Because it's always nice when someone you don't know validates your work, I have dedicated this page to all those who have reviewed and commented on my books throughout the Web. These are just some of the things people have said about:

"Soul of a Witch"

5.0 out of 5 stars
Another great book
By db on May 27, 2015

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Dana Donovan continues to be one of my favorite authors. The story line in this book was different different then any I have read before and enjoyed every second of it. The circus was certainly a different location from Dana's other works and we got a glimpse of life in the circus with all the twists and turns and intrigue. Dana has 2 story lines running and manages to keep them both interesting. I was missing Lilith and Tony's interaction in the beginning of the book but soon there was plenty of two of my favorite people. Of course there is also Tony and Carlos. They make me laugh and want to keep reading. I loved this book and hope there is another in the works in the future

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book
By Darlene Bargas on May 21, 2015

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I like the way it picks up right where the last one leaves off none of this 15 or 20 years later stuff.
Characters always consistent and interesting.
I hope Carlos gets to meet his Lilith and go thru a passage so we can have a lot more of this group.
I hope not a whole year before next book. But well worth the wait.
Thank You Mr. Donovan for the series and Amazon for making it available

5.0 out of 5 stars
Favorite Read
By Magic Lady on July 8, 2015

I am reading Dana Donovan’s books as fast as she can publish them, light, funny, interesting, magical, love, what's not to like. Really love this series...waiting for the next
Kathy Shreffler

5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed. Hoping there will be a book 12. There are many more adventures ahead.
Published 16 months ago by Linda Dealy

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great as usual. Love this series.
Published 16 months ago by Mema
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"Bury the Witch"
5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED LOVE 
By witchraven
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely love this series and so glad it continues! Well worth the read. Super characters. Great story lines and twists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana Donovan never disappoints. 
By Roadrunner347
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I have come to love the characters in this series. And each book has an intriguing mystery going through it. And a great love story too. Something common to all my favorite authors. Can hardly wait for #11.

5.0 out of 5 stars Bury the Witch: Book 10 (Detective Marcella Witch's Series) 
By Rosepetal1998
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Dana Donovan delivers yet another spellbinding book. I have read all ten books in the series and can not wait for the next one. I'm a big fan of her books she weaves a splendid tale with each book. You laugh at all the crazy things her characters do at each and every turn. I never know where she is headed with a story and that's a good and thing at least for me a avid reader who finds it hard to find author's who do not all have the same writing style today.

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait. 
By Joe-Anne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So glad Jerome is ....oops almost had a spoiler there. I do love this series; some books more than others of course. This one didn't disappoint. Enjoy reading this one.,. Can't wait for the next one...and no, I'm not telling you what it's theme will be!!

5.0 out of 5 stars love book 10, can't wait for book 11 
By db
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have 3 Indie Authors whose books I buy the moment I am told they are available on Amazon. Dana Donovan is one of them. I stalk his facebook page to find out when his next book is being released. I love Lilith's strong independent attitude but she is not afraid to show her vulnerability. I love books about witches and there is always plenty of witchy stuff going on in his books to make me happy. I love all his characters and their interactions with each other. There also is always a mystery involved that needs to be solved, another of my favorite things to read about. I love Tony because he can hold his own with Lilith, he is as strong as she is and I adore Carlos, he makes me laugh and I would want him as my best friend.

"Return of the Witch"
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Witch
dbeecher - Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Return Of The Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's series. Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
There are a few authors who are writing series that I can't wait for their next sequel to be released. Dana Donovan is one of those authors. His Detective Marcella Witch's series drew me in with book one and I have been a fan ever since. This latest book did not disappoint. We got to see a softer, vulnerable side to the strong independent Lilith. We watch as Ursula comes into her own. From the title I had a preconceived idea who returned but one should never assume. Reading the first few chapters my heart broke with Lilith. I am a huge fan of books about witches and if you love a good witch read get Dana's books. However if you are new to the world of Lilith, Tony, Carlos, Ursula and Dominick I recommend you start with book 1 and read all 9 in order you will be glad you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, October 25, 2013
Bethany Murphy - Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Return Of The Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's series. Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
Love this series this one kept me on my toes right till the end I can only hope it doesn't take long for book 10 to come out  

"Gone is the Witch"
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than OZ
janet kunkel
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This review is from: GONE IS THE WITCH (Detective Marcella Witch's series Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
The writing takes us to a place of darkness and make believe in a magical place. The ending left me wanting to read the next installment NOW! This series is great
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone Is the Witch is one of the best so far!, September 9, 2013
Lisa BC
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This review is from: GONE IS THE WITCH (Detective Marcella Witch's series Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
The characters are getting more and more in depth and sophisticated and I love getting to know them all. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

"Call of the Witch" 

5.0 out of 5 stars Scarey, Fun, Intriguing, & Just Plain Good
Jean Nienhuis "MaggieJ" (Washington) - 
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This review is from: Call Of The Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's series. Book 7) (Kindle Edition)
Book 7 in the Detective Marcella Witch's series is what I'd call a terrific book. The story is intriguing, some new characters are introduced, old characters continue to grow and amaze me, and the who-dun-it baffled me to the end. I love a mystery and while I usually trend toward "thrillers" more than just "mysteries", this series by Dana Donovan is completely irresistible to me. I love these characters every bit as much as some of my beloved friends!
There's laughter, tears, surprise, and recognition in every chapter! I'm feeling pangs of withdrawal because there are no more in the series--YET. Please, Mt. Donovan, write more!!!! 
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, January 9, 2013
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This review is from: Call Of The Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's series. Book 7) (Kindle Edition)
I read this entire series and found the books all riveting. Once started it was awful hard to put it down. Highly recommend the series!!  

