Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Davalynn Spencer
Davalynn Spencer

Hello from Davalynn Spencer in sunny Colorado. On a clear winter’s day, I can see almost all the way east to Illinois where today’s featured author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer lives.

Okay, maybe not all that way, but I know she’s out there writing her “stories from the heartland.”

Welcome, Diana, and give us the back-cover copy for your book, From a Distance.

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

He wants independence. She longs for safety. Will they find a way to be together for good?

Shanna Becket’s first assignment makes a stop at her hometown bringing her dangerously close to meeting her abusive stepfather. What she didn’t count on is the distraction of a handsome stranger.

New Releases


The 12 Brides of Christmas
The 12 Brides of Christmas

From The Snowbound Bride by Davalynn Spencer in Barbour’s historical romance novella collection, The 12 Brides of Christmas 

On the run from a heartless uncle, Arabella Taube hides in Nate Horne’s farm wagon just as a harsh winter storm sweeps into Colorado. Snowbound with strangers in the heart of winter, Ara is more at home than she ever was with her own family. And despite her mysterious background, Nate’s mother thinks she is the answer to a long-ago prayer and the hope for his future.

Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the joy of interviewing multi-published author Diana Brandmeyer, who has been published in nonfiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and children’s books! How’s that for multi-dimensional? Better than that, Diana blesses us all with her delightful humor and generous heart.

New Releases

A Bride’s Dilemma In Friendship Tennessee – A New Release


 A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee by Diana Brandmeyer

Heaven’s Stolen His Heart

 After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.

Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.

 As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. She’s also written We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families.

This new release information was uploaded by Cecelia Dowdy. Happy reading!

Book reviews

CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough

6a00d83451f1cb69e2014e8668390a970d-200wi Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough 

Finally it’s here! Jack’s story is a hoot. McDonough let her grow up but she kept her rascally personality intact.

Even jailbird Carly is back—her story though small was important to me from the other books and I’m glad to know what happens with her.

Butch, Jack’s nemesis turns up in an unexpected way as well.

This is the last book in the Boarding House Brides series (you don’t need the others first but you’ll be missing some good reading if you don’t get them!) and it’s sad to let the characters go.

McDonough pulls the personas of her characters through every book and page, you never wonder why did that character do that? It’s not like her or him.

The writing is fun, creative and entertaining. 


Book reviews

CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough

Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough is the second book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.

 This book is one of McDonough’s best ever.  The cover on the book pulls you into the story. The cover artist caught the essence of the characters, Shannon O’Neil and Mark Corbett translating them into real people for me.

 Shannon and Leah Bennett were caught in the Corbett brother’s scheme to find a wife for their cousin. (The Anonymous Bride Book 1) Both have reasons for not returning to where they came from. Shannon is an Irish immigrant and now she’s alone in Lookout, Texas.  Leah’s dad tried to sell her to the oldest man in town and she doesn’t want to go back home.

 Now both women are searching for ways to support themselves in Lookout.

Shannon and Leah are easy to like, McDonough has transformed them from the needy women in book one to women you want to know.

 There is also the subplot of Jack (Jacqueline the boarding house owner’s daughter) it’s been fun to watch her mature through the pages.

 Now I am eagerly awaiting book 3, I don’t know what it is titled but I hope it’s about that incorrigible  Carly from The Anonymous Bride!

(Please note: Book 3, Finally a Bride, is out, and the review will be posted next week.)


Book reviews

CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Deadly Exposure by Cara Putman

Deadly_exposure_cover_(2)T.V. news Reporter, Dani Richards moves to Lincoln, Nebraska
to care for her Aunt Jayne who has Alzheimer's.

Taking her aunt to see Cats, Dani prays she won't see Caleb Jamison, the man
who stole her sixteen-year-old heart. Not only does she see him, she has to work
with him when she discovers a dead body at the theater. Caleb is on the police
force and is assigned to keep Dani safe, but can he protect her heart from him?

Deadly Exposure is a page turner. It was a delight to read a suspense novel that
doesn't go into grisly details. Yet Putman gives us enough to thrill and scare
us into saying "don't go in there!"

Book reviews

CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon

When Touching the Clouds
arrived in the mail I wasn't sure if the author could
pull off a book with such an independent heroine during the depression. Well,
Leon did it. 

Kate Evans calls off her marriage and heads to Alaska in her small plane to be
a bush pilot. She leaves Washington State and its heartaches behind, hoping to
support herself in the rough Alaskan terrain.

She runs into major problems, from unpredictable weather to judgment from other
male pilots.

She's not the only one hiding in Alaska. So is Paul Anderson. He has his own
memories that he is trying to hide from. You'll wonder if he's running from the
law or himself.

While Touching the Clouds has some
romantic elements, I didn't feel as if the entire story was centered around
romance. Reading about Alaska during the depression, “flying” with Kate, and
enduring the challenges with her make this book special. Even better, this is Book One of the Alaskan series, so there is more fun to come for Leon's