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"WHAT WE THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT IN LIFE, IS JUST AN EXCUSE FOR NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH FOR WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US... "
by: DONNA M. ZADUNAJSKY



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Not Forgotten and Broken Promises in Audiobook


Not Forgotten and Broken Promises 
are available on Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes.
 Just click on the links below to be directed to the sight.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Not Forgotten

I'm happy to announce the release of NOT FORGOTTEN in Audiobook format. Coming soon!
Now you can read my book on the go! Just buy, download and listen while you drive, or while doing your household chores. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homer Library Author Fair!

Though the event was only two hours long, I got to meet many people. I even did an interview with Chicago Tribune, Looking forward to reading the newspaper next Thursday.
I want to say THANKS to all the people who came out last night to see us and browse through the many books for sale.
Never Stop Reading!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FAMILY SECRETS

Down to the final edit of my third novel FAMILY SECRETS, Secrets and Second Chances, Book 1.
Now after I read through and make my final corrections, it's off to be proofread one last time.
Ugh! How I long to have this book finished and in the hands of my readers.
With over 89,000 words, this is my biggest book yet!
Though, I think a part of me will miss the characters in this novel.
Though, a get to create new characters and love them just as much!
Sometimes it's just to hard to let go of the books that clench at our heart and make us want more.
As a vivid reader, I do know what that is like.
Sometimes, I hate to put down a book that I never want to end, but that's what writing a book is all about; making the readers want more and the book to never end. Well, only if the characters and plot keep you wanting more, that is. Who would want to continue to read a book they couldn't stand?
I know I can't sit there for hours and continue to read a book that just isn't going anywhere.

FAMILY SECRETS will keep you wanting more, as you're waiting to find out all the secrets!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OSWEGO LITERARY FESTIVAL

Myself and other authors from the Illinois area will be
attending the Oswego Literary Festival Oct 4th, from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be book signings, raffles, and so much more.
Rain or shine come and see us.
There will be many different books to browse through.

Can't wait to see you at the Festival!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NOT FORGOTTEN ANNOUNCEMENT!

I'm excited to tell everyone that my second novel, NOT FORGOTTEN is being made into an Audiobook.  The audiobook should be done sometime in November, in which I hope to have ready for purchase by the holidays.
I 'm also looking to have BROKEN PROMISES made into an Audiobook as well.

If anyone is interested in having their book made into an Audiobook, just go to http://www.ACX.com
They have many narrators to choose from and is cost sufficient. Depending which narrator you want to do your book. You also can listen to other work they have done, so you get an idea what they sound like if they were to record you book. It's only a CLICK away, if you should choose to check out the site! It really is worth it.
http://www.ACX.com

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book of the Day!

So excited to share this news with everyone. My second novel NOT FORGOTTEN has won book of the day! That has definitely made my day.  I'm so thrilled!




Monday, July 28, 2014

A quick peek at "Family Secrets", Secrets and Second Chances Book #1

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Was life fair? Not in the least. Not when you worked your ass off for everything you’d ever dreamed of, and phoof, in an instant, with one sentence…it was gone!
Life doesn’t always work out the way we want. No matter what you’d done or how you’d done it, something without a doubt got in the way. You could spend days, weeks, months, even years working for the things you want out of life, only for it to be taken from you as if your dreams and schemes never existed. As if you’d never tried at all!
It’s funny how life seems to work out the opposite of what we want. Why bother to dream at all if your dreams never come to fruition? But if we don’t have our dreams and goals, to motivate and guide us, where would we be in this world? Lost, stumbling aimlessly, not driven by desire, blood, sweat, and tears!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Life isn’t fair,” so why are we so defeated when things don’t turn out our way? When everything seems to fall apart? Shouldn’t we just keep trying? “If you fall down, get back up, dust yourself off, and try again.”

But what if…just to be fair in this unfair world…what if those dreams were something we weren’t meant to have at all? What if they were only to teach us something we didn’t see in ourselves? What if there was something better than our dreams waiting for us on the path of life?
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEWS ON MY THREE NOVELS!

