May 23rd, 2014 → 10:15 pm @ rldonovan
Check out Saturday’s It’s the Beat at 12 noon. It was so incredibly fun! Jody and Karen were hilarious!
Naturally, there will be some edits!
In addition, they invited me back when book 2 comes out – which should be any time now!
Watch for it – and check out Saturday’s show – it might give you a laugh!
May 16th, 2014 → 5:40 pm @ rldonovan
It will air on Saturday, May 24th between noon – 1 pm!
It will also be available online. I’ll keep you posted!
February 25th, 2014 → 10:41 pm @ rldonovan
Some of the same characters made the rounds. Some waxing philosophic and others looking for shelter from the cold on a February day. Luckily, there were some who were fascinating and others who were entertaining.
There were aspiring writers looking for detailed information on the writing process and fellow authors looking for tips on book marketing. There were talk show hosts looking for authors to interview.
I loved sharing with my fellow authors – some were so inspiring and incredibly encouraging (one was trying to make me feel inferior – I don’t need her for that!). I really enjoyed meeting the aspiring authors, they were so genuine and eager to learn – and they really seemed to be listening.
But for me, the brightest and most shining of moments were those few occasions where people came up to me and said they loved my first book and are anxiously awaiting the release of my second book. That was awesome!
January 21st, 2014 → 9:27 pm @ rldonovan
I feel very fortunate. Being in the ad business I have access to many very talented artists. When it came time to design my book cover, my designer strongly recommended commissioning a photograph by the incredibly talented Scott Drickey. Scott read the book, asked a few questions and then came up with a cover photo that offered mystery and intrigue. It created a visual tension befitting a suspense-filled story about murder, yet it maintained a whimsical posture which enabled it to pave the way for the comedic nature of the book.
And Scott managed to convey all of these things within an extremely sophisticated framework.
It fit the book to perfection!
So many of my cozy mystery colleagues select covers that are exaggerated and cartoonish in nature. I’m not sure how that trend came about – but I knew right from the start that it did not fit my work.
I relied very heavily on my designer, Jill Rizzo, to find a “look” that would convey my brand accurately, and with the help and talent of Scott Drickey – my expectations were far exceeded!
January 7th, 2014 → 5:46 pm @ rldonovan
By Sharon L. Cook on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase
The title alone tells you this isn’t a cozy about embroidering or making fudge. The central character, Donna Leigh, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But even when she finds herself in trouble, she never lacks for a witty response. This amateur sleuth compares herself to Miss Marple, albeit a “younger, hotter ” Jane Marple. And though she may unwittingly do ditzy things, such as propping a ladder against the dead woman’s house, thereby attracting the attention of the police, she is a savvy businesswoman. In fact, part of the book’s charm is the insider look at the world of advertising. Author Robin Leemann Donovan is part owner of a high profile advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting of this mystery.
There’s something for everyone: fashionistas will love the descriptions of clothes worn by Donna Leigh and colleagues, a coterie of women who aren’t afraid to pile into the car and go investigate a murder. And though they’re bold and daring, they don’t always think before they act. Impulsivity runs rampant in that office. Nonetheless, they’re fiercely loyal, the kind of friends any woman would love to have in her corner–providing they remain in the corner.
Is it Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch? is brimming with madcap fun, dark deeds, humorous musings and asides and old fashioned suspense along with a victim you love to hate. The protagonist is a whirling dynamo who never slows down, and never lets the reader down either.
December 30th, 2013 → 6:06 pm @ rldonovan
For the first time ever: Is It Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch? is listed as unavailable on Amazon.com. I emailed my publisher to tell her something was wrong.
I’d love to believe that they just can’t keep it in stock – but I’m having trouble convincing myself. If experience has taught me anything – I’m more inclined to think there’s a technical glitch.
That said, please check out amazon.com and let me know what you find. If my book is truly sold out – I’m going to celebrate more than just the New Year!
November 26th, 2013 → 5:51 pm @ rldonovan
This past Sunday was my second Council Bluffs Library Author Fair, and it was even better than the first. Although it’s set up as a sleepy little surprise for local library patrons, it has a whole other set of surprises for some of the attending authors.
Sure, it’s always nice to sell a few books, but Sunday’s Fair also enabled me to meet and reconnect with other local authors. It enabled me to meet some aspiring authors that might be looking for a little bit of mentoring to get through some of those new author/not completely edited jitters, and possibly best of all, it enabled me to meet some of my readers – that was awesome!
In this entire book writing/publishing experience, I guess it just never occurred to me that there would ever be strangers coming up to me to enthusiastically tell me that they’d read my book and/or heard me speak. If felt really good!
November 13th, 2013 → 10:20 pm @ rldonovan
October 8th, 2013 → 9:56 pm @ rldonovan
I was so excited yesterday when I received an email out of the blue from Janet at the University of Arkansas Dean’s office in Ft. Smith, Arkansas! Janet had written to tell me that her book club had selected my book for their next meeting!
I think that may be the furthest book club to have chosen my book to date. But if you know of one further away – please let me know!
And thanks for all the great support!
August 22nd, 2013 → 2:19 pm @ rldonovan
I’m thrilled to have my author listing included on the Cozy Mysteries Unlimited website!
Check it out!