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A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.  

An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn't until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance.  In 2006 she sold her first manuscript. 

Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She's a two-time winner of both the Bookseller's Best Award and the Colorado Award of Excellence, and a 2012 RITA finalist.

Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com, visit her facebook page, or through her publisher.

Twitter: @DonnaAlward

Representation: Karen Solem of Spencerhill Associates

I love hearing from readers!  If you'd like to send me a message, click here to send me an e-mail.

Photo copyright Marti Corn Photography


Upcoming Appearances:

Halifax Author Event

April 5, 2014, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lord Nelson Hotel

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Romantic Times Convention

May 13-18, 2014

Canal St. Marriott

New Orleans, LA


Romance Writers of America National Conference

July 23-26, 2014

Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk

San Antonio, TX



The Business of Writing - an in depth workshop that can be tailored to your particular needs. Addresses both the writing and promotion aspects of career.

Breaking Through Blah - How to bust through flat writing. Includes exercises using your works in progress.

To Agent or Not to Agent - Should you or shouldn't you? The pros and cons of going it alone or with representation.

Piece of Cake: The Recipe for a Satisfying Ending - the crucial ingredients to writing a sigh-worthy, satisfying ending to your romance novel that's as delicious as chocolate cake.

Put it on High Crank: Productivity Tips and Tricks to up your Word Count - tips and tricks to make the most of your writing time, resulting in faster - and better - output.

To contact me about any of these workshops click here.


Awards and Recognition

2012 Colorado Award of Excellence: How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart

2011 Cataromance Reviewer's Choice Award: How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart

2011 Bookseller's Best Award: Her Lone Cowboy

2011 Colorado Award of Excellence: Her Lone Cowboy

2011 Dunes and Dreams Cover Contest: Sold to the Highest Bidder

2008 Cataromance Reviewer's Choice Award:  Falling for Mr. Dark and Dangerous

2008 Bookseller's Best Award:  Hired By The Cowboy

2007 Cataromance Reviewer's Choice Award:  Marriage at Circle M