It has been a productive Spring as I had Not Forgotten  and Broken Promises reedited and as I write this they are both being formatted for Kindle and paperback, hopefully within the next couple of months will be ready for resell. Though, I still have Not Forgotten for sell as is, not that the novel was in bad shape like Broken Promises.
In between working on those two novels, I have finished writing my third novel Family Secrets, Secrets and Second Chances Series Book #1. I plan on writing eight to nine books in the Series. I'm choosing characters from the novels of the first three books in this Series and writing stories of them.
My fourth book is in the works and will begin working on it in a few weeks, as Family Secrets goes through an edit. Very exciting news and lots of work to be done!
I'm hoping to have Family Secrets out in stores in Spring 2015. I will keep you posted on the release of my third book. FAMILY SECRETS.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Not Forgotten Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put down February 21, 2014
By Draaks
Format:Paperback
What a roller coaster of a read. This book had twists and turns that you never see coming and an ending that leaves you satisfied. I could not put this book down and read it in 5 hours and even though I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out the conclusion I was sad when I finished because that meant I was done with the story. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing till the very end then this is the book for you. The characters are well written and I loved the relationship between Deanna and her son. If this is any indication that every book that Donna Zadunajsky writes is better that her last then count me as a fan. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Broken Promises Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Promises February 21, 2014
By Draaks
Format:Paperback
Broken Promises is a look into what it is like living with an alcoholic. You want to believe that it's the last time he will drink, you want to believe it's the last time he will cheat on you. But when is it enough. While some think Clare is weak I found her to be pretty strong. How easy it would be to just lay there and cry. Instead she starts her own business cleaning houses and takes care of her daughter. There was some twists towards the end that I didn't see coming and I wish we could have had a little more into the story of Detective Blarks and Clare. It just seemed kind of thrown in there to me. I give it 4 stars because of the poor editing. There are parts in the book where you really have no idea who is talking and it gets confusing. I think the prologue and the epilogue was a nice touch. All in all a good read and one that I would recommend. I received this book from the author for an honest review.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Not Forgotten

http://www.bookroomreviews.comReading that you would assume that this will be the story about the “secret” what happened? How did it happen?Why did it change her life? Needless to say I was a little disappointed to learn the secret ( although I already guessed it) within the first few chapters. I actually started to lose interest in the story. Turn a few more pages and that’s when the Author GRABS you! So unless you are one of those “Sicko’s” that like to read the end of the book first you should really enjoy this book especially if you like a good mystery/suspense novel.Once I got into the book there where so many twist and turns it was like getting lost in a Corn MazeJust when you think you have it figured out you find out you turned left when you should have turned right.
Written in first person you follow this woman as she tries to unravel a web of lies and deceit,to solve a puzzle she just can’t believe is happening or has happened.Who can she believe, who to trust? Who’s telling the truth what really happened all those years ago.
This piece of work by Donna Zadnajsky is filled with surprises and is well worth the price if you decide to purchase if for nothing else the surprise ending… buy Not Forgotten


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Not Forgotten Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A town with secretsFebruary 17, 2014
This review is from: Not Forgotten (Kindle Edition)
Deanna had something so life changing happen to her 26 years ago, and because of that, was very reserved about opening up to anyone.

After years of researching keeping an eye out, the house she grew up in was listed on the market. She bought it and began to move in. That’s when so many occurrences began to happen. Her son and her sister were in an accident and that’s when her life began to become unraveled. It was difficult for Deanna to believe these situations were related at first. The more she began to ask, search and dig, the more things became more unbelievable. Who could she trust, who could she open up to. Her son, her sister, her old neighborhood and town. So many questions, so many confusing situations.

Fast paced page turner. The more you read, the more you want to read. You’ll want to see Deanna find the answers to the questions. The cast of characters will keep you interested. No grammar, spelling or writing issues made it enjoyable to read.

I feel a cover with a headstone in the cemetery peaks your interest even more as to what type of story includes a cemetery headstone.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Not Forgotten Review 2/12/2014

Not Forgotten

Deanna had something so life changing happen to her 26 years ago, and because of that, was very reserved about opening up to anyone.

After years of researching keeping an eye out, the house she grew up in was listed on the market.  She bought it and began to move in.  That’s when so many occurrences began to happen.  Her son and her sister were in an accident and that’s when her life began to become unraveled.  It was difficult for Deanna to believe these situations were related at first.  The more she began to ask, search and dig, the more things became more unbelievable.  Who could she trust, who could she open up to.  Her son, her sister, her old neighborhood and town.  So many questions, so many confusing situations.

