The Power of Readers Prompts a New Release–A Perfect Match

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Readers probably don’t know how much power they have. Think of it. If readers didn’t buy and read books, authors wouldn’t publish the mad scribblings they feel compelled to write. They might not even write a lot stories if no one read them. After all, there’s nothing like a deadline or fan letters asking for the next book to make a writer finish the next manuscript in a timely manner (or at all). Furthermore, readers’ opinions matter a great deal to authors, and I am no exception.

Normally I don’t read very many reviews posted on Amazon–especially ones less than 4 stars. It’s enough to know reviews are there, helping other readers find my books (because, yes, reviews really do make a huge difference–but that’s a rant for another day). I don’t often read reviews because each time I do, I subject myself to the possibility that a reader will dislike some aspect of my book (my darling baby). Criticism hurts, no matter how hard I try to grow a thick skin. However, I broke several writing rules in the third book in my Rogue Hearts series, A Perfect Secret, and I wanted to know how fans felt about it. So, I turned to reviews.

APerfectSecret2In one review, a reader said her only complaint with A Perfect Secret was that the story began with the two main characters already in love, and she prefers books that start with the characters meeting and falling in love for the first time. (The book actually starts with them getting torn apart, and the rest of the story is about how they find their way back together, get over their hard feelings, and how they learn to trust and love each other again). Anyway, after I got over my hurt and my defensiveness, I took her opinion to heart and tucked it away for another time.

Incidentally, A Perfect Secret is my mother’s favorite, probably because she relates to Genevieve–my mother, too, fled an abusive husband and found a second chance to love.

A couple years later, when the publisher invited me to participate in another TIMELESS Regency anthology called Summer House Party, I knew my novella needed to be about how Christian and Genevieve meet for the first time, how they fall in love, and how the terrible Lord Wickburgh becomes obsessed with Genevieve. So I delved into their backstory and created a prequel with all new challenges, and some fun new characters, which tells their whole backstory. The result is”A Perfect Match,” a prequel which leads seamlessly into the next part of their story told in “A Perfect Secret.” Rest assured, each tale is complete enough to be read as a stand-alone story, and the both stories, including the prequel, has a strong happily ever after ending. However,  the two books together complete Christian and Genevieve’s story as a whole.

Summer House partyA Perfect Match” is one of three 100-page novellas contained in Summer House Party. The other two novellas are penned by some of my favorite historical authors, Regina Scott and Sarah M. Eden.  This TIMELESS Regency Collection will be released exclusively on Amazon June 6, 2016 and is available now for pre-order.

So, thank you to that reader who wished she could have experienced Christian and Genevieve’s first meeting, their first touch, their first kiss, and how they fell in love that very first time. This one is for you.

Excerpt from “A Perfect Match,” the prequel to A Perfect Secret:

Christian shied away from the truth, from the horrible challenge that led to his brother Jason’s death, and the scattering of his brothers over the fight Christian caused between them and the earl. He breathed through the pain lancing his chest. “I have done things in my past that I deeply regret. Lost people I thought would always be there—some through my own actions.”

Genevieve slipped her hand into his and squeezed it gently. “Everyone deserves to be loved, to be given a second chance. Even you. Especially you.”

A Perfect Match,” one of three novellas in Summer House Party, is available now for pre-order from Amazon.

Today, to celebrate the upcoming release of “A Perfect Match,” contained in Summer House Party, I am giving away one digital copy and one paperback copy of the complete novel A Perfect SecretTo enter the drawing, simply leave a comment with your name, your email address, and if you prefer an ebook in the format of your choice, or a paperback book.

Rules:

NO purchase necessary

Paperback available only to US and Canada winners–international winners will receive an ebook in the format of their choice

Void where prohibited

 

 

Origin of Amesbury

In my Regency romance series, “The Rogue Hearts,” I created a family with the surname Amesbury. I first heard the name when a neighbor got engaged to a young man whose last name was Amesbury. The moment I heard Amesbury, something perked up inside me.

My neighbor said dreamily, “Doesn’t that sound like the name of an English lord?”

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Book 1 of the Rogue Hearts Series, The Stranger She Married

I wholeheartedly agreed. Years later, when I wrote my first Regency romance novel, The Stranger She Married, there was no question that Amesbury would be Cole’s surname. And since Cole has three living brothers, there would be a total of four heroes with that same wonderfully romantic and noble surname.

I did some research on the origin of the surname Amesbury.  I found that it is, indeed, British with a long and distinguished history. Here is a great website with info about the family name here: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Amesbury.

This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational surname deriving from the place in Wiltshire called “Amesbury”. The place name is first recorded circa 880 in the “Saxon Charters” as “Ambresbyrig”, and means “Ambr’s fortress”, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name “Ambr”, after the Old Germanic name “Ambricus”, thought to mean “immortal”, from the Greek “Ambrosios”, with Old English “burg” or “burh” meaning a fort or fortified place and often referring to a Roman or other pre-English fort.”

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Book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, A Perfect Secret

This describes my family of heroes well because the family has a fortress–the castle that has been in the family for generations–but better yet, the heroes themselves are each “fortresses”–standing against evil and protecting the innocent and those whom they love. Plus, they are all gorgeous men of Greek god proportions. The castle belonging to the family has a series of gardens, each created after a different Greek myth.

And even better, my heart nearly stopped when I read this:

“The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Christian Amsburie…dated 7th August 1578, Bitton, Gloucestershire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Good Queen Bess, 1558 – 1603”

Christian! An amazing coincidence, since Christian is the name of one of my Amesbury brothers, the youngest, and the hero of my third book in the series, A Perfect Secret (pictured right). Don’t you just love serendipity?

