Saturday, July 28, 2018

$40 Amazon gift card & mystery author Dianne Harman

It was just a doll, wasn't it? It didn't have powers, did it? Powers that could kill?

Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She previously owned a national antique and art appraisal business, and left that industry to open two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors.

An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of life experiences to her Coyote Series novels, Blue Coyote Motel, a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, a Goodreads Psychological Thriller and e-thriller Book of the Month, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote.

New Orleans is famous for its pralines, beignets, jazz, Bourbon Street, and the French Quarter. But there’s a darker side to the Big Easy, one that involves voodoo and gris-gris.

Nicole Rogers recently moved to Red Cedar from New Orleans. She’d lost weight, became engaged, and had a new job as the manager of a local bank in the small town. But when she found voodoo dolls in her gym locker, work desk, and on her front porch, she was scared. She knew what receiving the dolls meant – someone wanted to hurt her or kill her, and she was right. A few days later, Nicole’s body was found on her front porch with a voodoo doll next to it. She’d been murdered.

What is the connection between Nicole’s murder and the voodoo dolls? Liz Lucas, an amateur sleuth, is determined to find the connection and catch the killer. While on a trip to New Orleans to attend a cooking school known for its Cajun-Creole style of cooking, she learns a lot from a gris-gris doctor who specializes in voodoo, hexes, spells, and superstitions.

But who would want to kill Nicole? Was it the bank employee Nicole fired? What about Nicole’s sister, who had legally changed her name to Marie Leveau (the Queen of Voodoo in New Orleans)? Or Candace Norgan, the woman her fiancĂ© dropped when he fell in love with Nicole? Or even Maddie, Nicole’s friend and the Assistant Manager at the bank?

Join Liz and her dog Winston as they search for the killer.

Still curious about the author? Here's a few question about books from a previous feature with Dianne...

What inspires you to write?
It sounds trite, but I love to tell stories. Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm pretty much what they call a panster. I make about a half a page of notes regarding who is going to get killed and a list of the suspects as well as the venue. From there I read it as I write it, and it's often as if the story is simply unwinding in my head while I'm writing it. For instance, when my son, daughter-in-law, and my husband were on a private wine tour of a winery in Sonoma, the guide mentioned in passing that every year a couple of died when they fell into a wine vat. I immediately thought of a book and it became "Murdered By Wine".

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
The best writing tip is one I was given when I started. Sit down and write. There will be times you don't want to write, but once you sit down and start writing, the juices begin to flow. If you don't like the first parts of what you've written, get rid of it and keep the good stuff. Secondly, don't try and write and edit at the same time. You're using the left brain when you edit and I believe it stops the creative flow.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
If anyone is thinking of becoming a writer, I think Steven King's book, On Writing, is the best. I was one of those who didn't think I could write a book because I'd never attended a writer's conference, didn't think I knew enough about anything to write, yada, yada. He more or less says, "Just do it" and I did and never looked back! As far as other books that should be read---I'm always reading three or four at a time and generally think whatever I'm reading is great, or I would have stopped reading it after I realized I really didn't care what happened!

So who wants to win something?!

Dianne Harman and I have partnered up to give away a $40 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

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