Thursday, June 19, 2014

5 Fun Facts about Author Donna Cummings

Today I'm excited to have author Donna Cummings featured on my blog! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing! And, if you scroll down, you can read an action-packed excerpt from her book I Do...or Die!

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FUN FACT #1 about author Donna Cummings

FUN FACT #2 (about Your Book): One day I was thinking about the various bridesmaid dresses I'd had when I was younger, and next thing I know this character started chattering about all the dresses SHE had (lots more than mine!) So I started typing, and those notes became the first scene of I Do. . . or Die. To my huge surprise, that scene ended with gunfire! So I thought, "You know, I've always wanted to try writing a mystery. . ."

FUN FACT #3 (about one of your characters): Shelby, the heroine, the one who had all the bridesmaid dresses -- well, she was constantly springing surprises on me. When I was doing a little revision on the opening paragraphs, she threw in this part about why she hated weddings: "Having a gigolo for a father might have contributed something to that philosophy. Who really knows for sure?" What?! I didn't know that! Give a girl some warning. :)

FUN FACT #4 (about your writing process): My process is messy and uncontrollable, and some days it feels like I'm watching a bunch of very funny people auditioning to be in a sitcom. It can be challenging to corral all the ideas and characters into something that resembles an actual story. I love drafting, and can do that very quickly. Revising and editing are harder since it requires me to be very critical of the story I've just created -- and then I worry I'll take out everything and end up with nothing more than the original sitcom auditions. LOL The editing stage seems to take forever, so my brain starts popping up with new story ideas--and it's tempting to follow those instead of patiently whipping the original story into shape!

FUN FACT #5 (about your next book): There are a few stories that are jostling to be the next book. Hmm. I'll just close my eyes and pick one at random. Okay, I had the TITLE of this book, Driving Miss Crazy, before I had the story. Slade, the hero, is the brother of the hero in I Do. . . or Die, and he's in only one scene. I hadn't really thought of him being his own hero, but he's got this charming way about him, and it's hard to say no. Which the heroine finds out when he jumps into her convertible one day, acting as if he knows her, and then convinces her to drive him to his own car-- two states away. They're a very fun couple, with lots of banter (my favorite thing!), and turns out I'd always wanted to do a road-trip book. . .

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Book Cover for I Do...or Die


YOU CAN BUY I Do...or Die HERE:





EXCERPT from I Do...Or Die

Before I could even scream, Detective Nichols threw himself at me, covering me with his body.


His strong, warm, protective, masculine body.


Glass particles sprinkled over us, glittering in the disappearing sunlight. The hole in the window amplified the sound of a car racing around the corner, tires screeching as it made its getaway.

I hardly had time to register that information before another thought rushed to the front of my mind. It wasn’t likely someone was trying to shoot him. In front of my apartment.

So that meant the gunfire I’d experienced that day—twice that day—

“Jesus! They are shooting at me!”

I popped up so I could see what was going on, and promptly had my head shoved back down.

“Shelby, stay down!”

He muttered something about people who didn’t have enough sense to keep their fool heads from being blown off. And it sounded like he might have been debating whether to let it happen, but then he couldn’t go on his vacation because of all the paperwork he’d have to deal with.

Not to mention my single brain cell spattered all over his car interior.

“I don’t think they followed us, but the shot came from back there,” Detective Nichols said, half to himself, twisting in the seat while keeping his body lowered over mine.

“Where? I can’t really see.”

My face was embarrassingly close to a certain portion of his anatomy. A part that was well worth investigating, but this wasn’t really the time, or the place. Although I was definitely developing an interest.

And it was clear that his interest was well, um, it was developing too.

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ABOUT DONNA CUMMINGS:  


I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances. 
The lovely Donna Cummings

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton. 

I can usually be found on Twitter, talking about writing and coffee, and on Facebook, talking about coffee and writing. 

CONNECT WITH DONNA: 


Website/Blog: AllAboutTheWriting.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Donna.Cummings.Author 
Twitter: twitter.com/BookEmDonna 
Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/5349107.Donna_Cummings 
Newsletter: eepurl.com/LRgT5


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Alas, I have had very few meetings with celebrities, and certainly no photos with Fabio! I do love it when my gin and tonic talks to me, though. That's always a good night. ;)  

So I'm curious--have you been photographed with anyone famous?  

10 comments:

Donna Cummings said...

Lorraine, thanks so much for having me here today! And I love the Five Fun Facts format. (Whew, that's hard to say fast. LOL)

And gin-and-tonics can have some interesting ideas, right? :)

maeclair.net said...

I can't claim being photographed with anyone famous (drat!) but I can think of a few guys I wouldn't mind smiling for the camera with (Loki, anyone?).

Loved your facts, Donna. You always entertain me. I Do ... or Die was a great read and I'd love to see Slade get his turn in Driving Miss Crazy!

Donna Cummings said...

Thanks, Mae! I love to entertain -- and my characters do too. (There's probably a rivalry going on there. LOL)

And Loki? *swoon* I would photobomb my own picture if Loki were in it. LOL

I'm hoping you'll get to see Slade's book before the year is out. Of course, now the year is going to speed up. Ack!

Elizabeth Smith said...

Love the format--very entertaining. And the Fabio story? Fabulous! Can't wait to read I Do…I Die.

Elizabeth Smith said...

Love the format--very entertaining. And the Fabio story? Fabulous! Can't wait to read I Do…I Die.

Elizabeth Smith said...

Love the format--very entertaining. And the Fabio story? Fabulous! Can't wait to read I Do…I Die.

Marlow Kelly said...

Great post. I love the excerpt. especially the part about his anatomy. Very fun, it made me smile.
Wow. Fabio, I've always wondered about his voice. For some reason I imagine he has a high squeaky voice.
Great post. Thanks for sharing

Marlow Kelly said...

Great post. I love the excerpt. especially the part about his anatomy. Very fun, it made me smile.
Wow. Fabio, I've always wondered about his voice. For some reason I imagine he has a high squeaky voice.
Great post. Thanks for sharing

patonlorraine said...

Donna & Mae - mmmm, Loki. *sigh*

Elizabeth - Thank you for stopping by and saying hi! I'm sure you'll enjoy I Do...or Die! It made me laugh out loud!

Marlow - LOL - Now I am imagining Fabio with Mickey Mouse's voice!

Donna Cummings said...

Elizabeth -- hope you like I Do. . . or Die. Shelby holds a special place in my heart. :)

Marlow -- he doesn't have a squeaky voice. LOL I found him very swoonworthy. :)

Lorraine -- you're a Loki fan too? We're gonna have a hard time sharing him amongst all of us. LOL