Clay. More than anything he worried about her cancer coming back, not that he’d say so to her face. He wouldn’t take away from the happiness of her recovery by admitting such a thing. She was one of the strongest women he knew, and he reached out to take her hand. “Don’t you listen to them,” he ordered. “You’re healthy as a horse and you look beautiful.”

“Thank you, Clay.” A pretty blush touched her cheeks and his chest swelled.

“I’ve got your back, remember?”

“I remember,” she replied softly, and his heart did a little shiver against his ribs. This wasn’t keeping it simple or purely friendly.

“If anyone bothers you, let me know.”

“Anyone like who, in particular?” She’d cocked her head to the left, as if trying to figure him out. He clenched his jaw.

“Oh, like Tom Walker. Or Jason Callow. Or…whoever.”

“Interesting,” she said speculatively, her eyes narrowing as she examined him. He couldn’t escape the feeling she was laughing at him on the inside. “Are you jealous, Clay?”

He dropped her hand. “Just wanted you to remember our agreement, that’s all.” He had to come up with another distraction. “Here’s Jen and Andrew,” he suggested, tilting his head toward the couple who had just come in. “Good safe people for both of us, right?”


Now to the good stuff – PRIZES and FREE STUFF!

Today I’m going to give away three books - and it’s winner’s choice of either of my new releases – HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART or OFF THE CLOCK (adult content), or any backlist title (as long as I still have a copy – I’m short on a few). There’s a complete booklist on my site. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section . Winners will be announced in the Weekend Edition of Seekerville.

AND

I have some free reads going on at the moment! You can try my very first Harlequin Romance and Bookseller’s Best Award winner, HIRED BY THE COWBOY, at www.tryharlequin.com.
AND until OCTOBER 14 (which also happens to be our wedding anniversary) you can also download my Eppie-nominated SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER (Samhain) at Amazon for FREE. (adult content).

Thanks for being here and celebrating with me today!




A busy wife and mother of three (2 daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.

An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn’t until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In 2006 she sold her first manuscript.

Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly 12 years in Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the west. Donna’s debut Romance, HIRED BY THE COWBOY, was awarded the Booksellers Best Award in 2008 for Best Traditional Romance.


Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com, visit her Facebook page, Twitter: @DonnaAlward,
or through her publisher.

123 comments :

  1. Oh wow Donna that's a really great cover you got there. It's nice to read romances with heroines who are "real" and have had problems that a lot of women deal with. I look forward to reading it and checking out those freebies.

    XOXO~ RENEE C.

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  2. Congratulations Donna! Thank you for sharing this today. Totally LOVED this line: They feed on the possibility of catastrophe. Super! HA!

    Ok - so - (adult content) - Uhmmm can you elaborate a wee bit on this please? Meaning - I guess... can you be a bit more specific in what that entails and is it within the context of marriage or ?? I guess I'm asking does it uphold Biblical values? Or... not...

    Thanks so much for being in Seekerville today. :)

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  3. It's DONNA!!

    Welcome back to Seekerville. I am a Donna Alward book collector and I am excited to add your new release to my list.

    The other thing I must mention is Donna has a really nice newsletter. One of the few that are actually interesting and fun. Always something in there that's fun...a recipe or info!

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  4. Thanks for sharing with us Donna and thanks for the tissue warning. I don't mind a book that makes me cry but knowing ahead of time is always good :) Love the cover and it sounds like a great read.

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  5. Donna, I love this segment of How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart. Thanks for coming by to share your writing.

    And I'd love to be entered.

    Crystal.mrsinewaATgmailDOTcom

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  6. Adult content means it is neither G nor PG rated and is much spicier than a Christian Inspirational.

    You have to determine what level of sensuality are comfortable with but we like to give you a heads up.

    Then you the consumer make your own private decision. :)

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  7. Happy birthday and happy anniversary! Free books, too? wowza.

    Cher :-)

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  8. Your cover is beautiful, Donna! Clay's gentle protectiveness had me sighing. Looks like a great story. :)

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  9. HEY DONNA!!!!!!! It's my petticoats and Pistols buddy.

    Welcome to Seekerville!!!

