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Donna Norman-Carbone's debut novel, All That is Sacred, was released in June 2023 and has earned the 2023 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction and two 2023 Firebird Awards for Inspirational and Friendship Fiction. She holds a master’s degree in English from Southern CT State University and is a member of the WFWA, CAPA, WNBA. She is the co-host of the podcast Authors Talking Bookish and program director for Bookish Road Trip. Donna has a passion for writing women’s fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. 

After having taught as a university adjunct and adult educator, Donna currently teaches writing, film and British literature to high school students. She lives in a small Connecticut suburb where she and her husband have raised three wonderful and creative children, two Labrador Retrievers and a Siamese cat. In her spare time, Donna enjoys reading a good book on a sunny Cape Cod beach, traveling worldwide to immerse herself in other cultures, and spending cherished time with family and friends.

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women's fiction, friendship

Red Adept Publishing

When Lynn and her husband set out for a weekend retreat to repair their rocky marriage, icy roads lead to a fatal collision that ends Lynn’s life. Stranded between the physical world and the afterlife, Lynn experiences the grief of her loved ones as they process her death.


Lynn’s life-long friends are not only tortured by loss but also unspoken wounds in their friendship. With clever influences from above, Lynn coaxes them to reunite at a beachside cottage on the one-year anniversary of her death. Determined to prompt their healing, so they could help her family move on, Lynn reminds them of a sacred promise, hoping it will lead to truths they couldn’t face on their own. Will it be enough to remind them of the power of their bond?


As Lynn struggles to repair the relationships she left behind, she soon realizes the greatest challenge will be letting them go.

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--Barbara Conrey- USA Today Bestselling Author of Nowhere Near Goodbye


“Cleverly imagined”

--Grace Sammon- Author of The Eves, Host of The Storytellers


“Stunning debut by a gifted writer”

--Hope Gibbs- Author of Where the Grass Grows Blue

"A stirring, thought-provoking piece of literature that I can only describe as art. "

--Reader Views


“A heartfelt, life-affirming novel tailor-made for readers who love stories of female friendship.”

--Kirkus Reviews

Page Count: 324

ISBN-13: 978-1-958231-06-7

Publication Date: June 6, 2023

Available in paperback, ebook, audio book

Winner,  2023 American Fiction Awards, Inspirational Fiction
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Cheshire, CT 06410
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Cheshire, CT 06410

Outside the US & looking for a copy of my book? Click the link below.

Looking for a holiday gift?
Give the gift of friendship!

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What's included?
a signed copy of All That is Sacred
quote bookmark
character bookmarks (set of 5)
2 friendship bracelets
scented Beach Day candle (the label reads "Bestie" and "Sacred Friend")
All That is Sacred sticker
a bag of salt water taffy
small beach themed tote bag

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“Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.” 

-Virginia Woolf

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