Thursday, June 13, 2013


Well I admit, my second book took longer than I anticipated or wanted,
but it's with great pleasure and pride that I announce the release of.....
Book One of the Carswell Adventure Series

For the Adventurer and the Romantic in all of us.
Travel to the Yucatan and be a part of the adventure Tori and Reid are about to undertake.
I hope you enjoy it.
The Recluse …
Tori Carswell treasures her solitude and simple life.  Her identical twin, Abby Carswell, is the polar opposite, seeking increasingly risky adventures.  Now Abby has put herself in mortal danger, captive of an ancient Mayan cult.  Her only hope?  Woefully under-prepared Tori.
And the Treasure Hunter …
Reid Hunter, good-natured and currently broke, aims to beat his ex-partner Abby to the fabled blue jade known as the Stone of Heaven.  But when reclusive, aero-phobic Tori overcomes her fear of flying and tracks her sister to a well guarded tomb deep in the Yucatan rainforest, he realizes Abby is in serious trouble.
Can Opposites Accomplish the Impossible?
Abby no longer trusts Reid. Can Tori risk doing so now, and join forces with him to save her sister?  Or will Reid put riches before life and love? 
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Transitions: Claiming Your Identity as a Writer

Recently I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Marjorie E. Brody on-line as a fellow Bell Bridge Books Author.  Her background was as fascinating to me as her newly released YA TWISTED.  I wanted to know how a licensed marriage and family therapist for more than twenty years put aside her professional career and transitioned to the solitary, well, not-so-lucrative, profession of writing.  To my amazement, she agreed to share.  Please welcome Author Marjorie Brody.  ~ Donnell

Of course I heard the advice from professional authors, “Don’t quit your day job,” and financially that made perfect sense. But did I listen? Come on, there is more than the need to feed your body. Sometimes you have to feed your soul. Sure I had tried to walk the tight rope. I did, honest. I went to my office every day by 8AM. Returned home 12 hours later. Wrote from 10PM to 2AM every night. But the more I wrote, the more the desire to write full time overtook me. 

I reduced my workload to three days a week, then to two. But the more days I had to write, the greedier I became. In 2007, I gave away my clinical practice and “retired.” A dreadfully poor choice of words. Retired to others meant I wasn’t “working.” It was hard for my significant others to respect my time. 

Guilt built. 

Writing wasn’t paying the bills; writing was an indulgence. I loved it, yes—and, I loved my family. I wanted to be responsive to their need for my time, but how could I balance that with my need to spend solitary time with my computer? 

When I was with family, I felt guilty I wasn’t writing, because after all, writers write.

When I was writing, I felt guilty I wasn’t with my family. What kind of mother and grandmother was I? 

Guilt robbed me of the full enjoyment of the present moment—whichever activity I was engaged in. 

I continued to tweak my writing schedule, fitting my writing in around family needs, until I let go of the struggle and said, okay, just because I left a job to write in the daytime doesn't mean I have to write in the daytime. And, I had practice writing late at night. That change, mental and behavioral, brought me peace. 

But there was one more step I took that was equally, if not more, important. I claimed my identity as an author. I was no longer “retired.” I was “an aspiring author.” I might not be earning a paycheck (yet), but I was working at a new career and that career, like my old one, had its own demands. Imagine my surprise when others began to respect my writing activities. 

So, here I am, writing full time. Sometimes in the daytime. Sometimes at night. I no longer have to ration my family time against my writing time. I’m more relaxed about fulfilling family requests. I'm more confident about fulfilling my career needs. I am a writer and a mother. Both those identities have claimed me. The joy comes from standing strong and claiming both of those identities back. And in that sense, I haven’t quit my day job at all. 


Sarah Hausman must hide a secret-even from herself. If she acknowledges the truth, it will destroy everyone she loves.

Timid fourteen-year-old Sarah wants her controlling mother to stop prying into what happened the night of the freshman dance. Confess to the police? No way. Confide in her mother? Get real. The woman is too busy, too proud, and too jealous of Sarah to really care if her life disintegrates. Besides, her mother will say Sarah is totally to blame for what the boys did-which Sarah believes is true. So she doubly needs to shield the truth. Not just from Momma. But from everyone. Including herself.

Beautiful, confident, eighteen-year-old Judith Murielle lives the ideal life. She has college plans, respect from family and friends, and a fiancé she adores. But as a mysterious connection pulls her toward Sarah, Judith's perfect world unravels. Acting as Sarah's sole confidante, Judith gains the power to expose her secret. Will the truth be worth the sacrifice? Or will Sarah stop at nothing to keep Judith quiet?

 Marjorie Brody is an award-winning author and Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her short stories appear in literary magazines and the Short Story America Anthology, Vols. I and II. Her debut psychological suspense novel, TWISTED, delves into the secrets that emerge following a sexual assault at a high school dance and features a remarkable teen who risks everything to expose the truth. TWISTED is available in print and ebooks. Marjorie invites you to visit her at

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy Release Day!

Hi Everybody, 
My new book, He Belongs to Me, is now available everywhere. Take a look:

He Belongs to Me is a love story . . . a tale of betrayal and deception and of a young mother's determination to recover what belongs to her.
Forced to leave her baby and tricked into relinquishing her parental rights, four years later Catherine Boyd is back and she'll do anything to regain custody of her son--even reconcile with the husband falsely accused of killing their son's twin.

All in the name of love for a little boy, generations of pain and tragedy are exposed in a courtroom drama.

 If you read He Belongs to Me and like it, I'd dearly appreciate a review on Amazon.  Reviews really help boost ratings that get Amazon to offer free promotions for the the book 

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       Happy Reading!