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Between the Chapters…

Fun, quick article for Between the Chapters talking about a few surprising uses for lavender that I discovered while researching my brand new release, LAVENDER BLUE.I thought you might enjoy!  Click HERE 

Then try some and add the scent of lavender to your world! (While reading Lavender Blue, of course! 🙂 )

Valentine’s Day Giveaway WINNER!

Thank you ALL for making this Valentine’s Day a fun celebration of our love of BOOKS!

It was both a wonderful trip down memory lane, thinking about some of the titles you mentioned and how much I loved them…and my To Be Read pile also grew with new-to-me titles I had to go look for! I’m excited to dive in!

Right now, it’s time to announce the WINNER! Come on down, Linda Read!!  Send me your address to donna@donnakauffman.com and I’ll package up your goodies and send them on their way to you!

If you also entered on my FB Page or over at my FB group, Fiction From the Heart, don’t forget to check there and see who won! (Yes, there are THREE winners today!)

Thank you again and BIG GROUP HUG!

Happy Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!!

Will you be my Valentine? We’re celebrating love this week and what better way to show some love than by giving a whole small town’s worth? Today’s giveaway includes the entire BLUE HOLLOW FALLS series (so far!)

This includes my brand new release, LAVENDER BLUE! And of course, there IS chocolate involved as well!

Here’s a little bit about each book in the series, going last to first…

In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains lies a small town with a big heart—and a chance to begin again . .

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls with three friends, she’s creating a life she never imagined—one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Standing on the porch of the sprawling farmhouse, looking out on row upon row of those lush purple plumes, Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start . . .

Then she meets Wilson McCall. The stonemason hired to fix their crumbling chimneys and leaky roof is quieter than most folks in the Falls. Hannah’s not surprised to learn the widower struggles with his own grief. Who could blame her if she finds joy in making Will laugh again, or if she feels a poignant kinship when she sees him with his teenaged son?  But her deepening friendship with Will reminds Hannah that there’s a part of her that still needs to heal—awakening a tender yearning to have a life that isn’t just good enough, but lived fully—even if that means taking risks once more . . .

CHRISTMAS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS * Donna Kauffman

Attorney Moira Brogan expects her brother’s Christmas wedding to be a peaceful affair. She doesn’t expect to be cornered by an unwanted lothario, much less rescued by gorgeous Aussie chef, Hudson Walker—still less be swept off her feetby said chef. Still nursing a broken heart, the last thing she wants is a new romance. But Hudson has other ideas . . .

Pippa MacMillan is a legend on the Irish folk music scene. But when her voice requires a time-out, she’s left wondering how—and where—to find happiness in the silence . . .

Seeking answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in favor of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Turns out lovely Blue Hollow Falls in the perfect place to heal—and solitary Seth Brogan is the surprisingly perfect host. After all, Seth is beginning again too: turning his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard is the start of a whole new life for the former Special Forces soldier. Only Mother Nature keeps thwarting both their plans, leaving Pippa snowbound with unsettling thoughts about how life can take unexpected turns . . .

To Pippa’s surprise, she might actually fall for small-town living. She might even fall for Seth, whose quiet strength is a balm for her world-weary soul. But when the music starts once more, will she follow her fortune back to Ireland, or surrender to the call of her heart?

Stevie Franklin is ready to go all-out Grinch on Christmas this year, but a snowy trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains could provide some unexpected gifts… 

Stevie is thrilled to help her best friend Sunny launch her new greenhouse business in Blue Hollow Falls. Not only does it give her a chance to visit the quaint location, but it’s a welcome distraction from Stevie’s recent bad luck with men. Just one catch: since Sunny’s home is under renovation, Stevie must stay at the local inn, whose amenities feature hunky innkeeper, Noah Tyler.

Noah may be as tempting as her grandmother’s famous sweet potato pie, but city-girl Stevie isn’t sticking around—and she doesn’t do flings. Yet when Noah’s chef gets stranded in a Christmas Eve snowstorm, Stevie can’t resist pitching in and serving up some of her family’s favorite recipes. The magic of a Blue Ridge Christmas is already rekindling Stevie’s holiday spirit and making her wonder what else she might be missing out on. Now can Noah restore Stevie’s belief in love?

 Includes original down-home holiday recipes!

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 . . .

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Yes, you get a copy of ALL of the books shown above! I know!!

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, leave a comment telling us the title of a book you loved, loved, loved (new or old.) We’re spreading the love of READING today! I know you all share that love with me.

More chances to win! Check out my Facebook Page and hop over to my Fiction From The Heart group on FB  to enter there as well.

I’ll be naming winners for each one! Yep, THREE winners in all!  Check back here tomorrow morning for the winners to be announced! ???

Can’t wait? Want your copies NOW? I can help with that! 🙂  Here are a few handy links: (Or click on the covers above to get to alllll the “buyrightthisverysecond” list of links!)

Lavender Blue

A Season to Celebrate/Christmas in Blue Hollow Falls

Bluestone & Vine 

The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls

Blue Hollow Falls 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Signing Day at Turn the Page Bookstore!

