Monday, October 16, 2017

Tori de Clare - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Tori de Clare. She is the author of The Midnight Saga series.

Author: Tori de Clare

Author Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Website: Tori de Clare
Twitter: @toride_de
E-Mail: torideclare@outlook.com
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Author Description:
Tori de Clare, born 1970, grew up in Greater Manchester. Having taught piano for 25 years in between being a full-time stay-at-home mum of four, she began writing six years ago. Her debut novel, Either Side of Midnight - the first book of a series - was intended for young adults, but has been widely accepted by an adult readership. She now lives in East Yorkshire, England, and continues to teach music and write books and finds time for little else beyond family.

Daughter of two pianists, it was hardly a surprise that music became Tori's career. Cursed fate!

Tori de Clare: 'My parents were good at two things, which they very kindly passed on: music and writing. I pursued both. My dad played the piano by ear and didn't need to read music; my mum was classically trained. Greedily, I quite fancied both talents, but followed my mum down the classical route. All this sounds very cultured, but the truth is I'm exceptionally down-to-earth and love nothing better than a good laugh. Un-funnily, my dad died when I was 18. In his spare time, he never had a book out of his hands and aspired to having a book published. Having never had the chance to realise his ambition, this book is dedicated to him and to my mum who taught me to play the piano.'

The final book in The Midnight Saga will be released in 2017. Watch this space . . .


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon in The Midnight Saga. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Yes, I released Shadows to Ashes at the end of June. It had taken me 18 months to write and it felt like a very great relief to finally get it off my laptop and into readers’ hands. It wraps up The Midnight Saga and ties up all the loose ends. The Darkness Visible had ended on a cliff hanger, so fans of the saga were begging me for the next instalment. Writing it was a monumental task and I had not made things easy for myself. Fortunately, my hard work paid off and the finale has been very well received. The ratings are higher than anything I could have expected. The readers think it is the best of the three, which is exactly what I hoped and worked for. At the moment, I’m not even in the planning stages of my next book. I’m actually looking for a literary agent, which takes meticulous planning, research and work. And you can’t rush the process.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

Quite honestly, I’m not good with social media. If you’re not careful, it can sap all your time and not lead to many sales. Time is precious. You have to prioritise carefully. When I first published, I spent a lot more time on social media than I do now. That’s because I was ignorant. I’m not against social media, but eventually you do learn one very important lesson: if you want to make money by publishing books, you’d better write some books and publish them. Writing is difficult. It’s time-consuming and all-consuming. I’ve drastically cut down time spent on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads and knuckled down to my art – writing. Distractions are deadly. I don’t attribute any writing success I’ve had to social media. Ultimately, it’s about writing good books which compete with the best books on the market in the genre – because you have to compete with them. My Twitter following has grown steadily and naturally over the last four years or so. I don’t ‘try’ to grow my following.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development

Thank you. I designed the covers myself, no reader involvement. Everything I do is a DIY job i.e. I trust no one to do anything for me. I’m not saying that this is for everyone or is a good idea, but I’m fairly confident about my ideas now. Originally, Either Side of Midnight had a different cover. I didn’t like it. I wrote my first book as a standalone, but it was successful enough that I decided to extend it into a trilogy. When The Darkness Visible was released, I changed the front cover of Either Side of Midnight and continued the ‘brand’ into the other two. My daughters are on the front covers. My best friend took the pictures. Either Side of Midnight is about a girl who is abducted and held in a deserted country cottage. I hope the image captures her sense of isolation. In book 2, she’s on her feet and the window is open. This is symbolic and hints at some possibilities and she’s looking out, unsure whether or not to venture. In book 3 we see her face on. The perspective now is from the outside looking in rather than the other way around. In this image, she looks a little like she’s behind bars. Prison scenes feature in book 3.

What writer support groups do you belong to? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

That’s a simple one. I don’t belong to any writer support groups and never have. I see writing as a solitary process best worked out through sweat and toil on my own. I’m speaking for myself, obviously. I don’t particularly want to get bogged down with the opinions of others regarding my story or my characters, nor do I have time to be side-tracked by their work. I would find that whole process very distracting and can’t imagine finding it therapeutic or helpful. Opinions are just that! They’re what people think. If five people are offering five different perspectives on MY work, I can’t imagine welcoming that. I have an instinct for what is working and not working while I’m writing. I’m brave enough to follow it, even if that means scrubbing out whole storylines. If I ever get an agent, I’m probably going to find the influence of another person difficult to adjust to. But at least I’ll know they’re highly skilled.

Between your book writing, music, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do you sort of play it by ear?

I play it by ear. a) I’m not a person who enjoys rigid structure very much. I’m impulsive and intuitive, so strict schedules are not really my thing. And b) if someone in the family needs my time and/or attention – and they often do – I drop everything for them. Family comes first. It always has and will.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

Giving books away for free has worked incredibly well for me, but less so now than a few years ago. Because I’ve written a trilogy, I can only ever put book 1 – Either Side of Midnight on offer for free. The books must be read in order. This poses an obvious problem for me – offering the same book over and over. Four years ago when ESoM was new, it used to get thousands of downloads whenever it went free and this has led to almost 3,000 reviews for the book across Amazon and Goodreads. By any standards, this is a lot of reviews and the ratings are very good. But what really launched the book was when I applied to Bookbub and got accepted for a promotion. This was December 2015. ESoM had 66,000 downloads over 5 days, which catapulted it to #1 position in the free charts all over the world. I subsequently sold thousands of books. Since then, I’ve done two more Bookbub promotions and have had the same result – reached the top of the free charts, though the number of downloads was never quite so impressive as the first time. In short, giving my first book away has worked incredibly well for me. The trouble with being accepted with Bookbub is that you ideally need a good number of reviews first. Your book needs to be good quality or they won’t accept it. Too many authors never get a foot in the door with Bookbub. I’ve been well blessed.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list

My methods? My aim is to write good books and draw readers to me. When they contact me to talk about my books, I always respond immediately. I’m accessible through Facebook, email, Twitter and my website, but I’ve never managed to get my website off the ground. I’ve never found the time to learn how to operate it, so it sits (like my daughter on the front cover of my first book) alone and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself. I’ll get to it one day. I probably should be ashamed to admit that I have no mailing list. Readers contact me to chat about the books and I respond. I don’t consider I have time to keep up with a blog.

