Now with Montlake Romance - Release Day TODAY 12 November, 2013
On becoming a Montlake Author:
Let me tell you about my wonderful publishing experience! I have to back up a little bit… to this past spring. I self-published a romance titled Reclaim My Heart. The book received great reviews immediately, and it sold well from the beginning. Very well. In fact, during the first week of August I was enjoying a mug of coffee while perusing the USA Today Bestseller's List (my usual Thursday morning routine), and I nearly choked when I saw that Reclaim My Heart was sitting at #123 on the list. A couple of days later I was contacted by an editor from Montlake. She told me she'd read one of my books months before and had been keeping an eye on me. She said she'd read Reclaim My Heart and loved it. Now, what author doesn't love to hear that? She made an offer I couldn't refuse.The Montlake editor and the design team loved the cover that was on the indie version of the book; however, Amazon had trouble licensing the rights to the image. So we searched for weeks before finding the picture that's on the current cover. I love it! And I hope my readers do, too.I'm happy to be writing romance novels for Montlake. I feel wanted and appreciated, and it can't get much better than that in the publishing industry!
About The Book :
Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.
From Chapter Two"Oh, wait. There's someone here to see you."
He frowned. "I don't have time today."
"I know, I know." Martha looked apologetic. "I tried to explain that your schedule is packed, but she insisted on waiting—"
Martha glanced down at a pad on her desktop. "A Ms. Whitlock. Tyne Whitlock."
Lucas stared. Blinked. Then he reached up and tugged at his tie, wondering who the hell shut off the room's air supply.
"She's waiting in your office. I tried to tell her your schedule was full, but…" Concern sharpened Martha's tone. "Are you all right? She said she knew you. That you were old friends. That she'd only take a minute of your time. Should I not have let her in?"
Martha droned on and he watched her lips move, but he didn't hear a word of what she said. A blind-sided punch wouldn't have stunned him more than hearing that name. He lifted his hand and nodded at Martha to let her know everything was okay even though he had no idea if it was or not, then he turned and headed down the corridor.
"Don't forget Larry and Nate. They're waiting!"
Martha's warning sounded like a distant echo.
Tyne. Here. In this building. In his office.
What had it been? Twelve, thirteen… no. Sixteen years. He scrubbed his fingers across his jaw.
He turned the corner and came to an abrupt halt. At the end of the corridor, the door of his office stood ajar. He saw Tyne's perfect profile as she sat in a straight-backed chair staring at something out of his line of view.
In an instant, Lucas was catapulted into the past.
Darkness surrounded them like a cloak. Tyne's soft sobs tore at his heart. Of all the girls he'd dated—and there had been more than a few—only she brought out in him a fierce compulsion to protect.
He swiped away her tears, the dark color of his thumb a stark contrast against her creamy white skin.
"I don't understand them, Lucas. I never will."
"Don't worry," he crooned. "It's going to be all right. Trust me, babe. They can't keep us apart. You'll be eighteen soon too. We can do what we want then. Go wherever we want."
He cradled her, his back supported by the massive pin oak. And when she stopped crying, she pulled away from him and gazed into his eyes. Her sweet face wrenched his heart and caused heat to spark his desire. Never had he wanted a girl the way he wanted Tyne. Raw need coursed through him.
She cradled his face between her palms and drew him to her. Her lips were hot against his. The kiss grew hungry, their breathing labored.
"Our love will last forever," she whispered against his mouth.
He heard the question in her quavery tone, responded to her need for reassurance.
"Forever," he groaned, tugging her down onto the mossy ground.
Lucas tilted his head to stare at the carpet in front of his shoes and gulped in the artificially-cooled air as he dragged his way out of the past. The grip he had on his attaché case made his hand throb almost as much as the memory had caused his groin to go all achy and needful.
Of course, their love hadn't lasted forever.
He was within steps of the door when Tyne glanced in his direction. Nuances of various emotions passed across her face. And it was a striking face, Lucas couldn't deny it. The years had refined her features—
She stood, smoothing her palms across the fabric of her skirt.
—and ripened her body. Her eyes were the same vivid blue he remembered, and her white-blond hair was still long and straight. He could easily recall the silky feel of it brushing against his bare chest. As teens, he'd thought of them as the perfect juxtaposition: she, all sunshine and light, he, dark like the night.
He forced his gaze back onto her face.
"Tyne." He entered his office, puzzled by the strain in his voice. What really confused him was the fact that he couldn't seem to get his tongue to form anything more.
"Hi, Lucas. It's been a long time." Her lush mouth pressed into a nervous smile, and his gut tensed.
