Happy holidays to all! Give a big welcome to Donna Simonetta, author of A Sweeter Spot. Have a seat and grab an insulated mug. I’ve got hot chocolate, hot cider and coffee. Choose your pot, they’re labeled. Pick your choice of a Snicker-doodle, Chocolate Chip or Peanut butter cookie from the plate. Yep, I baked them myself. Lets talk a little with Donna then see what A Sweeter Spot is all about. Thanks for joining us!
Donna, tell us something no one knows about you.
I write contemporary romance with heart, humor, and a little steaminess. A native New Englander, I now live in Maryland with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. I’m kind of an open-book, so I don’t know that there’s much that NO ONE knows about me––lol!––hmm…I guess, I love to travel by train, and greatly prefer it to flying.
Speed Round (one word only answer): Yep, I know torture for a writer!<evil laugh>
Favorite movie: Bringing Up Baby
Favorite book: The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
Last book read: Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
Favorite color: Purple
Stilettos or flipflops: Flipflops
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Ebook or audiobook or paperback: ANY book!
Pencil or pen: Pen
Favorite song: Carey by Joni Mitchell
Streak or not: Not
Favorite dessert: Cake
Favorite junk food: Potato Chips
Favorite thing to do to relax: Read
Champagne or gin: Champagne
Paranormal or Historical: Both
Wonder Woman or Top Model: Wonder Woman
Favorite TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hot or cold: Hot
POV: 3rd person
I’d die if I don’t have: Phone
Review or Not: Review
Thanks so much for answers the questions, even though you could help yourself in using more than one word. Curse of a writer! LOL How I love to make them try!
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What’s A Sweeter Spot all about?
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?
GIve us a peek between the pages of A Sweeter Spot.
An errant curl had escaped her grandmother- approved French Twist, and she tucked it behind her ear. She smiled and said, “I am. I’m Magda Horvath. Bethanne and her family are the only ones who call me Maggie. That’s how I know you are who you say you are. Even without the photo I.D.” She picked up the wallet and tossed it to him. He caught it one-handed and tucked it into the rear pocket of his shorts.
“Sorry. Do you prefer being called Magda?”
She rolled her eyes. “As long as you don’t call me Elizabeth, or any of its corresponding nicknames, I don’t really care.”
“Okay,” he drew out the word. “I don’t know why I would ever call you Elizabeth, but since it means that much to you, I’ll be sure I don’t. How about I go with Maggie? You look like a Maggie to me.”
He squatted and held out his hand to the dog. “Who’s this little cutie?”
Maggie readied herself to intervene in case Petunia snapped, as she sometimes did with strange men. “Oh! Don’t do that. She doesn’t like…” She abruptly stopped talking as Petunia walked to Jeff, sniffed his hand, and wagged.
Jeff seemed to realize the wagging was an invitation to pet her, and he scratched Petunia behind her ears. The little dog wagged so hard that Maggie was afraid her back end was going to break off, and her one eye was closed in bliss. As Magda watched her dog bask in Jeff’s attention, she had no doubt he could use those big hands to bring any woman to a state of bliss.
When he smiled up at her, his eyes crinkled, and Maggie could swear her heart stopped for a moment. He wasn’t handsome in the way Pierce was—all delicate bone structure and whippet thin. Combined with his baby-fine blond hair, Pierce was almost pretty. Jeff was all man. Tall and muscular with his messy brown hair that looked in serious need of a cut. He wore a sloppy T-shirt and olive colored cargo shorts, but the baggy clothes did nothing to hide the hard body underneath. His nose was just a little too big and a tad crooked, as though it had been broken. His tan skin stretched across strong cheekbones, but it wasn’t the kind of orange tan you got in a booth. It was the tan of a man who spent a lot of time outdoors. But it was those gray eyes, with the little laugh lines around them that really drew her to him. They were full of intelligence and kindness—now that he knew she wasn’t a trespasser.
“She doesn’t like what?”
Magda shook her head in amazement, “Men. She’d been abused before I got her, and she doesn’t usually like men.”
He grinned as the dog rolled on her back to reveal her belly for rubbing. He obliged, and winked at Magda. “Maybe she’s just been around the wrong men.”
Her and me both. Magda felt her knees go weak at his playful expression. Cold fish, indeed! Watching this man pet her dog had her hot enough to melt the zipper on her skirt.
It was wonderful having you with us today. Please feel free to stop by anytime. Good Luck with A Sweeter Spot! Have a safe and happy Holiday Season!
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