"Kiss the Witch"
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books!
Kimis.mom.93 -Amazon Verified Purchase
I can't wait to read the next one! Tony, Lilith, Carlos, Dominic and Ursula are all such great characters and the story line is always interesting as well.


5.0 out of 5 stars HANDFASTING AT ITS BEST
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This review is from: Kiss The Witch (Detective Marcella Witch's Series. Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
Once again Dana Donovan has done it! LOVE THIS SERIES!! A handfasting and more and couldn't have read at a better time but on my own blue moon handfasting! Great book with a little extra surprise at he end that's not to be missed.


5.0 out of 5 stars Super series, great book!!
Jay S. Phillips (FLorida, USA) -
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This review is from: WITCH HOUSE (Detective Marcella Witch's Series. Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
This is one of a series of books that I read recently. I have got to say that it is one of a super series!!
I was hooked from the start!! This like all the books of the series was great!! I would recommend it to all my friends!!

5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTINGLY GOOD
witchraven -
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This review is from: WITCH HOUSE (Detective Marcella Witch's Series. Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
Wicked good read! Love watching the characters progress as the books go on.....engaging read that is hard to put down. Keep them coming!

"Bones of a Witch"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Witch series gets better and better!
Jean Nienhuis "MaggieJ" (Washington) - 
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This review is from: BONES OF A WITCH (Detective Marcella Witch's Series. Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Having gotten book 2 free, I had to buy and go back and read #1, then #3, then #4---you get the idea. What you need to know is this: Donovan's Witch's series gets better and better!! I would be thrilled if each book was just as good as the one before....but they get BETTER. This one is a surprise in one respect, you get to "hear" the story from multiple viewpoints. At first I thought, "what?" but then settled in and enjoyed all the different views immensely. Thank you Mr. Donovan!!! please don't stop!

Review by: Anthony Perry : star star star star
really good and riveting, I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)


5.0 out of 5 stars SHE DID IT AGAIN!!!

Debra B. "Village Witch" (Virginia) - 

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This review is from: THE WITCH'S KEY (Detective Marcella Witch's Series. Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
I finished the 3rd book, and had to put down my nook. My family wouldn't eat take out another day.... I'm addicted to Dana Donovan! I love the direction the series is taking. I look forward to picking up the next book and continuing.

I had to recharge my nook to finish reading this!!! I couldn't put it down! I loved the characters! Dana wrote well, establishing good character images. I originally was just going to check out the free book, but hate to read the 2nd book in a series so opted to drop the $3 for the first book first. I went back and bought the other 5 in the series before reading the free second! I'll pick up her other free standing book after I finish the series this weekend!

I hope you have a delivery service for food because you are not going to want to put these down!

Aug. 17, 2007 By a Lulu User "And he does it again." Okay, where is number 4? Great, great book. I have just ordered Skinny and I am sure I will enjoy reading it as much as I have the Marcella series. Keep 'em coming, Dana. 


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Aug. 17, 2007 By a Lulu User
"Great Series"

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Oct. 15, 2009 By mmartinez: 
"Brilliant!!" I've always been a fan of movies that have unexpected endings with a twist, only until the "Eye of the Witch" i was able to find a book with writing of such brilliance that played in my mind like if i was watching a movie. This book is awesome since the first page. I would like to take this moment to ask the author not to stop here, there is so much more, I'll be checking for the 3rd book, please email me at mmartinez@usa.com with news.

Review by: queenofsheba50 : star star star star star
Great series read the Witch's Ladder first & it's free right now.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Review by: selena scott : star star star star star
I recommend you read The Witchs Ladder first it is a series. Loved how it keeps you guessing. Really enjoyed the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Review by: liz : (no rating)
Most excellent story telling, once i finished with witch's ladder and realized it was a series i just had to move on to the next one.
Review by: sile : star star star star star
I read this book and then had to read the first one. I've now downloaded them all. The book was hard to stop reading and to put down.
Review by: Sandra Gilbert: star star star star star
Great Sequel to Witches Ladder. I love seeing how Detective Marcella’s views change throughout the book as events unfold and force him to reexamine what he thought he knew.


By Linda Welch
The Witches Ladder is the first of Dana Donovan’s paranormal mystery series starring Detective Tony Marcella. A group of young people with psychic abilities meet at the New England Institute for Research of Paranormal and Unexplained Phenomena, where under the guidance of Dr. Peter Leiberman, they conduct experiments and research in the realms of supernatural ability. When one of them is murdered, Detective Marcella and his partner Carlos Rodriguez are called to the scene. The murder victim was viciously slain and his liver removed, and Marcella suspects a cult is involved. When another of the group dies at the hands of the Surgeon Stalker, the rest decide to take matters into their own hands and carry out their own investigation, with horrific results. Distrust and suspicion escalate and more of the group die. On whose side is beautiful witch Lilith Adams? Why does she give Marcella a Witches Ladder charm?

