Today we welcome, Diane Dean White, hailing from the SS, text for the Sunshine State, and me hollering from the HH, or rather the Hoosier Homeland. Thankfully, I won’t have to strain my voice, thanks to modern technology! Which is exactly how I met my friend, DDW. BTW, AWHFY? (By the way, are we having fun yet?) I think so. C&G (Chuckle and grin.)
By now you’re thinking, okay, seriously, what’s with the acronyms that I usually save for a quick text? So glad you asked!!!! Diane’s new book is entitled, Texting Mr. Right!!! I love it. Mixing in the cutting edge new, with the classic romance, ‘happily ever after,’ ending that’s timeless! What could be better?! Less acronyms, perhaps?! LOL Not a chance! However, YAFIYGI! (You asked for it, you got it!) Author and friend, Diane Dean White! LLOTA (Lots and lots of thunderous applause.)
PT: Welcome Diane! So glad to have you! I’ll try to tamp down the texting, but it will be difficult. But I can’t tamp down my excitement of your new book, Texting Mr. Right. What exactly lit the flame of your new novel?
DDW: LOL~Well, I’ve wanted to do a book about Michigan and a publisher who was doing novellas was interested. I thought the title was good. My problem is I don’t text! Thus, the texting abbreviations were eliminated and the normal reader could understand.
PT: Yes, Yes. I hear echoes of dissatisfaction with just my intro. But, TTGBTW. (Time to get back to work.) I noticed Michigan is the backdrop for this book. What’s been your favorite location to set a story?
DDW: The location for, Texting Mr. Right, was primarily set at my parent’s cottage on Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan. I haven’t been back for a number of years, but spent so much time there it wasn’t difficult to picture. A favorite location in my books is, This Side of Heaven, coming out next year. It takes place in rural Georgia, where we lived for several years.
PT: I know you collect glassware and enjoy beautiful tea settings. Do some of these favorite things find their way into your writing?
DDW: Very few thus far have made their way into my writing. Since I enjoy antiques, it’s been hard with contemporary settings to use them. In, This Side of Heaven, my main character decorates her ancestral home, and I’m able to use some collectibles and tea cups in that novel. I think my china/glass slipper collections makes its way into a scene.
PT: Usually you write romance with a touch of mystery or suspense. Why did you choose to go strictly romance for this one?
DDW: In, This Side of Heaven, I have a lot of romance, but equally a running mystery. I enjoyed writing romance, and thought a book strictly with romance would be fun. It was and yet I had to create a distraction, thus the lime disease scare in Traverse City was developed. There’s just so much romance you can do.
PT: First and foremost, we are witnesses for JC! (Jesus Christ) What do you think has been your most influential form of showing Jesus to others?
DDW: Sharing the plan of salvation makes its way into most of my books. However, as Christians, I also show weaknesses that with God’s help. can be made right. The reality of harboring a deep fear, grudge, or running from God, that some people deal with is faced; and with faith, trust in our Lord, redemption is always possible. All things are with God.
PT: Wow! That is 2G2B4G!!! (Too good to be forgotten!!!) Well said, and so true. Now, what’s next for DDW?
DDW: My book, Winter Wonderland, to be released soon, is a sweet Christian, Christmas 50’s romance, with a lot of history as well as a focus on Christ, the Salvation plan, and helping others.
PT: ICW! (I can’t wait!) Thanks for joining us today, Diane!
DDW: I’m glad you invited me to stop by and share more about, Texting Mr. Right. I’ve enjoyed your blog and appreciate you having me, Peggy. J
PT: No, Diane, 10Q! (thank you!)
Diane’s Bio: Diane started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane self-published two books in the early 2000’s, and she became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her book On a Summer Night was released in October and her ebook, Stories from a Porch Swing in April. Texting Mr. Right was released September 1 of this year, and her Christmas novella, Winter Wonderland will be out the end of October. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-two years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals.