Living in England creates a unique selling and marketing situation. Where is your biggest audience? Does marketing online help in this situation

My biggest audience is in the States. It’s always in America where my books are downloaded the most. It’s on .com that I have the most reviews, by quite a large margin. As already stated, this is thanks to Bookbub. They’re AMAZING!!

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them

To get reviews, I use the same tried and tested method – I aim to write cracking books that people want to review. I don’t like to beg people, but there is a note right at the end of my books appealing to readers to review the books. A small percentage will bother to do that, especially if they realise you’re independently published, which they don’t always realise unless you say so. I’ve never ‘swapped’ reviews with other authors and have never bought reviews as some do. If the reviews aren’t genuine, they’re not worth anything. I’m an honest person. I’ve worked ceaselessly for every review I’ve got – by telling a good story. In the end, it’s the only solid way of getting reviews.

You are both an author and a music teacher. How do those blend together? Do you write songs and music? Does one give you a break from the other?

Yes, I suppose that one gives me a break from the other, but I don’t blend them together. I’ve taught piano for thirty years and have written some music, but not recently. Most of my lessons are with children, so I can only teach them in the evening after school. 90% of my teaching is between 4 and 6 in the evening, which leaves the daytime for writing, when I have time. Music-making is just storytelling in sound form. Pieces have a beginning, middle, climax, end. The parallels are startling really. Performing music requires immense discipline.

Every single note matters – the weight and placement of them. Writing words feels this way. When you’re performing music, you’re giving something deeply personal of yourself. It must be given with integrity, or it will sound flat and unconvincing. The aim is to reach the audience in a personal way. This is best done by connecting with them on an emotional level. You can feel the vibes coming from them and this makes each performance unique. The aim is to take them on a journey and give them an experience they won’t forget. To offer a new perspective. The transition from musician to writer felt almost seamless for me.



Author's Book List
Shadows to Ashes - The Midnight Saga Book 3
WHAT IF THE BEGINNING COULD ALSO MEAN THE END?

When a peaceful island in the Indian Ocean isn’t far enough away to escape danger, where do you go? With your wedding in ruins and your fiancé arrested, what do you do? It was supposed to be a new beginning, but it ended before it began. Naomi Hamilton knows why. Knows who’s responsible. Knows what he wants. The king, guarded by his faithful defence. One man who’ll stop at nothing. One girl who’s tired of hiding. Because maybe running isn’t the answer. So maybe there’s only one way to put an end to the game. To face it. Play it. Head to head.


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The Darkness Visible - The Midnight Saga Book 2
WHAT IF YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING?

Home safely after abduction and attempted murder, Naomi Hamilton’s worst nightmare should be over. But what if things are not all they appear to be? What if abduction and attempted murder was only the beginning? Naomi finds herself in a tangled web from which there is no real escape or freedom. When everything feels dark, she turns to the one person who’s saved her life and given her a future – the one person she can trust. Trust feels risky and dangerous. Threat is a constant presence. And one wrong move could cost her everything.


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Either Side of Midnight - The Midnight Saga Book 1
WHAT IF THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE TURNED INTO YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

When nineteen-year-old Naomi Stone is snatched from her husband at knifepoint on the night of their wedding and taken to a deserted cemetery, she knows her life is finished. Drugged and disorientated, she loses consciousness as she lies in an open grave with a gun to her head. But the following day, she mysteriously awakes to find herself unharmed and secured to a bed. She's in a beautiful bedroom in a secluded cottage in open countryside. Only one person knows she’s there – the man in the balaclava who’s holding her, feeding her, revealing nothing. Naomi senses the unfolding of a plan. She should be on honeymoon in the Caribbean. Instead, she’s trapped with an emotionless psycho with no hope of escape . . . And his voice is chillingly familiar.

Who is he? What does he want? What's happened to her husband? Where is she? Will anyone find her before it's too late?


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Marla Madison – The Way She Lied is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Marla Madison's New Book: The Way She Lied.

Author Marla Madison is the bestselling author of the Detective Kendall Halsrud series and the TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries.








The Way She Lied

TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn mysteries Book 4


Author: Marla Madison


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When psychologist Lisa Rayburn is offered the chance to evaluate the psychiatric release of Roman Guerrero—a man who confessed to slaughtering eleven people nearly a decade earlier—she's both tempted and wary. The ramifications of any decision regarding the man’s release might just outweigh the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with such a fascinating—and mysterious—subject.

Was Guerrero the one responsible for what happened the night eleven people died in a Milwaukee restaurant? Nobody really knows, but the community is in an uproar over the possibility of a mass murderer being released into their midst.

While Lisa interviews Guerrero and struggles to stay objective, her friends—private investigator TJ Peacock and crime reporter/blogger Bart Kosik—push Lisa to join them in investigating the ten-year-old mystery of the Guerrero murders.

Hampered by patient confidentiality, Lisa can only listen to her friend’s theories of the case. But it isn't until their lives, as well as hers, are at stake that Lisa finally realizes she has to make a decision.

Question is: is she too late?

Excerpt from The Way She Lied

Chapter 1

Within the torrential rain, visibility was down to a few yards. Lisa Rayburn guided her car off the highway to a cemetery entrance and followed the small dirt drive into a landscape of headstones, their reflection eerie in the strobe-like flashes of lightning. She turned the car around and parked off to one side, facing the road. Not many vehicles were passing by in the midst of a storm reported to have tornado conditions.

While she waited out the storm, she switched off her headlights and found a radio station playing soft jazz. In the next lightning display, she noticed a large garbage bag lying alongside the fence on the side facing the main road, and she wondered how people could be so thoughtless as to toss out their garbage rather than take time to dispose of it. She and Eric had taken time more than once that season to pick up the detritus thrown from passing cars to the side of the highway surrounding his property.

