Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Release: LOVE, COME TO ME

What a pleasant surprise when I opened my emails late last night and found the release notice for the boxed set, Love, Come to Me. One of the five is my first published novel, Family Secrets, that was released in 2014.

If you love Pinterest, drop by my Family Secrets Pinterest board by clicking HERE. I have oodles of neat pins that relate to this story.

Now you can get the same novel at a wonderful bargain price along with four other books by other great Fire Star Press authors. It is available on Kindle for $.99. Or, if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, it is available there too.

Get your copy of Love, Come to Me by clicking HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the other books in the boxed set, go to the Fire Star Press release notice by clicking HERE.


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Friday, January 15, 2016


Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.

Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.

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Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series.” She discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. A sought-after workshop presenter, she juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, her six children (seven, counting her husband), and still makes time to write. Yes, writing IS an obsession. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Book Review by Robyn Echols:

          I loved this book. I enjoyed several aspects of the story beyond the delightful storyline itself.
          The characters were engaging. Joselyn Fairley, the suspect’s daughter, was a sweetheart, but no dummy. Once she realized the objective of the man who posed a threat to her family, she went about dissuading him. Grant Amesbury, a tortured man in more respects than one, had little faith in human nature, particularly the female kind. He was a disagreeable, but sympathetic hero I hoped would find the road to happiness.
          I was pleased the story did not focus on the immoral behavior of the elite of the time. Instead, there was an atmosphere of family love, loyalty to friendship (even though some of that loyalty proved misguided) and an adherence to good values.
          I especially liked how the story went beyond the ho-hum “does he love me, does he not” of the romance genre. The plot was complex and intriguing. This romantic suspense that definitely kept me in suspense. A little “smoke and mirrors” and few “red herrings” in the story kept me guessing to the end just who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.
          This is a sweet romance and I highly recommend it.


He’d have to walk a fine line between getting close enough to the family to covertly investigate the father without giving them any reason to believe he’d be a desirable match for the daughter. He was completely out of his element. He’d have to be polite. It was so much easier to be rude to people so they’d leave him alone, and people generally gave him so many reasons to insult them.

Gritting his teeth, he determined to survive the painful ritual of tea with two ladies. He’d faced down enemy soldiers trying to kill him, watched friends die, met danger head-on with his brothers—witnessed one of them shot, and one of them hanged and then battle his way back from near death. Grant had even endured torture and captivity. Surely he could emerge unscathed from such domestic tranquility. If he hurried. And if he could burrow more deeply into his role of earl’s son who frequented parlors and ladies and tea.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.


Is it too late for second chances when the girl you loved in your youth comes back into your life?

Gerolt de Warenne became guardian to a child-heiress named Cassandry when he was only nineteen-years old. As he watched her grow into a lovely young woman, he found himself falling in love with her, but Cassandry viewed him as an older brother. So, burying his feelings, he gave permission for her to marry another.

Twenty-four years later Gerolt and Cassandry meet again. With the loss of their respective spouses, Gerolt hopes to finally court Cassandry, but she desires to remain a widow. Instead, they agree to a betrothal of their children.

Matters become complicated as their friendship begins to evolve into the romance Gerolt has always wanted. But by the law of the medieval Church, Cassandry and Gerolt can’t marry if their children do. Can they find a way to be together? Or must they sacrifice their future for the love of their children?

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Gerolt’s gaze shifted back to her face. His eyes suddenly grew so warm, she almost felt herself embraced. “There you are,” he murmured.
She gazed back, baffled, while at the same time feeling something begin to glow inside her. “What do you mean?”
“That smile. I feared I had lost it forever.”

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Coming in 2016

I am excited about my writing and publishing goals I have set for 2016.

First off, although I got distracted and delayed to the point I missed a crucial deadline with my publisher, Prairie Rose Publications (PRP), my third novella in the EASTERN SIERRA BRIDES 1884 series, Her Independent Spirit,  is at my publishers and will be released hopefully in the spring. I just finished sending some input to help with cover design.

Her Independent Spirit follows BigMeadows Valentine which covers the time period of the first week in January, 1884 through Valentine’s Day that year, and A Resurrected Heart which takes place the first weekend in April, 1884. The months covered by this third book are May through September.

I also plan to submit for publication the last two books in this series. One will take place in October. Yep! I’m actually going to write a “ghost” story. The last covers the holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you have been following the story of stubborn and determined Beth Dodd and her romance with Val Caldwell, you will find out what she was able to accomplish, and what she needed to give up. But, hers is not the only romance in this series. Read it to the end to find out who the other three lovely ladies are.

In addition, I am scrambling to finish up a short piece to submit for PRP’s anthology, Lariats, Letters & Lace. This story which I have tentatively titled He Is a Good Man, is set in 1866 California. No, it is not a gold rush story. No miners. 

For this story I have been reading some interesting books on the early history of the state, including the Civil War in California. My hero, Henry “Hal” Avery, is a rancher, but much of the story revolves around his Civil War experiences and those of other characters mentioned in the story. My heroine, Malinda “Mali” Forsythe, and her family represent the challenges faced by those left behind. So, my publisher will tell me one of three things when they receive this manuscript:

1.     Great! Let’s put this in the anthology.
2.     You still don’t get this cowboy thing, Zina. You still love a man in uniform too much. It won’t fit in the anthology, but we will publish it as a single. (It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.)
3.     Sorry, y’all. This doesn’t cut it. We’re not interested.

Either way, I am having way too much fun writing this story. I will be so glad when it is finished.

There may be other writing projects on my schedule before the year is out, but I will start by focusing on these. No more missing crucial submission deadlines, Zina….


 Zina Abbott is the pen name I use for my historical novels. My novel, Family Secrets, was published by Fire Star Press. My novelette, A Christmas Promise, along with the first two novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A Resurrected Heart, was published by Prairie Rose Publications.

I am a member of Women Writing the West, American Night Writers Association, and Modesto Writers Meet Up. I currently live with my husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” I enjoy any kind of history including family history. When I am not piecing together novel plots, I piece together quilt blocks.

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