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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 April 21, 2011 :
Author: Donna Ball
Reviewer: Dannye Williamsen
Fasten Your Seat Belts for Night Flight
Donna Ball has written under her own name and five pseudonyms for such publishers as Doubleday, St. Martin's Press, Warner, Dutton/Signet, Zebra, Pinnacle, Harlequin/Silhouette and Avon Books. With “Night Flight” and one other novel, Ball decided to self-publish. “Night Flight” is a 60,000 word suspense/thriller.
Cathy Hamilton, born only three minutes after her brother Jack, has willingly allowed him to be her psychological guardian and determine the limitations of her ambition and abilities. She long ago accepted that Jack is the brightest twin. She knows her position in the grand scheme. She is a school teacher, but Jack is a college professor. She is the reckless one—always forgetting her cellphone, failing to think rationally—and Jack is the one who is cool under pressure—always knowing what to do. Cathy has become accustomed to a world where everything is under control because Jack makes sure that she doesn’t venture into territory, either in her thinking or her actions, that he considers dangerous.
When Jack and his five-year-old twins are injured in a car accident while returning home from a trip to Canada, Cathy is awakened just before midnight by a phone call from Mercy Hospital in Albany, Oregon. Jack is in critical condition and in surgery. She is desperate to get to them and recklessly sets out alone from Lynn Haven, California, leaving her friend Ellen to wait at the house for further news. As she drives away, she promises to call, unaware that her cellphone is still in her dresser drawer.
That one detail—leaving her cellphone behind—places her smack in the middle between drug dealers, the FBI, the DEA, and local law enforcement. Mistaken for another woman when she stops to call the hospital to check on Jack’s condition, Cathy finds herself on a flight through the night that is devoid of markers telling her whom to trust. She must learn to rely on her own instincts, and just when you think you can catch your breath in this frenzied tale, the story takes flight again!
Although “Night Flight” is a gripping suspense novel, it is also a story of how her bizarre experiences transform Cathy Hamilton’s life. The frustration building in the reader at Cathy’s mind-boggling situation is mitigated by the strength that slowly begins to show itself In Cathy.
Will this novel keep your attention? Only if you start reading it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)