Eric would be waiting for her, along with their guests, who were gathered at the house to celebrate the launching of a friend’s novel. They would have to wait even longer—the storm showed no sign of diminishing.

Her heart soared with the music’s next crescendo then came to a sudden halt. She’d never seen a bag of refuse move—not the way the huge, black-plastic glob in front of the cemetery was moving. She flicked her headlights on for a better look. A bag can’t move, she told herself. But something inside of it was definitely shifting. Had someone thrown out newborn kittens? Or puppies? It wouldn’t be the first time.

Lisa unlocked the glove compartment and took out the small revolver she kept there since being awarded a concealed-carry permit. She tucked the gun in her pocket and pulled up the hood of her raincoat then left the security of her car. By the time she reached the large bag, it was still. Maybe what she thought she’d seen was only an illusion brought on by a streak of lightning.

The top of the bag had a yellow drawstring that hadn’t been knotted, merely cinched. Lisa bent down and slowly eased it open.

The dinner guests were gathered in the garage around a huge, egg-shaped Weber grill that had been rescued from the patio when the rain began. The warm October night had been perfect for outdoor grilling, and Eric Schindler had the steaks seasoned and ready to go.

“I think I’m going to go ahead and put them on. Lisa should be here any minute.”

“Dunno about that,” TJ said. “Are you sure she left Madison? Think they had a tornado warnin’ out that way.”

“She’s not one to let that stop her, but I’ll try her again.” Eric held his phone and pressed a button. “Another ‘All circuits are busy’ message.”

“We don’t need to eat yet. As long as the bar’s open, we can wait for her.” TJ gestured to the table next to the grill. “There’s enough snacks here to hold us for the rest of the week.”

“Wait. I think I’m getting a call.” Eric opened his phone. “Lisa, Lisa?” He repeated her name a few more times and then closed the phone. “Okay, now I’m worried. She’s trying to get through but can’t.”

“That don’t mean nothin’,” TJ said. “She’s probably just letting us know she’s gonna be late.”

There were no kittens or puppies jumping out of the bag when Lisa loosened the plastic ties. She edged back the opening. The body of a child lay inside, tossed to the side of the road like yesterday’s table scraps. It looked like a boy. Was he even alive? He must have been a minute ago when she’d seen the bag move. The child was tiny and couldn’t have been much more than three years old. She uncovered his face and saw that he appeared to have been badly beaten. She felt his throat. He had a pulse—thready, but there.

She shielded her phone from the bucketing rain and dialed 911. It took nearly a minute before she heard the operator. Lisa described where she was and told her she’d found a child who was badly hurt and barely alive. “He needs medical attention immediately!”

“I’ll get someone there as soon as possible, but a tornado touched down in that area, so it could be a while.”

Lisa insisted that the child needed help right away, and then she realized she was speaking to dead air—she’d lost the connection. Before she could think of what to do next—she was struggling with whether to go to the car for a blanket or take the risk of moving the boy to the car—she felt a touch on her arm.

“Mama?”

Oh God. He thought she was his mother. She took his hand. “It’ll be okay. I’m going to get you help.”

He whimpered and turned in the bag.

“I’m going to get you a blanket,” she said. “I’ll be right back.”

“No!” He clung to her arm. At least he was able to talk. That was a good sign. Lisa opened her phone again and tried Eric. She heard him answer, but the line quickly went dead. Her second try went through. “Eric, I have to talk fast before I lose you again. I need a medevac. Not for me—for a child. Pull whatever strings you have to, but please, get one here. I’m at the cemetery west of our house. This child’s life depends on it.”

Eric closed the phone when the service dropped the connection again. He’d heard enough. Putting off the questions of his guests, he stepped into the house and dialed his friend Rick Kelleher, who was the chief administrator of an area hospital. Rick promised Eric he’d try to get a Medivac to the cemetery, and if that wasn’t possible, he’d call him right back.

Lisa wasn’t all that far from the house, but driving conditions were still terrible. As much as Eric wanted to go to her, he’d have to trust that a Medivac would be available and would get to Lisa and the child in time.



Author: Marla Madison

Author Genre: Suspense, Mystery & Thrillers

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Author Description: Marla Madison is the author of two suspense series. She's Not There is her debut suspense novel and is the first book of the TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn series.TRESPASS, is the second and Marla's next novel will be the third of that series.

Relative Malice, her second book begins the Detective Kendall Halsrud series. Iced Malice, is the second book of that series.

Marla is a retired Federal Mediator who works as an Arbitrator. She lives on Prairie Lake in Northwestern Wisconsin with her significant other, Terry, a beloved shelter dog, Skygge, and Poncho, an opinionated feline from the same shelter.

Also an avid reader of suspense, some of Marla's favorite authors are Tana French, Lisa Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman, James Patterson, Tess Gerritson, and Tami Hoag.

When not reading or writing, Marla enjoys hanging out with other area authors, playing duplicate bridge, golfing, and going on long walks with her dog.



Author's Book List
Promise of Malice - The Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 3
When Kendall becomes a date rape victim, the incident triggers a series of events that send her life into a dangerous freefall. Still struggling with the remains of her relationship with ex-lover Adam Nashlund, Kendall is temporarily suspended from her job, and she joins Nash, who has been hired to locate a man’s missing wife.

A rape-homicide in the area leads Kendall to investigate the case of a rapist who leaves his victims tattooed with a strange symbol. Kendall’s neighbor, Brynn Zellman, card reader and reformed computer hacker, identifies the tattoo as a Reiki symbol and helps Kendall unearth the truth as both cases become intertwined.


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Iced Malice - Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 2
Detective Kendall Halsrud returns in Iced Malice, another stay-up-all-night thriller by the author of Relative Malice.

In the midst of the worst winter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin since 1890, Detective Kendall Halsrud is investigating a case involving two murdered teenagers. Kendall and her partner soon realize the teens’ murders appear eerily similar to the Fiancé Murder case from twelve years ago when three couples disappeared from the area. Their bodies were never found, and the case remains unsolved.

