Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kindle for Your Computer

Since I have had several messages about this I decided to post to my blog and Face Book, so that all of you can enjoy the benefits of this little be of information.

You can download a free Kindle for your computer on Amazon. I have one and love it. Yes, it really is wonderful. I read all kinds of books on it, including historical and genealogy books. When you watch Amazon you will find many free books that are run as promotions by authors. I have a lot of books that were free that I downloaded to my computer Kindle or my hand held device.

It is so easy to do, that is one thing that I like about it.

Also, I should say that if you buy my book on Amazon you can get it in Word or PDF if you want to read it like that.

Thanks to all of you who are helping me get my book recognized with the LIKE button on Amazon. Also I appreciate any or all the reviews you care to post there, too. Maybe I should also mention that Amazon will delete the review if they think it doesn't like like a review from someone who read the book and just a friendly type of message.

Amazon Reader

Dear Reader, if you have the time, and would be so kind to hop over to Amazon, and like and tag my book, I would really appreciate it.  In case you just happen to find five stars and a review in your pocket that you can share that would also be great!  Thanks so much!

How Many Times?

How many times have you read the same book?

I know that we all do this even if we don't talk about it. Okay, I confess, I remember reading a couple of books three or four times, but in most cases, several years passed in between the readings. Generally I don't watch a movie but once and read a book but once. How about you?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Passion For Writing!: Mainstream New Releases

A Passion For Writing!: Mainstream New Releases: TROUBLE ON SUGAR CREEK is listed as number two of the new releases in the mainstream section.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mainstream New Releases

TROUBLE ON SUGAR CREEK is listed as number two of the new releases in the mainstream section. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Character Arc

As you turn the pages of a romance novel, you will notice that all characters change but that the main character changes the most. In the beginning of a novel, the heroine starts out with a few conflicts, and as the story develops more internal and external conflicts come into focus. She changes as the story deals with each conflict given her. The hero changes during the story, too, that’s if the heroine thinks he is worth saving. Character arc is one of the main things that makes a story interesting.  

Monday, April 30, 2012

Reading and Writing

My favorite kind of fiction books to read are romantic suspense and historical novels, and I also like to write both. Sometimes I think that every book should be filled with excitement and have a lot of suspense, and then on other days I want to relax while I enjoy a tale from long ago that walks me through the way two people found each other and fell in love.  Like most of you, when I read a book that holds my attention from start to finish, I never forget the story that held me captive for hours.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


I am so excited to share with you this news!

Link below:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ratings and Meanings

Stars  Names  Heat     Number  
5 StarsChart TopperInspirational 1
4.5 StarsAmazingMild2
4 Stars Very Good Sensual 3
3.5 Stars Good Hot4
3 StarsSatisfactoryScorching 5
2.5 Stars Fair Erotic6
2 StarsFatally Flawed
1.5 Stars Poor
1 StarNot publishable
ARAwaiting Review
NRNo Review

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Hero is a Hero!

What about ages in romance books?

Do you like your hero to be in his thirties or younger? To me a hero is a hero no matter what age he is. What do you think?

Saturday, April 21, 2012


TROUBLE ON SUGAR CREEK - available now.

If you don't have a Kindle or a Nook, you can read it as a PDF file and on your PC. It's available here through Siren BookStrand

