Spotlight Author… Diane Burton

I am very pleased to have visiting with me today illustrious author Diane Burton. Diane  manages to combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a PI mystery. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts from her books you can visit Diane here. Her second Alex O’Hara mystery The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé (An Alex O’Hara Novel)  is now ready for release.


Herewith a taste to whet your appetite… would make an excellent Christmas pressie…



Alex O’Hara wants to take her investigation agency in a new direction—background checks for potential spouses. She hopes this new case will do the trick when a high-powered executive asks for info on her new boyfriend. Is the man she met on a cruise her Mr. Right or is he too good to be true? On the same day, Alex gets another case—finding a deadbeat dad. And both women want to double her rates so she’ll give them highest priority. She can’t believe her luck. Her finances are on the upswing. If only Nick Palzetti was around to share her good news. He disappeared on Christmas Eve, and she hasn’t heard from him in almost three months. But glitchy phones and no internet bring everything to a screeching halt.

Herewith a wonderful excerpt to give you a feel for the book:

“Dottie Matthews said you’re the best at finding people.” Perched on the visitor chair in my office, Stephanie Voorhees clutched her purse.

The old saying “When it rains, it pours” was true. I mean, when did I ever get two cases on the same day? Nora Finley in the morning, and Stephanie Voorhees late in the afternoon. I should have stopped the woman from pouring out her story, but she’d said the magic words. Dottie Matthews.

“You need to find that deadbeat who hasn’t paid child support in two years. My kids—his kids—need new shoes. Boots, too. And snowsuits don’t grow on trees. My God, you can’t believe how fast they outgrow their clothes.”

“Have you gone to the police? They are vigilant about making deadbeat dads pay what the court has mandated.”

If her kids needed new shoes and winter coats, she shouldn’t be shelling out money to hire an investigator.

“Mrs. Voorhees, Michigan—”

“It’s Ms. I’ve taken back my maiden name.”

“Ms. Voorhees, Michigan has zero tolerance for fathers who don’t pay child support. I can give you information on how to—”

“I’ve already done all that.” She cut me off again. “I want action, and I don’t see it from the Bloomfield Hills police. That’s where we lived when he left us. I want you to find that bastard.”

“Right now, I can’t take on another case. I—”

Her eyes filled with tears. Were they real or a practiced reaction? “B-But, why . . .”

What did I do to deserve this? A windfall—two emotion-packed cases—when I didn’t have time to devote to either.

“Ms. Voorhees, Stephanie. I can’t devote the time necessary to do justice to your case. Perhaps next month—”

She tried to stifle a gasp. “A month?”

Oh, hell. She looked so crestfallen, I added, “Or three weeks.”

At that, she brightened. Tears miraculously gone. I’d been played. “Three weeks is fine. I mean, it’s not fine but acceptable. I’ve waited this long—nearly two years—what’s a few weeks?”

“Are you sure? I might not be able to—”

“I have faith in you. Dottie Matthews says you’re the best.”

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Time for that Christmas plug…. Although not a Christmas book All Tomorrows Parties does pack a punch in the ‘ can’t put it down’ category.The reviews have been so encouraging… Here’s what some of them say:

∗∗∗∗∗ ” Highly entertaining heady brew of romance and thriller which twists and turns and keeps you hooked all the way through”

 ∗∗∗∗∗ ” Fantastic read and thoroughly engaging into the emotional roller-coaster of Laine Marshall’s life. Being an 80’s girl I could picture the clothes & could the hear the music too! Incredible twist after twist towards the end, which I didn’t see coming. Read over 2 days on the sun lounger – perfect holiday book. Agree it would make a fantastic film. Thank you Nicole Fitton and looking forward to another one…”
So if you like to be the first to champion debut authors and like the idea of having your head in a book rather than in a Turkey give All Tomorrow’s Parties a try:
Would make a great stocking filler!

Introducing…..Party For Two by Monique DeVere

Today I am hosting my friend Monique DeVere. Her new book ‘Party For Two’ was released yesterday. Here we discuss life, love and laughter (not necessarily in that order) oh and her new book! To be entered into a competition to win a copy of her new book you can email her here or alternatively add your comment in the comment box along with your email address..

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Monique DeVere is a full-time author of Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance. She also writes Christian Supernatural Suspense movie scripts. She was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, where she grew up on a large plantation with enough wide-open space to let the imagination run free. She moved to the UK as a teen and shortly after met and fell instantly, and irrevocably, in love with her very own strong-silent-type hero. When Monique isn’t writing or spending quality time with her family, she likes to armchair travel to distant and exciting parts of the world. She considers herself to have the best job on earth. Continue reading “Introducing…..Party For Two by Monique DeVere”