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SANDPIPER ISLAND IS HERE! Also? Check out my new website look!

It’s Big Book Release Day here and I’ve dressed up my site in all new clothes to help celebrate.  We still have more goodies to add, but I couldn’t wait to share the new look with you.  What do you think? I love it! HUGE thanks go out to Holly at Dreamforge Media for putting in such long hours to get all this ready to launch on the Big Day!

Book 3 in my Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series - SANDPIPER ISLAND -  is finally on sale and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on Ford & Delia’s story!

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Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he’d tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O’Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn’t have picked a better place to start over–even if he’s determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds…and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that’s best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined…together.

DIY is so much better with two. . .

Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about the book:

“Kauffman’s third visit to endearing Blueberry Cove, Maine solidifies the idea of the whole town as a quirky family…Kauffman’s stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy; she excels at expressing the struggles and joys of giving in to love.”
— Publisher’s Weekly on SANDPIPER ISLAND

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I hope you all give it a try!   Not only is it available in the lovely, large size trade paperback, but also in e-book in every format, AND in audiobook, too!  Here’s some handy links in case you need to have it in your hot little hands rightthisverysecond.  And really, of course you do!

Amazon    BN   BAM  Kobo  iBook    Audible

Now, a Big Book (and new website!) Launch wouldn’t be anything without a Big Book Launch Party!  

Last week I announced a Big Book Launch Giveaway to celebrate Audible.com having twelve of my books now on sale in audiobook format.  I know!!  TWELVE!  Including all three Bachelors of Blueberry Cove books!!

Here’s the lowdown:

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On sale as of TODAY, all three of my Bachelors of Blueberry Cove novels, read by the fantastic Lauren Fortgang.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled when I found out she was going to be narrating, as she was my number one pick for this series.  Smooches to Audible for making that happen!!

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AND!  All FOUR of my Cupcake Club books are now available in audiobook format over at Audible.com.  The entire series is narrated by the fabulous Amanda Ronconi, who I also requested and pretty much did the happy dance all over my house when I found out they were able to make the timing work out with her hectic audio schedule.  Wait till you hear Miss Alva!  I adore her even more now! Amanda rules and was the perfect person do perform these books.  You’ll love her!!  (And the books, too, I hope!)

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Also available in the Audible.com righthisverysecond? …FOUR of my Scotland-based contemporary romances as well.  Yes, both the Chisholm Brother series AND the Hot Scot series are up for your listening pleasure.  And I do mean pleasure!  Narrated by the lovely Chloe Lynn you’ll get to hear all your yummy, sexy hot Scot heroes speaking in that sexy Scottish brogue.  I know!  It’s like sumptuous cake, and delicious icing — times four!!

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And yes, I promised that TEN lucky readers would win their choice of ANY of the above titles.  I know!  I told you it was a Book Launch Party!!  The lucky Happening Blog Babes are:

Robin Driscoll, Dawn Lent, Brenda Howrey, Barbara Tobey, Melissa Boyer, Sara Resta, Victoria Powell, Sandra Williams, Kathleen Giannone, and Ellen Caccavale! 

To claim your prize, simply drop me an email to donna@donnakauffman.com with the title of your choice and I will send you all the info to go snag your very own copy!  To check out all of the books I have available in audio, click HERE!

Now, of course the celebrating isn’t done yet!! I will be having a BIG Book Giveaway on my USA Today recap of So You Think You Can Dance this week – and there is still time for you to get in on the happening giveaway going on from last week’s giveaway!  I know!  Check out my recap right here  - entry details at the end!  Then look for the new recap coming this Thursday morning with a brand new BIG giveaway!!  Links posted on FB and Twitter, or just hop over to USA Today and search on my name!

Also?  If you haven’t started following me on Facebook, now would be a great time to start!  I’ll be doing special Release Week Giveaways all week!!!

Thanks to ALL of you for making this day such a fun one for me!  Your support and word of mouth enthusiasm mean more to me than you can possibly know.  I’m humbled and grateful by all the positivity you bring to my world and put out there for other readers to share.   I hope you enjoy and happy, happy reading!

Top 6 SYTYCD recap for USA Today! And? Fab Swag Giveaway!!

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This week on So You Think You Can Dance the Top 6 danced their way into our living rooms, and in a few cases, into our hearts.  We’re now down to our Final 4, who will perform next week for their last chance to grab your votes.  I know!  Where did the season go?  Where did the summer go??

I’ve done my best to make the transition a little sweeter.  In addition to all the dance dish – over in my USA Today column - I’ve included a Fab Swag Sandpiper Island Giveaway this week!  And I’m not just giving away one prize package – I’m giving away THREE!  I know!

