RT Book Reviews selects Every Wild Heart as a TOP PICK!

"Donohue’s latest is women’s fiction at its finest, a masterfully unfeigned story about unconditional love and its healing power mixed with a thrilling mystery. Her animated dialogue sets the tone, and the human and equine costars add genuineness. The two ... POVs drive the tale in this fast-paced, bestseller-bound page-turner." -- RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, TOP PICK

EVERY WILD HEART available to pre-order now!

I'm very excited to share some of the blurbs that are rolling in for my next novel, EVERY WILD HEART!

EVERY WILD HEART should be on every reader’s list of new books to savor. It’s a heartfelt, funny, poignant and suspenseful story of a good woman trying her best, making mistakes, picking up the pieces and moving on--a celebration of what it means to be a working mother.” -- Susan Wiggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of FAMILY TREE

"Brava, Meg Donohue! Part love story, part mystery, I devoured this novel. Everything I love about women’s fiction is tucked within these pages—strong and vivid characters, an intriguing plot, a beautiful love story with a dash of mystery…and bonus, horses!" -- Lori Nelson Spielman, Internationally bestselling author of The Life List

"EVERY WILD HEART is Meg Donohue’s finest novel to date—emotionally resonant, absorbing and funny in all the right places, it’s a portrait of mothers and daughters, missteps and triumphs, and love in all of its bewildering and delightful disguises. I promise you, these characters and their stories will jump off the page and into your heart" -- Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Admissions

"Pennies for Pets" / DOG CRAZY Pre-Launch Event

Highlights from the great Pets In Need 96.5 KOIT San Francisco Dog Crazy pre-launch event yesterday...
1. Snuggling with 8-week-old Agatha (pictured here). 
2. Watching FIVE dogs (in two hours!) find their forever homes. 
3. Chatting with the awesome dog crazy Pets in Need volunteers.
4. Raising a nice chunk of change for this deserving no-kill animal shelter. Shout out and huge thanks to my publisher William Morrow HarperCollinsfor donating copies of Dog Crazy so that 100% of sales could go to Pets In Need. Huge thanks also to Charly Kayle for inviting me to join this special event. What a great day!

WIN GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE COASTERS! #DOGCRAZY (Ends March 10, 2015)

With 7 days until DOG CRAZY goes on sale, it's time for the final pre-launch giveaway! This week's prize is a set of 10 Golden Gate Bridge coasters, for your drinking pleasure. To enter, post a picture of your dog to any social media and use the hashtag ‪#‎dogcrazy‬ (and make sure to tag me too so I see it!). I am loving seeing your dog pics!

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE MINI-GIVEAWAY (FEEL FREE TO ENTER EACH WEEK, ONE ENTRY PER METHOD PER WEEK):

  • On Twitter, follow me and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohue's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsoftwitter"
  • On Instagram, post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohuesf's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsofinstagram
  • On Facebook, like my page and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read DOG CRAZY by @Meg Donohue Author
  • On Goodreads, add DOG CRAZY to your "Want To Read" shelf and email me to let me know.

If you don't have a pet just post the second sentence above without a picture (or get creative!). Thank you very much for helping me get the word out about DOG CRAZY. (US mailing addresses only, please.)

WIN A NOTE*IFY SAN FRANCISCO TEA TOWEL (ENDS 3/2/15)

This week, I'm thrilled to be giving away a gorgeous tea towel made by my friend Samantha Barksy of San Francisco company Note*ify. If you're looking for beautiful paper or soft goods, check out Note*ify ... and if you want to win the tea towel, check out the entry details below!

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HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE MINI-GIVEAWAY (FEEL FREE TO ENTER EACH WEEK, ONE ENTRY PER METHOD PER WEEK):

  • On Twitter, follow me and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohue's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsoftwitter"
  • On Instagram, post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohuesf's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsofinstagram
  • On Facebook, like my page and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read DOG CRAZY by @Meg Donohue Author
  • On Goodreads, add DOG CRAZY to your "Want To Read" shelf and email me to let me know.

If you don't have a pet just post the second sentence above without a picture (or get creative!). Thank you very much for helping me get the word out about DOG CRAZY. (US mailing addresses only, please.)

WIN A WILDEBEEST BANDANA COLLAR! (Ends 2/23/15)

I love these Wildebeest bandana collars, made in the San Francisco Bay Area. Enter via social media this week and you could win a collar in the design and size of your choice.

