A Gentleman and a Rogue

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Welcome Guest Author - Diane Craver


STEPH: Diane, welcome to Romance Under the Moonlight. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

DIANE: Steph, thank you so much for having me here today. I live about 26 miles from Cincinnati , Ohio . My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary last August. We were blessed with six children - five daughters and one son. Writing is my passion but I also enjoy scoring tests for various states several months out of the year. The weird thing is I’m great at scoring high school science tests and science was my weakest subject and least favorite in school.

STEPH: Tell us about your Christmas Story.

DIANE: Here is a blurb for my story, “The Proposal”:
Jacqueline Andrews hopes her boyfriend Brad’s surprise is an engagement ring for her twenty-sixth birthday. Her best friend, Tyler Jordan, wants Jacqueline to be happy, but not with Brad. Tyler regrets blowing off Jacqueline’s confession of love for him before he left for college. When he returns to their small town as a physician’s assistant, he falls in love with her. He needs to win her love back. Will his hot kisses sway her? Or is she going to marry Brad?

STEPH: How did it find a home at VTP?

DIANE: I had joined RAMP, Rebecca Vickery’s wonderful yahoo group. It’s a great place to visit for readers and authors. I already respected Rebecca as a publisher and a writer herself, so it seemed natural for me to sign a contract for one of her Christmas anthologies. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up on and I have enjoyed being a part of A Christmas Collection: Sensual.

STEPH: What genres do you write?

DIANE: I write contemporary romance, inspirational, chick-lit mystery, women’s fiction, young adult and historical fiction.

STEPH: What about writing Christmas stories appeal to you?

DIANE: Writing Christmas stories is appealing because it’s the time of the year when everything seems magical and miracles happen when you least expect them!

STEPH: What's your favorite Christmas story that you've read? Seen on TV?

DIANE: I love Jude Deveraux’s story, “Just Curious”. It’s in an anthology titled A GIFT OF LOVE with Judith McNaught and other authors. It’s an absolutely delightful story with beautiful widow Karen Lawrence not trusting her boss, MacAllister Taggert. She thinks he’s just a playboy and a heartbreaker but she has a secret yearning to have a child before her biological clock expires. He seems to be the best man for the job even though she doesn’t want to become involved with him and have her heart broken.

A TV movie I have enjoyed is “Christmas in Connecticut ” starring Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson with Tony Curtis. It’s a fun romantic comedy made in 1992.


STEPH: Can you share a Christmas tradition with us?

DIANE: We attend 5:00 Mass on Christmas Eve and our daughter Amanda (born with Down syndrome) serves at this church service. She’s done this for the last several years. She does an awesome job as a server. Afterwards, we come home and eat lasagna.

STEPH: Can you an excerpt? Buy Links?

Here's an excerpt from "The Proposal":

Celebrating Thanksgiving at his parents’ house might be miserable. If Brad proposed, Jacqueline would be ecstatic. But he’d have a hard time pretending to be thrilled with their news. I want Jacqueline to be happy…but not with Brad. She’d loved him enough once to pour her heart out to him. That love must still exist somewhere for him. If buried deep in her heart, he needed to get her past love for him to surface again.

Jacqueline walked into the kitchen and asked, "How about ice cream for dessert?"

He patted his stomach. "I guess I have room for a small dish of ice cream. Don’t tell my mom, but your lasagna’s even better than hers."

"That’s quite a compliment because everything your mother makes is delicious." She smiled at him. "I just had a thought. Would you like to come here for lasagna on Christmas Eve, and go to Mass with us? We can go to the five o'clock service and eat here afterwards."

"I like that. Midnight Mass is too crowded. When’s Brad coming for Christmas?"

"He’s not sure yet." She opened the dishwasher and pulled a tray out. She sighed. "The dishes are clean in here. Alex never emptied it. He can remember to ask me fifty times a day if he can drive, but he can’t remember to do his chores."

He carried his plate to the counter, then watched Jacqueline lean against the refrigerator. She wore a black sweater with her tight fitting jeans. At the gleam in her brown eyes, he tugged her into his arms. Her breathing became uneven, but she only squirmed slightly. He felt relief that she didn’t break his embrace. His pulse quickened with her warm body against him. She looked too adorable not to kiss. His lips pressed against hers, and she wrapped her arms around his neck. She returned his kiss with sweet passion. She wasn’t kissing him like a best friend, but a lover.

Suddenly her body stiffened and she looked up at him. " Tyler , what’s going on?"

"I had to kiss you. It’s not my fault you look so sexy in that black sweater." He saw her frown so continued, "Hey, you waited to get the ice cream. Then you gave me a look like you wanted me to kiss you."

"I did no such thing. I was just waiting for you to say what kind of ice cream you wanted."

He chuckled. What a liar she was. She wanted him to kiss her, but he wasn’t about to mention that fact again to her. "How could I tell you that when I don’t know what you have?"

BUYING LINKS:

Amazon: Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/A-Christmas-Collection-Sensual-ebook/dp/B004AYD69E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290912300&sr=1-1
Print - http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Collection-Anthology-Sensual/dp/1456304372/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_9
Ebook, Smashwords:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29147
Create Space, Print book: https://www.createspace.com/3494421
Victory Tales Press: http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com/online-store.php

STEPH: Where can we find you on the web?

DIANE: I have a website, http://www.dianecraver.com and a blog, http://www.dianecraver.com/blog. I'm also on Facebook. This week I have all the Victory Tales Press Christmas anthology authors visiting my blog. I hope people will visit and leave comments. I’ll draw a winner and the giveaway is a $5 GC to Amazon and a download of one of the anthology books.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Smiles
Steph

9 comments:

  1. Diane,
    Thanks for visiting, Sweetie. It's great to have you here. I just finished your story, "The Proposal" and I liked it alot. I liked how everyone acted adult, and were open about their feelings - finally! LOL!!

    Smiles
    Steph

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  2. Hi Steph,
    Thanks for hosting me today! I love sharing about the Christmas Collection Anthology - proud to be with such a great group of Victory Tale Press authors!

    That means a lot to me that you liked "The Proposal" since you are such a talented writer. I always get nervous when an excellent and published writer like you reads my stuff. :)

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  3. Really sweet stuff! I love the excerpt. And congrats on 35 happy years!

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  4. Wonderful pic of you and Tom, Diane. :) And I love how you come and eat lasagna! LOL

    The Proposal sounds great, and here's wishing all the best to you, my friend. :)

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  5. Hi Julia,

    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you loved the excerpt - I enjoyed writing "The Proposal" and thanks for the congrats. I can't believe we have been married so long - I was a child bride. LOL Kidding, of course!

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  6. Thanks, Miss Mae! Always glad when you stop by. :) Actually lasagna sounds yummy right now - I don't know if I can wait until Christmas Eve. For the first time, we won't have Christmas Eve at our house. Our son and his wife are having it at their house but will still have the Craver traditional lasagna dinner! I'm looking forward to celebrating at their house. I'll still have everyone on Christmas Day!

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  7. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS! I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY GIFT CARD TO GET HERE SO I CAN SHOP!

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  8. Actually the giveaway for my Blog Week at http://www.dianecraver.com/blog is $10 Gift Certificate - I doubled it. :) Also gave one download to a winner on Wednesday and another lucky winner gets to choose a download of one of the Christmas Anthology books. Drawings tomorrow. Lots of great recipes have been posted.

    STEPH,
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOSTING ME! You have a lovely blog!!!!!

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  9. Hi Diane, I bought the book and enjoyed your story very much. I wish you success with sales. And I wish you and Steph a very Merry Christmas. Linda S.

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