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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Welcome Author Sharon Donovan

My mother grew up in the small coal mining town of Shamrock in rural Pennsylvania. Every night at midnight, what appeared to be a ball of fire would illuminate a hillside where a coal mine exploded and many coal miners lost their lives. If anyone tried to get close to the blazing flame of fire, it would disappear. It became legendary in the small rural town, and countless people tried to solve the mystery. While the mystery was never solved, the legend lived on. What do I think? I believe it was the spirit of one of the coal miners that lost his life, keeping vigil and warning curious onlookers to stay clear of a potentially hazardous site.

Her Biggest Fan has nothing to do with a coal mining town, but growing up hearing my mother and her siblings talk about the eerie ball of fire rolling down a hill at midnight sparked an idea for a storyline for a romantic suspense in this author’s imagination.

From the shadows of the woods, he keeps vigil. The stage is set to drive the pretty little princess insane. He’s coming for her. And when he catches her, he’ll pounce on her like the big bad wolf.

After receiving a disturbing fan letter, New York Times best-selling author Tess Kincaid flees to the New England home she’s inherited following her father’s suicide. The manor has been tainted with, every room staged to resemble the way it was in its glory days. But when Tess calls the police, the chilling props vanish into thin air.

Ruggedly handsome Sheriff Mike Andretti is called to investigate the reported burning candles, dancing gargoyles and otherworldly. When he discovers no trace of the eerie setting, he finds himself caught between duty and desire. Is the woman with the bewitching green eyes delusional--or is this a trap of twisted wit set by a demented fan?


When she entered the loft filled with shadows she gasped.
 Seeing her father‘s vintage telephones in the light of day was one thing, but seeing them in muted darkness was rather jarring. The phone on the desk in the loft was a tombstone with the receiver being a glowing green skull, an eerie grin on its fleshless face.
As Tess picked up the receiver to dial the number, she glanced out the window, startled to see the mountainside ablaze with flames, brilliant spears of orange and crimson spreading like wildfire. Panic hurled through her. How long before it reached the mansion? All those birch and evergreens would go up like a house of cards. Adrenaline pumping through her veins, her fingers thick and clumsy, she screamed into the phone the minute they answered, “Come quick. Fire at 1300 Mockingbird Lane. The Kincaid estate is about to go up like a burning inferno, hurry!”

As the fire trucks came to a screeching halt in her driveway, Tess flung the door open.
“Where’s the fire?” the fire chief stampeded through the foyer dressed in full uniform, his eyes searching.
“How could you miss it?” Tess raced past him onto the verandah, confusion swirling through her head. She jabbed her finger to the hillside to where the flaming ball of flame had blazed only seconds ago. Other than the lighthouse in the harbor and the torch-lit lanterns in the courtyard, all was dark.

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Here’s what reviewers are saying about Her Biggest Fan

An edge of your seat chilling suspense, I couldn‘t wait to see what would happen next. Her Biggest Fan really was a book I couldn‘t put down. This book was an addicting, pulse-pounding read with an explosive climax. The drama was intense and I loved every minute of it.
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Rating: You Gotta read

This was a great mixture of psychological thriller, Classic Gothic and old Hollywood glamor.
I loved the setting of this story and could practically smell the salt water in the air and hear the soothing sounds of the ocean--mix that in with a desolate manor house—it begs for a thrilling tale to be told. Fans of this well-written genre will definitely enjoy this story.
The Romance Studio
Rating: 4 hearts

HER BIGGEST FAN
ISBN: 1-60154-813-3

AVAILABLE NOW
The Wild Rose Press
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COMING IN DECEMBER
FROM THE WILD ROSE PRESS
AS PART OF THE JEWEL OF THE NIGHT SERIES
CHARADE OF HEARTS
OLIVER’S STORY!
STAY TUNED FOR COMING ATTRACTIONS


Sharon Donovan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her family. Prior to the loss of her vision, she was a legal secretary for the Court of Common Pleas where she prepared cases for judges in Domestic Relations. Painting was her passion. When she could no longer paint, she began attending creative writing classes and memoir workshops. After a long and winding road, a new dream arose. Today, instead of painting her pictures on canvas, Sharon paints her pictures with words.
Sharon writes stories of inspiration and suspense. She has certificates in business and medical transcription. Echo of a Raven, a narrative non-fiction about her struggles with diabetic retinopathy, received a CTRR award for outstanding writing, and The Claddagh Ring is a 2009 CAPA nominee for best inspirational of the year. Other books by Sharon Donovan are Mask of the Betrayer, Touched by an Angel, Lasting Love and Her Biggest Fan. Charade of Hearts is coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. You can visit Sharon at
or write to her at:
sharonad@comcast.net 

13 comments:

lastnerve said...

Hi Sharon! Just wanted to stop by and say that this was an amazing book. I loved and will definitely read it again!

Val

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Sharon,

I agree with Val, I loved 'Her Greatest Fan' and it's fascinating to know how the idea came to you.

You're an amazing writer, dear friend, as well as a wonderful person.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Val and Lyn, thanks for stopping by and for being two of my biggest fans.

Lilly Gayle said...

Sharon, I have goosebumps. What a great premise and excerpt. Another book I'm adding to my TBR list!
BTW- Good to "see" you on line!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks for having me today at YGR, Brynna, and thanks for the rockin' review Val. Love you girl

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Lilly Gayle.It was great fun to let my imagination run wild with HBF and I had a blast. I think you'll like it--grin
BTY great to be back too

P.L. Parker said...

I admit, gave me the chillies.

Debra St. John said...

HI Sharon,

It's so great to have you feeling better and to see you around and about again.

It sounds like your new book is getting rave reviews. I wouldn't expect anything yet.

Can't wait for Oliver's story in December.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Sharon,I haven't read it yet, but I definitely plan to buy and read it asap. My life's been crazy lately--nothing to match yours--but I haven't had charge of my life. My daughter was in and out of the hospital and almost died twice from mismanaged care. She doing better now, so maybe my life can go back to what passes for normal at our house. I still believe Normal is just a laundry setting.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Patsy, always a joy when you swing by a blog to visit. Grin

Sharon Donovan said...

Debra, it's great to be back promoting and Oliver is counting the days until his release party on December 2nd where he will give prizes.

Sharon Donovan said...

Caroline, you are always so sweet and bring a smile to my face. I'm sorry to learn about your daughter's health issues and will keep her in my prayers.

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