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BLUE HOLLOW FALLS Advance Review Team Call!

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BIG NEWS!

I’m ramping up the buzz meter for my brand new BLUE HOLLOW FALLS series by putting together a new, bigger than ever Advance Reader Review Team!! YAY!!!

Book 1, also titled BLUE HOLLOW FALLS, hits the stands on June 27th, so it’s time to get this party started!!

Here’s the deal: I’m looking for readers who have enjoyed my previous releases and are interested in getting an advance *digital* copy of ALL of the books in the series as they are released.  (Please note: because the time frame is lengthy, with books continuing to be released in future months/years/etc, you can opt out anytime, no questions asked.)

Your only obligation will be to post a review online at any of the major bookseller sites or book blogs. (More info on that will go out in the first email to the team.) Doesn’t have to be an involved recap. A one liner is fine. Whatever moves you!

AND? All team members get cool TEAM BLUE HOLLOW FALLS swag!! I know!!

Interested?

Drop me an email to donna@donnakauffman.com with “TEAM BLUE HOLLOW FALLS!” in the subject line.

On Friday, May 19th, I’ll send out an email to the new TEAM with all the pertinent details.

(Please note: **The digital downloads will work with any device. No hardcopies.)

HERE WE GO!! :) :)

We have a WINNER!

Thank you, thank you to everyone who entered my Website Refresh GIVEAWAY!  I appreciate all your kind comments on the fresh new look (if only personal facelifts were so easy!) and on my books, NCIS recaps for USA Today, and all the other lovely things you have to say.  You’re wonderful and I appreciate every single one of you!

Without further ado, the winner of a signed advance copy of my upcoming June 27th release is…Claudia Ceppaluni!  Claudia, send me your mailing address to donna@donnakauffman.com and I’ll get your book out in the mail to you!

For all of you not-Claudia’s, don’t despair!  There is still one day left to enter my GIVEAWAY over at my USA Today play-by-play recap of last week’s NCIS episode.  Scroll down, the entry details are at the end of the recap.  The winner will be announced Wednesday morning, in my recap of this week’s May 9th episode.  (AND….another giveaway to enter then, too!)

In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peek at the pretty cover of Blue Hollow Falls.  Didn’t they do a fabulous job?  Scroll down to see the back cover copy and a link to where you can read an excerpt.  And some handy pre-order links, in case you want to make sure you get it the very instant it goes on sale.  (Because you’re awesome like that!)

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Here’s the back cover copy:

From her free-spirited mother, Sunny Goodwin learned the value of peace, love, and Jerry Garcia. The inheritance from the father she never knew? That’s a little more complicated . . .

 Sunny never expected to find herself owning a centuries old silk mill in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains . . . or becoming a half-sister to a ten-year-old named Bailey. Once the shock subsides, she plans to cash in and head back home. But the overgrown greenhouse she finds on the property calls out to the gardener in her, and she senses Bailey’s need for nurturing too . . .

And someone else is making it hard for Sunny to leave: Sawyer Hartwell, an Iraq War hero who wants to make the old mill a creative hub for the artisans of Blue Hollow Falls . . . and wants Sunny to share his vision, and his life. But sexy as this ex-soldier may be, she’s not sure she’s ready to give love a chance . . .

 

And if you didn’t get the chance to read the sneak peek excerpt, you can still check out the USA Today article and give it a gander right here.

And here’s those pre-order links I was telling you about…I’m so handy like that!

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Barnes & Noble 

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(And pssst…I’ve been known to do spontaneous giveaways on social media as well.  If you’re on Facebook, come and join in the fun on my Facebook Author Page!  See you there!)

Website Refresh & Giveaway!!

(Edited to add:  We have a WINNER!  Click here to see if it’s you!)

It’s springtime, that time of year when you feel suddenly compelled to empty out your junk drawers to make way for this year’s junk, sort through all your magazines and finally admit there are some you will simply never read, clean out your closets and get rid of clothes that you really never will wear again, and generally declutter your environment…

Okay, okay, so maybe I feel compelled to do those things, but…never really get around to doing them. But I think about doing it!

What I did do was freshen up my website! (Okay, full disclosure, I had my lovely website guru Holly from Dreamforge freshen it up, but still, I delegated. What’s important here is that I’m getting better at achieving my end goals! If only I had someone to delegate the whole declutter my house thing…darn those kids for growing up and moving out on their own…)

So, I wanted to share the new and improved site and thought it would be fun to combine the whole celebration with a book giveaway! (Not exactly decluttering, but still…less books in my house, so I’m chalking it up as a win!)