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE MINI-GIVEAWAY (FEEL FREE TO ENTER EACH WEEK, ONE ENTRY PER METHOD PER WEEK):

  • On Twitter, follow me and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohue's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsoftwitter"
  • On Instagram, post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohuesf's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsofinstagram
  • On Facebook, like my page and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read DOG CRAZY by @Meg Donohue Author
  • On Goodreads, add DOG CRAZY to your "Want To Read" shelf and email me to let me know.

If you don't have a pet just post the second sentence above without a picture (or get creative!). Thank you very much for helping me get the word out about DOG CRAZY. (US mailing addresses only, please.)

Win Recchiuti Chocolates - Contest ends 2/16/15!

THE GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK (4/10-4/17) IS A BOX OF LOCAL CHOCOLATIER RECCHIUTI'S DELICIOUS CARAMEL CHOCOLATES FEATURING SAN FRANCISCO LANDMARKS. THESE WEEKLY CONTESTS ARE OPEN TO THOSE WHO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT DOG CRAZY ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SO BE SURE TO TAG ME EACH TIME YOU MENTION DOG CRAZY ONLINE AND I WILL ENTER YOU TO WIN! THE WEEKLY CONTESTS DO NOT REQUIRE A PURCHASE. US ADDRESSES ONLY, PLEASE.

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE MINI-GIVEAWAY (FEEL FREE TO ENTER EACH WEEK, ONE ENTRY PER METHOD PER WEEK):

  • On Twitter, follow me and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohue's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsoftwitter"
  • On Instagram, post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohuesf's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsofinstagram
  • On Facebook, like my page and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read DOG CRAZY by @Meg Donohue Author
  • On Goodreads, add DOG CRAZY to your "Want To Read" shelf and email me to let me know.

If you don't have a pet just post the second sentence above without a picture (or get creative!). Thank you very much for helping me get the word out about DOG CRAZY. 

Dog crazy pre-order giveaway!

Dear Readers,

DOG CRAZY will be published on March 10th -- that's 4 short weeks from today! This story is near and dear to my heart and I am so excited to share it with you. As I'm sure many of you know by now, pre-ordering a book is one of the best ways to support an author. I would be honored if you would consider purchasing your copy of DOG CRAZY today. 

My gift(s) to you
I will mail a signed/personalized bookplate and bookmark to the first 100 pre-orders of books, e-books, or audio versions of DOG CRAZY (US addresses only, please). To enter, please email your proof of purchase (emailed receipt or photo of print receipt from local store) to hellomegdonohue@gmail.com with subject line Pre-Order. Books ordered before today are of course eligible!

But wait there's more! ;)

4 Weeks of Mini-Giveaways, Starting Today!

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I will also be giving away a fun local product every week for the next 4 weeks leading up to March 10th. The giveaway this week (4/10-4/17) is a box of local chocolatier Recchiuti's delicious caramel chocolates featuring San Francisco landmarks. These weekly contests are open to those who help spread the word about DOG CRAZY on social media, so be sure to tag me each time you mention DOG CRAZY online and I will enter you to win! The weekly contests do not require a purchase. US addresses only, please.

Here's how to enter the Mini-Giveaway (feel free to enter each week, one entry per method per week):

  • On Twitter, follow me and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohue's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsoftwitter"
  • On Instagram, post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read @megdonohuesf's DOG CRAZY! #dogcrazy #dogsofinstagram
  • On Facebook, like my page and post a picture of your pet with the words: "I'm crazy about [pet's name]. Can't wait to read DOG CRAZY by @Meg Donohue Author
  • On Goodreads, add DOG CRAZY to your "Want To Read" shelf and email me to let me know.

If you don't have a pet just post the second sentence above without a picture (or get creative!). Thank you very much for helping me get the word out about DOG CRAZY. 

Finally, to celebrate DOG CRAZY, we've put together a fun grand prize for one lucky winner. Enter here: http://a.pgtb.me/T0vZgp. No purchase necessary.

The DOG CRAZY Grand Prize includes:

  • A Molly Mutt dog bed duvet of the design and size of your choosing! Molly Mutt is fantastic Bay Area company committed to making gorgeous green products for pets. Check out Molly Mutt here: http://www.mollymutt.com
  • A handcrafted in San Francisco Rickshaw tote featuring the Golden Gate Bridge 
  • A box of local chocolatier Recchiuti's delicious caramel chocolates featuring San Francisco landmarks
  • A set of 10 drink coasters featuring the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Signed copies of ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS and HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE 

Best of luck!

