Today we have a guest blogger with us, author Donna K. Weaver. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her debut novel A Change of Plans by Rhemalda Publishing. I thought it would be fun to meet the main characters and get to know them a little better. You can find my review at Goodreads. Enjoy!
How would you describe yourself? Well, I like people, all kinds of people. I love organizing events. Parties and stuff like that. And people. I’ve known lots of people who think they’re shy and sit around waiting for people to meet them. *coughLyncough* I take it as my job to pull them into social happiness. Works every time.
Who is your best friend in the world and what is he/she like? That would be Lyn North. We’ve known each other, like, forever. Our kindergarten teacher tried to call me by my birth name. Sorry, but I just won’t answer to it. One of these days I’m going to get it changed. Anyway, Lyn defended me, and we’ve been best friends ever since.
What are you looking for in a boyfriend? I’m sick of boyfriends. I want an man friend. I’m tired of being part of the dating meat market.
If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do? Easy peasy. Par-tay! And not like the ones in high school or even college where people only wanted to get high or drunk. I mean a big event with grass and trees. Oh, and water is important, like a pool—know any rich people who wouldn’t mind a lot of strangers dropping in? No? *sigh* A lake works, but it’s dirtier. I love organizing parties where people can spread out in the sun and eat and play and just be happy to be alive.
How would you describe yourself? I love music and play the piano. I guess I better since I teach it. I like to read. I’d probably read before just about anything else.
Who is your best friend in the world and what is he/she like? That would be Elle. I’m not even sure I have any memories of a time she wasn’t my best friend. She’s a social butterfly and drags me places, but it’s probably been good for me. But don’t tell her I said that. She already tries to run my life.
Why karate? I needed to learn self-defense, so I took a class in college. I fell in love with the discipline and the grace it takes to do the katas. It’s also an incredible workout. I wasn’t out of shape when I began, but I’m a lot more flexible now.
What is your greatest fear? Sharks. Can we talk about something else?
How would you describe yourself? Big. By the time I was fourteen I’d learned—painfully—to watch for door jams. I work a lot. I think my sister Aislinn chose this incredibly long cruise to get me away from it for a while.
What is your family like? My family’s not very large. My mother died a few months ago, and my dad’s a Montana rancher. They divorced when I was very young. I have one sister, Aislinn, whom I already mentioned, and she has one daughter, Kate.
If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do? Is that a trick question?
What is your greatest fear? That Lyn won’t give me her cell number when the cruise is over.
How would you describe yourself? Beautiful. Wait, I’m kidding. That’s what other people call me. I kinda hate it, but it serves its purposes when I want something. People fall all over themselves to make beautiful people happy.
Why do you like to draw? Because I’m fascinated by what people are trying to hide, and my hands show it to me.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? You don’t have enough time. Next question.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting? My grandparents. I think they’re they only people who have ever really loved me.
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A Change of Plans is available in both eBook and paperback from Amazon, B&N, and the Rhemalda Store.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Description: When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He’s everything her fiancé wasn’t, and against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world, her emotions come alive.
Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
But it’s hard to get away from someone when you’re stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn’s fear of a fairy tale turns grim.
About the author: Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe.
Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.
Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.
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