Celebrating Heroes on Veteran's Day

November 11th is Veteran’s Day. There will be ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery and at the White House. Some government offices and banks will be closed. But, unfortunately, a great number of the men and women who’ve served our country will wake up today and feel forgotten. Let’s change that. I’m running this post early so that when they wake up on Tuesday the 11th, there … Continue reading Celebrating Heroes on Veteran's Day

How Jane Porter Changed My Life

Jane Porter takes my breath away.  Not only does she write the most fantastic fiction — characters that are so real you remember them years later and wonder how they’re doing — but she extends the raw, vibrant honesty of her writing into her real life. Jane shared with me her philosophy about how surfing is like life and how to manage low tide, navigate … Continue reading How Jane Porter Changed My Life

Why Karna Small Bodman Scares Me

Okay, I admit it, Karna Small Bodman intimidates the heck out of me. She’s had more high profile government jobs than anyone ranking under Secretary of State.  And to be honest, there are a few Sec’s that she’s run rings around.  This is a woman who knows first hand how the White House and National Security really works.  She’s been thrust into emergency situations and the … Continue reading Why Karna Small Bodman Scares Me

Flirting, Surfing and Porter's Good Wife

Jane Porter takes my breath away.  Not only does she write the most fantastic fiction — characters that are so real you remember them years later and wonder how they’re doing — but she extends the raw, vibrant honesty of her writing into her real life. Jane shared with me her philosophy about how surfing is like life and how to manage low tide, navigate … Continue reading Flirting, Surfing and Porter's Good Wife

More Great Summer Reads!

Here are some of my favorite books I’m currently reading and loving.  Hope you will, too. Hush.  A romantic suspense novella from award winning author Carey Baldwin. Coming home has never been this sexy…or this dangerous. Reformed bad boy Charlie “Drex” Drexler returns to his hometown of Tangleheart, Texas hoping to make peace with his dark past and make amends to those he’s wronged. He’s … Continue reading More Great Summer Reads!

Dark Secrets, Possible Discrimination, and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague

One of the world’s most beautiful sights is the wild pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague every July.  It sets the heart thrumming in a universally spiritual moment that brings about 50,000 people* to the tiny island nestled in the waters between Maryland and Virginia. Who knew that this event is possibly laced with the rankest discrimination against women in a darkly guarded secret … Continue reading Dark Secrets, Possible Discrimination, and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague

Great Summer Reads!

Seven of my friends have books out this month.  Here they are listed below with links to excerpts and reviews.  Enjoy! Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies, is a fun read:  “Avery Flynn leads us into a shimmering magical world with a sexy twist that is pure, unadulterated fun. I loved this story!” said NY Times bestseling author, Darynda Jones. Brought together again by their dying … Continue reading Great Summer Reads!

Brad Meltzer Kills

Bestselling author, Brad Meltzer, sat down with Diana Belchase on the night his newest novel, The Fifth Assassin released at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC.  Find out how Brad came up with the idea for a Presidential serial assassin, the scoop on his TV show, Decoded, and how he ended up consulting for the Department of Homeland Defense. For a look at the Everybody Hates Brad Meltzer funny … Continue reading Brad Meltzer Kills

Going for the Gold — Again!

It’s been a while since the Golden Heart Nominations for 2012 were announced, so, you might well ask, where have you been all this time?  Was something fishy going on? Were you off on another covert assignment?  Here are the possibilities:

Diana was:

a.  Sitting around eating bonbons?  (The completely delicious, fat-free ones that never add an ounce of weight)

b.  Traveling around the world with a really cute and rich guy? (Imagine castles in France, the casino at Monte Carlo, the Yacht moored off of Mykonos.  <sigh>)

c.  Leaving all the work to naughty little elves who didn’t write her posts as they’d promised (because she is as prolific a writer as Nora Roberts and just didn’t have time)?

d. Sort of uncomfortable bragging about being a Golden Heart Finalist again when so many of my writing friends didn’t make it?

Anyone who knows me will guess, “Yup, she was squirming in her seat, trying to hide while people made a fuss.”  While I’m crazy about being nominated, drying friend’s tears — and knowing how talented they are — makes it a bit hard to talk about my incredible good fortune.  This was NOT going to be a post — until they all ganged up on me and literally forced me to write about it. Continue reading “Going for the Gold — Again!”