Brighten Your World

Now that the weather is starting to warm after months of heavy snow, wind and subzero temperatures, I can see that our long, cold winter has taken a toll on some of the trees and wild life around our area. But after listening to people lately, it seems old man winter has also been rough on some of our relationships, too.

Being stuck inside for months can really test a person's patience. Human nature always seems to shine through and it's much easier to see the other guy's flaws and not our own. I always say it's possible the disciples who hung out constantly with Jesus maybe wanted to tell him that he tied his sandals wrong. Who knows?

Earlier this winter, I got out to do a little walking but with the extreme amount of ice and mud that plagues our road it turned into a safety issue and I stopped. So now I turn up the radio and do a little dancing. Keeping myself busy was one  thing that helped me this last few months. I've got a good slab of my new book "The Keys to Paradise" written and it's a good feeling.

Someone made a comment to me recently and said they couldn't understand why someone would want read fiction because it isn't true. I told them fiction in any genre isn't about the factual. It's about putting your troubles aside or maybe even taking on the character's instead of your own. And if the story is good, it can transport you to another world for a while. Often times, I think it's healthy to give our brains a break from whatever is going on in our lives.

I hope the warmer weather will come soon but until then I'm going to try and avoid criticizing myself and others around me. Maybe a few kind words or deeds will brighten their world as well as my own.

Happy reading to everyone!

Donna

These are my books:

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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Sail Away to Key West

As a romance writer I'm always looking for ways to keep my stories fresh and exciting. I don't want my characters to be a bland repeat of the last ones, especially when it comes to the heroine or hero. I strive to keep them diverse and interesting.

I'm so excited to be working on my new book "The Keys to Paradise" a spicy love story set in the Florida Keys.

Here is the rough draft of the book cover blurb:

Somewhere in her heart, Jules Neuberg, found the strength to forgive her husband for impregnating a woman he claimed was a stranger. But when his wealthy parents convince him to make it work with the mother of his child, Jules’s whole world crashes from the unexpected.

Now that her divorce is in the works, Jules’s friends aren't about to leave her alone on her first anniversary without the ex and book a surprise vacation to Key West, Florida. Hearing about their plan, Jules refuses to go, but hastily changes her mind learning about the birth of her husband’s new son.

While in Key West Jules struggles to come up with energy to fake a good time and decides to forget everyone else and work on pleasing herself. When Dalian Carter, the gorgeous hotel owner suddenly finds her interesting, she wonders if he could possibly be for real!

The heroine in the story definitely has some attitude problems as a result of the trauma she has gone through with her marriage. I'm really trying to let her be who she is. Keep in mind there's a rule when you write fiction that everyone likes or can identify with a flawed character. Like in real life— no one is perfect!

Happy reading to everyone!

Donna

These are my books:

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

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A Road Trip to Remember

February 3rd, 2022: Today, I sit by my computer thinking how beautiful the sunshine looks outside. When I step out the door I find the wind is almost nonexistent but it doesn't seem to make a difference when the high temperature for today is at a whopping 7 degrees below zero. I immediately go back inside and start plotting a road trip to a much warmer place. I'm working on a new book entitled "The Keys to Paradise" and I need to do some research and you guessed it — in the Florida Keys. My story is about a broken hearted woman in her thirties who finds unexpected adventure and love on vacation.

February 27th, 2022: We're home! A little tired after twenty days on the road, but thankful we've arrived back in Minnesota in one piece. It was really an exciting and fun trip. We learned somethings about the culture in the southeastern part of the United States and met a lot of intriguing folks. We encountered people from Maine to Kentucky and onward to the Keys. Most we met were friendly and helpful and shared information not only about themselves but about the area where they live. It was interesting to learn how much we all have in common. Several people voiced their political views without any prompting and it was hopeful to learn that as a rule most desired our country to be united.

