Cover Reveal-The Merry-Go-Round

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 19•14



The Merry-Go-Round
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2009


When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.



What are you working on now? 

I’m currently writing two projects at once. I’ve never done this before, and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I’m writing a Christmas Novella entitled Almost Perfect Christmas, the story of man who enlists the help of a woman in giving his daughter a perfect Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, his little girl has every intention of playing an angelic matchmaker. The other project is the first book of a 3-book series called Following His Heart, the story of a man who is eerily drawn to a woman, and after they fall in love, they discover what brought them together, and it just might tear them apart. Yes, the description is vague, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. I’m chuckling as I type this. Both books are contemporary romance novels and are due out this fall.

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile? 

I just finished Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. I’m currently reading Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour. On my TBR pile you’ll find A Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger, Creatus by Carmen DeSousa, The Neighbor by Dean Koontz, Three Junes by Julia Glass, One Way or Another by Elaine Raco Chase…should I go on?

What flavor is your writing style?

I always tell people I write cotton candy for the mind. Think back to when you were a kid and you took a bite of that delectable confection. What did you do? You smiled. That’s what I’m going for in my romance novels.

Was writing always the first thing you wanted to do in life?

No, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I met and fell in love with my husband. We married and began raising a family. It wasn’t until my children started school that I started writing.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? 

I believe there’s a lot of me in my protagonists. I write about women who are strong, yet vulnerable. My main characters and my secondary characters have flaws and make mistakes (don’t we all?), but then most of them do all they can to learn, grow and become better people.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

One piece of advice I often give to writers is to READ. Don’t just read in the genre in which you write. Read everything. And then figure out what you liked and what you didn’t…and then think about why. Reading and analyzing the writing of talented people can help you perfect your own skills.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

I bow down to readers! I am so appreciative that they spend their hard-earned money on my books and then take the time to read my stories. I am so blessed to have a job I love, and I wouldn’t have this job if there weren’t readers who love romance novels.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I came to writing through my love of reading. I spent many a Saturday as a kid in the local library. I loved books, but I never imagined I would ever write one. My husband gets the credit for my becoming a writer. When my children started school and I decided to find a part-time job, he looked around at the piles of romance novels in our home and said, “You’ve read a lot of those. Why don’t you try writing one?” So, you see. It’s all his fault.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Not my latest book, but one of my titles—Where’s Stanley?—features an ending that I didn’t come up with. I handed in the completed manuscript, and my editor suggested a different ending. I wasn’t happy, but I did as she asked. Personally, I think the book suffered for it, but readers seem to enjoy it.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

Old Yeller, Sounder, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird…how can people read these books and not be influenced? There are so many titles that inspired me and moved me, molded and shaped me, there isn’t time to name them all. The characters in these wonderful books help young readers to decide what kind of individual they want to be.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? 

There was a time when I’d have said no. I have a plant-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-the-words-will-come attitude. But I did suffer writer’s block while my dad was battling cancer. It’s difficult to write feel-good happily-ever-after when your beloved father is dying.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

I do, yes. I equate an outline with a road made; how do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a map? I might write the first chapter or two on the fly, but I always take the time to plan out where I want the story to go. Now that’s not to say that the characters are going to stay on the straight and narrow. They decide to veer off the highway every now and then, and that’s when I have to do a quick reroute.

Have you ever disliked something you wrote? 

I’ve never published anything that I disliked. I have started projects that haven’t seen the light of day, either because I couldn’t figure out where to take the story, or I couldn’t make the protagonist sympathetic or likable. It’s a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I just set the story aside and hope I can someday come up with a solution.



USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction books that have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Look for Ehefrau auf Zeit (German Edition) due out September 16th, published by Amazon Crossing, and the first novel of the brand new 3-book Ocean City Boardwalk Series called Following His Heart, due to be released at the end of October.



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  1. Mary Smith says:

    The new book sounds like a great read and I love the cover. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Donna – makes me feel I got to know her better. I’ll be adding more of her books to mt tbr pile.

  2. Donna Fasano says:

    Mary, thank you for stopping by! And, Jackie, thanks for posting my new cover. I appreciate it.

    Donna Fasano
    Prima Donnas

  3. Insightful interview, cute cover, excellent trailer. Congratulations, Donna! The trailer is fast-paced and covers a lot of ground. Very nicely done. Curious, did you create it?

    Sharon Pennington

  4. Ruth says:

    Great trailer for the book! Donna is one of my favorite people in the world. Love the new cover!

    Ruth – One of The Prima Donna’s

  5. Carol-Ann Insley says:

    Woo hoo Lovely cover on Donna’s book! We love donna’s Books (from a member of Prima Donna’s street team) some people don’t believe our Donna has got a street team! Oh yes she has Lol!

  6. Even though I am a Prima Donnas, I love learning more about Donna and really enjoyed this article!!

  7. Jackie Weger says:

    Donna! I love the new cover for Merry-Go-Round. It is such a good fit for the book. I thoroughly enjoyed The Merry-Go-Round. I could hear the thumping carousel music as those painted horses moved up and down, smell the sawdust and taste cotton candy at old-fashioned county fairs. Lauren’s clients are so funny. And of course, her ex is luscious. HEA all the way!

  8. Delene Yochum says:

    Love this new cover and love being a Prima Donna! Proud member of Donna Fasano’s Street Team!

  9. “Cotton candy for the mind”–love that sweet description of your writing, Donna. Merry-Go-Round is the perfect title for your new novel, literally and figuratively. Congrats on your upcoming release! Should be a fun read for the Holidays.

  10. Love this new cover and what a great interview from Donna! Love being a Prima Donna and supporting Donna as part of her Street Team!

  11. I love the new cover – so colorful! And I had to smile at Donna’s cotton candy comment (which I guess fits perfectly). And yep, I’m another member of Donna’s Street Team.

  12. Linda McKinney says:

    I love the new cover for The Merry-Go-Round! This is one of my favorite books from Ms. Fasano. I am looking forward to the new releases also! Great interview, thanks for sharing your thoughts and pieces of yourself with us, Donna. I love being part of your team. 😀

  13. I am part of Donna’s Street Team and proud of it. I just love the cute new cover and if you haven’t read the book you should it was fabulous.

  14. Gigi Ann says:

    Hi all, I love the new cover for the book. I also loved learning more about you in the interview. And yes I am a “Prima Donna” gal.

  15. Dale Furse says:

    Great cover, Donna. Should be a great read too by the blurb.
    Thanks and nice to get to know you in your interview.

  16. Cashmere says:

    Hi Donna, The trailer is amazing. Makes me want to make one for my book. The cover is really cute. And you know I loved the book.
    I am curious to know what your original ending for Where’s Stanley was… I did like the ending in the book, but I think I would have liked it if the handsome cop got the mom too…Second chance at happiness and all.
    Oh, I just saw Tabitha’s comment so I’d better add I’m part of your Street Team too!

  17. Neil Ostroff says:

    Great cover! Who designed it?

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