Two Christmas Gifts each day – FREE PAPERBACKS

I’m so excited about the success of KELLY’S KOFFEE SHOP, http://ow.ly/G47cd , and MURDER AT JADE COVE,  http://ow.ly/G47sG. Kelly’s was on the Hot New Releases list on Amazon and Murder currently is.  At the moment, both of them are also #1 and #2 in culinary and animal in the cozy mysteries category! And to think I released Kelly’s just five weeks ago and Murder one week ago. Wow!!! Believe me, I’m doing a Happy Dance!

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I want to thank you and give something back to you, my readers, so I’ve decided to give away one print copy of each book beginning tomorrow, December 18th, each day until January 5th. It’s my way of giving a Christmas present to you!

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To enter the giveaway, just click on this link to my Facebook page,  http://ow.ly/G4aGd. I will put up a daily sign-up post for the giveaway. Below the post please type in your email address so I can contact you if you win to get your mailing address. I will erase the emails daily. I will also post the winners daily on my facebook page and if you haven’t liked that page, would appreciate it if you would. You will receive a request to be on my email list so I can send you messages regarding other giveaways and new releases. Please accept it.

Again, thanks for making these two books such HUGE successes!

 

LIKE CAKE AND COZY MYSTERIES? BETTER READ THIS!

One Sunday afternoon I was looking at my iPad to see what books I had on my Kindle that might be something I could enjoy for the next few hours. I had bought Anna Burke’s book, A Dead Husband, several months ago and am I glad I did. I absolutely loved it! I live in Southern California and know the Palm Springs area and its people well. Anna does a fabulous job of creating characters and settings that are spot on and make for a wonderful read. I’m a fan, pure and simple. One read and if cozy mysteries or food are your thing, this is a series you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

I was so enchanted by the book I contacted her and asked if she would write a guest blog. She even threw in a recipe. Enjoy! I sure am!

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Have your cake and eat it too…

Food—lots of it, exotic eats, haute cuisine, and comfort food is everywhere in the cozy mystery genre. Especially the culinary cozy, like Dianne Harman’s wonderful new series, but it’s true in lots of other subgenres of the cozy mystery too. I’ve tried to explain it, to myself, and to my blog readers in other posts, but it defies explanation. So, I’ve come to accept that it’s just there. A tough job, but somebody’s got to do it—not just write, but read about all that mouthwatering cuisine!

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I did not set out to write a cozy mystery, laced with references to food. Nevertheless, food is everywhere in A DEAD HUSBAND and A DEAD SISTER, the first two books in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series. Maybe it’s because of the setting. The series is set in and around Palm Springs where foodies flock while chasing sunshine.
Or maybe it has to do with my background as a chef. Ancient history for me now, but it meant the world to me at the time. Disney World that is, where my husband and I both ended up, trained by and working for ‘the mouse’ in the culinary arts. It was physically hard work, long hours, but when my husband’s rock band broke up, we had to do something. Even as a culinary assistant, in the kitchen, you know where your next meal is coming from! Life eventually took another turn and our careers went in a totally different direction, but an appreciation for good food never left me.
Jessica Huntington, my shopaholic sleuth, prone to panic attacks, and a lover of extravaganzas, is no slouch in the kitchen. But her friend and confidant, Bernadette, is a woman who loves to cook and cooks to express her love. Comfort food, like her to-die-for French toast, but also spicy things too, like Nachos, Tequila-laced salsa made with roasted peppers, Mexican chocolate cake, spiked with chile peppers and covered in fudge frosting, or biscochitos. In A DEAD DAUGHTER, the third book that will be out soon, Jessica Huntington’s romantic interest, Frank Fontana, cooks too—Italian, yum [I’m talking about the food folks].
Okay, surprised or not that food is such a big deal it’s a fact at this point. When I write about murder and mayhem the sleuthing is accompanied by a big helping of something scrumptious. A bountiful buffet offered in counterpoint to nefarious acts and the suspense that ensues while discovering whodunit, how, and why.
The only problem with all the references to food is that, reading or writing a cozy mystery, you are going to get hungry! I’ve learned to plan a treat for my husband who reads my books as I write them. By the time he’s finished with a chapter there’s a bowl or plate of something tasty waiting. I love the guy so I don’t want to kill him with kindness—his cholesterol and triglyceride levels are sensitive and he has a weakness for peanut butter and chocolate. I’m always looking for a way to have my cake and eat it too.
Here’s my latest attempt at a recipe for a delicious treat that honors my own sensitivity to gluten and my propensity to pack on pounds, as well as my husband’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels. We had this Gluten free, low sugar, low fat, pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It will be back on the menu at Christmas time since it was a big hit. If you don’t like sugar substitutes try coconut palm sugar. It’s low glycemic, all natural, looks and tastes a lot like brown sugar, but healthier than traditional sugar. If you’re interested I’m happy to provide you with a recipe for the brandy-vanilla version of this cheesecake.
Bon appetit and good reading! Thank you Dianne Harman for the guest spot on your lovely blog!
Find me, Anna Celeste Burke, and that French toast recipe, at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com
A DEAD HUSBAND http://smarturl.it/adeadhus
A DEAD SISTER http://smarturl.it/adeadsis

