Mystery At Magnolia Mansion
January 21, 2012
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Brenda Maxwell’s new interior design client tells her to “paint, wallpaper, whatever” his hundred-year-old landmark mansion, “but for God’s sake, don’t go overboard.” When she figures her grandiose plans will fit handily into his edict’s “whatever” section, they’re launched into a constant head-bumping mode.
Brenda’s poor money management skills (that’s his view, but what does he know?) and lawyer David Hasbrough’s ridiculous need to control her life (that’s her well-reasoned evaluation of the situation) combine to keep the battle going. Is this couple’s romantic goose cooked? Well, she can’t be near him without sparks flying and goose bumps popping out everywhere. But that mansion has to be done right!
NOTE: Don McNair actually lived in this house, and did the very things to it that he has heroine Brenda Maxwell do.
Mystery On Firefly Knob
January 21, 2012
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When Erica Phillips visits choice inherited property on a Cumberland Plateau knob overlooking a beautiful valley, she finds scientist Mike Callahan camped there to study unique fireflies. She needs to sell it fast to buy a new building for her antiques business, but he freaks out when a condo builder offers her a contract. Miffed, she tells him, “If I have my way, this place will be sold within the week. And, Mr. Callahan, I will have my way!”
Their budding romance plays out before a background of a murder mystery, distrust, and heart-racing hormones. Will it blossom into a lifetime relationship?
About The Author:
Don McNair, now a prolific author, spent his working life editing magazines (11 years), producing public relations materials for the Burson-Marsteller international PR firm (6 years), and heading his own marketing communications firm, McNair Marketing Communications (21 years). His creativity has won him three Golden Trumpets for best industrial relations programs from the Publicity Club of Chicago, a certificate of merit award for a quarterly magazine he wrote and produced, and the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil. The latter is comparable to the Emmy and Oscar in other industries.
McNair has written and placed hundreds of trade magazine articles and three published non-fiction “how-to” books (Tab Books). He’s written six novels; two young-adult novels (Attack of the Killer Prom Dresses and The Long Hunter), three romantic suspense novels Mystery on Firefly Knob, Mystery at Mangolia Mansion, and Wait for Backup!), and a romantic comedy (BJ, Milo, and the Hairdo from Heck).
McNair now concentrates on editing novels for others and teaching two online editing classes (see McNairEdits.com).
I have to be honest here. These weren’t what I was expecting. They were a little slow for my tastes-at first. Perhaps a romance story being written by a man (I’ve found a few I’ve enjoyed but still have questions on some!), is what lead me to have a bit of trouble getting into the stories. After pushing through the first third of both of these books I ended up enjoying them when McNair trumped over that slowness with intriguing mystery and tender romances, creating stories that I was,in the end, happy that I read.
Mystery On Firefly Knob was a sweet story. Despite the slow beginning, I enjoyed reading Erica and Mike’s stories. Erica learned she had a biological father who she was named for, and, upon his accidental death, inherited a beautiful estate from him. When she arrives on the estate she’s brought face to face with Mike Callahan, a handsome man who pulls her heart strings, and wants her to keep the estate. It’s the home of unique fireflies that he’s researching, and he doesn’t want her to sell. Erica wants her way….and Mike wants his. These two butt heads and come to terms with their feelings for each, but not before a mysterious mystery unravels before them.
Mystery At Magnolia Mansion is also a sweet story. David and Brenda’s characters are perfect for each though they each have their own thoughts on that! Brenda is trying to help David redesign, but Brenda wants to do things a certain way, and can’t quite understand David’s controlling side. David wants Brenda to understand certain things about her life, both professionally and where he fits in. But, these two have some serious hurdles to cross as they work together on this mansion, and try to find away to make their feelings for each other work!
Despite that slow beginning for both of these, I can’t give these less than a 4 Book rating. They ended up filled with awesome mystery, romance and excitement. The reader becomes friends with the characters, hanging on every page turn, wanting to know what will happen next. I am glad that I gave these books a go and am looking forward to more of these kinds of books by this talented author! If you love sweet romance, mixed with tender characters and lots of mystery, then you will enjoy Mr. McNair’s mysteries.