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  10. All right, I've finally got the coffee pot taken care of.

    This sounds like a book I need to read.

    Thanks for the visit.

    Helen

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  11. Donna~

    I love that you're willing to deal with real life issues, showing they can end happily. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. A stronger woman I've never met. Cancer free going on five years I think. Praise God.

    I lost a grandfather to what started out as prostate cancer, and ended up pretty well everywhere. And a grandmother lung cancer (she died the day I found out about my m-i-l's diagnosis. Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). So of course I love the reminders that people can, and do beat it.

    Prayers for your step-dad.

    I'd absolutely love to win How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart. Nothing with "adult content" though, I've sworn off the steamy stuff.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  12. By "steamy stuff" I do not mean Helen's wonderful coffee. Does a body good, especially if you add milk ;)

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  13. How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart sounds like a lovely romance. I will try to read it soon.

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  14. I like how the real life issues are wound up in a very light-hearted flirtation scene! No adult content books for me either, because I got nosy kids around. I used to enjoy some of the steamier fiction but I got tired of making sure nobody under the age of 18 picked it up from wherever I left it. Probably better that way, anyway!

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  15. Hi Donna! It's hard to tackle real life issues but definitely a reward in the end! The scene you shared was really sweet and I think your hero is fabulous! I love that you had a hard time finding the perfect match for him... like life I'd say ;)

    If I'm entered in the drawing, I'm not particular on which book. Any of them sound good. Thanks! christylashea at gmail dot com

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  16. Congrats on your release! I do love that cover. Don't you love it when the cover fairy is good to you?

    I am with KC on the "they feed on the possibility catastrophe line."

    See you over on the blog on Thursday! :-)

    Peace, Julie

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  17. Donna, I love your writing. It draws the reader into the hero and heroine's life organically and that seamlessness shows throughout.

    And it's TEEEEEEENA RADCLIFFE'S fault that I even know who you are, but now you've got another upstate New York fan.

    And I love that you don't shy from tough topics. It's not easy to thread a big book into a short word count, but you're good at it! Keep up the good work and huge thanks for hanging out in Seekerville today for birthday cake and surprises!!!

    I love both!

    Hey, today's Cake is Dark Chocolate Madness....

    Dark chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse and drenched in dark chocolate icing....

    1/2 is sprinkled with roasted slivered almonds.

    To die for. Happy Birthday Seekerville!!!!!

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  18. Hi Donna,

    I'm joining in on the love for this line - They feed on the possibility of catastrophe.

    So apt.

    Happy Tuesday, Seekerville. Off to write some before work.

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  19. Oh my word! It's not even 8 am here on the east coast and look at all the lovely faces! Thanks everyone for coming out and helping me celebrate. I'm so excited for today!

    KC - Tina pretty much nailed it with the "adult content" question. In my Harlequin Romances, the bedroom door is CLOSED. In my Samhain books it's open - about the same heat level as a Harlequin Desire, in my opinion. Now, to be honest - the hero and heroine ARE married, so biblically we're okay. :-) BUT it may be a bit TMI if the open door policy is not to your taste. :-)

    Tina, thanks for the great words about the newsletter. I try to keep it short and fun. :-) If anyone is interested, there are sign up boxes on my website at www.donnaalward.com and on my blog, too.

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  20. Thanks for your post! I can't wait to read your new book. I love books that make me cry, as long as there's a happy ending (I hope). I also love how you told us about the origins of your characters. I'm glad you finally found that cowboy a girl of his own :) Congratulations on all your success.

    Please enter me in your drawing. annierains at gmail dot com

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  21. Great excerpt! I'd love to read this book, sounds like a tear jerker :)
    Congrats on your new release!
    I've added your book to my TBR pile!

    leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com
    www.booksnmakeup.com

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  22. I loved, loved, loved this book! I think this is a hard topic to write about without making it too heavy, but the book had just the right balance of drama and romance. Can't wait to read Off the Clock!

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  23. Congrats Donna! I'm looking forward to reading this!

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  24. It appears that Harlequin Romance has changed their covers. Is that right or just this book has a different look.

