Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
When Lady Jessalyn Hunter finds herself ruined, both socially and financially, she is forced to accept the help of her older brother’s best friend — the man she’s loved since childhood. Ethan Tremaine has spent his entire life running from the tragedy of his past, but he can’t refuse his best friend’s dying request. He reluctantly agrees to marry Jessalyn, though he’s terrified by the thought of someone depending on him.What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes much more. Can they find the courage to love, or will they let the ghosts of their past destroy them?
You can read the first chapter on my website at www.dianabold.com, or you can read a steamy excerpt from the middle of the book at http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/blackorchid.htm
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I also have a release date for my Christmas book, SNOW ANGEL. It will be available on Dec. 18, 2007.
And last but not least, THE WAGER will be available in print on Dec. 7, 2007.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I am a HUGE Jude Law fan, but my absolute favorite of his movies is Cold Mountain. I could watch it every day. LOL
The Holiday is also fantastic, so if you haven't checked either of those out, you should!
I just got back from a weekend in Keystone with my writing group and got a ton of writing and brainstorming done, along with some much needed rest and relaxation. There's something really renewing about spending several days with good friends who absolutely GET you! It's nice to be able to ask someone what is the best way to kill someone and have them know you're not crazy!!
Meanwhile, I'm still hard at work on my Contemporary Vampire Novella for Cobblestone. This has been quite a departure for me, both because of the contemporary setting and the steamier-than-I-usually-write sex scenes, but it's been alot easier than I expected. In fact, I'm way ahead of schedule!
I turned in all the edits for my newest book THE BLACK ORCHID, so I should be getting a release date soon. I expect some time either in November or January. Still waiting on the cover art, also, but I'll be sure to post it when I get it. I'm expecting something amazing, because my artist is phenomenal. Her name is Tuesday Dube and I believe this is the first cover she's done for Cobblestone, but I checked out her website and was thrilled by her talent. You can read a free excerpt at www.dianabold.com
Well, I've been a little lax in my blog posting lately, but I will try to do better. Rest assured that it is because I am working so hard on my writing. :) Have a great week,
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
B. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
Well, I don't know if I can think of eight interesting things about me, but here goes....
1) I lived in Las Vegas, NV when the rocket fuel plant in Henderson blew up in 1989. All my windows and doors blew out and when I looked outside, I saw a mushroom cloud. I thought for sure we'd been nuked.
2) I had a horrible lisp when I was a child. Plus, I was born in Louisiana, and had a terrible southern accent, so when I moved to Colorado at five, my speech was interesting, to say the least. People used to give me quarters to talk. LOL I was shy and hated it and didn't really talk much for years! Which is probably why I started to write! (I have actually done an informal poll and discovered that quite a few writers had speech problems as children)
3) One of my best friends in high school was a movie star. :) My friend Kelly Reno starred in the Black Stallion movies as a child.
4) I have never broken a bone or had a cavity. (I've probably jinxed myself now)
5) I've been married 21 years and I still like my husband. LOL A miracle in this day in age, especially since we got married when I was 17 and he was 18.
6) I have a very black sense of humor. Death, chaos and mayhem are funny to me. I work as a police dispatcher and most people would probably be VERY highly offended by the things the cops and I find amusing. But I've been told it's a healthy coping mechanism. LOL
7) I have eclectic musical tastes. :) Right now my favorite band is Blue October.
8) It took me twelve years of seriously pursuing a writing career before I saw any results, and the best thing anybody ever said to me was when one of my kids said that I'd shown them to never give up because if you try hard enough you can make your dreams come true!
OK, I tag Shelli Stevens, Crystal Jordan, Heather Fowler, Samantha Lucas, Yolanda Sfetsos, Jennah Sharpe, Leanne Karella and Sable Grey
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Is it just me, or is this guy totally HOT??? LOL I have found myself watching an awful lot of the history channel lately. I love history, anyway. And this guy makes it SO interesting. Course it doesn't hurt that he's scrumptiously cute. Yep, my new favorite thing is DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH.
Read free excerpts of my books at www.dianabold.com
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Captain Dylan Blake has spent the last decade fighting for his country. Desperate for a little peace, he sells his commission and returns to England, hoping to manage one of his father’s country estates. But Dylan’s father, the Earl of Sherbourne, has never had anything but contempt for his younger son and refuses him this simple dream.
As a result, Dylan finds himself angry and adrift in London society, searching for something to fill his empty days. When an old nemesis, Jonathan Taylor, challenges Dylan to a wager, Dylan is willing to play along. The terms of the bet are simple. Dylan must get Lady Natalia Sinclair, the Duke of Clayton’s daughter, to dance with him twice in one evening.
Lady Natalia Sinclair has an enormous dowry and men have thronged to her side ever since her debut. Afraid that her dowry is the only thing that draws them, she’s learned how to protect herself. But Captain Dylan Blake seems different. For years she's followed his heroic military career and he's become the focus of her midnight yearnings. Unfortunately, she soon realizes his smile is false, his interest superficial.
Dylan sees Natalia’s rejection as a challenge and is more determined than ever to win the wager. The stakes increase when he discovers his father has ordered his older brother, Michael, to win Natalia’s hand. Passed over for Michael far too many times, Dylan needs to prove he can be first in someone’s heart.
