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Monday, July 18, 2011

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

PhotobucketA young socialite is tucked away at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico to escape a killer, but her reluctant protector, a Navajo doctor, discovers more than an heiress.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of K. Dawn Byrd's e-book, Mistaken Identity, is:

bgridger2@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll forward your email address to Kim today, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit with Christy-Award-winning novelist DiAnn Mills, author of Under a Desert Sky (Summerside, June 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She currently has more than fifty books in print, which have sold more than a million and a half copies.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Her books have won five ACFW placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards and three Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I’m not a mathematician.

-- I love to travel.

-- I like writing on a road trip.

-- I love slicing into one of my home grown tomatoes.

-- The Chick-fil-A cows and I speak the same language.

Man, I can't remember the last time I had a real tomato! Your comment makes me want to get a plant, even if it's potted on the deck. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Under a Desert Sky.

PhotobucketIn 1935, socialite Eva Fortier witnesses her grandfather’s murder and must flee New York to ensure her safety. Leaving behind a life of wealth, she seeks refuge in the secluded high desert area of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Navajo doctor Tahoma Benally has his hands full caring for his people’s medical needs. He certainly doesn’t have time to fall in love. But when Tahoma’s father asks him to help fulfill a vow he’d made to Eva’s father. Tahoma has no choice but to oblige his father’s request. In the process he finds himself drawn to the woman he’s promised to protect.

With an elusive killer stalking Eva, and barriers of race and culture standing between her and Tahoma, does love stand a chance of blooming in the desert?

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

She’s spunky, courageous, and resourceful.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

The suspense: Will the killer who is after Eva find her before he can be stopped?

The romance: Will socialite Eva Fortier and Navajo doctor. Tahoma Benally find love, or will their differences separate them forever?

The setting: Incredible beauty of the high desert of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketEva Fortier - Rachel McAdams

PhotobucketTahoma Benally - Nathaniel Arcand

Interesting-looking duo. I've never seen Nathaniel Arcand before.

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose?

I write historical and contemporary romantic suspense. So perhaps a far-reaching genre would be a fantasy novel.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Capote transported me into the motives and passions of the characters through a deep psychological journey.

Oh, yes, that was a haunting book. I think I was a teen when I read it. Still makes me shudder to think about it.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 in the series Crime Scene: Houston. This series is based on solved FBI cases in the Houston area.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available in fine book stores and is available for purchase online through the following buttons:

361389: Under a Desert Sky

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What are your dreams, and what must you do to achieve them?

Wow, that's a doozy. I'm eager to hear what my readers say.

Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, DiAnn has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 25. To enter, leave an answer to DiAnn's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about summer reading, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of one of my books (winner's choice).

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Little Lady said...

My dream is to travel to a foreign country and live there for a long time! What must I do to achieve them? I would say find a job that will get me over there, which is what I am doing right now. :)

I'd love to be entered to win this book, I love the 1930's!!!


Diana Flowers said...

I have a couple. First I would like to draw closer and closer to the Lord and praying and obedience to everything He would have me do will accomplish that. Also, I would like to visit Hawaii with my husband and that will be accomplished when they build a freeway there, b/c my hubs is scared of flying. lol


Patty Wysong said...

Wow. This sounds fantastic!

My dream? *gulp* To write good stuff. lol
What must I do? Keep working my fingers off while my tail is firmly adhered to the chair. ;-)

Patty Wysong said...

Bummer. Forgot my addy.
patterly {at}gmail{dot}com

Diana Flowers said...

Sorry, forgot to leave a comment about Under a Desert Sky! I enjoyed the interview and would feel so blessed to read DiAnn's new book!


Megan said...

My dream is to travel to and live in Ireland for a year...at least! What I must do to achieve this - save enough money! I would love to win this book, thank you for the opportunity!

lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

Trish Perry said...

Sigh. So often our dreams are awaiting money, aren't they? I have to say I'm living my dream--writing novels. (Thank you, Lord.)

BUT, soon I'll have to start a day job of sorts in order to be a *practical* novelist, which is a novelist who continues to pay her bills! So, yes, for me, the achieving/maintaining requires money. But I'd settle for a miracle windfall, too. I know God's able to do that, and if He ever decides to, I'll shout about it from the nearest mountaintop!

I'm sure you all feel the same way.

apple blossom said...

I'd love to visit other countries, What must I do to achieve this?

Save money big time then convince hubby it is a good thing. so I'll probably need to get a job and quit being a SAHM

I love spunky characters. sounds like a good books

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

DiAnn Mills said...

I love to read about your dream spots! It will be difficult choosing a winner.

dancealert said...

I'm a subscriber and a follower gfc. I posted this to my blog: http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/reading-writing-and-stuff-in-between_18.html

dancealert at aol dot com

Trish Perry said...

No worries, DiAnn. I use a random chooser for the drawing.

But, Dancealert, be sure to answer DiAnn's question if you want to be entered.

Love hearing about everyone's dreams! Good question, DiAnn.

Debbie Clark said...

I would love to travel. Due to my health problems the last few years we have not gone anywhere. I would love to be a guest on the next cruise that the Gaither's have. What heavenly music that would be.
I love the DiAnn Mills books that I have read and yours too Trish. I just subscribed to your blog. Thanks for the chance to win. You ladies are all the greatest.

Debbie Clark

windycindy said...

My dreams are to travel in a RV
across the United States some day!
Hopefully, I will be able to save
enough money to follow my dream.
Many thanks, Cindi

Nancye said...

My dream one day is to take my daughter to China one day to see the city where she was born and to learn more about her culture. For this dream to come true, we'll probably need to win the lottery or to get an inheritance from a rich relative I didn't know I had.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Jo said...

My dream would be to travel more both here and overseas. We need to save more money and get hubby in better health to achieve our dreams.


Trish Perry said...

Ah, yes, the travel-bug dreams! Lately I’ve been catching up on some of my magazines that have piled up, two of which are Bon Appetit (amazing-looking food) and Afar (world travel). Between the two magazines, I’m getting itchy to travel and eat fantastic foreign dishes in beautiful settings.

Like most of you, the money is the thing.

Thanks, Debbie, for your comment about reading my books and for subscribing. You’ll automatically be entered a second time in the drawing, as all subscribers are!

Laura J said...

I'd love to be a mom. I'm single, but I feel called to be a foster mom one day even if I don't get married. (I'm involved in a mentor program for foster kids, and I love them.)

laurelprincess12 (at) gmail (dot) com

Trish Perry said...

What an awesome calling, Laura! I hope it happens for you.

karenk said...

my 'dream' is to live each day completely...and to find good (and enjoy) whatever the day will bring.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Trish Perry said...

I like that, Karen. The goal and the effort are both the same thing!



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