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  25. And wow, you know you've made it when your name is in bigger font than the title of the book.

    WAY TO GO DONNA!!

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  26. Hi Donna,

    I enjoy books that work health issues into the story lines because it makes the story more true to life.

    Unfortunately, we all know someone who's been effected by cancer:( and I
    think it's great that your book released in coordination with breast cancer awareness.

    If I don't win it, I'll definately look for in the stores!

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  27. Hi Donna!

    I totally love the premise of HOW THE COWBOY STOLE HER HEART! So many of us have friends and family who fought and won, or fought and lost, the battle with cancer and I love that you’ve tackled that subject in this story. Clay and Meg sound like characters who will stay with the reader long after “the end.”

    I finished HIRED BY THE COWBOY the other day and highly recommend it!! And SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER is on my TBR.

    All the best with your new releases! I look forward to reading them both.

    --Kirsten

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  28. Thanks Cathy and Sara for popping by!

    Tina - as far as I know, this is the only book with a different cover treatment. I nearly wept when I saw it, it's so pretty. Some other authors in other lines have seen slightly different covers - BJ Daniels comes to mind, as does Carol Marinelli for Presents and Sarah Mayberry in Supers.

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  29. Rose, Leanne, and Annie - thanks for visiting Seekerville and helping me celebrate the launch! Hope you grab a slice of cake (calorie free!) - I'm off for a second cup of coffee before I sit down to write!

    I'll definitely be popping in throughout the day! A girl needs to take breaks, you know!

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  30. Kirsten - I'm so glad you've taken advantage of the free books! :-) Hired By The Cowboy was my first HQ sale. It seems like yesterday and oddly enough a long time ago as well. :-)

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  31. Welcome, Donna!

    Your story sounds heartwarming. I would have a hard time choosing from the books on your backlist—they all look so good! It is a pretty color, by the way!

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and giving us a glimpse into your new book. : )

    Whitney

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  32. Donna, I think we all do shy away from the "c" word. I did read a book not to long ago where the leading lady had cancer. It told how she worked through things and put her life back together.

    Headed for the coffee! (Thank goodness Helen got that taken care of)!

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  33. I love that this book is coming out right now, Donna. Did anyone notice all the football players wearing pink this weekend for Breast Cancer awareness?
    Seekerville needs to start doing a Breast Cancer Awareness Day every October (that just now occurred to me) and Donna, you did it for us. Thanks.

    The timing of the book is perfect and the scene you included is wonderful

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  34. Thanks Donna! (And Tina)

    That's what I needed to know. :)

    And YES - AGREED!!! And wow, you know you've made it when your name is in bigger font than the title of the book. Fabulous!!

    I don't think May and I need to enter our addy again but in case... may at maythek9spy dot com

    We'll have a closed door version please. May is young.

    MMMM - Dripping choco cake and Helen's coffee. Breakfast of champion writers, I say!

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  35. KC- my daughter is 13 and I started her off with HIRED BY THE COWBOY - the one that's up for free at www.tryharlequin.com right now. :-)

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  36. Just yesterday someone told me they saw the C Word on HBO with Laura Linney and how really good it is, and not a downer as you might expect.

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  37. 13?? You have a thirteen year old?

    Have you seen Donna in person? Check out our photo album on our new web page www.seekerville.net.

    She looks 13 herself.

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  38. Mary, I did notice that the football players were wearing pink. I know this month is breast cancer awareness month so I wonder if other teams will wear pink too.

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  39. Good Morning Donna, Welcome to Seekerville. Thanks for such an inspiring blog and share. We here at Seekerville do love and admire writers who get down to real life issues. Glynna and Ruthy have both dealt with the big C issues in their books.

    Best wishes on your month long activities promoting breast cancer awareness.

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  40. Donna, welcome to Seekerville and thanks for being part of our birthday bash!

    Loved your excerpt, I think I fell in love with Clay and all I read were a few lines, LOL! On the shelves now? You bet I'll go buy a copy. You hooked me : )

    Cancer is a spooky word, and you're right, so many have been touched by it.

    Thanks for the reminder. I think I'll wear pink today.

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  41. Love the premise for your story, Donna, and your title rocks!

