A Rock and Roll Romance is on the Horizon

It's raining and windy outside and in my need for something to perk up my day, I've decided to setup a date for my upcoming book called, "Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place." It's a rock and roll romance and I'm planning to release it on October 22nd. It was so much fun to write and I'm very excited about it!

Here is peek at what  Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place is about:

When a small-town business owner and a big-city rockstar clash over a piece of land, sparks fly and passions ignite, setting the stage for a steamy showdown that amps up an entire town.

Lauren Graft, the fierce and ambitious head of her family's booming sheet metal company, is on the brink of national acclaim. All she needs is the town's zoning commission to greenlight her expansion—a mere formality, or so she thinks.

Heath Bender, the brooding and wildly famous rockstar, reluctantly returns to Pine City to care for his ailing, abusive father. Discovering Lauren's plans to develop the untouched land that was his childhood sanctuary, Heath launches a fiery public campaign to preserve it for the children and wildlife.

The residents of Pine City are no strangers to the bitter feud between the Graft family and Heath, but few know the tantalizing secret: Lauren and Heath were once high school lovers, their passion so intense they had planned to leave town together.

Now, with her former flame back in town, Lauren must navigate the treacherous waters of old desires and new loyalties. The land they’re battling over is the very place where they once shared scorching, forbidden love, and the memories are impossible to ignore.

As they each vie for the town's support, their unresolved feelings and simmering attraction threaten to explode. Can they keep their past hidden and their hearts guarded, or will the truth—and their undeniable chemistry—be revealed to all?

This book is sure to heat up those cool fall evenings ahead!🔥

Donna

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These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death

The Year of the Morel

It's official! It's the year of the morel mushroom! All the rain and perfect weather has made the delicious mushroom appear in places where we've never seen it grow before. We've had our cabin/house for sixteen years and this is the first year we've observed morels growing in the pine trees and on our lawn.

A few years ago, a friend showed us where to find morels in the popple trees and on the southern hill sides. Since then, we've learned there are many theories about where they grow —by dead elm trees, disturbed ground, flood plains, old apple orchards. There are several other places and it depends on where you live.

But even when you know where they grow, timing and weather are important, too. It has to be in the spring and it can't be too warm or dry. Our friend's guess is when the dandelions are in bloom, the morels start to sprout. Some say it's when the oak leaves are the size of squirrel ears and others say it's when the lilacs are in bloom. It's anyone's guess!

About five years ago my husband bought me a book called " Start Mushrooming-The Reliable Way to Forage" by Stan Tekiela. In the book it explains and shows pictures of what the seven safe mushrooms are: Morel, Shaggy Mane, Sulfer Shelf - also known as chicken of the woods, Oyster, Giant Puffball, Chanterelle, Hen of the Woods. Stan's book has reliable check lists that a mushroom must meet to be declared edible. The book also shows pictures and lists traits of fake or poisonous mushrooms. We have found and identified five of the safe seven and enjoyed eating our harvest without worrying  about harmful side effects. Bon appetit!

So if you are interested in mushroom hunting, I suggest you do it the safe way and get Stan's book. It's available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Start-Mushrooming-Foolproof-Way-Forage/dp/1591938309

Happy hunting!

Donna

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

 

Spring’s Promises

The very thought of spring promises so much. Everything around us is fresh and new and everyone is excited and hopeful about the options the nice weather brings. It seems the sky is the limit. We dream about the wonderful get togethers we'll have with family and friends — spending time at the lake, camping, swimming, fishing and planting our vegetable and flower gardens. And a few of us have been waiting all winter to do projects that we can only do when the weather gets warmer like building, painting and landscaping.

We make all sorts of plans, but before we know it graduation time is upon us and the party season begins. Most of the parties we really want to attend, but there are some events we go to only because we feel obligated to make an appearance. Soon we see our glorious summer time start to slip through our fingers like beach sand and we become a little more choosey with what's on our dance card.

My late father-in-law used to say that after the Fourth of July the summer is pretty much over. I tend to disagree. The last few years the nice weather seems to have extended into the middle or end of September. I know for some fall is the best time of the year, but not for me. I tend to be a little less optimistic because I'm not looking forward to the cold season that follows. I prefer spring when there are no mosquitoes, the flowers are sprouting and the smell from the BBQ is wafting in the air. It's a time when hope fills me and I'm excited as the season promises many fun days ahead.

May you hang onto the hopeful promises of spring the entire year! ☀️🌼💐

Donna

In the picture is my Bleeding Heart plant. It's my over achiever. All the other plants I have are only a few inches tall.

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

 

March Madness 😜

My husband recently went through back to back medical procedures and fortunately is doing well. While stuck in the house, he started watching the college basket ball games of the March Madness tournaments.

I was relieved he found something to do, but now I can't close my eyes without hearing cheers from the crowd or the squeak from tennis shoes on the court. He calls mealtimes and when the phone rings "time outs" and tries to have me schedule lunch during half time.

