Murder & The Monkey Band Just Landed!

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Woo Hoo!
My newest book, Murder & The Monkey Band, is now live on Amazon. Here’s the link: I’m offering it for $.99 for two weeks, and then the price will go to $2.99, but I wanted you to have a chance to buy it before it does.
The story is about a recently divorced woman who is an antique and art appraiser. She goes to live with her sister, a modern day psychic – read that no turbans, etc. – in High Desert, California, a small town about thirty miles from Palm Springs.
As always, an interesting cast of characters, food, recipes, and a lovable black Lab dog. This is a new series, and it gives me a chance to use my background as an antique and art appraiser. The compound they live in is loosely based on one that my husband’s great-uncle lived in with several artists. I’ve thought about it a lot over the years and decided to put it in a book. People always ask me where the things come from. Well, now you know!

Fancy An Audiobbok?

It took me awhile, but I finally listened to a number of readers and now have Murder in Cottage #6 on audiobook. Kelly’s Koffee Shop will be available soon. And why an audiobook, you ask?

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When I published my first book, Blue Coyote Motel, I had a large party. One of the women who came asked me when I was going to publish it in audio because she had trouble reading. Her words have stayed with me the last couple of years, and I decided the time had come to do it.

It was quite a process. I listened to dozens of narrators read my book – daunting to hear your words rather than read them – and I finally decided on a woman whose voice I loved! I felt she really got the characters. Then I had to listen to the whole book to make sure there were no errors. Although I liked several of the other narrator’s voices, they made mistakes in what they sent me, such as reading the same line twice. I thought if they were that sloppy in the demo, it did not bode well for a book that required about four plus hours. The narrator I chose made one little error which was easily fixed, but did require that I listen to the whole thing.

Then how to market it? I live in Southern California, and traffic is such a problem here that listening to a book while one is stuck in traffic is pretty common, but I wondered if traffic was really that much of a problem elsewhere as my audience is world-wide. I put the question out to several readers and received feedback that I found very interesting, such as one woman telling me she always listened to an audiobook when she cleaned house. Another one told me she rode the subway to and from work and always had a book with here. And so it went: from jogging to driving the children’s car pool.

I feel good knowing that I’m giving people an alternative way to read, particularly those who may be sight impaired. So if you know someone who could use an audiobook, here’s where they can get Murder in Cottage #6:

Please leave a comment. You may be winner of a Murder in Cottage #6 audiobook giveaway! Enjoy and thanks! And stay tuned for Kelly’s Koffee Shop!


Another Giveaway!


This week’s giveaway is the seventh book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series, Murder at The Cooking School. I loved writing this because  it brought back so many memories of when my husband and I spent a week at a cooking school in Tuscany. Readers have told me they got a real feel of Italy when they read the book. Hope you enjoy it!

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Monday Morning-Time For A Giveaway

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This week’s giveaway is the second book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series, Murder and Brandy Boy. I loved writing this because of the wonderful St. Bernard who delivered a wee bit of brandy to the guests in the cottages. But can he prevent murder?

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Woohoo! Have to Share a New Book!

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I Love this cover. It’s for the first book in a new series which I plan on releasing within a week or so. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I was able to use a couple of my experiences when I was an antique and art appraiser – particularly the one where the psychic holds a butcher knife over her head, slices into the styrofoam wig stand head, and out pops the diamond ring I couldn’t find! That was pretty exciting!
And here’s a blurb about the book:
Marty Morgan is a recently divorced antique and art appraiser who moves from the Midwest to live with her sister in High Desert, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Since their early childhood days, her sister has always possessed unexplained psychic abilities that often enable her to predict future events.
An antique appraisal in the home of a recently murdered woman puts Marty at the center of a search for the killer. Who did it? The woman’s son? The well-known collector of antique Meissen china? A professional art and antique thief? The owner of Mai Tai Mama’s Restaurant?
And just what part did the collection of Meissen Monkey Band figurines play in the murder? Detective Jeff Combs is just as determined to develop a relationship with Marty and her dog Duke as he is to solve the crime. Will the psychic abilities of Marty’s sister help her find the killer?
Dianne is the author of two other best-selling series, the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. This is the first book in her new “High Desert Cozy Mystery Series.” To find out more about Dianne and her books, visit her web site at


It’s Never Too Late!


