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Top 25 Authors of 2018





This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon


God bless you!


Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018



Sweet Entanglement | Jean C. Gordon


Today I am reviewing Sweet Entanglement, from the Indigo Bay Sweet Romance series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Is three the charm?

Lauren Cooper is on her way to her life’s dream. She’s financed and finished college and law school all on her own. And she’s up for partner at the largest law firm in Indigo Bay.

There’s nothing to stop her from concentrating everything on achieving that goal. Until Jesse Brewster, the man who broke her heart twice, shows up sleeping off the night before on the beach, and she’s called in to serve as his public defender.

Looking to make a new start after the racing accident that ended his lucrative motocross career and sent him spiraling into darkness, the former champion had envisioned an entirely different scenario if he ever saw Lauren again.

That vision was more along the lines of the successful businessman he’d be once he rehabbed the seaside mansion he’s inherited from his uncle and sold it to open a custom bike shop.

Sparks fly between them, and Jesse vows to fan those sparks once he’s got the project successfully underway. But someone starts sabotaging it, putting Jesse behind on the deadline he has to meet to get the property off the Indigo Bay Planning Board’s condemned property list. And Lauren has a sick suspicion that her bosses are somehow involved.

Jesse and Lauren had once promised they’d wait for each other while they pursued their career dreams. Despite that broken promise, neither can deny the love that’s still between them. But now that they are on the cusp of reaching those dreams, are they willing to risk everything to renew that love?

Team Macachek: Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.

This is the 12th novel in the Indigo Bay series, but all books can be read as standalones.




I had to laugh when I read how Jesse Brewster planned to impress Lauren Cooper if they ever met again. . . nope, not anywhere near what he had envisioned. On the contrary, he couldn’t have made a worse impression.

But the sparks are still flying and cannot be ignored. Will they go for their dreams? Or will they let love guide them? Read Sweet Entanglement to find out. . .

Don’t miss this sweet story of love and hope!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Mending the Motocross Champion | Jean C. Gordon


Today I am reviewing Mending the Motocross Champion,l by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her.

Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.




I loved the story of Dana and Mac. . .

Wow! What a story!

Dana VanAlstyne loved Anton “Mac” Macachek, but she couldn’t risk her heart when he was risking his life on the motocross racetrack. After she receives a call that he’s been in an accident,  will she stay, or leave him again? Read the story and find out for yourself. By the time you finish it, you’ll be reaching for the tissues!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Reuniting His Family | Jean C Gordon


Today I am reviewing Reuniting His Family by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A Father’s Promise

Rhys Maddox wants nothing more than custody of his two sons.

Released from prison after a wrongful charge, the widowed dad will do anything to bring his boys home where they belong.

But that doesn’t include falling for their former social worker.

Now leading an outreach program for families in transition, Renee Delacroix can’t escape the tall, dark and intriguing single dad…or his adorable little boys.

But Rhys is determined to go it alone. Until one incident that may cost him what he wants the most.

Now it’s up to Renee to save him…if she can make him see she’s just what he needs to complete their forever family.




This story will pull at your heartstrings from the very beginning. . .

Rhys Maddox was imprisoned on a wrongful charge, but after he is released will anyone ever see him as anything but a bad man? Even worse, while he was in prison his wife died and his children were placed in foster care. . . and Rhys is doing everything he can to get them back!

Now, doesn’t that sound like a heartwarming story to you? Well yeah, it is — so grab your tissues before you begin reading it. I refuse to give anything away, so grab a copy and dig in!

Happy Reading!


God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Holiday Homecoming | Jean C Gordon


Today I am reviewing Holiday Homecoming, the second book in the Donnelly Brothers series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Pastor’s Christmas Match

Pastor Connor Donnelly is done with romance.

After proposing to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Delacroix, five years ago — and being turned down — he’s putting all his time and energy into his community.

He’s determined to make the Christmas pageant he’s directing a success.

But family and friends are set on fixing up the good-looking bachelor in time for the holidays.