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But it’s a celebration you see, because Sandpiper Island hits the stands next Tuesday, August 26th so we have to do the Book Launch Party some justice, doncha know!  What can you win?  A signed copy of the new release AND this fabulous, exclusively designed Sandpiper Island bookmark charm, from the wonderfully talented Joyce Taber of The Cotton Thistle.

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To enter and get in on the Sandpiper Island Fab Swaggaganza, head on over to my USA Today SYTYCD Recap.  The entry details are at the end of the dance dish.  Good luck!

Cupcake Club series

In other fab new release news (yes, there’s more!) ALL FOUR of my Cupcake Club books are now available in audiobook format over at Audible.com.  All four are narrated by the fabulous Amanda Ronconi, who I requested and pretty much did the happy dance all over my house when I found out they were able to make the timing work out with her hectic audio schedule.

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Also available in the Audible.com righthisverysecond? …FOUR of my Scotland-based contemporary romances as well.  Yes, both the Chisholm Brother series AND the Hot Scot series are up for your listening pleasure.  And I do mean pleasure!  Narrated by the lovely Chloe Lynn you’ll get to hear all your yummy, sexy hot Scot heroes speaking in that sexy Scottish brogue.  I know!  It’s like sumptuous cake, and delicious icing — times four!!

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Now, psssst!  For all you who have made it allllll the way down here, you dedicated Blog Babes who I have so sadly neglected with all the USA Today columns and the Facebook Fan Page frenzy, and, well, getting the next series of Blueberry Cove books written (yes, there will be three more!  Squee!!) I thought a little reward was in order.

So…here’s a Special Blog Book Launch Giveaway, just for you!  Drop me an email to donna@donnakauffman.com with “I’m a dedicated Blog Babe, count me in!” in the subject line, and you’ll be in the running for ANY one of my newly released audiobooks.  That includes next Tuesday’s audio release of Sandpiper Island. I know!  But I had to make it special, because your dedication means everything to me.  And yes, that extends to all Happening Blog Babes worldwide!

So…that means I will have TEN audiobooks for sale….and TEN winners. Yes.  TEN!!!! 

I’ll announce all ten winners right here in a new blog post next Tuesday morning, on Sandpiper Island release day.  THAT, my happening blog babes, is how we do a book launch party!!

Now?  LET’S DO THIS!!

Top 10! All Stars! But most important? SANDPIPER ISLAND Giveaway!

Photo credit: FOX

Photo credit: FOX

Last night we got the treat of watching our Top 10 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance take a spin with the All Stars, giving us the chance to see some of our past favorites in action, once again.  And I got to cover every toe flick and jazz hand for USA Today.  I know, it’s a tough gig, but somebody has to do it!  For all of my dance dish judgmentary, head on over HERE.

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Don’t forget to take a close look at that last part, all the way down there at the end of the recap.  That’s where you find out all the entry details to win your very own advance copy of my upcoming August 26th release, SANDPIPER ISLAND.  I know!  Dish and free stuff!

Photo credit: Bobby Quillard

Photo credit: Bobby Quillard

And in case you missed it, check out my fabulous USA Today interview with the ridiculously adorable and crazy talented Emmy nominated choreographer, Travis Wall.  (His contemporary ballet piece in last night’s show was truly stunning!)  It’s really wonderful when someone exceeds even your highest expectations when you meet “in real life.” Travis is a remarkable, passionate, humble young man, not to mention a truly nice guy.  Here’s hoping he wins that golden statue this year!

So after you’ve dished the dance and entered to win stuff, come on over to my FB fan page...that’s where all the day to day crazy happens.  Come on, join in!

 

My interview with Emmy nominated SYTYCD choreographer Travis Wall! I know! We’re like, besties now.

So, I spent part of this week gabbing with four time Emmy nominated choreographer and life long cutie patootie Travis Wall, dishing about dance, about what’s happening this season on So You Think You Can Danceabout his upcoming 36 city tour, and, you know stuff.  Yeah.  So that happened.

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But, of course, I share!  It’s all over in my USA Today interview, including a little spoiler on Travis’s groundbreaking new routine being performed on tonight’s Top 10 show. I know!

 

Also?  Great giveaway happening this week as well.  One is going on righthisverysecond, details at the end of the interview! And look for another in tomorrow’s SYTYCD recap.  What can you win?

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Well, you can be the first to get your hands on my August 26th release, SANDPIPER ISLAND!  Details on how you can get in the running are at the end of my interview – and look for them tomorrow at the end of my recap.  But hurry!  The window to enter for the interview giveaway ends when the show starts tonight at 8PM EST on FOX.

