Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Please Welcome Donna Simonetta

Donna Simonetta, a fellow Wild Rose Press author, is my guest today. She's talking about changing careers to pursue writing full time, and giving us a preview of Angels Fly, currently on sale.
       Angels Fly holds a special place in my heart, as it’s the first book I had published. It’s actually the third book I wrote, but the first to appeal to a publisher and see the light of day. Its publication was an exciting, milestone moment in my life, and I am now celebrating another such moment. Up until now, I have been dividing my professional time between my writing and a part-time school librarian job. This juggling act has become increasingly difficult to manage, so I decided this school year would be my last one, and I’m going to devote myself to my writing on a full-time basis.
Gulp.
It feels like I’m stepping out of an airplane mid-air without a parachute. However, in addition to the blind terror, I also feel unbelievably fortunate to pursue work that I love so much, and that brings me as much joy as my writing does.
To celebrate this exciting time in my life, I decided to put Angels Fly, the book that started it all for me, on a limited time sale for .99 cents! If you’ve read it already–thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you have not, I’d be thrilled if you take advantage of this sale to give Angels Fly a try. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to jump out of an airplane!

Blurb

Two years after her husband’s death, Kelly believes her romantic life is done. Until she reconnects with her girlhood crush on social media, and as fate would have it, he lives across the street.

James is over the whole true-love thing. His grasping ex-wife tore that belief out of him, when she left him for a rich, old man. Then he finds out his first love moved to San Diego too, and their attraction burns as hot as ever.

What they don’t know is that Fate didn’t bring them together – the Guardian Angel Corps did, led by two unlikely Cupids – Kelly’s late husband and Zane, a rough and tumble, 19th century cowboy. When a Fallen Angel decides to tear Kelly and James apart, cherubs and harps aren’t going to cut it, and Zane’s unique skills might be just what they need to get a second chance at their first love.

Excerpt

She flashed a bright smile at her old friend,  “I sent a friend request to Susie Davidson, and I want to see if she’s responded.”
“Susie Davidson,” Grace’s voice dripped with disdain, “we didn’t badger you into doing this so you could reconnect with Susie Davidson.”
“Hey, what’ve you got against old Susie? She was an integral part of our nerd squad in high school,” David said. “Right, Kel?” 
When she didn’t reply, he glanced over at his old friend to see her frozen at her computer, all the color drained from her face. “Kel, what’s wrong?”
“I didn’t hear from Susie, but I did get a message from James Flynn,” she whispered.
David jumped to his feet and peeked over her shoulder at the computer screen. “Yummy James Flynn from Rye?”
Grace snickered, “Sounds like a sandwich. I’ll have a Yummy James Flynn on rye. Hold the mayo.”
Kelly and David swung their heads in unison to stare at her.
“What? It’s not my fault you two come from a town named after a bread.”
David shook his head mournfully and intoned, “Californians.”
“Native, baby.”  The blonde woman grinned playfully, “And don’t you New England Yankees forget it.”
“What does he say, Kel?” David asked with interest.
Kelly gulped, “He wanted to get in touch and maybe meet for a drink.”  She twisted her head to look up at David, her eyes huge on her pale face, “He lives here, David. In San Diego.”

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My career has been a winding road. I worked in the business world for years, got my MLS and worked in a school library, and am now living my dream as an author. I love to read and write contemporary and fantasy romance. I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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19 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for letting me visit today, Jennifer!
    The mid-life career change is scary, but the generosity of spirit of you and my other fellow authors make it a little easier.
    And thanks for letting people know about the .99 cents sale of ANGELS FLY!
    : )
    Donna

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    1. Donna, thanks so much for appearing as a guest on my blog. I'm so happy to have you and wish you the best!

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  2. Congratulations on taking the plunge to write full-time! It is so wonderful you'll get to do something you love every day:)

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I feel very fortunate. Working from home takes some adjustment, it's easier to be tempted away from the computer than when I had to leave the house to work. ; )

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  3. Congrats and best of luck as you pursue your writing full time! Gotta say I'm a bit jealous, but I still wish you lots of happy sales!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! My sister, Mary, said the same thing! Lol! Without my amazing husband, I wouldn't be able to do it. Thanks for visiting today and your good wishes! Fingers crossed!

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  4. Congratulations on taking the decision to do what you love full-time. Wishing wonderful and rich hours of writing. Anni xx

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    1. Thank you, Anni! Most of the time I had when I was working in the library was being devoted to promotion, so I've been loving having the chance to actually WRITE again! And I'm working on a ghost story that I have to admit I love love love LOVE! Thanks for visiting and commenting today--I appreciate your support! xx

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  5. Good luck and great sale, Donna!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I really appreciate your help and support!
      : )

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  6. All the best, Donna...not an easy decision. Just think of the many wonderful books you'll write.

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    1. Thank you, C.B.! I'm working on something right now, while I wait for book two of the Rivers Bend trilogy to come back from my editor, that I am so excited about–a ghost story, set in my husband's old stomping grounds of Richmond, VA. I'm rediscovering the joy of writing!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting today. I really appreciate all your support!

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  7. Our first book published is so very special, Donna. It's onward full speed for you from here! Best of luck ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! It's thrilling and scary all at once!
      You've been a great support to me in the past year, and I really appreciate it! Having such a nice community of fellow authors is making the transition easier!

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  8. Congrats on moving ahead with this exciting new phase of your life! I got my copy of Angels Fly.

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    1. That's great, Beth!! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! xo
      : )

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  9. I'm green with envy... Good for you--taking the jump. I wish you the very best. I'm recharging my Kindle Fire as I write, readying to go out and take advantage of a wonderful deal.

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    1. I'm missing the guaranteed, steady paycheck a bit, but so grateful to have the chance to really focus on what I love--my writing!
      Thank you so much for getting Angels Fly! I hope you enjoy it, and really appreciate your support!
      : )
      D.

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  10. I really appreciate your help and support!

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