Despite single digit temps when the tickets were first being handed out, it was a stellar turn out yesterday at Turn the Page. We had 250 wonderful readers show up, as did the sun! A great time was had by all.

Authors (left to right) Lucy Score, Roni Loren, and Darynda Jones were also in attendance!

Lucy’s LucyCon contingent showed up in BIG numbers!! Fans of Lucy’s books who came from all over the country to meet each other and Lucy for the first time at her very first signing. It was amazing and so much fun!

Members of my review team also stopped by! It was so much fun getting to meet some new (and future!) Team BHF crew members. Of course, they might have enjoyed getting to meet Nora Roberts, too. Ha!

    

I was signing copies of my brand new release, LAVENDER BLUE, along with the rest of the Blue Hollow Falls series. Seated next to Nora who was signing copies of EVERYTHING. She signed over 1000 books yesterday. Not kidding. I hope she got a hand massage from Bruce when it was all over!

Nora’s daughter-in-law, Kat, and her adorable new grandson, Griffin were also in attendance! He is pretty much the sweetest thing ever.

I’ve known Nora for more than twenty years now (and to think, we haven’t aged a day!) and have signed books at Turn the Page since they opened way back in 1995. It’s always wonderful to spend time together and yesterday was no exception.

All of the authors who signed yesterday, the first TTP signing of 2019!

If you ever have the chance to make it out to Boonsboro, check out the bookstore, and the inn, as well as all the other wonderful stops in town, you won’t be disappointed! The next signing is their anniversary signing this July. Start planning now!

 

Signing Weekend at Inn BoonsBoro!

All checked into my lovely suite at Inn Boonsboro, staring out over the snowcapped rooftops of this little pre-Civil War town.

Greeted by a toasty warm fire and even warmer hospitality, I’m looking forward to my stay!

I thought I’d share some peeks at the lovely inn. Yes, it is as deliciously comfy as it looks!

I have a thing for bathrooms, spa tubs, and big roomy showers. The Inn does not disappoint! Also? Heated floors…

If you need me, I’ll be soaking and plotting…(I’ve plotted most of my books while soaking. This should be very inspirational!)

Then maybe curl up with a good movie, book, magazine…or all three.

If you haven’t read Nora Roberts’ series based on this inn, I highly recommend!! Being here I want to read them all over again!  Here’s a link: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy 

Snow is falling, perfect night to snuggle in and get some writing done. Then tomorrow it’s book signing day across the street at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe!

 

Who else is signing? 

NEXT BOOK SIGNING

Our next event will be
Saturday, February 2nd from 12pm – 2pm

Scheduled to attend:

Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb, Darynda Jones, Donna Kauffman, Roni Loren, Lucy Score & Maria V. Snyder

Local authors K. L. Ramsey & Sean Daniels

 

I’ll be sharing signing day pics tomorrow, so stay tuned! Click the follow button and subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a thing.

Can’t attend? 

Want to be part of the signing day festivities, but live too far away? TTP holds a virtual signing along with the actual signing. Hop over to their website and order any books you want by the attending authors, we’ll sign them for you during the event, then TTP will ship them right to your door. (Makes great gifts, too!)

Here’s the link: Virtual Signing

The steam is wafting from the spa tub down the hall, calling me…. More tomorrow!

LAVENDER BLUE is here!

It’s here, it’s here! Send up the balloons, drop the confetti, LAVENDER BLUE has finally arrived! I feel like I’ve been waiting for-evah to share this book with you. I’m so glad it’s here and I can finally share Will and Hannah’s adventure to their much-deserved happily-ever-after.

Here’s the back cover copy:

In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains lies a small town with a big heart—and a chance to begin again . 

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls with three friends, she’s creating a life she never imagined—one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Standing on the porch of the sprawling farmhouse, looking out on row upon row of those lush purple plumes, Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start . . .

Then she meets Wilson McCall. The stonemason hired to fix their crumbling chimneys and leaky roof is quieter than most folks in the Falls. Hannah’s not surprised to learn the widower struggles with his own grief. Who could blame her if she finds joy in making Will laugh again, or if she feels a poignant kinship when she sees him with his teenaged son?  But her deepening friendship with Will reminds Hannah that there’s a part of her that still needs to heal—awakening a tender yearning to have a life that isn’t just good enough, but lived fully—even if that means taking risks once more . . .

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Advance reader reviews have been touching and beautiful! I can’t tell you how much your heartfelt response to this story has meant to me. I’m so appreciative and grateful. Here are just a few…

Five Stars from Robin Thomas… 

“After reading Seth and Pippa’s love story in Bluestone & Vine, I was madly in love with the hope that Will and Jacob would get their own story. Kauffman told such a soothing and realistic story with Seth and Pippa’s love, I was definitely up for more. I was not disappointed. Kauffman weaved a beautiful story of tragedy, grief, and redemptive love with passion, friendship and joy. Readers were treated to an honest, open, deeply moving friendship turned romance built on mutual understand of loss, laughter, and a willingness to do the hard work for something worth fighting for.”

