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
abandons competitive swimming and moves to New Jersey. She stakes out her sister’s former employer, a mob-run waste disposal company. But it’s the sudden appearance of another investigator, a ruggedly handsome man, that sets off all her alarms—and more than a few pheromones. Before she’ll act on the attraction, Heather needs to unravel his true connection to her sister’s case.
his gut. Especially when it urges him to grab the human woman and hold on forever.
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On a final note: AMAZING cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Probably my favorite one yet.
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Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.
I veered out of the parking lot and bounced onto the cavity-ridden dirt road. The mystery car appeared out of nowhere from beneath the tall pines, eclipsed by the darkness. Now it raced away somewhere ahead.
“Why didn’t we hear it start?” I asked James.
“It’s a hybrid.”
“We’re in a car chase with a Prius?” A car chase with a Porsche or Ferrari was respectable, but with a battery operated car? All bragging rights vanished.
I shifted into warp speed and surged downhill. Seconds later, we faced the hybrid’s rear bumper. The spot for the license plate sat empty.
“He’s not getting away,” I said.
The hybrid turned and launched up a hill, kicking up pebbles and a dusty haze. It fish-tailed and I nearly nipped it in the rear. I executed a sharp left and ran over something large. And lumpy.
“Stop,” James said.
I skidded to a halt, a cloud of dirt trapped in my headlights. The Prius escaped through an open gate and onto La Paz. My eyes cut to the rearview mirror. My tail-lights illuminated the road behind us in an eerie red glow. As I surveyed the scene, not a trace of saliva remained in my mouth.
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provides a healthy contrast from writing. I’m also a complete exercise junkie so I work out for at least an hour a day. I also play the violin in an amateur orchestra – badly! But I try and practice regularly as – for some unfathomable reason – I have a burning desire to be good at it.
into the world of social media. It’s been a complete revelation! But the really good thing is that I’m now in touch with other authors which makes me feel part of something and is making the whole writing experience so much more enjoyable.
far. I can just see Tom Hiddleston as Rich, Caroline Quentin as Jenny, and Maggie Smith as Phyllis.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…
Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?
Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…
A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
Autumn is coming. Anything could happen…
Julia is contemplating an affair with ex-boyfriend Max after a chance meeting in the cereal aisle of the supermarket…and finding that he’s just as gorgeous as ever.
Miranda has got it all: expensive clothes, a huge house and her enormously wealthy husband, Doug. So why does she feel as if something is missing?
Faye is fed up of being treated like a child – she’s a teenager, and knows what she wants! She’s determined to escape her sleepy life at Primrose Cottage…
Three women, each with two options, needing to make one choice. When it comes to affairs of the heart, nothing is ever simple!
A perfect, feel-good read about love, life and family.
Please note this book was previously published as A Country Affair in April 2015.
Running a successful cake-making business, acting as caretaker to grand country house, Buttersley, and not to mention single-handedly raising her five-year-old daughter is more than enough to keep Annie’s (flour-dusted) hands full! So can someone please remind her why she agreed to train for a marathon as a ‘40 things to do before you’re 40’ pact with her same so-called best friend?!
With every hour of day already taken up, the arrival of crime writer Jake O’Donnell at Buttersley shouldn’t really have any impact on Annie’s day-to-day life at all. There’s definitely no time in her carefully scheduled day for daydreaming about drop-dead gorgeous authors. Is there?
But between whipping up batches of her signature limoncello cupcakes, Annie realises that Jake, and his twinkling dark eyes, can’t just be ticked off her mental to-do list as easily as she though. Especially when it seems that no. 40 on her list could be creating a truly decadent wedding cake – for her very own wedding…
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Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
A tragic past threatens to destroy a passionate future in this dangerously sexy new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked for You.
After a violent tragedy nearly destroyed her, Lily Taylor ran away, changed her name, and started over. When her deadly nemesis resurfaces to eliminate his loose end, she turns to the last man she should trust—a stranger with a history of violence and an intoxicating sexuality she can’t refuse…
Though strong-armed into locating Lily to help put away a drug lord, ex-con Stone Sutter isn’t anyone’s snitch. When he finds the terrified beauty, he vows to keep her safe—but he isn’t sure he has the strength to shield her from his own desires.
As an unquenchable fire sparks between them, Lily’s tormentor stalks ever closer, and she must overcome her darkest fear to survive. Can she trust the bond she and Stone have formed as they’re falling in deeper?
Death, heartache, lies, betrayal are all par for the course in this contemporary romance tale.