Dana E. Donovan


Dana E. Donovan grew up in New England where folklore and superstitions can mold a town’s history as much as its people. Such is the phenomenon Donovan exploits in all his books, perpetuating the enigma of small town life and the belief in all that dies is not dead.

Smashwords Interview

Dana, tell us about the Detective Marcella Witch’s series. How many books are in it? What’s it about?
The Marcella Witch’s series revolves around five main characters whose lives thoroughly interconnect and evolve from book to book. There’s witchcraft with paranormal suspense and, of course, a mystery, usually a crime mystery. In that respect, I make sure that each book is a capable stand-alone and that the reader gets a satisfactory resolve to the mystery by book’s end. Yet, it’s the continuing back-story that makes the series what it is; the reader’s investment in the characters keeps them coming back for more. There are 12 books in the series with no others planned.
What genre is the series and what kind of readers will it appeal to?
The genre is paranormal suspense and mystery, sort of a Mike Hammer meets Harry Potter on steroids. Sorry J.K.

As for what kind of reader it should appeal to, well, it's funny. I’d have thought Stephen King readers would like the series best, yet based on the feedback I see on my Facebook fan page ( https://www.facebook.com/Dana.E.Donovan/ ), the reader cross-section appears much more diverse. Maybe I didn’t have a clue who was reading Stephen King.
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Where to find Dana E. Donovan online


Price: Free! Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Lies come in all sizes, little white ones, medium but harmless ones, and great big lies that cause heartache and pain to those all around you for no good reason. Robert Tidsdale is a pathological liar who employs all of these lies on a near-daily basis, if for no other reason than because he’s good at it. But when he tries to tell people about the thing hiding under his bed, no one believes him.
Dear Diary
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sometimes, when there’s no one else to talk to, a trusted diary can be your best friend. It knows what you’re thinking, what you are feeling; it knows your wants, your needs, and your desires. You can ask it questions but it will not answer, for in silence there are no lies, only truths to be read between the lines.
The Last Witch (Book 12)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series. Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 183,010. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
When Maggie Vaughn reports a burglary to the police, she’s hard pressed to explain how an intruder might come and go from her fourth floor apartment when all the doors and windows in the building are locked and nothing in her home has been disturbed. Do they chalk it up to the paranoid tendencies of a helpless young heiress feeling alone and vulnerable?
Soul of a Witch (Book 11)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,730. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In book 11, a simple burglary escalates into murder when a witness turns up dead at the circus. With few leads and ample suspects, it’s all Tony can do to solve the case before the circus jumps. Complicating matters is Lilith, who suspects something nefarious has been harassing her ailing grandmother, and demands that Tony devote more time looking into the matter before it's too late.
Bury the Witch (Book 10)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,730. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Book 10 in the Detective Marcella mystery series: The safe is impregnable, the diamonds exceptional and the owners dysfunctional. So how is it that a twenty million dollar fortune could disappear so easily? For the boys of the Second Precinct, the answer is simple. Unfortunately, proving it is not.
Return of the Witch (Book 9)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,420. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Guardians of Four, keepers of Earth’s elements, are disappearing under strange circumstances. Have they succumbed to a prophetical reality, or merely perpetrated the best internet hoax in recent memory? Either scenario could trigger a battle for control over the fifth element, the quintessential, and the possible survival of every witch on the planet. Word ct. 80,389
Gone Is the Witch (Book 8)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,240. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 8 in the Detective Marcella mystery series finds Tony spearheading a rescue mission to save the kidnapped Leona Diaz. The problem is, to do it, he’ll have to travel to an alternate universe where the laws of physics take a back seat to the unpredictability of a quasi-dimensional reality. Word count 95,464
Call of the Witch (Book 7)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,320. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Book 7 in the Detective Marcella mystery series. When Tony calls on the witches’ coven for help in finding a missing girl, he learns that his reluctance to participate in a ritual with Lilith may have cost him the chance of finding her alive
Kiss the Witch (Book 6)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,240. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 6 in the Detective Marcella mystery series has the boys of the Second Precinct investigating the theft of a pharmaceutical compound designed to synthesize the very essence of life.
Witch House (Book 5)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,490. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Book 5 in the Detective Marcella mystery series finds our detectives investigating the murder of an ex-con paroled from prison eighteen years after pulling off a daring armored car heist and absconding with six million dollars in cash. Now for the unlikely group of suspects in his murder, the question is not who killed Rene Landau; the question is what did he do with the money?
Mr. Lovejoy's Little Secret
Price: Free! Words: 12,980. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jerry Martin has a creative imagination, perhaps too creative. When a peculiar old man pulls up to Jerry’s quiet suburban home in a stretch limo and asks if he can come inside, he leaves Jerry both perplexed and curious. The old man claims he once lived in the house years ago and in a hasty move, had accidentally left something of sentimental value behind. Now he would like it back.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,630. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Plenty is a strange place and not what it seems. There is a dirty little secret there, which no one talks about, and what roams around in the tunnels below the streets, no one dares mention. Johnny Beckman knows that certain crimes can get a man in trouble wherever he goes. What he doesn't know is that in the town of Plenty, none is more serious than that of being too skinny.
Jasmine and Cinnamon
Price: Free! Words: 8,220. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Greg Sherman just wants to get home in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family, but when the weather turns bad, he decides to stop for the night at the nearest roadside motel he can find. What happens next makes him wish he had just kept driving on through the night.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,210. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Alex Payne would do anything to bring his wife back from the depths of her watery grave. But when a voodoo mambo offers her help, he soon realizes that turning back the tides of life comes not without its repercussions. Word count 80,290
Bones of a Witch (Book 4)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Book 4 in the Detective Marcella mysteries, shines a light on one of America’s darkest hours when a simple accusation could get a girl hanged. But as Lilith learns, history is always pending, and the art of witch hunting never dies.
The Witch's Key (Book 3)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,880. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Circumstances surrounding an unexplained spike in deaths among homeless men has Tony suspecting paranormal forces are again at work in the town of New Castle. But things get complicated when his investigation is stifled by his hopeless infatuation with a witch who just may be at the heart of the mystery. find more books by this author here.
Eye of The Witch (Book 2)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,560. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.69 from 13 reviews)
Book 2 in the Detective Marcella mysteries: Pride, paranoia and paranormal forces all conspire to derail Detective Marcella’s investigation into a series of suspicious suicides in New Castle, Massachusetts. In this sequel to The Witch’s Ladder, Marcella learns that because of the ties that bind their pasts, every potential victim is also a possible suspect.
The Witch's Ladder (Book 1)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,380. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(4.47 from 15 reviews)
Book 1 in the Detective Marcella mysteries: A group of individuals proficient in the psychic academia of clairvoyance, telepathy and bilocation, working to understand life’s most unusual secrets soon realize that even their abilities of mind over matter can't save them from the blade of the surgeon stalker.
Abandoned (A Ghost Story)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,410. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The house is haunted; he’s been told that, but Michael Riley has bigger things to worry about, including the skeletons in his closet, and if the ghosts in his life don't drive him crazy, the skeletons might. The little town of New Castle has always held its share of dark secrets, but this secret is darker than most.