Fast paced page turner.  The more you read, the more you want to read.  You’ll want to see Deanna find the answers to the questions.  The cast of characters will keep you interested.  No grammar, spelling or writing issues which had made it enjoyable to read.

I feel a cover with a headstone in the cemetery peaks your interest even more as to what type of story includes a cemetery headstone.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Not Forgotten Book Review

If you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan, you will love Not Forgotten, by Donna M. Zadunajsky. A page-turner, Not Forgotten draws you in right from page one, and holds your interest until the last word of the final chapter. I could not stop reading this book! It is written in a clear, descriptive language, and told in the first-person from the point of view of the protagonist, Deanna.
Deanna has lived a troubled past. Her childhood has been one built on deception and lies.  Deanna moves back to her small hometown of Mendota after purchasing the house which once belonged to her parents. The day of the move, Deanna’s son, Brent, and her sister, Sheila are involved in a car accident which leaves Brett unconscious and Sheila in a coma. Through a series of twists and turns, Deanna begins seeking answers about her past, which brings her close to death as chilling facts come to light in this suspenseful novel.
I enjoy a suspense novel that includes some romance, and Not Forgotten fits that bill. Throughout the novel, Deanna re-establishes and solidifies her relationship with long-time boyfriend, Brice. This storyline adds depth to the characters, allowing readers a chance to see Deanna’s softer and more vulnerable side. Minor characters also add interest to the storyline. Questions of ethics come into play in the novel, too. More than once, while reading the book, I asked myself if Deanna’s mother’s actions throughout the book were a sign of weakness or strength. I also had to question Hank’s motives and actions as well as those of Officer Bates. Were their actions and lies justified? These are just some of the questions that, for me, made Not Forgotten an intriguing and thought-provoking suspense thriller.

The cover of Not Forgotten, by Donna M. Zadunajsky is dark and foreboding. The eye is immediately drawn to the cross-shaped headstone on the bottom left of the cover, and then to a row of crosses and headstones in the shadow of an old wood and stone house. The artwork draws you in and makes you want to know more about Kimberly Rose Iris, the name on the headstone in the foreground.   5 Stars

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bookplex

I was contacted by Bookplex about getting my novel converted correctly and I'm so glad I did. They did a wonderful job and fixed the sentences from being chopped all over the page when you buy my book and read it. I recommend everyone to give them a try. The appearance change to the layout of my book is amazing! http://www.bookplex.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bookplex Review of Not Forgotten

This Book tell the story of Deanna. Twenty Six years ago she was raped and left pregnant by the experience. Her family moved away to keep her pregnancy a secret. Now she has moved back to the town where it all started with her 13 year old son Brent.
Busy unpacking her elder sister offers to pick Brent up from school and on the way home they have a car accident, leaving both of them in badly injured. When Deanna meets their doctor it stirs the memory even more of her first child who had died shortly after bring born...or had she?
The book depicts Deanna trying to find the truth about what happened when she was only 15. The story is told from Deanna's point of view at first I struggled with it, but soon..very soon the story pulled me right in, and I couldn't put this book down.
So much so I read it in one night , sitting up to 5am, as I just had to find the answers. They are so many twists and turns. Nothing is at it seems and the author has done an outstanding job or pulling you to one conclusion and then completely catching you unawares when proved wrong!
The authors writing style is unique and refreshing to recent books I have read, with this mystery novel being written in the first person. By the end I was delighted to have found a new author, and would highly recommend this book.
It also contains a couple of chapters of her other book Broken Promises at the end.
The cover for the book, is quite dark..and at first you wonder what it really has to do with the storyline, but it does makes sense when you start to wonder who is in the baby's grave.

A Review by Bookplex

Not Forgotten, by Donna M. Zadunajsky is a work of fiction that portrays a woman re-visiting 

her past in hopes for a new future. Murder, dark family secrets, love, and trust play a huge part

in this drama. Deanna and Sheila did not share a close bond when they were younger siblings, 

but the two hope to develop a close relationship as sisters since they are now adults. Sheila 

blames Deanna for something that happened years ago and Deanna must somehow realize that

the “incident” was not her fault so that she can forgive herself. She purchases the house they 

lived in up until the “incident” and decides to forge ahead with life along with her teen son 

Brent.

