Saturday, February 19, 2011

meet Donna Winters

Donna adopted Michigan as her home state in 1971 when she moved from a small town outside of Rochester, New York. She began penning novels in 1982 while working full time for an electronics firm in Grand Rapids.

She resigned from her job in 1984 following a contract offer for her first book. Since then, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishing House, Guideposts, and Bigwater Publishing have published her novels. Her husband, Fred, a former American History teacher, shares her enthusiasm for history. Together, they visit historical sites, restored villages, museums, and lake ports, purchasing books and reference materials for use in Donna’s research.

Donna has lived all of her life in states bordering on the Great Lakes. Her familiarity and fascination with these remarkable inland waters and her residence in the heart of Great Lakes Country in Upper Michigan, make her the perfect candidate for writing Great Lakes Romances®.

On this website you will find not only the books Donna Winters has written, but also titles by authors from the turn of the twentieth century that she has edited, abridged, or compiled for reprint.

Donna and her husband enjoy frequent walks in Fayette Historic State Park, near their home. The limestone bluff behind them rises from the waters of Snail Shell Harbor in the park.

You can find Donna online at where you can enter a book drawing every two weeks. You can also follow the “Great Lakes Romance Advisory” postings and giveaways on the blog.

Fayette A Time to Love

The new iron smelting town of Fayette, Michigan held no promise for sixteen-year-old Lavinia McAdams.  The moment she arrived, she took an instant disliking to its muddy streets, acrid smoke, and dirty furnace men.  The sooner she could return to her hometown in Canada, the better.  Then Huck Harrigan came along to challenge her thinking and soften her iron will.  Could she really find happiness in this raw, new town with a "pig iron" Irishman from across the bay?

You can purchase Fayette A Time to Love from Amazon.

Donna is giving away a copy of Fayette A Time to Love. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


lgm52 said...

Interesting bio on author Donna winters. Book sounds like a great read..would love to win it!

Joanne Sher said...

I am completely interested in this woman - something about her biography absolutely grabbed my imagination. So, of course, I wanna read the book! ;)

Marianne said...

i enjoyed the interview, thanks for the chance to win this book. want to find out where Lavinia came from in Canada. please enter me in the drawing.


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Charity U said...

Please enter me! It sounds interesting.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Donna, Enjoyed your interview. Fayette A Time To Love sounds like another great book that I would love to read. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
Would love to win..
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Great Lakes Romances said...

Thanks for all the interest in my story! Lavinia's Canadian hometown is never revealed in this book but I envision it somewhere near Windsor.
Blessings to all!
Donna Winters

Barb said...

I was born in Warsaw, New York, which is near Rochester, but moved to California when I was a child. On visits to my grandmother, I was intriqued with the area history, especially regarding "The white woman of the Genessee (sp?) I know it is not Michigan, but it has fascinating history.

Your historical stories would be a fun read!

Great Lakes Romances said...

Barb, I just checked out the "White Woman of the Genesee", Mary Jemison. Fascinating story! My current WIP is about upstate NY, the Erie canal, and Brockport, 1830, so I'm getting a real dose of history in that region.
Donna Winters

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this book!

apple blossom said...

thanks for bringing this author into the spotlight.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Meredith said...

Thanks for the review and author info! She lives near my sister!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Charlotte Kay said...

A Michigan read!
I can take it even though I am from OHIO:) LOL
Thanks for the chance to win!
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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