Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Donna Reimel Robinson

Is there a story behind your book Tumbleweed Weddings?
This book is a 3-in-1 collection. I had three books published by Heartsong Presents before they sold their book club to Harlequin. At the time, Barbour was putting all their Heartsong books into a series called “Romancing America.” They would put three books together that were set in the same state. My books are set in Wyoming, but the editor had collected three books for Wyoming already. I really didn’t think my books would be put in a collection, but I asked the editor anyway. It took a couple years, but she finally gave me a nod, and Tumbleweed Weddings was published!

What started you on your writing journey?
I’m not one of those writers who was born with a pen in her hand. I didn’t think about writing for publication until a friend of my husband mentioned that he was writing a book, which in turn interested me in writing. You can read my story on my website:
Now I feel that the Lord has called me to write Christian fiction. He put the desire in my heart many years ago, and I’m trying to write the stories He wants me to write.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
In my second story in Tumbleweed Weddings, the hero has a great personality. He’s fun-loving and caring, even though the heroine shuns him at first. He’s not the super handsome guy she wants to marry, and yet he wins her heart. I think the “underdog” situation is what interested me the most. 

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist, who would it be and why?
One of my favorite artists is Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I especially like his “Young Girls at a Piano” since my sister and I both play the piano. Renoir was like Norman Rockwell (another favorite of mine) who painted a slice of contemporary life (contemporary for his time). You can see a story through the characters’ expressions and what they’re doing.
These paintings give me a sense of intrigue, but also creative imagination. I would hope the characters in my contemporary fiction would do the same for my readers. 

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
I love humor in books, if it’s done right. Sometimes authors try too hard to be funny, and sometimes they are downright corny! But some people have a gift for writing humor, and I love to come across a scene that makes me laugh.

What do you like most about the area where you live?
Right now I’m living in Colorado, near the Rocky Mountains. Seeing those majestic mountains reminds me of Psalm 121: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” The Lord, who created the mountains, is more than able to help me—especially in my writing.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is The Ballad of Steffie Mae, a contemporary Christian romance. A West Virginia gal who moves to New York City tries to hide her uncultured family roots, especially from the sophisticated hero who has secrets of his own.

It’s slated to come out in the fall of 2014.

Back Cover

True love triples in a tiny Wyoming town

In Tumbleweed Weddings, you’ll meet the Brandt siblings—Callie, Tonya, and Derek—who live on a sheep ranch with their parents near Fort Lob, Wyoming. That part of the country has rolling hills, a sparse population, and tumbling tumbleweeds when the wind blows.

This is a collection of three contemporary romances under one cover, previously published separately by Barbour Publishing.

In For the Love of Books, Callie Brandt thinks she’s destined to be her town’s next spinster librarian. Then a gorgeous newcomer, Lane Hutchins, inexplicably finds her attractive and falls in love with her. But how can Lane marry this sweet Christian girl when he’s been living a double life for years? Can Callie help Lane let go of his bitterness and rediscover his faith in God?

In The Thing About Beauty, Tonya Brandt wants to marry a man who will complement her own beauty. But she has dated every good-looking guy in town without finding someone who truly loves her. When a secret admirer begins sending Tonya gifts and letters, she pours out her heart to him. But who is this mystery man? When she finally discovers his identity, will she reject him? Or will she learn that true beauty is more than skin deep?

In No One But You, Derek Brandt can’t deny his attraction for Cheyenne Wilkins, but his life is good. He’s not getting married until he’s forty. Cheyenne has been in love with Derek since high school, although he never seemed interested. But now time is running out! If only Grandmother didn’t have those stipulations in her will, Cheyenne could wait for the man of her dreams. When a new man enters Cheyenne’s life, she thinks he’s the answer to her prayers. But why does Derek still make her heart race? Will she discover God’s will in time?

To buy Donna's book:
As well as your local Walmart

About Donna
Donna Reimel Robinson is a member of JOY Writers, a local critique group, as well as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). As a pastor’s wife, she plays the piano for their church and teaches a Jr. High Sunday School class. In her spare time, Donna enjoys sewing and working jigsaw puzzles. She and her husband have four grown children and ten grandchildren (with another on the way!) They live in Denver, Colorado. Visit Donna’s website at

To connect with Donna:

Donna Robinson is giving away a copy of Tumbleweed Weddings.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book..I enjoy this type of read..

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book..I enjoy this type of read..

Nadine Keels said...

I'd been wondering about the Heartsong Presents/Harlequin connection, so now it makes more sense. And, yes, humor done right in a book is a valuable find! nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna Reimel Robinson said...

Thanks for your comments, Rita and Nadine! I hope you can both read my book, whether you win it or not!

And thank you, Barn Door Book Loft, for hosting me on your blog today and tomorrow.

Danie Walther said...

I enjoy reading these kinds of books. Would love to win your book.

Patricia Bradley said...

These sound like great books. I enjoyed the interview! pat at ptbradley dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for featuring Donna and her book Tumbleweed Weddings.
interesting story lines and I am looking forward to reading it soon.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Heartsong book club and wondered what had happened to it. Now I know. I look forward to reading this newly assembled book
"Tumbleweed Weddings."

Anonymous said...

Oops! forgot the Name and e-mail.
The wondered what happened to heartsongs books.

Joyce Guard

Donna Reimel Robinson said...

Thanks for your comments, Danie, Patricia, Jackie, and Joyce. May the best reader win!

But I hope all of you will be able to get a copy of Tumbleweed Weddings. This is one of my favorite types of contemporary romance, where the characters in all the stories are linked together through family in a small town.

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna. Love those mountains to me. Looks like the Teton Mountains to me. I used to live in Jackson Hole. Loved it there.Your book sounds like a real good read. Hoping I can win it. Thanks and thanks to Barn Door Book Loft for having you. Maxie

Merry said...

I love books that make me smile or laugh too. Tumbleweed Weddings sounds wonderful!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anne Payne said...

I would love to visit Colorado! My sister goes every two or three years and brings back the loveliest photos. Your collection of stories sounds wonderful. I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.


Wendy Newcomb said...

I love to read these novellas, thank you for the chance to win this one.


sm said...

Your book cover looks like the Grand Tetons in the background. Love that place. I'd love to win your book, also. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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