 At the age of fourteen the family moved to a new town to avoid the stigma of what happened 

to Deanna. Her father held a high position in the community and felt that moving was the 

best way to protect his reputation. He knows that he cannot face his peers with a pregnant 

Deanna delivering a baby on her fifteenth birthday. Never mind that it was not her fault that the 

pregnancy resulted from an assault. The little baby girl dies shortly after delivery and Deanna’s 

world crushes in around her.

 On moving day Deanna gets the news that Shelia and Brent are in the hospital because of a 

car accident. Dr. Sheldon, the attractive female doctor in charge of their care seems so familiar 

to Deanna but she just cannot place her. She also runs into the doctor who delivered her baby 

all those years ago and he still looks the same. Even though Deanna is worried about her sister 

and her son, something in her gut just does not seem right. Everyone is being secretive and she 

sets out to find out why. She uncovers the secret about the death of her parents and other plots 

designed to keep her from knowing the truth about what happened all those years ago. People 

are alive who should be dead, houses hold unbelievable clues, threats keep coming, and the 

shocking truth about the night she was assaulted and why Dr. Sheldon looks so familiar will 

blow your mind.

 I enjoyed the intrigue of this book. The cover gave a good indication that a death was 

somehow involved in the story and that peaks the interest of those of us who like murder 

mysteries. There were a few grammatical errors and a lot of lines stopped after a few words only 

to start up again one space down. These two factors were a little annoying but did not affect the 

overall readability of the book. I do recommend this as a decent read.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Indie Writers Support

My novel "Not Forgotten", was number 17 on the list for book of the week. This is such a great achievement for me. I'm so excited and proud.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Self-Published Judge Not Forgotten

This was a real page-turner!  
Deanna and her son move back to where she grew up, hoping to get some closure on the past and settle in for her future. There is a lot to overcome. Deanna was assaulted as a young girl on a date and became pregnant, only to have the baby girl die at birth.  Then her parents died in a tragic fire and she is estranged from her sister a relationship she hopes to mend by moving back.  But her sister and son are in an auto accident and she becomes convinced that her son's doctor is the daughter she was told died at birth. Then people start dying and at every turn as she is trying to unravel the mystery that is her past, and danger lurks at every corner. Things are not at all what they seem, and there are a lot of buried secrets that certain people don't want to come out.  It is a dark tale, with a lot of intrigue and secrets.  Overall, I thought the book was well written the plot was good, the characters interesting and mysterious.  I thought a couple aspects (concerning secrets kept and for how long) might have been a bit beyond the credibility level.  There is some rather graphic and unpleasant sexual content that some readers might find uncomfortable (it was not gratuitous, it was consistent with the storyline) and which would not be appropriate for younger readers.  Overall well written and would recommend to appropriate audience.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review from BOOKPLEX


Not Forgotten


Not Forgotten is 334 pages of twists and turns that delight the reader to the very end. Donna M. Zadunajsky caught my attention from the very first chapter. I could not put this book down once I started it and finished it in one reading. I look forward to reading more works from this author.

        We all have events in our life where we are not sure of exactly what is truth and what is cover up. When Deanna returns to her childhood home, she finds out that those she trusted in her youth have been keeping a very big secret from her. The questions start after her sister and her son are in a car accident and admitted into the emergency department.  There she meets a doctor that reminds her of someone from her past. This should not be possible.

        As Deanne starts asking questions, bad things start happening. She is notified that one of her friends has been murdered and then she receives a note that if she does not leave, she will be next. Old memories and new stresses are making her feel like she is imagining things that are not there. With the help of a friend, she is starting to put the pieces together. Will her family pull together or will they be torn apart once this big secret is revealed?

        I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. This is because of some formatting issues and some grammatical errors. It seemed that on every page there was a page break in the middle of a sentence. While this did not take away from the story, it was annoying. I would and am still planning on recommending this book to my friends. I found it to be a very good read.

        Donna M. Zadunajsky is a great beginning author. Every time I felt like I had the story figured out, there was a new twist to boggle my mind. I was not prepared for the last twist and it totally threw me for a loop. I can safely say,  “I did not see that one coming”.