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About Mark Donahue
MARK DONAHUE'S Second Act... THE AUTHOR
After 35 years at a senior executive level with two Fortune 500 companies in the commercial real estate industry, Mark Donahue got bored. "Guess you could say I got bored with board meetings." He said recently.
So, he quit.
He knew he wanted to write, but wasn't sure what. Fiction? Non-fiction? Scripts? Then what genre? Mystery? Science Fiction? Drama? Romance? Action? Adventure?
The answer to all those questions and possibilities, was a resounding "yes."
"I didn't want to be pigeon holed into a certain formulaic kind of storytelling. That may not fit the normal approach, especially for a new writer, but the reason I left commercial real estate was I was bored. I didn't want to get bored again writing the same kind of story or even the same genre, time after time."
Despite his commitment to write, Donahue could not leave his business background totally behind. As a result, he developed a plan. A business plan. "I'd seen and heard of folks spending years writing a book or script, and then try to get a book published, or a script sold to a studio, and it never happens. Or even if it did, the reward was not commensurate with the time and effort. So, I decided to take a few years and write."
He wrote a lot. To date, he has written 5 novels, all to be release in 2020, and has 7 more underway. He also wrote 12 scripts, one of which is in pre-production, and 2 more in development. It's all part of his plan.
"I write stories I'd like to read. Stories that are character driven, where the reader has a chance to get inside the character's head. Learn what makes them tick. That kind of storytelling, an examination of the human condition, always kept my attention. I try to bring that element to my stories."
His business plan needed time to play out. He had to spend years writing. He did. He had to assemble a team of professionals who could take his work, then package and market it. He did. Then, he had to take the most difficult step, and put his work into the marketplace. That is happening in 2020.
"I knew at some point I had to let my work see the light of day, and have someone besides friends and family read it. So far, the plan has worked on both the book and film side, but we still have a long way to go. But I can say this unequivocally...I'm sure not bored."
Starting in August of 2020, Donahue will be releasing five novels; Last at Bat, Golden Reich, STATS, Fat Girl, and Answer Man. Each novel has a companion script completed.
It is unusual for an author, especially a new author, to release 5 books over 5 months, and each as different in genre as Donahue's work.
"Once readers have a chance to read Last At Bat, I hope they'll want to read GOLDEN REICH, then all the rest. I just hope they're ready for very different stories. Hopefully they will detect a recognizable style in my writing. If not, guess I could always go back to selling office buildings. No, actually, I couldn't. I'd be bored."
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David has put his life on the line to defend America once before. Now he has to decide if he will do it again — and risk the lives of his loved ones as well.
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David has lived in the US for awhile --- almost 200 years.
He likes the Earth alright but sees the telltale signs that we have pretty much wrecked the joint given the rising sea levels, global warming, bad air, bad water and a generally bad attitude that folks from other parts of the galaxy see as arrogant--even illegal in a galactic sort of way.
˃˃˃ For centuries this inter-galactic alliance has been protecting us when meteors have headed our way.
They would vaporize them in deep space before our limited math abilities could even detect Earth will be turned to an ash if these big rocks ever hit us.
˃˃˃ But the guys from the other planets have decided they are not going to save us this time--they are going to let us get smashed to dust and give Earth a fresh start.
David pleads with his bosses for a last chance for the Big Blue Marble.
˃˃˃ He has a plan, but he needs to get the people of Earth to listen.
So he sends a letter to 7 specially selected candidates around the world who he thinks can help deliver his message to the rest of the world.If they fail, the Earth dies. If they succeed, much of life of Earth still dies. It's a matter of who and when. No decision is ever easy.
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LAST AT BAT
SMALL TOWN BIG SECRETS
If you can throw a 95 MPH fastball - or hit one - your teammates don't care what color you are, how pretty you are, or where you came from.
“I SOON DISCOVERED this novel is a story of the indomitable spirit that potentially dwells in us all. About selflessness, sacrifice and the beauty of compassion. It’s the story of hope and renewal; a second chance.” —Jeff Lowrey Baseball Play by Play Announcer/Film Producer
MATT WOLF doesn't remember his past, or what he used to look like. Or his real name.But the four people who rescued him from a devastating plane crash, do know . . . everything. Including that the world, including his wife, think Dylan Michael, the greatest baseball player of a generation, died in that crash. As fans mourn Dylan's loss, Matt heals. While his face will never look the same, his body recovers and is stronger than ever. By chance, he realizes he may have played baseball at one time. As his talent resurfaces, it's clear he has major league ability, maybe super-star ability. But there's a catch; his past can't be discovered, or he could spend years in prison.
To reach his dream of returning to "The Show" Matt will need the help of everyone in the small town of Blossom, South Carolina. Problem is, Matt is a white guy and Blossom is a nearly all Black town. A town not really all that fond of white guys, even former big leaguers.
HE WILL NEED TO PROVE TO THE PEOPLE OF BLOSSOM HE'S MORE THAN A BASEBALL PLAYER!
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They say Sara’s just healthy and will outgrow it.
When Sara is 8, she weighs 142. At 15, 265. At her high school graduation 435. At 19, Sara’s bedridden and weighs over 800 pounds.
˃˃˃ Her widowed mother, Elaine, spends a small fortune on doctors trying to gain control of Sara’s weight. Nothing works. When Elaine discovers she’s terminally ill, she decides that after her death, someone will need to take care of Sara 24/7.
Someone motivated who can also manage the $100 million estate Sara will inherit. She decides a young estate attorney from Chicago, Brandon Parrish, would work out just fine. Elaine also has other plans for Brandon.
˃˃˃ When first approached with the scheme Brandon scoffs at the idea -- until he learns for every year Sara lives a $250,000 annual stipend will be paid, with a $1 million bonus on each 4th year anniversary of Sara’s life.
Taking the deal, he enlists the help of a former frat brother, now a physician, and together they come up with a comprehensive medical plan to keep Sara alive--it’s called a coma. It works.
˃˃˃ Sara's alive -- and loses weight. She transforms from an amorphous mound of flesh into a human being, into an attractive woman who, aided by plastic surgery and an unlimited wardrobe budget, becomes a stunning woman.
Brandon falls in love with the woman in the coma, and when Sara awakens 10 years later, she remembers dreams of someone coming to her in the darkness. She can feel a touch--the pain.
But are they dreams?
When she learns the truth she has plans of her own.