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It was Monday afternoon when FBI Agent Tim Casey came whirling down the highway. When he hit the south side of the county, driving a black SUV heading west on Highway 90 toward Sugar Creek Bend, he mashed the accelerator down, ignoring the speed limit. He flew across the hard surface of the country road, daring the clock to tick. In a textbook landing, he pulled up in front of Zane Larson’s two-story ranch home in southern Missouri.
He unfolded his long legs on the ground without looking back toward the little town of Washburn that he had flown through in less than a flash. He loved the country, because that was where he had grown up, but he was on a mission and had no time to think about how sweet it felt to set his feet on farm soil once again.
Breathing in the fresh air, he had a feeling of confidence that he was there for a good reason. He was certain that he was in the Ozarks, because he could smell the crispness of flowing creek water, not to mention cow manure, mixed in with the aroma of freshly cut hay. Looking around, he wondered if he were on the same farm where Christ had lost his sandals. He could tell at first glance that there was only one house within viewing distance of Zane’s farm.
When he rang the doorbell, a blonde-haired woman with a ponytail came to the door, wearing a pair of tight, skinny-leg jeans that looked as if a tailor had made them for the leggy, brown-eyed Missouri girl of about thirty years old. The silver-and-gold wedding-ring loops dangling from her ears were a matched pair. When he locked eyes with her, he saw more than he cared to admit.
“Hi, there,” she said through the screen door.
He noticed that she was unmistakably his kind of woman and that she was a soft-spoken person. Her voice made his ears ring with music that sounded like words.
“You must be the FBI fellow that I asked to come out and help?” Placing her sunglasses on the bridge of her nose, Zane stepped out to the front porch, letting the storm door slam behind her.

* * * *

A flash of uneasy tension slithered through her veins when she saw the spark that fueled Detective Tim Casey’s mind. She noticed that his face lit up as his eyes fed on her body.
He was suntanned and when he smiled, he showed a row of nicely aligned teeth. While guessing that he was about thirty-two to maybe thirty-five years old, she took an eyeful of his six-foot body and bronzed skin. He was a handsome brute with short, sun-bleached blond hair that flattered his broad shoulders, which tapered to a muscled, narrow waist. She assumed from his well-shaped arms that he had done some hard physical work at a gym. Blocking a warm rush accompanied by a storm of erotic sensations that were gathering in her veins, she shook his hand. “It’s good to meet you,” she commented, smiling but looking suspiciously into his flirting blue eyes.
When his partner stepped forward, he reached for her hand. “Howdy there, ma’am. This is a secluded, but beautiful, place you have out here.” He paused then added, “I ride shotgun for this wild man here that we call Tim the Gem.”
Physically, his partner was almost a polar opposite, with brown eyes, tan skin, and with brunet hair. His height accelerated above his normal stance with the cowboy boots that he styled fashionably. He was a size too large to be a shadow. Protective of his space, he was a handsome fellow, standing about six feet five inches, with aviator sunglasses in hand. Concealing his potbelly with a black, leather jacket, he sported a holster strapped over his shoulder. Tim’s sidekick had a graying line around the temples. He wore a badge on his belt, was large around the middle, showing that he apparently had a passion for one woman and tasty, rich food.
While Tim stood gawking, his partner took another step forward, introducing himself as Milo Williams, special agent. Making eye contact, he tilted his badge toward Zane as he offered her a card with the other hand. “They sent us out here to see if there isn’t something that the FBI should investigate,” he declared with a smile. “When my partner gets his wits about him and closes his gaping mouth, he’ll tell you that we are here to look into the suitcase murder by request of the local sheriff’s department, not because you called our office today. Sheriff Concord thinks this crime probably involves some federal immigration laws.”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Donna's bookshelf: read

Seabiscuit: An American LegendBecause You're MineHer Officer and GentlemanFor the rosesA Silence in the HeartBeauty and the Spy

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What makes a book tick?

Do you start with an idea that grows in your head or something on paper?  I have heard that some authors begin writing from an outline while others say that an outline is worthless. Some say that they begin with an outline and then throw it away after chapter one or two. I like to plan the story in my head and then let the characters tell it. How about you?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Talking About Writing

Author's Story


Donna Cooper says that she remembers that her grandmother was a natural storyteller, and that she created fascinating bedtime stories for her when she was a child. Her grandmother's fictional characters took her into the land of make believe, places that she will never forget. Her fabricated tales gave Donna a passion for storytelling and taught her that first one must be a storyteller before becoming a writer.

It was not until after Donna's children went away to college, was she able to study writing professionally. She attended the University of Arkansas and studied in private classes as well as in the North Arkansas Community College. While attending the community college, she and a creative writing instructor wrote a romance novel. When the rejection letter came, Donna saw the effort as a failure, but the instructor saw the value in it. She rewrote the story and sold it to Harlequin. From that day forward, Donna had a dream to repeat the performance with a story of her own - one that would be publishable.

