Saturday, May 30, 2015

Multifandom Awards Nomination Announcement!

Fanatic Fanfics Awards

Subject: Multifandom Awards Nomination Announcement

Dear Counselor,

CONGRATULATIONS! The Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards would like to inform you that you have been nominated in the following category:

  Favorite Veteran Author

The First Round of Voting will start on May 31st, 2015. We will take votes for two weeks before closing on June 14th, 2015. If you make it to the Second Round of voting, we will take votes from June 15th to June 22nd, 2015.
Feel free to let your readers know about this event, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

-Fanantic Fantics Multifandom Awards fanaticfanficsawards.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thoughts on Me and Mom Fall for Spencer


Thoughts on Me and Mom Fall for Spencer

First off, yes I know it should be Mom and I. I wanted Me and Mom because it was juvenile. And my heroine has some growing up to do. If you do a search on ‘me and mom,’ you will find it is often a child’s way of referring to her relationship with Mom. My heroine Sarah never outgrew the phrase and that’s indicative of her life.
The story opens with Sarah stuck in the staleness of her relationship with her mother. She is overly dependent on her mom and in the process of that she outgrows her mother and the situation reverses. It has changed both of them. Sarah’s comfort zone has become Sarah’s prison cell. Mom has become someone so unlikeable you question if she can be redeemed.
That’s not to say Sarah hasn’t been working hard to redeem the situation. Her shining quality is her ability to touch the people around her. She doesn’t passively co-exist with them, she serves them.
To some degree, the story explores the idea that we are not confined by circumstance so much as by the attitude we allow to develop in ourselves about our circumstances.
Does Sarah need rescued? Maybe. But only if she can rescue as she is rescued. Perhaps love, true love should elevate us, defying the notion that we “fall” into anything, thereby descending. Perhaps we ‘rise’ into love. But if I would have put that as a title, “Me and Mom Rise for Spencer…” you see my difficulty. But Spencer Gundry looking through the fence, unshaven, hair wild, a walk of over a thousand miles behind him and a past he won’t talk about, I ask you, who needs saved here?
Normal things ground us. Normal things ground Sarah. She is nailed to her world, but Spencer Gundry is the proverbial tumbleweed. Notice who is leading on my cover. Notice the light between them. Notice that he can’t touch her, he knows the rules, and they are both looking ahead, not at one another. It all means something.
Sarah’s seemingly meaningless rituals are very much about the need to heal, to understand, and to protect. I rather love her brokenness. I hope you will too.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sam and Another Ava original fiction

Diane is writing a story on her blog called 

Sam and Another Ava

by Diane Munier



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Monday, May 18, 2015



Darnay Road

In Darnay Road I try to capture life on an average small town neighborhood street through the eyes of a little girl, ten-year-old Georgia Christine. Through her perspective we get a picture bathed in sunshine with a few dark spots. There is the mystery of the altar in the parish church dubbed Bloody Heart. And a crazy lady who stands on the sidewalk in her slip and talks to her dead husband. And where do the boys go at night when they climb out of their windows and what about that bump on the front of Georgia’s new Ken doll, and why does Granma tell Georgia’s father that he’s missing so much when it comes to her? She doesn’t want him, she doesn’t know him. Then there is her mother who ran off to be a model in Paris, and the picture of a dark haired woman in a beautiful blue dress.
There are the tracks behind the houses that line Darnay, there is the run-down neighborhood on the other side of the tracks. Granma calls that place the slums.
Georgia’s homelife is idyllic. She is being raised by her grandmother. Her father is a cop in the city and he has a new family. Her mother is dead. Across the street her best friend is being raised in similar circumstances by her aunt. Granma and Auntie make up the stable forces in Georgia’s life.
But what about those boys that come from the other side–the slums? Georgia is drawn to the one who lives on his bike. The one who whistles at her while she’s skating. She gets so thrown she doesn’t make the corner and zips into traffic instead. She narrowly escapes disaster with a broken bone.
That is the beginning of a true friendship between Georgia and Easy Caghan.
An excerpt of this book can be seen on Amazon along with some lovely reviews. I quote one here from reader Fran:
The characters portrayed in Darnay Road are so real, especially if you grew up in the 60s. Living with your Gram instead of your parents makes you think so differently and care so much more. You appreciate her selflessness in taking you in, and you develop that trait, the nurturing one. This is what happens here. Young, Georgia Christine’s destiny was written the first time Easy (E.C.) rode his bike by her house. She was smitten, as was he. But life gets in their way and the path is not clear until years later. Take the journey with them
Darnay Road is listed as literary fiction and historical romance and is available for 2.99 at:

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Wounded Solder Book 1

My Wounded Soldier, Book 1 to be published July 4, 2015 !!!

