The Knot Series I

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As a writer, artist, and musician, I'm passionate about the arts. Though my chosen vocation was nursing, I feel deeply that my art work, music and books represent mediums through which  I can help others heal from physical and emotional pain.


My first book, Overly Pink, was created to share my journey using my art along with the written word from breast cancer diagnosis to survivor to help other women facing breast cancer. I got such a positive response that it alerted me that giving a voice to women's issues was long overdue. Encouraged  by this revelation, I wrote the Knot Series.

    The Knot Series I is a trilogy that gives a voice to issues that are often hushed. The first book in the series, The Trinity Knot: releasing the knot of silence, (April 2018) explores sexual assault. The second book,  The Zeppelin Bend: unraveling the knot of deception (October 2018).gives a voice to an issue that millions of women deal with globally, unintended pregnancy, and the third,The Hitch: knots that bind (June 2019) addresses the  modern-day issues of depression and addiction. I am encouraged that this novel won the 2019 New York City Big Book Award for Women's fiction.

       All three novels use the themes of art, tennis and ranching to weave an engaging drama as good trumps evil. The family saga continues with Gabby King, the daughter of a wealthy Texas oil and cattle baron, and Brett Matthews, a rodeo champion, working as a tennis pro.   Follow their journey as they achieve emotional healing and  gain self-confidence along the path to find love.

     With the Stay at Home orders this spring, I am pleased to announce the first book of The KNOT Series II, The Shackle: escape from the knot of restraint is with the editor and gives awareness to the horrific crime of human trafficking.  Potential publishing date is Fall 2020. I throughly enjoyed writing this modern day Western action and romance novel. Even though Gabby and Brett are still main characters they take a step back allowing Stan to find his unique gifts and shine.

      More good news is my non-fiction self-help/ memoir , Discover Gold: search for the gold within and reach for dreams, is receiving 5 star ratings from Readers' Favorites and I'm currently waiting for responses from book proposals sent to traditional publishers. I'm keeping my fingers' crossed that one of them will want to publish. Let me know if any of you would like to be a beta reader. This job involves writing a review on Amazon, GoodReads, and my Facebook Author page. I am looking for at least a dozen. 

   As you can see, I've been enjoying my career as an author. I apologize to all of you as I wasn't able to do my author tour due to the corona virus. Hopefully, this will get resolved and I will be able to visit you in your state sometime soon.  


Stay healthy and safe! And keep reading. When you read you can travel anywhere, continue learning and escape into another world. 

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"...a compelling story that explores one of the dilemmas that millions of women face across the globe daily- the question of unwanted pregnancy. It's also a story that clearly illustrates how vulnerable a woman can be when choices are forced on her. I loved the way DonnaLee Overly captures the emotions of the protagonist, allowing readers to feel her pain, to understand her dilemma, and to connect with her from a place where she feels deeply broken and weak. The character development is impeccable and readers will enjoy how a single event - an unplanned pregnancy- can change a womsn's life. The writing is beautiful and the narrative feels so real in the present tense. The powerful descriptions, the skillful use of the stream of consciousness, and the realism injected into the narrative make an enjoyable read.

                                      - 5 stars by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite


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