As an Author, What Scares Me Most by Donna Simonetta – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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As an author, what scares me most is…

Without a doubt, the most terrifying aspect of being an author is having other people reading my work. When I say it like that it sounds ridiculous. As an author my goal is to have other people read my stuff––ideally, lots and LOTS of people. But, that moment when my book is released, and people are going to start reading it? Gulp. Mind-numbingly, paralyzingly terrifying.

When I write a story, I become immersed in it. I try to make the setting and characters as well-rounded and real as possible. So much so, that as I write, they become like friends to me. People I know inside and out, and with whom I’ve spent at least a year of my life. Day in, day out, in my mind and in my home with me. They become my friends. And when I send them out in the world for other people to read their stories, it is nerve-wracking. What if other people don’t like my fictional friends as much as I do? What if…heaven forbid…they HATE them? It would take a more secure person than me, to not feel scared when people read my work.

It’s kind of like when you have friends from two different parts of your life. A work friend and a childhood friend. You love them both, but when you first introduce them to each other, there is always a chance they won’t like each other and it will make things awkward for all concerned. Now, they might just hit it off like wildfire and all will be right with your world, but if not? Ugh. It’s the same thing with my readers and the characters I’ve toiled over and hung out with for so long.

Not to mention, writing is a very personal activity. Sometimes, events and people from my real life might make it into my work, in a fictionalized form. What happens if when someone else reads something deeply meaningful to me, and thinks…meh, who cares? Or even worse…that is so stupid. It can be heartbreaking.

Of course, like most fears, the reality is almost never as bad as my imaginings. The vast majority of reviews and feedback I’ve had on my books has been positive and uplifting. However, human nature being what it is––or at least THIS human’s nature! Ha!––the one negative comment is so often the one that stands out to you.

None of this is to say you should not give an author your honest feedback and opinion on their work. It helps tremendously with future writing to know what resonates with readers, and what does not. Just remember, these characters have been born out of the author’s imagination, and are close to their heart…so be honest, but gentle. And I really, really, really hope you enjoy What Was I Thinking.

A wild Vegas fling isn’t the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, and Lily and Jason have been like oil and water since they met. Blaming their steamy hook-up on too many shots at the bar, they head home.

Back in the real world, Jason wonders if he’s ready to give up his crown as the Playboy King of Rivers Bend to be with just one woman. And Lily has enough on her plate right now without adding Jason Braden to the mix, even if their attraction is crazy-strong.

But life is good at throwing curveballs, and a lot can happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Maybe even enough to lead these two polar opposites home to each other in Rivers Bend.

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She felt him stiffen up behind her, and Jason’s tone of voice was defensive. She hadn’t meant to hurt his feelings. “I know you do; I didn’t mean anything by it. We poke at each other”––she shrugged––“it’s kind of our thing.”

His grip on her hand loosened, and then he took control of the dance, by twirling her until her back was pressed to his front, and he began to move sinuously in time to the rhythm. His breath tickled her ear, as he spoke right in it to be heard over the music. “We’ve got a thing, Moonbeam?”

Jason had ditched the tie and suit jacket after the wedding, and his body heat scorched her through his crisp white dress shirt. And man-oh-Maneschewitz, his lean, hard body felt good. Really good. The Marine might be bulked up, but Jason’s body felt like it had been made for hers, which given their mutual antagonism, seemed like proof Fate was enjoying a good laugh at her expense. Against Lily’s better judgment, her body melted into his warmth and began to move with his.

“Sure we’ve got a thing,” she said over her shoulder, and was irritated to hear a trace of breathlessness in her voice. She cleared her throat and continued, “Like that––you calling me Moonbeam, because you know it bugs me.”

About the Author Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read––contemporary romances to help you escape the real world for a little while. Writing is Donna’s third career. She toiled in the business world, and when she decided being an Account Executive wasn’t for her went back to school to get her MLS degree. Next, she worked in a school library for many years. But, Donna dreamed of being an author since she was a little girl, and began to squeeze writing into her day. After the publication of her second book, she decided to leave the library and become a full-time author.

Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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Love Calls You Home by Donna Simonetta – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Stephanie Williams left skid marks on the road out of Willow Springs, Vermont after she finished high school. She didn’t return until her company sent her to evaluate the town for a massive development project. Back then she thought the town was way too small and too cold. Now the cold isn’t as much of an issue since she’s reconnected with her childhood friend, Donald Flanagan. Stephanie doesn’t remember his eyes being quite so green, or his body quite so built. He’s smart and funny as he ever was, and a forest-fire sized attraction burns between them.

Donald never understood his old friend’s driving need to leave Willow Springs. He loves everything about it. When he learns the truth about Stephanie’s project, and how it will turn his hometown into a theme-park version of itself, will it extinguish the flame that has sparked between them?

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It was much darker on this side of the building, without the bright, neon lights around the entrance, and even though they could hear the muffled music through the wall, it felt as though they were all alone in the world. Donald stopped and turned to face her, which placed her between him and the building. He cupped her face in his hands, and Stephanie marveled that she’d never noticed how big his hands were before. He leaned down a little and studied her face. His eyes seemed to be searching for a clue as to what she wanted. There were complications aplenty––putting their lifelong friendship at risk, and her work here in town, which Donald still didn’t know the extent of, being two major hurdles, but Stephanie knew what she wanted right now. She knew it from the bottom of her toes to the top of her head, with a certainty she’d never experienced before. Her blood pounded in her veins, and she felt a little breathless with excitement about the step they were about to take.

“Hurry up and kiss me, Flanagan, before I spontaneously combust.”

One side of the mouth she longed to be kissing quirked up in a sexy half-grin. “There’s no turning back if we take this step, Williams. Are you sure?”

About the Author:

Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read–contemporary romances filled with heart, heat, and humor, like the books of her favorite romance writers, Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis.
A Sweeter Spot is the first book in the Rivers Bend trilogy, which is set in a fictional small town, populated by quirky characters. But if you prefer a big city setting and a little fantasy mixed in with your romance, try Angels Fly. A heartwarming story, set in beautiful San Diego, about getting a second-chance with your first love, with a little help from some unlikely guardian angels.

Writing is Donna’s third career. She has worked in the business world, which she decided wasn’t for her. So she went back to school to get her MLS degree, and worked in a school library, before deciding to pursue writing on a full-time basis. Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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