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The Single Dad: Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody's daddy.

The Single Woman: School teacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.

The Solution: Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the school teacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy had other ideas!

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"The situations with the students in the classroom setting were like many I have had while teaching. The children's dialogue was realistic, witty, and honest. Donna's descriptive language paints vivid pictures of her characters' feelings, and draws you into the story."


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News Flash! #Route1Reads Features RECLAIM MY HEART - Thank you, @DELibraries

I am so honored to announce that Route1Reads.org is featuring my book, RECLAIM MY HEART, as part of their 2018 Reading List. This year's theme is "must-read romance" and my book is representing the state of Delaware. I am giddy with excitement!

I'd like to thank Patty Langley, Program Coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Book. She's from the Delaware Division of Libraries and she contacted me to let me know RECLAIM MY HEART is on the Route1Reads 2018 Reading List. She also said that copies of my book have been ordered and will be added to the Delaware Library Catalog. I am so pleased with this news! If you use the Delaware Library system, please check out my book. Happy Reading!



Cocoa Cake #Recipe for Dessert Lovers and #Foodies


My last blog post brought you a dozen or so snacks under 100 calories. Today, I present a decadent cocoa cake that is moist, delicious—and I’m sure—full of calories! Am I going to apologize? Absolutely not! Because that’s how I roll. :)

Moist Cocoa Cake with Peanut Butter Drizzle

For the cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.      Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly coat a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray.
2.    Beat all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined. Do not over beat.
3.    Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap pan lightly on counter to remove any air bubbles.
4.    Bake 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
5.     Cool before serving.

For the topping:

1/2 cup PB2
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoon honey

1.      Mix together the PB2, the water, and the honey until smooth.
2.    Drizzle over cake slices.

Note: PB2 is powered peanut butter, a great product that has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. You can find it in your grocery store or purchase it on Amazon. If PB2 doesn’t interest you, simply measure out a half cup of your favorite peanut butter and thin it with 2 tablespoons honey.

I hope you enjoy this delicious cake!

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12 Snacks – 100 Calories or Less #HeathyEating #Wellness #LifeStyle


I attended a family gathering yesterday and I ate like a pig. So today, I’m trying to get back on track. Here’s a list of my go-to snacks when I’m focused on sticking to 1200-1400 calories per day:

1. 1 cup frozen seedless green grapes – 65 calories
         
2. 1/4 cup wasabi peas – 100 calories

3. 2 stalks celery (about 7” long) and 2 tablespoons hummus – 100 calories

4. 30 goldfish crackers – 100 calories

5. 2 tablespoons PB2 spread on 1/2 granny smith apple – 90 calories
          (PB2 is powdered peanut butter. Mix 2 tablespoons PB2 with 1 tablespoon water. Packed with flavor but very little fat.)

6. 2 Tablespoons PB2 spread on 2 stalks celery – 66 calories

7. 1/2 banana (sliced) dipped in 2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips (melted). Freeze! – 100 calories

8. 1/3 cup Greek Gods Vanilla Honey yogurt – 96 calories

9. 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon – 75 calories

10. Banana smoothie – blend 1/2 a banana, 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, and a handful of crushed ice – 100 calories

11. 2 pretzel rods dipped in 2 teaspoon yellow mustard – 77 calories

12. 1/2 cup steamed edamame (shelled) with a splash of soy sauce – 100 calories

And here’s one more for good measure:

13. 16 cherry tomatoes sliced in half, 1/8 cup crumbled feta cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice – 95 calories

What are YOUR go-to snacks when you’re trying to get your diet and your weight back on track?

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Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Books 4-6 is now available!

New 3-Book Bundle!

Over 8 million people visit Ocean City, Maryland every year—now that’s a lot of opportunity for romance! This 3-book bundle is chocked full of emotional, romantic reads that include tragedy, suspense, yearning, a bit of fluffy fun, and always, always a happily-ever-after.

The first book brings you Christy Cooper, a pediatric nurse who agrees to help Aaron Chase create a perfect family holiday for his precious little girl in An Almost Perfect Christmas. This book has earned nearly one hundred reviews and 80% of them are 5-stars, so the story has obviously touched the hearts of readers.

In Grown-Up Christmas List, Dina Griffin is a young woman who sees a horrific crime and flees to Ocean City during winter in an attempt to keep herself safe. Police officer Gav Thomas suspects Dina is hiding something and he decides to stick close to the vulnerable beauty.

The third book in this bundle, The Wedding Planner’s Son, is the lighthearted story of Tawny McNealy, a woman who gets herself involved in a crazy plan of matrimony that has her stressing to the max. Jack Barclay, on the other hand, is so laid-back he doesn’t even understand the concept of stress. These two people are as different as sea and sky, but the fascination they feel for each other can’t be denied.

The Ocean City Boardwalk Series isn’t just fun in the sun—love is waiting on those sandy shores!

