Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Walnut Springs Press Month: Spotlight on Donna Hatch

Spotlight on
Author Donna Hatch

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, her work as a freelance editor and copywriter, and her many volunteer positions, she still makes time to write. After all, writing IS an obsession. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

Donna is the author of 3 full length novels including the Walnut Springs Press release, Queen in Exile (2010), The Stranger She Married (Rogue Hearts #1) (2008), and The Guise of a Gentleman (Rogue Hearts #2) (2010) as well as 4 Regency novellas including Troubled Hearts (2008), Constant Hearts (2011), The Reluctant Bride (2011), and Mistletoe Magic (2011). The Guise of a Gentleman won a Golden Quill and a Golden Rose Award in 2011. Queen in Exile was also nominated for a Golden Quill Award in 2011.

10 Fun Facts About Donna
  1. I like cats–kittens are even more fun.
  2. I am a harpist and I teach harp lessons.
  3. Every morning after I get the children off to school, I go for a walk. (At least, that’s always the goal)
  4. I hate spiders. HATE.
  5. Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools.
  6. I love cheesecake just as much as I love chocolate–chocolate cheesecake is even better.
  7. Currently I’m juggling: a YA dystopian aka speculative fiction, a YA historical paranormal, and book 3 of my Rogue Hearts Regency series, plotting a new Regency.
  8. I am majorly claustrophobic, which is exactly why, when I had to give my super-warrior weapons master, Kai Darkwood in Queen in Exile, some flaw or fear, I chose claustrophobia for his–I understand it.
  9. I am allergic to gluten which really puts a cramp on my passion for pasta . And cheesecake. And sweets of many kinds. Fortunately chocolate is okay! :-)
  10. I love to ballroom dance.
(Donna Hatch, Romance Author Website, http://donnahatch.com/author-bio/)

Walnut Springs Press Book

Title: Queen in Exile
Author: Donna Hatch
Release Date: March 2010
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Rumors of War hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepahtic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen af Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.
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  1. Donna sounds like she has a fun personality. I'm totally with her on her #4!