My Wounded Soldier, Book One: FIGHT FOR GLORY

My Wounded Soldier, Book One: Fight for Glory, is my newest offering on Amazon available for pre-order. It goes live on July 4th, 2015. This is the saga of Tom Tanner and his reluctant love for Addie Varner.
After he mustered out of the Twenty-Seventh, Tom never expected to follow the boys home to Illinois. Having failed to protect his older brother Garrett, Tom planned to take his wounds out west where a man could get lost under the endless sky. But his father prevailed on him to come home and comfort his grieving mother.
Tom had nearly filled his obligation when the neighbor boy came running and calling his name as he worked in the field. Johnny was the boy that looked like his mother, Mrs. Varn. Tom had seen the woman at meeting. She rattled him some for he’d not had a woman, just that one time and he’d been liquored up and taking a dare and were he to have one, she was not hardship to look at. But Johnny was calling for him. Tom knew the sounds of war. The country was rife with veterans, some looking for trouble instead of home. What Tom finds at the Varner’s farm offers him a new kind of battle, a new kind of glory trail.
I have been writing this story for fifteen years. In its various forms it has garnered attention in literary contests and with a number of writerly folks. But stuck in ‘bridesmaid,’ mode it has never really walked the aisle. Until now. I hope you give it a spin and maybe fall in love.

My Wounded Soldier: Book One: Fight for Glory

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Leaping review

Leaping is a beautifully written story about several people who experience a tragedy, go their separate ways, then come together later and heal because they learn from their experiences, become better people, and make the world a better place.
Instead of being miserable for the rest of their lives, they are able to move forward and overcome the sadness from a tragedy.
The writing is descriptive and poetic, and the story is about redemption and forgiveness. A difficult road for the characters, but the Happily Ever  After leaves the reader with a happy sigh.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Finding My Thunder is 99 Cents on May 6 and 7 !!! 

Sale Starts at Midnight! Thank-You Readers and Reviewers

Finding My Thunder is Literary Fiction with a strong love story. It is the book of my heart. All of my stories are dear to my heart, but this book stabs me in a special way. It is closest to my own story even though it is not autobiographical in the truest sense. But the emotions of it, the rejection, the desperation, the joy, the levels of those feelings…wow. I get those levels right out of my own life. This story takes place in a time gone by. Each character is inspired by someone I’ve known. Truth takes so many forms. Each one of these players are important with a distinctive voice. They were here, they are here. I write to make sense of life. Mine. Yours. Ours. I have respect for the dark times. When we get those right in the worlds we create, the light is a no-brainer. It is not what we go through that ultimately matters as much as what we learn and share, how we grow, what we give, how we bless. Finding My Thunder is about a girl’s courage and conviction. It changes her and ultimately it changes the people in her world. For the next week it will be on sale starting at 99 cents. If you read it, or have read it, I would love to read your review.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Leaping is published on Amazon!




ON MAY 2 AND 3, 2015 !

"I just published Leaping and want to gift it to readers this weekend. It is a survivor’s story, a love story, a facing Goliath story and finding Goliath is really your own fear. It’s my shortest work at around 43,000 words. I hope you’ll find it a worthwhile read."
-- Diane Munier

Two lonely souls on the beach. A chance meeting or orchestrated? She invites him to leap to the end of what could be a great time. She has a cabin for three weeks. He has his grandfather’s Victorian house. He doesn’t take chances as a rule, but he’s been drifting for a long time. Does he have the guts to take her up on the offer? It’s reckless. But his moral compass got reset after the incident. So maybe he’ll leap and see where he lands. 

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