Donna Lea Simpson

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Current Publishing Status

In the spring of 2008 Simpson signed a multi-book deal with Sourcebooks/Casablanca, a Chicago-area publisher of non-fiction and romance fiction for a series of historical romance/mysteries known as the Lady Anne books.

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark - April 2009

Books 2 and 3 of the Lady Anne series were never published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

In 2010 Simpson was one of the debut authors with Carina Press, the eBook only imprint of Harlequin publishing. Love & Scandal, about a young Victorian woman's secret life as a writer of a scandalous novel. Love & Scandal was published in June of 2010, along with a companion piece, a free eBook download, The Last Days of a Rake, a 'book within a book' that was a primary subject within Love & Scandal.

In the Autumn of 2011, Simpson announced that she had signed a contract with Beyond the Page Publishing, and that books 2 and 3 of the Lady Anne series would be published in early 2012.

The books have been retitled, as the series is being repackaged to better delineate the sub-genre in which the books belong.

Lady Anne Book 2 New Title: Revenge of the Barbary Ghost: A Lady Anne Mystery - January 2012

Lady Anne Book 3 New title: Curse of the Gypsy: A Lady Anne Mystery - February 2012


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Biography

Donna Lea Simpson is also known as Donna Simpson, and wrote Regency romances under that name. The name change coincided with Simpson's move to Paranormal romances in 2006.

National bestselling novelist Donna Lea Simpson has written and published 28 novels and novellas for Kensington/Zebra, Blackfriars Publications and Berkley, a division of Penguin/Putnam.

She has written traditional Regency romances, as well as time-travel, contemporary and historical paranormal romance novels.

For a more complete bio visit Donna's 'About Me' page on her website: [1]

Reviews

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark

Simpson (Awaiting the Moon) launches her Lady Anne historical mystery series with flair... [R]omance fans will love the witty byplay. (Publishers Weekly 20090316)

All in all, Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark is a very enjoyable read, and I can't wait for the sequels. (Marlene Breakfield ParaNormal Romance Reviews )

Donna Lea Simpson is like Victoria Holt but with twice the impact! (Kerensa Wilson Crave More Romance 20090317)

I enjoyed Lady Anne immensely and cannot wait to read more of her adventures. (Alexandra Cenni Romance Reader at Heart 20090309)

I really enjoyed the story for the mystery, touch of romance and definitely the spunk of Lady Anne and the mysterious darkness of Lord Darkefell. (Darlene Smoliak Peeking Between the Pages )

If you are looking for a historical mystery with romance, suspense, and a suggestion of paranormal, then read Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark. (Stephanie B. Fallen Angel Reviews 20090320)

Ms Simpson has set up a well-drawn Gothic horror setting here, so the atmosphere is fantastic, what with it being chilling, mysterious, and menacing all at once. (Lim Teck Choom Mrs. Giggles )

Ms. Simpson pulls off the creepy, spine-tingling thrill of the gothic with great flare and keeps the reader on her toes with a very intriguing mystery. (Marlene Once Upon a Romance 20090330)

Overall, if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, and historical mysteries, this is well worth a read. (Nicola Onychuk Alpha Heroes 20090330)

Simpson writes in a witty and engaging voice... if you like mystery, intrigue, werewolves, and Gothic you will love this book! (Keira Gillet Love Romance Passion 20090324)

From Fresh Fiction:

Awaiting the Moon - February 2006
"Donna Lea Simpson has re-imagined the classic gothic romance, and any reader who loved Victoria Holt, but always felt cheated by the lack of sexy details, or wished that the manor really were haunted, will adore AWAITING THE MOON."

Awaiting the Night - November 2006
"Donna Lea Simpson is absolutely brilliant! Her continuing plot of the Wolfram characters is intriguing and exhilarating."

Awaiting the Fire - September 2007
"A good story in an attractive package should please paranormal romance readers."

Of Note

Awaiting the Moon became a National Bestseller

Romantic Times: Awaiting the Moon, (February 2006 - Berkley Sensation) a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, has been nominated by their review staff for Best Paranormal Historical Romance of 2006!

Awaiting the Night was released as a hardcover by Rhapsody Book Club

Awaiting the Fire was Fresh Fiction's 'Pick of the Day' - October 6th, 2007

Simpson has twice received a DIK (Desert Island Keeper) review (their highest status) from All About Romance, one of the largest and most well-known romance fiction review sites on the internet.

See Also

  • Donna Simpson - Name alteration coincides with Simpson's debut as a paranormal romance author with Berkley's Sensation imprint.

On the Web

Books

Fiction

Berkley Sensation

  • Awaiting the Moon - February 2006 - Berkley Sensation
  • Awaiting the Night - November 2006 - Berkley Sensation - Sequel to 'Awaiting the Moon'.
  • Awaiting the Fire - September 2007 - Berkley Sensation - Sequel to 'Awaiting the Moon 'and 'Awaiting the Night'

Blackfriars Publications

  • Absentee Heart - October 2005 - Regency Romance
  • Time For Love - October 2005 - Time Travel Regency Romance
  • Home In His Arms - October 2005 - Contemporary Romance
  • Trail Of Keys - October 2005 - Contemporary Romantic Mystery