So the name Amesbury is a perfectly appropriate surname for an earl of a Regency romance novel with ancient lineage, not to mention a castle, to have. Besides, it just sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

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Book 2 of the Rogue Hearts Series, The Guise of a Gentleman

The Suspect's Daughter, book 4 of the Rogue Hearts Series

Book 4 of the Rogue Hearts Series, The Suspect’s Daughter

BTW, also in my Rogue Hearts series are The Guise of a Gentleman, a swashbuckling pirate romance and my newest, a romantic suspense, The Suspect’s Daughter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more:  http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Amesbury#ixzz1Ukjz5tPG

Book Giveaway

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It’s time to celebrate the upcoming release of book 4 in my award-winning “Rogue Hearts Regency Series,” The Suspect’s Daughter, available December 3, 2015.  Celebrating is always more fun with friends. So, I am giving away five copies of book 3, A Perfect Secret which features Grant who is the hero of book 4. Winners have a choice of receiving a paperback copy or a digital copy for ebook readers.

A Perfect Secret has received a new cover, but the story is the same as the original. The version I am giving away has the first cover, pictured to the left.

It is my hope that these copies will go to someone who has not yet read any of my books, but anyone can enter the drawing.

Here is the back cover blurb for my “clean and wholesome” Regency Romance:

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Desperate to protect her father from trial and execution, Genevieve breaks off her engagement to Christian Amesbury and marries her father’s blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband’s violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she’s started a new life of safety and freedom, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.

Still brokenhearted over Genevieve’s betrayal a year ago, Christian can’t believe she’s come back into his life–and worse, that she’s done it on the anniversary of his brother’s death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can’t abandon her, nor can he leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married. When her husband torments Genevieve and puts the Amesbury family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves…anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.

To enter the drawing, simply put your name and email address in the comments section below. If you want a second chance to win, “like” my author Facebook page and put “I liked your page” in your comment.

Rules:

No purchase necessary.

Giveaway open to everyone; US and Canada may receive paperback copies or digital upon request.

International winners will receive digital copies. Void where prohibited.

And the winners are:

Sireena, Julia, Heidi, Jerika, and Heather. Whoo hoo! (throws confetti)

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway.

 

 

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Dance with a duke, outwit pirates, save a kingdom, and fall in love. Believe in happily ever after.

“Written with heart and depth, Donna Hatch’s books are absolute must-reads for any fan of swoon-worthy historical romance.”  ~ Sarah M. Eden, USA Today best-selling historical romance author

Coming 4 August 2017:

Courting the Country Miss

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for his childhood friend.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?

Courting the Country Miss, a follow up to Courting the Countess, is Coming 4 August 2017 from the Wild Rose Press.

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New Release:

The Matchmaking Game  

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Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart.

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Reviews:

“The Matchmaking Game by Donna Hatch is a delightful treat for the heart! With sizzling kisses, charming humor, and a tender friendship, it’s the perfect choice for a quick weekend read. You will fall in love with the characters and be sad to bid them farewell. And did I mention the kisses?!?!” ~ Reading is My Super Power 

 I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I am sure most every other reader will too.” ~ Rainy Day Reviews

“I was quickly sucked into the story and didn’t want to leave. I loved the slow buildup of the romance between these two, and how everything works out…a charming Regency that will warm your heart. Very enjoyable.” ~ Bookworm Nation
“Such a great story! The characters are vivid, the setting is awesome, the conflict is angsty, and the romance is… so romantic! . . . I loved this Regency romance and could not put it down until I was finished!”~ Heidi Reads
This is a great pick if you’re looking for a quick, clean Regency romance to keep you entertained for an afternoon!” ~ Mel’s Shelves
“Donna Hatch does such a good job of creating characters that feel real and sincere. I love that. . . . This book was just fun. It made me smile and left me feeling happy.” ~ Getting Your Read On 

 

And talk about kisses! WOW! There’s one in particular that’s stick-your-head-in-the-freezer swoonilicious! Keep a fan and fainting couch close at hand for this read.”~ Reading is My Super Power

Reviews for Courting the Countess:

“Donna Hatch weaves together a compelling love story with emotionally damaged characters and skillfully moves them along with attention-keeping happenings that lead to healing and redemption and, of course, a heart-satisfying happy-even-after.” ~ The Long and Short Reviews

“Another hit from Ms. Hatch. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading it again!” ~ Bookworm Nation

“I had plenty of flutterings in my belly with this book!  Oh, the build up and the misunderstanding.  This book has all the things I look for as a reader.  Every time I pick up a book by Donna Hatch, I know I’m in for a treat.”   Getting Your Read On 

“The ending is absolutely perfect. If you like reading stories of/with Regency Romance, trust issues, a little mystery, marriage not made by love, learning to love, [overcoming] abuse, clean read (Lots of kissing), and finding where you are meant to be, then this might be for you!” ~ Kindle and Me

“Donna Hatch does not disappoint…I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.”~  Zina Abbott Books

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Donna Hatch’s Historical Romance Novels sweeps readers away into the magical Regency Romance Era. These meticulously-researched and beautifully-written tales transport readers to the glittering and sometimes dangerous realm of Regency England, a unique time in British history immortalized by Jane Austen and Lord Byron. Ms. Hatch’s unusual style weaves virtue and values in her stories while including plenty of chemistry and swoon-worthy moments. Every “sweet” or PG-rated historical romance penned by Donna Hatch brings feisty heroines and strong heroes together for a glorious happily ever after.
“No one creates chemistry between Regency Historical characters better than Donna Hatch.  If you want a “sweet” read, but with lots of sizzle, you have to read her books.”  ~ Author Carol A. Spradling