Thursday, April 23, 2015

Darnay Road Review

Darnay Road is one of those stories that you can’t praise enough.  The writing transports you to the 1960s where the main character, Georgia Christine, is 10 years old.   Diane Munier is able to capture not only the time period when she writes, but also the age of the characters.   The reader is also transported back to when they were nine years old and observed the world with wonder, curiosity, and innocence,  and problems seemed like they were a matter of life or death.  Georgia is witty, clever, observant, and passionate about her family (Granma) and her friends.  She and her best friend Abigail watch and “spy” on everything in their neighborhood, but nothing compares to the time when she meets a new boy named Easy.  He is from the wrong side of the tracks and hides many secrets, but he is drawn to Georgia and they become fast friends.    After one summer of intense friendship, Easy moves away but then returns four years later.
Georgia is now 14 years old, and Diane Munier’s writing adjusts to the voice of a young, intelligent teenager.  Georgia now questions the events in her life and her environment, and looks at Easy in a new way.  From friendship to the love of her lifetime, Georgia’s and Easy’s relationship matures when they overcome  obstacles, including bullying at school and the dangers of Vietnam.
The story is charming, funny, and endearing.  Darnay Road reminds the reader of classic coming of age stories of a bygone era when children would play outside day and night and it didn’t occur to anyone to worry about it.

I recommend this story to everyone, including teens.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Darnay Road book release party on Facebook

Darnay Road book release party on 

April 25, 2015  

8 pm to 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Join us on Facebook at

There will be trivia games and prizes!

Hosted by Jedigirl (Jed Gerl) and Fran S. Walsh

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Diane Munier interactive advice post!

Diane Munier has an interactive advice post for anyone to join in!

Okay, here’s the deal. I told you on my FB yesterday that two things were broken, my dryer and my new coffee maker. Well someone said beware, these things come in threes. Well the third thing to break was me. I got up this morning and yikes I could hardly move. Turns out I was ‘out of line.’ So now having been lined up I have to rest.
I told you earlier I’m launching a book Saturday. Darnay Road. I had an idea that between now and Saturday I’d like to put my Counselor hat on and be an advice columnist. So for the next four days leading up to the launch, I would ask anyone who is interested to send me your question and I’ll try to answer. This isn’t about me, it’s about you. I’ll just be your mama, or your big sis, or your Aunt Jodie or something. I ask that kindness prevails. Kindness.
Here’s the thing, I reserve the right to not have an answer, thereby not responding, or to edit the question to fit the blog. I will ask you to email the questions to and keeping your name out of it I’ll repeat your question and answer here. Use an alias and I’ll do my best to protect any private info.
By participating you agree I can post your question and that this is for information and entertainment only and I am not liable for anything resulting from my advice. All advice given will come thoughtfully and with good intention. My opinions are just that and you can take or leave them. And you understand I am in no way substituting myself for professional, in person counseling.
Okay. Open for business. I hope I don’t starve. But I love scaring myself on a regular basis. And when I have to rest I get tons of crazy ideas. Okay, I’ll shut up. Waiting.

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Never marry someone who…

While waiting for my new four-day career of advice columnist to take off I’ve got a new idea –
Never marry someone… you wouldn’t go into business with.
Never marry someone…in the hopes you can fix them later.
Never marry someone…you love but don’t always like.
Your turn?
Never marry someone…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Starts out in summer of 1963. Sweet little ten-year-old Catholic school girl Georgia Christine meets eleven-year-old smoker with armpit hair who really does live on the wrong side of the tracks Easy. She and Abigail May are mystery solvers, The Darnay Spies, in their spare time, and Easy Caghan (E.C.) and his brother Cap will keep these two little ladies on their sleuthing toes. Darnay Road leads them into a future where their childish friendship blooms into love. Will the Vietnam War be the one challenge they can’t overcome?

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 Easy is digging in the high pocket on his jacket. He gets out a velvet box and hands it to me. “I told you I’d get you something, right?” he says. He just seems so serious. He hands me this box. I look at him before I open it and smile but he doesn’t smile back. “Go on,” he says meaning I should open the box, and I do and it’s a ring with an opal. I know it is because I love opals very much and he says it. “It’s an opal.” I take it out and it fits just right. “Abigail told me the size,” he says. Well she didn’t spill the beans at all. I put it on my finger and I keep my hand in a fist because my nails are just plain Jane. I don’t do much to them unless Abigail and I do it together, but we haven’t lately. “Thank you,” I say. I look at him. “Thank you,” I say again because he can’t have much money and there are a million places. He takes in a big breath. “Well I wanted to,” he says. I look at his lips and he leans a little and kisses me. I am overcome. “Easy,” I whisper. I’ve got tears. “What’s the matter?” he says low. “I…,” I laugh a little, “never thought I’d get a ring from you in Disbro’s truck.” That’s not what I was going to say, I don’t know what I was going to say, but it’s the truth about this truck. He laughs too. “Yeah. I’m just looking for time with you when they aren’t all around.” It has been
that way. We’re being watched

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All of Diane’s available works can be found on her Amazon Author Page:

1Finding My Thunder Coverdarnay-road-cover  

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Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I'm a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone's story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell...what more could I ask.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Me 

is complete!

Counselor's stories are available for download at the 

Counselor's Corner Facebook Group

Here is the Pinterest Board with pictures that go with Deep in the Heart of Me


Thursday, April 2, 2015


Review by Jedigirlsc aka Jeanette Belle

"Finding My Thunder" is a poignant and profound story about a young woman named Hilly growing up in the 1960's. She is a shy and quiet person who learns from life and takes a stand for what she believes in. The story is written so descriptively that the reader can step into Hilly's shoes and feel and experience her 1960's life at home and at school when we hear about her fashions, music, and daily habits. We also learn about Danny, the boy she has loved since she was a child. There are mysteries around Hilly that are gradually revealed as she gets older. She learns the importance of her family and friends that protect her, and what they are protecting her from. Along with the serious events in her life, there are some hilarious ones when Hilly meets and becomes friends with some of the hippies at school who help Hilly find her voice and speak up for herself, something that no one else has done before. In spite of Hilly's trials, she learns love and forgiveness and overcomes difficulties that most people could not. This is a moving story with excellent writing.  I recommend it for everyone.