Sunday, April 18, 2010

#Authorpalooza2010 --- Guest Author: Donna Grant

I want to welcome best selling and award winning author,

Donna Grant!!

Welcome Donna! Thank you soo much for joining in on my celebration!

How long have you been writing?
Since 1999

How thrilled where you when you heard your first book was going to be released?
Beyond thrilled. I was in shock for a bit. If anyone has ever had a dream and realized that dream, they'll understand how I felt. :)

What's one day in the life of Donna Grant like?
After hubby and I get the kids up, fed, dressed, and off to school, I then head to my office to read emails and eat my breakfast. I write most, if not all, my 20 pages before lunch. Then its lunch, a little more email time (and some Mahjong) before I finish my pages and work out. Answering more emails and chatting with readers on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Before I know it, its time to get the kids and do the after school running around with dance and Tae Kwon Do, dinner, baths, and kids in bed. That's when hubby and I crash on the cough with a long, drawn out sigh before we turn on the TV. :)

Do you have a current project you’re working on or something you plan to begin soon?

I'm working on several books in my Dark Sword series now. Between final galley proofs for FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER (May 2010), to edits for UNTAMED HIGHLANDER (4th book), to revisions for SINFUL HIGHLANDER (5th book). Once all that's done, I'll be starting the 6th Dark Sword book, DARKEST HIGHLANDER and writing a short story for The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance.

In your opinion, what is the most difficult part of being a published author?
Having to wait for my books to release. :)

What’s the most rewarding?
Meeting/talking to readers. And seeing my books on the shelves.

If you could co-author a book with any of your fellow authors or anyone from anywhere, who would you choose and why?
I bow down to any author that can co-write a book. I'm not sure I could. There are many of my favorite authors (Lisa Kleypas, Christina Dodd, Shana Abe, JR Ward, ect...) that I adore, but just not sure I could do it. ;)

Describe your writing process.
I don't really have a process. I just sit and write and write and write until I get my pages done. :) I do have a general idea of the book, but I don't plot anything before I begin writing.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?
Oh. I don't know if I could pick just one. All the places I've visited are interesting. I love seeing the difference between how I live and how others in that area live. I truly loved Napa Valley. The stunning beauty, the romance. Jamaica was so easy going, so calm. And that water. Just gorgeous!

What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
More Dark Sword books as well as a short story in the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance. :)

Check out a couple of Donna's newest and upcoming releases:


He is magnificently strong — and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…

Book Info

Dark Sword, Book 1
St. Martin's Press
Mass Market paperback
ISBN 10: 0312381220 Warrior Info

ISBN 13: 978-0312381226
Release Date: Dec 29, 2009
Read Excerpt here
Name: Lucan MacLeod
Born: Oct 1278
Turned: March 1301
God: Apodatoo, god of revenge
Warrior Color: Black
Abilities: Control over darkness and shadows


Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet - fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king's aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.


Rumors swirl around the castle about "The McLeod" but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more - not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

Book Info

Dark Sword, Book 2
St. Martin's Press
Mass Market paperback
ISBN 10: 0312381239
ISBN 13: 978-0312381233
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Read Excerpt here
Warrior Info

Name: Fallon MacLeod
Born: Mar 1276
Turned: March 1301
God: Apodatoo, god of revenge
Warrior Color: Black
Abilities: Teleportation


The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkness in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love...


Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is the most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test...

Book Info

Dark Sword, Book 3
St. Martin's Press
Mass Market paperback
ISBN 10: 0312381247
ISBN 13: 978-0312381240
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

Warrior Info

Name: Quinn MacLeod
Born: June 1280
Turned: March 1301
God: Apodatoo, god of revenge
Warrior Color: Black
Abilities: Control over animals

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And answer the following questions:

Do you enjoy reading about highlanders?

And if you do, which one has been your favorite read so far?

Or which one has been the last one you read?


cait045 said...

I loved Kimberly Killion's Her One Desire which was the last one I read. I do love highlander series.


Heather (DarklyReading) said...

I don't think I've read a book about highlanders so it would be a good genre for me to check out! I've read one of the books in the immortals after dark series - though not quite highlander I did love the accent!

Robin K said...

I adore reading about highlanders. My favorites are written by Lynsay Sands. I also love the Outlander series. The last one I read was Highland Surrender by Dawn Halliday.

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buddyt said...

On A Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens was the last Highlander book I read and can remember enjoying.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol T

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

If I like to raed about Highlanders? I LOVE TO READ ABOUT THEM!! :-) I'm addicted, passionate, obsessed with them :-) I love Scottish historical romances where the heroes are larger than life huge fighting Highlanders who are passionate and still ahve a warm heart.

My favourites so far are the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and anything by Monica McCarty. Right now I'm reading Monica McCarty's The Chief.

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Rosie said...

I absolutely love reading anything with hunky highlanders involved!!! My favorites (and the only books I've ever re-read) are the Karen Marie Moning highlander series. They are the best and I recommend them to everyone!

Spav said...

I just started reading about highlanders, but I really like them so far. My favourite is The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.