Kendall asks herself if the faceless killer has returned, or does someone else have his own reason for killing couples?

With her personal life also in chaos, Kendall immerses herself in her work. When another woman disappears, Kendall has more questions than answers. Does the killer have an accomplice? And can she find them before they target the next young couple?


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Relative Malice - The Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 1
When four family members are found dead after a home invasion, Detective Kendall Halsrud takes charge of the case. In the murder house, she discovers an empty crib with blood drops next to it on the wood floor. The family: a father, mother, teenage daughter, and young son have been fatally shot . . . but where is baby Philly?

The desperate search to find the child derails when a man is arrested for murdering the family and claims to have killed the baby. Suspecting he had an accomplice, Kendall isn’t convinced. Refusing to give up on finding the child, Kendall persists in unearthing the family’s secrets. With the help of a hacker turned spurious fortune-teller and a former cop hired by the missing baby’s uncle, she discovers a furtive pedophile ring is planning on buying and sharing a baby. Can she stop them while there's time to save Philly?


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She's Not There
Women are missing . . .

Is the rising number of abused women who've gone missing a statistical anomaly? Or is a serial killer targeting this vulnerable group of women? When the Milwaukee Police Department refuses to investigate because no bodies have been discovered, Lisa Rayburn, the clinical psychologist who discovers the anomaly, is drawn into an investigation to discover the cause after one of her own clients goes missing. She finds herself forming an unlikely alliance with a former policewoman turned security consultant, TJ Peacock, and the husbands of two of the missing women who may themselves be murderers.

When TJ is attacked, and a woman looking remarkably like Lisa is found murdered, they know . . . someone is willing to kill to protect his secret.

Can they reveal the killer before he gets to them?


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dianne Harman – Murdered By Wine is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Dianne Harman's New Book: Murdered By Wine.

Author Dianne Harman is an Award-Winning Bestselling Mystery, Suspense and Romance author of The Teddy Saga, the Coyote Series, the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery, the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery and the Jack Trout Cozy Mystery series.








Murdered By Wine

Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 13


Author: Dianne Harman


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She wasn't swimming in the wine vat, she was dead!

When Angela, the beloved award-winning winemaker at the Moretti Winery, is found floating face down in a wine vat, law enforcement authorities are suspicious about the cause of her death. Was it murder or a tragic accident?

If it's murder, who did it? Was it her husband, Matteo, the winemaker at a nearby winery, jealous because his wife's wines always received the top awards and best ratings? Was it his employer, Carlos Romano, the owner of the nearby winery, because his wines always placed second to those made by Angela? Or could it have been Carlos' niece, Alessandra, who had romantic fantasies about Matteo even though he was married to Angela? Or even Signora Moretti, suspicious there was more to her husband and Angela's relationship than business. And then there was Caitlin, the ambitious master's degree student who was an intern at the Moretti Winery and wanted Angela's job.

Mike Reynolds, an Oregon county sheriff, and his wife, Kelly, decide to take a short vacation to Sonoma, California, where they were meeting their daughter and her husband for some wine tasting. Because of a sick child, they have to return home to Calico Gold, so Kelly and Mike have some extra time on their hands and offer to help the local sheriff determine if Angela's death was murder or an accident.

Excerpt from HORROR IN THE HIGHLANDS

She walked up the steep flight of metal stairs attached to the outside of the twenty-foot-tall stainless-steel fermenting vat, leaned over the containment lid, slid it back, and peered down at the dark wine. She was just getting ready to dip the small wooden cup attached to a long metal handle which she’d brought with her into the wine in the vat when someone grabbed her from behind and held her face over the open fermenting wine vat. In less than thirty seconds, she was overcome by the carbon dioxide fumes generated by the fermentation process.

The person behind her pushed her unconscious body into the vat of wine, where she floated face down in the cauldron of bubbling fermenting wine. Angela never heard Foxie’s frantic barking as she saw her mistress disappear into the tank and the murderer run down the stairs, open the heavy doors a little more, and slip outside. It was fortunate for Foxie that the murderer heard approaching voices, or she might have been the next one pushed into the wine vat.



Author: Dianne Harman

Author Genre: Romance and Literary Fiction

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Author Description: USA TODAY bestselling author and seven time Amazon All Star Author, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. Dianne is the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, and the Northwest. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. Alexis, the first book in the Midlife Journey Series was also recently published. She's the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.

Murder in the Pearl District was chosen by Amazon to be one of their Mystery books in their October, 2016 homage of great writing by independent authors and several of her books have been chosen by them as PRIME books!





Author's Book List
Murder in Seattle - A Northwest Cozy Mystery
What would you do if your sister's husband of twelve hours, Clark, was considered a suspect by the police in connection with his rich Uncle Vinny's murder? And the rich uncle just happened to be a member of the Mob?

DeeDee has no choice but to enlist the help of her boyfriend Jake, a private investigator, as well as Al, Uncle Vinny's scary bodyguard, to help her find the murderer and clear Clark's name.

It could have been a number of people, but which one? Was it Uncle Vinny's cousin or his wife? Uncle Vinny had a lot of money, and although he hadn't come by it legally, the color was still green. Or the rogue cop whose father had ended the prostitution rings in Seattle, but was certain Uncle Vinny was the person who had resurrected them. Or perhaps Clark's business colleague who was jealous of Clark's recent promotion? Maybe it was the wedding planner who resented everything Uncle Vinny was giving the newlyweds, particularly the house on Queen Anne Hill. Or even Clark himself? After all, Uncle Vinny gave a toast at the wedding declaring him to be the sole heir of his substantial fortune.


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Murdered By Plastic Surgery - A High Desert Cozy Mystery
Planning on having a little "work" done? What if after the facelift you looked like a lot of other women in the area?Could you murder the plastic surgeon who did the work?

Someone in the wealthy Palm Springs area murdered the plastic surgeon, but who? Was it one of his former patients disappointed with the result of a facelift? An associate, jealous of the doctor's success, and who wanted more money so he could buy a bigger yacht? His administrative assistant who had spent the last twenty years of her life hopelessly in love with him? His wife, because he'd decided to divorce her? Or even his ex-wife, who had custody of their children, and would inherit a lot of money if he was dead?

