Donan Berg


A native of Ireland, award-winning United States author Donan Berg brings readers Gold Award heartwarming romance, adventurous Gold Award teen fantasy added to thrillers, police procedurals and entertaining mystery with clues that eventually fit together in clever ways.
The page-turning core of his novels is human drama, challenge and victory over antagonists, perceived and/or hidden.
Prior to his ten novels, he honed his writing as a journalist, corporate executive and lawyer.
His most recent novel, Lucia's Fantasy World, earned the Literary Titan 2022 Gold Award. In 2021 his Find the Girl, A Fantasy Novel, was awarded a Literary Titan Gold Award. For 435 days, Find the Girl, A Fantasy Novel, headed the AuthorsDen most popular novel list of all novels,not only fantasy.. This chart topping glory exceeds his novels A Body To Bones and Alexa's Gold, both of which enjoyed 100 days as most popular. A Body To Bones still ranks a most popular mystery/suspense.
His mystery, Into the Dark, brings intrigue front and center where twists and turns with unaccountable cash, threats, and societal ills are sprung with gusto. A thoroughly engaging Sheriff Jonas McHugh, first encountered in Baby Bones, Second Skeleton Mystery Series, must again be strong and imaginative. Alexa's Gold, a five-star novel, combines a unique contemporary heroine in a new adult romance within a thrilling mystery.
Gold writing awards and five-star reviewer accolades are not new to Author Berg. He landed in the winner's circle four times at the Ninth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Contest to best his three awards in the prior year's eighth annual contest.
The bedrock of his mystery writing is his three-part skeleton series mysteries: A Body To Bones, The Bones Dance Foxtrot, and Baby Bones. The series followed by Abbey Burning Love, Adolph's Gold, and One Paper Heart, his Gold Award romance.
A reviewer of his short story, Amanda, notes that Author Berg offers a keen insight into couple relationships and a very clever ending.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
First consideration is to have it jibe with the story. Second, highlight an interesting aspect.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books selected by a contemporary and a mystery book club top the list. After those is a collection of whatever others suggest.
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Lucia's Fantasy World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,980. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Lucia draws upon her talents in a quest to a distant land that existed centuries ago to save her friend, Johnny. She faces a witch and mythical creatures to find a magical box, the contents of which, required to save her friend, she can't transport back to her everyday world. Or, can she?
Find the Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,230. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Seventh-grader Eta Dorcas captures a weasel in an Iowa cave. The weasel speaks. Eta's fingertips glow blue and she dares not tell Dad, Grandma, sister Daria, nor brother Nathan. Ian, a seventeen-year-old sailor in the 1800s, is cursed to live as a 21st Century weasel unless he collects the silver, gold, and pearl spelled out by an anagram, 'Find the Girl.' The adventure adds time travel intrigue.
A Body To Bones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,270. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Village gossip, missing diverted church money, unexplained lights and footprints, tension, and unfulfilled dreams are a prelude to real life-threatening peril when Sarah Hamilton finds out the skeleton's killer still resides in her town, ready to kill again. And, she is the killer's target. "A winning plot . . . " Kirkus Discoveries.
Aria's Bayou Child
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,410. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Aria Gleason learns no motherless child flourishes and no mother's journey embraces sanity until she breaks the chains of false imprisonment and hugs a beating heart to her breast. Inspired by true events. Aria is a young mother whose travails and triumph is richly drawn in a world of derring-do that unfolds a dastardly scheme. Be mesmerized by Author Donan Berg, a Gold Award writing winner.
Into the Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,690. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sheriff Jonas McHugh discovers thousands in cash in a remote northwest Iowa cabin. Suspicious enough, but more so when a campaign manager for an Iowa Caucus presidential candidate is found murdered outside a nearby cave. In the stillness of the dark, one threat percolates. Time is limited before a promised bomb explodes.
Alexa's Gold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,770. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Mystery, Romance, Thrills. Fall in love with Alexa's inheritance journey to find Grandpa's gold, guided by Grandma's apple cake recipe clue. Filled with suspense, humor, romance, and family drama. Fast-moving plot, wonderful characters, setting, and dialogue. Multiple weeks as most popular novel at
One Paper Heart
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until Oct. 23!) Words: 87,360. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Alicia Danielson's innocent idea to paste a paper heart on her manuscript backfires in this Gold/ Award1st Place romance. Acquistions Editor Randall Van Gilleran spies the paper heart and threatens to trash the story not knowing its Alicia's, written under pen name Lady Victoria Dash. Alicia deceit spirals her fantasy world into a reality romance complete with mystery, heartbreak and redemption.
The Bones Dance Foxtrot
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 95,860. Language: American English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Entertaining Mystery, Heartwarming Romance by Gold Medal, First Place Romance author Donan Berg. "... clues eventually fit together in clear and significant ways … dramatic tension builds around which woman Jake will pursue..." National reviewer. Police find a dead body in Jake's parked eighteen-wheeler. He later finds a second corpse. Would it matter if he is first jailed or later killed?
Adolph's Gold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,050. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Detective Second Class Adolph Anderson, striving to earn a gold shield, confronts an elaborate web of unsuspected turns sprung with gusto after a skeleton bathed in used motor oil is unearthed in his captain's backyard. The twisted trail Adolph follows challenges his smarts when faced with perversion, illegal drugs, unforgiven sins and his water submersion fear. Join his suspense-filled adventure.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Amanda let fester her husband's thirty-plus year refusal to quit smoking and his verbal slights and wandering eyes. Then, one day, she snapped, her plot to kill husband Herbert born. It's execution so devious and skillful, Amanda would escape jail. The freedom she earned wasn't exactly as she had hoped.

Smashwords book reviews by Donan Berg

  • Undercover Heat on Jan. 25, 2022

    Within the romance genre, the latitude for plot is narrow. This novel appears to be an attempt to wed the classic 1940s PI mystery with TV's modern day "Castle" (notice the "Heat" title). The concept sweats cliche. An audience desirous of erotic scenes may be satisfied while the prose lacks gripping literary characterization and/or plot twists. Sneaky, recurrent info dumps create no empathy for either main character, both flawed FBI agents. Was shocked by the lack of continuity in the first scene when both are said to be sitting in a bar booth which is then followed by one talking of following the other. The entire staging is nonsensical. The rating is measured both by the concept and its execution.