The Knot Series - A Trilogy

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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 is a trilogy that gives a voice to women’s issues that are often hushed. The first book in the series, The Trinity Knot: releasing the knot of silence, was published in April and is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local book store. It is a contemporary women's fiction that deals with the difficult issue of sexual assault.

Last month, the second book in the series was published. The Zeppelin Bend: unraveling the knot of deception, gives a voice to an issue that millions of women deal with globally and that is the topic of unintended pregnancy. It speaks of the confusion and inner turmoil that a woman experiences.

Lastly, the third book, The Hitch: knots that bind, was released June 28, 2019. This novel addresses the  modern-day issues of depression and addiction.

All three novels use the themes of art, tennis and ranching to weave an engaging drama as good trumps evil. The stories follow the lives of Gabby King, the daughter of a wealthy Texas oil and cattle baron, and Brett Matthews, a rodeo champion, working as a tennis pro.  The main characters experience real-world issues faced by women and men in today's complex society. Follow their journey as they achieve emotional healing and  gain self-confidence along the path to find love.

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Celebrate! Celebrate! The Hitch is the 2019 New York City Big Book Award Winner for Women's Fiction.  

    The Hitch: knots that bind is a novel full of adventure and will keep you on the edge of your seat, from motorcycles and rodeos, to hospitals and rehab centers, from art and politics, this story has it all. Read about the continuing saga of Brett and Gabby that has earned two five-star reviews from Reader's Favorite and now is the winner for Women's Fiction.  

   I am honored to receive this award and thank you to all who helped make The Hitch the best it could be. 


"...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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