Monday, January 28, 2013

Guest Author Post: Why I Write Romance Novels By Donna Fasano

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice: mystery, historical, thriller, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell readers why I write romance novels.

I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was the death of my mother just as I was entering my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35 overnight, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds…if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! Romance novels offered me hope for a happy future filled with love (hokey, maybe, but I was a na├»ve teen). As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happily-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every real-life relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I’d watch the evening news.

As an author, I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That’s the reaction I’m going for with my short, upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels. So if you’re looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you’ll try one of my books.

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Donna is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels that have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide. You can find her on the web at, or on Facebook at, or on Twitter at Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks.
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Synopsis: The Single Dad: Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody's daddy.

The Single Woman: Schoolteacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.

The Solution: Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the schoolteacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy figured out a way to make Miss Maxwell become his mom

Exciting news! Donna has a new 3-book series available. The Single Daddy Club is about 3 buddies who have been friends since college and are now single and raising children. They vow to support one another…any way they can. (Of course, love will find each and every single dad before this series ends. They don't call it happily-ever-after for nuthin'!) Look for The Single Daddy Club: Derrick. Available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks.

If you prefer to read your books in paperback, Donna has a new one available this month: Her Fake Romance. The female protagonist in this book is a caterer, and there are several delicious recipes included as bonus material.

If you prefer audio books, Donna has a brand new offering – her very first audio edition – The Merry-Go-Round, available at


Gerry McCullough said...

Donna, this is exactly why I love reading romances!

You don't mention Georgette Heyer, one of my favourites, or Mary Stewart, one of the first to mix romance with thriller – try them if you haven't already! They were the joy of my own teens – as well as all the others you name!

Lovely post!