Saturday, June 1, 2013

Interview and Giveaway - Donna K. Weaver - A Change of Plans

Vampires, Shifters, Zombies, Angels - who wins the final ultimate battle?

I am all about the power of love and nobility and sacrifice for the greater good. So, I would suggest that in this ultimate battle the Angels (with the power if heaven behind them) would team up with whichever group is not seeking power for power’s sake, is into it to protect the little guy, and who has a love interest—because romance always ups the ante.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Once I started hearing about so many good books being published, and I knew I just couldn’t afford to buy them all, I decided to use my Goodreads account to keep track of them. At the time of this writing, I have 294 books on it. My goal is to live long enough to read them all.

As for the books I’m actually reading at the moment, I usually have 2-3 going at a time. One is always an audiobook. Right now that is Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist. The other book is Insight by James Terron. Both happen to be fantasies, but I just finished a regency romance. I read many genres.

What is the best thing you have done in the name of research?

Three things actually. Two were for A Change of Plans: going on a catamaran snorkeling excursion along the NaPali Coast on Kauai and visiting the real Lewistown, Montana. The third was a trip to Ireland for a future A Change of Plans companion novel.

When writing what is your favorite part of the story?

For so many years, I kept my little stories in my head, never sharing them with anyone. I’m a bit of a pantster, but I’ve recently realized that my first, rough draft is really just a very long outline. That first draft that takes me from beginning to end is so much fun because instead of bits and pieces floating in my mind that are really nothing more than vignettes, suddenly I’ve got a complete story. One that I can now edit and make all pretty.

 A Change of Plans Book Information:

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiancé wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.
Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
But it's hard to get away from someone when you're stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn's fear of a fairy tale turns grim.

Title: A Change of Plans
Author: Donna K. Weaver
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Pages: 327
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

About Donna K. Weaver:
Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe.

Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.

Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.

What people are saying about A CHANGE OF PLANS...

"A Change of Plans will keep readers up way too late in this fast-paced tale of love lost and found again." ~Melanie Jacobson, author of The ListNot My TypeTwitterpated, and Smart Move
"A Change of Plans is lots of romance sprinkled with pirates, shipwreck and adventure. Donna Weaver spins a tale that you will fall in love with, think about for days afterward, and then go back and read again. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down." ~Betsy Love author of Identity and Soulfire
"A captivating tale of love, grief, and hope that will tug at your heartstrings until the very end." ~Laura Josephson, author of the Rising series and Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld
"When someone says pirates and novel in the same sentence, I usually say, "Thanks, but no." Not in this case. Ms. Weaver brings a warm humor to her story of romance, travel and overcoming skeletons in one's past with her vivid characters and delightful scenes." ~Shaunna Gonzales, author of Dark Days of Promise

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  1. Angels could smack down anybody!
    For me, the first draft is the worst. I imagine you don't like the revision stage much then.
    Congratulations, Donna!

  2. Great interview. Wow! I'm impressed with Donna's research for her books. Congrats to Donna on her new book.

  3. I'm not a huge romance reader, but even I want to dig into this one!