The thing that surprised me the most was the kindness and respect people had for us. One man we met in Florida insisted we visit him on the way back home. We drove through the rolling hills of Kentucky to his house and tobacco farm near Airedale. He took us for a drive around the area and out for dinner and we ended up staying there for the night. We throughly enjoyed his stories of his travels around the world as well as his knowledge on tobacco farming. Turns out he once was one of the main stars on a reality television show called "Tobacco Wars" in 2014. The show aired for two or three episodes before it was canceled. He said the producer's wife died during that time from lung cancer and the show was immediately canceled.We did tour Ernest Hemingway's home and museum and I loved it. To my hubby's delight we rode on an airboat in the Everglades and saw some alligators.

I do know that it was worth the trip to the Keys for research. There were so many things I learned that I would've never known otherwise. Questions like: why are there chickens running around every where? I don't want to share too much about what I discovered because you'll read it in my next book "The Keys to Paradise". So I better get busy!

These are my books:

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

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Positivity — Pass It On!

Recently a friend of mine called and expressed that winter was bringing her down. Even though neither of us are licensed physiologists, we discussed at length what the possibilities were behind her apparent case of the blues. It didn't take too long to figure out there is more than one reason a person gets depressed other than the cold weather. There are several serious unavoidable events in everyone's life like death, Illness, financial and of course relationship problems that impact our lives and can always leave a person down in the dumps.

Personally, if I can't immediately put my finger on the cause of my low spirits, the culprit is usually one or both of the following: I don't feel in control of my life for some reason or I have nothing to look forward to in the near or distant future.

But my friend's problem somehow didn't fit the bill of the things I've mentioned above. So we continued to discuss her feelings and after a while it occurred to me there were a lot of negative people she had to deal with on a regular basis. We both agreed that her association with these individuals was obviously working on her self-esteem, attitude and well being.

Knowing it wasn't an option to stop all contact with these pessimistic people, we came up with a plan to help her out. Together we made a list of her positive attributes along with her aspiring dreams and I told her to keep a copy in her desk drawer at work and on her phone. After a trying episode with a "Negative Nelly," I suggested she read the list to herself. I also told her to try and avoid those miserable souls whenever possible. And if she encountered them and felt sad, she was to schedule something self indulgent — a long bath, manicure, a walk, or spend time with a dear person or a loved pet.

I know steering clear of some people isn't always possible. But all of us desire to be accepted and want to be associated with those who lift us up somehow. People who take the positive road and radiate their own optimism enough to pass it on to those around them. I always gage relationships on how I feel after I leave someone. Do I feel special or valued? Or do I feel ordinary or generic? Am I feeling drug down or inspired?

Seeing how my positivity effects myself and others, I'm going try and pass on good vibes to everyone around me. I hope you will strive to do so, too!

These are my books:

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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Christmas Expectations

I hope your Christmas was everything you expected it to be. Ours wasn't exactly what we had planned, but it turned out be a fun and interesting holiday. Our daughter and son-in-law came up later on Christmas Day and we exchanged our gifts that evening. On the following morning the electricity went out around at 11:30 am and didn't come back on until 7:30 pm that evening.

It being Sunday and the day after Christmas, the power company didn't post anything online stating what the problem was or how long it would take to fix. Within a few minutes after the power went out, a neighbor called and checked on us and throughout the day the phone rang continuously with calls from others in the neighborhood. Most wanted to know if we were okay or in need of anything. Everyone pulled together and tallied what they had for generators, batteries, and water if need be. One neighbor even offered us his cabin equipped with a wood stove.

The menu that evening got changed from barbecue ribs to left over ground bologna sandwiches and fixings from the night before. The situation had its upside knowing no one could see the amount of chocolate and snacks you were consuming in the dark. Put it this way — no one suffered from loss of food.

Our biggest challenge was staying warm because the temperature outside was in the lower teens. Lucky for us, our gas fireplace worked without electricity and we sat around it bundled up in blankets. We burned candles while we talked and eventually hung head lamps from the chandelier above the kitchen table in order to play cards. Despite my cool surroundings, the situation gave me a warm feeling inside knowing the important thing was that we were together.

