A Bonus from When the World Fell Silent: Recipe

With the release of WHEN THE WORLD FELL SILENT only 2 months away, I wanted to share a little something from the book.
I didn’t know when I first had it that War Cake originated during WW1. While there’s shortening in this recipe, it uses no butter, eggs, or milk. My mother-in-law first made it for me, and I LOVED it as at the time I wasn’t a fan of fruit cake (that has also since changed!). In fact, when we did Groom’s Cake for our wedding (a tradition to look up if you’re unfamiliar), we did War Cake instead of Fruit Cake.
It’s spicy and tasty and fantastic with a cup of tea. I don’t make it often, but I usually make one around Christmas time. 🙂
Here is the recipe!


A stunning historical fiction debut…

It feels weird to call this a debut, when I’ve been publishing for so long, but I have to admit, writing historical fiction is VASTLY different than writing romance, and in addition to the process, the journey to publishing it has also felt like that “first time” all over again, with tons of excitement.
Eliza Knight is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and she sent along her thoughts about WHEN THE WORLD FELL SILENT:

“WHEN THE WORLD WENT SILENT is a richly detailed look into the lives of women on the home front during WWI, and how their lives were irrevocably changed following a tragic ship collision that resulted in an explosion in the Halifax Harbour Narrows. Donna Alward has penned a stunning historical fiction debut you don’t want to miss. A fascinating tale of resilience!” ~Eliza Knight, USA Today and international bestselling author of Starring Adele Astaire

Thank you, Eliza, for reading this labour of love and giving it your thumbs up! For those of you who might want to grab Eliza’s books, she just had a new one out with Denny S Bryce called CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS, about the friendship between Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald. And her next is coming soon – THE QUEEN’S FAITHFUL COMPANION.

Spring Reader Fever is HERE!

The biggest event of the year at My Book Friends is happening all this week!

From May 12-18, come visit our group, get ready for shenanigans, and participate! There are prizes all week long, as well as one grand prize which is an autographed copy of a book by every single one of our founding authors. It’s our way of saying thank you to our readers and followers!

My prize is an Atlantic Canadian-themed pack, including a fun historical romance by Michelle Helliwell, a romance novella by Nicole Northwood, my own Promise at Refuge Point (my latest release), and a gorgeous fiction called Birth Road by Michelle Wambolt, inspired by the story of her grandmother. There’s also a reader tote and a bookmark for BR Meyers’s last book, A Dreadful Splendor. Meyers and Helliwell both have new books coming out this year, so this is the perfect time to discover a new author. 🙂

I hope you’ll join us! It’s all happening at from the 12th to 18th!

Stuff your earbuds – Free Audiobooks!

It’s HERE! If you’re an audiobook lover… or if you’ve been meaning to try audio, this is the perfect opportunity to discover new authors! Over 100 audiobooks by bestselling indie authors are FREE for two days only! Head on over to and start clickin’! My first-in-series book, SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, is included. If you like small-town romance with a heartwarming cast of characters, grab this opener in my Darling, VT series.


My first ever published book – only 99 cents!

This month, the first book I ever published is on sale for just 99 cents! It’s an Ugly Duckling story, where the “nice guy” from high school finishes first, and the popular girl proves she’s got more to offer than a good time.

You can get your copy for $0.99 at Amazon and if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free!

No one wants to take a risk on The Girl Most Likely to Have Fun…except the one person in the world she’d rather not ask.

Katie Buick dreams of opening her own restaurant, but finding a financial backer is proving impossible. Until she makes a final, desperate plea to businessman Ric Emerson—the boy whose heart she broke in their senior year.

Ric’s worked hard to shed his high school image and become a success, and when Katie’s business proposal crosses his desk, he’s on board. What happened before is water under the bridge, right? But as they build the business, chemistry simmers between them, blurring the lines between personal and professional.

Can Ric trust Katie with his heart again, and give them a second chance at happiness?


Love lost and found…

I want to say a huge thank you to Bryn Turnbull, who generously read an advanced copy of WHEN THE WORLD FELL SILENT! I’m a big fan (check out The Last Grand Duchess and The Paris Deception) and am looking forward to reading her brand-new story (The Berlin Apartment, coming in late August!)

Here’s her review…. it’s a pinch-me moment for me, you know?

“In the span of a few short minutes, everything changes for Nora Crowell and Charlotte Campbell, the brilliant protagonists of Donna Alward’s latest historical novel. Set against the tragic backdrop of the Halifax Explosion, When the World Fell Silent is an enchanting story of love in all its forms, lost and found in the shattered remains of the city.”

You can preorder your copy at your preferred retailer at !

First in Series books, free on PRIME!

For PRIME members – you can start my two most popular series now for free! THE HOUSE ON BLACKBERRY HILL is the first book in my Jewell Cove series – an inherited mansion holds the secret to Abby’s family history, and a hunky contractor helps her restore both the house and her heart. And SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, first in the Darling VT series, is a book of starting over. Lauren is divorced and moved back to her hometown to run a garden center, and has to confront the boy who br
oke her heart in high school – who is now on the straight and narrow as a Darling police officer.

Kindle Daily Deal for The House on Blackberry Hill

One day only! Today is a Kindle Daily Deal for THE HOUSE ON BLACKBERRY HILL – it’s on for half price! Get it for just $2.49 today and start the Jewell Cove series.

Step into the Story Highlights

This month at STEP INTO THE STORY we chatted about some fabulous books! To catch up on our highlights:

Our Book of the Month Book Chat was THE PHOENIX CROWN  – check out our discussion on YouTube.

On March 26, Sara Ackerman joined us for our Featured Author Interview to talk about her latest release, THE UNCHARTED FLIGHT OF OLIVIA WEST. Sara was utterly lovely and you can watch our broadcast here.

I did a One-Minute Review of FAST GIRLS by Elise Hooper on Facebook – this title is part of our 2024 Reading Challenge and it was lovely!

And Barb highlighted CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS, the new book by Denny S Bryce and Eliza Knight about the friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe.

For more fun content including cover reveals, history snippets, and lots of book chat, join our Step Into The Story Facebook group. You can watch our videos on our YouTube Channel – subscribe to get our bi-monthly features!


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