Monthly Archives: July 2016
Has Diane M. Walker found her true love after two failed abusive marriages? Her personal journey within reflects the humor, illness, substance abuse, jail, depression, death, the demise of her career and her spiritual faith.
Through all of the trials and tribulations, Diane finds an inner strength that not only pulls her through but also finds unconditional love and forgiveness for her life partner and best friend, John.
She shares stories of her strength and how she was able to overcome some of the heart-wrenching and horrific experiences in her life.
Ok, here goes.
1.) Two abusive ex-husbands: No one wants to be the victim of an abusive relationship, yet alone two. One such relationship would break most people’s spirit. Two: It would difficult not to shut down and withdraw within thyself. To find the strength to get up in the morning is no easy feat but she does it. BRAVO!
2.) Death of two parents: I’ve lost two dads so I can relate to the pain and don’t wish that on anyone.
3.) Jail time: Diane and John’s legal trouble took it’s toll on their lives emotionally, physically and financially. Through it all, they stood by each other. They weren’t married, but it was hard to tell because they still honored the vows, “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”
Besides the doom of gloom, there were happy moments. One example springs to mind: the Christmas tree incident. John had the brilliant and funny idea of placing “tree” air freshener inside the artificial branches to create the illusion of a real tree.
That man really would do anything for his one true love.
To find out what else he’s done for her over the years, you’ll have to read the book.
Diane Walker is a Trenton NJ native. Having developed a love for literature at an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories.
After failed marriages and losing the love of her life through death, she chose to write her story at the age of 59.
Diane sincerely hopes her story empowers others to remain steadfast in their strength, belief in their Higher Power and know, no matter what the circumstances, they too can overcome obstacles and challenges in their life.
Her professional background is in Sales, Marketing and Residential Property Management.
Diane is presently single with one adult daughter and two granddaughters.
She now lives a basic and somewhat secluded life in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Annabelle Crouse is determined to reopen her great-grandmother’s boarded-up house–and her shunned life. Many years earlier, after an unexplained absence, Julianne was relegated to a separate home by a rigidly unforgiving husband, and the Crouse women have suffered the disgrace of her assumed guilt ever since. Despite her family’s strong disapproval, Annabelle is driven to pursue her mission through cobwebs and dust, finding the clues and the coded story left behind by her great-grandmother — Why did she go? And why did she return? Annabelle has to know. Only one person, a man she grew up with but never noticed, stands with Annabelle as she discovers the parallels between her story and her great-grandmother’s–two women, generations apart, experiencing what love truly is.
Colleen L. Donnelly has her roots in the rural Midwest of the US, but moved around and explored other cultures as an adult. Those other areas were fun and they were exciting, but…there’s no place like home, so she’s back in the Midwest.
Colleen works as a laboratory technician by day, but spends her evenings writing, poised in front of her laptop until she can’t think any more. Her story ideas come from observing people, pondering their dilemmas, and adding a twist of her own.
Other interests are/have been bicycling, antiquing, anything outdoors, furniture refinishing, and raising pets or small barnyard types of animals. Last thing in the world she would be caught doing – “vegging” in front of a television. She loves a good movie on occasion, but most of the time, the TV is off.
- Louise May Alcott
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Jack London
- Marshall Saunders
- RaeAnne Thayne (Kam: Good writer.)
- Debbie Macomber (Kam: I ♥ her books.)
- Susan Wiggs
- Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
- Robyn Carr. (Kam: She proudly displayed on my bookshelf, too.)
- Nickolas Sparks
Seasons Of Love And War Book One, is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the jungles of Vietnam. Is he alive or has she completely lost her mind?
- Seasons of Love and War
- December Road
- The Journey of Elizabeth Ann Rose(Prequel)
- June’s Stolen Rose
- April’s Secret Storm
- The Season of Forever (Coming soon in 2016)
- Edna Ferber, who wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Show Boat, which became America’s first musical!
- Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.
- Andrew Greeley; I love his view of God as an adolescent girl in a huge crush with humanity.
- Stephen King, especially Salem’s Lot and The Stand.
- Anne McCaffery, all of her Dragonriders of Pern books and her Acorna books.
- JD Robb’s In Death Series. The relationship between Eve Dallas and Rourke is HAWT!
- Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
- Michael Connelly, especially his Harry Bosch books.
- Jane Austen, who doesn’t love her books and she has inspired so many more writers of Victorian romance.
- Mason Sabre, my good friend, who writes the most emotionally engaging paranormal stories I have ever read!
This Beautiful Escape Vol. 2
Warrior Women, Vanquishing with Passion and Path to the Light