A SOLITARY STONE
Book 1 of the Stone Wall Trilogy
Once again, Bretony finds itself on the brink of war. General Grey Stone, the head of the king's army, shocks his men by resigning and passing the reins to his eldest son, the new General Black Stone. This causes Black Stone and his brother Andrew to come into possession of a family secret so well kept, no one ever knew of its existence. Now, as Black Stone and his brothers march to war, he finds more on his mind than just the war. The more the Stone Brothers learn about their family secret, the more it changes their lives, and their relationships with others.
Book 1 of the McLoughlin Family Series
After the death of her husband, Danielle O'Brien finds herself with no choice but to flee her New York City home. With no options left to her, she turns to a dear friend for help, who as luck would have it, has heard of a job out West on The Lazy Leaf Ranch in Texas. In the employment of the grim Caleb McLoughlin, this plunges Danielle into a world she could never have imagined existing. Back East, they think all cowboys are slow talking, ignorant, uneducated gunmen, but she quickly learns that these men are quick-witted, observant, and nothing gets past them. But is she safe? Is her virtue as well as her life still in danger?
LAND AND TREACHERY
Laird Clayton MacWhirter finds himself in an intolerable situation when he is ordered by his King to take the wife of a dead enemy, the beautiful and frightened Lady Reilly Cameron and her children, into his household. But the more Clayton learns about Reilly, the more concerned he becomes for the safety and well-being of his clan and country. Who is she and what is she doing? Is she playing him for a fool? Is she as guilty as her traitor husband? Are England and Scotland merely using her for their own purposes? And what role does Longglenn play in all of this?
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THE STONE WALL
Book 3 of the Stone Wall Trilogy
The Stone family finds themselves still reeling after a devastating loss, forcing them to deal with family issues as war rages on around them. That leaves Bloodstone alone in charge of the encampment under the watchful eyes of her new bodyguards. Bloodstone finds her nightmares have returned full force as she struggles with the recent horror and her own failures and more problems arrive in the guise of allies. Black Stone struggles with a past that has haunted him for twenty years and Eden finds himself on the last leg of the journey he began the day his father was murdered. But when a devastating secret is discovered, does he have the stamina to finish what he has started, or will he falter so close to his goal?
About: DIANE LINDMARK
Twitter: @DianeLindmark https://twitter.com/DianeLindmark
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? What inspired you to write your first novel?
When I was a child one of my favorite things to do was lie on my mother's bed and listen to her read stories. My mother wasn't one of those who read children's books to us, she read to us whatever she was reading (mostly Barbara Cartland), and I would lie there with my eyes shut and imagine the characters. I always wanted to write stories that would make other people long to read the next chapter.
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something some people may not know.
I love movies. I have four bookshelves full of movies, everything from Westerns, romance to action, old or new, famous or unknown, animated or live action. I feel the same way about my books. There are over 100 books that I consider rereads. The only things I require is a happy ending and good has to triumph over evil, because I believe what you take in is what you put out.
What do you do when you’re not writing? (In your “real life”?)
I am a full-time writer, wife and stay-at-home mother of three, a 16-year-old, 12-year-old and a 7 seven-year-old. Since during school hours my time is my own, I get to spend an hour every day volunteering at my daughter's school, helping out with pre-K 3 through first grade in the cafeteria and then making sure they make it to class on time. It's one of my favorite parts of the day.
Do you have any quotes or verses that you hold close to your heart? What are they, and why?
After getting out of my first marriage, I decided to take martial arts and there were three things they were always telling us in class. Once a black belt always a black belt and I guess that's true, because I often remind myself of these two things: 'Courage is not the absence of fear, but when you act in spite of being afraid', and 'Any action is better than no action'. I also like 'Go big or go home'.
What author/authors inspire you? What books have most influenced your life?
My favorite authors are Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I would have to say all of their books have had a dramatic impact on my life because they taught me to always be aware of my surroundings, to watch what I say and to whom I am saying it, and to try to notice and remember as much as possible. It might be important later.
Is there a message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?
I tried to instill good values and good morals in all my characters, though of course I do make them human and prone to mistakes. I also like to stick little Easter eggs in all my books. Sometimes these hidden details are nods to other books that I have written. Sometimes they're more personable, for example in the Stone family series the three inns that get mentioned, 'The Dancing Centaur', 'The Mad Dog', and 'The Fluffy Rabbit' are each a reference to one of my children's Chinese zodiacs. They wanted characters named after them, but I decided that wasn't a good idea. They were quite happy with this result.
What is the hardest part of writing your books? What were the challenges? (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc)
Overall I would say the hardest thing I have had to learn is not to obsess about the word total, to tell the story and when it is done, it is done, whether that story is 20,000 words or 123,000 words. Working on a series has its own trials and tribulations. I have to remember to make notes of things I'm going to need to know later so I won't have to look them up later. For the most part I'm good about this, however, I do sometimes forget and then, of course, there are things that I didn't think were going to be important which later turn out to be in relatively important, so I end up having to go back and find the information I need to make sure I don't have plot holes the size of a Mack truck.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do your characters tend to highjack the stories, or do you keep the reigns tight?