With so many persons of interest, what's needed in this case is a psychic, and fortunately the police detective's sister-in-law, Laura, is one of the best. Join Police Detective Jeff Combs, his wife, Marty, who happened to be in the process of appraising the doctor's antique Shaker furniture collection when he was murdered, and Laura, as they try to determine who killed the doctor.

As always, plenty of food, recipes, and dogs. Enjoy!


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Murder in Whistler - A Northwest Cozy Mystery
When DeeDee and her boyfriend, Jake, head to Whistler, British Columbia, to see her sister, Roz, and enjoy a little down time from her new catering business, Deelish, and his job as a private investigator, the last thing they expect is to become involved in a murder.

What makes it even worse is the person murdered is DeeDee's former neighbor, Johnny Roberts. He was a bigger-than-life person and the owner of a very successful Mercedes Benz dealership in Seattle, but did he have secrets? And who would want Johnny dead?

Was it the man who years ago had tried to get Johnny's wife, Cassie, to leave Johnny and marry him? Was it the sexy saleswoman in Johnny's dealership who didn't care whether or not Johnny was married, but wanted revenge when he rejected her? Was it his brother who resented Johnny for being the frugal administer of his trust fund? Or even the Mercer Island golf club pro who felt threatened by Johnny's golf game?

Join, DeeDee, Jake, their husky dogs, Balto and Yukon, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they try to figure out who murdered Johnny Roberts and why.


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Murder & The Movie Star - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery - Book 12
The last thing Mike Reynolds needed in the final weeks leading up to his run for re-election as sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, was to have his wife, Kelly, discover the body of a famous movie actress. It didn't help that she'd died under mysterious circumstances from a fall off the cliff behind her home.

Did she accidentally fall over it or was it murder? And if she was murdered, who did it? Was it her daughter who wanted her mother's money, so she could give it to the yoga guru she was studying with at his spartan retreat center located in the nearby forest? Or was it her gardener, who desperately needed money to deal with the terminal diagnosis his wife had been given by her doctor? Or could it have been the director of The Triangle, the movie she was about to film, because he was afraid she'd ruin his chances for an Oscar? What about the supporting actress who'd wanted to have the lead role in the movie? Or the screenwriter, who didn't understand why the movie star refused to read the changes he made to the script? Or even the star's ex-husband, furious with what she'd told a reporter about his acting ability?

Join Kelly, Mike, their dogs, and a helpful neighbor by the name of Roger Babowal, as they try to find out what really happened on the cliff that night.


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Murder on Bainbridge Island - Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
When Lisa Sanders, a well-known Seattle art gallery owner, is found dead at a prestigious dinner party, shock waves ripple through the local art community. For DeeDee Wilson, the death becomes a personal tragedy, because the dinner party was the first ever event for her fledgling catering business.

On the following day, newspaper reports indicated the cause of death was possibly poisoning, but could it have come from the food she served the guests? In order to save her business and protect her reputation, DeeDee has to find out how Lisa, the art gallery owner, died, and if it was murder, who did it and why?

Could it have been the smarmy competing gallery owner who was jealous of Lisa's success in getting a top art glass artisan to exhibit in her gallery? Or the artist whose work she rejected because she didn't feel it was up to her standards? Was it the disgruntled ex-girlfriend who was dumped by the man Lisa was currently seeing? Or was it a museum employee who was fired by the woman who hosted the dinner party?

Join DeeDee, Jake, a private investigator she's developed a relationship with after her divorce, and her new dog, Balto, a husky dog with a blue eye and a brown eye, as they try to save DeeDee's new business venture.


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Murder in Calistoga - A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
When Nikki Evans is murdered in the sauna at the Serenity Hotel and Spa on opening day, Judy Rasmussen’s dream of owning a premiere hotel and spa in Calistoga, California, turns into a nightmare.

Her friend, Liz Lucas, an amateur sleuth who’s come to the hotel and spa for the opening weekend, has to find the killer before the new hotel and spa’s chances for success are ruined by the bad publicity the murder will bring. The murder victim was a guest at the spa and part of a group of five women who are there for a college reunion. But who would want the reunion attendee dead? And what is the motive? Was it her college roommate, who’d never forgotten what Nikki had said about her years ago? Was it her husband, who resented that he had to use her inherited money to pay back the company he’d embezzled from? Was it the winemaker who wanted Judy’s property, so he could grow more grapes? Or was it the owner of La Spa, who didn’t want any new competition?

Join Liz and her big boxer guard dog, Winston, as they try to catch the killer, but will they succeed?


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Trouble at the Animal Shelter - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher, is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources. What to do with the dogs and finding the murderer becomes a challenge.

But who would have wanted the elderly spinster dead, and what was the killer's motive? Was it the local reverend who desperately needed money to pay off his gambling debts? Or the neighbor who was kept awake by Maggie's barking dogs? Was it the disgruntled father of a boy Maggie had wanted to hold back a year in school? Or even the director of the animal shelter?

Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop, and her husband Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, as they literally have to sniff out the murderer before they become the next victims.


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ALEXIS - Midlife Journey Series
“Look at this way, you’re going to be an entirely new person.”

“I didn’t know there was anything wrong with the person I am right now,” Alexis said coldly. And so, at age fifty-two her midlife journey begins.

When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she's forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all the changes taking place.

As the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis' hard fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to returning to what used to work for her when she didn't want to deal with her feelings - food. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?

You can't read about Alexis' trials and tribulations without rooting for her every step of the way. Although her midlife journey forces her to come to terms with a lifetime of being overweight, her struggle of dealing with changes in midlife is one every woman will face in one form or another. This is Alexis' midlife journey.


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Murder at the Polo Club - A High Desert Cozy Mystery
Antiques, polo, and relationships. What do they have in common? Murder!