    Congratulations on another super launch!

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  42. Thank you Donna! Your book sounds great & I like how she's dealing with real life issues!
    Larissa

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  43. Hi Donna,

    Loved the excerpt, and I agree. Clay's just too great a hero to go through life without the right girl. I can hardly wait to read the book.

    Meanwhile, I'm downloading Hired By the Cowboy to whet my appetite!

    Ruthy, that cake sounds fabulous. I'll have a piece for breakfast...and lunch...and supper...

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  44. Jut want to shout out to Missy & say how much I enjoyed meeting her at the M&M conference. I know two wonderful Seekers now & hope to meet the rest of you someday!
    Keep up the great work, ladies!
    Larissa

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  45. Happy Release Day, Donna - what lovely serendipity to have this book release during this month.

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  46. This sounds like a fantastic story. My precious Mother-in-law and sister-in-law both died from cancer one year after the other. It was very hard on the family.
    Would love to win, but not a book with adult content warning.
    Thanks for the post.
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  47. So enjoyed reading about you today, Donna. Loved reading your section--sounds like a great book, and I love your voice. :)

    I appreciate that you are tackling real life issues with honesty and depth. I'm going to have to get my hands on one of your books.

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  48. No worries Trinity Rose - the book to give away is totally G/PG. The other is a free read on Kindle at the mo. And anyone who wins gets the choice of the new book or a backlist. :-)

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  49. Deborah Hale stopped by!!! Hi Deborah. Deborah writes for Love Inspired Historical!

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  50. Congratulations on your new release.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe

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  51. I love this story line. Real characters make for a great book.

    Tissues? Definitely, a must read.

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  52. Oh my gosh - I can't keep up with everyone! I'm so pleased you've all visited!

    We might need more cake. How about if I bring a Blueberry Lemon coffee cake, made from Nova Scotia blueberries?

    Tina - Deb is WONDERFUL isn't she? She is a member of my RWA chapter (a few of those peeps have dropped by here today!) and does the most amazing workshops.

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  53. Hi Donna! I remember your first novel, Hired by the Cowboy. (I used to frequent the Pink Heart blog back then.) Made me think for a minute about trying my hand at HR rather than LI. :)

    Love the cover for your new release. The colors are very appealing. Have all your titles been about cowboys?

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  54. Oh my goodness, what a lovely cover! Gotta love any scene with a cowboy on it, but that is really a lovely cover. :)

    This month is dear to my heart because I have an aunt who had breast cancer. She is on the road to recovery thanks be to God!

    Have fun Seekerville, I'm off to work. :)

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  55. Love the cover, Donna, and the excerpt. Look forward to reading it. I could fill my library with your books:) Congratulations on the dual release.

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  56. Hi Donna,
    I really enjoyed Hired by the Cowboy and Marriage at Circle M. I've been looking forward to How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart coming out. I love how real Clay and Meg feel just from reading the excerpt. Please include me in the drawing.
    lostie815 at hotmail dot com

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  57. Donna, what a great scene to share with us. I think I'll be hunting the shelves tonight for your book.


    Okay, I just have to ask, maybe it's because you're from Canada, lived in Western Canada and write about cowboys, have you ever used Terry Grant as inspiration? Yes, I have a little obsession with Mantracker. ;) But then, unless the rodeo's in town, we don't see too many 'real' cowboys around here.

    Christina Renee

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  58. Hi Donna! Thanks for letting us read an excerpt of your new release. I've never read any of your books, as I read a lot of mysteries, but I like what I read so far! Please include me in your drawing.

    Also, Ruthy's chocolate cake sounds decadently divine this morning...

    ~Stephanie

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  59. Patsy and Mary, if it's like last year all the NFL teams will wear something pink on either their uniforms, hats, or shoes for the entire month. The cool thing is that you can buy some of the stuff for yourself online at nflshop.com/pink. I got a knit cap last year with a cute pink stripe...betcha can't guess which team's logo is on it.

    XOXO~ RENEE C.

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  60. Hi Patricia! I remember seeing you around my blog a lot in those days...it's nice to see you again!

