Saturday, May 9, 2009

Donna Hatch in the Spotlight

Bio: Donna Hatch has had a passion for writing since the age of 8 when she wrote her first short story. During the 8th grade, she began writing her first full-length novel, and has been writing ever since. In between caring for six children – yes, that is 6! – (7 counting her husband) she manages to carve out time to indulge in her writing obsession, with varying degrees of success, although she writes most often late at night while the children are sleeping. A native of Arizona, she currently writes Regency Romances. And yes, all of her heroes are patterned after her husband of 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

Blurb: When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.
Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he'd thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer's attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger to her heart.

As Cole looked down into Alicia Palmer’s face, he knew of a surety she was worth any risk. She touched him in a place he’d thought long dead. A younger man wearing a saucy grin approached Miss Palmer.

“Evening, Lissie. Did you save me a dance?”Cole’s frown of disapproval for the man’s cheekiness faded into one of puzzlement. He knew that young man from somewhere. A vague unease arose.When the young man’s gaze moved to Cole, he paled visibly.

“You!”Miss Palmer gasped. “Robert Palmer, where are your manners?”Of course. Robert Palmer. From London. Cold dread trickled across his heart as he considered the ramifications. Cole inclined his head. “Mr. Palmer.”

“What are you doing here?” Palmer demanded.Maintaining his cool demeanor, Cole raised a brow.

“Dancing. And you?”Palmer took Miss Palmer’s arm.

“We are leaving.”

“Now see here—” Cole began, but Palmer pinned him with a dangerous glare. “Stay away from my cousin. You’ve done enough.”

“Your cousin?” Cole looked from him to Miss Palmer and understanding dawned. He cursed under his breath. He hadn’t been aware Armand Palmer had a sister. Not that he’d bothered to find out. He glanced at Miss Palmer. The ramifications he’d considered a moment ago took a more serious turn.Palmer shot Cole a venomous glare. Anger rolled off his body as he led Miss Palmer away from the ballroom. Wanting desperately to explain, Cole followed them into the foyer, away from the others. After sending Cole a look of apology, Miss Palmer dug in her heels. “Robert, explain yourself.”

Cole remained rooted to the floor and waited for the condemning stare she would surely turn upon him.

Palmer trembled in rage. “That’s Cole Amesbury.”

Puzzled, she nodded. “Yes, I know. What..?”

Palmer spoke quietly, but Cole heard every word. “He’s the scoundrel who shot your twin.”

Donna~Donna HatchBelieve in happy endings…
"The Stranger She Married"a Regency Romance Novel with a twist of intriguepaperback at donnahatch.come-book at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/
Troubled Hearts, a Regency Novellae-book at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/
Thank you to Donna Hatch and don't forget to check out her web site and blog!