Advance reviews for DOG CRAZY

I'm thrilled that DOG CRAZY is garnering great early reviews!

Library Journal calls DOG CRAZY "A sure bet for dog lovers" and "[A] great example of comforting storytelling."

RT Book Reviews names DOG CRAZY a "TOP PICK" and says "Donohue has written a delightful tale with heart-wrenching emotions .... Add to that Donohue’s zippy prose, and you’ve got an entertaining, can’t-put-down page-turner you’ll want to share with every dog-, cat-, and pet-less person you know.”

HARD AT WORK ON BOOK THREE!

I am very excited to announce that William Morrow/HarperCollins will publish my next novel, DOG CRAZY, which is about the power of love, loss, and the dogs who save us. Synopsis: As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan spends her days helping patients come to terms with losing their four-legged friends, but she’s struggling with major problems of her own and can't seem to take her own advice. When she meets a woman who claims her dog is not dead, but missing, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that will force her to face her biggest fear—and maybe just find new love along the way. 

No pub date yet...first step is finishing the book. :)


(The pic above is from the Pets Aloud Litquake Reading I had the pleasure of being part of on Saturday. Thanks to all the four-leggeds and two-leggeds who joined! Special thanks to the delightfully vocal pup who barked after each reader.)

4TH OF JULY DRINK RECIPE, PARTY PLAYLIST, AND $2.99 ATSG E-BOOK!

Someone over at Amazon must know that the 4th of July long weekend is pivotal in All the Summer Girls -- the Kindle and Nook e-book is on sale for a limited time for $2.99! What better time than now to read about Kate, Vanessa, and Dani reuniting at the beach for the 4th? (I have no idea how long this sale will last...it seems to have just popped up!)

ORDER HERE (AMAZON)

ORDER HERE (BARNES AND NOBLE)


In honor of the holiday, I thought I'd share my favorite summer party drink recipe and playlist. Enjoy!


Sparkling Summer Sangria (Serves 6-8)


For a summer party, nothing beats white sangria. I like the bright pairing of lime and mint, the hint of sweetness offered by brandy-soaked peaches, and the festive bubbles in this sparkling version.

Ingredients
750 ml dry white wine, chilled (I like to use Sauvignon Blanc)
¾ cup brandy
2 cups sparkling lime-flavored water, chilled
3 peaches
1 lime
Handful of mint leaves
2 tablespoons sugar or honey (optional)

Start by cutting the peaches and limes. (I like to cut the peaches into small half-moon shaped slices, and the limes into thin rounds.) Place peaches, lime, and mint in a shallow bowl and coat with brandy. This drink is crisp and a bit tart, but if you prefer sweet sangria, add one tablespoon of sugar or honey (or to taste). Cover and set in fridge for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, transfer the mixture to a pitcher, add wine, and top off with the sparkling lime-flavored water. You won’t need ice if your wine and sparkling water were chilled, but you can always pour over ice if necessary. Cheers!


Summer Party Playlist


Here’s a list of my favorite upbeat, summery songs from recent years. Think the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack…if the sun broke through the Seattle drizzle and the doctors were all happy for an entire episode and decided to celebrate with a party at the beach.

When We Were Young – Lucy Schwartz
At the Beach – The Avett Brothers
One By One – The Black Seeds
Two Hearts Are Better Than One – Katie Herzig
Summer’s Life – The Shaky Hands
Piano Song – Meiko
Rock & Roll – Eric Hutchinson
Honey in the Sun – Camera Obscura
Change My Tune – Forest Sun
Mushaboom – Feist
I Will Remain – Matthew and the Atlas
At Home – Crystal Fighters
Last Wave – Bag of Toys
Up Up Up – Givers
Neon Lights – Natasha Bedingfield

You can listen to the playlist here on Spotify!

Happy 4th of July!

PEOPLE MAGAZINE

All the Summer Girls is a Great New Reads Pick in the July 8th issue of People magazine! WOW! Never thought I'd see my name in People...and I didn't even have to name my baby North West!

If you're still in the market for a copy of All the Summer Girls, now is a great time to buy...