It wasn't like any other Christmas I remember, but it certainly was a memorable one. I'm sure we'll talk about for many years to come. I took a picture of my husband sitting at the table in the semi darkness when we cleaned up.

In the end, the greatest gift I got this year was knowing that even in these crazy times people still care and are willing to help each other out in a crisis.

Happy New Year to all!

If you enjoy reading, these are my books:

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

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Still Having Fun

Woo-hoo! I'm close to reaching another mountain top on my writing journey as I finish up with the last book in the Heartbeat Series — Only a Heartbeat Away. I'm so excited about this book. I really loved writing Jolene and Michael's story and pulling the entire series together in a rousing conclusion. It's strange, but once again I feel like the book wrote itself with the help of the characters. I do believe, and I hope you will too, that it's a fun, action filled, romantic 70's tale.

Throughout the entire series, I tried hard to make the storyline as close to authentic as possible with music and events chronologically in tune with the times. I wanted it to be a story most people could easily relate to and maybe for some, reflect back upon. One of my goals was to make it applicable for any adult of any age or gender. I found it very interesting trying to capture both the male and female perspectives by looking at life through each heroine and hero's eyes as well as the villains in the story. It was fun to walk a mile in the character's shoes and let them and my imagination lead me. 

A writer friend of mine told me I should celebrate each goal because writing is a solitary game and most people are not aware or don't care about all the challenges involved. I don't know if that is true or not, but I do feel many of you have been with me every step of the way on my writing journey. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for your support and encouragement. Thank you!

I'm planning out another story, but for now, my concentration is on getting to the top of this mountain and finishing the Heartbeat Series!

If you enjoy reading, these are my books:

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

I promise not to give your email address to others and I won't email you to death.

     

A Moment To Relax

I've been so busy working on the third book of my Heartbeat Series that I haven't found much time to write a blog this month. Yesterday, I decided to take a break and go with my hubby for a ride around the area to see all the beautiful autumn leaves. It was so pretty and relaxing that I had to share a picture with everyone. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so this blog will be much longer than I thought. LOL!

My plans are to have — Only A Heartbeat Away— ready for Christmas. I will be sending the manuscript off to the editor tomorrow, so hopefully she'll get going and return it to me in a month or so. I'm very excited about this story because it wraps up the series and I believe it's a fun read. I hope everyone will enjoy reading it as much I did writing it.

So until next time, be sure to get out there and check out those leaves. They'll be gone before you know it!

If you enjoy reading, these are my books:

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

I promise not to give your email address to others and I won't email you to death.

Let It Rain

Up until a week ago, I was beginning to wonder if we were going to have a rainy day this summer. The grass was crunchy and brown and a layer of dust covered your shoes whenever you walked across the lawn. Several days of high temperatures and drying winds made watering a flower and vegetable garden into a full time job.

One day it sprinkled for a few minutes and I ran outside onto my deck and reveled in the sweet fresh smell that filled the air. Sadly, it lasted only a few minutes before the drops lessoned and then completely disappeared all together. It made me think about rainy days when I was young. Days when I grabbed an old rain coat and an umbrella and went for a long walk by the lake where we lived. It seemed to be a whole different world compared to a stroll on a sunny day. Perhaps because of the moisture in the air, the sounds of traffic echoed differently in the distance. It was the same with the birds calling to each other in the quiet, stilled woods. It always had a calming effect on me to hear the soft pitter patter of the raindrops dripping on and off the leaves. I loved the feel of the cool mist on my face and the energy from taking deep invigorating breaths.

Some people like to curl up with a good book on a rainy day or take a nap. Others think a mild thunderstorm can be very romantic. They opt to stay in bed and listen to it rain with that special someone by their side. Many like the drumming of the rain on the roof and claim it actually helps them sleep better. I enjoy songs that encourage you to throw caution to the wind and dance in the rain like no one's watching.

My sister came up last weekend and instead of letting the rain ruin our weekend, we took umbrellas and went for a walk with my dog, Keri. It was fun and both my sister and I felt we had slept better that night.

