Cassie’s Ordeal – Release Day!

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Cassie’s Ordeal  – Book 7

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Cassie loves her life on the river with Tom and her friends. She feels Tom has her wrapped in a safe and protected cocoon of love. But her world is jarred when the phone calls begin. Cassie hesitates to tell Tom about them knowing he’ll over react and she will be the one under ‘house arrest’. But when the calls go from annoying to frightening she has no choice. Tom brings in the police to find out who is behind the harassment and make plans to keep Cassie safe, but he’s too late – Cassie is gone without a trace.

The police began an all our search, but there are few clues to go on. Will life on the river ever be the same again?

Excerpt from Cassie’s Ordeal

I’d stepped outside to see where Willow was, and was just coming back in when I heard Sue shout, “Who the hell is this?”
I hurried into the kitchen to see Sue standing there with the phone in her hand. I didn’t need to ask to realize she had just received a call from my harassing caller. Sue looked truly rattled.
“You just got called a bitch, didn’t you? Don’t worry, this creep’s called a couple of times before. He seems harmless. What did he say?”
“He said, ‘I’ll get back what’s mine, or I’ll get you, bitch.’ That was the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard. Damn, Cassie, you say he’s called before? What did Tom say?”
“I’ve don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it to Tom. Sue, relax, okay. It was just a phone call.”
“That wasn’t just a phone call. That was a threat! What do you mean you haven’t told Tom? How often does he call?” I could tell Sue was really upset, and I tried to calm her down.

“It’s some old drunk that got this number by mistake, I’m guessing. He tells me I’m a thief and calls me a bitch. The first time it happened I had totally forgotten about it by the time Tom got home. He’s called a couple more times. He probably calls every time he ties one on, and evidently he doesn’t drink all that much.” I laughed. But I couldn’t get Sue to see any humor in it. She was rattled and that’s not like Sue.

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The Cassie books don’t have to be read in order – feel free to jump in anywhere. But if you like to read in order the first four can be found in the Cassie Box Set. It’s on sale right now for $6.99. And the first book, Cassie’s Space is on sale for .99 cent.

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Release Day for Mac’s Family

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My latest small town romance is now available!

Amazon,  AllRomance,  Barnes & Noble

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When Mac gets home, he’s lost, alone and needs to heal. That’s why he left the safety of his home that first night, to get his bearings. That leads him to his grandfather’s worksite in the middle of the night.

Nina has no experience as a waitress, much less in closing up the diner. When she’s attacked on her way home, it’s Mac that comes to her rescue despite his own injuries.

The repercussions of that night are far reaching for both of them. His wealth and lifestyle are outside of her experience, but she doesn’t want to deceive him.

Congrats to Karrie M. for winning the $10 Amazon gift card!!
Congrats to Pearl S., Eliz F., and A. H. P. for winning the three copies!
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Rebel Ink Anniversary Hop

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Good morning and welcome to the Anniversary Author Page Hop!

I’m Donna Steele and have had the privilege to be published by Rebel Ink Press since my first novel came out March 1, 2012. Uh, WOW! I’ve been a published author for over three years and to my delight my thirteenth work—Mac’s Family—will release on August 10. Mac is one of my small town romances, think billionaire’s baby! And since 13 is my lucky number (no one else seems to use it) I want to give away a couple of copies of Mac’s Family to those of you running around our hop!   Macs Family-Flat

We’re making it easy, nothing to click on, just comment “I’m in!” to this post by midnight of August 7, then head on to the next author. There’s going to be a lot going on at Rebel all of August, including a sale for some of our best loved books, so keep checking back!

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Congrats to Shadow and Pat for winning copies of Mac’s Family through the Hop!!

 

Other small town romances by Donna Steele –

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August is coming!

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It’s gonna be one of those months – non-stop.

So what’s going on?

Well, I have new release (one of my small town romances – think billionaire’s baby) Mac’s Family coming out August 10. There will be a release party with the Rafflecopter to win a copy or two of the new release or a gift card from Amazon.  Macs Family-Flat

And it’s Rebel Ink’s birthday so for the whole month of August, Wraith’s Heart will be on sale for 99¢ at Amazon.  See the sale here!  See the video here – Wraith’s Heart  WraithsHeart_finalCover

Then there’s the Giveaway on Goodreads, giving away three copies of Alien Embrace, so please sign up August 1 – I’ll add the link when it goes live.

And because August is one of my favorite months (La Daughter was born then!) on August 15, I’ll be giving away some copies of Alien Embrace, just because!

