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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.
Kristi (Books N Beans)
on May 12, 2011 :
For those of you who didn't read yesterday's blog post about how I came to read Sanctuary (tsk, tsk), I'll briefly update you with the chronological turn of events.
I went to the library and picked up a new book (to my library) by Donna Ball, I entered it onto my Goodreads to-read shelf.
Donna Ball invited me to join her month-long Q&A on Goodreads, and to download (for free) her new eBook Sanctuary via Smashwords. Like all that the offer was made to, I had to agree to read and review the book.
Okay, onto the book itself! Next time keep up-to-date on these things could ya? Kidding!! (Smiles)
So we start off right away with Laura who's moving from Philadelphia with her 5 yo daughter to the new housing area in Calumit, NC, that she's helping to design. She being Laura, not the 5yo daughter. Though sad to leave hehing her 2 architectural firm partners, Laura needs a fresh start after surviving a violent attack. What Laura doesn't know is that she's not the only one seeking sanctuary in the Smoky Mountains where Calumit is located. Yes, the multiple desires of sanctuary will be a recurring theme, hence the book's title.
Within the 1st few chapters Ball drops you right in the middle of the terror and she doesn't let up on the pace until you screech to a halt at the end.
In the manner of Koontz, she makes you question humanity at its worst and its best. What has more potential for evil, humans or the supernatural? Are we truly superior or even more compassionate than others species? If we're so evolved, why do we ostracize and reject that which we don't know and therefore fear? What behaviors are labeled as survival and what's just a penchance for violence, why decides this anyways? Ball eloquently points the direction, but she leave the reader to come to their own conclusions.
She does all this with a writing style that comes in through your eyeballs, grabs a hold of your brain, and just sucks you right into the story. Eating will be a chore, sleeping will be an ignorable recommendation not a requirement, and breathing will be optional as you'll keep holding it while you slam through the pages.
Want something a little "less dark"? That's okay. Donna has lots of other titles that are in completely different genres for you to choose from, and the writing is just as great!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)