Wow – I’m really excited to be here at Leah’s blog today. Leah and I have “known” each other for quite a while from various places around the web, but it’s really been twitter where we talk the most. I love that she’s Canadian. I LOVE that she writes fabulous, sexy stories for Samhain. And it was awesome to finally meet her in person in New York in June at the RWA National Conference.

So when I thought about what I was going to post here today, I figured I’d talk a bit about my new Samhain novella which releases TOMORROW. And I AM going to do that. But first I’m going to share something equally as exciting – for me and hopefully for you too. Because I’m guessing if you’re at ALL like me the idea of free books is super exciting.

From October 1-14, you can download my EPIC award finalist SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER for kindle for FREE.  Hot cover, right? And I had a blast writing this book. If you’re not familiar with my writing, this is a great chance to give it a try. If you’ve read my Harlequin Romances (I also have a new one, HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART, out this month) you can expect the same sort of heartwarming, emotional read but add a bit of heat.  My Samhain titles tend to be a bit more on the sexy side!

So go ahead and give it a shot – you’ve got nothing to lose, right? You can get it until the 14th at this amazon link.

And so that brings me to my current release – a novella this time, the first in a series, and a fun series it is too as I am a sucker for a hero in uniform. I’ve written a few soldiers before but this time I’ve headed into First Responder land and the first novella, OFF THE CLOCK, features a paramedic named Gabe Brenner.  What I really love about writing this series is that I am setting it in one of my favourite locations in the world – the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. It’s a gorgeous area with lot of farmland, wineries, history, and of course, the ocean. So many of my favourite things in one place! I used to visit it every summer as a kid, never thinking that one day I’d live so close to it – we’re only about an hour away now!  So in the novella when Gabe and Carly have gelato in the gazebo at the fromagerie – I’ve done that, several times.  When Carly goes to Gabe’s house with a view of the river, well, that’s the sort of place I can imagine living, too.

OFF THE CLOCK releases tomorrow  – here’s the link to Samhain’s page for it and you can also read an excerpt there, and here’s the link for the amazon page so you can download it to your kindle or kindle app.

Plus to celebrate the launch, I’ll come back tomorrow and pick a winner from the comments to win a free copy of OFF THE CLOCK. So you’ll get a free sure thing with SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER and a chance for another freebie too!

Meanwhile – go ahead and ask me anything! I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat! And a huge thanks to Leah for hosting me today!

**Leah here: Don’t forget to visit Donna’s website. You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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14 thoughts on “Donna Alward: Off the Clock but On My Blog

  • October 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    The new release looks great, Donna! Can I ask how long it takes you to write a novella?

  • October 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thanks Julianne! The answer to your question is how long is a piece of string? I wrote one novella a few years ago that took me as long as a full length (2-3 months), and then this one I wrote in about a month. It all depends on the story and how accommodating the characters are and what else I’ve got going on at the time. I’m working on another novella in this series right now, and hoping to have it ready to go by the end of October. 🙂

  • October 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Morning! Sold to the Highest Bidder was a great book. I am so looking forward to this series.

    My question is how to do go from writing Harlequin, which I love and read, to a little bit more spicy?

  • October 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Hi Marika!

    I love writing for the Romance line – I get to write sexy ranchers and cowboys and the odd soldier. It’s a line that suits the emotional intensity of my voice, and I don’t mind having to keep the bedroom door shut – I still get to play with a whole lot of sexual tension which is a lot of fun.

    But sometimes I get the urge to write something a little different – something that I think is still my “voice” but explores a slightly edgier side. I do that with my Samhain titles, and the door can definitely be open and it’s kind of fun writing those scenes! Sometimes I write them for my Romance line stories too – only they don’t make it into the book. It’s good though because then when I write the “afterwards” I know exactly what happened and so it makes it easy to tap into their feelings – because as we both know, sex changes everything.

    So, normally when I would cut the scene and pick up later, I can keep writing. I had a reader say yesterday that she found my sex scenes a real extension of the voice she already knew so they didn’t feel out of place. That’s exactly what I try to do, and to be honest when writing sexy times I focus more on the emotion of what’s happening than the actual what is going where, which is why I *hope* it’s sort of seamless.

    I don’t write as hot as some, that’s for sure. I tell my Harlequin readers that it’s about the same heat level as a Desire. 🙂

  • October 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Loved your Samhain title Sold To The Highest Bidder, Donna, and OFF THE CLOCK is fabulous. You do spicy so well yet still keep that wonderful heartfelt emotion that is in all your books.

    I’d love to know how many hours a day you write. (I’m amazed at how you produce so many high-quality books so quickly, especially considering you write for two different publishers.)

  • October 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Hey Donna! No questions, just wanted to say hi. I downloaded SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER and am really looking forward to reading it. LOVE the cover and the blurb sounds fantastic!

    Congrats on your release tomorrow! The blurb for OFF THE CLOCK sounds great too. Wishing you many, many sales. =)


  • October 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for popping by, Anara!

    As an author – may I just say that I’m so happy that Samhain has a blurb editor? Mine never sound as good as what they come up with. 🙂 I hope you enjoy Devin. He is still one of my favourite heroes. 🙂

  • October 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Bev…you’re sweet. (Y’all, OFF THE CLOCK is dedicated to Bev, cuz she’s made of awesome)

    How many hours. Well, lately I give all credit for my productivity to twitter and #1k1hr. I try to do at least 3, if not 4 of those each day. There are always days where I end up having to do admin, or edits, or whatever, but in September I was doing 3-4 hours every day and keeping the focus translated into a lot of words. It’s been great.

  • October 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Three to four hours. That focus on a lot of words is sure working for you, Donna. Wish you could bottle and sell it. Some days it feels like I stare at my computer for that long.
    I’m still stunned, overwhelmed, and so very honored by the ded. Sniffing here…

  • October 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    OMG a blub editor, how perfect. I just downloaded Sold to the Highest Bidder, Donna. And best of luck with your First Responders.

  • October 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Marley! Thanks for stopping by! I’m working on the next First Responders book now. I’ve already given my hero his own hashtag – #rippedhero !!! LOL

  • October 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Donna
    I love your writing. Breathe took my breath away lol. Just downloaded Sold To the Highest Bidder & plan on reading all of your books eventually. So great to have another Canadian publishing romance.

  • October 4, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I took advtange and downloaded Sold to the Highest Bidder and have it in my TBR which keeps growing and growing. I’ve asked this of a number of other authors and it always interests me what your answer is as to whether you like to have music or have to have absolute silence when writing.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 😉

  • October 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Mary – so nice to see you here! And thrilled you liked Breathe. It was a long road to get that one published and it is such a thrill to hear from readers about it. 🙂

    Eva, most of the time I like silence, but sometimes I put on music – most often classical or something in a foreign language – the early Josh Groban albums get a big workout, as does Il Divo and Paul Potts etc. I also love orchestral soundtracks! And sometimes, even though I write in silence, I “prepare” for writing by listening to a few fave tunes, especially if there’s one in particular I think of in relation to my book!

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