Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What’s a REAL Book? By Donna Fasano - @DonnaFas

***I'm so excited to introduce you to USA Today, Best-selling author, Donna Fasano - a girl after my own heart - a collaborator on the Ten Brides for Ten Heroes Box Collection and a writer who has a fabulous sense of humor.


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 naïve 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 upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels.

My contribution to the Ten Brides for Ten Heroes bundle is Return of the Runaway Bride. The story came to life after I shared an elevator ride with a young woman who was carrying a newly purchased bridal gown. She looked extremely anxious as her mother, also in the elevator with us, was prattling on about the wedding plans. Suddenly, the young woman’s face went white and she said to her mother, “I don’t think I can do this.” Those seven little words had a profound effect on me. I began to wonder just how close could a wedding date get before a doubtful bride had to take action. The bride in my book runs away, but she returns to town to face her family, friends—and the man she jilted. For romance readers, who already understand that the book will end happily, all the fun is found in the journey.  

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written of over 30 novels that have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide. You can find her on the internet: at her blog, and on Facebook, and on Twitter. She loves to hear from her readers. Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks.


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***And make sure and pick up your 99 cent copy of
Ten Brides for Ten Heroes.



  1. So true, Donna, life is already way too serious most of the time. I love to immerse myself in a feel good romance that lets me sigh with pleasure at the ending, like chocolate :)

  2. jbiggar, I like how you think! :) Thank you for stopping by.

  3. What a lovely post, Donna. Yes you write cotton candy for the soul. What a great way to put it.

  4. Hi Mimi, I'm nominating you for the Very Inspiring Bogger Award. You can link back to me here http://lynnthompsonbooksblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award/