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Donna Barker

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Donna Barker is a career non-fiction ghostwriter and curriculum creator whose work has won national awards (which other people get to show on their shelves). She has also written award-winning fiction under the penname Danika Bloom.

Donna is the co-founder of The Creative Academy for Writers with her author pals Eileen Cook and Crystal (CJ) Hunt. With Eileen and Crystal, she is the editor of books in the *Creative Academy Guides For Writers* series.

When she's not wearing her Danika Bloom persona, Donna leads a weekly mastermind group for writers, edits creative non-fiction, and does her best to only put on 'leaving the house clothes' once a week.

Join her free writer's community for support on your own writing adventure at http://creativeaca
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Donna Barker My brother and I were brainstorming blended genre books and titles you would never — and should never — find in a bookstore. Things like:

Astrology + B…more
My brother and I were brainstorming blended genre books and titles you would never — and should never — find in a bookstore. Things like:

Astrology + Business = Float with the Angels without Being Eaten Alive
Humour + History = Not That Kind of Nazi
Business + Science fiction = The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Extraterrestrials
Hobby + Psychology = Deco Designs for the Serial Killer Mind
Travel Guide + Murder mystery = Best Places to Murder on the Orient Express

And finally,

Religious + Self-help = Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers

It seemed like a crazy cross-genre blend, but when I thought about it, I realized that I’d actually read a religious self-help book — The Secret.

I wondered what MY life would be like if I had the power to control the Universe (as The Secret asserts we can) and believed, like Mother Teresa did, that suffering was a gift from God. The answer was obvious: I’d become a psychic serial killer.

This novel is a cautionary tale to myself to not try to develop my universe-controlling abilities!(less)
Donna Barker I do have a favourite character, Tara, the protagonist.

I find it interesting that readers have strong reactions to Tara -- some have said that at mome…more
I do have a favourite character, Tara, the protagonist.

I find it interesting that readers have strong reactions to Tara -- some have said that at moments in the story they want give her a swift kick in the back-side to smarten her up, and others have said they want to hug her.

There are several scenes where, while I was writing, I wanted to both kick and hug her at the same time -- which is sometimes how I feel about the people in my life who I love the most deeply! She feels like family to me.

Thanks for asking!(less)
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Second Breath by Danika Bloom
"Dylan and Kama, two totally different characters and ones you would think could not work but do in this wonderfully wacky story. It’s different and was not what I was expecting.

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Danika does it again with one of the Rhodes brothers. A career driven, but good guy lawyer Dylan is assigned a case to investigate Kama Ray, a masters student, for professional misconduct. What he finds is a confident, intelligent, an" Read more of this review »
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I have never read anything like Second Breath, and I read a LOT of romance. The witty, engaging, adorable banter between Dylan and Kama was so fun to read! It almost felt...magical reading about their interactions.

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