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You may have heard, but coming June 27th, my brand new release, BLUE HOLLOW FALLS, will be hitting the stands, launching a new series set in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which also happens to be my home.

Want a chance to win a copy before it hits the stands? I thought you might! So here’s the part where you get to check out my website refresh and play a little scavenger hunt. Find out which book on my website bookshelf doesn’t have the cover art up yet. Then send me an email to donna@donnakauffman.com telling me the title of that book, and you’re in!

Winners will be announced here on my blog next Monday, May 8th. Don’t forget to check back to see if you’re one of them! (Links to the winners blog post will be posted on my FB page and Twitter as well, in case you need a reminder!)

Or you could sign up to get notices of all of my (admittedly infrequent) blog posts by clicking that little orange button (with the white lines in it) under my photo in the top right corner of this page.

Of course, if you want to make sure you get a copy, I have some order-it-right-this-very-second links right here. Because I’m so handy like that!

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Barnes & Noble 

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Thanks for sharing in my Website Refresh Celebration and good luck in the contest!

NEW Goodreads Giveaway! 25 copies BLUE HOLLOW FALLS up for grabs!

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The last giveaway had so many entries, my fab publisher, Kensington Publishing, has once again partnered with Goodreads and they’ve upped the ante this time, giving away TWENTY-FIVE copies of my upcoming, June 27th release BLUE HOLLOW FALLS.

I know!!! Want in?  Click right here and get yourself entered already!

Of course, if you want to hedge your bets, you can pre-order rightthisverysecond using the links below.  (I’m so handy like that!)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble 

Books-a-Million

iBooks

And if you didn’t get the chance to read the sneak peek excerpt, you can still check out the USA Today article and give it a gander right here.

Here’s the back cover copy:

From her free-spirited mother, Sunny Goodwin learned the value of peace, love, and Jerry Garcia. The inheritance from the father she never knew? That’s a little more complicated . . .

 Sunny never expected to find herself owning a centuries old silk mill in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains . . . or becoming a half-sister to a ten-year-old named Bailey. Once the shock subsides, she plans to cash in and head back home. But the overgrown greenhouse she finds on the property calls out to the gardener in her, and she senses Bailey’s need for nurturing too . . .

And someone else is making it hard for Sunny to leave: Sawyer Hartwell, an Iraq War hero who wants to make the old mill a creative hub for the artisans of Blue Hollow Falls . . . and wants Sunny to share his vision, and his life. But sexy as this ex-soldier may be, she’s not sure she’s ready to give love a chance . . .

This Goodreads GIVEAWAY ends on April 25, 2017.  Don’t miss your chance to ENTER!

Goodreads GIVEAWAY!

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My fab publisher, Kensington Publishing, has partnered with Goodreads to giveaway FIVE copies of my upcoming, June 27th release BLUE HOLLOW FALLS.  Want in?  Click right here and get yourself entered already!

Want to hedge your bets and pre-order rightthisverysecond?  You can do that, too!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble 

Books-a-Million

iBooks

And if you didn’t get the chance to read the sneak peek excerpt, you can still check out the USA Today article and give it a gander right here.

Here’s the back cover copy:

From her free-spirited mother, Sunny Goodwin learned the value of peace, love, and Jerry Garcia. The inheritance from the father she never knew? That’s a little more complicated . . .

 Sunny never expected to find herself owning a centuries old silk mill in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains . . . or becoming a half-sister to a ten-year-old named Bailey. Once the shock subsides, she plans to cash in and head back home. But the overgrown greenhouse she finds on the property calls out to the gardener in her, and she senses Bailey’s need for nurturing too . . .

And someone else is making it hard for Sunny to leave: Sawyer Hartwell, an Iraq War hero who wants to make the old mill a creative hub for the artisans of Blue Hollow Falls . . . and wants Sunny to share his vision, and his life. But sexy as this ex-soldier may be, she’s not sure she’s ready to give love a chance . . .

Goodreads GIVEAWAY ends on April 12, 2017.  Don’t miss your chance to enter! 

Blue Hollow Falls Advance Copy Winners Announced!