As the lines between the wager and attraction blur, can Dylan and Natalia find the courage to take the biggest gamble of all - love?
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
OK, the cops I work with have a joke, "What's the hardest part about being a fireman?" "Telling your parents you're gay!" LOL But I think this guy is HOT!!
You can read free excerpts of my books at www.dianabold.com
Monday, April 16, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
My oldest son just graduated from Air Force boot camp and I just got back from San Antonio, where we got to spend some time with him and go to the ceremony. We all had a fabulous time and it was so great to see him after so many weeks of not even being able to talk to him on the phone. He graduated from high school almost two years ago, and that was hard, but when I saw him this weekend it really hit me that he is not a kid anymore. He is all grown up! It terrifies me, and yet I'm so proud of him I can't stand it! Here is he, all handsome in his uniform. Does he count as the sexy man of the week?
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
She was right. I tend to write about characters overcoming betrayal and learning to trust someone who has become untrustworthy. Sometimes it's my hero who breaks the heroine's heart, and sometimes it's the other way around, but nearly all my books deal with this issue.
Of course, once I figured this out, it led to a lot of self-examination. Why is this subject the one that captures my creative juices? Why do I spend so much energy playing with themes of betrayal and forgiveness?
I decided it was because I have been both the betrayer and the betrayed in my personal life and have discovered that all relationships have times of adversity. But I believe adversity can burn through all the shallow reasons most people get together and reveal the truth about what lies beneath.
In today's society, it's far too easy to walk away from love when the going gets tough. When someone hurts us, it's easier to start again with someone new than to try and rebuild something that's been damaged. But odds are that sometime during that new relationship, you'll be hurt again. Too many people go from one relationship to the next, bailing out whenever things get dicey and never find the depth of love that only comes when you've walked through some fire together.
Up until about fifty years ago, it was much harder to walk away. Divorce was almost unheard of. I'm sure that made for a lot of very unhappy people. Men were controlling and women had no rights. But I also wonder how many people were able to forge long and lasting love affairs because they were forced to deal with their problems.
I've tried to write contemporaries, but I can't seem to do it. Let's face it, when your sister or best friend comes to you and tells you some guy cheated on her or lied to her, what is your first reaction? Leave the son of a bitch! LOL Women today have so many choices and resources that it often doesn't make sense to stay.
But put that same girl in a medieval castle or the old west, and what other choice does she have? She can either forgive the guy and try to rebuild the relationship, or hate him for the rest of her life but still have to deal with him every day.
I have to clarify that the characters in my books are good people put in bad situations. They do everything they can not to hurt the ones they love. But sometimes people make bad decisions and deserve a second chance. I try to give it to them, because someone once gave me a second chance. The same someone I've been happily married to for twenty years. J
Monday, March 26, 2007
We were here long before you.
For thousands of years our civilization flourished. Our great island city grew rich on trade and shipping. We ruled the world, and thought our reign would never end.
But nothing lasts forever.
The first time fire fell from the sky, the ground shook, and the ocean rose up in a terrible wave, killing thousands, but our city survived. When it was over, we rebuilt, and became stronger than ever.
For another fifty years, we continued as though nothing had happened, but the great fire snake continued to circle above, biding its time and waiting. A handful of our greatest minds - scientists, architects and philosophers – read the portents and realized that the end was near. We began to plot and plan, determined that our culture and knowledge would not die.
Over the next decade, we pillaged the great libraries of the world and recruited the best and brightest to our cause. Darkness and destruction were coming, and it would take all of our combined skills to defeat it.
We left our island home for the frigid northern climes, settling in the great, underground caverns of Britain. Deep in the bowels of the earth, we learned to harness the power of our subterranean water supply and channeled it to light our settlement. We found ways to grow crops in this false light and then waited for the inevitable.
This time was much worse than before. The tail of the comet dissolved in the earth's atmosphere, bits and pieces exploding across land and sea alike, causing untold death and destruction. As feared, our beautiful city sank beneath the sea. The skies turned black and the very air became a poisonous fume. The water was unsafe to drink, and crops and livestock died.
We were safe in our cavern, but had never imagined how long the blight would last. Generations lived and died below the surface, while the earth tried to recover from the mighty blow she'd been dealt. For nearly a hundred years, we taught our children history and philosophy and made new scientific breakthroughs, safe, if not content, in our underground home.
By the time the sky cleared and the ground became green and fertile, we had advanced light years. But when we finally returned to the surface we found that the rest of humanity had not been so lucky. Millions had died, and those who hadn't had been too busy with the business of survival to worry about preserving their knowledge or culture. The great civilizations of Egypt and Samaria, Greece and others had fallen, leaving behind men who were mere steps above the apes, so full of hysteria and superstition that they looked upon our lordly blond scholars with terror and suspicion.
At less than five hundred in number, we were forced to return to the caverns, venturing out less and less as we became hunted and persecuted. And so we became myth and then faded into legend.
We were called fey, and elvish and spoken of in whispers until we knew we were not even safe beneath the ground. Fearing for our lives, we were forced to go even deeper, beneath the sparkling waves of the north Atlantic, where we built a crystal city, completely self-contained and indestructible. We left the green shores of Britain with no little regret. For two thousand years we have waited for those on the surface to advance enough to accept us, so that we may walk in sunlight once again.
But some of us grow weary of the wait...