Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Amazon gift card & Dianne Harman's Murder at Le Bijou Bistro

Death by chocolate cake may be involved with this next author...

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.

When the wrong person is murdered at Le Bijou Bistro restaurant, just who was the intended victim of death by chocolate cake? Was it the retired mobster, Al De Duco? Could it have been an act of jealousy by his ex-girlfriend, Kitten Knight, or an act of revenge by Mario Carlucci, a long-time enemy of his from Al’s days with the Mafia in Chicago?

Or was the intended victim Al’s wife of two weeks, Cassie, the very popular food critic who writes the Food Spy column for The Seattle Times? But who would want to murder Cassie? Maybe it was Myles Lambert, the food critic she was filling in for at the Times and who was jealous of her success.

Then there’s the Gourmand’s Guide to Good Eats food blogger, Jessica Simmons, who’d always hated Cassie. Or even the owner of Frogities Restaurant, Jules Moreau, who would love to see the bad publicity resulting from a murder at Le Bijou Bistro.

And what about the kidnapping of Briana, Cassie’s daughter? Join Jake and DeeDee as they search for a motive and a murderer!

Still curious about the author? Time for a Q&A about books 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".

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
If I'm not editing books, I can usually write one in two weeks. I realize not many authors have the luxury of not having to work outside the home, have children who are no longer living at home, and a very supportive spouse who handles most of the household chores. That is a luxury and allows me to devote my time to writing.

What are you working on right now?
I have one book on pre-order, Murder at the Courthouse, and am writing two others, Murder at the Gallery, and Murdered for Millions (working title).

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 few items - three lucky Giveaway Guy readers will win a paperback of Murder at Le Bijou Bistro and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Four winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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