According to whatever written word one is reading, I’m elderly, or so they refer to people my age in the newspapers and in books. I’ve always liked the saying that goes something like, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” I think I’d be in my 40’s or 50’s. You probably wonder why I even both to bring this up.

Well, I wrote my first book and published it when I was 68. Now, it’s three years later, and I have fourteen books out and all of them have been best sellers and several are #1 at the moment in various categories on Amazon. Too late to start something new? Don’t think so. At least that memo never made it to me.

It all started when my husband and I were at a wedding in Palm Springs. It was 107 degrees in October. I made an offhand statement that changed my life. I looked at him and said, “Wouldn’t it be wild if someone put a drug in the air conditioning and everyone felt good all the time. And so Blue Coyote Motel was born, the first of three in the suspense series. I started writing it that afternoon on my iPad at the hotel. It received great reviews and even won a couple of awards. I was pleasantly shocked.


I changed genres a year ago. I remember the moment well. We were at a resort in Arizona, and I was having coffee in bed, playing with my iPad. I started making some notes about a coffee shop on the Oregon Coast. At that moment I decided to write a cozy mystery because I love dogs, food, and cooking. A month later I published Kelly’s Koffee Shop, the first of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. For whatever reason, it was an instant hit with people and climbed to the top of the charts, even making Amazon’s Best Seller List of Top 100 Paid Kindle Books. Without setting out to do it, I’d started a series. People wanted more of Kelly and Mike and their adventures. Several books into the series I wondered what would happen if I started another series.

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I wrote about a woman who is widowed and owns a spa/lodge north of San Francisco on the coast. The first book in that series, Murder at Cottage #6, sold amazingly well. I was thrilled that I wasn’t a one series author.

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Now I’m getting ready to publish the first book in yet another series, Murder and the Monkey Band, a High Desert Cozy Mystery Series set in a small town near Palm Springs, California. The protagonist in this series is an antique and art appraiser with a psychic sister. I’m looking forward to seeing how it will do.

I’ve been told by readers that one of the reasons they love my books is because the main characters are middle-aged. They’ve seen a lot of life and even have a little baggage at this time of their lives, but don’t we all? Children, grandchildren, ex-husbands, deceased husbands, all of these are part of my books.

When I speak to groups I’m often asked if I have any advice for someone who would like to write a book. Sure do – just do it. You don’t need a million workshops, review groups, or a degree in writing. Just do it! Follow your passion. Who knows? You may have a best seller on your hands, but you’ll never know unless you do it.

I’d love to introduce you to my first cozy mystery, Kelly’s Koffee Shop. I’ll be giving away a signed copy. To enter, please leave a comment. Thanks and enjoy!

Mystery Writers Giveaway!

A week to go until the ‘Event’! What can you expect from the authors? Competitions, giveaways, prizes, and the chance to discuss their writing and try some of their books! At least two authors a day will be giving something away! So, tell your friends and keep watching the page!mystery meme2

Mystery Writers Revealed!

You don’t want to miss this upcoming event!

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So, when exactly are your favorite mystery authors going to be around to answer questions, give away books, and talk about their writing? Well – here you go!
Saturday 12th September:
10-11 Perry Elisabeth, KJ Traynor and Eden Bale.
11-12 Mary Ellen Hughes and Celeste Burke
12-1 Sheila Odom Hollinghead, Vicki Vass,
1-2 Kathi Daley, Pamela Kelley, Elizabeth Lorraine and Tonya Kaypes
2-3 Susan Holmes, Amy Metz and Amy Vansant
3-4 Sylvia Selfman, Jb Hawker, Duncan Whitehead & Dianne Harman
4-5 Ritter Ames, Laurinda Wallace, Sherry Chamblee & Maria Swan
5-6 Stefania Mattana, Ca Larmer & Morgana Best
6-7 Karoline Barrett, Julie Moffett, Abby Vandiver