Last night he referred to going to bed as being benched, and once there claimed to reset the buzzer instead of setting the alarm. This morning as I stood in the kitchen he told me the clock ran out and I needed to shut the refrigerator door.

I think it's time to tell him that he's not scoring any points or going to receive any free throws or anything else for that matter, from the head coach. Maybe I'll throw in a shot about what the penalties are for too many offensive fouls and then remind him I have a few defensive plays of my own. Tell him that if he keeps crossing the foul line, hitting the back board will be the closest he'll get to sinking the bucket.🏀

Here's to springtime weather and hoping those warmer days are not to far away!🌼💐

Donna

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

   

Pride in Your Community

It was Red Green who said, "Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."  I know a comedy show host isn't the best source of information or encouragement, but these days nothing rings truer than his words.(The Red Green show is about a Canadian resort owner/handyman who uses duct tape to fix or invent things. The comical scenes are based on Red, his nephew and the town's people.)

Change is a fact of life but it seems like the rapid changes of late have not been for the best for our country. It doesn't matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, we need to pull together to save our nation.

We hear so much stuff on the news and social media and most of us don't know what to believe. The only thing I see is the dust has settled since Covid and it's time to stand together to protect ourselves and our homeland. I think a good way to start is to unite with your community. Volunteer or just figure out how to get to know your neighbors. Invite someone to meet for coffee, attend an event in your town or bring a meal to someone who is experiencing a hardship.

I've joined an exercise program that is offered for free in my community. (A shout out to an outstanding citizen in our town who agreed to lead us.) I absolutely love it and not only have I shaped up, I've met some great people in my neighborhood. It's a fun time and everyone has gotten to know each other and have formed what I think is a wonderful bond. We look out for each other and now all of us are in touch with what's going on in our area. I love living in my small community and I know many of you feel the same way.

The fact is that we're all in this together no matter what your political stance.

Who knows maybe some time spent with someone who doesn't share your views may enlighten you both?

Here's to a brighter future!

🇺🇸☀️

Donna

P.S. The picture I've included shows the small amount of snow we have here in February in northern Minnesota! Yeah!

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

Surviving Winter

The subject I planned for my blog this month was going to be about protecting your mental heath during a long winter season. I did some research on the topic and I wrote an article, but after reading it, I decided I’d rather write about something fun. I thought instead of suggesting things to do to maintain sanity, I would just go ahead and write about something I did last Friday night that improved my sanity.

My husband and I and some good friends went to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minnesota to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive Concert. I’ve been to some concerts in the last few years that weren’t bad, but I didn’t feel were worth the high price of the tickets.

Without a doubt this concert was worth the ticket price. It actually was a two for one because Randy Bachman was also a member of the Guess Who. Not only did we get to hear hit songs from BTO, we also heard a huge number of Guess Who hits. The instrumental and vocals were very high quality and the history behind some of the songs’ origins was interesting to learn.

I guess getting out and doing something to improve my mood is a lot better than sitting around thinking about what I could do.

So, next time when the cold drags you down, get out there and do something fun!

Donna

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These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

Rethinking Your Resolutions

It seems each year we make resolutions to ourselves and others about changing negative things in our lives. And like every year, most of us give it a short half-hearted try and fail. It led me to think that maybe we don't even know what making a resolution actually means. I decided to look up the definition of resolution and I found there were five meanings listed:
    1. The act or process of resolving.
    2. The action of solving.
    3. The quality of being resolute firmness, determination.
    4. A formal statement expressing the opinion, will, or intent of a body of persons.
    5. Photographic resolution.
So I looked up resolve:
    1. To break up into constituent parts; analyze.
    2. To distinguish between or make visible adjacent parts of.
    3. To solve or find answer to; solve.
    4. Determine, decide.
    5. To make or pass a formal resolution.
    6. Fixity of purpose.
    7. Something resolved.
I think the word and definition we should focus on is resolve. Rather than using just one meaning, I'm going to combine them all. Instead of thinking we are going to turn our whole world upside down overnight, we should analyze what we want to change. Is it a realistic or possible goal? If it's viable, we need to break it into small doable parts. We then need to figure out possible plans and pick one or more that will help us be successful. But before we announce our intentions to the rest of the world, we need to put on an armor of determination and plant our feet firmly in our belief that we have the power to resolve any issue however daunting it appears to be.

Happy New Year!

Donna

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These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

Two Christmas Wishes

I've never been a person who gets caught up in all the hoopla and commercialism that surrounds Christmas. I try to focus on its true meaning — the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. But each year I imagine what it would be like to feel my heart swell in my chest (not from a heart attack) from the unlimited joy the season brings. Somewhat like the Grinch after he figures out the true meaning of Christmas.

