Sunday, March 8, 2009

DiAnn Mills - Dreams that Support Others - WIN A BOOK!

It's my great pleasure to welcome today's guest blogger, author DiAnn Mills!


Dreams that Support Others

One of the definitions of the word “dream” is a fantasy or a wild hope. That sounds exciting to me, like an adventure of the soul. When I began my writing career, I wanted to be published. I wanted to see my name on a book on a retailer’s shelf, a book that glorified God and told a powerful story. But my dreams didn’t end there. A yearning birthed within me to help other writers fulfill their dreams too.

Within the publishing world are committed Christian writers who understand writing is a ministry, and within the ministry is a deeper understanding that every part of a Christian’s life is to glorify God. To me, those ideals propelled me to take whatever I learned on the journey of creating an excellent novel and pass it on to other writers. Those ideals sounded so noble, especially when I didn’t have any words of wisdom to pass on to writers who were equally as hungry to excel in the craft. Odd, my hunger for learning has yet to be satisfied, and I hope that longing doesn’t change.

After a few of my books were published, an idea for a writer’s critique group took form. WORDsmith began with four members—four writers who read each other’s work aloud and offered suggestions and encouragement. Over the years, the group has grown with many of its participants finding publication.

Through the years, I began to nourish the dream of teaching writing workshops at conferences. Resumes and proposals flew over the Internet, and the invitations trickled in. Oh, the high of teaching and helping students fulfill their dreams. The Christian Writer’s Guild offered me the challenge of mentoring their students. This too was a wonderful opportunity to help writers achieve their dreams and goals through a powerful organization under the leadership of Jerry B. Jenkins.

My most recent dream has come true as I have developed a fiction mentoring clinic for a small group of writers who want to concentrate on the craft of fiction writing. Once again, the satisfaction in helping others to achieve their dreams spurs me on to perfect my spiritual life, my personal life, my writing life, and my teaching life.

Visit DiAnn’s website at http://www.diannmills.com/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is an award-winning writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Currently she has over forty books in print with over a million and a half in print. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and a mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops. DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas.


ABOUT THE BOOK – Breach of Trust

Paige Rogers is a former CIA agent who lost all she treasured seven years ago when her entire team was killed in a covert mission. She blames their leader—Daniel Keary—whom Paige believes betrayed them. Disillusioned and afraid for her life, she disappeared and started a new life as a small-town librarian. But when Keary announces his candidacy for governor of her state, he comes after Paige to ensure that she won't ruin his bid for office. He threatens everything she holds dear, and Paige must choose between the life of hiding that has become her refuge . . . or risking everything in one last, desperate attempt to right old wrongs.


JEN’S THOUGHTS

In Breach of Trust, DiAnn Mills poses a tricky question: How does a Christian CIA operative balance the necessities of deceit and subterfuge with her faith? It’s a question that plagues Paige Rogers – AKA Mikaela Olsson. And when Paige finds herself falling for Miles Laird, the small town’s upstanding high school football coach, her life becomes even more tangled.

Mills has written a novel that combines small town charm with spy-thriller intrigue. In a town where not everything is the way it seems, Paige’s journey through regret and remorse to redemption is riveting.


WIN THE BOOK

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Breach of Trust, just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on March 16th. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!

18 comments:

DiAnn Mills said...

Good morning readers and writers. One of you will receive Breach of Trust. Who will it be?

windycindy said...

I am so hoping it is me! I like the dilemma presented to the CIA Agent.
I enjoy reading suspense and crime story lines. Thanks for the chance!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Myra Johnson said...

Hi, Jennifer & DiAnn! As a former member of WORDsmith and also one of DiAnn's other critique groups, I can attest to what a great friend and mentor she is.

BTW, I've already read Breach of Trust and have a copy, so please let someone else enjoy the pleasure. It's a riveting, well-written story, highly recommended!

HollyMag said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love the opportunity to win a copy. Blessings,
Holly
hollymag[at]gmail[dot]com

Texas Girl said...

I haven't read too many CIA type books, but I would love the chance! Please enter me in the drawing. My email address is r_garner31@yahoo.com.
Thanks!!!

mez said...

I love the thought of an undercover librarian. Please include me in the drawing for Breach of Trust. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised{at}gmail{dot}com

traveler said...

What a wonderful novel to feature. Thanks for this chance. My favorite type of book is mystery and suspense.
saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo said...

This book sounds so good.I would love the opportunity to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

~Ley said...

Librarians rock. :) Who wouldn't want to read a book about one? Please put my name in the hat too! Thank you.

ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

DiAnn Mills said...

Love the comments. Yesterday while I worked my volunteer job in our church library, another librarian asked me about Peanut butter, mayo, and bacon sandwiches. Hmm. Guess you have to read the book to figure that one out.

bookwurm70 said...

Please enter me, as a Librarian I can't wait to read this book!

Gail
bookwurm70 at yahoo

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Martha A. said...

it sounds different than the other books I have read by you! I hope I win!
martha(at)lclink(dot)com

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Christina Berry said...

Oh ... a book about deceit and love? Count me in!

And, Jen, thanks for your prayers and friendship. They mean so much.

Jennifer AlLee said...

Great to see all the excitement about DiAnn's new book. Trust me, this librarian kicks some serious you-know-what.

A special shout out to my friend, Christina. So good to "see" you here :+}

Kathy Carlton Willis said...

I'd love to win this book. I'm a big fan of anything DiAnn writes. And DiAnn--loving the new photo!!! If I win the drawing, please mail to: WillisWay (at) aol (dot) com. Thanks!

Jennifer AlLee said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

The winner of Breach of Trust is... Jo. Big congrats to you :+}