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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What Was I Thinking by Donna Simonetta - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Donna Simonetta and her new book, “What Was I Thinking”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Donna and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

What Was I Thinking
by Donna Simonetta


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



A wild Vegas fling isn't the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, and Lily and Jason have been like oil and water since they met. Blaming their steamy hook-up on too many shots at the bar, they head home.

Back in the real world, Jason wonders if he's ready to give up his crown as the Playboy King of Rivers Bend to be with just one woman. And Lily has enough on her plate right now without adding Jason Braden to the mix, even if their attraction is crazy-strong.

But life is good at throwing curveballs, and a lot can happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day. Maybe even enough to lead these two polar opposites home to each other in Rivers Bend.



She jumped at a loud knock on the back door, and she dropped the white blouse she’d been holding. Who could possibly be here? She wasn’t expecting anyone, and there was a gate with a code someone would have to get through to come up to the house.

She chuckled as she picked her way through the laundry on the floor. Maybe she’d been wishing so hard for Indian food her thoughts summoned a deliveryman to miraculously appear at her kitchen door with a container of biryani.

In the brightly lit kitchen, she peered out the windows to see who was there, but only saw her own reflection, in the flannel pjs with the pink flamingos on them her friend Roni had given her as a farewell present when she left Baltimore. She hadn’t bothered to style her hair after her shower, she’d just shoved it back with a stretchy headband, and she wore fuzzy, pink socks on her feet. At best, her look could be described as eccentric, and she hoped it was Heather, Bethanne or Magda at the door––it would be too mortifying to be caught by a stranger in this ensemble.

She flipped the switch to turn on the porchlight, and her stomach plummeted to her pink socks at the sight of the person it illuminated.

Jason freakin’ Braden.

At her back door, with a pizza in his hands and a wicked grin on his handsome face.



What’s in a Title? How to Create an Intriguing and Eye-catching Book Title:

As a writer, I spend a lot of time on Twitter. Writing is a solitary business, and Twitter is a great way to connect with readers and other writers. Some of the writers I follow are friends of mine, and some are super best-selling authors whom I admire. One of the latter tweeted a couple of months ago about titles for her books. Her publisher titles her books, which amazed me. Before I begin writing, I spend a lot of time trying to come up with a title that perfectly fits my book. And I’ve been lucky to have a publisher who has allowed me to do so. Even with the one title they asked me to change, because it was too similar to another book they’d recently published, I worked with the senior editor of the line to come up with a new title.

I’m probably a total weirdo in this regard, and most likely in other ways too, but today’s topic is only titles so my other eccentricities will have to wait for another day, but I loveloveLOVE to think of a title. I do it before I even begin to write the story. I think about my ideas for the book, and what the overall theme is––in a lot of my books, it’s home, and how we can make our home wherever we land and with whomever we choose. It might be your hometown, or somewhere far away, and family can be chosen as well as the one into which you’re born. But, I digress…back to titles.  Once I have those ideas percolating in my brain, I do an online search for quotations related to my theme. This next part is harder to define and quantify, because I depend a lot on instinct. I try to find a phrase that catches my attention and jumps off the page at me crying out read me, read me! The other two books in my Rivers Bend trilogy are both based on quotes.

But my latest release, What Was I Thinking, actually came about in a slightly different way. I just knew it was the title for this story. The book actually begins with a wild fling between the main characters in Las Vegas. In previous Rivers Bend stories, these two characters, Lily and Jason, seriously hated each other…like, the cross-the-street-so-they-don’t-have-to-talk-to-each-other kind of hate. The tone of the book is flirty, fun, and funny, and the expression ‘what was I thinking’, was a perfect fit.

I learned on Twitter that I’m lucky to have a publisher who allows me to come up with my own titles for my books. And by the way…if you’re ever on Twitter, here’s how you can find me…https://twitter.com/donna_simonetta. Hope to see you there!



Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read––contemporary romances to help you escape the real world for a little while. Writing is Donna’s third career. She toiled in the business world, and when she decided being an Account Executive wasn’t for her went back to school to get her MLS degree. Next, she worked in a school library for many years. But, Donna dreamed of being an author since she was a little girl, and began to squeeze writing into her day. After the publication of her second book, she decided to leave the library and become a full-time author.

Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.






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Donna will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Donna ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ Excellent guest post! I really enjoyed reading it :)

    1. Thank you so much, Ally! I always love visiting FAB! And I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt! This is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

    1. Yay! Thank you so much, Bea! I hope you enjoy my books! Your comment started my day with a smile!

  3. Thank you so much for letting me visit today!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, James!

  5. Who is your favorite author still currently writing?

  6. Hmm...that's a tough one. I like different authors in different genres. In romance, I think Jill Shalvis. Thanks for visiting, Bernie!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rita! And thanks for visiting and commenting today!

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    1. Thanks for visiting today, tetewa! If you decide to read What I Was I Thinking, I hope you like it!

  9. Thank you so much, Bridgett! I hope you enjoy it when you do!

  10. Donna, What do you most enjoy about writing?

    1. Getting to work from home in comfy clothes--lol! Seriously, I love everything about the writing process.
      Thanks for visiting, Caryl.

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! I hope you decide to read it, and enjoy it!