So this year I want to zero in on what I think would help me capture the ‘magic’ with two wishes. My first wish this holiday season is for my sister, Debbie, to beat her cancer and live a long and healthy life. My second wish is for everyone, especially those who are dealing with cancer of a loved one or themselves to feel real joy and comfort this Christmas.

More than anything I need to realize that the magic of the season has always been there — I just have to believe.

Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄

Donna

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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

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

“By The Way — We Hung Your Wife.”

Years ago, I took a trip out east with my husband, Rick, and our son, Kevin and one of the interesting places we visited was Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after arriving, we signed up for a reenactment of a witch trial. It was based on the very first witch trial of a women named, Bridget Bishop, who lived in Salem Town.

Once we got to the meeting point, we noticed several actors dressed in colonial clothing were dispersed throughout the crowd of tourists. They mingled and talked friendly to everyone until without warning one actor turned to another and said loudly in a thick English accent, "She pushed my boy you know and he fell to the ground." Another actor immediately joined in, "I saw her wearing a red bonnet the other day." During this time another actor came walking through the crowd and the ones bad mouthing began to push and shove her. At one point they pushed her into my husband and he threw his arms up not knowing what to do. Seeing this one of the actors sneered at my husband and yelled out, "Look at the Minnesotan! He's defending the witch!"

We then walked with the now angry mob on the same cobblestone street that Bridget Bishop had, to the very building where the trial had taken place in1692. Everyone in the crowd used a wide staircase to the second floor and we were led to a small black elevator because our son was in a motorized wheelchair.

A nice young man dressed in colonial garb loaded us onto the elevator and when we started to move, I jokingly asked,"How do you know if you're taking up witches?" The elevator suddenly jerked and the man turned to me with frightened eyes. I asked if the elevator ever did that before and he told me it was the first time he experienced or heard of it. We blew it off thinking he was telling us a line to enhance our experience and got off the elevator.

During the trial anyone was invited to testify, but all of the actors testified using the actual documentation that had been used in the original trial. Some were dressed as Quakers and reported that they saw snakes coming out of her stomach which left me thinking that these people had to have been on drugs. In the end she was convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to hang.

When the performance ended, we walked back to the black elevator but when the actor hit the button the doors wouldn't open. Several other actors and staff also tried, but the doors remained shut. We ended up talking with the actors for over an hour while we waited for the fire department to come and rescue us. During that time we learned more facts about the trial. There had been a strange fungus in the wheat that year and some believed it made people hallucinate.(I argued if the bread was baked it would've killed the fungus.)

Bridget Bishop's only crime was just being an ornery woman who didn't care about what other people thought or what she said. Her husband was out of town on business when they hung her. I can just hear them telling the poor man, "Oh by the way, while you were gone, we hung your wife."

We tried to leave Salem that day, but ended up staying the night when one of our brand new tires mysteriously blew before we got out of town. 🧹🧙

I hope you have a fun Halloween!

Donna

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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

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

When In Rome …

I can't believe it went so fast. All the planning and the anticipation and then — boom — our twelve day vacation of a lifetime was over. Before we knew it, Italy became a memory and we were back sleeping in our own beds.

It was a beautiful country with a long violent history, delicious food, great wine, famous art and of course lots of traffic and tourists.

It was a fun place to visit, but there was some things I found different or even strange. First of all, no matter how fancy the hotels were they didn't have wash cloths or shower curtains in the bathrooms. Each tub was very long and rounded at the bottom which made them slightly dangerous. On the top where a curtain normally would hang a mounted glass panel covered a little over a third of the area by the shower head to the tub. So when my husband showered and I was brushing my teeth at the vanity, I would get another shower. As for the washcloths, I was told by our tour guide and the clerks at the front desk of every hotel we stayed in that they don't put washcloths in hotel rooms in Italy.

Our rooms did have a regular toilet and a bidet that we never used because neither of us knew how to. Most of the public bathrooms and ones at the basilicas required a half of an euro to use. All of the restrooms except for a very few had toilets without a ring to sit on. So a person had to squat and balance on your knees while you did your business. I often thought about little old ladies with arthritic knees attempting to go to the bathroom and decided I didn't have anything to complain about.

Some of the shrines to the saints and popes in the basilicas had the actual pieces of the their bodies (lips, teeth, skin, heart ...)  preserved in gold embellished glass decanters. Some of their bodies were mummified and displayed in glass coffins. So weird!

There was so many places to eat and every meal we ate at a ristorante was tasty and reasonably priced. Dinners were concluded with a complimentary shot of limoncello, which was very delicious. One thing I did notice was that most of the servers were men. When I asked someone they told me that being a server was a prestigious job in Italy. It made me wonder what's going on in that country with women's rights. I think I figured it out when we stood across the street in Rome and observed the senate enjoying a break. I was amazed to see that all of the senators were men except for one.

I guess we really need to appreciate our own country and the rights we have here. Like Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home." 🇺🇸🇮🇪

Ciao for now,

Donna

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

These are my books:

The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

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

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