    Cowboy books...okay, let me see. For the Romance line:

    Hired By The Cowboy
    Marriage at Cirle M
    The Rancher's Runaway Princess
    Montana, Mistletoe, Marriage (cowgirl instead of cowboy)
    One Dance with the Cowboy
    Her Lone Cowboy (cowboy AND a soldier all in one!)
    Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle
    Honeymoon with the Rancher (argentine Gaucho, lol!)
    A Family For the Rugged Rancher
    How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart

    Non cowboy HR's
    The Soldier's Homecoming
    Falling for Mr. Dark and Dangerous (US Marshal)
    Hired: The Italian's Bride

    And my Samhain books have a businessman, a veterinarian, another businessman/cowboy type, a winery owner, and a paramedic. :-)

    Mostly cowboys. They're yum and my readers seem to appreciate them. :-)

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  61. Christina - I'll confess I don't watch Mantracker!

    You know I happen to write cowboys and ranchers but I tend to view them in a less "western" sort of light and more from a "farmer" perspective. I keep wondering if they'll let me write a dairy farmer or wheat farmer. Somehow I'm not sure a title like "The Holstein Affair" would really be a big seller...

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  62. Hey Donna! The west misses you. :(

    I'm amazed I was smart enough to attend your 'Business of Writing' workshop back in - 2007? - Wow you've come a long way since then. :)

    Thrilled for your success because I've been a fan since Hired By The Cowboy.

    Welcome to the Seekers (although I'm only a Seeker Friend). Real happy you're sharing the day here.

    Anita.

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  63. Congrats and Happy early anniversary! Looking forward to reading your book!

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  64. Anita Mae - the business has sure changed a lot since then! When I look at that workshop, there are a lot of things I'd have to change now. But also a lot of things that would stay the same, which is kind of comforting!

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  65. Welcome Donna! Thanks for sharing that excerpt with us today---wow! I love your style of writing, and would love to read more of your work. I'm also glad you're helping raise awareness about breast cancer---so many folks have been affected by that (and other cancers). My daughter has a dear friend (26 years old) who is battling breast cancer right now, and it breaks my heart. ~ Thanks again for sharing with us, and I've brought a freshly-baked batch of Georgia Peach muffins---Enjoy! Blessings, Patti Jo :)

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  66. DONNA!!! WOW, LOVED the scene, girl, and LOVE the way you have with words!!!

    WELCOME to Seekerville, and it was SO much fun getting a behind-the-scenes look at your latest -- VERY COOL!!

    I admire you for tackling "cancer" because it's a touchy subject in romance. Our Seeker bud, Glynna Kaye, did it well in Dreaming of Home, and our other Seeker bud, Ruth Logan Herne, handled it beautifully in Winter's End, but it's NOT an easy thing to do, so I applaud you!

    Looks like I need to get my mitts on some of your books ...

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  67. Loved the excerpt you shared today. I'm Thinking Pink all this month!

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  68. Thanks for your comments, Donna. Always nice to read about "real" issues that people face! I enjoy reading new authors and you are a new one to me!
    Valri westernaz@msn.com

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  69. Donna,

    Your book sounds lovely - just like your cover! I love that they gave the heroione short hair and kept it realistic!

    Very smart to give us a snippet of a scene and hook us into wanting the whole book! LOL.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us!

    Cheers,
    Sue
    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

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  70. 69 comments...

    11:30.

    EDST.

    I love Seekerville!

    Gotta feel the love.

    Mary, you're right. And a Mother's Day salute too. I'll do a post on how to stage an amazing Fight Like a Girl Pink Party.

    Awesome.

    ONLY A SEEKER FRIEND???? DID ANITA MAE DRAPER SAY THAT? REALLY????

    Honey, last I looked we were all one village... and on the same road to publication, enjoyment of good books, AND... home to God when all else is done.

    You are never JUST a Seeker friend. You're one of us... And that's how good villages work.

    Here. Have some Almond M&M's. They're yummy.

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  71. Love your witty banter. Thanks for sharing. Nice to see you here, Donna.

