With: Dorothy F. Shaw
My life, at times, could give the best soap operas on television a run for their money. I’m not even kidding about that. I have a penchant for drama. But I don’t see this as a bad thing.
On the contrary, I use it as fuel for my books. And as my good friend, author Megan Hart says, “All of this is fiction, and all of it is true.” She’s right.
In Unworthy Heart—book 1 of The Donnellys series—the heroine, Maiya, is a tattooed, independent woman who works in the corporate world. Been there—actually, I’m still there. I know what it’s like to walk that fine line between who you are underneath your business suit and the persona you must display in front of others.
In Defensive Heart—book 2 of The Donnellys—the hero, James, holds onto the heroine, Sonja, who continuously pushes him away, while at the same time holding him close. I know how painful it is to hold onto someone while their actions say one thing but their words say another. It’s beyond confusing and can really screw with your self worth. At the same time, Sonja has this incredibly screwed up dynamic with her ex-husband.
Readers were appalled, but let me just say, I have a close friend who was stuck in that same kind of dynamic for years. As humans, we sometimes do crazy things because we’re so deep inside the madness that is our life we can’t tell what’s right and wrong anymore.
In Shattered Heart—book 3 of The Donnellys—the heroine, Cyn, has something happen to her that no one should ever have to experience. Well, needless to say, I’ve been there too. She survives, and so did I.
The point is, if I can share an experience, or a truth, through my writing and it somehow helps someone else? That. Is. Gold.
My kind of romance is not for everyone. I understand that. But for those that love to read reality in their romance…then, have a seat next to me.
Because I have a story for you.
A crush is just a fantasy. The real thing packs some serious heat.
The Donnellys, Book 3
When Cynthia Donnelly lays eyes on her high school crush at her brother’s wedding rehearsal, she regrets her self-imposed, one-year moratorium on dating. If possible, he’s even hotter now than when they were teens.
Back in school, Shane made a point to ignore his best friend’s cute, sassy little sister. Now that she’s grown into an incredibly sexy woman full of Irish spunk, resisting her is out of the question. Besides, in his book, all “hands-off” rules have expired.
One sizzling night together should have been enough. Instead, the heat rises, tempting Cyn to take a chance on a long-distance relationship and making Shane consider pulling up stakes and moving back to L.A.
Cyn’s recently dumped ex, however, has other ideas. His quest to get her back escalates into violence, shattering Cyn’s faith in herself, and in anyone else of the male persuasion, and leaving Shane with his work cut out for him to repair the damage—or lose his shot at a once-in-a-lifetime love.
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