Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Donita K. Paul

Today I welcome author: 
Donita K. Paul

To win a copy
of Donita's upcoming release:
Two Renegade Realms

Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.

Donita has a gift for writing in several genres. I am more familiar with her dragon fantasy stories, as is my teen daughter. By the way, her books make great gifts for the teen/middle grade readers. I just learned from this very post that she has written much more! Well, I had to get the rest of the story for us by asking her to share how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:

Messengers of Hope

We meet people daily, sometimes as a mere touch in passing and sometimes with the commitment of holding hands through joy and sorrow. God uses these encounters to influence our view of life. 

A young man stopping to help an old woman load her purchases in the trunk of her car lifts our spirits and subtly encourages us to be more spontaneously generous. A woman loudly harassing her child in the store solidifies the scruples we have developed about the dignity of children and the positive model of discreet behavior in public. A child singing to herself as she swings in the park reconnects us with unconstrained expressions of joy. 

Those with spiritual eyes to see recognize God’s prompting in the most incidental experiences. 

Then there are the long term relationships: people who mold us through interactions of appreciation and disdain, love and hate, joy and grief, celebration and the angst of a long wait. These individuals may demonstrate care over decades. One or two might teach us the meaning of a thorn in the flesh that must lead to reliance in God’s indwelling. Some may snatch us back from making an ill-advised step forward that would pitch us off a cliff.

My publishing journey has been blessed with many people. God has used chance encounters and supportive, loving individuals to guide me.

"I love this picture of me as a child. I love the coat, the cowboy boots, and the
tricycle you can’t see. The trike was my horse in those days. When I look at
this picture, I see an adventurer ready to go."...Donita K Paul
My mom told me to “write, you’ve always wanted to” when I found myself disabled by a massive infection and unable to work outside the home. My friend Leta brought me a card she’d gotten in the mail, advertising Heartsong Presents book club. She thought the books sounded like those I was writing. 

I’ve been involved with small critique groups for over 15 years. How many times have those dear people encouraged, exhorted, enlightened, and endured me? They rode the ups and downs of seeking a book contract with me as well as giving practical suggestions to improve my craft.

And readers have delivered silver notes of appreciation and golden words of validation regarding the words I have put on paper in obedience to God. 

Books are not written by committee, but authors do not, could not produce stories without the people God thrusts into their lives. Take note of the people around you. Like me, you may find God is populating your world with messengers of hope and discernment. No man is an island. No writer is alone.


Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching. Writing books passed from hobby to profession, and with more than half a million sold, she is invigorated by readers’ sharing enthusiastic words. She wants keep creating fantastic worlds in many genres including contemporary romance, mystery, picture books, and time travel. Always a teacher from a family of teachers, her passion is building better literacy stepping blocks for the children of today.

Connect with Donita at: 
Twitter: @DonitaKPaul  
her website:

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: In a city brightened by Christmas snow, matchmaking wizards give away two tickets to a special ball. This lighthearted tale reads like a made-for-TV movie with a touch of good cheer, a sprinkle of romance, and heartwarming friendships enhancing the holiday magic.
Click Here to buy "Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball"

Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.

But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment—finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone.

With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.

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Thank you, Donita, for Joining us This Weekend!

We love chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions.

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Caryl Kane said...

Mary, I loved meeting Donita today on your blog! She is a new author for me. Donita, thank you for sharing your childhood picture with us. You do look like you are ready for an adventure. I would love to read Two Renegade Realms. :)


Rosemary Foley said...

Good morning Mary !!!! I so enjoyed meeting Donita this morning !!! She is new to me and I look forward to getting to know her. Such a cute picture too !!! I would love to read Two Renegade Realms. Thank you for the chance to win a great prize !!! Have a wonderful day !!! Rosemary rfoley[at]salemstate[dot]edu

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Good morning Mary and Donita. I read Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a few years ago and I enjoyed it immensely. Mary, thank you for this interview and the opportunity to "meet" Donita.
Blessings to both of you!
cps1950 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

a wonderful posting....thanks for the chance to read this novel, ladies :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Caryl, Donita is a seasoned author--in the sense that she has so many incredible books. I really think you will like any of her books you choose to read.
Thanks for joining Donita and me today!!
Merry Christmas, Caryl

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning to you, too, Rosemary.

I know, that picture is so cute, I wrote her back right away to thank her for including that pic in today's post. I really think you will like reading her stories. They are great Christmas ideas. Christ-like and fun.
Merry Christmas, Rosemary

Mary Vee Writer said...

Really, you read Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball? I'm jealous. I need to get that book. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and reading books centered around this time of year are especially likable for me.
Merry Christmas to you, Connie!
Hope you are well.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Karen,
I'm so glad you came!! By the way, I sent you an email, waiting for your reply :)
Hoping you are having a Merry Christmas season!

Donita K. Paul said...

I was blessed with several boxes of Two Tickets at a low, low price. Once my daughter and I took them to the local hospital as gifts for their volunteer staff and this year I gave them to the staff at the Y where I do physical therapy. The cover is Sooooo gorgeous, the books bring a smile to the recipient even before they read the story. God is good.

Donita K. Paul said...

I have the new books in my hands now. The author always gets them a week or two beforehand. I gave a copy to the girls who come to help me clean. Their mother hugged the book and said she couldn't wait to get home. They read the books as a family. Made my day!

Donita K. Paul said...

Mary, thanks for inviting me to share with your blog friends. Caryl. I'm now working on the third in the series, Prophecy of Three. And found out today that One Realm Beyond won the Lime Award from Christian Manifesto.

Unknown said...

Yay! I was so excited to see this giveaway! I own Donita's Dragon Keeper Chronicles and The realm walker! I was really excited about Two Renegade Realms! The cover is so pretty!!!! thanks for the giveaway!


Angie Quantrell said...

Thank you for the story and encouragement (to writers). Love getting to read about Donita. I am just rereading the first Realm Walker book so I will be caught up on details so I can jump into the second book, Two Renegade Realms. I have already pre-ordered my digital copy, so it should show up bright and pretty on the appointed day. Two Tickets is also a great book. Well, actually, I have never read anything that Donita K. Paul writes that I do not love! Merry Christmas! Oh, and for Christmas, I want a hamper and a vault.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Sierra!
Merry Christmas. Donita and I are so glad you stopped by. I think you're really gonna like this book. Hope to see you again.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are awesome and funny. A vault, eh? I'm so glad you joined us today. Hope to see you again soon.
Merry Christmas

Carly Vee said...

So glad to see Donita K. Paul on this site. I was a huge fan of her books growing up, and spent a lot of time talking with my best friend about her dragonkeeper series.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Carly,
I'm so glad you stopped by today. The dragon books are really good, I agree and have the inside scoop since I bought most of those books for you. :) Hope you enjoy Donita's newest book.

Merry Christmas!!!

Donita K. Paul said...

Sierra, warm words from enthusiastic readers always make me smile.

Donita K. Paul said...

Thanks Carly. It is so much fun to run into a reader who started the series in their youth. Amazing how re-reads reveal more intricacies of the story fabric. Thanks for your kind words.

Donita K. Paul said...

I think everyone puts a hamper on their Christmas list. With the Dragon Keeper series, I kept getting comments from parents about the lack of minor dragons in the pet stores.

Donita K. Paul said...

Hey, Karen! I thought Mary Vee did a fantastic job of putting all the material together. She is one talented lady!