Then divorce came and that knocked the romance out of her heart. It was several years later before she could read a romance novel, must less consider writing one. The creative juices were not there anymore, and since she had to make a living, she became an insurance agent. She traveled rural Arkansas and sold health and life insurance to farm families. During those days, she allowed her emotions to heal, but never stopped thinking about writing.

Then about twenty years ago, she met and fell in love with a man who thought she should have been a writer. It is odd that he could see the storyteller in her, even when she couldn't see it herself. He reminded her often that she could probably write and publish a novel. Finally, one day while wintering in sunny California, she opened her laptop and started pecking out words. It was then, that she created the novel, “TROUBLE ON SUGAR CREEK.” The setting she chose was a place that she still thinks of as home, Barry Co., MO.

The manuscript sold to Siren-Book Strand Publishing after only a few days in their slush pile. This was her first novel and her first attempt to re-enter the world of storytelling. Publishing wasn’t something that was foreign to her, because back during her days in college, Donna published in a few poetry magazines, and later in several historical non-fiction books, in at least 30 fiction short stories during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Presently, she writes daily, because she is the administrator and coordinator of the Barry County MOGenWeb site. She enjoys writing historical data and code for web pages, but she says that’s very different from storytelling. 
Donna likes writing fiction, especially classical romance stories. She enjoys telling the story of emotional and sexual love, the kind that a woman holds in her heart. She works hard at what she does and hopes that what she writes isn’t too spicy for her friends and family to enjoy reading. Her stories range from the happy ever after romance to the naughty side of the romantic world. She likes a variety of characters and writes tales about people from different occupations with varying lifestyles. 

  Questions Asked:

Q: What genres do you like?

My favorite reads are contemporary and historical books. I like to read and write about people who settled the wilderness and lived in the early days of Colonial America, but a modern day read that romps me through the bedroom with a handsome hero is okay, too. I enjoy writing and reading about a spunky heroine that’s a little on the feisty side and a hero that adores her for who she is. He doesn’t have to be Superman; he can be an ordinary Joe that loves her for all the right reasons. I like to read about a man who knows what he wants and is not afraid of falling in love. He is apple pie and America made as far as I am concerned. Call me an old-fashioned girl if you want. I don’t like erotic sexual behavior to take away from a good story, and so I write about falling in love and add some complications, a few conflicts to spice it up some. Since I like a little excitement in a romance book, I added a murder mystery as the suspense plot to TROUBLE ON SUGAR CREEK.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

I am inspired to write about life as it is lived. Everywhere you look, you see parts of untold stories.

Q: What type of music do you listen to while writing?

The soft love songs of the fifties add to my inspiration and remind me of what love really seems to mean to most of us. Believe me when I say that there is no better feeling than the one you get when you listen to Jerry Lee Lewis belt out “GREAT BALLS OF FIRE” or the Righteous Brothers sing “UNCHAINED MELODY.” 

Q: What type of hero is your favorite?

That’s a tough question. I like to read about a hero who is honest, hardworking, and who will stand by his woman through all kinds of hardships. He has to be worth saving for me to let him get near my heroine. If he can’t be faithful and love her for who she is then he can get off the page. 

Q: What type of beverage do you drink while you write?

Coffee – coffee – coffee – coffee.

Q: How do you keep a positive attitude when reject is part of submission?

I was an insurance agent for almost twenty years. During those days, I attended many seminars and workshops on sales rejection, so I know that rejection does not mean it is not salable or that someone else won’t like it. For instance, one time I submitted a short story to the same editor three times, and on the third time, she bought it. Keeping a positive attitude includes being able to see the manuscript as someone else might view it. Making revisions when needed is only a part of it.

Q: What advice can you give to aspiring writers?

NEVER fall in love with your own words!

Q: If you weren't writing what would you be doing?

If not writing, I’d be traveling to a romantic place with my sweetheart, sipping piña coladas in the sunshine, and surfing the waves. That sounds very romantic, but I am only kidding! Seriously, I would be traveling to a romantic place with my sweetheart - and I'll leave the rest to your imagination.