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How To Disable Apps on #Facebook


This morning I watched an interview with Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and learned that there was a huge breach of information back in 2015 in which the personal information of millions of Facebook users was handed over to third party app developers. Due to this mega-breach of personal information, I decided to check out which apps were connected to my Facebook account. OH, WOW! That’s all I can say. I found dozens of apps attached to my account… apps that I don’t even remember ever using. I deleted 90% of them. Here’s how you can do the same.

1. Log into your Facebook account and click on the small triangle icon located in the blue bar across the top (pictured below).

2. In the box that appears, choose “settings.”

3. On the settings page, look at the list on the left hand side. Find and click “Apps.”

4. Hover the cursor over each app to see: a) a small pencil icon with allows editing of settings and b) an “x” that, when clicked, will delete the app.

We have to do whatever we can to protect our personal information. Any time you use one of those fun apps—you know, the ones that entice you with “how old do you look?” or “what kind of friend are you?” or “can you pass this history quiz?” etc.—you are agreeing to give app developers access to your Facebook information. All of us need to periodically delete these apps. Stay safe on the internet!

How do you protect your information when you're on the internet? Let's share our knowledge so we'll all be safer. Thanks!

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Look for my newest release! DANGEROUS MEMORIES is a romantic suspense that has a Hallmark Mystery Movie feel to it. After a horrific accident, Keira Rhodes awakens in the hospital with amnesia and learns that two men claim to be the father of her unborn child. Keira is left to wonder...

What kind of woman am I?


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11 Kitchen Cleaning Tips - Read Mine, Share Yours



Like everyone else, I clean year-round. But with spring just 7 days away, I'm getting into a Spring Cleaning mood. I want to scrub off the winter doldrums, open the windows, and let the fresh air in. Here are some of my favorite cleaning tips for those pesky jobs.

Burned food in the bottom of a pot: Add a squirt of liquid dish detergent and half an inch of water to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat and let the water cool to room temperature. The burned food should clean up quickly.

Accumulated grease on cookie sheets: In a GLASS bowl, mix ¼ cup baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste. Smear mixture on cookie sheet and scrub with small, circular motions, pressing firmly. Rinse and repeat until cookie sheet is clean and shiny. Wash sheet with soapy water and rinse well before using. Don't get the cleaning mixture on your clothes. It could remove the color from fabric.

For sluggish drains: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Cover and let bubble for a few minutes. Then flush with a couple quarts of boiling water.

To freshen up your garbage disposal: Run water into drain, full hot. Turn on garbage disposal and pour in about a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent. Let water and disposal run until the suds are rinsed away. Or grind up slices of lime or lemon peels while flooding the drain with hot water.

For a stale-smelling microwave: Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave until the mixture boils. The steam given off will cling to the walls. Wipe down for a fresh, clean microwave.

Coffee-maker Maintenance: Mix 2 cups white vinegar with 2 cups water in the coffee pot. Pour into the water reservoir and press the "brew" button. The vinegar mixture will remove the mineral deposits from the heating element. You might even see bits of it in the "brewed" mixture. If you do, mix a new batch of vinegar/water solution and brew again. Brew plain water several times to rinse the inside of the coffee-maker.

Wood Floor Cleaner: An 85-year-old friend recommended white vinegar to keep wood floors sparkling clean. Add 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of warm water and sponge mop.

Narrow-necked Vases: If you can't get your hand down the neck of your flower vases, use Alka-Seltzer. Fill the vase half full with water. Drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets and let the fizz do the dirty work for you.

Range Hood Filters: Once a month or so, soak hood filters in hot, hot soapy water. Rinse before replacing. This will keep them grease-free and in good working order.  

Clean Cutting Boards: For wood cutting boards, sprinkle with course salt and rub with ½ a lemon. Plastic cutting boards can be run through the dishwasher. Once a month or so, soak plastic cutting boards in a mild bleach solution (2 tablespoons bleach to 2 quarts of water).

Garbage Can: At least once a week, wipe the inside and outside of the can with a soap solution (1 teaspoon dish soap to 1 quart warm water). This will get rid of any lingering odors.

I'm always looking for tips to make cleaning faster and easier. What tips do you have to offer?

Learn about what might be lurking in your cleaning supply closet here: What's Hiding in Your Cleaning Products at MilaKunst.com.


Starlight Cupcakes to the Rescue! #Recipe for #Foodies

I’m waiting for spring. I’m impatient. I need a reason to smile. What’s a woman to do?

Bake cupcakes! Yes! One of my favorite recipes for cupcakes comes from my trusty Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have the one I was given as a gift when I married my husband. I also have my grandmother’s Betty Crocker Cookbook which has her notes and hand-written recipes tucked inside. It’s a treasure!