Join me and the rest of the armchair judges, won’t you?

New Release Tuesday! Four of my backlist now on Audible.com! Also? GIVEAWAY!

It’s a lovely Tuesday here in the mountains…and even lovelier online!

Four of my backlist titles are now available for download over at Audible.com  I know!

My Hot Scot Series is available, with SOME LIKE IT SCOT and OFF KILTER ready for you to drop by for a spell.

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Then check out my Chisholm Brother Series with BAD BOYS IN KILTS and THE GREAT SCOT! 

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Even better?  I’m giving away one free download for each, today only, over at my Facebook Page!  So, what are you waiting for?  Get on over there and enter already.  Just go to my Fan Page and like/comment on today’s post (Tuesday, July 22) announcing the Giveaway and you’re in!  (The post starts with GIVEAWAY ALERT!  You can’t miss it. :)  Contest runs until 10PM EST July 22.

Want to check out all the good, kilt clad fun over at Audible?  Go here and get all those yummy Hot Scots for yourself.

It’s our Top 18 Dancers and we’re armchair judging…because that’s what we do.

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And, if I might say, we’re darn good at it, too!    Are you watching season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance? It’s my guilty summer pleasure.  And I get to share it with millions of you via my weekly armchair judging session over at USA Today. Really, you should come join in.  It’s all the dance dish you can stand AND free books.  Win-win, really!

As an example, this week you can win an advance copy of my upcoming release, SANDPIPER ISLAND!  I know, right?  Not only a free book, but one nobody else has yet.  Score!  How do you get your hands on one?  Well, you samba right on over to my SYTYCD recap and there at the very end?  All the details.  (And might I say, you look fabulous in that sassy samba outfit, darling!)

Of course, if you’re the “I like to hedge my bets” type, well, you can pre-order the book.  I even have some handy links down below for you.  I’m so helpful like that.   Here’s a little bit about the book…

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Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he’d tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O’Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn’t have picked a better place to start over–even if he’s determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds…and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that’s best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined…together.

DIY is so much better with two. . .

Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!

And in case you’re not completely sold yet, here’s what a few of your other favorite authors are saying about my new Blueberry Cove series... (Yes, I’m an enabler like that. :) )

“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town — you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” — New York Times bestselling author, Lori Foster

“Witty dialogue, sexy heroes, Donna Kauffman’s a must-read!”  — New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis

“Humor, heart, and characters you wished lived next door.”  — New York Times bestselling author, Mariah Stewart

 

Here are those links I was telling you about:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Kobo, iBook, Kensington Publishing, Bookish 

Now that you’re all done entering and pre-0rdering, come on, pull up an armchair and dish the dance with me!  Wednesday nights, 8PM EST on FOX! 

Our Top 20 dance! You? Get to win free stuff. Sound good?

I thought it was a pretty sweet deal.

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So, after years of auditions over the past few weeks, So You Think You Can Dance finally gets to the fun part, the live show, where we actually get to see the kids, you know, dance.  (Crazy, ain’t it?)   More cool?  I get to dish about all of it over at USA Today in my Dance Dish Recap.  I know!  So all my fellow armchair judges, come and join me, won’t you?

Now, whether you’re all about watching and dishing on the dance, or you just want to load up on free swag, I’ve still got you covered.  At the end of my recap there’s this part where you can enter to win stuff.  I know, right?  It’s like the dish that keeps on giving.

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What’s so special about this giveaway you ask?  Well, I’m glad you did!  This week, not only can you get your hands on a signed copy of my current Bachelors of Blueberry Cove release, Half Moon Harbor, but you can also score a sweet HMH canvas tote bag so you can really be all smug around your pals.  You can be all “So, like, she signed it to ME, right?  AND gave me this cool tote bag.”

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I know you want it.  How do you get it?  Head on over to the recap, check out those last few paragraphs, and get in on it already.

You want extra chances to win more free stuff?  Well, for the past few weekends, every Saturday and Sunday, I’ve been doing giveaways on my Facebook Fan Page and having a blast doing it.  All you have to do?  Comment or hit Like.  I know, it’s ridiculously easy.  Prizes change every weekend, pretty much whatever I’m in the mood to giveaway.  The last few Sundays?  I’ve given away complete series of books. As in every book in the series, in your hands.  Boom.  Yes, it’s like that!  So once you’ve done the Tote Bag & Book Swag entry, head over to my Facebook Fan Page and hit Like, then await the next giveaway, starting this very weekend!

