Donna Van Cleve
Donna Van Cleve began her writing career as an award-winning columnist for a weekly newspaper in South Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in art, but it wasn't long before a passion for writing took over. She managed a public library for nine years before earning a master's degree to become a school librarian, in which she has six years experience. She says the work of a librarian is the best job for a writer-- getting to work with people and information and books all day.
Her first book, Grace Falling Like Rain, was a finalist in the 2007 Writers' League of Texas' Violet Crown Award for fiction. A memoir and an excerpt from her third book, Torn Asunder, each won first play in their respective categories at the 2008 East Texas Christian Writers Conference. Her YA manuscript, Reality Tales, was also a finalist in the 2009 WLT Manuscript Contest.
Donna lives in a restored 1921 Victorian home outside of Austin, Texas. The house has two large porches where she loves to sit and read or visit with family and friends. She has two grown children and son-in-law, and three grandchildren who inspire her and give her lots of ideas to write about.
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What happens in the closet... stays in the closet.
Taylor Abbott finds herself kidnapped & locked in a storage closet with Beau Hunter, a country singer & one of the most eligible bachelors in the country. Taylor is married, over-weight, her makeup long gone, & trapped in a room with little privacy & only one twin mattress to sleep on. Every woman’s dream suddenly turned into a nightmare for her.
Jimmy Taylor was hired to find a beautiful young heiress who had run off with a gambler. He found her abandoned and hiding in a Fort Worth hotel, and everyone knew she was a fallen woman.
Jimmy Taylor knew horses, but was a greenhorn when it came to women, and this one was about to turn his life upside down as he takes her back to Waco in a funeral hearse. Book 2 in the Taylor Family Saga.
Grace Falling Like Rain
The year is 1875, and Allie is on her way home to South Texas. Allie grew up hearing stories about a little boy & his mother taken by the Apaches, & after six long years were found and rescued. Little did she know, history would repeat itself 18 years later, & she would be right in the middle of it. Allie develops relationships with two brothers- one out of love, & the other out of fear. Book 1.
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