Every story is a little bit different. Sometimes they go according to plan and sometimes I find myself off track. I have had characters who were intended to be main characters, but they just never asserted themselves and I have had characters who were just supposed to stand there and take up space and became main characters. I guess some people are just more assertive than others.
Is there anything you would change about your writing/publishing experience? Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Not really. I would say it's a learning experience and I've made some mistakes along the way, but I'm better for it. But I would strongly advise any aspiring author to chart their own course and remember, not everybody succeeds in the same manner. You have to find what works for you.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes, reading is a dying art. Don't let it die. Keep reading, encourage your children to read, your friends and family.
***My target audience is adults. I feel that my books are geared towards adults. I cover a broad range of subjects that I do not feel are appropriate for children. If my books were movies I would give them a rating of PG-13.***
ONE MAN'S WIFE
Sean was born a slave, he grew up a slave's life. Now as a full-grown man, he hated the Romans. He hated them with every breath he took. He wanted them all dead. He wanted nothing to do with any of them. He just wanted freedom for himself and his family. But now it was looking more like the only freedom that they were ever going to find was death as the army of his people, joined by the Picts, the Saxons, and the Norse march on Hadrian's Wall, and a knock at his door in the dead of night by an enemy changes the direction of his life forever and forces him to make a decision. Run, or stand and fight.
A STONE FALLS
Book 2 of the Stone Wall Trilogy
War rages on around them while the Stones and their rapidly growing family struggle for a foothold in the Barbarian Lands. Blood Stone finds herself struggling with two immediate problems: one, the need to get back into fighting form; two, her search for the spies. To the surprise of all involved, one family secret continues to lead to another and another as duty sends them into the Breton countryside to investigate a mysterious item that was brought to light by an unlikely source. This causes General Black Stone to make a bold move and go on the offensive to hunt down one of their primary targets. With old rivals and new allies, do their enemies stand a chance?
THE CHRISTMAS HITCHHIKER
Sagen Cross finds herself at a loose end on a forced vacation with nothing but time on her hands. She makes the split second decision to drive home for Christmas, but little does she know fate has something else in mind. When she picks up an unexpected passenger, Gabriel Hammer; it doesn't take long for Sagen to discover that he needs her help. But when life takes a couple of unexpected turns, one can't help but ask who really needs who?
HEART OF STONE
Part 1: Passage of Stone
While Bloodstone finds herself elbow deep in preparations for the transfer of ownership of the Temple of the Mountain Pass, the male members of the Stone Wall seize the opportunity to keep a promise they had made themselves and are converging in secret on their destination. When their secret mission is done, the members of the Stone Wall all return to their homes ready to settle down to a little peace and quiet, but an unexpected death has them all headed for Capital City. And an attempted assassination leaves them all feeling bloodied and bruised and out for revenge, but a thirst for blood and a desire for revenge finally sends one of them over the edge.
Felicity had struggled hard to prove herself worthy of the title Kith. She had learned everything her father had demanded of her, reading and writing, battle strategy, swordsmanship, archery, hunting, survival, how to lead men, etiquette, needlepoint, and flower arranging. He had demanded of her not only to be the perfect daughter, but the son he never had. She had thought she had done a good job, at least until the day Colonel Malcolm Dewhurst took over as the head of the Palace Guard and declared her a worthless swordsman who was more likely to hurt herself than anyone else. To make matters worse, her stepmother declared her utterly hopeless as a female. All this she had endured with a smile, but now here she was on the brink of her twentieth birthday facing her greatest failure ever.
***NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My target audience is adults. I feel that my books are geared towards adults. I cover a broad range of subjects that I do not feel are appropriate for children. If my books were movies I would give them a rating of PG-13.***
HEART OF STONE
Part 2: A Stone Divided
Fallen is forced to come face-to-face with the man he has become. His mission over and he is forced to decide where to go from here as one problem leads to another and enemies begin to circle and he's finding it difficult to separate friend from foe. But problems on the other side of the mountain aren't getting any better and Reef finds himself struggling to maintain control as civil unrest continues to mount. Everything seems determined to boil over when an attempted murder pushes everything to the brink and Fallen finds himself on the edge of destruction as two worlds collide.
Diane E. Lindmark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 3, 1982. She is the youngest of four children. Her father was a aeronautical engineer, so as a child she moved around a lot; but has spent the majority of her life in Texas and has always considers herself a native San Antonio girl, though has resided in Arlington, Texas 2008. She was home schooled through high school and has always longed to be a writer, but being severely dyslexic she thought this an impossible feat, so she pursued other avenues of work. In 2002 she became a mother for the first time. In 2010 she married a wonderful man who encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a writer by buying her a talk to text software program and on July 20, 2014 she sat down and began writing A Solitary Stone which was completed in 91 days. Diane published her first book, September 2015, A solitary Stone, book 1 of The Stone Wall Series. She has since published four more Stone family series books, four one-off and Safe Haven, book 1 of the McLoughlin family series. She has completed a total of 22 books and is always writing.