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  72. Donna, I know what you mean. I write historicals and mine aren't necessarily the typical 'cowboy' type. More like small farmers. In fact, my hero isn't even a cowboy, but a Pinkerton Det. The heroine is trying to run her farm on her own.

    I think the Holstein angle would be interesting. Of course, I see a lot of those arond here.

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  73. Ruth - I'm just overwhelmed by all the comments! There's a reason I asked if I could come back after my first visit, and then asked if I could hold a launch here. It is a wonderful place to be. :-)

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  74. Looks great, Donna. Beautiful cover, as well, and a tough but important subject. Congrats on the release, from one east coaster to another!

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  75. Anita Mae, being a friend of Seekerville is sort of like sitting in the exit row on an airplane. There is a certain amount of responsibility implicit with the job.

    You are just a friend, and it isn't just a seat with leg room.

    If all the Seekers are out of commission you guys have to step in.

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  76. Donna, welcome! Thanks so much for being with us today. I loved your excerpt! I love stories where friends fall in love!! One of my favorite themes. :)

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  77. I loved the excerpt, Donna. Congrats on the release. I enjoy books that make me cry - in the middle - as long as there's a happy ending :)

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  78. Hello Donna,

    Enjoyed the excerpt, Congrats on your newest release.

    Isn't it interesting how characters have such a mind of their own, they even have a say so in who they're willing to fall for?

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  79. Larissa, it was so fun to meet you and get to know you better! I'm already looking forward to the next GRW meeting. :)

    Hey! Debby has a gift certificate for you. You won an editor critique!

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  80. Hi, Deborah H! So glad to see you here today as well! I took a writing class from you ages ago. Learned so much!

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  81. Donna, that was a very fluid post, so easy and entertaining to read! Great cause! And what a coincidence! Congratulations on all your writing success!

    Waving hi to a fellow Canadian :)

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

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  82. Hi everyone! did I see cake mentioned?! and chocolate in the same line?!
    *yawn* still in quilt retreat time zone - got back Sunday evening but still not fully functional but have to be by tomorrow since I work Wed/Thurs on day shift then a training seminar Fri then up to my dad's to fetch my dogs and drive back for work on Monday. blech on working.
    I downloaded the kindle freebie - haven't read it yet since I keep thinking I'll eventually get a kindle - they've come down in price too -woo hoo - except now I want the new toy they're coming out with! figures...
    I've given up on guessing steam level after someone on another christian chat posted that Debbie Macomber was nothing but porn - and I consider her pretty tame...
    Susanna

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  83. We really do think of cancer as a death sentence. But they are making such headway in the fight.

    My mother had bone cancer and went through a stem cell transplant. She just had her 70. But my sisters and I were talking about how now we thinking about that C word and wondering if we were going to get it.

    I really liked how your story flowed and how she dealt with the well meaning people.

    They come out in droves when hard times arise.

    I remember thinking through my mom's ordeal and my father's with heart trouble, If I could just strangle a few of them, I'd be very happy.

    Sounds lovely of me. but it's the truth

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  84. Hi Donna, I just wanted to say I love your books. Also I love a good book that makes me cry so I will be looking for this one.

    lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

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  85. Ok guys...I'm going to be popping out for a while. It's workout time as the ongoing battle against writer's butt is long and arduous. I'm putting the kids on supper duty, though, since today's workout is a glorious hour after which I doubt I shall be able to walk.

    I'll pop in this evening to catch up with everyone!

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  86. Critiquing with cp Anna Adams at Panera Bread Company! Wanted to get on and read today's blog. Lovely, Donna! Enjoyed your excerpt. The story sounds like a must read!

    Thanks for being with us in Seekerville!

    Ruthy, did you mention birthday cake?

    Pretty please?

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  87. Oh, cowboys!
    I think real life struggles are hard to write sometimes because they're so close to home for some people and at other times it's easier to write about something like that. Great post :)

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  88. Donna, so glad you could join us in Seekerville today!

    The premise of your story sounds beautiful. No one likes to think about the C-word, but it's a reality in the lives of so many people. If not in our own lives, then certainly for someone in our family or circle of friends. Congratulations for tackling this emotional-charged topic.

