Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Hop

I was invited to participate in a Blog Hop--a literary chain letter which helps readers discover new authors! I'm supposed to answer ten questions about one of my own novels, but I'll save that for another blog because I want to spotlight my good friend and fellow author Donna Alice Patton, an author of mid-grade books for Catholic students, who has stepped 'outside the box' to write a romantic suspense Roses Are Red, Diamonds Are Blue, scheduled for release this spring. Having read many of Donna's books and short stories, I know this one will will live up to expectations!

So--where's the Anastasia?

It’s been almost a year since Laura Barkley’s husband, a museum curator, was murdered and the fabled Anastasia Diamond stolen. A long year filled with accusations, too many accidents directed toward Laura and her twins, plus plenty of soul searching. How well did she know Peter? Had he planned to steal the diamond himself? Was his murder a double cross or a robbery gone bad?  If he was innocent, what did Peter mean by his cryptic clue? Where is the priceless blue diamond now? Someone is determined to find the diamond no matter the cost...unless Laura can decipher Peter’s last baffling clue and find it first. As the one-year anniversary of the Anastasia’s disappearance draws closer, Laura finds herself caught in a series of snowballing events she can’t control, including the Blizzard of 1978. As the snow deepens, who will survive?
Find Donna at

 Now, according to the rules of the game, I'm supposed to add a list of five more authors I've enjoyed reading, so here they are:

  1. Lorena McCourtney, author of the wonderful Ivy Malone Series--five cozies (I wish there were five times that many!) Read more at
  2. Jana Richards, author of Homefires, Flawless, Burning Love (and many more), the first two dear to my heart because they're set in the WW II era. Visit her at
  3. Linda Black, my good friend and author of endearing stories for children such as Boots and the Giant Snowball and A Porpoise for Cara. Read about what she's working on at 
  4. Patricia Rushford, author of the gritty Angel Delaney Mysteries. You'll enjoy following the adventures of this young police officer. Find out more a
  5. And finally, here's a book ALL authors (traditional, self-pubbed/indie pubbed, want-to-be-pubbed)    should read before they even get started:   77 Ways to Find Readers for Your Self-Published Book by Laura Pepper Wu. Check her out at 
 For those of you old enough to remember what a "hop" is/was--put on those socks, turn up the music, and...oh, this is a blog hop. Okay, okay, fire up those Kindles, log in to Amazon, and start reading!


Donna Alice said...

Thanks Judy!! A super job introducing my book. As we said in the days of the hop, "You're swell!!" Or Annette Funicello did - I'm a little young to remember the real malt shops. :)

Patty Kyrlach said...

That is so cool. I can't wait to read Roses Are Red, Diamonds Are Blue. An amazing book by an amazing writer.