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Cover Reveal – Mac’s Family

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Macs Family-Flat

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When Mac is injured and returns to the states, it’s to find his Grandfather gone and the business in his hands. But what has his attention is the female in distress he rescues his first night home.

Win one of 3 .pdf copies of the book – leave a comment!

Excerpt –

It was late and Mac was exhausted and no longer able to stand completely upright, but he couldn’t sleep. He hadn’t checked in with the VA, but with all the antibiotics they’d fed him, he wasn’t worried about infection. The problem was he had no business being out alone like this. Kevin would have stayed with him. Alone didn’t feel right, but Kevin wasn’t the right person. Becky certainly wasn’t.

Was he upset that Becky and Kevin had hooked up while he was gone? They’d said nothing but he knew. Maybe when he was no longer emotionally numb, he would be angry. She’d been with him when he left. Right now he didn’t care.

The sound of running feet caught his attention. He shouldn’t be alone near the construction site this time of night. He could have waited for daylight to check it out. Hell, this place was probably more dangerous than Afghanistan anyway.

There were more people running than he could take on in his current state so he slid behind a dumpster to wait for them to pass him. He was barely settled when someone small slipped in with him.

She, yes definitely a she, bumped into him and he felt her ready herself to scream before his hand clamped over her mouth and he pulled her further into the shadows with him. Two, no three men ran by. Were they searching for this girl?

He needed to get both of them out of here quick.

“Keep quiet or they’ll find us,” he breathed into her ear. She froze for an instant then nodded.

He removed his hand from her mouth and she didn’t scream. A point for her. He took her hand and they cautiously moved out into the alley. She stayed close and kept quiet as he picked his way out of the debris around the dumpster and into the construction yard proper.

Together they hurried to the trailer at the back of the site. He was already fingering the keys as they moved. Being careful not to jingle anything, he unlocked the door and pulled it silently closed behind them. He relocked it and took a deep breath.

“You okay?”

He felt her nod more than saw it. It was dark in here and he didn’t want to turn on a light yet.

The idiocy of the whole thing hit him then. He’d brought a stranger into the trailer. The people chasing her could have been cops. No, they would have announced themselves. But that didn’t make her one of the good guys.

Had he learned nothing during his deployment?

Father’s Day

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Since I had the best Father in the world, I know how important these things are. I grew up with the security he emanated, as well as his calm when everything else seemed to be chaos.  daddy

Then my children grew up with a pretty damn good daddy of their own. (I know how to pick ‘em). But I wondered first if they’d ever have children, and then how would they be at it? My son became a father earlier this year. It’s a strange feeling – I had to wonder if he’d be too impatient, if he’d leave the baby to her all the time, if he’d really be engaged.

Wow – I have been so impressed. My grandson has an incredible mother who adores him and looks after him so well, but my son is right there with her. Nothing is beneath him – diapers, walking, bathing, just hanging out with him. I couldn’t be happier (yes, they have an angel of a kid) and dang impressed.

Thanks New Daddy for making me a grandma and being the kind of father I always dreamed you would be.

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Writing Groups

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I’ve had several people ask me if I’m in any writing groups. I don’t get together with someone and sit in the same room and write, usually, though it sounds like fun. My group is HCRW – Hearts of the Carolina Romance Writers in Raleigh, NC.  HCRW

I’m still on the lurking side there, though I was secretary of the chapter one year. It’s the people that draw me to it. Yes, sitting in a room with women who are New York Times bestsellers is really cool. The fact that they know my name is even cooler. But that’s not it.

I do learn craft, plotting (I’m a pantser myself so that really helps), marketing, even self-publishing information. It’s all there with a lot of experience behind it. We have speakers come in – editors, publishers, other authors to give us different perspectives and ideas. This month we had Laura Stone, Editor at Entangled Publishing and she was fabulous. Last month was New York Times Best Selling Author Virginia Kantra, author of the Dare Island Series. And it doesn’t stop. But the big thing—

It’s the energy in the room. That’s the only way I know to describe it. When these writers surround me it’s not unlike magic. More than once I’ve been sitting there listening and the idea for a story, or a character, appears. You should see my notes from these meetings – half on topic and half whatever occurred to me on the side. And those ideas have turned into books. These people aren’t talking about what I write about or the character that’s popped into my head, so it has to be inspiration from the sheer amount of energy they put out. And I’ll take it.

Check out some of that inspiration – my first self-pubbed book – Alien Embrace

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