He wanted to smile back. He truly did. With every fiber of his being. To let her know that he'd survived the sprawling interim since they'd parted just as well as she obviously had. But he couldn't smile. Couldn't speak. Couldn't think.
About Donna Fasano
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, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #17.
What others are saying about Donna’s books:
“…complex, funny, and realistic…” ~Wilmington News Journal
“Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author.” ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
“…a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!”
~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com
I have been neglecting my blog because not only did I re-write Falling Into Lust but I am now writing In Too Deep and on a tight deadline. So, here is a teaser and an awesome giveaway I am participating in. Feel free to enter. ;-)
What can I say? I love Kaz and Syd so much I am releasing them early to the world.Rock My Heart, the first book in The Scarlet Fever Series, will be released today but don't forget, there is a Release Party tomorrow on Facebook where I will be giving out gifts and prizes including signed paperbacks every twenty minutes and lasts from 7pm - 9pm (Eastern Pacific Time)...that is 4pm - 6pm (Pacific Standard Time) and Midnight to 2am (Greenwich Mean Time)! Join in on the fun and win free swag and books!
If you miss that party, I am on the Book Enthusiast Blog and a number of blogger sites for the release on Saturday, August 31st.
“I thought I knew what I
wanted but someone forgot to tell me that you have to embrace the ugly in a
relationship in order to appreciate the beauty of what you have created between
another person and yourself. The following is what happens when you think you
can take a short cut but in life, as in love, easy doesn’t come without
difficulty, and if you want love to survive, you have to fight for it each and
every day.” – Sydney Lundvik
Syd and Kaz survived getting together in the most unusual of ways, a
rigorous world tour and his crazy ex-wife but their relationship will be tested
more than they ever thought was possible. Now that Sydney is expecting their
first child and they are engaged, demons from Kaz’s past rear their ugly head
and cause a catalyst that will spin their world completely out of control.
Kaz reacts in the only way he knows how and that is to shut down his
emotions while contemplating a deal for Scarlet Fever that could set them up
for life and finally give them the stability they need.
Meanwhile, Syd reacts to the situation in a way that is completely
unbecoming and may spell the end of their relationship and the happy ending she
has craved for so long.
Can two people—who have gone through the fires of lust and love—reconnect
with what brought them together in the first place and make peace not only with
themselves and each other or will the pressure prove too great and tear them
apart for good?
This is the explosive conclusion to one of the most exciting and twisted
love affairs in rock history.
Just in case you are wondering why I have been so quiet, I am hard at work on Rock My Heart, which will premiere on Friday, August 30th. It might seem easy to slip back into the world of rock and roll and begin the Scarlet Fever Series but if I am honest, it hasn't been.
Out From Under took a lot out of me, emotionally speaking, and because there is left over angst, Rock My Heart will not be as light and fluffy as the One More Night Trilogy. It will have some very dark and intense aspects to it and yes, there will be some infidelity. This isn't a spoiler, just letting you know what to prepare for.
Before you curse me and call me a bitch for changing up your favorite characters, realize Kaz and Syd didn't get together conventionally so nothing about their relationship was ever just going to settle into domestic bliss without any issues. They both have their own inner demons to fight and that is what this story is about.
No, I will not save the infidelity to the last fifty pages so there is a quick resolution, all is forgiven and all is well. It will take up a lot of space in this novel because people do stray and couples do have to work through issues.
This is Kaz and Syd's happy ending but I am not going to hand it over on a silver platter though there won't be drama for the sake of drama either. I want them to feel real, to be real and for you, the reader, to want to see them work out their issues.
Now...moving on...I have handed out quite a few ARCs of Out From Under and I know many of you have bought the book too.
I am so excited if you liked this book and left a review on Goodreads. Thank you because you didn't have to say anything at all. However, I also need some reviews on Amazon too so I am holding a contest for 5 ARC copies of Rock My Heart. This contest will only last two weeks and you have the opportunity to benefit just by leaving a review on Amazon for Out From Under.
If you bought it from Kobo or B&N, you're still eligible. If you left a review at those places or only Goodreads, all you have to do is copy and paste.
Now, I would prefer those who enjoyed the book to leave reviews but if you just thought it was meh and gave it 3 to 3.5 stars, then that is fine as well. I am not going to shoot you or think you are an awful person just because you didn't enjoy this book as well as some of my other novels. It is what it is.
However, your help is always appreciated and reviews do drive sales. I will always be grateful for all my readers so leave a review and get a chance at winning an ARC for Rock My Heart. You would get the book Sunday, August 25th...5 days before it was available for purchase. Now, if that isn't a reason to use copy and paste then I don't know what is! ;-)