Why was the Palm Springs polo club owner's fiancee, Pia, murdered? Old relationships, Mafia vendettas, and inheritances all play a part in this cozy mystery. Jack Rutledge, the owner of a world class polo club in Palm Springs hires Marty Combs, an antique appraiser, to evaluate Jack's collection of art pottery and Pia's collection of art glass. When Marty and her husband, Jeff, a Palm Springs police detective, attend a cocktail party at the Rutledge Polo Club, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.

Who killed Pia? Was it Kevin, the has-been polo player jealous of Jack's success? Roberto, the reputed second-in-command of the West Coast Mafia who loved Pia? Gerta, Pia's sister, who feels the art glass collection willed to Pia should be hers? Pia's ex-husband, a felon newly released from prison? Jensen, Jack's son, who'd been promised he would inherit Jack's very valuable art pottery collection, or even Lupe, the polo club owner's maid?


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Murder at the Clinic - A Midwest Cozy Mystery
Kat Denham, a popular author of steamy romance novels, has decided to write a book in a different genre. She has a friend who's a doctor of acupuncture, has just lost over one hundred pounds, is getting married in mid-life for the first time to a doctor, and seems like the perfect role model for the protagonist in Kat's soon-to-be-written book. But fate intervenes when Kat happens to be at the acupuncture clinic when a patient, Sandy Hendrick, mysteriously dies. Suddenly Kat is involved in a murder mystery she has to solve to save her reputation and that of her friend, Mitzi.

Who was the murderer? Was it Mitzi, Kat's acupuncturist? Or was it a doctor from the clinic who desperately wants Mitzi discredited, so he'll be named the Assistant Dean of Acupuncture? Then there's Sandy's philandering husband, Matt, and Mitzi's fiancee's ex-girlfriend. Or was it the clinic's receptionist, Rochelle? Will the sting Kat devises to help catch the murderer work? And what part does Kat's guard dog, Rudy, play?


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Murder on the East Coast - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Kelly, the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop, and her husband, Sheriff Mike, fly to Virginia to see a friend, Stephanie, receive her doctorate degree. What Kelly didn't plan on was becoming involved in trying to solve the murder of Stephanie's friend, Julie. The mystery of who killed Julie leads Kelly to Boston, Massachusetts, York, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, as she tries to track down and identify the killer.

Was the ten million dollars Julie's mother gave her as a graduation present the reason she was murdered? And just who would profit from her murder? The quirky cast of suspects includes Julie's soon-to-be ex-husband, her worthless brother, a jealous co-worker, and the daughter she'd given up for adoption just after she graduated from high school, but with whom she'd recently been reunited.

Julie's mother is the multimillionaire owner of a huge insurance company and convinces Kelly to try and help find her daughter's killer. She has stage four pancreatic cancer, and her doctors don't give her much time to live. Can Kelly find the killer before Julie"s mother dies of cancer?


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Murder at the Big T Lodge - A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
What could go wrong at The Big T Lodge, the most expensive and prestigious hunting club in the United States? Well, murder for starters!

When Roger Langley tells his wife, Liz, that they're leaving for Texas in three days for an unexpected hunting trip at the club, neither of them has a clue that Liz will spend most of her time looking for the person who murdered Roger's law school friend, Milt Huston, who just happens to be the Attorney General of California and a candidate for Governor of California.

There's no lack of suspects, but who did it, and what was their motive? Anger from Milt's former lover? Revenge from the lover's husband? Milt's proposed cigarette tax increase despised by a North Carolina tobacco farmer? The California Senator who wants to be Governor of California? Or the chef's assistant who hates Milt's liberal views?

Join Chef Wes, Liz, and her new doggie friend, Sam, a huge bullmastiff, as they search for the murderer and the motive.


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Murdered by Country Music - A High Desert Cozy Mystery
What part did mollies and Fireball whiskey play in a murder at a country music festival held outside of Palm Springs, California? Why was the celebrity chef, Jacques Rushon, owner of the French Food Obsession food truck murdered? The suspects at the top of the sheriff's list are Marty Morgan's friends John, the owner of The Red Pony food truck, and his assistant, Max.

Or was it the ex-wife who was owed back child support? Food truck competitors John and Max? The owner of the White Stallion Ranch where the music festival was held? Jacques' drug dealer? Jacques' partner in the food truck, Ned? Or Ned's wife, Rita? In order to save her own life, Marty has to solve the murder mystery. Fortunately, she has a little help from Jeff, her police detective fiance.

This fast-paced cozy mystery gives the reader a behind the scenes look at music festivals and food trucks. As always, there's lots of food, recipes, and a black Labrador retriever who refuses to give up his pink booties!


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Murdered by Words - Midwest Cozy Mystery Series
A widow living in a small college Midwest college town writing steamy novels? Her editor murdered? Kat Denham writes under the pen name of Sexy Cissy, but it all falls apart when her true identity becomes known.

Kat is the one who finds her murdered editor and she and several others are worried that she'll be the next one to be murdered. She has to find the murderer to save her reputation and her life, but who did it? Was it her editor's husband? Was it the woman who had become obsessed with any book she considered to be morally objectionable? Or was it the "trophy wife" of the local banker?


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Trouble at the Kennel - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon and his wife Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Cuba. On the drive home from the airport Mike gets a call informing him that the owner of Doggie Love Kennel, where they had boarded their dogs when they were in Cuba, has been murdered. To make matters worse, all of the dogs in the kennel, including Rebel and Lady, have been released and are running loose in the surrounding area. They immediately begin to search for their dogs as well as trying to determine who killed Mary Barnes.

They have plenty of suspects to choose from: the druggie kennel employee; the owner of the award winning Yorkie that was impregnated while staying at the kennel; the disgruntled head of the Pit Bull Sanctuary who was instructed by the owner of the kennel to get his pit bulls off of the property within twenty-four hours; the impoverished woman whose property is next to the luxurious kennel and is jealous of the dogs being boarded there; the kennel manager; and her husband who has anger issues. Will Mike and Kelly find the killer before the killer comes after them?

And what about the dog named Skyy? Is she cute enough to make Mike rethink his decision to only have two dogs?

Can she worm her way into his heart?