We all know how important rain is to nature and mankind. We need it to physically survive, but it can also be wonderfully therapeutic to the mind. So I say, "Let it rain!"

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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On The Road Again

I hope everyone is getting out there and having a great summer. Due to the drought, there isn't any blueberries to pick around our area but there's a lot of things I've been busy with. In my last blog I mentioned I was planning on getting out there to sell my books. So I took a blind leap of faith earlier this month and sold my books at Laporte Days. Laporte is town larger than where I live, but it's still a nice small town. I was really nervous because it was something I'd never done before but once I got going, it was a lot of fun. It seems most of the vendors I've met are really friendly people. I guess that's why they're out there dealing with customers one on one.

Last weekend I was the featured author for a book signing at the Schoolcraft Gallery in Lake George where I live. I couldn't believe how nice people were and how they showed up to support me.

Tomorrow I'm leaving my husband and dog at home and meeting our daughter in Montevideo, Minnesota to sell my books at the Chippewa County Fair. Montevideo and a neighboring town, Watson, are the location where my Heartbeat Series is loosely based. In the first book of the series "Heartbeat of Desire," there are three or four scenes that actually take place at the Chippewa County Fair. My booth is located next to the quilting ladies, which I find coincidental knowing the quilting ladies play a huge part in the series. I used this line in a query letter I sent out a few times, "Meanwhile the quilting ladies are trying to piece together what's going with those good-looking Cameron boys."

I guess throughout this writing journey there's been a lot of new areas to explore and I don't think I would've had the courage to do it on my own. That is why I thank each and everyone of you for your support. For now I best continue packing and get back on the road again!

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

I promise not to give your email address to others and I won't email you to death.

 

Following A New Trail

I've always thought myself as someone who has an open mind. A person who is willing within reason to try new things. I'm not talking about doing anything that would harm myself or others, I'm talking about experiencing something new that I normally wouldn't  do.

But as sit here thinking about going out there and selling my books this summer, I think about all the times I was reluctant to do something in the past but after I did it — I loved it.

I remember in high school when my best friend insisted I go with her on a field trip to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. We saw the play, "Fiddler on the Roof" and I enjoyed it so much I retuned with my parents to see another play.

One time I had traveled with my husband and our two children to the state of Washington. Both my daughter and son had studied Mount St. Helens and wanted to check out the area close to and around the volcano. I thought who cares about an old volcano but I went anyway knowing they really wanted to go on the tour. It turned out to be one of the most awesome things I've ever seen. Even as a writer, it's hard to put into words. The sheer force of what Mother Nature can do is amazing. The eruption took away any and all land marks that had been formerly used to identify the area's entire GPS location. Lakes, towns and mountain sides were suddenly gone without a trace.

I wasn't sure about the play or Mount St. Helens, but I tried to approach them with a good attitude and ’lo and behold I really enjoyed myself. I admit there have been times when I've tried something and didn't enjoy it at all. Needless to say, I won't be doing them again.

But I ask myself why am I sometimes apprehensive towards new ideas? Giving it some thought I've come up with three main reasons.

1.The fear of the unknown. Will I hate it? Will there be something unpleasant to deal with? Will my expectations be met?

2. A physical activity. Am I physically able to do it?

3.The fear of failure. Will I fail to do what I set out to do? Will I look foolish to others?

I believe the fear of looking foolish is the biggest reason why most of us avoid trying something new. I remind myself that as long as we are alive, we'll always be exposed new things and experiences and if we don't try something different once in a while — life can and will get boring. Of course with anything new there are new challenges that go along with them.

So now that I've addressed my concerns about selling my books at trade shows, I see my anxiety as silly and unwarranted. I think my books tell a good story so I do believe them to be a sellable product. And I really do enjoy getting out and meeting new people. Of course someone will have to twist my arm to make me talk about my love for writing. Yeah, right!  Wish me luck as I take off down a new trail!

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

If you would like to be notified in an email about the release dates of my books  go to:  https://donnalovitz.com/contact/

I promise not to give your email address to others and I won't email you to death.