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-Mendocino Series-
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Donetta   Marie

Why Mendocino?

Amid 90 miles of dramatic coastline, nestled within the landscape lies a small town with no stoplights: Mendocino.

Observing from the Headlands, you can watch roaring coastal storms blow in that could rock you off your feet as you revel in nature’s fury, or view the mist of fog creeping in from the Pacific Ocean as it surrounds you, swirling around your feet. Behind you, a magnificent exhibition of the rugged mountains of the Mendocino Range covered with enormous redwood groves dot the landscape, With giant pine and eucalyptus trees in abundance and ferns taller than you. A vast array of wildflowers are on display in splashing colors that blanket the Headlands and its cliffsides and trails, and throughout the village are Easter-egg-colored Victorian homes.


Mendocino County is littered with world class wineries, and it’s just a short jaunt to Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries, which will satisfy anyone’s palate.

Each of these elements plays an important role in my romance suspense writing: the weather, the landscape, and the small town charm, including the tight-knit villagers looking out for each other. Another important aspect in a writer’s world is that you write what you know and have experienced. I used to spend my summers here with my family to get away from the California heat, enjoying the cool water of the sea and playing in the natural wonders of nature from hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding to boating and fishing, just to name a few.

Mendocino will always be a place of wonderful childhood memories, my home away from home. It is my hope that through my stories, I can share and bring to life to every reader my experiences of the awesome beauty of the Mendocino coastline and its people.


If you ever visit this quaint Victorian town, who knows . . .  maybe you’ll see a hot, gorgeous man walking down Main Street or diving for abalone off the shores of the Headlands.


Grew up in Northern California. She currently resides in Washington, DC. She graduated with Honors from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies. Her main passion of studies is anything related to Geography.


Throughout her childhood, Donetta won awards for her creative writing in school projects. The first time she was paid, she received $100 in the fifth grade for writing an extensive report on the State of Tennessee. Since graduating from high school—and life’s twists and turns, put her creative writing skills on the back shelf—writing stories became an elusive dream.


With love, support, and a little push of encouragement from Donetta’s family and close friends, one morning she woke with a strong urge to sit down and begin writing a story that had been ever-present on her mind for years. Thus, the creation of Fire Within began.


When Donetta is not writing, she loves to read, watch movies, swim, shop at farmers' markets, and travel (including the beach, with a book in one hand and a rum drink in the other). Oh! And she revels in going to the gym, checking out the hot guys while working out with her personal trainer. She also enjoys good food, wine, conversation with close friends, and snuggling next to a warm fire with someone special.

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Actually, Donetta is working on a new series of six books, a Paranormal Romance that will undoubtedly be a milestone in her career as a novelist.


Readers are sure to be delighted with her new saga.

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