Starlight Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk (substitute almond milk, if you wish)
2 teaspoons vanilla (original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon)

1.     Cream together the sugar and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition until ingredients are well incorporated.
2.     Add flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and vanilla. Stir just until batter comes together and no flour is visible. (Too much mixing at this stage will develop the gluten in the flour and make the cupcakes tough.)
3.     Line 36 medium, greased muffin cups with cupcake liners. Fill each liner half full with batter. Bake in a pre-heated 350º F oven until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 18 min. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.

I like my cupcakes sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, but you can use a tub of any flavored frosting you like. Enjoy!

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As you can imagine, I’ve been antsy lately. So I took on the task of creating a new cover for my book TAKING LOVE IN STRIDE. Here’s what I came up with. What do you think? The story is about a stiletto-loving school teacher who gets into a battle of wills with a do-it-my-way businessman. It’s a fun, sweet contemporary romance.









Hurry, Spring! Hurry!



Reaching Out To My Readers - @DonnaFaz #Quotes

I haven't reached out to my blog followers for a whole month! I can't believe it. Time just seems to slip through my fingers. 

My family experienced a tragedy recently; my brother-in-law passed away due to complications from pneumonia. He was young, just 59 years old, and he left behind two beautiful children. It's very sad. 

We never know what tomorrow will bring. I want you to know I appreciate you. I wish you happiness, love, and peace.

A request: If you have read and enjoyed my latest book, Second Chance Valentine (available for Kindle and in paperback), I would love for you to leave a review. The publishing date was February 1st and the book has sold around 100 copies, but it doesn't have any reviews yet. Could you help? :) It would mean a lot to me. Thank you!

Second Chance Valentine, Book 7 of the Ocean City Boardwalk Series

New Release!

Book 7 of the Ocean City Boardwalk is now available!

Years ago, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180 pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

This book is available in the boxed set called Unforgettable Valentine. So why would you buy this version of the book, also? Well, because this version of Second Chance Valentine contains bonus recipes from Joe’s Place! Two different chili recipes. Jalapeño Cornbread. The Joe’s Place Thursday Night Special: Meatloaf and Sour Cream Bashed Potatoes. Breakfast Casserole. Deloris Baxter’s French Toast. Lemon Queen Pie and Rich Chocolate Pecan Bars. These recipes are well worth the extra $0.99 you’ll spend to buy this book!

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Cleaning! Ugh! Here's a Helpful Tip #Housecleaning

A clean house. Everyone would love to have one; we just don’t want to be the one who’s doing the chores. I’m just finishing up a new story, and during the final days and weeks of intense focus on getting to The End, I rarely do anything besides write, eat, sleep, repeat. My house grows dusty and grimy. There will be cleaning in my immediate future! If you’re anything like me (an avoider of cleaning until it can be no longer avoided), then here’s a helpful tip that will make any major cleaning job easier.

I saw a post by a friend recently who gave a recipe for an effective cleaning solution that powered through the gray grime in the bottom of her tub. She used a 50/50 solution of blue Dawn dish detergent and white vinegar. She said she saw somewhere that the dish detergent must be the blue Dawn (although, there was no reason given as to why). She mixed the solution and poured the concoction on the bottom of the tub, let it sit overnight, and then used a Mr. Clean Eraser to scour the tub. Here are before and after pictures. The tub looks sparkly clean!



Warning! Mr. Clean Erasers should not be used on resurfaced porcelain. I had one of my bathtubs resurfaced and the installer said Mr. Clean Erasers are a no-no. If you've had your tub resurfaced call the installer and ask if this cleaner is safe to use.


Have you tried this blue Dawn and vinegar solution? If so, how did it work for you? Do you have any tips, tricks, or miracle cures for keeping your house clean? Let’s share and help each other make housecleaning a little easier. 

New Year - Big Dreams

For me, each New Year encourages me to contemplate. January offers a chance for a fresh, new start, an opportunity for change. Is it just me, or do you feel it too?

Although I’m not one to make resolutions, I do think about the year that has passed—what worked well and what did not. And I set some goals for the coming months. Over the first few days of 2018, I’m finding myself pondering less about what to do and more about how to be.

I want to be kinder and gentler towards myself and others. I want to smile more and argue less. I want peace, inside and out. I want peace not just for myself, but for everyone in the country, on the planet. I have no idea how to achieve it; I only know I want it.

Here are a few more desires that I have no idea how to make happen:

I want every hungry child to be fed.

I want every lonely person to feel loved.

I want war, in all its forms, to end.

I want every mother and father to know their children are safe.

I want a cure for every disease.

Now, let’s all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Yes, I’m grinning at the silly notion that these things could ever come to pass. But that doesn’t keep me from dreaming that someday the world really could be a better place, a place where people respect and take care of each other, where people are placed above greed and profits, where every single person truly matters.

Please know that you matter to me. And I wish you peace in the New Year.