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Donna Ball has written over a dozen works of commercial fiction under pseudonyms that include Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd.
She is known for her work in women’s fiction and suspense, as well as supernatural fantasy and adventure. Her novels have been translated into well over a dozen languages and have been published in virtually every country in the world. She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and has been featured in such publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and even T.V. Guide. She is the holder of the Storytelling World award, 2001, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2000, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards for consecutive years 1991-1996, the Georgia Romance Writer’s Maggie Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, among others.
"You might not know my name," Donna says, "but chances are, you've read one of my books. If you've ever been stuck at an airport, or looking for something to read at the beach, mine was probably the book you pulled off the rack."
Her most recent titles are the Ladybug Farm series: A YEAR ON LADYBUG FARM (March 2009) and AT HOME ON LADYBUG FARM (October 2009) and LOVE LETTERS FROM LADYBUG FARM (October 2010) and KEYS TO THE CASTLE (January 2011), all from Berkley Books. She is also known for the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series--SMOKY MOUNTAIN TRACKS, RAPID FIRE and GUNSHY--and, under the pseudonym Donna Boyd, THE PASSION and THE PROMISE. All are now in paperback in bookstores everywhere.
on Nov. 22, 2011 :
Do you love reading about dogs? mysteries? romance? If so, you'll love Silent Night by Donna Ball. I have read every Raine Stockton mystery and as expected, this one was no disappointment. In this mystery, Donna shows her knowledge of dogs, dog training and dog behavior, as well as her insights into humans and their relationships. My only criticism is that it ended way too soon. I hope Donna is working on her next Raine Stockston book right now.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Nov. 22, 2011 :
Silent Night is the best Raine Stockton novel I have read. I loved the others, but this one is a standout because of its believable characters and plot. I love this series because I love the mountains of North Carolina. I love dogs too and with dogs and the mountains you have a winning combination.
Raine visits nursing homes and brings her dogs to visit the patients. Just reading about this inspires me want to do the same.
A new character is introduced and I hope she stays around. At first Melanie, the daughter of Raine’s new love interest, Miles, seems like a brat. But as the story weaves it’s web, her character adds dimensions and the reader starts to appreciate her.
Christmas in Hansonville sounds like a dream come true, but it is full of surprises. The recent crime wave of Christmas ornament thefts is not unheard of these days. The other mysteries Raine and her dog, Cisco find themselves in the middle of are not uncommon either. Who did it and why becomes quite clear by the end and I don’t want to spoil the book for you.
You will enjoy this new Raine Stockton novel. Make yourself a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate and prepare to be carried away to the mountains for a Christmas adventure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 19, 2011 :
I have all the Raine Stockton books and have loved them all. Donna Ball sure knows how to write an engrossing book about dogs, dog training, therapy dogs, and mysteries. Her books have excitement, romance, and a big plus for me, the South Carolina wilderness setting. This book, Silent Night, is a very welcome addition to the Raine Stockton series. It is a fast, fun read and as always, Raine's dogs will touch your heart, make you laugh and teach you the value of the unconditional love they bring to Raine, her family, friends, and nursing home patients.
The book also continues with the off and on love story between Raine and Buck, (now her ex husband) and their relationship is still an important part of Raine's life. The connection between them is tangible and very strong, and it's very hard not to root for them to get back together. Buck is charming, kind, handsome and he is still in Raine's heart, no matter how much his roaming eye and infidelity has hurt her. He and Raine clearly still love each other, but she has come to realize he will never be faithful to her and has finally put their marriage behind her, or so she thinks. Buck is now the Sheriff, taking over the job after Raine's uncle's heart attack, and once again Raine is involved in one of his cases. There is the puzzle of the missing baby Jesus figures, there is an abandoned new born baby found in the living Nativity creche, there are brand new puppies left at Raine's mailbox, and there is a murder and a missing teenager, the daughter of the murdered man. All this makes for an exciting story that I could not put down until I finished the book.
Raine now has a new possible love interest, but this new guy, Miles, comes with a lot of baggage. Three ex wives, brand new custody of his bratty 9 year old daughter, and what's worse, he is building a huge tourist complex on Raine's beloved mountain. Miles is also stubborn, controlling, handsome and very very rich. Although she is attracted to him, Raine is not sure she wants to get more involved with him, but circumstances may change her mind.
I don't want to give away more of the plot, but just let me say that this book will be enjoyed by every dog, mystery, and Christmas story lovers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)