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SANTA CAME EARLY!

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Whooopppeee! MURDER AT JADE COVE is now available on Amazon http://ow.ly/FFDXK for a limited time at $.99. This is the sequel to KELLY’S KOFFEE SHOP.

Who killed Jeff Black – Native Americans? The spotted owl enthusiast? Jeff’s son? His wife? His wife’s lover? Follow Rebel, Kelly, and Sheriff Mike as they try to solve the murder. Plus, there’s more mouth watering recipes! And a yellow lab puppy? What’s up with that adorable little dog? Better read it to find out!

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SANTA’S GIVEAWAY!

BIG GIVEAWAY!

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I’m celebrating the phenomenal success of KELLY’S KOFFEE SHOP – I’m giving away three autographed copies this coming Saturday morning. Please go to my facebook page, http://ow.ly/Fxm3a, put your email address below the post, like the page, and click on The Harman Report. If you’re on a mobile, I’ll send you the sign-up for it. Thanks and good luck!

Hey, being #1 on Hot New Releases, Culinary, & Animals in cozy mystery is a GOOD thing! Santa arrived a little early this year!

Ten Thousand Sales in 3 weeks – WOW!

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I’m so excited! My new book, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has sold 10,000 copies in 3 weeks, plus there’s a surprise gift at the end. The book + the gift is on Kindle Unlimited for $0.00.

And because it’s been #1 in cozy mystery culinary for one week, I’m offering Kelly’s Koffee Shop, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote for $.99 through Cyber Monday. It’s my way of thanking you for making Kelly’s Koffee Shop such a success in less than three weeks.

Here’s the main Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Dianne-Harman/e/B009PP9DCC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1416956880&sr=1-2-ent

Thanks again and enjoy!

5000 copies sold in 10 days, Surprise Gift at the end, Book + Gift for $0.00 on Kindle Unlimited

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First things, first. A big hug and a kiss of gratitude to all my lovely readers who made this happen. None of it would have happened without your unflinching support, love and kindness.

To see sales in thousands is every writer’s dream and for me that dream is becoming a reality. And to top it all, it’s happening on Thanksgiving. That’s a like a sign from the divine. Here’s your gift for all the effort you’ve put in over the years. There’s a lot to be thankful for. This is going to be one of best Thanksgiving’s I will ever experience in my wonderful life.

I am doubling, tripling and quadrupling my efforts to repay my readers who have stood by me through thick and thin. Here’s a link to a giveaway on FB - http://ow.ly/Eye0G. I’ll be doing a lot more in the days and weeks to come.

There’s a big surprise at the very end of my book. Oh and by the way, my book and the surprise are available for $0.00 on Kindle Unlimited. How cool is that?

Keep checking out my website and blog for the latest updates and FREE giveaways. Thank you very much once again. Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

FANCY A GIVEAWAY? THIS IS FOR YOU!

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I am so indebted to my readers for making my first cozy mystery, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, http://ow.ly/EycyM, such a success – and it’s only been out for 10 days! Right now it’s #779 on Amazon for all Paid Kindle Books and #2 in Animals and #3 in Culinary. I’m so excited I’m giving away 5 Kindle books on my Facebook cozy mystery page. I invite you to enter the giveaway at: http://ow.ly/Eyd63

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If you’re not a cozy mystery fan, not to worry. I’ve been told that a number of you purchased it because you like my writing. So I decided to give away 3 copies of Coyote in Provence, http://ow.ly/EydGg . You can enter this giveaway on Facebook here: http://ow.ly/Eye0G

Enjoy and thanks again!!!

WHAT DOES A WRITER DO ALL DAY?