Because you’re worth it. :)

Last Call! So…if you think you can dance, ya better hurry up and do so!

So, we’re in our last week of auditions on So You Think You Can Dance.  HALLELUJAH!  I mean, they weren’t particularly painful or anything, but it was a lot of  Medley of this Week’s Dancers! And not a lot of getting to really see much of any actual, you know, dancing. I’m happy to see such great talent in a general sense, but the show is about coming to care for and root for your favorites…and we can’t have favorites if all we’re getting is one endless clip package.  Show.  Just sayin.

We also had Jenna Dewan Tatum as a guest judge this week.  Aka Mrs. Channing Tatum.  And all I’m saying is, you know hubby dances, too.  Would it have been too much to ask to have them both on the panel?  Because I could forgive a whole ton of clip packages if I get to gaze upon Mr. Dewan-Channing in between.  And yet…no.  Denied.  However, I thought you might like to gaze upon him, so…here you go.  Never let it be said I didn’t give you anything.

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As it happens, I also gave away a book to one of last week’s lucky readers.  Winners name up in digital lights at the end of my scintillating So You Think You Can Dance recap over on USA Today.   So go check that out.

And while you’re there, you can get all the details on how to win the delicious swag showing below!  Yes, indeed!  A signed copy of my brand new release, Half Moon Harbor  AND the fabulous Half Moon Harbor pendant designed by the one and only Joyce Taber of The Cotton Thistle.  She has a Blueberry Cove inspired collection going on over there, so you’ll want to check that out.   To enter to win the swag below, check out this week’s SYTYCD Recap – entry details at the end of the blog.

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And while you’re off flitting aboot and checking things willy here and nilly there…did you know that some of my hottest Scots are coming to Audible.com next month?  I know!   The following books are up for preorder!  Coming July 22nd!! 

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Preorder: The Chisholm Brothers series:

Book 1: Bad Boys in Kilts:  here

Book 2: The Great Scothere

 

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Preorder: The Hot Scot Series:

Book 1: Some Like it Scot: here

Book 2: Off Kilter - preorder link coming soon!

 

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We dance! We cheer! We cry! We also win cool stuff!

So, you know.  There’s that.

Last night on So You Think You Can Dance, we had it all.  Tears, cheers, laughter, and lots of thunder storm interruptus.  But I persevered, much like many of the dancers, and the recap?  It is LIIIIVE over at USA Today!

Drop by for the dish, stay to win some swag.  And what can they win, Johnny?   Why, an advance copy of my August 26th release, SANDPIPER ISLAND!!  Here’s a little about it to whet your beach read whistle….

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Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he’d tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O’Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn’t have picked a better place to start over–even if he’s determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds…and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that’s best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined…together.

DIY is so much better with two. . .

Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!

SANDPIPER ISLAND
A Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Novel
On Sale August 26, 2014
September 2014
Kensington
ISBN 9780758292810

 

You can even preorder it rightthisverysecond at all your favorite places! (I know…I’m so handy like that!)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

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Or direct from my publisher (discount!)  Kensington Books

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over and enter already!  Winner announced in next week’s recap! 

Where can you find a Hot Judge, Mary Poppins, & the Puppet Master?

Well, right here, natch.   Because that’s how we So You Think You Can Dance recappers roll, my friends.

Okay, so by here, I actually mean, over in my column for Happy Ever After, at USA Today.   What is that you say?  You haven’t watched the show?  Well, might I give you some enticement?   Okay, so last night?  This guy was one of the judges.

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I know, right?  6’5″ inches of Joffrey Ballet goodness.  And, in case you’re wondering?  With a voice to match.  Boom! Yes, it’s true.  It takes so little, and yet?  I enjoyed every moment Fabrice Calmel was on my television screen.

Another reason to check out my recap?  Why, that’s where you can find out how to enter this week’s swagalicious Giveaway! 

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Up for grabs?  A copy of my current release, Half Moon Harbor and, because I like to give and give–I’m a giver, you see–I’m also giving away the very latest piece of awesome that the lovely and talented Joyce Taber of The Cotton Thistle fame has added to her jewelry collection, inspired by my Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series.  You might have heard of Joyce, she also designs and exclusive line of jewelry for every one of Nora Roberts’ new books.  I know!  Score! 

The latest piece in the Blueberry Cove Collection is this gorgeous clipper ship charm necklace, complete with a hand tied Monkey’s Fist nautical knot.  I have already gotten mine and love it!

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And to enter?  Check out my USA Today So You Think You Can Dance recap.  The entry details are at the end.

Good luck!