Welcome Donna Gallagher to Friends Friday today!
Sydney-born Donna Gallagher decided at an early age that life needed be tackled head on.
Leaving home at 15 she supported herself through her teen years. In her twenties she married a professional sportsman, her love of sport — especially rugby league — probably overriding her good sense.
The seven-year marriage was an adventure. There were the emotional ups and downs of having a husband with a public profile in a sometimes glamorous but always high-pressure field. There were always interesting characters to meet and observe and even the opportunity to live for a time in the UK.
Eventually Donna returned home a single woman, but she never lost her passion for watching sport, as well as the people in and around it.
How it all began…
When the voices started to speak to me I didn’t really know what else to do but write them down. I started scribbling on pieces of paper and the words just kept coming. I remember sitting at my son’s hockey game scratching away furiously, with my husband grumbling in the background that I should be watching what was happening on the field. Even a good old dose of motherly guilt did not stop me. Unfortunately my hand writing became almost illegible. It was about that time that I moved on to the computer. Trying to transcribe my own notes was very frustrating although I found using the computer made things much easier. You have to remember I’d never written much more than a personal letter in my life – usually agonising over the grammar and spelling involved in writing a simple absent from school note for my children.
It didn’t take me long to finish book one but as I was writing it another character began to tell me his story – so then I had two alphas competing for my attention. Keeping them wrangled and convincing them to speak one a time was a challenge – But as a mother of three boys that is something I had experience with!
I had no idea of what I would do with my books when they were written. I hadn’t thought that far ahead. At the time it was all about getting those annoying but loveable voices to stop talking.
Two years down the track with my second book long finished, and sitting idly by on my desktop beside Caitlin, I finally worked up the courage to submit to a publisher. Total E Bound Publishing caught my eye. I was hoping that being a UK publisher they would be more aware of rugby and rugby league and perhaps the best chance to show me some interest. I didn’t really have any expectations of being published but I held out a slight hope that I might get a ‘Please Submit Full Manuscript’ request. I will be forever grateful to Amy, my editor at Total E Bound, for believing in me and for all her help – Let me tell you it has been extensive.
Having managed to break free from an abusive relationship with a cruel and dominating ex-boyfriend, Australian artist Mandy Magenta—a.k.a. Amanda Smith—should be terrified when she first meets the enormous bulk that is Jonathon ‘JT’ Thomson. He is fierce. Not only is JT the biggest, most muscular man Mandy has ever set eyes on, but he makes a living playing the brutal sport of Rugby League.
So why, then, does Mandy’s body go into lust overdrive at the mere sight of him? She doesn’t feel a hint of alarm as the colours that exist in her mind—created and inspired by her own emotions and her artistic talents—explode with vibrant and passionate intensity. Could JT be the man to remind her that she is still a sensual, amorous woman, a woman deserving of love and tenderness—and can he protect her from the threats her ex has promised to deliver on?
Caitlin’s Hero League of Love Book One.
Falling for him is easy. Dealing with his high-profile life—a life deemed public property by his fans and the press, plus an ex-wife out for blood—now, that’s the hard part.
Twenty-year-old Caitlin Walters was living a normal life. She attended university, socialised a little and had a good relationship with her mother and stepfather. But when her parents are tragically killed in a car accident, Caitlin’s life is forced to change. The once carefree girl becomes sole guardian of her stepbrother. Giving up her university course to support and raise eleven-year-old Riley, Caitlin struggles to deal with her new responsibilities.
Her job, singing at a local Italian restaurant, brings Caitlin some peace. On stage, she leaves her life and its troubles behind. Feeling comfortable and sensuous, she is like a siren calling out to lost souls. It’s on one of these nights that Caitlin begins a romance with Australian Rugby League captain, Brodie James. Brodie, not content with his so-called perfect life and struggling with commitment issues following a disastrous marriage, falls hard for Caitlin. The relationship does not run smoothly for the self-sacrificing Caitlin, as she learns how to deal with Brodie’s nasty, jealous ex-wife, a muck-raking reporter and intrusive but well-meaning rugby fans. Along the way she makes new friends, and awakens the untapped sensual desires of the woman inside.