Five Stars from author Kait Nolan… 

“I’m mopping tears as I write this. This, dear friends, is a Kleenex book. But in the BEST possible way. I admit to a little skepticism when I saw who the next hero was because while Will most definitely deserved love, he seemed so broken, I couldn’t imagine the woman who’d set that to rights and so often this setup can turn out like a hot mess. But oh! Hannah is perfect for him. And for Jake. They’ve all experienced and been shaped by great loss, and seeing Will and Hannah come together, working through all those powerful emotions was just a privilege to be on the sidelines for. Lavender Blue delivers on ALL THE FEELS. It’s simply beautiful. Clearly this series has a special place in the author’s heart and now, absolutely, in mine.”

Five Stars from Jill Donovan… 

“I feel like every time I review one of Donna’s books I say it was my favorite, but I think this may really be my favorite. Though part of the Blue Hollow Falls series it can be read as a stand alone. I knew after hearing more of his story in Bluestone & Vine that widower, Will McCall’s story was going to hurt my heart a little and I was right. Immediately after meeting Hannah Montgomery and learning about her background and own experience with grief I knew that she could be the one to help put Will’s heart back together again. Hannah and her friends (also survivors of grief) moved to town to open a lavender farm. I’m hoping that we get to find out more about the friends in future stories. We get to reconnect with Will’s son Jake and with neighbor Bailey (who is just delightful). I love all of the intricate details Kaufman included about processes, whether stone-masonry, lavender picking, wood working, farming or painting. I feel like I could attempt some of these things after learning about them in this novel.

This book was emotional and heart wrenching at times but also breathtakingly beautiful. Having experienced tragedy in my own life I feel like I would have better learned how to handle by grief from reading this story than the countless books on grief I consumed over the past 10 years. I really resonated with both characters and while watching them attempt to heal themselves also found a great deal of healing myself. Grab a box of tissues, grab a blanket and hunker down to enjoy this wonderful story full of love, grief, humor and healing.”

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This book is part of my Blue Hollow Falls series, set here in my Blue Ridge Mountain home, but no worries! each book can absolutely be read as a stand alone if you haven’t read the others.

Want to dive in to LAVENDER BLUE? I can help you with that! Here are some handy links:

Lavender Blue Purchase Links:

AMAZON: https://amzn.to/2G0Mfhg

BN: https://bit.ly/2FQBU8k

KOBO: https://bit.ly/2Th89js

BAM: https://bit.ly/2Tktmtv

iBOOK: https://apple.co/2RTWDyi

GOOGLE PLAY: https://bit.ly/2RgZGLW

WALMART: https://bit.ly/2WlPiGm

TARGET: https://bit.ly/2RTMou4

Also check your local libraries! They carry my books as well. Wherever you find your copy, I hope you love it!

Happy reading!

Hello, Sedona!

We left the Grand Canyon last night before getting snowed in. Traveled to Sedona, and you know, maybe I could put up with this view. Every single day of my life.  Our breakfast patio view was only the beginning!

Rain was pending but we ended up with a remarkable day before the skies opened up. First stop, hiking up Cathedral Rock.

View from the base of Cathedral Rock.

The clouds and impending storm just made the view that much more dramatic.

Then it was on to Red Rock State Park, with some wonderful hiking and even more fabulous birding in their hummingbird garden.

Raven preening his partner. They were chatting the entire time, it was adorable.

Have I mentioned I love ravens? Such interesting birds. So clever.

We tried not to disturb this napping mallard, but on looking at my photo, I don’t think I was successful. Sorry, sweetie!

The next few shots are from the hummingbird garden at the park. I’ll have to get my western birder guide to find out who’s who.

Any western birders who want to fill in these blanks, please do!

I know this is an Anna’s Hummingbird. Loved watching him.

Not sure about this fellow. He looks like the western version of our Juncos.

Enjoying the western cacti as well!

From there we traveled up to Sliding Rock State Park, which closed early due to the impending storm. We made do with a marvelous waterfall view.

Back to Sedona in time for a lovely meal as the rains came. Thank you for a lovely one-day adventure! I’ll be back next week after my conference for some solid writing time. If I can tear my gaze away from the view.

Grand Canyon…Day 2

Unbelievable day!  Started with a helicopter ride through the canyon, then out to Hermit’s Rest. I’ll just let the photos do the talking. Scroll for a brief gallery of today’s adventures. If only they could begin to do it justice!

The Colorado River, helicopter view.

So many colors…

Me & Youngest…and the View!

Majestic Elk…(thank goodness I had my good camera with the zoom!)

Spectacular moment, and that backdrop!

Panorama…

I love the ravens!

Just a boy…and his elk.

Munch…munch…

The Colorado…and a condor nest. (In that black hole in the rock face. I need a pointer!)

Mountain Bluebird…

A new vista around each corner…

On top of the world!

Next stop? Sedona!

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