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It’s another exciting day!  Thank you to everyone who took the time over this past week to check out the sneak peek excerpt of my upcoming new series launch book, BLUE HOLLOW FALLS, over USA Today (On shelves everywhere June 27th!) AND for entering the contest to win an advance copy.  I’ve also been running a concurrent contest for those folks who shared my Facebook posts about the sneak peek and the giveaway.  The day has finally arrived to announce the WINNERS!  Wheeee!

And the WINNERS are: 

For the USA Today Sneak Peek sponsored giveaway, the winner is: Angela Grosse!

The Facebook Post Share winner is: Gale Sroelov!

Winners, please contact me at dmkauffman1@gmail.com and we’ll set up getting your prizes to you the moment they become available.  You will officially be the first two (other than me and my editors) to get your hands on a copy!

ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN! 

Now, for all of the rest of you, don’t be disappointed. I have MORE good news!  Each week over at USA Today, I recap the latest episode of the popular television show, NCIS. (Because who doesn’t need a little more Mark Harmon in their lives, am I right?)  I always do giveaways in conjunction with my recaps and this week?  YEP!  I’m putting one more advance copy of BLUE HOLLOW FALLS up for grabs.  The contest remains open until midnight ET next Monday, March 13th.  How to enter?  Simple!  Hop over to my play-by-play recap, scroll to the end, and the entry details are right there.  Good luck!

PRE-ORDER LINKS! 

For those of you who want to hedge your bets, BLUE HOLLOW FALLS is also up for pre-order at all of your favorite online venues.  Here are some handy links!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble 

Books-a-Million

iBooks

And if you didn’t get the chance to read the sneak peek excerpt, you can still check out the USA Today article and give it a gander right here.

Here’s the back cover copy:

From her free-spirited mother, Sunny Goodwin learned the value of peace, love, and Jerry Garcia. The inheritance from the father she never knew? That’s a little more complicated . . .

 Sunny never expected to find herself owning a centuries old silk mill in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains . . . or becoming a half-sister to a ten-year-old named Bailey. Once the shock subsides, she plans to cash in and head back home. But the overgrown greenhouse she finds on the property calls out to the gardener in her, and she senses Bailey’s need for nurturing too . . .

And someone else is making it hard for Sunny to leave: Sawyer Hartwell, an Iraq War hero who wants to make the old mill a creative hub for the artisans of Blue Hollow Falls . . . and wants Sunny to share his vision, and his life. But sexy as this ex-soldier may be, she’s not sure she’s ready to give love a chance . . .

 I hope you’ll give it a try!

If you’re a social media fan, please come join in the fun over on my Facebook Page, and on Twitter.  I have fun contests all the time and there are weekly Mark Harmon Moments!

Thanks again to everyone for making this sneak peek kick off so exciting!  Your comments and enthusiasm mean a lot.  Happy reading, everyone!

 

Win an advance copy of BLUE HOLLOW FALLS!

(Edited to add: the giveaway winner has been announced! See the blog post here.)

It’s an exciting day!  While I am sitting here, going through the proof pages you see below–the final step before the book is printed and shipped out to booksellers everywhere–USA Today is showing off the cover of BLUE HOLLOW FALLS, the first in my Blue Hollow Falls series, debuting June 27th.   AND they’re also giving you a sneak peek excerpt.  Fun! 

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What am I adding to the party?  How about a chance to get your hands on the very first advance copy when they land on my doorstep?  Yep, GIVEAWAY!!  Interested?

To enter to win an advance copy of BLUE HOLLOW FALLS, hop on over to the USA Today big cover reveal and take a look at the excerpt, then find the answer to this question:  In the opening paragraphs of the Blue Hollow Falls excerpt, what kind of building is Sunny looking at?  Then simply email me at dmkauffman1@gmail.com with the answer.  That’s it!  (PLEASE do NOT leave comments here with the answer. You must email the answer to enter. Comments here will be deleted to keep the contest fair.)

Winner announced one week from today, Thursday, March 8th at 10AM EST. 

I will post the winner’s name here on my blog, as well as over on my Facebook Page, and on Twitter

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to USA Today and take your first dip into Blue Hollow Falls…

Hello, Savannah!

I’ve been exploring the lovely historic city of Savannah, Georgia this past week, doing research for THE SWEET LIFEa spin off series to my popular Cupcake Club books.  What a beautiful city this is!

