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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Welcome, Donna McAteer

Donna, welcome to From the Pages! I’m so glad you stopped by today to chat with us. I know you’ve got two great new titles, Barely Legal and Masked Seduction, that recently released. Great titles, by the way.

I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to get straight to the questions. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you.

Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now?


My current work in progress happens to be a time-travel, from the 21st century back to medieval England, and I’m having a great time doing it. But it’s strange how I eagerly rushed to write my first romantic suspense, Barely Legal, yet somehow ventured back to my first love of writing historicals by doing this time-travel. I guess that’s where my heart will always be no matter what I write.

A time-travel romance, how interesting! And you’ve chosen such an interesting time in history for the setting. I look forward to hearing more about this story in the future.

Where did you get the idea for Barely Legal?

Barely Legal takes place in Miami Beach and I’ve spent a lot of time there in recent years. My daughter was a model and we’d quite often go down to see agents and go on modeling calls. Plus, my daughter-in-law was raised in Miami and we’ve visited her family a number of times; I just feel at home in Miami Beach.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Will you still be writing, or do you have a new adventure on the horizon?

I see myself as a writer for the rest of my life. As a former painter I am most content writing and love the creativity, plus being able to stay at home to perform my profession. My most immediate new adventure on the horizon would be to write category romance for Harlequin Blaze and increase my fan base. I love to know that there are readers who like my stories.

What circumstances led you to writing?

The circumstances that led to my writing were the stress and burn-out associated with my medical professional career. I started writing while I was still working in a hospital and used writing romance as an outlet for my difficult job requirements. Being able to create wonderful characters that always had happily-ever- after endings was the antidote for my demanding days.

How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve written six books, which doesn’t seem like much considering I’ve been at it since 2001. But I was employed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist while I was writing, being a mom, wife and everything else. My favorite book is Heartless Warrior, a medieval, because of the characters and the morals in the story.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

When I’m not writing I love to read! I read just about anything, from historicals to contemporaries, but I have a particular love for Harlequin Blaze stories!

Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?

I have so many favorite authors I couldn’t begin to pick just one, but my all-time favorite book is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.

Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?

Not many people know that since I quit my medical professional career I’ve been the caregiver for my ninety-one year old father. It has allowed me to remain home to write while making sure that he safe and well cared for in his final years.

How wonderful for your father. And for you, too, that you’re able to spend time with him.

How did you meet your significant other?

I met my husband of twenty-nine years at work. And as corny as it sounds it was love at first sight because I literally looked across the room and said, “That’s the man I’m going to marry.”

What a great story! I love hearing about love at first sight!

What brings you the most joy?

Besides writing, my greatest joy comes from being with my family—they are very important to me.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?

I will simply say that I am having an incredibly wonderful time writing romance and that no matter where it all takes me, I will continue to write just for the joy of it! Thanks.

Thank you, Donna, for visiting today. I enjoyed getting to know you. I hope you will come back again. I know everyone would love to hear more from you!

Readers, Donna has generously donated a copy of her Whiskey Creek Press Torrid release, Barely Legal, as a giveway today. All you’ve got to do is leave a comment on today’s post to be entered in the random drawing to win this steamy romance! Check back tomorrow to see if your name has been chosen!

Barely Legal by Donna McAteer at Whiskey Creek Press~Torrid www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/


Blurb:

When Taylor Webb gets roped into posing for a steamy romance novel cover by her best friend, Annelise, the voluptuous South Beach Miami attorney doesn't count on the explosive feelings that surface as she spends hours of intimate posing time in the arms of a gorgeous hunk by the name of Carson Troy.

Taylor attempts to ignore the intense physical chemistry between them, but their paths are fated to intertwine. Things heat up with the sexy NFL stud when Taylor is recruited to date him in a ploy to uncover whether he is involved with an illegal performance enhancing drug ring. Her problems are compounded as she is stalked by a Mafia member who seeks retribution for her failure to win his case in court.

Together Carson and Taylor discover the danger surrounding them as they run for their lives from a notorious gang intent on staying profitable.

Barely Legal available from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid

Be sure to visit Donna's website to discover a variety of romances for your reading pleasure.

www.DonnaMcAteer.com
www.myspace.com/donnamcateer

Excerpt:

Her breath caught and her heart seemed to trip when their eyes met. He was extremely tall and noticeably muscular; Taylor could practically see the testosterone dripping from every sinew of his well-defined body. His physique looked like the body of a conditioned athlete or someone definitely into taking care of himself. With a virtually non-existent sex life, she had to marvel at her sudden interest in this guy for extracurricular activities. It was a feat all in itself that she was attracted to him at first glance. She had to admit that when it came to men she was a bit picky.

He had the carefree swagger of a man who knew his assets. Long, muscular legs were poured into tight black pants. His black boots clicked on the linoleum floor as he sauntered to the center of the room. He was shirtless, broad shoulders perched above his clean-shaven chest displayed sculpted pecs and a six-pack any woman would beg to run her hands over. His slim waist led to narrow hips and a tight butt that was simply amazing.

He was--well, gorgeous; yet, brutally masculine at the same time. A man who could dominate anyone he chose. A man who set her pulse racing with the danger she felt just being in his presence. Not a perilous feeling, but a feeling for the power he exuded.
But the crowning touch was his face, handsome. Dark hair trailed down the back of his neck as he stopped in front of her, his lop-sided grin showing his arrogance. The man was ruggedly handsome and definitely not one of Miami’s prettier men.

Taylor found herself staring up at him, but suddenly reminded herself that she was not really interested in this whole production. She was only repaying a favor to Annelise. Yet the perks definitely warranted some looking into.

4 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

Welcome, Donna! So glad you're here. :)

Dru said...

Great interview.

That is wonderful that you're helping your dad which allows you to write full-time.

sharon said...

I agree. It is admirable that you are helping your dad while following your dream. Nice interview!

Susan said...

Fabulous excerpt!