Marcella needs more than good old-fashioned police work to solve this case, Not only must he understand the supernatural abilities of the suspects, he must become a believer, and trust the power of the Witches Ladder.

Donovan uses the multiple person narrative mode, which isn’t for everyone, but in this case it works. There is a gritty, old-school, Sam Spade feel to Marcella‘s narration which made me immediately like the man. As the main protagonist, he’s a stand-up guy. At the beginning, as you meet the various characters, the pace of the plot is leisurely, punctuated by instances of eerie suspense, but as the story progresses the pace picks up, racing toward the climax. I’m one of those annoying people who can’t watch a mystery movie or read a “whodunnit” without knowing who did it almost from the beginning, but I had NO idea where this plot was going. This is a good first novel in what promises to be an exciting series (which, by the way, is already written.)

Rated R for gruesome murder scenes 

Review by: Kristina Howells : star star star star star
A lovely book, well written. I couldn't put it down. I look forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: selena scott : star star star star star
Loved this book. So much Suspense couldn't put the book down. Can not wait to read the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: liz : star star star star star
Great book, couldn't wait to see how it ended without actually wanting it to end...


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"Review by Shannon Yarbrough"
by ; Shannon Yarbrough

I continue to seek thrills from authors like Troy Taylor and any other genius author exploring the supernatural. I can now add Dana E. Donovan to my list of favorites.
Abandoned revolves around a character named Mike Riley. Right from the start, Mike begins telling his story to the reader in a very passive voice, but Donovan does a great job of keeping the reader intrigued while they learn the back-story of Riley’s life and why it is so important. Here’s an intense cliff hanger right on page one… 

All right then, where do I start? Do I begin on that hot August day when I returned to the house in which I spent my summers as a child? Perhaps I should tell you about the first time I realized the house was haunted? Better yet, maybe I need to go all the way back to the day I killed my little brother, Patrick. But no, I’m not ready to talk about that. Not yet anyway. 

What follows is a detail of Mike’s days growing up with his brother Patrick and being raised by his grandmother. Donovan’s writing has a nice “Our Town” feel to it. He has a keen eye for detail that really paints a picture of the setting of the story, New Castle. The only problem the story suffers from at this point is maybe a bit too much detail as this story weighs in at over 600 pages. 

After thirty years, Mike returns to his grandmother’s farmhouse. Like many of those tortured souls horror fans love to read about and connect with, Mike has been struggling with what happened to his brother and he hopes that by reconnecting to the place he loved so much as a child, he will learn to accept his past and be able to move forward. But as Mike will soon learn, his past is not the only thing that’s haunted. 

There are odd noises at night in the old farmhouse. Furniture moves across the room all by itself. Mike hears voices although he’s all alone. Or is he? This house would be a paranormal investigator’s dream come true. Donovan’s vivid details really pay off in some of these scenes where Mike begins to explore what is happening. Mike soon discovers that Grandmother’s old farmhouse is actually haunted by the ghost of his brother Patrick, and Patrick is not very happy that Mike has returned.
What follows is an intense struggle between the two brothers to resolve the anger and distance between them, but that’s a little hard to do when Patrick is in the afterlife and wants Mike dead as well. The author has plotted his story out very well, and as I said, it contains all the key elements that a book of this genre needs to capture an audience. Abrupt cliff hangers to keep you interested, a taste of foreshadowing, and certainly lots of eerie moments to send chills down your spine, readers who enjoy a good scare then this book is for you. 

I recall a scene early on where Mike comforts Patrick as a child over a ghost story which their Grandmother told them to keep them from playing near the well. Nuances of the spirit world like this, sprinkled throughout the brother’s life together on earth, create a nice balance with Mike’s reactions to meeting his brother as a ghost later. The emotional reaction from Patrick (as a ghost) toward his brother Mike really help to support the overall story, again echoing the supernatural elements Donovan has presented his characters with as children. In other words, Donovan’s story of this conflict between man and ghost is actually believable and not too over the top.
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By Marisol Martinez Great story, not a slow moment, the characters are very well established and Patrick was so cool, one moment you laugh at his crazy deeds and the other you couldn't resist the little sucker!!. Very cool ending. I recommend it 100%


By Devon Kappa
....There is much to like about Skinny. Dana Donovan’s writing is brisk and assured, and he instills the entire novel with an unnerving sense of otherness. John Beckman is a sympathetic and smart narrator. The people of Plenty, though somewhat bumbling, are truly menacing. And the action scenes, as the hero tries desperately to escape from Plenty, are clearly rendered and nerve-racking....
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By Michael Sorensen:
"This was just too out there!" I enjoyed this. The idea, the blurb to get me in--all well done...

Michael Sorensen--Miren Publishing Group