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The Blue Butterfly - A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
When the Lotis Blue butterfly, an endangered species, is sighted in a forest where logging operations are being conducted, it sets off a chain reaction in the small town of Red Cedar, California. David Sanders, a Forest Service employee and the step-brother of the popular owner of Gertie’s Diner, is found murdered after he entered the forest to look for the blue butterfly. But who killed him?

There are plenty of suspects, and what’s the motive? Was it the Jefferson Lumber Company employee who developed cancer from the improper use of formaldehyde at the company’s plywood plant? Or George Myers, the jealous husband of Ruby, David’s former lover, who has anger issues? Ruby could also be considered a suspect. And what about the Environmental Studies teaching assistant? Or the Forest Service employee who’s fanatic about saving the environment. Or even Gertie?

Join Liz Lucas and her boxer guard dog, Winston, as she helps the incompetent, bumbling chief of police search for the murderer before he makes a mistake and arrests her friend Gertie. As always, there are dogs, good food and recipes.

This is the fifth book in the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series. Dianne is also the author of two other cozy mystery series, Cedar Bay and High Desert, both of which are best sellers.


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Murder in Cuba - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Cuba - a land of classic cars, beautiful beaches, salsa music, and the best cigars in the world. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States starts to improve, everyone wants a piece of the action. When Mike’s friend, Jack Trout, asks Kelly and Mike to join his wife and him on an exploratory trip to a Cuban island, it’s an invitation they can’t resist. Mike’s dream of fly fishing the saltwater flats on the exotic island is quickly replaced when he’s asked by the local constable to help solve the murder of a British fly fishing guide, Dudley Samms. Jack becomes a suspect and his wife, Carola, asks Kelly to help solve the crime.

Plenty of quirky characters have reasons to wish Dudley dead, but who killed him? The Englishman who is the head of one of the largest international banks in the world? The American with no visible means of support, but who has plenty of money to fish all around the world? The victim’s wife? One of the Cuban fishing guides? Or was it Jack?


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Murder & the Secret Cave - High Desert Cozy Mystery
Who killed Randy Jones?

Was it Dr. Rosenbaum, who would do anything to get the Native American artifacts he desperately needed to add to his collection? Was it Richard Sagebrush, a Native American whose one goal in life was to return stolen artifacts to their rightful tribes? Was it Randy’s son, Luke Peterson, who was still angry his father had abandoned him forty years ago? Was it Colin Sanders, who dealt in black market Native American artifacts? Or even Mary BirdSong, the woman who had lived for ten years with Randy in his rundown desert shack until one day, without any explanation, he kicked her out?

Randy Jones was an old desert rat with a secret collection of Native American artifacts that was worth millions, but can you put a price on an illegal collection? That’s the dilemma Marty Morgan finds herself in when Randy asks her to appraise his collection, but the meeting leads to more than an appraisal – it becomes a meeting that ends in murder – Randy’s.

Join Marty, her boyfriend Detective Jeff Combs, her psychic sister, Laura, and her black Labrador, Duke, who refuses to set foot on desert sand without his pink booties, as they search for the killer before he murders Marty. Another dilemma Marty faces is deciding whether she wants her relationship with Jeff to go to the next level.


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Murder & The Monkey Band - High Desert Cozy Mystery Series
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?


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The Death Card - A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery
Seth Williams, the bumbling and incompetent police chief of Red Cedar, calls Liz Lucas and asks her to help him solve the murder of his deputy, Leroy. He’s worried he might be a suspect because Leroy was going to run against him in the upcoming police chief election. His alibi is that he was getting a tarot card reading from Madame Dika when the murder occurred, but she vehemently denies that the reading ever occurred.

Liz and her protective dog, Winston, follow numerous and sometimes conflicting clues as they try to discover who killed Leroy. Was it the tarot card reader, Madame Dika, who had served time in prison for a psychic scam involving jewelry? Her brother, Anton, who has ties to a Southern European stolen credit card ring? Tom Rice, an ex-felon who had been in prison for wife-beating? Donna, Leroy’s ex-wife, who wants to get the back alimony Leroy owed her by making a claim against his life insurance. Or Ratface, Leroy’s bookie? And yes, it might even be the police chief himself.

And what about the relationship between Liz and Roger, the San Francisco lawyer she’s in love with. He gives her advice and helps her solve the case, but will their long-distance relationship turn into something more?

This is the third book in the best-selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.


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Murder in Calico Gold - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery
Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a trip to the small town of Calico Gold, California, after his elderly Aunt Agnes calls and tells him she needs his help and expertise.

The day after Mike finds out Aunt Agnes has made him the sole beneficiary of her large estate, including the Robertson Ranch and the beautiful Queen Anne house on it, she’s murdered.

Aunt Agnes was revered by many of the town residents, but she had her enemies as well. The list of suspects includes a local judge, a real estate developer, a nearby rancher next whose cattle desperately need water from Aunt Agnes’ property, a Vietnam vet who’s recently been evicted from the shack on her property, Mike’s newly discovered cousin, and Sheriff Mike himself, since he has the most to gain from her death.

Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs Rebel and Lady, as they work to clear Mike’s name and bring the murderer to justice.


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Murder and Brandy Boy - A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 2
Liz Lucas, the owner of the Red Cedar Spa, hires an intern to help her prepare family style meals served to guests at the lodge. Only days before graduation, his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean. Was it suicide or murder?

Liz, along with her trusty dog, Winston, sets out to find the killer. Was it the high school computer genius, Nerdy Birdie? Brent, who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin, the quarterback's girlfriend? Clamhammer, the gangster from San Francisco's Chinatown? Or Nerdy's mother, the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club?

Who would have thought Brandy Boy, the lovable but lazy St. Bernard who's the mascot of the Red Cedar Spa, would become a nationally recognized hero?

This is the second book in the best-selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.The author has been designated by Amazon as one of its most popular authors for the last five months.


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Murder in the Pearl District - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 5
Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, has reluctantly agreed to cater a dinner party for her friend Sophie Marchant in Portland’s popular Pearl District. The guest of honor, Donatella DeLuca, is a famous chef and owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant, Mangia! Mangia!