    Speaking of pink, our entire newspaper today was printed on pink newsprint! Hard on the eyes, yes, but certainly a vivid reminder!

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  89. Congrats Donna! I now wanna read this book.. I look forward to reading it. Hope to find some freebies along the way .. ?Best Wishes.

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  90. Julie was SO NICE to Glynna and me.

    She must want something. But, what?

    Oh.

    Wait.

    IT'S THAT BABY. THE BABY HAS TURNED HER MUSHY.

    I LOVE IT!!!!

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  91. Birthday cake, YES....

    I wish I could post a pic.

    Imagine dark, moist, deep chocolate cake....

    Thin, layers, multiples, each one filled with chocolate mousse. No antlers/rack... must be a girl mousse.

    (hahahahahaha!)

    Now imagine this dredged in chocolate frosting, the dark, glossy recipe found in the Hershey's book...

    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/2 cup cocoa

    Mix them together.

    Add:

    3 cups powdered sugar
    A pinch of salt
    1/3 - 1/2 cup milk

    Whisk together. Add a little more milk until of spreading consistency. Taste. Should be AMAZING.

    This is a less-than-five-minute recipe and so much better than anything in a can. Really.

    Totally worthy of Seeker birthday bash cake-ness!

    :)

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  92. Donna, you are such an easy guest. You make yourself at home, bring food, and know where the secret stash of chocolate is.

    Who could ask for more?

    Tina Radcliffe

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  93. Adult content? Are you actually promoting sex in marriage? This sounds like a book husbands would buy for their wives.

    Let's face it ladies, we want our husbands to understand our needs for emotional intimacy, but physical intimacy is just as important to them. I applaud you, Donna. I think you're right on target to improve Christian marriages.

    Count me in for THAT book.

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  94. /whimper/

    head.

    hurts.

    stopped to see our dear friend/old babysitter and she has two cats who had kittens recently and though most of them are gone [and the rest moved outside] the residual catness has done a number on my eyes/head.

    donna - grabbed the free harlequin! and count me in for the giveaways!

    and pardon my lack of capitalization.

    ruthy - i need cookies. do you have any left? i'm fresh out.

    carolmoncado at gmail dot com

    /hides under the covers in audra's spare room in her new seekervillage* apartment cuz it seems like it'd be quiet in there.../

    *what is the official name of the town anyway? i feel like i should know but... head hurts...

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  95. Peggy - honey, you made me burst out laughing, which resurrected my cough from last week's flu...thank you for clearing my bronchial tubes!

    OK so to fess up - they ARE married but they're...estranged. Yes, it's a reunion story.

    But you DID make me crack up. I've been with my husband for 20 years, married for 16 (there goes Tina's theory that I'm actually 13, though my inner child is about that age). Marriage is not for the faint of heart. But when strong hearts are involved...it all comes out right. :-)

    Our anniversary is next Friday. :-)

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  96. Donna, welcome to Seekerville, and thank you for writing Meg's story. As you said, we've all been touched by cancer in some way, so let's fight back!

    THNK PINK!!!

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  97. Thank you for sharing the excerpt of How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart. Sounds like a touching sensitive story.

    I just lost my uncle to lung cancer a couple of weeks ago. He was my last uncle. My other two uncles also died of cancer (they were all my mother's brothers). I've also lost an aunt to cancer and my dad died at the age of 61 to lung cancer. I have a cousin who has battled breast cancer three times and is a survivor. Praise the Lord! To say I hate the "c" word would be an understatement.

    I'd like to thank you for taking on this sensitive subject matter.

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybea52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  98. I couldn't put this book down. You would think reading a book about a heroine who has breast cancer wouldn't be sexy but Alward pulled it off - amazing read!

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  99. Donna...a fabulous posting...thanks for the opportunity to read your novels ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  100. Welcome to Seekerville, Donna! Congratulations for tackling such a serious and sensitive topic. I love for books to be 'real' and deal with situations we all encounter either ourselves or through our friends or family. The book sounds wonderful.

