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Thursday, October 27, 2011

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Secret Service Agents Meghan Connors and Ash Zinder are assigned to guard the Vice President’s rebellious daughter, danger and betrayal hitch a ride on the protective detail.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Susan Meissner's novel, A Sound Among the Trees, is:

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

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

Now let's revisit novelist DiAnn Mills, author of Attracted to Fire (Tyndale, September 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and 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 and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive; Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. 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 can’t wear a watch or headphones because I have too much electricity in my body.

--I don’t like red meat.

--I’m afraid of dogs.

--I’m horrible at math.

--I’m a picky eater.

My mother is like that with body electricity and watches. And she's in her nineties--like the Energizer Bunny. Perhaps you'll live a long, full life too, DiAnn!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Attracted to Fire.

PhotobucketSpecial Agent Meghan Connors’ dream of one day protecting the president of the United States is about to come true. Only one assignment stands in her way. After the vice president’s rebellious daughter is threatened, Meghan is assigned to her protective detail on a secluded ranch in West Texas.

Unfortunately, working with Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders may be as tough as controlling her charge. Ash has a reputation for being critical and exacting, and he’s also after the same promotion as Meghan.

But when the threats escalate and security on the ranch is breached, it becomes clear this isn’t the work of a single suspect—it’s part of a sophisticated plan that reaches deeper and higher than anyone imagined. And only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before it’s too late.

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

Meghan is ambitious in her desire to one day guard the President of the United States. She cares about her protectee’s health and safety and encourages her to stay clean. Meghan practices commitment to her job and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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

PhotobucketMeghan Connors - Evangeline Lilly

PhotobucketAsh Zinders - Justin Timberlake

Your cover model actually looks a bit like him!

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Randall Wallace - I heard him speak at the 2011 Christy Award banquet. He impressed me with his honesty and passion for the Lord. His life demonstrates the power of faith in a world where Christianity is often viewed as a crutch. His success as writer for several movies including, Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We were Soldiers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and many more show his passion for story while not sacrificing his number one priority: his relationship with God.

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

Anne Graham Lotz - Expecting to See Jesus: A Wake-Up Call for God's People. This book touched me in its truth of where we Christians need to be today. It challenged me to never be complacent with my relationship to God while focusing on His unconditional love. It’s made me a better child of God.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 of the Crime Scene: Houston series. A woman writer teams up with an FBI agent to write cold cases and discovers her quest for authentic research puts her in danger.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through these buttons:

348643: Attracted to Fire

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

What traits make a heroine or hero unforgettable?

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 Thursday, November 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to DiAnn's question, above. "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 interviews with Dan Walsh and Lillian Duncan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawing for signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!

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Anonymous said...

Someone who has great powers
of endurance is unforgetable
to me. A person who may fall
down when life gets hard, but
who gets back up and can inspire
the rest of us to keep on
regardless of the ups and downs
of life.


lgm52 said...

Their ability to adapt to different situation and how they react to them...their resilence to negative issues as well!

Jen said...

The ability to really get the situation and love with out condidtion, to accept no matter what, and to persue what he or she wants no matter what gets in their way.


Kimberly Johnson said...

For me what makes a hero/heroine unforgettable is a character I connect with. They need to be believable,admirable, and not annoying.

Anne Payne said...

I like a heroine or hero who can see the humor in a situation, even difficult ones.


DiAnn Mills said...

Thanks for the great review. And thanks for the comments about what makes a character unforgettable.

margie said...

To me, a hero or heroine needs to be "real"...not some perfect ideal of what they could be...but a real person who has flaws, makes mistakes, loves, but doesn't always get it right, knows when to make amends, and has just a touch of a stubborn streak...just like the rest of us!! margie at mijares dot net

Anonymous said...

Ditto Margie a character needs to be real, flaws, mistakes and amends...

But what makes one unforgettable to me is exemplifying god's love in the extreme--self-sacrificing, willing to risk for another's well-being.

Grateful for you and your books, Diann!

Mary Kay

Rachel Christine said...

Sounds like a great upcoming book by Diann. I enjoyed hearing her when I went to conference. She has so much to teach all of us. Rachel at rkulp000@centurytel.net

Lane Hill House said...

What traits make a heroine or hero unforgettable?

When they are forgiving and caring; you turn the last page and are more than ready for a sequel! I especially liked the Janes and Lucy in "Lady in Waiting" by Susan Meissner. All three stood by their beliefs and were true to them to the end.

JackieW said...

Heroes are unforgettable when they have shown a true compassion for people and for their calling in live..if a hero is an honorable ,compassiontae person then he's A#1 in my book.

JOYE said...

I like heroines who are strong-willed, self-assured, happy women. Those people who can take charge when necessary or be a follower when called upon.

Patsy said...

A hero is someone who really "saves the day" so to speak. They have patience and are willing to do things for the good of others.


Trish Perry said...

I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird again, and Atticus Finch is an unforgettable hero. Understated and humble, but clever, capable, wry, and fair. He's able to consider the other man's position, and that's much harder than it sounds in many circumstances.

A heroine or hero remains in my thoughts when she or he inspires me to be a better person.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I read a lot of fiction, so a hero and heroine needs to stand out to make me remember them. I also usually connect with them if they are believable and not fake.

I like the above comment about how you'd want a sequel after reading the book --that's a good way to describe it.

Thanks for the chance to win! I haven't read any of DiAnn Mill's books (yet), but my mom loves them.


Cynthia said...

I like a hero who is strong and who continues to persevere despite the hard circumstances they may be facing.
Sounds like am interesting story. Wonder what will happen to the characters.
cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

Kristie said...

A heroine with a great personality and who is somewhat like me or someone in my family or friends is what I remember. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book, and I'm really looking forward to reading it! For me, a hero or heroine is unforgettable if they are "real." The best heroines are ones that remind me of myself - an ordinary person who has flaws but tries to let God work through her. Thanks for the chance to win!




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