The day after the dinner party Donatella is found murdered. Who did it? The arrogant newspaper food critic? The sous chef at Mangia! Mangia!? The beautiful ex-wife of the television station owner who was going to produce Donatella’s new TV show, Dining with Donatella? The French chef whose nationality is questionable? Or the deranged “hostess with the mostest?”

Join Kelly and her dog Rebel, along with reluctant advice from her husband, Sheriff Mike, as they try to discover who murdered Donatella and why.


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Murder in Cottage #6 - Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.

What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.

In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.


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Marriage and Murder - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 4
After a long courtship, Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and Mike, the county sheriff, finally get married. Their honeymoon is cut short when Jesse, the owner of the local wine store called 'The Crush' gets murdered. Why would anyone want to murder Jesse, a likeable and legendary wine expert?

There are a number of suspects including his ex-wife, an alcoholic who hates liquor stores, a Mafia hit man, a wealthy French woman, two winemaking brothers, and even his sister. But who did it? Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs, Rebel and Lady, as they seek to find the killer. Along the way, you’ll find lots of good food and mouth-watering recipes.


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White Cloud Retreat - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 3
Third book in the popular and best selling Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series.

What could possibly go wrong at a beautiful Oregon vineyard overlooking the ocean? Could the White Cloud Retreat Center on the vineyard, run by a world famous Buddhist Zen Master hold a deep, dark secret? Murder, for one thing, but who could possibly have a motive for killing the beloved Zen Master?

Solving the mystery is the job of Sheriff Mike, ably assisted by his soon-to-be-wife, Kelly, an amateur sleuth, and their two dogs, Rebel and Lady. The vineyard is famous for its White Cloud Pinot Noir wines and the coffee shop that Kelly owns, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, is equally popular with customers looking for good food.

This is the third book in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series. Plenty of good food and lovable dogs! If you liked Kelly’s Koffee Shop and Murder at Jade Cove, you’re going to love White Cloud Retreat.


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Murder at Jade Cove - Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 2
Was it the environmental activist enamored with spotted owls, someone from the local Native American tribe, Jeff’s son, Jeff’s wife, or his wife’s lover? Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her fiancé, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try and catch the person who killed Jeff Black.

Well, it’s not as if no one wanted Jeff dead. He had enemies. There were a lot of people who didn’t want to see his property turned into a commercial hotel and spa. Finding suspects won’t be hard to do, but finding out who killed him will be. No one would ever nominate Jeff for the “Most Popular Citizen Award.” This is going to be a nightmare for Mike. I wonder how I can help him, Kelly thought.

Murder at Jade Cove is another mouth-watering Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery with recipes and a surprise at the very end!


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Kelly's Koffee Shop - A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1
Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.

The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it?

Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.

Kelly’s Coffee Shop is a mouth-watering cozy mystery with recipes!

Learn more about Dianne’s other books at www.DianneHarman.com


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COYOTE SERIES - (BOXED SET)
Set Includes the following full-length novels:
Blue Coyote Motel
Coyote in Provence
Blue Coyote Motel

Discover why this trilogy of fast–paced suspense novels has received over '175' five star reviews on Amazon, has been a Chanticleer CLUE award finalist, a Quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, been featured in the Top Ten Books at Authorsdb, been the Book of the Month at several Book Clubs and is at the top of a few good lists on Goodreads.

The story revolves around the rags to riches rise of Maria Brooks who marries a deranged genius working in the pharmaceutical industry. Drug addiction, anti-aging, art theft, murder, and the reader's favorite - Slade Kelly, a flawed, noirish undercover detective makes this an engaging and entertaining read. The action spans the globe – from the barren deserts of California to the snow-capped Himalayas, with stopovers in breathtaking Provence, ritzy New York and windy Chicago.

Sweet, orphaned Afghan girls, dreaded gangsters in the mafia, dirty politicians and unscrupulous businesses make their presence felt as the series weaves along at a sprightly pace. Will Maria go to prison forever? Will Slade die in a gun battle with the FBI? Will the motel guests be able to break the inadvertent drug habit they picked up at the Blue Coyote? Who are those little Afghan girls in the barn in Provence? Will Jordan and Maria ever find happiness?



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CORNERED COYOTE - Coyote Series Book 3
Maria is tired of running from the law and comes back to the US from France. She murdered her husband, a deranged genius in self-defense and is arrested on arrival. Will she come out unscathed or will this be the biggest mistake of her life? Will she taste freedom or will she remain behind bars forever?

Follow the loveable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers' favorite), as he tries to save Maria from seemingly insurmountable odds.

The story moves at a rapid pace, from the ghettos of Chicago to the beaches of Florida, from the streets of Los Angeles to the lush gardens of New York city. Each twist and turn comes with its own cast of colorful characters, from sleazy men in the mafia to hot, desperate women, who will do anything to make it big, in a world that is always trying to keep them small."


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Coyote in Provence - Coyote Series
Just Announced! A finalist in Chanticleer's prestigious CLUE awards contest!

COYOTE IN PROVENCE (A COZY MYSTERY) #1 on 12 Goodreads Top Books Lists

>>>>>What happens when the very beautiful and sexy Maria Brooks, now Elena Johnson, a woman hiding out in Provence, France, from the California legal authorities, meets Jordan Kramer, a handsome art theft detective from Los Angeles?

>>>>>He's looking for stolen California paintings reportedly for sale in Provence. She's trying to stay under the radar. Both share a love of food and wine.Will Jordan find Pierre, the French chef who's suspected of being the art theft? And who are those young Afghan girls hiding out in his parents' home?

>>>>>If you liked Dianne Harman's award-winning novel, Blue Coyote Motel, you don't want to miss Coyote in Provence. Great mystery, wine, food, and art in romantic Provence!

>>>>>Blue Coyote Motel, the first book in the Coyote Series, was a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest, a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month, and an e-thriller Book of the Month. Coyote in Provence continues the story of Maria, the captivating character in the trilogy.


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Blue Coyote Motel
Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you'd invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize?

An Award Winning Best Seller, Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category as well as a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?


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