Hello, as this is my first blog I would like to introduce myself. My name is Donna. I live in Sydney, Australia and yes I do love Vegemite! I’m happily married (but it took two goes to get it right) and a mother of three boys. Being a wife and mother has been a wonderful way to fill my life but I have also been a waitress, bartender, singer, office worker and chicken sales person – think chicken to fast food stores and restaurants. Now I can add author to the list, it all ways gives me a tingle up my spine to say that. Reading, especially romance books and watching rugby league have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
My mother was deaf and books were her main source of entertainment. She was one of those readers that had a book beside the bed, one for the bus to work and another in the desk drawer. She passed that love on to me, and while I can only manage one story at a time I do devour many books a week. My husband rues the day he bought me a smart phone because now I can take my library with me wherever I go.
Rugby league is one of Australia’s most popular football codes, especially on the east coast. My passion for rugby league was inherited from my father’s side of the family. We never watched the weekend family movie or Walt Disney show on television as they were usually on at the same time as the footy replay. I can probably thank my older sister for my infatuation with footy players – she used me as a cover to ask players for autographs and photos! That same sister is now a sports commentator here down-under.
Writing is new for me and I have to admit that I just woke up one morning to find these voices in my head, each telling me their story. When I started to write I couldn’t stop, but I never imagined I’d be lucky enough to see my books published. I left school and home at an early age so I was not at all confident in my own ability to write legibly using proper grammar and punctuation – thank goodness for editors! As you can probably tell by this blog I’m still not very good at it, but at least my 14 year old can help me edit this
For me, what better alpha male is there than a muscled sportsman, who spends a great deal of time running around in skimpy shorts and a chest hugging jersey acting fearless on the field but completely vulnerable when it comes to the woman that steals his heart. So it’s not surprising that my muse would be a footy player, or as I’ve had five books contracted, lots of footy players! For those of you who are not big sports fans don’t be put off, the romance between my characters is always the main focus of each book because after all it’s all about the romance.
Caitlin’s Hero is the first book in my League of Love Series.
Falling for him is easy. Dealing with his high-profile life—a life deemed public property by his fans and the press, plus an ex-wife out for blood—now, that’s the hard part.
Twenty-year-old Caitlin Walters was living a normal life. She attended university, socialised a little and had a good relationship with her mother and stepfather. But when her parents are tragically killed in a car accident, Caitlin’s life is forced to change. The once carefree girl becomes sole guardian of her stepbrother. Giving up her university course to support and raise eleven-year-old Riley, Caitlin struggles to deal with her new responsibilities. Her job, singing at a local Italian restaurant, brings Caitlin some peace. On stage, she leaves her life and its troubles behind. Feeling comfortable and sensuous, she is like a siren calling out to lost souls. It’s on one of these nights that Caitlin begins a romance with Australian Rugby League captain, Brodie James. Brodie, not content with his so-called perfect life and struggling with commitment issues following a disastrous marriage, falls hard for Caitlin.The relationship does not run smoothly for the self-sacrificing Caitlin, as she learns how to deal with Brodie’s nasty, jealous ex-wife, a muck-raking reporter and intrusive but well-meaning rugby fans. Along the way she makes new friends, and awakens the untapped sensual desires of the woman inside
Links to Caitlin’s Hero and my website.