Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, my name is Donna Michaels, and I’d like to thank Sable for having me here today. ♥ For those who don’t know me, I’m a hybrid author who loves writing cowboys and military heroes, and if I can combine the two, I often do. My romances are Hot, Humorous, and Heartwarming, and although I love writing several genres, my most popular are contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense that I publish as an Indie author, or through Entangled and The Wild Rose Press.
How long have you been a published writer?
I sold my first book “Thanks for Giving” to The Wild Rose Press back in 2006. Wow, time sure does fly.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me anywhere from 10 to 30 days to write a book. It all depends on the length, and if the dang characters are talking. Lol
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting writing quirk isn’t actually one I’m thrilled about. I seem to write best under pressure of a looming deadline. Yeah, not fun. lol
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing I’ve learned creating books is that my characters have a mind of their own. Just because I visualize the book going one way, does not mean it ends up there. It’s always an adventure getting to “The End”. And I love that!
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Sunrise Purple, because it’s my favorite part of the day (if I’m awake), and the sky is usually full of beautiful color and the day is full of promise.
We finish the interview and you step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
If I won $10 million in the lottery, you’d hear my ‘woot’ across the world! I’d pay off my college debt for each of my kids, and their college debt as well. Get my parents set up in a comfortable place, then I’d help my family and friends, before buying a 3 bedroom home in Nevada…then I’d donate to several veteran charities, and animal charities. And if there’s anything left, I may go out for a nice prime rib dinner at Outback. 😊
What was the last gift you gave someone?
The last gift I gave was to one of my sons. He just moved into his own place, so I purchased some household goodies, including a much-needed pack of fillable K-cups for his Keurig. Most have coffee. 😉
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The last thing I watched on TV was Hawaii Five-0, because I love Hawaii, a military hero, and the show has both.
What’s your favorite dish to cook?
(Feel free to share the recipe)
My favorite dish to cook is actually a side dish: macaroni salad. I seem to get the most requests for it and potato salad. Here’s the recipe:
Large jar Kraft Mayonnaise
1 tbs vinegar
1 tbs. yellow mustard
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 hardboiled eggs
¼ small onion, chopped
While the macaroni is cooking, I mix all of the other ingredients in a large bowl. Then just add the macaroni after it’s, cooked, drained, and cooled. I usually sprinkle paprika on top right before setting bowl on the table.
*For potato salad, substitute the macaroni with 5lbs of potatoes. I cut them into bite-sized pieces before cooking.
Please tell us about your book that we are showcasing today-
I’m excited to talk about my upcoming release: Grinch Reaper
It’s part of a series I’m honored to be in with several amazing romantic suspense authors. My book is number 8 in the Sleeper SEAL Series. Each book is written as a standalone, so they can be read in any order. I got the December slot, so of course, I had to make sure it had some part of the holidays in it. I also set it in Atlantic City, a place I’ve been to more than 30 times in my lifetime. It was so much fun to write. I hope you enjoy it, too!
Sleeper SEALs Book 8
Releasing December 12, 2017
The Sleeper SEALs are former U.S. Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on U.S. soil.
The only thing Matteo “Reaper” Santarelli hates more than Christmas is having to leave the teams to take over his family’s chain of pizza joints after his father suffers a stroke. So when the Sleeper SEALs team he joined upon discharge tasks him with a local mission, he’s happy to toss the dough aside to track down and interrogate the leader of the cell to gather intel on threats to Atlantic City over the holiday season. But the simple snatch ‘n grab assignment turns complicated when his path crosses with his kid sister’s beautiful best friend—a former Marine hell bent on wiping out his mark.
Blackjack dealer by day, Isabella “Banshee” Monroe hunts terrorists for a living as part of a secret government task force. For over a decade and a half, she’s waited for the terrorist responsible for her father’s death to come into her crosshairs and isn’t about to let anyone come between her and her sanctioned mission—not even her best friend’s gorgeous older brother—the guy she’s crushed on since childhood.
Finding the leader is easy. Keeping the target safe from Bella is nearly impossible. Almost as impossible as fighting the attraction sizzling between them. But when they discover the threat is bigger than expected, can they stop fighting each other long enough to work together to neutralize the whole cell before the countdown ushers in more than the impending New Year?
** Grinch Reaper is loosely connected to my Dangerous Curves Series. It is also in the "Sleeper SEAL" connected series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.**
*Each book in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel, and the series does not have to be read in order.*
Donna Michaels is an award winning, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy primal alphas. With a husband recently retired from the military, and a household of six, she never runs out of material. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand-drawn into a Japanese Translation.
You can check out Donna’s books here: www.donnamichaelsauthor.com
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Since the countdown to the holidays has begun, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon GC to a random commenter. Just tell me your favorite holiday movie. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!
Thanks for reading,