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I’m so excited to welcome author Sally Bradley to the Diamond Mine today. I recently read her novel Kept, and loved it! Make sure you leave a comment to enter to win your very own copy of this amazing novel. And with this amazing cover, how can you not be intrigued?
Sally, can you tell the readers a little about yourself. Where are you from?
I always say Chicago since I grew up in the suburbs. My family and I live in the Kansas City area now, but Chicago is still home, and despite the insane taxes, traffic, and politics, we love going back.
When did you first fall in love with writing?
I remember wanting to write as young as nine. I think I wrote my first story then, something about toys that came alive at night. Really original stuff. 🙂
I love your tagline– Big-city fiction with real issues and real hope. It seems like big cities are a little neglected in fiction right now as there are lots of stories set in small towns. How important do you think setting is when writing a novel?
Up until this book, setting wasn’t a huge deal to me. But with this story, setting really played a significant role. It affected everything–my characters’ choices, the plot, the climax. There isn’t anything that isn’t affected by the setting. My heroine’s whole plot is based on how she feels about the setting. So now… yes, setting is very important to me and can really take a story and bring it to life that much more.
Is Kept the first book you wrote?
No, it’s the third adult novel I’ve written, my seventh overall. The first five will never see daylight. 🙂
I have a couple of those myself. 🙂 But then, as a writer, you have other stories you just know were meant to be published. How/why did you decide to Indie publish?
I’d been praying about it for a couple years, and the CBA doors were firmly shut. Kept just wasn’t the safe read that CBA seems to want right now. But I believed completely in the story–in the quality of it and the need for it–so I made the decision to take all the risk myself, and I’m so not regretting that. I’ll definitely continue to publish this way until God makes it clear to do otherwise.
What advice do you have for new writers?
Read quality fiction only. As you grow as a writer, you’ll notice things other writers are doing incorrectly or poorly. Stop reading them and try new writers who write exceptionally. You’ll pick up a lot of technique that way. Plus it’s more fun!
That’s great advice! I think writers should always make time to read. Do you have any other projects in the works?
Sort of. I’m debating which of three ideas is next. I’d love to do a few sequels to Kept, but I don’t have a solid story down yet. But writing begins again next month, so I better figure that out soon!
Read on to see what Kept is all about, then make sure to leave a comment for Sally to be entered to win a copy of her book. Make sure you leave an email or some contact information to be notified of your win.
“Gutsy and fast-paced.”—Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Reckoning
“One of the most surprising and best books I’ve read this year.”—MaryLu Tyndall, best-selling author of Legacy of the King’s Pirates series
Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.
Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.
When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes that her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.
Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope. A Chicagoan since age five, she now lives in the Kansas City area with her family, but they still get back to Chicago once in a while for important things—like good pizza and a White Sox game. Fiction has been her passion since childhood, and she’s thrilled now to be writing books that not only entertain, but point back to Christ. Kept is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.
When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?
Today I’m privileged to have independent author Sylvia Wheatley with me on the blog. She’s produced several books in both fiction and non-fiction. As a special treat, Sylvia has agreed to make one of her titles Your Time or Mine available for free until the end of the day tomorrow (July 31, 2014). Read ahead for details.
Welcome, Sylvia! I’m so glad to have you with us today. Tell the readers a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
I have always written, right from very young. Stories, articles, Bible studies, anything. To me writing is an intrinsic part of my life. I cannot imagine life without writing. My imagination is acute and I even dream stories though what I dream I do not usually write.
I decided to self publish because going through publishers is a long and tedious process. It involves sending books to various publishers and waiting for ages to receive responses, even to having the book printed. Short articles are a bit different but even they take ages until you receive the final payment. There are many would be authors who probably never publish because of these difficulties and I have found from reading self published books that most of the ones I have read are good.
If you like reading I invite you to read one of my books and make up your mind about it. Below are the links to my books and my web page. I am also on Facebook. I have a personal page and also an author page.