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A Sweeter Spot — by: Donna Simonetta

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are hosting the always fabulous Donna Simonetta with a fun author interview! PLUS! She’s sharing her NEW release: A Sweeter Spot!

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So, tell us! What was your inspiration to become an author?

I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and have loved books all my life. I never thought that writing could be a career option for me, so I followed other career paths – Account Executive, school librarian – until a health scare stopped me in my tracks. After that, I decided to try writing during a summer vacation from my school job, and, at least psychologically, I’ve never looked back! I’ve continued to work at my library job, and write around it, but that’s become an increasingly difficult balancing act since Angels Fly was published last summer.

Any hobbies you enjoy? Any hobbies your characters share with you?

I’m pretty much a homebody…I like to spend time with friends and family, and I LOVE to read! Kelly, from Angels Fly, is a book lover and an author, and Magda, from A Sweeter Spot, is also a book lover and a librarian. Heather Braden, the heroine of the second book in the Rivers Bend series, shares my love of making up festive cocktail recipes.

Tell us about your latest book, A Sweeter Spot.

A Sweeter Spot is a contemporary romance set in the fictional small town of Rivers Bend, Virginia. It starts out as a little bit of a fish out of water story, as Magda is a northern girl, born and bred, and she’s now living in this tiny town on the Virginia-Maryland border, but she comes to love Rivers Bend and its people. She’s come to the town to get away from her wealthy, controlling grandmother, and doesn’t expect to fall in love with the town–and with the sexy former NFL player, who is the town’s favorite son. Her grandmother isn’t about to give her up without a fight though.

A review of A Sweeter Spot described it as the “Perfect mix of love, passion, humor”, and I was thrilled with that description, as that was exactly what I was going for with this story!

Tell us about your lead character, Jeff, and his trials as a single dad. He sounds dreamy!

Thank you! I have to confess that I think he’s pretty dreamy! Jeff’s daughter, Sam, was just a baby when her mother died, so he’s always been a single dad. He’s made Sam his top priority, and his family is a huge help with her, but before Magda he was always very careful to keep his love life separate from his family life. As Sam heads into her tween and teen years, I think his protective, inner alpha male will present lots of new challenges for him.

Inspiration for Jeff? Any male actor etc. who was your inspiration?

I never really have had an actor be an inspiration for a character. In Jeff’s case, as I wrote A Sweeter Spot, I realized his personality and character were a lot like my husband, who is also a native Virginian, although not a former professional football player. Maybe that’s why I find Jeff to be so dreamy, I wrote him to be just my type!

How about the female lead, Magda? Who was your inspiration for Magda?

Like Jeff and my husband, Magda and I share some traits as well. We’re both from Connecticut, both librarians, both Hungarian-Americans. However, I’m not a petite blonde, and my grandmother isn’t one of the wealthiest women in the world. Heck…neither of my grandmothers were the wealthiest women in their neighborhoods!

Will there be more books in the Rivers Bend series?

Yes! A Sweeter Spot is the first book in a trilogy, although as I’ve been working on the next two books, I see potential stories beyond the three I originally envisioned. I’ll have to see when I’ve finished these three books if I’m ready to leave Rivers Bend yet. Hopefully my readers will fall in love with this quirky little town as much as I have, and if they want to read more about it, I may keep going!

I’ve read you like a good “umbrella drink!”  What’s your favorite? Do you have a favorite place to enjoy your drink?

Every June, my husband and I celebrate the end of the school year, by going to St. Pete Beach, FL. It is the most beautiful white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and it is one of my favorite places to relax with a good book, and an umbrella drink! And my favorite umbrella drink…hmm…that’s a tougher question. On the beach, I enjoy the classics–a Mai Tai, Dark & Stormy, or a Margarita.

Here’s a bit about A Sweeter Spot

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Magda knows a 28-year-old shouldn’t run away from home, but Rivers Bend is the ideal escape. Helping out her best friend will get her away from her uber-wealthy, controlling grandmother and duplicitous ex. She doesn’t expect the quirky little town to feel so much like home. Add in hotter-than-the-sun Jeff and his daughter, and leaving seems as unthinkable as it is inevitable.

Raising Sam alone, Jeff knew he wanted her to grow up in his supportive hometown. The arrival of a feisty new tenant sends Jeff’s world spinning. Magda fills a void in his life that he’d like to make permanent.

Will love triumph over the most powerful woman in the country, and can they figure out how to make this happy-for-now in Rivers Bend into their happy-ever-after?

Sounds great, right? Donna has given us an excerpt, too! 

“Being cheated on is no fun. It happened to me once. Up here,” he tapped his forehead. “You know it’s not your fault. But here,” he tapped his chest over his heart. “You feel like it has to be your fault – like you could’ve done something to prevent it. But you couldn’t have. It’s all on him, Maggie. Not you.”

She picked a dandelion, whose flower had turned into a puffball, and blew on it, scattering the fluff to the wind. “Maybe. Maybe not. But thanks for the support.”

She pushed to her feet and took a couple of steps toward the river. Jeff rose and followed. 

How could he be so angry at a man he didn’t even know? How could this Pierce jerk have slept around on a woman like Maggie? And the prick had even made her doubt herself in the process. It was written all over her anguished face.

He stood behind her and gently kneaded her shoulders. He turned her to face him and cupped her face in his big hands.