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Reminder – Blue Coyote Motel and Kelly’s Koffee Shop are in a giveaway through Monday night. You don’t want to miss this chance for these two free books! To enter, just follow these links: http://ow.ly/ElStW  and http://ow.ly/ElSDv

“What’s your day like? What does a writer do all day? Do you work on the weekends? Where do you get your ideas from? Do you pull plots and characters from your life?” These are the questions I’m  constantly asked whether I’m having lunch with friends or speaking to a group. Today I thought I’d give you a sample day in my life.

I’m an early riser so I usually make a pot of coffee when I get up, around 5:00 a.m. (yeah, I know it’s early, but my body is ready to go then). I put my contacts in, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down at the computer. I’ve discovered I write best early in the morning so I try and get in a couple of hours. After that, it’s shower time and dressing.

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I’ll sit back down at the computer and spend several hours returning email, working the social media sites (that’s something I never thought I’d do!), and write a blog or an article for the Huffington Post, which I contribute to. Somewhere in there I’ll get something to eat and generally eat it while I’m on the computer.

Next comes edits, rewrites or research. For instance in the second book in the Cove Bay series, a kennel plays a prominent part. The dogs were hunting dogs, so I had to do some research on that. In the Coyote Series, some of the action takes place in Afghanistan. That had to be researched. Presently, I’m just starting a third book in the Cove Bay series which will entail a death at a Buddhist Retreat Center just outside of town. Have been researching Buddhist Retreat Centers. I often wonder what writers did before the Internet. I can only guess it took a whole lot longer to write a book and a lot more time spent at the library!

As to events, people, and places in my books. Certainly there are bits and pieces of me in the book. I trekked in Nepal. Jill does that in Blue Coyote Motel. I’ve long loved boxer dogs and had a big one named Rebel. He’s prominent in the Cedar Bay mysteries. Recipes in the books are tried and true favorites. I suppose there’s a part of me in all of the books, but they are not about me. I remember my husband recently reading one of my books and asking me if I was going to stop writing once I’d used up the material from my life. I answered with “No, that’s the advantage of writing when you’re older. You have a lot more experiences to draw from.”

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Lastly, I wrap it up about 4:00 p.m. Read the paper, have a glass of wine, and dinner. Off to bed around 9:00 and do it all over again. Weekends I generally work in the morning and take the afternoons off, but I’m not sure a writer’s mind ever stops. New characters, plots, and settings are in the mind 24/7. For example, my husband and I recently took a driving vacation in the Southwest U.S. Kelly’s Koffee Shop was outlined one morning when I was in bed drinking a cup of coffee in my room at a hotel. You just never know when the Muse is going to demand your attention! And she certainly knows how to get mine!

FIVE FACEBOOK GROUPS I RECOMMEND!

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I’m often asked which Facebook groups I routinely follow. Although I’ve joined a number of them, I’m finding that most of them seem to be lacking content – they’ve become more of a place for people to say “Buy My Book!” That’s not what I want to see when I take the time to go a page. Here are a few places I visit almost on a daily basis. Several of these pages have multiple forums where people can advertise their books or special promotions they’re having, but the main page is usually devoted to helping authors with shared information.

Keep in mind that this my list at the moment. It’s changed over time and will again, but today here are the sites or pages that I routinely visit and highly recommend. I believe all of them are closed groups, meaning you’ll have to apply to join if you’re interested in them.

  1. Authors Social Media Support Group or more commonly called ASMSG. The group is now primarily on a website, but there are a lot of subgroups on the Facebook pages. It’s extremely active, very supportive, and well worth investigating.
  2. Book Goodies Authors Group. The information members share in this group is excellent. The main page is non-genre specific, but you’ll probably pick up something that’s applicable to your genre, however you can go to the pinned post with links to their specific genre groups. It’s for authors and authors to be.
  3. Book Review Depot Club. This is, as far as I know, the only group that conducts book reviews in this manner. As the name implies, it’s about book review, but it’s not a place where you ask someone to read your book and leave a review and you do the same for them. You have to read and review a certain number of books and then your book goes into a queue to be read and reviewed by the members who choose it. There are also a number of helpful files for authors and authors to be.
  4. Cozy Mysteries 24/7 is not a promotional site per se, but members talk about books they like and recommend or review a book. If this is a genre you’re interested in, you’ll probably appreciate the recommendations.
  5. 120 Club is a support group to help writers write. They have a daily accountability post which I think is a rather ingenious thing to do. Kind of like being accountable to some on a daily basis so you’ll keep writing.

I know there are countless other groups out there, but these are the ones that are currently my flavorsBooks of the month. Hope some of these work for you!