For starters, Donna rocks and no one deserves this awesome victory more than she does. She's funny, friendly, smart, engaging, always willing to help little old peons (that would be me), competent as heck and totally obsessed with Harry Potter. (I really think there should be a drinking game wherein folks must correctly predict what Harry Potter reference Donna will make at any given moment.)
I beta read A Change of Plans, and it is awesome. I'm not much of a romance fan, but this one, I enjoyed. I was so super over the moon thrilled when I heard that Donna had a publishing offer from Rehmalda. Rhemalda, peeps! She considered it and had a lawyer read the contract and had phone calls with the company and then she signed and fairy bells rang out.Yeah. That happened.
Seriously cool. Someone in my group. A book I'd beta read. Published, and very deservedly so. Yeah. Freakin' cool.
And the cover? Gor-geous, can I just say?
Now here's all the actionable content. You know you've been waiting for it.
First, here's what the book is about:
When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.
Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.
Second, here's all about the author (this is at least as interesting as the book, IMO):
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.
After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.
You can find, and like, and mark as to-read on Goodreads. I know it's going to kill you to wait until it comes out, but until then, you can get your fix by stalking Donna on Facebook or Twitter (@TheDonnaKWeaver).
I'm so excited to read the final draft. Congratulations, Donna. Happy cruising!