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I love the Spanish moss draped live oaks that shade the residential streets, every single one of the twenty-two squares in the historic district, each with it’s own unique little park, the endless eye candy of architecture on every street, from the homes, to the churches, to the businesses.  The keyhole gardens, the River Walk, the lush green expanse of Forsythe Park, with the grand old live oak trees standing sentry on all sides. I could walk these streets for days and never get tired of the view, finding some new little treasure with each stroll.

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Today, I wanted to share a little about my stay at the beautifully restored Galloway House. Originally built in 1895 and located in the Victorian District, just south of Forsythe Park, the owners have done a remarkable job in restoring it to new glory.  When they purchased it, the property was boarded up, long neglected, the grounds gone to weed.  Twelve years ago, a crew of 20-25 workers began a twenty-one month odyssey to fully restore the home and carriage house.  The owners live on the premises, and have turned parts of the house and the carriage house into an inn, with four different fully detailed apartments. (And, just so ya know, no, this is not some kind of paid endorsement.  This place has gone on to win an avalanche of awards, deservedly so, and is booked up well in advance.  They definitely don’t need my endorsement.  But they’re getting it anyway. :)  I just loved the place and thought I’d share a bit of my stay with you all.

I stayed in the loft, which you can see at the top of the place in the photo above.  The dormer window there marks the front of the loft, and it runs, shotgun, all the way to the back of the house.  I wish I had before photos of the other apartments, but I do have them for my lovely little loft nest.   Check this out!

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This was the loft space after cleaning out the junk, in preparation for renovation.  That’s the dormer window there at the rear of the photo.

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Looking back the other direction, this is the door at the rear of the loft space.

Look at it today!

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The view as you step inside the door.  That’s the dormer window at the rear of the loft.

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Looking back at the rear door.

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A peek behind the screen at the bedroom and the cozy dormer nook.  Isn’t that amazing!  (I love before and after pictures, don’t you?)   I took these photos, but they are identical to how the place looks on their website.  I love it when a place lives up to (or, in this case, surpasses) its advertising.

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Here’s a little peek at the Carriage House and potting shed, located in the keyhole garden behind the house.  The Carriage House has two apartments, one on each floor.  And check out the garden!

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Once nothing more than a dirt patch, now a lush, tropical little paradise.

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You can’t see in this photo, but there’s a little spot tucked away to the left with two garden benches, perfect for a little break.  All in all, the perfect little hideaway for this writer.

Now you know where the first chapters of the new series were written.  Fun!

If you want to learn more about Galloway House (and see photos of their sumptuous other apartments) you can check them out here.

I checked out yesterday (sob!) so I could head down to sunny Florida to see my folks for a few days (yay!)  I’ll be heading back to Savannah in a few days to continue my research adventure.

 More to come…

(To keep of with my day to day excursions, follow me on social media.  My FB reader page here, and I’m on Instagram as @writerchick.)

 

 

 

 

 

Great news, Cupcake Club fans!

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As many of you know, I have a new series launching this June, set in my beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. BLUE HOLLOW FALLS goes on sale June 27th. It’s so dear to my heart and I can’t wait to share it with you!  (Can’t wait? You can pre-order it here.)

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Now I have MORE news! Five years ago this very month marked the debut of SUGAR RUSH, the first book in my Cupcake Club series. Through the years since then (where has the time gone?!) not a single day goes by without letters about these books arriving from readers all over the world. (The series just debuted in Brazil!)

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I’ve always intended to revisit my friends in Sugarberry Island, Georgia, but then Blueberry Cove came along, and now Blue Hollow Falls, and I love those stories, too. However, now that the three BHF books are scheduled, I have carved out some time to tell another group of stories that I’ve had percolating in my brain for…well, for five years!

SO! For all of those fans (and hopefully future fans) of the Cupcake Club books, I’m excited to share that YES, I’m writing a spin off series called THE SWEET LIFE. (And of course, all your fave Cupcake Club characters will be making appearances.)  Wahoo!

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I leave tomorrow on a two week jaunt to do research for these books and I hope you’ll join me as I explore the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia as well as the coastal islands, including Tybee and others. I’ll be sharing stories, photos, and even doing a few giveaways while on my travels!

Stay tuned right here…and you can join me on Facebook & Instagram at @writerchick as well!  (I’ll be posting to all three!)

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