“This Pierce guy is the biggest fool on earth to go to someone else when he had you at home, Maggie.”

She blinked away tears, and he felt his heart constrict. Before he could think it through and decide it was a really bad idea, Jeff dipped his head and captured Magda’s lips in a gentle kiss.

Where can you get A Sweeter Spot?

 Amazon

The Wild Rose Press

Barnes and Noble

Amazon UK

 

A little bit about Donna:

IMG_3509 (1)After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love – writing 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.

 

Where can you find Donna…?

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Amazon

Thank you so much, Donna, for joining us today and for sharing A Sweeter Spot! Congratulations!

Happy Reading to All!

 


Holiday Happiness with Donna Simonetta!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we have the always fun and fabulous Donna Simonetta who is here to share some Holiday Happiness with us!

PLUS!!! She’s going to share some info about her novel, Angels Fly…AND we get a sneak peek at her NEW RELEASE, A Sweeter Spot! Yay!!! Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

From Donna:

True confession time. I’m a total sucker for the holiday season. The lights, the music, sappy holiday movies, romance novels with holiday themes, Christmas trees and decorations, cookies–the whole great big, sparkly Christmas ornament of a time.

There are pressures too. On our time, and on our wallets. To find the perfect gifts for our loved ones, and missing loved ones who have gone, but I try to focus on the pleasures, and one of the biggest pleasures of the season for me is getting to spend time with my family. My husband and I live in another state, and we only get to see my mom and sisters for a week in the summer and a week at Christmas. One way we alleviate the stress of the season is by avoiding the hellacious drive up I95 from Maryland to Connecticut by taking the train. We treat ourselves to the Acela Express, and it gets the vacation off to a festive start. Well…except for the year there was a blizzard and they crammed several cancelled trains worth of people onto the Vermonter. Trust me, it was nothing like when they took the Vermonter in the movie “White Christmas”.

52f09e29-4b58-46af-a6b5-601e74c3e731 But I digress. Back to happy. By the time we arrive at the station in Stamford, I’m so excited, I’m ready to jump out of the train and sprint down the platform. Leo and I don our personalized Santa hats. Yes. You read that correctly. My husband and I have personalized Santa hats–you can’t say I didn’t warn you that I was a nut for the holiday! The sister who picks us up at the station is as bonkers for the holidays as I am, and even her car is decked out for the season, with antlers on the windows, and a giant, red Rudolph nose on the grill.

The station is elevated over the tracks, so to get to the pick-up area, we have to go down a long escalator to the sidewalk where cars and taxis are lined up to meet travelers. I know Mary is waiting down there for us, and my heart always races with excitement. I can’t wait to get my first glimpse of her, but the roof of the station overhangs the escalator, and I can’t see unless I bend over to peek as we glide downward. So, of course, I bend and peek. And there she is! My sister is next to her cheery SUV–smiling, waving, and jumping up and down. My heart feels like it could burst, it’s so full of happiness. When we finally get to the bottom, we drag our suitcases and race toward Mary.  We squeal and hug, while Leo loads the luggage into the back of her rig. Once we all pile into the car to drive to my mom’s house, Mary always has Mele Kalikimaka queued up on the sound system, and we sing along as we ride down the highway to continue the celebration with my other sister and my mom. It is always one of the happiest moments of my year.

Wherever the road takes you this week, may you feel the same happiness I am, when I’m riding down that escalator tomorrow afternoon. Happy Holidays! And Mele Kalikimaka to all of you!

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Thanks, Donna! Now here’s the peek at her  NEW novel,

A SWEETER SPOT:

Magda knows a 28-year-old shouldn’t run away from home, but Rivers Bend is the ideal escape. Helping out her best friend will get her away from her uber-wealthy, controlling grandmother and duplicitous ex. She doesn’t expect the quirky little town to feel so much like home. Add in hotter-than-the-sun Jeff and his daughter, and leaving seems as unthinkable as it is inevitable.

 Raising Sam alone, Jeff knew he wanted her to grow up in his supportive hometown. The arrival of a feisty new tenant sends Jeff’s world spinning. Magda fills a void in his life that he’d like to make permanent.

 Will love triumph over the most powerful woman in the country, and can they figure out how to make this happy-for-now in Rivers Bend into their happy-ever-after?

Sounds great! Where can you get it…? Available for PRE-ORDER NOW! 

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Amazon  

 The Wild Rose Press

 

And here’s a bit about ANGELS FLY!

Two years after her husband’s death, Kelly believes her romantic life is done. Until she angelsfly_w10335_750reconnects 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.

 

Oooo! Where can you get this one?

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Amazon UK

The Wild Rose Press

 

Hey! I want to meet Donna! Well, this is where you’ll find her:

Facebook

 Twitter

 

About Donna:

After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love – writing 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.

 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 


Hosting Author Donna Simonetta!

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’m thrilled to share an author to love:

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Donna Simonetta!

From Donna:

After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love – writing 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.

Donna is here today to share the scoop on her new release: Angels Fly!!!!

 

Here’s the 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.

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Sounds great, right? How about an 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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Where to buy Angels Fly ! AngelsFly_w10335_750

Click Here for Amazon!

Click for Barnes and Noble!

Click for Amazon UK!

Click for The Wild Rose Press!

 

How to connect with Donna:

Click Here to Find Donna on Facebook!

Click Here to Connect on Twitter!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading!


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