Saturday, March 24, 2018

Amazon gift card and the return of mystery author Dianne Harman

Get your mystery thinking caps on with the return of this 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 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.

Still curious about the author? Here's a few question about books from the last interview 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 few items to FOUR lucky Giveaway Guy readers:
  • Winner #1 will get a $20 Amazon gift card
  • Winner #2 will get a paperback of Murdered by Wine
  • Winner #3 will get a paperback of Murder in San Francisco
  • Winner #4 will get a paperback of Murder at the Courthouse

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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