And now that Natalie is back in Paradox Lake — and helping with the pageant — they might just succeed.

Because working so closely with Natalie stirs up old feelings . . . and Connor starts to hope for a second chance with the one who got away.




HOLIDAY HOMECOMING was an absolute JOY to read!

Natalie Delacroix and Pastor Conner Donnelly were once in love. But Natalie chose her career over staying with Conner. When she returns home after five years, Conner is happily settled as the pastor of the community church.

When they are selected to work on the Christmas pageant together, it seems as if everyone is determined to get them back together. When career choices interfere, who will stay and who will go?

From the first page, I knew this was going to be a fun, delightful read. I’d love to share an example, if you’ll indulge me . . . such as when Natalie and Conner get locked in the attic by a couple of matchmakers!

But, of course, things don’t always work out the way we would choose. When Natalie get another job offer, it doesn’t look promising for her and Conner.

If you enjoy Love Inspired books, you’re going to love HOLIDAY HOMECOMING. If you like reading Christmas stories — and romance stories, you’ll be over-the-top, because this book has it all.

I honestly can’t praise it enough!

Read. The. Book.  

You’ll love it!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Grand Prize Winner | Jean C. Gordon Marathon

Jean C Gordon - JULY 2016






I will be contacting you via e-mail
to let you know what you need to do to collect your GRAND PRIZE.

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!


God bless you!

Winner © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Jean C. Gordon . . . Author Spotlight


Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Jean…


Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.

She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

Although her writing and family don’t leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can. She and her husband team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church’s Evangelism Committee. She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering at the church’s Book Nook.

You can keep in touch with her at JeanCGordon.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


An interview with Jean C. Gordon . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf – Tweet this!


And here is my interview with Jean:

  1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Upstate NY series?

Actually, I wrote my Upstate books before I started writing for Love Inspired. Avalon Books originally published them in hardcover for libraries. Amazon Montlake later bought Avalon, and I received the rights back on my first three Avalon books, which I refreshed and updated and published under the Upstate NY imprint. Montlake still has the rights to and has republished my last two Avalon books, Mara’s Move and Candy Kisses. I like writing sweet romance as well as inspirational romance, so I’ll be launching a new sweet series (Team Macachek) in the fall to complement my Love Inspired books.


  1. Have you ever written under a pen name? Why or why not?

No, I haven’t. Jean C. Gordon is such a nice easy name to remember. FYI, the “C” is for Chelikowsky.


  1. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conference in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?

Yes, I will be at the conference as well. I’m looking forward to both of them and to visiting Nashville for the first time. I’m bringing my husband along and staying a few extra days to sightsee. I hope to see at least some of you while I’m there.


  1. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about your choice to live with your daughter’s family? (I live with my daughter’s family, too)

The summer before our son started high school, our daughter and son-in-law were house hunting and not finding what they wanted—something with acreage to do some farming—in their price range. The semi-rural area where we were living at the time was quickly becoming suburban, and the high school had grown to a size that seemed large to my husband and me. We wanted our son to attend a smaller school. After a summer-long search, we finally found our house. We had a few bumps at first, such as quickly discovering that we couldn’t share a kitchen. My husband and I added a second kitchen to our side of the house. Once we got over the bumps, things have worked out pretty well, and I love having the multi-generations together. I think it’s good for all of us.


  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I have two things. If you want to succeed commercially, treat your writing as a business, not a hobby, and remember where your talents come from.


And now for a few favorites:

Favorite person – my husband, Mark

Favorite coffee –  anything mocha 

Favorite perfume – Lily of the Valley

Favorite hobbies (other than writing) – reading and playing Scrabble online with a few friends

Favorite book – it’s a toss-up between Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Grace, and Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake and the Reformer (original versions of each)

Favorite music – most recently, Country. It reminds me of the rock ballads of the 1970s. (Yes, I’m dating myself)

Thank you, Jean!

And THANK YOU, readers, for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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