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  101. Living in Arizona, I love cowboy books. :)

    Ann_Lee_Miller[at]msn[dot]com

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  102. Donna! You have me hooked, girlie! Please include me in the drawing.

    lr dot mullin at live dot com

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  103. Welcome Donna! I loved the excerpt from How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart! Your hero thinks like a guy. :-) Congratulations on writing an uplifting breast cancer story. The timing of the release is perfect. I'm impressed by the size of your name on the cover.

    Janet

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  104. Cindy, God bless you. I'm so sorry for the losses your family has had to endure. This is why we have to keep working for a cure. And supporting each other and the families, too.

    Your comment made me want to give all of Seekerville a group hug. :-)

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  105. Oh my gosh y'all - it's just about 10 here and I'm SO ready for bed. Thank you all for coming and sharing in the day, for your fantastic comments (and cake!)and general all around good will and friendliness. Seekerville is such a special place.

    And over 100 comments! I'm so humbled. You guys are awesome.

    The lovely hosts are going to look after choosing winners. Once we have the names, you can let me know which book you'd like as a prize and I'll pop them in the mail.

    I'll leave you all with something a little lighter for evening - some strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. :-)

    Thanks everyone. It's been a wonderful day.

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  106. Strawberries in chocolate. Now that's a way to end the day. With maybe a little side of sweet tea.

    And a pillow, LOL!

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  107. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Thanks for sharing with us Donna. I like that romance books are having our hero's and heroine's face real problems. It helps the reader connect to them. I also think it's very interesting that your newest book has a heroine that over came breast cancer and that it came out during this month. What great timing.


    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  108. One of the things I love about Seekerville is meeting authors who are new to me and getting a glimpse of how and what they write. Your scene was so well written. I'll be looking for your books.

    gilliach(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  109. Donna, I've never been to the east side of Canada but have been to Alberta a couple of times. I only saw Edmonton, Jasper, and Bamff, but it was all beautiful.

    I downloaded Sold to the Highest Bidder and look forward to reading your book.

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  110. Would love to read one of your cowboy books. Thanks for the chance to win one free!
    kauppatgridcomdotnet

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  111. Donna,

    You're new book sounds great. Thanks for the freebies, too!

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  112. Donna- your book sounds fabulous. I applaud your contribution to breast cancer awareness. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. Not something our family forgets.

    And, as always, I'm up for a few good reads.

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  113. I see Donna went to bed before I checked in today.
    As tired as I am, the excerpt drew me end and kept me reading to the end.

    I'd love to win a book. I'm too tired to go back and see the choices. :)

    I will go download the one free one for a later reading on the iPad.

    Thanks for a lovely read. Sometimes reading something good is so much better than talking craft. Thanks!

    cathy underscore shouse at yahoo dot com

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  114. Donna, thank you for spending the day with us. Sweet dreams1!

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  115. Loved the idea of a breast-cancer survivor book! I'd love to read it! Thanks for sharing your story!

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  116. Gotta love when characters take on a whole mind of their own, and you can't match them up with just anyone!

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  117. I am late stopping by but sure hope there is a peice of that dk choc cake left if sounds sooooo gooood, Your cowboy book with sweet Meg sounds like a great story, I am anxious to read this one and would love to be put in your drawing. thanks for sharing.
    Paula O

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  118. Hey all - thought I'd check in this morning to see if I'd missed anyone - I know my ten o'clock is pretty early the further west you go. :-) Cathy - sorry I missed you!

    It is a wild and wet day here on the east coast - it's been raining since last evening and this is after getting nearly 4 inches on the weekend. Ugh! High winds too. A good day to curl up and write, right?

    I'm also walking like the tin man. I took a few weeks off working out due to being sick and then began my program again (on a harder level) and boy am I feeling it!

    Since food seems to be a necessity, I'm leaving hot coffee and maple pecan danishes. :-)

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  119. I would LOVE to read the book "How the Cowboy Stole her Heart"!! It sounds great!

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  120. donna
    i just love your books. i enjoyed reading about your process.

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  121. Donna, I like cowboys too, despite never having been spent any real time in the West outside of LA. I find that life fascinating.

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  122. Congrats on the release! And beautiful cover.

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  123. Mary, that's just amazing. I'll never catch up to you on numbers of books!!

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